Friday, August 9, 2013

[Book Tour] When You're Ready by J.L. Berg #giveaway

When Your Ready
By: J.L. Berg

When Clare Murray suffers the tragic loss of her husband Ethan, leaving her alone to raise their infant daughter, she feels the grief overwhelming her, seeping into her very soul. Weeks later, she stumbles upon an envelope with the words “When You’re Ready” written in Ethan’s familiar messy handwriting, but can’t bring herself to breach the seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare has accepted a life without him, without love. Until, years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with stormy eyed doctor intent on changing her mind.

Logan Matthews is the son of a billionaire who has spent his entire life trying to make his absent father proud. Years of living up to man who more ghost than father, and a public failed marriage has left Logan cold and emotionless until he walks into an exam room to discover a woman who stops his heart, makes his body burn with desire and leaves his entire world altered.

But how far are Clare and Logan willing to go for love? When their love is tested, is Clare ready to put her whole heart on the line again? Can Logan learn the true meaning of love, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness? When a second chance at love is given, Clare and Logan learn you never know you are truly ready until you’re ready to risk it all.

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I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact.  I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocado to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity, but I love watching the seasons change.  My husband and I have been here for ten years, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows.
I’m married to my high school sweetheart.  We were married young, barely out of high school, when everyone told us we were crazy and stupid.  We’ll be celebrating 12 years of marriage this year, and I love him more every single day.  We’re living proof that true love knows no age limit.
We’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters who continue to amaze and inspire me, and are probably making me go a bit insane.  I’m obsessed with yoga and pilates and am a complete chocoholic.  I apologize in advance for the amount of sweets in my book.
I’m absolutely obsessed with romance novels (duh) and probably could have built a vacation home with the amount of money I’ve invested in them over the years.  Romance novels take you to another place, making your heart race, emotions swell, passion run free.  After so many years of meeting hundreds of fictional characters and discovering their worlds, I found myself creating my own.
My debut novel, When You’re Ready, a novel about about finding love after loss, will be released August 1st!

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What sparked your interest in becoming a romance writer?
My love for reading.  I have always loved to write, but I was a reader first.  I’m the girl who has her head buried in an e-reader telling everyone to be quiet.  After years of devouring every romance novel I could find, I started dreaming up my own stories and characters.  I finally decided I needed to get them out of my head, and that’s when I sat down and began to write. 
What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?
After becoming a mother, reading, like many other things, took a backseat to my beautiful daughters.  In time, I was able to venture out into the world again, and I stumbled upon a little known book called Twilight. Ever heard of it?  After that, I was hooked on reading again.  I wore out the carpet of my local library checking out stacks of romance novels until my husband bought my the BEST anniversary present in the world - an e-reader! I think he seriously regrets that gift choice.  Our bank account was a lot fuller when I use to go to the library!  :-)
One of your favorite quotes.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies - Aristotle
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
I love heros that are flawed.  Perfection doesn’t appeal to me at all.  I like my heros to be rough around the edges, and maybe have a past they aren’t proud of.  They need to have a starting place, where they can grow and become the man they are supposed to be.  Having a redeemable male character in a book is the ultimate turn-on. 
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
There are so many that are near and dear to my heart, but the one that really tugs at my heart is the first graveyard scene.  Without giving much away, it’s extremely emotional and was difficult for me to write.  I literally bawled liked a baby as I wrote it.  But it is one of those scenes I am most proud of because it really emcompases every single emotion I had envisoned. 

Flirting Questions
Which actor or book character do you have a crush on?
Ian Somerhalder.  He was my muse writing Logan’s character.  Have you seen his eyes?  Is it hot in here?  I need a fan. 
What’s an absolute no-no in a relationship?
Lying.  A solid relationship cannot be built on lies. 
How did you meet your significant other?
Junior high history class.  No, I’m serious!  We dated for a week, and I dumped him.  Twice.  He was smart and kept his distance until our senior year, and then he just couldn’t stay away any longer.  I haven’t let him go since.
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
I’m a mom.  My idea of a perfect date is anything that doesn’t involve children.  An entire evening of no kids?  I don’t care what the hell we do!  I’m on board. 
If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be?
Ireland.  My husband and I were married young and couldn’t afford much of a honeymoon.  When we celebrated our ten year anniversary, we went to Ireland for a week, by OURSELVES!  We spent a week exploring ancient ruins, driving through the country and staying in castles.  It was magical.
Do you believe in love at first sight?

Flirting Quickies:
Boxers or Briefs?
Definitely not briefs.  Reminds me of my father. Gross.  Boxer briefs are pretty hot though. 

Facial hair or clean shaven?
I know, as romance authors, we make stubble sound sexy, but in all honesty...there is nothing sexy or comfortable about unshaven chin stubble in....certain areas.  Clean shaven, thank you! 

Alpha or Beta?
Alpha.  Totally hot. 

Planner or Panster?
Panster?  I don’t even know what that is. 

White wine or red?
White.  Red is too dry, and I feel like I’m chewing it. 

Vanilla or chocolate?
Chocolate!  Now!!  Oh, you weren’t offering.  Ok, then. 

Sweet or salty?
Can I have both? 

Sleep in or get up early?
Sleep late as possible!

Laptop or desktop?
Laptop.  Mother’s must be mobile. 
Beach or mountains?
Beach, please!
Winter or summer?
I’m from California, so the winter totally fascinates me.  Even after living in VA for ten years, I still stare out the window when it snows in absolutely awe.  But I like summer too.  You can’t go to the beach or the pool in the winter, and I do love lounging around doing nothing.  
Cat or dog?
I’m a dog person, but cats are cute.  As long as they belong to other people.
Twilight or Fifty Shades?
You’re making me choose?  It depends on my mood.  If I’m feeling romantic - I’ll go with Edward.  If I feeling a bit more wicked, I’ll grab my husband’s silver tie and pick up a copy of Fifty Shades.  :-)
Spotlight or In the Shadows?
In between.  I don’t like to be the center of attention, but I’m not a wallflower either.
Backpacking or luxury hotel?
I’m a luxury kind of girl. 
Morning or night person?
I hate mornings with a passion.  They are evil.  
Christmas or Halloween?