Wednesday, October 31, 2012

CREEPED out by a Critique Group? Try out @CritiqueCircle! #Wwow

Wednesday's Writing Tip is short and sweet writing advice. Grab your cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy!

Creepy? No! 
Cat's meow? Yes! 

You need a critique group or a critique partner!
 I cannot stress enough how important my writing partners have been. Here I am to share my experience and suggest the best critique group on the web, Critique Circle.

When I began to write Time Changes Everything, I decided that it would be a good idea to find a critique partner. Since I live in a Spanish-speaking country, it was impossible to find a support group here. I needed serious writers who could speak English and who were willing to help. So, I did a little research and found the website Critique Circle, and boy were these ladies and gentlemen a helpful group! 

I'm so glad I discovered this site. I have learned so much from the people I interact with. The biggest advantage to this critique
 group is the amount of people involved. You will inevitably find other writers just like you, with similar writing genres and a wealth of experience. 

Overall, here are the reasons why I love this place:

1) It's free! (Of course, there is a PRO version, which I pay for, but it isn't necessary) and easy to sign up.

2) You can focus on your genre of writing. Mine happens to be romance.

3) There are forums to discuss anything you wish. Most of it has to do with writing, but other times it can be off-topic.

4) A whole bunch of tools such as Storyboards, Outlining Templates, Name Generator, Submission Tacker and more!

5) The friendships I have made. Although I put this as fifth, I have to say this is actually the main reason I love Critique Circle. It's wonderful to live through the writing process with all my buddies. They are there to motivate me, inspire me, and to help me improve (with no hard feelings, either!) We share in our successes and mourn with our rejections. There's nothing better than seeing one of your partners publish a book! Although I haven't met any of my partners face-to-face, I can call them friends. They are valuable and a part of my writing life. 

So, my Wednesday advice to you is to find a critique partner, a local critique group, or one online. I know there are other groups online, but Critique Circle is a good way to go. You won't be disappointed.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to check out other #Wwow authors:


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Best RomCom Scenes - Sit Back and Relax

Monday's Funny
The Best Romantic Comedy Scenes

Do you have a moment to watch some great Rom Com scenes? Below are some of my favorites, but believe me, there are too many to put.  So, take a seat, relax and enjoy!

I have to start with one of my alltime favorite Romantic Comedies... When Harry Met Sally

And since that makes me think of Meg Ryan, the best Romantic Comedy actress of all time, here is another scene from Sleepless in Seattle.

Do you remember The Princess Bride? You want me to show you? Okay.... As You Wish! 

Oh, and how about this great scene from The Romantics (although I don't think this is quite Romantic Comedy). This kiss tops my fave movie kisses. :)

One of my favorite comedians is Adam Sandler. His humor reminds me of my husband. :) Here is a scene from 50 First Dates

This is one from my teen years. I think I saw this movie in the theatre about 20 times. This has one of the best entries I've ever seen. 

And, of course, Bridget Jones Diary. This woman takes after my own heart! 

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween High Jinks - Come Join the Fun!

Monday Funnies Honor Halloween! 

Ah! Halloween! One holiday that I miss, since it isn't celebrated in the country I live. In honor of this day, I will share some of my favorite halloween gags. 

Of course, I have to start with the latest The Office Halloween special. Dwight and Jim are at it again. They completely crack me up!

And that's not all! Here are some jokes that are so dumb they make you laugh. Which one is your fave?

So, what are your plans this year? Remind me of the US Halloween tradition. Anything special that you do? What are your reading in honor of this Halloween? Vampires? Ghosts? 

Have fun and eat lots of candy for me! 


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tools for Writing - Software Organization Tip

Wednesday Writing Tip

Have you ever felt like the picture above? I sure have! In fact it's almost a daily occurence. I am what writer's call - a PANSTER - actually a half-way panster, if that exists. Most of my ideas are in my head and stay there until I get a scene out on paper. As I get older, there's only so much my head can carry. This summer I had a breakdown and decided I needed a panster-friendly writing program to help me stay focused and motivated to write. Here is what I found!

A writer's software program .... I mean, can it get better than that? A program geared for someone like me... an author... who is a mess at times.... who needs to oragnize characters, thoughts, scenes, research, pictures, lists, and you name it! Writeway Pro Writing Software is the software I found suitable for me.

I went from this:

These are my character notes for Frequent Flyer

To this:

My heroine notes - She looks better, doesn't she?

