A Special Interview…

Today’s guest is Carinna De Merrick from Jodi Lynn Copeland’s Hot For It & What Happens In Vegas


Thank you, Carinna, for joining me today.  I really appreciate you taking the time to meet with me.

You bet. It makes for a nice break from the daily grind.


So, how are you?  What have you been up to lately?

Not half bad, thanks. What have I been up to? Well, there’s bingo with Grandma on Sundays. Trying not to think about Jack.  Poker with the girls. Trying not to think about Jack. Hanging out with Hank when he’s not off on one of his modeling gigs. Though, lately, he’s been trying to get me to go along for the ride. I’m happy he’s made a career out of having sexy feet, but watching him pose for sock ads totally does not do it for me. Seriously, I’d rather stay home and not think about Jack.


Sounds like you have been busy…not thinking about Jack. So, how do you feel about your story being published?
S’okay. I don’t mind it getting out, but I wasn’t real happy about the world seeing me in my moment of weakness. I do like knowing what a kinky bunch of voyeurs you all are. Really I can’t blame you for wanting to see Jack in the buff. Truth is, I’ve read it myself a few times lately. You know, those times when I wasn’t thinking about missing Jack?


Hmm…sounds like a read I need to read….Jack in the buff, huh?  Do you think the author captured your story?
Every little tear, sigh, and moan.


What do you think of the author, Jodi Lynn Copeland?
She could use a shot of conceit—but, hey, I feel that way about most people—other than, not half bad.


Have you read any of her books?

I don’t buy into the whole romance and love thing, so I haven’t read many of her books. But, yeah, I did pick up Handyman the other day. The trio of studs in this book have nothing on a certain guy who shall remain nameless, but then I wouldn’t kick them out of bed for eating crackers, either. Really enjoyed Thad and Lissa’s ice cream scene. Made me want to rush out and snag a cone and a park bench. Hank would make a nice addition to the scene. A nicer addition… How about we don’t go there?


All right, if you insist.  So let’s talk about you a bit.  Describe yourself in 3 words.

Built—and this can really suck. Makes walking to work on the Vegas Strip a real pain in the butt. Guys seem to think I’m a high-end hooker.


I can see where that might be difficult.  And the other two words?
Conceited—yeah, I admit it.


Jaded—it’s not that I don’t think other people shouldn’t give love a chance, but I think they better realize the odds of it working out are next to zilch.


So how about describing your mate in three words.

Tall. Dark. Firefighter.


Mmm . . . That suspiciously does not sound like Hank.


Sounds yummy to me…lately I have had a thing for firefighters.


With all the stress in life, how do you prefer to relax?

Martinis. Dirty. Easy on the Vermouth. Then I enjoy sucking on a nice hard—Um, is this a family blog? How about we just skip that part, ‘kay? Or we could always pretend I was going to say lollipop. *wink*.


Um, yes it might be best to skip that part so I don’t get any complaints.  Although, I am sure my blog readers have a vivid imagination.  What about hobbies?  Do you have any?
Daydreaming. I’ve had my eye on this property outside of town for a few years now. I’m saving up for the day I can buy it and start up a bed and breakfast. Why the daydream? Because the way I’m going, that’s gonna happen about never.


Oh, I wish you luck with that.  You need to think positive.


A couple of weeks ago I asked my blog readers about their favorite TV shows. What’s your favorite TV show?
I don’t watch a lot of TV—way too much drama happening at the tequila bar where I work as a cocktail waitress, and in the casino just outside its doors. If I do turn on the television, it’s to the Discovery Channel or something along that line.


That’s cool.  Before we go, do you have any secrets you’d like to reveal?

I really don’t think Hank’s feet are all that sexy. Jack’s feet are much nicer.


You know, too, there’s a teensy tiny chance I might be in denial about my feelings for Jack.


Um, I had a martini before I started this interview. Okay, I had two.


Don’t worry, your secrets are safe with me.


I know you need to be going but before you do, what would you like to tell or ask my blog readers?

What do you think about the whole romance and love deal? Do you think there’s a reason to give it a try? The idea gives me the crawls, but there’s just this feeling I have about Jack. I could almost see myself settling down with him. *shudders* On second thought, forget I said that. It was the martinis talking. Besides, Hank just arrived…


Okay, Carinna, I am sure my blog readers will answer anyway…we just won’t tell Hank.  Thanks again for answering my questions.


Readers, you can learn more about Carinna and read her story in Jodi Lynn Copeland’s SPICE Brief, Hot for It (available now) and find out more in the upcoming SPICE release, What Happens in Vegas, available May 1.


27 Responses to A Special Interview…

  1. limecello says:

    Hi Carinna and Jennifer,

    Very fun interview ;-). I can’t wait for “What Happens in Vegas!”

  2. kim h says:

    cool, love vegas. great chat jen and carinna. book cover looks so hot.

  3. Lisa A says:

    Carinna, Carinna: I read your story and I think you are already on the fast track to love and romance with Jack. You just need to admit it to yourself.

    Believe me, when you find the right one, you can’t avoid it. Take the bull by the horns or better yet, the man by the b—-! Tell him what you want, what you need and don’t be afraid of love. Show him everyday just how much you need and yes, LOVE him!

  4. Little Lamb Lost says:

    Carinna, I do think there is something to the romance and love deal. In fact, I never thought to try it myself but then met a man so wonderful and perfect for me that I jumped in with both feet and never looked back. That was about 15 years ago.

