Title: Love Therapy
Author: Fiona McGier
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Wings epress, Inc.
Miguel’s first love, his high school sweetheart, was the woman he wanted to marry…because they belonged together. But she had a different kind of future in mind and left for college, leaving him and his broken heart behind. 20 years later he saw her at their high school reunion. Will he walk away this time? Or is it still meant to be? And what will his family think?
Welcome to Sizzling Releases, Fiona McGier. I’m so pleased you could join me today. What is your Sizzling Release?
What is Love Therapy all about?
Miguel Reyes thought he had found the woman he was meant to spend his life with when they became lovers their senior year of high school. That was how his own parents started over 40 years of togetherness. But Alicia Torres ran away from him twice, breaking his heart both times. He has spent 20 years trying to forget about her. But when she walks into their 20th high school reunion, he gets drunk so that he can be rude to her, then regrets it. He wants to apologize…but is that all he wants? And how much baggage has Alicia brought back with her? And what will his family say?
That sounds (I’ll enter an adjective here). How did you come up with the idea?
While I was writing Analysis of Love, the 4th book in my Reyes Family Romances series, Miguel was the supportive brother, closest in age and best friends with Catalina, the heroine. Things he said to her in that book made me want to give him a happily-ever-after of his own. So I wrote this for him.
I know this is book number 5 in the series Reye Family Romances. Did you begin writing with a series in mind, or did your muse take over?
I was originally only writing one book, and the hero was Hispanic. The second book was to give the original heroine’s best friend a happily-ever-after of her own. Then the kids of the brother to the original hero started to tell me their stories too…I didn’t start out writing about a Hispanic family, but that’s the way it turned out. And it dove-tailed nicely with a Conversational Spanish class that I was taking at the local junior college. My professor “vettes” my español for me, so I can be as correct in Spanish as I am in English.
As a multi-published author, what advice do you have for those just beginning a career as a writer?
Write everyday, as often as you can. When you can’t write, be thinking about your stories, night and day. Observe people around you: how they act/talk/behave, and realize you will use it all someday. Be a sponge and soak up enough life, so that when you start to create, it will flow easily. And don’t ever get discouraged. It’s not easy to find readers when you don’t have a publicity organization working for you. But I find the stories are so much fun to write, that I’ll keep them coming and hope that someone is enjoying reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.
Tell the readers about your backlist.
Never Too Old For the Game of Love: Tegan O’Neill, almost 40, divorced with 2 kids, thinks that she has no time for love. Alejandro Reyes, 42, divorced, has no interest in ever marrying again. When their worlds collide, both of them
have to change their minds.
Recipe For Love: Tegan is now pregnant and planning her wedding. Best friend Patti will be the caterer, but at the same time she is opening a small café with money she has borrowed from Alejandro. He convinces her she needs an assistant, and when a tall, bald, tattooed Roma biker applies for the job, Patti’s imagination thinks of many positions she’d like to see him in, and only some involve food!
Love By Design: Rosa Reyes was 15 and the babysitter in the first book. Now she is 30, a famous interior designer at the apex of her career. When an exciting new opportunity is presented to her, she jumps at it, until she discovers that the house she wants to work on has been bought by a man she almost married 7 years ago. He is as shocked as she is, that fate has brought them together again, and at how easily they both remember how it was for them when they were lovers. Can they keep their relationship just business? For how long?
Analysis of Love: Catalina was the man-eating sister in the last book. Now she is the star of her own romance. She still thinks that all men are like potato chips: tasty, but no one can stop at just one! When she meets a new man, a blind analyst, she starts to experience something she has never felt before, and she doesn’t know how to act anymore. Is there hope for her? For them?
What are you working on now?
I am done with another Reyes Romance, and am in the process of sending it out. I have 2 other Reyes Romances begun. I am also mostly done with another stand-alone romance, and have yet another one almost finished.
Do you have an evil day job, and if you do, how do you find time to write?
Actually, I have 4 teen-aged/young adult kids, and a supportive husband. I also have complete care for my mom who has Alzheimers, so I go visit with her 3-4 times a week. I substitute-teach during the school year, and grade standardized tests at night as needed. I am looking for something to work at during the summer, because we need to get all 4 kids through college! I write late at night, when everyone is in bed…around here, that means until about 3-4am! I also grab whatever time I can during the day and night. And when I’m not at my laptop, I’m thinking about scenes, and working through them in my head. In a way, I’m almost always writing.
What sparks your imagination and gets your juices flowing?
I love when I wake up with complete story arcs in my head! That has happened a few times and those stories write themselves. Other times, like with this series, a supporting character starts demanding my attention when I’m finishing a book, and I immediately start to write their story next.