The notebook was not doing it for me. I always kept it by the bed (and to be honest it's still there for emergency brainstorming), but what if an idea came to me as I worked on the computer? No time to search down my notebook. A computer is a much easier way to keep my ideas, scenes, descriptions all huddled together in one ORGANIZED place. Another downside of the notebook was the way I organized everything. I had a characters section, then a chapters section, then research section, then favorite lines section. But somehow they always intermingled and my sections turned into a section. Not good.

Some of the great features that help me organize my panster mind are:


Word Count Report

I could go on and on, and since I'm not a salesperson for Writeway, I won't. 

The point is... a writer should find the system that works for them. 

I hear other writers swear by Scrivener. I checked into it and it did look great. However, for me it was more overwhelming. I just wanted a program that was simple and close to a normal WORD program. Writeway worked for me.

So, my writer's advice to you is to find a way to organize yourself. It makes a world of difference! I am 75% through my newest WIP and I know I wouldn't be as far along if I didn't invest in this program.

You, too, can finally look like this:

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Alpha Male Gabfest

Do you love to read about Alpha Males? Who are your favorites? In honor of the Alpha Male Blog Hop, I've invited a group of wonderful authors to answer these questions. I hope you enjoy!

Why do I love Alpha Males?
Which book has your favorite Alpha Male?

After reading everyone's responses, go below to enter to win:

A $5 Amazon Gift Card

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: An Awesome Swag Pack!

So, without further ado, please welcome my featured authors. 

Chantel Rhondeau, author of Always and Forever
Well, you've read my book, Melinda, so you know I don't 100% go for those macho, alpha males. I like a man with a softer side. I'd say a blend of alpha and beta - take charge when I need him to, but be kind and nurturing when I need that. However, my new WIP involves a very alpha male and I have to admit, as we peel back the layers and I get to know him better, he is a wonderful man. Hmmm... too many alphas in books to narrow it down without saying Eric Northman again from the Sookie Stackhouse books, but I've got the perfect one from a TV show. Have you ever watched Law and Order, Special Victims Unit? An actor who used to be on there, Christopher Meloni, played Detective Stabler. Not only was he very alpha, but very, very HOT! :-) Hotness always factors in with those alphas, doesn't it? I would recommend watching reruns of this show if you missed him!

Rachel Kall, author of Legally Undercovera romantic suspense to be published by Entranced Publishing April 22, 2013

I think a true Alpha Male is the perfect combination of strength and smarts. The Alpha Male knows what he wants and is willing to fight for it. My favorite Alpha Males can be in found in books by Suzanne Brockmann, Roxanne St. Claire, and Catherine Mann all writers of wonderful romantic suspense. 

Rachelle Ayala, author of Broken Build and Michal's Window

An Alpha male is decisive with a take charge attitude and tough exterior. He doesn't like to talk about his feelings, but if you're the special woman who can squeeze into his heart, you'll find him loyal and utterly adorable. Just don't let anyone else catch on.

Dave Jewell of my latest book, Broken Build, is my favorite alpha male. A hard charging CEO who fires at will, he hides his brokenness with a playboy lifestyle... until Jen uncovers the dusty crib and baby toys.

Dariel Raye, author of Dark Sentinels: Sable

Two of my favorite alpha males are Nalini Singh's Noel and Galen, from "Angel's Flight." Both are men of few words, yet when they speak, they are intelligent, insightful, and direct. They are both powerful, protective men who are not intimidated by a strong woman; in fact, they support and encourage strength in the women they love, taking whatever steps they deem necessary to help them acknowledge and fulfill their dreams. These men make me feel safe, willing to risk their lives to protect me from harm. They show me I am loved instead of wasting time with flowery lip-service.  

Christina McKnight, author of Only in Her Dreams

Alpha males? Women still like alpha males? Well, I’m more of a beta male kinda girl! Five reasons I’m addicted to this type of man: 1. He’ll let his woman pay the tab every once in a while, 2. He’ll admit his mistakes and apologize, 3. He doesn’t need the approval of his ‘pack’, 4. He doesn’t bulldoze people to get his way, 5. He’s not afraid to admit when he’s fallen in love!  My advice…whether your beta man is in the flesh or among the pages of a good book, hold tight to him and never let him go!

