Welcome to Julies Book Review! Janis Flores from Musa Publishing is visiting JBR today!
They are giving away copies of
Sweeter Than Wine on the rafflecopter to the right of the page.
The giveaway will last all October long. So lots of GREAT items for a
We are all very glad you came here to JBR.
Can you tell us a little about your self?
I’m so glad to be here, and I thank you for the opportunity to talk
about a book that’s dear to my heart—SWEETER THAN WINE.
must have wanted to be a writer from a very young age, because I have
the first story I ever wrote. I was about five years old, and it’s about
a fox and a rabbit. It was only one page, but it was a beginning!
started out as a Medical Technologist, but while taking a creative
writing course after I got married, I wrote my first real book. It was a
Gothic suspense called HAWKSHEAD. I sent it to Doubleday and Company,
and they published it in hardcover! Things were very different “back
then” in the publishing world. An agent saw the book at the prestigious
Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany and called me asking if I wanted
representation. He was just starting Writers House, so we kind of
“grew up” together. He negotiated a very nice advance for my third
book, so I quit my job at the lab. I’ve been writing full-time since
then and have been lucky enough to have 35 books published. My latest,
SWEETER THAN WINE, by Musa Publishing, is my first ebook.
What genres do you write?
have written (and been published in) Gothic suspense, historical
romance, family saga, contemporary romance, and contemporary mainstream
fiction. I’ve been writing the mainstream books for about ten years
now, but I hope that one day I’ll get back to historicals. I love the
1800’s, but only to read about. Aside from the corset and all those
petticoats that women wore, I am too fond of modern conveniences to be a
pioneer woman, like my great-grandmother was!
reader I love all genres but my followers want to know what to expect
from your books. Action, adventure, romance, sex, magic??
One thing that readers can always expect from my books is a strong heroine who
crumble at the last moment. I didn’t even write my romances that way. I
love to write characters who have to strive to overcome great
obstacles. They risk, they dare—and even if they’re afraid they forge
ahead anyway. And of course I have a love story (not a romance, which is
different—in my mind, anyway). My two main characters gradually fall in
love, until by the end… well, you know.
I also like to
have a mystery. In SWEETER THAN WINE, someone is willing to go to great
lengths to stop the heroine from restoring her family winery—someone who
is willing to resort to… murder.
Another element I like
is action and/or adventure. Again, in SWEETER THAN WINE, the hero raises
and trains Search and Rescue dogs. He and his #1 search dog go on
some harrowing rescues. In another book I wrote, SIREN SONG, the hero
is a wildlife documentary photographer who travels the world documenting
wildlife abuse. He gets into some tight situations, too!
Who is your favorite character(s) from your books?
of my favorite characters (female) is Terra Cavanaugh, from SWEETER
THAN WINE. I like Terra because she is smart, focused, and once she is
given the opportunity to right a wrong that was done to her, she accepts
an almost impossible challenge to bring her family’s beloved winery
back from the brink of bankruptcy. But she is also haunted by a past she
has buried deep in her mind. She keeps getting “flashes” of a red dog
she can’t remember until something (I won’t say what!) triggers her
memory at the end.
What is your newest release? can you tell us a little about it?
newest release is called SWEETER THAN WINE, the book I’ve been talking
about here. I was so glad to see it published as an ebook. It’s set in
the wine country of Northern California (where I conveniently live) and
it’s about a woman, Terra Cavanaugh, who faces tremendous odds when she
returns to the family winery in Napa to save it from bankruptcy. Next
door to the winery is a man named Jake Vreeland, whom I’ve mentioned
also. He raises and trains Search and Rescue dogs and goes on some very
dangerous rescues, taking us with him. Terra and Jake are two damaged
people—one can’t remember the past, and the other wants to forget it. A
major element of the story is how these two people rescue each other.
What about future projects? any hints?
writing a book right now that’s different from any I’ve written before.
It’s about a young woman from a hard background growing to maturity—the
people she meets (bad and good), the choices she makes, and who, when
she finally finds out who she really is, will be faced with a hard
decision that will impact her future, and the lives of those around her.
I’m also working on a book featuring a Military Working
Dog (MWD) and two soldiers—a man and a woman—who return home from Iraq
suffering from PTSD.
