Spotlight & Giveaway: Too Much of A Good Thing? by Joss Wood

Posted December 3rd, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 49 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Joss Wood to HJ!

 Hi Joss, welcome back to HJ!

What is your favorite trope to read, one you will never get tired of?


Oh, wow…thinking, thinking. I’m a bit of a sucker for a baby story and a make over story and a bad girl/good guy or bad guy/better girl story. I love free spirits and…I just love love stories. Pretty much every way they play out.

 Let’s talk about your newest release: Too Much of A Good Thing?

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here

After her parents death when she was nineteen, Lu Sheppard has spent the last ten years of playing mom to her younger brothers. Her boys are off to university and she’s determined not to fall victim to empty nest syndrome. She wants to make up for lost time! Item number one on her list? A man to have some fun with!
Super starry rugby coach Will Scott is just what Lu needs to ease herself back into the dating game. Only in town TMOAGT2temporarily, king of the fling…he’s perfect. But his kisses are so electric that remembering they have an expiry date is getting harder. Suddenly Lu starts wondering…maybe it is possible to have too much of a good thing!

Please tell us about the characters in your book?

Lu isn’t quite sure who she is and where she is at. She’s had to put her career as a burgeoning photographer on hold to raise her younger brothers and she knows that she’s ten years behind, career wise. She hasn’t dated much lately because men tend to run away when they realize that she comes with two brothers, a fish tank, a large house, dogs and cats. She knows that she needs to ease back into her life, needs to find a job, try new things, start to date…and Will is a perfect perfect man to practice on!

Will…well, he has had a very interesting past. An international rugby legend, he nearly threw away his career when he hooked up and married the bad girl of tennis, Jo Keith and they were wild! When they divorced, Will decided that he wasn’t able marriage material and he isn’t interested in anything more than a hook up. His friend Kelby challenges him to try something different with a woman. Will tells Lu that they can either hook up and never see each other again or they can hang out and be friends during his brief sojourn in her city.

Was it love at first sight for your characters? If not what was the pivotal moment of change?

No love at first sight….but lust, yes, there was plenty of that! Right from the beginning they both knew that they were deeply attracted to each other but Lu decided she needed a friend to have fun with more than she needed a brief hook up and Will wanted someone to hang with in a strange city. And they have so much fun together that neither of them wanted to ruin it by complicating it with sex.
The pivotal moment of change comes about when they can’t resist the heat between them anymore and Lu suggests that have a one night and they promise each other they’ll go back to being friends and normal in the morning. Um…normal? Not with these two!

If your characters could go back in time and change one thing what would it be? Why?

Will is deeply embarrassed about his wild past and the fact that he nearly ruined his career with the wild partying and feeding the tabloids when he was younger. Lu, for many reasons, wishes her parents hadn’t died in a car crash.

What scene did you have the most fun writing? Why?

I loved writing the scene where Lu does the calender shoot with naked Stingray rugby players….Will didn’t enjoy this scene half as much as I did!

The room roared, Matt high-fived her and Lu was still laughing as the Will stepped away from the wall and cleared his throat. Cold eyes drilled through her and her laughter died in her throat as the room fell into an uncomfortable silence.
He jerked his head at the gym door. ‘Outside.’
Lu frowned. ‘Sorry?’
‘I want to talk to you…outside.’ Will stated in a biting voice vibrating with anger.
‘Lu’s in trub-bel.’ Matt sang and winced when Will walked up to him and slammed his hand against Matt’s chest. Matt took two steps backwards.
‘If you know what’s good for you, you’ll shut the hell up.’ Will calmly stated, his eyes spitting.
Matt held his hands up. ‘Yes, boss.’
‘You, outside.’ Will looked at Lu and his furious expression had Lu climbing down from the table and walking towards the door.
Lu heard the door slam behind her and looked up at Will who was, obviously, thunder cloud angry. What was his problem?
‘Stop flirting with Matt.’ Will stated through clenched teeth.
‘Jeez, Will, he was just trying to make the situation less awkward.’ Lu replied, confused. He couldn’t be taking their banter seriously, could he? ‘What is your problem?’
Will stepped in front of her and pushed her back against the wall. He placed a palm on the wall next to his head and he loomed over her. ‘My problem? You’re about to get fifteen guys naked and the only one I want you to see naked is me. That’s my problem. I’m pissed and frustrated and as horny as hell. That’s another problem. I don’t care if this is your job. I. Don’t. Like. This.’
It was the first time she’d seen Will totally stripped of the cloak of control he constantly wore. His eyes were full of misery and frustration, his body was clenched with tension. He looked, almost, unhinged.
Over her. Being surrounded by hot, buff men…Well, shoo!
And as much as she wanted to smash her mouth against his and be kissed by this out-of-control Will, she had a job to do, a job that was important to her. The other rugby franchises, as Kelby had told her, were hiring big name photographers to capture their image for the calendar but he had faith in her that she wouldn’t let their side down.
She had no intention of doing that but she couldn’t do it with Will hovering like an angry tornado; he’d make the players tense, they wouldn’t relax while he was watching over them…and she wouldn’t be able to function. She had to get rid of him. Yet she knew that nothing shy of a dynamite stick would get him to leave.
So Lu stood on her tip toes, slammed her mouth against his and slid her tongue into his mouth. Her kiss was open mouthed and hot enough to drain all the blood from his brain…just what she needed. It took all her willpower to step away before Will caught her in his grip and wouldn’t let her go.
Stepping back quickly, she gave him a quick salute, slipped through the door to the gym, slammed it closed and turned the lock. Ignoring his furious fist pounding against the door she walked back inside to a box she’d carried in earlier and yanked out an i-Pod and external speakers.
‘Who wants music?’ she loudly asked.
‘Hell yes! But a drink would be better!’ Matt loudly responded above the chorus of approvals and whistles.
Lu grinned as she pulled two bottles of tequila from the box and waved them in the air. ‘I think this would be a damn sight easier with a couple of shots. There are quite a few bottles so don’t be shy. But we’d better get slammed before Mr Grumpy breaks down the damn door!’