ST Bende, author of Elsker, a mythology based novel to be published by Entranced Publishing May 20, 2013

I feel like choosing a single favorite Alpha Male is a Herculean task.  I suppose I could start there - Hercules.  Now that's an Alpha Male.  Even the Disney cartoon version was dreamy - strong, sensitive, powerful... a halfway decent singer.  And I'd be remiss if I mentioned a mythological Alpha without bringing up Thor.  Strong, powerful, most likely not all that sensitive (but who really cares when the guy wields the power of Mjolnir and harnesses the forces of thunder?), and probably really good looking, given his Nordic roots.  But I'm fairly certain the ultimate Alpha Male was James Bond himself.  Sometimes dark, sometimes brooding, always elegant, well dressed, refined, dignified, and able to handle any situation.  Doesn't every woman fancy a man who has it all under control?  And who among us wouldn't love to be a Bond Girl?  I wouldn't object to looking even a smidge like Ursula Andress in that white bikini, walking out of the Caribbean to meet James Bond.  Hey, this blog post is about fantasy, isn't it?  

Melinda Dozier, author of Time Changes Everything, to be published by Entranced Publishing June 3, 2013

Alpha males are attractive because they know what they want. There´s nothing sexier than a confident, fearless, bold man. When it comes to love, an Alpha is ahead of the game. He doesn´t ask for love, but he tells the herione he wants it. He needs it. He has got to have it, and he will do whatever it takes to get it.

Jake in Time Changes Everything is the perfect Alpha. He has all the qualities I mentioned above. Once he realizes he's ready to love Amanda, he goes for it. He only has to convince her to admit it, too. What are some of the ways he convinces Amanda to take the risk on love? Find out in June, 2013 when Time Changes Everything is published.
Like what you heard? Please click on the author's name for their blog site or their book picture to buy their book!

But that's not all....Enter to win on the Alpha Male Blog Hop hosted by Carrie Ann's Blog Hops.

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

And that's STILL not all... For a chance to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card, enter my own raffle below.
Remember to comment below about your favorite Alpha Males (with your email) and link on to other blog hop participants at: for more chances to win!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Author Interview: Christina McKnight, Only in Her Dreams

WELCOME to Christina McKnight! Her new novel, Only in Her Dreams, has been released this month and she took her time out of her busy schedule to be interviewed by me. Hope you enjoy!

1. What sparked your interest in becoming a romance writer?
My love of historical romance novels! Since I was young my mom hounded me to write. Most of the time we read the same romance novels and I’d guess the ending half way through…to both our surprise I was right most of the time. If I wasn’t right, my mom always said my endings were better. I think I’ve always been a romance writer, even if the stories only existed in my imagination.

2. How did you come up with your ideas for Only in Her Dreams?
Only in Her Dreams actually came to me in a dream. Ironic, I know. Several times I dreamt of a man watching me. He never approached, moved, or spoke, but stayed silently in the background. I starting thinking: Who is this guy? What does he want?

A fellow writer -and self-proclaimed dream expert- said the man may be someone I’ve come into contact with recently. My next question: What if this mystery man from my dream showed up in real life? Only In Her Dreams, The Oneiroi Book 1 took off from there.

3. You have an amazing way of organizing your writing time. Want to tell the readers about it?
Ha! By ‘amazing’ do you mean crazy? I find I work best when I’m faced with deadlines. So, I set attainable deadlines and goals for all my projects...then (this step is very important) I tell everyone about my deadlines. This helps keep me on track and focused because I loathe disappointing people. I also schedule my writing, editing, and blogging time each day.

4. Any advice for indie authors?
Ask questions! Seek out other writers and learn as much as you can from their experiences. I have a wonderful support group of writers, some indie and a few traditional. Something I’ve learned is that writers are more than happy to share what they’ve learned. And if they don’t know the answer, they will point you to another writer who does. In addition, as a writer you must be willing to help others as well. Share what you learn with other new writers.

5. What are your future plans as an author?
Oh, I have A LOT planned! Right now I’m writing the first book (out of 3) in my historical romance series.

A few months ago I read Wallflower by Catherine Gayle and she wrote a scene that involved a duel. The heroine wanted to take the place of her beta male counterpart. She was scared to lose him. Talk about true love!

I started thinking...what if a young girl of the ton was responsible for the death of a man because of a duel she egged on? The next logical question was...what if BOTH men died? Then I took it one step further...what if the men were brothers? Shunned No More, The Forsaken Lady Series (Book 1) progressed from there. I have a heroine that the reader should despise during the prologue but hopefully I can redeem her by the end of the book.

