Rina has always been an avid reader, sneaking to read her mother’s books she had no business reading i.e. Stephen King’s The Stand, It, and Anne Rice’s various vampire series. As a pre-teen, she received a load of romance novels from a family friend and from that point on, she devoured any book related to romance or horror. When she’s not writing, she can be found with her head stuck in a book, kickboxing, or dominating game night with friends and family. Rina resides in Atlanta with her husband.
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I never imagined the journey my story, Fool for You would take me. I was in a hotel room in New Orleans, attending a readers and writers conference. I’d initially attended to learn more about world building for my paranormal romance, but after fruitless months, I needed a slight reprieve from fur and fangs.
I decided to take the easy route and write a contemporary romance. Easy – ha!
I wrote Fool for You in about six weeks. But, I knew something was missing…I needed more.
I used the manuscript as a learning tool to increase my knowledge, hone my skills, and study the writing craft. I attended countless workshops in Atlanta at my local Georgia Romance Writers group. Then, I flew all the way to the mountains of Colorado to find that writer’s magic. I found it. There were six writers including myself. Two were from Atlanta and invited me to their critique group which they’d had for nearly two decades.
I also built my confidence in those Colorado mountains. I began to send samples of my manuscript out to contests, and with each contest—whether I was a finalist or not—pre-published writers, authors, agents, and publishers gave me a taste of what I needed to do to take my writing further.
Two years later, I am so happy to present book 1 in the Crush on You Series. Fool for You is a friends-to-lovers contemporary romance. Think, When Harry Met Sally meets My Best Friend’s Wedding. Melanie Foster is an optimistic sports journalist who must convince her childhood friend, Damien Richards that his spoiled fiancée isn’t the woman for him. She is.
Melanie is driven, knows what she wants, and goes for it. She isn’t the whiny heroine that you want to punch in the face because she makes questionable decisions. She’s funny, smart, and very relatable.
Damien, the hero, will make your heart melt. As a volunteer for a non-profit that works with underserve youth in the sports field, he is what I call “my brother’s keeper.” He is aware and cares deeply about the plight of his fellow man—which led him into his current conundrum. If you’re a fan of unrequited love with a HEA, check out my debut novel! I fell in love with my characters and I hope you do too.
Coming Soon From Rina Grey: Fool For You (Crush On You #1)
Sports journalist Melanie Foster has achieved most of her goals: Bomb.com job—check. Tomboy-to-smoking-hottie makeover—check. Convince her best friend, Damien Richards, to slide a ring on her finger and father her two-point- five kids—not so much. When she activates Operation: I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, she never imagines her BFF already has plans to stroll down the wedding aisle with another woman.
Damien’s in the middle of crisis mode. The non-profit for young athletes at which he volunteers is in financial trouble. He’ll pull out all the stops to rescue the organization that saved his life after his career-ending injury—even if it means sacrificing his personal happiness.
But when he finally wakes up to love and the very non-friendly feelings he’s long held for Mel, it might just be too late. Damien must convince her that he’s worth the risk and turn the tables to show her he’s the one ready to be a fool for love.
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