Ten Things You Might Not Know About Chandra Ryan

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10 things most people don’t know about me
This is kind of hard because I post about my life on Twitter, my blog, and Facebook, but I’ll give it a shot.

1. I’m a super cheap date (if I were still dating, which I’m not). My favorite restaurants are unassuming ones that welcome jeans and t-shirts, have awesome happy hours and a lively atmosphere. My favorite vacation spots are ones that are within driving distance of our home. And I’d take a stay-cation where I can sleep in and have breakfast in bed over the stress of a European trip any day of the year.

2. I love sports. Specifically football and hockey. Bears and Blackhawks are the two teams I’ll always root for. We recently moved from Illinois to Texas and being able to keep up with the teams helps me feel a little bit closer to home. I also root for the 49ers. That’s my husband’s favorite team and we share almost everything. Except toothbrushes! We don’t share those. You have to have your boundaries.

3. Chicago style pizza is my kryptonite. It’s my favorite food in the whole wide world and I will eat it until I’m sick. Fortunately for me, we haven’t been able to find a decent place since the move so no pizza binges lately. When we go back to Illinois to visit family, though, that’s a totally different story.

4. I knew my husband for less than a year before we were married and we’ve been married for almost fifteen years now. We were both in bad relationships before we met and when we started seeing each other we clicked. So we just went with it.

5. I don’t believe in soul mates. *Ducks to avoid all the things just thrown at me* That doesn’t mean they don’t exist, however. Tons of people don’t believe in unicorns or dragons and I know they’re real. I prefer to think I’m with my husband because I chose him and he chose me and we work at the relationship.

6. My mother was a radar repairperson (no, that wasn’t the official title) in the Air Force when I was young. We were stationed at Vandenberg AFB and I fell in love with California. I always swore I’d move back to that state some day. Haven’t made it yet, though. And I really like Texas so it’s not going to happen any time soon.

7. One of my guidance counselors told me four-year college wasn’t for me. I had to commute for four years and work almost full time as a waitress to pay the bills, but I did eventually earn my bachelor’s degree. Part of me thinks I did it just to prove her wrong. The other part doesn’t care. I earned my degree.

8. I’m horribly allergic to anything that blooms and all perfumes and colognes and that really pisses me off. I love flowers. I love them so much that when someone who doesn’t know I’m allergic to them gives them to me, I insist on keeping them until they’re dead. It drives my husband crazy because I’ll sneeze and sniffle until we do get rid of them. But I don’t care. I’ll sniffle rather than throw away something so beautiful that was given out of kindness.

9. I love to eat chocolate while drinking orange juice. People think it’s the weirdest thing ever. My sister does it too, though, so I’m not alone in my strangeness. I love the contrast between the sweet and the tart.

10. On my first date with my husband I gave him a pop quiz. I asked him flat out how he felt about marriage, religion, children, and yes, even politics. As I said earlier, I’d just come out of a bad relationship. I wanted to make sure we were compatible on the basics before I got too attached. When he didn’t run away in terror, I was impressed.

About the Author:8_19 authorpicBeing from a rather nomadic family, Chandra Ryan loves to travel and meet people. But she’s found that sometimes, like when you’re stuck inside because of a good old-fashioned Southwestern heat wave, you have to make do. Fortunately for her and her loving family, who don’t like seeing her suffer from cabin fever, she’s found creating new people and places equally as fascinating. Also, you’re a lot less likely to spill your ice tea.



8_19 Cover_Ulterior MotivesUniversal Defiance, Book One

On a rural settler planet, Kat must resort to putting out an ad to find a husband. She doesn’t expect to find love—that’s a dream in these parts—just a partner to help work her ranch. Then the devastatingly handsome Jasper answers her ad and turns her on in ways she never dreamed possible. Too bad he’s not who he says he is.

Jasper doesn’t know what he’s getting into when he ventures undercover to investigate a legal claim against Kat’s ranch. But after a toe-curling night under her roof and in her bed, he’s willing to do anything to stay there. He can’t say no to the tough-as-nails businesswoman who makes his body come alive.

When people start getting hurt, though, both Kat and Jasper have to decide how valuable one piece of land is. And the ranch that brought them together might be the very thing standing between them.

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  1. Mary Preston says:

    I think the pop quiz is a great idea. Can save a lot of heartache down the road. I get hayfever too – NO FUN!!


  2. Thank you so much for having me on your blog today 🙂

    Mary, the quiz worked out well for me. Though I’m still a little surprised he didn’t run. I just couldn’t do the games anymore. Thanks so much for coming by and saying ‘hi’.

  3. Thanks for sharing your ten things. I would agree that I am a pretty cheap date too, I love simple things for my everyday life though I do have a weak spot for enjoy exotic travel

    • We went to Italy when my oldest was only one and I still look back on that trip with great fondness. There is something magical about exploring new places and cultures with the one you love.

  4. While I definitely believe in soul mates, I also think you have a point! Just because you met and your souls click doesn’t mean that it doesn’t take hard work to keep things together!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    • I don’t really object to the idea of soul mates so much as I do to people using the theory to ditch relationships when things get hard. Even love that’s written in the stars will have difficulties to overcome. Facing challenges is how we grow as people and as a couple.

  5. Thank you for hosting

  6. Thank you for hosting.
    I love the simple things. When it`s too hard, it`s usually wrong.
    Thanks for the chance to win !


    • I love it when my husband brings home cupcakes or stops to buy groceries on his way home so I don’t have to drag the kids through the store. It may sound crazy, but I find it totally romantic 🙂

  7. I really, really love pizza, and although I have never had Chicago pizza, it would have to be wonderful.

    • A Chicago style pizza, in my mind, is a stuffed pizza. Chicago is also known for a deep dish pizza that is also yummy 🙂 But stuffed is just amazing. They take the dough and put it in a deep dish pan. Then put the cheese and the other toppings on top of the dough. They put another layer of dough on top of that and seal it along the edges. Then, on top of the second crust, they put a layer of sauce. And then they bake it. It’s just heavenly.

  8. Amanda Brown says:

    I’ve never tried chicago styled pizza, i’d like to one day, pizza is always win 🙂


  9. What a great excerpt! I’m loving this tour!

    hense1kk (At) cmich (dot) edu

  10. Catherine says:

    I love your 10 things! I don’t believe in soul mates either. I’m much too practical for that. Imagine if hundreds of thousands of couples never got together because they were searching the world or waiting for their “soul mate.” They could have been missing out on some very wonderful and fulfilling relationships. I’ll be married to my hubby 25 years next month.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    • Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary! And it would be very sad indeed if you passed up a wonderful relationship because you were waiting for a sign or to find ‘the one’.

  11. Interesting facts

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  12. Eva Millien says:

    I don’t know if I believe in soul mates or not, I do in the books, but for me, if it exists, where oh where is mine? I think I will still to reading about them, Ulterior Motives has been added to my TBR. Thanks for sharing. evamillien at gmail dot com

    • I may not believe in them, but I do enjoy reading a good soul mates book. Especially if it’s a paranormal that has soul mates. I like to read them overcoming obstacles to be together 🙂

  13. Rita Wray says:

    I’m a huge hockey fan, love the San Jose Sharks.

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