In honor of the release of Marry Your Billionaire, Author C.J. Anaya has teamed up with fellow author Jennifer Griffith for a special gift. Read below to see how you can get a free a book.
About the book:
Title/Author: Marry Your Billionaire / C.J.Anaya
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: C.J. Anaya Publishing LLC
Date of publish: March 2016
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About The Book:
Six years ago, Midge Knightly walked away from her trust fund, her Hollywood producer father, and the expectation that she would join the family business. Avoiding handsome playboys with hidden agendas was just an added bonus. Now one semester shy of graduation, she is shocked to discover her scholarship has lost its funding.
Her estranged father is having problems of his own. A contestant on his latest reality TV series has cancelled two months before shooting.
Midge gets her trust fund back if she stands in as a potential marriage candidate for the dating series Marry Your Billionaire. Twenty women competing for one arrogant guy. Not Midge’s cup of tea. Agreeing to this proposition sucks her back into the world she happily broke ties from, but no trust fund equals no college degree.
Brody Prescott, CEO and owner of an online dating company, has recently been pegged as a heartless playboy-among other things-by a disgruntled female after a disappointing date.
Become the first bachelor on Marry Your Billionaire and hope that one of the contestants holds some potential. So what is he supposed to do when the woman who intrigues him the most wants to be eliminated?
Marry Your Billionaire is a fun, romantic romp set against the backdrop of reality TV. Throw on your PJ’s, grab some chocolate and popcorn, and settle in for an entertaining love story.
What Others Are Saying:
“Marry Your Billionaire boasts a wonderful cast of well developed and relatable characters while creatively navigating the dilemma of finding “the one” on a reality T.V. dating show.” –Naomi Mauitz, Chief Editor at Skin Deep Exposures Magazine
“While the hilarious premise behind Marry Your Billionaire is enough to make it worthy of a read, it’s the characters of Midge and Brody and how they play off each other that keep readers hooked. Their mutual attraction and constant sparring keep Marry Your Billionaire full-out engaging from first page until last.” -Reader’s Favorite
“This was such a fun romance between a (non-playboy) billionaire and a smart (not clichéd) trust fund baby! A Cinderella fairy tale retelling with a smart heroine.” -Romantic Cynic Blog
Everyone knows that reality tv is anything but real. It does provide an hilarious backdrop for this delightfully funny novel. Midge Knightly is facing a crisis. The scholarship that enabled her to walk away from her father’s money and the family business is no longer available. With her degree only a semester away, she finds it hard to give up on it now. Her father has asked her to fill in for a contestant on his newest reality tv show ‘Marry Your Billionaire’ and promised her she could have her trust fund and then walk away. Just one day of dipping her toe back into Hollywood doesn’t seem too much of a bother except…
Billionaire Brody Prescott has a problem. He is a bachelor who runs a large internet dating site and he has been accused of using his clients private information to enhance his own dating life. Desperate times call for desperate measures, but is going on tv reality show to find a wife really the best way to fix his public image?
With a proposal on the line and twenty women competing, there is already the potential for temper tantrums, backstabbing and catty betrayal. Throw Brody’s determined ex Felicia into the mix and the situation becomes even more intense. Still the adversary you can see is not the one that should be worried about and neither Felicia nor Midge know there is another contestant willing to do anything to get the man she wants.
Though this is a romance, there is plenty of intrigue and plot twists. The characters are an eclectic mix. Midge sticks to her principles without losing fun and sassy and her character brings out the fun in her fellow contestants giving what could be a straightforward romance a bit of depth. In fact, it is the minor characters that make this story shine. Brody’s mom could have carried the story all on her own. Midge’s friend Lisa is a blast to read and there is no doubt why Midge’s dad is successful in his chosen profession.
