US by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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Authors: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Rating: 5 stars

Genres: New Adult, M/M Romance

Release Date: March 8th, 2016

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves–Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they? When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

 

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As excited as I was to have another book with Jamie and Wes, I have to admit I was a little nervous. What if something happened in US that would take away from how wonderful HIM was? However, with each turn of the page, that worry dissolved away. Holy moly, US is perfect. This book is laugh out loud funny, has moments that will punch you in the gut, and is filled with steamy scenes and dirty talking. It’s an emotional roller-coaster that will pull you in from the first word and stays on your mind long after the last.

US takes place a few months after HIM leaves off. Wes and Jamie no longer have the safety bubble of camp to hide in- they have to try to manage their relationship in the real world. Well, sort of, considering they can’t officially come out as a couple, and are stuck being just “roommates”. Needless to say it’s not easy, and takes a toll on both of them. You can really feel their pain as they struggle to maintain a relationship that is so precious to both of them, but is not accepted by everyone. Their journey throughout US is raw, full of frustrations and even heartbreaking at times. Admittedly, I shed a few tears. Don’t panic though- there is still plenty of Jamie and Wes banter, romance and scenes so sexy, I was giggling like a school girl. You also get to see a much softer, vulnerable, sweeter side of Wes. I didn’t think it was possible to love Wes anymore, but US proved me wrong.

In addition to Jamie and Wes, you also see some familiar faces: Jamie’s family. That made me so happy, because I love that crazy, off the wall Canning family. It was also nice getting to know Wes’ new teammates… one in particular really grows on you. To the point where I was hoping there would be an announcement he gets his own book. 😛

One of the best things about US is the writing. Just like in HIM it’s flawless. If you didn’t know, you wouldn’t realize two people wrote this book together- Bowen and Kennedy mesh so well together. They really brought their words to life; you can’t escape feeling every emotion that Jamie and Wes are feeling. Bowen and Kennedy both have this amazing gift to make you truly connect and care about the characters they are writing about. And we talk about their canning ability to write from the male POV? Their male characters (not only in this book, but their others as well) are so realistic and authentic. I’ve read enough books where the male characters read as female voices, that I’ve grown to appreciate strong male voices. Bottom line: Bowen and Kennedy know how to write incredible books, and US is no different.

There is a lot more I want to say, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers. Trust me when I say you don’t want to miss this book. Bowen and Kennedy have truly created something special with this book. I’ve read a lot of great books lately, but few have touched my heart the way US has. ♥

Side note: You don’t have to read HIM before you read US but I strongly recommend it.

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Sarina Bowen:

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of HIM and US.

*She has two new series coming out this year!*

Elle Kennedy:

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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Cover Reveal: Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

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So Sarina Bowen has a new hockey series coming out, a spin-off from The Ivy Years. The first book, Rookie Move, debuts September 6th 2016. I’m so lucky to be a part of the cover reveal.

Are you ready to see it?  I FLOVE it.

WARNING: It’s HOT, HOT, HOT.

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In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold…

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast…

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Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of HIM and US.

WeddedBliss by M.E. Carter & Sara Ney

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Authors: M.E. Carter and Sara Ney

Rating: 4 stars

Release Date: February 12th, 2016

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“A wedding is a joyous time; a time to celebrate love and relationships. A time to begin a new life with the one your heart has chosen. It’s also the time your best friend becomes an absolute nightmare as you plan your wedding…”

Remember fun and outgoing Janine? After a string of disastrous online and blind dates, she has finally found the love of her life in the place she least expected it: work. With a new engagement and an impending wedding, life couldn’t get any better for Janine and her fiancé, Dan…

Between a pile of destroyed wedding invitations, and too much champagne during one too many dress fittings, Becky is quickly becoming “Maid-of-Honor-zilla.” But with her best friend’s nuptials looming—and little time to plan—she is determined give Janine the gift of WeddedBliss and the wedding of her dreams.

Even if it kills her. Or Janine.

Or both.

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WeddedBliss is the icing on the [wedding] cake to FriendTrip. This quick read was filled with laugh out loud moments, cringe worthy situations and  the hysterical bickering between Janine and Becky.

WeddedBliss starts off where FriendTrip left off, and I was eagerly awaiting to see what happens to Janine and Becky. While FriendTrip dealt with navigating through dating and keeping the romance alive, WeddedBliss is all about a wedding. Becky’s Janine’s wedding, to be exact. Yes, while Janine is the one with the engagement ring and the new finance, Dan, it’s Becky that is making all the decisions to Janine’s growing dismay.

