And one more congratulations on the awesome honor of being a 2017 RITA Finalist for Book 1 in the series -- TALL, DARK and DAMAGED. And you talked about it here on the GLIAS Blog.
Don't forget to comment below. Sarah is giving away a digital or signed paperback copy of Capturing the Queen.
MEET SARAH ANDRE
Sarah Andre is a 2017 RITA® finalist, which is Romance Writers of America highest award of distinction. Sarah’s novels include: Capturing the Queen (2017), Tall, Dark and Damaged (2016) Locked, Loaded and Lying (2015), plus a short story in an anthology, From Florida with Love (2016.) She lives in serene Southwest FL with her husband and two naughty Pomeranians. When she’s not writing, Sarah is either reading romance or suspense novels, exercising to rude alternative rock music or coloring. Yes, you heard right. She’s all over those coloring books for adults.
Let's hear a little bit about CAPTURING THE QUEEN.
THE STORY BLURB
Restoration artist Sean Quinn is perfectly content spending his downtime devouring classical literature, while keeping his OCD and fourth-degree black belt under wraps. But when his FBI agent brother coerces him into investigating stolen artifacts, Sean becomes the target of a ruthless smuggling ring that funds terrorists.
Gretch Allen, a beautiful man-magnet, hides a world of hurt under her icy exterior. When Sean rescues her from a stalker, she discovers her co-worker has an alpha-hot fire burning beneath his geeky exterior. As barriers between them begin crumbling, however, she accidentally places herself in much more extremist danger.
Unable to stop the unraveling events from turning deadly, Sean must conjure his inner hero to save his city and capture the heart of the queen.
Nan: Love the trailer.
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Gretch kicked her leg around and sat up. Her heel struck the pavement with a sharp click. “Why were you at Teeny’s Martinis last night?”
Sean lowered the mug to the table, turning it in microscopic increments until the café logo faced him squarely. “I overheard you tell Hannah where you were going.” He traced the logo with his thumbnail. “Thought I’d check it out. Buy you a drink.”
“Then why didn’t you?”
He paused, because he’d braced for: “I’d have to be awfully drunk to accept a drink from you.” No way would he tell her he’d lost his nerve, bumped into the other woman slinking his way out the backdoor, and ended up agreeing to her lewd proposition. “Turns out I’m not into that scene.” Any of it. But because Gretch hadn’t battered him with the sentence he’d expected, he added, “So…would you’ve had a drink with me?”
She didn’t answer. Sean glanced at the patrons, the bustling square, the long shadows easing toward their table, while she cocked her head and examined her nails. He retraced the logo, jiggling his knee. Her silence strained every muscle in him, stretched him like some medieval torture rack. Five more seconds and he’d beg for mercy.
“You’re a nice guy,” Gretch finally said in that awful kind tone his brothers’ girlfriends used. He braced for The Adjectives. Weird. Strange. Peculiar… She rested her arms halfway across the table, fingers splayed, still looking at them instead of him. “I was so sure I couldn’t tolerate any man this afternoon without going ballistic, but you’re…different.”
Hope rose. Different wasn’t bad! “Maybe we can—”
A faint smile appeared on her face, and his vocal chords seized. Hope swan-dived off Kilimanjaro, the free fall stealing his oxygen.
“You’d never survive me, Sean.”
The nerd panicking within wholeheartedly believed her. The fourth-degree black belt took exception. “You hardly know me.”
“I date a certain kind of guy for a certain kind of reason.” She reached over and twisted the mug in his hands so the logo slanted at an unacceptable sixty-two degree angle. Immediately his skin crawled with the need to right it, but she stuck her chin in her hand and waited, like a cat watching a cornered mouse.
He folded his arms. “What insurmountable feat does it take to be that guy?” His jiggling knee made the table quake.
Gretch laughed, and the throaty sound washed over him, almost capturing his attention from the mug that needed turning. Desperately.
“It’d take a miracle.” She rose gracefully. “See you at work.”
Sean multi-tasked dragging the cup into position, watching the smooth sway of her hips, and thinking up a miracle. He inhaled until his lungs hurt. Amid the dominant aromas of coffee and gas fumes, he could still catch her peppery scent.
She’d called him different. That was huge. His smile hurt his cheeks.
Nan: What a great excerpt. Thanks for sharing!
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A LIGHTING ROUND OF Q&A WITH SARAH ANDRE
NAN: How often do you get lost in a story?
SARAH: If I had a dime for every book I got lost in, I’d be as rich as JK Rowling! Reading is my crack. I would prefer it over any other form of entertainment. Unfortunately, since I’ve become a writer I rarely have guiltless opportunities to sit for long periods of time and indulge in my addiction.
Nan: Oh I would love to get paid to read!!
SARAH: The premise is Beauty and the Geek. Sean and Gretch are co-workers; he’s an introvert, lover of classical music and literature, and has annoying OCD tendencies. She’s got a supermodel bod, an ex-personal trainer energy and a short temper. The snark is off the charts between the two. They had bit parts in Tall, Dark and Damaged and jumped off the page whenever they were together. I had to see where it would go. I’m really pleased with the result.
Nan: What a great premise. Can't wait to read it.
Nan: What a great premise. Can't wait to read it.
NAN: What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?
SARAH: Easy! My four-year-old Pomeranians, Bo and Taz, aka The Boyz.
I told the breeder I didn’t want males, but due to a mix up she only had two littermate brothers left. I even considered taking the one I was holding (Bo) and coming back another month (a 4-hour drive) for a girl, when the other little pup skidded around the corner. One look at his naughty face and I turned to my sister and said with love and loathing: “Oh, God, I have two boys.”
NAN: What’s the last show you binge watched?
SARAH: My husband and I just finished watching a British cop series called Happy Valley. Intense plots, amazing dialogue- I highly recommend it! We have two more episodes (still to air) of Better Call Saul, which is the prequel to Breaking Bad (which I haven’t seen.) We store a few episodes up at a time, because in true binge form, one hour isn’t enough. I think it’s the best show on television.
NAN: Benedict Cumberbatch or Chris Pine?
SARAH: Oh, Benedict- that moody, broody, lion’s face and those glinting blue eyes? (Fanning myself!) Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t kick Chris Pine off my island, but when a beta’s personality is so massive he becomes drool-worthy, that’s a deeper attraction for me than a pretty face/hot bod combo.
Nan: I just watched Dr. Strange. Okay - I'm a fan. But I still love Chris Pine.
NAN'S GOTTA ASK: What would you say is your most interesting quirk?
SARAH'S GOTTA ANSWER: The split personality that emerges when I exercise. 😦
Any other time I’m a fun, kind, considerate daydreamer. But the only way I can push myself at the gym or on a running path is to turn into a snarling beast who listens to deafeningly rude alternative rock and mouths all the swear words.
I’m quite horrified, and would like to issue a blanket apology to anyone who’s seen that other me.
Nan: That is so funny -- and I can relate.
A Savage Trick, Damaged Heroes, Book Three, hopefully June, 2018
Nan: Another great title.
Tall, Dark and Damaged, Damaged Heroes, Book One (2017 RWA RITA® finalist)
From Florida with Love: An Anthology by SWFL Romance Writers
Locked, Loaded and Lying
FIND SARAH ANDRE:
Facebook: Author Page
Goodreads: GR Page
Blogs: Kiss and Thrill
SARAH WANTS TO KNOW: Everyone’s got a little OCD in them. (Confession: I only eat one food item on my plate at a time. All my potatoes before I can eat meat…) What’s your odd quirk?
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