9 Dec 2014

Loving You Is Easy by Wendy S. Marcus

Loving You is Easy
By: Wendy S. Marcus
Releasing December 9th, 2014

She’s a survivor of the front lines of politics. He’s a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?
Nobody plays the role of perfect politician’s daughter better than quiet, respectable math teacher Brooke Ellstein. But she won’t be caught swimming with the sharks again, not after the son of a wealthy donor sinks his teeth into her and gets away with it. Still, political connections have their perks, such as heading up the governor’s “Support Our Troops” pen-pal initiative—and getting first dibs on the smoking-hot sergeant whose picture shakes her right down to her goody-two-shoes.
When corresponding with sweet, classy Brooke, Shane Develen instinctively hides his commando tattoos and blue-collar roots—and he can tell that she’s hiding something, too. But Shane knows he’s gained her trust when Brooke gives him a blisteringly sexy photo. Then he’s injured in an ambush and a fellow soldier posts the snapshot online. Overnight, Brooke’s reputation turns to ashes. Even though he’s totally wrong for her, Shane shows up on Brooke’s doorstep, determined to set things right—and discovers that right or wrong has nothing on the chemistry they share.
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First off, thank you so much for being a part of the blog tour to promote my Loveswept Contemporary Romance, Loving You Is Easy. And now to get to your questions.

Do dreams ever inspire your writing? What did you last dream about?
Dreams don’t typically inspire my writing. But once I’m into writing a story I do start to dream up scenes, probably because the story is the last thing on my mind before I drift off to sleep. Lately, with a book out in October, Loving You Is Easy releasing in December, and a lot of family stuff going on, the dreams I remember are often ones where I’m desperately looking for something I can’t find or running somewhere I never get to. I’d much rather be dreaming about Channing Tatum!!!!

When did you first start writing? And when were you first published?
I started writing in 2007, at night, after a full day of work and after my three children and husband had gone to bed. I sold to Harlequin Medical Romance in 2010 and my first book was published in 2011.

What is it about 'chick lit' that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres?

I love to read about strong, contemporary women. I love a mix of humor and hot sex. I enjoy reading contemporary, historical, and erotic romance. Although I’ll pretty much read any type of romance if the story is good and the sex is hot!

Can you tell us a little about your latest book?

Loving You Is Easy is about a soldier, Shane Develin, and a middle school teacher, Brooke Ellstein, who start up a pen pal relationship while Shane is overseas for his fourth tour of combat duty in Afghanistan. Brooke is from an upper class family. Her dad is a prominent New York politician. Shane has blue collar roots and his dad drives a New Jersey Transit bus. If not for the pen pal program their paths in life would never have crossed. But now that they have, can two people who are totally wrong for each other find a lifetime of happiness together? (I’ll give you a hint: YES!)

What inspired you to write it?
Well, I love soldier heroes. And I’m a little obsessed with ‘Soldier Coming Home’ videos on YouTube. A while back, while chatting with Sue Grimshaw, before she became my editor, she’d mentioned she’d like to see a story about cyberbullying. So I sat down to come up with an idea that would combine a variation of cyberbullying with a soldier hero returning home from the war. An odd combination perhaps, but I made it work.

Have you ever spotted anyone reading your books anywhere?
People have sent me pictures of themselves with my books, but I’ve never seen anyone reading one of my books in person. How cool would that be? And since Harlequin Medical Romances aren’t sold in stores in the U.S. and all my other books have been published digitally, I’ve never actually seen my book on a store shelf in the U.S. Maybe it’s time for some international travel!

Who designs your covers?

To date, my publishers have designed my covers. But I am thrilled with what they came up with for Loving You Is Easy! It’s so romantic, which is exactly what I’d asked for.

If your latest book was made into a film, who would you cast?
Hmmm. That’s a tough one. The inspiration for my heroine, Brooke Ellstein, is Sierra Deaton from Alex and Sierra, a singing duo who won the third season of The X Factor USA. For my tough soldier hero, Shane Develin, I think maybe Mark Wahlberg as he was in his role in Lone Survivor.

What's your favourite Chick Lit book that made it to the big screen?

Sex and the City. But I also loved Confessions of a Shopaholic.

What were the last two books you read?

Hold on Tight by Serena Bell and The Laird by Grace Borrowes

Name one female author who you think deserves to be better known.

Wow, that’s tough because I have so many talented author friends. But I’d have to go with Claudia Connor, author of Worth the Fall. I loved this story and can’t believe it’s Claudia’s first book.

Where do you write?
I’m in New York. In the warm weather months I typically write on my laptop out on my screened-in-porch. In the winter months I typically write at my desk – bundled up in layers of clothes with a knit blanket on my lap and maybe a small dog.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? And did you follow the dream?
Growing up I wanted to be a nurse. And yes, that is what I became.

In the movie of your life, who would play you?

Sandra Bullock as she was in the Miss Congeniality movies. Tough but sensitive. Funny yet sincere. Doing what she has to do to get the job done.

Speed Round…
Top drink to make you tipsy?
In the summer, Mike’s Harder Lemonade. Otherwise Cabernet.
Shopaholic or shopadon't? Shopadon’t.
Sky high heels or closer to the ground? Closer to the ground
E.L. James or Jilly Cooper? Ummm. Do I dare admit I’ve never read either one of them?
Cry baby or tough cookie? A tough cookie with a gooey, sensitive middle.
Exotic beach or enchanted forest? BEACH!!!!!!!

And now that I’ve told you all so much about me, how about you share something about yourself? How long have you been reading romance? Describe your favorite type of romance hero. 
I've been reading romance since I was about ten years old! I love hero who has a heart of gold, who is a little rough around the edges! What about you folks? Describe your favourite romance hero in the comments below. 
Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. A nurse by trade, Wendy holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration, a degree that does her absolutely no good as she now spends her days, nights, and weekends mucking around in her characters’ lives creating conflict, emotion, and, of course, a happily ever after. Wendy lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her dog Buddy, and blogging/e-mailing/tweeting/facebooking with her online friends.
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  1. Thank you so much for hosting today!!! If readers would like to read a first chapter excerpt there's one on my blog http://WendySMarcus.com


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