Just like in FriendTrip, this book also focuses on the two leading ladies, which once again is so refreshing. I love their relationship. Even when they are butting heads, they still care deeply for each other. You know how they say you fight with the ones you love the most, well that is Becky and Janine. Since the two of them can’t stay out of trouble, you just know the wedding planning can’t be all smooth sailing. In addition to their crazy shenanigans, Janine also has to deal with her soon to be in-laws. Side note, but I also loved how Jeraminah and Dan form their own friendship. I guess they are the only ones that know what it’s like to put up with those two, so it’s better to stick together. And probably safer too.

Carter and Ney did not disappoint with this book. Once again, both Becky and Janine have strong voices and point of views. Their writing was flawless and meshed really well together. The storytelling was perfect, never once did I feel like anything was rushed or felt like a scene was dragging on for too long.

Weddedbliss will make you laugh and will leave you with a heartwarming feeling. It might even leave you missing Janine and Becky. And if you’re like me, you will also have a huge craving for some cake.

You do not have to read FriendTrip before you read WeddedBliss, but I strongly recommend it. If you haven’t read my review of FriendTrip, check it out. You can find WeddedBliss on Amazon and Goodreads.

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You’re Still The One- Rachel Harris

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Author: Rachel Harris

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: February 15th, 2016

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Love is one dare neither of them can take…

Arabella Stone, Nashville’s darling, is eager to shuck her prim-and-proper rep, and a few wild months spent checking items off her ” summer bucket list” is the way to do it. First up: kiss the man she’s crushed on since she wore a training bra, the bad boy of country himself, Blue bassist Charlie Tucker.

For Charlie, a beautiful woman flirting with him isn’t out of the norm–but a beautiful woman bolting after the hottest kiss of his life sure is. And when he finds out his kiss-and-run Cinderella is none other than Arabella Stone, daughter of his label’s CEO, he knows he’s in trouble. Because not only is she a Stone, she’s also his employee for the next few months at the recording studio he just bought.

Over the course of one thrilling summer, Arabella and Charlie chip away at her bucket list and fight the simmering attraction between them…knowing that once it’s all over, so is their time together.


 

This is the first book in the Country Blues series by Rachel Harris and she sure started off with a bang. You’re Still The One is swoon worthy, hilarious, sexy and a complete emotional journey. It leaves you in a place between ‘I never want this to end’ and ‘I can’t wait to read what happens next’.

Arabella Stone has had a crush on Charlie Tucker since she was a young girl, feelings that she can’t seem to shake off but have never acted upon. She decides it’s time to change that, and finally seizes her moment to share a kiss with Charlie- a completely hot kiss. Only it’s not that simple, since they are in masquerade, and Charlie doesn’t know who is behind that sizzling kiss. Arabella is convinced that is the end of things, until she finds herself working for Charlie. It’s in that moment where Charlie realizes his mystery girl- the one he can’t get out of his mind- is Arabella.

First of all, I have to say I love Arabella. She isn’t perfect, but is lovable and a person you can connect to right away. She is both confident and unsure of herself. She is strong and intelligent, though sometimes needs to be reminded of that. She has this splash of shyness and awkwardness to her that is really endearing. As for Mr. Charlie Tucker? Sigh. He is so swoon worthy. He is sarcastic, funny, charming- the rough around the edges type while being soft on the inside.

There are so many reasons why Arabella and Charlie can’t be together, heck, why they can’t even keep kissing. However, whenever they are around each other, they can’t remember those reasons. Talk about sexual tension. Whew! Rachel Harris really hit the mark when it came to their relationship. Their friendship is easy and feels natural and real, yet there is a ton of yearning mixed in. It’s the perfect battle between what your heart wants and what your brain tells you to do. Their journey is not simple and isn’t easy, but it worth every up and down.

The writing in You’re Still The One is captivating and pulled me in right away. Now only did it hold my attention, I actually felt like I was part of their world. I also love how both of the characters grew and changed. They each kept their unique voice, but it was such a pleasure to see them overcome and persevere.

The fact that Charlie was also the bassist for a band was just the icing on the cake. I loved getting to know his band mates and the whole musician aspect just added to that charm of his.

I could go on and on about this book, but I want to leave somethings for you to experience. I will say that if you are a fan of forbidden love/sexual tension with plenty of aww moments you need to read this book. I can’t wait for the next one in the series!

 

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Excerpt:

Ducking into the darkened hallway, he quickly sized up the options. With the sound of quickened footsteps behind him, he wrapped his hand around the handle and darted behind the heavy door.

What happened next he couldn’t have predicted.