Can you give aspiring authors any advice?
used to say that the best way to write a book is to pick up a pen
(nowadays it’s a computer keyboard), start writing, and don’t quit until
you reach the end. But I’ve realized that isn’t very helpful. So now
I’d say that there isn’t a thing on earth that hasn’t been written about
in some form; the trick is to write it a different way—to write it your
way. So many aspiring writers have said to me that they planned to
submit something even though they knew it wasn’t quite finished. I’ve
known many editors over the years, and I can tell you that’s the best
way to have your submission tossed in the “round” file (the
wastebasket). Make sure that your book, or story, or novella, or
whatever it is, is polished until it shines. Don’t send anything out
until you believe it’s the best it can be.
How about some "fun" personal stuff!
stuff, huh? For a serious person who tends to be a workaholic, that’s a
difficult question. But one thing I really enjoy is walking dogs at our
local animal shelter. I walk the dogs who first come in after they’re
lost, or abandoned, or just unwanted. Often, they’re frightened and
confused, and I love spending time with them, trying to restore their
confidence so they can be adopted out to their “forever home.” They’ve
given me so much more than I’ve given them.
facts: As you might have guessed, I have been an animal lover all my
life. Fortunately I married a gem of a man who has, without complaint:
1) built a beautiful stand for my 30-gallon aquarium in a corner of my
office; 2) built an aviary for my canaries, finches, and button quail
that took up an entire wall of my office, floor to ceiling; 3) built a
rabbit hutch that ran the length of another wall for my rescued bunny
Oreo; 4) built a chicken house and run (outside) that’s completely
enclosed because of the wildlife (we live in a semi-rural area), and 5)
built a four-stall barn (although I did half the work on that one) for
What book have you read that touched you deeply? and why? (yours or someone elses)
book? There are so many! But if I absolutely have to choose just one,
I’ll say it’s GONE WITH THE WIND. There are so many wonderful elements
to it: the writing, of course; the setting; the history of the Civil War
and the South; and a heroine who starts out as a pampered, spoiled
little vixen but who changes and grows into a woman of steel. And of
course there’s Rhett Butler, every woman’s hero. What more could we ask
for in a single book?
Favorite past time activity?
reading, of course, making quilting projects with my embroidery
machine, riding my horse, working with dogs—those at the Humane
Shelter, and my own. We only have three dogs now: an Aussie and two
rescues, one with only three legs. But don’t feel sorry for her: she can
outrun me in a heartbeat!
A favorite book or author you can recommend (not your own)?and WHY?
I’ve always loved Dick Francis. He’s a British mystery writer who started out as a
for the Queen of England and turned to mystery writing when he retired
from the racetrack. In the latter part of his life, his son Felix helped
to write the books, but I’ve read his earlier ones again and again. His
mysteries are always intriguing, and I always learn something from the
occupations of his principal characters. I love his style of writing,
and his opening sentences make me wish I was that clever!
Favorite place to travel to?
husband and I have traveled to Hawaii, the Bahamas, Tahiti, and many of
the states. But to be honest, Sonoma County (where we live) is the best
place on earth. We’re always so glad to get home.
What kind of music do you listen too?
don’t generally listen to music, especially when I write, because it
distracts me. But I’m a “boomer” and I love music from the 60’s and
early 70’s. THOSE were the days!
And finally where can we find your books?(please include any links you want including buy links)
can find my newest release, SWEETER THAN WINE, and a reissue of another
novel, TOUCHED BY FIRE, at Musa Publishing; also at Amazon, Barnes and
Noble, Smashwords, Overdrive and—I recently heard—at iTunes. Some of the
SWEETER THAN WINE:
Musa Publishing: http://tinyurl.com/ebookSweeterThanWine
Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/SweeterThanWine
TOUCHED BY FIRE:
Musa Publishing : http://tinyurl.com/Musa-Touched-by-Fire
Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/eBN-Touched-by-Fire
For further details, I’d be delighted if you visited my website: JanisFlores.com
You can also find me at Facebook: Facebook.com/janfloresauthor
And Twitter: @JanisOFlores
Thank you for giving me this opportunity to reach out to your readers. I wish you continued success!
I know I learned a lot and have added to our TBR list. I hope you all
have had fun as well as well. Thank you again Janis Flores for
coming and talking with me here on JBR. I hope you had fun and I hope to
see you again. Good Luck and wishing you lots of success!
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