British hotelier Ian Gregson had it all – wealth, good looks, power, and a share in his family’s worldwide, multi-billion dollar luxury hotel chain. His very name was synonymous with sophistication and elegance, and any woman he wanted could be his with just a look. But the only woman he truly desired was strictly forbidden to him for too many reasons to count.
Tessa Lockwood was young, beautiful, and lonely, despite the fact that she was a married woman. Her life had not been an easy one, and the extravagant world she caught glimpses of as an employee of the Gregson Hotel Group was far beyond anything she could ever dream of. She could no more imagine herself ensconced in that sort of luxurious lifestyle than she could attracting the attention of her handsome, debonair boss.
Ian and Tessa secretly long for each other from afar, never daring to reveal their forbidden attraction to the other, until circumstances bring them together in a very unexpected way. And from that point on, nothing will stand in Ian’s way to finally make her his.
AUTHOR’S NOTE – despite what you might be thinking at this point, there is NO cheating in this story – just an incredibly romantic hero who will make you swoon with the way in which he sweeps the heroine off her feet!
1. How did you think of the title?
I needed a one-word title that began with an S, since I’d decided this was the continuing theme I wanted for all the books in the series. Splendor basically describes in a nutshell the sort of privileged lifestyle that Ian has always known, and how dazzled Tessa is by all of it.
2. Describe the relationship between Ian and Tessa
romantic, passionate and tender all at the same time. Ian has been in love with Tessa for a long time but has had to keep his feelings hidden because she’s married, while she’s had a secret crush on him at the same time. Once they finally get together, Ian can’t resist sweeping Tessa off her feet, and what follows is a deeply romantic love story combined with some very steamy sex.
3. What scene was the hardest to write? The easiest?
the hardest scene was probably the one where Tessa is telling Ian about what an awful childhood she had. It was important that this scene not be rushed and that all of the details were revealed, but at the same time I had to make sure it didn’t drag on and on and didn’t sound like one big pity party. The easiest scene by far was the epilogue because I knew for weeks how I wanted that one to go and it just flowed really smoothly while writing it.
4. What is something readers don’t know about Splendor?
that this was really the first book in the series I wanted to write. But after toying around with the plot for a while I realized that Serendipity had to come first, in order to lay the groundwork for Splendor.
5. What’s up next for the Inevitable series?
a lot! Next up is a novella about Julia and Nathan’s wedding (they are the heroine/hero from Serendipity). That will be followed by Angela’s story, then another novella about Tessa and Ian’s wedding, and then two more full length novels about related characters from the books. Oh, and I’m also writing several additional scenes from Splendor that I will be publishing as a free read on Goodreads.
6. Do your friends and family know about your writing? What do they think?
my family definitely knows, yes. My husband has been really supportive, even helping me set up a home office/writing nook. My adult daughter is also very supportive and has helped me some with the social media stuff since much of that was new to me. Most of my friends don’t know since they are almost all from the running community, and their lives these days revolve around doing crazy things like running 100-mile races.
7. Which authors have influenced you?
Great writers of women’s fiction/romance that include Sandra Brown, Judith McNaught, Barbara Delinsky, and Linda Howard. All of these women are great storytellers and write original, engaging books. In more recent years I’ve been a real fan of Sylvia Day, Sylvain Reynard, Christina Lauren and Emma Chase.
8. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up
as a kid I’m not sure I had any real idea of what I wanted to do when I grew up. As an adolescent/teen, I knew I wanted to do something with writing and ideally wanted a career in journalism or public relations.
9. Do you have any book signings coming up?
my books thus far have only been released in e-book format, though I understand there are now ways for readers to get e-books signed. My hope/dream for the near future is to get invited to an author event where I can meet readers face to face.
10. Do you hear from your readers often? How can fans contact you?
I occasionally hear from readers, yes, and I love corresponding with them and encourage them to contact me. I can be contacted via my Facebook page, at Goodreads, or via email (email@example.com).
Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades, with her first e-book Serendipity published in December 2013. Splendor is book two of six in the Inevitable series, each book a standalone with no cliffhangers.