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

Funnily enough, the hardest scene for me to write was the initial scene and how they met which was pretty unusual. It was a serious situation for Lu to find herself in yet I didn’t want to make it too dark and Will had to come across as heroic. (Sorry no snippet, it’s a huge spoiler alert!)

I felt quite emotional every time I wrote about Mak and his special needs, rugby mad son… here’s a taster

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How did your character spend the week just before the story starts?

Lu spends the week feeling sorry for herself and wafting around her very empty nest; missing her brothers and all that noise and messiness that accompanied their presence in the house.

Back in New Zealand Will was preparing for his three month stint in Durban as a care taker-coach for The Stingrays, not really sure if he can pull off the job (he’s a player not a technician!) but knowing that he owes his best friend Kelby, the ‘Ray CEO, to try.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book was optioned for a movie?

For Lu Jenna Elfman with short, blonde hair and for Will the Australian actor Brett Tucker.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2013 into 2014?

I have a few books out in 2014, The Last Man She Should Call ( my free spirited world traveler Rowan comes home to roost) in February, in April my down to earth heiress Morgan meets her match in bodyguard Noah, in Flirting With The Forbidden. In June, workaholic Ally recruits Ross to promote her family’s clothing and accessory line in More Than A Fling.

I’m in a Christmas anthology- out in October 2014- with Maisey Yates and Carole Mortimer called Christmas With the Billionaire so I have a busy year ahead!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

Giveaway: I am giving away two print copies of and two e-books of Too Much of A Good Thing.

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Joss xxx

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‘I need to ask you if you meant what you said in Kelby’s office?’ Will asked.
Lu frowned. ‘Which part?’ she asked, wary.
‘About not wanting to get involved with anyone?’
‘Yes.’ She needed to stand on her own feet first before she tried to walk beside someone else. Find out what made her tick, what made her happy.
‘Ok, so here’s what I’m thinking. I can take you to bed− and yes, I’m alive and breathing and you’re hot so God knows I want to− and we’d sleep together and have a lot of fun. But I wouldn’t see you again. It’s not what I do… and it could be weird seeing that we have to work together for the next three months. ’
‘Ok.’ What was she supposed to say to that? And where was he going with this?
‘Or I can not take you to bed and see you again.’
‘Look Lu, at the risk of sounding like a like a conceited ass, I can walk into any club in the city and have someone in my bed every night.’
‘You’re right, you do sound like a conceited ass.’ Lu murmured.
‘But I don’t have someone to hang with, someone to pass the time with. I enjoy your company, even when you are trying hard to hide your irritation.’
He’d been thinking about it since he’d last seen her, thinking about what Kelby said. Despite his issues around relationships, he genuinely liked people and enjoyed being around them. He couldn’t foist his after-hours company on his team mates, he was their boss and who wanted to socialise with their boss? And Kelby had his family and didn’t want or need him around. Being single in a foreign city could be bloody lonely and having someone to hang with would make time go faster, would kill the hours away from the stadium.
Pushing his attraction to her aside− he could do that, he wasn’t a hound dog −he genuinely enjoyed her company; she was restful, easy to be with. Lu was real in a way that he hadn’t encountered in a woman in long time. When last had he felt so at ease, relaxed, with a woman?
With her, he felt like he was himself. Not Will Scott, he curled his lip, the legendary All Black, not the Caretaker Coach that everyone was watching to see what he did with their beloved team. Not Jo Keith’s unreliable bad boy ex-husband.
Just Will. He really liked being just Will.
And he enjoyed the fact that she didn’t simper or smirk and hang on his every word. That she could call him a conceited ass. Apart from his sisters, who called him far worse, every other woman he met only ever complimented him.
It got old, very quickly.
He made it sound so easy, so simple, Lu thought. And it could be that simple, if she didn’t over think this. Sex and walk away or no sex and a couple of weeks of hanging together, having fun.
She wanted sex but she needed fun. She wanted to laugh like she had earlier, try new things, stagger to work bleary eyed because she’d been out having a blast. She wanted to drink cocktails and wear pretty dresses and try new foods. She wanted to recapture a little of the youth she’d lost; to live life; taste it, feel it, experience it.
And she just knew that she would have more fun with Will than without him.

