Thursday, 30 May 2013

Romancing with Robena Grant

Today I'm hosting fellow romance author, Robena Grant. 
Leave a comment and/or follow my blog to have your name entered into a draw to win a print copy of The Blue Dolphin. Best of luck to all entrants and you have until midnight on Sunday to comment. :)

Good morning, and thank you so much for hosting me on your blog, Christine.

The first question for my guest is always what draws you as a reader to the romance genre?

My initial response is to say I love a happily ever after, but that’s too easy. What I love about romance is the relationships that form and the struggles the characters have. I love to see a character recognizing likeable traits in the other, even while fighting an attraction, and then to watch how that attraction goes haywire. 

I love those haywire attractions!! What is the most difficult part of writing a love story?

I’m a bit of a realist, so for me creating the characters to be larger than life, or their situation to be larger than life, and yet keeping it believable is the toughest aspect of story telling. When I find I’m rolling my eyes at my own words then I know for sure I have to go back to the drawing board. :)

Is creating a book title easy for you? Tell us about the process.

Yes. For me the title often comes first. Something will pop into my head, or I’ll see something in my travels, and the story grows out of that. It’s hard for me to change a title. The 3rd book in my series (the Golden Heart finalist book) was originally Don’t Mess With Mick. I loved the title. When it went to a couple of contests I was told Mick is not a common nickname for an American male. I changed him to Michael and stuck the title Exposure on the manuscript, and the rest is history. However, when it was contracted to The Wild Rose Press it underwent another title change and became Desert Exposure.

Do your characters love the direction you take for them or do they have other ideas? 

Oh, they love it. Ha ha. Especially the heroines. My heroines are often quieter in nature, but they have a certain resilience. For them to be the ordinary woman in extraordinary circumstances is a real adventure. They get to see to what lengths they will go to right a wrong, catch a bad man, save an innocent. It’s exciting to throw off the ordinary life, especially when there’s a hunky guy in the shadows willing to protect. Right?

Any tips for writers that you’d love to share?

Keep on learning. Never stop learning the craft. Even if it takes ten years before you get published persevere, keep on submitting, and take the comments that are consistent and use them to strengthen your writing.

Book #2 Desert Heat

The Blue Dolphin: She’s determined to expose a murderer, but opening her heart to love might be the greatest danger of all.
When Debbie Williams discovers a dismembered body in the dumpster behind her health spa, she’s determined to find out what happened. As a single parent, she must be sure the town she loves is safe for her daughter. Debbie won’t be deterred by anyone—not even the ruggedly handsome agent on the case who doesn’t appreciate her amateur sleuthing.

After his partner’s body is uncovered, DEA agent Jack Davis vows revenge. But three words shouted over the phone before his partner died—azul, delfin, Almagro—are Jack’s only clues. Even worse, a sexy blonde spa owner refuses to stay out of his investigation, and the chemistry between them is difficult to ignore. As danger strikes ever closer, Jack and Debbie must figure out what blue dolphins and a small California desert town have to do with a dangerous drug cartel…all while protecting their hearts from an attraction neither can resist.


What did he want?
She gestured toward the bed and recalled how he’d stared at her at the meeting. Perspiration began to bead on her brow and upper lip. She moved closer to the doorway. “Go ahead and, ah, lie down. You don’t have to remove clothing if you don’t want to…um, just your
boots. Maybe take off your jacket, too. Um, I’ll leave you now,” she said, unable to stop the rush of words. “If you get cold there are blankets folded at the end of the bed. I turn on the treatment switches at the front desk. If you need anything, there’s a buzzer.”
“You don’t stay in here with me?”
“Nope.” Thank goodness. The very last thing she needed would be to sit beside his gorgeous body while the bed undulated. She pointed to a buzzer. “Press that if you get anxious. Remember it’s your private time to relax and to let the vibrations soothe you.”
“Anxious?” He sat on the side of the bed and stared at her, his dark eyes narrowing again.
“Well, some people feel claustrophobic. Most don’t, as a rule. But just in case.”
“Oh, and turn off your cell phone so you don’t have any disturbances.” She closed the door behind her, pulled in several deep breaths, and scurried back to the desk. The man had her all on edge and not in a good way. Actually, it was a good way, but one she didn’t want to explore with him. He was all wrong. So big and dark, and she’d bet he had chest hair. In her limited adult love life, she’d never been with a guy who had chest hair. She’d often wondered what it felt like and—
“Oh, hell,” she said. “Snap out of it.”

Unlock the Truth and The Blue Dolphin are now available through in print and all digital formats: 

Thanks for guesting on my blog, Robena. Pleasure to have you here. :) 


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    1. How lovely this is! Thank you for hosting me. I love the title, especially as on Monday I wrote a post on my blog about having no romance in my life. Ha ha.

  2. It looks like a great read!

  3. Hi Ladies,

    Great's always interesting to read insights into an author's writing process. I loved "Unlock the Truth," & "The Blue Dolphin." I've got "Desert Exposure" all loaded up on my Kindle, waiting for some downtime to dive in.

  4. Whew! Hot excerpt from book 2. Will be moving this up on the TBR pile. Love your advice for writers, Robena, and it is so where I am at right now. I am taking a class and I've got 4 writing books that I just bought. Yep, learning never ends!

  5. Nice interview. I've read all 3 of Robena's books and they are definitely good reading!

  6. Thanks for stopping by everyone, and for your lovely comments. : )

  7. What Samantha said, I love to hear about how different people work through the process in different ways. Great interview!

  8. And the winner is....... Julie. Congratulations to you. Robena will be in touch to arrange the details. :):)

  9. Oh, yay! Couldn't be a nicer winner anywhere on the planet. If you see this here first, Julie, please email me so I can ship this baby out. Otherwise I'll be in touch. ; )

  10. I've never won anything!!! What a GREAT prize to break the streak!
    Thank you, both.