Please welcome special guest Sydney Somers! Sydney is here to chat about the third book in the Promise Harbor Wedding series.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Sydney Somers] Romance writer, book lover, chatty introvert, margarita maker, culinary disaster, zombie enthusiast, video game addict, loves life.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Busted?
[Sydney Somers] Busted is the third book in the Promise Harbor Wedding series and features a reformed rebel heroine turned police detective, who arrests the hometown hockey legend the night before his best friend’s wedding. The blurb says it better than I do though.
Hockey star Jackson Knight has a hundred reasons not to return to Promise Harbor, but none of them are good enough to get him out of attending his best friend’s wedding. Even with a career-ending knee injury, every puck-bunny in town will be gunning for him.
Worse, getting a pair of cuffs slapped on him at the bachelor party could ruin any chance of getting back in the game, even as a coach. Unless he can convince the arresting officer to smooth things over—by going to the wedding as his date.
Hayley Stone figures posing as Jackson’s girlfriend is the least she can do to salvage his reputation. Plus, having a man with a toe-curling smile on her arm will keep her ex off her back.
What starts as a simple plan to deflect small-town pot-shots unexpectedly becomes a sizzling night that hits Jackson like a full-body-check to the heart. Now he’s determined to prove that she’s the best of reason of all to come home—for good.
Warning: Contains a fiery powerplay both on and off the ice, skin-tingling forced intimacy, interfering grandparents, bear costume hijinks, a haunted house and the kind of game-changing chemistry worth fighting for.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Sydney Somers] The concept for the Promise Harbor Wedding series was brainstormed by Kelly Jamieson, Meg Benjamin, Erin Nicholas and myself. Once we had the idea of a wedding that doesn’t go off as planned, we basically broke the wedding party down so that each author took one as a main character. From the start I knew I had the best man, Jackson, and that was pretty much it, until I got this image in my head of a woman sitting in a church musing about the fact that she’d arrested her wedding date. I was off and running after that.
I’m also a big hockey fan and have always wanted to write about a hockey player, but I knew it would take a certain kind of woman to keep Jackson on his toes. Hayley was up for the challenge though.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Hayley?
[Sydney Somers] Determined, devoted, and if you ask Jackson, dangerous.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Jackson had a theme song, what would it be?
[Sydney Somers] Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar and the song definitely pops up in Busted. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRbXMW…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Hayley is never without.
[Sydney Somers] Her gun. Or maybe that’s just AFTER she meets Jackson lol
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Jackson’s bathroom?
[Sydney Somers] Soap on a rope, coordinating hand towel sets or bubble bath. Hayley might bring him around on the latter.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Hayley’s greatest regret?
[Sydney Somers] Aside from arresting the best man the night before the wedding? Her biggest regret would definitely be not getting the chance to say goodbye to her father.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Sydney Somers] On the creative side I’m influenced by almost anything: Memories, places I’ve visited/would like to see, images, news headlines, movies, books, music. I’m constantly surprised by the story ideas triggered by all of the above, especially when paired with the question, “What If?” That’s what really fuels my imagination.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Sydney Somers] Wine, chocolate and a personal masseuse. A girl can dream, right? Seriously though, I can write anywhere as long I’ve got my laptop, pen and paper (because sometimes I just have to hand write) and music. Music is a must.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Sydney Somers] I recently finished Wait For You by J. Lynn (who also writes under Jennifer Armentrout) and it was my first New Adult book. I was really impressed with it!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Sydney Somers] I adored reading Nancy Drew paperbacks when I was a kid (Betty and Veronica double digests don’t really count, do they?) For the romance genre though, it would have to be Perfect by Judith McNaught. I loved the whole kidnapped and forced intimacy storyline. Before that the closest I got to reading romance were the often tragic love stories in Danielle Steel books.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Sydney Somers] When I’m not chasing after my kids, pretending I love to do laundry (doesn’t everybody?) or fighting my current addiction to Candy Crush Saga, I’m curled up with a book or trying to prove how kick butt I am at Black Ops 2. Emphasis on trying.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Sydney Somers] They can visit my website – http://www.sydneysomers.com
Friend me on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/sydneysomers https://www.facebook.com/authorsydney…
Follow me on Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/sydneysomers
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[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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