Please join me in giving a very warm welcome to USA Today Bestselling Author, Heidi Rice! Heidi is offering a copy of the Harlequin Themes 2-in-1 paperback, The Wedding Party which is out in June and includes her Harlequin KISS novel Beach Bar Baby AND Charlotte Phillips’ wonderful The Plus-One Agreement to one lucky commenter!
Be sure and check out the cover and blurb for Beach Bar Baby below. And don’t forget to check out Heidi’s Quick Six interview and answer her question in the comments section for a chance to win her fab prize!
BEACH BAR BABY
After some bad news, Ella jets off to sunny Bermuda for a bit of solo R & R….
By day six, surrounded by honeymooners and smug marrieds, she has to admit the solo bit is getting a teeny bit boring! Why say no to a casual date at the bar with ripped, tanned and enigmatic Cooper Delaney?
It’s really not Coop’s style to flirt with tourists, let alone hook up with one again. But he can’t get the sweet London girl out of his head. A business trip to Europe is the perfect chance to see her. Only he finds Ella curvier, prettier…and keeping a secret he was so not expecting…!
Alpha, Beta or Gamma?
I’m an alpha male junkie when it comes to romance heroes. There’s just something about all that raw, sexy masculinity that does it for me. That said I think a great alpha male should have beta qualities. I love the vulnerability that he tries so hard to hide. I love his protectiveness, his wit, his integrity, his need to be loved that he’s determined to deny and his complete inability to ask for directions. I believe the fundamental difference in the way men and women think and communicate is what’s at the heart of all great romance novels – which is why when you’ve got a great alpha hero (and heroine) the sparks absolutely fly! NB: What the heck is a gamma?
Historical or Contemporary?
Ooh that is a toughie. If you’d asked me this a week ago while I was devouring Tessa Dare’s fabulous Spindle Cove series the answer may have been a flat yes to Historical – I love being drawn into another time, another world, and I adore that huge emotional hit you get when your hero and heroine manage to fight their way to true love even though the battle for sexual equally hasn’t even begun. But I’ve just got hooked on Marian Keyes’s hilarious Watermelon and I do love a great contemporary romance too (I write em so of course I do). Perhaps not surprisingly, one of my favourite books ever is Diana Gabaldon’s time-slip classic Outlander – an amazing mix of historical and contemporary (ish) romance which allows me to have my cake and eat it to (and devour the gorgeous Jamie Fraser while I’m at it).
Muffins or Bagels?
Sorry, not a big fan of muffins, they’re far too smug and showy if you ask me. A toasted rye bagel though doesn’t buckle under pressure even when heaped with scrambled eggs and bacon or smoked salmon and cream cheese. BTW I’m English and I’ve never seen an ‘English Muffin’ outside of the US… So you see, you just can’t trust a muffin either. They lie.
High heels or flats?
I’m mostly a flats gal – especially when sitting at my keyboard or cycling round London, because wearing heels in that situation would make me feel ridiculous (or possibly kill me!). But I’ll suffer the tortures of hell to look good on a night out – when high heels are the only way to go (and I can catch a cab).
Blue or White-Collar Hunk?
Can I have a blue-collar hunk in white-collar clothing? If my heroes are rich – like the gorgeous Cooper Delaney in my new book Beach Bar Baby – I usually make them self-made men. Guys who’ve had to strive and work for what they have, who’ve taken some hard knocks in life and come out fighting. Actually, I’m quite partial to men in toolbelts too – so a blue-collar hunk in blue-collar clothing also works – especially if he knows how to use his tools *snigger*… Shallow? Moi?
Beach or Mountains?
Well, given my new release is called Beach Bar Baby and set in Bermuda you can probably guess where I’m going with this. I do love a beach holiday, from the wild windy beaches of the West coast of Ireland, to the rocky drama of North Cornwall, to the relaxed surfer dude vibe of Morro Bay in California, or the bijoux decadence of St Tropez and the Italianate splendour of the Amalfi coast I’ve certainly seen a few beaches in my time and loved every one for very different reasons. That said, I did leave my heart in Yosemite National Park one October too!
My either/or Question:
In Beach Bar Baby, my heroine Ella Radley goes on a holiday of a lifetime to Bermuda – where she has a wild night in a beach hut with studly boat captain Cooper Delaney. A wild night that has some surprising consequences (the clue’s in the title) that will change both their lives, for ever…. So my question is:
Whether you’ve been on it already, or you’re still dreaming about it, when it comes to your holiday of a lifetime: are we talking a beach/island destination or mountain/jungle/city locale? And obviously I’d love to know where, and why?
USA Today bestselling author Heidi Rice lives in London and is married with two teenage sons (which gives her rather too much of an insight into the male psyche).
She loves her job as a writer because it involves sitting down at her computer each day and getting swept up in a world of high emotions, sensual excitement, funny feisty women, sexy tortured men and glamorous locations where laundry doesn’t exist … Not bad, eh.
Then she gets to turn off her computer and do chores (usually involving laundry!)