Monday, January 21, 2013

Get Lost with Author Jennie Marts

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Sunny’s not sure she’s even looking for Mr. Maybe, when her friends decide to find her Mr. Right . . .



 
 
Another Saturday Night & I Ain't Got No Body  ...
a Page Turners Novel
 
Dating can be deadly. . .
Sunny Vale considers herself a dog-loving, romance-reading, homebody. But her life goes from dull to deadly when her book club fires her from her own love life and sets her up on six blind dates- one of whom might be with a murderer. More trouble arrives in the dead of night, in the form of Jake Landon, a mysterious stranger, who breaks into her neighbor’s house and possibly her heart. But Jake is packing more than a loaded gun in his well-fitting Levi’s. He brings an arsenal of secrets and plenty of heat to Sunny’s ho-hum summer.

Jake Landon finds himself caught up in the capers of the sexy blonde in the house next door. But he has his own agenda which doesn’t involve playing hero to a curvy second-grade teacher and babysitting her panty-puking puppy. He's got other problems like fiery explosions, a missing person...and a parade of jerks Sunny insists on dating.
Could Sunny’s Mr. Right be right under her nose? Even though Jake is gorgeous, likes her dog, and has abs she can crack an egg on, can she really go out with him if he’s just murdered her next door neighbor?

 

DONNELL:  Hi Jennie, welcome to Get Lost in a Story.  Your protagonist is my kind of gal.  She’s a homebody, dog-loving and romance-reading.  So… how much is Sunny like Jennie?

JENNIE: Ha! I would think we all throw a little of ourselves into our heroines. Hopefully, the best parts. Sunny and I share a few attributes, we are both curvy blondes that love to read and fantasize about hot nights with pirates and hunky bad boys with tender hearts. We both value friendship and make hanging out with our friends a priority. I am not much of homebody (unless I am writing), I prefer to be out doing things and being with people. Both Sunny and I often speak without thinking first and we both love to laugh. There are a few stories based on facts in the book, I’m not revealing which ones, but I really did fling a tray of nachos onto the backs of three men during an exciting goal at a hockey game and my golden retriever has eaten and upchucked more odd things than I have time to write about. Oh, and we both have a thing for Owen Wilson. ;)

DONNELL:  Speaking of home, do you have a favorite room in your house?

JENNIE: I have a living room/dining room combination and my family spends most of our time eating and hanging out together in that area. From MY spot on the sofa, I have listened and laughed and cried and cuddled and held and shared more moments with family and friends in that one area than any other.

DONNELL:  If you’re not writing, where might we find you?

JENNIE: In the summer, by the pool or playing volleyball or spending time outside with family and dogs. Usually eating Cheetos. In the winter, I love to go to the movies or curl up in that corner of the sofa with a good book and a cup of cocoa or a good movie and my husband. (Cheetos are still most likely involved.) Oh, and I guess I have that job at the bank I go to, as well. ;)

DONNELL:  What’s in your refrigerator right now?

JENNIE: Staples of milk, Caramel Brulee coffee creamer, Diet Coke, lunchmeat, a bazillion condiments crammed into the door, a bag of ceasar salad, and way too many bags of shredded cheese. 

DONNELL:  What comes easier for your writing romance or writing comedy?

JENNIE: I think romance is comedy. So much of falling in love and staying in love is about having a sense of humor and being able to laugh at ourselves and our situations. I feel like one of my best gifts is the ability to make people laugh, so the funny bits find their way into all of my stories.

DONNELL:  What authors have influenced you, if any?

JENNIE:  Janet Evanovich- my style is the most similar to hers, a quick, fun, easy read with a lot of laughs, some great sex, a few quirky secondary characters and a good story about an ordinary woman who has goofy things happen to her. She is the one who encouraged me to join Romance Writers of America (indirectly, through her advice for writers, but it felt like she was talking just to me!). Nora Roberts is the Queen of Romance (enough said). I LOVE Susan Elizabeth Phillips and the way she brings in secondary characters and makes you laugh and cry. I love the way she writes the stories of those secondary characters in new books, which is what I am doing as well, in creating Maggie’s story in Book 2 of my Pleasant Valley Page Turners series. Jennifer Crusie is another strong influence in her writing style of the fun, romantic, light-hearted happy ending book.

DONNELL:  What turns you on?  Then switch this.  What turns you off?

JENNIE: I LOVE romance! So, the obvious stuff of candlelight, quality time, slow dancing, and a great mix of make-out music! I cry at the drop of a hat, so I love it when my hubby does something thoughtful or says something sweet that touches my heart and makes me cry or makes me laugh til I cry. I also love to get dressed up and have a night out on the town. Turn offs would be: conceited people, crowds, bad breath, stomach-aches, the usual stuff.