And again, he was somewhat of a reluctant expert on crazy women.

Not five seconds after the marked door closed, it pushed open again. Charlie’s gaze collided with the brunette’s in the mirror. She blinked a few times, adjusting her eyes to the bright lights, and her lips pursed in confusion as she spied the row of porcelain sinks under the mirrors. She looked beyond his shoulder to the line of urinals attached to the wall, and her mouth dropped open in a sound he assumed only dogs could hear. And then…

“Oh. My. God!”

A voice like honey, smooth and thick and echoing off the tile floor, curled around him as any sense of bravado faded, and the woman slapped a hand over her eyes. Blindly, she spun around to leave…and accidentally rammed headfirst into the solid oak doorframe. They both winced.

Red flags wilting, alarm bells silencing, intuition told Charlie that the woman wasn’t as dangerous as he’d once thought. With the determined slope of her shoulders now slumped, she seemed mostly mortified, so he tried to do the gentlemanly thing.

Strolling forward, he went to help her with the door. “Here, let me.”

Only, she turned at the same time, following the sound of his voice, and her forehead crashed into his chin.

Shit.

“Holy mother of crud nuggets!”

A surprised laugh broke past the stinger. “What did you just say?”

Slowly, the brunette opened her fingers and peeked at him through the slats. Her wide brown eyes were wet and filled with too many emotions to name, but one was for sure embarrassment. Behind them, the men’s bathroom door opened again, and a balding gentleman lumbered through. He stopped short after two steps, taking in first the woman, then Charlie, and then her again, before glancing at the sign posted on the door. With a dismissive shrug, he continued on, strolling straight into the corner stall.

The beauty’s fingers slammed closed again.

“Only me,” she whimpered. “This would only happen to me.”

 

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About Rachel Harris:

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

 

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Release Day Blitz- You’re Still The One

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About YOU’RE STILL THE ONE:

Love is one dare neither of them can take…

Arabella Stone, Nashville’s darling, is eager to shuck her prim-and-proper rep, and a few wild months spent checking items off her ” summer bucket list” is the way to do it. First up: kiss the man she’s crushed on since she wore a training bra, the bad boy of country himself, Blue bassist Charlie Tucker.

For Charlie, a beautiful woman flirting with him isn’t out of the norm–but a beautiful woman bolting after the hottest kiss of his life sure is. And when he finds out his kiss-and-run Cinderella is none other than Arabella Stone, daughter of his label’s CEO, he knows he’s in trouble. Because not only is she a Stone, she’s also his employee for the next few months at the recording studio he just bought.

Over the course of one thrilling summer, Arabella and Charlie chip away at her bucket list and fight the simmering attraction between them…knowing that once it’s all over, so is their time together.

 

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Excerpt from YOU’RE STILL THE ONE:

Ducking into the darkened hallway, he quickly sized up the options. With the sound of quickened footsteps behind him, he wrapped his hand around the handle and darted behind the heavy door.

What happened next he couldn’t have predicted.

And again, he was somewhat of a reluctant expert on crazy women.

Not five seconds after the marked door closed, it pushed open again. Charlie’s gaze collided with the brunette’s in the mirror. She blinked a few times, adjusting her eyes to the bright lights, and her lips pursed in confusion as she spied the row of porcelain sinks under the mirrors. She looked beyond his shoulder to the line of urinals attached to the wall, and her mouth dropped open in a sound he assumed only dogs could hear. And then…

“Oh. My. God!”

A voice like honey, smooth and thick and echoing off the tile floor, curled around him as any sense of bravado faded, and the woman slapped a hand over her eyes. Blindly, she spun around to leave…and accidentally rammed headfirst into the solid oak doorframe. They both winced.

Red flags wilting, alarm bells silencing, intuition told Charlie that the woman wasn’t as dangerous as he’d once thought. With the determined slope of her shoulders now slumped, she seemed mostly mortified, so he tried to do the gentlemanly thing.

Strolling forward, he went to help her with the door. “Here, let me.”

Only, she turned at the same time, following the sound of his voice, and her forehead crashed into his chin.

Shit.

“Holy mother of crud nuggets!”

A surprised laugh broke past the stinger. “What did you just say?”

Slowly, the brunette opened her fingers and peeked at him through the slats. Her wide brown eyes were wet and filled with too many emotions to name, but one was for sure embarrassment. Behind them, the men’s bathroom door opened again, and a balding gentleman lumbered through. He stopped short after two steps, taking in first the woman, then Charlie, and then her again, before glancing at the sign posted on the door. With a dismissive shrug, he continued on, strolling straight into the corner stall.

