Thanks to Sara Reidy at Pocket Books and Simon and Schuester, I have the pleasure to offer New York Times Bestselling author, Janet Chapman's, Tempt Me If You Can.
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(Ben Sinclair and Emma)
HE'LL PLAY BY HER RULES UNTIL SHE FALLS FOR HIM...
HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER.
When an anonymous letter stuns shipping magnate and confirmed bachelor Ben Sinclair with the news that he has a teenage son, he's determined to make good on the past. But Emma Sands doesn't trust him. The beautiful, fiery blonde has raised her nephew in the peaceful woods of Maine since he was five, and just because fifteen-year-old Michael is the spitting image of his tall, handsome father doesn't give Ben the right to march in and change their lives forever. Or so she thinks, until his return mysteriously unearths a dangerous small-town secret. With Michael's help, Ben will do whatever it takes to prove to fiercely independent Emma that he can be the fearless protector she never knew she wanted...and the passionate lover she always thought she could resist.
Janet Chapman's Bio:
New York Times Best Selling authorJanet Chapman is a native of rural central Maine, where she lives in a cozy log cabin on a lake with her husband and two sons. Three cats and a stray young bull moose keep them company. The winner of the Pearl Award for Best New Paranormal Author and a two-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award, she is the author of four other enchanting time-travel romances set in modern-day Maine –
Janet, I would like to congratulate you on your February release of Tempt Me If you Can. Can you tell us about the book?
Janet: Thanks, Marilyn. Tempt Me If You Can is partly about a man's right to know he has fathered a child. I touched on this subject in Charming the Highlander; in that story the heroine was wrestling with the question of telling the father at the time of the birth, whereas in this story that decision was made fifteen years after the fact, and we are seeing the results. The book is also about setting down roots, hopes and dreams fulfilled and denied, and of course, how love has the power to make those dreams come true.
Is there a back story to Tempt Me If You Can?
Janet: Not really; the back story is as simple and as common as a young boy unknowingly leaving a young girl pregnant, and returning as a man to deal with the consequences.
Do you plot your stories or let your characters lead you.
Janet: I usually live with my characters in my head for a few months (okay, sometimes years), and have only an opening scene when I sit down to start writing. Thankfully, my characters take it from there, and I often feel like my readers, rushing to turn pages to see what happens next!
How long have you been writing and what was your call story?
Janet: I wrote and stuffed books in the closet for about five years (at least ten books) before I decided I should probably try to sell one of them to justify all the time I spent in front of my computer. So I started going to conferences and workshops, and two years later I got an agent; then I got another agent, and sold within two weeks! It's hard for me to believe, but I've been published for just over seven years. Whew! Where did that time go?
What are you currently working on?
Janet: I'm starting a new paranormal series with a hunky and powerful new wizard (you will meet Mac in the last two books of my Midnight Bay Series, coming out next December and January) set in Spellbound Falls, Maine. But for my Highlander and Midnight Bay fans, don't worry; you'll see the MacKeages and Gregors popping in and out of Spellbound Falls.
Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite you identify with and why?
Janet: I LOVE men, and so I guess I have a thing for all my heroes ;-) I think Michael MacBain (Wedding the Highlander) is the most romantic; his son, Robbie, (Tempting the Highlander) is just downright perfect; Ethan Knight (Stranger In Her Bed) is quite yummy in a laid-back sort of way. But the one I had the most fun writing has got to be William Killkenny (Dragon Warrior, Dec. 2010). You just wait until you meet him!
What is the best thing about your job as an author? What is the hardest thing?
Janet: I love being that proverbial fly on the wall, watching all these people play out their lives. Believe it or not, for me writing is a spectator sport. As for the hardest thing about what I do; I come home from my studio mentally exhausted from dealing with all my characters' problems all day!
Describe a day in the life of Janet Chapman.
Janet: I wake up writing. Usually it's at 3:00 a.m. (not on purpose; THEY wake me up.), but since I'm scared to death of the dark, my poor husband has to walk me to my studio. When I'm on a deadline, I write until around 2 or 3:00 p.m., then stumble home, eat something, and fall into bed at 7:00. When I'm not writing, I'm camping deep in the mountains someplace (in a camper, not a tent), hunting, fishing, or just playing tourist down on the coast.
What is something you definitely want readers to know about you?
Janet: That just like you, I don't always agree with some of the decisions my characters make, but I do believe they're being made by everyday, ordinary, imperfect people.
When the time comes for you to retire from writing, what would you like your readers to remember the most about you and your writing?
Janet: Just a minute; I need to stop laughing. Retire? Do you think there's ANY hope these imaginary people will leave me alone some day? The very first time I sat down at a computer and wrote "Chapter One" the damage was done. Once you put the voices in your head down on paper, they become REAL and there's no going back. So let's be honest here; when I DIE, I'd like my readers to pick one (any one) of my books off their shelves and give it another read, only this time picture me sitting in my studio living vicariously through my characters.
What are you currently reading?
Janet: I'm laughing again! You want me to read AND write? At the same time? Okay, I do read, but not fiction when I'm writing. I read mostly non-fiction; new-age and spiritual stuff, anything to do with physics (hey, I LIKE numbers and theories, and quantum physics actually ties into that spiritual stuff), biographies (Einstein, of course, and John Adams and other cool people), and an eclectic assortment of magazines. I also soak up the Discovery, Science, and History Channels. Anyone watch American Loggers? I camp up there where it's being filmed.
Before I let you go is there anything I forgot to ask that you want the readers and fans to know?
Janet: Yes. Thank you so much for all the lovely letters you send me via my website. I will admit that there are days I wonder why I do this (days my characters are usually throwing hissy fits), and I'll open my website email and there will be a letter from someone that punches me right in the heart; and I'll wipe away my tears, take a deep breath, and turn back to my work computer and wrestle my story back from my characters. I started out doing this for ME, but somewhere along the line you all started sitting on my shoulder, cheering me on.
Thank you. Thank you!
Oh, and I swear to every one of you; I am writing as fast as I can!
Janet, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me!
Janet: Oh, no; thank you, Marilyn! I'm not very internet savvy, but I am coming to see how blogging allows my characters to continue on long after the book is closed.
Until later, keep reading!