Another Monday, another Pretty Little Indie! Today we have Maryann Jordan, a contemporary romance author, with us. Keep scrolling for a quick review, fun interview, and a giveaway!
Laurie's Time by Maryann Jordan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Beautiful Laurie Dodd was perfectly happy with her
life. Raised by her loving aunt, she was ready to
discover life out on her own. A new town, a new teaching job, a new apartment, and new friends. Finding a new man was not on her list, especially not one with the reputation of a player.
Rob McDonald, a local firefighter, had grown tired of one-night stands, but had no desire to be paired with the new woman in town. Until he met her. One look was all it took and Rob knew that Laurie was the one for him, but he was going to have to work to convince her that he was a changed man. One that was worthy of her.
A fire at the elementary school brought them together, but illness and deceit threatened to tear them apart.
Will Rob be able to find the missing pieces of Laurie’s past to help her fight for her future?
Will Laurie be able to forgive Rob’s deceit in order to have a future with him?
Let me preface this review by saying that even though Laurie's Time is the second book in the Fairfield series, it can be read as a standalone.
As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed the way that Maryann Jordan handled her characters in this book. Too often, I'm turned off by the overly aggressive alpha males. Rob was a pleasant break from the stereotype. Instead of being the overly possessive and smothering type, he was a character that went through a palpable change and discovered how his actions had truly affected his life and those around him. Maryann really wrote a great couple in this book, and I was pleased to follow their story.
This story had my attention from the very beginning. I was easily transported to the town of Fairfield, and I can't wait to visit again! Die-hard romance fans will fall in love with Fairfield and its residents just like I have.
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
In one word: trust.
2. If you could choose any TV show to promote your book on, which would you choose?
Castle (I write romance with a twist of suspense; throw in some hot detectives and firemen and you got the recipe!)
3. What inspired you to write Laurie's Time?
After writing Emma's Home, there was a couple in that book that I knew had a story that needed to be told. In most romance novels where there is a "player", he may be reformed once he meets the girl of his dream, but he rarely is apologetic for his past behavior. In this book, Rob realizes how his past player days affected his family and the girl he eventually wants to build a future with.
4. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Use good betas and excellent editors. No matter how good you think you are at writing, you will be amazed at how much you need to learn and improve. Then find a good author mentoring group!
5. Choose one character from Laurie's Time that you get to have dinner with. Who and why?
Jean. She is the school social worker that works with Laurie. Jean and I have similar jobs and I love her life experiences and how they have shaped her. I think she and I would sit and talk for hours.
6. You can only read one book (that isn't one of yours) for the rest of your life. Which is it?
Contemporary romance: Making Faces by Amy Harmon (this book pulled every emotion from me)
Classical romance: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (a brilliant look at courtship and love)
7. Chocolate or vanilla?
Vanilla - boring? maybe, but it's never bitter.
8. Lastly, what's up next for you? Any projects we should be looking out for?
I am almost finished with the rough draft of my 4th book. The Fairfield Series consists of Emma's Home, Laurie's Time,and Carol's Image. There is a character introduced in Carol's Image that will start a new series that takes place in a neighboring city. It should be released in September.
Two winners may choose any one of Maryann Jordan's titles. Kindle copies only. Open internationally.a Rafflecopter giveaway
I work as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years.
I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 32 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.
When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!