Title: Racing to Love – Carter’s Treasure
Author: Amy Gregory
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Comedy / Drama
Length: 79,000 words
Buy: Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (print) | B&N
From the outside, Molly West had everything, beauty, brains, and a career she’d retired from not once, but twice. Being in the limelight and in a sport that was male driven, she was often surrounded men. She ignored first the boys, and as she got older, the men. Unfortunately, they were all the same, all after one thing, and she had absolutely no use for them. Her cold shoulder and patented not a chance in hell look were usually enough to get her point across. Occasionally, she had to resort to her sass—and her brother.
Molly had no plans in changing what was a perfectly good system. That is until she walked into the pits. When she stood toe-to-toe with the sex in jeans, she knew right then and there that the man her adoptive mother always told her was out there, was now standing right in front of her.
Carter Sterling had traveled the racing circuit since he was a boy. He’d heard all the old standbys, She’s out there somewhere, love comes along when you least expect it. Good things come to those that… Yeah, he’d heard them all. The last place he expected to meet the love of his life was on a pro track. All she did was smile, and he knew, looking into her sapphire blue eyes, Molly West was his. Forever.
If it was only that easy. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he had a gripping feeling in him. An overwhelming need to protect her. A girl he’d just met. Carter had learned a long time ago that gut feelings are almost never wrong.
Molly now held his heart in her hands, but it was going to take a lot more than just love to protect her from the past she thought she’d buried a long time ago.
Where were you born and where do you call home?
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
Susan Mallery & Nora Roberts – less than a year and a half
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Somewhere between being signed and the release day of the first book.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
Racing to Love, book 3 – Eli’s Honor. It focuses on Carter’s other best friend, set a few years later. It’s his story of how when he least expected it, love finally found him.
Can’t wait to that one!
I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
Well, that would have to be I love to write hot sex scenes and I have a horrible smart-mouth sense of humor that just finds its way onto the pages.
If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
That they love their women, they love to have a good time, laugh a lot, drink a little, and that all in all they are all great guys.
What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author?
Of course! I love racing!!
Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?
Probably in the first book it would have to be Brody. He’s just so protective of his sister, he demands to have his feelings known.
Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?
Well, I sort of write by the seat of my pants, so I never know how the story is going to go until it starts appearing before my eyes.
Have you bas
ed any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
The characters all have my sense of humor and smart mouth to varying degrees. But the racing is very much a part of our life too.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m a total pantser! I have a few character details decided upon to start, the premise and then I’m off. I keep a notebook by my laptop and as major points come out in the typing I write it in the notebook so I can refer back to them later.
So glad to meet another pantser!
How did you come up with the title?
It was just natural. It’s a racing premise and it is 100% a love story.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That even when you try to plan things out, life works out the way it supposed to. Love will find you when you least expect it, but need it the most. And that when you find that love, protect it with everything you’ve got.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
This is a four book series, and I have just recently started the last book, Alex’s Destiny.
How did you come up with the title and cover design?
The racing boots…those are ours! And love almost always is synonymous with roses. My friend shot the cover, and a brilliant designer made it come together.
Who designed the cover of your book?
Heidi Cantrell & Chad L.
Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?
I have another series already making its way onto paper in the form of notes and scribbling. I want to do this for the rest of my life. If I’m lucky enough, hopefully this dream will continue to keep coming true.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Well, I have lots of places I love dearly that are all vastly different from one another. But to live, I’d have to say Waikiki Beach, Oahu, HI.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
What books have most influenced your writing most and why?
Susan Mallery has probably the most. She also writes a lot in a series style. I love how you get to know the characters, but then you still get to hear about their lives throughout the rest of the series. It’s not over at the end of just one book.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
For years I carried two, three or even more books with me at a time. Then another author showed me how to use the Kindle app on my iPhone and life has never been the same since. I am probably addicted to Amazon like some people are purses!
LOL – I’m with you on the apps! Always have a couple of books going . . .
Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trad published?
I have an amazing publisher that I have been so blessed to have found. Sapphire Star Publishing. They gave me a chance and the knowledge to make my dreams come true.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
This is my genre. I am a sucker for a love story, I love humor and I HAVE to have a happily ever after!
How do you market/promote your books?
Twitter, Facebook, Pintrest, blog tours, blogger friends, other authors, and my publisher helps tremendously.
What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller ?
If you want to read the next book immediately, then it’s destined to be great!
Have you ever suffered from a "writer’s block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?
