Happy April! I hope everyone is doing well during this time of uncertainty. Because I like to keep things as normal as possible for peace of mind, I'm still bringing you author interviews!
This month? I have my friend and fellow Canuck, SL Sterling! I love her and her books and I'm so excited because she just released a sexy MMA book called Dagger!
Welcome SL, I'm so excited to have you with us! Are you ready to give an in depth look at your writing?
Tell us a bit about you! I live in Ontario Canada with my hubby, also known as The Mister, and two dogs. We have no children and enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family. If I am not writing you can usually find me curled up on the couch with a book and a cup of tea.
Who or what inspired you to write? As a kid I loved to read. I started writing when I was in my early teens and like everything kind of left that in the dust. Fast forward a few years (okay about 30) I got a notification that Alessandra Torre was going to be launching a course on writing a novel. I practically begged my hubby to pay for the course so I could learn to write a novel. He surprised me with the course and I have never looked back. I love creating characters and worlds.
If you could have dinner with any 3 authors (dead or alive) who would you choose and what would you like to talk to them about? Kendall RyanVC AndrewsDebbie Macomber and Alessandra Torre (I don't follow instruction to well, lol) I would just love to listen to how they create the worlds in which they write. Where their inspiration comes from.
If you could recommend one book of yours to a new reader, which would you choose? Why? A Kiss Beneath the Stars - I felt super connected to these characters and I would love everyone to read it.
Which of your characters do you relate to most? Or which is most similar to your personality? Autumn from A Kiss Beneath the Stars. I used alot of my insecurity in this character. She was unsure of everything until she took a leap.
What’s your favourite book you’ve written to date? Again A Kiss Beneath the Stars
Do you talk certain scenes out with anyone to be sure they’re accurate or can be done? Not usually.
What do you do to celebrate writing the end on a book? I sleep, binge watch some tv, drink some wine. I don't have alot of downtime so I enjoy just kicking back and watching a movie as well.
What are your publishing goals for the next 6 months? I have the biggest year of my author career ahead of me. I have 6 releases on the horizon.
Can readers find you at any events in the future? I will be in Hershey PA for Rebels and Readers October 30 & 31, 2020
If you weren’t an author, what would you be? i have no clue, I was very lost until I found this career.
Do you have a favourite book? Way too many to list.
What are you working on now? I am working on the last book of The Malone Brothers Series titled Finding Forever with You. It will release May 29th.
If you had one piece of advice for a new author, what would you tell them? Do not compare yourself to others. Keep your chin up and be proud of what you write. Someday you will be someones favorite author!
Do you have an excerpt from your current WIP you’d like to share? Yes, from Finding Forever With You. Coming this May.
I grabbed my keys from the table in the entryway just as my cell phone let out a shrill ring. I had half a mind to ignore the fucking thing after the morning I’d had. I was stressed to the nines about a case I was working on and then during court this morning I had received a message from my friend Sophie. Since I was in court I quickly messaged her back and asked her to contact me in a bit.
“Hello.” I said hoping that it was Sophie.
“You on your way?” Bryce questioned.
“Yep be there in five minutes.” I said grabbing my jacket from the hall closet and heading out to meet my brothers for our weekly lunch. I was looking forward to relaxing, having a beer and just chilling with my brothers.
By the time I pulled inoto the parking lot of Ducky’s it was pretty full. I finally found a spot around back and shut the engine off and went inside. As soon as I opened the doors I spotted my three brothers sitting in our usual booth in the back of the restaurant. I was just about to walk to the back when I heard two familiar voices call out to me. I glanced over at the bar and saw both Carly and Delilah waving at me. I flashed them my sexy grin, “Afternoon Ladies.”
“What can we get for you today, Chase?” They both called in unison.
“How about a cold beer ladies.”
“You got it.” Delilah called back.
My brothers sat intently watching as I slid into the booth. Within seconds our usual waitress Trinity sat my beer down in front of me. She ran her hand over my shoulder and gave me a wink. “Wish you would call sometimes, I would love to see you again.” She whispered to me, but I knew my brothers had heard. I smiled at her and took a swig of my beer, ignoring what she had said. Trinity had been fun during the time we had been involved but I wasn’t interested in anything more with her. I looked to my brothers, each of them staring back at me.
“What the hell Chase. You’ve been with all these women in here and you still have the balls to come in here? Do you have a death wish?” Hunter asked.
“Hey, each one of these ladies know I don’t want a relationship. I’m upfront about it with them and besides no one picked on you when you had your cock in everything that moved.”
