Introducing Carina Adams…

There are some amazing writers out there. I have yet to get a taste of each one. As I find ones I enjoy I want to share them with you.

Let me introduce to you the lovely Carina Adams. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the 2016 RT Booklovers Convention here in Las Vegas. I thought it would be fun to interview Carina so we could all get a little glimpse into her mind.


AJ: Thank you, Carina, for taking a moment from your busy life to do this!
Carina: I am beyond honored that you asked me!
AJ: Okay let’s get started so we can get back to feeding these greedy book loving readers. 😉 What are 5 songs you are listening to right now?


Carina: 5 Songs I am currently hooked on – I listen to music while I write to get emotionally invested in a scene, so some of the songs I listen to, I listen to on repeat – all day. lol
1) i hate u, i love u – gnash and Olivia O’Brien
2) Unsteady – X Ambassadors
3) Make You Miss Me – Sam Hunt
4) I’ll Be The Moon and It’s Different For Girls – Dierks Bentley (I know it’s two, but I can’t pick between them)
5) Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now and Forever

AJ: Tell me a little about your current project.

Carina: My current project is a prequel to Forever Red. It’s a student/teacher romance that gives the background to Lia and why she behaves the way she does. Everyone was worried when I first started writing it, because Lia is the main character in Red and belongs with Nate (also from Red). Yet, we needed to know what happened. I love this book. It’s sweet and heartwarming, and about two characters who love each other even though they shouldn’t.

AJ: The year is almost over. What do you want to get done or do before 2017 is here?

Carina: I can’t believe 2016 is almost over! I want to finish Blurry, the Forever Red Prequel, and get a good start on my next book. Keep your fingers crossed.

AJ: Every writer is first and foremost a reader. What are some of your favorite books?

Carina: Every writer is a reader first! 🙂 My favorite book, a story I reread every year, is Outlander. I cannot explain how much I love that book. For 2016, though, Paper Princess has got to be my all time favorite. It is a MUST read series. Watch Me, by Ada Frost is a fantastic read as well. And, if you like taboo, Balance, by Lucia Franco, is something you cannot miss.

AJ: Who is your favorite book boyfriend out of your babies? 

Carina: My favorite book boyfriend, out of all of my babies, has to be Noah. He’s a secondary character in Forever Red, but will have his own book as soon as he starts to talk to me. I love him. He makes me laugh and breaks my heart all at once.

AJ: Who is your all time book boyfriend?

Carina: James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser will always be my ultimate book boyfriend. If I could go through the standing stones and meet Jamie, and know that he was going to fall in love with me, I would do it. Well, at least, I would have before I had kids.

AJ: What TV show are you hooked on?

Carina: I don’t watch much TV. Right now, I’m loving This Is Us. However, I’m a HUGE fan of The 100. I cannot wait for it to come back.

AJ: You have a husband and kids. How do you juggle the writing into your day? I know I struggle to get work done some days with my girls.

Carina: Juggling writing with everything else is hard. There are days where I kill it as a writer and other days where I kill it as a mom. I’m quite sure I have never had a day where I have succeeded at both. It is a balancing act. The days I write I need to focus and work. But, the days with my boys need to be their day where I give them all of my attention. I’m still working on figuring it all out.

AJ: What was your favorite book as a kid? Do your boys have a favorite series?

Carina: My favorite book as a child was Mother, Mother, I Want Another. I’m not sure why. I just loved it. When I got older, it was Anne of Green Gables. My boys both love to read, no matter what it is. The littlest loves the Bernstein Bears, but right now we’re reading a collection of Maine stories he has. His favorite is Antlers Forever! about a little moose. It’s cute. My oldest always has a book in his hand. He’s reading the Imaginary Veterinarian series to his brother right now.


Full disclosure… I have read, FOREVER RED, OUT OF THE BLUE, LAY IT DOWN, and ALMOST INNOCENT. I loved them all! HOT FOR TEACHER and A SECRET AFFAIR are now available for $0.99. I plan to hit those up soon as well.

Thanks again, Carina for stopping by!


Happy Father’s Day!

I’m a day late, I know. I was running around yesterday trying to make my girl’s daddy, and my happily ever after, have a special day.

Here I am now! Happy Father’s Day! To all the men who have done right by their kids, the ones who have stepped in and loved them regardless of the DNA factor and to all the women juggling both roles. I truly hope you had a great day!

I think a lot of men get nagged quite a bit for a variety of reasons. No one is perfect, I’m surely far from being perfect. I got one thing right, my man. Sure he’s not perfect, there are moments he can frustrate me but the man has the fatherhood thing DOWN. I think he’s the better parent. He thinks I’m too hard on myself but truly, he’s great with our three girls. He’s very hands on and pitches in with everything. Thank you to my love for every little and big thing he does.

There are plenty of examples of all the wrong things a man can be or do when it comes to being a father. Look to your baby daddy and recognize him for his hard work. We are quick to criticize and they need to know they haven’t screwed it all up either. None of us are perfect and it takes a village to raise our babies.

