Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Wild Rose Press Valentine Tour - Week 3!!

Welcome! It's WEEK 3 Already????  How did that happen??? I hope you've had as much fun as we have so far. We have one Rose missing this week? Can you figure out who it is??? Leave me a comment if you know. Heck, leave me a comment even if you don't;) Each comment enters you in our drawing. A list with links to all our blogs is listed at the bottom, so sit back with some coffee and enjoy:)

Today my guest is the fabulous Jill James and we're talking about MEETING OUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER. Jill writes Contemporary and Paranormal romance. And if you haven't had the pleasure of reading her work, you should;) Here's her website, then come on back and find out about her real life romance.  http://www.jilljameswrites.com 

Meeting Your Significant Other  

First meets in romance novels have types. The cute first meet – like bumping into each other and dropping everything. The mistaken first meet – the whole ‘I thought you were someone else” scenario. Or in my case with my husband, the total “I’ll ignore you because you are a geek” meeting in junior high. We went through junior high, high school, and graduated together.
My husband and I lived in a small town. In junior high and high school we knew all our classmates, at least by name. Who we were back then, we would never have gone out with each other in a million years.
Fast forward a few years. I was just out of the wrong guy, wrong time situation. I had a young daughter and a crappy, low-paying job. My supervisor knew I was divorced so he asked if I would go out with his son if he asked me. I took a moment to think – hmm, lonely, no dates in 14 months, and a date with someone I already semi-knew. Okay.
He is a cop. He came to my work to ask me out—in uniform! I was lost in those deep brown eyes from the moment he leaned over my desk and asked me out to dinner. We dated for 8 months when he asked me to marry him. Six months later was the wedding. This year will be 23 years.
Not sure what kind of meet that would be, but it’s mine.

What is your favorite meet for a hero and heroine in a book or movie?
They both want the same thing – St. Eden Studios.
Corporate raider Yvette Giardino intends to bring St. Eden Studios to its knees. It’s a job. One her grandmother’s health depends on. That Adam St. Eden will suffer isn’t personal. Until he awakens her sympathy and stirs her body in ways she can’t explain. 
Adam wants one thing and one thing only – to protect the dream his grandfather began. But when the board demands he work with stunning Yvette, a woman he’d mistakenly indulged with in a little after-hours play, his world turns upside down. Missed meetings, unhappy clients, and nights of intense pleasure – he can blame one person.  Yvette. 
With his corporation crumbling around him, can Adam rise above the fallout and see his sexy temptress for what she really is – a victim of manipulation and a woman who desperately needs his love?  

Yvette pulled herself together with a jolt.

It’s a job. It’s a job.

She repeated the mantra in her head in an endless loop, gazing into deep, blue eyes. This close, she noticed the subtle lines near his eyes from his outdoor living. If he had grown up in Hollywood, he would have had a facelift or two by now, instead of the natural look he pulled off quite well.

Adam helped her rise, his warm hand cupping her elbow. A tingle shot from her arm, to her chest, and to regions much farther south. A sexual moan almost escaped her lips. Yvette shook her head to clear the mental images of her and him and the hotel room. It didn’t help. Memories of that night still had the power to stir her senses. They hit Yvette in a place she didn’t think existed—her emotions.

His eyes darkened to indigo, and he leaned nearer. His fresh, evergreen scent enveloped her. Her head swam, and she tilted on the heels of her shoes. She berated herself for her juvenile behavior, unable to believe the She-shark of business might have met her match. At least in the sexual arena.

Adam wrapped an arm around her shoulders, led her to the bench outside the door, and sat beside her. “I hope you’re doing okay. I would’ve found you a seat inside, but they were getting back to work. I didn’t want anything else to delay the work schedule.”

Disbelief flooded Yvette while she replayed what had just happened. She needed to get a grip on herself and this job. Adam was nice enough overall, and was great—make that fantastic—in bed.

