Published by Montlake Romance on July 24, 2018
Coffee or tea? Herbal tea. Caffeine and I don’t mix well.
Walk on the beach or hiking a mountain? I grew up in West Virginia, so in my youth, it was hiking a mountain. Since moving to New Jersey, I’ve become a flatlander, so now it’s a nice smooth stretch of sand for me.
Comedy or drama? Depends on my mood but usually drama.
TV or books? Books!!!!
Best movie you have watched in 2018 (so far)? Black Panther. Fabulous!
Best romance you read in 2018 (so far)? I hate having to pick just one, but I’ll say The Captive Knight by Lisa Ann Verge.
A book you wish you had written? So many! In recent romance literature, It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
Favorite romance trope to read? I’m very partial to billionaires, which is why I write about them, too.
Favorite romance trope to write? I stole my own thunder: billionaires!
Favorite place to write? My own wonderful desk with its ergonomic chair and ergonomic keyboard. I’m not a laptop gal.
Your heroine that most closely resembles you? Kate Chilton in A Bridge to Love. I started that book thinking, “What if the foundation my current life is built on turned out to be a lie?” Of course, I’m a bit older than that now; it was written when my kids were still at home.
A trait that all of your heroes must have? Integrity.
A setting (city/region) you want to write about in the future? One of these days I want to set a story in a place I’ve visited in a foreign country (Paris, Montreal, London), but I always seem to gravitate back home. Maybe I need to just have my characters take a trip to a foreign country for part of the book.
The actor and actress you used to physically model your H/h after in Second Time Around? Will Chase is definitely modeled on Ryan Reynolds; he’s all over my Pinterest board for the book. My heroine is a little tougher; I tend to look out through my heroine’s eyes rather than see her from the outside. How about Jennifer Garner, who also happens to be a fellow West Virginian?
Your favorite scene from Second Time Around? Hmm, perhaps the scene between Kyra and Will in the stables, where they’re lying on horse blankets and drinking champagne. I have a strong affinity for horses and champagne, not necessarily together, though.
A song that encapsulates the emotion of Second Time Around? I’m terrible at songs, but I’m going to pick “This Town” by Niall Horan. I don’t know why but it speaks to me of Kyra and Will.
What’s next? I am revising the next full-length novel in the Second Glances series, whose working title is Second Act. It features Hugh Baker, the movie star who appeared in The VIP Doubles Down, my third Wager of Hearts novel, and Dr. Jessica Quillen, the veterinarian from both previous Second Glances stories. So it’s kind of a crossover story, bringing together characters from two of my fictional worlds.
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Kyra Dixon, a blue-collar girl from the boondocks, is dedicated to her job at a community center that matches underprivileged kids with rescue dogs. When she runs into Will Chase—Connecticut blue blood, billionaire CEO, and her old college crush—she’s surprised that he asks a favor from her: to be his date for his uptight family’s dreaded annual garden party. If his parents don’t approve, all the better.
Kyra’s not about to say no. It’ll give her a chance to be oh-so-close to her unrequited love. What begins as a little fling turns so mad hot, so fast, that Kyra finds herself falling all over again for a fantasy that won’t come true. How can it? She doesn’t belong in Will’s world. She doesn’t want to. But Will does want to belong in hers.
All he has to do now is prove it. Will is prepared to give up whatever is necessary to get what his heart most desires.