JoMarie DeGioia joins us today!
Her upcoming contemporary romance, Wishing Joy (Cypress Corners Series Book Ten), releases on October 21st. Pre-order it today!
Like historical romance? Check out The Heir’s Treasure (The Bridgewater Brides Series Book One)!
Tell us about you! Can you share some interesting tidbits we may not know?
I’ve known Mickey Mouse from the “inside,” has been a copy editor for my tiny town’s newspaper, and a bookseller. I’m the author of over 40 published Romances, and write Young Adult Fantasy/Adventure stories and Paranormal Romance too. I get lost in DIY projects around the house and work out plot ideas during long runs. My reward and recharge are old movies. I love them!
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always written. In fact, I wrote a ghost story in third grade which my mother typed and bound for me! As for the first book written toward publication, I literally woke up with the story for More Than Passion, my first published book, in my head.
Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?
I love DIY projects, and doing crafts as well. These refill my creative well. My passion is my family, and it’s tough to stay focused and on task when the duty/privilege to see my precious grandsons is on the table!
What was your debut novel, and how has your writing process changed since your debut?
My first published book was Raven’s Flight, which came out in 2001. It was rewritten as book 1 of my Dashing Nobles series, More Than Passion. I’ve always written tight, so layering always happens after the first draft. I edit as I go, so I guess I don’t technically produce a first draft! I’m promoting WISHING JOY with this interview, the next in my Cypress Corners series of Contemporary Romantic Comedies. This is also my very first Christmas book!
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process and why?
I love getting to know my characters. I’ll start out with the main idea, the character sketches, setting, main plot points, etc. But as I write the first couple of chapter? They become more rounded people, and aspects of the upcoming story strike me. I love a good “aha!” moment, and I had a big one while writing WISHING JOY.
What is your most challenging part of the writing/publishing process and what do you do to make it easier?
Hmm. I actually prefer to be completely hands-on with my stories. Promotion is necessary, and I try to get all of that out of the way first thing. Usually while I’m still drinking my coffee! Editing can be a challenge, but by the time I’m doing that final proof/read-through? If the book makes me laugh and cry and FEEL, I know I’ve done my job.
What does a typical day look like for you? How do you find balance?
I’m lucky that I write full time, but that wasn’t always the case. I do substitute teach also, but only a few times a month now. It’s tempting and challenging when I’m tasked with watching one or both of my adorable grandsons! Balance is something I work towards every day, and some days are easier than others. I feel amazingly blessed, though. In my work and with my family.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I had no clue when I started, and only discovered through workshops and meeting with other writers that my process wasn’t very different from others’. Unfortunately I didn’t join a writers’ group until I’d gotten that first contract. Honestly, I don’t think I would have signed it. But the editing process and doing book-signings taught me a lot, too. I’m a hybrid author, so I’ve learned a lot of the nuts and bolts of publishing since starting that process. I guess that wasn’t expected, but I hadn’t expected self-publishing to become so important to me.
What do you love about writing romance?
I need a happy ending. No ifs, ands or buts. In what I read and what I write, I have to know that the characters I care about are going to be happy at the end of the book. I love messing with them, and a lot of my stories have an opposites-attract thing going on. Love makes everything possible, and bringing that to life in my books is my job. I hope I meet that!
What kinds of things do you find romantic in real life?
I’ve been married for three decades, but hearing my husband’s voice still gives me a little thrill. So much gets in the way sometimes, but knowing that we have each other’s backs is very romantic to me. That, and he’s never made light of my writing. Ever.
Do you read your book reviews? If so, how do they affect your writing (if at all)?
I’ve been pretty lucky in mine for the most part, but I’ve gotten some stingers. They don’t affect my writing, I don’t think. The book is out! I’m not going to mess with a story that’s already out there. I do love when I get a reader email about my books. Oh, that’s the best.
What is the craziest, funniest, or most surprising thing that has happened to you since publishing your first book?
