Friday, June 29, 2012

Robin Robin Robin

A NIGHT OF
SOUTHERN COMFORT
Indulgence Entangled Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-62266-942-4

One night of passion... 

Detective Jackson Cantrell never imagined that one night with an irresistible stranger would turn his life upside down. He’s spent years living in the shadows, but Dr. Michaela Roarke awakened a passion inside him he'd buried years ago. 


He never expected the woman would turn out to be the governor's daughter...and his next assignment. The governor blackmails Jackson to secretly watch over Michaela and protect her from a stalker, or kiss his dream job at the FBI good-bye. Swearing to keep things strictly professional, Jackson moves in with Michaela. Too bad his heart can't keep the same promise. 
But when the stalker's attacks quickly escalate beyond mere photographs to bodily harm, Jackson must race to save Michaela's life. And he’ll have to figure out how to keep her once she discovers his lie.

SOUTHERN COMFORT with ROBIN
On her fortieth birthday, ROBIN COVINGTON decided that having a mid-life crisis and finding a boy-toy were far too tacky, so she delved a little deeper into the “bucket list” and pulled out the long-shelved dream of becoming an author. Now, she spends her time writing sizzling romance where the hero and heroine can’t keep their hands off each other.
She doesn’t miss the boy-toy at all.
A NIGHT OF SOUTHERN COMFORT is her debut novel. Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children, and ginormous puppy. 

A DAY WITH ROBIN
ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
ROBIN: All the time.  If I get past the first couple of chapters of a book (yes, I have many books that I never finish), it draws me in and keeps me captive until the end. I often get a case of “reader’s grief” after the end of a good book – I think about the book, miss the characters and think about it a lot.   

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
ROBIN: My Aunt Nita gave me a book with all of Jane Austen’s books in one volume and I remember spending a summer engrossed in those books.  I grew up next to an apple orchard and I remember sitting in a tree and reading. 
Robin volunteering at my first national booksigning
NYC in 2011
ANGI: What’s your favorite “love” word?
ROBIN: Lovemaking.  This will come as no surprise to those who know me.  But, lovemaking to me is more than just between the sheets. For me it is also the push and pull dynamic between people who struggle to find their place in this world as they find their person in this world. I love writing love scenes because of the endless opportunity to explore character growth. 
ANGI: LOVE THIS !!  It should be a column somewhere! Go for it!

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
ROBIN: Oh, wow.  I was lucky to meet author Renee Ryan at RWA Nationals last year and she inspired me with her positive attitude and conviction.  She and I had lunch and I think that she said about 5 things that I immediately wrote down posted on the wall of my writing cave to inspire me.  I had always loved her books and her spirit just spoke to me. 

ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
ROBIN: It used to be Snow White but I fell in love with Disney’s “Tangled” (I have a 7 year old daughter, Fiona) a couple of years ago.  I even when and re-read the original story – it was great. 
ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
ROBIN: Superman!  I am an old school comic book geek and I bore my husband and friends with my rants about how the new stuff doesn’t respect the canon of the original comics.  I watched all ten years of the show, Smallville, and was thrilled to find out that the creator, Al Gough, is from the same county I live in.  Total fangirl moment. 

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
ROBIN: Aaah Jackson . . . . there is so much to love.  But, I think that what I like most about him is his heart.  He has a great capacity to love but he thinks he doesn’t know how to do that anymore, but he does.  He has an untapped well of feeling and when it finally gets loose he is one-hundred percent committed. 

ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
ROBIN: I always have a playlist for my books and this one includes:
Lookin’ for a Good Time by Lady Antebellum
Nothing Fancy by Dave Barnes
Unapologize by Carrie Underwood
Need You Tonight by Ben Rector
Magnet & Steel by Walter Egan
Tomorrow Night by Patty Griffith
Draggin’ the River by Blake Shelton (w/ Miranda Lambert) 

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
ROBIN: I read in the car and while I am cooking dinner. I have a Kindle and I use the “text to speech” feature to read to me out loud.  I work full-time and have two small kids so after I’ve written my word count and fall into bed, I’m asleep! 

