Please help me welcome Sawyer Bennett to the blog today! Sawyer has agreed to sit in the hot seat and answer a few questions. We’ll also get a sneak peek at Sawyer’s latest release ZACK : COLD FURY HOCKEY #3.
Don’t forget to check out Sawyer’s giveaway. The link is at the end of the post 🙂
Let’s get going…
What five words best describe you?
Strong, loyal, caring, funny, kind
If we opened your refrigerator, what would we find?
Oh, geez… um… milk, fruit, deli meat, eggs, cottage cheese, a gazillion bottles of condiments, bacon, string cheese, parmesan cheese that turned green *throws that out* and protein shakes.
What’s your favorite food to cook?
A spinach leek and feta cheese quiche I invented. And now I’m hungry for that!!!
What color is your toothbrush?
White and blue.
I love choosing my character names. How did you go about choosing your hero and heroine’s names?
I have a list of names that I like on my computer. Once I get my character fleshed out in my mind, I go through the list and figure out what name suits them in my mind. Those names come off the list, and go into the book.
What’s the first sentence in your book?
The overhead lights go out, and the club would be in total darkness if not for the recessed lights that edge the perimeter of the stage.
Describe your hero in five words.
Guilt-ridden, hopeful, generous, skeptical, sexy
Now your heroine.
Dorky, hilarious, kind, brilliant, strong
Do you feel your writing is most productive in the morning, afternoon, evening…or anytime?
Do you have a writing ritual—for example, do you wear a lucky pair of socks, have to have a certain drink, light a candle, or only sit in a special chair?
Not really. If the weather is nice, I sit on my back deck, but otherwise just as my desk and I get it in gear.
Let’s play lucky seven. Describe your book using only 7 words.
Emotional, funny, steamy, heartbreaking, satisfying, angsty and romantic.
What’s your favorite part of any book to write…beginning, middle, or the end?
Definitely the end. I love accomplishing the goal of creating and finishing a story, especially since I don’t plot out. I sort of let the characters drive the story.
Care to share with us what you have coming up?
I have a lot coming up!!!
7/28/15 – Wicked Fall which is the first book in a new series set out in Wyoming. It’s a spin off from Shaken, Not Stirred and it’s about a fantasy sex club.
9/8/15 – Ryker!!! Yay!!! The Cold Fury series continues…
10/29/15 – Friction: A Legal Affairs Novel – this is a stand alone novel but is the start of a new Legal Affairs series set in a quirky law firm in North Carolina.
Sometime in December… I’ll be publishing a Christmas Novella about Zach and Moira from Uncivilized.
And you don’t even want me to talk about 2016. It’s already jam packed but you have plenty to keep you busy in 2015!!!!
Cold Fury Hockey # 3
By: Sawyer Bennett
Releasing June 9, 2015
New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett goes for a hat trick with the latest romance in a sexy series about cool-as-ice hockey players and the women heating up their lives.
Warning: The following contains spoilers from a cliffhanger in Garrett.
Rising star Zack Grantham has been stuck in a downward spiral of grief that has put his career on hold. Back on the road with the Carolina Cold Fury, still crippled by emotional baggage, and now a single dad, he’s in need of some serious help with his son. But while the nerdy new nanny wins his son’s heart, Zack isn’t sure he’s ready for a woman’s touch—even after getting a glimpse of the killer curves she’s hiding under those baggy clothes.
Kate Francis usually keeps men like Zack at a distance. Though his athlete’s body is honed to perfection, he refuses to move on with his life—and besides, he’s her boss. Still, the sparks between them are undeniable, tempting Kate to turn their professional relationship into a personal one. But before she makes a power play for Zack’s wounded heart, Kate will have to open him up again and show him that love is worth the fight.
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/03/zack-cold-fury-hockey-3-by-sawyer.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23834720-zack?ac=1
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/125350-cold-fury-hockey
As soon as I get out of the club and into the silence of my car, I dial Delaney.
She answers on the first ring. “You scared the shit out of me. Are you okay?”
“Yeah,” I murmur as I start the engine and wait for my Bluetooth to connect. When I hear the subtle click telling me she’s on speakerphone, I put the car in drive and say, “Just driving around…thinking.”
