Guest Author: Janna Shay FAIR PLAY
Welcome to Janna Shay, first time author of the very sensuous (i.e. red hawt!!!) contemporary romance novel titled FAIR PLAY. After you’ve gotten to know something about Janna, make sure you read her excerpt, and visit the buy links. FAIR PLAY is a sizzling summer read, and it’ll cost you less than a snazzy coffee. Support artists and buy books. :)
Janna, thanks for visiting Love Triumphs Past and Present. What do we need to know about you?
I have 7 grown children, 23 grandchildren, and one very romantic husband who is the love of my life. And no, I did not want 7 children – I wanted 9. I figured since my husband was drafted by a major league baseball team, I’d start my own team. But instead of a baseball team, I ended up with a cheer squad who support and encourage me in my writing career. I consider myself extremely blessed to have them in my life. I’m a voracious reader, who reads at least one book a day. I find my laptop, kindle, and smart phone items I cannot live without. And believe my daughter Lisa is the most courageous woman I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing.
Wow! Seven kids, a hubby who played major league baseball, and an avid reader. We have the latter in common.
Who do you read for inspiration? Who are your influences?
There are so many writers that inspire me. But Nora Roberts, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsey, Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught, and Jude Deveraux were the first romance novelists that had an impact on me. Their stories enchanted me and helped develop my love of romance novels.
In your opinion, what makes a book a good read?
Any book that grabs my attention from beginning to end, I consider a good read. But if it’s so dynamic that I anticipate the turn of each page and stay up all night to finish it, then it’s a great read.
In your opinion, what makes a book a poor read?
I think a book is a poor read when it draws out the story with scenes that don’t move the story forward. I also think that poor editing contributes to a poor read. It’s very hard to stay focused on a story if there are numerous misspelled words and grammatical errors.
I won’t even read a book with too many errors. I’ll give any book five, but after that, I’m finished reading.
What inspired you to write FAIR PLAY
I knew I wanted to write a romantic novel about a devastatingly handsome alpha male and a beautiful, sexy woman who had an overabundance of chemistry between them. Then I saw an advertisement for Las Vegas that stated, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. So I thought I’d put the two together and maybe create some fireworks.
I’ve read it: kaboom! For those reading who haven’t read FAIR PLAY, what’s it about?
It’s about Dani Jordon who, due to events in her past, finds herself forced to live her life on the run. After seven years of moving from place to place, she stops in Las Vegas and feels she has finally found a safe haven until she meets casino owner Jace Diamond.
With Jace’s sexual magnetism and soul-shattering kisses, Dani finds herself struggling to fight the undeniable attraction that instantaneously flares between them. Because of her clandestine lifestyle she does not have the luxury of a relationship, so forces herself to walk away.
But Jace has other plans and has no intention of letting her turn her back on a lifetime of happiness he’s sure they could have. The trouble lies in convincing Dani.
Dani wants to believe and trust Jace enough to put her life in his hands. But can she safely take the chance or will her past destroy not only her life but his as well?
Describe your cover and your reaction to it.
My cover is of a man and a woman facing each other in a casino setting. It depicts a few scenes that take place between Jace and Dani, although that wasn’t its purpose. It just happened to end up that way.
I had a picture in my mind of how I would like my cover to look, and the moment I saw it, I was extremely happy. It was exactly what I had envisioned. It was classy and sexy at the same time. And to clarify so we don’t walk around the proverbial pink elephant in the center of the room, the man’s hand is on the woman’s butt.
Who doesn’t like a good butt squeeze? :)
Can you share with us a bit about your road to publication?
My road to publication. Wow, let’s see. After my father passed away I decided to write a journal for my family chronicling my ancestors’ lives so my descendants would have some knowledge of their heritage. Before I knew it, I had written a book instead of a journal. I had always wanted to become a writer, so I decided to take a leap of faith and see if my dreams could come true. I joined a few writing groups and soon found myself pitching my manuscripts. I submitted FAIR PLAY to my editor, Debby Gilbert, and here I am.
I was lucky enough to have Debby publish my first book, too. Soul Mate Publishing is committed to new romance authors. Now many of their writers have second books and more. For me, that’s an encouraging sign SMP is finding talent.
What are your writing goals? Any new projects?
My goals are to continue writing stories that I hope readers will enjoy. Reading is one of my main loves and has always brought me much pleasure, and I hope my books give readers many hours of satisfying entertainment.
I’ve just finished a rough draft about a woman who believes she’s incapable of love and doesn’t need a man in her life. And a playboy who’s convinced that women are only objects to be enjoyed lightly but never taken seriously. But fate has different plans and throws both of their lives in turmoil. I still have a lot of fine tuning to do, but hopefully it will be available for publication near the end of the year.
I’ve also just begun the second book in my Diamond series, FAIR PLAY being the first in the series.
I’m going to end this interview with an excerpt from Janna Shay’s FAIR PLAY.
“Beautiful,” he said, moving closer. His sensuous tones washed over her. “Your hair looks like warm caramel and feels like silk.” His hands moved to her face as he peered deep into her eyes and lowered his head. He kissed her slowly, taking his time to savor her taste and the texture of her mouth.
His tongue outlined her lips, then traced her bottom lip, making her gasp with desire. Her mouth opened wider, inviting him to explore the recesses. Shivers of heat radiated throughout her body when his tongue touched hers. Totally forgetting the bikini top she had clutched in her hands, she wound her arms around his neck, feeling the soft hair at his nape as she caressed him with her fingers. She arched into him, wanting to feel his skin against hers, and felt his body harden with his need. He deepened the kiss, sending flames of fire racing through her blood, making her breasts ache for his touch. Wants and needs she didn’t even know she possessed came rushing to the surface, begging for relief. Her body craved his, and the relief she instinctively knew only he could give.
Jace tangled his hands in her hair as he devoured the sweetness of her mouth. He’d meant to just taste her, but once he tasted, he became greedy for more. Deepening the kiss, he demanded a response from her, and when he got it, he demanded more. With a need to meld her body to his, he moved his hands to her hips and pulled her toward him as his blood pulsated throughout his body, feeding his increasing desire.