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About N.J. Walters
Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore, sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore and her hometown and settled in for another seven years.
One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she received a tentative acceptance for her first erotic romance novel, Annabelle Lee, and life would never be the same.
Ellora's Cave Publishing:
Katie's Art of Seduction-Awakening Desires, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
Erin's Fancy-Awakening Desires, Book 2 (E-book) & (Print)
Capturing Carly-Awakening Desires, Book 3 (E-book)
Craving Candy-Awakening Desires, Book 4 (E-book)
Enticements-(Print—Contains Capturing Carly and Craving Candy)
Jackson's Jewel-Awakening Desires, Book 5 (E-book) & (Print)
MacNamara's Lady-Awakening Desires, Book 6 (E-book)
Harker's Journey-Dalakis Passion, Book 1 (E-book)
Lucian's Delight-Dalakis Passion, Book 2 (E-book)
Dalakis Embrace- (Print—Contains Harker's Journey and Lucian's Delight)
Stefan's Salvation-Dalakis Passion, Book 3 (E-book) & (Print)
Eternal Brothers-Dalakis Passion, Book 4 (E-book)
Endless Chase-Dalakis Passion, Book 5 (E-book)
Annabelle Lee-Summerville Secrets, Book 1 (E-book)
Heat Wave-Summersville Secrets, Book 2 (E-book)
Summersville Heat- (Print—Contains Annabelle Lee and Heat Wave)
Lily Blossoms-Summersville Secrets, Book 3 (E-book)
Christina's Tapestry-Tapestries, Book 1 (E-book)
Bakra Bride-Tapestries, Book 2 (E-book)
Tapestry Dreams- (Print—Contains Christina's Tapestry and Bakra Bride)
Woven Dreams-Tapestries, Book 3 (E-book) & (Print)
Threads of Destiny-Tapestries, Book 4 (E-book)
Embroidered Fantasies, Book 5 (E-book)
Embracing Silence-Project Alpha, Book 1 (E-book)
Have Mercy-Project Alpha, Book 2 (E-book)
Sweet Charity-Project Alpha, Book 3 (E-book)
Out of Shadows-(E-book)
Seeking Charlotte-Hearts of Fire, Book 3 (E-book)
Entwined Hearts-Hearts of Fire, Book 5 (E-book)
Amethyst Dreams-Companion book to Amethyst Moon (E-book)
Amethyst Moon-Birthstone Series (E-book)
Three Swords, One Heart-Torrid Tarot Series (E-book) & (Print)
Anastasia's Style-Valentine Vixens Quickie (E-book)
Candy Caresses-(Print Anthology containing the Valentine Vixens Quickie, Anastasia's Style)
Drakon's Treasure-Autumn Animalia Quickie (E-book)
Feral Fixation-(Print Anthology containing the Autumn Animalia Quickie, Drakon's Treasure)
Jessamyn's Christmas Gift-White Hot Holidays Quickie (E-book)
White Hot Holidays 3-(Print Anthology containing my White Hot Holiday Quickie, Jessamyn's Christmas Gift)
Tempting Tori (E-book) (Audio Book)
Lassoing Lara (E-book)
Tracking Talia (E-book)
Unmasking Kelly (E-book)
Over Time, Under Him-(Pocket Books Print Anthology containing EC Quickie Unmasking Kelly)
Trick or Treat-(Pocket Books Print Anthology containing EC Quickie Unmasking Kelly)
Ellora's Cavemen: Legendary Tails IV (featuring “A Love Eternal”) (E-book) & (Print)
Ellora's Cavemen: Dreams of the Oasis IV (featuring “Shadows Stir”) (E-book) & (Print)
Ellora's Cavemen: Seasons of Seduction III (featuring “Sunshine for a Vampire”) (E-book) & (Print)
Ellora's Cavemen: Jewels of the Nile IV (featuring “Moon Magic”) (E-book) & (Print)
Discovering Dani-Jamesville, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
The Way Home-Jamesville, Book 2 (E-book) & (Print)
The Return of Patrick O'Rourke-Jamesville, Book 3 (E-book) & (Print)
The Seduction of Shamus O'Rourke-Jamesville, Book 4 (E-book) & (Print)
A Legal Affair-Jamesville, Book 5 (E-book)
By The Book-Jamesville, Book 6 (E-book) & (Print)
Past Promises-Jamesville, Book 7 (E-book)
Jamesville Affairs-(Print—Contains A Legal Affair and Past Promises)
Alexandra's Legacy-Legacy, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
Isaiah's Haven-Legacy, Book 2 (E-book) &(Print)
Legacy Found-Legacy, Book 3 (E-book)
A Touch of Magick-Spells, Secrets & Seductions, Book 1 (E-book) & (Print)
Dreams of Seduction-Spells, Secrets & Seductions, Book 2 (E-book)
Love in Flames-Spells, Secrets & Seductions, Book 3 (E-book)
The Gift of Shayla (E-book)
The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance (Print)
An Interview with N.J. Walters
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: NJ, thank you for talking with us at TRS BLUE! Your featured book is The Gift of Shayla. Where did you get the idea for this tantalizing tale of three?