Oh, and of course I’m working on Only In Her Nightmares, The Oneiroi Book 2, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer for deets on this project.

Author Bio:
Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. 

In college, Christina took many courses to help develop and enhance her writing skills. She completed a seventy-page dissertation on the need for community policing in American society. Now, she focuses on Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance.

Christina lives in Northern California with her husband, daughter, two boxers, two cats, and a Beta fish named Marmaduke.  If she’s not behind a computer screen or book, she’s busy leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. She is very active in several writing groups and a local book group.

Book Excerpt:
Chapter 8

Darius preferred to let his brothers believe his powers had indeed been stripped, gone with his banishment. That’s where his deal with the Dark One came in handy. He’d had a link to the girl for years now, bringing a dark presence to her dreams-her nightmares.
Closing his eyes he concentrated on the dark side. A thrill coursed through his body every time he traveled to this forbidden land. He would lead these people, his type of people.
His eyes opened and he stood in front of a rusted, black iron gate. It parted to allow him entrance.
He proceeded down the fog-ridden path toward the castle in the distance. It was an imposing structure covered by black tinted ivy. Everything in this place held a black tint; the streets, the building, and most of all—the people. Soon-to-be, his people.
As he approached the massive fortress, the doors glided open of their own accord. The interior was as dark and fog laden as the exterior, dim candles shown upon the rug laden floor he moved across.
“The Dark One will see you in the billiards room.”
Darius stiffened and stopped his progress, turning toward the voice behind him.
No one in sight. What the fuck?
He straightened his shoulders and continued through the foyer and down the hall leading to the billiards room. Again, doors parted and he entered.
The Dark One lounged against the far wall, cue stick in hand. He studied the freshly racked pool table. “You’re in time for a game. Grab a cue, Darius.”
“Yes, My Lord.” Darius retrieved a cue stick from the wall and turned toward the table. The Dark One leaned across it, aiming for the racked balls.
“I hear you have good news for me,” he said as his stick connected with the white ball. On impact, the colored and striped balls rolled toward the corner pockets.
Darius watched in awe. Every ball found its home in a hole, ending the game before it start. What the fuck?! he thought to himself, for the second time in less than ten minutes.
“Yes. My informant gave us accurate information about where the girl lives,” Darius said.
“Have you confirmed this for yourself?” The man stood straight and returned his stick to the rack on the wall. He faced Darius across the table, hands on his hips. The man was intimidating, the thing that nightmares were made of.
“Of course.” I’m not an idiot.
“Well…what?” Darius asked. Standing around a pool table, in such a casual setting should be relaxing, but he was on edge.
“Why isn’t Erebos mine yet?”
Good question. How to answer that without getting his ass set on fire, he wondered. “I’m working on it.”
“Work faster. I’m in need of a new home, this one’s going to shit.” The Dark One stared at Darius, no hint of a joke on his face.
“I don’t plan to drag this out longer than necessary.”

Monday, October 15, 2012

Book Nerds Unite!

I confess! I'm a book nerd. I am ALWAYS reading. I actually read more than I write, which I probably shouldn't admit since I am an author. But, if I had to categorize myself, Reader would be #1 and writer would be #2. I have been reading some really great books lately. There's just been so many darn good releases. And I don't only read a book. I get caught up in one. Obsessively so. 

Does your life ever revolve around your reading? 
Dinner? Oh, yeah.... let me just finish this page.
Shower? Sure, I just have one more chapter.
Talk to you? Um, okay. But, will you speak with a British accent like Mr. Darcy?

Sadly, I can be a bit overboard. 

 I only hope that one day my readers will feel the same as they read my books. They will be so enthralled that they give up on real life and live in la-la land. Actually, I don't wish that on my readers, but I at least wish that they enjoy my books so much, that they can't wait to read mroe.  

Today's funnies are dedicated to book nerds, alike. Have you ever felt like this?

Me on countless ocassions.

Of course, this doesn't happen so much with ebooks.

I'm in a book hangover right now.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Road to Publishing: Marketing #1

For any author, marketing is a must. I am happy to have a marketing team behind me at Entranced Publishing  because doing it all on my own would be something I just couldn't handle. As a new author, I have no idea what to do, how to do it, or when. Sound familiar? Even so, I haven't been absolutely lost in the dark. I knew I had to do something, so at the beginning of this year, I began to put my name out there and in the romance writing community. Here's what I have done.

