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Sunday, July 23, 2017

A MAJOR AFFAIR in #TropicalTryst - 25 #SexyReads #Romance #AMAJORAFFAIR #summerreads #RB4U @CJMatthew

Today we have a special guest at RB4U, telling us about herself, her writing and her part in the new and upcoming boxed set Tropical Tryst.  Please extend her a huge welcome !!!


Hi! I’m CJ Matthew, author of full-length romance novels in several different genres: contemporary military, suspense, and paranormal/fantasy. 

My contribution to the Tropical Tryst boxed set is A Major Affair, a contemporary military romance novella, book 1.5 in the Colonel’s Daughters quintet and the story is set on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

I began writing my first-ever book, A Major Seduction, in 2009 following the adage, “Write what you know”. Since I grew up an Air Force brat, living all over the US and around the world, I outlined a quintet of books based on 5 AF sisters, all born in different countries. As each sibling happens to return to her birth place (Japan, UK, Italy, Germany, US) where she meets her true love and must face her destiny. After finally publishing that contemporary military romance in Oct. 2016, I returned to writing book 2, Compromising the Captain. I was surprised by the amount of fan mail I received asking to hear more about a secondary character, Major Quinn. So, here is his story.

My favorite genre is paranormal/fantasy romance. I love world-building and writing my dolphin shape shifter series- but I also manage to stay true to my other genre loves by bringing an Air Force hero into the Dolphin shifter series, filling the suspense series with veterans, and adding a pod of non-shifting Dolphins to A Major Affair. So much fun when I get to make the rules! For personal reading, I go for paranormal romance, all kinds of shapeshifters, as well as military romance and suspense. Historical romances relax me, especially Regency. My all-time favorite author is JD Robb and her futuristic crime series, In Death. I shy away from most horror stories and certain thriller themes.

A writing routine: While prepping, before I start writing a book, I make a comprehensive outline of the story and consult/add to the series bible. I finish GMC and character interviews, add to the series spreadsheets (new character names, places, jobs, etc.), finish all the research, create a picture board. One jumpstart tip I use (and cherish) is from the W Plot Method: write 20 favorite scenes on post-its and then place them in the appropriate spots on the outline.

During the time I’m writing the book, I try to stick to a set schedule. Up at 5:30, at the laptop by 6 a.m. Since I live in a cabin in the woods of Northeast Georgia, it’s quiet except for the birds. I share the cabin with a cat, Max, who keeps me company while I write and demands I play with him during stretch breaks. My morning beverage of choice, for all seasons, is hot coffee. After lunch, I switch to Cherry Coke or iced tea.

When I’m not writing I enjoy spending time with family and friends. The cabin doesn’t have cable but there is wifi so I sometimes binge watch Netflix. Secretly, my favorite binge is my collection of Jane Austen books made into movies, and Shakespeare’s plays in movie form.

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A Major Affair is one of 25 brand new sexy romances in the Tropical Tryst Boxed Set. Escape with us to a hot and tropical setting for only 99 cents. It’s available for pre-order now and will be released Aug. 1. 

Buy links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble  | Kobo | Google Play

And bonus: visit for special pre-order giveaways and join the Tropical Tryst Facebook page ( for updates and a chance to win Tropical Tryst swag!


Cara Marsi said...

I ordered the set. Can't wait to read your story and the others. You are certainly disciplined as a writer. Puts me to shame. Good for you! Best of luck with all your stories.

Melissa Keir said...

Writing what you know is fun. You can bring so many pieces into a story because of experiences. I wish you all the best with your book!

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