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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Sara Daniel


Welcome Sara Daniel! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
Thanks so much for having me here today. I write contemporary and paranormal romance for Musa Publishing, contemporary erotic romance for Decadent Publishing and contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing (Bliss Imprint). I simply love to write romance and happily-ever-after.

Is Zane’s Art a single title, or part of a series?
Zane’s Art is part of Musa Publishing’s Finally Ever After short story, second chance at love series. All books in the series are independent and stand-alone. Zane’s Art, however, does have a sequel. Wyatt’s Guilt follows the story of Wyatt, who first makes his appearance in Zane’s Art as the heroine’s brother.

What were your inspirations for the story?
I grew up in a small town, and I love using a small town setting for my books. My high school class reunion was coming up at the same time Musa Publishing created this line. My imagination got right to work and immediately gave me the perfect story. 

Please share your setting for Zane’s Art. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?   
My setting in a fictional small town in central Illinois, population 1,463. I grew up in a town of a similar size and location. As a fiction writer, I adore how everyone knows a little too much about everyone else’s business and isn’t afraid to talk about it.

When did the writing bug first bite?
I've been writing since 5th grade. My first "book" was actually a play because that way I only had to write the dialogue, which was the only part I wanted to write anyway! By junior high, I needed a way to fit in all the emotions and motivations, and I started writing novels. I simply love to write romance and happily ever after.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?
My all-time favorite hero is Kenny Karmody from Suzanne Brockmann’s Out of Control. That mix of sweet, vulnerable, tough, fearless, and irreverent made me fall head-over-heels in love. Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ First Lady is probably my all-time favorite book because every single character captivated me on every single page. When I finished that book for the first time, I turned to page one and immediately started reading it again.

What is your most favorite childhood memory?
I had an idyllic childhood with a lot of good memories. One of my favorites, although it certainly wasn’t my favorite at the time, is from when I was seven years old. We were on a car trip, and my parents said they had something special to tell me. I was immediately excited, sure that this meant we were going to stop for ice cream. Uh, no. Instead, they told me I was going to have a new baby brother or sister. I was so disappointed. That was supposed to be something special? What about ice cream? LOL!

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
I like to go for long walks and hikes. I get a lot of good ideas when I’m alone with my thoughts. I have three school-age children, so most of my non-writing time is spent being a mom, but I will confess to a huge obsession with NASCAR!

Boxers, brief or commando?
I find boxer-briefs to be a really sexy look, but who could resist commando?!

Favorite eye color?
Oh, I adore eyes that are a super-bright, striking color. Brown! Blue! Green! My eyes are an in-between color: bluish, greenish, grayish, maybe hazel. What color is hazel anyway? I’m never quite sure. Answering what color my eyes are is a seriously difficult question for me, so I really envy people with an obvious, identifiable color.

What's the strangest thing you've heard or seen?  
Last month I was walking down the sidewalk in my hometown with my mother. A total stranger proceeded to stop her full-size van in the middle of the street and ask us to open the passenger door and move her boxed frozen turkey from the floor onto the passenger seat. She explained that she was 87 years old and had just had hip surgery, so she couldn’t pick it up from the floor. But she was apparently cleared to drive!


Zane’s Art
by Sara Daniel
Erotic Contemporary Romance
Published by Musa Publishing
Released on October 19, 2012
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 9,500

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Blurb:

High school art teacher Julianne Truman's last chance to save her beloved art department from budget cuts is to sell the old sketches that her former boyfriend—and now famous artist—Zane DeMonde drew for her. But is she prepared to let go of his artwork and the last traces of him in her life?

Desperate to save his artistic reputation from the exposure of his early works, Zane returns to the home town he wanted to forget. He accuses Julianne of profiting from his success and demands she take his art off the market and cancel the auction.

Their high school attraction flares back to life, forcing Julianne to choose between the students who count on her and the man she never stopped loving.


Excerpt (First Kiss):

Julianne sank into the driver’s seat of her car, hoping for a quick second alone before Zane sat down next to her and looked at her again. She was an idiot. She was still hot for him after all these years, but he was completely out of her league now. It wasn’t enough that she knew it. He made sure she knew that he knew it too.

“Julianne.” His voice compelled her to turn to him as he took his seat in the car. No one said her name quite like Zane did. “We’re both wondering. Let’s find out and put it behind us.”

He caressed his hand over her cheek, as he leaned across the seat toward her, leaving no question about his intention. His lips touched hers, sweetly, the merest brush of warm soft lips, like she was a canvas he was going to paint.

His mouth was a wonder she couldn’t back away from. She leaned into him, needing more, needing to show him she was his partner in this masterpiece he was creating. She bit lightly on his lip.

His hand slid up her cheek, his fingers combing through her hair and massaging her scalp. He delved his tongue into her mouth. She shifted, desperately wanting to move closer to him.

A car horn blared, and she straightened immediately. She looked around, but the parking lot was empty.

“I believe that was you,” Zane said, with a pointed look at her elbow resting against the steering wheel. His damp, flushed lips curved in amusement.

“Oh.” She turned to face forward and pulled her seatbelt, hoping he wouldn’t notice how much her hands were shaking. Putting that kiss behind her was absolutely impossible as long as he sat next to her.


About the Author:

Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance and captivating small-town drama. She writes to entertain and to give people hope and a belief that everything can and will turn out happily ever after. On the personal side, Sara is a frazzled chauffeur, chef, personal assistant and slave to her children. She's crazy about country music and the drama of NASCAR. She has her own happily-ever-after romance with her hero husband. In addition to Zane’s Art, she is also the author of Construction Beauty Queen, The Wiccan Haus: Psychic Lies, The Wiccan Haus: A Man Worth Fighting For, Mr. Forever, More Than a Fantasy, and Wyatt’s Guilt (sequel to Zane’s Art).

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Giveaway!

Prize is 2 eBook copies of "Zane's Art" (1 each to 2 winners)Contest is tour-wide, open internationally and ends Jan 30. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.







4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

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  2. Great interview. I like country music too. Zane's Art sounds terrific.

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  3. Sounds like a nice setting for a book.

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  4. sounds like a nice setting for a book.

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