Jennie, now it’s Jennie's turn to ask readers a question.  JENNIE MARTS WANTS TO KNOW:
Homebody or Party Time? Do you love to spend the night in curled up with a good book or would you rather get dressed up and stay out late dancing the night away?


Jennie will be doing a Kindle give away  of "Another Saturday Night & I Ain't Got No Body "

Contact: www.jenniemarts.com  find me on Facebook, or my email is jenniemarts@yahoo.com.

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21 comments:

  1. Good Morning Jennie and welcome to GLIAS. You're absolutely right, DATING CAN BE MURDER. Love your title: Another Saturday Night...

    I am a little of both: homebody and party. I stay home (alone) writing so much, that I love to go out and be with friends...'party' might actually be a strong word. LOL
    ~Angi

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    1. Thanks for the welcome, Angi! I think anywhere that you get a few people together and you find your cheeks hurting from laughing so much is a 'Party" in my book! Writing is so solitary that it is great to have a group of writers supporting each other! :)

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  2. Jennie, welcome! You named some of my favorite authors in who influenced you. I bought the book version of ASNAIAGN (that'a a lot of initials!) and can't wave to dive into it. Oh for 8 more hours in a day. I hope your debut is fantastic!

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    1. Hi Donnell! Thanks for hosting me on your blog today! The amount of talented writers listed on this page alone is incredible! Thanks for getting the book. I hope it makes you laugh!

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  3. I am definitely a homebody. When we go anywhere my husband and I like to be home early.
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    1. Hi Maureen! Well, authors LOVE homebodies! They are the ones at home devouring our books! :) Thanks for stopping in today!

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  4. What a great post, Jennie! Sunny definitely seems a bit like you! :) I can't wait to read what happens to the rest of the ladies in the Page Turners Book Club! I am definitely a home body. Nothing like a cup of tea and a good book!

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    1. Hi Lana! I am afraid the parts that Sunny is most like me are the goofy parts! haha! Tea and a good book sound great (but you might want to consider adding some chocolate or a Cheeto or two!) And don't worry, I am in the process of writing Book 2 in the series now.

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  5. This blog nearly made me snort coffee out my nose from the laughs. Thank you for sharing! This book sounds like my kind of book!

    I'm a bit of a homebody, but also like to kick up my heels a couple of times a year.

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    1. Well Jodi, that sounds like a great ratio of homebody to partygirl! I think we all like to kick up our heels once in a while! Sorry about the coffee/snort/nose thing, haha! Not really. I LOVED it that my blog made you laugh, hopefully the book will inspire some coffee snorting as well!!

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  6. Hi Jennie--

    Love your blog and the similarities between you and Sunny. I am definitely a homebody and if Cheetos are involved--all the better!

    Thanks for making me smile this morning!

    Michelle

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    1. Your welcome, Michelle. As far as I am concerned, Cheetos should ALWAYS be involved! haha! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  7. Depends on my mood. Sometimes I like to get dressed up and go out, and sometimes there's nothing better than a nice night in.

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    1. Hi Cindi. I agree. Curling up with a good book is always a treat, but I also need some places to wear some of the ridiculous amount of super cute shoes that I own! Isn't getting a new pair of shoes a great excuse to go out? :)

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  8. Homebody! Until my feet get itchy or there's a gaggle of writers to be found :) For some reason the idea of all that shredded cheese jus cracks me up--you're so funny!

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    1. Hi DeAnnna. I LOVE finding a great gaggle of writers to go out on the town with! And seriously, what is up with all those bags of cheese? You shove them out of your way all the time to get to the lunchmeat, then you end up in the middle of making tacos for dinner and can't find a bag of cheese to save your life! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Awesome POST! So funny as usual, and I loved Donnell's questions. What's in your fridge...HA! So great.

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    1. Hi Anne- I loved that question too! I had to think about it. Usually not what I am hoping to eat. haha! Don't you wish you opened the fridge and dinner was already there?

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  10. Fun post. More a homebody.

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  11. Thanks everyone for stopping by today! I loved all of your comments. Hope you get a chance to check out my book and it brings you a laugh. Happy Tuesday!

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  12. Congratulations to Maureen! You are the winner of the free Kindle copy of Another Saturday Night and I Ain't Got No Body! Thank you all for commenting and taking time out of your days to spend a little time with me! I hope you get a chance to check out the book and I hope it brings you a laugh or two. Happy Reading!

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