1. When did you first start writing?
I first started writing on the eharlequin.com forums back when I was pregnant with my daughter – 12 years ago. There was a thread called “Alternate Realities” and a group of us created this story. It was so much fun. I then started my first full length novel which went through numerous edits and fine tuning and rewrites. That story became my second published novel and first with Escape Publishing – “Bound by Her Ring”. I love Luciano and Jasmine so much because they were my first novel characters.
2. What made you choose romance?
I read romance and I love happy endings. It’s the best genre to write for because you can torture your characters but they will always find love and happy endings.
3. What is your newest book(s)?
My last release was in February and it’s called “Trapped by Cupid”. It’s a short story, part of an anthology called “Melt my Heart” published by Crimson Romance. It was a fun story to write.
4. Out of all genres, – movies, TV, books, – who is your favorite hero and why?
Oh, wow, that’s a tough one there’s so many to choose! How come you’re making me choose one!! I’ll have to say Russell Crowe’s character in Gladiator. Yes, he ended up dying in the end but he was united with his one true love which had been his driving force the whole movie. At the beginning he wanted to get back to her and their son. Then he wanted to avenge their death, knowing to do so he would have to sacrifice his life. So not actually a romantic movie but I found the character very honorable.
5. Out of your books, who is your favorite hero and why?
Oh, it would have to be Luciano Morelli from Bound by Her Ring. He was my first alpha male I wrote and he elicited so many emotions from readers. He’s sexy and Italian and melts when he sees Jasmine. Having said that, my hero in my May 5th release, Daniel Whitman, is rather dreamy. He has a sensitive side that he only shows to his heroine, Rochelle. He had me in tears a couple of times when I was writing his book.
6. What is one thing you will NEVER do to your hero or heroine?
Cheat. My characters will never cheat on each other. Even if they’ve been apart from each other for a few years they’ll always remain true to each other.
TRAPPED BY CUPID
“Do you want to thumb wrestle?”
His foot stopped moving. “I’m sorry? What did you say?”
She chuckled, she’d gotten his mind off his fear, perhaps only for a moment but she’d done it. “I said, do you want to thumb wrestle?”
“Why would I want to do that?”
“Well you don’t want to talk and I don’t want to sit here in silence, so what do you say,” she turned and rose up so that she was kneeling, her hand held out in a half-closed fist with her thumb sticking up in the air. It looked liked he wasn’t going to accept her offer. “Or maybe you’re too scared to thumb wrestle because you know I’m going to whip your butt.”
She got the exact response she wanted. He turned and linked his fingers with her. Her nerve endings sizzled and she was almost sure she could hear them popping, like the fizzing of soda when it was poured into a glass.
“So, how does this work,” he asked, his voice shook slightly; letting her know he still wasn’t comfortable with the situation. “Best of three rounds?”
“Sure. We start on three, two, one. Go!” Lisa twisted her thumb around trying to get into a position so she could squish Noah’s thumb. He moved his thumb quickly out of the way. The tussled for a few moments, she almost had him too. She started laughing when his thumb squashed hers.
“Victory!” He shouted. “Ready for round two?” He finished off with a wink.
Lisa couldn’t believe the guy sitting on the ground next to her was the same guy who, just last week, was annoying her to the point of frustration. Perhaps she’d misjudged him. Perhaps his over-confidence was all a show he put on because people expected it of him due to who his father was.
She wondered what would happen when they were finally freed from their tin can prison. Would he treat her any differently? She knew she would. Being in close confines with Noah, she’d seen him with new eyes and all her pre-conceived ideas and biases towards him had changed. How did he feel about her? Would he even been interested in getting to know her better like she wanted to get to know him better? She wasn’t the daughter of a society doyenne. She was a first-year nurse who was more comfortable at the recreation center than the sailing club.
“Don’t tell me I scared you into submission with only one round?”
Noah’s question pulled her out of her internal thoughts.
She gave herself a mental shake to get her head back in the game. She’d beaten her brothers in thumb wrestling; she could beat Noah.
“No way, get ready to go down. I gave you that one cause I felt sorry for you.”
“Is that so?”
“Yes it is. Now are you ready?”
A glint entered Noah’s eyes and Lisa wondered what he was about to do next.
“Sure am,” he replied. With one tug of their co-joined hands she fell forward against him. The momentum was enough to push Noah down from his sitting position so that his back was on the floor and she was lying over him.
About the Author
On her very first school report her teacher said ‘Nicole likes to tell her own stories’.
It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.
The stories she writes are contemporary romances with either a medical setting or in the boardrooms of high powered businesses. She enjoys taking two characters and creating unique situations for them.
Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.