Today we are joined by Julie Lynn Hayes who kindly answers some of our questions. There’s also a giveaway!
Miller Fenwick wants the kind of happy ending his best friend got, with the hunky werewolf of his dreams. Trouble is, there doesn’t seem to be a Prince Charming on the horizon, and casual encounters don’t cut it anymore. Now that Alexx and Raoul are engaged, Miller is becoming resigned to being the bridesmaid, never the bride. But a chance encounter with a sexy stranger at Charisma has his hopes soaring, and his heart is wide open to possibilities.
Holt Wynne is the head of Helios, the largest vampire organization in the country. He’s a very influential and wealthy man, with a deep-seated hatred of werewolves. His running into Miller at Charisma isn’t entirely accidental. He’d meant to wait, but his emotions got the better of him, and he couldn’t stay away. And now see what he’s done…
Wait until Miller finds out he’s sortof just gotten married to the sexy vampire who hates the people who are Miller’s best friends. Sparks are gonna fly—and not just in the bedroom. One thing for sure—life in Crescent Bay is never dull!
Thanks for joining us today, Julie, and congratulations on your new release. The story sounds fabulous – who can resist a blurb featuring a sexy influential vampire!
Firstly let’s talk about Miller. Can you give us a bit more information about Miller and his desire to find his Prince Charming?
Julie: Thanks so much for having me here today, Nic! Well, Miller is about 33, and he works as a receptionist at the Crescent Bay Chronicle, the town’s only newspaper. His best friend Alexx used to work there too, until he met Raoul Marchand and ended up with a hunky werewolf on his hands. Miller spends a lot of time with the couple, and he desires that sort of love too. Sure, he’s had dates, kissed all kinds of frogs, but never found his prince. He is questioning that this kind of love will ever happen to him when he meets a mysterious sexy blond at Charisma, Raoul and Alexx’s nightclub, and that’s when it begins…
Can you share with us, some information about Helios and what it means for Holt to head up the organization?
Julie: Helios is the largest vampire group in the country. Holt has been the head of the company ever since his mentor, Marcus Leandro, was killed. Holt cares for everyone who works for him, whether vampire or human, and he’s dedicated to making life better for his vampires. To that end, he has a scientist who is doing research on certain things that will make a big difference to the vampires. However, Holt cannot abide werewolves, and he is not shy about making that known, or throwing the weight of his group against them. Considering who Miller’s best friends are, things could get tricky.
Where do you find your inspiration and how much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing? It there lots to do before you drive in and start writing the story?
Julie: I find my inspiration in all sorts of ways, to be honest. It could be an overheard phrase, a picture, something I see on the street. One time, we were heading to the theater to see Shutter Island, and I was thinking that Leonardo DiCaprio never ages, like he’s a vampire, and suddenly, I have the beginning of Leonardo DiCaprio is a vampire.
In the case of When Will I Be Loved, part of my worldbuilding was already done, since this is the second book, and we saw Crescent Bay in the first one. However, I did have to create Holt and Helios, and his people, and since Miller was a secondary character, I had to flesh him out.
Sometimes I need to do a lot of worldbuilding in advance, like for the fantasy story I’m writing with Chris T. Kat – we set up a world, and characters, and basic plottage for three books. Other times, I have a character, and I just start to write and see where the journey takes me!
The blurb sounds intriguing. Can you share any secrets of how Miller and Holt end up married? Or do we need to wait and read the book? 🙂
Julie: Sorry, you’ll have to read the book to find out any of that 🙂
I love to know what authors are reading. What are you currently reading or have you just finished a book you can recommend?
Julie: I just finished reading Murder on the Orient Express today. I recommend all Agatha Christie’s books. I recently read Fool Moon, the second book in the Dresden Files series, and I recommend that. Next, I’m going to read Cronin’s Key II, by NR Walker. Loved the first book.
When you’re not working, writing, or on the promo trail, what occupies your time?
Julie: Wow, that’s a lot of my time, but I also edit. I like to watch favorite TV shows and movies, and I enjoy cross stitching.
What can your readers expect from you next?
Julie: As I said before, I’m working on a fantasy series with Chris T. Kat, the first book is The Prince and the Mercenary. I’m working on my first PI novel, also part of a series, Personal Business. And the third book in the Moonlit Skies series, Be My Everything. Besides that, I have an ongoing flash at my blog called Don’t Look Back, which is rather taboo.
Thanks for having me here today, Nic. Have a great day!
Miller forced himself to take a breath, unaware until he did that he’d stopped breathing.
Quit being ridiculous. Wine going to your head already?
But he’d only had the one glass. And he hadn’t even finished that. He wasn’t such a lightweight, when it came to holding his alcohol, and he knew it.
He told himself it was just his imagination. But just to be safe, he began a slow cautious turn, looking around him, without appearing to be searching for anything—or anyone.
And there he was.
Standing a heartbeat away from Miller was one of the sexiest men he’d ever seen in his life. A man every bit as sexy as Raoul Marchand, although not in the same feral way as the werewolf.
This man was light where Raoul was dark. His hair was a honey blonde which stood out by virtue of being obviously natural, in a place where most blondes were either created by the sun or came from a bottle. He stood a little taller than Miller, exuding a presence that went beyond the merely physical, possessed of the bearing and mien of a veritable god.
But it was his eyes that drew Miller in and held him spellbound. Blue and green, like staring into tropical waves, flecked with bits of pure molten gold. And the way he was staring at Miller was sending the most delicious shivers traveling up and down his spine.
The man took a step toward Miller, his hand outstretched. Before Miller quite realized what had happened, he’d placed his own hand inside of the other man’s, and he found himself being drawn onto the dance floor.
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About the author
Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.
She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, Wayward Ink Press, and Amber Quill Press.
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