Charlotte Readers Podcast: Jessica Peterson and Rick Pryll

Jessica Peterson Rick Pryll

Hooking up with romance authors

In this episode, we meet romance authors Jessica Peterson and Rick Pryll, explore the ins and outs of the romance genre and listen to Jessica and Rick talk about how romance novels are more than just sex, although there is the sex, too.

Jessica reads from her book “Southern Charmer,” a novel in her “Charleston Heat” series and Rick reads from “The Chimera of Prague.” Both books take readers to culturally romantic and historical venues where the heroine and hero struggle to find that thing called love.

Charlotte Readers Podcast is sponsored by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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In this episode, we meet romance authors Jessica Peterson and Rick Pryll, explore the ins and outs of the romance genre and listen to Jessica and Rick talk about how romance novels are more than just sex, although there is the sex, too.

Jessica reads from her book “Southern Charmer,” a novel in her “Charleston Heat” series and Rick reads from “The Chimera of Prague.” Both books take readers to culturally romantic and historical venues where the heroine and hero struggle to find that thing called love.

We start with Rick reading from the first chapter of “The Chimera of Prague,” with Joseph leaving his past behind and searching for the girl of his dreams in that ancient magical city, followed by Jessica reading from the first chapter of “Southern Charmer” where Olivia runs into Eli, who she sees as a gorgeous bearded guy with a thick torso and shoulders, shapely waist and forearms so sinewy and perfect they make Olivia “want to die a little.”

Jessica Peterson likes to write smokin’ hot romance set in her favorite cities around the world. She grew up on a steady diet of Mr. Darcy, Edward Cullen, and Jamie Frasier, and it wasn’t long before she started writing swoon-worthy heroes of her own. She loves strong coffee, stronger heroines, and heroes with hot accents.

Jessica started her career with The Hope Diamond Affair Trilogy,a historical romance series that was traditionally published. Since then, she independently published the Study AbroadSeries, the Royal Ruin Seriesand most recently, her Charleston Heat Seriesand has found by choice that she can have a career in romance writing in the Indie world. She lives in Charlotte with her husband Ben and her smelly Goldendoodle, Martha Bean.

Rick Pryll is an award-winning author and poet living in Charlotte since 2002. His book, The Chimera of Prague (Foolishness Press, 2017) was selected the winner of the 2018 New York Festival of Books in the Romance category. From 1996 to 2002, Rick lived in Prague and while there, he published two books. His first publication to the web in 1994, Lies,garnered praise from the Wall Street Journal, SHIFT magazine, and several other publications.

Rick is a member of CharlotteLit and the Charlotte Writer’s Club. He’s hosted book marketing sessions called “Do NOT Get Ripped Off: Tips for Self-Publishers” and “Beyond the Book: engaging readers, creating super fans.” He lives with his book cover artist and wife, 2018 ArtPop artist, Holly Spruck, his two children, two cats and a puppy.

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