Thursday, December 22, 2011

Come Meet Pete the Sexy Mailman...and Guest Author Joya Fields!

I'm so very excited to welcome my good friend, critique partner and fellow Wild Rose Press author 
Joya Fields 
to the blog today! Joya is celebrating her **new release** with a giveaway--see down below!

Welcome, Joya!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today, Laura. I’m thrilled to be talking about a story that you helped me get published! I write romantic suspense, contemporary suspense, and paranormal suspense.

Aw, shucks! I loved reading this! Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

LOVE DELIVERED released just yesterday from The Wild Rose Press. It reflects my affection for small towns and the people who live there. Pete has strong ties to the community and the town and Bianca is chasing her dreams in New York City. Not just for herself, but on behalf of her mother, who never got the opportunity to follow her dreams. When Bianca returns to the small town where she grew up to fix up her deceased grandmother’s house for sale, she can’t help but be charmed by the town…and Pete, the mailman.

Sigh…Pete. *grins* Which character is your favorite and why?

LOL, I feel like a mother who can’t chose between her children. It feels wrong to pick one character over another, but I think Bianca would understand if I chose Pete. Because I fell in love with him. He’s the best part of a lot of men I know all wrapped into one.

Oh, I like how you put that! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

Honestly, nothing surprised me through the writing process. The characters told me their story early on. The biggest surprise for me was when the publisher decided to classify the story as “contemporary humor.” That cracked me up! Guess what? I’m funny. Well, Pete’s funny.

Pete is funny! *winks* What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

Revisions. I can write a story in no time at all. Then I have to revise, revise, revise, and revise. And then usually revise again.

I hear ya, sister! What are you working on right now?

I’m writing a ghost story with a ghost who’s a practical joker and a matchmaker. Picture Betty White haunting an historic Baltimore apartment building.

Awesome description! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

It’s buried in a drawer and will never see the light of day. However, it was a great learning experience.

Yes, so agree! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Characters are easy to write. I’m lucky to have lots of colorful people in my life. Plots are hard, though. I usually don’t know how the story will progress. Often, I know the beginning and I kinda-sorta know the end, but I have no idea what will happen in between.

*nods in total understanding!* Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

Definitely. The parade scene in LOVE DELIVERED is loosely based on our family July 4th celebration. A marching band plays in the yard before the parade every year and it’s the party of the year.

Such a cool small town moment! Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

For sure. I realized early on that every story I write carries the same message: bad things will happen in life, but if you find the right person, you will find happiness again.

Love that! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’ve completed three marathons. One of them in less than four hours! 3.59.51 to be exact.

Whoa! I did not know that! Go you! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Easy. The TWILIGHT series. No maybe the HUNGER GAMES series. No wait…okay. So many great books and series, but these are two of my favorite because they are so emotional.

They’d both be at the top of my list, too… Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Oh wow, this question makes me pause. I think the heroine in my WIP about a serial killer is my favorite so far. She’s had an awful, awful life, but finds hope and comes out fighting. She’s probably the strongest character I’ve ever written and I admire her strength. I wrote about her after seeing an interview on 20/20 about a young, spirited girl who survived an attack and had a better disposition about life than most people I know who haven’t experienced that kind of trauma.

Very cool! Can’t wait to learn more about her! Okay, then, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark

Salty or sweet? Salty

Bed or kitchen table? Sofa (LOL, couldn’t resist cheating)

Beach or mountains? Beach

Give or receive? Give

Bianca McClain has worked for years to achieve her dream job in New York City. After her grandmother passes away, she finds herself returning to the small town she grew up in to ready her house for sale. The slow, friendly pace of the town and its citizens, especially Pete the mailman, appeal to her—but there’s no way she’s giving up everything she’s accomplished in New York.

Born and raised in Centreville, MD, Pete Schaeffer loves his small town mail carrier job and can’t imagine leaving for any reason—or anyone—so he's dumbfounded by his intense attraction to Bianca, a woman with a fast-paced life in the big city.

Pete and Bianca soon find themselves lost in each other’s arms. When the summer ends, they will have big decisions to make. Will the small-town guy and big-city girl find common ground and lasting love, or will their differences drive them apart?

Where can we find you on the web?

One commenter who leaves their email address will be entered to win an ebook of Love Delivered. Open to international. Winner to be chosen by Contest open through midnight EST on 12/25! What to comment? Tell Joya what YOU love about small towns!

Thanks so much for having me, Laura, and thanks for being my friend and critique partner! J

Thanks for reading!

Laura & Joya


Joya said...

