Today I have fellow Wild Rose Press author Linda Engman with me at the keyboard, talking about her wonderful new release, Manhattan Holiday. Welcome Linda, what surprised you the most when you became a published author?
I have to say I was surprised how many people it takes to get a book from manuscript form to a published novel. At my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, there is my wonderful editor, senior editor, copy editor, talented cover artist, marketing, promo, and office staff, besides many others involved---and all were dedicated and truly behind each of my romance novels all the way. I can’t thank them enough.
Manhattan Holiday is a sexy, fun, fantasy come true kind of romance set amongst a backdrop of snowy Manhattan at the holidays. It takes place over a New Year’s weekend. The hero, Roman Vasquez is powerful, sexy, and knows just how to wrap a woman around his finger. Needless to say my no nonsense heroine, April Sutton is not impressed and is a good match for him. She agrees to help him out of tight situation and ends up married to him. I had so much fun writing this story I didn’t want it to end. I’m thinking of writing another set in Manhattan at the holidays.
Readers can find it in eBook/Print at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at The Wild Rose Press.
Here's the Blurb:
Get Ready For a Very Romantic Holiday
Recently jilted, legal assistant April Sutton is ready to find a way to forget her ex-fiancé and the heartache she’s been carrying around snowy Manhattan. With the New Year holiday approaching she’s determined to restart her life. Never in her wildest dreams does she expect a last minute marriage to dynamic Roman Vasquez, along with a sultry weekend trip and a romantic dream wedding, to do the trick.
In order to meet the New Year’s Eve deadline of his grandfather’s will, successful developer Roman Vasquez will do whatever it takes. Even if it means giving up his bachelor status and convincing an unwilling April Sutton to tie the knot. Although he finds all it takes to persuade her is—one kiss, a contract, and the wedding of her dreams.
Will Roman and April keep it all business...or let the magic of the holiday season, along with meddling friends, family, and hidden feelings turn their temporary whirlwind marriage into everlasting love?
Manhattan Holiday sounds like a book I need to read! Why did you choose your genre?
I’ve always loved reading contemporary romances so it was a natural fit when I started writing to choose this genre. I love creating sexy rugged hard working heroes and fashionable career-minded heroines. My first two books I’ve Got You and Falling For You are set in a small town and Manhattan Holiday of course in a big city.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Definitely when I signed that first contract for I’ve Got You. Although whenever I do an interview such as this, or write an article, I also really feel like a writer.
What comes first, plot or characters?
I’d have to say characters. Usually I’ll come across an interesting character and the story takes off from there. That was the case in my first three romance novels. The romance I just finished and sent off to my editor is another matter. My teenage daughter wanted me to write a story about a wedding planner and I thought it was a great idea. This story is a sexy, sizzling, fun book where the heroine, a wedding planner, gets a little too involved in one of her weddings. The hero is a sexy secondary character from MH. Sorry, that’s all I can say for now.
What are three things you wish you’d known before you began your writing career?
To have a website in place before you contract, be prepared for lots of promoting, and never feel the need to follow what others are doing.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to shop with my daughter, have lunch out with my girlfriends and my two sisters, chat with my mom on the phone, play tennis, hike, and ski with my family. My great love is photography. I also love to read and cook when I have the time. Mostly on the weekends.
What’s next for you?
I’m writing another sexy contemporary romance as we speak, a follow up to the wedding planner story, and I have the first of my four Navy SEAL’s romance novels just about ready to send off. It’s an exciting and busy time for me.
Readers are welcome to visit me at www.lindaengman.com
I update my website monthly with new information, reviews, and fun things on my blog. You can also find me on Facebook. I love it when readers send me friend requests.
Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
I don’t have any questions but I’ve sure had lots of ladies asking about the gorgeous man on the cover of Manhattan Holiday. I’ve even had women ask if he’s real. Yes! Cover model Jimmy Thomas and I are even Facebook friends…and he’s as nice as he is handsome.
Thanks Sarah for having me here today. I’ve had a great time and happy holidays! Linda
It is a very nice cover! Thanks for visiting with me today, Linda.