23 September 2014

Miriam’s Surrender Name Before the Masses Virtual Tour

Miriams’ Surrender

by Jennifer Wilck



Cover_Miriams SurrenderJosh Lowenstein is a successful architect, hired to redesign the alumni club of a posh, private school in New York. He is strong, capable and knows the best way to do everything. Except let another woman in.

Miriam Goldberg is the Assistant Director of Outreach, and is Josh’s day-to-day contact for the redesign. She’s taken care of everyone around her, and forgotten how to let someone else take care of her.

With a tumultuous history, neither one is prepared to work together. As they get to know each other, the animosity disappears, but Josh is hiding something from Miriam and its discovery has the possibility of destroying their relationship. Only when they are both able to let the other in, and release some of the control they exert over everything, will they be able to see if their love can survive.

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“I decided to deliver the paperwork in person and I brought you coffee,” Josh said. “I hope you don’t mind.” He placed both cups on her desk and reached for the folder under his arm. He held it out to her and their hands brushed against each other as she took it from him. The contact of skin against skin warmed her hands. She thought about the manicure, and about his hands on her, and she took a shaky breath.

“It was nice of you. Thanks.”

“So, coffee’s okay, but mani-pedis aren’t. Good to know.”

She tried to determine if he was joking or not. She thought he might be, as his grey eyes held a bit of a twinkle in them and his tone was light, but his body was stiff and she couldn’t tell. She decided to go with humor.

“Right,” she responded, with a wink.

His face broadened into a grin and she relaxed.

“I got one black and one light and sweet, since I wasn’t sure how you took it. You can choose.”

“Light and sweet, please. Thanks.”

He handed her the coffee and she inhaled the rich aroma.

She took a sip and closed her eyes. “Mmm, French roast.”

Josh sat in the chair across from her desk. “You know, I think we’ve set a record.”

“Really? What kind?”

“I think this is the first time we’ve been together where we haven’t apologized or talked about having to apologize.”

Miriam choked on her coffee, but held her hand up to ward him off when Josh leaned across the desk to help her. “You can’t do that to me when I’m drinking.”

His grey eyes twinkled again. “I’m…”


They burst into laughter.

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It is my pleasure to welcome Jennifer Wilck, author of Miriam’s Surrender, to Room With Books. 

Jennifer, please tell us about Miriam’s Surrender and what inspired you to write it?

Miriam’s Surrender is the second book in my Women of Valor series. I was inspired to write the series because I wanted to see if I could write a contemporary romance series, but with Jewish characters. I didn’t want to write something very religious, but I wanted to have mention of different holidays, customs, etc. The first book in the series was The Seduction of Esther and Miriam’s Surrender features the villain from the first book as the hero and the sister of first book’s heroine as this heroine. This story centers around Passover and is the story of two people who need to discover the freedom of letting go in order to let love into their lives.

When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?

I much prefer to let the characters dictate what I write and I usually start with a scene or a conversation that is already formed in my head, necessitating my running to the computer to get it all down before I lose it. However, sometimes, if I want to write about a particular thing, I need make a broad outline of what is going to happen so that I can get started. When that happens, though, there’s no guarantee that what I end up writing will match the outline.

Do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins?

Actually, I think it’s more like I have arguments with my critique partners over why my character is doing something! J No, I don’t usually argue with my characters, at least, not in the first draft. I pretty much write what they inspire. When I go back over it for editing, I’ll exert more of my influence (or, as I mentioned, my critique partners’) if I think something will work better than what I’ve already written.

What is something about you your readers would be surprised to know?

I always put a little something about either myself or my family in my books. My characters are not based on me or on real people, but there will be characteristics or events that are accurate. In this book, my personality is very similar to Miriam’s—I’m a control freak, although I try not to be—so I was able to relate to her inability to let others take over things or take care of her. In other books I’ve written, I incorporated my daughter’s favorite picture book, my great-grandmother’s betting strategy and my favorite places to hike.

If you could write with any other author who would it be any?

I’d love to write with Lynn Kurland. She writes time-travel romances and I love them. They are so filled with emotion. I’d love to write with her in order to go deeper into the world she creates.

When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up?

I wanted to be a variety of things when I grew up, including a teacher, a doctor and a marine biologist. The teacher and the doctor were because I wanted to help people; the marine biologist, because I loved dolphins. But I always wanted to write, regardless of what profession I ended up with.

When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?

I started writing when my oldest daughter was six (she’s fifteen now). I was watching TV with my husband and some minor character came on screen. He was there maybe 10 seconds, but it was enough to inspire me. I decided he was going to be the hero of my book and I wrote a story about him. A Heart of Little Faith was published in 2011.

Does music inspires your writing?

A lot of country music songs inspire my writing, because so many of them are emotional and talk about love, or getting over someone. I’ll listen in the car and then write down the songs later (I’m a good girl; I don’t text and drive.). But when I actually write, I don’t listen to music. I need quiet so I can here the characters in my head. 😉

Fun Facts:

What is your favorite breakfast? Breakfast is actually my least favorite meal of the day. I’m not ready to eat that early in the morning, so I really just eat whatever my stomach can tolerate. But if I can eat later, like brunch or when I’m on vacation, I love French toast (with confectioner’s sugar and butter, not syrup).
What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite movie? Dirty Dancing and The Sound of Music
What is your dream car? I love the really old Rolls Royces—they’re so beautiful and the lines of the car are so graceful! And I would love to drive an Audi TT Roadster—it’s little and cute and always catches my eye when I see it. Either one in silver, please!

How can our readers find you?

I love talking to readers! Here are my links:

Website: www.jenniferwilck.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wilck/201342863240160.

Twitter: @JWilck.

Blog: (Fried Oreos) www.jenniferwilck.blogspot.com

          (Heroine With Hearts blog on Tuesdays) http://www.heroineswithhearts.blogspot.com

          (Front Porch Saturdays at Sandra Sookoo’s Believing is Seeing) http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com.

Thank you for taking time to chat with us and most of all, for letting Room With Books be part of your tour.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

AuthorPicWhen I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing).

One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary). Since then, I’ve published two contemporary romances with Whiskey Creek Press. The Seduction of Esther is my first book with Rebel Ink Press, and I’m excited to be part of their team.

In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. In between chauffeuring my daughters to after-school activities that require an Excel spreadsheet to be kept straight, I serve on our Temple Board and volunteer for way more things than I have time to do. I also write freelance articles for magazines and newspapers, and edit newsletters.

When all of that gets overwhelming, I retreat to my computer, where I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life.

I can be reached at:

Website: www.jenniferwilck.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wilck/201342863240160

Twitter: @JWilck

Blog: (Fried Oreos) www.jenniferwilck.blogspot.com

          (Heroine With Hearts blog on Tuesdays) http://www.heroineswithhearts.blogspot.com

          (Front Porch Saturdays at Sandra Sookoo’s Believing is Seeing) http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com

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Jennifer will be awarding a $10 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn host.

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Posted September 23, 2014 by Room With Books in category "Author Interview", "Book Tour", "Name Before the Masses Tour


  1. By Rita Wray on

    I enjoyed the interview. I’m not a breakfast person either, just cold cereal for me. I love Dirty Dancing and have seen it many times.

    1. By Jennifer Wilck on

      A woman after my own heart, Rita! I introduced it to my daughter this year. She didn’t like the movie as much as I did, but she did appreciate the beauty that was Patrick Swayze. 🙂

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