Please welcome Robin Bielman to the virtual offices today! Robin is having the biggest bridal party of the year, and everyone is invited! Make sure you follow the other stops on the blog tour to learn more about Robin’s new release Kissing the Maid of Honor. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, too! Five lucky readers will be chosen to be Robin’s bride’s maids and will receive a Kissing bridal gift pack! (limited to US and Canada) But that’s not all, one international winner will be selected to receive the coveted position of Maid of Honor which includes the Kissing bridal pack and a gift card of her (or his) choice from Etsy, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble!
[Manga Maniac Café] Good morning, Robin! Thanks for dropping in!
[Robin Bielman] Hi everyone! Julie, thanks so much for having me today! I’m really happy to be here to answer your great questions.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Robin Bielman] Except this first question. LOL I’m not very good at talking about myself. Should I use first person? Third person? Ack! Okay, here goes… I’m a wife and mom, drink too many café mochas, and when I’m not attached to my laptop, I can almost always be found with my nose in a book. I write contemporary romance.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Kissing the Maid of Honor?
[Robin Bielman] Sure. This is the first book in my Secret Wishes series. It takes place in a small fictional seaside town in Oregon and focuses on Sela Sullivan and Luke Watters. Sela is the maid of honor in her best friend’s wedding and the best man is Luke. Luke also happens to be her best friend’s brother and the boy who left her humiliated—and heartbroken—in high school. Sela wants to keep her distance from Luke, but with all the wedding festivities that’s impossible. Soon the teasing that’s always taken place between them turns much more flirtatious and feelings Sela fought to avoid come flooding back. Can Sela trust Luke not to break her heart again? Is kissing him worth the risk? He thinks so.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Robin Bielman] My editor had mentioned that she’d love a story centered on a big family wedding and I loved that idea so I ran with it. Sela came to me first—the small town sweetheart, loved by everyone. Luke followed—the small town boy who couldn’t wait to leave and see the world.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Sela?
[Robin Bielman] Loyal, generous, friendly
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Luke had a theme song, what would it be?
[Robin Bielman] Fly Away, by Lenny Kravitz (Totally have this song in my head now!)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Sela is never without.
[Robin Bielman] Sela always wears the three tiny silver bands with different-colored birthstones on her middle finger. They hold special meaning to her.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Luke’s bedroom?
[Robin Bielman] Ha! I love this question. You’ll never find a mess since Luke is very neat. You’ll never find a plant. He travels a great deal for his job as an extreme-sports photographer so he’s gone a lot and wouldn’t be around to water it. And you’ll never find candles. The only thing Luke wants to smell is the great outdoors. And Sela.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Sela’s greatest regret?
[Robin Bielman] Sela’s greatest regret is that she didn’t stand up to Luke back in high school and she kept the hurt he caused her bottled up inside. Being with him again, and discovering he’s not the same person, helps her to let the past go.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Robin Bielman] I love to read so that’s probably my greatest creative influence. Romance—in all genres—is my favorite, but I also love YA and New Adult, mysteries, urban fantasy and women’s fiction. I’m a big TV watcher, too, and sometimes when I’m watching a show something a character says or does will spark an idea in my mind and I quickly write it down—otherwise I’ll forget!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Robin Bielman] My laptop, my gazillion notes (I’m a pantser, but I do jot down little things about my characters or the plot in a notebook and on sticky notes so I don’t forget them), and silence.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Robin Bielman] I’ve got to say Second Chance Boyfriend, by Monica Murphy. She also knocked my socks off with the first book in the series, One Week Girlfriend. They’re New Adult books and rarely do I read books a second time, but these I most definitely will. I loved them.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Robin Bielman] Oh gosh, let’s see, I don’t think I can pick just one! When I was young, I loved the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. Then as I got a little older I loved Stephen King and Ray Bradbury. I only started reading romance a few years ago and the first book I read was The Bachelor, by Carly Philips. I loved it and was hooked.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Robin Bielman] I love to read. If I can read while sitting on the beach, even better! During the school year, I enjoy my younger son’s cross country and track and field meets. He’s also in drama and I love his productions. I also like to run, hike and hang out with my hubby. Oh, and play with my dog Harry.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Robin Bielman] My website/blog: http://robinbielman.com
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/robinbielman
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
Five lucky readers will be chosen to be Robin’s bride’s maids and will receive a Kissing bridal gift pack! (limited to US and Canada) But that’s not all, one international winner will be selected to receive the coveted position of Maid of Honor which includes the Kissing bridal pack and a gift card of her (or his) choice from Etsy, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble!
A bit about Kissing the Maid of Honor:
A bit about Robin:
Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry Dresden. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also loves to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.
She is also the author of Worth the Risk and Yours At Midnight from Entangled’s Ever After line. She loves to connect with readers.
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