Title: Checked Into Love
Series: Bachelorette Party Book 2
Author: Rochelle Paige
Genre: New Adult Romance
Cecily Thompson swore off men a year ago.
There’s only been one man who’s tempted her to end the drought… hockey hottie Jason Campbell. He had her rethinking her stance on dating, but a misunderstanding quickly sent her running in the opposite direction.
Jason hasn’t been able to get Cecily off his mind.
Not a single night has gone by without dreams of the fiery redhead he met in a bar months ago. When he finally sees her again at a friend’s bachelorette party, he’s ready to do what it takes to keep her right where she belongs… by his side.
Checked Into Love can be read as a standalone. Each book in the Bachelorette Party series features a different couple. And if you've read the Blythe College series, you'll see some familiar faces from there, too!
Who in the hell did he think he was? He might have been the hottest guy I’d ever seen in my life—one who’d messed with my head enough to make my self-imposed break from men last ridiculously long, even though my career was flourishing—but that didn’t mean he had the right to tell me what to do.
“Why the fuck wouldn’t I? I’m not your girlfriend. I’m just some woman you talked to for a few hours nine months ago. I’m surprised you even remember my name.”
“I remember a fuck of a lot more than your name, Cecily,” he rumbled.
“Cee-Cee,” I snapped. “Nobody but my family calls me Cecily.”
“If you didn’t want me to think of you that way, you shouldn’t have introduced yourself to me as Cecily.”
He made an excellent point, one I’d wondered about myself quite a few times. I never gave my full name when I met new people, not even in a professional setting. Yet, that’s exactly what I’d done with him. I’d been surprised when my name had slipped out of my mouth back then, and I still wasn’t sure why I’d done it, except that it had felt right at the moment.
Maybe it was because I’d wanted him to see me as a Cecily, a woman who was more mysterious and sophisticated than fun-loving Cee-Cee. Or it could have just been because Cecily sounded sexier than Cee-Cee. Either way, it apparently hadn’t mattered because he’d easily forgotten about my existence in the few minutes I was in the bathroom.
“Fine,” I huffed. “You can call me whatever you want, but it doesn’t change the fact that I’m nobody important to you.”
“Only because you pulled a disappearing act on me!”
His deep blue eyes flared, in what looked like barely suppressed rage mixed with a hint of hurt. But that didn’t make any sense considering what I’d seen with my own two eyes that night. “I didn’t think you’d care. You seemed happy enough with that brunette at the bar when I came out of the bathroom.”
“The brunette at the bar,” he echoed softly, the anger in his expression oddly replaced by a flash of humor as he chuckled wryly. “All that time, wasted over a simple misunderstanding. It fucking figures.”
1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
My writing process varies depending on the story I'm telling. I usually think I know the whole story when I start, but it isn't unusual for the characters to surprise me as I'm writing. In those instances, certain plot points will change from what I was expecting. I tend to be a mixture of a planner and a panster. I write out a high-level outline, and then I fly by the seat of my pants from there. I do my outline as notes at the start of each chapter heading in the file, and I move them around as needed during the writing process.
2. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
I'm often inspired by the world around me. One example is my debut book, Push the Envelope. I had already started writing Sucked Into Love, but my son showed me a Huffington Post article about a charter company in Ohio who offered mile high club charter flights. I couldn't get it out of my head, and I ended up setting Sucked Into Love to the side and wrote Push the Envelope instead. That turned into the whole Blythe College series once I met secondary characters who wanted their own stories, and eventually Josie from Sucked Into Love tied into the last story from Blythe.
3. How long have you been writing?
I've been publishing for 3 1/2 years.
4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Sit down and write. Each and every day if you can. Finishing that first book is hard, but it can change your life. Also, write what you love because it will show in your story.
5. Some favorites:
I'm a huge romance reader. I've been reading it since before I should, when I was a pre-teen. Some of my favorite authors are Kristen Ashley, Mariana Zapata, Aurora Rose Reynolds, Julie Garwood, and Suzanne Wright.
I'm all over the place with what I watch: Bull, The Walking Dead, The Goldbergs, The Mick, several of The Real Housewives shows, The Blacklist, Scandal...
It's usually either classic rock or top 100.
Chicago style deep dish pizza, pasta, steak, brownies... I love food. I eat more candy than I should when I write.
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Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she's written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense.
She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.