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ju3Today I’m welcoming Ju Ephraime, author of The Odor of Violet. Thank you for stopping by, Ju!

All about Ju…

Ju Ephraime began writing professionally at age 19; at that time, she wrote short stories for the local radio station in her home town. She gave up writing to pursue her education and has since earned several degrees, including two Masters and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in Boston.  During the course of her schooling, she wrote and published a working curriculum for a career school, a business manual and its answer key, as well as other literary work.  In 2010 she revisited her first love, writing for fun and enjoyment.  She writes high heat and steamy adult romance novels. The first was, State of Ecstasy, which was soon followed by, Temptation to Sin, Loving Therese, and due out this month, The Odor of Violet. Her first paranormal romance, The Man in the Black Top Hat, is being re-released this month and will be quickly followed by White Magic Woman.

Ju lives in Connecticut, where she is very active in her community. She is the administrator of a business school and the president of a non-profit organization that dresses individuals for job interviews.

  1. How did your life as a writer begin?
    Truthfully, I can’t remember a time when I was not writing, so the flip answer would be, from birth. But to be realistic, I would say from my early teenage years.
  2. What makes you feel inspired to write?
    I don’t feel inspired to write. Writing to me is as necessary as breathing.
  3. How did you come with the idea for your current story?
    The idea for my most recent romance novel, The Odor of Violet, had been with me from the age of ten when I read a mystery novel about a blind detective.
  4. Tell us about your writing process. Do you outline, or are you more of a seat of your pants type of a writer?
    I don’t do outlines, so I’ll have to say “seat of your pants”.
  5. What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
    My favorite scene is the one where Damien surprised Lisa and took his first kiss from her. I like this because it set the tone for the passionate love between Damien and Lisa.
  6. What is your most interesting writing quirk?
    I never read my books once it is done. I edit but I never read the entire book, cover to cover, no.
  7. Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?
    Virginia Henley or Elizabeth Lowell, because they inspired my style of writing.
  8. What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
    Writing is a very lonely, expensive process, unless you are fortunate and have an excellent support system and get a contract with your first manuscript.
  9. What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
    Lisa Kleypas, Crystal Cove
  10. What do you have in store next for your readers?
    I have two books that I’ll be working on simultaneously: A wonderful Piece of Dark Mahogany and Against All Odds.

The Odor of VioletThe Odor of Violet

Damien Falconer is a man whose life drastically changed when two years ago an accident took his sight. Unable to accept being cared for by a stranger, he requests his friend and accountant, Jake, take charge of his personal needs. After two years of being Damien’s personal assistant, Jake is anxious to return to what he loves, accounting, and so begins the search for someone to take over his duties. The only thing Damien insists on is that a woman is not given the job; he can’t imagine how he would feel having a woman help him with his personal hygiene.

After turning down one candidate after another the last one to be interviewed shows up, Lisa Andrews, a trained RN. When she enters the room Damien is struck by the smell of violets that seems to emanate from her. He is overcome by his desire for her and from that moment on, he realizes that she has to be the one he hires. What Damien does not realize is that she is also overcome when she sees him and is puzzled by her feelings.

Working together the attraction between Damien and Lisa gets stronger and stronger and it becomes almost impossible for them to stay away from each other. It doesn’t take long for them to give in to their desires. Damien has not had sexual feelings in years since his ex-fiancé Shelly told him she could not have sex with a man that is handicapped and left him. But, at long last he finally feels alive sexually, and Lisa is the reason for it.

But, can Damien believe in Lisa? Can he trust that she doesn’t care about his blindness? Can Lisa give in to her feelings for Damien and allow herself to fall in love? Damien was told by his doctor that there was a possibility his sight could return, if it does, will Lisa just become someone who helped when he needed it and was now unnecessary?

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