Author Interview with JA DeRouen + Giveaway!

Author Interview with JA DeRouen + Giveaway!by J.A. DeRouen
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Perfection. One word. Three syllables. Every reason why I’ll never have the one thing I truly want. I stand dutifully on the pedestal he’s built, waiting for the day he truly sees me.

Then one amazing night, he lets down his walls, only to leave me the next day.

Years have passed, and I’ve tried to move on with my life. But I still dream of him. I still miss him everyday. The memories haunt me. How can I look to the future when my past remains a mystery? The time has come to find the boy who stole my heart and ran away without a word.

But not everyone who is lost wants to be found.

My name is Alexandra Fontaine, and this is my story of unfinished love.

Wings Over Poppies is book #2 in the Over series and can be read as a standalone novel. Warning: This is a new adult romance. It is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Happy one year publiversary, JA DeRouen!  Wings Over Poppies was a top 2015 read for me, and was also my pick for Debbie to read in our Read This F*cking Book Challenge (which she loved, thank fuck.)  To celebrate,  we’re having an awesome giveaway with six winners (five ebook winners and one winner to receive the grand prize of a signed paperback of WOP, an Amazon gift card, a funny coffee mug and some hilarious socks…which, if you follow JA, these are a wardrobe staple for her.)

First, let me talk about Wings Over Poppies.  I won’t make this lengthy (insert inappropriate chuckle) but I will tell you this – this book will make you feel all the feels.  All of them.  Hurt, love, giddiness, angst, pain…and most importantly, hope.  Their story is one that proves “love conquers all,”  and it’ll stick with you for a long time.  AND, it’s on sale right now for only ninety-nine pennies!  (All her books are on KU, too.  Cain, in book 3, is probably one of my most favorite males, ever.  You cannot understand how crazy funny that man is until you experience it first hand!)

I have to throw in here, JA DeRouen is one awesome bitch.  Like, I’ve been stalking her like crazy for a year now, and I still haven’t been threatened with a restraining order.  And each time I tell her I have strong lezbehonest feelings for her, she just laughs and tells me my weird is showing and to tuck that shit back in.

I sent her some questions – and her answers are perfect.  Check them out and then don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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What made you start writing?  Have you always wanted to be a writer? I’ve always been an avid reader and a relentless daydreamer, but I never thought of it as something I’d actually pursue. Publishing was for the cool kids, and that’s not me. The quirky kid? Yep, absolutely—but not the cool kid. Then self publishing came along and changed the game. Now, I can pursue writing as a hobby and just have fun. It’s not a job to me—it’s something I love to do.

Where do you get your inspiration from? There are bits and pieces of my life woven throughout my stories. If something shameful or utterly embarrassing happens to a character? Yep, you can bet that was me. I also get inspiration from music, the people in my life—my husband, my crazy kid …

Do you have a favorite character, or story, that you’ve written?  I think Cain, the hero of Storms Over Secrets, will always be my favorite. I love people who are shameless and undeniably themselves, and that’s definitely him. He’s always full on, ass out, blowing in the breeze, and I love that.

Favorite animal?  Unicorn … don’t fight me, Leah, unicorns are animals and they are REAL! LOL!

Boxer or briefs? Briefs. No baggy boxer shorts allowed—show us what you’re working with!!

Coffee or tea? Coffee, especially the fun kind. My fave is a samocha latte. It tastes just like a Girl Scout cookie. YUM!!!

Are you a lover of the man bun? I’d much rather tug on a beard than a man bun … just sayin’.

Most awkward or hilarious thing that’s happened to you at a signing? I haven’t made an ass out of myself at a signing yet (something to look forward to), but I did have a reader message me and gush about how much she loved my MC series. Um … LOL! Seriously, she was very sweet when I told her she had the wrong chick. 😉

Explain your surroundings when you write – quaint coffee shop?  Early morning, on the couch?  Naked, post-sex coital when you’re full of, um, inspiration? OMG, I almost shot coffee through my nose!!! I threw away my table months ago and took over my dining room. I have a desk and an oversized chair. Marketing/editing/clerical crap takes place at the desk. The fun stuff, writing, takes place in my big chair. If my family is being especially rowdy, I have a cool, local coffee shop that I love. I always make sure to wear pants when I go there.

