by Barbara Nolan Genre: Romantic Suspense
Jonny Vallone, the dark, brooding owner of Manhattan nightclub, Beyond Paradise, doesn’t need any more complications in his life, or women. Then savvy con artist Cheryl Benson, barges into his office and spits out a confession that would make most men run for cover.
Cheryl’s fast-paced, out-of-control life is closing in, and her only hope against a ruthless crime boss is bad boy Jonny and his powerful connections. Her knight in black Brioni has a body made for sin with enough baggage to fill a 747, but when a near-fatal attack throws the two together, they implode in a night of steamy, sheet-gripping passion.
Jonny can’t resist the beautiful blonde with the pleading green eyes plus he has his own agenda with the underworld thug who owns a piece of his soul.
Their wild ride whisks them from the high-powered glitz of Manhattan to the sultry beaches of Miami in a desperate attempt to break free of their shady pasts while trying to tame their fiery passion and the dangerous deceptions swirling around them.
Barbara Nolan enjoyed writing most of her life and recently acquired her Certificate in Creative Writing from NYU. She also benefited from the help and influence of many talented professors and editors along the way. She is a member of RWA and the New Jersey chapter of Romance Writers. Her passion for reading and words make this a journey of love.
She writes gritty, realistic stories filled with strong men and the women who tame them.
She considers reading a luxury and writing a necessity.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
Over my lifetime I broken 11 bones, Eight fingers, playing as a child, each foot, stepping off a curb, and a rib, coughing during a bout with bronchitis. And no, I don’t consider myself clumsy just unlucky.
What are some of your pet peeves?
People that talk too loud on their phones.
Where were you born/grew up?
Born in New Jersey and still in New Jersey. Love being 25 minutes outside of Manhattan.
Who is your hero and why?
My Dad. He never complained, and accepted everyone with a smile no matter how unpleasant the situation. I’ve tried to live up to his good nature but fear I sometimes fall short.
What are you passionate about these days?
I am very passionate about my writing and giving my readers the best work I can produce.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Reading and writing. I consider reading a luxury and writing a necessity.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Loyal, dependable, honest, caring and supportive. And no, I was never a girl scout, lol.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I won my first award for my writing. It was such an honor to be recognized for something that I’ve enjoyed most of my adult life.
What inspired you to write this book?
This book and the other two in the series were inspired by our many years in the bar and restaurant business.
Do you believe in writes block?
Not really. Now, I don’t want to jinx myself, but the words flow for me and when they don’t it usually means that the scene is not working for the character or that I am in the wrong POV. When I do get stuck I read some of my favorite authors in my genre and it seems when I relax and enjoy reading that my words come more freely when I resume writing.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I could definitely see Beyond Paradise as a movie. The glamour of Manhattan’s night life, and sultry South Beach, would be wonderful backdrops for a movie. Since there will be two more books in this series, Dangerous Paradise and Forbidden Paradise, I believe they could also be a Netflix series. My characters are passionate, and flawed which would transfer nicely onto the screen.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
The scenes in Beyond Paradise have been floating around in my mind for many years and it was a relief to finally get it all down on paper. Then I loved taking the supporting characters of Beyond Paradise and giving them their own story while watching them unfold and develop. Hopefully, my readers will love my characters as much as I do, and if they do then I know I have done my job.
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