//In the Hammock – M.J. Schiller

In the Hammock – M.J. Schiller

Profile Pic 4 not quite so bigHappy Wednesday! Today I’m excited to have fellow Crimson Romance author, M.J. Schiller in my hammock. From the moment we met online, she’s had me in stitches and like you, I’m excited to learn more about her. But, before we get started, what can my cabana boy get you to drink MJ?

Bahama Mama!

I’ll have one those myself. YUM!

I love the little umbrella you added, by the way! It makes it so much more festive! ( ;

LOL. There is something about an umbrella in a drink that can’t be ignored. Now that we have our drinks and the sunset in the background tell us about yourself.

I was born in the heart of Tornado Alley, and I’ve been a bit mixed up ever since. Not really, but I’ve always wanted to use that line. The medical community has established no solid connection between the place of my birth and my off-beat personality.

I grew up in St. Louis and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in English education. I left the workforce, however, when my kids were born. Unbelievably I now have an eighteen year old and sixteen-year-old triplets! Yes, I write to escape teenagerdom. Although I love them dearly. I also escape via rock concerts and karaoke. My first book, TAKEN BY STORM, was published by Crimson Romance last fall, and my next book, the second in the ROCKING ROMANCE COLLECTION, titled ABANDON ALL HOPE will be coming soon!

You have teenagers and triplets and still find time to write. You’re my hero! I have guests from all genres, what genre(s) do you write?

Romance and romantic suspense

Cool! One of my favorites to read and write. What book are you currently promoting?

TrappedUnderIce_CVR_SMLTRAPPED UNDER ICE

Rock star Chad Evans’s tortured past hides just beneath the surface. Even fans screaming out his name in ecstasy can’t drown out the screams of his childhood. He can usually keep it under control, but not always. Tonight the alcohol doesn’t seem to soothe.

Part of the crowd, Beth Donovan smiles, really enjoying herself for a change. But her smile isn’t usually this bright. It is the kind of smile that masks sorrow.  Three years just isn’t long enough to get over losing Paul.

When a vicious attack behind stage brings this unlikely pair together, something changes inside of them both. But can a jet-setting superstar and a Midwestern lunch lady ever manage a real relationship? And even if they can, will the person sending Chad death threats take it all away? Or is it their fate to remain forever trapped under ice?

Excerpt:

           Chad rang the doorbell, nerves making him tug at his shirt sleeves to straighten his shirt. Everything had to go just right tonight. Beth opened the door and light fell on the porch. “Damn!”

           She laughed. “My, you do have a way with words.”

            “Let me see this!” He whistled, stepping in and circling around her so he could get the full effect. Beth had on a longer emerald dress, with four straps crisscrossing her upper back before plunging downward and long slits gliding up her legs. Again, her hair was swept up, making her neck seem so much more inviting. He returned to face her, admiring her from the front. He laughed. “I’m sorry, it’s just…damn!” He shook his head.

            “Oh stop,” she mumbled, her face flushing as she hit him with her handbag.

            “I love the way you blush.” Chad touched her hot face and gave her a kiss.

            When he pulled away, she blurted out, bubbling over, “I’m so excited. So where are we going?”

            “Ah-ah-ah. Not yet. You need to wear this.” He pulled a silky, black scarf from his suit pocket.

            “Ooooh. What kind of kinky thing am I in for?”

            “You little vixen!” Chad gave her a sharp swap on the derrière. He positioned himself behind his date again and brought the scarf over Beth’s head to tie it behind her as a blindfold.

            “What are you up to?” she asked coquettishly.

            Chad leaned into that tantalizing neck, annunciating each word in her ear with a seductive whisper, “Try not to anticipate.” Then, unable to resist, he kissed her there.

            She squirmed with delight. “Oooh. That’s so much better when I can’t see you.”

            “Uhhh…is that supposed to be a compliment? ‘Cause, it doesn’t sound like one.”

            “Oh, silly. You know what I mean.” She tried to reach for him. “I can’t find you to kiss you,” she whined in frustration.

            “That’s part of the fun,” he teased, his voice now coming from in front of her. “Okay,” he continued, leading the way, “you need to take a step down onto the porch. Where’s your key?”

            “In my bag.”

            He took her handbag and locked the door. As he moved her toward the steps, another arm supported her on the right. “Wow, Beth! You look fantastic.”

            “Thank you, Pete. So he roped you into this, too?”

            “No rope needed. I wouldn’t miss this for the world.”

            Chad shot his usually tightlipped bodyguard a warning look, which Beth, of course, could not see. After the two men got her safely in the limousine and closed the door, Pete commented, “If you don’t propose to her, I will.”

            “Just you try it, old man,” he returned with a grin.

You can find TRAPPED UNDER ICE at Amazon, BN.com, the I-book Store, and other e-book retailers.

You can find me at www.mjschiller.blogspot.com , or MJ on FB, or Twitter.

Now for a lightening round of fun questions. What was your favorite scene to write or research? I love family scenes. Brothers ribbing each other. Uncles playing with nephews. I also love fun scenes where I can use my sense of humor.

