Sunday, March 6, 2011

Hooray for Hollywood ... and Tempting Adam!

Jill James is visiting today and she's brought her very first book, Tempting Adam! When I read the blurb and excerpt I just had to invite Jill over to chat. Tempting Adam is set in Los Angeles and more specifically a movie studio in Hollywood. I assumed Jill had worked in the film industry since Tempting Adam pulls the reader into the behind the scenes world of movie making and makes it look effortless. Imagine my surprise when the answer was no! I can't imagine how she captured such detail and authenticity in Tempting Adam without years of first hand experience; I'm very impressed!
Jill lives in California and has visited L.A. many times. Here is what she said about the city.
"I've visited L.A. many times. I love the vibe there. Everything is so go go go! I shopped on Rodeo Drive and visited NBC studios to watch them film Days of our Lives. I also walked down Sunset Blvd. and stopped at Grauman's Chinese Theatre to see the hand prints and footprints; If you tour Universal Studios you can still get the feeling for what it was like in its heyday.
Tempting Adam takes place at a movie studio in Hollywood, California. I loved the idea of showing the age-old battle of man vs. woman to see who comes out on top. The biggest thing in the book was making sure I said 'The 10 or The 210', that is what Angelinos call the freeways down there! This book was a challenge to myself to see how hot I could write. I enjoyed how the story turned out and I hope readers do too.

I'm thinking Jill is being modest because there are a lot more details that make Hollywood and L.A. appear authentic in Tempting Adam than the mention of a highway! I would never pull something like that off but Jill makes it look like a walk in the park. As to how the book turns out ... I haven't finished Tempting Adam yet so if you turn the last page before I do; don't tell me how it ends!

Check ou
t this book; promise you'll love it! Thanks for hanging out with me today, Jill!

They both want the same thing – St. Eden Studios.

Corporate raider Yvette Giardino intends to bring St. Eden Studios to its knees. It’s a job. One her grandmother’s health depends on. That Adam St. Eden will suffer isn’t personal. Until he awakens her sympathy and stirs her body in ways she can’t explain.

Adam wants one thing and one thing only – to protect the dream his grandfather began. But when the board demands he work with stunning Yvette, a woman he’d mistakenly indulged with in a little after-hours play, his world turns upside down. Missed meetings, unhappy clients, and nights of intense pleasure – he can blame one person. Yvette.

With his corporation crumbling around him, can Adam rise above the fallout and see his sexy temptress for what she really is – a victim of manipulation and a woman who desperately needs his love?

Excerpt: Yvette pulled herself together with a jolt. It’s a job. It’s a job.

She repeated the mantra in her head in an endless loop, gazing into deep, blue eyes. This close, she noticed the subtle lines near his eyes from his outdoor living. If he had grown up in Hollywood, he would have had a facelift or two by now, instead of the natural look he pulled off quite well.

Adam helped her rise, his warm hand cupping her elbow. A tingle shot from her arm, to her chest, and to regions much farther south. A sexual moan almost escaped her lips. Yvette shook her head to clear the mental images of her and him and the hotel room. It didn’t help. Memories of that night still had the power to stir her senses. They hit Yvette in a place she didn’t think existed—her emotions.

His eyes darkened to indigo, and he leaned nearer. His fresh, evergreen scent enveloped her. Her head swam, and she tilted on the heels of her shoes. She berated herself for her juvenile behavior, unable to believe the She-shark of business might have met her match. At least in the sexual arena.

Adam wrapped an arm around her shoulders, led her to the bench outside the door, and sat beside her. “I hope you’re doing okay. I would’ve found you a seat inside, but they were getting back to work. I didn’t want anything else to delay the work schedule.”

Disbelief flooded Yvette while she replayed what had just happened. She needed to get a grip on herself and this job. Adam was nice enough overall, and was great—make that fantastic—in bed. However, he was no ruthless businessman and knew next to nothing about Hollywood. He wasn’t the first CEO she’d taken down, and he wouldn’t be the last.

It wasn’t personal.

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BuyTempting Adam, available at The Wild Rose Press

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  1. Interesting post, Jill. I love books set in unusual places. Wishing you much success and great book sales!!

  2. Tempting Adam is on my TBR list! I get my first paycheck from my new job next week. I plan on paying a few bills and then rewarding myself with a few new books! What could be better?


  3. Tempting Adam is on my TBR list too! Can't wait.
    Great post, ladies:)

  4. Hi ladies! I am loving this book.

  5. Great excerpt, Jill, congratulations on the first release.

  6. Great post and I can already feel the conflict between the characters. I'm having a really busy day and tried to speed read but couldn't because it held my attention. Good job.

  7. Vonnie, thanks. I love L.A. when I visit. Even for a Californian it is a whole different world.

  8. Sarah and Jennifer, since this is my debut book you do not know how exciting it is to hear I'm on someone's TBR pile!!!

  9. Rachel, loving your beautiful blog.

  10. rfirasek, thank you so much for the congrats.

  11. Karen, those are sweet words to a writer.

    I hope you all enjoy Tempting Adam as much as I enjoyed writing it.

  12. I loved reading about how you researched for this book. I'm hoping to be able to read my copy soon! Congrats on your new release!

  13. Virna, thanks. Hope you enjoy Tempting Adam.