Let's kick off the weekend with mutli-talented Juliana Stone. She is celebrating the release of THE DAY HE KISSED HER, Book 3 in the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series. From her bio,
Music and words have always been my passions. I sing in a band in which my husband plays guitar, and my son comes along for the ride as well. We’re total ’80s geeks, but sadly, the big hair, big shoulder pads, and neon colors are a thing of the past!
Kim: Did you see the Radio Shack commercial from Superbowl, "The 80s are calling ..."? What's your favorite part of the ad? Although I enjoyed all the 80s personalities, I appreciate the song by Loverboy, Working for the Weekend.
Juliana: Wow, that was very cool to watch. I live in Canada so we don’t get all the hyped SuperBowl ads. That one however was pretty funny and I loved Twisted Sister, that guy never changes!
Kim: What does your family think of your 80s geekness? Back to the present, what does your family think of you being a romance author?
They love the fact that their mom is now a writer! Of course they don’t read romance but with my debut young adult novel coming out in May, my daughter will finally be able to read some of my work!
Kim: I look forward to meeting you at RT in New Orleans! Other than your own appearances, what else would you like to do in the Big Easy (at the convention or in town)?
Juliana: I am so pumped for RT! I’ve never been to NOLA, so we’re planning a swamp tour as well as the old cemeteries. I also want to hit a plantation so we’re going to do that as well.
Kim: Did you model any of your heroes after 80s bad boys? What have learned about your writing process (and readers' expectations) throughout this series?
Juliana: A little tidbit, the original titles for all three books were based on Bon Jovi songs. The Day He Kissed Her was originally entitled Lay Your Hands On Me! My first hero, Cain Black is a rocker (The Summer He Came Home) and he’s a total blend of Jon Bon Jovi and Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue. YUM!
Kim: What's next for Juliana Stone?
Juliana: A very busy spring and summer! In addition to the release this week of The Day He Kissed Her, I have a debut young adult novel, BOYS LIKE YOU, releasing May 6 from Sourcebooks Fire. I’m also working on JACK, which is book 2 in my The Family Simon series and that should be available in late June! So, busy writing but I love it. Life is good!
Mahalo, Juliana, for joining us at SOS Aloha! I am giving away a print copy of THE DAY HE KISSED HER to one randomly selected commenter:
He can't wait to leaveMac Draper finally has everything he's always wanted: An amazing career. A New York City apartment. He's this close to being free of his past forever. But a mind-blowing encounter with the sexy yet tough-as-nails Lily St. Clare has him delaying his plans to put Crystal Lake in his rearview mirror for good.
She's finally found a place to stay
For Lily St. Clare the charming small town of Crystal Lake is her haven—a place she can hide from her famous, back-stabbing family. It's as close to happy as she's ever been. Until an unforgettable night with tall, dark and tortured Mac Draper gives her a glimpse of what true happiness feels like.
Lily can't help but melt a little under the sizzling heat of Mac's touch. But Mac's scars run deep, and Lily's afraid she may be falling for the one man who can never return her feelings...
To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about the '80s ... do you have a favorite memory? Speaking of Bon Jovi, "Living on a Prayer" topped MTV's Top Five at Five during my senior year of college. My roomies and I gathered around the big console TV and danced with Jon, Richie, David, and Tico.
2. Comments are open through Saturday, April 5, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 7.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
To learn more about Juliana and her books, check out her website at julianastone.com.