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Monday, November 26, 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Harlie Williams


Welcome Harlie Williams! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

I’m a city girl, living in a small East Texas town now.  I love it, don’t miss the traffic but miss some of the shopping.  I’m married to the most wonderful person in the world that puts up with me at the computer for hours on end.  He calls it my “crack”.  We have an active second grade son that keeps us on our toes and he is already making up stories and telling us about them.


Is The Couple a single title, or part of a series?

It’s a single title but some of my beta readers have asked for more, so I’m not sure.


What were your inspirations for the story?

My oldest cousin and her husband are the inspiration for the story. They married two months after she graduated from high school. Been married 33 years, have two sons and as of two weeks ago, first time grandparents. They have managed to keep their marriage fresh and loving through it all. Plus, she was the older sister that I never had. We are still very close today has we were growing up. In fact, she is my child’s godmother.


Please share your setting for The Couple. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?   

The story is set in a small town bar. Even though I have lived in the city most of my life, I spent holidays and summers in Oklahoma. My parents are from two small towns and splitting my formative years in Oklahoma helped with the setting. Trust me, the bar in my story is common in small towns in Oklahoma. Right down to the barkeep.


When did the writing bug first bite?

Honestly, about two years ago. I’ve always had stories in my head but with a full on career in Dallas, marrying in my late 30’s and having a baby soon after, writing was not my pleasure de jour…reading was. Then I got into reviewing and when an author offered the chance to write a short story for an anthology that she was editing, I jumped at the chance. I didn’t make the anthology but I kept the story, reworked it and a year later sold it.


Who are you favorite authors, book/series? 

Julie Garwood’s Buchanan’s (contemporary series) are my favorites. Linda Howard’s MacKenzie’s are my next. The Chicago Stars series from Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson’s hockey players. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is my book boyfriend and I will fight to the death over him. There is something sexy about a hero that will do anything to protect his family, country and humanity in general. Jack Ryan has seen it all and now his children are doing what he did before. I realize that most romance readers are thinking…Jack Ryan? You mean the movies that Ben Affleck, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin starred in? Oh yes, but read the books and you will understand where I’m coming from with my love for him.

My dream roundtable discussion would be the following: Linda Howard, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julie Garwood, Tom Clancy, John Grisham (just so I could hear that sexy southern drawl and stare into his eyes), Sandra Brown, Rachel Gibson and George Lucas.


What is your most favorite childhood memory? 

Spending time in Oklahoma with my extended family and friends. 


Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spear time?  

As a married mom with an active second grade boy, I have no spare time.  LOL!  Seriously, I don’t watch much television unless it’s a kid’s show and movies are watched when he is asleep.


Boxers, brief or commando?  Boxer Briefs

Favorite eye color? Blue


What's the strangest thing you've heard or seen?  

Our son deciding on where the Christmas decorations will be put in the house.  Should be interesting.  J


Author links:
Author site:  www.harliewilliams.com


The Couple
by Harlie Williams

Blurb:

A sexy lady and a tall dark and handsome cowboy equals a fantasy worth exploring. Will two sexually charged and very frustrated people find the release they so desperately desire? A role playing exercise between a married couple escalates into a night of well-deserved passion and a renewal of commitment. Between jobs, family and real life, the married couple drifted apart and communication between them has been lax. Through some light bondage and role playing, can they rebuild the trust and communication they've lost? Will the sexy lady and her handsome cowboy be able to tie each other up to see if this is really what they want for just right now or will it be forever.



Excerpt: Rated PG-13 (language)
“What’s a girl like you doing at a bar like this?” he asked.
Her voice was a purr, like a cat well satisfied with its stolen pitcher of cream. “I’m looking for someone special.”
Hoping that she meant him he asked, “Did you find him yet?”
“Maybe.” The glint in her eye told him he was definitely in the running.  However, I’m not looking to hook up with just any old cowboy.  He must be able to go the full eight seconds and come back for more.”  She eyed him from head to toe.  “Think you can handle that?”
Oh, I can most definitely handle you sweetheart.
Not wanting to seem too eager he replied, “I’m not sure but I’m willing to try.”
“Do or do not.  There is no try.”  He struggled not to let his grin escape.  The fact that she was trying to seduce him using a Star Wars quotes made is dick twitch.
“Let’s just say I’m looking to burn off some pent up frustration. A little excess energy.  And I’ve got plenty to burn.”
The way she shivered at his words, he knew he almost had her.  He winked as she licked her crimson lips and blew out a small breath.  Damn what this woman is doing to him
He pushed her knees apart with his left leg and was rewarded with the amazing scent of her arousal.  The knowledge she was wet for him had him close to going off in his jeans. 
Houston, we have lift-off!
“Why don’t you have a seat cowboy and we’ll talk about it.”
She gasped when he shocked her with a brush of his lips against hers; fighting with everything he had not to deepen the kiss. 
Patience, patience.
He would play her game for the moment but sooner or later, she would be his.  Tied up and begging for more. 
He asked her, “Now about that eight second ride?”



