#Teatime with Robecca and Marisol Herrera Slade aka Jerrika Jones a character from #ARosebyAnyOtherName by #Alanalorens

If you had to pick a favorite food, what would it be?

Definitely tacos. Sure, that’s kind of generic, but we’re not talking Taco Bell here. I make my own beans from scratch and fry them with garlic and onion. I get cherry tomatoes from the little garden on my patio, always fresh in Tampa. And only fresh chopped cilantro and cotija on top. Even my son Mark loves them!

What is the one thing/trinket you always carry with you?  

My childhood friend Analisa made me a little braided friendship bracelet out of embroidery thread when we were in high school. The color is almost washed out of it after 20 years, but it’s still on my wrist.

If you feared one thing slipping through your fingers, what would it be?

My son is pretty much my life. His dad took off when he was very young, and that’s how I came to be Jerrika Jones, the blogger who writes “Mothering Without a Man.” If anything happened to Mark, it would probably kill me. I might have been too protective of him while he was growing up—he likely hated it—but that’s better than letting him slip too far.

What is your deepest secret? 

Even though I moved away, and eventually married someone else, I’ve always still had my love for Russell Asher in a corner of my heart. He was my first love, and I fell deeply for him. When he broke it off to woo cheerleader Tiffany Kearns, it broke my heart. Hard. Maybe it’s a mistake to go back for our 20-year reunion, if it means I’ll have to see him with her all over again. But I’ve decided to be brave enough to go.

Robecca: Ooh! Chatting with you was such a pleasure, Marisol. Thanks for spending your #teatime with me.

Book Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8qEjPOBzds&t=3s

Blurb: Up-and-coming mommyblogger and single mom Marisol Herrera Slade returns to her old hometown in western Pennsylvania for her 20th high school reunion in 2005, reluctant and yet compelled to see her high school sweetheart, Russell Asher, who dumped her for the homecoming queen.

Russell’s marriage to the golden girl, however, ended in a nasty divorce, and he has been systematically excluded from his sons’ lives. In his Internet wanderings, he’s found feminist blogger named Jerrika Jones, who glorifies single motherhood, essentially putting a stamp of approval on what’s happened to him. His group of single dad advocates have vowed to take this woman down.

What Russell doesn’t know, when he thinks to rekindle what he had with Marisol, is that Marisol and Jerrika are one and the same. When his group discovers the truth, will their drive for revenge derail any chance the couple have to reunite? Or will they find they have more in common than they ever expected?

EXCERPT

Marisol bit her bottom lip, almost as if trying to trap words inside. After a pause, she said, “I always wondered if that Kearns money and stature made you happy.” 

“You always…” He frowned, deciphering her meaning. “You mean, you thought about me since… After we broke up?” 

A blush filled her cheeks, but she didn’t turn away. “Why wouldn’t I? I mean, after what we…” She straightened her shoulders and almost seemed to purposefully change direction. “What I mean is, not that many people in the class mattered to me, and I know I didn’t matter to them.” As he started to protest, she raised a hand. “No, really, I know where I stood, where my parents stood in the community. It doesn’t hurt any more, not like it used to.” 

A twinge of guilt stabbed him. He’d really been superfocused on his goal then, mental blinders shutting out every other possibility except one. What was that Chinese proverb? Be careful what you wish for, because you may get it? Boy, did it ever ring true now. 

What would life have been like with a woman like Marisol? He’d never have scored that flat on Central Park. He might have made it through school before they had kids, might not. He studied her while she stirred her coffee again, fidgeting with her spoon. What would he have done? What might she have become? What had she become? 

He realized belatedly he hadn’t even asked. 

Author Bio

Alana Lorens has been a published writer for more than forty years, after working as a pizza maker, a floral designer, a journalist and a family law attorney. Currently a resident of Asheville, North Carolina, the aging hippie loves her time in the smoky blue mountains. She writes romance and suspense as Alana Lorens, and sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal mystery as Lyndi Alexander. One of her novellas, THAT GIRL’S THE ONE I LOVE, is set in the city of Asheville during the old Bele Chere festival. She lives with her daughter on the autism spectrum, who is the youngest of her seven children, and she is ruled by three crotchety old cats, and six kittens of various ages.

