Love is in the air and since it must be celebrated, the price of A State of Jane has been lowered to only 99 cents until Sunday, February 17th. Get it while it’s cheap(er)! If you’re already downloaded it (and I thank you from the bottom of my heart and hope you enjoyed it), I’m excited to announce that eight of my favorite authors have also lowered the price of one of their ebooks to 99 cents! I’ve read most of these books and they are fabulous. See below for buy links to these fun and flirty romantic comedies.
These other authors and I thought it would be fun to ask a character from our featured novel to answer some personal questions about her love (or lust) life. I asked Jane Frank, the main character from A State of Jane if she would participate and after some blackmail (I threatened to tell everyone about her infamous strip tease) and some bribery (I promised to consider writing a second novel with her in the starring role), she agreed.
Meredith: Are you currently in a relationship? If so, tell us a little bit about your significant other. And if not… what are you looking for in a romantic partner?
Jane: I am not currently in a relationship and this is the first time since I was 16 that I’ve been single. It’s been a year since Bob and I broke up though, so I am ready to fall in love again! I’m really not that picky. He needs to be intelligent, hopefully with an advanced degree. He should be taller than me by at least four inches and preferably two years older. He must be a non-smoker with a full head of hair, preferably dark, and he can’t be a vegetarian because that would be a waste of my stellar cooking skills. Finally, he should be generous with good manners. And physically fit. Other than that, I’m completely open. I’m not really picky; just selective.
Meredith: Wow, your flexibility is astounding. *rolls eyes*. So, how old were you when you had your first kiss – and can you share what you remember about it?
Jane: I was actually 15 which, as my older sister reminded me often, is kind of old, but I was shy around boys and my boobs hadn’t come in yet so boys didn’t pay much attention to me. I was at my friend Melanie’s birthday party and the cooler kids were playing spin the bottle. My closest friends didn’t want to play because you had to French kiss but I was determined that the saying “16 and never been kissed” would not apply to me so I played. I had my first three kisses in the same night. I can’t remember the first one because I was so nervous. It was like an out of body experience. The second one was gross because the guy was like a lizard. He was all tongue! But the third kiss, Ryan Branson, was heavenly. He must have felt the same way because we made out at every party for the rest of the school year. We even got to second base. He never spoke to me in school though. These douchebags start early!
Meredith: Kissing 3 boys in the same night. Even as a teenager, you were all about the extremes, Jane Frank! Moving on, describe your ideal evening.
Jane: If you asked me a few months ago, I would have probably said something about a fancy dinner but now all that really matters to me is being completely comfortable in a guy’s company and confident that he likes me for who I am and not just to get in my pants. On the flipside, there’s nothing wrong with a guy only wanting me for sex as long as he is up front about it and not pretending to be smitten with me. “Oh, Jane, I love your curves!”, “Oh Jane, you are so sweet and romantic. I’ve never met anyone like you before.” “Oh Jane, we have all the time in the world.” Please.
Meredith: Oh, dear. I didn’t mean to touch on such a sensitive subject. Let’s skip to the next question. What food gets you in the mood?
Jane: Good question! People think that oysters are the best aphrodisiacs but I think they’re gross. Chocolate and licorice. If at all possible, chocolate covered licorice. I know it sounds kind of crazy but I experimented once with some melted chocolate and black licorice and, oh my, Bob and I must have had sex like five times that night. Word to the wise, stay away from rack of lamb. Trust me on that one.
Meredith: Consider me duly warned! Can you tell us about your worst date ever?
Jane: Oh, Meredith. Where do I begin? I’ve had so many bad dates lately! Well, some of them seemed like good dates while they were happening but later, after some thought and well, lots of tears, I realized the dates kind of sucked! There was the embarrassing strip tease for one. Can we skip to the next question please?
Meredith. Of course. No worries. Okay, how about this one. What’s the best romantic gift you ever received – and the best one you ever gave?
Jane: One year, I bought Bob courtside seats to a Knicks game. He was so excited! Especially since they were playing the Packers, one of their bigger rivals!
Meredith: You mean the Pacers?
Jane: Pacers, yeah. Isn’t that what I said? My favorite gift was the year Bob bought us tickets to a James Beard Foundation dinner. Some of my favorite chefs were in the house, like Tom Colicchio, Danny Meyer, Charlie Palmer, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Charlie Palmer made the best Poached Mediterranean Sea Bass I’ve ever had. Heavenly. I tried to recreate the recipe but it didn’t work.