1) Set up an online presence. This was easy! I love being online and finding my favorite writer's out there. So, all I have to do is maintain that, right? 

Set up a website - Welcome! You are there!
Create an author email:
Twitter account: @melindadozier
Facebook page:
Goodreads: Melinda Dozier
Pinterest: Melinda Dozier

My favorite online place? Twitter! If you haven't interacted with twitter, it is a must. I have met so many people sailing the same ship. I have even "talked" to favorite authors, an excellent motivation! There are beneficial book/author/fun "chats". I could go on and on (in fact, that may be a future post! Stay tuned!)

2) Create Business Cards. I am really new at this. I have received business cards, bookmarks, rack cards, postcards, etc. from authors before. I just didn't know how to go about it. I did a bit of research, talked to other writers and found several sites online that create marketing materials. Here is a list of a few I liked online:

Vista Print -
Overnight Prints -

In the end, I actually had some made locally, since I live in Central America.
Why create business cards or other marketing materials? You can give them away at author signings, conventions, or include them in SWAGS or other giveaways. You want your name out there!

3) Participate in Blog Hops/Blog Tours. This is really fun! There are so many  Blog Hops, Blog Fests, weekly memes all related to romance writers/readers. Here are a list of some of my faves. Of course, I can't participate in all of them, because I don't have enough time in my week, but I will share the wealth of information.

Carrie Ann's Blog Hops - She hosts monthly romance writer's blog hops. They have been a lot of fun and valuable in getting more views to my blog.

The Blog Hop Spot - hosts monthly blog hops. Currently hosting a Halloween hop.

My Secret Romance Book Reviews - hosts several types of romance hops.

Close Encounters with the Night Kind - hosts different types of blog hops, mainly erotica, or hot and sexy authors. This is the link for a Halloween Wicked After Dark hop.

Insecure Writer's Support Group - A monthly post about your insecurities. Great exposure to other writers.

Six Sentence Sunday - A weekly meme for published or non-published authors. Post six sentences from a WIP or MS.

Dirty Little Secret Weekly Meme - takes place every Thursday. Not for the faint at heart. Some topics are a bit over the top. For sexy writers/readers!


Whew! Any online site or blog hop I'm missing? I would love to hear all about it. Leave a comment. They are always welcome!

More to come as I get closer to my publishing date. Marketing will take place in a more proactive way, so GET READY! :)

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Instant Attraction & Married by Mistake

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  This meme is simple and fun, you just pick up your current read, flip to a random page, and choose 1 or 2 teaser sentences to share!  Here are the guidelines:
  • Grab Your Current Read
  • Open to a random page
  • Pick two “teaser” sentences from that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO SHARE SPOILERS! (make sure what you share doesn’t give too much away.  You don’t want to ruin the book for other readers)
  • INCLUDE the TITLE & AUTHOR too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR and wish-lists!  If possible, add the page number.
Just downloaded Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis and I am practically salivating because I want to read it so bad. I will start as soon as I finish my current read (just a few pages from finishing), Married by Mistake by Abby Gaines. Since I have both reads on my mind, I will do a teaser for both. 

Book One
Title: Instant Attraction (reprint edition) by Jill Shalvis
Random Page: 65%
Teaser Sentences: "Wouldn't you want another chance? She sure as hell did. And yet it wasn't up to her and she knew it. It was up to a man who had no positive experiences with relationships, a man who may not ever want a positive experience, a more stubborn man than she'd ever met."

Book Two
TitleMarried by Mistake by Abby Gaines
Random Page: 14%
Teaser Sentences: She snatched the note from him. And read Sam Magill's instruction, etched on the fine paper in bold blue stokes. DO NOT CONSUMMATE THE MARRIAGE. "Oh." Casey dropped it on the coffee table, her cheeks burning. "As if we were going to. That's... that's..."

See anything you like? Both are guaranteed to be great reads! :) 

Thanks for stopping by,


Monday, October 8, 2012

Guest Interview: Dave from Rachelle Ayala's Broken Build

Welcome Dave Jewell, the hero from the new romantic suspense, Broken Build by Rachelle Ayala!

So, Dave Jewell, you’re the mystery man everyone wants to know about. How did you pop onto the scene and start a software company? It must have been hard finding venture capital after the stock market crash.

