RWC’17 Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Joanne Rock!

*Giveaway! Easy Entry! * U.S. and INTL~Ends 09/03/17
 Today’s featured writer is Romance, Wine & Chocolate guest author, Joanne Rock! Learn some fun facts about Joanne in this short Q&A.  Leave a comment on the blog for a chance to win The Magnate’s Mail-Order Bride, open US and INTL!

1. What genres do you write? 

sexy contemporary

 2. Coffee or tea lover? 

Both, fervently

3. Name one thing on your bucket list.

Road trip Australia

4. Do you have pets?

One cat, Duchess

5. When I wake up every morning I…read something not related to work.

​6. Weirdest​ or unique thing you own.

Fathead poster of Evgeni Malkin, the Russian centerman for the Pittsburgh Penguins

​7. Do you have ​any hobbies or particular skills? 

I can plow a straight line and I know more than I care to about plumbing.

8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?

I want readers to feel like they’ve taken a mini-vacation, seen another part of the world, lived another life or somehow escaped their day-to-day for a little while.

Meet Joanne Rock

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Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over seventy books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband.

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The Magnate’s Mail-Order Bride

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A mix-and-match mock engagement?

Ballerina Sofia Koslov’s career is on the line when she’s accosted at the airport by a rich, reckless playboy who thinks she’s his mail-order bride! But the playboy’s levelheaded brother, Quinn McNeill, solves the media snafu with a switcheroo. He’ll pretend to be her legitimate fiancé to protect her reputation—and to protect his family’s business deals from her father’s wrath. Sofia’s one condition: they’ll share the spotlight as a loving couple but won’t share a bed. But soon Quinn’s gentlemanly ways strike a chord, and Sofia’s dying to renege on that condition and have a real fling…

The Magnate’s Mail-Order Bride is part of The McNeill Magnates series.


Winner is Trudy M!

Joanne Rock is giving away a print or ebook, winner’s choice of  The Magnate’s Mail-Order Bride, open US and INTL to one lucky commenter!

To enter, simply leave a comment or ask the author a question based on their Q&A responses.  Also, what country you live in. Giveaway ends on 09/03/17.

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25 thoughts on “RWC’17 Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Joanne Rock!

    1. Hi Hope!! And thank you :-). I can’t imagine a happier job than mine and I’m so glad that I have the chance to tell stories… *romances* which are the best stories, in my opinion. I was inspired to write the Road to Romance books because I love homecoming stories and road trips…. Road to Romance combines those loves by taking each heroine on an adventure of self-discovery, facing truths about herself that she hasn’t confronted before. My next book, A Chance This Christmas, gives my fashion designer heroine, Rachel, the chance to revisit her hometown– Yuletide, NY. It’s a Christmas -themed town dreamed up by her dad…. lots of fun!


    1. Ha! I hadn’t noticed that he was cropped!! I definitely wasn’t hiding Geno… lots of love for my centerman! The real reason lies in my limited technological skills. I just convinced my husband to buy me a phone that– I hear– will help me to take better photos. I made my first-ever video last week with it and, fingers crossed, my skill at sharing images will increase proportionately!! Thank you for visiting today :-).

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    1. I had the BEST time!!! I loved attending the conference even in the years before I sold– I learned so much and got to see tons of like-minded readers/writers. I decided then I was going to keep attending *forever* even if I never sold a book. Thankfully, I did sell and still go every year I possibly can. By now, I feel like I know 75% of the people there in some way or another. It’s my happy place :-). And this year, I got to add YOU to the list!!

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    1. I don’t think I’ve put a heroine on a tractor! I used my uncle’s farm as the inspiration for the setting in Promises Under the Peach Tree– the barns, the house, even the dog ;-). It’s trickier than it looks to keep the tractor straight.

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    1. Thank you, Eileen! And I have been thinking about the Australia trip more and more as I meet so many lovely authors from that part of the world. And when I follow them on Instagram, I see photos of where they live and it looks so beautiful to me. My husband is a fun and adventurous travel companion too, so it’s a good balance for me. I like being on the road less taken!

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    1. Hi Debra! I have enjoyed writing since forever. Honestly, my mom saved letters I wrote to Santa and they’re chatty ;-). I think reading voraciously gave me a natural ease with words. It’s something my teachers always pointed out. “You have a wonderful voice!” they’d write on papers, but in high school, it didn’t occur to me that you could really do anything with that. It wasn’t until I tried another career and didn’t love it that I seriously considered being a writer. And once I tried telling a story– writing a whole romance novel– I was hooked. There’s so much more to it than *writing.* Telling a good story is an art all it’s own, and it’s one I will spend my whole life learning.

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    1. Thank you so much, Cynthia! Professionally speaking, nothing makes me happier than readers loving a book :-). I get ideas for everywhere!! I picture my brain as a kind of creative fly paper (remember those yucky stick strips?) and all kinds of disjointed things get stuck there. I’ll hear an interesting flash of conversation in a restaurant– one of those fervent, whispered arguments couples sometimes have in public– or see a mother having an impassioned conversation on her cell phone while rocking her baby, and the images stick. Call it nosiness, or call it creativity, but my imagination plugs in all sorts of details that led a person to that moment. And stories just take shape. I never lack for stories since this is a habit I can’t really turn off ;-). I’m empathetic, I think, and that’s how it comes out. Thank you for stopping by the blog!

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    1. More than I would like, let’s put it that way!! My husband has never hired a contractor for any purpose, large or small, so I end up working on leaky pipes right along with him. We’ve installed garbage disposals and sinks, torn apart walls to find leaks, rebuilt showers, installed tile around new drains and changed out numerous toilets over the years! And that’s not even touching the pool plumbing… recently, we had a leak in a pool jet and he dug a hole under the pavers around the pool. I didn’t have any plumbing responsibility, per se, but I had to drag him out of the inverted hole BY HIS FEET when he was done working each time since it was a hand dug tunnel. It’s always an adventure. We’ve moved often, and the price is always best on a “fixer upper” home so we tend to fix up a lot ;-).

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  1. Do you have a story or favorite book that you have written that you keep going to mentally. A story that you are not quite ready to let go completely. . . . A character that clicks so well you don’t want their story to end?

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    1. More than one! I feel like I’m good mental friends with all the heroines from my Single In South Beach series back in Blaze and Temptation. That was my first long series and I was so invested as I wrote it. Plus, in the early stories, I think I borrowed a bit more from real people in my life, so that some of those heroines shared traits with friends. Anyway, Brianne, Summer, Giselle and Lainie from those books have continued life in my mind. I always wanted to write a “return to south beach” series where an all new group of ladies (or heroes!) bought the South Beach hotel from them and encountered all new adventures. Thank you, Angela 🙂

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  2. I agree: “…live another life or escape day-to-day for a little while”…that is exactly why I read a lot 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com


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