Lizzie Shane is a romance nerd and an avid fan of the sociology experiment that is reality television. In 2015, she launched the Reality Romance series with MARRYING MISTER PERFECT, featuring love behind the scenes on a reality dating show. Since then she has followed up that series with the related Bouquet Catchers novels, hitting the Amazon bestseller list and garnering numerous award nominations. She is a 3-Time finalist for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award for contemporary romance and winner of the 2009 Golden Heart® award as well as the 2018 HOLT Medallion.
Lizzie lives in Alaska where she uses the long winter nights to craft more happily ever afters and also writes paranormal romance under the pen name Vivi Andrews. For more about Lizzie, like her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LizzieShaneAuthor) or visit her website at www.lizzieshane.com. Happy reading!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Alaska by parents who transplanted from Hawaii, and I think spending most of my childhood in such contrasting and unique cultures gave me a real appreciation for how our perspectives can be shaped by our homes. It also didn't hurt that the midnight sun during Alaskan summers made it easy to sneak in reading a few more chapters after I was supposed to be in bed. :)
When did you first start writing?
I sat down to write my first story when I was thirteen - in purple cursive in a spiral bound notebook on my best friend's couch. My BFF and I had just returned from a Renaissance Faire and the combination of the sword fights and the fantasy novels I had been reading fired up my imagination. I've been writing ever since - though I didn't come over to romance until nearly a decade later.
There's no room in Rachel's carefully planned life for playboy athlete Cam - but when a Christmas charity auction throws them together, she begins to realize he might not be the man she thought he was...but how will he react when he discovers she's been hiding the existence of their child from him?
Maggie Tate, Hollywood's hottest leading lady, is looking to escape from her perfect life - and sleepy Long Shores, Oregon is the perfect place to do it. But she doesn't count on falling for the boy next door. Ian Summer was the first boy she ever kissed, but he's all grown up now - and life in this tiny coastal town is about to get very complicated.
The hardest working pop-star in the business, Alexa Rae is amazing at wowing crowds, but not so amazing at wowing her nine-year-old daughter. It will take a Christmas miracle for these two to connect and become a family...or maybe just some help from an unlikely Christmas elf - Alexa's sexy new, six-and-a-half foot Samoan bodyguard.
Three weeks on a tropical island living the life of a movie star sounds like a dream come true, but when Bree - the paid decoy for one of Hollywood's hottest actresses - is caught on camera with the man playing her bodyguard, things are about to get very complicated.
When Samantha boards the flight home for Christmas, she finds the man in the seat next to hers is none other than Jase, the man she used to love. When a blizzard strands them together, will a little holiday magic get them back together?
When heartthrob Ty Walker finds a girl claiming to be his daughter on his doorstep, he'll need his uptight assistant's help to figure out how to be a dad - but with a little Christmas magic they might become a family after all.
Nothing has gone right for actress Ginny Jones since she was caught on tape snarking about a legend of the silver screen. She's just trying to pick up the pieces of her career when she meets a sexy Brit who makes her feel alive for the first time since the scandal broke - but little does she know he's secretly the tabloid reporter who destroyed her reputation by leaking the tape.
Samira knows the last person she should fall for is charismatic widower Aiden Raines. Even if he wasn't the father of the twin girls she nannies, she has no desire to be thrust into the political spotlight by dating the golden boy of the powerful Raines family. But when one impulsive kiss leads to so much more, can she hope for a future together or will she always be his Dirty Little Secret?
Commitment-phobic Candy moved to California and invented a husband to get away from her political power player family, but now she has to produce that husband for her sister's wedding and the only man who can help her is Ren "Pretty Boy" Xiao, the no-strings lover who always tempted her to want more. Can she keep from falling for him while playing the happy couple and navigating her family's lies?
After one magical night with Chris, Trina discovers her humble contractor is really the star of a popular home improvement show--and completely out of her league. But when she learns their time together is going to have consequences--in about nine months--she needs to get in touch with him, stat. And she'll need some help from fate to do it. In love and renovations, nothing ever goes as planned.
Parvati has had a crush on her best friend's brother for as long as she can remember. She knows Max Dewitt, workaholic womanizer, is a bad bet, but when she needs a date for wedding season he's the one guy she can always rely on. She knows better than to fall for him - but how can she keep her heart out of it when the guy of her dreams starts looking at her like she might be the woman of his?
She’s trying to live down her reputation. He's trying to live up to his.
One wild night on a reality dating show earned Elena a reputation she can’t escape, but she's determined to redeem herself when she meets former-Secret Service golden boy Adam Dylan. She knows her reputation can only drag him down, but there's something about him that brings out the best in her--wild impulses and all.
What would Cinderella do? Wedding-planner Sidney Dewitt is about to meet Mister Perfect on national television. The last thing she needs to be doing is falling for the jaded, recently-divorced host of the show. Josh Pendleton is no Prince Charming, but could he be the one she needs?
Between I will and I do, there's room to fall. Caitlyn just agreed to marry Mister Perfect on reality TV. The only problem? She isn't sure she loves him. Especially when she returns home to Colorado and meets oh-so-sexy fire-fighter Will. Falling for Will breaks all the rules, but even as her reality show romance plays out on TV, she begins to realize she said yes to the wrong Mister Perfect.
They aren't in it for love... but love has it in for them. When Marcy and Craig go on the reality dating show Romancing Miss Right, neither of them are looking for a soul mate. Fame is the name of the game - but the more these two try to play one another, the more they find themselves falling hard. But in a choice between love and money, can this bad boy give up his villain ways and get the girl?
When her best friend (and secret crush) Jack gets selected as the next Mister Perfect on a reality TV dating show, Louisa knows she's running out of time to make him see her as a sex kitten rather than a pal. But how can she compete with the gorgeous Suitorettes and seduce the love of her life behind the scenes when the cameras are always rolling to catch every stolen kiss...