Interview and Giveaway with L.J. Shen

Welcome to Under the Covers! We are excited to be talking to you today about RUCKUS.  Since this is the first time you are visiting our blog, tell us five things about yourself that others wouldn’t necessarily know.

1. I write contemporary romance and new adult books. Mainly.
2. I live in California and have the best kid in the world.
3. I do MMA for sport.
4. I can’t write without listening to music.
5. I have ADHD, OCD and a ton of other things that make it really, really hard for me to write.

For readers who may be new to your books, what would you say the Sinners of Saint series is all about and what are they in for?

The Sinners of Saint is a contemporary romance series about bad boys and the girls who bring them to their knees. And when I say “bad boys”, I really do mean it. They can be too much for some of the readers, but they’re mine, and I love them to bits.

We met Rosie in the first book. How would you describe her and what is one thing that you love the most about her?

I would describe her as sassy, classy, with a smart-mouth and a deal-with-it attitude. She tries to see the good in life, but doesn’t always succeed. I think what I like about her best is the fact that she looks death in the eye every day without even blinking, and goes about her day being a badass.

What quality do you think all heroes should have?

They should all be redeemable, but just barely.

Since your heroes are part of the Hot-Holes group and are generally jerks, how do you know where the line of no return is for how far you can push their characters into asshole territory and still be able to come back from that?

I never ask myself where the line is drawn, because in real life, there are no lines. People do terrible things. People do ugly things. People do beautiful things. It’s human nature. I try not to limit myself when I write. It normally works pretty well. I’m a firm believer that you should write fearlessly.

Is there a scene in RUCKUS that was the easiest (or hardest) for you to write (without being spoilery)?

I can’t really answer that without giving away huge spoilers. Let’s just say that the fun part is writing the sex scenes. It’s really cool to just unwind and let the characters have fun.

What are some of your favorite authors?

There’s a ton of the old school, beat generation authors who influenced me when I just started out and kind of played with the whole writing idea. Charles Bukowski, John Fante, William S. Burroughs etc, but as far as contemporary authors go, I’m a huge fan of Jonathan Franzen, Raibow Rowell, Zadie Smith and Philip Roth. As far as romance authors are concerned, I love Elle Kennedy, JA Huss, Penelope Douglas and Ella Frank. But really, I’m a book slut. I’d try anything and anyone at least once.

Tell us 3 things you can’t leave home without.

1. My phone
2. Car keys
3. Knowing where my son is, or taking him with me.

How do you celebrate a release day?

Normally by getting drunk or staying the hell away from the computer. Sometimes I go on runs. I can’t be productive anyway during release day so I try to just chill.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors wishing to write the best sex scene possible?

Get personal. Write from experience. Try to live in that moment. Try to be less technical, and talk more about how the characters feel. Never use the words “moist” and “folds”, LOL.

What are you currently working on and what is next for you?

I’m working on a secret/surprise project and taking a break from the SoS series. But I will get back to it after I’m done with this one and write Trent Rexroth’s story, Scandalous, which I’m extremely pumped about.


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Interview and Giveaway with L.J. Shen

Book Info

Released: May 24, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Sinners of Saint #2
Published by Self Published


They say that life is a beautiful lie and death a painful truth. They're right.
No one has ever made me feel more alive than the guy who serves as a constant reminder that my clock is ticking.
He is my forbidden, shiny apple. The striking fallacy to my blunt, raw, truth.
He is also my sister's ex-boyfriend.
One thing you should know before you judge me;
I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first.
Eleven years later, he waltzes into my life, demanding a second chance.
Dean Cole wants to be my bronze horseman.
But my clock is ticking. See, I’m not like the rest. I have an illness.
Sometimes I conquer it.
Sometimes it conquers me.
My white knight has finally arrived.
Hopefully, he isn’t too late.




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About L J Shen

L.J. Shen is a best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled all over the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like chocolate, wine, reading, HBO, spending time with her girlfriends and internet-stalking Chris Hemsworth. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.




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Jenn H

Great interview. I enjoyed reading it. Her books sound like amazing reads.

Amy R

Thanks for the post, I have a few of LJ Shen’s books on my TBR pile but haven’t read yet.


Thanks for the interview. This is a new author for me.

Kathy Valentine

Great interview!!! This book is getting great reviews,its on my tbr list!!! ,shared on all my socials!!

Kim Perry

Great interview!! This series is on my TBR list.


oooh… this sound fantastic! Thanks for such a fun interview~!


Love this interview ??? I’ve read all her books and I love them all!!!

jodi marinich

enjoyed the interview


Great interview!

Laura Lovejoy-Brunk

New author and series for me….Thanks !


Great interview! Definitely stay away from the word moist. ?