Love In Bloom – Rayka Mennen

The Love In Bloom Extravaganza will feature an author a day from 3/30 – 5/16/12. Daily book give aways and a GRAND PRIZE of a Nook Touch or Kindle Touch ($99 gift cert for INT) See form at end of post for details.

This is Rayka Mennen, and I’m here to talk to you about my new book—Enchanted Destiny from Entangled Publishing. I’m so excited about the great reviews this books is getting. As I make the rounds of blogs and websites, I’ve talked a lot about this book. But it occurred to me that I haven’t done it from the perspective of Jake and Kat – my primary characters. Jake Taggert was kind enough to actually pick up the phone when I called and answer some questions. Typical man he doesn’t have a lot of time, but he made time for our interview.

RM: Jake, thanks for taking my call. Sounds like you’re pretty busy this week.
JT: Sure. Yeah, got another contract with the city.
RM: Hey, that’s great news. You’ve gotten quite a few from the City of Chicago recently. Do you think they feel guilty about your almost accident?
JT: Could be. I mean I could have gotten killed because some moron didn’t know how to secure storm pipes in a truck.
RM : I know, but hey, it all worked out.
JT: And thanks for that, Rayka. It was worth it since I met Kat.
RM: Anytime. So, I thought our readers might like hearing from you about your journey to getting together with Kat. What would you say about it?
JT : Bumpy.
RM : Jake, could you elaborate on that a little? It was always hard to make you talk.
JT: Yeah, I’m not much into going on and on about my feelings. But you’re not going to let this go, I know. I was mad with you at first for putting me into that situation. I mean come on, Rayka. A witch?
RM: Yeah, sorry about that. It just happened that way.
JT: But like I said, I can’t complain. Kat is just amazing. I’d do it all again if I had to.
RM: Anything else?
JT: I’m guessing you don’t want to reveal too much. You want people to read this book, right?
RM: Jake, you’re so practical sometimes. Yes, we do want readers to want to buy the book. So what’s your favorite scene?
JT: That’s easy. The first time I made love to Kat. The second scene I really like is when Nona gave me a vision of the future.
RM: Mmm. Great scenes, those. Any problems with what I wrote?
JT: Er…you had a tough time with my dialogue some times, remember? I was really glad you had such a great editor. What was her name?
RT: Libby Murphy
JT: Yeah. I liked how she helped make me sound more like me.
RM: Yeah, Libby  was a darn good editor. So, last question…What did you think of the book cover?
JT: Your cover artist was right on target. That’s Kat exactly. Man, the artist really got her sense of dress and color and her figure… . You know what I mean.
RM: I do, I do. Her name is Heather Howland. And I can’t even count how many people have loved the cover.
JT: Geez. I saw where you have it plastered all over the internet. Cover photo’s all they’re getting, okay? No interviews and crap.
RM: Got it, Jake. Weekend plans?
JT: Got them. Not sharing though. You’re done running around in my life. Love you, but I think you’re busy writing about Gina and Eric now? Go harass them. Bye.
RM: Bye, Jake.
So Jake’s going back to his life, and if you want to know more about that ‘bumpy’ journey, you’ll have to read Enchanted Destiny. I love to chat do stop by my blog at or email me at I’m going back to my editing cave to work on Gina and Eric’s story, Enchanted Desire –you just have to check out the cover—I thought I’d died and gone to book-cover heaven! Thanks for stopping by, folks.

What do you love about “bumpy” roads to a HEA?
Rayka has two giveaways – for 2 separate comments -1) one free e-copy of Enchanted Destiny; 2) one coffee mug imprinted with both book covers in the Enchanted series, randomly given to 2 people who comment. Winners will be selected using, 4/17/12.

Enchanted Destiny:
Kat never believed she’d fall victim to her family’s stories about destined soul mates—she makes her own fate, thank you very much. When she walks by a construction site and admires the same sexy architect for the zillionth time in a week, the last thing she expects is to be slammed by a vision of his death.

Which activates the spell that will change their lives forever.

Jake is a single dad with a singular focus—create a stable life for him and his son. His ex-wife cured him of any desire to fall in love, but when an intriguing woman saves him from what should’ve been a deadly accident, he can’t shake his fascination. Too bad she’s crazy, claiming she’s a witch and that they’re soul mates—not exactly the “stable life” he had in mind.

