Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Interview + Review + Giveaway: Love on the Line II by J.M. Madden

Title: Love on the Line II
Author: J.M. Madden
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Published Date: January 4, 2013
Cover Art By: Fiona Jayde
Buy the Book: | Decadent Store |

A six hour train ride to Florida was not nearly enough to satisfy Brady Frost. When sexy co-ed Lorna McNight calls for a rendezvous two days later, he’s more than ready to take up where they left off, and arrives just in time to keep her from being raped.

Lorna’s first mistake was misjudging the schmuck at the bar. If Brady hadn’t arrived in time to rescue her, she may never have been heard from again. Her second mistake was underestimating her desire for the mature knight in bruised armor, and her ability to keep love and sex separate. When it’s time to board the Silver Star home, will she be able to leave her heart behind?

Every writer has a story about what inspired them to start writing.
Please share yours with us.

Well, I’m like every other writer in that it seems like I’ve always written. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t write. I still have old spiral-bound notebooks from junior high and high school in which I put myself into stories to modify them, and make them better. I think my favorite was for an old series called Tour of Duty. Remember it? Based on the Vietnam conflict. Had a bunch of cute, sweaty guys in it. But it needed a woman on horseback to come in and save the day. So I wrote it.

I never envisioned myself as an actual writer. I thought I was a reader for life. All of the women in my family read romances, so I started early. Probably too early. But I loved the books. Then one day I read a book that I thought needed a better ending, so I wrote it. Then I started writing my own stories, with my own ideas. But I still never saw myself actually writing a whole book.

I like to eat, so I went to work. I met my husband weaving baskets at Longaberger Basket Company and fell head over heels in love, which I think has had a drastic effect on my writing. I went to college and eventually was hired as a deputy sheriff in Ohio. Had two kids. I loved the job, but when we had to move to Kentucky for my husband’s career I was ready for the change. I stayed home with the kids for a couple of years and started to get back into my writing. For curiosity’s sake I looked up writing clubs and found Kentucky Romance Writers based out of Lexington. I went to a meeting and was immediately hooked. I joined, and learned from the more experienced members what it took to actually write a book.

Now, five years later, I just ended my second term as President for Kentucky Romance Writers and have released 10 books, with many more on the way. I love the writing community and honestly can’t see myself doing anything else now.

What are the greatest blocks or obstacles you have experienced on your writing journey?

I think my own self-doubt has been the biggest thing. Worrying about trying to write a certain way or to a certain line. I’ve learned that people love what I write when I just let my imagination fly.

What research did you do for your Silver Star series?

Well, I’ve always been fascinated by trains. When I was a kid we lived in Florida for a while and there was a train track just a few hundred yards from our house. We used to go down there and let the train smash pennies or nuts or whatever we thought wouldn’t actually derail the train. We loved it. Then in high school I went to Germany for a month and became even more fascinated, because a large part of their country is run by rail.

I’ve always wanted to write trains into a story, I just didn’t know it was going to be this sexy! ;-) But the more I thought about it, the more I loved it, and both books were written fairly quickly. They suited the Edge line perfectly, though the second was a little long. I had to get permission from the bosses to extend the cap.

But I did have to scour the Amtrak website for times and station locations. If you check the details, they’re pretty accurate.

Have you ever taken a train ride?

Ha! Well, I kind of answered this above. I first rode a train in Germany. We were traveling to the southern end of the country and I remember sitting across from a woman from North Africa, and she was carrying a box as if it were made of glass. She started talking to us and I learned that she was carrying an ostrich egg to her relatives in Obertsdorf. I thought she was fascinating, and we talked for hours.

Describe your writing style in ten words.

Blunt, emotional, damn sexy, deep, heart-wrenching, doesn’t pull punches, but supremely loving.

This is the follow-up to Love on the Line, book 1 of the Silver Star series; it is a complete standalone. This secondary glance into the May-December romance between Bail Bondsman, Brady Frost, and co-ed, Lorna McNight, was beautiful written – for a quickie. I enjoyed reading the mental and emotional struggles of the main characters as each dealt with their insecurities; as well as the tastefully written erotic moments. I recommend this book to anyone who loves romance.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by Decadent Publishing for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

If you have a train story, leave it below. One comment will win Love on the Line I . I sincerely appreciate you reading!




  1. Nothing super exciting has ever happened to me on a train, but the one time I did end up sitting next to this cute guy and we spent most of the trip talking and flirting which definitely helped the 6 hr trip pass faster lol.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. No interesting stories. Used to take the train to work.