Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author J. Kenner to HJ!
Hi Julie and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Charmed By You!
Thanks for having me!
Please summarize the book for the readers here:
Sparks fly when a Hollywood-hating bodyguard is assigned to protect Hollywood’s biggest movie star, Francesca Muratti (one of my favorite secondary characters who has been in and around Stark World for quite a while!)
Please share your favorite line(s) or quote from this book:
Oh, that’s hard. But this one sums up their initial encounter perfectly:
“Sparks flew from her eyes. Not literally, but he could damn sure imagine them. He said nothing. Just looked back at her mildly, keeping his own temper in check. He was an expert at not showing his feelings, and that was a skill that would come in handy with Francesca Muratti. Probably more than his dead-on aim with a pistol.”
Please share a few Fun facts about this book…
- Francesca first appeared in a Nikki & Damien Stark novella, and since then, has been cast in others, including Wicked Dirty, a Stark World stand alone novel.
- Simon is a newcomer to Stark Security, and a total hottie.
What first attracts your Hero to the Heroine and vice versa?
I love how many layers that Frannie has. How she hides her insecurities behind a wall, but deep down she’s not the hard woman she projects, but has a soft, gooey center.
Same with Simon, he thinks he hates the falseness of Hollywood and, therefore, hate Frannie. but he’s open-minded enough to see behind his own prejudice to the woman behind the mask.
Did any scene have you blushing, crying or laughing while writing it? And Why?
I always cry when I’m writing, LOL! So yes, for sure!
Here’s one that got to me:
But most of the time, the glances feel assessing—as if they’re determined to find a flaw. As if the fact that I might have a blemish makes them a better person. Or it feels pervy, like all I’ve been doing my whole career is providing a mental picture for some dude to jack off to.
That’s not how it feels with Simon.
His gaze feels appraising, yes, but also warm. Like he’s seeing me for the first time. Not the me on screen but the real me I hide behind my eyes. And for a moment—one sweet, wonderful moment—I want to open to him. To share all my secrets and fears.
ut that’s me living one of the fantasies I play out on the screen. The kind where the hard and broken girl finally opens herself to the guy and finds true love.
That’s not real life, though. That’s just the movies.
I know that better than anyone.
This isn’t the third act. He’s not the hero. And the only reason he’s looking at me with such intensity is because I’m a client and he’s taking my measure.
I break first. “Just go. I’ll be here when you get back, trapped in my house.”
“You’re coming with me.”
He moves closer, and I have to fight the urge to back away and regain some of my personal space. “Because you’re my responsibility,” he says. His voice is gentle, but his eyes are hard. They’ve captured me, and I feel myself tumbling into their deep, green depths. And that, I think, is a dangerous kind of fall.”
Excerpt From: Julie Kenner. “Charmed By You Amazon.” Apple Books.
Readers should read this book….
because it’s fun, sexy, and fast-paced. For readers who haven’t read me, it’s can totally be read as a standalone, but at the same time it’s a fun intro to my Stark Security series!
What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have in the works?
I’m working on Interview With The Billionaire, a new book entirely from Damien Stark’s point of view that looks back over the last ten years, giving more insight into him, as well as including new material and storylines! It will be released on Jan 1, the ten year anniversary of book one of Release Me, the first book in my #2 New York Times bestselling series.
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Excerpt from Charmed By You:
He shook himself out of his trance. “Sorry. What?”
She shot him an exasperated glance. “How you’re going to protect me if you can’t even pay attention to me is entirely beyond my ability to comprehend.”
“That doesn’t surprise me.”
She wrinkled the perfect nose that probably cost a fortune. “I was saying that even though I stay up on the news, on the whole, I’d rather read a book than a newspaper.”
“Yeah? I would have thought you’d say a screenplay.”
She gave a little shudder. “Hardly. That’s for work. Books are leisure.”
“Bet you read lots of adaptations.” He kept a straight face, knowing he was baiting her.
He came to a stop, taking her hand and pulling her to a halt beside him. For a moment, he thought she was going to stay like that, her hand in his, soft and warm. Then she glanced down, raised her brows, and tugged her hand free.
Across the lawn, Mario looked toward them, his hand raised in a silent question. Simon ignored him; what else could he do? He was busy baiting the movie star, and, honestly, having a hell of a lot more fun with her than he’d expected. “All right, princess,” he said. “Tell me what you’re reading right now.”
“The Stand. Stephen King.”
“Of course you are. The most adapted man on the planet.” He had no idea if that was true, but it seemed like a reasonable guess.
“The books came first. I got addicted to him when I was a kid. Read Carrie, got hooked, and I’ve been reading and re-reading him ever since.”
“So you’re into horror. What else?”
“Psychological thrillers. Gone Girl was great.”
