Jen: Today we welcome Gina Gordon to Romancing the Book. Gina, will you share a short bio with us?
Gina: When her dream of becoming a mafia princess didn’t pan out, Gina Gordon went after her second dream…becoming a writer. And she hasn’t looked back.
Gina, a self-proclaimed happily ever after junkie and cupcake connoisseuse, loves spinning contemporary tales of knee bending first kisses, unconditional love and super-hot sex. When not chained to her computer, you can find Gina sipping Starbucks, making cupcakes or feeding her addiction to celebrity gossip. She lives in Milton, Ontario with her husband and lovable dog.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Gina: The idea for Rush came to be because I wanted to write something completely different about the most unconventional hero I could think of.
Max Levin is the heir to a porn empire and should be living every man’s fantasy. Everly Parker is only weeks away from finishing her law degree. They have one thing in common…neither of them are happy about the direction their life is headed, but they are stuck based on guilt and obligation. Rush is about learning not to judge a book by its cover and two characters who are searching for happiness and fulfillment, and find it in each other.
Here’s a short excerpt:
A loud bang sounded to my right and I turned my attention to the aisle, where a sweet- looking girl blew a heavy breath out the side of her mouth. It caused her unkempt black hair to flutter around her face. She bent, reaching to pick up the stack of books that had fallen to the ground, giving a spectacular view of a tight, round bottom covered in black fabric.
Who knew yoga pants were so damn sexy? Hers were sloppily tucked into a pair of beige Uggs.
I scrambled from my seat and crouched beside her, picking up one of her books and holding it out. “You dropped something,” I said, my senses kicking up at the sweet scent surrounding me.
She snorted, a cute little laugh, and grabbed the book from my hand. “Sounds like something I would do.”
She finally looked up and her soft blue eyes locked on mine. Her lips were plump and naked. She didn’t need lipstick. They were the perfect shade of raspberry. Her pale skin was luminous and it took all of my willpower not to lean in and scent her, running my nose up her dainty neck. My cock twitched in my pants. An unexpected twitch. One I hadn’t felt upon first sight of a woman in a long damn time.
Getting rid of that book so soon might have been a bad idea. I needed it to cover the semi that had just popped up in my pants.
I did a quick survey of her body, which didn’t stand out, in yoga pants and a long-sleeved T-shirt. She was the exact opposite of the women I saw on a daily basis. She was as plain as vanilla ice cream, but something grabbed me—grabbed my cock, was more like it.
“I’m sorry to interrupt.” Her face knitted with guilt as her eyes settled on something behind me.
“We’re on an interview,” Stella said from the table.
This woman knew the escorts. Did that mean she, too, was . . . A grinned curved up at the side of my mouth. Oh, yeah, I could definitely see her making a lot of money playing the uptight librarian fantasy.
“At my favorite café?”
“Public space, and all,” Jade said with a shrug.
Smart girl. Just the kind of girl White Lace wanted.
When the last book had been picked up, the woman straightened, and I followed suit. She flipped her hair and when her sea-blue eyes locked on mine, I suddenly felt like I’d just run the New York Marathon. Winded, achy, but high on something I just couldn’t put my finger on.
“Thank goodness.” She struggled to gather the books against her chest. “I thought I interrupted your dates.”
I struggled to lift my arm to help her, but it was caught on something invisible. Sort of like my tongue, which didn’t want to cooperate.
She shuffled away and placed her books on a table three down from where we sat.
When she returned, she eyed me with . . . disinterest.
“I’m Max Levin.” This time my arm cooperated. “Are you an associate of these lovely ladies?”
She brought her hand up to cover her chest. “You think . . . Oh, no.” She laughed, a sweet little giggle that forced a smile to my face. “I’m not a . . .” A blush fell across her cheeks.
Innocent. Unassuming. With a little lip gloss, maybe . . . I shook off the thought. This girl wasn’t porn material. But for the first time in years, I actually wanted to test the merchandise to find out.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Gina: My routine starts with plotting. Lots and lots of plotting. I need the safety net of knowing what’s going to happen, even if eight times out of ten the final product doesn’t end up according to plan. Then I spew out words—scenes, full chapters, dialogue. Not in any kind of order and in what I can only call a chaotic mess. By this time I have all of my motivations set and my scenes plotted out. Then I go back to the beginning and make it coherent.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Gina: I will definitely stay away from paranormal. I envy all paranormal writers and their ability to create new worlds and characters/species. But contemporary romance is my favorite to read, so it’s no surprise it’s what I love to write.
Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Gina: Every time I hear a first or last name I like I write it down in a notebook. Most of the time, I mix and match the names to create the perfect name for a character.
Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Gina: Honestly, the highlight of my career so far has been the feedback I’ve gotten from readers on Rush. I was nervous about this book because of the hero’s occupation and the porn aspect, so I wasn’t sure what kind of reception it would get. So far, the feedback has been overwhelmingly supportive and I couldn’t be happier that readers are falling in love with Max and Everly.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Gina: I have a few exciting things in the works with Loveswept that I can’t disclose just yet, and the last book in my Madewood Brothers series, Recipe for Temptation, will release in August 2015.