My latest interview is with author Tina Gayle who is the mother of two boys who are both in college. She enjoys doing all sorts of things, cooking, reading, writing, working out in the yard. Most of the time, you can find her in her office, or on the internet or writing.
Books & Writing: Do you remember the first story you wrote?
Tina Gayle: “Pregnancy Plan” was the first book that I wrote. I did it after work and on weekends. When my husband got a new job in California, I quiet work and have had the pleasure of writing full time.
Books & Writing: What attracts you in writing?
Tina Gayle: I have written a story in my head for years so I naturally fell into writing quiet naturally.
Books & Writing: Where did you get the inspiration from to write your first book “Pregnancy Plan”.
Tina Gayle: Pregnancy Plan is about a woman who wants a baby. At one point in my life, I was not involved with anyone and I wanted children. I thought of different ways to achieve that objective. Pregnancy Plan was a fun way to relive the pain of wanting children and not being able to have them.
Books & Writing: I noticed you have written 4 totally different books with different main characters. Is there a reason behind that? Seeing there are a lot of writers who have one main character.
I am starting a series that has several main characters. I wrote the first four books because each one called to me. I didn’t feel I need them to have them interconnected.
Books & Writing: Can you tell us something about the next book coming out in February which is called “The Unwilling Widow.”
Tina Gayle: This is the first book of a series called the “Executive Wives Club.” These women are thrown together when their executives husbands are all killed in the same automobile crash.
The first book “The Unwilling Widow” is about Jennifer Larson who can’t admit her marriage was a sham, but neither can she continue to wallow in the past like the other Executive Wives. Forced to face the biggest challenge of her life and move on, she is tempted into the future by a sexy chiropractor, Hagan Chaney.
But does he really love her or is he like everyone else only after her money?
Books & Writing: Are you working on a new book at the moment?
Tina Gayle: I am working on the second book in the series “New Baby, Mr. Fix-it and the Widow.”
Books & Writing: Where can people go and read your work?
Tina Gayle: Everyone can read the first chapter of each of my books on my website. www.tinagayle.net
Books & Writing: Which writer(s) inspires you?
Tina Gayle: Cheryl St.John, Lizzie Starr, Victoria Alexanders, these are friends as well as incredible writers.
Books & Writing: Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Tina Gayle: Learn as much as you can about the business of writing as well as how to write. Both are important to today’s authors.
Books & Writing: Thank you very much Tina for the interview!
Below is a blurb for Youthful Temptations
A widow with two grown children, Linda Clayton is ready to let loose and have some fun. Jilted at a party, she met a younger man, Vaughn Reagan. He tempts with an active imagination and allures her into his life by tempting her with seductive games.
Vaughn thrilled to find a woman who doesn’t want children. He offers Linda a job so he can spend his days with her. Now, if he could only convince her to forget their age difference and enjoy the nights in his arm.
“Youthful Temptations is about a couple finding love and overcoming stereotypes. We see that we all have baggage, it’s a part of us, and those that love us don’t mind the load we carry. Awesome story, I really enjoyed Youthful Temptations.”
Reviewed by Raine
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Below is an excerpt from Youthful Temptations!
“Damn it, why can’t he ever be home when I need him?” She turned and glared at Vaughn. “Who are you, and what do you want? I’m telling you, I’m not in the mood to put up with anything at the moment.”
The light streaming through the patio doors showed the angry set of her mouth and the heated look in her eyes. The red flush of her face displayed her irritation. He wondered if it’d deepen to the same crimson shade when she was excited. A faint light flashed. She snapped her cell phone shut indicating she’d been trying to call someone.
Not surprised by her reaction to him interrupting her, Vaughn raised his hands to show her he meant no harm. “Can’t say I blame you with the way Philip treated you. He can be a real prick at times, especially if you’re balking at his current pet project.”
“And exactly why does he hanker for a wife and a child?” She pointed her cell phone at Vaughn’s chest. “Because I’ll tell you, marrying a woman just to produce kids is a really bad idea.”
“I couldn’t agree with you more.” Vaughn stepped forward and held out his hand. He craved her touch and the sensation of the fast beat of her pulse against his fingers. “By the way, I’m Vaughn Reagan. Philip introduced us at the start of the evening.”
Her forehead wrinkled, and she tilted her head slightly to the right.
Vaughn added Philip’s earlier description. “I’m the computer nerd who works at home and never gets out.”
“Oh, yeah, shows you what a total idiot he is.” She shifted her phone to her other hand.
She closed her cold fingers around his, and their palms touched briefly. The image of her hand stroking other parts of his body teased his mind with erotic possibilities. He released his grip and reminded himself to take it slow. Six months marked a long enough dry spell to suffer without a date.
“My son is working on his degree in computer science,” she added and slipped her hand from his. “And even though he doesn’t travel much, he’s brilliant. He surfs the Net and learns all sorts of useful facts. Knows more about the world than anyone I’ve ever met.”
“Yes, well, the Web can be a lonely place. Chat rooms and cybersex don’t provide much of a physical connection.” His words registered. At the same time, she jerked back with a shocked look on her face. “I mean . . .”
She shook her head, her full lips quirking into a grin. “I know what you mean.” Her gaze shifted to the people still inside the house. “But sometimes I think companionship is overrated.”
“No, there are jerks everywhere.” He crowded closer and pointed to her phone. “But I can’t blame you for wanting to leave. Bill and Karen are nice neighbors, but some of their friends are less than polite.”
“So you live around here, too?”
“Next door.” He pointed over her right shoulder. She turned, and her arm brushed his shirt.
A sweet fragrance tickled his senses, almost the same scent as fresh-baked cookies. He drew in a deeper breath and identified the alluring scent.
His mouth watered for a taste.
She glanced back over her shoulder. The sexy pose plunged his heart into overdrive. “That really is close.”
“Yes, and it provides an easy way to escape the boring company of fools.” He forced himself to step around her and held out his hand. “Why don’t you run away with me?”
Her hair caught by the wind blew across her face and blocked his ability to read her expression.
She shoved the silky auburn strands out of her eyes and frowned. “That’s not a very good idea. I don’t even know you.”
“Yes, but are you sure you’d like to return to the party?” He read the answer on her face. The light from the sliding glass door lit the frown forming on her lips and the subtle narrowing of her eyes.
The notion of her going home with him caused excitement to race through him, and he tried to remember if the place appeared presentable.
“No, but if forced to choose between the devil I know and the devil I don’t . . .” She strolled forward and laid her hands in his. “I guess you win.”
“Good, you won’t regret it.”
To learn more about Tina and her books visit her website, or visit her blog http://www.tinagayle.blogspot.com/