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Friday, January 3, 2014

Author Interview Babette James

 Morning Readers, for the second morning in a row we have a wonderful  author interview. Today we're lucky to have the lovely Babette James.

Tell me three words that describe yourself starting with A, B, and C.
Amiable, busy, curious

 What are your three favorite things?

It’s always hard picking just three things, but my cats, coffee, and pie are among the top of my list.

Is there a process you stick to, or do you just write as it hits you?

I’m definitely a pantser, writing as it hits me. I start with a scene and a character and the story grows like Topsy in every direction until I discover how it all works out. I did create an outline as I go deeper into the story to keep track of scenes and start to build the synopsis, but the story came first and outline second. I am trying to become more of a planner, marking out where I need story points to occur and building the outline as I go. I’m working on several novellas, and planning is coming in very handy as I learn to work in this shorter story form. I’m using Scrivener now and I really like how it works for organizing my story and helps me work more efficiently, while still letting me be fluid in my writing process.

Will there be more books in your series, or can you tell us about any previous books?

I’ve had so much fun writing stories for the circle of friends in my River series. The first book out, Clear As Day, is a spicy contemporary romance about two friends with benefits facing the fears and uncertainties of their changing relationship. My new release, Summertime Dream, is technically a prequel to Clear As Day, and occurs the summer before, but the stories can be read in either order. I have more stories in the works for the series. First on deck is Dave’s story, Love Burns, which takes place in the series timeline immediately after the events in Clear As Day. Once I’m finished editing and submit Dave, I have the next novel to complete, tentatively titled Blame the Moonlight, which is about two-thirds into the draft. I’d like to finish and submit that one by the end of the year, then rough draft the fifth story. After that, I have two more begun.

Do you have a favorite item of clothing in your closet?

I love sweaters. Cardigans, pullovers, turtleneck, knitted, crocheted, from cotton to cashmere, all sorts. If I had an unlimited clothing budget, I’d probably collect sweaters like some people collect shoes. J

I have to say Babette, you are a woman after my own heart. I absolutely love my sweaters.
Thanks for letting me visit here today. Wishing you all a very happy and successful New Year!

Tags: Summertime Dream, Babette James, Contemporary Romance, Summer Romance, Vacation Romance, The Wild Rose Press, Character Interview, Romance, Kindle


The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers the fireworks have just begun.

An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk’s Bend. He’s carved a week from his demanding schedule to list his great-grandparents’ house for sale and explore his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing from his hectic life— love.

A recent brush with death shook Margie’s life, but not her dreams and she’s ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective family isn’t easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel his grandmother’s mysterious past should be a harmless fun taste of independence. But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, how can her small town dreams work with his big city life?


Margie laughed. “Of course, in my dreams it was a bit less rundown.”

“I’d imagine so. Interested in buying?”

“Oh, if only I could, I would in an instant. I’m sure the property alone is worth far more than I can afford.  It’s a huge piece of land. And the repairs and restoration...” Longing swelled. She sighed. Someone else would buy and live in her dream home.

Quiet fell between them for a while. Bees buzzed in the clover. Birds sang, chirped, and flitted. A hummingbird whizzed past. Two more ducks joined the first amid quiet bickering quacks. Dandelion fluff drifted by on an unfelt breeze.

A truck rattled down the lane, breaking the moment.

“Suppose we ought to head back...” Christopher turned, so close their arms brushed, but instead of retreating, he hesitated. Their eyes locked. Where dismay and frustration had filled his green eyes, want simmered. The heavy air electrified.

You need a change.

On a surge of bewildering crazy courage, she stretched up and kissed him. The brief brush of lips to lips left her shaken and her heart pounding, like she had  just come up for air.
His eyes widened in his serious, craggy face.

No, oh, no. Blowing out an unsteady breath, she pressed a hand to her stomach. She’d carried her day’s adventure one impetuous step too far. Her heroines were the daring part of her. She’d never even kissed on a first date before, and this wasn’t even a date.

Before the apology fluttering in her mind could break free, he cupped her cheek and touched his mouth down on hers.

Come fall in love at the river:

Summertime Dream is available on Amazon.com: http://amzn.com/B00HJDS3E6

“Summertime Dream is a perfect glass of Lemonade on a hot day. Simple, elegant and beautifully written. I enjoyed each scene. Loved the chemistry between the characters and the house. Great story!” ~ Deborah Diez

Clear As Day, (★★★★½ RT Book Reviews, ★★★★★ Top Pick The Romance Reviews) is available at:

And at all other eBook retailers

About the Author:
Babette James writes sweetly scorching contemporary romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. As a teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! Born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, she’s had a life-long love of the desert and going down the shore. Babette now lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and extremely spoiled cats.

You can find Babette at:

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.com/e/B007KDJWV8


  1. Thank you for being here today Babette. Falk's Bend sounds like a magical place. Love the catch phrase-'Come fall in love at the river'- simply beautiful.

  2. Hi, Angela, thanks! I'm glad to be here today. :)

  3. Wow, fun excerpt! Congrats on the new release!

  4. Thanks, Katie, glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Sounds so lovely. I envy your ability to work on more than one project at a time.

  6. Hi, Liz, thanks! When I write a series, I'm looking at it more as one incredibly long book. So, I'm sort of working on one major project at a time, with some brief forays into side projects.