Monday, February 15, 2016

Winter Showcase - Jennifer Friess!

1) What is your favorite part of winter/the holidays?
My birthday. Although it is just a week after Christmas, so I always got stiffed in the gift department growing up. (My husband feels your pain, his birthday is just before Christmas!)

2) What is your least favorite part of the winter/holidays?
The cold. I can never seem to stay warm. We keep our thermostat at 68-70 degrees, but our house is over 100 years old and drafty. I usually can be found wearing a T-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, and a hoodie while huddled under a blanket with a dog next to me for warmth. Typing doesn't work up much of a sweat.

3) Name one great book you've read this year.
Bad For You by Abbi Glines. It made me both heartbroken and horny at the same time. I love her Sea Breeze series.

4) What is your favorite character from another author's book?
Edward from the Twilight Saga. I don't want to get with a cold, dead dude in real life, but he sure would be pretty to look at.

5) What is your favorite character from one of your own books? 
I can't pick one. I have two. I love Josh and Wade Tucker. They are brothers that know how to get into trouble and they are sooo fun to write for. I had to put a Josh and Wade scene in each of my Riley Sisters books. I just want them to hang out in my head all the time because they are so much fun!

6) What do you enjoy doing other than writing?

I know this is sacrilegious for a writer to say, but television is my first love. I love the ability to binge watch on Netflix or online, but I am a purist and also believe in watching in real-time week to week at the time of broadcast. I even believe commercials add a certain amount of nostalgia to the viewing experience as well. I also like hanging out with my family. I like them. I think I will keep them.

7) You have just received 1 million dollars, but you have to spend it in 24 hours. What do you do?
Buy a red Jeep Wrangler, a house in the country, travel arrangements to Las Vegas and Hawaii, my mom a condo, pay off my debts, and donate the remainder to the local animal shelter, local historical museum, and veterans organizations.

8) What is your favorite genre to read (and why)? 
I like to read YA and romance. But my problem is that YA romance isn't juicy enough for me. And Romance doesn't always have storylines I am crazy about. So I like NA, but since that category is not recognized everywhere I can have a heard time finding it.

9) What is your favorite genre to write (and why)?
I like NA because I can incorporate coming of age confusion with smut. But then I find the people who like romance don't want to buy my stuff because the story line is too young, while those who like the young story-line don't want (or shouldn't yet have) all the smut. I need my own category.

10) If you couldn't be a writer, what would you be? 
Depressed. I've tried that. It didn't work so well for me.

Jennifer Friess is an author, blogger, and editor who lives in Lenawee County, Michigan, with her husband, son, and dog. She loves entertainment trivia. She doesn’t match her socks. She is a picky eater and likes it that way. Jennifer is currently working on the New Adult series The Riley Sisters. The first book, The Wind Could Blow a Bug, and the second book, When You Least Expect It, are available now on Amazon. The third book, Be Careful What You Wish For, is due January 2016.

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Don't forget to check out her books too!

The Wind Could Blow a Bug
Book 1 in The Riley Sisters series

Jane Riley is a quiet high school senior growing up in a rural Alabama town, surrounded by hot farm boys. When Wade, the handsomest one of all, takes a sudden interest in her romantically, Jane falls hard for him. Being adopted, Jane’s search for her birth mother leads to unexpected revelations. After graduation, everything in her life begins to fall apart. While suffering from depression, Jane must cope with the unknown challenges of college. Jane must discover that family isn’t always who you would expect. She is reminded that The Wind Could Blow a Bug and her life could change in an instant…

When You Least Expect It
Book 2 in The Riley Sisters series
Kiley Riley seems to have it all. Fresh out of college, she is a successful author with a perfectly pleasing boyfriend. The only thing her life is lacking is an idea for her next novel. She heads back home to Alabama for the holidays, and the birth of her sister Jane’s baby. Things soon become complicated when caring for the baby becomes more appealing than writing. It doesn’t help matters that they are all staying in the overcrowded farm house of the Tucker family, royalty in their small town. As Kiley stays up late struggling for inspiration, she frequently has run-ins with the other resident night owl, Josh Tucker.
Looking scruffy with a reputation for trouble, Josh has something to hide. Kiley tries to keep her distance, but is drawn into his world. She will learn the hard way that actions have consequences, and sometimes everything you thought that you wanted just isn’t enough. Kiley discovers that you find love When You Least Expect It…

Be Careful What You Wish For
Book 3 in The Riley Sisters series
Miley Riley always dreamed of being famous in the spotlights of Hollywood. Achieving those dreams seemed pretty unlikely coming from the Podunk farm town of Oakley, Alabama. With no talents and no college education, she had settled into her career as a party planner and sharing an apartment with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. When the movie based on her twin sister Kiley’s book begins shooting in California, Miley wastes no time in making the trip with her for a once in a lifetime vacation. Her wildest fantasies come true when she meets a dark-haired heartthrob, rising movie star Mark Tennyson. Their relationship heats up quickly, much to the chagrin of Miley’s family and best friend Travis.
When her new L.A. life begins to publicly crumble, Miley discovers who she can really count on. The road back to her real life returns her to Alabama, but will be filled with unconventional risks. Miley will learn to Be Careful What You Wish For…