NJ: Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Solstice! I think that covers everyone! I'm so happy to be at TRS Blue this month. Thank you so much for having me here.
I'm not really sure where the idea for The Gift of Shayla came from. I was thinking about writing a holiday story and decided I'd make it a ménage a trois to spice it up. But this is the first time I've ever done a m/m/f story instead of the more traditional m/f/m one. Adam is attracted to both Shayla and Rob making the storyline even more complex and emotional. It was a challenge, but I loved every minute of it.
BLURB: The Gift of Shayla
One night to indulge their wildest desires...
Adam Lancaster has been in love with Rob McKeith—and attracted to Rob's wife, Shayla -- for years, but he fears their friendship would be over if they knew the truth. So he's thrilled when his secret fantasy becomes reality and the couple offers him a very special gift: a sensual Christmas Eve in their bedroom...
HH: What do you like best about Shayla and why will readers relate to her?
NJ: Shayla is a happily married woman who knows there is more to the relationship between her husband and his best friend than either of them has ever wanted to admit. Her greatest gift to them both is her understanding and acceptance of that. She really shows what love is all about.
HH: What do you like best about Adam and Rob and why will readers love them?
NJ: Adam and Rob are the best of friends and have been since they were kids. In all that time, Adam has kept his attraction to Rob a secret, not knowing how his friend would react. I think readers will love the genuine honest connection between the two men that goes far beyond the physical. They really care for one another on a deep emotional level.
HH: As an author, how do you pull off a complex relationship like this?
NJ: Any successful relationship starts and ends with love, understanding and communication. I don't think a relationship like this would work without all of these components. It would be easy for Shayla and Adam to not like one another since they both love Rob. I tried to keep everything as real as possible.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
NJ: Right now I have two more Legacy books contracted and due out next year. Quinn's Quest is due out in February and Finding Chrissten has no release date as of yet. I'm waiting to hear back from my editor on the next Tapestries book and hope to have some news soon.
HH: What's a day in the life of author N.J. Walters like?
NJ: I like to write early in the day before my mind gets cluttered with regular life. I'll usually get up and get a pot of tea started and make breakfast while hubby is still in bed. I start checking email and my yahoo groups while I'm waiting for him to get up and then we have breakfast together. After that, I settle down to write. After lunch, I'll check email again and work on other writing related stuff, like this interview. =) Some days I'll run errands or we'll go to a movie, but I'm pretty boring. lol
HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
NJ: Honestly, I'd love to expand my readership and eventually have a book or two with one of the big New York publishers. If that never happens that's okay. I'm publishing and making a living at a job I love, so I'm happy.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
NJ: I've been reading some wonderful books lately. Loved the first book in the new Nora Robert's Inn Boonsboro trilogy -- The Next Always. I'm also reading the New Species series by Laurann Dohner, which is fabulous! And for some seasonal fare, I checked out the latest Janet Chapman book, Highlander for the Holidays. Gotta love those alpha highlanders.
HH: Where is your favorite place to shop for books?
NJ: I'll shop for books anywhere. lol I have a Sony reader so I'm always at the Sony Store online checking out the latest releases. But I also check out the local Chapters and Coles bookstores. I'm an equal opportunity book buyer. I'll take ebooks and paperbacks. =)
HH: Any New Year's resolutions?
NJ: Not to make resolutions. lol Seriously though, I'm resolving to start taking better care of my health. Being a stay-at-home writer for the past six years has added twenty pounds, which I'm determined to lose. I want to stay happy and healthy so I can keep on writing books, a job I absolutely love!
Happy New Year! Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2012!
HH: Thank you!
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