Spotlight & Giveaway: Until You by Jeannie Moon

Posted March 16th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 71 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Jeannie Moon to HJ!
Spotlight&Giveaway

Hi Jeannie and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Until You!

 
Hi Gang! I’m Jeannie and I’m thrilled to be here to celebrate the release of my new book, Until You.
 

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Until YouA recent divorce, coupled with a rocky relationship with her teenage daughter, has forty-year-old Kate Adams swearing off relationships forever.That is until she meets younger, charming, drop-dead gorgeous hockey star, David Burke, and a one night stand ends up being so much more.

But in Kate’s mind, it just won’t work. It’s too risky.

So while Kate guards her fragile heart, David sets out to win her over with the same determination that drives him on the ice.

And he’ll break every rule in the book if he has to.
 

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Kate spent her fortieth birthday in a hotel bar overlooking the Pacific Ocean, celebrating the milestone with a bottle of red wine and her divorce papers. Fiddling with the stem of the wine glass, she stared at the bulky package. The documents had arrived right before she’d left on her trip to California and, for the life of her, Kate didn’t know why she’d brought them with her.

 

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

  • I started writing the book over ten years ago. It was a flash fiction challenge and I wrote the tiniest scene. I realized I had something when the characters wouldn’t let me go. Still, I stopped and started the book before finally finishing it.
  • I pictured David in my head very clearly. One several years after starting the book I was watching HGTV with my husband when Carter Oosterhouse came on screen. I screamed, “Oh, my God! That’s David.” I’d never seen him before. I thought he was a figment of my imagination.

 

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

David’s love of books surprised me a little, but it made sense. When I first wrote his house, I added a beautiful library.

And regarding Kate, the original draft had her as a romance author. An editor who read and gave me suggestions thought she should be writing in a different genre.
 

What, in your mind, distinguishes this book from other books out there in the same genre?

Probably a few things. I really like that Kate is older, I love my younger heroines, but I think older women have so much to offer and I kind of feel publishers have forgotten that women in their forties spend the most money on romance novels.
 

The First kiss…

Their first kiss was on the beach after their dinner in Santa Monica. It was a moment of truth for Kate and David, but mostly Kate. She had to decide to embrace her new life, or remain as cautious and lonely as she had been.
 

Did any scene have you crying or laughing (or blushing) while writing it?

Blushing. I wrote a scene in the bar with the two main characters and it’s hot. Really hot.

Her muscles quivered under his touch and Kate felt a smile tease his mouth. His lips were soft and warm, heaven. She was locked against him… like she was being held captive by a seductive force that was out of her control. His mouth consumed hers, coaxing and playing, while his hand had started to push up the bottom of her dress. His long fingers caressed her thigh and traveled north. His hands slid over her cheeks and fingered the edge of her panties, all while his mouth worked miracles with hers.

His tongue moved over her lips and then swept inside. Kate inhaled sharply, taking his essence into her lungs and losing any common sense the wine hadn’t stolen from her. Why did he do this to her? Why couldn’t he see her for what she was—middle aged, past her prime? She worked hard to look respectable, but she’d never be twenty again.

 

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters?

I’d probably use the scene that takes place right after Christmas when David meets Kate’s family and puts her crazy ex-husband in his place.
 

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

I’d tall Kate to take a chance. Trust her instincts. She feels her failed marriage means she can be trusted with such decisions.
 

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

I’m currently working on a novella for Tule that’s part of the Royal Holiday series. It’s tentatively called Guarding the Princess. I’m having a ball with it. Other than that, we may do sequels to the Christmas in New York book and I have two more Forever Love Stories from Penguin this year.
 

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

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Excerpt from Until You:

Chapter 1

October

Kate spent her fortieth birthday in a hotel bar overlooking the Pacific Ocean, celebrating the milestone with a bottle of red wine and her divorce papers. Fiddling with the stem of the wine glass, she stared at the bulky package. The documents had arrived right before she’d left on her trip to California and, for the life of her, Kate didn’t know why she’d brought them with her. Maybe she needed a dose of reality. Maybe she needed to work up a good mad. Maybe she was using them as an excuse to feel sorry for herself. It really didn’t matter.

Her life was changing faster than she could keep up.

The events of the past ten months were a blur. Her ex-husband was going on a trip as well, taking his fiancée to Europe. Richard’s paramour was a thirty-five- year-old adjunct English professor and sometimes writer who sprinkled her casual conversations liberally with academic drivel and spouted pretense wherever she went.

The woman pushed every one of Kate’s buttons. Tall and exotic looking, Marie professed to be a literary novelist. What bullshit. Kate was the novelist. Kate was the one who had, surprisingly, over two hundred and fifty people show up for her last book signing. Marie what’s-her-name did do the whole intellectual artist thing well. Always in black and unimpressed by the world around her, the woman was a cliché. She walked the walk and talked the talk, but who the hell read her books?

Kate swirled the last of the wine in her glass and took a deep breath. Cliché or not, the “other woman” forced Kate to see what a mess she’d allowed her life to become. A million best sellers wouldn’t fix that.

Biting her fingernail, Kate poured the last few drops of wine into her glass. Where did the bottle go? An expensive bottle of Shiraz was gone and she didn’t even feel like she had a good buzz. Boy, that sucked. She wanted to get drunk on her birthday and couldn’t even do that right.

