Hi Mimi and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Tailored for Trouble!
Please summarize the book for the readers here:
Imagine the world’s hottest, wealthiest CEO with the face of a sex god and the attitude of a demon from hell. That’s Bennett Wade, our hero.
Now imagine he crosses the wrong woman. One who can’t stand the sight of him because he got her canned.
Now, just for fun, visualize Bennett realizing he needs her for the biggest deal of his life.
What would it take for you to work for this man?
For our heroine, Taylor Reed, it’s going to take absolute desperation, and Taylor’s almost there. She needs his money for her upstart, but swallowing her pride won’t be easy. Especially when she realizes that Bennett Wade has ulterior motives. No. Not good ones.
I won’t spoil the surprises, and there are many in this story, but Bennett may have met his match. And Taylor Reed is about to make the biggest mistake of her life: Seeking revenge on the wrong man.
Oh, and they travel all around the world and everything goes hilariously wrong.
And…there are magic cookies.
What more can you ask for?
Please share the opening lines of this book:
Twenty-eight year old Taylor Reed stepped out of the downtown Seattle office building into the pouring rain, thankful for having forgotten her umbrella. This way, no one would notice the tears streaming down her face.
I’m ruined. Completely ruined, she thought.
Please share a few Fun facts about this book…
- Just like my female character in the book, who goes on a rant, I really do hate the word “clit.” You’ll rarely see me use it in books.
- My mother busts out in tears laughing, every time she thinks of the “jellybean” scene. I’m fairly sure she’ll never be able to eat one again.
- There’s a scene toward the beginning of the book on an airplane (I won’t spoil the surprise), but that scene was completely unplanned. It is absolutely my most favorite scene I’ve ever written.
AND ONE MORE!
- When I wrote this book last year, and placed part of it in Phoenix, I had no idea I’d be moving to Arizona. It’s a little strange to go back and see my future home referenced.
Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?
As mentioned in the book description, Bennett Wade is a hot, rich CEO, but this is NOT your typical billionaire book. (What else would you expect from me, right?) He’s gorgeous, but not very likable and has an extremely sharp tongue. But there’s another side to this man, and I absolutely loved revealing it to the reader in tiny bites. I’m sure, at certain points in the book, the readers have to wonder what the hell is going on with this guy and why I’d be writing about him. But the hardest part for me was that I already knew his little secret and loved him from page one. It made it so hard to stay on track with the story because I’d slip into sympathy-mode or swoon-mode when it wasn’t time yet.
As for Taylor, she’s not your typical heroine either. She’s imperfect and she knows it, but she doesn’t let it get in her way. For example, from page one, we see her feistiness makes her special but then it turns right around and bites her in the ass. It totally gets her fired! Still, she picks herself up and keeps moving, eventually landing in Bennett’s world where she’s forced to take a good hard look at herself.
In some ways, this story is about her growing up and accepting herself. All the while, she’s never too proud to poke fun at herself.
If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?
Taylor also noticed that she’d stopped talking and the two of them were just sitting there with their gazes locked, those cool blue eyes of his burning right through her, making her heart accelerate. “Has anyone ever told you,” he said, breaking the silence, “that you’re very beautiful when you shut your mouth?” What! His words jarred her back to reality. “Has anyone ever told you, Bennett, that you’re a pompous asshole?” “Yes. And that’s Mr. Wade, to you.” “Nope. You’re Bennett from now on. I’m demoting you in the human hierarchy.” He growled and was about to speak when an ear-s plitting siren sounded over the intercom, flooding the cabin. Whatthehell? Taylor instinctively gripped her armrests. Candy burst from the cockpit door, her face ghost white. “Mr. Wade?” Taylor looked at Bennett. “What’s wrong?” He closed his eyes for a moment and took a breath as if col- lecting himself. When he opened them, he looked straight at Taylor. “Stay put. And buckle your seatbelt.” His tone indi- cated he wasn’t fucking around. Oh shit. Bennett disappeared into the cockpit, and Candy sat down in his place, strapping herself in. “I’m sure it will be all right.