Author Links

Website           http://Alana-lorens.com

Facebook    https://www.facebook.com/AlanaLorens/

Goodreads   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4829967.Alana_Lorens

Amazon Author Page  https://www.amazon.com/Alana-Lorens/e/B005GE0WBC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8qEjPOBzds&t=3s

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/alana-lorens

Twitter:  @AlexanderLyndi

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexander_lyndi/ 

#TeaTime with Robecca and author Estelle Pettersen as we chat about her new release in #RainbowDesire

Meet author Estelle Pettersen author of Flowers for Kate in Rainbow Desire

  • What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, to date?

Do not give up on writing. There was one point in my writing career where I wanted to give up due to the imposter syndrome among other things, but I had to push my doubts and anxiety away to keep writing. I have mentors and friends who help me along the way. 

  • What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?

If you choose to become an author, do it because you are passionate and confident about it. It should be more than just a hobby or career – it’s a passion. Regarding confidence, it is okay to bend a few writing rules to find your own voice and style. Think of authors like Jon Fosse who are appreciated for their unique styles. 

  • What are two things your readers do not know about you?
  • I am an introvert who likes to keep to myself. I am sensitive to “noise” and I keep away from crowds. 
  • I suffer from chronic pain, which I’ve learned to live with. It slows me down a great deal, and I am a full-time working parent in addition to being an author. 
  • Let’s talk about sex. How steamy are your books?

My stories vary – my published work is steamy, four to five flames with some BDSM elements. My latest story, Flowers for Kate in Rainbow Desire, an LGBTQ+ anthology published by Black Velvet Seductions, focuses more on the emotional factors in a relationship. It explores happiness, loss, grief, and a discovery of everlasting love. 

Blurb of Flowers for Kate in Rainbow Desire

It’s 1988, a decade after video killed the radio star. Disco’s out of fashion, and pop music dominates the dance floor.

At twenty-two, Kate Calloway is a bangle-loving university student finding her way in life with her friends. She’s allergic to pollen and hates flowers until she meets the mysterious Dahlia, a florist who takes her breath away.

Kate wants Dahlia, but does Dahlia feel the same for Kate? Will they forge an unbreakable bond of love, or will circumstances tear them apart? Find out in this short story about finding true love.

Flowers for Kate is a short story in Rainbow Desire, an anthology that celebrates life and love in its kaleidoscope of exotic rainbow colours. The stories within the book also reflect its vibrant shades of romance from light and dark. The LGBTQ+ anthology features work by international and award-winning authors. 

Book link: https://amzn.to/3ATp0jl or https://books2read.com/u/mYZPQd

Excerpt of Flowers for Kate

This is the moment the protagonist, Kate, meets Dahlia for the first time:

The club’s speakers blared U2’s haunting song, “With Or Without You.” I felt desire running in my veins when I spotted the goddess, Isis, on the dance floor. She was a ripe slice of heaven in tight jeans, an off-shoulder T-shirt, and white high-top sneakers. The dark-haired angel danced with her friends in the most alluring manner, leaving me in a trance. Her slender body swayed in perfect sync to the song while the men dancing near her inched closer. She ignored them, closing her eyes and touching the curves of her sensuous hips. 

Seduce me, I wanted to say to her. 

Seduce me with your dance. 

Seduce me with your body. 

Seduce me with your eyes. 

As if she heard me, her eyes fluttered open and gazed toward me. She slowed her dance almost to a halt and bewitched me with her soft stare. Her eyes, dark and hauntingly beautiful, sparkled with passion as her full lips curved up in a captivating smile. Damn, you’re all woman, and you’re beautiful! I grinned, showing my large front teeth. I felt as if someone had cast an Egyptian love spell on me, and I was spiraling over the edge, losing control.

About the author

Estelle Pettersen is an Australian author and former journalist whose romance stories explore empowerment, freedom, and finding one’s strength. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Journalism and Psychology, from the University of Queensland, Australia. Her second degree is an MBA from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is a member of Romance Writers of Australia and is passionate about history, languages, cultures, traveling, food, and wine. She is happily married and living in Norway these days.

Connect with Estelle here:

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/estellepettersen

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/author/estellepettersen  

Author website: https://elusiveromance.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elusiveromance

Twitter: https://twitter.com/elusive_6788

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elusive_6788

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20482227.Estelle_Pettersen

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/estellepettersen

MeWe: https://mewe.com/i/estellepettersen

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/estelle-pettersen-3716741b1/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/estelle-pettersen

Rainbow Desire anthology book link: https://amzn.to/3ATp0jl or https://books2read.com/u/mYZPQd