Kat’s destiny comes with a deadline. If they don’t fall in love by her twenty-fifth birthday—a mere three weeks away—Jake will never find the peace he seeks and Kat will lose her magic forever.

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30 thoughts on “Love In Bloom – Rayka Mennen

  1. I love the bumpy path to HEA because I think the rough ride makes the destination all that much sweeter. I love when couples fight their attraction, I love the back and forth banter, I love the chase….but I do enjoy the making up and the HEA as well.

  2. I think a bumpy road to a characters HEA is part of what can make a romance novel great. Unless there are too many bumps, which can get annoying.

    Your book sounds great and I will be putting it on my TBR pile!

  3. Great cover. What I like about bumpy road is that the characters have a chance to grow.with each other, with other people and in themselves.
    This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it.

    Joanne B

  4. First I have to comment on the cover. Damn I love that outfit! That skirt is fantastic! Okay, about the HEA? A bumpy ride makes the happily ever after all the more worth it. I know it seems like nothing will ever go right, but things always turn out great in the end.

  5. I love the cover and I love bumpy roads on the path to a HEA =)

    Thanks for a great post Rayka!

  6. The bumpy road makes a couples’ coming together all too sweeter. I find if a writer can pull me into their characters’ emotions and reasons to resist, it compels me to find out their HEA!
    Your excerpt looks like too much fun! Thanks for sharing a great interview.

  7. I agree, it was this cute and original cover which caught my eye some time ago when I first glimpsed it, so colourful and exciting! 😀

    Why I love bumpy roads? Because they are realistic, in life things tend not to be too simple, and I like reading about complications and how people surmount them.

    Rayka thank you for the great post and the generous giveaway! 🙂

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. What I like about a bumpy road in a novel is that it make the book parallel to real life stories. Nothing is ever smooth sailing. So the bumpy parts make the HEA worth the ride!

  9. The journey of the characters and the fact, that they know, whether or not, they are for one another, even after they have hit an extremely bumpy road. The cover is really lovely.

  10. I love the bumpy road to HEA because then the HEA is so much sweeter! I love to see the H/H have to work for it! jepebATverizonDOTnet

  11. Seeing how the characters work through all of the complications that come their way helps me to learn more about what makes them tick. It’s another layer of drama to read about a couple going through tough situations and working through it to have their HEA,.

  12. What a neat cover! Sometimes the HEA needs a bumpy ride in order to be much more appreciated. I would love to read this one.


  13. Lovely cover! The bumpy ride allows one to see how the H/H deal with the snags they run into.

  14. The bumpy ride makes the characters more believable. This sounds like a good story. Nice cover. Enjoyed the review.

  15. Bumpy roads are fun because that is more like real life. When my dh and I got together it was a fate thing because I was never getting married again and he was never going to date someone who’d been married before especially if they had a kid. Two years later we were married and two years after that he felt proud to adopt the kid as his own legally.

  16. The ‘bumpy road’ is what makes the story and the characters interesting and believable. It’s what makes you want to ‘take sides’ and cheer for your favorite(s)…it’s also what makes the outcome sweeter and the book/series memorable. Life is not a smooth road…while I like to read/fantasize along with them…I don’t want their road to be completely smooth either. Where’s the excitement in that?

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  17. Great interview! I love the cover and enjoyed the blurb. I love that “bumpy” roads to HEA give the story a little something extra. The couple must overcome one or more obstacles. Overcoming those obstacles makes the HEA something even more special.

    Thanks for the chance to win this book.


  18. Bumpy roads to a HEA make the ride more enjoyable & I think we appreciate it that much more. Love the cover. Have to add this new author to my list!

  19. I like that they make the happily ever after more enjoyable.


  20. Every Happily Ever After requires both good and bad experiences. To use a cliche (sorry) – you can’t appreciate the good without the bad. However, there is a limit to how much bad I can handle sometimes. There has to be a balance somewhere.

    AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

  21. HEA’s can’t come easy – there would be no suspense or tension between the hero and heroine’s.



  22. Thanks all for stopping by! I am still in love with this cover =)

    Congrats Joanne B you are the winner of Rayke’s post!

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