Welcome, Robin! What 5 things should readers know about you?
Thanks so much for having me here today, Becky! Let’s see, five things readers should know about me? I love to read, too. I’m surrounded by guys – my hubby, two sons and a very cute dog named Harry who likes to snuggle and chew socks. My favorite place is the beach. I have a huge sweet tooth. And one day I’d like to drop everything and just travel around for a month or two.
Tell us all about your main characters—who are they? What makes them tick? Most importantly, what one thing would they need to have with them if stranded on a desert isle? 😉
Zane Hollander is a pro surfer. He lives and breathes the ocean and nothing matters more to him than surfing. Sophie gave up her job in research to be an event planner, and for the first time in her life is out of her comfort zone and loving it. Besides each other, they’d need a surfboard with them on a desert island. 😉
Where did the inspiration for this book come from?
As I mentioned above, the beach is my favorite place, so I knew I wanted to write a pro surfer hero one day. I also love movies and festivals of any kind, so putting the two together was a fun thing to write about.
How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?
I’ve been writing novels for about 7 years now. I’d always loved to write and did a lot of writing for a local production company after college – commercials, infomercials, and cable programming. But once I had my kids, I stayed home with them and just did some freelance writing. It was during that time that I was writing about brides and weddings and a fellow writer asked if I’d ever written a romance novel and if not then I should. And that one little comment was what inspired me. A little bell went off in my head and I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part?
I love being with my characters. I love creating stories for them and happily ever afters. I love that they’re always with me, and while I’m writing their book, that they’re constantly talking to me. (I don’t answer back! Swear. At least not out loud. LOL) The most challenging part of writing is that sometimes the words just don’t want to flow. I’m a pantser, meaning I don’t plot very much, so there are days when I’ll stare at my computer screen and be stuck with what comes next.
LOL! (the answering back part)
What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?
Thanks for asking! Right now, I’m finishing up edits on the next book in my Take A Risk series. It’s tentatively titled His Million Dollar Risk and is releasing in January. The next, and last book in that series will be out in June. I also have two more books to follow Keeping Mr. Right Now in my Kisses in the Sand series. The next one is Honor and Bryce’s story and will be out sometime next year. I’m super excited about all of them!
Yay! I love the Take a Risk series! (And am looking forward to reading the others too 😉)
What authors and/or books have inspired you?
So many authors have inspired me. Jill Shalvis, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Charlene Sands, and Marilyn Brant to name just a few of my favorite contemporary authors.
Some of my favorites, and a few to add to my TBR—excellent!
What are you currently reading? What are your thoughts about it so far?
Actually, I’m currently reading Marilyn’s Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet and it’s wonderful!
Oooh, that’s on my TBR! Can’t wait to get to it!
If you had to “sell” this book in a single Tweet, what would you say?
He’s worldly, adventurous, sexy, & she’s…not. But the more time they spend together, the less they can resist each other. #oppositesattract
Perfect! Thanks so much, Robin!
USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and one crazy-cute dog who loves to chew on everyone’s socks. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, eat cupcakes, and dip her toes in the ocean. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.
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A temporary agreement neither could keep…
Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she’s up close and personal with the world’s sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?
Zane Hollander’s playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She’s genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he’ll just break her heart. Because nothing’s more important to Zane than following the tide.
“Hey. Sorry about losing you.”
“You didn’t lose me. I left.”
That she did. “Can I come in?”
She hesitated a moment. “Uh, sure.” She stepped aside and he entered the large room with an ocean view. The sliding French door was open, and the gravitational pull of the beach led him to the patio.
“Nice view,” he said over his shoulder.
“It really is. This is the nicest place I’ve ever stayed at. Not that I’ve stayed in very many places.” She came up beside him, and her cinnamon sugar scent teased him.
He wanted to taste her. Eat her up. “Is this your first time seeing the ocean, too?”
“Yes,” she whispered like she was embarrassed about it. “And I’m sorry I didn’t tell you that before our lesson the other day.”
“No apology necessary. I’m pretty impressed you did what you did.”
“Really?” Delight wiped out her shame, coaxing big-ass smiles out of them both.
“You’re a lot tougher than you look.” He turned his head toward the ocean, afraid that if he looked only at her, he’d do something stupid. Bikini-clad women dotted the beach, but not one sparked his interest like the woman next to him. Especially now that pink colored her cheeks. He wanted to take her full bottom lip between his teeth, kiss her, slip his tongue inside her mouth, and once he’d had his fill, lick his way down her body until—
“What about you?” She curled up on one of the cushioned patio chairs.
“What about me?” He took the other seat, stretching his legs out and situating himself for an easy view of the beach through the iron slats of the patio railing.
“How would people describe you?”
Her question drew his undivided attention. “Depends on who you ask.” He smirked. “Women and men have very different opinions of me.” The sun glittered off her auburn hair, casting a radiant halo. “All good, mind you.”
She rolled her eyes. “Do you ever get tired of it?”
“The fame. Being recognized everywhere you go. Having to always wear a certain image.”
His heart beat a little faster. The image he shared with the world was far from the guy his family and close friends knew. He got the feeling from Sophie’s warm, interested eyes that she really wanted to know what made him tick. In his world, women only wanted to know how to get in his board shorts, so it took him a minute to process her curiosity.
And damn if it didn’t bother him that she apparently didn’t want in his pants.
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