|Keenan Callaghan's first look at Julianne makes him forget that he's there on business. The instant attraction and connection he feels for her leaves him unsettled. But he quickly comes to the realization that he wants to know more about this woman who not only tempts him, but makes him forget all else but her. Julianne might be trying to keep him at arms length, but he's a patient man. He knows the best way to weather a Hurricane is to hold on and ride out the storm together... forever.
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About Taige Crenshaw
Taige Crenshaw is an multi-published author with books available at Ellora's Cave Publishing, Liquid Silver Books, Loose Id, Total-E-Bound and Summerhouse Publishing.
She writes novels set in today between people who know what they want and how to get it. As well as in the future of vast universes between beautiful, strange and unique beings with lots of spice and sensuality added to her work.
Olympus Unleashed Series
Seducing A God, June 2007
God Style Temptation, January 2008
Print- Anthology, Includes Seducing a God: Naughty Nuptials, November 2009
Immortal Blossom Series
Carnal Awakening, July 2007
Rarities Incorporated Series
Golden Seduction, King of Cups - Torrid Tarot Series, September 2007
Shadow Dance, October 2007
Veils Rising, December 2007
Print-Combo, Book 1, 2 & 3: Rarities Incorporated, March 2008
Liquid Silver Books
Nefer Investigations Force Series
Onyx Moon Rising, August 2007
Seductive Pursuits Series
Body Cravings, October 2008
Blackstone Haven Series
Power of Attraction, January 2011
Power of Instinct, May 2011
Club Immortality Series
Lay Me Down, October 2007
Burning Touch, May 2008
Silk & Shadows, July 2009
Wilde Seduction, August 2009
Hurricane, August 2011
Phoenix Intelligence Agency Series
Indigo Rain, March 2011
Silken Inferno, June 2011
Forever, I Do, February 2009
An Interview with Taige Crenshaw
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Taige, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Hurricane. Where did you get the idea for this story about a woman who doesn't want to let a man close and a man who's determined to get close to her?
TC: The idea for Hurricane came partly from my mom and dad's relationship. My Dad and Mom were very much in love. As a child I loved watching how they interacted with each other. Yes there was up and downs but they were there as a constant for us. As a family we survived many family ups and down's including a hurricane that devastated a lot of the island where I am from. The strength we had was due to the family -- those of blood and whom we see as family even through we had no blood ties. Standing side by side and helping each other is what got us through.
There were many storms we had. When my dad passed away I had just graduated from high school. It sent all of us reeling. I'm the youngest in my family. In my case I had just moved away from home to go to college. I had only moved a week when I got the call he was gone. When I had to return home for the funeral I had already set in my mind not to return to college and told my mom so. She refused to let me give up my dream and told me that my dad was proud and knew what I was doing. After my dad's passing my Mom was the rock that kept our family going. She made sure all of us were okay. She went on after such a devastating loss. Sadly my Mom passed away a few years ago.
When I sat down to write Hurricane I wanted to portray a form of the love my parents had. As well as the strong family dynamic I grew up with. I did take creative license to change how Julianne and Keenan my main characters of the novel get together to create a long lasting relationship. Throughout the book you will see them build from the base to a loving foundation. Julianne and Keenan will have trials and things to face before they get there. Their journey is a growth for both of them.
Also when I created the concept for the Singleton series I wanted to give readers a view of me. The Locke's is a family that were born in St. Thomas -- the same island I was born in -- and they moved to the fictional town I created called Singleton which is set in New York. Even with the move they maintained the closeness of family and added more by their friendships they formed. Friends who have become a part of the large extended family. The Locke family and friends are large, close-knit and portray what family is all about – being there through joy, pain and even death. They are the way my own family is.
Hurricane is book 1 of the Singleton series. I am extremely proud to be able to bring the book and all the future books in the series to readers.
HH: What do you like best about Julianne and why will readers relate to her?
TC: Readers will relate to Julianne because she is a woman who has suffered a devastating loss. She went on for her child excluding all else. Although Julianne is a success in her business life and has wonderful family. She has given up on love. The pain she suffered she does not want again. Yet Keenan awakens something in her that shakes her. Makes her open herself a little for more. Julianne is human and has frailties like everyone does.
HH: What do you like best about Keenan and why will readers love him?
TC: Keenan is the quintessential, what I like to call the laid-back alpha male. Once he knows what he wants he doesn't push Julianne knowing she will run. Instead he leaves it up to her. Waits for her to come to him. Once she does he woos her with his laid-back ways.
HH: What do you think readers are looking for in today's contemporary romances?
TC: A journey. One that takes you through all the emotional cords. From happiness to tears. I bring that in what I write. I love to take a reader to the high of happiness then the release of tears then back to that wonderful place of satisfaction of romance.
HH: What else do you have in the works?
TC: I have a few releases coming in 2011 and 2012. Here is a partial list.
Dark Callings - Phoenix Intelligence Agency #3 – Coming Sept. 2011
Shameless - Singleton, #2 – Coming Nov. 2011
Immortal Bloodlines - Phoenix Intelligence Agency #4 – Coming Dec. 2011
A paranormal series called Kemet Uncovered which I co-authored with Aliyah Burke will be coming from Total E-Bound.
The stories so far and titles:
Talios -- Dec 2011
Devi -- Feb 2012
Linc -- April 2012
Saffron -- June 2012
There are blurbs on the Kemet Uncovered series on my site.
HH: What do you enjoy most about being a romance reader?
TC: The various adventures that I go on. Each book takes me to someplace new. With a new couples journey to love.
HH: Do you own an ebook reader or read on an electronic device? If so, what?
TC: Yes I do. I have a Sony Reader. I carry it everywhere. I love it.
HH: As a romance reader, what sort of stories do you personally prefer?
TC: The same as stated above.
HH: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
TC: I have too many to list.
HH: Any vacation or appearance plans this summer?
TC: I'm being a tourist in my own town. I have family visiting so I have been taking them to see the sights. We've been having a blast chatting, eating and being together.
HH: Thank you!