Interview with Dani Collins—and giveaway!

Dani Collins HeadshotToday I’m really excited to have Dani Collins here to talk about the third book of the Bachelor Auction series, The Bachelor’s Baby. Welcome, Dani, and congrats on your latest release!

Hi Kat. Thanks for having me here today. I’m excited to meet all your readers. *Waving*

1. Tell us a little about the hero and heroine in The Bachelor’s Baby.

Meg is the sister of my hero, Blake, from Blame The Mistletoe. They’re both adopted, but have different back stories. While he knew his grandparents and had ties to the community of Marietta, her biological parents are a mystery. That’s always left her with questions and a deep sense of rejection. This need to know why takes her into investigative journalism and even a spot on the evening news in Chicago, using her birth name, but she’s never found her birth parents.

Linc lost his dad when he was too young to help his mother keep the ranch they loved. She sold it and worked hard as a single mom to provide for him. Once he was old enough to work the oil rigs, he did it for the money, to support her, but he’s always wanted to go back to ranching and finally buys a foreclosed ranch near Marietta, Meg’s hometown.

2. How does Meg end up buying Linc?

Well. Meg is home to clean out her old bedroom because Blake is marrying and needs her room for his new step-daughter. It makes Meg realize that she’s saying goodbye to her hometown and she’s quite melancholy and winds up ditching her truck in a snow bank, she’s so distracted. Linc stops to help her and, being a bachelor with certain desires, kind of propositions her.

She declines, but it starts a bit of a thing between them. When Lily, Sarah Mayberry’s heroine from Bound to the Bachelor, approaches Meg to ask if Blake would like to be a bachelor, she suggests Linc would make a perfect addition to the line up. He gets mad and she feels bad and winds up bidding on him. That doesn’t go well either.

3. What makes their relationship complicated?

First off, Meg is heading back to Chicago. They only have the one night and it’s kind of a surprise to both of them that it happens (but, as Linc reminisces later, they ‘nearly set the bed on fire.) Then, as you can guess by the title, Meg winds up pregnant. Linc never wanted a family—he made that clear to Meg that night. For Meg, having an unexpected pregnancy is her worst nightmare. She was going to be better than her birth mother, but here she is and Linc’s initial resistance is super hard on her, but he mans up very quickly and they start to work out how to proceed.

4. Is The Bachelor’s Baby related to any of your other books?

You betcha! My first Montana Born book was Hometown Hero, or, as one reviewer called it, The Ballplayer & The Secretary. Chase Goodwin comes back to town to help his half-brother and falls for an old crush, Skye Wolcott.

Blame The Mistletoe opens at a Christmas party hosted by Skye and Chase and features Liz, a California girl housesitting for the holidays and Blake Canon, who I mentioned above is Meg’s brother. They have an awkward connection in that their exes are brother and sister and things get pretty complicated when their children and ex-inlaws find out what they’re up to.

Finally, I’ll have a fourth book in this series out in May of this year called His Blushing Bride. I’m super excited about it because I adore the hero, Bastian. He’s Liz’s brother and is a total hottie who gets his heart handed to him by Piper, the high school music teacher.

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

Ooh, great question! George Clooney is obviously a contender, but I have a terrible crush on John Hamm (especially as Don Draper. *swoon*) Robert Downey Jr. is adorable, as is Benedict Cumberbatch, but if we go much younger than that (Chris Pine) it starts to get weird.

As for what kind of date… Hmm. I’ve been married for nearly 25 years. We went to dinner and a movie last weekend and it was Subway and The Duff. Going to a real restaurant with cloth napkins would pretty much knock my socks off.

Speed-dating round

When you were a kid, what was your dream job?

Writing romance (seriously, I started dreaming of doing this when I was in high school.)

If you won the lottery, what’s the most expensive thing you would buy?

Round the world travel, possibly on a cruise but I wouldn’t want to be stuck on a ship. I just like the idea of unpacking once.

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

I have a million of them! Iceland, Spain, Ireland, St. Petersburg, cruise The Black Sea, every natural wonder, Caribbean beaches, the Great Wall of China…  and on and on….

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Just the other day I thought my husband might actually go for living in Ireland and I could definitely get into trying that for a year, but I’d love any sort of wine country – which is ridiculous because I’m two hours from wine country here. I just need to either make the drive more often or plant some grapes.

What’s one food you hate?

Mushrooms.

Giveaway!

One signed copy of Montana Homecoming. It includes my novella, Hometown Hero and four other Montana Born novellas, plus bookmarks, a pad of sticky notes and a pen.

About THE BACHELOR’S BABY

Your date with Bachelor #3 includes champagne and chocolate in the limo that collects you, a helicopter tour or Marietta and the surrounding mountains and valleys, and dinner at a five star restaurant in Great Falls. While oil baron Linc Brady wines and dines you, a maid service will completely clean your home.

