Wednesday, August 16

#AuthorInterview: Melinda Dozier's #NewRelease

Hey, WordWrangler Readers! We're excited to welcome author Melinda Dozier into the Round Corral today. We're interviewing her first, and then she's going to share a snippet from her new release Time Changes Everything. Welcome, Melinda!

WW: What was the first seed of an idea you had for your book? How did it develop?
Melinda: Time Changes Everything started out as a young adult love story. Then the adult versions of Jake and Amanda spoke to me and said they wanted to be grown ups. So, the story went on from there. It took me about seven years to write this book, so I’m happy to say it was finally published. By the way, the young adult version is the prequel and is free on Smashwords.

WW: What do you keep in mind as you write? An overarching question? A theme? The last line of the book?
Melinda: The characters are always my driving force for my novels. They take charge and force me to write them. The first chapter is what really propels the story forward. Once I have that, then it’s time to plot and plan.

WW: Was there a scene that was more difficult than others? One that you pondered whether or not to include it?
Melinda: Since this was the first novel I ever wrote (and re-released), the sex scene was hard to write. The other scenes were the young adult versions of Jake and Amanda. I didn’t know if it should be a prologue in the book or not. My editor and I opted out of the prologue and got right into the action.

Fast Four:
WW: Sweet or Salty: what's your favorite writing-on-deadline snack?
Melinda: Salty and Lays Potato Chips
WW: Comfort read or literary masterpiece: what's your favorite type of book to read?
Melinda: Comfort read. I usually pull out Jill Shalvis or Kristan Higgins when I just want to relax with a good book.
WW: Smexy or sweet: what is your favorite hero type?
Melinda: Smexy of course! I love alpha heroes, because I think bossy, manly men are hot!
WW: Sassy or vixen: what is your favorite heroine type?
Melinda: Sassy, especially sarcastic ones.

Thanks for visiting with us today, Melinda! Readers, read on for a glimpse inside Time Changes Everything. 

He turned her hand in his and rubbed her palm. “I thought we had something good going on back there.”

“Me too, but I changed my mind.” Amanda pulled her hand from his and stared out the window. She’d been having a good time – maybe too good – but that was before Jessica Rabbit and Bimbo Number Two appeared on the scene.

Jake sighed. “I’ll get your door.” He got out and ran to her side of the car. As he opened the door for
her, he held out his hand.

Amanda ignored him as she got out. I can’t look at him. If I look at him, I’ll melt into his stare. Get out, say goodnight and go home. As the car door closed, she turned and he leaned against the shiny, black fender with his hands in his pockets.

Jake lowered his gaze in confusion. “I hope you had a good time tonight, even though you’re acting like you didn’t.”

Amanda crossed her arms in front of her chest and sighed.

He took a step closer and shook his head, looking hotter than she’d ever seen him. His hands still rested in his pockets and his serious deep-blue eyes stared at her. “You don’t have to be scared of me.”

“I actually don’t trust myself, Jake.” She switched her weight to her other leg and rolled her eyes.

“Why? You think you’re going to jump me?” He chuckled as he took his last step to her. “I wouldn’t mind.” His gaze traveled over her face, as if he were memorizing every freckle.
He wanted more. Hell, she did too. But then what?

“So, you think that after I jump you, all this will go away?” She pointed back and forth. “That this attraction will be out of our system and we can continue to be friends? Is that how it works for you?”

He clasped her body tightly to his, his hands wrapped around the sides of her waist, his breath on her face. “What I know is we’ve passed the line of friendship already, so we should just stop holding back.”

Then he kissed her. Completely. Thoroughly. Long and slow and deep. His lips were perfect and she found herself moving to get a closer touch – if that was possible. His hands roamed her back and warmth shot up her neck and back down to her toes. The man knew what he was doing. Either he was a pure player or his desire ranked up there with her own.

Since her knees wobbled, she balanced her hands on his chest, and before she was ready for it to end, he stepped back and smiled, “See what I mean?”

Amanda Larson is dedicated to her job and doesn't want to make time for anything else. Until she runs into Jake Edwards. He used to be the cute boy next door; now he's a sexy, big shot lawyer.

Jake Edwards isn't interested in commitment. He's successful, sexy, and single--and that's how he likes it. When he reconnects with Amanda, Jake realizes he might have to rethink his philosophy on the carefree, bachelor lifestyle.

But, is it too late for them? Or can he convince her that he's ready to give her his heart?

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Author Bio:
Reading romance has always been at the top of Melinda's favorite past times. You can always find a book in her hands no matter where she is.

Melinda is Louisiana born, New Mexico raised, Guatemala adopted, and recently a newcomer to Houston, Texas. So, it's only natural that her stories take place all across the world.

Melinda loves reading, reality TV, traveling, blogging, and playing Zynga games.

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  1. Love the excerpt, Melinda. Best of luck with your new book!

  2. welcome, Melinda! congratulations on your new book!

  3. Thanks for the excerpt and best of luck with this new release, Melinda.

  4. Welcome Melinda! Thanks for stopping by the round pen! Best of luck with your book!

  5. Thank you so much for hosting me!