~J. C. Conway~
Author name: J. C. Conway
Fave food? Hm, where to begin… Almost everything is good, but I suppose some of the stand outs are: Pupusas, Shrimp Enchiladas, Marinated Grilled Beef Ribs, Posole, Green Chile Stew, and Artichokes.
Fave drink (non-alcoholic)? I can't say I have a favorite drink. I drink water more than anything else. It's thirst quenching. But calling it a favorite is a stretch—except maybe on a hot trail during a long hike. Then the taste of cool water can't be beat.
Fave candy bar? I have a soft spot for a few candy bars. Baby Ruth might lead the pack.
Fave flower? They’re all nice in their own way. But I'm probably more partial to tulips.
Fave gemstone? I love gemstones, and the ones that really grab me are nice, rich fire opals.
Fave day of the week? It's a toss-up between Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is nice because of the buffer of Sunday following it. But sometimes Sunday is less busy and I love a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Fave time of day to write? The early morning is usually best.
Fave season? That depends on where I am. Summer is best on the West Coast. Spring is better in the Midwest. Autumn is beautiful on the East Coast. Winter is great in the desert.
Fave holiday? Thanksgiving tops the list for me. Family, friends, a lovingly prepared meal, and a three more days of weekend following.
Fave color? Blue… no yellow…
Fave animal? I like tigers.
Fave hobby? These rotate. I would have to say at the moment that, even though I'm a published writer, writing is presently my favorite hobby. (I've still got a day job.) There are others. I love backpacking. I spent years enjoying tournament chess. I'm a musician. All of these things qualify as being among my favorite hobbies.
Fave sport? To play or to watch? And if watching, in person or on TV? Baseball has always been the sport I enjoyed playing the most, and I still love seeing games in person, but I don't spend much time watching it on TV. Hockey is good on TV. Soccer is fun to watch at the park and on TV. I love watching great bowlers. But the best TV sport, in my view, is football. It's structure fits that medium perfectly.
Fave song? That would be Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd.
Fave TV show? Monk with Tony Shalhoub. Or maybe Joss Whedon's Firefly.
Fave movie? 12 Monkeys usually tops my list. When I'm feeling a little edgier, then Donnie Darko. When I'm feeling more cerebral, Primer. Interestingly, all of those movies involve time travel one way or another, and that's something that hasn't found its way into any of my stories yet.
Fave book? Two books I just loved were Falling Glass by Adrian McKinty and The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Although, if I look back, I might say A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.
Fave author? John Steinbeck sets it up and brings it home better more consistently than anyone.
Fave word? I like the word "herald" in the sense that it signifies the imminent arrival of something wonderful.
Fave quote? There are three right now:
"Cogito ergo sum." ~Rene Descartes
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." ~Philip K. Dick
"We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." ~Antoine de Saint Exupery.
Coffee or tea? Lo-Carb Monster
Cake or pie? Pie
Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla
Salty or sweet? Salty, salty, salty, salty, salty…
Veggies or fruit? Veggies
Owl or lark? Lark
Plot or not? Plot
Desktop or laptop? Laptop
Pencil or pen? Pen
Rain or sun? Sun
Land or sea? Land
Plane or train? Plane
Run or walk? Walk
Casual or dressy? Casual
Indoors or outdoors? Outdoors
Reading: EBook or paperback? Audiobook
Reading: Novellas or novels? Novellas
Theater or rental? Rental
Vampire or shifter? Shifter
Jedi or Sith? Jedi
Tell us about your new/latest release:
My new novel is a romantic suspense called HEARTS IN RUIN about two archaeologists at a controversial Southwestern dig. They are both passionate about their profession and find themselves in conflict almost immediately because of their strong feelings about what they do and how they do it. The novel is a fast-paced page turner and I've had great reviews and feedback from male and female readers.
