The Spotlight is on Rebecca Hunter today!
Rebecca has published numerous books, and her newest book One More Night releases next week!
I’m really happy to be able to share a bit about Rebecca and her writing with you today!
What inspires you to write?
Both the best and the worst thing about begin a writer is taking a jumble of ideas and turning them into a coherent story! A lot of the time it feels like juggling a dozen or so balls at the same time. But the moments where the plot unfold in front of me or the dialogue comes together in one, tight bundle—those moments are the inspiration to keep writing, even when a story isn’t working.
I really love writing romance in particular. As a child of divorced parents, I’ve always been interested in what makes a relationship work – or not. I just love the idea of two, imperfect people overcoming their personal struggles in order to connect deeply with someone who has the potential to really, really matter. I truly believe that a good relationship makes all the difference in a person’s life – and there’s a good one out there for everyone who wants it!
Is there a genre you feel drawn to write or do you see yourself tackling a variety of genres in the future?
I love writing hot contemporary romance! It’s the genre of my upcoming release, One More Night, and it’s what I’m currently writing for Harlequin. But I just read a great romantic suspense that takes place out in the wilderness of Montana. When I finished, I wrote a long brainstorm of a survival-in-the-elements romantic suspense that I’d love to write someday. We’ll see if I can make that happen soon!
Can you tell us a bit about your writing process?
My writing process is a work-in-progress! I’m always looking for ways to improve it. I used to map out the general plot and then work out the details as I wrote the first draft, but I found that I was spending a lot of time on writing that I’d end up deleting anyway. More recently, my writing buddy Stacy Finz and I have been meeting for plotting sessions, whether it’s talking through the whole story before the beginning or rethinking parts when we get stuck. She lives about a mile away, so we can easily meet for emergency coffee and story sessions. Even though I’m more of a “by the seat of my pants” writer than I am a plotter, forcing myself to think through the details has made for a much easier writing road.
What is your go to snack when writing?
Hmmm… just about everything, from carrots to chocolate to grapes. I tend to snack a lot during my writing sessions, so I try to get some healthy food in the mix, but I certainly don’t stay away from sweets!
Are any of your books or characters based on personal experiences or people in your life?
My whole Stockholm Diaries series is generally based on my own experiences living in Stockholm. My husband is Swedish, and we have lived in Sweden twice. Both times, I met women from around the world with interesting, unique stories about meeting Swedish men and moving to Sweden. These stories involved chance meetings, uncertain risks and sacrifice, all in the name of love. The whole Stockholm Diaries series is a kind of tribute to all these stories.
Do you have a favorite character or book you have written?
My favorite character is actually the hero from my very first book, Niklas. He’s an ex-Red Wings hockey player, a little rough around the edges but a really good guy, despite his tarnished reputation. I love down-on-their-luck sports heroes in general, and I’ve been thinking of ways to write more of them!
Any hints as to what readers can expect next?
Right now, I’m working on book #2 in a series for the new, super-sexy Harlequin Dare line. These stories follow the principals in a high-end security firm in Sydney, Australia as they are brought to their knees by the right woman! There’s a little danger and a lot of sexy in these books, and they’ve been a lot of fun to write so far. But I just pitched a shorter story to a publisher, and if that goes through, it will probably come out before my Dare books.
Tell us about your Street Team and or Reader Group and let us know how interested readers can join.
I have a group on Facebook that used to be called a street team, but I found that I have much more fun if I’m posting things like musings on beards, vacation photos and updates from my current book… so now it’s a reader group! There are still giveaways and other opportunities, too. Come check it out – here’s the link:
For new to you readers, what book would you suggest they read first?
My first book, Stockholm Diaries, Caroline, won the National Excellence in Romance Fiction, and I’d say it’s part romance, part women’s fiction. But if you lean more toward erotic romance, my newest book, One More Night, is a sexy look at the evolution of a one-night stand.
