Today I have the pleasure of sitting down with author, Melissa Keir,
for a fun Q & A session and to share her latest release, Crash and Burn.
Please join me in welcoming the lovely, Melissa Keir.
My pleasure, Melissa. I'm excited, too. Please tell us about yourself. Where are you from? How did you get you to where you are now?
A: I was born in Ohio and moved to Michigan when I got married. I’ve lived in Michigan for longer than I lived in Ohio but I’m still a Buckeye fan. I guess you can’t take the Ohio out of the girl. Stories have always been a part of my life. When I was a child, my sisters and I shared a bedroom. We’d sit up at night and they’d beg me to tell them stories. I entertained them for years. Fast forward many years, as a stay at home mom, I wrote musings on life and sarcastic soap opera reviews.
Today, I write small town romances that sizzle. You can find my books on my website at http://www.melissakeir.com
And I—one of many—love your books, Melissa. They are HOT!
So . . . Three wishes, what would you ask for?
A: This is a hard question because I’d love to be selfish and wish for things for me, but I have bigger wishes…to cure cancer, to end poverty, and to grow 4 inches so that my weight will fit my height! You didn’t expect that I would be totally generous! (wink)
*laughs out loud* Four more inches isn't too much to ask for. *winks back*
How do you fall in love? Blind? Slowly? Quickly? Hard?
A: I fall in love hard. When I first met my husband, I thought he was a jerk. He was emailing me being silly and sarcastic. Finally, I learned to enjoy his sense of humor and then I was lost! I knew he was the one for me and we were instantly a couple. Would you believe our first date was at Target? We wandered around the store, just talking.
I love Target; they totally should have given all of your registry gifts to you for free. IMHO, that is. *smile* Name one attribute that you are most proud of.
A: I am most proud of my caring nature. Everyone comments on how helpful and loving I am. I give 110% of myself to my friends and my work.
That you do, Melissa. I've seen your hard work, that 110%, first hand.
Do you wish you had a special talent?
A: I wish I could sing again.
I used to be able to sing but with the GERD, I have lost my singing voice. As I child, I wanted to be a rock star. I used to put on shows for my mom and family. Now I sound like a howling cat and don’t sing a loud. *pouty face* I’ll save you all from it.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is challenging, especially if you are a Chocoholic. Even so, the tough love RN in me says that when we meet up at a conference, you and I are singing—Soft Kitty! Just kidding. No. We're doing raspy Joan Jett. We'll rock the place down! Put another dime in that jukebox, baby!!
So, what’s your big issue? Everyone has one. Tell us yours.
A: My biggest issue is that I am a book hoarder. I used to have five full bookshelves along with a big box under my bed. Hubby has helped me go through my books and now I have a much smaller set of keepers, but the kindle TBR list has grown. How lucky that I can keep so many books on my kindle and hubby will never know!
Noooo! Another book hoarder. I can't imagine. Five bookshelves sounds awesome. To me. But speaking of hubby . . . have you found the one? If so, what makes him so special?
A: I was very fortunate to have found my soulmate. My husband is someone who brings out the best in me. I’m lucky that he’s also very supportive of my writing! Remarkably, we met when I was his son’s teacher. What a whirlwind romance!
Fortunate you are, Melissa. I was once told, "Our life's journey is to find love. And if we are lucky, to be loved in return." Congrats on finding your soulmate and may the two of you forever cherish your special bond. One final question. Is there something about you that you would like for us to know?
A: My stories always contain a kernel of truth. I love to hear from readers about what they think is the real part of the story. Some piece of the story comes from my real life.
Thank you again JM for having me on your blog today. I am so grateful to all the readers who have read Crashing Into Love already and shared their thoughts. Feel free to reach out to me! I’d love to hear from you!
Crash and Burn is a novella in the Crashing Into Love book bundle.
Crash and Burn by Melissa Keir
Can Rob and Keira's second honeymoon lead to romance, or will it crash and burn?
On the verge of a divorce, Rob and Keira Matthews book a second honeymoon at the urging of their counselor. Unable to conceive, they've pushed each other away in an effort to protect their hearts. Will a romantic holiday be the ticket to love or a plane crash in disaster?
