Interview with Kate Hardy—and giveaway!

Kate HardyToday I’m thrilled to have the second author in Montana Born Books’ Bachelor Auction series here to tell us more about her delicious romance, Bachelor at Her Bidding – which came out today. Welcome, Kate Hardy, and congrats on your latest release!

1. Tell us a little about the hero and heroine in Bachelor at Her Bidding.

Ryan grew up in Marietta, cared for by his grandparents after his parents’ death in an accident when he was ten. He trained as a chef in Paris, and was going to open a restaurant in Bozeman when he realised how sick his grandmother was – so he came back to Marietta to look after her. (This didn’t go down with his partner, who broke up with him over it.)

Rachel is a doctor – the only one of her family to go to university, so she feels she has to live up to their expectations. Her husband had an affair and totally trashed her self-esteem – and she came home to be close to her family and pick her life back up again. She’s working part time as a family doctor.

2. How does Rachel end up buying Ryan?

Her sister and her best friends bid for him as a birthday present for her.

3. What makes their relationship complicated?

She has trust issues, from the way her ex betrayed her; and he feels responsible for his grandmother – from his ex’s behaviour, he doesn’t believe anyone can cope with being his partner when he’s his grandmother’s carer.

4. Is Bachelor at Her Bidding related to any of your other books?

No.

5. If you could buy any celebrity for a date, who would you buy and what kind of date would he take you on?

Antonio Banderas – we’d go dancing, and he’d do the tango with me just like he does in Take the Lead…

Speed-dating round

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

To the Led Zeppelin concert at Earls Court in 1975 (I was way too young at the time, but ohhh…)

Name two of your favorite romance novels.

The Vizard Mask by Diana Norman (best historical romance ever) and Gentlemen Prefer… Brunettes by Liz Fielding.

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Venice.

Name a place you’ve never been to but would love to visit.

Norway (to see the Northern Lights)

Who was your first crush?

Robert Plant (and still is – saw him at Cambridge last year and he still has so much presence!)

Giveaway!

Kate’s giving away a copy of Bachelor at Her Bidding (ebook) and some chocolate (winner to advise preference of milk, dark or white). To enter, leave a comment below!

About the book

Your date with Parisian-trained chef Ryan Henderson promises you’ll get the best meal of your life cooked especially for you. His Red Velvet cheesecake is to die for – but we know he has even better desserts up his sleeve…

Bachelor at Her Bidding by Kate HardyHow to win a girl in ten cakes…

When Dr. Rachel Cassidy comes back to Marietta with a broken heart and a divorce under her belt, going to a Bachelor Auction fund-raiser doesn’t sound like her idea of a good time – and when her sister and friends “buy” her a dinner date with sexy Parisian-trained pastry chef Ryan Henderson, that sounds even worse.

Ryan doesn’t have time for dating – he’s put his dreams to one side and come back to Marietta to look after his sick grandmother. But when he agrees to help a charity fundraiser by offering to cook a special meal to one lucky bidder, he gets more than he bargains for and discovers a woman he might just dare to let himself fall in love with.

Then tragedy strikes, just when Rachel and Ryan think they might have a future, opening up old scars and pushing them apart.

And if they’re to stand a chance of getting back together, then Ryan’s going to have to be seriously inventive. Can he win the love of his life with ten cakes?

About the author

Kate Hardy is the award-winning author of more than 60 novels for Harlequin, Entangled and Tule Publishing.

She lives in Norwich in the east of England with her husband, two teenage children, a springer spaniel called Byron, and too many books to count. She’s a bit of a science and history nerd who loves cinema, the theatre, and baking (which is why you’ll find her in the gym five mornings a week – oh, and to ballroom dancing lessons). She loves doing research, especially if it means something hands-on and exploring. (That’s how the ballroom dancing started…)

Find Kate on her website, Facebook and Twitter!

Interview with Sarah Mayberry—and giveaway!

A couple of weeks ago, I revealed the cover for my next release, One Night With Her Bachelor, which is the sixth book in a multi-author series set in the small town of Marietta, Montana. The series revolves around a bachelor auction raising money for a single mom whose son had a bad accident. The books are about the super-hot men who selflessly let themselves be auctioned off to the highest bidder…and end up falling in love.

Over the next several Fridays, I’m interviewing the authors about their books and giving you a chance to win something fun. We’re kicking off the fun with Sarah Mayberry, whose book Bound to the Bachelor comes out today! *throws confetti*

Sarah Mayberry
Sarah Mayberry

First of all, let me tell you that one of the big reasons I’m SO excited to be part of this series is that I get to work with Sarah, one of my all-time favorite authors. She is BRILLIANT. If you think I’m just sucking up to her now because I’m working with her, you can check out my blog to find a long history of suck-upage. Like this interview with her. And this post about why I think Australia’s the sexiest country in the world. I was lucky enough to read Bound to the Bachelor a few weeks ago, and it’s fantastic. If you like stories about strong women overcoming their painful pasts while also having super-hot sex, one-click that sucker.

