Interview with RITA finalist Jeanette Grey – & giveaway!

Welcome to my RITA® award celebration! Hosted by the Romance Writers of America®, the RITAs celebrate outstanding romance novels and novellas. I’m so thrilled to be a finalist in the Romance Novella category, and I’ve asked my fellow RITA® finalists to come tell you more about themselves and their books. I hope you meet some new favorite authors!

Today we welcome Jeanette Grey!

Jeanette GreyAfter brief, unsatisfying careers in advertising, teaching, computers, and homemaking, Jeanette Grey has returned to her two first loves: romance and writing.

When she isn’t writing, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York.

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1. Which of your books has been nominated for a RITA, and in what category?
Take What You Want, Romantic Novella

2. How do your hero and heroine meet, and what are their first impressions of each other?
As far as Ellen knows, she meets Josh in a bar on the first day of spring break. Her first impression is that he’s not a bad choice for a one-night stand.

Much to her surprise, they’ve actually been taking classes together for years. While she didn’t recognize Josh without his glasses, he recognized her immediately as the quiet, pretty girl from the back of the lecture hall the instant she approached him at the bar.

3. What are their best and worst characteristics?
Ellen’s best qualities are her dedication and her heart. Her worst is her tendency to let her dedication to work get so out of control that she loses sight of everything else.

Josh’s best characteristics are his loyalty to his family and his generosity. His biggest flaw is his fear of upsetting the people he cares about, which sometimes causes him to hide his own desires.

4. Where is this book set, and what makes the setting special?
It’s set at a small college town, the location of which I never specify, but in my head it’s in Upstate New York.

5. Is this the first time you’ve been a RITA finalist? If not, what books have previously finaled?
Yes, it’s my first!

6. Have you read any of the other books that are finalists in your category? If so, which ones?
I have them all on my Kindle, and I’m working my way through them, with the goal of finishing up before Nationals. So many great books to read!

7. What was the first thing you did when you found out you were a RITA finalist?
Scream. Then text my best friends. Then go on Twitter and scream some more 🙂

8. Do you write in genres other than the one you finaled in? If not, are there any genres you would love to write in?
In addition to contemporary / new adult, I also write futuristic and male/male. I love jumping between sub-genres – it helps keep everything fresh, and really fuels the creativity for me.

9. If you win the RITA, who’s the first person you’ll thank in your speech, and why?
My critique partner, Brighton Walsh. She was the first person I ever really talked to about my writing, and she was the one who convinced me to enter, when I thought it was a waste of time. I wouldn’t be anywhere if it weren’t for her!

Speed-dating round

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
Kyoto, Japan

If you could bring one of your heroes to life for a day, who would you choose?
Edison from Unacceptable Risk

Which of your characters is most similar to you?
Probably Ellen from Take What You Want

What kind of dessert are you hoping they’ll serve at the award ceremony?
Doesn’t matter, so long as they serve it with coffee

She needs an escape…and he’s exactly what she had in mind.

College senior Ellen Price spends every spare minute studying to get into medical school. Until spring break yawns before her, as empty as her wallet.

With no money to hit the beach, she fills her empty to-do list with a plan: for just one week, she will become the kind of take-no-prisoners woman she secretly wishes to be, starting with the hot guy at the bar. It’s a no-risk situation: at the end of break, he’ll head back to his campus, and she’ll go back to hers. No muss, no fuss.

At first, Josh Markley isn’t sure what to think when the quiet, intense beauty from his pre-med classes approaches him for a night of casual sex. Even more mystifying, she doesn’t seem to return his recognition. But if she wants to play “strangers in a bar”, he’s game.

Their passionate night is a welcome respite from life’s stress, but afterward, Josh realizes he wants more—from himself, from life, from Ellen. Except she still thinks he’s a one-off she’ll never see again. Confessing the truth now—before she figures it out on her own—could shatter the fragile beginnings of just what the doctor ordered. A forever love.

Warning: Contains mistaken identities, a sometimes-glasses-wearing hottie, deep questions about figuring out what you want from life, and a red-hot college romance.

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Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Winner will be announced on Monday July 21. Make sure you come back tomorrow for another interview and another chance to win!

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Win RITA® Award-nominated romance novellas!

Hey, friends! I hope those of you in the U.S. had a lovely Fourth of July weekend. It’s one of my favorite holidays. Since my husband’s British, it’s the one day of the year I can brag about beating him at something. 😉

This is a HUGELY exciting month for me – and I hope for you, too! On July 21 I’m revealing the cover of Tempting the Player, then later this month I’m going to the Romance Writers of America conference in San Antonio, where I’ll be taking part in my first book signing event. I hope I meet lots of you there!

But before all that happens, I’m featuring some of my favorite authors on this site – and they’re giving you a chance to win their RITA-nominated novellas. Whoop whoop!

RITA romance novella giveaway

If you visited my blog in March, you might remember me screaming for joy when I found out I’m a finalist for a Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award. My Christmas novella, Mine Under the Mistletoe, is a finalist in the Romance Novella category. For the next two weeks, my fellow finalists will be stopping by to answer my nosy questions and giving you a chance to win their novellas.

The giveaway starts today. You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below. But first, a quick intro to the novellas you could win!

The Bridesmaid by Julia London
Defending Truth by Shannon McNear (win the anthology A Pioneer Christmas)
How to Marry a Highlander by Katharine Ashe
How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox
Imagine Me and You by Maisey Yates
Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham (win the anthology All I’m Asking For)
Take Me, Cowboy by Jane Porter
Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey
Too Fast to Fall by Victoria Dahl in Be Mine

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