Caleb Manning got coerced into attending this ridiculous party by a co-worker. He'll stay for an hour at most and then he'll head home. That was the plan until he recognized Lorena across the room and had to see if that kiss was only New Year's Eve magic or something more.
Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Candy Hearts Misty Simon, author of One Kiss, and lead female character, Lorena. First up is Lorena.
Where are you from? Central Pennsylvania.
Tell us a bit about One Kiss. It’s the story of getting over things in your past to get on with the future.
What did you think the first time you saw Caleb? That he was super tall!
What was your second thought? That he looked alone.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? If I could have seen his face, maybe, but since we were both bundled up in scarves, I can’t say for certain.
What do you like most about him? He’s gentle and kind and makes me feel like I’m beautiful.
How would you describe Caleb? Really tall, really nice, and extremely dependable.
How would he describe you? A little bit flighty, a little bit silly and hopefully the love of his life.
What made you choose waitressing as a career? Honestly, it pays well to work at the most exclusive restaurant in town and I’m good at what I do. Plus it allows me to work with at-risk teens as a volunteer teaching art.
What is your biggest fear? Being left again.
How do you relax? Painting
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I love Wesley in the Princess Bride because he was dashing but hardy.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Go for it!
This has been great, Lorena, thanks. Now it's Misty's turn at bat.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why? I love romantic comedies. I have always enjoyed watching people stumble through to the love they deserve.
Stumbling through to love—terrific description. What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? In my real life I married the one that almost got away and I feel it impacted the novel in that these two were not going to make the mistake of waiting.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I love The Wild Rose Press and have been publishing with them for almost ten years now. They have a solid plan, great covers and amazing editors. They also are friendly, open and communication has never been an issue.
What project[s] are you working on now? I have three novellas I’m working on to round out my Kissinger Kisses Contemporary Romance Series.
What's up next for you? The next book in my Ivy Morris Mystery Series, For Love and Cheesecake.
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Our review of One Kiss:
Thoroughly relatable lead characters who find themselves in a thoroughly relatable quandary: being unable to say 'thanks but no thanks' to the town matchmaker. Caleb is a man who should give lessons in how to really kiss a woman, then finding them lined up at the door, cash in hand. Lorena is intriguing and winsome at the same time, these two hooked me by page 3. Cleverly written, One Kiss had me laughing out loud by page 7. Do not miss this one. It's a winner!