~~ GIVEAWAY ~~

36 comments:

  1. It all really depends on what I want to read at the moment and the way the book was put to together.

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    1. I know what you mean. Some shorts are better than long ones. Some long ones take FOREVER to get to the point.

      Harlie

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  2. Longer more involved stories are my favorite.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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    1. I just finished too long novels but they read like short stories. That's how good they were.

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  3. I prefer longer stories - unless I am super short on time, but as a generalization I prefer long stories.

    The Chicago Stars series is one of my favorites as well,I still remember the cereal prank from Nobody's Baby But Mine :).

    Thanks for the fun interview and giveaway!

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    1. OMG, that scene is classic. My favorite from the series is Match Me if You Can. :)

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  4. I prefer longer stories. I like getting immersed in the characters and everything going on and it's hard to do that with a short story.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    kitcat76(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I just finished two long stories and I totally lost myself in both of them.

      Harlie

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  5. Harlie, what a great interview. I got to know you even better after meeting you at EPICon. The book sounds wonderful and I can't wait to read it. I'm so happy for you.

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    1. Oh Cara, you always make me smile! :) Thank you so much. I'm excited and scared all at the same time. Psst...I've been told that's normal.

      Harlie

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  6. It depends on what mood I am in. Normally I prefer longer stories cause I never seem to get enough with a short but sometimes a short is just what I need. Great interview Harlie, I wish you the best of luck! Oh, the excerpt is great BTW, makes me want to read it =)

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    1. Liked it, did you? :) Patience on the reading it yet. Just finished 1st round edits.

      Harlie

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  7. I love finding new authors and books. I cant wait to start reading your books.
    lauratroxel@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks Laura. It will be available on December 28th and I can't wait.

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  8. Wow! GF what a great excerpt and interview. I'm so happy for you. Much continued success. ox

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    1. Ms. Vicki! I just about given up. But I'm back in the grove and excited as hell! :)

      Harlie

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  9. I applaud you for being able to pen a short story. i can't for the life of me. I'm way to wordy!!! LOL Congratulations on the sale, I love the cover and can't wait to read it.

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    1. Thanks Nikki...unfortunately, I'm not that wordy but my next book will be a lot longer....

      Harlie

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  10. Awesome interview, ladies. Congrats on your release! So excited for you. :)

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I'm super excited and scared. Shhh don't tell anyone. :)

      Harlie

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  11. Actually I love both. If they are longer then I want them to be a series (I'm a series girl) but when they are shorter, I can read them just about any time, any place and enjoy every minute of them. Harlie - You rocked your interview! I live north of Dallas.:)

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    1. We must get together then. I'm in Dallas at least once a month visiting the folks and going to my RWA Chapter meeting. :) I grew up in Dallas.

      Harlie

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  12. I tend to prefer longer stories but not so long that my wrists hurt from holding the book (or that the battery on the iPad runs out). Congrats on the release, it must be quite a rush! Thank you for the giveaway.

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Trust me, I understand. I've run out of battery on the Kindle. :)

      Harlie

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  13. Congrats on your new release! I love your choice of favorite authors...I'm going to check out the ones I haven't read...yet. Longer stories for me so I can stop reading and look forward to opening the book again to see what happens next.

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    1. My choices are varied as you can tell. I love nothing more than to get lost in the latest adventures of Jack Ryan and his son. Plus, who doesn't love a thriller from John Grisham? Okay, a lot of people but A Time To Kill is still one of my all time favorites. And yes, I read the book before I saw the movie. ;)

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  14. My current fave Grisham is The Brethren; also The Runaway Jury. Great interview Harlie:) And congrats again for being published!!

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    1. Thanks Molly! What is it about Grisham? he he! Its that southern drawl *swoon*

      Harlie

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  15. Congrats, Harlie! It couldn't be happening to a nicer person. You've been reviewing other people's words for so long...now let's see what you've got! ;-D Hoping for big sales for you.

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    1. Fiona I'm scared to death what reviewers will think about the book. Terrified actually. I just have to remember that I'm a reviewer and its all sugar and spice. Plus, a review is someone's opinion. Doesn't make it any easier when I think about it. Yikes!

      Harlie

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  16. Nice excerpt. Prefer longer books.

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    1. Thanks! I do like longer books, just can't write them. :)

      Harlie

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  17. I like both long and short stories, depending if I want a quick read, or immerse myself into my comfy chair for a longer read. ha, ha, I'm not particular.

    Your's sounds like a winner to me.

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    1. Thanks Lorrie! Its two scenes and one twist of an ending. You will love it.

      Harlie

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  18. A little late, but nice interview Harlie. An intriguing premise, and equally interesting inspiration for your book. Wishing you best wishes on your release! I tend to like longer stories only because as Janet said, I too like to get into a story, then I can look forward to continuing it the next evening. I'm a Linda Howard and Sandra Brown fan as well, but you've definitely made me curious to check out Tom Clancy:)

    Cheers, Sara

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  19. Cathy V is the winner. Email has been sent.

    Thank you to everyone that commented. :)

    Harlie

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