Not sure what you’re insinuating. I had a great idea and wrote my own code. The toughest thing about starting a company is to get funded without losing control of your idea. Every time you pitch, you run the danger someone will run off with your idea and implement it faster. Since I wrote my own code, I put up a website and tested out the concepts in the form of online video games where I let people play for free. They could buy and sell swords, potions, magic spells, gems, pets, and fashion accessories and join guilds to corner the market for a specific commodity. I refined my bidding algorithms and influence meters to ensure everyone was able to score a rare item at least once in a while, but the larger guilds obviously had more clout. It was really quite fun. The game site is still up an running. There’s a fashion site called Fling a’Bling and a warrior/dungeon adventure called Rogue’s Cave.

I’m still curious about the funding.

Sorry, you won’t get anything out of me. My lips stay sealed.

I see, not the kiss and tell type. You've experienced some sadness in your past. How have you moved on?

I thought this was a business interview. Do we have our wires crossed here? I do have a board meeting in half an hour.

Fine, okay. Business. Some people are wondering why you and your employee, Jennifer, are spending so much time together. Want to elaborate as to why?

Melinda, is that right? If your mother wasn’t my mom’s college roommate. You want to know about Jennifer?

Yes, please, do tell.

She is one of the most important employees at our company. Many people do not realize that you can have the most brilliant programmers, the most complex software, and the state of the art testing lab, but if you cannot get your software built and released, it’s all for nothing. Ms. Cruz, er I mean Jones, is simply amazing. She can write scripts in her sleep and remembers all of the multiple private branch labels. If the engineers muck up a merge, Ms. Cruz can untangle them by ferreting out the logs and comparing diffs. What really surprised me was the innovative mindset she has. Did you know she was implementing a continuous build system in her spare time? Her idea is to contain and quarantine bad code so that if one module broke, she’d automatically roll that module back to the last known working one while allowing the rest of the build to go through. This works as long as the interfaces between the modules are unchanged. She has a checker script for that too.

In the past, whenever a single line of code broke, it brought the entire system to a halt. Everyone pointed fingers, test automation could not run and this would cause major delays. I had to fire that Ms. Debeers because she insisted on making changes and not containing the damage.

Er… okay, thank you, Mr. Jewell. I was actually looking at something a bit more personal. Our readers are curious about things that make you tick, what your outlook is. So, if you don’t mind me asking, what is it about Jennifer Cruz Jones that makes her different from other women you’ve dated?

This is off the record. But I’ve never dated Jennifer Cruz Jones. She’s a valuable employee and got mixed up with something way over her head.

Then why is she staying at your mansion? Your other employees seem to think there’s something going on.
Simple. I’m protecting her.

But you intend on marrying her.


So you must have feelings for her.

No comment.

Okay… what would you do if she were to disappear or told you she never wanted to see or hear from you again?

*silence, runs his fingers through his hair and tightens his jaw*

I love her, okay? Is that what you wanted to hear?

Sure, seems like you told her that several times in the book. Why is it so hard for you to admit it here?

She got me at a weak moment.

Speaking of which. You’ve been involved in some strange activities lately. What’s going on?

Melinda, it’s been so nice speaking with you. Please do give my regards to your mother.

Oh no, not yet. An important board member wants me to interview you. SHE wants to know what you like about Jennifer.

*walks to window and looks out* She’s the kindest, most compassionate person I know. She never felt accepted or loved by her father and her mother died early. I want to make it all up to her and give her everything she missed growing up. I’ll never neglect her or make her feel lonely.

Anything about her that bugs you?

*laughs* Her obsession with her weight, exercising and eating healthy foods.

Really? I thought she ate a Whopper and a guacamole bacon cheeseburger with you.

That was before I proposed. Think I should have held out longer?

Not for a greasy burger, no. What's in your future, Dave? 

*looks at the watch Jennifer gave him* A board meeting, a stock offering, and snuggling up with Jennifer and reading a scene from a romance novel together, either Chantel Rhondeau’s new one or Cate Beauman’s Bodyguard series or Melisa Hamling’s hot one. Her hero’s name is Cruz, but Daniella, whoa… oops, strike that. Jennifer has them all beat. You have one coming out?

Yes, next year. Watch for it. Time Changes Everything, Jake and Amanda get pretty heated under the sheets too.

*straightens tie* We’ll put it on our reading list. I really have to run. Thanks and I’ll have my admin send a box of chocolate to your mother.

Rachelle’s books: Michal's Window and Broken Build
Rachelle’s blog:

To read more about Jen and Dave, buy Broken Build from Amazon. 
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