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Regina Kyle | 20 Questions: HOW NOT TO MESS WITH A MILLIONAIRE

June 8, 2021

1–What is the title of your latest release?


2–What is it about?

A sassy American interior designer and a brooding Italian restauranteur engage in a battle of wills over who gets to stay in a villa on the Amalfi Coast that should be big enough for two—but not these two.

3–What do you love about the setting of your book? 

It’s Italy. What’s not to love? The food. The wine. The Mediterranean. I wish I was there right now.

4–How did your heroine surprise you? 

All of my heroines tend to be spunky, but Zoe might be the feistiest one yet. And she’s super creative when it comes to dreaming up ways to get Dante to vacate the villa.

5–Why will readers love your hero? 

He’s a classic alpha wounded hero. He knows how to love deeply but is afraid to go there again. It doesn’t hurt that he’s smoking hot, as Zoe quickly learns when she arrives at the villa and finds him buck naked. Plus there’s that Italian accent. Swoon.

6–What was one of your biggest challenges while writing this book (spoiler-free, of course!)? 

Honestly, it was Dante. I’ve never written a foreign hero before, and I went a little overboard in the first draft with the formal language and bits of Italian, trying to make sure he sounded authentic. Instead, he ended up sounding like a big meanie LOL. Thank goodness for good editors. Which leads us to the next question. . .

7–Do you look forward to or do you dread the revision process? 

I LOVE revisions. I LOATHE first drafts. Every word is like birthing a baby for me, I’m so persnickety that it’s painful. But revisions are awesome. I love having other smart (often smarter) people like my agent and editors help me polish and shine my stories to make them the best they can be.

8–What’s your favorite snack to have on hand while writing? 

TBH, I’m not much of a snacker as I write. I used to be a Diet Coke-aholic, and I always had one of those nearby when I wrote. But I gave it up a couple of years back and switched to flavored seltzers. Sometimes I munch on mixed nuts or, when I’m really feeling decadent, Goldfish or Cheez-Its.

9–Where would you go for an ideal writer’s retreat? 

Anywhere warm and sunny with a beach nearby. I keep seeing these ads on my Facebook feed for resorts in Belize and Jamaica with these bungalows over the water. Something like that would be perfect.

10–What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received? 

Comparison is the thief of joy. Your journey is your journey. Embrace it. Enjoy it. And don’t worry about what anyone else is or isn’t doing.

11–Who is the fictional character you want to hang out with the most? (anyone in literature!)

Jeez, this is tough! So many good ones. I’m going to have to go with Atticus Finch. To Kill A Mockingbird was one of the first “grown up” books I fell in love with, and I’ve seen the play, which I also love, several times. Plus, I’m a lawyer by day, so I think we’d have a lot to discuss.

12–What’s one of your earliest book memories? 

Flat Stanley. I remember buying it at the Scholastic Book Fair (man, how I miss those) and my sister and I falling in love with it. This was years before teachers started doing those Flat Stanley projects. I had a blast when my daughter had to do one. We brought that little flat guy everywhere, and we’ve got the pictures to prove it.

13–If you had to write in a different genre, what would it be and why? 

This may sound strange, given that I write high-heat romance with plenty of open-door sex scenes and naughty words, but children’s books. I actually tried writing them before I dipped my toe into romance, alas without much success. Maybe because I couldn’t include any of those four-letter words I’m so fond of LOL. I’d love to give it another try someday.

14–What song will automatically put you in a good mood? 

“Let The River Run” by Carly Simon. It’s like the ultimate rah-rah, girl power song for me. It never fails to uplift and inspire me. That reminds me, I should go listen to it. Right now.

15–What is your favorite way to practice self-care?

This is a tough one for me. I don’t think I practice enough self-care, TBH. I’m trying to take more time to refill my well by doing stuff like watching documentaries (I’m a sucker for a good documentary) and playoff hockey with my daughter (even though our Penguins got eliminated in the first round).

16–What can you eat and never get sick of? 

Unfortunately, there are way too many things I could eat and not get sick of, and I inhaled many of them during the pandemic. If I had to name one, I’d say cold sesame noodles. I have a recipe that I make often, especially in the spring and summer when it’s picnic/barbeque season, and it’s always hard to stop eating them once I start.

17–Will you share a favorite, recent-ish book you recommend? 

Ugh, so many good ones to choose from. I’m going to go with BOYFRIEND MATERIAL by Alexis Hall. This book hit all my hot buttons. Funny. Sexy. Sweet. Luc and Oliver are an opposites attract couple I totally ship. I was super stoked to read that Alexis writing a sequel, HUSBAND MATERIAL.

18–Do you have any hobbies? 

I’m an abashed theater geek, and I’ve performed in over 100 plays and musicals from elementary school to adulthood. I took a long hiatus when I started writing, but last year I came out of retirement to play Rosie in a local production of Mamma Mia, which was a total blast. And, come to think of it, totally refilled my well, So I guess theater is a part of my self-care, too.

19–Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Definitely a night owl. I work a pretty demanding day job as an assistant state’s attorney (ala Law & Order), so I do most of my writing at night when the family is asleep and the house is quiet.

20–What can readers expect from you next? 

I’m working on the next book in the Mediterranean Millionaires series, HOW NOT TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE. This one is Spanish venture capitalist Miguel Suarez’s story. Readers will meet him in HOW NOT TO MESS WITH A MILLIONAIRE as one-third of the Mediterranean Musketeers, three friends who met in college at Oxford. And in August I’m releasing my first single title romance, SHOWSTOPPER, part of the Vino and Veritas series in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North. I’m super excited about this male/male new adult romance between hockey hottie Adam and theater geek Kolby. (Gee, wonder where I got that idea from LOL?)


Mediterranean Millionaires #1

How Not to Mess with a Millionaire

Interior decorator Zoe Ryan’s life resembles a bad country song. Her boyfriend dumped her, her car died, and she was recently handed a pink slip. What’s a girl to do? Leave everything behind for a bit….in Positano, Italy. And when she gets there, she finds a surprising extra—millionaire restaurateur Dante Sabbatini in the kitchen. In his underwear. Making coffee. It’s suddenly not only hot outside, but exactly what is he doing inside, in her temporary kitchen?

Dante’s plan was to escape to his family’s beach house for some quiet and privacy. What he didn’t know was that his meddling, matchmaking nonna rented the entire house to a sexy stranger at the exact same time as his stay. It took him months to clear his schedule—there’s no way he’s leaving now.

With both refusing to leave, Zoe and Dante agree to be temporary roomies, but secretly aim to try to drive the other out. He plays his music as loud as he wants and will wear as little clothing as possible, and she’ll just go ahead and adopt that pig she fell in love with in town. But suddenly their game of one-upmanship takes a very sexy detour, and they can’t believe what happens next.

Romance Contemporary [Entangled Indulgence, On Sale: June 7, 2021, e-Book, ISBN: 9781649371768 / eISBN: 9781649371768]

About Regina Kyle

Regina Kyle

Regina Kyle knew she was destined to be an author when she won a writing contest at age ten with a touching tale about a squirrel and a nut pie. By day, she writes dry legal briefs, representing the state in criminal appeals. At night, she writes steamy romance with heart and humor.

A lover of all things theatrical, Regina lives on the Connecticut coast with her husband, teenaged daughter and two melodramatic cats. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely singing, reading, cooking or watching bad reality television.

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