Glancing at her watch, she saw she’d been sitting on the deck, outside the bar, for over four hours. That would explain why the wine hadn’t done any good. If she’d stayed inside the bar, she would have downed the bottle more quickly, but instead she lost herself in the seventy-five degree sunshine and the cool breeze off the ocean. There were people walking on the beach and a few wet-suit clad surfers in the grey-green water, and she let the scene play around in her mind. There were stories here, but then again, there were stories everywhere.

Opening her bag, she placed the leather-bound journal on the table and started to jot down ideas. She wrote notes about what she experienced, taking in the sights and sounds and smells. This would be a great place to set down one of her characters.

Characters. Her editor had been calling, her agent had been calling, and both were asking for chapters from her latest work in progress. Unfortunately, over the last few months, when the divorce started to get ugly, Kate couldn’t think about her writing. She couldn’t think of anything except how stupid she’d been.

Her recent attempts to get any words down were a joke. The plot was weak. Her research was shoddy. And the honorable, brave heroine, whom she’d written over the course of the series, became a vengeful shrew, hell-bent on punishing everyone in her path. Oh yeah, her readers would love that. But regardless of the problems Kate was facing, she had to get back to her writing. She had a contract and a career and a reputation to consider.

A lone teardrop blurred the ink on the journal page. It spoke volumes. Professionally, Kate would get a handle on things, but personally, her life was a disaster.

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Book Info:

When newly divorced Kate Adams is approached on the sunny deck of a California hotel by hockey star David Burke, and he invites her to dinner, she almost says no. He’s obviously younger than her. And charming. And drop dead gorgeous. But there’s also something sweet about David, so Kate—who hasn’t done anything spontaneous in a very long time—accepts his invitation.

It is, after all, her fortieth birthday.

However, a real romance with thirty-year-old David, whose picture is in the gossip pages as often as it’s in the sports pages, is out of the question. No matter how much she wants him, it’s just too risky. But meeting Kate has been David’s lightning strike. She’s the one for him, and he has no intention of giving up on her.

So while Kate guards her fragile heart, David sets out to win her over with the same determination that drives him on the ice.

And he’ll break every rule in the book if he has to.

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Meet the Author:

Jeannie Moon Jeannie Moon has always been a romantic. When she’s not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse her¬self in books and call it work. Married to her high school sweet¬heart, Jeannie has three kids, three lovable dogs and lives in her hometown on Long Island, NY. If she’s more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week, she gets twitchy. Visit Jeannie’s website at www.jeanniemoon.com
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71 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Until You by Jeannie Moon”

  1. Sylve T.

    Honestly? having spinal surgery on my neck…it was a big decision because of the risk of being put under (risk of causing more damage) but my other option is waiting for my body to just completely shut down neurologically where i might be in a chair for life.

  2. Rachael B.

    I moved 3 states away from home when I got married. It wasn’t really a risk, but a big change of living in another state away from family. I have been married and living here for 12 years now.

  3. Glenda

    Moved cross country for a temporary job assignment. Met my husband of 23 years and stayed. 🙂

  4. Winnie Lim

    I’m not a risk taker by nature so I haven’t really taken any big risk. The biggest risk I took was trying out hanggliding when I went to Australia for vacation.

  5. Melody Gonser

    I took a risk by letting the love of my life in and he scaled the walls I had put up to protect myself. I usually kept even my friends outside.

  6. nicholskathy

    Boy your all putting me to shame as I can’t really think of any real “big or small” risk. I’ve lead a very boring life compared to all of you. Well we all aren’t presented with wild exciting risk or adventures in our lives. =)

  7. Gretchen

    I generally don’t take huge risks but did with my job. I’ve been there for 19 years:)

  8. marcyshuler

    I moved across the state when I graduated from college for a job and didn’t know anyone there. That was a big deal for me since I was from a fairly small town.

  9. Tammy Stoneman Yenalavitch

    Quitting my job and moving from California to North Carolina with no new job lined up.

  10. Kate Sparks

    When I took a job that was temporary and needed one that was permanent. And the temp turned permanent!

  11. Tina Duckwald

    Moved from California to Alabama last year, leaving behind over 20 years of friends, memories and a job I had the entire time. It has been challenging but I am closer to my family and I wouldn’t change that.

  12. Judy S

    I’m not much of a risk taker. I guess the biggest risk was moving with my father out of state who was 89 at the time. He’d never lived anywhere else and he wanted to live closer to my sister who was married. I wasn’t familiar with the city and had no friends.

  13. Lisa M

    I moved away from family and friends to be with the man I loved (thankfully, this was a good decision …lol)

  14. Terri C

    I had to make the decision to give up my job and go on disability.I didn’t know how long it would take to actually get payments. It took 3 years.

  15. taswmom

    I’m not a huge risk taker either. I have 6 children, which was a solid choice for me. I would have had a couple more except my health started giving way. I’ve had some major surgeries, which I guess we’re risks, but not taking them would have left me unable to ever even hold me grandchildren, so that was a non choice also. Never moved cross country or anything that I would have considered a big risk.

  16. eawells

    Moved with my hubby after we got married and then had 4 kids with no family near to help out. It turned out okay as the kids are now 31, 28, 25, & 23 and doing well.

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