Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blog tour: Loving You Is Easy by Wendy S. Marcus

Loving You is Easy 
By: Wendy S. Marcus
Releasing December 9th, 2014 

She’s a survivor of the front lines of politics. He’s a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?

Nobody plays the role of perfect politician’s daughter better than quiet, respectable math teacher Brooke Ellstein. But she won’t be caught swimming with the sharks again, not after the son of a wealthy donor sinks his teeth into her and gets away with it. Still, political connections have their perks, such as heading up the governor’s “Support Our Troops” pen-pal initiative—and getting first dibs on the smoking-hot sergeant whose picture shakes her right down to her goody-two-shoes.

When corresponding with sweet, classy Brooke, Shane Develen instinctively hides his commando tattoos and blue-collar roots—and he can tell that she’s hiding something, too. But Shane knows he’s gained her trust when Brooke gives him a blisteringly sexy photo. Then he’s injured in an ambush and a fellow soldier posts the snapshot online. Overnight, Brooke’s reputation turns to ashes. Even though he’s totally wrong for her, Shane shows up on Brooke’s doorstep, determined to set things right—and discovers that right or wrong has nothing on the chemistry they share.

Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. A nurse by trade, Wendy holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration, a degree that does her absolutely no good as she now spends her days, nights, and weekends mucking around in her characters’ lives creating conflict, emotion, and, of course, a happily ever after. Wendy lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her dog Buddy, and blogging/e-mailing/tweeting/facebooking with her online friends.

Hello Wendy! Welcome to Roberta’s Dreamworld and thank you for your time. First of all, tell us something about yourself, both as a writer and as a person.

Hi Roberta! Thank you so much for having me today. I’m a registered nurse turned romance author. I began my career writing Medical Romance for Harlequin Mills and Boon with my first book published in 2011. I’m a mom of three, married twenty-six years and I presently write full time.  

How/when did you realize you wanted to become a writer? 

I began reading later in life, probably in my mid-thirties. It didn’t take long for me to become addicted to romance novels. But as every voracious reader knows, the more you read the quicker you exhaust your supply of books available from authors you love which forces you to expand your pool of favorite authors. Well, trying out new authors is hit or miss. And after reading some books that – in my opinion – weren’t all that good, I decided I could do better. And I set out to write my first book. 

Let’s speak about “Loving You Is Easy”. We’ve read the synopsis but can you tell us a little more about what the book is about?

It’s about romance today, where it’s not uncommon for two people to fall in love without ever having met in person. It’s about the power of the Internet and how it can ruin someone’s reputation because people are so quick to believe what they read online. It’s about loving someone, despite their faults. 

How did you come up with the idea and how did you create the characters?

I LOVE military heroes! And I have a slight obsession with ‘Soldier Coming Home’ videos on YouTube. One of my favorites showed a woman meeting her soldier boyfriend at the airport for their first kiss. Turns out they’d known each other in passing prior to the soldier’s deployment. Their relationship grewfrom correspondence exchanged while he was overseas. How romantic! And my soldier pen pal idea was born. The characters grew from there. I knew I wanted the hero to be an injured veteran/reformed bad boy. And I wanted the heroine to be a good girl. From there I came up with obstacles they would have to overcome in order to find their happily ever after. 

If you should describe your books in three words, what would you pick?

Real, emotional, and a reviewer recently used the word ‘engaging’ which I like.

Do you have any favorite authors and did they influence your choice of the genre?

My favorite genres of romance are contemporary and historical. I have lots of favorite authors, way too many to list them all. But my automatic buys are Jill Shalvis for contemporary and Elizabeth Hoyt for historical. While I love to read historical romance, I don’t see myself writing one…at least not now.  

What else do you enjoy doing, when you’re not writing? 

I love social media so you can often find me on Facebook and Twitter. I play Bunco (a dice game we use as an excuse to get together and drink wine) monthly with a group of friends. I love to take long walks – when the weather is nice - and watch reality television with my husband and youngest daughter. But my favorite pastime of all is reading. 

As a writer do you get support from your family and friends?

I am a very lucky woman. My husband has been supportive of me since the day I told him I was working on my first novel. While they all agree they have no desire to read my books, my children (ages 23, 20, and 17) are also very supportive of my new career. But when someone asks my son (20) what I do for a living he tells them I’m a nurse, which technically I am, although I’m not actively working in nursing at the moment. My youngest (17) tells her friends I don’t care if she has sex as long as she shares all the details so I can put them in a book. To which I’ve told her, “Uh, no Rachel, that’s not true AT ALL!!!!”

