RNIC is pleased to welcome author Judy Hubbard to our site! Judy is introducing her novel, Our First Kiss and has a giveaway! First, let’s get to know Judy.
What is your greatest accomplishment as an author so far? So far, getting published by Harlequin. That’s been a dream of mine for a long time.
How do you celebrate each book release? I buy myself something I’ve had my eyes on (I’m a shopaholic) and I promote my new release.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be? I’d love to visit Africa, Europe, and Greece, but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere except in the US.
Are you a good girlfriend/wife? Explain why or why not. Yes, because I’m reliable, a good listener and I tell people the truth whether they want to hear it or not.
Short answer favorites:
Type of hero—alpha male
Type of heroine—strong, confident.
Actor / Actress—Angelina Jolie
Band/solo singer—Jeffrey Osborne
Tell me your favorite pick up line, and did it work on you or for you? “I feel like we’ve known each other in another life.” No, lol!
Why should readers consider buying your books? I believe in delivering an emotional, sexy, romantic read full of believable characters.
What inspired you to write your latest release? I had to write OUR FIRST KISS, the sequel to OUR FIRST DANCE—my characters and readers wouldn’t allow me not to!
Is there such a thing as too much sex in a romance novel? Explain. Not if it fits the story. When I’m reading a romance, I expect and want the characters to make love not just have sex. There has to be an emotional involvement between the characters; they have to care about each other and want to be closer. The story has to dictate the sex and not the other way around.
Do you have a favorite hero/heroine you’ve written? What makes them special? OUR FIRST KISS. Marcy (the heroine) is my favorite. She’s sassy, sexy and smart. She knows what—or should I saw who—she wants and goes after it with a vengeance. She’s comfortable in her own skin, decides on a course of action and goes full steam ahead until she achieves her goal. Plus she’s fiercely loyal to her family and friends and is fun to be around.
What was the nicest comment or most interesting question you’ve received from a reader? I appreciate all of my readers and I love interacting with them on FaceBook, Twitter and by email. It’s hard to choose one, but I think it would be the reader who stated that halfway through reading OUR FIRST DANCE, she rummaged through her drawers looking for tights because she wanted to be Natasha. That really made my day knowing she was so engrossed in my book/characters that she envisioned being one of them.
What can readers expect from you next? My next book is OUR FIRST EMBRACE, the third book in the Carter Family Trilogy (Our First Dance, Our First Kiss). It’s about the third sibling, Nicole, and her quest to find love in Paris, France.
Blurb for Our First Kiss
Marcy Johnson has been searching for Mr. Right and from the moment she meets Nathan Carter, she knows her search is over—now all that remains is convincing the secretive hunk that she’s the one for him.
Black Ops member, Nathan Carter has met his deadliest foe—in the form of the lovely, tenacious stockbroker, Marcy Johnson. Romance has no place in his dangerous life, but tell that to his traitorous heart, which soon beats only for Marcy.
When Nathan’s latest Black Ops mission forces him to abandon Marcy and their love, he has a choice to make—duty to his country, or a lifetime with the woman he loves.
“How am I doing?” He asked as they finished their dinner.
“Excellently,” she vowed.
“Dance with me,” he commanded, taking her hand and pulling her up into his arms.
“Mmm, beyond compare,” she amended her previous statement as she rested her head on his sturdy shoulder and her fingers entwined with his.
“I’m glad you approve,” he whispered against her ear.
She felt and heard him inhale her fragrance and a smile curved her lips as the hand on her waist pulled her closer still. He ran his mouth softly up and down the crook of her neck, creating shivers of anticipation within her.
“I definitely approve,” she whispered.
“You have beautiful hair.” Raising his head, he slowly ran fingers through its length from root to tip several times.
“You have my mother to thank for that.”
“She refused to let anything touch my hair that wasn’t natural that meant no chemicals at all.” She paused and laughed impishly, “That is until I took it upon myself to perm it.”
He smiled, “What did your mother do?”
“Let’s just say daddy and Dami had to protect me for a few weeks” she chuckled at the memory.
“How old were you?”
“A mere baby who couldn’t possibly make such a decision,” Nathan teased.
“Mom will always think of me as her little girl,” Marcy sighed in angst and they shared a comfortable laugh.
“Well, remind me to thank your mother next time I see her.”
“Mmm,” she sighed. “I will.” She moved a little closer to him. “You can thank me too, right now.”
She wanted him to kiss her and she wasn’t disappointed as his mouth swooped down and seduced hers. He lingered over the kiss, savoring her different tastes and textures. She met the probing inquisitiveness of his lips, content just to have him go on kissing her; however, when his hot tongue darted into her mouth in a search for hers she wanted nothing more than a molten combination of their bodies and hearts.
The kiss changed from gentle to hungry as he set out to plunder and destroy. Never before had a woman nearly caused him to take her on the spot with just a kiss, but he was close to doing just that with Marcy; every time he touched her he lost his grip on sanity. His hands ran up her silky bare back, molding her, pressing her closer to his rock-hard length.
How had he ended up kissing her? He didn’t remember. His moves had been instinctive, automatic, as was his hunger for her—a hunger so intense, it nearly made him pull her to the floor, strip away their clothes and fuse his body with hers. What was she doing to him? What would she do if he didn’t continue to fight her and himself?
“We could go back to my place,” she achingly suggested as he slowly released her lips.
“Damn, will you let me be the man?” He groaned, nibbling at her mouth, forgetting his resolve to push her away.
Despite the desire racing through her, she laughed at his tone, which quickly turned to a moan at his actions.
“Honey, you’re definitely a man.” To prove her point, she pressed tighter against him.
He groaned, “You’re killing me.”
“I’m sorry,” she shakily apologized, running her lips along his strong jaw.
“No you’re not,” he accused with a smile.
She batted her eyes innocently, “I am, truly.”
His heart thudded against his chest, beating frantically in concert with hers. One hand ran down her back to her hip, anchoring her lower body against his.
“I’ve never met a woman like you,” he marveled while his other hand threaded through her thick locks, pulling her head back.
“And you never will again,” she promised and he silently concurred.
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Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: Autographed copies of Our First Kiss. **Three winners will be chosen by the author!
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to RNIC newsletter.
How to Enter: Leave a comment in the comments section and the winners will be chosen at random
Deadline to Enter: August 11, 2013 at 3:00 p.m (CST). Winners will be notified via email, and their names will appear in the comments section below by August 13, 2013.
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prizes opened to anyone.
Judy, how can readers contact you?
About the Author:
I write; therefore, I’m happy!
For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read and write. I realized my dream of being published in 2010 when my debut novel, These Arms of Mine, was published by Harlequin Kimani.
I am a native Texan my day job is that of a Medical Transcription Editor. You can find me on Twitter most days and I have a Facebook Author’s Page and an Amazon Author’s Page. Please stop by and say hello. I would love to chat with you.
Just search for Judy Lynn Hubbard, and you’ll find me. Happy reading!
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”