Just a little engine problem,” she said cheerfully, answering Taylor’s unasked question. But then why was Candy breathing so hard? Taylor glanced out the window and saw liquid draining from the wing. They were dumping their fuel. Ohmygod. She popped from her seat and darted into the cockpit, where she saw Bennett and another man, presumably the captain, speaking into his headset. Bennett held the con- trols with one hand and was flipping switches with the other. Both men looked worried, but focused. Candy appeared at her side. “Ms. Reed, please come sit back down. You need to let them work.” She tried to tug Taylor back into the cabin, but she refused to move. All Taylor could see were images of the four of them crashing, going up in a ball of flames. “Taylor?” Bennett was now shaking her by the shoulders. How did he get in front of her? “You need to sit down.” Taylor blinked and looked up at Bennett. His dark brown brows were pulled together, but there was a soothing confi- dence in his eyes. “Are we going to die?” she asked, her voice trembling along with the rest of her. He placed his warm hand on her cheek, and the gesture in- stantly calmed her. “Yes. One day. You said so yourself. But if you go sit down, Frank and I will do our absolute best to ensure that it doesn’t happen today.”
What do you want people to take away from reading this book?
First, I hope people have a fun time reading it! But there’s definitely a message about not judging a book by its cover. Most people are who they are for a reason, and if they’ve got sharp edges, it likely means something happened to them. And sometimes, if you give people a chance, they will surprise you.
What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?
I am just finishing up the next HAPPY PANTS SERIES book, entitled ALL LEATHERED UP. It’s due for release Summer 2017. It’s the same series as TAILORED FOR TROUBLE, but this story is about a famous rock star with a rebellious streak and a judge who can’t seem to untangle her life from his. It’s funny, totally different from other rock romances, and, of course, there are cookies!
Due for release this year:
IT’S A FUGLY LIFE, the continuation of my bestseller, FUGLY. (People are so going to kill me when they read this next book! LOL.)
THE GOD OF WINE, book #3 of the Immortal Matchmakers Inc. Series. (It’s obviously about the God of Wine who’s lookin’ for love.
TEN CLUB, book #5 of my bestselling KING SERIES. This is the last one, folks!
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Excerpt from Tailored for Trouble:
“Let me speak to the captain.” Taylor reached for the cockpit door, but it was locked.
At the same time, the attendant picked up the phone situated to the side of the door and pushed a little button. “Captain, the young woman would like to speak with you. She says she doesn’t want to be on this flight.” The attendant listened for a moment. “Yes. All right. I’ll tell her.” She hung up the phone. “I’m sorry, ma’am, the captain says we’re on a schedule so it’s time to take your seat.”
What a complete assho— Taylor gasped. “Wait. Mr. Wade is flying the plane, isn’t he?”
The attendant smiled. “Of course. But don’t you worry, Sugar, he’s a very good pilot. The best. I go everywhere with him.” She winked.
What was the wink supposed to mean? Was she his girlfriend? Lover? Or was it just one of those friendly southern hospitality winks meant to create an atmosphere of levity?
“You can’t do this,” Taylor protested. “You can’t kidnap me to … to … where is this thing going?”
The woman continued smiling politely. Did she ever stop? “San Francisco.”
“Fine. You can’t make me go to San Francisco.” Ironically, that was her hometown, but not where she lived. In any case, this was kidnapping!
“Oh. Don’t worry. I’ve already booked a connecting flight to Phoenix for you. Mr. Wade says we would’ve taken you all the way home, but he has an important early dinner appointment in San Francisco. You are going on to Phoenix, right?”
“That’s not the point. I want to speak—”
A little bell chimed. “Please take your seat, Ms. Reed. We’re about to take off.” The attendant moved past her, sat in the first row, and buckled her seatbelt.
“I can’t believe this. Seriously. Can’t. Believe this.” Taylor sat down on the other side of the aisle, her mind filling up with the many unsavory things she planned to say to that miserable a**hole Bennett Wade the moment she laid eyes on him, starting with how insanely insensitive he was.
Don’t forget predictable. Yep, she’d been dead-on about his inability to accept “no” for an answer. And this was just the sort of bulldozer tactic Mr. Wade was famous for. Didn’t he understand that forcing people into situations wouldn’t win him anything but animosity? It was the exact behavior her program warned against doing. Employees wanted leaders who not only respected them as individuals and sought to understand them, but who also inspired. That was the key to running a successful company. Empowering versus dominating. Collaborating versus dictating. A man like Wade would never understand these concepts.
Hire me to train him? What a frigging joke! He wouldn’t make it past session one.
