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Today I have a special guest blogger. Jan Hudson is long time friend and mentor of mine. She’s fabulous, but before I turn it over to her and offer up a contest to give away three of her books, I have a little announcement to make.
Those of you who have met me know I’m just a small-town southern gal with a bad habit of making up crazy stuff. Yeah, I write that stuff down, and it actually gets published. But to have a Hollywood producer say… “I want to make a movie/TV series about the crazy stuff you make up is well…unfreaking-believable. Seriously, it wasn’t even on my bucket list.
Ahh, but it happened. Yup. I’m totally over-the-moon excited to be able to announce that the film and television rights to my YA paranormal Shadow Falls series have been optioned by producer Steven J. Berger and Provenance Pictures to be developed as a television series. Incidentally, Berger just wrapped up production on the independent feature film The Pretty One starring Zoe Kazan.
Okay…now let me give it over to Jan.
Hello, everybody! And thanks, Christie, for having me on your blog today. I’ve known Christie for a long time, and I always enjoy hanging out with her and her friends.
I’ve been a very busy lady lately. I’ve been writing romances for a lot of years, and I’ve built up a nice backlist from six different publishers and I now have the rights reverted back to me–which means that I can self-publish them as ebooks (except for those series I’ve written for Silhouette Desire and Harlequin American). A big chunk of those reverted books were first written for Bantam Loveswept. Anybody remember those? I adored those books, and I’m mostly concentrating on those first. I’ve been updating and revising several of those as well as getting new covers for them and publishing them on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and other venues like Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, Sony, and various ebook sites. Some of the titles I’ve done so far are: Water Witch, Always Friday, The Right Moves, Sunny Says, and Hot Streak (in progress). You can check out my website http://www.janhudson.com for more details.
The book I’d like to talk about today is Big and Bright, (Book 1 of the Berringer Brothers Trilogy). It’s just up on the Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords sites and should be on the other ebooks venues soon if it isn’t there already. It’s a humorous romance with just enough suspense to up the action and enough sizzle to keep things interesting. It’s set in Austin, Texas, and complete with plenty of 6th Street flavor. (Sixth Street in Austin is sorta like Bourbon Street in New Orleans.) The hero is another Texas Ranger (actually the first one I ever wrote about) and the next one up in this series is his twin brother. When I first came up with Holt, one of my critique partners said, “He’s too good to be just one.” So I gave him a twin. I’ve interviewed several real Texas Rangers over the years and have had 4 as heroes of books. None of the real guys were quite as hot as the ones I created. LOL
Every time I think of Big and Bright, I think fondly of Christina Dodd. We were in a brainstorming session together, and she came up with the idea of the heroine’s being in the middle of a home permanent when some of the events below occurred.
Here’s a sample . . .
Cory Bright planned to stay in Austin, Texas, just long enough to dispose of the perfumery she’d inherited before she headed to California and a big time ad agency job. With her hair in home perm rollers and a terrible craving for a Moon Pie, she made a quick dash for the store down the street. Who knew that so much could happen in five minutes? There was one Moon Pie left in the box; she and a tall hunk in a white hat reached for it at the same time–and she didn’t intend to let go…until a couple of robbers burst into the store and bullets started flying. And wouldn’t you know that she was the only person who got a good look at the bad guy who escaped? And wouldn’t you know that a reporter plastered her name and a gosh-awful photo on the front page of the paper for all the town–and the robber–to see? When nasty threats came from the robber/murderer, wouldn’t you know Texas Ranger Holt Berringer (the white-hatted hunk) was determined to appoint himself Cory’s protector? Not that she minded too much. He was, after all, a real hottie. But she hadn’t counted on the chemistry between them being potent enough to blow off the roof–and a big hole in her plans.
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That all sounds fantastic, Jan. Now can I ask you some questions?
Name 3 things you’re envious of in your heroine.
I can think of several but my first thought is that she’s young, blond, and sexy. I can’t compete in the young and sexy categories any more, but I suppose I could bleach my hair–though it’s unlikely. I was a blond once for six weeks when I was in my twenties, and I loved it. Problem was my dark roots showed in three or four days, and I couldn’t touch them up because my scalp was full of sores. My mother, a natural blond, was furious with me for “ruining my beautiful hair” (how was I to know she thought my hair was beautiful?) and it took my hairdresser six weeks to find a product to cover my damaged two-toned mop without turning it green.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you do to bring home the bacon?
I was a teacher before I was a writer, and I taught everything from second grade through college and graduate school students. I taught English, biology, and history in middle and high school and psychology at college levels. (The older they got, they better I liked it.) I also had training as a psychologist and hypnotist, so I have some choices to keep the wolf from the door. I always kind of fantasized about being an actress or a government agent. Actually all those occupations aren’t as divergent as they may seem. Think about it. And think about how writing is the perfect occupation for someone like me.
If you were going to a deserted island and could only take five things, what would they be?
Wow! I watch “Survivor,” so this isn’t too far out a question. A friend once told me that in her emergency kit she wanted an eyebrow pencil and a bottle of good Scotch. I’d take neither of those. First, I’d take a satellite phone (to be rescued or just to chat). Then I would opt for a tent, a machette, and fishing gear. If there was a fresh water source, I wouldn’t have to worry about that; otherwise, I’d take desalination gear. If water wasn’t an issue, I’d have a hard time picking the fifth. Probably either a Bible, a box of butane lighters, a supply of dehydrated food, or several packages of Oreos.
Wow! How prepared you are! LOL. Okay, everyone, now it’s your turn. Give us one thing you’d take to your deserted island. I know, I know, it’s not fair to limit you to one thing. But I’m giving away a copy of Jan’s book, Big and Bright, to three lucky commenters who can think of that one thing! Good luck!
A fifth generation Texan, Jan Hudson is the author of over thirty romance novels and has won numerous awards and accolades, including the Golden Heart and the coveted RITA Award by the Romance Writers of America. She writes the kind of fast-paced stories she loves to read: those laced with humor, fantasy, and adventure, with bold characters who reach beyond the mundane and celebrate life. Her most memorable adventure was riding a camel to the Sphinx and climbing into the sarcophagus in the King’s chamber of the Great Pyramid. Her favorite food is fudge–with pecans. And Chunky Monkey is the best ice cream in the world–except maybe for a lovely pistachio she once had in Greece. In her spare time she likes to think about exercising or cleaning closets.
As her alter-ego, Dr. Janece O. Hudson, she is a former licensed psychologist, college teacher, and hypnotist. She’s considered an expert in the field of dreams and has written a non-fiction book, “Into Your Dreams” about learning to interpret your unique dream symbols.