Jen: Today we welcome Mira Lyn Kelly to Romancing the Book. Mira Lyn, will you share a short bio with us?
Mira Lyn: USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly grew up in the Chicago area and earned her degree in fine arts from Loyola University. She met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy, only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her. They live in rural Minnesota.
Jen: What was your most romantic date?
Mira Lyn: It was the first “real” date Mr. Kelly took me on. We’d been friends for quite a while before we became more than friends, so the first date came after everything else. But he took me to Café Ba-ba-reeba which is one of my favorite restaurants in the city (and where I set a super fun scene for Jase and Emily, fyi). Having been friends for so long, it was a little strange to be dressing up for this guy and having him pick me up to go out…without all the rest of our friends, lol…but it was wonderful. We talked and laughed and by the end of the date I knew there was something so very different about being with him. (Spoiler alert—He’s my HEA, lol!)
Jen: Tell us your call story?
Mira Lyn: Seriously, thinking about this still puts a smile on my face. It was August 28th, 2009 and my children were ages 4, 4, 6 and 7. It had been a little over a year, two manuscripts and a whole lot of revisions since I’d entered my first contest with Harlequin…and I’d started to think they weren’t getting back to me because my story was a giant pile of garbage and they were too kind to break the news to me. Shockingly, it turns out, they were just really, really busy and hadn’t had a chance to read it yet, lol. But when they did? Well the call came in about 8:30 in the morning. The kids were being kids, climbing over each other and everything else while I tried to pick out the what this woman with the lovely English accent was saying over the line. And then it clicked, this was the editor I’d been emailing with from Harlequin…and she was calling ABOUT MY BOOK. If only I could hear her! Super-Mom that I am, I think I ripped open a bag of marshmallows or something and threw them on the table for the kids before darting down to the quietest corner of the house, where I stood shaking and crying while the woman who would become my editor for the next six years told me my dreams were coming true. It’s right up there when it comes to best days in memory!
Jen: If you could have dinner with any author, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Mira Lyn: Lol, definitely Lexi Ryan. She’s one of my besties and while we talk all the time, we never get to actually hang out. She’s loads of fun and brainstorming book ideas with her is like the best story time ever… I always get the good chills listening to her ideas, lol. So Lexi.
Jen: What are your top 5 keeper shelf books?
Mira Lyn: Asking me to pick favorite books is like asking me to pick favorite children—I refuse! Honesty I love so many different books, so many different authors, so many different genres…sigh. Picking??!! Okay, how about we compromise and I’ll give you five authors you’d definitely find on my keeper shelf… Kristan Higgins, Suzanne Brockmann, Kresley Cole, Tessa Dare, and Helena Hunting.
Jen: What’s coming up in the Best Men series?
Mira Lyn: Well, it’s a four book series so we’re just getting started! I can say each of the guys you meet in MAY THE BEST MAN WIN will get to go after their HEA in their own book. Next up will be Max and Sarah’s book, BEST MAN FOR THE JOB. It’s a second chance at love story featuring my favorite reformed bad boy cop and his favorite good girl. Then BEST MAN WITH BENEFITS—a best friends to lovers story with Sean and Molly, and finally STAND IN BEST MAN with Brody and Gwen.
Each a Best Man at a wedding
One chance to get it right
Jase Foster can’t believe his bad luck. He’s been paired with the she-devil herself for his best friend’s wedding: Emily Klein of the miles-long legs and killer smile. She may be sin in a bridesmaid dress, but there’s no way he’s falling for her again.
They can barely stand each other, but given how many of their friends are getting married, they’ll just have to play nice—at least when they’re in company. Once they’re alone, more than just gloves come off as Jase and Emily discover their chemistry is combustible, and there may be something to this enemies to lovers thing after all…