Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Interview from Texas by Brenda Whiteside

The two main characters from my latest release, The Morning After, are the subjects of today’s interview. The Morning After is a novella from The Wild Rose Press and is part of the Honky Tonk Heart Series.

Can there really be love at first sight?

Abigail Martin doesn’t think so. Unless the sexy redheaded stranger she wakes up with the morning after her best friend’s wedding is telling the truth.

Bobby Stockwood fell cowboy-hat-over-boot-heels for the brown-haired beauty, and married her in an impromptu wedding ceremony.  Now he just has to convince his new bride that the morning after can be the first day of the rest of their lives.

But just when Abigail starts believing the fairy-tale is real, she finds out exactly who Bobby is, and the walls of make-believe start crumbling down.

And now, straight from their mouths to your ears.

Me: Hi Abigail and Bobby. Let’s start with ladies first.

Bobby: But of course. That’s my motto too.

Me: Tell me a little bit about yourself, Abby.

Bobby: Ohhh, don’t call her Abby. Only her mother and her husband can call her Abby.

Abigail: Bobby! You are so forward. Hmm…but it’s true, Brenda. Sorry.

Me: I’m sorry. Totally forgot. Now something about you, Abigail.

Abigail: I’m single, working at a job I’m not too crazy about and kind of tired of being the bridesmaid and not the bride. And thanks to my mom, am reminded rather frequently that the old clock is ticking. I’m not the gorgeous, voluptuous heroine you find in most romance…

Bobby: Now she’s just plain wrong there. Darlin’, you’re beautiful, splendid and spirited.

Abigail: In his eyes! I’m thirty-five and pretty much the girl next door in the looks department. Now hush, Bobby, until she asks you a question.

Me: Let’s go ahead and hear a little bit about Bobby from Bobby.

Bobby: Thanks, Brenda. And she is pretty. As for me, I’m not too tall at five foot seven but I like practically looking Abby eye to eye. I’m a redheaded cowboy who does more corporate work for the family business than cowboy business. And I like to have a good time no matter what I’m doing.

Abigail: Now that’s stating it mildly. First off, he’s damn sexy. And to put it in Texan terms, Bobby’s a hoot. And he believes in love at first sight.

Me: How about you, Abigail?

Abigail: Now? After the fact? Still not entirely sure. I’m a bit more grounded than Bobby is, although lately I feel like I’m floating three feet off the ground. He did sweep me off my feet, but then I’d had a few too many of those tropical blitz things in cute pink and purple glasses – and you got to keep them!

Bobby: Tried to drink yourself to a full set, huh?

Abigail: No! I’m just not a drinker. Ugh. So he swept me off my feet…

Bobby: Are you telling her you wouldn’t have been swept off your feet if you hadn’t overindulged. Abby, honey, don’t tell me you were that drunk. I knew you were more than tipsy, but not mind-numbing drunk. The night was all too perfect. Damn near a double wedding with Sue Ellen and JT.

Abigail: Snickers.

Me: Would either of you like to tell me more about your story?

Bobby and Abigail in unison: No!

Abigail: There are twists and turns and lots of fun that the readers need to enjoy without a hint.

Bobby: Y’all enjoy now, ya hear!

4 Star RT Rating
There is only one word to describe this novella — adorable! While readers miss the couple’s “meet cute” the truth is that we don’t need to know what happened the first night they met because Abby and Bobby’s entire relationship is heartmeltingly sweet. This is a morning after that readers will not regret one bit.

The somewhat introverted Abigail Martin is shocked when she wakes up the night after her friend’s wedding hungover with a man in her bed. The surprises keep on coming when Bobby Stockwood introduces himself — as her husband! Even though he is sexy, smart and charming, Abby still feels rushed into the situation. So she kicks Bobby out, only to wish he would have stayed. However, Bobby doesn’t take the rejection to heart. After a string of not-right-women, he knows that he has finally met “the one” even if she doesn’t believe in love at first sight. 

5 Cup Coffee Time Romance Rating

This is a really fun read that is based on falling in love at first sight. Abigail and Bobby are extremely likeable characters and they have great attraction between them. The western setting is realistic and adds strength to the storyline. The story flows very naturally and is well-paced; I even held my breath towards the climatic scenes near the end. I heartily recommend this book.

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Jannine Gallant said...

School started today, Brenda, so maybe (just maybe) I'll have time to read again! I'm so looking forward to reading this book!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

I inhale every Honky Tonk Hearts story as soon as it comes out. Love the series. Simply love it. Your story was a fun read. I loved

LisaRayns said...

Character interviews are so much fun. Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres and this one looks great!

Brenda Whiteside said...

Jannine, Vonnie and Lisa - thanks for commenting. I've been out of touch all day and just now back on. thanks

Laura Breck said...

Fabulous interview, Brenda! You're so creative. I haven' read The Morning After yet, but it'll definitely be on my list for next month's vacation! Yee Haw!

Brenda Whiteside said...

Thanks, Laura.

Margo Hoornstra said...

This book sounds great. Always has. What a series.

Brenda Whiteside said...

Thanks, Margo!