She wrinkled her nose but otherwise ignored him.
“And I read romance. I’m reading a fabulous Regency series by Darcy Burke. The Untouchables.”
“So it’s another adaptation. Brian DePalma, Costner, De Niro, Connery. Come on, Francesca, just admit it. With you, it’s all about the flicks.”
“Wrong story. I told you. It’s a Regency romance series, and it’s awesome.”
“But not adapted?”
“No,” she said, “but it should be.”
“There you go. A typical Hollywood gal. All about the adaption.”
“No, dammit, you’re not hearing me. I’m—”
He couldn’t help the laugh that escaped.
Her eyes widened. “I will get you back.”
“You can try,” he said, then hurried across the lawn toward Mario while she tried to keep up with his long strides.
And the weirdest thing of all? He couldn’t remember the last time he’d had so much fun teasing a woman.
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Former vigilante-for-hire Simon Barré has one steadfast rule: stay far away from celebrities. Too bad Simon’s first assignment at Stark Security is to protect A-list actress Francesca Muratti. He can’t even turn down the assignment, as that would be violating his second rule—never fail a woman. Now he finds himself up-close-and-personal with a high-maintenance diva whose flash and sass drives him crazy—but whose touch he undeniably craves.
The world might believe that Francesca Muratti leads a fairy tale life, but the truth is far darker. For years, she’s kept a horrible secret about her best friend’s death. Now someone is threatening to kill Francesca if she doesn’t reveal all. She needs protection, but there’s no way she’s going to tell the sexy Stark Security agent what she did or why she’s being threatened. Which means that in order to survive and protect her secrets, Francesca must pull off the biggest acting job of her career: she’s going to have to let Simon close, but not let him see her true heart.
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Meet the Author:
J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over one hundred novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A six-time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Saga) and another RITA trophy for Wicked Dirty in the same category in 2017.
In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a lawyer in Southern California and Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.
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The Hating Game is a fave of mine for the Enemies2Lovers category.
No, if I dislike someone it’s for a good reason and that does not change over time.
I have. Sometimes first impressions on both parts change how you react to them
No I haven’t.
Yes, I have
No, I haven’t.
I experienced the opposite.
I had a boss that I instantly liked, but before long her true colors began to bleed through. She had a very dark side that only allowed her sweet side to come out on occasion. I worked for her for ten years until I just couldn’t take the negativity any longer. I really liked the ‘good’ side of her but the dark side was entirely too much.
Texas Book Lover
I haven’t personally but The Deal by Elle Kennedy is one of my favorite books!
The Boss Project by Vi Keeland was a fun enemies to lovers story.
No I haven’t. At the moment I can’t think of any books!
It’s usually the opposite for me. I find that at first I like the person and then as I get to know them, I dislike them. Too many books that fit this criterion to name just one.
Yes. I have a good friend who initially rubbed me the wrong way.
no, still can’t stand them
No I haven’t and love all the Enemies-to-Lovers romances that I have read so far & thanks for the chance 😉
No I haven’t.
No, I haven’t. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn are two of my favorite enemies-to-lovers romances.
Over the years I have had to spend time with people I really didn’t care for. Unfortunately, in most cases, I discovered my initial judgement was correct. Often I. liked them even less. There have been a few that I did like better once I got to know them.
I spent most of my growing years with someone I hated. A mother who only thought of herself and her own needs.. Mother’s brother and sister were the people I looked to for support. I still managed to grow up and make a life for myself and my family.
Yes when i first met my now husband i didnt like him at all. Then i spent time with him with other people and we become friends and then we dated and got married!
Favorite enemies-to-love romances:
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, The Simple Wild by KA Tucker, Night in Eden by Candice Proctor, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane, and Act Like It & Headliners by Lucy Parker.
Nicole (Nicky) Ortiz
No I haven’t.
Rina Kent and Tracy Lorraine have a bunch I love
Thanks for the chance!
Yes! Ppl can be awesome when they want to be .. But then when you say “No” …. Things can get ugly..
I’m a person whom has always given ppl second, third, and even 4th chances…
But my favorite enemies to lovers book is…
Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley
Hard Sell by Lauren Ashley
Perfection by R.L. Mathewson
Omg I can keep going ! Lol
No, spending time with someone I disliked has always led to me disliking me more.
Have you ever had to spend close-up time with someone you couldn’t stand, only to find you really liked them? No
No I like enemies to lovers.
First time i went out wiht my boyfriend I thought I would never talk to him again, He talked to whole time and ever got a word in at ALL
No I haven’t spent close up time with someone I don’t like. It would be an interesting event. I find it intriguing.
I haven’t experienced that, but I enjoyed to hate Adam Connor, or It happened one Summer
Kelly l Woods
No I haven’t. thank you
Nope, I have not.