Jen: Today we welcome Regina Kyle to Romancing the Book. Regina, will you share a short bio with us?
Regina: Regina Kyle knew she was destined to be an author when she won a writing contest at age ten with a touching tale about a squirrel and a nut pie. By day, she writes dry legal briefs, representing the state in criminal appeals. At night, she writes steamy romance with heart and humor.
A lover of all things theatrical, Regina lives on the Connecticut coast with her husband, teenage daughter and two melodramatic cats. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely singing, reading, cooking or watching bad reality television. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter. Triple Time is her second novel. She is also the author of Triple Threat, the first book in her Art of Seduction series for Harlequin Blaze.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release.
Regina: Here is the blurb and a short excerpt from Triple Time.
How to unravel your straight-laced lover . . .
Gabe Nelson would be a great district attorney, but his public image is too boring to get voters’ attention. Tattoo artist Devin Padilla can help him show off his fun, sexy side, but she needs something in return—Gabe’s legal expertise to track down her missing brother. She’s not his type, but they can’t keep their hands off each other, whether it’s good for his image or not.
At first, Devin thinks she got the easy end of the bargain. Gabe’s the sexiest stuffed shirt in Manhattan, and his kisses practically set her on fire. But every deal has its fine print. As their relationship goes from business to pleasure, Devin realizes this one won’t cost her soul…it’ll just steal her heart.
She held her breath and shifted nearer to Gabe, who slipped his hand from her mouth to her wrist and pulled her around the Dumpster.
The sharp rasp of a match strike echoed in the muggy August air. “How about that chick he was with? Sweet piece of ass.”
Instinctively, Devin lunged toward the voices, but Gabe held her back, wrapping a protective arm around her waist and tugging her against his rock‑solid torso. She pressed her lips together, her heart beating fast from the threat of being discovered—and from Gabe’s hot, hard embrace.
“Put that damn thing out. We don’t have time for a smoke break. They can’t have gotten that far. Come on.”
The men moved off, their steps and voices fading into the darkness.
“Christ, that was close.” Devin let out the breath she’d been holding and shuddered, prompting Gabe to wrap his other arm around her and draw her closer. “Think it’s safe to head out?”
“Too soon.” His mouth was at her ear, his lips tickling the lobe as he spoke. “We need to give them a head start.”
“Sounds like a plan.” He was too tempting, too close, the inexplicable pull he had on her too strong to resist. She spun in his arms so that the fringe on her tube top swung wildly, brushing his chest. “Got any ideas how we can pass the time?”
“Oh, I’ve got ideas.” He loosened his hold and tried to step away from her, but she followed him, twining an arm around his neck to keep him from escaping.
“Let me guess. Charades? Would You Rather? Pin the Banana Peel on the Dumpster?” Her hand threaded through the short crisp hairs at the nape of his neck, and she guided him with one knee, backing him up against the exposed brick of the warehouse. “Or maybe something a little more…intimate?”
“You realize we’re on a public street, right?” He looked both ways like he was casing the area for witnesses. “Anyone could come along and find us. Hell, someone almost did.”
She laughed softly and tossed her hair, making sure to give him a whiff of her perfume. Chanel No. 5. Endorsed by Marilyn Monroe and guaranteed to drive a man wild. Was that what she’d been planning when she’d given in to a last‑minute whim and dabbed it on before leaving her apartment? She shook off the question and trailed a finger down his arm. “That didn’t stop you from making out with me on my doorstep.”
“I wasn’t…myself that night.”
Her wayward finger traveled up his chest and undid one of the buttons on his polo. “And you are now?”
“I’m not sure anymore.”
She eased a leg between his, rocking into him.
He moaned. “You make me crazy.”
“Crazy can be good.” She tilted her head to run her lips along his jawline. “Very, very good.”
“Or very, very bad.” His silky voice was almost a caress, so low she barely heard him.
“That’s what I’m counting on.”
Jen: At what age did you discover writing? Tell us your call story.
Regina: I really discovered creative writing in fifth grade, thanks to my teacher Mrs. Traylor. Every Friday, she’d have us shout out possible short story titles. She’d pick three and write them on the board, and that weekend we would have to write a story using one of the three titles.
