YAY….it’s time for another What to Read Wednesday post! Today I’m extra excited because I have my awesome friend from across the pond (who lives in the amazing city of London…and can expect me sometime soon…lol) Cait O’Sullivan!
Today Cait is here to share a little about herself and her debut release ROMANCING THE SEAS, which was released 2 days ago on January 7th with Crimson Romance. And I can tell you that this is a book you don’t want to miss…Pippa is an amazing heroine and Jonathon….let’s just sum him up in one word: YUM!
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Thanks for joining us on What to Read Wednesday Cait…tell us 5 things about you the person, not the author.
Hey Christine, I’m totally excited to be here…I’ve always been a big fan of your interviews. Thank you.
Five things about me: I’m Irish, to be denied music and dancing would cause me to wither and die, I love the numbers 1,3,7, and all variations of, I like the rain – As Bob Marley said – some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. (yes I take it literally 🙂 ) I’m happy!
What color is your toothbrush?
Do you prefer books, movies, or books made into movies?
Love them all, but if I had to choose between them for a night in, it’d be a book.
What genre (s) do you write?
Contemporary but there is a streak of paranormal/surrealism sneaking in. Which I’m loving, I might add.
Why did you choose that particular genre?
It was the genre I knew most about. Same goes with the surrealism bit LOL.
Sous-chef Pippa Renshaw thinks a change of scene will mend a bruised heart, so she swaps her job in a prestigious London restaurant to head-chef on a cruise ship sailing around New Zealand. A great plan until she meets her new CEO, the delectable Jonathon Eagleton, and discovers she has to share a suite with him.
Even though sparks fly whenever they are together, Jonathon steadfastly keeps her at arm’s length, which suits Pippa just fine because she’s still getting over the betrayal of the last time she had a relationship with the boss.
The situation is starting to feel like solitary confinement until a thunderstorm traps them in a tramper’s hut while hiking. Suddenly a different kind of storm unleashes inside the hut.
But will they be able to go back to their previous status now the line has been crossed?
Let’s play LUCK SEVEN…describe your book using 7 words.
Can I use phrases as well? If so, Fun, cruising New Zealand, Head Chef, jealous exes, tramping (or hiking as we know it), fears, love lost and gained.
Cait, you know I’ll let you get away with anything. lol What’s the first sentence from your book?
Pippa Renshaw took a deep breath and reached for the door.
(doesn’t tell you much, does it!)
Now the last.
“Woman,” Jonathon said as he glanced down at her, the tender look turning dark with desire. He didn’t break stride. “You won’t need that where we’re going.”
(yes I know I cheated here, but heck! I’m sure you can see why LOL )
And I can remember when I read that line the first time…it definitely made me finish off your wonderful story with a smile! What makes your book stand out from others in the same genre?
Location location location! Cruising around the North and South Islands of New Zealand, such a heavenly country – who wouldn’t want to read about it?
Especially since you have first hand experience! Did you have to do a lot of research for this book and if so how did you go about it?
Well I used to be a manager in the Hotel and Catering Industry, so I know a lot about working in kitchens, busy services and all that jazz. Plus I’ve travelled a lot, New Zealand stood out in my mind and I couldn’t wait to write about it. Also I forced myself to fall in love a couple of times LOL. Let’s see, what else…oh yes, I do love cooking 🙂 and coffee. And wine.
Please share an excerpt from ROMANCING THE SEAS~
As she caught a wreath of smoke in her gaze, she followed it up into the indigo sky, and her eyes widened yet again at the sight of so many stars. The Southern Cross emblazoned the night sky, sparkling like diamonds on a velvety indigo background as the Milky Way showered swathe after swathe of sprinkled stars. She leant back on her elbows to watch them dance, holding her face up, smelling the briny air as the sea breeze gently blew over her.
But the beat of the drum didn’t allow her to disappear into her thoughts, pulling her back instead to the here and now. Maori dancers encircled their group, whooping and calling to each other in their strange sounding dialect. How did Fiona describe them? Strong, capable, handsome. She sure had that one right. They came closer. One of them, strange and fierce looking with dark makeup streaking his face, threw out a hand and pulled her up to dance. Pippa wanted to yank herself out of his grasp, but he wouldn’t let her go without a struggle. Her heart in her mouth, she gave herself up to the music.
A celebratory dance, it was one performed throughout the centuries when the hunters returned victorious. In the midst of all the swirling, bowing, and whooping, Pippa’s hair freed itself from the constricting tie and she shook her head in sheer light-headiness. The beat of her heart matched the beat of the drums. She followed her partner and swooped down to the earth, swung back to the sky, flung her arms open toward the sea, and again. The repetition made it into one fluid motion down, back, open. Time stood still while Pippa’s veins flooded with dissolved stardust, bringing exhilaration coursing through her. The primal movement came naturally to her and she lost herself.
Her eyes opened of their own accord to fall onto a single standing shadow. The fire leapt higher, and a face was etched in light for a flickering second, showing tawny eyes watching her steadily with a dark look of desire. Pippa felt a lightning shaft of energy run through her body — Jonathon was watching — and she danced with revamped energy, her body moving for him, and him only. The beat of the drums found an answer in the throbbing in her pelvis, a liquid, warm pulsing. Her eyes closed, and her head filled with shadows and light and longing. The drums went faster, faster still, until the moon, stars, fire, light merged into a swirling spinning top, round and round. A final loud beat and the drums fell silent, allowing the dancers to fall, spent, onto the ground.
Do you have any advice you’d like to share with your fellow authors?
LOL…me? Keep on keepin’ on, I guess.
LOL…you always make me laugh! Did anything surprise you about the publishing process?
No, simply because I’ve read enough blogs to know what I was getting myself into.
Would you give us a sneak peek into what your current WIP is about?
Ava Whittaker made it solo around the world unscathed. Until her last stop, Argentina and the fulfillment of her final dream, horseback riding through the Andes by day, camping by night. One night of passion with the panther-like Matthias de Romero was her undoing.
Fast-forward two years, she’s safely back in London, their daughter by her side. But Matthias doesn’t know of her existence. Ava had flown back to tell him, only to be stopped in her tracks by the announcement of his engagement.
Now Matthias, the twice tango champion of Argentina, is in London to judge a competition. A competition she just happens to be in…
Another yummy story! And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?
Thank you for joining me today Cait and a HUGE CONGRATS on your release! I’m so glad you visited!