Travel journalist Maddie Saunders has new attitude, and wants two new accessories to go with it. One, turn her triple-X fantasies into reality with Mr. Sex-On-Legs -- her friend, Alex Donovan. And two, find her biological father to see if her gene pool has a deep end. She never expected fulfilling both wishes would take her life down a drastically different path.
Alex, an investigative reporter, grits his teeth when he accepts a joint assignment to Hawaii with Maddie. He’s vowed to never get involved with any woman he can’t walk away from. Maddie falls under the heading of “Look, but don’t touch”. Trouble is, she excels at giving him a hard time -- in more ways than one.
He manages to fend off her guerilla seduction tactics until a bone-melting kiss throws his resolve into the ocean. Complicated? Absolutely. Especially when he discovers the real reason they were sent to the island...
Warning: Side effects may include but not limited to, spontaneous, uncontrollable laughter, hot flashes and dangerous chocolate cravings. Contents include, one kick-ass heroine and a sex-on-legs hero whose kiss could singe the eyebrows off a mannequin. Can be read in bed with someone special or a BOB (battery operated boyfriend). Please note: Batteries not included.
Genre-defying, witty, humorous, suspenseful, romantic and sexy— words used to describe Selena’s novels. A self-professed foodie and chocolate guru, Selena loves to dance with her dog, sing into her hairbrush and write in her PJ's. In love with her family, friends, books, laughter, hockey, lively discussions and red wine (sometimes all at the same time). Selena is a dragon slayer who enjoys reading and writing sassy heroines and hot heroes (the ones your mamma warned you about, but secretly wished she’d dated a few in her life).
An Interview with Selena Robins
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Selena, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is What a Girl Wants. Where did the idea for this sexy romantic treat originate?
SR: Thank you for hosting this interview. A long time ago I read an article written by Carly Phillips where she talked about how she prepares herself for writing. In the article, she said a writer must get into Writing Boot Camp. From there, a story spark ignited and I thought, interesting, what if a heroine came up with Sex Boot Camp? I also grew up reading Anne of Green Gables, and was intrigued by her journey to find her biological parents. All these combined helped all the sparks that make a writer’s brain go into full creative mode.
HH: What will readers like about Maddie and why will they relate to her?
SR: Readers who like a strong-willed, independent, creative and quirky heroine will enjoy her dialogue and antics. She says out loud what most people think, but they wouldn’t voice it out loud. She has no qualms telling as it is, or for going after what she wants. She’s the type of heroine that the reader would want to hang out with, especially travel with, as she’s adventurous and up for anything.
HH: What can you tell us about Alex and why will readers love him?
SR: Alex is a hero women will fall in love with because he possesses a lot of hero-like qualities that we experience in real life with some men. He’s intelligent, decent, witty, and can pull out his alpha-ness when it’s needed. He’s also not a player as he is honest and upfront with women. What I particularly love about Alex is that he doesn’t take himself too seriously and can take a joke or prank. He’s not perfect, because in fiction or in life, nobody is perfect, but besides his hot looks, he has a lot of depth and a social awareness that he is passionate about.
With both characters, the thing that readers will connect to is their passion for their careers, family, friendship and life in general. They do make mistakes, they do make bad decisions, but they take ownership for those decisions.
HH: How did you go about creating the world where their story takes place?
SR: Their story takes place in Hawaii. Most of the story is on a fictitious Island I created and some of the story takes place in Maui and New York City. I love the tropics, so that was easy to send them there for the story and I felt it would create more tension and adventure to take them out of their resident city.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
SR: I am revising my first novel, Sabrina’s Destiny, which is re-titled: Once Upon A Kiss, it will have more heat than the original version, a few more different twists and updated a lot, since I wrote that story so many years ago. I also have a novel out for consideration; Un-named Novel, as I haven’t decided on a title, it’s a romantic-comedy-mystery. Keeping fingers crossed that I’ll hear good news for that. I’m working on a romantic suspense/thriller, involving an undercover cop and a mafia princess, plus I want to write Reece’s story (Maddie’s best friend).
HH: How did you get your start as a writer?
SR: My husband encouraged me to follow my dream of getting published. I’ve always written short stories and children stories for our son, but never dipped my toe in the publishing arena. I wrote the first three chapters of Sabrina’s Destiny to enter a writing contest, my goal was to get feedback on my writing. To my surprise, I won the contest and between that and my husband encouraging me, I finished the book and submitted it for publication.
HH: What do you enjoy most about your writing career?
SR: Meeting new authors, some of which I have developed a close friendship with, and now have a whole stack of books that I can feed my reading addiction. Chatting with readers who love the romance genre as much as I do. Most of all, enjoying the creativity of letting my imagination run loose.
HH: Will you be making any appearances in the remainder of 2012?
SR: I have no plans; however, I hope to attend a conference or two next year.
HH: What are your plans for the fall at the moment?
SR: Fall is my favorite time of the year, so I do what I do every fall, enjoy the colors and walking weather, before the snow hits, and then I become a recluse.
HH: What would you most like to accomplish before year's end?
SR: With regard to writing, my goals are: To have Once Upon A Kiss available for readers, hopefully hear good news about my un-named novel and for my suspense/thriller to be finished and ready to be shipped off to my agent.
Other than that, the same goals I have every day, to strive to be a better person than I was yesterday, for my family to be healthy and happy and for Godiva never to go out of business. =)