Monday, April 8, 2024

Lovin' On Red By Mary Pat Johns + GIVE AWAY

Lovin' On Red JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Lovin' On Red by Mary Pat Johns, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Lovin' On Red

Title: Lovin' On Red
Romance in Valiant #2
Mary Pat Johns
Scrivenings Press
Release Date:
April 9, 2024
Christian Contemporary Romance

He has everything … except what he wants most. 

Rory is a wildly successful contractor with all the right connections. He has everything, except the woman who sees past his missing foot. If only the tiny redhead he’s insanely attracted to would go on a date with him, it could work, but Vi refuses. 

Licensed massage therapist Vi Summers needs her childhood home remodeled, and Rory Spence is the perfect man for the job. Only he’s the last person she wants to work with. Despite Rory’s reputation as a flirt, his tender attention to getting her house right helps Vi see into his heart. Too bad her past mistakes prevent a future relationship. 

Drawn together like magnets, they navigate trouble with illegal squatters, family expectations, and fire. Will they finally be honest with each other, or will their secrets tear them apart?  

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Author Interview

  1. How do you decide on your characters careers? Do you have to do a lot of research when it comes to their respective careers?

In Lovin’ On Red, I needed an entrepreneurial type because Peep’s expansion is part of the story line. It came fairly easy because in real life, I’m surrounded by business entrepreneurs. When I choose a career, I usually know someone who works in that specific industry. It’s my favorite way to research—talking to and interviewing people.      

  1. Have any of your other characters been differently abled? How did you decide Rory would be missing a foot? 

So far, Rory is the only character with a disability. My son, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, helped me write the short story-prequel to the first two books in the series. In story-form, the reader learns how Rory lost his foot. I needed the main character to have a serious, life-changing injury, but not so severe he couldn’t be mobile or achieve his dream of marriage and a passel of kids. The prequel is a free gift for anyone who signs up for my newsletter.


  1. Do the characters in your series cross over to other books in the series?

Yes! I created a story world about a nucleus of close friends with accompanying minor characters. Each book has different main characters and its own unique plot.       

In the prequel, Rory and Jesse make the decision to become accountability partners about their dating lives. Following through to Book 1, Jesse falls head over heels for Brenna, his new accountant. Rory is present as his best friend and accountability partner, to help  guide him through the mine field of new feelings and emotions. Book 2 is Rory’s story and Jesse returns the favor. (Makes for hilarious conversations as Jesse and Rory are polar opposites in personality and temperament.)   

  1. Do you ever find that your characters take you and the story in a direction you hadn't expected?

Yes, again! When I began to write Lovin’ On Red, I didn’t know there would be letters from Vi’s dad. But when Rory found her dad’s electronic device hidden in the couch, it was the perfect vehicle to give Vi much-needed closure and healing. And I had no idea how the ending would come together, but the characters were faithful to reveal what needed to happen, even if they were excruciatingly slow about it.    

  1. Would you ever consider adding a pet of some sort to one of your stories because of your own dogs? Would they be an inspiration to you to add an animal?

I love and understand dogs, so they have a way of showing up in my stories. A little mama dachshund makes a brief appearance in Book 2. A writing mentor of mine has a gorgeous white lab, and he shows up in one of my books too.  

  1. Do you see yourself writing more stories set in Texas?

I try my best to be true to whatever the Lord puts on my heart to write. So far, it’s all been about Texas. It’s what I know. And while I have friends who compete in rodeos and are uncomfortable in any footwear but boots, I tend to write outside of the stereotypes that people assume about Texas.  

About the Author

Mary Pat Johns

Mary Pat Johns lives in South Texas with the love of her life and two spoiled dachshunds. You can find her at the gym, on her computer, or  reading a book.

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Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will win print copies of Countin' On Jesse and Lovin' On Red, plus sea turtle earrings and necklace!

Lovin' On Red JustRead Tours giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight April 8, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 15, 2024. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Carrie @ JustRead Tours said...

nice interview! Thanks for being on the tour :)

Nadine said...

I am always looking for book club possible books that are a clean romantic read.

Michael Law said...

Great interview. These look really good.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading.

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