Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Guest Post with Jennifer Lohmann + Giveaway!


Jennifer Lohmann is a Rocky Mountain girl at heart, having grown up in southern Idaho and Salt Lake City. When she’s not writing or working as a public librarian, she wrangles two cats and several backyard chickens; the dog is better behaved. She lives in Durham, North Carolina

Her favorite non-romance books are Wolf Hall and A Country Called Home. She'll read anything Mary Roach writes. Her favorite romance authors are Carla Kelly, Madeline Hunter, Sherry Thomas, Courtney Milan, and Elizabeth Hoyt. 

Where to Find Jennifer:

Running and Writing

Like Ruby Heart, I am a runner.

It feels strange to write those words. In Winning Ruby Heart, Ruby runs one 50K race, one 50-mile race and two 100-mile races. I run two miles twice a week at lunch and three miles on the weekend (even though I tell myself that I'm working up to more). But despite the huge difference in the distances we run, Ruby and I are both runners.

And that's one of the things I love about running. I'm not a fast runner and I'm not a far runner, but to call yourself a "runner," the only thing required is that you put one foot in front of the other at a pace faster than walking and you do it on a regular (or semi-regular) basis. Distance and speed don't matter. The seventy-year old woman who finishes the Chicago marathon just before they are about to close the course is just as much a runner as the Kenyan who finished first.

When I decided to write an athlete heroine, I picked running for many practical reasons, but the biggest reason was my own love of the sport. I love the inclusivity of it and its simplicity. I get to participate, because races from 5Ks to 100-mile ultramarathons celebrate the amateur.

Ruby loves the sport for different reasons than I do. She needs a sport with a strong amateur base because she needs to be reminded that people can participate for pure love, not for money and fame.  Ruby loves competition, both with herself and with others. She loves to push her body as far as it will go, and see if she can get it to go further. Running, especially the more extreme ultra-marathons she participates in in the book, allow her to do that. As the story progresses, running also allows her to give back to the world.

Whether you love running or not, I think you will love Winning Ruby Heart. My love (and Ruby's love) for running are on the page, but so is a celebration of second chances, a hyperactive Dalmatian, and (of course) a tender love story.

I got to write about my love for running, both in this blog post and in the book. What hobbies and sports do you love and why?

~Jennifer Lohmann

Winning Ruby Heart by Jennifer Lohmann
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance (September 1, 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

It's a race to their beginning… 

Exposing world-class athlete Ruby Heart's cheating scandal five years ago made reporter Micah Blackwell's career. Falling in love with her now could end it. Yet watching her determination to return to the top, he can't resist the woman she has become. 

Working with Ruby to tell America her story, Micah falls deeper under her spell. But at a crucial moment, his feelings for her conflict with his job—the very thing that once saved him. Now he must choose between his skyrocketing career and the unlikely love of a good woman….

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Thanks for stopping by the blog again, Jennifer! :) That was the perfect guest post, letting us know a bit more about you and the heroine. 

Remember, answer Jennifer's question for a chance to win:

What hobbies and sports do you love and why?


Until Next Time,


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Melody May said...

I love swim. It's just a lot of fun. I also love to read, but that's a give. ;)

Erin F said...

other than reading, walking... really!! I love taking my pup for long walks :) Thanks for sharing!

The_Book_Queen said...

:) I know what you mean! I love taking my two pups for long walks as well. This summer we manage two walks most days, each walk 2.5 miles. Now that I have classes, our walks have been cut back a bit, which has all three of us a bit depressed! ;)

The_Book_Queen said...

:) Of course. Swimming is both relaxing and a great form of exercise, I find.

Jennifer Lohmann said...

Taking a dog for a long walk is a lovely way to pass the time. My dog is old (14) so our walks are slower and shorter than they used to be, but I still love going with him.

Jennifer Lohmann said...

Swimming is one of those things I wish I could get into. It *seems* so great. I'm a bit jealous of people who enjoy it.