Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Party Plan by Melanie Jayne - Release Day, Interview, and #Giveaway

The Party Plan
by Melanie Jayne
Genre: Romance
Release Date: March 5, 2015

Avery Grant has been through a rough patch, she gave up her career to move home to help take care of her ailing parents. She married a man that she did not love and he almost bankrupted her family's farm. Now she is going to get what she wants and for over twenty years she has wanted Kade Martin.

Kade has been attracted to his sister's best friend for twenty years. In the beginning Avery was too innocent, then she was married and he was busy working hard and playing harder.

The plan is simple.

After tonight's party for their godson's engagement, Avery is going home with Kade. One night of sex with no strings.

That's the plan.

This domineering side of Kade was the man she had fantasized about being with. Avery moistened her lips as she prepared her answer, “Yes.”

“Yes what?”

“Oh God,” his lips continue teasing her sensitive neck. It was so hard to form words, lost in the feeling. “I, uhm, I like this. I like your hands on me.” She tilted her head further so that he would have better access to her sensitive skin.

Kade chuckled, “Very good, Avery. For the record, I've wanted you for a long time. Christ, you were still a shy teenager when I wanted you the first time. I remember watching you spread suntan lotion on your body, your oil covered hands touching your skin. I was home on leave, but back then you were too innocent for me. So I stayed away, I knew it wasn't the right time. I've been waiting for that time to come. I won’t stay away tonight.”

Why did you choose to write Erotic Romance? 

It’s what I like to read.  I like sex. I like to talk about it, hear about it and think about it. It just seemed to be a natural extension that I write books with explicit sex in them.

What is for you the perfect book hero? 

For me, this is a very hard question. So I am going to tell you about my current favorite.  I am so in love with Dallas and Lex, the King and Queen of Sector 4, from Kit Rocha’s Beyond series. I feel that I have to name them both because they are a package deal. Dallas is brave, intelligent, and he learns from his mistakes. Lex has a huge heart and the brain to back it up. She is a natural leader and her influence makes Dallas a better man. Dallas takes care of business behind a desk and in the ring fighting, and if necessary Lex won’t think twice about cutting your throat.  Plus they are both sexy and extremely sexual.

If you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?  

I am a Plotter.  Usually the entire story comes to me at one time.  I then make an extensive outline, a list of character attributes, and a list describing the location including the town name, what their homes may look like.  I cut out pages from magazines so that I can dress the characters, I even have bedroom decorating ideas.  I also have phrases or bits of conversations that come to me that I jot down and save. For instance, a woman at work told me that she “can never get rid of old boyfriends because she has a magic vagina”.  I wrote that down immediately and I know the perfect scene for it.

When and why did you begin writing?

I have always made up stories, I did it to help me fall asleep or to pass the time. I tried to write a book when I was a teen but soon gave up. In college, I was really excited to take a creative writing class. The professor hated my work. She gave me C’s and D’s. I was shocked and hurt by those grades so I put that dream away.  About five years ago, I was complaining to my good friend, Valerie Cozart, about not connecting with anything I was reading. She suggested that I try to write. Boom-the pieces fell into place. I organized some ideas and shopped them to my friends to get feedback, I started attending conventions and going to panels on craft. I attended the Writer’s Bootcamp at RT2013and took a few online courses. I read books about writing and I started reading with a critical eye towards the craft. I also asked questions and listened to writers talk.  It was in June of 2013 that I started to write seriously.  I felt so free when I was typing away. I would laugh out loud or get teary eyed as I put those words on the screen.  It is an amazing feeling.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

It hit me last May when, I was sitting on the bed in my hotel room at RT in New Orleans. I had just hired an editor to work on The Party Plan. When I sent her the manuscript, it became a reality, I was going to do this. I wasn’t going to put that manuscript away because I was afraid of rejection, I was going to get it published and share that book with the world.  Then I was going to do it again and again.  I was excited but I was also scared shitless, however I felt so alive.

Tell us something that people would be surprised you know how to do. 

I am a klutz. I run into things constantly and I am always bruised.  When music plays the klutziness magically goes away and I can move.  At one time in my life, I achieved some success as a competitor in Pro/Am Ballroom dancing.  I think it was mostly due to my partner who was a Viking and so bossy- just like a character in a book.  Still to this day when a good song comes on, I can move in 3” heels, two sets of fake eyelashes and a ballgown laden with stones that weighs a ton.

I live on a grain farm southeast of Indianapolis, Indiana with my very patient husband of twenty-five years and our two English Mastiffs, Buster Brown and Ginger. I graduated from Indiana University when it was the #1 party school in the country and I took great pride in helping the school achieve that ranking.

I haven’t figured out what I want to be when I grow up. I change careers every decade. I have worked in retail, a federal courtroom, traveled across the state closing loans, and behind the scenes in a casino.

I've always had an active imagination so when a good friend suggested that I try writing a book, I thought why not, it should be fun. It has, but I have had to work very hard to learn how to do it. I am so lucky for the outpouring of advice and education from so many in the industry, plus the hand-holding and cheerleading from My Gurls. I also have an incredible Ad-man-istrative Assistant, who tries to keep me under control. He rolls his eyes so much that I worry about a permanent condition.
When I ‘m not working or writing type stuff, I sleep, watch courtroom TV shows, and sports. I was a competitive pro-am ballroom dancer for ten years and I read as many books as I can.

​I love to attend Author-Reader Conventions and look forward to meeting you.


  1. Shirley WilliamsonMarch 7, 2015 at 6:10 AM

    This book sounds amazing! Can't wait to read it!

  2. It does sound great - and I love that the H/h are "mature"!
    Thanks for stopping by!


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