[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Jennifer! Describe yourself in five words or less.
(Jennifer Ryan) Wife, mother, writer, gardener, chocoholic.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in your life?
(Jennifer Ryan) Wake up, drink coffee and eat cookie. Wake up kids. Get dressed. Pack lunches. Wake up teenage son again and help youngest brush her hair. Wake up teenage son for the third time with threats of no food if he doesn’t hurry up. Make breakfast for kids, get them in the car, drop them off at their three different schools. Home, take a shower, get dressed again, drink more coffee, eat another cookie. Check email, book numbers, social media. Write/edit until time to go pick up kids. Make lunch, take it with me and eat it in the car while I wait in car line to pick up kids at all three schools again. Home, make snacks for kids. Get them organized with homework. Work another hour. Make dinner. Work another hour. Get all kids in shower/bath and off to bed. Edit/promo stuff until time for bed, unless Blacklist, Hannibal, Dracula, or other favorite show is on. Stop everything and watch TV.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Claire?
(Jennifer Ryan) Sweet, kind, tough.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s her most appealing quality?
(Jennifer Ryan) Owen might say her alluring ass-ets, but he’s also drawn to her love of children. With two nieces he adores, he loves that she wants to have children and a family filled with love and laughter.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What irritates you the most about her?
(Jennifer Ryan) Uh, that’s a hard one. If I had to pick something, I’d say it’s that she compares Owen with her ex. After she’s been burned, she can’t help herself, but quickly realizes Owen is nothing like her ex and she can’t help falling for him.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?
(Jennifer Ryan) I wish I’d changed my oldest son’s 5th grade teacher. He spent the whole year dreading going to school. The teacher was tough and just this side of mean. My son was afraid to ask a question, or do anything wrong for fear he’d get in trouble. I wanted him to tough it out, learn that even if you don’t like someone you still have to learn to work with them. Instead, he learned to hate school. He fell behind in class and my straight A student became a D student. To this day, if he has a difficult teacher, he shuts down.
When my middle son got the same teacher for 5th grade, I went to the principle before school started and changed his class assignment. The right teacher makes all the difference.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
(Jennifer Ryan) With three kids, my phone. So they can contact me, play games, and I can text my husband to bring home dinner.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.
(Jennifer Ryan) Live. Love. Laugh. Write. Happiness.
Falling for Owen
The McBrides Book Two
By: Jennifer Ryan
Releasing April 15th, 2014
The McBrides of Fallbrook return with reformed bad boy Owen. He’ll do whatever he must to protect the woman who’s captured his heart. Attorney by day, rancher by night Owen McBride conquered his dark past and made it his mission to help the innocent—even at the expense of a personal life. But when a client’s abusive ex-husband targets Owen and his gorgeous neighbor Claire gets caught in the crossfire, his feelings turn anything but professional. The mysterious beauty awakens something in him, and he’ll move heaven and earth to keep her safe.
Coffee shop owner Claire Walsh learned the hard way that handsome men aren’t to be trusted. Owen may be sexy as hell and determined to take care of her, but she’s reluctant to put her heart on the line. His presence in her life puts a target on her back, yet the more time she spends with him, the more she finds she can’t help falling for Owen.
JENNIFER RYAN, author of The Hunted Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.
Please visit her website at www.jennifer-ryan.com for information about upcoming releases.
Claire entered her room, saw her rumpled bed, and sighed. She wanted to crawl in and sleep the day away. Not going to happen. Things needed to be done. She had a strange man in her house. Okay, not so strange. Handsome. Gorgeous. Funny. Nice.
She stopped that line of thinking and headed for the bathroom, pulling her robe off and tossing it in the hamper. It took some doing to get the bandage holding the ice pack on her shoulder off, but once she did, she winced at the throbbing ache. She checked the bruise in the mirror, but couldn’t see the scraped, raw skin under the bandage. Not so bad now, but in another day it would bloom into a vivid display of color about four inches in diameter.
Careful as she moved her arm, she pulled her bloody shirt off and tossed it in the trash. She turned on the cold water, cupped her hands, and doused her face, staving off the tears that threatened whenever she thought about what happened tonight. The fear came back, knotting her stomach and making her hands tremble.
She’d worked so hard to create this life on her own. Now, being alone terrified her.
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