Jen: Today we welcome the awesome Shiloh Walker to Romancing the Book. Shiloh, will you share a short bio with us?
Shiloh: Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer…yes, really! She’s also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur photographer. She published her first book in 2003. Her newest series, Secrets and Shadows, launched with Deeper than Need, followed by Sweeter than Sin and Darker than Desire.
She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Shiloh: My newest release, The Virgin’s Night Out, is a contemporary romance… sort of a wedding hook-up/one-night stand sort of thing…with a few twists. And the idea honestly came from the title. The idea came to me one night and I kept playing with it until I had an idea I liked that went with it.
This man was too…there. Too big, too intense and the temper that had driven her with Rodney had faded, sapping her courage with it. Now, as intense blue eyes settled on her face, she swallowed.
He was going to say no. She could already see it.
With the last bit of nerve she had left in her, she forced one more smile. “You know what? Never mind.”
She went to brush past him and his hand caught her arm. “I hadn’t quite finished my drink. Why don’t you sit down with me?”
She tilted her head back and met his eyes. For one brief moment, that connection seemed to sizzle, seemed to burn. Sit down with him. Have a drink. Talk—talk about what?
In the span of what felt like minutes, her mind raced over what he’d consider the boring emptiness of her life. It would take up two minutes, he’d hurry through his drink and leave.
“Dance with me instead.”
For the second time that night—the third, the fourth?—she’d surprised herself, but as the music shifted into a slow song, she caught his hand and backed onto the dance floor just a few feet away. He didn’t budge at first. Maybe she should have just cut and run…
But in a rush, she found herself pressed up against him, one big hand flat against her spine while the other sought out hers and brought it up, twining their fingers together. Somebody bumped into her and she stumbled, bumped into him. “Ah…”
She looked up, an apology on her lips.
But the words died as a shudder rolled through her. Muscles in his thighs flexed—she could feel it. Pressed this close to him, she thought she could feel just about everything. The hand he had on the base of her spine fisted and she licked her lips nervously.
His gaze fell to her mouth.
In the packed, crowded bar, surrounded by maybe fifty other swaying couples, Sloane felt like she was suddenly alone with this man—a man whose name she didn’t know—and she had a burning desire to close the distance between them and kiss him.
And since she seemed to be riding the crazy train to nowhere, she did just that, leaning forward and doing yet one more thing she’d never imagined herself doing.
She kissed a total stranger.
Jen: What first attracts you to the opposite sex?
Shiloh: A sense of humor.
Jen: Favorite alcoholic drink? non alcoholic?
Shiloh: Bourbon. Peach tea.
Jen: Favorite movie?
Jen: Who is your hero?
Shiloh: Ah…. I don’t tend to put people on pedestals much. Makes it too easy for them to fall. But I admire my preacher, my mom, Lynn Viehl and Nora Roberts.
Jen: What is one of your bad habits?
Shiloh: I lose my temper too easily.
Jen: How far from where you grew up do you live?
Shiloh: Seven miles… and a world away.
Jen: What is your fashion style?
Shiloh: Depends on the day!
Jen: What is the perfect temperature?
Shiloh: Depends on the season.
Jen: Which reality show would you want to be on?
Shiloh: None of them. Ever.
Jen: If you could have dinner with any author living or dead, who would it be?
Shiloh: I was lucky enough to have dinner with my favorite, Lynn Viehl, so next on my list is Patricia Briggs or Nora Roberts. Can you hook me up?
Jen: Heels or flats?
Jen: Cash or credit?
Jen: What’s next for you?
Shiloh: I’m working on my next romantic suspense trilogy for St. Martins. The first book is finished and I’m working on the second book. The trilogy is about two sisters and a brother–they’re the town patriarchs, basically. Have been a town ‘establishment’ for well over a century but these three aren’t exactly the pillars the way their forebearers were. I’m having fun with it.