Please give a BIG welcome to M.J. Kane, RNIC’s newsletter editor! She’s on a virtual book tour to promote Lonely Heart, the third book in her Butterfly Memoirs series.
Tell us about yourself:
I am the proud mother of four wonderful kids and four over active dogs. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of being married to my high school sweetheart. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few years, it’s that I am a writer. As an only child, I assumed the ‘voices’ in my head were for the Barbie dolls I played with. As an adult, I’ve come to realize they are the voices of my characters with stories begging to be told. With every book I write, my goal is to tackle the reality of life, family, friendship, and love. I want my readers to walk away feeling encouraged as well as entertained.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I am a full-time writer. What started out as a hobby has now turned into a paying career. I couldn’t be happier!
How long have you been writing?
I started teaching myself the art of writing in 2009. The first three novels of The Butterfly Memoirs started with the idea of just one story. Once it was written, I realized the supporting characters deserved to have a story of their own. And so it began. Lonely Heart marks the release of that third novel, but the series is far from over. I’ve got more stories up my sleeve!
What does the area where you write look like?
I have recently moved, so I no longer have a private office. Now my work space is a corner of my bedroom which has my desk and everything I need sitting next to a large window which allows me to see the street. So, now I get to watch my neighbors. LOL…hmm, somebody’s going to end up in a book!
Why should readers consider buying your books?
Long before deciding to write, I read all the time. Anytime you saw me, I had a book in my hand. When I decided to learn the art of writing, I studied many authors – my favorites and ones I’d never read before – paying attention to their various writing styles. I realized I wanted my stories to be different. Any and everything I felt was lacking in the stories I read, I decided to put into a style I call my own. I write about the reality of romance, of life, friendship, and family. I create characters that could be your family, your neighbors, and your co-workers. My stories are about what really goes on in life. Everyone can’t be a millionaire…everyone doesn’t get swept off their feet by an over the top Alpha male. We fall in love with the man who works hard for a living, the entrepreneur, the man who puts his family first, and is just as passionate about his relationship with you as he is about his favorite sport. When you fall in love with my characters, you fall because they are real. If the reality of life and love with a realistic happy ending is what you’re looking for, then a Butterfly Memoir novel is for you!
What inspired you to write your latest release?
My father died when I was ten years old, and my mother raised me alone. A lot of my children’s friends and some family members are single parents. The reality of life is people become single parents for various reasons, be it unexpected pregnancy, divorce, or loss of a spouse. The focus of that parent is no longer on finding personal happiness, but on giving their child what they need to be happy. Thus, the inspiration for Kaityln Rodgers story. After growing up in a home that lacked the love and support she needed, her desire to have the perfect family is all she’s ever wanted. She’s well on her way to finding that happiness until she ends up pregnant. Suddenly alone, she realizes the perfect family may never be in her reach. How she handles what happens next is the story.
Is there such a thing as too much sex in a romance novel? Explain.
In my opinion, yes…and no. It’s all about when it’s used and why. I used to hesitate when it came to putting sex in my novels, wondering if I was crossing a line stepping behind the closed door. But, sex is a part of life. It’s more than just the act for physical satisfaction. When shared with the person you love, it’s a connection and bond that continues to nurture a relationship. My stories aren’t about characters that fall into bed and in love at first sight. Their relationships are organic, growing naturally. By the time they arrive at that moment, it’s something that is felt and understood by the reader. Each encounter progresses the relationship to a new level…or to a reality neither of them are ready to face. Either way, when my characters go to bed, it means something.
Is there a scene in the book you particularly enjoy? Tell us about it and why.
My favorite scene in Lonely Heart has Kaitlyn stepping out of her comfort zone and into a world she knows nothing about. She is invited to a Quinceañera with her boyfriend. Unable to speak the language and the only Caucasian there, she learns a lot about the customs, his family, and him. I’ve had the opportunity to go to several Quinceañeras and felt just like Kailtyn…out of my element. But it was fun and I learned a lot about a culture that isn’t my own. It was a very eye opening experience. I hope readers who have not had the opportunity to participate in one of these ceremonies learn something new about another culture.
Do you have a single book or character that’s dear to your heart, and why?
It’s so hard to say because I put a bit of myself in the first two novels of The Butterfly Memoirs series, A Heart Not Easily Broken, Jaded, and Lonely Heart. If forced to choose, it would be Yasmine of Jaded. She’s full of sass and confidence in herself and not afraid to say what she means and deal with the consequences.
Which of your books has sold the best so far and why do you think that is?
My debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken (Book 1 of The Butterfly Memoirs), without a doubt. I believe it’s because my approach to storytelling breaks the mold. I write not only from the heroine’s point of view, but also the hero’s. The reader watches both characters grow as individuals and as a couple. Adding in the real-life issues of the average middle class family and mixing it up with interracial couples is a recipe for something that catches the reader’s attention, holding them from page one until the end.
How do you balance writing and your personal life?
ROTFL!!! I have no clue. Often times it’s on a day-to-day basis, depending on what needs to be handled. We recently made the decision to home school our youngest kids, so that has been a challenge. Moving them to this new way of learning during the middle of the school year, all the while working to meet my publisher’s deadline for this book, has been memorable, to say the least! If you’re interested in home schooling your children and have questions, visit my blog, mjkanemedia.com, and stop by the Adventures in Home Schooling page!
Instead of planning her wedding, Kaitlyn Rodgers is facing motherhood alone, the pressures of a new job, and caring for her rebellious younger sister. What should have been the happiest time of her life turns into one stressful event after another.
After watching his father struggle to raise a family by himself, auto mechanic Antonio Rodriguez refuses to follow his father’s footsteps…even if it means a lifetime of loneliness.
When Kaitlyn’s car breaks down, though, Antonio goes beyond auto repairs to take care of her needs. An unexpected friendship begins, allowing them a glimpse of happiness…until the father of Kaitlyn’s child returns, ready to offer her marriage and a future. But at what cost?
I shut the door behind him and found my sister staring at me with raised eyebrows. “You’re really not sleepin’ with him? That man is just too good lookin’ for words.”
I shot her my sternest expression; she laughed.
“Sit.” I nodded at the sofa.
Her hands went up. “Okay, fine, don’t share. Just remember, I’m not a kid anymore. I lost my virginity ages ago. We can talk about sex.” My baby sister flopped down.
Not a virgin…point taken.
I held my belly, eased down beside her, and focused on ignoring the headache behind my left eye. “First of all, my love life is none of your business. Second, don’t ever embarrass me again.”
“I embarrassed you?” She sucked her teeth and rolled her eyes. “Fine, whatever.”
“No, there is no ‘whatever’. You’re not here for a good time visit, Tiffy. You got kicked out. Why did you make him do that?”
She crossed her arms in the typical fashion of every angry teenager who felt life was unfair, even though they were the ones who screwed up. “It wasn’t my fault, you know how daddy is; I was born.”
I sighed. “And?”
“And…I was seein’ someone he didn’t like. I’m shocked he even paid attention.” Her eyes lowered.
So was I. Our father treated us as if we were children forced on him instead of his own flesh and blood. Our brothers, on the other hand, were his pride and joy.
“What’s this about momma’s car?”
Tiffany rolled her eyes again. “Momma let me borrow her car to go to Stephanie’s house. I ended up at Steve’s….on purpose.”
“What’s this about Steve bein’ twenty-eight?”
She shrugged. “I need a man who’s established to take care of me until I get on my feet. There are no guys my age like that. Well, there are, but they are full of crap. Older men know what they want. ” She huffed in exasperation when I cocked an eyebrow. “Look, he was wrapped around my little finger, okay. I went over to solidify the deal─”
“Sleep with him,” I amended.
“Yeah, whatever. The point is, everything was goin’ good until daddy showed up and threatened him with his shotgun. Needless to say, Steve ended it right there. Daddy and I fought about it, then he put me out.”
I stared in disbelief. “Daddy came with a shotgun? We’re talkin’ about the same Bailey Rodgers, Senior I grew up with, right?”
“Yep.” She kicked off her sandals, sat cross-legged on the couch. “Daddy was more interested in what was goin’ on with momma’s car. Since when did he give a rat’s ass what I did?”
My temples pounded, forcing me to squint. I applied pressure until the pain subsided.
“Are you alright?” Tiffany laid a hand on my arm.
“I’ll be fine. My blood pressure has been up for the last month. My doctor is dang near ready to put me on bed rest. I don’t have time for foolishness. I have no problem with you bein’ here, Tiffy, but there are gonna be some rules.”
Her eyes widened. “You’ve got to be shittin’ me.”
“Rule number one, no cursin’.”
“Oh come on!”
“My baby is not gonna be raised around foul language. This is not Bailey Senior’s House, so leave the bad habit behind.”
“Like you don’t curse!”
I stared at her, unaffected by her accusation. “When I do it’s because I’m pissed. Besides, this is my house, my rules. If you don’t like it…” My silence filled in the blanks.
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Prize: ebook copy of Lonely Heart (Book 3 of The Butterfly Memoirs)
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