Once again alone with her thoughts, she turned toward her husband. They’d been married for seven years, and his looks still caused her stomach to flutter. I love running my fingers over his buzz cut. And his rough beard left sexy marks on my neck when we made love…not that it’s happened in a while. A part of the reason we’re on this trip is because of our lack of sex, tenderness. Of course, he’d have to be home in order to touch me.
Keira crossed her legs tighter as she glanced around the cabin. Her gaze fell to the cowboy two seats in front of her and across the aisle. That rancher is hot. His jeans really showed off his best assets when he walked back to the bathroom a while ago. His blue-striped shirt hugged his shoulders and guns. Those arms would hold a girl down or up and down all the while he loved on her. I bet if he and I were married, there’d be no need for counseling. She imagined running her fingers over his shoulders and down his arms. She uncrossed her legs and ran her hands down her jeans, shifting them.
Opening the water, Keira poured herself some. She picked up the glass and held it to her face, trying to cool her flushed skin, then drank. Emptying it, she set the glass back on the tray then poured a little water into the cup. She unzipped the top of her dog’s carrier and waved the water in front of Gris’s face. “Here, baby, you can have a little. Not too much. There’s no fire hydrants on the plane.”
As she watched her fur-baby drinking, her stomach clenched. What if this is the only baby I ever have? She ran her fingers over the teacup poodle’s fuzzed head.
Seven planes lift off…seven planes crash…seven stories of struggle, passion and love in the barren Canadian Wilderness, the coast of England, or the steamy heat of a tropical island. Romance hangs in the balance between survival and death.
Brace for Impact by Daryl Devoré.
What could be simpler than a routine plane trip from Toronto, Canada to Caracas, Venezuela for rookie flight attendant, Lori, and sexy R.C.M.P. officer, Guy Lapierre? But Fate had other intentions.
Crashing into You by Lisa Kumar
When Ashlee Trent meets handsome businessman Kaiden West on a plane to Australia, he eases her fears even as he sets her heart ablaze. But after their plane crashes into the ocean and they wash ashore, will the secrets surrounding him send their budding relationship into a nosedive?
Crashing Through Time by Jenna Jaxon
The most dangerous thing about time travel is knowledge of the past: does she save him and change history, or let the tragic events play out and lose the love of her life?
More than hearts can be broken when you crash through time.
Love Comes Crashing In by Brenda Dyer
Best friends find love in each other's arms, but can that love survive reality?
Falling Hard by D'Ann Lindun
He craves solitude to forget what a woman did to him. She needs one last chance before her career ends. Can a plane crash in the Canadian Rockies show them what really matters?
A Splash of Romance by Deb Julienne
Who knew a plane crash would lead to romance? Hannah Parks is a trauma nurse on her way to a symposium at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. She just started her bucket list and a plane crash definitely isn't on it. Oliver Lawson's divorce is final and he's looking to start over. A tropical island, a gorgeous woman. Romance is one thing, getting there as a result of a crash landing . . . who knew?
For my wedding in Vegas, my books and computer came with me but there wasn't enough room for my wedding shoes. It’s all about priorities! As an avid reader, I was probably born with a book in hand. Luckily my mom was also an avid reader, so it was easy to "borrow" her books when my books were finished.
I was reading from an early age about dashing men on horseback riding to the rescue of strong willed and capable women who didn't really need rescuing. I came to expect that women in fairy tales should have fought their own battles. When I was older, I found Margaret Atwood and realized that women could re-tell history in their own way and I experimented with changing those basic fairy tales.
Fortunately for me, my husband allows me the opportunity to be myself (spend my salary on books) and still takes care of the really important things for me like killing spiders and opening jars. As an elementary teacher, teaching children about the many worlds inside of books is a gift that I’m lucky enough to do for a living. Teaching the next generation to love reading is a lot of fun! Reading the right book can make a new world come alive!
Currently living in the suburbs of Ann Arbor, Michigan with my darling husband, way-too-grown-up children and spoiled dogs, I enjoy getting away through a book to escape the harsh winters or summer road construction.