THE REAL LOCATIONS OF THE FULL HEARTS SERIES: BREAKING HEARTS EDITION

Hello, Lovely Readers!

I’m back with our final installment of “The Real Locations of the Full Hearts Series.” In today’s edition, we’re traveling all the way from San Diego, California, to rural Bebedouro, Brazil for Breaking Hearts!

If you’ve read the book, you’ll know that we meet up with Trey in San Diego, where he’s working as a bartender while he finishes his economics degree. His son, Tomas, has gone back to Brazil with his mother three years earlier, and even though they have regular Skype calls, the two are little more than strangers. Trey is working his tight buns off to finish school as fast as possible, so he can get a good job and provide for his little boy.

Because their story is set in Brazil, I needed to do a TON of research, from interviewing a journalist who lived and worked in Brazil for many years, to speaking with family lawyers regarding child custody laws, to finding a very kind teacher/translator who helped me for hours answering all my questions about life in Brazil. Her name is Cyssah Oliver, and she was such a gem that I named Alessandra’s best friend after her.

As you may recall, Trey ends up taking his chances as a bull rider to earn enough money to get himself and Tomas home to the USA. This turn in the story actually came from my research. I had put Trey in a real pickle—needing to get custody of his son and permission to take him home (which it turns out is tough to do because of Brazilian Law surrounding their under-aged citizens). He also was flat broke and wasn’t able to get a job because he had no work visa. In my research, I found out that the area of rural Brazil where Alessandra (Tomas’s nanny and Trey’s love interest) is from is an area with a big cowboy/bull riding culture. And therein lay his solution. Funny how life works sometimes, isn’t it?

Tomas spent the first three years of his life in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pictured here. This is the view from Gabriela’s apartment. You can see the mountains in the distance.

And here is the real farmhouse that inspired the Santos Family Home. It is set on an orange grove in real life, just outside of Bebedouro.

 

Ahh, doesn’t it make you think of a simpler life?

Well, that’s it for my location series! I hope you enjoyed it. It’s been fun for me to go back and revisit my old writing haunts. 😊

I’ll be revealing all the details on my next series VERY soon! And I cannot wait. What I can tell you now is that it’s set in a completely fictional country—a small kingdom called Avonia.

In the meantime, let’s watch this video I made for Breaking Hearts. I still love this song…

Thank you for joining me!

Xoxo,

MJ

P.S. For anyone interested, the results from the survey I sent out 2 weeks ago are in. CLICK HERE

March 2017 Romance Readers Survey

Hi All!

Spring has sprung and I hope you are well. Two weeks ago, I sent out a survey to help me make sure I’m meeting your reading expectations. I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who filled it in. I know how valuable your time is, and I am so grateful that you would give me some of it. 😊 And if you didn’t, I still love you!

Funny story: I whipped up the survey REALLY fast, set it up, and sent it, then realized that my best friend is in market research and would have most certainly helped me write up much more scientifically sound questions. Doh! Slow down, MJ. Geez.

So, here are the results, flawed as the survey may be…

VIEW SURVEY RESULTS BY CLICKING HERE

That’s it! My takeaways are that you want really great stories (huge shocker there), regardless of narrative point of view, page count, or whether there are long, steamy sex scenes or not. It does seem like a lot of people do like present tense story-telling, which is a good thing because that’s how my next series is being written.

For those who will miss my steamy sex scenes, I apologize that they won’t be in my next series, but promise they’ll be back in the fall for a book I’ll be releasing then! (And to my mom, sorry that the sex scenes will be back). 😉

That’s it for now!

Cheers, my friends!

MJ

A Freebie and Some FAB Giveaways for You

Hello Lovely Ladies,

I hope March is off to a terrific start for you. I’ve locked myself in my office so I can finish my latest work in progress. I cannot wait to share it with you and if all goes well, I’ll do just that in April.

reckless-finalIn the meantime, I have some giveaways, a freebie, and a quick survey for you!

First off, if you haven’t read Reckless in Rio (A Love at the Games Novella), it’s FREE right now through March 9th only, so click here to download your copy. (It’s only on Amazon, my apologies to all my iBook’s, Kobo, and Nook readers.)

