on May 1st 2017
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Tired of big city life, software developer Cole Sampson moves to a small Canadian town to get some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, his keep-the-hell-away-from-me vibes don’t work on his gorgeous new neighbor.
Waitress Rachel Malone is intrigued by the hot curmudgeon living next door and his very sexy scowl. Sure, he keeps shutting down her every advance, but before long, she finally catches his interest.
A red-hot, sex-only relationship is what they want. But Cole can’t get over the fact he likes cuddling, and Rachel won’t let herself fall in love, not when she’s finally decided to follow her dreams and move to the city. Still, it’s just sex. Isn’t it?
1. What inspired you to become an author?
I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was seven. I loved writing stories—that was my favorite part of school. I started writing seriously when I was twenty-five, partly inspired by Bridget Jones’s Diary. At first I wrote women’s fiction but later began writing contemporary romance. I’ve always wanted to make people laugh, so my writing usually includes a good dose of humor.
2. If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Accidentally in Love” by the Counting Crows.
3. What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
I love reading, especially out on the balcony with a cup of tea beside me. Mostly I read romance, both contemporary and historical. I also enjoy cooking, hiking, eating too much ice cream, and looking at cute pictures of puppies on the internet. (Because who doesn’t?)
4. Where did your inspiration for Tempting Her Neighbor come from?
The hero, Cole, was partly inspired by the main character in one of my favorite movies: Shrek. Which probably sounds a bit odd for an erotic romance, but personality-wise, they have some similarities. Shrek just wants to be left alone in his swamp, and Cole moves to a quiet small town to get away from the crowds of people in the city. He’s not interested in meeting his new neighbors, but the heroine, Rachel, has other ideas.
I also wanted to write a heroine who was a lot more sexually experienced than the hero. The hero isn’t a virgin, but he isn’t very experienced, and he’s rather self-conscious of this.
5. What’s up next for you?
The second book in my Small Town Temptations series, Seducing His True Love, will be out this summer. It’s a second chance romance that begins at a Halloween party, at which the heroine is dressed as a beaver. (Very Canadian, eh?) The heroine, Cassie, is a friend of the heroine in Tempting Her Neighbor. The hero, Blake, is a geological engineer who knows lots of dirty geology puns. Trust me, there are a lot!