In Adriana Locke’s TUMBLE, After being burned by her dream job in New York City, sports journalist Neely Kimber suddenly finds herself jobless and paying a long-overdue visit to her hometown in Tennessee. Her plan? Relax, reset, and head back up the corporate ladder. There’s just one unexpected step. Neely’s back in Dogwood Lane for barely a day when she sees the man she ran from nine years ago: the bad boy next door who was her first kiss, her first love, and her first heartbreak.
RJ gives TUMBLE 4 Hearts! http://romancejunkies.com/reviews/tumble-dogwood-lane/
Interview with Author Adriana Locke
I am so glad you could join us here at Romance Junkies. To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current project?
First of all, thank you for having me! I’m honored you’d have me by to chat about Tumble, a story I adore. It was so much fun to meet these small town, blue-collar characters. I love small towns, having been a small-town girl most of my life, and Dogwood Lane captures the quaint, hometown feel we identify with that setting. In Tumble, Neely has come home after leaving with a broken heart years before. Some things are just the way she left them. Others, not so much.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
Honestly, that didn’t happen until I wrote “The End” on my first book. I’d always written as a hobby. My early stories were short, more like journal entries, really. When I finished The Exception and felt the rush of adrenaline of seeing it through, I knew this was what I had to do. There’s nothing like it.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
Strangely, it was my husband who knows nothing about writing at all! He told me to follow my gut and trust my instincts. That’s been the most valuable tip I’ve ever gotten. Sure, things like ‘put your butt in the chair and just write’ and ‘write every day’ and ‘tune out the noise’ are also very good pieces of advice but trust your gut. That’s the biggest thing, in my opinion.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
*rubs hands together* My perfect hero is kind. That’s first, without a doubt. He would have a great smile, strong shoulders, an affinity for kids. A southern drawl wouldn’t hurt anything, nor would a job. Ha! He’d have perfectly messy hair, a great strong, stubbled jaw, and his alpha streak would be a mile long. *sighs*
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
Besides reading, of course, I love gardening. There’s something about putting your hands in the Earth that brings me peace and joy. I’m a mom of four boys, so I also find a lot of happiness in watching them do things they love—baseball, wrestling, running. Things like that. I also love to cook and bake but hate cleaning it up. Ha!
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
My biggest adventure? Well, we lived completely off-the-grid for six years. We thought it would be an interesting learning experience. We had no idea just how huge this project would be, nor how life-changing. There was no grid-tie, which means we had to make our own power and water with a well, wind turbines, and solar panels. It was amazing. It completely changed who I am as a person in the very best way. My children would go back to that lifestyle in a heartbeat. We might do it someday. Who knows.
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
I would say I’m a mother at the core. I’m responsible and caring and have a lot of anxiety because life refuses to let you get too comfortable and I’m always waiting on the next thing. I’m a terrible housewife. My friends would say I’m impatient and loyal. (Because I asked them. Ha.)
What project are you working on next?
I’m finishing up Crazy, a standalone in my interconnected Gibson Boys Series. Peck is a mechanic with a fun streak that goes forever, but under that goofy grin and mop of blond hair, there’s a serious side I didn’t expect. It’s been fun unraveling this hero. Thank you for having me, Romance Junkies!
Author: Adriana Locke
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance
After being burned by her dream job in New York City, sports journalist Neely Kimber suddenly finds herself jobless and paying a long-overdue visit to her hometown in Tennessee. Her plan? Relax, reset, and head back up the corporate ladder. There’s just one unexpected step. Neely’s back in Dogwood Lane for barely a day when she sees the man she ran from nine years ago: the bad boy next door who was her first kiss, her first love, and her first heartbreak.
Devoted single dad Dane Madden knows he hurt Neely in the worst way. He’s got a lot to make up for. And as passionate as their reconnection is, it’s a lot to hope for. Having her back in his arms feels so right. But falling in love all over again with a woman who wants to live a world away is bound to go so wrong.
What’s it going to take for Neely to give him—and Dogwood Lane—just one more chance?
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USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys dreamed up by other authors, she decided to create her own. She is the author of Tumble, the first novel in her Dogwood Lane series; the Exception series; the Gibson Brothers series; and the Landry Family series.
She resides in the Midwest with her husband, her sons, two dogs, two cats, and a bird. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice, and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket. Besides cinnamon gummy bears, boxing, and random quotes, her next favorite thing is chatting with readers. She’d love to hear from you! Look for her at www.adrianalocke.com.
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