by: Robin Bielman
Series: Kisses in the Sand
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 8, 2016
Publisher: Entangled ~ Lovestruck
Their friendship is about to take a turn down the aisle.
Olivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he’s on board, too…until she blurts out that they’re engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire.
The problem? Danny doesn’t do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia.
As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is what Danny does. But put best friends under one roof, add house rules begging to be broken, accidental nakedness, and pancakes in bed, and what started as a marriage between friends threatens to turn into the real deal…which would ruin everything.
Hi Robin. Welcome back to Read Your Writes Book Reviews. How are you?
Hi, Kim! I’m good, and so excited to be here with you and your readers. Thanks so much for having me back!
You’re welcome. Today, my partner in crime, Nicola has decided to grace us with her presence. She’s biting at the bit to ask you a few questions, but I’m going to make her wait.
Hi, Nicola! Yay! I love that you’re here, too. I’m honored to have both of you blogging with me!
What three things do you need in order to write?
Hmm… 1) my laptop 2) a spiral notebook filled with notes I jot down as I write, sticky notes with ideas or bits of dialogue that strike me when I’m away from my computer, and anything else WIP-related that I’ve printed or maybe cut out of a magazine 3) bubble gum
PS I don’t need him to write, but I love when my dog, Harry, sits at my feet—which is most of the time.
Harry is so freaking adorable! I know you’re a little nervous for readers to get their hands on The Best Friend Bargain. I believe you told me Danny was a little bit of a different hero. Why are you so nervous?
Well, I get nervous with every release, but yeah, especially this one because of Danny, and also because of the best friend trope. Danny was challenging in that he’s struggling with something pretty major and I wanted to do that justice. I wanted to portray him as this great guy—which he is—but he also has a grumpy side (for good reason) and finding a balance so readers would love him as much as I do was important to me. My editors really helped me see him more clearly. And then with the best friends aspect, I tried to take a fresh approach to what brings them together as more than friends. I also wanted their relationship to ring true and make them so comfortable with each other that nothing was off limits.
Danny was amazing. I’m sure Nicola would totally agree. What’s your favorite part of a romance to write? (The beginning, the first meeting, first kiss, getting to know each other, first love scene, big fight, HEA or something else?)
The beginning of the book and first meets are my favorite. I also love writing the sexual tension between my hero and heroine. Leading up to that first kiss and further intimacy is fun!
Hi Robin. Nicola here. No one writes a first kiss scene, like you do. Have you thought about publishing a “how to kiss guide”?
Hey, Nic! Aw, thank you! I appreciate you saying that so much. And ROFL! Maybe I could get my hubby to co-write that with me. As I type this, he’s actually sitting next to me, so I just told him this question. His answer? “Well if nothing else, I can help you with the research.” (winks)
Aww, Mr. B. Robin, you are like the go to person for grand romantic gestures in your books. How do you come up with them?
I love grand romantic gestures (and thank you again!). As do my editors. LOL They are often like, let’s make this even bigger and they give me some awesome suggestions. I also get ideas from TV and movies, and sometimes from something I saw on YouTube. A hero who puts himself out there to win the girl of his dreams makes me swoon, so I hope others feel the same way.
As a reader, Danny and Olivia's story pulled a lot of emotion out of me, did writing it have that effect on you as well?
Thank you for saying that. And yes, it so did! This book affected me more than any of my others. (Yours At Midnight probably comes in second as far as emotional pull.) I ached for Danny, especially, as I was writing and felt things that went beyond the fictional story. For myself, for my family, and for others. We all have stuff to deal with, every single one of us, and I thought a lot about the people I have in my life, and how thankful I am to have support when I need it.
Nicola and I are both crazy about you, in case you haven’t figured it out. What’s next for you?
Thanks for asking! My next release is in October and it’s titled ONCE UPON A ROYAL CHRISTMAS. I am super in love with the book and can’t wait for readers to meet Prince Theo. Then next year kicks off my new NA series. I’m writing the first book now—TALK BRITISH TO ME—and am so, so excited about it!!
Speaking for Nicola, we are both looking forward to reading the books. Thank you so much for joining us today.
Thank you for having me and being part of my blog tour! xoxo
She pressed her lips together and tried really hard not to laugh, but it didn’t work and she burst into a fit of uncontrollable giggles. Not entirely because he was funny, but because his teasing question heightened her awareness of him. Made her nervous.
And horny. So, so horny.
“God, I love your laugh,” he said quietly, his gaze drifting over her chin, her lips, her cheeks, her eyes.
Liv stopped. Giggling. Moving. Breathing. And thinking that they could go back to the way things were before they’d kissed on the beach and her world had turned on its axis.
She loved laughing with Danny. He’d always had a direct link to her funny bone. Her mind searched for the times Will had made her laugh. Once, maybe twice? In six months. How had she not realized that until now?
“Danny,” she said, whisper soft.
“I’m not telling you anything I haven’t told you before.”
True. He didn’t keep his compliments to himself, especially when her loud, high-pitched guffaw swayed others to laugh along with her. But the gleam in his eyes said he wanted to back up his statement with another kiss, and that had never happened before.
Time to stop looking at those twin pools of honey and reading things she wasn’t quite ready to tackle.
“Don’t read anything into it,” he added, like he had secret passage inside her head. “I’m just a guy telling his best friend she’s fun to be around.”
Seriously? He had to throw out movie star lines like that? Could he say the wrong thing just once so he pissed her off? Whenever he talked she forgot about keeping him in the friend zone. The only zone she wanted him in was the touchdown one. Doing a dirty dance with their hot, sweaty naked bodies entwined.
She leaned closer to him. “Then stop looking at me like that.”
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When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts all of her story ideas.
She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.
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