Searching for Mine
(A Searching For Novella)
by Jennifer Probst
The Ultimate Anti-Hero Meets His Match…
Connor Dunkle knows what he wants in a woman, and it’s the three B’s. Beauty. Body. Boobs. Other women need not apply. With his good looks and easygoing charm, he’s used to getting what he wants—and who. Until he comes face to face with the one woman who’s slowly making his life hell…and enjoying every moment…
Ella Blake is a single mom and a professor at the local Verily college who’s climbed up the ranks the hard way. Her ten-year-old son is a constant challenge, and her students are driving her crazy—namely Connor Dunkle, who’s failing her class and trying to charm his way into a better grade. Fuming at his chauvinistic tendencies, Ella teaches him the ultimate lesson by giving him a special project to help his grade. When sparks fly, neither of them are ready to face their true feelings, but will love teach them the ultimate lesson of all?
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An Exclusive Interview With Jennifer Probst:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
I absolutely LOVED Connor and Ella. How did you pick them for this novella?
I didn’t – my readers did! I introduced Connor in Searching for Perfect, he was Nate’s older brother and a walking disaster when it came to women. He was so good looking women flocked to him, and he had a ridiculous chauvinistic attitude that drove me crazy, but no matter how bad his lines were, women still dropped at his feet. When my readers begged for Connor’s story I was shocked. He was the ultimate anti-hero. Of course, then my Muse began spinning with possibilities, because this is a story I never would have written. It stretched me. How did I take this character and make him into a true hero?
My street team, The Probst Posse, helped with the rest. They helped brainstorm the perfect woman for Connor, a no-nonsense single mother who was a college professor. Once I began writing their story, I saw how absolutely perfect they were together, and watching Connor turn into a man who melted my heart was worth everything.
Ella’s teaching of the classic literature female authors was so great. Who is your favorite classic female author?
I adore Edith Wharton. She’s so wickedly clever with her dialogue and stories. I have a master’s in English Literature, so I read a lot of powerful, talented female authors and had fun incorporating them into the story!
I love the town of Verily. Is there a real town that was your inspiration?
Yes, there’s a town close by in the Hudson River Valley called Cold Spring that Verily was based on. A very artsy, quaint, river town. I love strolling through the bookshop with a cappuccino, and window shopping. There are always dogs around, and old inns. It’s a fun place to explore and really relax.
What would we find on your desk right now?
Eeeks are you sure you want to ask? Okay, looking at it right now:
My ipod and Bose headphones which help me write. My coffee mug on my warmer that says MY AUNT IS SO MUCH FUN! (from my gorgeous niece!) a stuffed dog from the movie UP, a stuffed owl who is my mascot, pictures of my family, over 100 pens, the latest RWR report, my newest book Everywhere and Every Way, my printer/scanner, papers, nail file, a Mike Piazza bobblehead, a picture of the Rocky statue in Philadelphia, three notebooks and three scratch pads filled with notes on my new book and endless to-do lists, red nail polish, and a crystal bowl that is supposed to be full of candy but is now empty! Whoo, that was a lot!
Can you tell us what your working on at the moment?
I’m working on the second book of my brand new series, called Any Time and Any Place. It’s something fresh and different, based on HGTV and hot brother contractors who own a business together. Kind of like The Property Brothers meets the Marriage Bargain lol!
Ok, so for 2016 I am going to be playing Mad Libs with the 1,001 Dark Nights authors for a bit of fun! Jennifer’s Mad Libs is “Show and Tell”:
Today, I would like to show the class a dog I caught when I went playing with my aunt. I had never fished before, but my aunt loudly taught me how to bait a hook with a sloth and then how to cast the pen into the blistering lake. I skip fishing!
My name is Jennifer and I would like to show the class this fragile New York from my mother’s kitchen. My mother uses it every morning to fix my shrimp. It is also useful if you are into flying or if you want to slice up some bees. If you want one, you can buy it at your local book store or only 22 dollars.
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012, and spent 26 weeks on the New York Times. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews.
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