If the person sharing your child’s other half of their DNA has refused to step up or even recognize your child… well that’s on THEM. Make sure those kids know there is nothing wrong with them. If their families step up and love that child let them. Not all men who do this awful thing were raised to be that way. It’s shocking and heartbreaking to the families to see. Your kids are loved and they will know their value. Your love will be their strength and if it’s right for your family one day a man will steal your heart and love those babies like he was the one to create them.

CHEERS to all those Daddy’s and Mommy’s doing it right! Love your baby’s, teach them right from wrong and raise them to be strong and compassionate members of society. We need more loving, kind, respectful, intelligent, and overall good human’s in our society.

Keep up the good work!

A little about me…

I’m a mother of three, born and raised in the United States and I’m Puerto Rican. I was raised to be proud of my Puerto Rican heritage. I speak the language and will honestly admit that I’m failing my kids in passing on the language. If any of you have taken spanish in school you KNOW it’s not the easiest. My peers and I got in plenty of trouble for, “but it sounds right!”

Anyways, I digress. Today’s post was inspired by a Huffington Post article that claimed only 43% of those they polled knew that Puerto Rican’s are citizens. (If you want to learn a bit more on the history of our citizenship click HERE to learn more from the History Channel.)This is very upsetting to me. Sure I grew up knowing this. To me this is just a reminder of how lacking our education system is. I don’t know about you but short of the Mexican War and Spanish American War we were not taught a lot about Latinos and their impact or relationship within America’s history.

At the bottom of this article there was a side article for click bait. Yup they got me. It was images and quotes of various Hispanic actors in Hollywood. They were speaking out on the lack of casting and how growing up they didn’t see people like them on T.V. It’s true, it really is. We see more now at least. One goes on to say that only gang banger parts were offered, another says crack-ho parts, and another says they asked for them to use their accents. Oh, and the movie Argo? The part Ben Affleck portrays (I’ve never seen it) is a Mexican American man. (This can go two folds, one Ben was the best actor to come along and snag the part, or two shame on casting for not picking one of the many strong Hispanic actors to do the part. You can’t be upset you’re type-casted for how you look and then be upset they didn’t pick you but rather a different race for the part you look more the part of.)

This all saddened me because I can see what they are saying. Personally, I’m an advocate for humanity. I don’t care what you look like, where you come from, what language you speak, or who you have fallen in love with. I really don’t. I may be curious and ask because I’m fascinated about our differences and learning more about real people, not just text book or what stereotypes have told us to believe.

This then had me thinking about my characters. Sofia has exotic high cheek bones but her family line has been from New Orleans for quite some time and with her grandmother’s last name, Blanc, you know there is French ancestry. Noah is an all American man, born and raised and his background like so many people is very blended. Lindsey comes from an Italian American household with light skin and brown eyes. Marc is Puerto Rican, tan with whiskey colored eyes. Jaime Lynn is another American blend. Jesse is described to have milk chocolate skin with brown eyes.

Their careers in order, Juvenile Probation Officer turned photographer, prior Air Force Security Forces airman turned handyman, Librarian, prior Air Force airman turned Construction company owner/worker, Pub owner, and Bartender/Co-owner of a Bar/Brewery.

With all of the above I’ll share, Sofia’s exotic cheek bones and her career as a JPO was inspired by my lovely, beautiful best friend who is now one of my angels. My husband is in the Air Force and brews at home as a hobby. I have a Masters in Criminal Justice and I used to work in a library. I have family in New Orleans and love the city and the people. Quite a few of my friends come from first if not second generation Italian families. I had a few uncles who worked in construction so Marc’s occupation is a nod at them. And Jesse was originally a white southern man. That is until a friend of mine complained he was having a hard time finding a good woman to date. He’s a smart, funny, good looking black man and I thought this really sucked. So Jesse is my way of giving him a love story, even if he has NO CLUE that he inspired pieces of Jesse. I’m also glad I changed Jesse because there really are not enough interracial romance novels. The shortage of stock photos reinforces this fact.

After analyzing my characters I’m happy to see how so many facets of my own beliefs, experiences and the people I love and admire have brought my characters together. I don’t care what you look like or who you fall in love with. I do care about whether or not you are a kind, respectful and loving person. If you treat me and my family as such I like to think I’m a loyal person. If you don’t… well, how about we don’t share too much today?!

Well if you’ve stuck around this far know I’m super excited to share Noah and Sofia with you! You can pre-order now before I raise the price. The links are found HERE.

If you have any questions or thoughts go ahead and comment below. I like to think I’m an open book and sometimes I don’t know what you want to know about me. I’d love to hear from you!


Staying inspired…

I had a friend ask, “How do you get your ideas for writing?” There are so many things that inspire me to write my stories.

My new wonderful friend Sofia, that I hope you’ll love as much as I do, is a photographer and moves to the town of St. Fleur in Widower’s Aura Why is she a photographer? What made me choose that profession? Well that’s easy, I love photography. There is something about getting that perfect shot with the perfect lighting. I took my own love for photography and infused that same love into Sofia.

Before moving to St. Fleur Sofia lived in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans. She picks up the camera thanks to the inspiration all around her from the colorful culture and people all around the city. It becomes a stress reliever for her and eventually her passion. This becomes her beginning, the stepping blocks of photographing cable cars off St. Charles street to eventually taking a risk and opening her own photography business.