Miller forced himself to take a breath, unaware until he did that he’d stopped breathing.
Quit being ridiculous. Wine going to your head already?
But he’d only had the one glass. And he hadn’t even finished that. He wasn’t such a lightweight, when it came to holding his alcohol, and he knew it.
He told himself it was just his imagination. But just to be safe, he began a slow cautious turn, looking around him, without appearing to be searching for anything—or anyone.
And there he was.
Standing a heartbeat away from Miller was one of the sexiest men he’d ever seen in his life. A man every bit as sexy as Raoul Marchand, although not in the same feral way as the werewolf.
This man was light where Raoul was dark. His hair was a honey blonde which stood out by virtue of being obviously natural, in a place where most blondes were either created by the sun or came from a bottle. He stood a little taller than Miller, exuding a presence that went beyond the merely physical, possessed of the bearing and mien of a veritable god.
But it was his eyes that drew Miller in and held him spellbound. Blue and green, like staring into tropical waves, flecked with bits of pure molten gold. And the way he was staring at Miller was sending the most delicious shivers traveling up and down his spine.
The man took a step toward Miller, his hand outstretched. Before Miller quite realized what had happened, he’d placed his own hand inside of the other man’s, and he found himself being drawn onto the dance floor.
Hi Julie, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Thanks for having me here today!
I come from the Midwest, and have pretty much lived in St. Louis, Missouri, all my life. I live there now with my daughter, Sarah, and our cat, The Mighty Ramesses. I have a job I enjoy with an elevator inspection company, although I’ve had lots of other jobs before this one.
I’ve been married twice, and have five children and three grandchildren. I began writing when I was about nine. During the 90’s, I began publishing in small magazines, none of which exist anymore. Short stories and poetry. It wasn’t until 2010 that my first book, To the Max, was published by Dreamspinner Press. Since that time, I’ve had a number of other books published.
My current book is When Will I Be Loved, with Amber Quill Press. It’s the sequel to When Can I See You Again. The first book was about Raoul Marchand and Alexx Jameson, while this one features Miller Fenwick and Holt Wynne.
Tell us the ten moments that stayed with you from any book.
That’s an interesting question. I’ll answer it, in no particular order.
1. Desiree by Annemarie Selinko – the moment when Desiree stood on the bridge over the Seine in Paris, having learned her fiancé Napoleon was engaged to another, and wanted to die
2. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – the moment when Scarlett sees everything clearly, realizes Melanie was her best friend, and that she’s in love with Rhett Butler
3. Paradise Lost by John Milton – when Lucifer, despite having fallen for days into the newly-created Hell, pulls himself together and gives a great rallying speech to his cohorts, and not only does he raise their spirits but he manipulates them—of course
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – when Jane and Edward’s wedding is interrupted and a prior marriage is revealed, to a lunatic
5. The World According to Garp by John Irving – Garp’s conception
6. The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving – when the brother and sister find a unique way to rid themselves of their mutual obsession with one another
7. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – when Barkus tells David to tell Peggotty that “Barkus is willin’”
8. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – when Scrooge is accepted by his nephew and wife and their friends, after the spirits change him
9. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas - when D’Artagnan meets the Three Musketeers after they have each challenged him to a duel
10. Mysterious Island by Jules Verne – when they go aboard the Nautilus
I’m sure there are other moments and other books. So many books, so little time!
Thanks for having me here today!
Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.
She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, Wayward Ink Press, and Amber Quill Press.
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