Hi Juliana! Welcome to the Delighted Reader! It is great that you could stop by for a chat as I’m such a huge fan of your Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series. I love that the series is set in Michigan ‘just Up North’ from where I live in the southern half of the state. I’m eager to get into the latest The Day He Kissed Her since it is Mac’s book and the build up through the first two books has me eager to see what romance can do for a guy with his past.
Since this is your first visit to our blog, let’s ask some getting to know you questions. What are a few things about you that didn’t end up in the bio?
Well, I hate peas with an all consuming passion! I’m short, like 5 foot 2 inches so I always wear at least 4 inch heels and I stood beside Jon Bon Jovi once and let out my fan girl. Big time.
I enjoy books with the small town atmosphere like you chose for your book setting. Are you/were you a small town girl or do you just like it for a setting?
I am a total country girl. I grew up in rural Ontario on a farm and for a while I lived in a large city, but when I had kids we decided to move to a small community and I love it. Mostly because there is no way my kids can do anything without me knowing LOL. Someone always sees them! Win!
I’m a big fan of the Bad Boys series, but many of our readers might not be. Would you please share a brief intro to the series?
Sure! Book one, The Summer He Came Home focuses on Cain Black, on of the ‘bad boys’. This is a loose term of course, but it’s about three life long friends who return home for the funeral of one of their own, Jesse Edwards, the 4th bad boy. That’s the premise and the thing I love about these books is that we get to catch up with previous characters!
Each Bad Boy is different in personality and situation. What makes each of them special as bad boys, but also good heroes?
I love guys with edge and I tried to instill that into each of these men. Out of all of them, Cain, the rocker, is pretty stable. He’s had some stuff go on, but nothing like my other two, Jake and Mac. All of them can be asshats, but at their core they’re caring men. I loved how Jake was with Maggie’s son and even though Mac thought he’d make a horrible father, he was there for his nephew Liam and it’s that side of these larger than life guys that I like to see.
This latest book is Mac and Lily’s book. Are there any behind the scenes stuff you could share about it like they do with movies?
Hmmm, I think the only behind the scenes stuff would be more about Lily’s family. Her crazy sister for one. I didn’t go into too much detail there because I wanted the book to focus on Lily and Mac. But her family is awful. I had a deleted scene in The Christmas He Loved her, where Jake goes to Boston with Lily for her brother’s funeral and well, talk about dysfunctional. I pulled the scene because it slowed the pacing but it was a good one, that’s for sure!
Are there any more Bad Boys books for the series or is The Day He Kissed Her the finale? Any future writing projects you want to share about?
Technically there are no more bad boys, but I am just now chatting with my publisher about more Crystal Lake books. I love this town and these characters so much! I think that Becca, Mac’s sister totally deserves an HEA!
Thank you so much for visiting us today at The Delighted Reader, Juliana!
The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone
#3 The Bad Boys of Crystal Lake
He can’t wait to leave…
Mac Draper finally has everything he’s always wanted: An amazing career. A New York City apartment. He’s this close to being free of his past forever. But a mind-blowing encounter with the sexy yet tough-as-nails Lily St. Clare has him delaying his plans to put Crystal Lake in his rearview mirror for good.
She’s finally found a place to stay…
For Lily St. Clare the charming small town of Crystal Lake is her haven – a place she can hide from her famous, back-stabbing family. It’s as close to happy as she’s ever been. Until an unforgettable night with tall, dark and tortured Mac Draper gives her a glimpse of what true happiness feels like.
Lily can’t help but melt a little under the sizzling heat of Mac’s touch. But Mac’s scars run deep, and Lily’s afraid she may be falling for the one man who can never return her feelings
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