Jen: Today we welcome A.S. Fenichel to Romancing the Book! A.S., will you share a short bio with us?
A.S.: I just want to tell you how thrilled I am to be here and be part of the Romancing the Book Holiday event! Thank you so much for having me, Jen.
Here’s a little bit about me.
A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.
A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.
Multi-published in erotic paranormal, historical romance and now erotic contemporary, A.S. has 6 books currently available and two more underway with Ellora’s Cave Publishing.
Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.
Jen:Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
A.S.: Revving Up the Holidays is a short winter holiday novel about a workaholic and the woman who got away.
Isaac hasn’t been back to his hometown since his father’s funeral two years earlier, pushing his family away because of a painful secret. Hanukkah and a forced vacation lure him back to Atlanta, where he’s reunited with his two lost loves—an old motorcycle and his sister’s best friend, Giada. While rediscovering his passion for both the bike and the woman, Isaac rebuilds his heart.
Giada has lost her Christmas spirit since returning home to care for her dying parents. Left alone, she struggles to return to her successful teaching career, choosing instead to stay in her hometown. Only the unexpected return of her high school crush Isaac brings any joy to the season.
The transitive nature of Isaac’s visit and Giada’s fear of abandonment keep them from sharing their whole hearts, but certainly not their bodies. Their desire for each other is hotter than flames on a menorah and they take advantage of their limited time together by burning up the sheets. But once their secrets are revealed, their hearts will do all the thinking.
Giada saw the light in the small window of the shop door. The last thing she expected to see when she walked in was a sea of motorcycle parts spread from one end of the room to the other. Isaac stood with his back to her and ran his fingers through his dark hair as he stared down at the array.
She should have cleared her throat or something, but she couldn’t help admiring his tall, lean body or the way his shoulders stretched the polo shirt.
“My God, what have you done?”
He turned, looked at her and his faced completely changed. From the intense face of a man with a problem, he transformed in an instant with a smile that had her blushing right down to her panties. Did his face light up that way just for her? No, he probably did it with everyone, or at least all the women he saw. Charm had never been in short supply with Isaac Backman. She was glad to see that hadn’t changed.
“Mark saved my old bike. I’m just fixing it up.” He walked over to where she stood at the door.
“Fixing it up? It looks as if you’ve completely destroyed it.” He stood very close to her. How was it possible that after all of these years, he still made her weak in the knees?
“Looks can be deceiving, Giada.”
“I… Sadie sent me out here to tell you that your mother is here and you should join the party. They’re waiting on you to light the menorahs.”
His eyes narrowed on her. “Will you have dinner with me tomorrow?”
Of all the things she expected him to say, that was not even close to one of them. “Why?”
“I mean, don’t you think you should spend some time with your family? Why would you want to have dinner with me?”
“Really? You don’t know why?”
She shook her head. She knew her eyes must be the size of saucers. I may swoon. Do women still swoon? Some might, but Giada didn’t. She stilled her emotions.
He stepped closer and leaned down until his lips were next to her ear. “I’ve had a crush on you since we were teenagers. I may still have a crush on you. I’d like to get to know you better. Have dinner with me.”
Her heart pounded so hard, she couldn’t believe she’d been able to hear him at all. But she’d heard every softly spoken word and she found herself nodding her acceptance before she could make herself speak. “I get home at six-thirty. Can we make it seven?”
“I’ll pick you up.”
“Not on that, I hope.”
His laughter shot directly from his lips to the already wet space between her thighs.
“I’ll have my car.”
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
A.S.: If a story idea comes to me at an odd time, I feel like it’s the ideas responsibility to nudge me and stay in my mind long enough to get jotted down. If it didn’t stick around then it really didn’t want to get written. Which goes along with my theory that the story that screams the loudest gets written first.
Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
A.S.: I’m a big believer that the name should mean something. So usually I start with a letter (this is chosen rather randomly) and then I go to my name book or a baby naming site and find a name that has the meaning that best describes the character of the hero, heroine, villain or secondary character.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
A.S.: I don’t know if it’s the most interesting but I loved the beginning of this review for Kane’s Bounty. “I was in no way prepared for this book. It was powerful, and moving. Sensual and heartbreaking. So much more than I thought…”
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book? Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?
A.S.: There’s usually a cocktail involved anytime I have a new contract or release day. LOL… When I got “the call” which was actually an email, my husband was fishing and the lake where we live was very low due to a drought. Because of the drought he was standing in about a foot of water next to our dock. I read the email and went searching for him. When I found him, I climbed down the ladder and said, “Someone wants to publish my book.” He said, “What?” (some expletives followed) Then we laughed, he grabbed me and dunked me in the lake. Fully clothed we both were wet, laughing and it was very memorable.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
A.S.: My husband and I love to cook. In fact half of our honeymoon was spent in a cooking school in Tuscany. We teach a cooking class in a nearby town. So if you have any great recipes you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about them.
Jen: What’s next for you?
A.S.: I have a short Regency Historical, Wishing Game, which will be released from Ellora’s Cave in the Blush line on March 6, 2014. I just finished the second book in a paranormal series about a psychic law enforcement agency. I’m working on finalizing the third book in that series now.