I first found Betty Shreffler when I was lucky enough to pick up her book Embrace the Dawning to review. I loved this book from the very beginning. Since then, I read book 2 in the series which is Cruel temptation and can’t wait for the third book to come out in early November.
1 Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, hobbies, pets, etc).
I’m a little mix of country, nerdy, sassy, sweet and a whole lot of sense of humor. I’m a fan of photography, reading, drinking wine, watching movies, hiking, traveling, muscle cars, and all things romantic. I live in Tennessee with my hubby and five fur babies; two adorable rescue pups and three kitties. If I’m not writing or doing book events, then you can find me behind the lens of a camera, in the woods or sipping wine behind a deliciously steamy book.
2 How did you get into writing and why romance?
I first started writing when I was 12, doing short stories and poems as an emotional and creative outlet. My childhood and teenage years had some rough patches and writing was a way for me to deal with the emotional struggles. I realized I had real talent when I took writing classes in High School and the teacher said, “You’re good at this. You need to stick with it.” So I did. I continued to study creative writing through the rest of High School and into College. My writing transitioned from short stories and poetry to novels a few years ago. Once I realized I had enough skills, confidence and knowledge to complete a novel I went after it with determination, then the characters took over from there.
I’m an avid reader of romance myself. I grew up reading Anne Rice, Nora Roberts, and Catherine Coulter. I have no doubt they influenced my love of romance novels as well as my writing of it. When my characters come to me, they always seem to have a romantic story to be told; right alongside their action packed and suspenseful journeys. The romantic side of my stories are my favorite. It gives me, the writer, and the reader, a more intimate connection with the characters. And of course, the romantic scenes, in my opinion, are some of the best parts of a book.
3 Do you ever re-enact the sex scenes you write about?
Haha!! I literally giggled when I read this question. I haven’t re-enacted a sex scene I wrote, but I sure have pounced on my husband a time or two after writing a racy sex scene. He likes those writing days the most.
4 Name a romance book or series you would love to see as a movie/TV series.
It’s totally selfish to say, but I would love to see my Covenant Series as a movie/TV series, because it would be amazing to see my characters come to life on screen. Imagine how fun it would be to be a part of the casting. To see actors bring your characters to life and bring out the emotion you felt when writing. That would be a dream.
Now to be unselfish, I read the Selection Series by Kiera Cass. Being a fan of the bachelor/lette shows, I think this series would make for an entertaining, drama filled, and romantic TV series.
I’ve also recently added the Black Dagger Brotherhood novels to my TBR on my Kindle. I haven’t read these books yet, but based on the tidbits I’ve received from my book review group it sounds like this book series could make for a good TV series. I’ll have to read on before I make any conclusions.
5 Have you ever read a book based solely on its cover?
Pretty regularly, I will read the back of books based on finding the cover attractive. But I have never purchased a book without having read the back blurb. The cover draws me in, but I need to know what the book is about and if it’s something I’d find interesting.
6 What is your ideal way to end a long day?
Wine, book, bubble bath. Add in a massage from my hubby and my day is complete. 🙂
7 Describe your ultimate holiday.
Ultimate holiday…this sounds nice. I’m going to have to paint the whole picture for you. I’d like to be in a place with large windows that overlook mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. I’d like to spend the day getting massaged and pampered. I’d like samples of master chef quality food to trickle in throughout the day. Then in the evening, I’d like to have a big buffet dinner with my loved ones with feel good music and a lit fireplace in the background, all the while fluffy white snowflakes fall outside the window. After dinner there’d be games. Lots of games that keep the family laughing long into the night.
8 Who is your favourite book boyfriend and why?
I get a new favorite book boyfriend every time I pick up a new romance book I enjoy. Too many good ones to only select one.
9 What turns you on and what turns you off?
This is an open ended question here. 😉 Do you want books or real life? I guess I better answer both, although they are pretty much the same. I like alpha men. Dirty, sexy dialogue. A dirty sense of humor. A man who is possessive and protective. A man that is caring and supportive. And I love cowboys! All of them. Love their farm raised muscles, their sexy hats, boots and tight jeans. Oooowee! Tattoos and large biceps; definitely a turn on. And I’m an ass woman. Thankfully my hubby has an incredible hiney. In books I need chemistry! I want it steaming off the pages. I like book boyfriends who are so hot you’re clenching your thighs as you turn the page, eager for more.
Turn offs: whitie tighties. Absolutely hate them. Only sexy underwear models can pull them off. Bad breath is a turn off. And a man with small hands. It probably sounds terrible, but I get turned off by small man hands.
10 Boxer or briefs? Or commando???
Any of the above. But to find out a man isn’t wearing anything under his jeans or cargo pants is a pretty big turn on.
11 Who is your top five “Freebie List”? (I think this is also known as a Hall Pass. Who could you sleep with that your partner won’t mind?)
Oh this is fun! 🙂
1. Ryan Reynolds; his abs and sense of humor drive me wild.
2. Chris Hemsworth; I’m a sucker for that accent, messy mop of hair, blue eyes and amazing body.
3. Mark Wahlburg; I’ve pretty much had a crush on him since I was 15.
4. Ian Somerhalder; his face is beautiful and his eyes are smoldering. Although a friend met him and she said he’s a little guy. I do like guys packed full of muscles.
5. Josh Hartnett; haven’t seen him act in anything for a while, but I love the way he talks. He has a sexy, smoky voice that is a huge turn on.
12 You have a table booked for four in your favourite restaurant. Who would you invite to join you?
Can I get a hall pass for dinner? I was just thinking of all those celebrity hotties. I’d like to have dinner with 1, 2 and 5.
13 How can our readers connect with you? Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter, etc.
All of the above! I love to connect with my readers! Definitely come hang out with me on one of the following:
My private readers group; All Things Romance, where you get inside scoop into my crazy fun mind as well as excerpts, cover reveals and release dates before other folks do.