The first rule of serving as the maid of honor at your perfect sister’s destination wedding?
No mistakes. The second rule? No drama.
For Jess Chavez, a week in Maui is hardly a dream vacation—not when her sister expects her to be the perfect maid of honor. Not only does Jess have to fake perfection, but she can’t let anyone know she’s unemployed and barely scraping by. Above all, she needs to steer clear of Connor Blackwood, the sexy groomsman who broke her heart five years ago.
A family wedding offers Connor the ideal opportunity to convince everyone he’s no longer an irresponsible playboy. If they see he’s changed, they might support his decision to leave the family winery and strike out on his own. With so much at stake, the last thing he needs is an alluring distraction like Jess.
When Jess and Connor end up together, exploring the island’s lush, tropical beauty, the sparks between them become impossible to ignore. Throwing caution to the wind, they decide to make their own rules.
Five days of passion. No strings. No tears. No promises.
What could possibly go wrong?
– When and where do you prefer to write?
On my days off, I try to get in my writing between 10 am and 4 pm. At night, I focus on easier tasks, like preparing promotional material or answering emails. Although I have a makeshift office in my bedroom, my favourite place to write is at the kitchen table, next to the picture window. That way I have a view of the backyard and I get to watch all the birds that come to my feeder.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I usually can’t write until I’ve slotted in my morning walk. I like to go for a good hour, just to properly wake up. Once I’m back home, I brew a fresh cup of coffee and settle in.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Coffee, usually a dark roast with a splash of cream. Ideally with toast or a homemade muffin (I love to bake). If I’ve had too much caffeine, I’ll switch over to ice water.
– What is your favourite book?
I have so many! Some of my favourites include Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn, The Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, and The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
The first genre I ever wrote was YA, and my first two books were attempts at YA fantasy. Though those books weren’t very good, I’d consider going back to fantasy because I loved the world-building.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not really. Occasionally, I’ll be inspired by an event or a real-life situation, but my characters are pretty much 100% fictional.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I should! But I usually have a few pens in my purse and a little notepad, so I can jot ideas down if need be. I also keep a pen and journal handy by my bed, in case I wake up with a brilliant idea!
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I’m usually willing to try anything, as long as the blurb sounds good, but I’m not a big fan of sombre literary fiction, especially the kind where the books end ambiguously and leave you feeling depressed and wrung-out.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
My brother John Luna, since he’s very creative and he shares my quirky sense of humour.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’m actually planning a new series, set around a series of archaeological digs, based on my own experiences as an archaeologist. Since two of my favourite projects took place in Turkey and Spain, I’d love to go back to both countries to do a little research.
Thank you, Carla Luna and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
Carla Luna writes contemporary romance with a dollop of humor and a pinch of spice. A former archaeologist, she still dreams of traveling to far-off places and channels that wanderlust into the settings of her stories. When she’s not writing, she works in a spice emporium where she gets paid to discuss food and share her favorite recipes. Her passions include Broadway musicals, baking, whimsical office supplies, and pop culture podcasts. Though she has roots in Los Angeles and Victoria, B.C., she currently resides in Wisconsin with her family and her spoiled Siberian cat.
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