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Juanita Kees, Fly Away Peta and Giveaway!

We have Australian author Juanita Kees answering questions and she's also got a giveaway!

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Who is Juanita Kees?
A reluctant cleaning fairy who would much rather be writing romance, a disastrous cook who can burn water and a gardener successful in growing everything except plants and flowers.
What inspired you to be a writer?
I love making up stories and the only way I can do that legally is to write. It’s the place I escape to when the real world gets too much.
How did you choose your genre?
It chose me, I think. My characters have a way of choosing where they want to go and I let them. I’d never try to fit a square peg in a round hole.
What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?
Jaime and Peta have been determined to tell their story for almost thirty years now. They are one of those couples who were destined to be together, no matter what life threw at them. Both are strong, independent characters fiercely protective of the ones they love. I wrote this story for those who believe in second chances, no matter what the challenges. Love is about forgiveness, trust and commitment. Follow your heart and fulfill your dreams. Most importantly, fight for what you believe in and never give up. Why did I write the book? Easy! Jaime and Peta nagged me to and wouldn’t let me rest until I had, LOL.
How did you come up with the title?
No matter how many times I edited this story, the title stuck. It seemed the perfect fit for a girl running from her heart while protecting those she loves the most.
Tell us about FLY AWAY PETA.
The time has come to face her worst fear and the clock is ticking…
Peta Johnson will go to extreme lengths to protect her daughter Bella. When Bella is kidnapped, the search for her takes Peta back to the small Western Australian country town of Williams, a place she’d vowed never to return to. The town where her dreams were shattered and her nightmare began. Back to the place she’d been destined to meet two very powerful, yet very different men. One would break her heart, the other would destroy her soul. Both would change her life forever. The search for Bella brings them together. Secrets and lies keep them apart. Can Peta and Jaime renew their love in the face of danger or will he let her fly away again?
 
Set in the rural, West Australian town of Williams, Fly Away Peta is a story of hope, courage, trust and forgiveness. Find out more at www.kees2create.com.au

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34 comments:

  1. I feel the same way--stories find me. Each of my manuscripts has a magical twist--I can't help it.

    Your book looks like a good mix of romance and mystery.

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    1. Hi Theresa, isn't it wonderful creating that magical twist? Writing is so much fun. I love a bit of magic, mystery and suspense in my romances. Thanks for stopping by :D

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    2. Welcome to Romance Book Paradise, Juanita! I do hope you will enjoy your visit here!

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    3. Hi Theresa,

      So true! Thanks for coming by!

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  2. I love the reluctant cleaning fairy idea! I feel the same way about cleaning. Nice to meet Juanita. The book sounds interesting!

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    1. Hi Karen,

      Yes, I'm a very reluctant cleaning fairy. I've invested in one of those robot sweepers! What a marvelous invention :D

      Nice to meet you too.

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  3. I already have the book, so don't enter me in the giveaway. To everyone else- it's a GREAT read!! Peta & Jaime are fabulous characters & the plot is lots of fun! :)

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    1. Oooh Jemi! Thank you :D

      If you enjoyed Jaime and Peta's story, you're going to love TJ and Scott in Under the Hood, due for release from Harlequin Escape in March. It's fun and feisty and I had so much fun writing it.

      Thanks for popping in to say hi!

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  4. I can relate to the characters and genre choosing me. I think the stories come out best when that happens.

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    1. That is so true, Kelly :D

      I'm a big believer in writing from the heart. It gives your stories depth and believability. My characters always develop a mind of their own and I kinda like it that way, LOL

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  5. I know all about being nagged by a story. Sounds great!

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    1. And oh boy! did they nag :D

      I'm so glad they got their happy ending. When I wrote those last few sentences, it was like saying goodbye to my children.

      Thanks for popping in, Jennifer!

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  6. I love your description of yourself. Great to meet you, Juanita.

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  7. I love your philosophy Juanita, it really resonated with me. There's a reluctant cleaning fairy here too. Lovely to meet you here & all the best with your blog tour.

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    1. That's wonderful to hear :D Thank you for you good wishes. We reluctant cleaning fairies need to stick together...

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  8. Great to meet you, Juanita. Good luck with your book.
    Hi, Nas!

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  9. I seond Jemi's comment - it's a great story (and so is Under The Hood lol!)

    I'm a very reluctant cleaning fairy too - I keep looking for more enthusiastic ones but no luck yet!

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    1. Awww, thanks Kerrie! :D

      I'm thinking The Reluctant Cleaning Fairies is starting to sound like a great name for a writing group, LOL

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  10. Great interview! I like that - "A reluctant cleaning fairy." I'm one of those, too!

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  11. Great to meet Juanita! I enjoyed the interview. I think we're all reluctant cleaning fairies :D
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. Love your website name, Nutschell! I have to admit I'm a bit of a nut too :D
      Thanks for popping in to say hi. I'm off to explore your website now.

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  12. 30 years! What a wonderful long time to live with your characters :-)

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    1. Lol, Deniz! They were like my children. I thought they'd never move out :D

      I was a little lost without them at first until I found TJ and Scott from Under the Hood to play with.

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  13. Hi Nas and Juanita. I love reading the different interviews you are giving Juanita, adds so many background dimensions to a story that I absolutely loved. I have to say I love your author pic above, you look so sunny! I hope you and your loved ones are ok after that horrific damage the rain has done in Australia (if you were in the areas affected)

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    1. Hi Tash,

      Wow! Thank you :D What a lovely compliment xxx

      Thankfully, we are in the West so we weren't affected by the floods. My heart goes out to those families who were and to those who lost loved ones and cherished possessions in it. It's been an awful summer with the fires and floods. :(

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  14. I love the titles that stick with you. It can give a lot of direction to a story when you have just the right title.

    Great interview!

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    1. Thanks. I've had a lot of fun with Nas. So true! And a great title is a great hook for readers too.

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  15. Thirty years is a long time for a story to percolate, I'm sure it was a lot of fun to write after all that time in your head!

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    1. Hi Susan :D

      Yes it was. I was really happy for them when they finally got to The End and I could wave them off to a happy ever after.

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  16. The book sounds good, Juanita! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you William :D

      My proudest moment was that my dad read it and enjoyed it. Apparently my uncle missed a whole cricket match because he couldn't put it down. Now that's high praise indeed!

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