Interview with contemporary romance author Tina Leonard

Today’s
interview is with contemporary romance author Tina Leonard. She’s touring her fun
romance novel Hotter than Texas

During her tour, Tina will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter. To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment below (and a way for Tina to get in touch with you). To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit other tour stops and leave comments there too.
Bio:
USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Tina Leonard has sold
nearly 3 million copies of her books. She has made the USA Today Bestseller,
Waldenbooks, Bookscan, and Ingrambook lists, and has written and contracted
seventy-one books and special projects. Her work has been published by
Harlequin, Samhain Publishing, London Bridge, and most recently Random House
Loveswept. Leonard is known for her fun sense of humor, endearing communities,
snappy dialogue, and memorable characters.
Welcome, Tina. Please tell us about
your current release.
Hotter than Texas tells the story of three women on a
journey to reconnect as a family—and find a small Texas town where sex is a hot
topic.
What inspired you to write this book?
The
Cassavechia women began to tell me their stories several years ago, and then
Jake showed up, and he and Sugar clearly were attracted to each other but
weren’t exactly sure how to begin. Pecan Creek is full of mischievous
matchmakers who were happy to meddle!
Excerpt:
“Sugar,” Jake said, “I’ve wanted you since the first time
you sassed me.”
“I wanted to punch you in the nose.”
He laughed and kissed her forehead. “My advertising skills
left something to be desired.”
“You rooked three unsuspecting women.”
“I know.” He kissed her lips, taking his time. “I’m offering
you a chance for payback.”
“And that payback is sex?” He smelled awesome, like a hot,
sexy man who’d been in a kitchen trying to please her. Or maybe please himself.
With Jake, you never knew.
He pulled her tighter against him, kissing her slowly,
thoroughly. “I’d do my damnedest to make you a happy woman the second time I
sold you something.”
Sugar looked into Jake’s eyes. He was too hot, too sexy,
almost taking her breath away. “I think your gravy’s burning.”
“Nice try. I turned it off.” He tugged her hips against him,
kissing her as if he’d never tasted anything as good as her mouth. Sugar moaned
and let Jake hike her up on his waist. “If I’m moving too fast, say so. I’ll
back off and feed you the best shrimp and steak dinner you’ve ever had. Just
good friends breaking bread together.”
Sugar gasped as Jake sank his teeth gently into her lower
lip. Heat and warmth filled her, stealing her desire to tell him no about
anything. “I’m not really that hungry.”
His smile turned dangerous. “I am.”
  
What exciting story are you working on
next?
Last of the Red-Hot Cowboys, the first in the Hell’s Outlaws
series, will be published by Random House Loveswept in June 2014! Hot cowboys
who don’t necessarily want women messing up their routine get to rethink their
positions when the Hell Belles blow into Hell, Texas, all with the purpose of
changing everything about Hell!
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I first
considered myself a writer when I told my husband I wanted to write a book, and
he ran out in the rain at the gas station we were at and bought me a .99 spiral
so I could write in the car. This was in the dinosaur days before laptops and
internet!
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I am a
full-time writer. I write whenever and however I can. I try to stick to a
schedule, but if the schedule goes the way of the dodo, I make sure I make my
writing happen somehow that day! Writing comes before anything else!
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I have to
have really short nails to type. I learned that when I was in Vocational
Education in High school, and we were taking typing tests. I was fast, but a
wonderful cheerleader classmate cut off all her beautiful nails to be able to
take the test faster, so I did the same. To this day, I love having short
nails! I’d never have made it as a glamorous actress in the 1950’s!
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
A fashion
designer or buyer. I actually worked in Virginia and Tennessee doing that for a
few years. There was a time when I thought I might want to be a teacher—but I’m
a better writer than I would be a teacher, I’m sure!
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Thank you
very much for having me here to talk about Hotter
than Texas
!
Join me at
any of these social media outlets to stay in touch:
Thanks, Tina!

13 thoughts on “Interview with contemporary romance author Tina Leonard

  1. Tina Leonard says:

    Mary Preston, my husband and I were fairly newly married when that incident occurred–it's moments like that that win a girl's heart! Thanks for commenting!

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