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
ROBIN: I love the sound of my kids talking to each other.  They are best friends and I love all of the sweet, funny, inventive things that come out of their mouths. 

ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
ROBIN: Action Adventure!  Especially if has a kick butt heroine like Angelina Jolie in “Salt” or Kate Beckinsale in the Underworld movies. 

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
ROBIN: I took a summer writing workshop when I was 12 or 13 years old. I wrote a story for that class – about a girl who solves mysteries – I think I thought I was Nancy Drew! ; ) 
ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
ROBIN: “Say Anything”  The character of Lloyd Dobler (and his portrayal by John Cusack) is one of the best ever written.  He is so true to himself and knows who he is – I love that.  And, who can forget him standing in the rain at the payphone telling his sister, “I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen.”  

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
ROBIN: Lady Catherine DeBeourgh from “Pride and Prejudice”  That chick had brass balls and a mean streak a mile wide! 

ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
ROBIN: Haribo Gummie Bears.  I cannot stop eating them and I have them around all the time.  I can be bribed with a bag of gummies! 

ANGI: Is there a “Blooper” in your story (it may have been changed before printing)?
ROBIN: Nope 
ANGI: How is it working with hot guys and sexy women all day?
ROBIN: Ummm . . . you mean the ones that roam around in my head all day, right?  I work with scientists and engineers and a few Naval pilots but none of them look like Tom Cruise or Val Kilmer.  (Don’t, I wish!) And, sadly, there are no shirtless volleyball games either . . . .  

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: I have to admit, girlfriend, that some of the steamy hunk pictures you’ve used for hero inspiration, well…I put them in a file and use them for mine. I appreciate all the hard work and sharing you do there! LOL My question? WHO is your favorite heroic inspiration (not including your husband or dad)?
ROBIN’S GOTTA ANSWER:   LOL!  You are welcome!  I feel that my man candy pics are a public service to all womankind!   
My favorite heroic inspiration is an 11-year old boy named Brogan.  Sadly, Brogan lost his battle with cancer earlier this year but he was amazing.  He maintained a joyful spirit, his love for his family and friends and his faith right up to the end.  He really lived life to the fullest and it was an honor to see it.

NEED TO HAVE INFO ON ROBIN
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UP NEXT FOR ROBIN:
I’m working on a couple of new romances for Entangled Publishing. Stay tuned!

ROBIN has a digital copy of A NIGHT OF SOUTHERN COMFORT for a blog commenter.

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JULY is filled with special authors, a week of INTRIGUE, and a feature of all the RWA RITA finalists (along with lots of free books). DON’T MISS IT! I’ll be back Tuesday with our Unsinkable pal, Keli Gwyn and again on Thursday with debut author Molly Cannon. ~Angi 
A QUESTION FROM ROBIN
What is your favorite kind of romance read? Friends to lovers?  Reunited loves? Marriage of Convenience?

30 comments:

  1. Angi and GLIAS - thanks so much for having me today!

    And Angi - I have that photo of us in my writing cave. Love it - and you!

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  2. Hi Robin,
    It's nice to meet you. I love all the romance reads. My pick might be the reunited lovers.

    And I'm with you, Superman is the best. My brother used to run around with a red towel clipped to his shirt with wooden clothes pins. I'd chase him with a painted green rock of Kryptonite.

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    1. Kim - Nice to meet you too! Aaaa . . . Superman. I used to pretend to be Wonder Woman in my underoos (do you know what they are? am I dating myself?) and had my mom make the bracelets and her tiara out of aluminum foil and construction paper stars. Good times!

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  3. Great interview! Always enjoy your man candy, Robin, and your song suggestions. I have your book on my Kindle and will get to it as soon as I finish all six volumes of Game of Thrones - LOL - just kidding.

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    1. Carol - I'll see you next year then . . . good books but very long. Totally worth it though.

      I can't wait to hear what you think about the book. Thank you for being my friend and support for the last three years. Couldn't have done it without you.

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  4. WELCOME TO GLIAS, Robin.

