It’s such a pleasure to welcome my friend and fellow writer, Robin Bielman, to Magical Musings today!! Her debut novella, Worth the Risk (available on Amazon and B&N through Entangled Publishing) was just released at the end of April. I was thrilled when Robin agreed to be a guest here because I wanted her to share with us a few details about her fun new contemporary romance and, also, about her road to becoming a published writer.
A little bit about Robin: She lives in Southern California, a bike ride away from the ocean if she’s feeling really adventurous. She loves books and baking and running on the treadmill while watching her favorite TV shows. When she’s not reading or writing her next story, she’s spending time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons, most likely watching, playing, or discussing baseball. She drives too fast, drinks too much caffeine, and if every day were Cupcake Day, she’d be a happy camper! She loves to connect with readers.
Take it away, Robin!!
Hello everyone! Thanks so much for having me as your guest today, Marilyn. I’m so happy to be here with you and the ladies of Magical Musings.
My debut novella, Worth the Risk, is about Sam and Dean (not the “Supernatural” TV show duo). They spent a summer together after college and now five years later, they’re face to face again vying for the same job.
Their love was ancient history…until their paths crossed again.
Samantha Bennett put Dean Malloy out of her mind five years ago, when he broke her heart after a summer fling. But now he’s back in her life, and ready to steal a heritage protection contract that could make or break her career–if he doesn’t steal her heart first. Samantha’s vowed to hate him, but it’s more than anger heating the competition between them.
With sparks flying across the conference table and sizzling in every touch, Dean proposes a weekend liaison. Anything to have Sam again; anything to get her out of his system. But the unresolved feelings between them complicate both their personal and professional lives, and one wild weekend could turn into a disaster that would destroy the one job that means more to Samantha than anything. For a shot at love…is it worth the risk?
I started writing novels a little over five years ago. Before that, I was a freelance writer, most recently writing about brides and weddings. When a colleague read one of my bride pieces she asked if I’d ever thought about writing a romance novel and if not, then I should. A little bell went off in my head (seriously!) and I knew that’s what I wanted to do. The romance and first kiss ~sigh~ is my favorite part of any book or TV show or movie, and I finally realized I wanted to focus on writing romantic fiction.
I got “the call” (which was an email before an actual phone conversation) for my novella just before Christmas and was so deliriously happy that I quickly asked my hubby to read the email. I needed him to confirm that I wasn’t seeing things, because I couldn’t believe it! After jumping up and down and squealing for I don’t know how long, I called my mom. She cried. After that, my phone conversation with Adrien-Luc Sanders (one of my awesome editors at Entangled Publishing) was beyond great, and I haven’t stopped smiling since.
A very dear friend of mine sent me a quote last year that said, “What the universe has planned for you is even better than what you can imagine.” There were so many days when I thought I’d give up, when I thought no one is ever going to like my writing enough. But even on those “I’m the worst” days, I read that quote and hung on to hope. I couldn’t imagine ever not writing, and reminded myself that I was lucky I got to do something every day that made me happy. Regardless of the end result, time spent writing was a gift. So if you love spending time with the characters in your head, don’t ever give up. Keep. Going.
Remember the first kiss thing I mentioned? Well, in my novella, Sam and Dean’s first kiss takes place five years before the novel opens. So I wanted their First Kiss after they meet up again to be really Something. It takes place in a bar and involves a hot sauce game. Here’s a quick peek…
He cupped her cheek and looked deep into her eyes. “One kiss, Sam. I dare you.”
Damn him. If she didn’t agree, he’d think he won something here, and she couldn’t let that happen. She couldn’t let him beat her over a silly kiss. Especially if he thought his kiss would distract her from the reason she was in town.
“Fine. I’m game.”
Whistles and sighs echoed around their corner of the bar while Joe grabbed two bottles of hot sauce off the table. “The rules are”—he looked at Sam as he spoke—“time starts when I say go. Your lips must stay in contact. Tongue is optional. As soon as you part, time stops. Ready?”
With eyes stuck on each other, they nodded. Joe stood over them with a bottle of sauce in each hand and they simultaneously tilted their heads back to receive several drops on their tongues.
You can read my first two chapters here: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/worth-the-risk/
Thank you again Marilyn and the ladies of Magical Musings for having me today and letting me share my debut with your readers! I’d love to give away a $10 B&N or Amazon gift card (winner’s choice) AND a digital copy of Worth the Risk to one lucky commenter who answers this question: Where was your first kiss?
Robin, thanks so much for sharing this excerpt (hot sauce!!), for telling us about your publishing journey and for offering this great giveaway, too! The contest will run until May 14, 2012. Just leave a comment below and you’re entered. The name of one random person will be drawn on Monday evening and posted here by Tuesday. Good luck, everyone!
You can find out more about Robin online at www.robinbielman.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RobinBielmanWriter and on Twitter at http://twitter.com#!/RobinBielman and you can buy Worth the Risk at Amazon and B&N .