Interview and Book Giveaway with Contemporary Romance Author Jeannie Moon

Sunday, June 01, 2014
There's no time like summer to get immersed in a new book series, and today we've got a great prospect for your "to-be-read pile!" On her website, native Long Islander Jeannie Moon describes herself as a "mom, wife, teacher, librarian and romance author." She created The Forever Love Stories series as a way to share her belief in the magic and power of first love, whether it finds you at the age of fifteen or fifty. Her latest book in the series, The Wedding Secret, was just released this past month. Jeannie graciously agreed to answer a few questions about the world of writing romance novels, and as a bonus, is offering a giveaway of the book that started it all, The Temporary Wife.

About the author:

Jeannie Moon has always been a romantic. When she's not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books. Married to her high school sweetheart, Jeannie has three kids, three lovable dogs and a mischievous cat, and resides on Long Island, NY. If she's more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week, she gets twitchy. Visit her website at



About The Forever Love Stories Series:

Set on the North Shore of Long Island, NY and amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City, the books introduce readers to the Rossi siblings, Meg, Caroline and Kevin. Brilliant, fun loving and dedicated to their family, life has dealt some tough blows to this tight-knit group. But in spite of the hardships they face, Meg, Caroline and Kevin open themselves up to romantic possibilities and allow their hearts to lead.

These are stories that are meant to make you ache, yearn, laugh and cry. But more than anything, they are meant to make you believe in forever.

About The Wedding Secret:

Harper Poole's Harvard MBA and killer instincts have made her a high-powered assistant at a software firm that generates billions. No one would ever guess she's been keeping a secret: that she isn't the trust fund baby everyone thinks she is, but was really raised in a trailer park in western Pennsylvania. Harper has a great life and has everything she wants--except love. But a one-night stand at a wedding with the bride's brother can help take a girl's mind off anything.

Kevin Rossi is a superstar major league catcher who can have any woman he wants. So when Harper discovers she's pregnant after their one night of passion, she has no intention of making any demands on him. It will just be another secret to keep. But when the two meet again a year later, Harper wrestles with her choice--especially when her heart longs for the father of her baby...

Print length: 225 pages
Publisher: InterMix (May 20, 2014)

The Wedding Secret is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

----------Interview by Renee Roberson

WOW: Jeannie, welcome! We are so excited to have you with us here today at WOW! The tagline on your author website describes your books as "Love stories that don't play by the rules." How would you say your novels live up to this description?

Jeannie: I mix my tropes, bring in heroines who are non-traditional, have alpha heroes who don't always fit the mold...I'll turn things upside down simply because I can, and my characters are better for it.

WOW: Your Forever Love Stories series features the stories of three siblings, Meg, Caroline and Kevin. Did you originally plan on writing a series about a specific family or did that evolve as you wrote the first book, The Temporary Wife?

Jeannie: Actually, my intention was to focus on Meg, Caroline and Harper when I started the three book series. I didn't know I was going to bring Kevin into the mix initially. But when I was writing Unexpectedly Yours, and Kevin popped up here and there, I knew he and Harper could have a lot of fun together. And they do! Their chemistry is off the charts!

WOW: We found you through your agent, Stephany Evans with FinePrint Literary Management. Speaking of agents, we always love to hear query stories. How did you go about finding your agent, and was it a long process?

Jeannie: My process has been more like getting through a maze. I've actually had a few agents. One, I parted ways with early in my writing journey, amicably, because her list was changing and I had to take a break from writing because of a bad car accident. She's a lovely woman, very professional, and I learned a lot from her. I had a not so good experience with an agent, (who will not be named) before I landed with FinePrint. My first agent at FinePrint, was Becky Vinter, who has since left agenting and I met her at an author networking event. She requested material from me, and I eventually signed with her. When she left the agency, I was lucky to have Stephany take me on! If I've learned anything from this "process" it's that publishing is always changing and people are always moving.

WOW: I think that's wonderful insight for any writer struggling to find the right place for their book(s)
--thanks so much for sharing that! I've always heard to read as much as you can in the genre that you write . . . so who would you say some of your favorite romance authors?

Jeannie: Kristan Higgins, Robyn Carr, Virginia Kantra, JoAnn Ross, Laura Moore, Julia Quinn, Carly Phillips....I could go on and on and on.

WOW: What advice do you have for writers focusing on the contemporary romance genre? Any do's and don'ts you've learned over the years?

Jeannie: Hmmm. Avoid pop culture references, it will date your book. Alpha heroes are fine, but they're always better mixed with a little beta. The guy with a heart of gold is irresistible.

Renee Roberson is a blog tour manager for WOW! Women on Writing and an award-winning freelance writer and editor. Visit her website at

***** BOOK GIVEAWAY *****

Readers, We have a special treat for you! Jeannie is giving away a copy of the first book in her Forever Love Stories series, The Temporary Wife. Just enter the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win! We will announce the winner a week from now in the form and follow up via email.

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Margo Dill said...

Great interview Renee! Best of luck to you Jeannie. Your books sound great and love the covers!

Unknown said...

Thank you, Margo!

Unknown said...

nice interview, it is always interesting to learn an author's process for writing. also about the complexity of the publishing world. my hat is off to all you authors. it is tough competition but as i read all the blogs, many of my favorite authors are friends with each other. so it seems you have a great support system too.

Unknown said...

did i win this book? if so my email is

Unknown said...

i was just wondering when i might expect to receive this book? thank you,

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