When not writing your own books, who do you like to read?
I read a ton of all kinds of romance, some for research, some for just plain fun. I just read Lisa Klypas’s fantastic Smooth Talking Stranger, and my absolute favorite dark romance is Cara McKenna’s Willing Victim – I think she gets the tone and characters 100% right. But I also love to try new-to-me authors and see what they’re doing well. For many, many years, I only read literary fiction, and it’s still my absolute favorite when a writer really hits the mark. A few months ago, I read The Dog Stars, which is my overall favorite read of the year so far.
Favorite vacation spot? Our family cottage on the Bruce Peninsula of Ontario. This August we spent two, heavenly weeks there.
Morning or Night person? Definitely a morning person. So are my kids, so I don’t get as much writing done in the morning as I used to!
Favorite sports team? The Detroit Red Wings! I’m a Michigan native, and I grew up skating on our neighbors’ rink and cheering for Michigan State and Red Wings hockey.
Hobbies? Reading, of course! I also love hiking and just about all water sports. My husband and I just dusted off our boards and went surfing this summer for the first time in ten years. We were pretty bad (he was better than I was), but it made me want to start up again.
Stockholm Diaries, Caroline
A pro hockey player with a rough reputation.
An American looking for a taste of adventure.
A chance to turn an intense attraction into something more.
Photographer Caroline Mendoza finally sheds her safe life in Michigan for adventure and a fresh start, and her first stop is Sweden. But Stockholm suddenly becomes more than just a casual stopover when Caroline discovers her reclusive next-door neighbor is ex-Red Wings player Niklas Almquist, whose high-profile alpha bad-boy image, both on and off the ice, has followed him back to Sweden.
While Niklas’s darker side draws her to him, she knows the sensible decision is to move on from Stockholm before she gets too attached. Her time in Stockholm is running out. She must choose between what is safe and what her heart tells her is right. Is she strong enough to take the risk?
This is a stand-alone romance novel at 65,000 words with a HEA. Stockholm Diaries, Caroline 2 is the next episode in their adventure.
Stockholm Diaries, Caroline 2
An American photographer searching for her own path
A pro hockey player trying to leave his rough past behind
After a whirlwind summer together, Niklas and Caroline land in Detroit. Both face turning points in their lives, and familiar territory opens old wounds they can no longer avoid.
Niklas has a shot at rejoining the Red Wings, but at what price?
Caroline left Detroit after putting off her own dreams for too long. Does a commitment to Niklas mean she’ll have to set aside her dreams again?
This is Part Two in Niklas and Caroline’s adventure. It’s a full-length, stand-alone episode in their relationship.
Stockholm Diaries, Melanie
A biographer looking for answers
Melanie has spent her life in the shadow of a single question: Why did her father abandon her? When he unexpectedly dies and leaves her his cabin in the Stockholm archipelago, Melanie heads straight for Sweden, looking for answers.
And the sizzling man she finds instead
But island life isn’t what she expects, and neither is her new neighbor, Henrik. Simmering under the surface of this reclusive man is an intensity he’s locked away… until now. Together they try to piece together the story that both tangles their lives together and pulls them apart.
One Night in Stockholm: Episode #1 of 4 (Stockholm Diaries, Alice)
He was everything she never wanted… and everything she craved.
Alice came to Stockholm for work, not to fall in love. But when she meets the elusive author Jonas Hällström, they both let their guards down for one sexy night.
Jonas hints at a darker past, the kind of past Alice has sworn off. Just one night won’t push her limits, will it?
Not unless that one night turns into more.
One More Night
He was everything she never wanted… and everything she craved.
No-nonsense Alice O’Connor came to Stockholm for work, not to fall in love. But when she meets the elusive author Jonas Hällström, they both let their guards down for one sexy night. And one night turns into more.
But Jonas has a darker past, the kind of past Alice has sworn off. The kind she has every reason to be afraid of. Can she reconcile the things he’s done with the man who makes her come alive?