Please help me welcome Sarah and congratulate her on Bound to the Bachelor!

1. Tell us a little about the hero and heroine in Bound to the Bachelor.

Well, Beau and Lily have known each other for about five years. She’s best friends with his younger sister, Andie, and from the moment she and Beau met each other it’s been snark at ten paces. She thinks he judges her for having been a stripper in a former life. He thinks she’s trouble, and way too much of a distraction for a guy trying to get a fledgling business off the ground. They’ve always kept each other at arm’s length…until the bachelor auction.

2. How does Lily end up buying Beau?

Lily has had a difficult young adulthood. She was forced to leave home at an early age, and on the day of the auction, she receives a surprise inheritance from the man who forced her to run away. He’s left her a legacy in his will, but Lily doesn’t want anything to do with him. She wants to give it to her friend, Molly, and her injured son, Josh, both of whom are the reason everyone is rallying for the bachelor auction, but she knows that Molly won’t take a straight donation. Which means she needs to buy herself a bachelor. Unfortunately, there’s only one man left on the auction block by the time she’s thought her way through to this conclusion, and so she winds up buying Beau.

3. What makes their relationship complicated?

She is convinced he judges her for her past. And he knows that if he starts something with her, it’s going to be intense and full on, and he’s throwing all his energy into his rapidly-growing security company right now. Once they acknowledge their mutual attraction, they’re both prepared to back away into opposite corners and resume hostile relations again – but then Lily’s past comes back to haunt her and Beau needs to step in to protect her.

4. Is Bound to the Bachelor related to any of your other books?

It is! Lily and Beau were introduced in Make Believe Wedding, which features the romance between Andie, Beau’s sister, and Heath, Beau’s best and oldest friend.

5. If you could buy any celebrity for a date, who would you buy and what kind of date would he take you on?

Gosh, that’s a hard one. I’m happy to fantasise about hot movie stars while watching them in a movie, but in real life I’d be a tongue-tied mess. I might be better off doing something with someone I find really charming and non-threatening, like Graham Norton. Or – and this is going to sound weird – I would totally kill to have a meal with Tina Fey. She could take me anywhere. I think she’s amazing. See, this is the side effect of being very happily married – my husband stars in all my best fantasies!

Speed-dating round

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
The Regency period in England. I would love to go to Almacks to witness an assembly. And maybe a grand ball. That would be awesome.

Name two of your favorite romance novels.
Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas and See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson.

When you were a kid, what was your dream job?
Writer! Still is.

If you won the lottery, what’s the most expensive thing you would buy?
Probably a house. And after that, a fast, sexy car. My father loves cars, and I have inherited his lust for shiny metal.

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve been to?
Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, France. Google that name and you will see what I’m talking about. I literally had tears in my eyes as I walked around this stunning, beautiful, special place. It’s straight out of a fairy-tale, so romantic and amazing… I could rave and rave. The gardens, the building itself, the decor… If you are ever in France, add it to your must-see list. You won’t be disappointed.

Giveaway!

Sarah says: “I’d love to offer two readers the opportunity to read Make Believe Wedding, the prequel to Bound to the Bachelor. Just comment below to be entered in the draw for an e-book.”

About the book

Bound to the Bachelor by Sarah MayberryYour date with Marietta local Beau Bennett includes a day on the slopes at Big Sky Resort, complete with a sumptuous meal in the Resort’s fanciest fine dining restaurant and door-to-door transport. Dig deep to secure the attentions of one of Montana’s most eligible – and elusive – bachelors.

Lily Taylor knows Beau Bennett dislikes her, but that won’t stop her from asking him to volunteer for the Bachelor Auction she’s organized to help her friend Molly provide for her tragically injured son, Josh. If Beau’s gorgeous face, piercing blue eyes and chiseled body inspires the women of Marietta to dig into their pockets for a good cause, then Lily will do whatever it takes to secure his participation.

Beau Bennett isn’t sure how he wound up on the auction block being eyed up by hundreds of eager women, but he knows who to blame for it – Lily Taylor, the sexy, distracting, off-limits best friend of his kid sister. As far as he’s concerned, the sooner this nightmare is over, the better.

The last thing either of them expects is for Lily to wind up bidding on – and winning – Beau, or that their date will lead to Beau stepping in to save Lily when her past comes back to haunt her. As Beau does his best to keep Lily safe, they discover that maybe they don’t dislike each other quite as much as they thought.

In fact, maybe it’s just the opposite…

Check out the Bound to the Bachelor page at Tule Books for excerpts and buy links for the most popular vendors.

