Kane’s a country singer who’s tangled with too many deceitful women. He’s learned his lesson: girls are for flirting and fun; emotions are for his music. But after spending a night with an earnest woman unlike any he’s known, he can’t force her out of his mind. So he goes in search of the woman he knows only as “Elle.”
On her last night in Nashville, the staunchly pragmatic Sabella found herself in a situation more suited to a romance novel than reality. Swept away, she ignored her rigidly self-imposed rules, succumbing to the fantasy just this once. But she knows real-world relationships have nothing in common with their fictionalized portrayals. When Kane unexpectedly shows up at her Portland apartment, she must choose between the practical truths she has learned and the desire for a passionate love she has struggled to suppress.
Despite the distance, Kane’s tour schedule, and their meddling friends, both are drawn to the chance for a romance neither quite believes is possible.
About the Author
Aria Glazki's writing story started when her seventh-grade English teacher encouraged her to submit a class assignment for publication. That piece was printed, and let's just say, she was hooked!
Since then, Aria has run a literary magazine, earned her degree in Creative Writing (as well as in French and Russian literatures), and been published in a few collections. Though her first kiss technically came from a bear cub, and no fairytale transformation followed, Aria still believes magic can happen when the right people come together - if they don't get in their own way, that is.
Other than all things literary, Aria loves spending time with her family, including her two unbearably adorable nieces. She also dabbles in painting, dancing, playing violin, and, given the opportunity, Epicureanism.
Q&A with Aria
I mostly write contemporary romance, because I love being able to zero in on the characters themselves, with circumstances and struggles that are relatable and yet still lead to a wonderful, loving relationship. That being said, sometimes I jump over into paranormal romance for the fun of being able to play with the rules of reality.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I think I first realized that I wanted to write when I was in elementary school, and then realized I didn’t really want to in middle school, and went back and forth a few more times like that. By the time I finished my Creative Writing degree, I didn’t think I could ever be a novelist. Two years after that, I started writing my first book (Mending Heartstrings), and here we are now!
Romance is one of the popular selling genres in today’s market, what makes your book stand out from the rest?
You’re so right that romance is incredibly popular, and one of the reasons is the inspiring talent of many romance authors. One way I believe my work stands out is that I don’t write about super-talented-brilliant-exceptional people finding love; I write about real, average people with everyday life struggles and concerns finding that extraordinary love each one of us deserves.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Oh goodness, that’s tough! I think, perhaps, my best writing-related accomplishment is finishing the first novel I ever started writing. Several industry professionals discouraged me from pursuing it, and I did set it aside for a long time, but a couple years ago I picked it back up, took the core premise and characters, and finally wrote the story it needed to be. That (truly horrible) draft that I started in high school has now become my upcoming release, Mortal Musings.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I’m still amazed sometimes at how monumental every tiny decision feels in the moment, in terms of the text of course, but also in terms of presentation (this pretty font or that pretty font? Numerals or words in chapter headings?) and marketing decisions (use this excerpt, or start at the beginning? A beige tote giveaway or a white one?).
Every moment feels like it could make or break your book, but of course no one actually knows what makes one book soar and one equally well-crafted one hobble — or at least, no one’s sharing the magic formula. It’s important to do the best job you can, of course, but since no one is quite sure what “perfect” looks like, you can easily drive yourself crazy choosing between two equally good options.*
*Though if you readers have a preference on these details, please let me know!
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
Nothing too unique, I think. I love to sing, ballroom dance, and paint, when I have a chance. Otherwise I spend time with my crazy-adorable nieces, and of course do a lot of reading.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Well as I mentioned, my next release is Mortal Musings, which is a paranormal romance coming later this summer. I also have a follow-up book to Mending Heartstrings and am planning a few more books in that world. And who knows, in the future I may branch off from romance to explore some other genres — it all depends on which ideas I feel ready to pursue and which I could do justice in my writing.
Like many writers, I sometimes feel like there are too many ideas and too little me, so who knows where the future will take me? But I hope you’ll all be along for the ride!
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Know when to put a project aside if it isn’t working, but also remember that that doesn’t mean your next project won’t be a success, or that the project you set aside is a lost cause. There’s a difference between one step not working out and you “failing” as a writer, and that difference is how dedicated you are to practicing your craft, applying what you learn, and sharing the stories only you can write.
If you had the choice, would you rather have negative reviews or none at all?
I would choose negative reviews, slightly masochistic as that sounds! I would prefer hearing readers’ responses, and having the opportunity to learn and grow and improve with my next project, rather than not having any idea what people think.