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Interview with Jennifer Loring

Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines,
webzines, and anthologies. In 2013, she won Crystal Lake Publishing’s inaugural
Tales from the Lake writing competition; in 2014, DarkFuse published her novella
Conduits, and in May 2015, Omnium Gatherum released her debut novel, Those of My
Kind. She recently signed a deal for a contemporary romance trilogy with Limitless
Publishing; the first book, Firebird, was published on October 20, 2015. Jennifer
lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds.
Why did you write this
The idea originally came to me in a dream: What would happen
if a woman ran into her high school sweetheart, now a famous hockey player, one
night at a bar and one thing led to another? What if she was already in a relationship?
I’m a huge hockey fan, and I couldn’t get the idea out of my head, especially when
I started taking it further. What if he suffered a horrible injury on-ice, and how
would that affect their relationship?
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Horror and dark fantasy, actually. I first read Stephen King
when I was 11. Horror is what made me want to become a writer.
Who is your favorite character
from fiction (not including your own)?
That’s a tough one. I’m just going to throw a few out there.
Irrylath from Meredith Ann Pierce’s The Darkangel Trilogy; Constantine from Robin
McKinley’s Sunshine; Zach from Poppy Z. Brite’s Drawing Blood; Elphaba from Wicked.
What are you working on
at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’m working on the second book in the Firebird Trilogy as well
as a paranormal romance. I have a couple of short stories coming out in anthologies
as well. I’m also writing a proposal for a sci-fi romance novella, and toying with
the idea of a hockey romance novella for next Christmas.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
Stephanie Hartwell is a journalist chasing the story of her career…
When superstar hockey player and notorious bad boy Aleksandr
Volynsky is traded to the Seattle Earthquakes in a blockbuster deal, Stephanie demands
the opportunity to prove herself by scoring an exclusive interview with a man with
no love for the media…the same man she once thought, as a naïve teenager, she’d
someday marry.
An Olympian and Stanley Cup Champion, Aleksandr has achieved
every goal he’s ever set…
Now expected to carry a failing team on his shoulders, Aleksandr’s
troubles deepen when he encounters Stephanie after a season-opening loss. His lifestyle
of drinking and random hookups has been a futile attempt to forget the beautiful
tomboy who stole his heart nine years ago. And worse, fame and fortune have made
it impossible for him to trust anyone—especially Stephanie, who is engaged to another
Romance rekindles, but tragedy reveals Aleksandr’s dark side…
Being with Aleksandr in the first place jeopardizes Stephanie’s
journalistic integrity and threatens her career, and when he spirals out of control,
it reawakens fears from her own history, making her unable to commit to a future
with him.
When Aleksandr discovers the truth behind his self-destructive
behavior, will his newfound self-awareness be enough to convince Stephanie to give
him one last chance…
Or will his revelation drive her away for good?

About the Book

Title: Firebird
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Jennifer Loring
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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