I hear her blow out a gust of sympathetic frustration, but her voice is gentle. “Okay. Just get home.”
“Is Ben okay?” I ask.
“He’s fine. Sleeping. Have you gone over the applicants I picked out for you?”
My hands tighten on the steering wheel, and a tiny pain shoots through my wrist, a pain I’d never admit to the team doctors, so I ignore it and tell her, “Not yet.”
“Tomorrow,” Delaney says sternly. “You have to make a decision tomorrow.”
“I know,” I mutter, realizing that the time for dragging my feet and procrastinating is over. “I promise. Tomorrow.”
“Okay,” she says softly. “That’s good.”
I don’t say anything else, my mind already starting to shut down. I abhor the thought of culling through her final recommendations for a nanny for Ben. Because that means this is final…that Gina is really dead and Ben’s mommy is definitely not coming back. In my mind, it’s putting the final nail in her coffin.
“I love you,” Delaney says, almost desperately, into the phone.
I bite my lip…hard, and feel my tooth slice down into the delicate flesh. “Back at ya,” I say, my voice harsh and raspy.
Words of love to my older sister—the woman who has been my rock-solid support the last four months since Gina died—unable to materialize. I disconnect the call and stare blankly out the windshield. I’m practically on autopilot as I drive home.
Out of the silence of my car, an unbidden, sarcastic snort bursts forth from me, and then I start snickering to myself.
What a fucking joke.
My five-bedroom house on Marchand Street feels like a prison, the walls closing in on me and causing me to seek out strippers named Candi Apple at midnight. I can’t escape my memories there, my guilt devours me as I look at Gina’s pictures throughout the house, and every day, rather than rise above my pain, I get swallowed up in it a little deeper. I hate that fucking house now, and I’ve pretty much resolved myself to sell it. Maybe moving will help leave the ghosts behind and give Ben and me a fresh start.
If it wasn’t for Ben…
Beautiful, blond-haired, blue-eyed Ben.
The spitting image of Gina.
My little boy, who seems to have bounced back fine after losing his mother, giving me toothy grins and cuddling with me on the couch at night. If it wasn’t for him…
No, I don’t even want to think about where I’d be if it wasn’t for Ben. Let me just appreciate the fact that I have the most wonderful child in the world, and it’s only because of him that I at least have some sort of desire to want to feel again.
While I can’t seem to feel outside the bounds of pure and unconditional love for my child, it doesn’t mean I want to be this way. I’m smart enough to know that Ben will look to me for guidance on how to live this life without Gina, and I’m savvy enough to know that if I don’t get my shit together, for his sake, I stand a really good chance of fucking his head up.
So I try the only way I know how—by seeking out the Candi Apples of this world—and dig down deep for something to interest me in this life outside of my child and my hockey career.
Taking a deep breath, I pull onto the outer belt line that circles around Raleigh, and let it out slowly. Yeah, tomorrow I need to start the process of removing my head from my ass. I also know the first step is to do as Delaney says and make a choice from the final applicants and hire a nanny for Ben. Once I start back at practices next week, I’ll need someone to help me with him.
Delaney has been down here in Raleigh for the past week, interviewing prospects and checking out references. She’s narrowed it down to a choice of three, and while I really don’t want to care about whom to pick, I know that for the sake of my son, I need to be satisfied the person I do choose is right for the job. I trust Delaney implicitly, but I also know that I need to show some interest . . . at least for her peace of mind. The day after tomorrow she’ll head back to Manhattan, where she works as a financial analyst, and I can’t let her leave with undue worry over me and Ben.
It pisses me off that I have to hire a nanny. It feels like I’m replacing Gina . . . hiring a new mommy for my boy. Deep down, the rational side of me knows this isn’t true. While I’ve been able to handle Ben just fine on my own for the last four months while I recovered from my wrist injury, there is no way I can be a single parent to Ben when much of my career is spent on the road. I will need someone to be with him full-time when I’m gone, and it has to be someone trustworthy.
So I’ll do my duty tomorrow and give the applicants thoughtful consideration. Then I’ll make my decision and start the process of introducing a new woman who will become a provider and mother figure to my son.
That thought causes pain to shoot through my chest, and while I know it’s unfair, a little part of me already hates this woman because she will be taking Gina’s place in that respect.
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