She dug a pack of gum from her purse and popped a piece in her mouth, preparing for takeoff.
After about thirty minutes, the small jet was up in the air and leveling off. The attendant unbuckled, stood, and immediately went for the phone. “Hello, sir, just checking in to see if I can bring anything to the cockpit.”
How about a kick in the pants? Taylor thought. I deliver free of charge.
The attendant listened for a moment. “Yes, sir. I’ll let her know.”
“What? Is he ordering me to parachute out now?” Taylor said. Why not? The man was completely ridiculous.
“No, silly. That door won’t open in flight. That’s why Mr. Wade uses the Cessna for skydiving. This Grayson-500 is only for short business trips.”
“Of course he has a plane just for skydiving. Why wouldn’t he?” Taylor commented to herself out loud.
“And he has one for international flights, too—needs a bigger engine.” The woman crinkled her pert nose. “By the way, sweetie, my name is Candy. Can I get you anything to drink?”
“No thank you, Candy. I’m just fine.”
Candy shrugged and pulled out an apron from the closet. “You let me know if you change your mind—oh! And Mr. Wade says he’ll be with you shortly.”
I can’t wait. Taylor mentally rubbed her revenge-hungry hands together.
Candy turned her attention to making coffee and setting up a tray. After a few minutes, the cabin filled with the delicious scent of rich, nutty java, and Taylor inhaled deeply.
No. You don’t want any of his coffee. He’ll think he’s winning. Winning what? Taylor didn’t know, but she wasn’t about to settle in and get comfy in his big, fancy, stupid plane.
A few minutes later, with tray and coffee in hand, Candy knocked on the cockpit door. It popped open, and Bennett Wade’s imposing frame appeared in the doorway, his intense blue eyes immediately locking onto Taylor’s face. He had taken off his jacket and was wearing just his white button-down shirt and black, nicely tailored pants that accentuated his muscular thighs. Taylor tried not to notice how attractive his shape was.
He stepped out into the small galley, allowing Candy to pass. She flashed a nervous glance at the back of his head before closing the door behind her.
“Who’s flying the plane?” Taylor asked.
Bennett smiled, and it was that condescending grin Taylor was learning to loathe. “Frank, my pilot. Who else?”
Whatever. Now that that’s out of the way … Taylor unbuckled her seatbelt and stood. “You have some nerve. Who the heck do you think you are?”
His condescending smile turned smug. Did the man think he’d won some giant victory?
“I think I’m a man who always gets what he wants. One way or another.” Crossing his well-built arms, he leaned sideways against the doorway separating the cabin from the galley. With his considerable height, he had to bend his neck just a little.
“You’re not getting anything from me,” she shot back. “Not now. Not ever.”
His smile faded into that icy look, making Taylor suddenly aware of every inch of her skin and every breath her body took. The man knew how to set a vibe and intimidation was his special gift.
“I wanted to talk to you, didn’t I? I think I got that,” he gloated.
Taylor clamped her mouth shut.
He dropped his arms and frowned. “I said, ‘I wanted to talk to you,’ not the other way around. So feel free to give me the silent treatment. Probably easier, anyway.”
Why did every word out of this man’s mouth have to be about proving his dominance? “You had no right to pull me out of the terminal and put me on this plane.”
“I did you a favor,” he said calmly in his deep, slow voice, oozing with loathsome, annoying confidence.
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SHE WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
Taylor Reed is no stranger to selfish, uncaring CEOs. She was fired by one, which is why she has created her own executive training program—helping heartless bosses become more human. So Taylor shocks even herself when she agrees to coach Bennett Wade, the cutthroat exec who got her unceremoniously canned. She’d love to slam the door in his annoying but very handsome face, but the customers aren’t exactly lining up at her door. Plus, this extreme makeover will give Taylor the golden opportunity to prove that her program works like a charm.
HE WANTS TO BUY IT.
Bennett Wade is many things—arrogant, smug, brusque—but trusting isn’t one of them. Women just seem to be after his billions. So when he hires Taylor Reed, he has no desire to change. Bennett is trying to win over the feminist owner of a company he desperately wants to buy, but something about the fiery Taylor thaws the ice around his heart, making Bennett feel things he never quite planned on. And if there’s one thing Bennett can’t stand, it’s when things don’t go according to plan.
Meet the Author:
Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.
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