GENRE: Contemporary Romance
About Harlow James
Harlow James is a wife and mom who fell in love with romance novels, so she decided to write her own.
Her books are the perfect blend of emotional, addictive, and steamy romance. If you love stories with a guaranteed Happily Ever After, then Harlow is your new best friend.
When she’s not writing, she can be found working her day job, reading every romance novel she can find time for, laughing with her husband and kids, watching re-runs of FRIENDS, and spending time cooking for her friends and family while drinking White Claws and Margaritas
To get to know the author, Harlow better, we asked her a quick round of questions, and here are her answers:
Q1: What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called My Unexpected Family (released July 12th). It is the third and final book in my California Billionaires series. When I first started writing the series last November, the six characters all spoke to me very strongly, and I knew the last couple would be a surprise baby romance. I hadn’t written one yet, so I was very excited to do so. My early readers are LOVING it and say it’s the best book of the series.
Q2: What are five words that describe your writing process?
Inspiration, Brainstorming, Plotting, Writing, Sparkling (make it shine)
Q3: What authors, or books, have influenced you?
I LOVE Meghan Quinn, Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland, Whitney G…. these women all have influenced my writing and storytelling. Their success and stories make me strive to keep improving as well.
Q4: What is the first book to make you cry?
This is a tough one, but I will just go with the first romance novel to make me cry and that was the Driven Series by Kristy Bromberg. Those were the books that sucked me into the genre as well and ultimately lead me to write.
Q5: Is writing your full-time career? Or would you like it to be?
Writing is not my full-time career. I am actually a high school math teacher by day, hence why I use a pen name to write to separate my job from my hobby. I also would have quite the situation if my students ever found my books. I toy with this question a lot. Writing brings me joy, and it’s fun for me, and I’m afraid that if it were my full-time job, it would take the fun out of it. But, never say never.
Q6: What is the best advice you have ever heard?
You can have it all, but sometimes not all at once.
I am a very motivated and driven person, and sometimes I forget to just live in the moment instead of always working toward something else. So, I tell myself I can have it all, just not all at once.
Q7: What is your favourite genre to read?
I ONLY read romance.
Q8: Do you have any writing quirks?
I am a very food motivated person, and whatever happens to be my obsession at the time, that food will always end up in my books. Now, it’s kind of a game my readers play to wonder what the food of the book will be.
Q9: What are you working on now?
I am tossing around a few ideas for what comes next for me. I have two smalltown romance series swirling around in my head, just finished the first book in one. I want to write the first book in the other and see which one tugs on my heart and creative brain.
Q10: What are you currently reading?
I am devouring the Redemption series by Jessica Prince right now, and I’m loving it!
“So, uh… Shayla,” he starts, before pausing to rub his hand over the back of his neck. Mr. Cool and Confident looks borderline nervous. “Would you like to grab a cup of coffee?”
My brows pop up. “Now?”
“Well, yes,” he answers, shoving his hands into the pockets of his shorts. “I haven’t had any yet today, and since my run is now officially over, I figured I could buy you a cup as well.”
Holy shit. Is he… is he asking me out?
Why am I vibrating with the idea? Why aren’t I volleying up my next sarcastic reply to shoot him down like I do to all of the other men that take a stab at getting my attention?
Is it because he intrigues me enough to flirt with the idea of what it would be like to share a cup of coffee with him? But won’t entertaining that idea just prove to be a distraction that I don’t need right now?
Despite what my heart and vagina are telling me, I decide to go with my head, and add in a jab that will drive home my point. “Uh, thanks for the offer, but it’s not like I don’t get my own coffee almost every day.”
I can see his face fall, but he quickly recovers. “Oh. Well, of course. Silly me,” he says with a huff. “The last thing you probably want is to sit in a coffee shop when you spend so much time there any other day.”
“Exactly.” What the hell are you doing, Shayla? A gorgeous man asked you out and you’re turning him down?
“I understand. Well, not to sound cheesy, but it was nice running into you, Shayla.” He reaches out to shake my hand as I grin up at him.
“That was terribly cheesy.” I laugh.
“Yes, but you like cheese, don’t you?” he whispers, leaning in closer to me before lifting his glasses so I can see those gorgeous eyes of his again. And the sear of his gaze locked on mine has me regretting pushing him away.
But I have to. It’s the only way I can maintain my dignity, my independence, my god damn mental stability.
Wes screams heartbreak and intensity that I don’t have time for in my life right now.
“Maybe there is such a thing as too much cheese after all?” I fire back with a lift of my brow.
His laugh strikes a chord in my chest and travels all the way down my spine. “You sure are something, Shayla.”
“I’m a whole lot of everything, Wes.”
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