  5. Joan Woods says:

    Great interview. Very funny. Haven’t read Carrina’s story yet but have red several of Jodi’s books and enjoyed them very much.

  6. Larena Wirum says:

    Great interview. Makes me definitely want to read the stories. 🙂

    I think there is a great deal to romance and love. You just have to find the right person. 🙂

  7. I think there is such a thing as true love and romance. Though many don’t know how to be romantic, there are lots who are. It sounds like you found romance with Jack; just go with the flow and take it one day at a time.

    I met my husband online, oddly enough, and three years later we’re still very much in love. When you meet your true love, you know right away. It just takes a bit of time to admit it to yourself. LOL

  8. Laurie says:

    There is nothing in the world like loving someone. Definately worth the risks. Enjoy!

  9. Jolene says:

    thanks to you both for such a fun interview.. what a treat.. i am so anxious for your book to release.. i love that cover..

  10. fedora says:

    Jennifer, Jodi Lynn, and Carinna, thanks for a fantastic interview! Carinna, love and romance are definitely worth taking a risk for–and it can certainly feel scary. But there’s no comparison and once you’ve found the right person, that’s more than half the battle–sounds like you might be there already, if you’re willing to give it a shot… No, no, not one of those shots! And no more martinis, OK? They aren’t going to make that funny feeling in your tummy go away, seriously… If you can’t take your mind off someone, that might just be a sign–you’re a bold beautiful woman–go get what you want! 🙂

  11. Janet H says:

    Carianna, I can’t wait to meet Jack. I’m curious about the man who has claimed your heart, whether you admit it or not.

  12. fedora says:

    Oh, and Carinna, I’m really rooting for your HEA, because when that comes together for a self-described jaded soul, it gives hope for us all!

  13. Helen says:

    Loved the interview Ladies Carinna go for the HEA love and romance is just the best.
    Have Fun

  14. Lori says:

    Love the interview! Oh, and the whole love and romance deal? I believe in them both, but so far haven’t found them for myself (except in the pages of a good book ). So no pressure Carinna, but I hope your story is as hot as it sounds. 😉

  15. limecello says:

    Hehe, I forgot to answer the question! The romance and love thing? I’m for it. Haven’t found them for myself yet either, but I think it’s a good deal ;-). I’m also a fan for love and romance in books – and all the terrific and crazy ways people find it!

  16. Jennifer K. says:

    Fun interview.

    I’m all for love and romance. I’m another one of those who hasn’t found it yet, but I’m optimistic that it’s out there and am open to it finding me.

  17. Virginia H. says:

    I’m all for the love and romance, I think it can be a wonderful thing if you find the right person. I have been married for 23 years and it still has its ups and downs, but I guess its worth it.

  18. cathy m says:

    Hi Carina. Great interview. I like the fact that you tell it like it is. As for the whole love and romance thing, yeah I think it is worthwhile. However, I don’t think you have to actively seek it out. It’ll find you whether you are ready or not. The trick is figuring out what to do with it once it finds you–dip your toes in, jump into the deep end with both feet or walk away. Myself, I jumped, about 10 years earlier than my master plan said I should and 20 years later, I’m still happy with my choices.

  19. Well isn’t this room just filled with lots of lovin’. 😉

    Seriously, gals, thanks for the feedback! As for me and Jack… I dunno. Hank really is a keeper. Yeah, his feet don’t do it for me but, all in all, he’s a hottie. Not Jack hot, but really Jack isn’t even speaking to me these days, so I don’t see a lot happening there. Maybe one day . . . Or not.

    In the meantime, good luck to all of you ladies looking for love. I’ll keep my digits crossed for you. And for the rest of you, WTG! Those of you with decades between you and your SO blow me away. All right, and give me hope.

    So, yeah, maybe one day . . .

  20. limecello says:

    Hehe – thanks for chatting with us today, Carinna – and to you, Jennifer and Jodi for doing this! So many great stories here! Hehe- gives me something to look forward to for “when I grow up.”

  21. Nicole Price says:

    Love is always worth it!! 🙂

  22. RobynL says:

    Love and romance are worth the risk; romance can show itself in many ways and sometimes we look for an out-of-reach kind of romance when perhaps it is right there in less form that what we are seeking.

  23. Amelia says:

    Looking forward to reading it.

  24. bunnyb says:

    The whole romance and love stuff is great only when you’ve met the right one. Like, I’ve never believed at love at first sight and it has never happened to me, until I met my hubby 🙂 Thanks for the great interview!

  25. Stefanie D says:

    Great interview!!

    I’m really looking forward to “What happens in Vegas”.
    I have never been in love yet (but I still have time, I’m only 19). But I think love is worth a lot. It’s especially worth fighting for.
    I hope that one day I’ll find the one person just right for me.*sigh*

  26. What a fabulous interview. I look forward to buying my copy of Vegas & reading it of course 😉

    At first my thought of romance was who cares. I won’t find the right man anyway. I been hurt to many times at one point I gave up. When I got my first computer I started playing around on yahoo & the yahoo chats. I came across this one guy who I am with now and love so much 😉 He changed everything for me. I found love & he loves me for who I am and is always there for me. I think it’s worth it to try and find that one person to settle down with. You will know when you find the right one. It may take some heartaches but when you find that one it’s all worth it. Our 7th yr anniversary when we started dating was March 28th 🙂


  27. Cindi says:

    “You go girl!” Cindi

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