Thursday, August 2, 2012

Can't Hurry Love


Molly O'Keefe is a RITA-Award winning author with 20 Harlequin novels in publication. She's won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Best Flipside in 2005 and Best Superromance in 2008. 

Her first Bantam Contemporary Romances, Can't Buy Me Love was released in June 2012 and its follow up Can't Hurry Love in July 2012. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her family and the largest heap of dirty laundry in North America.


Victoria Baker, the penniless widow of a disgraced financier, is ready to stand up, be counted, and make a new life for herself and her beloved son in Texas. She’s taking over Crooked Creek ranch, her birthright, and turning it into something special. All that stands in her way is Eli Turnbull, a rugged, too-handsome cowboy who wants the land just as badly.

If Victoria wants a fight, Eli will give her one. He’s devoted his life to Crooked Creek, and he’s not about to let some pampered city girl—even one as brave and beautiful as Victoria—turn it into some silly spa. But Victoria’s and Eli’s burning anger and frustration only fuel heat of another kind: uncontrollable passion. And soon they each realize that the person standing in their way is the one they can never do without.


MAUREEN: Where in the world would you most like to visit? 
MOLLY: Right now, we’re thinking about going to England in four years for the World Cup Rugby. We had such a great time in a camper in New Zealand and it would be so amazing to tour around Great Britain in the same way.

MAUREEN: What’s next for you as an author? 
MOLLY: I’m starting a new series! It’s southern, it’s funny, it’s sexy – a  settled man trying to get wild and a wild woman trying to settle down. I don’t have any titles yet – but catch up with me on Facebook and I’ll let you know as soon as I do. In the meantime, the third book in the Crooked Creek series, CRAZY THING CALLED LOVE, will come out early in 2013.

MAUREEN: What’s your favorite fairy tale? 
MOLLY: Oh, I love Beauty in the Beast. That push pull – the hero and villain all in one. What’s not to love in that?

MAUREEN: What’s the best vacation you’ve ever been on? 
MOLLY:  I had some great ones as a kid – my parents always took us backpacking in Montana and Wyoming. I have fabulous memories of those trips. But this last epic adventure with my own kids in New Zealand – so amazing.

MAUREEN: Would you rather sky dive or scuba dive?
MOLLY:  Scuba – oh my god – I do not understand sky diving. My husband loves it – I can barely get in a plane, much less jump out of it.

MAUREEN: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind? 
MOLLY:  I do every once in a while. While I’m editing I usually do and I love Florence and The Machine and Adele. 
MAUREEN: If you could interview one person (and it doesn’t have to be a writer) who would it be?
MOLLY:  Bruce Springsteen. I had this dream a few nights ago that I saw Springsteen at a Medieval Times and I was trying to get my picture taken with him and I just wanted to ask him about his work out routine and my camera broke, my husband’s camera broke and then my brother’s camera broke. Had to be a stress dream.  But yes, I have so much I would ask him, about what drives him on stage, what compels him while writing, and I’d like to hear him talk about his relationship with his band.

MAUREEN: Strawberry daiquiri or a beer? 
MOLLY: Oh my gosh – Daiquiri? I can’t remember the last time I had a daiquiri. I adore beer. I think I’d be 20 pounds lighter if I didn’t love beer so much. But alas, my love will not be denied.

MAUREEN: Do you remember your grade one teacher’s name?              
MOLLY: Yes, Ms. Navotny. Prettiest woman in the world, long brown hair, she had a horse charm on her necklace. She was amazing. Sweet and calm.

MAUREEN: Who was your first best friend? Are you still in touch?
MOLLY:  Allycia Marie and it is a great delight in my life that she is still my best friend.

MAUREEN: What soundtrack or playlist do you recommend for your current release?
MOLLY:  Florence and The Machine – Shake it off. A lot of stuff in that song about forgiveness and holding onto the past – love it.
MAUREEN: What would you say is your most interesting quirk?
MOLLY: I NEVER close cupboard doors. Makes my husband seriously crazy.

MAUREEN: What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday afternoon? 
MOLLY:  Oh, wake up. A little reading. Husband makes eggs. I go for a run. The family goes to the farmer’s market up the street. I get a chance to do some writing. We have a great dinner from the farmer’s market. Husband puts the kids to bed so I can do a little more writing.

MAUREEN: What was/were the first romance novel(s) you fell in love with?
MOLLY: Oh I loved Elizabeth Lowell categories and  Judith McNaught historicals. 


Which romance novels did you first fall in love with?


Twitter: @MollyOKwrites

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  1. Good Morning, Molly!
    Welcome back to GLIAS...always nice to have you here.

    I fell in love with the oldies. I began reading Harlequins, but when I discovered historical romance...well, I was hooked. Rosemary Rogers' SWEET SAVAGE LOVE. My worn copy has a rubberband around it, keeping it together. Steve and Jenny...whew.

    I'll add that I'm glad we've evloved from the books of the 70's and 80's. I like that heroines are much stronger. I don't want to go backwards...but those books were easy to fall in love with at the time.


  2. Can't Hurry Love sounds like a great read, Molly.

    I have to say, I am green with envy over your vacations. I love to travel, but I haven't yet been to New Zealand, Montana, or Wyoming. You must have had so much fun!

    My first romances? A lot of Barbara Cartlands and old Harlequins handed down from my aunt - but the first truly memorable one was a classic - Wuthering Heights. All that seething emotion! I was in luuuvv!

  3. Sweet Savage Love - oh yeah!! That was the best - I passed in on to my sister and she loved it, too!

    Your series sounds awesome - must definitely put these on my TBR pile! I'm so in the mood for reading romance right now. Great interview - loved it!

    1. You'll LOVE Molly's new series, Kathy. Dear Author just called her the most ambitious author in contemporary romance. And I admit I'm not 100% objective, but I have to concur. :)

  4. thanks for having me again - Sweet Savage Love - was there ever a better title??? I don't think so -

    Kathy - I'm with you - it's a great time to be reading romance - lots of amazing books!

    1. Molly, I think I have every Judith McNaught and Elizabeth Lowell on my keeper shelf. McNaught's Rose series is what hooked my daughter on romance.

  5. I enjoyed "Can't Buy Me Love" and can't wait to learn more about Eli in "Can't Hurry Love." I first fell in love with Julie Garwood's "The Bride."

  6. Great interview! Sounds like an awesome read.

  7. The first book i fell in love is Johanna Lindsey book - love await, i really love this book :)