I received a reader email that made me cry. The reader told me that she was suffering from health issues, and that my Dashing Nobles books made her so happy and feel so good that she stayed up to read all of them back to back! She compared them to those from a long-time favorite Historical author of mine, and said that even her husband was surprised to find her up and awake and happily reading!
WISHING JOY is the next book in my Cypress Corners series of Contemporary Romantic Comedies. It’s also my first Christmas book, and is currently on pre-order just about everywhere. As in most of my Cypress books, there’s a lot of family issues and baggage my characters are dragging around. This one, though? It was so much fun to dress up my fictional little town for the holidays! It has a lot of humor as well, and characters I hope readers will root for.
Is there any other news you would like to share?
This summer I thought it would be great to put out the first three books in a brand new Historical Romance series back-to-back-to-back. It wasn’t, lol! Actually, I loved having these stories come out nearly all at once, and the reception to them from my Historical readers have been wonderful! I hope to have more in this series next year, but not three!
Bridgewater Brides Series
BTW, WISHING JOY is my seventh book published this year. I’m hoping to relax that a little next year, but there are all these darn ideas in my head!
I love to hear what readers think about my books, and have introduced a chatbot on my Facebook Author Page for reader interaction. I’d love it if they would head on over and give JoBot a hello!
Cypress Corners Series
Five Facts Just for Fun!
1. What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
Anything by Matchbox 20
2. What was the last gift you gave someone?
I got my husband a T-shirt for his birthday: BEST. PAPA. EVER.
3. What were you like as a kid?
I was a chatterbox, and bookish too. I guess I’m still both those things!
4. What was the last thing you binge-watched & what did you think of it?
Mystery Science Theater 3000…LOVE!
5. What is the one thing (other than your loved ones) that you cannot live without?
Romance books to read. I can’t imagine life without them
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Celebrate Christmas in Cypress Corners with the latest Contemporary Romantic Comedy from bestselling author JoMarie DeGioia!
The guy who doesn’t believe in forever
The girl who has faith in the magic of Christmas
A stocking full of wishes…a sprig of mistletoe
And a chance to find love under the tree
Zach Harris knows better than to wish for family. His mother ran off when he was a kid and his late father was distant. Now he and his brother are selling the family ranch, his last tie to his parents. For him, Christmas is just another day.
Joy Rollins loves everything about Christmas. She’s living at the Cypress Inn this season, helping her mother run the place since giving up on grad school. She wishes that the holiday will bring inspiration for her artist’s soul. Meeting Zach Harris at Thanksgiving makes her wish for a little romance, too.
When Zach moves into the inn, Joy vows to get him into the holiday spirit. They flirt and kiss under the mistletoe, and as they grow closer she feels artistic inspiration again. But when old family hurt comes back like the ghost of Christmas past, Zach can’t shake the certainty that Joy will leave just like his mother did.
Can Joy show Zach the love and magic of Christmas?
Or will he give up on the wish for happiness?
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THE HEIR’S TREASURE
Bridgewater Brides Book One
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A gentleman who laughs his way through life
A lady who longs for a family of her own
Undeniable attraction…a big misconception
And a love that’s the greatest treasure of all
Baron Philip Wilton, the heir to the Earl of Bridgewater, enjoys a carefree life without responsibilities. When he stumbles across a gorgeous young woman in need of rescue at a country inn, he can’t help but come to her aid. He demands her passion in return, however. Something the girl refuses him.
Lady Margaret, Maggie, Penworth lost her mother and the only home she’s ever known. Mishaps and poor planning while traveling to her uncle’s estate assures her she knows little of the world outside the small cottage she shared with her mother. A handsome gentleman settles her bill and, though she would never reward him with her body, he steals a kiss she cannot forget.
When Philip finds Maggie at the Earl of Bridgewater’s estate, he believes fate threw them together. He soon realizes she isn’t the light-skirt he believed, but he still wants her with everything in him. She’s the sweetest, most beautiful woman he’s ever known. He’s determined to marry her, but he discovers a truth about her that could change everything.
Can Philip keep a secret that could ultimately break Maggie’s heart?
Or will the truth come out and threaten everything they have together?