What genres do you write?
I write suspenseful contemporary romance, western romance, and women’s fiction.
Coffee or tea lover?
Both. In quantity.
Name one thing on your bucket list.
Professionally – to write 100 books.
Personally – dancing lessons
Do you have pets?
Bella – black lab
Luna – German shepherd/husky mix
Shadow – cat
Siku and Kuma – my daughter’s parakeets
When I wake up every morning I…
Snuggle and feed my grandson. Drink my coffee, check email, work.
Weirdest or unique thing you own.
Luna – we tell her she’s a sweet dog (because she really is the sweetest) but she’s a bad dog. She’s clumsy and smart and gets into all kinds of weird trouble. But we love her.
Do you have any hobbies or particular skills?
I love gardening and know the names of a lot of plants.
What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?
That people are stronger than they think and love isn’t easy but possible for everyone.
What inspired you to write Waiting on a Cowboy?
Liz tells Tate in preschool that she’s going to marry him. It’s not until she shuts him out to focus on a new guy and the potential to have everything Tate thinks they can’t have together without ruining their friendship that he finally opens his eyes to the possibility.
I loved the idea of love at first sight even at a very young age. And friends to lovers is such a great trope.
Two or three words that best describe your writing style.
Action-packed. Dramatic. Steamy, and full of deep emotion. I want readers to feel the characters.
Meet New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ryan’s McGraths: a family as untamed as the land they call home.
Tate McGrath just didn’t get it. Why was Liz Scott, his best friend—and the person he relied on and trusted most—suddenly avoiding him! When he finally tracks her down, he finds her with a man he knows nothing about and she’s been dating for weeks. Suddenly, he can’t make himself ignore her tempting curves and deep green eyes, and all he wants to do is keep her all to himself. What was going on? Could he possibly be…jealous?
Liz had made the decision: stop carrying a torch for Tate and find a guy who wants to be her everything. Tate had always seen her as honest, dependable, smart, kind…Best friend, not girlfriend! And she needed to give up the dream of marrying the man she’d loved since preschool and move on.
But when Liz’s boyfriend turns dangerous, Tate steps up to help and soon realizes he’s the cowboy hero she’s been waiting for him to be all along.
Excerpt of Waiting On A Cowboy
She released him and pushed past him. “I know you care about me. I get it. I don’t need another we’re-better-as-friends speech.”
Tate took her arm and pulled to get her to turn around and face him.
She expected him to say what he always said about not wanting to lose what they had, but instead he took her face in his hands and stared down into her eyes and just like that she fell deep into the blue depths and all the sincerity and honesty staring back at her.
“I think if we gave it a try we could be great together.” Those words barely penetrated her ears before his lips settled on hers and he scrambled her brain.
His arms went around her back and pulled her close. Her breasts pressed to his chest. She fisted her hands in his shirt at his back and held on because she seriously thought her legs would give out from the tremble of need that shook through her.
His tongue swept across her bottom lips and she stopped thinking about anything but tasting him. She opened her mouth and he dove in, sweeping his tongue along hers. He did so with a skill that curled her toes but also carried a hint of hesitancy, like he wasn’t sure, or maybe like her, it felt so new and wondrous he needed a second to settle into it.
“Damn, sweetheart, I should have kissed you forever ago.” Those sweet words were followed by another searing kiss.
They got lost in each other for another long moment until Tate broke the kiss, drew in a ragged breath, pressed his forehead to hers, and stared deep into her eyes.
She rubbed her hands down his back along his taut muscles and held his waist. “I don’t know what to do now.” She waited to see if she woke up from this dream.
Tate brushed her hair behind her ear. “Let’s go out to dinner. On a real date.”
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