Title: WOOING THE WEDDING PLANNER Author: Amber Leigh Williams Publisher: Harlequin (Superromance) Pages: 380 Genre: Series Romance/Contemporary Romance/Superromance
No more wedding marches for her!
Wedding planner Roxie Honeycutt can make happy-ever-after come true for anyone except herself. Freshly divorced and done with love, she's okay with watching clients walk down the aisle. What's not okay? Sharing a charming Victorian house with accountant Byron Strong. He's frustratingly sexy and determined to keep her confused.
Roxie thought Byron's expertise was numbers, yet somehow he sees her for who she really is. Somehow he understands the hurt she hides behind a trademark smile. Suddenly romance is tempting again, even if it means risking another heartbreak.
It was difficult to forget a kiss like that, especially coming from someone…well, someone like Byron. Roxie had spent more time than she’d like to admit trying not to think about the kiss – about how sweet it was. She’d forgotten kisses could be so sweet. She’d tried extra hard to forget how his lips had lingered. And how in lingering he’d awakened starbursts inside her. Starbursts of eternity.
She frowned deeply. Being touched…it had been so long since she had really been touched. The hollowness in her had turned into a resounding ache, and for a few moments she’d thought about bringing Byron’s mouth back down to hers. For a few moments, she’d craved more than his companionship. She’d craved the contact. The promise of heat that came with it.
But had she wanted it – had she wanted him – for the single reason that heat could erode loneliness? There was trust there. There was affection. For those small starbursts of eternity, there had been longing and the promise of flame. It had been too long since she’d felt the sheer, electrical pulse of new chemistry.
Why had Byron’s kiss made it seem like so long since she’d felt the flame? The passion?
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About the Author:
Amber Leigh Williams is a Harlequin romance writer who lives on the US Gulf Coast. She lives for beach days, the smell of real books, and spending time with her husband and their two young children. When she’s not keeping up with rambunctious little ones (and two large dogs), she can usually be found reading a good book or indulging her inner foodie. Amber is represented by the D4EO Literary Agency.
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Amber Leigh Williams, author of WOOING THE WEDDING PLANNER.
Hi Amber, thank you for taking the time to accomodate this interview.
Hi Tracy! Thank you for the warm welcome!
What is the first book that made you cry?
My weakness for dogs started early on. The first books I remember crying through were Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. My mother likes to tell a story from when I was three. Apparently, I had to come home early from school because my teacher screened the movie Benji for my class and I began to cry uncontrollably.- That's a great story! I loved Benji.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
The more creative parts of the writing process energize – activities like free writing or brainstorming. However, I’m a stay at home mom so I don’t write until my kids sleep. My peak writing hours are anywhere from 10 pm to 3 am. By that time, I’m exhausted. It’s interesting how some nights the creativity battles the exhaustion and how other nights exhaustion eats away the creativity. When you’re up against your publisher’s deadlines, however, the level of exhaustion doesn’t matter so I’m usually loading up on caffeine while everyone else is winding down.
Which writers inspire you?
Writers as a working group inspire me, especially those who consistently write around the demands of full time jobs or families. I connected to the work of Anne Lamont soon after I began to seek publication. Bird by Bird is one of my favorite books. I lived for a time in Monroeville, Alabama, and when I caught the writing bug, I found it motivating that someone as great as Harper Lee had come from the same place and moved so many with her work. I read Nora Roberts as a teen and instantly knew I wanted to write romance novels. Her work ethic alone is inspiring. - Those are some very heavy hitters, and some of my favourites.
How much research do you do?
As much as I possibly can in the time that I have. I’m currently researching my sixth book for Harlequin’s Superromance line. I have about a month to cram as much information as I can about PTSD and ghost hunting. One has nothing to do with the other so I have separate, fact-checking notebooks for each subject and another containing notes and ideas that have sprung from them. I challenge myself to advance myself through research as much as possible.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
I was extremely shy as a child. I wouldn’t raise my hand in school. It was almost as if I was afraid of my own voice. I understood earlier the impact of words. I don’t remember what experience led to this exactly, but I still find myself wielding words with care. I wish more people understood the power of language.
What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
Anything of interest. I’ve received story ideas from cooking magazines, fashion magazines, craft magazines…even from my spouse’s sporty, off-road magazines. The point is to keep reading and exploring because opportunities for stories aren’t hard to find as long as you seek them. - That's great advice!
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
The Enchantment by Betina Krahn. The dynamic between the warrior heroine and the non-combative hero is interesting to say the least. Wicked Little Game by Christine Wells handles a delicate romantic premise with surprising aplomb and was a very pleasant surprise.
What are your MUST HAVE must-haves when writing? (magic socks, lucky underpants, triple-caff caramel macchiatos, etc.)
Ginger peach green tea – the warmer the better. Lip balm. Hair tie. Socks that don’t always match. A blanket and my favorite rocking chair.
I want to genuinely thank you for your time. I know that my readers (and I as well!) are really looking forward to this interview with you. Good luck with your Blog Tour and release coming up in March.