COLLINS-TheBachelorsBaby-MEDIUMWho could resist this tempting offer? Meg Canon plans to do just that. She’s only home to clean out her childhood bedroom for her brother’s new step-daughter, then she’s outta her childhood small town and back to her life in Chicago. Then she meets the sexy, renegade millionaire while she’s stuck in the snow. Sparks fly and Meg is tempted to stay a little longer.

Linc Brady is new in town and happy to help a kid in need, but a bachelor auction? Technically he doesn’t owe Meg a damned thing after she sets him up for the auction, then bids on him, but her high-class city polish is his fatal weakness and makes her impossible to forget. When she agrees to come home with him, he makes it clear he’s a confirmed bachelor. This is a one-night thing.

One night that turns into nine months and maybe…a lifetime?

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About the author

Award winning author Dani Collins wrote for 25 years before selling to Harlequin Mills & Boon in London in May of 2012. Since then, she’s turned in more than a dozen titles to Harlequin Presents and HarlequinE plus four small town contemporary novellas to Montana Born. She has even found homes for some of her previously rejected manuscripts, including indie-publishing her single title romantic comedy, Hustled To The Altar and signing with a small press for her medieval fantasy, The Healer.

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Contemporaries to covet in March—and giveaway!

Hello hello! Those of you who have followed my blog for long time will know I used to do a monthly feature where I shared the contemporary romances I was most looking forward to each month. I also ask readers to tell me what new releases they’re most looking forward to. One commenter will win a $10 bookstore gift certificate for herself AND one for the author she mentions.

Well, I’m bringing that feature back, baby! Usually I only feature two or three books, but there are so many amazing books out this month that I could only whittle my list down to nine. NINE! Contemporary romance is alive and well, my friends.

So here are the books I’m most looking forward to this month. Tell me yours in the comments!

The List by Anne Calhoun

Who’s on top?The List - Anne Calhoun

Matchmaker and stationery shop owner Matilda Davies brings people together. For those on her list, Tilda will find the man or woman of their dreams—whether it’s for an hour or a lifetime. But due to a painful past, the British expat has never put her own name on the list. Instead, she limits herself to emotionless and commitment-free hookups. Then she meets Daniel, who wants not just her body, but also her heart…

Daniel Logan hides the soul of a poet under the suit and tie of an FBI agent. Specializing in financial crimes, he pieces together stories of greed and ensures justice is done. He plays by the rules—until he meets Tilda. He’s drawn in by her passion as well as her mysteriousness. Daniel knows that no matter her secrets, he’s the perfect match for Tilda. But even pleasure doesn’t come with a guarantee…

Why I want it: Because it’s written by Anne Calhoun. Need I say more? Anne writes some of the sexiest, smartest characters I know, and every single one of her books is a keeper. I can’t wait to read this one!

Release date: March 3, 2015

Purchase at:  Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | B&N | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

Hero By Night by Sara Jane Stone

He was nobody’s hero until he landed in the wrong bed…Hero by Night - Sara Jane Stone

Armed with a golden retriever and a concealed weapons permit, Lena Clark is fighting for normal. She served her country, but the experience left her emotionally numb and estranged from her career-military family. Staying in Independence Falls seems like the first step to reclaiming her life until the town playboy stumbles into her bed…

Chad Summers is living his dream—helicopter logging by day and slipping between the sheets with Mrs. Right Now by night. Until his wild nights threaten his day job, leaving Chad with a choice: prove he can settle down or kiss his dream goodbye. But when he ends up in the wrong bed, the one woman in Independence Falls he can’t touch offers a tempting proposition. Chad is ready and willing to give in to the primal desire to make Lena his at night—on one condition. By day, they pretend their relationship is real.

But their connection extends beyond the bedroom, threatening to turn their sham into reality if Chad can prove he’s the hero Lena needs night and day… forever.

Why I want it: I read Sara Jane’s debut, Command Performance, quite a while ago, and I was so disappointed that she didn’t have a huge backlist for me to glom all over. That book was superb, so I’m looking forward to reading more from her.

Release date: March 3, 2015

Purchase at:  Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | B&N | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

The Bachelor’s Baby by Dani Collins

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Your date with Bachelor #3 includes champagne and chocolate in the limo that collects you, a helicopter tour of Marietta and the surrounding mountains and valleys, and dinner at a five star restaurant in Great Falls. While oil baron Linc Brady wines and dines you, a main service will completely clean your home.

Who could resist this tempting offer, but Meg Canon plans to do just that. She is only home to clean out her childhood bedroom for her brother’s new step-daughter and then she’s outta her childhood small town and back to her life in Chicago, but when she meets the sexy, renegade millionaire while she’s stuck in the snow, sparks fly and Meg is tempted to maybe stay a little longer.