This book contains all four episodes of the Stockholm Diaries, Alice series:
One Night in Stockholm
One Night in Paris
One Night in New York
New Years in Stockholm
“Can I—” she started. “Can I sit on your lap?”
“Please.” His voice came out a little hoarse.
Jonas shifted further back onto the bed. Alice climbed on top of him until she straddled him. She rested her hands on the thick muscles of his shoulders. His hands caressed her hips, the muscles of his chest flexing under his movements.
“You’re gorgeous,” she whispered.
His eyes widened. He was silent as creases formed on his brow. “Not usually the kind of response I get.”
Alice nodded. A long scar cut through a tribal-like tattoo by his shoulder, through the dusting of hair across his chest. She drifted her fingers down to trace it. His pulse pounded at the base of his throat, but he didn’t move.
“How do people usually describe you?” When she asked a version of this last time, he kissed her. This time?
The creases on his forehead deepened. “Intense. Probably a lot of other shit I don’t want to hear. Nothing like gorgeous.”
“But you are,” she said.
He shrugged like he didn’t quite believe her. “Okay.”
She traced the inked lines of a Celtic cross, woven together with bright drops of blood. Above it, a thick black bird flew away into untouched skin. He flinched a little when she touched the bird, so she explored further down. Phrases. Intricate designs. In faded black script, she found the word Norr.
“What does this mean?” she asked, following the slopes and arches of each letter with her fingers.
Jonas smiled. “That was my first tattoo. It means North, the area of town where I grew up.”
“Sounds like a gang.”
He laughed. “We wished we were.”
He covered her hand with his as she moved over his skin. “Norr is a sprawl of run-down apartments, and we all had a rougher reputation, though not for any good reason. Then a couple of us got into the top high school, including me.” He gave her a sideways glance. Did he think she wouldn’t believe he was a good student? His writing skills had to come from somewhere.
He moved her hand a little lower. “We all got this tattoo after we realized we’d get the shit beaten out of us if we all didn’t look a little tougher. Both at school and back at Norr.”
She raised an eyebrow as she followed the hard ridges of his abs. “Looks like your plan worked.”
He shrugged. “I took a lot of bad hits before I started figuring it all out.”
Jonas caressed her cheek. He slid his fingers down her throat and along her collar bone. He traced the edge of her bra, over one breast and then the other.
“You look pretty amazing, too,” he said. “But all the other words that come to mind are going to sound crass.”
Alice smiled. “I don’t mind.”
14 Classic Love Poems to Read Aloud
How does a knight show his love to a fairy enchantress? How does a Stuart rake convince a coy lady to give in to passion? How does a woman face a new relationship when an old love hasn’t died?
Read these poems aloud to hear the voices of the romance heroes and heroines of the past!
Inside, you’ll find a selection of 14 ways to say “I love you” (or, sometimes, “I want you”). These poems are penned by some of the finest poets in the English language, hand-picked by a red-hot writer of contemporary romance.
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning begins her sonnet to her husband with these now-famous words. Desire, longing, passion, peace—all of these moods of love and more are woven into her poem and into the other poems in this little collection of classics.
ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING
DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI
About Rebecca Hunter
Award-winning author of sensual, emotional adventures of the heart.
Rebecca Hunter is a writer, editor and translator who has always loved to read and travel. Though she earned a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in English Education, most of what she learned about writing romance has come from other sources.
Over the years, Rebecca has called many places home, including Michigan, where she grew up, New York City, San Francisco, and, of course, Stockholm, Sweden. After their most recent move from Sweden back to the San Francisco Bay Area, she and her husband assured each other they’ll never move again. Well, probably not.
The first book in Rebecca’s indie series, Stockholm Diaries, Caroline, won the 2016 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award in the Contemporary Series category, and she writes books set in Australia for the new super-sexy Harlequin DARE line.
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