Jen: It’s day five of our anniversary celebration with Entangled Publishing. Today we’re welcoming Robin Bielman to Romancing the Book. Robin, will you share a short bio with us?
Robin: Hi everyone! I’m Robin Bielman. I write feel-good, sexy contemporary romances that I hope leave a smile on readers’ faces. When I’m not attached to my laptop, I can almost always be found with my nose in a book. I love to go on adventures, too, and most recently crossed skydiving and kayaking off my bucket list. In my spare time I also like to put my treadmill to good use while watching my favorite TV shows (UnReal and Killjoys are current faves!), take hikes with my high school sweetheart hubby, indulge my sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with my cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.
I live in Southern California and the beach is my favorite place for fun and inspiration. I dream of traveling to faraway places, and I love to connect with readers. There’s a few ways we can keep in touch:
Jen: Tell us a little about your newest release.
Robin: My newest release is The Best Friend Bargain. It’s the third book in my Kisses in the Sand series, but each book can be read as a standalone. It’s a best friends’ to lovers story and the idea to match Danny up with Olivia came to me as I was writing the second book in the series. They’re each other’s go-to person so I thought I’d have Liv need Danny’s help in a way he never imagined. Or wants. But because Liv is his best friend, he’ll do anything for her. Even get hitched!
The tail end of daylight cast a glow around Olivia in one-of-a-kind beauty and he found himself tucking her hair behind her ear as she looked up at him with similar appreciation.
When her gaze moved to his mouth, he was a goner.
He ignored the voice inside his head reminding him she was his best friend and once they crossed this line they could never go back, and gave her two seconds to say something to change his mind.
She took a step back.
One kiss. One kiss to get it out of his head and put it to rest. She might have placed another foot between them, but Danny saw the indecision in her eyes. He inched closer, unwilling to let her go without one more try. It was a jerk move, but if he didn’t get to taste her he’d go insane wondering.
He cradled her neck in his hands.
“Danny.” He liked how breathless his name sounded on her lips.
“We have to. I’m going out of my mind, Liv.”
She half gasped, half sighed, a pleasure-and-pain kind of sound he wanted to turn into one of satisfaction. They had to get this crazy new attraction out of the way so they could go back to being just Liv and Danny. “Make it terrible,” she whispered.
He smiled. “I’ll do my best.”
“To make it awful,” she reiterated.
“Prepare yourself for the worst kiss ever.”
Jen: What was your most romantic date?
Robin: Early evening picnic at the beach
Jen: Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Jen: Favorite sport to watch?
Robin: Baseball – we’re big fans in our house
Jen: Favorite gift received from a fan?
Robin: Oh my gosh, I can’t name just one. I have truly been blessed by many gifts from readers including bracelets and necklaces with my book covers, drawings, ceramic coasters with my book covers and a handmade beach bag. I love and treasure all of them.
Jen: What is your guilty pleasure?
Robin: Watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (shh!)
Jen: How neat is your work environment?
Robin: Somewhat neat. I used to be perfectly neat, but now I have sticky notes and a spiral with info on my current WIP on my desk as I write. (Among a few other things like my calendar, framed picture of my husband and sons, pens and pencils, and a heart that lights up – a gift from my hubby. The slight mess makes me feel comfortable.)
Jen: What was the last movie you saw in the theater?
Robin: Ghostbusters! Yes, I needed to write that with an exclamation point. I really enjoyed it. It was a lot better than I thought it would be. I can’t wait to see Star Trek and the new Jason Bourne film next.
Jen: What TV family would you want to be a part of?
Robin: This is hard because I love TV and have several favorite shows, so let’s go with a little throwback and I’ll say the Gilmore’s. ☺
Jen: Describe your writing style in one word.
Robin: Pantser – I love writing by the seat of my pants and seeing where my characters take me.
Jen: Do you have a mentor?
Robin: Yes – Charlene Sands. We met through our local Romance Writers of America chapter and now we’re also great friends. She’s written over forty books for Harlequin and is one of the nicest people ever.
Jen: Camping or hotel?
Jen: iPhone or android?
Jen: What’s next for you?
Robin: Next up for me is an October release titled Once Upon a Royal Christmas. I am super in love with this story! My hero is a prince and I’ve dropped him in Montana in December. The book is about family, tradition, and falling in love when it’s least expected. Or in Prince Theo’s case even an option, given his royal duty back home. And I’m very excited for 2017 when my New Adult series for Entangled kicks off with Talk British to Me.