All in all this story is well written and imaginative. The Cinderella theme running through it kept the story fresh and made for some laugh out loud reading. I started it, one bedtime, with the idea of checking it out for a bit and actually reading it later. The sun was up before I put it down finished. Most definitely a “will recommend” book!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About The Author:
In Her Words:
1.) Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
I’m thinking a little of both. I enjoy exploring the possibilities of “what if”. Getting the idea of some interesting story line and then asking myself the right questions to give that story substance is such a fun journey of discovery. My characters tend to surprise and delight me. On the other hand, when I do get those ideas in my head I can rarely think of anything else until I’ve plotted and outlined to my satisfaction. Then I’m always fleshing out scenes in my head, and I have a truly difficult time focusing on housework or remembering activities and commitments. I essentially turn into the absent minded professor. It’s not pretty. When that happens, Joe takes the kids to visit his side of the family for the weekend so I can actually get some writing done. Blocking out time to write with four kids under the age of seven just doesn’t happen without a little help from hubby.
2.) Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Plot is sometimes a tricky thing for me because I have an outline, but I rarely follow it. Other ideas come into play and sometimes I can go off on some writing tangent and then realize that things have taken an ugly turn. I derail myself quite a bit, and that can be good or bad depending upon where the story ends up.
3.) Now, I’m throwing this one in for our aspiring writers. Did you come across any specific challenges in writing Marry Your Billionaire ? What would you do differently the next time?
I had to learn my own writing process and realize that it was okay and necessary to write a crappy rough draft. That was three books ago. The important thing is to get it out there so you can go back and edit everything. Flesh out the scenes, the characters, and the plot and structure once you’ve knocked out that first rough draft. Don’t edit yourself in the creation process. Wait to edit later.
4.) What do your fans mean to you?
In a word: everything! They’re my support and my strength. I’m not just writing for me, I’m writing for them. Becoming an author has been a great creative outlet for me, but I know how wonderful it feels to curl up to a good book that can turn the worst break-up, the worst test exam, the most horrendous first date, or the saddest of experiences into something you can escape from and eventually work through because you took a break and enjoyed yourself for a while. Reading is all about personal time and recharging those batteries. I’ve benefited from so many other author’s creative writing skills and now I’m hoping that all of my readers will be able to feel confident in the knowledge that when they read one of my books they’re going to have the same fun and uplifting experience. Honestly, nothing would make me happier than to know that my writing has brightened someone’s day.
5.) Who are your favorite authors?
I love and adore Cassandra Clare. The woman can do no wrong. The way she weaves so many plot lines together and then has it all blend together in the end as if it all came about effortlessly…? I want her to teach a class on her writing process. I would pay good money to attend it. I also love Richelle Mead. She’s another girl who handles several different plots and subplots with amazing clarity and efficiency. Lauren Kate is a favorite of mine. When I consider just straight romance my “go to” is Marcia Lynn Mcclure. Of course there is J. K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer. I also love Dan Brown, Chris Heimerdinger, and Dean Koontz. He wrote a book called The Husband that I think is total genius. He wrote a lot of other great books too, but that was the first book of his I ever read and I was hooked.
6.) What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband and my children. In a day and age where divorce tends to be a common ending to so many love stories it is wonderful to have the kind of marriage that epitomizes what love truly is. Joe married me when I was sick and not sure if I would ever recover. The beginnings of our relationship would make a pretty amazing love story, especially if Nicholas Sparks wrote it for me, whom I also love as an author by the way. My children are four little miracles in and of themselves simply because we weren’t sure I would ever be able to have any. We still plan on adopting, but we’re happy that we were able to have some of our own first.
7.) Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first real full length novel I read by myself was a Nancy Drew book called The Haunted Bridge. Oh my word I was in heaven. I devoured every Nancy Drew book I could get my hands on after that, and then moved on to other genres, but my first love was the Mystery Genre. I was convinced for years that I would grow up to become a detective or an investigative reporter. I even got a degree in criminal justice. Those books got me through some of the worst phases of elementary school and middle school. Bullies you know. Kids can be so cruel. High school wasn’t much better. Depressing. Let’s talk about something else.
8.) What motivated you to become an indie author?
