Saturday, October 3, 2015



Max. The consummate ladies’ man.
He’s good looking, but not an absolute knockout. With Max’s charm though, he could have any woman he wants. Once he meets Faith, he doesn’t want anyone else.

Eli. He is a knockout.
But a dark past shadows him and holds him captive. Drinking dulls the pain, but meeting Faith makes him want to change all that.

Faith. She loves them both.
When a blackout brings her together with Eli, she’s happier than she’s ever been before. When another blackout tears them apart, Max is there to pick up the pieces. But can she forget the man who first made her whole?


M.J., how long have you been a writer?
As long as I can remember. In second grade I wrote a thrilling book entitled – wait for it – The Black Cat. It was written on blue hotel stationary my dad brought home from a business trip, because I thought it was pretty. The binding was white yarn bows threaded through holes I’d punched in the paper. The girl down the street, Mary Ellen Murphey, co-authored it. She was also my partner in a buckeye business that never quite took off.

How long is your to-be-read list?
Never ending! I’m fortunate to know a lot of great writers and unfortunate to not be independently wealthy. I try to keep at it, though!

You have a day job . . . how do you find time to write?
Luckily, my day job is a lunch lady, so I’m off at one o’clock. I come home, take a nap, and then get to work.

For what would you like to be remembered?

For raising four happy adults.

What scares you the most?

Mice! I freak out so badly I often injure myself while running away. I know they can’t hurt me, but they could run up my leg. They skitter. That’s just not natural. And phobias aren’t logical.

YouTube is . . . a place where you can get lost!

What five things would you never want to live without?

My husband and four kids.

Who would you want to narrate a film about your life?
Morgan Freeman. Is there any other choice?

Nope, I don't think so. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Depends on the day. Mostly an introvert, but I karaoke, so I guess I have a bit of the extrovert in me.

What is the most daring thing you've done?
Climbed over a twenty-foot fence, in the rain, in my rock and roll boots, to get backstage at a rock concert.

What is the stupidest thing you've ever done?

See above.

Sadly, those two questions often do go hand in hand. What is your most embarrassing moment?
Once, when I was in church, praying devoutly, my daughter asked me, “Why do you have a sock on your shoulder?” I had been sorting laundry when we left the house and must have slung the sock there and forgotten about it!

That's totally a harried-mom thing to do! What choices in life would you like to have a redo on?
I would have liked to study writing in college and started pursuing it earlier in life.

What’s one of your favorite quotes?

“The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done.'" Or "Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup." Or "All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us ... they can't get away this time."
-- Louis B. "Chesty" Puller, Lt. Gen., USMC  Talk about a positive attitude!

You can be any fictional character for one day. Who would you be?

Beth Donovan from Trapped Under Ice, because then rock star Chad Evans would love me!

What is your favorite movie?
What About Bob?

Do you have a favorite book?
A Tale of Two Cities

Do you sweat the small stuff?
I did before I had triplets.

How long is your to-do list?

It is infinite.

What are you working on now?
The third and final installment of my Romantic Knights trilogy, A Knight to Remember.

Lightning round:

Cake or frosting? Oooh! Toughie! . . . Cake!
Laptop or desktop? laptop
Chevy Chase or Bill Murray? Both are comic geniuses, but I’m going to have to go Bill Murray.
Emailing or texting? Texting. More interactive.
Indoors or outdoors? In.
Tea: sweet or unsweet? I don’t do tea. I’m more of a Diet Pepsi girl.
Plane, train, or automobile? Plane. Farther, faster.


Taken by Storm
Trapped Under Ice
Abandon All Hope
An Uncommon Love
Rock Me
The Heart Teaches Best
Upon a Midnight Clear
Damage Done

Leap Into The Knight
Lady of the Knight
Between Rock and a Hard Place


M.J. Schiller is a lunch lady/romance-romantic suspense writer. She enjoys writing novels whose characters include rock stars, desert princes, teachers, futuristic Knights, construction workers, cops, and a wide variety of others. In her mind everybody has a romance. She is the mother of a twenty-year-old and three eighteen-year-olds. That's right, triplets! So having recently taught four children to drive, she likes to escape from life on occasion by pretending to be a rock star at karaoke. However . . . you won’t be seeing her name on any record labels soon.

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