Next, if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, I’ve recently discovered a way that you can use it to earn some nice prizes every month! This month, there is a Kindle Fire, as well as several Amazon gift cards up for grabs.

Check it out here: http://lovekissedbookbargains.com/ku-challenge-giveaway/

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Finally, I need to ask for your help. Writing is a solitary profession, and sometimes I find myself wondering what my readers are really thinking. After years of wondering, I thought, why not just ask? I’ve thrown together a SHORT survey. It’s only 8 questions and will take approximately 2 minutes.

If you have time to fill it in, I would be so very grateful.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WNW99ZX

That’s it for today. Feels like enough, doesn’t it?

Next up, I’m going to give you a sneak peek at my new series!

Have a wonderful week, my friends,

MJ

My Guilty Pleasure and Your Chance to WIN $1629 in Amazon Gift Cards!

Hello, my friends!

First to the Big Giveaway…

This one takes the cake, if you ask me.

Enter to win $1620 in Amazon Gift Cards!

One simple entry will subscribe you to 81 Romance Author Newsletters. PLUS…use the bonus entries to increase your chances.

Unsubscribe any time, but please don’t label us as spam. Better still, stick around and get to know us.

Participating Authors:

A.G. Henley | Abbie Roads | Adele Hart | Ali Parker | Alyna Amorosi | Amanda Roberts | Amy Brent | Amy L Gale | Amy Lamont | Anabelle Bryant | Andie M. Long | Ann Omasta | Anna B. Madrise | Anna Rose Leigh | Anne Stone | Annie Anderson | AO Peart | Brandy Dorsch | Brandy L Rivers | Brinda Berry | Candace Knoebel | Christa Simpson | Colleen Charles | Debbie White | Demelza Carlton | Diana Quincy | DJ Bryce | Elisabeth Grace | Elizabeth Ellen Carter | Em Petrova | Emily Murdoch | Emma Nichols | Erica Reeder | Gina Drayer | Heather C. Myers | Holly Cortelyou | Jane Hinchey | Jennifer Rose McMahon | Jo Noelle | KB Jacobs | KB Winters | Kelli McCracken | Kelly Collins | Kennedy Morgan | Khardine Gray | Kira Blake | Laxmi Hariharan | Lena Bourne | Lexi James | Linda Joyce | Liz Gavin | Lizabeth Scott | M.M. Chabot | Mary Hughes | McKenna Jeffries | Melissa Pearl | Miranda Martin | MJ Summers | Piper Rayne | Rachel Star | Renea Mason | Rissa Blakeley | Ruby Snow | Ruth Anne Scott | S.M. Schmitz | Sammi Starlight | Sarah J. Stone | Scarlett Metal | Sheila Kell | Sidney Valentine | Simone Sowood | Skye Jordan | Skye Warren | Stephanie Witter | T.L Smith | Taige Crenshaw | Tia Lewis | Tracy Ellen | Vivienne Hunt | Ysa Arcangel | Zane Morrow

Enter to win! Giveaway closes on St. Patrick’s Day!

Enter here: http://lovekissedbookbargains.com/more-than-luck-giveaway

Good luck to you!

And now to my Guilty Pleasure…

When I’m too tired to write big, sexy books (hey, it happens, I’m only human), I like to occasionally escape into super steamy short reads. You may know the type—cheesy tropes, insta-love, no drama, no thought required.

I have a very talented, very funny friend who writes exactly this type of story. Her name is Adele Hart, and she has released 4 of them this month, and will be putting out one every 3 weeks. There are a lot of short, dirty books out there, and I can honestly say I love hers the most, so I thought you might, too.

She’s looking for people for her review team, and I offered to help her find some. If you would be interested in checking her out and joining her review team, here are the links to her website and her review team sign up sheet.

www.AdeleHart.Com

Review Team Sign Up: Adele’s Review Team Sign Up

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That’s it for me this week! I hope March is going to be a stellar month for you.

Xoxo,

MJ

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