by Dena Garson
Two coworkers are brought together when an embarrassing bet is brought to light at the annual office party. Mia worries her trust in Jake, the company playboy, may place her heart and reputation at risk.
“And off they go,” Mia mumbled as she watched her traitorous friends weave their way across the room, leaving her alone with Jake. She turned and looked up into his eyes. Even though the lights were too low to see the exact shade, she knew they were the color of well-worn denim. “I hope you’re aware of what you unleashed on your pals.”
She considered the man standing before her. He was tall with broad, strong-looking shoulders. She knew he played ball with some of the guys in the office because she’d often heard them talking about the games over coffee in the break room. The way his shirts fit indicated he worked out. Add that to his classic blond hair and blue eyes and he was definitely drool-worthy, as Mandy would say.
The biggest question in Mia’s mind was whether or not he would ever see her as anything but an analyst with more opinions than boobs. Thankfully she had the data to back those opinions up.
“They may thank me in the morning,” Jake said with a twinkle in his eye.
“They might,” she conceded.
He stepped closer to Mia. Close enough that she could feel the warmth of his body radiating to her already flushed skin.
“Besides,” he lowered his voice and held Mia’s gaze, “it served its purpose.”
“What purpose is that?”
“To get you to myself.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Dena Garson loves to read romance—the hotter the better. When one of her BFFs said “one of us should be writing this stuff”, she took up the challenge. If she isn’t writing, she’s designing jewelry but somehow she still manages to make it into the office on a regular basis.
MY INTERVIEW WITH DENA:
What do you write?
I’m published in contemporary, paranormal and fantasy romance. Truth be told, I write whatever I’m seeing in my head at the time. There are a couple more books in my WIP queue that will cross over into historical and another that will fall into urban fantasy.
What genre do you favor?
To read and write, it’s definitely romance. But if you’re talking sub-genres, I’m afraid that largely depends on my mood and what the characters in my head are doing.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I think the idea was there since I was a kid I just didn’t know what to do with the pictures and scenes I saw in my head until I was an adult. After my second son was born the idea came into focus thanks to a good friend of mine. She suggested that one of us should be writing the stories we were so fond of, so I researched how to put that idea into motion and joined a local romance writing group. I’ve been writing ever since.
What do you think is the best way to publish these days?
I don’t think there is any one best way to publish any more. I think writers need to experience both traditional publishing as well as self-publishing and see which works for them and their books. Every author is different and comes with their own set of strengths and weaknesses. Not to mention, everyone has different writing goals and time to spend on their careers.
What are your favorite genres to read? Why?
No question about it, I love romance. Again, if you’re talking romance sub-genres, what I pick up to read largely depends on my mood. Some days I want to sink into a dark paranormal, others I just want a light hearted historical. Books allow me to escape my everyday life and any stress I may be experiencing. Romance provides a reminder that true love and happy ever afters are worth the struggle.
Do your characters talk to you?
I can’t say that I’ve ever had a “conversation” with any of my characters but they certainly show me pictures and take me to places I’ve never been. Although, I’m certain one or two have given me “the look” when I tried to write a scene wrong.
How do you approach starting a new book?
Mine almost always start with the characters. I might see a scene and get it down on paper but my first step is always to discover who the characters are and how they came to be in the situation I saw them in. Then I work forward and backward in time to get the overall plot and/or outline.
What is your writing process?
In a nutshell, I write the scenes my characters show me then fill in the blanks. I almost always start somewhere around the 1/4 or 1/3 mark then jump around writing whatever I can. Most of the time it’s in chronological order but I always have to go back and fill in places where I missed a small space of time or show how they got from place X to place Z.
What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
Angela Knight’s Passionate Ink is really good if you write sensual or erotic romance. I also like Joseph Campbell’s The Writer’s Journey.
What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?
I read and do lots of crafts. Making beaded jewelry is probably my favorite though. I love the colors, textures and different materials of beads.
What was your best date ever?
It was a trip to a local museum to see a collection of Greek artifacts with an emphasis on Aphrodite. It was only in town for short time and he knew how much I loved Greek mythology.
Navy SEAL or cowboy?
Hmmm… is neither an option?? I suppose I should be a good Okie and say cowboy but I even that choice is only “okay” to me. Now… give me a hunky Viking or Scotsman in a kilt and I’ll go weak in the knees.
Chocolate or chips?
If you could have a superpower what would it be? Why?
I want what Tinkerbell has! She can fly, help others fly, and work magic. All with a touch of attitude.
Fancy restaurant or picnic?
Picnic. Why get dressed up and then worry about spilling food on your clothes? Not to mention jeans or shorts and a t-shirt are MUCH more comfortable.
Beer or wine?
Beer. My tummy doesn’t like wine for some reason.
It would be nearly impossible to name one favorite author. I have three or four that I buy their books without question – Stephanie Laurens, Karen Marie Moning, Julia Quinn and Katie MacAllister.
Smooth or hairy?
It’s not a heavy preference but I do lean toward smooth.
Dena on the web:
Website – http://www.denagarson.com/
Blog – http://denagarson.net/
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Twitter – https://twitter.com/DenaGarson
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/dgarson
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Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/denagarson7
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