Jane grew up in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, but decided early on that the only thing better than escaping the cold for a two-week vacation at the beach was to live there all year around, so she traded her snow boots for a jet ski and has never looked back. Jane lives on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and a fish. Her debut novel, THE MILLIONAIRE’S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL, released on March 31, 2015, from Entangled Publishing.
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When I was growing up, people would say I must have been born with a book in my hands. It was almost true. My mom was an elementary school teacher, and my earliest memories were of her reading to me. In the evenings, my parents were just as likely to be sitting in the living room reading as they were to be watching TV. As an only child, I was quick to imitate them and stick my own nose into a book.
By the time I was ten, I had discovered my father’s collection of Perry Mason paperbacks, packed with courtroom drama and surprise witnesses, and my mother’s romantic suspense novels, by authors like Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. What the two genres had in common were the edge-of-your seat twists and turns, and the guaranteed happy ending. In the courtroom dramas, the lawyer/detective always solved the crime and the innocent client went free. In the romantic suspense books, the heroine always escaped impending doom, with the added benefit of finding love along the way. But in both cases, by the mid-point of the book things looked really grim, the promised happy ending seemingly unattainable.
Before long I discovered that the only thing I liked better than reading was writing my own stories. I wanted to create those impossible scenarios, then write my characters out of them to their own happy ending. In 5th grade I began writing a series of mystery short stories, staring 10-year-old twin detectives, Penny and Jack McKerrington. Soon I was reading their adventures aloud at school and, to the delight of my classmates, the child sleuths always narrowly escaped death and brilliantly solved the crime, while the adults stood around completely baffled and impressed.
At thirteen I began my first attempt at a full-length novel, convinced I would be the youngest author ever to hit the NY Times bestseller list. It was sweeping gothic romance, with crumbling mansions, eerie moors, and mysterious goings on. A sweet, clever and somewhat plain heroine, irresistibly drawn to the dark and brooding widower who employed her. Alas, after writing about a dozen chapters, I set it aside, which was probably a good thing. It was a bit too reminiscent of JANE EYRE, actually, given that, at thirteen, the fine line between homage and copyright infringement is somewhat blurry
I moved on with college and law school and career and family, but never let go of the dream of being an author one day. That dream has now come true with the release of my debut novel, THE MILLIONAIRE’S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL, which, I’m happy to say, does not bear any resemblance at all to JANE EYRE. What it does have are those very elements that made me a lifelong fan of genre fiction, particularly romances: putting the characters in impossible situations, and then making them find a way out by the end of the book.
In THE MILLIONAIRE LAWYER’S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL, I tried to put my characters in the most unlikely scenario possible for a happy ending. Camilla and Sam had a fling five years ago in Las Vegas. Sam left abruptly, and Camilla married another man only a week later. A billionaire who she didn’t love. Then she had Sam’s baby. And didn’t tell him. Then her husband died, and suddenly she’s on Sam’s doorstep, demanding that he marry her, to help her keep custody of the son he never knew he had.
Sam was abandoned by his own father, and believes the worst thing a man could ever do is not be there for his child. And now, thanks to Camilla, he’s become his own worst nightmare – an absentee father. And because of his background, Sam is quick to jump to conclusions, and has a really hard time seeing any viewpoint but his own.
But just like the defendants in those courtroom dramas I loved as a child who look guilty guilty guilty when really they are innocent, there are reasons why Camilla made the choices she did. And by the end of the book I hope you will agree that she and Sam really do belong together.
One night together will change his life forever…
Camilla Winthrop is about to do something she’s never done in her life—she’s about to ask a man to marry her. Not just any man. She hasn’t seen Sam Flanagan in almost five years, after he coldly walked away from a passionate and intense two-week affair. Now Camilla is widowed and desperate…and marrying Sam is the only way she can protect their son.
The son he never knew about.
A hugely successful attorney in Miami, Sam certainly never expected to see the stunning Camilla come through his door again. Nor can he ignore the desire heating his blood. But after she tells him her situation, Sam is furious. He’ll marry her, but under his terms. And he’ll take everything, including Camilla in his bed…unless she can find a way to thaw the millionaire’s icy heart once more.
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