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January James Gang Interview

Each month, I interview authors or publishing insiders who have some form of "James" in their names or in their books. My January interviewee is author Adele Downs, who has a character perfect for the James Gang!

1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why James? Why did you pick James and Jimmy for characters in Luxury Model Wife?

James is my favorite male name, possibly because I grew up with favorite cousins on both sides of my family with the name. When my first child was born, I offered to name him after my husband, but he insisted our son should have his own identity, and so we named him James. Nicknames for James in our family are Jimmy, Jamey, and Jame. Jamey is the firefighter hero of my Christmas novella, Santa To The Rescue, from Entangled Publishing.

2. What fiction genre(s) and/or sub-genre(s) do you write?

I write contemporary romance novels and novellas, some with a touch of magic. Her Immortal Viking is an example of my mashup between contemporary romance and the paranormal. Readers say they love my Viking hero, Gunnar, who crosses the divide of a thousand years to claim the modern woman he loves, and they chose his story to receive the distinguished HOLT Medallion Award.

3. Tell us about your latest release.

Luxury Model Wife is a mainstream contemporary romance novel set in Pennsylvania, my home state. It’s about the assumptions we make about people, based on first impressions on their looks, style, age, or occupation, and how a second look can change everything. I’m thrilled that All Romance eBooks chose Luxury Model Wife as a Staff Pick.

Here’s the summary:

Antiques expert Steve Carlson must face the mistakes of his past to discover a treasure he never imagined: the heart of a vulnerable yet determined widow.


Twenty-eight-year-old Victoria Van Orr just lost everything. With the death of her billionaire husband went his mature patience and warm encouragement; and the veneer of acceptance from everyone else. His friends and colleagues now ignore Victoria, and if his son succeeds she just might be forced back to the streets upon which she was raised. But money was never her goal. All she wants is love. Real love.

Antiques expert Steve Carlson knows the value of everything. Pain and betrayal? Those he gave away--and now they're coming back. His worst mistakes were all with one man: an old friend, the son of a father figure, now the stepchild of a beautiful young widow who wants Steve to help her auction off the family estate. To help Victoria, Steve must face his past and become a better man. To find true love, he will discover her surprisingly pure heart, vulnerable yet determined. And beyond price.

4. Is there a core story and/or a theme(s) in your books?

Luxury Model Wife is a second chance story about the ways redemption and forgiveness can lead to lasting love.

5. Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?

I truly love all the heroes and heroines in my books. Each character is special to me in his or her own way.

6. What do you enjoy most about being an author?

I especially enjoy meeting enthusiastic readers on social media and at book signings.

7. Do you have any awards, reviews or kudos you’d like to tell us about?

I’m fortunate to have received many awards and kudos on my books, including an Award of Excellence final for Naturally Yours and Her Immortal Viking, which also won the HOLT Medallion. Luxury Model Wife is an All Romance eBooks Staff Pick, which is very exciting for me, and was a finalist in THE SHEILA Contest before publication by Boroughs Publishing.

8. How do you promote your books and your author brand?

My blog is my favorite way to show readers other sides of my life and personality through my amateur photography. #Foto_Friday is my most popular weekly column. I also like Facebook and use Twitter and Tumblr on a regular basis. My website is updated frequently, and I have Amazon and Goodreads author pages. Readers can sign up for my newsletter on my website or blog. I hope you’ll join me!

9. What is your next project?

I have several projects in the works. We’ll see which one gets a contract offer first. I’m also toying with the idea of self-publishing.

10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you’d like to impart or a favorite quote?

Be kind.

Thank you for hosting me, Marcia!

About The Author:
Adele Downs is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than 20 romance titles, including those written under another pen name, and a former journalist with hundreds of articles to her credit. When not writing in her home office in rural Pennsylvania, she can be found reading a book on the nearest beach, taking photographs, or riding in her convertible.

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Thank you, Adele! Stop by next month, when my interviewee with be author Nicole Evelina, who has a character custom made for the James Gang!


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