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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  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!

  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?

  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!

  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.

  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!