The beauty’s fingers slammed closed again.

“Only me,” she whimpered. “This would only happen to me.”

 

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I also have a YOU’RE STILL THE ONE Trailer to share as well as a GIVEAWAY.

About Rachel Harris:

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

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Saturday Spotlight- I wish You Were Mine

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Author: Lauren Layne

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A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.

 

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Author Spotlight- Shirl Rickman

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Shirl Rickman is kind of new to the writing scene, but she is someone you have to keep your eyes on. Her debut novel, When Destinies Collide, was one of my favorite reads in 2015. Her writing is engaging, creative and amusing. She has this way of bringing the words to life right off the page. Seriously, I was tempted to start using a southern accent when I finished When Destinies Collide.

If you haven’t read that book yet, you need to check it out. It is a romantic, hilarious, bittersweet journey filled with twist and turns. I could go on and on about it, but I already covered that in my review, so be sure to check that out. I’m SO excited for her second novel, Somewhere In Between, will be out this April!

Purchase When Destinies Collide at Amazon. It is also free for kindle unlimited. You can find out more about it on Goodreads. For more on the lovely Shirl Rickman, and all her upcoming projects, check out her Facebook.


Shirl was so kind and agreed to do a Q&A with me. Enjoy! 🙂

Tell us how a typical day of writing goes for you.

SR: I’m a morning person. Seriously, I’m narcoleptic after about 8:30 PM and basically, non-functioning after 4 PM. I wake up around 4:30 or 5:00 in the morning, go over my chapter outlines so I can get a little prep in about where my mind needs to go once I start writing while I have a cup or three of coffee. I do my mommy duties and get the kid to school by 7:45 or 8. I head to Starcrack. I have a favorite table, and I know the precise time I need to arrive so I get it. lol. It’s sad, but they know me by name, and they know what I like to drink. By the time, I set up my computer, the barista brings me a mug filled with a non-fat latte. No sugar, I’m sweet enough. Haha. It’s the best Starbucks ever. (I’m sure my pal and fellow writer, Sara Ney would argue this point.)I put on my headphones, music blaring, get on FB, open up my word doc, write one word, get on Instagram, then before I know it, it’s 2:30 and time to pick up my daughter. haha. I would like to say I’m kidding, but I’m not.

When I’m writing, I put on the headphones, and it flows. I pause here and there and go over my notes. I love when I’m in the zone. 

Do you outline/plan before you start writing or do you go with the flow?

SR: My process has changed over time. I don’t outline in the way most of us learned to draft essays in school. When a story idea comes to mind, I know the beginning, a few middle details, and the end. I usually write this down. When it comes to the characters, I’ve always written down details about each one because they’re always pretty vivid in my mind. I changed this habit this past September after Boise Book Fest; I listened to Amy Harmon speak about interviewing her characters. I nodded the entire time she was speaking and realized, I was doing this in a way but needed more detail. The little details the reader may not ever know about are essential to bringing the characters alive, such as what type of toothpaste the character prefers.  One of the best thing about Amy’s writing is the strong characters she writes. With Somewhere in Between, I interviewed both Tessa and Lenox. I asked them tons of questions. I feel like knowing them more personally helps the story. 

As for a full outline and plan for each story, I usually call or message a couple of my friends. I plot out the book, tell them what I’m thinking and get a little feedback. I write down each chapter number and the three major points within that one chapter then it’s me just going with the flow. Outlines feel too permanent and often I have no idea where the characters will take me in the story. For me, doing it this way allows me the freedom to change my mind and direction.I have these idea sessions every couple of weeks. It probably drives them mad!

When Destinies Collide is SO good, and filled with so many twists and turns- where did you get the idea for it?

SR: Honestly, I have no idea! Lol. Kidding…sort of. 

WDC is a prime example of the characters and story direction changing as I write. I can remember the initial idea came to me when I was driving and had this new CD blasting. The artist was Emeli Sande and for some reason two of her songs kind of sparked this idea. It usually takes one word or one thing to kick start a story in my mind. 

I love twist. I like to be caught off guard in a story, and honestly, it very rarely happens. I always seem to guess the twist in the story. It’s annoying. haha. With WDC, I’m always curious about what readers thought and if they saw how the story would unfold before it happened. I’ve only had one person tell me that they had it somewhat figured out, but not really. haha. As for where it came from, sometimes the story and characters just take over. Everything that happened to and between Drake and Selene was supposed to be a part of their story. I’m sure that doesn’t make sense to anyone but me.

Are any of the people /places in WDC based off of real people/places?

