Today we have author Sara Jane Stone visiting! She’s here to share a snippet of her latest release Caught In The Act. I love the title and the cover…as well as the blurb. I think you will too.
Sara is sharing what inspired her to write Caught in the Act.
And don’t forget to enter her giveaway at the end of the post 🙂
Take it away Sara…
What Inspired Caught in the Act By Sara Jane Stone
With most books, I look forward to answering the question what inspired you to write? Why this story? These characters? For Full Exposure, the first book in the Independence Fall series, the answer was easy: a news article about veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. One young woman’s experience stuck in my head and slowly a character formed. But for Caught in the Act, I don’t have an easy answer.
Katie and Liam first appear in Full Exposure. Katie is Georgia’s friend and Liam is Georgia’s brother. About halfway through the first draft of Full Exposure, I realized Katie and Liam had a past. Scenes started forming in my mind, and somehow, I took the characters I’d met in Full Exposure, the goats on my mother-in-law’s Oregon farm, and wrote one of my favorite opening scenes. Here’s a snippet:
“My answer is still no. I can’t leave my goats.” She pointed to her backseat. “And they won’t fit on your bike.”
“Your what?” Hands dropped to his side as he peered into her wagon.
“What the hell are you doing dressed up and driving around with livestock in your car?”
“I was looking at potential spots for Georgia’s bachelorette.”
Liam looked at her, eyebrows raised. “You’re throwing my little sister a party that involves goats?”
“They were at one of the venues. The owner was planning to take them to the slaughterhouse. Even the baby. So I bought them. And we are not having Georgia’s party there.”
He looked at her as if she’d exchanged her common sense for the animals currently eating her car. And she suspected her brothers’ reaction would match Liam’s what-am-I-going- to-do-with-you expression.
“Guess I’m walking you home.”
“No. I’ll be fine on my own.”
“I’m not letting you go alone, Katie.”
He turned and headed for his motorcycle. Her eyes narrowed and she debated picking up the flat spare and tossing it at him. He didn’t have the right to make that call.
But I don’t think ‘goats’ is the answer readers anticipate when they ask what inspired a romance novel. Beyond that all I can say is that this story came from Katie and Liam. I merely followed their lead.
Both Full Exposure and Caught in the Act are sexy, red-hot reads. I also like writing moving, heartfelt stories about people facing real challenges such as PTSD. But with Caught in the Act, I wanted readers to have fun. I wanted them to giggle, maybe even laugh out loud. I had a blast writing this story—and I really hope that translates to a fun, moving, and heartfelt read!
Falling for his rivals’ little sister could cost him everything …
For Liam Trulane, failure is not an option. He is determined to win a place in Katie Summers’ life before she leaves Independence Falls for good. But first, he needs to make amends for the last time they got down and dirty.
His professional success hinges on striking a deal to buy Katie’s family business. And after Liam’s relationship with their Katie went south years ago, the Summers brothers are more enemy than friend. If both parties agree to set the past aside, they can reach an understanding. But when Katie welcomes him back into her bed, Liam risks everything to make her his.
After Liam betrayed her trust, Katie Summers will do anything to keep him from walking away with the family business. She decides to seduce him, knowing that when her brothers find out, they will back off from the deal. And she’ll finally have her revenge. But when her plan spirals out of control, Katie learns that payback may come at too high a price …
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After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more! To subscribe, visit http://www.sarajanestone.com and look for her newsletter entry form.
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