About the author

Sarah Mayberry is the New York Times best selling and multiple award winning author of more than 38 books. When she’s not writing romance, she’s working in the film and television industry in Australia and New Zealand. She’s married to the love of her life, and adores her furry black Cavoodle, Max.

You can find Sarah at her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Interview with debut author Jamie Wesley – & Kindle giveaway!

Today I’m really excited to introduce you to Jamie Wesley, whose debut book comes out today! I’m really excited to read Tell Me Something Good – I always love books where the characters have fun, unusual jobs. Rival radio-show hosts? Sign me up!

Here’s Jamie to tell us more. Make sure you enter the giveaway below. Jamie’s giving away a Kindle!

1. How do your hero and heroine meet, and what are their first impressions of each other?

Tate and Noelle meet about a year before the story starts at a staff meeting, and well, let’s just say it was not love at first sight. I believe there were accusations of being a pig and someone needing to take a stick out of a certain body part. Things haven’t improved in the year since.

2. What are their best and worst characteristics?

Tate is fun-loving and doesn’t worry about what other people think. However, he’s also a bit arrogant and stubborn.

Noelle sees the best in everyone (well, except for Tate) and is always willing to help someone. But, she, too, is stubborn.

3. Where is this book set, and what makes the setting special?

The book is set in my hometown, Dallas, but what makes it really special is that the story takes place at a talk radio station. By the very definition of their jobs (and the task presented to them), Tate and Noelle have no choice but to share their thoughts about all kinds of things. I’m sure it won’t come as much of a surprise that they don’t always agree. 🙂

4. Do you write in genres other than contemporary? If not, are there any genres you would love to write in?

No, I’m a contemporary gal all the way. I don’t have the imagination to write paranormal and I’m terrified of screwing up my facts in a historical and receiving angry emails from readers.

Someday, I’d love to write a kid’s book in the vein of The Babysitters Club series. Those books were key in cultivating my love of reading, and I’d love to offer that same gift to another child.

5. How would you describe your books?

Funny, sexy, modern, and heartfelt.

6. What’s the best compliment a reader could give you?

Your book made me laugh, fan myself, and cry. (I don’t ask for much – lol).

7. If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream career?

I’m a sports junkie. While I do work in the sports industry, I’d love to work for one of the Dallas professional teams in their community relations department. Or at The Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World.

8. If you were stuck on a desert island, what ONE book would you want with you?

Hardest question ever. Umm, umm…are you really going to make me choose?

If 10-year-old Jamie were answering, I’d say Anne of Green Gables or The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Adult Jamie is torn between It Had to be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, the first sports romance I read and probably Born in Fire by Nora Roberts (or some Nora book).

Actually, Adult Jamie wants to go through my collection of books because I’m sure I’m forgetting a book I absolutely adore and can’t live without.

Tell Me Something GoodTell Me Something Good

Two radio show hosts. One show. Who will come out on top?

In a moment of restlessness, Tate Grayson sold his multimillion-dollar company and spun his love of sports into a radio talk show. Life, and love, is too short to take seriously—a fact he enjoys rubbing in uptight radio host Noelle Butler’s face.

After the death of her parents, a tragedy she blamed on herself, Noelle vowed to live a controlled, focused life. Now a psychologist, she channels her need for connection into her radio show. But when the arrogant sportscaster next door tells listeners men shouldn’t get married, she’s all too happy to yank the silver spoon out of his overprivileged mouth.

Their heated on-air arguments are a hit, but when the station director forces them to do a joint show for two weeks, Tate and Noelle object. They can’t stand each other, despite the attraction sizzling beneath every interaction. But if they can’t pull the struggling radio station back from the brink, they’ll lose their jobs. Or worse, their hearts.

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About Jamie

Jamie Wesley

Jamie Wesley has been reading romance novels since she was about 12 when her mother left a romance novel, which a friend had given her, on the nightstand. Jamie read it instead, and the rest is history.

She started her first manuscript, a contemporary romance, after she graduated from Northwestern University in 2002 and couldn’t find a job. Life got in the way as it often does, i.e. she found a job, and she didn’t finish the story. However, she never forgot about it and finally got serious about completing it in 2009. She’s been writing ever since.

Jamie holds a master’s degree in sport management (yes, that’s a real thing 🙂 ) from the University of Texas at Austin, so it probably comes as no surprise that she loves sports and spends an inordinate amount of time rooting for her hometown Dallas’s pro sports teams and her alma maters.

She also adores Walt Disney World, shopping, and pop culture. Want to know if your favorite TV show is going to be canceled or what the newest Disney attraction is? Ask Jamie. She’ll probably know the answer.

Get to know Jamie better: Website | Blog | Twitter | FacebookNewsletter

Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of her first book, Jamie’s giving away a Kindle! To enter, please answer this question: If you were stuck on a desert island, what ONE book would you want with you?

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Release day party & giveaway for Upside Down by Lia Riley!