SR: Montgomery, the town where Selene and Drake live is based on the town I grew up in; every description is of a place I went as a kid. Last May there was major flooding in Texas especially around the town I grew up. My husband, daughter and I had spent the weekend before there on the river with my best girlfriend since childhood and her family. We sat on the shore under the tall cypress trees, played with our kids in the water. It felt so good because I could see Selene and her mom sitting there together. I could see Drake and Lacey. It was such a surreal moment. I’d been done writing WDC for several months at that point, but I felt so good knowing I gave such a beautiful place the acknowledgment it deserved in my book. The hard part is the very next weekend all of those trees which had been there for hundreds of years were gone, washed away by the waters. It was so hard to see. I can remember crying, but being so thankful for that last memory. 

As for the characters, they aren’t based on any one person I know. Although, I knew a Drake Thomas. I knew Selene. I knew Tommy and Emme. I think we take pieces of people we know or meet all the time as writers. Elizabeth and Aunt Vi’s wisdom and words are definitely my own Mama. She always knew just what to say and how. She also had the best sayings that most people don’t get, either at all or unless they’re from the South. Also, my mama rarely said bad words, but she said shit all the time. lol.

The hilarious part about this question is I had five or more people I grew up with private message me and ask if WDC was based on a true story. Of course, I laughed and then I was like apparently you haven’t read it because if half of the things that happened in WDC had happened in our little town, everyone would have known about them. Everyone knew everyone else’s business. Everyone also thought they knew everyone’s else’s business if you know what I mean. The beauty of small towns, but also why I could never write a book based on actual events there, everyone would know who I was talking about even if I changed names. I would make a lot of enemies. lol

Is writing your second novel, Somewhere In Between, easier or harder than writing When Destinies Collide?

SR: A little of both. The hard part is I have a deadline, and I’ve had a lot going on over the last six months. I’m also the biggest procrastinator. 

Easier because my mindset is completely different. I love the idea of SIB, which isn’t to say that I don’t love WDC. The flow has come easier. It may be because there isn’t any tragedy. I’m a happy and upbeat person, so this one hasn’t taken quite the toll on me that WDC did. 

I’ve learned a lot since publishing WDC, too. I’ve learned to look at the journey of creating a story and characters through a new pair of glasses. I realize these stories are about me and not about the people who will read them. Saying this may sound unappreciative of me, but many authors I look up to have said it before, write for yourself and no one else. It will only make the story better for everyone else.

What do you do when/if you get writer’s block?

SR: I blame Sara Ney and stomp my feet, maybe throw myself to the ground. 

My more mature answer is I listen to music. I call the gals and discuss the story. 

I message my pal, Christine and beg her to finish the story for me. Opps, there I go again. I’m sorry, I can’t be serious for more than 60 seconds. haha.

Who is your favorite author?

SR: Are you trying to get me in trouble? 

Honestly, it’s hard for me to pick one because I’m incapable of making a decision. 

I’m not picking one, and you can’t make me! So there!

I love historical romance. I love Eloisa James. I was on this web/Skype thing with her once. Eloisa asked a question, and I gave her my answer. She immediately asked if I was a writer. I said no, but I dream of being one. She said dreams can only come true if you live them. I’ll never forget that day. 

My favorite non-historical is Colleen Hoover. She just speaks to me. She’s kind and inspiring. She’s honest and real. I love that about her. I’ll always be thankful to her. I’ll read anything she writes.

Oh! I almost forgot, Jessica Sorensen! She is a freaking cliffhanger queen! I hate cliffhangers. I told her that last year when we were at a signing together. I also may have told her she was lucky she wrote the follow ups so quickly and had happy endings, or I’d hate her. lol

If you could write a book with ANY other author, who would it be?

SR: Tina Reber. I think she’s a bada$$ and so funny, I don’t know her, but I want to know her. Maybe one day. I love her books and writing style, but I just really like how she represents herself as a person and as a writer.

When you’re not writing, what do you do for fun?

SR: I love to read or watch movies with my daughter. Spend time with my family or friends. I want to do things that make me feel good, happy, and inspired.

Current Favorite book boyfriend?

SR: Will Cooper FOREVER! I’m constantly in a battle for his affections with several worthy opponents, but I always win in my mind.  (Benton, from November 9 is the first in years almost to knock Will off his pedestal.)

Favorite ice cream?

SR: Great, now I want ice cream. My all time favorite is Amy’s Ice Cream, sweet cream with fresh strawberries. Amy’s is an Austin, Texas icon. It’s soooooo good. Now I want Amy’s! I know a group of gals I’ll be dragging to Amy’s during ABF.

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