Meredith: You’re making me so hungry! Okay, last question. How far will you go on a first date? And how many dates do you need to go on before you knock boots?
Jane: Honestly, I’m so done with rules. Rules Schmules! The so-called “third date rule”? Total bullshit. A guy is just as likely to dump you if you sleep with him after five dates as he is after one. I’m so sick of playing these stupid games. Done.
Meredith: Nicely said, Jane. Yes, we are done! Thanks so much for being so open and honest with me. I will get on the sequel as soon as I can!
You can read the other Q&As here:
And before you go, check out all of the books in our Valentine’s Day Promotion below – Amazon buy-links included for ease of convenience!
A State of Jane by Meredith Schorr – Jane Frank is newly single after nine years and looking for a second chance at love. But when she dives head first into the NYC dating scene and finds it infested with flakes who are interested today and gone tomorrow, it may be time for Jane to turn the tables! http://www.amazon.com/A-State-of-Jane-ebook/dp/B009CDVZ64
Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey – Daytime talk show producer Jamie Ross is beyond fed up with her toxic bad boy turned metrosexual boyfriend. Spurred on by her gang of quirky friends, she goes on a hilarious, at-times disastrous, and totally life-changing hunt to track down the ”one who got away.” But are some loves best left behind? http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Lucas-ebook/dp/B007VIIU6A
In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister – Handling the problems of hysterical hypochondriacs, lovelorn neurotics, and compulsive man whores is all in a day’s work for super-shrink Pilar Alvarez. But can she deal with her crazy Cuban family, a trio of unsuitable suitors, and a threat to her practice without ending up on the couch herself? http://www.amazon.com/In-Need-of-Therapy-ebook/dp/B008N6Z36Y
Rita Hayworth’s Shoes by Francine LaSala – Jilted bride Amy’s down on everything until she convinces herself to purchase a cute, ridiculously expensive pair of second-hand shoes. Once she does, life starts looking up, and she falls into an unexpected new romance with the last man she’d ever expect to love. But can a pair of shoes really be magic? And is her new prince really just a frog? http://www.amazon.com/Rita-Hayworths-Shoes-ebook/dp/B007ZHVB1I/ref=tmm_kin_title_0
Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie – When Roxy Rule shares a passionate kiss with her lifelong best friend, she must come to terms with her feelings for him while dealing with two sisters in full crisis mode, a boss who makes her want to stab herself with a letter opener and a fiancé who can’t wait to walk down the aisle. Can she keep it together–or will she break under the pressure? http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-the-Rules-ebook/dp/B008UZYPLW
The Green Ticket by Samantha March – College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty, but her good fortune quickly turns disastrous when she realizes her job is filled with lies, betrayal, and cover-ups. Keeping up with classes, her girlfriends and a budding romance, Alex feels the pressure – but will she overcome the challenges? http://www.amazon.com/The-Green-Ticket-ebook/dp/B00AI02BO0
Unmasking Maya by Libby Mercer – Disgraced New York fashionista, Maya Kirkwood, is fashioning herself a new life as an artist in San Francisco when she’s hired to do an installation of her work by dorky, yet dashing dotcom executive, Derek. The sparks soon start to fly, but this could mean disaster for Maya – a woman with an explosive past and far too many secrets.http://www.amazon.com/Unmasking-Maya-ebook/dp/B00AN7CCV0
True Love Way by Nancy Scrofano – When her high school sweetheart, Josh, suddenly returns after twelve years in Paris, Marlo Spencer travels to her hometown to try to rekindle their relationship. But when dreams of a blissful reunion are shattered as old secrets and betrayals are revealed, can she forgive and forget, or will true love find a different path to her heart? http://www.amazon.com/True-Love-Way-ebook/dp/B007VA4AZI
Picture Perfect by Lucie Simone – Lauren Tate’s perfectly planned life quickly unravels at the seams when a smear campaign threatens her career as a top TV executive, but she learns just how cutthroat showbiz can truly be when the hottest scandal in Tinsel Town turns deadly and the Hollywood hunk who’s stolen her heart goes missing. http://www.amazon.com/Picture-Perfect-ebook/dp/B0093H0326