Linc Brady is new in town and happy to help a kid in need, but this? Technically he doesn’t owe Meg a damned thing after she bids on him, after setting him up for the Marietta bachelor auction in the first place, but her high-class city polish is his fatal weakness and makes her impossible to forget. When she agrees to come home with him, he makes it clear he’s a confirmed bachelor. This is a one-night thing. One night that turns into nine months and maybe a lifetime…?

Why I want it: I’m a sucker for an “Oops, I’m pregnant!” story, as long as it’s done well—and this one certainly is. I love Dani’s writing, and I think you will too!

Release date: March 6, 2015

Purchase at:  Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | iBooks |

Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Rock Hard - Nalini Singh

In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

Why I want it: Nalini Singh writes about a retired rugby player?? SIGN ME UP! I’ve been dying to read this ever since I heard about it. I’m clearing my schedule that day to devour it. Also, I’m selfishly hoping it leads to an upswing in sales for other rugby romances *ahem*.

Release date: March 10, 2015

Purchase at:  Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | B&N | iBooks | Kobo

What a Bachelor Needs by Kelly Hunter

What a Bachelor Needs - Kelly HunterYour date with ski champ Jett Casey is an either/or deal. He’ll take you off-piste for the ultimate Montana ski adventure or he’ll put his handyman skills at your disposal for a week.

Single mom Mardie Griffin has a run-down old house in need of fixing and a memory of Jett Casey as her saviour in a time of great need. So when her friends acquire Jett’s services at a bachelor auction and send him to fix up her house, she sets aside her mistrust of men and lets him in.

Elite athlete Jett Casey has the world at his feet and no desire for stability. But there’s one woman he’s never forgotten and if he can help make her safe this time, maybe she’ll stop haunting him.

No strings, no sex, no commitment. Just fix things. Surely it can’t be that difficult…

Why I want it: Kelly Hunter wrote one of my favorite books of 2014, The Honeymoon Trap. She writes with wit and steam, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the Montana Born Bachelor Auction throws her characters’ lives into turmoil!

Release date: March 13, 2015

Purchase at:  Tule Publishing

Out of the Game by Kate Willoughby

Out of the Game - Kate WilloughbyBook three of In the Zone

Alex Sullivan may be the San Diego Barracudas’ resident playboy, but he hasn’t been able to forget the woman who kissed him like her life depended on it ten months ago. When he sees her again at a teammate’s wedding, he can’t think of anything but spending more time with her. Preferably naked.

Claire Marzano lost years catering to an overbearing husband, and she’s not going to answer to anyone ever again. A hot fling is just what she needs to get back in the game, and that’s exactly what sexy Alex offers—one wild long weekend away, with no promises or obligations.

But that one weekend changes everything. Despite knowing full well Alex isn’t the kind to ever commit, Claire is falling for him. And Alex secretly imagines a future with his strong, smart “accidental girlfriend.” Until a surprise announcement and an on-ice accident threaten to derail everything…or cause Alex to finally ditch his old ways and become the man Claire needs him to be.

Why I want it: Kate Willoughby is a friend of mine, and she writes hockey players that’re so sexy my ereader is in danger of melting. I hope you’ll give Kate a try if you haven’t already!

Release date: March 16, 2015

Purchase at:  Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | B&N | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

In Bed With the Bachelor by Megan Crane

In Bed with the Bachelor - Megan CraneOur latest bachelor has enough family in Marietta to qualify as an honorary native, but hails instead from Seattle, WA, which is where he’ll fly you for a glamorous weekend on the shores of the sparkling Puget Sound. Jesse Grey will treat you the way a local boy turned construction tycoon should: five star accommodations, gourmet dinners, and celebrated Washington wines. We just can’t promise he’ll smile much. Or at all.

Sold to the highest bidder!

Jesse Grey, notorious bachelor and one of Seattle’s foremost construction tycoons, has been roped into participating in the Marietta Bachelor Auction thanks to an expertly executed guilt trip laid out by his family.

Michaela Townsend already has a fiancé and certainly doesn’t need another man in her life. So when her family buys her surly, sexy Jesse at the auction and wrangles him into driving her from Montana to Seattle, she’s appalled yet disturbingly attracted.

As far as Jesse is concerned, Michaela is forbidden fruit. Even though he knows her fiancé isn’t all he seems, Jesse would never take what didn’t belong to him. But how long can he resist the one woman he shouldn’t touch?

Why I want it: That title—I’m sold. And written by Megan Crane? Bonus!

Release date: March 20, 2015

Purchase at:  Tule Publishing

Captive by Brighton Walsh

Captive - Brighton WalshHe’s the most dangerous man she’s ever met…and she’s falling in love with him.