Carter and Hunter both shook their heads and took a drink. Bryce looked at me with a shit eating grin on his face. “It’s alright guys, one of these days he’ll turn around, meet a woman and his world will spin upside down. You know how it is.”
“Yep and the Chase Malone we all know and love will forever be changed by pussy.” Hunter said letting out a laugh loud enough to call some attention to our table.
“Fuck you all! I ain't like you guys. No way am I’m settling down, I’m having way too much fun.”
“Yep that sounds familiar. I think I said those exact same words right before I meant Autumn.” Hunter murmured. “But then you meet someone, fall in love, and none of these girls will even enter your mind.”
I shook my head and opened the menu even though I already knew what I was going to order. Two pounds of hot wings, the same thing I ordered every time we came here. “You fucks don’t know what you are missing.”
“Same could be said for you, you know.” Carter bit out seemingly agitated with me.
Trinity approached our table and was halfway through taking our orders when my phone rang. I glanced down and saw Sophie’s number, “And for you Chase?” she asked.
“A pound of hot wings please Trin.”
“Only a pound?” Carter ask dumbfounded, “Normally you’re good for two.”
“Yeah, watching my waistline.” I said running my hand over my eight pack and glancing once again at my phone that was still ringing. “Excuse me guys I have to take this.” I said getting up from my seat and heading out the front door.
“Hello.” I said as I pushed the door to Ducky’s open and stepped outside into the parking lot.
“Chase. Sorry to bother you, I know you’re probably with your bothers.”
“Hey, yeah, but its no bother Sophie. Sorry I couldn’t talk earlier, I was in court. What’s up.”
Sophie cleared her throat and was quiet for a moment. “Do you think you could meet me tonight for dinner? I have something I want to run by you?”
“Sure, where and when did you want to meet?” I opened my calendar on my phone to check and make sure I was free.
“The Manor House, at say seven.”
The Manor House was one of Kings Cove’s higher end steak houses which made me wonder if everything was indeed okay? “Is everything alright?” I questioned.
“Yeah, We will talk tonight okay. I have to run and finish up this meeting with one of our clients. I’ll see you at seven.”
I could hear the shake in her voice but before I had the chance to ask her again if everything was okay the phone had gone dead. I looked down at my cell phone wondering what could possibly be so important that she just couldn’t tell me over the phone but I shrugged it off and headed back inside.
I was quiet as I walked back to our table. I couldn’t figure out what it was that Sophie could possibly have to tell me that she just couldn’t tell me over the phone. I slid into the booth, checked my watch again and pocketed my cell phone.
“Was that your hot date for tonight?” Hunter questioned nodding towards my phone.
“Something like that.” I said rather distracted. “It was Sophie, she wants to meet for dinner, says she has something she wants to talk to me about.”
“Oh, THE SOPHIE?” Bryce asked, “The un-attainable Sophie?”
I rolled my eyes taking another pull on my beer bottle ignoring his comment.
“What time are you meeting her?”
“Seven at The Manor House.”
“The Manor House?”
“That is what she said.”
“Must be something special, that place isn’t cheap.” Carter said, “I took Hope there not too long ago, three hundred and fifty dollars later…”
My phone vibrated in my pocket as Carter and Hunter went on discussing dinner prices. I looked down at my phone to see a message from Sophie and glanced at my watch.
“What is it now?” Bryce questioned.
“What the hell is the rush? I mean she’s kept you waiting all these years.” Bryce laughed looking over to Carter and Hunter.
“Man, she hasn’t kept me waiting, we are friends. It is possible for me to be friends with a woman.” I bit out.
“Sure…” Hunter said before all three of my brothers burst into laughter at what I had said.
Thank you so much for joining us SL! Don't forget to grab DAGGER now! Free in KU too!
Derrick I'd been fighting all my life. Making it my career choice seemed...logical. Sticking to what I was good at seemed...illogical as often as I ended up in the ER. Then my occupational hazard began to feel like more of a perk when I met, Katy. She was a night nurse at the ER I frequented. She could barely hide her contempt for me, which naturally made the curvy brunette with long wavy hair all the more irresistible. Now I just needed to convince her I was a better lover than a fighter. Katy They called him Dagger, for the looks he gave. He knew I hated him on sight, but still, he teased me and tried to sway me. There's no way it would work. I was on the run and still healing from a relationship with a 'roid-raging powerlifter. No way was I going to give it a go with someone trained to cause pain for a living. Then my ex tracked me down. And suddenly, having a fighter in my corner didn't seem like such a bad idea.
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