Laura, Thank you so much for hosting me today! I'm so excited about Love Delivered and the response to this story from MRW chaptermates, friends, family, fellow authors and people I don't even know has been awesome!!! I'm feeling VERY lucky to have such wonderful people in my life.

Laura Kaye said...

Welcome Joya! I'm so excited for you!

Julianne said...

Congrats on your release, Joya! The book sounds wonderful--and I love that the hero's a mailman. That's different!

What do I love about small towns? Well, it depends on the small town really, some always have their little dark sides, but I think the best part about small towns is how the citizens can be so open with and helpful to one another.

Good luck with the book!

Joya said...

You make a great point about small towns. The people are a determining factor, aren't they? Thanks for the congrats and thanks so much for stopping by to comment at this very busy time of year. :)

Harlie Reader said...

After growing up in Dallas for pretty much my whole life, my husband and I packed up and moved to small town outside of Dallas. Its been an experience for me. Some ups and downs but I love it. No traffic, I can take a breath of fresh air and our son is thriving. Plus, when I step out the front door, I look at my neighbors horses. Very peaceful and relaxing.

Congratulations on the new release.


Joya said...

Hi Marika,
Wow, you've had both big-city and small-town experiences, then. The horses, fresh air and lack of traffic sound very relaxing! Hope you continue to enjoy your surroundings and thanks so much for the congrats and for stopping by today. :)

Vonnie Davis said...

I think humor in a man is sooo incredibly sexy.

I raised my children in a small town. They could ride their bikes to the pool and to friends without worrying they'd be accosted. Everyone knew everyone and watched out for each other's children. It seemed a gentler place.

vonnie.davis at

Joya said...

Hi Vonnie!
I totally agree about humor being sexy. Sounds like your children were very lucky to grow up in such a safe, loving town. You're right about a certain gentleness about small towns.
Thanks so much for stopping by to comment today. :)

Barbara said...

Hi, Joya! Your book sounds great! I live in a small town and what I like best about it is our sense of community. We still gather together for the 'small things' 'home coming'. Our town still has a parade and it's a really big and fun celebration! Merry Christmas!

GraceDZ said...

A funny, sexy mailman! Sounds good to me! :)
I grew up in a small town. What I liked best was growing up with the same people because there were only two schools and one library. Also, more space! I miss the wide open spaces in small towns.

Congrats on your new release! Love the cover...looks so refreshing!
g (at) casa-zamora (dot) net

Joya said...

Hi Barbara,
Wow, your small town sounds just like the one I wrote about in LOVE DELIVERED! So cool that you gather together so often. Sounds like a really charming place and I hope you continue to enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas to you, too! :)

Joya said...

Hi Grace,
LOL about the funny, sexy mailman. They exist!! :)
What a neat thing to grow up in a town like yours where everyone knew everybody else. I agree about wide open spaces. That's a great aspect of small towns, too. Thanks for stopping by and thanks so much for saying the cover looks refreshing. :)

booklover0226 said...

This sounds like a really sweet book. And to think, I know where Centreville, MD is!

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

fr_larsson said...

Love the giveaway, sounds like a great book! I love how people know each other in a small town, and can pull together when something happens, at the same time that´s what i can get annoyed with, how everyone knows everything that happens =)

best wishes, Linda

Laura Kaye said...

So many great comments for Joya! Thanks guys!

Joya said...

Hi Tracy! Cool that you know where Centreville, MD is. Lots of great small towns in Maryland. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by and comment. :)

Joya said...

Hi Linda,
I agree! It's great how small town people pull together to help others, but it's also annoying for everyone to know everyone else's business. The good with the bad, I guess.
Thanks very much for stopping by to comment.:)

Joya said...

Laura, Thank you so very much for hosting me today and helping me meet some wonderful new friends. I appreciate all of your support and this has been a really FUN day here on your blog. :)

ML said...

Hmm, I'm not sure I enjoy small towns! I grew up in one and everyone knows everyone and everyone's business. So it feels a bit intrusive at times. But there is a support system there that is unique and that you don't find in the anonymity of larger areas.

mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

Joya said...

I know what you mean! There are definite drawbacks to small-town living. Good luck keeping any secrets. You're right about the support system, too, though, so I guess it all evens out. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

Calisa Rhose said...

Yep. I'm still trying to win this one since I haven't purchased it yet. I love the small town vibes of everyone knowing each other. I've lived in and around small towns all my life and you can make friends with a whole town in a day it seems. Of course, you can alienate them all just as quickly if not careful! lol

Congrats and wishes for many sales, Joya!

Laura Kaye said...

And the winner of Joya's ebook giveaway is...

g (at) casa-zamora (dot) net


And thanks to everyone for chatting with Joya!