What are your dreams and plans for your future as a writer?

I’d love to see my name on the New York Times or USA Today Bestsellers list someday. But for now I’m happy with the very positive reviews and e-mails I get from readers who love my stories. 

Would you like to say something to the readers to encourage them to read your books?

Well, since I don’t want to come off like just another author screaming, “Buy my book!! Buy my book!!” I’ll invite readers to visit the Random House website (PLEASE ADD LINK TO RANDOM HOUSE WEBSITE: ) to check out the advance praise Loving You Is Easy has received from some pretty big name authors. Or check out Goodreads  to see what other readers are saying. 

And now I’d like to finish up with a question for you. What do you think about couples meeting and falling in love without ever having met? Do you know anyone this has happened to? 


Oh no, no, no. Sex was not on her agenda for the evening. Some dinner, enjoyable conversation, maybe another kiss or two and she’d be making the hour drive north to her condo in New York. Her clothes would remain on, all of them, at all times. Even though she’d known him for months, technically, tonight was only their first date.
Either he’d picked up on her “no sex” vibe or he’d been kidding around with her because he finished up with, “ . . . hang out, just the two of us, watch a few movies, and talk to each other face-to-face in the same room for a change.” Which sounded wonderful, but in his hotel room? The two of them all alone? Was she strong enough to resist the pull of attraction that had her wanting things she shouldn’t? At least not yet. Because if they had sex when he thought of her only as a friend he’d have no need to make her a girlfriend, to make them exclusive, long-term.
In the quiet hotel elevator, Shane watched Brooke. So damn beautiful in a soft yet strong, sweet yet sexy, classy yet regular girl sort of way—so different from the brash blue-collar bad girls that frequented his favorite North Carolina and New Jersey hangouts.
She was wealthy, smart, independent, and way too good for him by far.
Had he not been chosen for her pen pal program, there was no chance their paths in life would have ever crossed. Yet here he was, so close he could reach out and touch her, so hard with need he had to brace his duffle against the bulge in his pants to keep from scaring her off.
The doors opened and Shane motioned for Brooke to go ahead of him; it was the gentlemanly thing to do, but it also gave him a chance to check her out from behind. Her navy blue and white striped dress went down almost to the floor and outlined her rounded butt and slender thighs perfectly. A long side slit offered tempting glimpses of the smooth, tan skin of her long legs. An expensive-looking, ultrasoft white sweater covered her shoulders, and fashionable white strappy sandals accented her narrow feet.
Everything about Brooke turned him on—made him feel damn lucky to be with her. Too bad he didn’t have the same effect on her.
Shane wished he’d had his phone handy to snap a picture of the expression on Brooke’s face when she said, “This room is all bed.”
He smiled. After sleeping on an uncomfortable cot for too many months he’d opted for the king over two queens. Right this moment he couldn’t be happier he had. “Make yourself comfortable.” He motioned to the bed.
The look she gave him made him laugh. When he got it under control he told her, “Lie down. Sit down.” He pointed to a hard wooden chair pushed beneath a small desk crammed into the corner. “Whatever you’d like.” He tossed his bag onto the bed, unzipped it, and dug around for a clean change of clothes, making sure to locate a long-sleeved shirt that would keep his tattoos hidden. “I’m going to take a quick shower.”
Standing in the entrance to the bathroom he couldn’t resist teasing her some more—Who knew? Maybe if he kept it up she’d give in and agree—so he stuck out his head and said, “Just letting you know I am purposely leaving this door unlocked so you can come in and join me. Consider this an invitation if you need one.”
“There you go again.” Sitting primly on the corner of the bed, Brooke looked up from what he assumed was the room service menu. “Confusing me with a girlfriend.”
The number one problem with good girls is no sex without a commitment. He sort of respected that. But it didn’t keep him from continuing his pursuit, for the fun of it as much as to get her between the sheets of his big, inviting bed. “Haven’t you ever heard of friends with benefits? I am very open to that type of friendship.”
“Of course you are.” She lowered the menu and placed it in her lap. “Unfortunately, I don’t play that game.”
Unfortunate indeed. Cold shower here I come.


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