RNIC is delighted to spotlight author Janice Sims’ latest release, Constant Craving! Let’s all welcome her to the blog!
What is the most romantic gesture you’ve ever received?
Coming up to my birthday, my husband, Curt, always does a little something special for me for the entire month. Then, on my birthday, he really makes me feel special by cooking for me, giving me flowers and reading a love letter he’s written for the occasion.
What do you do for fun?
I love old movies. I’m a happy girl just watching a Cary Grant marathon on Sunday afternoons.
Who would play you in the movie about your life and why?
Taraji P. Henson. She just seems like a tell-it-like-it-is type of woman who’s very real, and that’s me.
What are your pet peeves?
Rude people. To me it takes more energy to be mean to someone than to simply be nice.
What type of music do you listen to?
All kinds. But my favorite has to be the blues and rhythm and blues. It’s been said that the blues is the only original type of American music. Invented by blacks and perfected by blacks.
What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
I like the classics. But I also can get into new releases. I’m a fan of sci-fi and like so many people I’m looking forward to the new Star Wars movie with the original cast!
What types of books are on your bookshelf at home?
All types. I love fiction. But I’m also a science freak. I’m presently reading a book about Nicola Testa who was a scientist who made wonderful strides with the use of electricity. Some authors who populate my shelves: Pearl Cleage, Zora Neale Hurston, Melanie Schuster, Donna Hill, Beverly Jenkins, Dean Koontz, Col Buchanan, Ann Jeffries, Walter Mosley, William Dietrich, Dorothy West, Neil Gaiman and Charlaine Harris.
Name some of your favorite authors who do not write romance.
I think I’ve read every Dean Koontz book out there. As for style and consistency, he’s the author I look up to. I also admire Zora Neale Hurston for her ability to get the gut of her characters and tell a tale that resonates long after you’ve finished reading it.
Name three authors (living or dead) who you’d like to sit down to dinner with and pick their brains.
It has to be Zora Neale Hurston. I’d love to ask her about Janie and Teacake. Dean Koontz because even though his stories are suspenseful he can also make me bust a gut laughing. Then, of course, I’d love to sit down with God who inspired all those prophets to write the Bible. Now that would be a dinner to remember!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
I know there are exotic places all over the world where people are living fabulous lives, but for me Florida is the IT place where I’ve always been happy. And I’d love to build a house in my hometown of High Springs, Florida with wraparound porches and big vegetable and flower gardens and land to roam. We’d have horses and a golden retriever. Live the country life. That would be heaven for me.
A love of a lifetime is worth fighting for!
Franklyn turned to her as they stood at the glass double doors to the restaurant. Moonlight shone in and illuminated Elise’s face. He reached up and gently stroked the satin skin of her cheek. Peering deeply into her eyes, he said, “This has been the best New Year’s I’ve ever experienced, and it’s all because of you. I love you so much I honestly don’t know what I’d do if anything should happen to break us up. I would probably lose my mind.”
“Don’t talk like that,” Elise said. Her heart had skipped a beat when he’d said it because ever since he’d proposed, she’d been having fatalistic thoughts as well. What if she truly didn’t deserve this kind of happiness? People more worthy than she had gone through their lives searching for, but never finding, their soul mates. What made her so lucky? But then she told herself that God made the sun shine on everyone and if you were fortunate enough to be out on the day the sun came out, then bask in it!
“Listen,” she said fiercely. “Nothing’s going to happen to break us up. Period. I don’t want to ever hear you say that again. I’ve waited too long for you. I will not let anything happen to us. Ever!”
“Okay,” Franklyn said consolingly. He kissed her cheek. “I guess the old Franklyn came through for a minute there. The old insecurities.”
He sighed. “I’ll try my best to keep him from coming to the surface again.”
“You do that,” Elise said with a smile. “Now, come on and make love to me like your mother told you to.”
Franklyn laughed softly as he unlocked the door. “Let me get that out of my mind. The last thing I want to hear in my head while I’m making love to you is my mother’s voice.”
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: Autographed copies of all of the Gaines Sisters series books: This Winter Night, Safe in My Arms and Thief of My Heart.
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to the RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: Answer the question: Why do some of the Gaines sisters think they’re cursed?
Deadline: 11:59 pm EST on May 17th
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 open to U.S. entrants only.
About the Author:
Janice Sims is a native Floridian who was born to write. She wrote her first story at age seven and sold her first story at age 37. It took 30 years but she never gave up. That’s still her attitude today. She has over thirty romantic stories to her credit including standalone novels and series like the Bryant Winery series, the Temptation series, and the Gaines Sisters series with novels This Winter Night and Safe in My Arms.