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What Inspired Me to Write My Book…by Annie Jocoby, Author of FEARLESS (with a giveaway!)

Please help me welcome Annie Jocoby to the blog today!

What inspired me to write my book

When I first started writing, I wanted to inject myself into my novel. I based my first heroine, Iris, totally on me. She has my insecurities, she has my background, she has a law job that she totally hates, she’s a mess in life, she’s scattered. But she has a big heart. She doesn’t always make the right decisions, but her heart is always in the right place. So, when I created Iris, who was based upon me, I wanted to give her the dreamboat guy. The unattainable guy. Because Iris was so closely aligned with me and my life, it was as if I, myself, was in love with Ryan, and that was an amazing experience. He’s still my favorite character of all the heroes that I’ve written.

So, with these books, the Fearless series, I wanted to focus on the daughter of Iris and Ryan. I made her a genius and an artistic prodigy, so I was thrilled to explore what that might mean for her. How that would impact her life. Dalilah has it all – she’s beautiful, a genius and can create art like a master. And she’s very wealthy. Yet she’s desperately unhappy – why? I wanted to explore that. And, of course, I wanted to create a man who is going to make her happy, and he is from a completely different world.


Annie Jocoby is the author of 8 contemporary romance novels and 3 New Adult contemporary romance novels. Her motivation to begin writing these novels is that she was interested in writing about rich men who actually love and respect their women. Her heroes are alpha and damaged, yet also genuinely good guys.

Ryan, Nick, Luke and Asher are all complicated characters who have experienced plenty of darkness, yet always seek the light. They would all go to the ends of the earth to protect the women they love. And they’re all sexy, enigmatic, magnetic and great in bed.

All of Annie’s books have things in common: they all combine a touch of mystery and intrigue with drama, love, and lots of hot sex. Some of the books have action and even some criminal elements in them. Her current book, in fact, is her first book that would be classified as straight romantic suspense, although it also combines definite elements of the thriller genre! If you’re in the market for a book that is fast-paced, where the heroes are beautiful and wealthy, and the heroines are strong, vulnerable and flawed, then try these books out!

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by Annie Jocoby
(Fearless #1)
Publication date: July 15th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

*Warning* Strong language and sexual situations. Ends in MAJOR cliffhanger. Not for the faint of heart. :)


Beautiful heiress Dalilah Gallagher, a former child art prodigy, has lost her way. Harsh criticism in her formative years has left her floundering and without the artistic voice that once centered her life. Now, at the age of 20, she has spent the last nine years trying to reclaim what she lost.

Her struggles lead her to the nude-modeling world in New York City, where she hopes she will find her passion for art again. What she finds is surprising: Her artistic voice isn’t gone, merely misplaced.

Luke Roberts has a different problem. Raised by a solid, working-class fisherman in Maine, Luke is a gifted artist struggling to get a foothold in the busy New York City art scene. His gifts attract the attention of a wealthy benefactor, Blake Nottingham, who finds himself fascinated with Dalilah. Nottingham commissions Luke to provide him with a piece of art: A painting of Dalilah.

As the two young artists fall in love, Dalilah finds her artistic voice once more, so she’ll do anything to help Luke find the prominence he deserves. This leads to a dangerous game of deceit that puts Dalilah in Nottingham’s clutches when she tries to manipulate him into helping Luke.

Nottingham isn’t easily manipulated, though, and things go seriously awry for Dalilah. What happens when the manipulated becomes the manipulator?

This is a New Adult Contemporary Romance. Age group is 18+. It has some sexually explicit scenes.


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