by: Nancy Herkness
Series: Second Glances
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance
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Lights. Camera. Romance.
Jessica Quillen, veterinarian for the charitable K-9 Angelz program, didn’t mean to stumble into the middle of a New York movie shoot. She just wanted to rescue the stray dog she’d been chasing. Instead, she’s playing catch-up with her ex-fiancé—and the screen’s hottest action hero, Hugh Baker. The only man she ever loved. The dream that disappeared. The heartthrob who’s now hoping for a “take two.”
Seeing Jessica triggers emotions Hugh has tried to forget. Abandoned by his mother to foster care, he still struggles to feel worthy of love and to open his heart to a woman. His biggest mistake was not trusting Jessica. It was his fault she left. All he wants now is to make up for lost time. But he has to prove that she can trust him.
Though the sparks still smolder, he’s still Hollywood—a world far away from Jessica’s. Now it’s up to her to give their love story a happily ever after.
Date of birth: November 11. My agent won’t allow me to mention the year.
I’ve got nearly black hair and eyes that my agent insists on describing as “turquoise.” They’re blue. Because I play a secret agent in the movies, I spend a lot of time working out so I can look believable as the character. My role requires that I wear tailored suits, tuxes, and the occasional wet suit. However, when I’m off duty, I like a well-broken-in pair of jeans and a casual shirt. And not to shave.
Occupation: Actor—or on a bad day, movie star.
3 likes in no particular order:
- A beautiful piece of wood;
- The words, “That’s a wrap.”
- Watching Jess around any kind of animal. Her caring is so incredible.
3 dislikes in no particular order:
Drink of choice:
Beer, preferably imported. Bourbon straight up, when I need to appear to be sophisticated.
When you grow up in foster homes, you can’t afford to be picky. I’m still not. If it’s good, I’ll eat it with pleasure.
Werewolves of London, by Warren Zevon. I like to do the howling in the shower. Favorite line: “I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic's and his hair was perfect.”
Choice of transportation: Helicopter.
Most prized possession:
The sweater Jessica gave me when my first movie was released.
Favorite way to unwind:
Working with my hands. I did carpentry back in the days when I was a starving actor. It feels good to create something tangible.
Favorite way to spend an evening:
At home, watching any movies except the ones I’m in.
3 things you like/love about yourself:
This question seems a little self-centered, even for a movie star, but I’ll play.
- My work ethic.
- My refusal to stab anyone in the back to advance my career.
- According to every woman I’ve ever known, I should love my hair because they claim it always looks good, even first thing in the morning.
Gavin Miller, bestselling author of the Julian Best novels, without which I would have no career as an actor. We bonded over our unpleasant childhoods.
Best memory to date:
I’ve had an interesting life so it’s hard to choose a single memory, but the best ones always involve Jessica. If I had to pick only one, it would be the day I signed the contract to play Julian Best in the first movie of the franchise. Sharing that moment with Jessica was the most intense emotional experience I’ve ever had. I felt that I was worthy of her love. And then I screwed things up royally.
If you could have a do over, what would you do differently?
I would make sure not to drive Jessica into giving back my ring eight years ago. That was the biggest mistake of my life. And if I couldn’t prevent that, I would swallow my stupid pride and grovel until she agreed to take me back.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
The advantage of being an actor is that you get to portray many professions. The truth is that I’m not much good at any but the one I do.
Most romantic gesture:
Back before I drove her away, Jessica told me that what she loved most were the little surprise gifts I bought her for no reason except that I was thinking of her. She didn’t want grand gestures, which was fortunate since in those days I couldn’t afford them. What she never understood was that she was always on my mind, so everything reminded me of her. I could have easily brought her a gift every day.
Words to live by:
“Acting is not an important job in the scheme of things. Plumbing is.”
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A member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, and Novelists, Inc., Nancy has received many honors for her work, including the Book Buyers Best “Top Pick” Award, the New England Readers’ Choice award, and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award.
Nancy graduated from Princeton University where she majored in English. In addition to her academic work in literature, she was accepted into Princeton’s creative writing program, and her senior thesis was a volume of original poetry.
After graduating, Nancy had a varied career which included retail management and buying, COBOL programming, computer systems sales and marketing, and a brief stint as a receptionist at a dental office. Once her children were in school full-time, she sat down and wrote A Bridge to Love, her first romance novel to be published.
Nancy finds nothing odd about writing in the genre she calls the “Rodney Dangerfield of the literary world. It gets no respect.” She explains: “I was trained as a poet, but from the day my grandmother gave me my first Georgette Heyer novel I wanted to write romance. Romance is the genre of optimism, and that’s why I like it.”
A native of West Virginia, Nancy now lives in suburban New Jersey with a goofy golden retriever named Brodie. She cheers loudly for the New Jersey Devils hockey team.
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