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Friday, 25 January 2013

Blog Tour: Robin Bielman (Guest Post)

About the author of YOURS AT MIDNIGHT:  
Robin Bielman Robin lives in Southern California, a bike ride away from the ocean if she's feeling really adventurous, with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and a very cute mini labradoodle named Harry (after Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books).

When Robin's not reading or writing her next story, she loves to bake, run, hike, and dream of all the travel adventures she hopes to have. She is addicted to cafe mochas, and if every day were Cupcake Day, she'd be a happy camper.

She writes contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing.

Yours at Midnight

Lyric Whetsone only had eyes for Quinn Sobel's brother Oliver, until a car crash took Oliver's life on New Year's Eve. Then, a moment of shared grief between Quinn and Lyric became something more impassioned, something that frightened Quinn so much he ran from Lyric's bed and her life, disappearing for four long years.

Now Quinn's back for another New Year's Eve, struggling for closure, desperate to leave his grief in the past and make amends with the girl of his dreams.

But Lyric has a secret--one that could drive Quinn from her life forever. Will Quinn run away from the love and acceptance he's always wanted...or will he claim his New Year's kiss and make her his at midnight?
Thanks so much for having me as a guest today, Jana! I’m delighted to be here and talk about the inspiration behind my latest release, Yours At Midnight. I thought I’d have a little fun with my explanation…
I – N- S – P –I –R – A – T – I – O – N
I    I decided to write a New Year’s Eve themed novella after my editor and publisher, Entangled Publishing, gave a shout out for holiday themed stories.
N   New Year’s Eve! Everyone celebrates New Year’s Eve, right? Whether you hit the town, have a party, attend a party, do dinner and a movie, stay home in your PJ’s, everyone in some small way celebrates the end of one year and the start of a new one.
S   Secrets. Who hasn’t had a secret? Who doesn’t want to know someone’s secret? Come on, be honest. Secrets draw you in and make you wonder. My heroine has got one heck of a secret, and it’s eating her up inside.
P   Pancakes and pumpkin. There’s a breakfast scene in my book and when I was writing it I thought about what my own kids love to eat and pancakes is at the top of their list. At the top of mine? Pumpkin muffins. So I added those, too. J
I    Italian. One of the foreign languages my hero, Quinn, speaks. I think most girls would agree with me that Italian = sexy.
R   Resolutions. My book opens with my heroine, Lyric, decided on her resolution: find a man. We all know how hard resolutions are to keep, and I wanted to give Lyric something attainable, but oh so full of conflict.
A    Accidents. I don’t want to give anything away, but from some accidents love and hope and precious gifts can bloom.
T   Teddy. Teddy plays an important role in my book—a tail wagging, golden fur, escape artist kind of importance. His inspiration came from my own lovable dog, Harry. Although, my Harry has yet to sneak out of the gate.
I    Inch by inch, Lyric and Quinn get closer. I love reading stories where there’s lots of buildup to getting the hero and heroine together, so I wanted to do the same.
O   Oliver.  Quinn’s twin brother died in a car accident four years ago, but he’s still a very important part of the story. This book poured out of me very quickly and I think the inclusion of loss stemmed from wanting to write sexual tension and sweetness between my hero and heroine that also included misunderstandings and apprehension. In order to do that, I needed Oliver, but only in the past.
N    Naked. There are several different meanings that go with this word. Unclothed, exposed, bare, raw, stripped, unguarded. I tried to hit them all.
What do you like best in your favorite books? I’d love to know!


  1. Thanks so much for having me as a guest today, Jana!

  2. I love the courtship/anticipation -- basically, the beginning part of the book is usually my favorite!

  3. Hi e! I like that part, too. And the beginning is my favorite part to write! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I love that first major turning point, when I feel like I know the characters well and I get that uh oh feeling that the real trouble is about to start. : )

    Great post. And I loved Yours at Midnight!

  5. Hi Robena! Thank you so much! And oh, I love that moment, too - keeps me turning the pages! Thanks for commenting!

  6. My favorite books do tend to have some similarities. Great characters who love intensely, even if they try to fight those emotions along the way. I really love the build up of the relationship and the sexual tension between the characters. And if the story has some humor (even if it is sarcastic) it makes it even better for me :)

    1. Hi June! I love humor, too. There's a few lines at the start of one scene in Yours At Midnight that cracks me up every time *I* read it. I don't know if anyone else finds it funny, but I amused myself when writing it and smile every time I think about it. LOL

      Thanks so much for following my tour! I really appreciate it.

  7. I love how you used inspiration's letters with inspiration. Too cute! Course I love what you said in them too!

    1. Hi Kelly! Thank you! And thanks for following my tour, too! :)

  8. Thanks for sharing your inspiration! I love the buildup between characters! Smoldering and slow is for me. ;)

    1. Hi Lynn! I love the build up, too! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. An acrostic! How fun!! I loved how you added bits of yourself to the story, especially the pancakes and pumpkin muffins you mentioned. Yum!


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