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Mine Until Moonrise
It’s a fine line between feuding and flirting…
Ever since Megan Miller arrived in stunning Lost Harbor, Alaska, she’s been at odds with boat captain Lucas Holt. They’re opposites in every way. She’s a city girl, he’s from an Alaska homestead. She runs nature tours, he’s all about big-money charters. He’s also arrogant, annoying and oh yeah, wildly attractive. Lost Harbor would be the perfect escape from the tragedy that sent her running–except for her feud with the hottie captain.
Lucas Holt came home for one thing—settle his father’s affairs then hightail it back to Colorado. So why is he still here? Is it because there’s something fishy about his father’s death? Is it the endearingly eccentric locals and enchanting scenery? Or could it be Lost Harbor’s newest resident, a sassy scientist who’s as sexy as she is stubborn? Arguing with Megan is the best foreplay he’s had in years.
Until one of Lost Harbor’s dangerous storms tosses everything up in the air, and a feud turns to a passionate affair–with stakes higher than Megan ever imagined.
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Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called “an irresistible reading experience” full of “quick wit and sizzling love scenes.” A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life in Los Angeles for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She still hasn’t adjusted to the cold, so most often she can be found cuddling with her laptop and a cup of tea.
Meet Jennifer Bernard on a more personal level!
1. What was your motivation to begin writing?
Reading has always been a great and necessary escape for me. Books played a huge role in my growing-up, so writing was something that I wanted to do from a very early age. Writing is the place where I feel most “myself,” most in tune with the world, most “doing what I’m supposed to be doing.” Even though it can be hard and frustrating, I’m still in love with the experience of it.
2. What romance genre do you write?
In one line – I write sexy, fun contemporary romance that packs an emotional punch.
3. What heat factor do you write? How many chili peppers on a scale from 1 being mild to 5 being scorching hot.
I’d put my books at a solid 4. I love writing sex scenes so I can’t imagine closing that bedroom door. But the focus isn’t on the sex scenes, it’s on the development of the romance and the characters’ arcs.
4. Are you a plotter or a pants-er?
My writing method has evolved since I started. I used to be a full-on plotter who knew every plot twist in advance. But the more books I wrote, the more comfortable I felt letting things unfurl as I went along. I’ve always been a big re-writer, so it helps knowing that I can always fix things in the next draft. At this point, I generally know the characters and the overall story arc as well as a few key turning-points – and that’s it! I just write and see what happens.
5. Does your spouse read your novels?
Short pause while I laugh a little. My husband is a fabulous builder and incredible craftsman who creates magic with his hands. But he’s not a big reader. He’s a great support in every possible way except for actually reading my books. He loves telling people I’m a romance writer. He thinks it’s great.
6. How did you come up with the title?
It took me forever to come up with this title (MINE UNTIL MOONRISE)! I wanted something sort of Alaska-ish, but not TOO Alaska-ish, romantic but not angsty, with a hint of lightheartedness. I eventually settled on this title because this book takes place in the summer, and during Alaska summers we never see the moon because the daylight lasts so long. So “mine until moonrise” implies a nice long time!
7. What genre/troupe does this book fall under?
The trope of this book is one of my favorites, enemies to lovers. The way I love to see this trope, the two main characters are adversaries in one respect, but already secretly attracted to each other. Their sparring leads to all kinds of sparks. The tag line of this book is “It’s a fine line between flirting and feuding,” which pretty much sums it up.
8. What came first, the plot or characters?
The characters definitely came first in this one! Everything in the plot and their conflict stems from their characters, their pasts and their personal struggles. With some books, the basic plot pops into my mind first, but not this one.
9. Who are the main characters?
Lucas Holt is a boat captain who grew up in Lost Harbor, Alaska, and has recently returned due to the death of his father. He suspects something isn’t quite right with how he died. Megan Miller is new in town. She’s a scientist and single mother who runs nature tours out of Lost Harbor. When they first meet, Lucas is reeling from news of his father’s death and unfortunately, her boat piloting skills are a little lacking. She bumps into his boat and things go downhill from there.
10. I understand you’ve lived in Alaska for 12 years, but you haven’t written a book whose plot is set there until now. Why did you finally decide to write it?
I know that 12 years sounds like a lot, but in Alaska terms, it really isn’t. It takes a long time to feel like you aren’t a newcomer. If I was going to set a book in Alaska, I wanted it to be infused with the experience of someone who’s lived here a while—without making it the main focus. In this series, the setting is part of the magic, but the characters and the romance are the main show. I didn’t want to ever lose sight of that. Alaska is so magnificent it can be a main character in and of itself. But these are sexy, fun romances first and foremost.
11. Give us a plot point that isn’t in your synopsis. No spoilers, please.
Lucas takes Megan’s ex-husband out on his fishing boat. No good comes of it.
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