Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Interview with Shelli Stevens, author of Good Girl Gone Plaid + #Giveaway (ebook)

Get ready for some Hottie Scotties! Shelli Stevens is here today sharing her latest release, fun facts about herself and there's some Channing Tatum goodness.


Meet Shelli:
Shelli is a New York Times Bestselling Author who read her first romance novel when she snatched it off her mother’s bookshelf at the age of eleven. One taste and she was forever hooked. It wasn’t until many years later that she decided to pursue writing stories of her own. By then she acknowledged the voices in her head didn’t make her crazy, they made her a writer.

Shelli currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her daughter where she writes various genres of romance. She’s a compulsive volunteer, and has been known to spontaneously burst into song.

Connect with Shelli: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Jamie and Kati: Hi Shelli! Welcome to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance.

J&K: Share 5 fun facts about yourself
Shelli Stevens:
  1. I’m a single mom who just bought my first house
  2. I’m not a big seafood fan and yet live in the Pacific Northwest
  3. I once auditioned for American Idol
  4. In grade school I thought the meaning of double dating was when my bff and I had the same boyfriend
  5. I love to wear dresses and often prefer them to jeans/pants/whatever
J&K: What is GOOD GIRL GONE PLAID about?
SS: It’s a romance between two people that spans over a decade. You have these two teenagers who fell in love, faced pretty steep betrayals, and have been reunited through circumstances over a decade later and discover the heat between them is still sizzling. My hero, Ian, is from Scotland, but lives on an island off of Washington State now. My heroine, Sarah, was raised a Navy Brat and has been brought back to the island after the death of her grandmother.

J&K: What makes the hero and heroine perfect for each other? 
SS: They balance each other out and their chemistry is off the charts. They’re a good mix of naughty and nice.

J&K: For those not familiar with your books, which one would you recommend they pick up first?
SS: The Seattle Steam series is a good start. Dangerous Grounds (the first book) was one of my earlier books, but the whole series has been popular. It’s sexy, but not erotic romance. I do have erotic romances as well, and if that’s more your cup of tea than the Holding Out for a Hero series is a good pick—Going Down is book one in that.

J&K: If Hollywood optioned your book into a movie, who would play the lead characters?
SS: Aishwarya Rai would play Sarah (Think of the blue-eyed Bollywood actress) and maybe Channing Tatum (with a hint of red in his hair) for Ian.

J&K: Do you have any writing rituals? 
SS: I just make myself write a daily a minimum. I don’t really have an office, though I’ve tried to make myself write at a desk. Doesn’t happen. I’m a recliner or oversized chair writer. Legs curled up under me, laptop in my lap.

J&K: What’s next for readers? Can you give us a sneak peek into your current WIP? 
SS: I’m currently finishing up Kilty Pleasure, the second book in The McLaughlin series. This is Colin and Hailey’s story. Colin is Ian’s twin and is a deputy on the island. He’s a pretty good guy. Hailey on the other hand, well she’s not perfect. She’s flawed and has made some bad choices in life. But I’m hoping readers will be open to the imperfect heroine and hopefully they’ll give her a chance!

Lighting Round:
Alpha or Beta? Alpha
Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Belle of the Ball
Debutante or Spinster? Debutante
Virgin widow or Secret baby? Secret Baby
Titled peer or Working man? Working Man
Love at first sight or Second chances? Second Chances
Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Naval Officer
Vampires or Shifters? Shifters
Past, Present or Future? Past
Writing or Reading? Reading
Paperbacks or e-books? E-books
Plotter or Pantser? Pantser
Author’s choice: Thor or Iron Man?

J&K: Thanks Shelli for stopping by!
SS: Thanks for having me!


Falling for the bad boy is even more dangerous the second time around.

The McLaughlins, Book 1

In high school Sarah fell for her best friend’s older brother—one of the sexy, Scottish McLaughlin boys. But a painful betrayal showed her she’d been a fool to give her heart to a bad boy. At least it made it easier to leave him and move halfway around the world when her Navy dad got stationed in Japan.

Eleven years later, the death of her grandmother has forced Sarah back to Whidbey Island for a month. It’s the length of time she must stay in her inherited house before she’s allowed to sell it, take the money and run. But when she sees Ian, bad as ever and still looking like sin on a stick, she can’t keep her mouth from watering.

One look at Sarah stirs up the regret lingering in Ian’s heart—and never-forgotten desire lingering in his body. He should walk away, especially since divorced single mothers aren’t his style. But when she starts showing up at his family’s pub, he can’t resist a little casual seduction for old time’s sake.

One thing quickly becomes clear, though. The heat between them is causing an avalanche of secrets and betrayal and nothing will ever be the same.

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Shelli is giving away a copy of Good Girl Gone Plaid and a $5 g.c. to Amazon to one(1) lucky commenter. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment answering Shelli's question: Thor or Iron Man?
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  • Open to where this book is available. No purchase necessary. Giveaway ends July 23.
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