I remember two in particular. One week, I wrote “All The President’s Women,” where I was the President of the United States and all my friends were the various cabinet members. (I was kind of weirdly obsessed with the whole Watergate scandal. Probably why I was a journalism major in college and later went to law school.)
Another week, one of the titles was “My Pet Tribble.” A Star Trek fan had suggested that one, but we didn’t watch Star Trek in my house, so instead of writing about multiplying aliens like everyone else I wrote about a poor girl from the deep south running away with her pet dog, Tribble. I wrote it in the first person, using phrases like “ain’t” and “fixin’ to.” Mrs. Traylor gave me a check minus for grammar. Clearly, she did not appreciate my early genius LOL.
As for my call story, I sort of have two of those as well. The first is when I got the call that I had won Harlequin’s Blaze contest, which got me an editor for a month (my fabulous now-editor, Dana Hopkins) and a request for a full manuscript. It was right before my first RWA national conference (Atlanta 2013), and I was driving to DSW to find shoes to match the dress I was wearing to the RITAs. The phone rang with an unrecognizable number, but I picked it up anyway. It was Dana, calling to tell me I had won the contest! I think I said “you’re kidding me” like a million times (okay, there may have been a swear word in there), and the rest of my responses were equally as unintelligible. And I drove right by the exit for DSW (but managed to find some cute shoes at Kohls).
My second “the call” was about seven months later when Dana called to tell me that Harlequin wanted to buy Triple Threat, the book she and I had worked on during our month together. I had literally just signed with an agent two days before, so it was turning out to be quite a week for me. And then it got impossibly better when Dana said they wanted to buy the other three books I had planned for the Art of Seduction series, books I had barely started writing and that Dana and I had only talked about in passing. You could have knocked me over with a feather. Good thing I wasn’t driving for that one! The first thing I did when we got off the phone was register for RWA 2014 in San Antonio (the hubster and I had a deal that I would only go if I was under contract).
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Regina: I like to think of it like Jenny McCarthy’s talk show on Sirius/XM radio: dirty, sexy, funny. But with a lot of heart, too.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Regina: I don’t know about genre, but I’d like to branch out and write some single title books one day. I like writing contemporary romance with a high heat level. That’s mostly what I read, too, but I recently got into some historical romances and am really digging them. I’m probably too lazy to do all the research required to write one, though. I can’t see myself writing inspirational romance, as I like way too much bedroom action for that genre. And the world building you need to do for a paranormal just seems like too much work for me. Again with the laziness LOL.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Regina: My all-time favorite is probably Jill Shalvis. I sort of patterned my career after hers (or at least I’m trying too LOL). One of my Blaze writing buddies and I have a saying when we get stuck on something: WWJSD?, or What Would Jill Shalvis Do?
Other authors I really enjoy are Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Sugar Jamison, Jeannie Moon and Jamie Beck. I just finished Jennifer Bernard’s All of Me, the first book in her new baseball series (I LOVE reading series books). I’m a HUGE fangirl of her Bachelor Firemen, and this one didn’t disappoint. Next up on my TBR pile are Gail Chianese’s Bachelorette for Sale and Sara Jane Stone’s To Tempt a Seal, which both come out later this month. I guess you could say if it’s a contemporary with a little heat and a lot of humor, I’m there.
Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Regina: Gabe’s easy. He’s sort of a combination of Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird and Alex P. Keaton, Michael J. Fox’s character in Family Ties. But physically, I modelled him after Eric Bana. I saw him in The Time Traveller’s Wife and immediately knew he was perfect for Gabe, who’s sort of an alpha/beta mix.
Devin’s a bit tougher, both to cast and as a character. She’s a product of a really rough upbringing, and that manifests itself in a hard exterior that she doesn’t let many people crack. My model for her (I always have a picture I work off of for my hero and my heroine) was just a photo of an unknown model I found on the internet, but after seeing the new Mad Max movie recently, I think Charlize Theron would do an awesome job of playing edgy, kick-ass Devin.