Phoenix Taylor takes one look at Tony Creed and knows she’s in trouble. Everything inside her screams run. If she didn’t need the finishing bonus from Everything You Need, she’d listen to her gut. The company has hired her as project manager to build cabins on Palmer Island and work with Creed Construction. Tony’s the general contractor and there’s no way to avoid him. Just when she has a plan to move on and close the door on a very dark chapter in her life…there he is. Falling for the contractor with the wicked smile and infectious charm doesn’t fit into her plan. She’s not ready for that captivating emerald gaze or the trouble Tony can surely cause her heart.
Tony Creed has forced his father to draw up a contract that explicitly states this will be his very last job before going on a much needed vacation from the family business. The pressure’s getting to him, and he feels himself turning into his father, a hard and heartless man. He just needs a break, period. He doesn’t have the time or energy to give this simmering attraction between him and the new project manager. All he wants to do is focus on building the cabins for the next six months and be a free man. After all, he’s not looking for anything, but her vivacious personality has his mind wandering back to her much more than he wants to admit.
They just have to keep things light, which is hard at first, and then just impossible when something just a little supernatural intervenes on their well-laid plans.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
There’s no dead bodies to save me from a dull spot. It’s the conflict between the characters and that’s it. At the same time that keeps my eye on the romance, the setting and dialogue.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Know when to let a book go. You can honestly make every book you’ve ever written better. You can spend all eternity making it better. At some point you’ve got to look at it and accept it’s time to move on. What makes good writing good is the magic. You can polish that out of the story. You can re-word it out. You can cut out the elements because you went and listened to all 56 of your beta readers. You not only have to trust yourself and your writing, but have the cojones to say this is the best I can do….I’m still working on this last one.”
Melissa Blue’s writing career started on a typewriter one month after her son was born. This would have been an idyllic situation for a writer if it had been 1985, not 2004. Eventually she upgraded to a computer. She’s still typing away on the same computer, making imaginary people fall in love.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Everything He Dreamed is a follow up to Everything You Need. People wanted Tony’s story. He was a total scene stealer. He’s a charmer and to my surprise another charmer showed up–Phoenix Taylor. Usually when there’s this kind of match up of heroine and hero, the heroine is prickly or needs to let loose. The charmer who gets charmed? So I was hooked at that point. Little by little the story unraveled and I found the heroine had suffered from domestic abuse. I wanted to treat that with respect and still leave the book, for the most part, a fun, flirty and hot. I think I’ve hit that fine balance.