I love books. My love of reading began my love of writing. It probably started with Nora Roberts and all her wonderful stories. I read them one after the other, loving the way she weaved a story together to captivate her audience and keep them coming back for more.
I write romantic suspense and contemporary romances, but I love to read historical romance. Give me a buff, gorgeous Scottish Laird, or a sexy Marquis and I'm there. I love to lose myself in the story and another time and forget everything going on in my life. I imagine the carriages, men on horseback, the lavish balls, and women in their fancy dresses. Such a different time and experience from what we know.
The first historical novel I ever read is Judith McNaught's Almost Heaven. From the first book to her last, I've been hooked. Then I discovered Hannah Howell and all her Scottish Lairds. Hot guys in kilts with swords on horseback, fighting epic battles. Does it get any better? From there, I expanded and voraciously read Stephanie Laurens and Sabrina Jefferies and recently discovered another favorite, Monica McCarty. I love how she weaves a history lesson into her stories. Can't wait for the next Highland Guard novel to come out.
I do read in my own genres. Research. Yes, let's call it research. It's not just for fun, it's for work. After all, if you're going to write a romantic suspense it never hurts to see what other authors are writing. Right? It's not because those other authors are awesome at their craft and I fall into their stories and get to the end and think, "Wow, how'd she do that?"
I find inspiration in reading. After finishing a great novel, I itch to write. The ideas start flowing and one takes hold. The story comes to life, the characters start talking, and before you know it my fingers are flying across the keyboard.
My mother was an avid reader and passed that love on to me, which in turn inspired me to write. Now, we share books, and I tell her about the stories I'm writing. Our relationship has grown closer over our love of books. I look forward to our summer trips to the lake, the kids playing with grandpa and dad on the boat, and mom and I on shore under the umbrella, reading.
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From the moment rancher Jack Turner rescues Jenna Caldwell Merrick, he is determined to help her. Soon, he is doing more than tend her wounds; he is mending her heart. Jenna is a woman on the run—hunted down by her ex-husband, David Merrick, from the day she left him, taking part of his company with her, to the second she finds herself in the safety of Jack's ranch. More than just a haven, Jack's offering the love, family, and home she thought were out of reach.
Jack's support will give Jenna the strength she needs to reclaim her life. The hunted will become the hunter, while David gets what he deserves, when they have an explosive confrontation in the boardroom of Merrick International. But not before Jack and Jenna enter into a fight … for their lives.
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Bakery owner Elizabeth Hamilton's quiet life is filled with sweet treats, good friends, and a loving family. But all of that is about to turn sour when an odd sound draws her outside. There's a man lying unconscious in the street, a car speeding toward him. Without hesitation, she gets the man out of harm's way before they're run down.
Unwittingly, Elizabeth has put herself in the path of a serial murderer, and as the only one who can identify the FBI's Silver Fox Killer, she's ended up in the hospital with a target on her back.
All that stands between her and death is Special Agent Sam Turner. Against his better judgment, Sam gets emotionally involved, determined to take down the double threat against Elizabeth—an ex desperate to get her back, despite a restraining order, and a psychopath bent on silencing her before she can identify him.
They set a trap to catch the killer—putting Elizabeth in his hands, with Sam desperate to save her. If he's lucky, he'll get his man … and the girl.
High-powered businessman Cameron Shaw doesn't believe in love—until he falls head over heels for beautiful, passionate, and intensely private Martina. She's perfect in so many ways, immediately bonding with his little girl. Martina could be his future bride and a delightful stepmother … if only Cameron weren't blinded by his belief that Shelly, the gold-digging woman he's promised to marry, is pregnant with his child.
No matter how much his friends protest his upcoming marriage to Shelly, Cameron knows he has a duty to his children, so he's determined to see it through.
Will he find out in time that Shelly's lying and Marti's the one who's actually carrying his child? It'll come down to the day of his wedding. After choosing Shelly over Marti at every turn, will he convince Marti she's his world and the only woman he wants
Jennifer Ryan writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find. Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, three children, dog (Bella), and cat (Shadow). When she isn't writing a book, she's reading one.
Twitter: @JenRyan_author / https://twitter.com/JenRyan_author
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