Madison Frost is desperate to escape her life. Daughter of a prominent businessman, she has everything a girl could ask for. Except for a family who’s present in her life, and anyone to talk to outside the four walls of the prison she calls home. Madison dreams of one day leaving her life behind. She never thought being kidnapped is how it would happen.

Now she’s being held captive by a man who’s as frightening as he is sinfully gorgeous. Enormous, muscular, and filled with secrets, the man they call Ghost is an enigmatic mercenary, and Madison is trapped with him. She doesn’t know who hired him or why, but the more time she spends at his mercy, the more she realizes he’s not what he seems. Beneath his rough exterior lies an unexpected gentleness and a heart as broken and battered as her own.

But as Madison lets down her walls, Ghost holds tight to his, hiding secrets that could destroy everything.

Why I want it: Brighton Walsh is one of my favorite authors—and not just because I love her books. She is amazingly friendly and fun in real life, too. Her books reflect her humor and sensitivity, and she has a sparkling career ahead of her. I’m really looking forward to reading more of her books!

Release date: March 24, 2015

Purchase at:  Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | B&N | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

One Night With Her Bachelor by Kat Latham

Wild Montana Nights book 1One Night With Her Bachelor by Kat Latham

Bid on a date with this wounded warrior for an unforgettable night of adventure. Aim high—and bid higher!—because no one comes close to local hero Gabriel Morales.

Molly Dekker hates being the town charity case, but when her son Josh is seriously injured she has no choice. She lets her best friend organize a bachelor auction to help pay her massive bills and make Josh’s life more comfortable. She can’t bid on any of the men, but a surprise bidder gives her a gift she never expected: a date with the man who saved her son’s life—the only one she’s in danger of losing her heart to.

Former Air Force pararescueman Gabriel Morales made a career of flying to the rescue, until a tragic helicopter crash stole more than his livelihood. Being auctioned off like a slab of beef isn’t in his recovery plan. But one look, one touch and one night unlocking Molly’s pent-up passion make him realize how badly he needs to be rescued…and how badly he wants to rescue Molly right back.

Will Molly and Gabriel’s never-quit attitude have them rushing head-first into love? Or will Gabriel’s secret pain stall their relationship before it can get off the ground?

Why I want it: Well, I wrote it, so it’s not really that I want it but that I wanted to remind you about it! It’s not available for pre-order yet, but I’ll let you know when it is!

Release date: March 27, 2015

Find out more:  One Night With Her Bachelor

 

Giveaway!

Answer at least one of the questions in bold below. By “contemporary romance” I mean romance between human beings set in the present day. It can be romantic suspense, inspirational, erotic, category-length, novellas or whatever.

I’ll randomly choose one winner on Tuesday March 10, 2015. That person will get a $10 gift certificate to the online book retailer of their choice, AND I’ll send the same to the author they mention.

If the winner mentions more than one author, I’ll ask the winner to choose which one gets the gift certificate.

This is open internationally.

Questions:
What contemporary romance novel(s) being released in March are you looking forward to? (There’s a wonderful list at Heroes & Heartbreakers.) Have you read anything by the authors I mentioned? Which of their books do you like best?

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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.

I’m giving away Knowing the Score to 100 readers who want to review it!

Knowing the Score cover

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Hey, all! I’m looking to get more reader reviews of Knowing the Score, the first book in my London Legends rugby series. I particularly want to get more reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, so I’m giving away the Kindle version of the book to up to 100 readers who would like to read and review it.

I’ll be gifting it to you through Amazon, so you need to be able to read Kindle books (you can download a free Kindle app, even if you don’t have a Kindle).

And if you leave an honest on Amazon, Goodreads, or another major retailer, you can use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win a $25 gift certificate to the online bookstore of your choice! (You can also enter if you have previously posted a review on one of those sites.)

Please make sure you leave an honest review so other readers know whether they might like to read it!

Thank you!

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Knowing the Score

Knowing the Score coverBook one of the London Legends

Rugby player Spencer Bailey is determined to win a spot on England’s World Cup team. But with a month break before the selectors start watching him, he’s eager to have fun with a woman who knows the score: the relationship will end when rugby season begins. The lovely American Caitlyn Sweeney seems perfect for the role of temporary lover, since her visa will run out soon anyway.

Caitlyn works for an international disaster relief organization and can handle the world’s worst crises, but she flinches from her own. Her past has left her with a fear of intimacy so deep that she has trouble getting close to anyone—until she meets sexy Spencer. His hot body and easygoing nature are too much for even her to resist.

Neither Caitlyn nor Spencer expects to fall hard for each other. But with their relationship deadline approaching, the old rules of the game seem less important than before…until past secrets surface, challenging everything they thought they knew about each other.