I don’t know if I would have one book that I would have everyone read because I know tastes vary. (Some people love romance. Some hate it. Some would rather have their teeth pulled than plop down and crack open a book of heavy literary fiction. Some people find those books inspiring.) I have books that I like to read over and over again. I’m a big fan of Beverly Jenkins and Wild Sweet Love is one romance I can once a year. The same goes for the MacGregor Brides by Nora Roberts.
Kathy: What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is cheesy horror movies. My husband rolls his eyes when I watch them but there is just something about being scared to death for the hour and half you watch a film and then the movie is over and everything is right again. I love the experience.
Kathy: Favorite meal?
There used to be a restaurant in downtown D.C. called Ceiba that specialized in Cuban fusion food. (It closed in September.) They made these amazing empanadas that were so hearty and flavorful. I could have eaten them every day.
Kathy: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
I’d be a crazy person. Seriously, I’d be crazy; I have to write! I played with the idea in college of being a civil engineer or a computer scientist. I studied them both and I didn’t do very well in those fields. My mind is the mind of a writer. I have stories in my head that I need to get out. I love, love, love words. But I guess if I had no other option, I would probably be a history or poli-sci professor. I’ve always been fascinated with history, culture, and the inner-workings of political systems.
Kathy: If you could time travel, what time period would you visit?
This is going to sound like a boring answer, but I think I’m OK with the here and now. I love history but I don’t have a romanticized view of the past. I could pick a time period like the 1800s but that’s before penicillin, the women’s rights movement, and emancipation. That may not be very fun to be walking around for a gal like me. I could try the future but there are way too many unknowns on a global stage that makes me wonder what the future is like. Again, I’m OK where I am.
Title: The Best She Ever Had by Shelly Ellis
Gibbons Gold Digger
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 369 pages
One by one, the infamous Gibbons sisters of Chesterton, Virginia, are giving up their gold digging ways–except the eldest, who’s holding out for her seven figure man. But her heart may have less expensive tastes. . .
Thanks to her cold-hearted ways with men, Cynthia Gibbons doesn’t blame the folks in town for calling her the “Ice Queen.” They don’t know the secret she’s kept for twenty years–that she once fell crazy in love with a guy who had no money, a guy who broke her heart in the worst possible way. But now Korey Walker is back in town, and Cynthia isn’t sure how much longer she can keep the biggest secret of all–that she still loves him.
With a divorce behind him, and his new auto repair shop thriving, Korey is looking to the future–until he sets eyes on Cynthia and the past comes roaring back. Even now, Korey doesn’t understand Cynthia’s hostility–after all, she’s the one who broke his heart. He decides to ignore her–until he discovers that his teenage son has fallen for Cynthia’s daughter. Determined to stop history from repeating itself, Korey and Cynthia will have to band together. But will keeping their kids apart bring them closer–or destroy their lives for good?
Shelly Ellis is the penname of women’s fiction/romance author and creator of the Gibbons Gold Digger series. Her fiction writing career began when she became one of four finalists in a First-Time Writers Contest when she was 19 years old. The prize was a publishing contract and having her first short-story romance appear in an anthology. Since then she has published six novels and two short stories in anthologies.
She is married and lives in Maryland with her husband and their daughter.
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