However, he was no ruthless businessman and knew next to nothing about Hollywood. He wasn’t the first
CEO she’d taken down, and he wouldn’t be the last.
Wednesday, February 16th – Blog Topic – Meeting Your Significant Other
Meet author Amy Corwin at http://amielouellen.wordpress.com/
Meet contemporary and paranormal romance author Jill James at http://authorjenniferjakes.blogspot.com/
Meet romantic suspense author Kat Duncan at http://www.ajbooks.blogspot.com/
Meet contemporary YA an adult romance author Linda Kage at http://lynneroberts.blogspot.com/
Meet paranormal, and historical romance author Caroline Clemmons at http://amycorwin.blogspot.com/
Meet historical and paranormal romance writer Lilly Gayle at http://www.jilljameswrites.com/blog
Meet Amie Louellen, author of fun and whimsical contemporary romance at http://www.katduncan.net/writeabout
Meet erotic western historical author Jennifer Jakes at http://lindakage.blogspot.com/
Meet author AJ Nuest at http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com/
Meet author Lynne Roberts at http://www.lillygayleromance.blogspot.com


  1. The geekiest (is that a word?) boy in my class turned out to be this tall handsome hunk at the reunion.

    I found my love after twenty years of good enough. And then dating every loser in my area. I found someone who I wanted. And after he and I broke up with the ones we were dating, it was our turn and we never looked back.


  2. Wow Jill, you have your own real-life hero! What a great story. And thank goodness none of us are the same person we were in middle school!

  3. I have no idea what kind of meet that is either, but I still love your story. Cops are keepers! I have one too.

  4. That is the most interesting story of how someone met I have read in a while. Maybe it needs a category all its' own.

    Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D.

  5. I met my husband at work, when we were both cops, and I couldn't stand him. I was divorced and he was going through a tough divorce and was cranky. I made him really work on getting me to even accept a box of donuts from him, which I refused. I don't eat them, so he tired a bag of bagels. Okay, I took those.
    It was his partner who really helped him to work towards asking me out. We worked nights, so he asked me out for a cup of coffee and breakfast, a few weeks after I accepted the bag of bagels. I had one requirement for the date, he had to bring his K9 partner,Bear Boy.
    We've been married for 16 years.

  6. Lynn, never settle for good enough. So glad you found perfect.

  7. Thank goodness indeed, Marci. Takes awhile to be who we are going to be.

  8. Linda, takes a special guy to be a cop, takes a very special woman to be a cop's wife. Enjoy yours too.

  9. Stephanie, thanks. I had to go through Mr. Not Even Good Enough to get to Mr. Cop.

  10. L.A., you know I never tire of hearing how your Mr. Cop had to work hard to woo and win you.

  11. My husband used to be a cop... met him when I placed a personal ad in a local newspaper...shhh- it's a secret- now there's an interesting story line...lol- loved the story Jill *kudos*

  12. Oh, that's the BEST kind of meet. I love it... it made me smile. Congratulations on 23 years of marriage!

    I love this week's subject. : )

  13. Dawne, thanks. I like the storyline of a personal ad meet.

  14. Lynne, I'm liking this week's subject too. Will have to check out the other posts.

  15. Love that he wore his uniform to ask you for a date. See, you were supposed to be with him in the first place.

  16. Great first meet story. And a man in uniform, no less!

  17. What a great story, Jill. I met my "just right" guy at a writers' meeting, ironically. We both were former journalists and currently teachers. He invited me to ditch the afternoon session and drive with him into town to pick up some pipe tobacco. Turns out the tobacco shop had been closed for nearly a year, and he knew it. Weeks later, a lady who was a dear friend of both of ours said, "I don't know why I never thought of introducing you two." But that was OK. She was still our matron of honor.:)

    Good luck with the book. I'm looking forward to reading it!!

  18. Wow, Barb H. -- That is a cool story!!!

  19. Jill, that's a great story! I love it. :) I met my hubby in typing class as a Junior in HS. He was a Senior. We just celebrated 18 years in January.

    Congrats on your 23 years and your release! You know I got my copy and can't wait to read it.

  20. Caroline, gotta love a man in uniform. They are so hot!!!

  21. Barb, love your 'meet' story. What a sly guy! Hope you enjoy Adam and Yvette.

  22. Stacey, thanks. Love your 'meet' story.

  23. What a great story, Jill, both your personal one and your book. Sorry this post is coming so late. I've had a very busy day, but I wanted to check out how the blog tour was going!

  24. Sherry, thanks for stopping by. Better late than never. Hope you are enjoying the blog tour and our stories.