Today’s a very, very special day, my friends. First of all, it’s my one-year anniversary of being published. Yes, Knowing the Score came out a year ago today. Hurray for Spencer and Caitlyn!

Secondly, my amazingly talented friend Lia Riley has her debut book coming out today. For the rest of our lives, we can toast each other every August 5th. How cool is that?

Lia’s one of the funniest, cleverest people I know. That’s why I asked her to be my date to the RITA awards. I’m so freaking excited for millions of readers to discover her. And, just to show you how creative she is, I’m excited to say she decided to turn things upside down here on my blog and is interviewing me instead of me interviewing her. She’s also giving away by far the most amazing prize pack I’ve ever seen. You WANT this prize!

Take it away, Lia!

Upside Down teaserLia: Kat, thanks so much for letting me ramble onto your lovely blog, turn the table and put YOU in the interview hot seat. KNOWING THE SCORE came out one year ago (congrats, and LOVE that book). Today is my debut. Outside of eating my feelings, what would be the single best piece of advice you could give a newly published author?

Kat: Hoo boy. Never read your reviews when you’ve had a couple glasses of wine? Actually, I’d probably have to say two things (I know, I’m cheating): 1. Read the bad reviews only if you think you can learn from them. Otherwise, try to forget they exist. 2. Make sure your readers know how much you love them. One nice email from a reader really, truly makes all of the bad reviews fade away.

Lia: What’s one thing your readers would be surprised to learn about you?

Kat: That’s really tough. I think my blog and books give readers a pretty good idea of who I am. Maybe that I wrote a paranormal romance when I was about eight? If only I’d published it, I would’ve been ahead of the trend by about fifteen years! The hero was Frankenstein’s monster, and I remember that he picked up the heroine for a date in a Corvette, but poor Frank had to put on his “nice young man” mask before the heroine would go out with him.

Oddly enough, I still tend to write about people who wear masks in public.

Upside Down teaser

Lia: If you had to be stranded on a desert island (stocked with coconut trees and fresh water, I’m not a torturer), what fictional hero would you take along?

Kat: That’s easy. Sheridan Drake from Laura Kinsale’s Seize the Fire. Partly because he’s one of the hottest, most tortured heroes I’ve ever read about, but mostly because he gets stuck on a desert island in that book and proves that he can not only help the heroine survive but also have lots of sexy times without getting her pregnant. That’s gotta be a big bonus on a desert island.

Lia: What new author has grabbed your interest?

Kat: Besides you? Jamie Wesley. (And I’m really happy that I get to host her on my blog next week to celebrate her debut!) I love that her novel Tell Me Something Good is about two radio show hosts. It sounds unusual and fun.

Lia: If you had to choose, who would you consider as an author role model?

Kat: Oh, damn. Well, I’m not a very fast writer, so probably authors like Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Julie James who put out one really amazing book every year or two. Or Courtney Milan, who has blazed trails in publishing. Or Jane Porter, who’s so creative and savvy. Can I have all of them?

Thanks so much for being here today, Lia, and for letting us all celebrate with you! I hope you have an amazing release day and hit the bestsellers lists! *muah!*

Upside Down by Lia RileyUpside Down

Book #1 in the OFF THE MAP series
New Adult Contemporary Romance

If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

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About Lia Riley

Lia RileyAfter studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, LIA RILEY scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live mostly in Northern California.

Find Lia on her website | Tumblr | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

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Winners of the RITA romance novella giveaway!

I’m so amazed by all of the lovely comments and tweets that have come in over the last two weeks, as my fellow RITA-nominated authors stopped by to chat about their books. Thank you to all of you readers who entered our giveaway, and an extra big thank-you to the authors who were so generous with their time!

Now for the randomly selected winners. Congratulations to…

RITA romance novella giveaway

$15 gift certificate to the online retailer of your choice: Cathy Phillips

The Bridesmaid by Julia London: Chanpreet Singh

A Pioneer Christmas by Shannon McNear: Virginia Horton

How to Marry a Highlander by Katharine Ashe: Maria Urbanowycz Blodgett

How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox: Jenna Oksanen

Imagine Me and You by Maisey Yates: Bette Hansen

Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham: Robyn Heffley Lee

Take Me, Cowboy by Jane Porter: Bette Hansen

Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey: Jennifer Jones Beyer

Too Fast to Fall by Victoria Dahl: Justine

If your name is listed here, then you should soon be hearing from the author whose book you won. I’m sending the authors the winners’ names and email addresses. If you don’t hear from them soon, email me at romancingkatrina [at] gmail.com and I’ll follow up (but just be aware that most of us will be at the RWA conference over the next week, so some of us might not be able to check email every day).

In case you missed it, this morning I revealed the cover of Tempting the Player. Hot HOT rugby player, my friends! So drop by that post and enter to win a $15 gift certificate and a London Legends tote bag!