|Bridesmaid's Best Man|
Susanna Carr, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, The Bridesmaid's Best Man.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Cover artist: unknown
Length: 224 pages
Heat rating: sexy
Tagline: Every bachelorette party has a surprise…
Blurb: Angie Lawson is in Bridesmaid Hell---if Hell was a strip club filled with screaming women in stilettos. But her night's about to get a whole lot worse. Now her ex-boyfriend is standing right in front of her---every sexy, delicious inch of him---and Cole Foster isn't the kind of guy that any woman can just ignore…
Cole's working undercover, but he certainly wasn't expecting the intimate reminder of the wicked heat that he and Angie always shared. But when the maid of honor---silver stilettos and all---is knocked unconscious, Cole realizes he needs Angie's help to get into the bridal party. And if getting there means getting her in bed, too, then he's definitely the best man for the job!
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Angie Lawson is in her mid-twenties and is a personal trainer
Cole Foster is in his late twenties and is a private detective
"The nerve of that man," Angie muttered to herself. "Did he think I would jump at the chance to take him?" He most likely did. She had never denied him anything in the past.
Angie blew out a puff of air as she ran around the empty high school track. It was a cold and damp morning. The evergreen trees, spindly and clustered together, did nothing to stop the breeze as the sun weakly shone through the haze of clouds. She splashed through the puddles from last night's rain and kept moving.
Most people would be reluctant to get out of bed on this kind of day. She had wanted to toss the covers over her head and act like last night didn't happen. Seeing Cole Foster had left her unsettled. Every time she tried to sleep, her fragmented dreams were about him, bare-chested and wearing leather pants. Only this time, she boldly touched his muscular body. In her dreams, she encouraged him for more. She wasn't afraid to take charge.
Angie clenched her teeth and pumped her arms and legs harder. What was it about that man? When she had been with him, she'd felt like she could ask for anything. Try everything. But she had gone too far. Deep down, she must have known. She had held back from exploring her fantasies until she felt secure in the relationship. But it didn't matter how long she waited. He still ran.
She thought he was different from the other guys. She heard enough boasting to know the men in her world liked their women clingy and submissive. She couldn't be like that. She was forthright and a little impatient, but she was never aggressive in bed until she was with Cole. She didn't ask for anything she wouldn't give to him.
But apparently he didn't like a strong and powerful woman in bed. A woman who made it very clear how much she wanted him and what she wanted from him. She had felt safe but excited. She trusted he wouldn't judge her, wouldn't think less of her. When she had looked into his eyes, she felt like a goddess. But she had been wrong. She had mistaken adoration with intimidation. She had scared him off.
She had learned her lesson. Next time, she would allow the man to take the lead. From now on she would keep her fantasies to herself.
What websites do you visit daily?
I visit the social security website http://www.ssa.gov/ because I'm always looking for names that are popular by decade. I also visit Tom & Lorenzo's fashion blog http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ for inspiration when I need to dress my characters.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
My favorite part is getting that spark of an idea and running with it.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
One of my most unusual jobs was reading customer complaints card for a major retail company. Most common question on the card? "Do people actually read these things?"
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I write contemporary romance and I'd recommend The Year of Living Shamelessly because it has a few elements that are found in contemporary romance these days: small-town setting, lots of sexual chemistry, and a hero who won't pursue the woman of his dreams because she's his best friend's younger sister.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read a lot of contemporary romance from a mix of publishers, lengths, heat levels and formats.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it now.
What should potential first-time readers know about your work?
I write about people who fall in love and fight for their happy-ever-after. I write women who make mistakes and take risks. They are stronger than they realize. I write men who are far from perfect but every choice they make is to protect the people they love.
I write romance that is set in today's world because I see love stories all around me.
My stories can be fun and sexy or they can be passionate and sensual. Trust and romantic intimacy are important. The men and women in my books are scared to reveal their true natures and reluctant to share their dreams. But in the end they risk it all and dare to bare.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
I would take my passport, my Kindle and lots of money. My dream vacation would be about comfort and convenience. I would travel light, go first class all the way, and travel to all the countries that surround the
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
I would want Ashley Judd or Rachel Weisz to play me. Either actress would make me appear stronger, smarter and generally cooler than I really am.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
It would be a shade of brown, like sienna or coffee. Something earthy and warm.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."
Please complete the sentences
I love pizza with
I'm always ready for a road trip
When I'm alone, I watch chick flicks
You'd never be able to tell, but I had spent years taking dance classes
If I had a halo it would be broken because I'd use it as a Frisbee/weapon/flashlight
If I could keep up with technology I'd rule the world
I can never be a racecar champion because I can't drive manual
Her Shameful Secret
The Tarnished Jewel of Jazaar
The Year of Living Shamelessly
Red-Hot and Royal
Bad Girl Bridesmaids
Ex, Why and Me
Valentine's Day is Killing Me
The Beach Blanket Bad Boys
Confessions of a "Wicked" Woman
"Wicked" Women 101
Merry Christmas, Baby
How to be a "Wicked" Woman
The Wrong Bride
Books Coming Soon
Hot for the Holidays, Penguin InterMix, December 2013
A Deal with Benefits, Harlequin Presents, January 2014
Secrets of a Bollywood Marriage, Harlequin Presents, April 2014
Wild Weekend, Harlequin Blaze, May 2014
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