Have you ever based a character (good or bad) on a real person? (Do they know?) Yes I have. My best bud. I killed her off, too. One day I came into work and told her, “Oh, I killed you off last night. Sorry, you had to go.

What is your favorite way to celebrate the completion of a book? This is going to sound so stupid, but, I like to clean the house and catch up on my other responsibilities because everything slides when I’m writing and it’s such a relief to put the book behind me and clean up the chaos I’ve created!

If your significant other gave you permission to have a fling with a famous person, what five people would be at the top of your list? Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester on Supernatural), Adam Levine (bad boy extraordinaire), Bradley Cooper (for obvious reasons, I liked him before anyone else when he was on Alias, as the guy she WASN’T in love with!

[?]) Josh Duhamel, and Nathan Reed (fictional character ( :  from BLACK CREEK BURNING).

What social media are you most addicted to? All of them! Mostly Facebook and twitter. When I was a kid, I hated to go to bed when other people were up because I might miss something. (That would be the one time something absolutely astounding happened!) Social media is like that for me. I have to read it all because I might miss an opportunity to learn important information, or an opportunity to help someone, or the world’s funniest joke, cutest picture…

If you were stranded on an island with only one item, what would you want it to be? (What’s the one thing in life that you just can’t live without?) I’m assuming that my husband is already there. Easy. My laptop.

Do you binge on sinful treats when you write? I binge on sinful treats when I write, when I don’t write, when I swim, when I dance, when I hulahoop…

Tell us about your very first kiss ever! (You don’t have to name names…we just want to know the details about THE KISS.) Not the best. I don’t mean to be gross, but he pretty much stuck his tongue in my mouth and then had no idea what to do with it! I nearly choked!

Best dessert you’ve ever had and where you ate it? In Vegas. It was at one of those star chefs restaurants, Bobby Flay, maybe? It isn’t even something I would normally pick off a menu but it was like a crunchy toffee bread pudding with a caramel sauce and I could hardly keep myself from licking the plate. Absolutely AWESOME!!

What fun answers, MJ! I especially love that you killed off your best friend and then told her about it. LOL!

Thanks so much for being a guest on my website and all the best with TRAPPED UNDER ICE!

14 Comments

  1. M.J. Schiller, Romance Author April 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Thanks again for having me, Elke! Man, it was nice to see that opening picture on your website when I came here today! You’ll have to tell me sometime what it’s like to live in Paradise!

    • ElkeFeuer April 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      My pleasure, M.J.! Thanks for stopping by and sharing. Trapped Under Ice is on my Nook and I can’t wait to read it!

      I love living in paradise and decided to share a little bit with everyone that visited my site. 🙂

      Take care.

      • M.J. Schiller, Romance Author April 3, 2013 at 10:56 pm - Reply

        That is sweet that you wanted to share the Caymans with all of us. I live in the Midwest. We have corn fields. Not quite the same level of picturesque.

        • M.J. Schiller, Romance Author April 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm - Reply

          That’s so sweet that you want to share the Caymans with all your visitors! I live in the Midwest. We have cornfields. Not exactly the same level of picturesue.

  2. Amber T. Smith April 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Ha! Awesome interview, and LOVE the hammock!!

    And this >>> “One day I came into work and told her, “Oh, I killed you off last night. Sorry, you had to go.” LOL!!!! So funny!

    Mmmm, cabana boys… *mind wanders*

  3. R.T. Wolfe April 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    M.J.,
    Your first kiss sounds like my first kiss. So dang funny.
    Love your books. I hope to see the next one out soon!
    -R.T. Wolfe

  4. Serena Clarke April 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    What a fun interview! MJ your friends will all be watching their manners around you now! Trapped Under Ice sounds great – and I love the cover. Okay, now I’m off to Google what a ‘Bahama Mama’ is… 🙂

    • M.J. Schiller, Romance Author April 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm - Reply

      Bahama Mamas are great summertime drinks. During the winter I stick with Bailey’s and hot chocolate. Thanks for stopping in Serena! I appreciate your support!

  5. Deborah O'Neill Cordes April 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Love this site, Elke. Great interview, M.J. I’ve got TRAPPED… on my Kindle. Can’t wait to read it – or try a Bahama Mama.

    • M.J. Schiller, Romance Author April 3, 2013 at 11:04 pm - Reply

      No Bahama Mama drinkers? I think I had my first on a cruise ship. It’s what I imagine Jimmy Buffet meant when he wrote about “boat drinks.” Thanks for your continuous support, Deborah!

  6. Leslie P Garcia April 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    MJ,

    Wonderful interview. With you on eating sinfully–let’s not blame the writing! Continued success with Trapped Under Ice and your other projects!

    Leslie

    • M.J. Schiller, Romance Author April 3, 2013 at 11:06 pm - Reply

      Yes. Unfortunately I’ll use any excuse to eat poorly. I was hoping to grow out of it, but at forty-six I may be a lost cause! Thanks for popping in, Leslie!

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