Sunday, June 29, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway for Splendor by Janet Nissenson

Inevitable, #2
AUTHOR NAME: Janet Nissenson
BOOK GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PRINT LENGTH:  475 pages


British hotelier Ian Gregson had it all – wealth, good looks, power, and a share in his family’s worldwide, multi-billion dollar luxury hotel chain. His very name was synonymous with sophistication and elegance, and any woman he wanted could be his with just a look. But the only woman he truly desired was strictly forbidden to him for too many reasons to count.  
Tessa Lockwood was young, beautiful, and lonely, despite the fact that she was a married woman. Her life had not been an easy one, and the extravagant world she caught glimpses of as an employee of the Gregson Hotel Group was far beyond anything she could ever dream of.  She could no more imagine herself ensconced in that sort of luxurious lifestyle than she could attracting the attention of her handsome, debonair boss.
Ian and Tessa secretly long for each other from afar, never daring to reveal their forbidden attraction to the other, until circumstances bring them together in a very unexpected way. And from that point on, nothing will stand in Ian’s way to finally make her his.

AUTHOR’S NOTE – despite what you might be thinking at this point, there is NO cheating in this story – just an incredibly romantic hero who will make you swoon with the way in which he sweeps the heroine off her feet!


Inevitable, #1
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication Date: December 8, 2013
Print Length: 361 pages

Was meeting again an unfortunate twist of fate? Or was it just serendipity?
Julia McKinnon was convinced she’d found the one – the man of her dreams, the most seductive, experienced lover she’d ever known – and the night they’d spent together in New York was the stuff erotic fantasies were spun from. But with the dawn of a new day came only heartache and betrayal, and her dreams were snuffed out like so much fairy dust. 

Nathan Atwood felt like the lowest sort of life form after seducing the incredibly beautiful girl he met in New York, only to break her tender heart with the confession that he was already involved with someone else.  Leaving Julia was the hardest thing he’d ever done, and the memory of their passionate night together haunted his dreams for months afterwards.

Now fate has brought them together again, and they are forced to work alongside each other. Will Julia be able to put aside the feelings she still has for her handsome boss and forge a new life for herself in San Francisco? And how long will Nathan be able to resist the gorgeous woman he’s never really stopped thinking about or wanting? 

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Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades, with her first e-book Serendipity published in December 2013.  Splendor is book two of six in the Inevitable series, each book a standalone with no cliffhangers.

Our Author Interview

What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book? 

 I probably would have ended the marriage sooner so that both of them could have moved on.  This would have also resulted in the two main characters getting together that much sooner.

What was your inspiration behind this book? 

 I really like the theme of forbidden/unattainable love as it makes for some real angsty moments.  So I had the idea of this hero who could have almost any woman in the world that he wanted, save for the only one he really did because she happened to be married to someone else.  

Why did you become a writer?  

Writing is something that I’ve done since I was about twelve years old, and since then I’ve always written in one form or another, be it fiction, essays, articles, how-to guides, etc.  With the advent of self-publishing in recent years I was finally able to realize my dream of having a book published.

Do you have a favorite author or authors?

  I admire and emulate some of the better known names in women’s fiction, the ones I consider pioneers in the romance genre, including Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Judith McNaught, and Barbara Delinsky.  In more recent times I love the works of Sylvia Day, Christina Lauren, Nina Lane, and the very elegant Sylvain Reynard.

Do you like to write your books in a continuing series? 

I don’t like or believe in trilogies and especially not cliffhangers.  The books planned in the Inevitable series are related but each considered a standalone with their own separate lead characters. That being said, you will see characters from previous books make appearances in others, and new lead characters introduced as well, but not to the point where you have what I call the “high school reunion” scenario where every main character from every book is included each time.

If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why? 

 Oh, definitely Ian Gregson, the male lead from Splendor.  He has it all – good looks, hunky body, money, power, prestige plus he’s kind, considerate and so romantic he makes your head spin.  

What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time?  

Contemporary romance, of course, and also some paranormal.  I also read a physical newspaper every single day, even if I’m traveling.  And my guilty pleasure is a subscription to Us Weekly magazine.

As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that? 

 I absolutely agree, and would love to hear from fans.  Since the release of my first book one fan in particular really reached out to me and has since become a good friend, even though she lives in Europe.  She has helped me with teaser photos, and has offered to be a beta reader for future releases.  I strongly encourage fans to contact me at Facebook, Goodreads, etc. and I promise to answer you!

Do you cry when writing sad scenes?  

I didn’t cry when writing some of the sad scenes in Splendor but confess to getting a little teary eyed when I read them back during the editing process.  

Did you have a Cover Designer? 

 Yes, I had my book covers designed by Damonza.  It was really important to me to have a professional and original design, and he and I just really clicked on our ideas for the cover.  He’ll be doing all the designs for this series since I want them to have continuity.

Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush?

 Not to keep plugging my own book, but I’m really sort of half in love with Ian from Splendor.  He’s going to be an awfully hard act to follow but I guess that’s my fault for making him so swoon-worthy.

If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be?  Probably Barbara Delinsky, because I love the way she makes her characters and scenes feel so real.  
Do just re-read your favorite books?

 I do get in that habit sometimes, to the point where I ignore new books waiting to be read.  This is especially true when I’m disappointed in a new release so I just go back to what I know is great.

Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do?

 Sometimes, yes, and that’s when I typically start re-reading older books.

What is the funniest book you ever read?

 In regards to romance, probably Tangled by Emma Chase.  Great, witty dialog and loved the male POV.  For non-romance, anything that George Carlin wrote/compiled in his brilliant but too-short life will always make me howl with laughter.  

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