What does your family and friends think about you being a published author?
My husband has read everything, and thinks the Reyes books would make a great telenovella. My kids are amused that their mom writes “smut”. My friends buy all of my books…they are my loyal fans.
It’s June and summer is upon us. Do you have any vacation plans?
We will go camping for a few weekends, close to home in Wisconsin, then up to the boundary waters of Minnesota for 2 weeks in late July, with whichever of the kids who want to come with us. We like the absolute stillness, the howling of wolves and the calls of the loons. They go fishing, I write. Works for me!
What is your favorite vacation memory?
BK, “before kids”, when I was in sales, I earned an all-expenses paid weeklong Caribbean cruise. We had only been married a year, and had gone camping on our honeymoon. So it was the only time we were completely pampered and spoiled, and we truly enjoyed it!
Bikini, one-piece, tankini, or shorts and a t-shirt?
Tankini…though I must say I really like men in Speedos! My husband had one when I met him (rowf!)—but then, to be fair, I had a bikini back then also.
Lake, river or ocean?
We mostly swim in lakes, though I prefer colder water, so I like Lake Superior a lot more than Lake Michigan. Rivers are okay, too.
Surfing or skiing?
Neither! Did I mention the 4 kids and the whole part-time jobs and college-payments thing? Can’t afford those kinds of sports.
Snorkeling or scuba diving?
Ditto with above, though we did enjoy snorkeling while on that cruise…
Thank you so much for being here. Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?
I hope you fall in love with my heroes…I know I do! The kind of men I write about really do exist! I’m married to one of them, and have tried to raise 3 more to contribute to the young women of today.
And before we go, can we get a juicy excerpt from Love Therapy?
“Did you get anything to wear for a date? Should we go out to dinner?” Miguel asked in an amused tone.
Wearily, Alicia shook her head as she tossed her bags into the trunk of her car.
“I don’t know, Miguel. I’m kind of tired. Can we just order a pizza or something?”
There was a moment of silence before Miguel answered.
“Can we get naked as soon as you get home and stay naked all night long?”
Alicia smiled as she felt her body react to his words, as she imagined his body hardening in all of her favorite places.
“I suppose so,” she answered slowly.
“Are you already on your way back here?”
“Um hum,” she said as she turned on her car, and checked her mirrors to begin driving. “I’m pulling out of the lot now. Why? Do you want me to pick up the pizza on the way home?”
Miguel smiled almost audibly into the phone.
“No, I’d rather order it later, after we have had a chance to be naked for a while, if you get my meaning.”
“You bad boy! You are distracting me in a major way while I am trying to drive!”
“Are your panties getting moist?” His voice was a low purr.
She giggled again.
“Silly man! You forget that I don’t have any on, remember? I’m wearing your jeans! With nothing on underneath them!”
“Oooh, that’s right,” he answered in a low voice. “All of that luscious nudity, in my pants. I’m going to chew them off of you as soon as you get here.”
Alicia moaned softly into her phone.
“What I wanted to ask is can you stop and pick up a couple of things before you get home?”
“Well,” he began, “I think we need some whipped cream…you know, the kind that comes in a spray can?”
“I already have some strawberries,” he continued. “But how about you pick up some chocolate sauce also?”
“Are you planning on making ice cream sundaes?”
“Heh, heh, heh. Why no, little lady. There’s no need for ice cream at all. You see,” he continued, in a low, sexy voice, “I plan on spreading the chocolate sauce and the whipped cream all over your sexy body, then licking all of it off of you. You are going to be my dessert tonight!”
Alicia didn’t have to look into the mirror to know that she was blushing. She could feel the heat spread all over her body from his words. She shifted around in her seat as she waited at the stoplight.
“Miguel Reyes, you really are a bad boy!”
She thought about it for a moment.
“I think you need to be punished!”
Miguel chuckled softly into the phone.
“We can play that game some other night, my love. We are going to have a whole lot of other nights to indulge our every fantasy. Tonight, I plan to make you my dessert. Some other night, I will be your willing slave. Then another night, you can be my willing slave.”
“Miguel, you are the most imaginative, creative lover I have ever been with. I can’t wait to get home. But I’m going to have to hang up now so I can go into the store and pick up what you want me to get.”
“Hurry back, my love.”
He blew a kiss into the phone.
Alicia smiled also.
She kissed her phone, then hung up.
She sat for a moment in her car, feeling her toes curl with anticipation.
“Damn! I had almost forgotten what it was like, to feel wanted and adored. And Miguel was always such a thoughtful and creative lover. I’m so glad he hasn’t changed.”
With that, she got out of the car and headed into the store to pick up the items he had requested.