Hi Bernadette, I’m excited to have you here to celebrate your new release Opposite Attraction (Book 3 of the Keller Family Series) Share a little bit about yourself.
I am the happily married mother of 5 growing sons (14-7.) I have been writing since I was thirteen-years-old. I am also the owner of 5 Prince Publishing. I have been blessed to have had nine books published, so far, and all of my 5 Prince Publishing titles have gone bestseller. I am an avid martial artist and will receive my conditional 2nd degree black belt in October. 2012 Has been a very exciting year…and continues to be!
2. For those who are new to the Keller Family Series, would you classify them as sweet or spicy?
Book one has some spice to it (and therefore is available in a sweetened version too.) All of the other titles I would defiantly say were sweet.
3. If we could see your tbr pile, what would it tell us about you?
It would say, I don’t get to read published books very often at all. ☺ For the most part my reading is up and coming releases from new authors. However, I do steer toward Contemporary Romance the most.
4. Is romance the only genre you write and what subcategories?
At this time all of my published works are in Contemporary Romance, however, I do have some paranormal in the works.
5. Do you plan to ever expand into other subcategories and which ones might you try?
Certainly paranormal, but someday, if I feel adventurous, a romantic suspense isn’t out of the question. As well as How To Raise a House Full of Boys…or something like that. I will also, in time pen some childrens’ books.
6. Please share the blurb from your latest release.
OPPOSITE ATTRACTION, book 3 in the Keller Family Series:
Curtis Keller is a lucky man. He has the love and support of a family like no other. But he’s never fallen in love with a woman. He likes to play the field, have a good time, and enjoyed friends with benefits. But when wild child Simone Pierpont comes into his life for the first time he considers settling down—until she abandons him.
Simone Pierpont fell in love. She hadn’t meant to, but her best friend’s brother-in-law had treated her, the Parisian oil heiress, with more compassion than she’d ever known. What was she to do? So she left him stranded on a yacht in the French Rivera.
Now, cut off from her father’s fortune, pregnant, and desperate to win Curtis’s heart; Simone must prove to everyone she can hold down a job and take care of herself. Curtis isn’t sure the spoiled princess can change, but because of his caring nature he has a hard time turning her away.
However, all efforts might be for not when he learns about her pregnancy and she is forced to run back to her father. But Curtis will eventually understand and come for her—or so she hopes.
7. Please give me seven words that describe your book.
family, romantic, happy, change, bestseller, regret, forgiveness
8. What is your favorite part of the writing process and why?
I love every part of it from the moment I come up with either the title or the first line and live in the moment of wonderful feelings when readers tell me how much they loved my book. There is only one part of the process I don’t like—the bad reviewer. But it comes with the territory. Otherwise, every part of the process thrills me.
9. Please share an excerpt of your book.
Caterers moved about the house and Curtis fixed himself a plate of fruit. He’d be happier in the kitchen he decided. The reception was depressing him.
When he lifted his head from the platters of food, he saw the reason it depressed him standing right in front of him.
“Hello, Curtis.” Simone Pierpont’s French accent stabbed right into his heart before he choked on the grape he’d just swallowed whole.
He coughed until he could breathe. Her eyes never wavered from him and he was sure they had bored a hole right through him.
“Simone. I didn’t expect you here.”
She twisted her fingers together and smiled nervously. “I’ve been out of town.”
Didn’t he know that? He’d tried for the past two months to find her. Even his brother-in-law, Zach, who she claimed was her very dearest friend, hadn’t known where to find her.
“You’re looking well.” He wasn’t sure what else to say. He’d been dumped by women before, but it had never hurt like this one did. Oh, she’d had him fooled. Yes, he thought there’d been a chance for something real. He’d thought it was love.
But he had to acknowledge that there were women in the world who appreciated the art of seduction and fast steamy love affairs without stings just as men did. He just never thought he’d be the man who was used and disposed of. Damn her anyway, he thought.
She took a step toward him and then stopped just short of reaching him. Her knuckles were white now and her nervousness wasn’t helping him keep calm.
Simone bit down on her lip then shifted her blue eyes to his. “I would have called…”
“Listen,” he set down his plate. “You don’t owe me any explanations. Zach and Regan set us up to share the evening together so we wouldn’t be alone. They didn’t tell us to,” he lowered his voice, “screw like rabbits and run off to your yacht in the French Riviera. So we had a good time. Really, who thought much of it?” He had and he fought his eyes to make sure she didn’t know how much he’d thought of it.
“Right. It was just sex. I was hoping you would understand that.”
“Got it.” He picked up his plate. “Well I think I’ll go see how the party is going. See ya‘round.”
That wasn’t exactly how Simone had hoped that would go. She untangled her fingers realizing they were almost numb now.
She deserved him to treat her like that. She’d been very forthcoming with him, over too much champagne on her yacht, that she’d bedded many men. Why she felt he needed to know that she wasn’t sure. She’d left out the hefty part of the tale though. Most of those men had been in her bed while she tried to wrap her head around the fact that Zachary Benson had never seen her as more than a sister or dear friend.
Lucky for her, she loved him the same. She was glad he and Regan had found each other and now had a family. But that hadn’t changed her view on herself. Simone Pierpont longed for what Zach now had.Love, marriage, and a family. One piece didn’t really fit without the other.
She sucked in a breath. Had she not made such an ass out of herself in front of Curtis and then run off without a word, stranding him on the Rivera to find his own way home, perhaps she’d have just that.
Simone ran her hands over the slim satin line of her dress, lingering only a moment on her jittery stomach. Well, she thought, at least she’d have some of what Zach had.
10. Do you have a favorite character in your Keller Family Series? Who is it and why?
Madeline from A Second Chance. I think I understand her most, being a mom and knowing the feelings if you were faced with the end.
11. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Total pantser!!! The story has no plotting or advanced thought except maybe a title. The characters do the rest and they often surprise me!
12. How many books to you plan to have in the Keller Family Series?
So far there are seven planned. But with a family series it could go on forever if it is well loved!
13. And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?
Where to buy my books:
BARNES AND NOBLE
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