5 star Review
Dr. Gabriel North blamed himself for his wife’s death. Now, after two years of battling guilt and meaningless hookups, he’s ready to move on. When he sees the sexy brunette at his friend’s wedding, his attraction is swift and strong, and he wastes no time in pressing his advantage. One night with the woman who makes him feel alive again isn’t enough, but gaining her trust as a man was going to take more than medical school had prepared him for.
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Good morning Jan!! Welcome to herding cats. I was feeling a bit adventurous this morning so whipped up some croissants for while we chat. *whispers* there are a couple chocolate stuffed ones in there.
Thanks for having me, Anna! Ooo, chocolate filled croissants—I’ll be right over.LOL I've got my eyes on those chocolate ones too! Yum! Alright. If you had 15 seconds how would you hook someone on Playing Doctor?
When two broken souls meet at a wedding and come together in a passionate and cathartic way, neither has the slightest clue how their chance meeting will both open their battered hearts and change their lives.Can you share 3 fun behind the scenes facts about Beth, Gabe and their story?
- Beth’s car, a black on blue, 1969 Super Sport Chevelle, is the one my husband drove while we were dating. Her key ring is one I carried.
- It’s no accident that Playing Doctor starts with Beth and Connie having breakfast at Cracker Barrel. My fellow nurses, who worked the night/weekend shift in the Emergency Department, and I would gather at Cracker Barrel after our last shift on Monday mornings, where we would gorge ourselves on pancakes and have the most outrageous conversations.
- Connie’s character is a compilation of those friends, who are as dear to my heart as Connie is to Beth.
While there are several scenes that I love, the one where Gabe asks to see Beth again and she turns him away pulls at my heart each time I read it:
How can you not swoon over a tall, dark and lick-o-licious guy with long hair, a great sense of humor and who knows how to take what he wants while making sure his woman gets what she needs?
As for Beth—I wanted a strong woman, one who could gather the remnants of her shattered life and move forward. It was going to take that kind of woman to pull Gabe from the guilt over his wife’s death.LOL he sure made me swoon that's for sure. Alright a couple quickies before you head out...
Favorite Man Candy?
Dustin Clare, as Gannicus from Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, was the original muse for Gabe. I loved his humor, his courage and strength…and then there was that great hair, his dark eyes and that fantastic body!
As the story played out, Gabe began to resemble Chris Hemsworth and the two sort of morphed into one.
Erm…hang on a sec…It’s cold outside and here comes a man with wood… *well, those are just...real nice Jan*I'm completely obsessed with...?
Pawn shopping for rings! I love finding a beautiful old ring, wondering who wore it last, how she came by it, what happened to bring it into the shop…taking it home and adding another chapter to the story. *oh I love that!*Funky patterned socks or solid colors?
Sadly, I’m boring when it comes to socks, but I would love to have a pair of red and white Wicked Witch of the West socks and a pair of sparkly red shoes to wear with them!Best food ever...?
Nachos and Cheese and chocolate. I’m totally convinced that my gastroenterologist was full of dookey in even suggesting that they have anything to do with my horrible acid reflux problem JAny juicy gossip you can share about what's up next? Will there be more in this world or something completely new?
I have several works in progress going at the moment! Three are stand-alone books, but I love the secondary characters in Playing Doctor, and they keep pecking at the inside of my head for me to tell their stories.
Connie, Beth’s BFF from Playing Doctor will have her day in the sun, as well as giving us another glimpse of Beth and Gabe with a special HEA for them. Here’s a quick run-down of her story:
Connie is fed up with her old money, society conscious family and their endless attempts to fix her up with the appropriate Mr. Right, and tonight’s debacle is the last straw. Escaping to the den for a moment of anger management, she finds her brother watching a cage fight on TV, and the mass of tattoo covered muscle and sweat in the octagon is none other than the local bad boy, and her former high school crush, Eddie Barone. When her brother jokingly suggests bringing the battered fighter to dinner and introducing him as her significant other, an idea germinates. It could work…as long as she remembers they’re not in high school any more.
When Constance Beaumont sways into his father’s restaurant, Eddie feels a punch to the chest, much like the one he’d taken the night before in cage that still had his ribs aching. When the ridiculous proposal spills from the luscious lips he’d ached to taste back in high school, his first instinct is to turn her down. With injuries to heal before his next fight, and bored to the point of screaming, this might be just the distraction he needs…and his one shot at getting his hands on the girl who’d always been just out of reach.
Ian Montgomery and Eve Winters will have their own story as well. Here is the working blurb:
All Ian Montgomery, Navy SEAL, wants is to get through his brother’s wedding and enjoy the peace and quiet of home. The last thing he needs is his pain in the ass childhood friend invading his space while her home is undergoing repairs for water damage. As kids, she was the annoying little sister he’d never had, or wanted, constantly pestering him to “show me how.” But little Eve has grown up, and rather nicely, too, and her latest request for his tutoring services are anything but childish.
Write what you know. Easy enough, but Eve Winters, bestselling author of erotic romance is a fraud—she has a ghostwriter penning those steamy love scenes. Eve’s past relationships have been less than satisfying, leaving her wondering what all the fuss is about. How’s a girl supposed to write something she’s totally clueless about? What she needs is a lesson on the smexy, and there’s only one man she trust enough to do the job.
Oh I am so excited! I loved both of their characters. Woot! Can't wait to see what you come up with for them. Thanks so much for coming by Jan!
Thank you, as well, Anna, for inviting me here today. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I hear a bag of Tootsie Rolls and one of my characters calling my name J
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