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Today I'd like you to meet Kelly Jamieson, the fabulous author of Major Misconduct, the first book in the Aces Hockey series. She was kind enough to stop by but first I wanted you to have a little background information on her.
Kelly Jamieson is the author of more than thirty contemporary romance novels. She’s a married mother of two who lives a very ordinary life outside of her imagination. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey.
Liberty Ann: First off, how has your week been?
Kelly: Busy! Right now I’m in the middle of packing for a writing retreat I’m leaving for tomorrow. I’m going to Napa Valley with a writer friend for some writing, brainstorming and maybe a little wine tasting.
LA: Well we are so glad you took the time to visit with us. So tell us about your writing style. Can you describe it in 140 characters or less?
KJ: My writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy". There's also a lot of fun and humor. (ß Exactly 140 characters per Twitter!)
LA: Oh very good! Where do you do your best writing?
KJ: In my office, at my desk. It’s boring, but I’m not one to go out and write at Starbucks or whatever. Mostly because my time is so limited, I don’t want to waste valuable time driving somewhere else!
LA: When you write in between Mom and Wife time that makes perfect sense. When did you begin writing and why?
KJ: I was writing my first novel when I was about ten. I’m not kidding. I spent hours in my room working on it. I wish I knew whatever happened to it! I was a total book worm and loved writing and telling stories. I also gave writing a serious shot when my kids were babies and I was working part time. I wrote a number of novels, sent a bunch of queries, got some requests but never got published and I had to put it aside as I went back to work full time and my kids kept me busy. When they were older, in about 2007, I decided to give it a shot again and in 2008 my dream came true.
LA: What a great story! How did your current book come about?
KJ: I had written a popular hockey romance series before and I still have readers constantly writing and asking for more. For contractual reasons I couldn’t write more books in that series, but I definitely wanted to write more hockey stories. I’m a huge hockey fan and have loved hockey my whole life. I decided to write my new hockey series about a team instead of a family, which means the story ideas are pretty much unlimited!
LA: Oh so true. If your current book became a major motion picture, whom would you want to play your leads?
KJ: Ooh, this is good! Definitely William Levy would play Marc Dupuis, captain of the Chicago Aces, and Rachelle Lefevre would play Lovey Armstrong.
LA: Love it! Tell us about your current project(s).
KJ: Right now I’m working on book one of a new series – Conquistadors. This series will feature three heroes, former Navy SEALs who now own a tequila bar (Conquistadors) in San Diego.
LA: Oh I'll be watching for those to be sure. For those who don’t already know how awesome your latest publication is, please give us a short blurb about it.
KJ: Major Misconduct is about a young woman who grew up in the shadow of her big brother, a super talented hockey player who made it to the NHL. All her life, the family’s focus was on supporting him in his career. Lovey never had a super talent or a big dream, and she was so afraid of never living up to her brother that she never really committed to anything. But when she breaks up with a man she realizes she doesn’t really love, quits the job she also realizes she doesn’t really love and makes the decision to move to a new city to pursue her real dream, she disrupts the staid, serious life of hockey player Marc Dupuis, the captain of the Chicago Aces. The sexy, serious captain.
LA: Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
KJ: Lovey has a tattoo of her life motto which is “live, love, laugh”. At first Marc is disdainful of that—life is serious and hard work. But he learns to lighten up and laugh more, and how important love is, and Lovey learns to settle down and work hard for what she really wants.
LA: Good messages. Once we finish this book and fall in love with your characters, we are going to want the next book immediately. What can you tell your readers to help calm their hunger for more?
KJ: : Books 2, 3 and 4 are already written and scheduled for publication! There’s another hockey book, Shut Out, an NA college hockey book, also coming in the spring, and I have three more Aces Hockey books contracted to write. So lots more hockey romance is coming!
LA: Go you! Do you manage to write every day?
KJ: Sadly, no. I have a full time day job and a family, and these days the business of writing takes up so much time, there are days I never actually write any words. But luckily I’m a fast writer and I’m still pretty prolific.
LA: What do you do if you ever suffer from writer’s block?
KJ: I think creativity has cycles, or ebbs and flows, ups and downs. There are low times where I worry I’ll never write again. But then it comes back and I get on a writing roll. When I’m in a low time, I’ll read a lot, watch movies, take long bubble baths with a glass of wine…and it always comes back.
LA: Good to know. What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
KJ: I write contemporary romance, ranging from sexy to erotic. I have an idea for an historical romance that I started a while back, and I still want to do it, but the research takes up so much time!
LA: Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
KJ: I’d just like to thank everyone who buys and reads my books. It still amazes me and I feel so lucky and honored to share my stories with readers.
LA: Alright now, for some real honesty. Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?
KJ: Yep. I went grocery shopping the other day with my yoga pants on inside out. Didn’t realize till I got home. Such a dork! Oh well!
LA: Oh that is too funny...sounds like something I would do! Honestly now, is there a word, phrase or quote you like?
KJ: I was just discussing with some writer friends this morning how much I like the F word. It is so versatile – noun, verb, adjective, adverb… My hockey player heroes are fond of it too, so be warned.
LA: And Light or dark chocolate?
LA: Favorite color?
LA: Dogs or cats?
LA: E-reader or print book?
LA: Night owl or early bird?
KJ: Night owl
LA: Name one food you would never eat.
LA: Very good. So everyone has had a chance to see your awesomeness.
KJ: Aw, thank you!
