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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Five Secrets from Author J. Hughey





Eruption is available as a preorder--.99 cents and .99 cents until 9/27 - releases 9/13   Amazon

Today we learn 5 Secrets from author J. Hughey!  

Bio: J. Hughey knows what a girl wants. Independence. One or two no-matter-what-happens friends. A smokin’ hot romance. A basic understanding of geological concepts. Huh? Okay, maybe not every girl is into geology, but J. Hughey is, and in the Yellowblown series she combines her passion for a timeless love story with her interest in geeky stuff to help Violet Perch get a life, despite an ongoing global catastrophe. J. Hughey is the alter-ego of historical romance author Jill Hughey.

Hi J., please tell us Five Secrets we may not know about Eruption, but will after today!

1) I originally didn’t intend Eruption to be categorized as a romance. I wanted Violet Perch’s relationship with her freshman crush to be important, but not the driving thread. My editor thought I needed to more strongly pick a genre, and since romance is my favorite thing to read and write, it was natural to lean the story a little more heavily in that direction, though Violet’s best friend and family are also important keystones in the series.

2) At first, Violet’s home was set in Pennsylvania. I soon decided to move her west to Indiana to heighten the impacts of a Yellowstone eruption. In a similar vein, Boone Ramer, Violet’s love interest, was going to be a Texan. I realized he also needed to be closer to the action, so I brought him north to Nebraska. I’ve really enjoyed creating this down-to-earth cattle rancher.
  
3) I’ve actually trademarked the term “Yellowblown.” I guess that isn’t truly a secret since it was published in some national register somewhere, but I haven’t exactly publicized it.

4) I wrote some really cool scenes from the points of view of people across the U.S. as a means to show what is happening across the nation during the eruption. The editor hated them, hated the interruption of flow between chapters. So, after much gnashing of teeth, I pulled them — the scenes, not my teeth. The first deleted scene is actually on my website as an intro to the story. 

5) My husband likes Eruption. I know you’re thinking, “Of course your husband likes your book!” But, he hasn’t even read most of my historical romances, so I can honestly say he doesn’t just humor me where my writing is concerned.

Blurb : With Violet’s perfect college semester underway, obviously the Yellowstone caldera will erupt for the first time in 630,000 years.
Violet Perch savors every minute with her best friend roomie and a freshman crush showing signs of becoming a sophomore boyfriend. When devastation in the west combines with the volcano’s ash to muck up the works all over North America, her deny-deny-deny strategy does the trick…until college closes and the hot guy gives her a ride home.
  
Buy Links: Eruption will be available on September 13!  Amazon



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5 comments:

  1. It's great to be here today, telling secrets. If anyone has a question I might be willing to spill a little more.
    ;-)

    Thank you for the opportunity to visit!

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  2. I'm glad to hear that your husband has enjoyed this book. Why do you think he likes this more than the other books?

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  3. Hi Melissa: Because it's contemporary and a little snappier than the historicals, I'd guess. I also think he likes the hero. He keeps telling me he saw a guy who looks like Boone.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Hi Jill,
    Sorry to be late, long day out of town.

    I'm so pleased you're here today, Eruption sounds great, and what a deal you're offering.

    My husband has never read any of my books. He's afraid he'll have to comment on them and I won't agree :)

    Smart man.
    Hugs
    L

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  5. That's funny, Leslie. My biggest "problem" on this one was that, once hubby finished Eruption, he started asking me on a daily basis how book two was coming along, when could he read book two, had I worked at all on book two.... At that point, I was still deep in the cave trying to get book one formatted, loaded, etc, and it was really starting to irritate me. I finally told him I was going to begin to reply in kind with reminders of various projects he should have done but hadn't had time for. And that stopped that!

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