Title: Hearts in Ruin
Genre: Romance, Suspense, Adventure, Mystery
Andrea had one goal in life, a quiet career as a mainstream archaeologist—nothing more nothing less—and she's one ancient secret away. When she is teamed with maverick prodigy Daniel Fuchs at his controversial pre-Clovis dig on tribal land, she soon realizes his wild theories may sidetrack her career. Her smartest move is to expose him and that is exactly what she plans to do. Except…he’s hot, sexy, and there is a chance his theories may be right.
As the dig deepens and outside forces mount, Andrea and Daniel find their careers and their shaky relationship on the brink of ruin. Who can she trust? To survive professionally and emotionally, Andrea must decide between what is expected and what she believes, because time is running out and the developers' bulldozers are poised to level the site.
Delve into the mystery and excitement of an archaeological dig in the New Mexico desert and experience the drive, determination, and passion surrounding the quest to unlock the Paleolithic past in this contemporary, romantic suspense. Hearts In Ruin…no shovel required to join this adventure to discover an ancient truth!
Despite the warm evening wind, Tala drew her knees close and shivered. Under the starlight, below the community’s terraced crops, mastodons filled the valley, their footfalls echoing in the dirt. But above, the Fire Star grew.
Not a good sign.
“I have something for you,” said Bin. He crouched near her on the grassy hill. “Close your eyes.”
She inclined her head. “What is it?”
“Hold out your hands,” he prodded.
She complied. A cold weight pressed down upon her palms. “Can I look now?”
Her breath caught in her throat. His gift was a beautiful bowl, bright and colorful with intricate, flowery designs. Around its interior were three words.
Bin loves Tala.
“Do you like it?” he asked.
She didn't know how to respond. It was very sweet. But now? The Fire Star loomed. They faced imminent change—a shift that would unbalance everything.
Still, this simple display pierced those concerns.
“I want you and no one else,” he said.
He frowned. “You feel that way, too…don't you?”
Tears welled. She glanced at the Fire Star.
He followed her gaze. “That's a good sign,” he assured her. “It means we will be happy.”
He extended a hand. She drew a deep, slow breath, accepted his hand, and stood. The bowl slipped from her lap and cracked against a stone.
His eyes widened. His Adam’s apple bobbed. An intense remorse swept through her, momentarily eclipsing her fear of the Fire Star. She had to make this right.
She placed her hand on his chest and held his gaze. “I do love you, Bin.”
She kneeled and lifted the bowl and a fragment that had fallen from it. “This is a good sign. The words are intact.” She then handed the piece to him and arranged his hand. She held the bowl and placed it with the shard in his hand, matching. “This is yours.” She motioned. “And this is mine. It means we belong together.”
She watched his expression shift from despair to joy. He smiled and wrapped his arms around her. His eyes sliced to the Fire Star and back. He flashed a cocky smirk. “Everything will be fine,” he crooned. “You'll see.”
She pressed her face against his chest. No, she thought. It won't.
Bin lowered his mouth toward her ear. “We have everything we need. Nothing can change all this.”
She squeezed. He was right about how she felt. She would accept him into her heart. She saw no reason to deny that. But he was wrong about everything else.
Things would not be fine.
They would not last.
At least they had each other—even if only for now.
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J. C. Conway is a romance, science fiction and fantasy author, writing novels and short stories for adults, young adults and teens. Hearts in Ruin, released May 2014, is his debut novel. He has had numerous short stories published in print and online. This summer his new science-fiction short story, "Murphy's Traverse," was published in The Colored Lens. Look also for his classic tale, "Worlds Less Traveled," in Comets & Criminals. J. C. Conway attributes the spark igniting his writing to a grade-school assignment that he write a story about anything he liked, which, at the time, included dinosaurs, robots, army heroes and alien invaders. Since then he's added deep simmering passion, tense internal conflict and emotional dilemmas. To learn more, visit his website at http://jcconway.com, check out his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/J.C.Conway.Writer, or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jcconwaywriter.