Title: Pink Slips and Glass Slippers
Brooke Hart was beautiful, smart, and groomed from birth to deal with adversity.
Her widowed father did his best to raise his baby girl to be a strong-minded business woman. Then she found Tanner. Just when her world seemed perfect, everything turned upside down.
Following Tanner’s tragic death, Brooke joins a start-up company that is developing a cure for the disease that killed the love of her life. Just before the treatment is ready to market, the company is gobbled up by a giant conglomerate. She moves to the acquiring company as its youngest VP and becomes enamored with CEO Chase Allman—only to be betrayed by him.
Brooke rebounds again and sets out on a personal journey to discover what will truly make her happy. Sparks fly when she and Chase cross paths again in an unlikely way. Now, they need each other to find an abducted child and save thousands of people.
Author: J.P. Hansen
Published by Career Bliss Publications Source: Author
Published: November 20, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Brooke is just getting over a broken heart and learning to forgive herself when she stumbles into the path of her new boss, the very hunky, very unavailable Chase. Just as things get going he hurts her and she has to start her journey of healing all over again.
In all honestly I had some issues getting into the book. Took me a while to finish it. That said, I am glad I did finish it and did not just give up.
I enjoyed the confusion and miss communication between Brooke and Chase. It made the story that little bit more exciting and likeable. I loved taking the journey of self discovery and self growth with Brooke. I myself learnt a few things. I did not however, enjoy Chase as a character. I found him a bit shallow.
All the smaller characters played such a fun role in the book and helped me to understand where not only Chase but also Brooke was coming from. I really liked how it wasn’t all fairy tales and sunshine. Things went wrong. People got hurt and bad things happened.
And then, as any good book should, they all lived happily ever after.
Reviewed by Angelique
Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Since writing “The Bliss List” (Reader’s Digest, May 2013), I have added published author to my list of dream jobs (I am a list person, after all). When I’m not completely immersed in my writing zone, I am a Life Coach, Inspirational Speaker, and CEO of an Executive Search company. So basically I’m a juggler of time.
Lori: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I go from being an extroverted seeker to a total recluse when I’m writing. I will not read any newspapers or watch TV (aside from watching comedy DVDs). I can wake up at 3 a.m. and write a chapter and be happy as a clam…most people would rather stick pins and needles in their eyes than write in the middle of the night.
Lori: How do you cope with writer’s block?
I believe there’s an inherent flaw with the notion of “writer’s block.” When I’m in my writing zone (3,000 words a day), writer’s block is the farthest thing from my mind. My greatest challenge is to take enough breaks. Once I’m done with a book, I will take a break.
Vanessa: What is one thing about you that your readers would find surprising or never guess about you?
That I’m a guy! With an androgynous name like J.P., and in the Romance genre, most readers assume I’m female.
Vanessa: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information it?
I’m working on six books right now: 4 novels and 2 non-fiction works. I find Romance readers fascinating. They take their books seriously so I find myself spending more time than I would have expected doing research for a fictional story.
Gaele: Where do your ideas come from? Do you set out to ‘outline’ a plot and situations, or do you let the characters take you along for the ride, and clean it up later?
I always do a detailed stepsheet. Then I write myself a long letter from the POV of my main characters. This always ignites my enthusiasm. When I’m writing, I meditate (three times per day) and let the collective unconscious take over. All of my books seem to write themselves.
Gaele: Best advice you have ever been given about writing?
Don’t quit your day job! I believe it takes ten years to become an overnight sensation. During that time, develop an impenetrable shield of thick skin. I had 308 rejections from literary agents when querying for my first book, “The Bliss List,” including an initial form email rejection (the worst) from the agent I finally got to say “yes.” Persistence pays off!
Gaele: What do you do to relax, when you aren’t writing or thinking about it?
Meditation, playing my guitar, and riding my bike around the lake I live on or on the sandy ocean beaches of Hilton Head.
Rachel: If you could visit any time period and location (past or future) when and where would you go?
I would love to be in a writer’s group with William Shakespeare but I’m having too much fun in the present to stay there too long. Plus, I have such lousy handwriting, I wouldn’t be an author without a laptop.
Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?
I am planning on being on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, the Today Show, or Good Morning America…hey, it’s only one phone call away.