LA: Where can they go to snag their own copy of your novel, Major Misconduct?
LA: Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the Web. I really wish you the best of everything.
KJ: Thank you so much for having me here!
LA: Just before you go…where can we follow you?
There you have it folks, straight from Kelly Jamieson's own words!
Hope everyone has a GREAT DAY!!
Aces Hockey #1
Releasing Oct 13th, 2015
In Kelly Jamieson’s seductive new Chicago Aces romance—perfect for readers of Sawyer Bennett and Toni Aleo—a fun-loving free spirit tempts an uptight hockey star into opening himself up to love.
As the captain of the Chicago Aces, Marc Dupuis is all business. The apartment he shares with his teammate and best friend, Duncan, is a refuge from the pressures of fame. But when the sexiest woman he’s ever seen interrupts his early morning coffee wearing only a skimpy cami and matching panties, Marc can’t exactly say he minds. Their chemistry is off the charts. Unfortunately, this girl’s no random puck bunny. She’s Duncan’s little sister—and she’s moving in.
Lovey Armstrong could stare at Marc’s chiseled abs and listen to his French-Canadian accent all day. She just has no idea what’s going on inside his head: When he’s not charming her pants off, Marc makes a Zamboni machine seem warm and cuddly. Lovey knows the team’s bro code says no messing with sisters, but all these mixed messages are hard on a girl’s self-esteem—especially since she’s finally getting her new life together in Chicago. She decides he’s worth another shot . . . because if anyone can melt the ice around Marc’s heart, it’s Lovey.
“Okay, back to the topic at hand,” Duncan said. “You can’t stay here.”
Still watching Marc, Lovey saw his head snap up.
“I have to stay here, Dunc. Where else am I going to go?”
He cursed under his breath. “But I told you, there’s nowhere for you to sleep.”
“Uh . . . she can have my bed,” Marc offered.
Lovey beamed at him. “That’s so sweet of you.”
“She can’t have your fucking bed,” Duncan snapped. “Where the hell are you going to sleep?”
Marc shrugged. “Couch?”
“ sleep on the couch.” Duncan gave a gusty sigh. “One night. One night only. After that, you have to stay in a hotel or something, Lovey.”
“I can’t afford a hotel!” She gaped at him. “D’you think my last job paid me multi-millions of dollars like yours does?”
“Quit throwing my money in my face.” He slumped into the couch with a scowl.
“I’m not throwing it in your face.” She blinked. “I’m just pointing out what should be obvious . . . my marketing job for Kleinheinz Cheese did not pay enough for me to be able to afford to stay in a pricey Chicago hotel indefinitely.”
“You have enough to rent an apartment, don’t you?” He narrowed his eyes at her.
“Um . . . I have a little money. I sold my car.”
“Lovey . . .”
They glared at each other in one of their famous sibling standoffs. She lifted her chin.
As usual, she won.
“Fine,” he muttered. “Stay here until you get on your feet. But it better not be long. And you better not be in our way.”
“Thanks, Dunc.” She smiled. “I promise I won’t be. You won’t even know I’m here.”
“Why do I doubt that?” Duncan shook his head.
She looked over at Marc and saw he was grinning at the counter he was wiping.
Cheese whiz, he was gorgeous! Even more so when he smiled. Earlier he’d been so straight-faced and serious. A little curl of lust warmed her inside.
“We need to get going.” Marc looked at her brother, the grin now absent. “Gotta get to the dealership.”
“Yeah. Okay.” Duncan gave her a narrow-eyed look as he rose from the couch. “I’m buying a new vehicle. Gotta go sign the papers and pick it up.”
“Oooh. What kind?”
“Duncan! You can’t drive a truck in Chicago!”
“It’s not a truck, for fuck’s sake.”
She made a face. “If you say so. I’ll unpack and get settled in. Hey, could you pick me up a bed on your way home?” He bugged his eyes out at her and she laughed. “Kidding! We can do that tomorrow.”
“What about the stuff from your apartment in Madison? Where’s that?”
“Storage. I’ll get it shipped here when I find my own place.”
“You mean you actually do intend to find your own place?”
“Uh . . . ” She gave him a “duh” look. “I can’t stay with you forever. Although, I could get some of the stuff shipped here . . . my bedroom set. And . . .” She glanced at his dining room full of weights. “You could use a dining table and chairs.”
“Fuck no. I mean . . . I’ll help you find a nice apartment.”
“Sure. As long as you don’t mind sleeping on the couch until I do.”
He groaned and she heard a laugh from the kitchen. She looked back at Marc and their eyes met. His gleamed with mirth and she felt that little kick of lust again.
He grinned. “Don’t think I’ve ever seen Army taken out so easily. This is hilarious.”
Duncan scowled. “Shut the fuck up, Duper.”
Her eyes met Marc’s and held again and she grinned back at him, trying (but failing) to ignore the flip of lust and attraction low in her belly. He looked at her long enough that she knew he felt it too.
Well, she certainly hadn’t anticipated something like this. She’d come to Chicago to move on with her life. Things with Richard had gotten serious enough that she’d been scared spitless; scared enough to break up with him, quit her job, pack up all her belongings, and run. She had a plan, figured there’d be lots of opportunities in Chicago, and was going to get right on that, first thing Monday morning. She hadn’t planned on living with a hot hockey player with a body that could turn a girl to a puddle of lust . . . but this was going to be fun!
And next up....
Pre-Order OFF LIMITS (Aces #2)
Releasing Nov 17th, 2015