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Spotlight: Robin Gianna, Flirting With Dr. Off-Limits & Giveaway!

Our Spotlight this week is on author Robin Gianna and her latest offering, Flirting With Dr. Off-Limits. And there are giveaways! 





After completing a degree in journalism, working in the advertising industry, then becoming a stay-at-home mom, Robin Gianna had what she likes to call her ‘awakening’. While on vacation, lying in the sun with a beach read, she realized she wanted to write the romance novels she'd loved since her teens.

Robin loves pushing her characters toward their own happily-ever-afters! When she's not writing, Robin's life is filled with a happily messy kitchen, a needy garden, a wonderful husband, three great kids, a drooling bulldog and one grouchy Siamese cat.

 
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Who is Robin Gianna?

I’ve always loved the written word, which is why I studied journalism in college.  Why it never occurred to me to write fiction until many years later, I have no idea!  I worked in the advertising industry, then stayed home with my three children for some years. I play the piano and enjoy gardening, though it’s been a bit neglected this year - too much to do!  I love to cook, because I think putting a meal together can be fun and creative, and it makes people happy, as well!  I really enjoy traveling.  And I’m highly skilled at ignoring clutter until we’re about to have guests and I’m forced to notice it :-)



Who is your favourite author?

This is a hard question!  I love books from a number of authors who write different sub-genres of romance.  But if I had to choose one, it would be Karen Robards.  Her romantic suspense novels are, for me, the perfect mix of a believable love story in the midst of creepy events that give you a chill without being too dark and gritty. 

Do you listen to music while you write?

I like quiet when I’m writing.  But when I need some energy, I play opera music, believe it or not!  I turn up the volume of Andrea Bocelli’s Sacred Arias album, much to my kids’ dismay.  :-)  Listening to Gavin Degraw helps me get into the emotion of characters - I joke to my children (who also like his music) that if you listen to a lot of his songs together, they form a romance arc.  He has songs about being in love, about breaking up and missing someone, about being afraid to commit, about getting involved with someone you know isn’t good for you, and my favorite for the happily ever after where he’s at her door after ‘a million miles’ wanting to be with her forever.  Love it!


What do you do to relax?


My favorite way to relax is to spend time with my family.  Two of my children are away at college now, and it’s a true joy to be with them when they’re back at home.  I also decompress with a walk in the woods or sitting by a creek listening to the sound of the water. 

Tell us about your book...


This is the first medical romance I set in the U.S. - the first two were set in West African mission hospitals.  I chose San Diego, California because we have an uncle who lives there and we visit often.  I’d intended to have some sailing scenes or time on the beach, but couldn’t find a place to squeeze much of that in!  So I’ll have to set another book there some time. 

Katy has just graduated from medical school, and is interning at the same hospital her brother works as a surgeon, as does the hero, Alec.  It’s a bit the ‘little sister, brother’s friend trope’ but I wanted to ratchet that up by having Alec also be her teacher.  She’d crushed on him for years when they were younger.  But he rejected her when she impulsively kissed him at a family wedding five years earlier, (because she’s his friend’s sister!) and that, combined with his ‘player’ reputation, made her write him off.  Now that they’re colleagues, they both find that attraction simmering between them, but it’s completely inappropriate.  I enjoyed helping Katy find her confidence as a doctor in the story, and also enjoyed creating the push/pull between them until they couldn’t resist any longer.  The black moment is pretty dark, and I hope readers don’t get too mad at Alec, because he thinks he’s doing the right thing for Katy.  I’m interested to know how readers feel about it!


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37 comments:

  1. Romance among colleagues can be dicey and interesting, so I'm sure the book will hold romance readers' interest. Here's wishing you good luck with your book.

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate your stopping by! :-)

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  2. I'm now officially very curious about the black moment in the book! And who doesn't love San Diego? :)

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    1. Ah, that's what I was hoping for, Meradeth! ;-) And, yes, I can't imagine anyone not loving that city!

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  3. Yay! Congratulations Robin! Flirting With Dr. Off Limits sound awesome!

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  4. Congratulations! It sounds like a fun read.

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  5. I've got a real "thing" for stories set against a medical background, so this one sounds really good to me. Good luck with it, Robin! (Nice interview, ladies.)

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    1. Thank you, Susan! Medicals can be challenging to write, but fun, too - I learn something new with every book.

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  6. I like quiet while I'm writing too.

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one, Kelly! I have a couple friends who listen to head-banging rock while they're writing, and I just can't imagine it (well, unless maybe it's a fight scene) :-)

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  7. Hello Nas. Many thanks for stopping by Pen and Paper, your visit was very much appreciated.

    Whilst not a huge fan of this genre I'm always on the look out for new books and authors.

    Thanks for your interview with Robin, I'm always interested in the person behind the book.

    Nice to have met you, Tracy.

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    1. Nice to meet you, too, Tracy! Thanks for stopping by :-)

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  8. It was great to read about the author. Thanks Nas for doing that here.

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  9. This sounds like something my wife might enjoy, since she's on her way to becoming a doctor. Needless to say, love the medical setting.

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    1. Congratulations to your wife - that's hard work and a long slog - and in some ways, just the beginning too. I talked to doctor friends (and my hubby!) about their experiences as first year interns, and hope I conveyed some of their all-over-the-place emotions in this book.

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  10. I love Andre Bocelli's music. I don't know anything about Gavin Degraw. I'll have to look up some of his music. Nice interview!

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    1. Isn't Bocelli's voice amazing, Sherry? I got to see him in concert, and it was incredible. Gavin Degraw writes and sings contemporary music, and while not all of it is about the ups and downs of romantic relationships, a lot of it is. I bet you'd like it! Thanks for visiting!

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  11. This sounds like a great story, Robin.

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  12. Congrats, Robin! The premise is great!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I hope the book delivers on the premise! :-) Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Is that you on the cover, Robin? It sure looks like you.
    Much success with this new release!

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    2. It's so funny you say that! At a book signing this weekend, the joke among my friends was that it was me on the cover of both this book and my April release, The Last Temptation of Dr. Dalton. Our heads are tipped a bit in all the photos, and I guess there is a resemblance! I'm not any older than the cover models are either, of course...;-)

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  14. Great meeting you, Robin. I love Karen Robards' books, too.
    Hi, Nas!

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    1. Nice to meet you, too, Carol - thanks for stopping by!

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  15. I have a journalism degree, too--probably fairly common for a writer!

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    1. Probably so, Stephanie. I don't know if you've felt this way, but I underestimated the learning curve to write fiction. I now know it requires a very different skill set than non-fiction!

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  16. Sounds like there's lots of fun in store with this hospital romance! Nice meeting you, Robin! Hi Nas!

    Julie

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! Nice to meet you, too!

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  17. I have been seeing Robin's book around and it sounds great. Wishing her the best of luck. :)
    ~Jess

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