I’ve found this interview with Jennifer Probst and it tells you why I love this writer so much! Specially this sentence about her one romance: ‘That’s when I learned it wasn’t about happy endings. It was about happy beginnings.’
“At fifteen-years-old, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind. Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future.
Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both…or finally mend two broken hearts.”
Interview with Jennifer Probst
I’ve believed in love and happy endings since I was young. It never came easy.
It took me twenty years of nonstop work and dreams before I became a full time writer. I had to defend not only my love for the written word, and my non-practical career choice, but also my fierce respect and passion for the romance genre.
No matter. I let no one sway me from my path. Is it so wrong to believe in hope? To understand it’s not about these stories all containing what critics deem a formulaic ending, but the unique journey of each book and characters we create and meet to push us, change us, and allow us to reach for something more?
That’s the type of writer I wanted to be. That’s the type of books I wanted to write.
Each book will take you to a different path, but you will be guided by certain things that will always remain familiar. My voice, for instance. It’s my imprint and brand, and carries over whether I write contemporary, paranormal, short, long, first person POV or third.
There’s humor in everything I write. Sometimes a bit zany, sometimes laugh out loud, and sometimes so subtle it’s like a brush of a kiss across a cheek. Barely there. But I believe humor is one important aspect I use to make sense out of events and shine a flicker of light into a dark corner.
There’s sex. Open door sex. Erotic, dirty sex. Sweet, romantic sex. Deep, emotional, no holds barred sex. Because sex makes things messy and wonderful and tragic. It drags those feelings to the surface where my hero or heroine can no longer fight themselves or each other. I enjoy analyzing how people change before, during, and after sex, especially as couples. So you shall find it here in all formats, except my shelter dog story and of course my lone children’s book.
There’s variety. Not the bad kind. I enjoy testing limits and exploring the written word in all forms, so you will find short stories, novellas, mid length, and the longer, in depth kind of over 100K.
The rest, I think, is up to you. I’m hoping most of you will enjoy and get hooked on these first chapters. The ones who don’t? I thank you for trying. As I tell my kids, take one bite. I can’t get mad if you don’t like it as long as you gave it a try!
Thanks for taking this journey with me. Simply put, knowing there are readers out there who enjoy my work, or may discover me as an author they love, has been my dream. I will keep pushing to give you the very best, every day. And together, hopefully, we’ll find a bit of magic, and the promise of a happy ending.