    I am soooo excited about your release. It's at the top of my TBR Kindle pile. Just have to finish this dang book. (always seems to be the "dang" book once I hit the ending...lol)

    I think I have to choose 'Friends to Lovers' cause that's a reflection of my own reality.

    ~Angi

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    1. Hugs Angi - wished my arms reached to Texas!

      I love a good "friends to lovers" story. I just sold a Christmas Novella to Entangled and it is a friends to lovers book. Sigh . . .

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  5. What a great interview, Angi and Robin. So sorry about the little boy dying of cancer. Little kids are so brave.

    Robin, remember I already have a copy.

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    1. Sandy - thank you for buying the book! ; )

      Yes, Brogan was a great little man. But, he touched so many people - we can only hope that we can have the same impact.

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  6. Robin, you sound like a blast!! Never read your writing. but that is a beautiful cover that made me want to put it on my wish list! :-)

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    1. Krazymama - Thank you! I love to have fun and laugh. We do a lot of laughing around our house.

      Yes the cover is AMAZING! Heather Howland designed it and she is so talented.

      I hope you enjoy the book!

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  7. Lovely interview ladies! It was great learning more about you Robin. How fun that as a little girl you read while perched on a branch of an apple tree...sounds peaceful :)

    Congrats on your book...can't wait to read it!

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    1. Christine - growing up on a farm in southwest Virginia was the best childhood ever. I remember jumping down from the tree and walking up the road to a general store and gas station a great uncle owned and we'd get to drink ice-cold coca cola in those little green glass bottles and a moon pie. Yum.

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  8. Hi Robin. Just dropping by to say hi. Don't include me in the book drawing. I bought your book the day it came out. HOT opening, BTW!

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    1. Thanks Cynthia! Yep - I love that opening. It literally flew onto the page with almost no effort. The rest of the book wasn't so easy but it worked out. ; )

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  9. Congrats on your debut release, Robin. I'm a fan of amnesia and revenge stories.

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  10. Jane - thank you. I do love a good amnesia book. I need to write one. ; )

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  11. Congratulations on the book! I like all these kinds of books.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. Fun to see you here, Robin. I still have a weakness for Harlequins - Presents and Desire are my favorites - but I'm learning to love longer stories, too, and historical as more and more of my friends publish great books.

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  13. bn100 _ Thank you!

    Nancy - Good to see you too! I pick category or single title depending on how long I have to read. So much variety!

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  14. Great interview! Gummie bears, huh? I'll know how to bribe you then *wink* Thank you for sharing your personal stories, Robin. Always interesting to meet and getting acquainted with new authors. Thanks for this giveaway and congrats on your debut novel! I wish you continued success.
    hai-yen.huynh@sympatico.ca

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  15. Hi Robin! Loving your play list! I so so so wish I could listen to music while I write. Alas....I need total silence..... :-(

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  16. Great interview, Robin. Have your book in my TBR pile... can't wait to get to it!

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  17. I love them all but if I was forced to choose, I'd probably pick up a contemporary marriage of convenience simply because they're so hard to make believable, I just have to see how the author's going to pull it off.

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  18. Hai-Yen - Yep . . . now you know my secret! ; )

    Amy - I don't know if I could write without music. Isn't it fun how our processes are so different?

    Robyn - I hope you like it!

    Robin - That is a hard one to pull off in this age. I haven't been brave enough to try it yet!

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  19. If I have to choose just one, I'll go with reunited lovers.

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    1. Chey - I'm working on a book proposal for a reunited lovers story . . . so romantic!

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  20. Robin, I'm late! What a great interview with Angi, and that's just the best picture of you two. The cover fantastic. Can't wait to have time to read again. Welcome to Get Lost in a Story. I love reunion stories and marriage of convenience stories too. Toss up! Best wishes on a fantastic sell through!

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    1. Donnell - You are never late - right on time! Isn't that a great photo - it was the first time we met in person after chatting online and I was so excited to finally meet her.

      And. . . the cover is hot . . Heather Howland is a genius!

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