TD Hassett, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Loving Link.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Length: 315 pages
Heat rating: hot
Tagline: Can two artists salvage true love out of the unexpected consequences of one night of passion?
Blurb: Link Jacks is done with women and determined to focus solely on music and rock-band Becket's upcoming album. He's been living as a marketing-prop bad-boy rock star for so long he doesn't remember who he really is anymore. Not until he meets Madison, the emotionally guarded and theoretically off-limits younger sister of his best friend's wife.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Madison Clarke - tattoo artist, 23
Link Jacks - musician, 30
She quietly trod the path toward the stream and ducked behind a large boulder just out of Link's line of sight. He looked delicious. Once again he'd shed his T-shirt and wore only a pair of faded jeans. He sat by the stream leaning against another large boulder, his acoustic in his hands blocking most of his glorious chest. He'd taken his boots off.
Madison drank in the heady
vision of Link barefoot, his nipple ring glinting in the sun, his head dipped down
watching the frets as he played. His dark hair flopped straight and loose, softer
looking without gel in it spiking it up. He looked so beautiful, her own dark angel
… hers and all those other women's. Madison
pushed the jealous thought aside. He played so exquisitely; it made her heart swell
in her chest and tears sting the corners of her eyes. Watching him looking so relaxed
and natural was a rare treat. Link so often seemed like he was wearing a mask. It
was hard to reconcile the media version of bad boy Link Jacks with the man she'd
played video games and piano duets with. He was into art, classical music, and liked
Victorian décor. Where was the sex god that closed clubs out and bedded pin-up girls
"Damn it, Link, I thought I had you." she wailed.
"Sorry, baby, you just aren't quite as stealthy as you think. A true master wouldn't be giggling." he replied with a wide grin.
"You heard me? Darn it." Maddie frowned. "I liked what you were playing; what's it called?"
"I don't know yet, just something I'm messing around with. Wanna help?" he offered and pointed the few feet away where he'd left his guitar propped and his T-shirt strewn.
They sat down, heedless of the pine needles carpeting the floor. "Not sure how much help I'll be since I don't play any instruments."
"You can just sit there and be my sexy muse. You know, it might help if you took your shirt off." Link offered and playfully reached for her T-shirt.
"Ha ha. I think one of us exposed is enough, don't want to scare the wildlife away."
Madison batted his hand managing to knock his
fingers into her breast. His index finger stroked her nipple through the well-worn
cotton and it puckered. Madison
gasped at the contact. Link's brown eyes were looking at her, scorching her with
their molten heat. He put his hands under her arms and lifted her up onto his lap.
He carefully arranged her legs around his waist keeping her pinned with his eyes
through the whole process. Madison
could feel his erection through his jeans and squirmed. Link groaned and took her
swollen nipple into his mouth sucking through the fabric. Madison threw her head back giving him better
access. He slipped his hand up her shirt to cup and caress her other breast and
ground himself against her shorts. Link peeled her shirt up and over her head.
"You are so beautiful, I could write a hundred songs about you." Link
whispered before pulling her head closer and softly kissing her lips.
"Link, what are you doing?" Maddie asked breathlessly.
"I am going to lick you and kiss you until you scream so loud the birds get spooked out of the trees." he promised smiling up between her legs.
"Umm, I don't know about that. I've never had anyone do, you know … that."
Please consider reading
love story! Madison
How did you get your start in the industry?
I got my start as a writer by accident. I wanted to try writing a story about inner city education but it turned into a romance novel with some pretty explicit love scenes. Once I had about 100 pages written I knew I had to finish it. I kept what I was working on very quiet, worried about what friends and family would say, fearing that old saw about everyone always says they are writing a book and blah, blah, blah. I took my manuscript and submitted it to a dozen publishers. Two came back with interest but only if I would change the book to 3rd person. I rewrote the story and submitted to several more publishers and finally two of them offered contract. I chose Liquid Silver Books and have appreciated the support they have provided me as a new author.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
All the time! I hope they don't get too mad at me. I often use the names of friends and family for characters and sometimes things they have done or said wind up as part of the backstory. Writers need something from real life to tether them to reality when floating in their story worlds and that's what adding some friends to my plots accomplishes for me.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I have had some real gems that is for sure. The worst was working as a counter person at a dry cleaners; long shifts on your feet in a wretchedly hot building. I had trouble keeping that cheerful expression on my face all day. I spent may years working at a veterinary hospital and still love animals. Eventually I became a high school teacher which is a new adventure every day. You never know what the kids are going to say or do next and no two days are the same. I work a ton of hours after school so writing is very much a late night activity for me now.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I think everyone should read Isabel's Awakening - especially men! It is a combination of erotic love story, guide to great sex, light mystery, social commentary and fantasy so there is something for everyone. I've had several people who never touch romance novels read that book (because they know me and felt obligated, lol) and get hooked on the genre and nag me to get the follow up story out pronto. They really got into the love story and were taken by surprise by the plot complexities.
Please complete the sentences
I love pizza with spinach and ricotta cheese.
I'm always ready for a nap!
When I'm alone, I read and watch really bad television.
If I had a halo it would be quite dented but not because I meant to be a sinner.
If I could have a super power I'd want to be able to become invisible on demand.
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About the Author
T.D. Hassett, romance author, grew up certain that life should be like a romance novel; lots of passion, some incredible adventures and a guaranteed happily ever after. She earned a B.A. in history and a M.S. degree in clinical psychology before studying education. Ms. Hassett lives in
Connecticut with her very patient husband and
two young children. Her rambunctious family shares their home with 3 crazy cats
and a darling golden retriever named Delilah. Her relatives make her feel like the
only normal nut in the family tree inspires her writing.
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