1. Tell us about your newest release.
Wedding Belle Blues is my FIRST PRINT release so as you can see, I'm screaming and shouting and haven't stopped since I first heard this story was going into print.
Anna and Robin hold a very special place in my heart. They're best friends, much like my husband and I, who build a solid relationship before they cross the line into becoming lovers. Along the way Anna accepts a marriage proposal from another man. It's up to Robin to convince her best friends make the best marriage partners.
2. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?
Most surprising to me was discovering, as Anna does in the story, there's a huge (like several thousand dollars) fee for the chapel to host the wedding ceremony. While I understand the need to cover costs, it shocked me to realize places of worship charged for weddings. Guess I haven't planned a wedding in a long time!
3. Do you have any interesting or quirks or rituals?
I have too many to name, sighs. Perhaps the most interesting is the music I play while editing. The Last of the Mohicans and Braveheart movie soundtracks plus Evanescence blast in the background when I go through my chapters before I submit them to my editor.
I always celebrate a new release coming on the market
4. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
Jen Bradlee was my first editor and pushed me as a writer in a way no other person could have. She loved Anna and especially Robin from the very beginning and helped me tell their story. This book wouldn't be the novel it is without her. I'm a better writer because of her.
5. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
They are excited to be able to hold an actual print book in their hands, almost as excited as I am. My best friend, who is like a sister to me, made book marks for me when I go for a book signing.
6. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
I read all the time, and just about anything published. I'm not sure what 'spare time' is but I keep looking for it. I also love to binge watch Doctor Who.
7. Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?
Robin and Anna have another novel coming out in ebook form in February called 'Stuck on You'. I'm also currently editing Anna's brother's novel and he's giving me a devil of a time!
Mia Epsilon lives with her enduring soul mate hubby in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountains. She loves to read almost more than anything except eat chocolate and write. The Doctor (the Eleventh One) and Sherlock are her tv boyfriends. She can most often be found at her computer, spinning new stories, or in a quiet padded nook with her e reader.
What do you do when the woman you love is marrying the wrong man? Sabotage the wedding!
Anna is planning the perfect wedding, but she doesn't anticipate her future mother-in-law's offer of help' which translates into take over. Her groom-to-be avoids her and insists their growing problems are just 'bridal nerves'. Worst of all, her best friend, Robin, begins to act strange. Everyone around her has his or her own agenda. What's a girl to do when she begins to realize the perfect life she envisioned is all a lie?
Robin has two great loves in his life: his best friend Anna and his motorcycle. Not one to make a scene, he supports Anna in her plan to marry the wrong man and regrets she can't accept his 'dare devil' lifestyle. But when push comes to shove, he's more than willing to make the necessary sacrifice and prove he is the man she needs.
As the wedding date nears and plans shift into high gear, Robin and Anna grow closer and not just as friends. Each must decide what the perfect life truly means while trying to negotiate the maze of wedding plans, secrets, and hidden motives. Will someone be left singing the blues?
"Chasing you would be a wasted effort." Robin waved the half eaten slice before he set the crust back in the box.
Anna slammed the lid on his hand. "What do you mean? I'm not worth the chase?"
"Hey, starving teacher here." He knocked on the inside of the box and glared at her. "And don't be ridiculous. Of course you're worth a chase, but even I can recognize a no win situation regardless if I can't fully give up on it or you."
"What's that supposed to mean?" He was hiding something besides his hand in the box. "Robin?"
The liquid blue fire in his eyes singed her as he spoke. "I didn't give the let's-forget-this-ever-happened-and-just-be-friends speech. I didn't stay too afraid to see where our relationship might have gone. No win situation."
Stunned, she gaped at him. "I thought...but you never said...I mean we'd..."
He just stared at her, face unmoving, his chest rising and falling as his breaths increased. He was, she realized, getting angrier by the second.
She swallowed and tried to find words, any words, to defuse the tension. "I couldn't bear to think of losing you as my friend. We did the best thing for us."
"We did the best thing for you."
"But you...you agreed with me. You said you didn't want to risk our friendship either."
"What the hell could I say?" He shot to his feet, knocking the pizza box to the floor. "You didn't give me a choice. Either be your friend, only your friend, or leave your life."
"I never said we couldn't be friends or you had to leave my life." She whispered the words. Yet it had been close.
"Even now you won't face it." He muttered a curse which shocked her with the anger behind it. "Will you? You won't admit maybe we could have—"
"I faced it the morning after. I'm not an idiot, Robin. When you date a woman, it's like your skydiving adventures. You have a thrill, anything goes, and it's awesome and you're on the high of it all. Then you land and it's over. You never talk to the woman again, let alone have a friendship with her. I didn't want our friendship to be over. I still don't. I can't give more than I am. I can't."
"Why, Anna?" He stopped right in front of her, hands on his hips balled into fists. "Why can't you give more? Because of Doug Dufuss?"
"No. Because I can't just have sex with you and then watch you leave!"