Book Info:

Joss Wood wrote her first book at the age of eight and has never really stopped. Her passion for putting black letters on a white screen is only matched by her love of books and travelling (especially to the wild places of Southern Africa) and, possibly, by her hatred of ironing and making school lunches.

Fueled by coffee, when she’s not writing or being a hands-on Mom, Joss, with her background in business and marketing, works for a non-profit organization to promote the local economic development and collective business interests of the area where she resides. Happily, and chaotically, surrounded by family, friends and books, she lives in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa with her husband, young children and their many pets.

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Author Bio

Joss Wood wrote her first book at the age of eight and has never really stopped. Her passion for putting black letters on a white screen is only matched by her love of books and traveling (especially to the wild places of Southern Africa) and, possibly, by her hatred of ironing and making school lunches.

Fueled by coffee, when she’s not writing or being a hands-on Mom, Joss, with her background in business and marketing, works for a non-profit organization to promote the local economic development and collective business interests of the area where she resides. Happily, and chaotically, surrounded by family, friends and books, she lives in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa with her husband, young children and their many pets.

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49 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Too Much of A Good Thing? by Joss Wood”

  1. Tammy Y

    I have so many favorite authors. Beth Ciotta, Erin McCarthy, Karen Robards, Julie Miller, Jill Shalvis, Susan Mallery, and so many more

    • Tammy Y

      Oops I forgot Ellen Hartman, Kristan Higgins. Jenna Ryan, Tawny Weber, Lori Foster, Linda Conrad, Marin Thomas, Angie Morgan, Jillian Stone, Delores Fossen, Rachel Gibson, Leslie Kelly, Jennifer LaBrecque, Sarah Mayberry, Brenda Novak, and still so many more.

  2. Eva S

    Auto-buys for me are Linda Howard, Jessica Park, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Tarryn Fisher (read her Love Me With Lies series NOW!!), and Miranda Kennealy

  3. janinecatmom

    There are several that I look forward to their books coming out. But, the must buy everything authors are Jane Porter and Anita Hughes.

  4. Marcy Shuler

    Loved the excerpts!

    Autobuys: Jill Shalvis, Kristan Higgins, Sarah MacLean, Susan Mallery, Jennifer Ashley.

    I’m sure there’s more. 😉

  5. Jenn

    I read Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series additions upon release, Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series upon release, Emily Snow, etc.

  6. Winnie Lim

    I have quite a few favorites but they are authors many people already know so you may not find any new authors from my list. Susan Mallery, Lucy Monroe, Debbie macomber, Nora Roberts, Carla Neggers, Jill shalvis, Robyn Carr, Lori foster are all must buys for me. There are still many more must buy authors for me but too long to list.

  7. Leanna

    Auto buys are Jill Shalvis, Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, Kristan Higgins and Jaci Burton. I recently read the Trouble with Christmas by Debbie Mason and I loved.

  8. Linda Brennan

    Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Carly Phillips, Christina Dodd, Catherine Anderson, Eloisa James, Sandra Brown, Sharon Sala, Lora Leigh, Maya Banks, Stephanie Laurens, & Lori Foster are all auto buys for me. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  9. Glenda

    As tight as money is these days, I don’t have autobuys — I have put on my wish list and beg my family authors. 😉

    Lots of the authors listed above are on my list as are Grace Burrowes, Valerie Bowman, and Mia Marlowe to name a few not previously mentioned. 🙂

    Great excerpt BTW!