I did when I tried to write in a different style. I tried to plot out my third book before writing. It didn’t work at all, the words weren’t coming and I would sit and stare at a blank screen. When I started over and threw out the idea that I had to be completely organized with my thoughts, when I sat down and just started typing then in about ten weeks it was completely written.
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
In book 1, Carter’s treasure, I have several parts, but the one that sticks out the most is the bar scene. I don’t know why, but I love that scene. I guess it seems like something I’d do.
What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best component?
No one likes to hear that “at this time we aren’t going to”, rejection hurts. I’m just hard-headed enough to try to prove those people wrong.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Have you ever read a book more than once?
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/ paperback/ hardcover)?
Sugar’s Dance, by Katie Mettner – ebook Susan Mallery’s-Fool’s Gold series – paperback
Are there any new Authors that have seized your interest and why?
ew, I don’t know. New to me… Renee Vincent, KE Saxon, Jan Romes, Jane Isaac, Mari Carr
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Always have faith in yourself, or others won’t believe in you either. Also, keep reading constantly. Oh, and always carry a small notepad with you. You never know when your next great idea will come to you.
What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?
Keep reading in your genre, it helps give you an idea of styles you like or don’t like.
White wine or red?
Either, just very, very sweet.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee and iced tea.
What are 4 things you never leave home without?
Money! Laptop, notebooks & pens.
Laptop or desktop for writing?
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I have a desk at home, but it doesn’t matter as long as it’s perfectly quiet.
If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?
Adam Sandler, Susan Mallery, Kevin Wyndam
One of your favourite quotes –
“At the base of uncertainty, it’s time to lock and load.” Travis Pastrana-199
List 3 of your all time favourite books?
Nora Robert’s Irish Series. Susan Mallery’s Buchannan Series, Renee Vincent-Silent Partner. (but I could go on and on!!)
List 3 of your all time favourite movies?
Cutting Edge, Father of the Bride 1 & 2, Spanglish
An actor you have a crush on –
(I’m noticing an Adam Sandler theme here, lol)
What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?
I love “So You Think You Can Dance”.
They continued to walk back toward the pits, but he stopped when they were in the darkened hallway, just before they would have rounded the corner and been seen.
Molly’s heart sped.
He was still holding her hand, but turned to face her as he placed his other hand on her waist. She sucked in a breath when he stepped forward. Her first instinct was to be anxious, to cower back, but something in those ice blue eyes told her she didn’t have to be afraid.
When he had leaned in to kiss her when they were sitting on the track, she’d panicked. And then when he had started to move away, she’d panicked again—for a different reason entirely.
Those flip-flopping emotions were about to drive her crazy.
Now, in the dimmed corridor, Molly closed her eyes to catch her breath and to search for a decision. He’d been rubbing his thumb on her waist, but his movements stopped when her eyes dropped closed. The soothing strokes didn’t continue until she finally reopened her eyes and dragged her attention up his chest and past his Adam’s apple. She continued up until she locked her gaze with his. When she offered him a hesitant smile, he began stroking her again with a warm smile on his lips.
Staring down at her, he let go of her hand and skimmed the back of his over her cheek. She felt her heart thundering, her pulse racing when she ran her hands up his chest, feeling each and every rippled muscle. She’d never purposely touched a man like this before. Sure, she’d felt Brody’s muscles when she’d smacked him for one reason or another. Or when trying to push him off of her after he’d wrestled her to the ground being an ornery brother and all. But this? This was foreign.
Her eyes were back on her own fingers, taking everything in. She stopped at his heart and could feel it pounding hard beneath the soft cotton t-shirt.
“Just so you know…” he started in his slow, sexy voice.
She could tell he was waiting for eye contact again before continuing. “Yeah?” she whispered.
“I’m going to fall in love with you.”
Amy Gregory leads an incredibly active lifestyle in Kansas City with
her husband and their three fantastic kids who keep them running in three very different directions. When she’s not rushing her oldest daughter to tumbling, her youngest daughter to music lessons, or sitting track-side watching her son practice motocross, she’s taking the few minutes in between to scribble the next pages in her Racing to Love series.
When asked, “When do you have time to write?” Amy Gregory giggles. “In bits and pieces,” she says.
Amy is known for her snarky, off the cuff sense of humor, which you’ll find shining through in the characters she’s created. Her debut novel, Racing to Love, Carter’s Treasure, is set for release June 7, 2012.
I’ve spent my whole life trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, and now I’ve finally found it. – Amy Gregory
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