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Sunday, January 26, 2014
BLOG TOUR: Savor (#3 of the Billionaire Bachelors Club Series) by Monica Murphy
Bryn James can’t take much more. Smart, sexy Matthew DeLuca is everything she wants in a man, but he’s also her boss-the youngest, hottest vineyard owner in the Napa Valley-and he doesn’t see her as anything more than his shy assistant. That’s all about to change. Armed with a hot new look and an attitude to match, Bryn is determined to catch Matt’s eye… professionalism be damned.
With his winery’s grand reopening approaching, Matt is trying to stay focused, but Bryn is suddenly making it very difficult. He’s always thought her prim demeanor effortlessly sexy, but Matt can’t deny that her transformation is jaw-dropping …and going to make it very difficult to keep his hands to himself.
But when one thing leads to another and suddenly Matt is stripping Bryn bare, he’ll be faced with the biggest risk of his career-and his heart. Can he convince her-and himself-that this might just be more than a no-strings office affair?
1. Thank you for taking the time for this interview! I thought we could start with the all-too-common question, especially for readers who are new to your books, what inspired you to become a writer?
Thank you so much for having me! I was a huge reader from the time I was in kindergarten. When I discovered my mom's romance books stashed away in the hall closet and devoured a bunch, I knew I wanted to be a writer someday. It took me a few years (more than a few - life just kept getting in the way, you know?) but I finally sat down and started writing toward publication in 2005. I was first published as Karen Erickson in 2006. The rest is history...
2. What books/authors inspire you? Favorite books/authors?
I really don't like to single out any books and/or authors only because there are so many fabulous books/authors out there and a lot of them are my friends! I can say that I was inspired by historical authors of the 80s. Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught were definite inspirations.
3. How did you get into writing New Adult novels? What other genres do you write?
I read a bunch and thought I'd really like to write one. I came up with an idea and...started writing. That book turned into ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND. I also write contemporary romance, I've written erotic romance and historical romance (as Karen Erickson, my other pen name).
4. What is your writing process: do you write when inspiration hits you or do you isolate yourself and write hours on end?
I'm a fulltime writer so I can't wait for inspiration to hit. This is my job and how I support my family. So I try and write every single day though when I'm really caught up in a book and on deadline and needing to finish? Yes, I can definitely write hours on end.
5. What do you do when/if you get stuck while writing?
I'm not a real believer in writer's block but I of course, do get stuck or bored or I'd rather check Twitter or whatever. I'm easily distracted. So if I'm stuck, a lot of the time I fool around on the internet. Does that help me? Probably not LOL.
6. What is the best part of being a writer? And the worst?
There are so many things that are great about being a writer. I wear yoga pants to work. I can be there for my kids whenever they need me. I get to stare at hot guys and call it work. I meet wonderful readers and bloggers and reviewers and fellow authors. Oh and I get to hang out in these worlds I created and it's a lot of fun. :)
The worst part of being a writer? There's a lot of pressure sometimes. Most of the time. I want every book to do better, gain more readers, etc. and sometimes that doesn't happen. I really love being a writer, but sometimes those characters I created aren't very cooperative and that gets frustrating too.
7. What gave you the idea or inspiration to write the Billionaire Bachelors Club books?
Avon put out a call asking for a series that featured billionaires. So I decided to put together a proposal and send it to my editor. She loved my idea, asked for a few tweaks and then offered!
8. Is the series and/or characters from your imagination or from real people and/or experiences? Or a little bit of both?
Oh, I always try to throw in a bit of realism with my characters. They are about 98% fictional at all times but things happen to them that are from real life experiences. In SAVOR, near the end there's a scene with Bryn and a rooster (I don't want to give too much away!) and everything that happened to her...happened to me! Man, our rooster was mean.
9. Which character(s) in this series were your favorite to write?
I have a serious soft spot for Archer from CRAVE. He is my favorite of the bachelors. He's the one who came to me first and he's a naughty one. I adore him.
Of the bachelors' women, my favorite was Bryn from SAVOR. She was tremendous fun to write, I think because she's so different compared to Ivy and Marina (from the first two books).
10. What are you currently working on? What can we, readers, expect in the near future?
Well, the last of the ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND series, FOUR YEARS LATER, will be out March 4th. I'm...working on a few things as Monica quietly and I hope I can announcement more soon. We shall see. As Karen, I'm busy busy and have a packed schedule. The last book of my Game for It series at Entangled's Brazen line should be out in May!
11. What books have you read and enjoyed recently?
Lauren Blakely's Every Second With You - it was so damn good. Plus I'm about to dive into Katy Evan's newest - being her critique partner means I get to read stuff extra early. Whee...
12. What are your favorite places to visit?
Maui! My husband and I were married on Maui. I like to go to the beach. I live in CA so we're not too far from the coast which is awesome.
13. I have a lot of friends who are aspiring writers, what advice would you give them?
Finish the book. I wish I would've taken that advice years ago rather than play around and write a scene here, a scene there. So yes, focus and write the book. Once you do that - and it can be the biggest piece of crap ever written - that's okay. You just proved to yourself that you can finish a book. And that is a tremendous feeling. A huge thank you to Monica Murphy for joining us on this blog tour & this awesome interview!
**About the Author**
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.