  10. Margaret

    Cambria Hebert and Cynthia Eden are two of my favorites that I don’t even need to read the blurb to know I’m going to buy. I’m also a big Cindy Gerard & Suzanne Brockmann fan as well when I feel my military romance itch needs a scratch!

  11. kimberlyindy

    I have several auto buy authors such as Jane Porter, Megan Crane, Maisey Yates and Jill Shalvis, But if you are looking for Romantic Suspense, I would recommend Melissa Cutler, Debra Kayn, and HelenKayDimon

  12. Gretchen

    My auto buys are: Shannon Stacey, Bella Andre, Jaci Burton, Janet Evanovich, Lorelei James, Vivian Arend, Anne Rainey, Gina Maxwell, Laura Kaye, Katee Robert

  13. dutcheja

    Karen Robards, Suzanne Brockmann, Marie Ferrarella, Julie Miller, Tami Hoag, Bella Andre, Julie Ann Walker, Maya Banks boy I could go on and on….

  14. Joss Wood

    Thanks for all the suggestion so far…I’m making a list. When my credit card blows up from all the Amazon charges I’ll know who to blame! 😉
    Also thanks for the kind comments about the post and the excerpts…it was a fun book to write. Happy reading! Joss xxx

  15. Rita Luken

    Gosh I agree with a lot of the other post..I also love Shannon Stacey and Carly Phillips

  16. Missy Morrison Goodsell

    Hmmm I’ve followed many over my life but have collected & still collect Danielle Steele. But I also read all by Lora Leigh, Samantha Young, Lorelei James, Karen Marie Moning, & just had a chance to read a couple from Mikey Brooks and even though the ones I read were young teen fantasy I loved them & my grand daughter and I can share and discuss them at great length, he was a great one to watch

  17. Amy Rickman

    I have several authors I love Maya Banks, Lauren Dane, Penny Reid, Elyssa Patrick, Kristan Higgins, Lorelei James, Katy Evans, Tara Sivec, Carly Phillips, Jill Shalvis, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, Vivien Arend, Victoria Dahl, Tamara Morgan, Abigail Roux, Mary Calmes, Kit Rocha, JC Daniels, Shiloh Walker, Susan Mallery, Nalini Singh, Shelly Laurenston, Madeline Sheehan, Kristen Ashley, Charolette Stein, Ruthie Knox … plus a bunch more

  18. cheryl

    Debbie Macomber, Carly Phillips, Jill Shalvis, Madeline Hunter. Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Kristen Higgins, Julia Quinn, Julia McLean.

  19. karen j

    I have several auto buy authors! Jill Shalvis, Kristan Higgans, Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, Carly Phillips. Toni Blake, Lorelei James, Bella Andre and Olivia Cunning. More but I cant think of them at the moment.

  20. Lori H

    There are a lot of authors I like and enjoy. Two new authors that I have discovered this year are Moriah Densley and Heather Snow. Some older ones are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan (Dark Series), Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Pamela Clare, etc…

  21. Pam Sims

    I love and always buy books from these authors: Melanie Milburne, Lynn Rae Harris, Sharon Kendrick, Susan Mallery, Jill Shavis and many more.

  22. Chanpreet

    Laura Florand, Rachael Herron, Deborah Smith, Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire, Beatriz Williams, Abbi Glines, Lauren Willig, Beverley Kendall, Moriah Densley, Jane Porter, Monica Murphy, K.A. Tucker, Megan Crane, Clodagh Murphy, Hazel Osmondand Tijan are a few of my must buy uthors

  23. Christine L.

    While I do enjoy romance and romantic suspense, I don’t have a favorite author that is an auto-buy for me. Please don’t judge me, but Stephen King is the only writer who will always be on that list. Glad to see the writers listed by others, though, as now I am better armed to hit the library!

  24. donnadurnell2013

    Dana Marton is almost an auto buy for me. You probably already read her as she writes for Harlequin Intrigue. But I’ve also read another one of her books, only out in ebook form as far as I know — The Third Scroll — a totally different genre.
    Other romantic suspense authors I enjoy are usually also Harlequin authors — I especially like some of the Love Inspired Suspense books & authors.
    I’m getting acquainted with other publishing houses and their authors, too, but off hand I don’t think of one in particular. I do like Jill Shalvis. Kristan Higgins, Candice Terry.

  25. ndluebke

    two recent new authors for me that I really like is Vanessa Riley, I read Madelines Protector and Lori Foster who also includes a nice amount of humor.

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