I’m a bit of a control freak. I don’t have a problem with people tearing up my work and telling me how to fix it because the goal here is to write something that people enjoy reading. I do have a problem with waiting on other people to get things done. I am not the most patient of people. I want things done on my timetable, and I enjoy having creative control over that process. I like being my own boss, especially when it concerns something I’ve put my heart and soul into.
9.) Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was thirteen and my friend Leeanna Congdon came to visit me. We hung out playing pool and listening to Queen… random, I know. Then we got this brilliant idea that we would write each other these awesome short stories about the guys we were into. I think she liked Devon Sawa and I was into Andrew Keegan from the movie Camp Nowhere. He was also in Ten Things I Hate About You. I thought our stories were the writings of true professionals. We spent the whole day writing side by side and when we finished we read them to each other. I have no idea where those stories are, but I’m almost positive they were New York Times Best Seller material.
10.) How did you come up with the idea for Marry Your Billionaire?
The idea for this book can be blamed on our foreign exchange student from Switzerland, Alyssia Keller, who came to live with us during the school year of 2014-2015. She’d been a fan of The Bachelor for quite some time, while I had done an admirable job of avoiding that show like I would a sugar-free diet. I couldn’t think of anything more ridiculous than watching desperate women fighting over a knuckle head who probably joined the show just so he could get laid. What were these women thinking? Why in the world put yourself through all of that drama? No guy could be worth such heartache.
Right? I knew you’d understand.
These were all of the arguments—valid arguments—I posed to Alyssia when she insisted I sit down and start the new season of The Bachelor with her. The bachelor in question? Chris Soules. Because I’m a good sport…and also because she promised me an endless supply of Swiss chocolate, I agreed and sat down to watch the show.
Holy crap! I was hooked within the first ten minutes. Dang it.
It was like watching a train wreck and waiting for the inevitable carnage to follow. You know you should probably shield your eyes, but you simply can’t tear yourself away. So entertaining.
As I watched Chris begin his first round of make-out sessions, I thought about how no one in the world could have paid me nearly enough money to put myself in that situation. Then I wondered what might happen if someone didn’t want to be on the show, but was forced into it. What would motivate a woman to agree to something like that? What if the bachelor in question decided she was the one for him and refused to let her leave?
So I got to work on it right away. Of course, I had to continue watching the show. Purely for the sake of research, mind you, lest you think I couldn’t pull myself away from the TV to go make dinner…or do laundry…or wash the dishes. And then it was absolutely imperative that I continue my research by watching The Bachelorette.
Right? I knew you’d understand.
For the record, I still think the idea of a dating reality TV series is ridonculous, but that’s what makes it so entertaining. Needless to say, my foreign exchange student and I spent many evenings planted in front of the TV with an unhealthy amount of popcorn and Swiss chocolate in front of us, arguing the finer points of life married to Whitney versus life married to Becca or even Kaitlyn. And who can dispute Kaitlyn’s extreme likability? And how awesome was it to witness every single emotional melt down, including the fake panic attack from Kelsey and her tactless claim that the death of her husband was the best backstory on the entire show?
I do so love research.
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A message From C.J. Anaya
In honor of Marry Your Billionaire’s release on March 7th, I’m offering up a fun promotion with my amazing author friend Jennifer Griffith. When you purchase Marry Your Billionaire for just .99 cents between March 7-9, you’ll receive an e-copy of Legally Wedded in your preferred format absolutely free. It’s my way of saying thank you for your wonderful support.
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Morgan Clark is desperate. With just her senior year to go at Clarendon College and her scholarship up in smoke, she suddenly finds she can’t qualify for financial aid. Until Morgan finishes and can work full time to pay their rent, her sister can’t even start school.
Josh Hyatt is desperate. Without his degree from Clarendon he won’t be able to join his girlfriend in their dream career which she’s already begun, and he can’t qualify for government grants thanks to his estranged father’s interference.
Morgan, meet Josh. Josh, meet Morgan. Are they desperate enough to get legally wedded?
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