Sunday, July 5, 2015

Tour & Interview~Tragically Broken by NJ Danner

by NJ Danner
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Tragedy destroyed Alex Kohen’s life,
until fate offered her a chance to escape
her nightmares and possibly find love…

Beautiful, compassionate Dr. Alex Kohen
had the perfect life – until, in an instant,
it was tragically ripped from her.
Plagued by her demons,
Alex moves to a new city and devotes herself
to her work and her patients.
But her secrets continue to haunt her,
making her afraid to build a future outside of her career.
Convinced that her heart is irreparably broken,
Alex has closed herself off to the possibility of love.

That is, until she meets sexy,
confident Kellen Rhion ­– a wealthy CEO
with a reputation as the ultimate playboy.
Kellen, plagued by personal tragedies of his own,
knows from the moment they meet
that Alex is the woman he wants.
And with patient determination,
he slowly begins to break down
her long-fortified defenses.

Although they meet under tragic circumstances,
out of that catastrophe is born a connection
that neither can deny.
And despite the challenges of
their demanding and busy careers,
Alex and Kellen find the time to nurture
their growing relationship.
They struggle through obstacle after obstacle,
including Kellen’s celebrity lifestyle
and Alex’s emotional baggage.

But after Kellen’s supposed
betrayal and brush with death,
can Alex really trust him with her heart?
And can Kellen accept that
she will always, in a way, be broken?



What made you want to write?

I’m not sure how other authors start out but I did not start out intending to write a book. I just had this creative side of me that made me feel like I needed to write. I love books so much that it evolved into writing when I couldn’t stop thinking about a certain story line. I envisioned scenes in my head and had to write them down. I have done that since I was a child. After a while the scenes developed into a story and then into a book.

What genre(s) do you write in?

Tragically Broken is Contemporary Romance as that is my favorite genre and what my imagination runs away with. HOWEVER, my first book (which is not yet published) is tween/young adult. I hope to rework that book and publish it soon. The idea for the book just appeared to me and the story developed. My books have a medical background in them because that’s what I know. Isn’t that what they say…”write what you know”?

What was the first book you ever wrote?

I have plenty of scenes that I have written down over time but my first true book is Altered. The book is about a family that has a genetic neuromuscular disease. It is a little sci-fi. It needs re-edited but then I hope to publish it.

What is your favorite out of all of your books?

My favorite is Tragically Broken. The story just wrenches my heart and I feel for Alex in so many ways. I couldn’t imagine surviving such tragedy. I have spent so much time writing, re-writing and
editing the book that I feel so close to her and Kellen. (I’m sure most authors feel the same way.) One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Alex comes home to Kellen after a long day at work and Kellen tells her that she never has to be alone again. I think that is when Alex realizes that she needs Kellen even though at that time she would never have admitted it.

What is your daily routine when it comes to your writing?

I don’t have one. With working full time I need to write whenever I get the opportunity. I do a lot of writing in the car when we are travel to my kid’s events. If an idea pops in my head I will jot it down on whatever is around- paper, napkin- whatever. I typically write start to finish and add in the different scenes I have imagined along the way. Once I edit then I add, subtract or change things around. I wish I had the time to dedicate to writing every day.

What is something that you struggle with when it comes to writing?

Time-- I struggle with time. There is never enough time in one sitting to get everything down that I want to get down on paper. My plate is always full and there is never enough time to write, read, edit and live. But from the sounds of it on social media that is what a lot of authors struggle with.

What is your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is my also my favorite thing about reading—escaping into a fantasy land. It’s so easy to get lost in a good book and it’s equally as easy to get lost in writing a story.
Obviously every writer just hopes other people love the story just as much but in the end we all write for ourselves first. 

Where do you get your ideas for writing?

I have no idea where my ideas come from, they just seem to pop in my head. Obviously with a
medical background my books have a Grey’s anatomy feel to them. Anything can give me inspiration
especially reading other books.

Who is your author inspiration?

I’m not sure that I have one author inspiration. For most of use romance genre writers Stephanie Meyer and E.L. James are inspirational however Jamie McGuire, Gail McHugh, and a ton of other regular people who became authors show us that it just takes a good story to make yourself and others happy and be successful. Right now I am on a Helena Hunting kick and CANNOT wait for Pucked Up to be released.

What is your favorite book of all time?

I can’t say that I have one. I will always be a Twilight junkie and FSOG lover but there are so many that I’ve read multiple times -- the Thoughtless series by SC Stephens, Collide/Pulse by Gail McHugh. I can also even go old school with The Outsiders and Flowers in the Attic from when I was younger, they are classics. 

Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?

I hope to have a few novels written in the next 5 years. Obviously any author would like to have one, if not more, of their novels be on a best seller list but at this point I would just be grateful if a had a
decent number of people enjoy my work as much as I enjoy writing it.

Author tidbit~

I did have a first version of Tragically Broken that was published in 2014 that was not well edited. It had some mistakes and was too long. I have since had it re-edited and this version is so much better. I love it and I hope your readers will give it a read and love it too. The book is fun, yet heart wrenching at time with a HEA ending. It’s a great summer read.
I’m very thankful for all of my readers and all you bloggers. This crazy book world that we now exist in is so fun. I have developed friendships with people that I never would have before the world of
social media. I’ve gotten to read some excellent books that never would have gotten published if it
were not for the indie world. Hell, I wouldn’t be published if it wasn’t for the indie world. Thank you to all of you!


If you have already read my book, then you have already seen into part of my soul. Each of my characters is a part of me. They each have some aspect of my personality, or represent who I wish I could be or would hate to be. 

I have always been an avid reader, even as a child, and I’ve always loved to get lost in a good book. Reading a book would take over my life, and at times it still does. It is my addiction. Once I start a book, I cannot put it down until I know the end of the story … which may be a few books later. Same thing with writing – once the story pops into my head, I obsess about it until I have it down on paper. I have notes on scenes all over. Some have already been developed into a book, and some are waiting for the rest of the storyline to be written in order to find their journey and see where it ends. 

For a decade, or more, I had to put all that creativity on hold while I dedicated my life to my professional career and creating my family. I have been blessed with a wonderful husband and two angelic children. Supporting and nurturing them is now my number one priority. 

Once my life reached a stable point, I was finally able to find time to rekindle my love of books. Twilight took me by storm, which then catapulted me to Fifty Shades of Grey. “It all started with a vampire who was replaced by a man with a whip.” Reading tales written by my favorite authors reignited my own creativity, my mind wandered into stories of my own, and now, amazingly, I am an author. 

When my time is not consumed watching my daughter dance or my son play hockey, spending time with my husband, or working, I am lost in either reading a good book or writing. Disney World is my respite and I love all things Mickey. My family and friends are incredible people and support me in all that I do. I have learned that life is too short, and we have to take time to enjoy its simple pleasures.