Were you the cool kid in school?  Jock?  Nerd?  Goth? I was the goody-two-shoes, for sure. Now, I was on dance team my freshman and sophomore year, but since my dancing chops rival Elaine from Seinfeld, the judges must have been smoking crack when they scored my tryout. Unfortunately, looking like an epileptic on the gym floor during pep rallies does not up your street cred in high school.

What books do you have planned for 2016? I’ll be releasing the fourth and final book of The Over Series late summer, early fall of 2016. Marlo’s book will close out that series. There is one other thing in the works for winter 2016, but it’s still under wraps. 😉

Do you ever see yourself writing a different genre? Hmmmm … I don’t see me venturing very far from the new adult/contemporary romance genre. The only other genre I would be interested in writing is chick lit, but that could happen sooner rather than later.

Any signings in 2016?  I’ll be signing at Indies in NY in August. My first trip to the Big Apple! Whoop whoop!!

Any hard limits when reading/writing? I try my best to keep an open mind, but of course, there are things that I gravitate toward more than others. I love all things second chance romance, marriage of convenience, celebrity romance, and asshole heroes. I have a special place in my heart for the assholes. That being said, if an author can make me fall in love with a book that usually isn’t my cup of tea, they’ve got a fan for life. I love being won over.

Lastly, and most importantly, who is your favorite fan?  Lezbehonest, it’s me…right? I’ve already scheduled our anniversary couples massages, my love … WITH happy endings!!! LOLOL!

– Giveaway –

 

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  • Betül

    Favorite animal? Unicorn … don’t fight me, Leah, unicorns are animals and they are REAL! LOL!

    <3

  • Jessica Frider

    I like her inspiration answer

  • Cassie Geary

    Where you the cool kid in school? Unfortunately, looking like an epileptic on the gym floor during pep rallies does not up your street cred in high school —- I can totally relate!!!!

  • Sara Miller

    I love the answer about Cain. Haha describes him to a T! Oh and the Man Bun thing. I’m with you on the beard.

  • Linda Romer

    Briefs, no baggy boxers ♡ I agree! My husband wears tightly whitey’s lol

  • Becca Gordon

    I knew there was a reason I hadn’t read this yet. I’m holding out for the signed paperback.

  • Wendy Porter

    I love the sound of this book can’t wait to read it ?

  • Lisa

    I’m attending 4 signings in the UK this year 🙂

  • Kristy Petree

    My favorite answer was this one: “I did have a reader message me and gush about how much she loved my MC series. …I told her she had the wrong chick.” LOL!!

  • Rita Wray

    I liked her answer to the favorite animal question.

  • Lynzi Comeaux Nguyen

    I completely agree, Cain is the fricking best!! And I would so love Cain in briefs. I wanna see what he’s working with too. Lmao 😉

  • Michelle Morrison Monroe

    Fav answer.. -I love people who are shameless and undeniably themselves, and that’s definitely him. He’s always full on, ass out, blowing in the breeze, and I love that.
    ?

  • Juli Hall

    Favorite answer…. I’d much rather tug on a beard than a man bun … just sayin’.
    Me too 🙂

  • Natasha Persaud

    Fav answer – briefs. No baggy shorts for me. Show us what you’re working with.

  • Chelle Ballein

    Fav answer !! I have a special place in my heart for the assholes.

  • Elizabeth Stacy

    Fav Answer!!!! animals questions.

  • MJ Symmonds

    Fav answer: Dancing chops rival Elaine from Seinfeld 😉 . Anyone who knows Seinfeld will totally get this reference.

  • sheila lawrence

    Fave answer was BRIEFS! Lol

  • Ruth Jeter

    Signing in my hometown of NY!!

  • Holly F

    I love author interviews. They are always fun to read.

  • Diana Doan

    Love author interviews! Favorite answer: Favorite animal? Unicorn … don’t fight me, Leah, unicorns are animals and they are REAL! LOL!”

  • Jen Zingaro

    Love the answer here she almost shot coffee out of her nose!

  • alessya

    Favorite animal? Unicorn –> YES!

  • Georgia Morin

    Love the interview, thanks for the chance on the giveaway:)

  • Mariann Murvai

    first NY signing! so exciting!!!

  • Misty Sulouff

    I liked that she was a goody two shoes in school and couldn’t really dance.

  • Santoesha Somai

    I cannot wait to read this!

  • Irma Jurejevčič

    I’m so excited to see what’s gonna be next 🙂

  • Sue A.

    Favorite answer was for “favorite fan.” If you can’t love yourself (or your own work) how can you expect someone else to!


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