Author of the Series:
The Book Nirvana Series
RUNAWAY LOVE STORY
Released on: June 24th – Publisher: The Wild Rose Press – Editor: Judi Mobley – Cover Artist: Rae Monet
She hates average…he’s as average as they come.
High school history teacher Doug Garvey is trying to enjoy his last few weeks of summer vacation, but receiving his final divorce decree hits him harder than expected. After a brief fling fizzles, he fears love just isn’t in the cards for him. If only he could find someone who’s real, someone interested in something beyond herself…maybe a new running partner who can keep up with his more carnal appetite. When sexy, straight-talking Laurel runs across his path, he dares to hope again.
He’s done with social-climbing posers…she’s ambitious and has big dreams.
Fired from an art gallery, Laurel Jepsen shelves her pursuit of an art career in San Francisco to help her beloved great aunt Maxie move into assisted living. While out on a morning run, she’s harassed by a group of teens until a tall, broad-shouldered hottie steps in, pretending to be her boyfriend with a kiss that makes her wish it were true. But she’s only passing through, not looking for a relationship.
Their fierce chemistry burns up the sheets—and the couch, the shower, the forest—but falling in love would ruin everything. Laurel can’t stay in Eugene, and he can’t leave. Doug’s only hope is to convince her the glittery life she’s after could blind her to the opportunities already in her path.
Hello Sadira and Good Morning! Welcome to The Spotlight! First off, great name! Is Sadira your real name or a pen name?
Hello Jeny! Yes, Sadira Stone is a pen name. Sadira was my stage name when I used to perform as a belly dancer. I’m also working on a cozy mystery and will publish those under my own name. It’s more of a branding decision than anything else, but it also helps to make your actual identity harder to find when writing sexy stories. People can get weird, ya know?
I do! Sometimes, people can help too. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my in-person critique group: William Michael Wochna writes historical fiction, Michel Lee King writes urban fantasy, and Keith Fisher writes noir-ish romantic suspense. Their varied perspectives have really helped polish my work. I also treasure my online connections with my fellow Wild Rose Press authors, truly a generous bunch, as well as my Olympia, Washington RWA chapter. In general, I’ve found writers to be very supportive and open.
It sounds like you have absolutely wonderful support. That is fantastic. What about places? Have you ever been on a “literary pilgrimage,” and if so where?
Does research in Eugene, Oregon count?
I started writing, Through the Red Door, the first book in the Book Nirvana Series, without ever having visited Eugene. I wanted a lively college town, and Eugene fit the bill with its huge campus (University of Oregon), lively art scene, and hippie-era legacy. After finishing the first draft, I finally made the trip—which is ridiculous, because Eugene’s only a four-hour drive from my home in Tacoma.
Lucky me, I love the town! Kate Rock, a darling writer who was living there, gave me lots of tips. I settled on the Whitaker District for my primary location because of its funky vibe, interesting architecture (lots of Craftsman houses), mature trees, and abundance of interesting shops. As the series develops, I continue to visit Eugene and learn more about this jewel on the Willamette River.
Oh, I love it! Okay, so if you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Read more craft books! Take more classes! Don’t be afraid to slash a wordy first draft to the bone when revising.
I could not agree more. Understanding that is a huge piece of the puzzle for sure. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Joining the RWA! It costs about $100 annually, but the information, connections, and resources are sooo worth it.
It has a tremendous sense of community. I love RWA! So, give me the tropes and themes of this book.
Seasoned romance (hero is 39), beta hero, teacher hero, artistic heroine, opposites attract, indie bookshop, unsupportive family, dealing with dementia, caretaking for elderly relatives, social media, small-town vs. big-city, ambition vs. family obligations, feisty old lady, heroine with commitment issues, divorced hero, running, inconvenient attraction, irresistible chemistry
Nice! Okay so how about an excerpt?
Laurel’s conscience nudged the grin off her face. The customer was right—Doug was a natural with kids. He deserved a nice woman who’d stay in Eugene and build a family with him. She was just distracting him from his true path. If it weren’t for the chemistry pulling them together like an industrial-strength electromagnet, she’d never pick a guy like Doug. Sweet, dependable, generous, outdoorsy…
Shit. Except for not being an artist, he’s pretty much perfect. Leaving him in December is going to be damned painful.
Still, she’d been honest with him. He knew about her plans, and he wasn’t holding back. Why should she? Why deny herself his friendship, and a physical connection of volcanic proportions?
Because she was messing with his heart, that’s why. And her own.
And if you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
Start writing fiction sooner.
Right?? Yes! I wish I had too! Okay, well, how about an excerpt?
“Pardon?” Alyss’s voice came in a whisper, but he seemed to hear well enough.
“I said your brother wished us to wed.”
The sound of a million crickets chirruped in her ears. His lips continued to move, but she heard nothing. Of a sudden, her bottom hit stone as she collapsed onto a step, but her eyes saw only him.
He loomed over her, hands propped on hips, dark hair brushing those broad shoulders. She raised her brows in a level gaze—and inhaled sharply. Hazel eyes, sprinkled with green and gold chips, gleamed back. With effort, she recalled his recent words and her thoughts focused.
She shot to her feet. “You must be mad. I have no intention of wedding a stranger who appears at my gate with some imaginary story of my brother’s last commands. I remind you, sir, you are a guest. In fact, I must ask you to leave. Your behavior is intolerable.”
His big hands closed around her shoulders. They were warm. Firm but gentle. She shook them off. He leaned in.
“I’m afraid I can’t do that, my lady,” he murmured.
Great excerpt! Okay, where can we buy it?
Links for purchase:
Okay, Speed dating time! City or country?
Near the city, but not downtown.
What color best describes your personality?
What are you most passionate about?
What do you consider your best attribute?
What’s your favorite beverage?
What song best sums you up?
“I Am What I Am.”
What does your desk look like right now? Clean or messy?
Are you a night owl or an early bird?
Medium. I’m up at 7:30ish and work best mornings and early afternoons.
What book are you reading at the moment?
I just finished Olivia Waite’s The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics. Marvelous!
What would you take with you to a desert island? (three items)
Food, water purifier, shelter (not a very romantic answer, I know)
If you could invite anyone, dead or alive, to dinner, who would it be?
Coco Chanel, Oliver Wilde, Jane Austen
What would be your ideal holiday destination?
France’s Loire Valley
What time in history would you have liked to be born in?
The past was mostly awful for women, so I’ll stick to the present.
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you?
DIY or call an expert?
Depends. Google it first. YouTube is a lifesaver!
What is your favorite fruit?
What is your favorite thing to learn about in your free time?
What is your favorite time of day?
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Moving from pantser to plotter
Music or silence
Silence for writing.