Hello and Welcome!
Today I’m happy to introduce Codi Gary author of Holding Out for a Hero that just released on Nov. 8th, 2016. Codi, thank you for visiting Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and speaking with me today.
For those readers not familiar with you, would you please share a little about yourself?
I’d love to! So, I am a Northern California girl who moved to rural Idaho five years ago. There isn’t much difference between the small town I grew up in and where I live now. I have always preferred the country to the big city (at least I’m 99.9 percent sure that when I hear gunshots in the country, it is hunting season.) I love books, mostly romance because I always know I am getting a HEA, and I can’t get enough of my favorite shows like Law and Order SVU, Greys Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, This Is Us, Supernatural, The Mindy Project, etc…I have a long list. I have way too way too many animals, and have been writing books, a dream I’ve had since I was eleven, for four years.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I have always been in love with Small Town Romance, and it felt like the easiest genre to cut my teeth on as a newbie writer.
Was there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way wither growing up or as an adult?
I have always been a big historical romance lover, especially westerns and regency, but I fell hard for SEP and Rachel Gibson books in high school. Their blend of funny and emotional was so amazing, I knew I wanted to bring that into my own stories.
What underrated book do you think all romance lovers should read?
I don’t know if it is “underrated” but Julie Garwood’s For the Roses will always be one of my absolute favorites. I was fifteen and had just had my heart broken by a boy I really liked, and my family took me on a camping trip. I was mopey and in a bad mood, so I stayed in the trailer reading…and pretty soon I was smiling and laughing and everything seemed just a little bit better. The way she created this amazing family, drama, hilarity, and squeal worthy moments is something every author should strive for.
Holding Out for a Hero
He wasn’t looking for love…
Two years after the death of his wife, Sergeant Blake Kline is still hurting. He isn’t ready to date, but whenever he stops by his local diner and sees the friendly smile of his favorite waitress, he feels a spark of true happiness again. And when her life is unexpectedly threatened, Blake discovers his feelings for her might not be as platonic as he thought.
She was holding out for the hero of her dreams…
Bookworm Hannah York has always been a hopeless romantic–preferring book boyfriends to blind dates–and she’s been day-dreaming about Blake since the moment he came into her diner. She’s convinced they’ll never be more than friends… until Blake kisses her and “weak in the knees” becomes more than just a line from her favorite romance novel. The closer Blake and Hannah get, however, the harder he fights to keep her at a distance.
But forever has a way of sneaking up on you…
When their blossoming relationship takes a complicated turn, Blake will have to face his past… or risk losing Hannah forever.
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Would you please tell us a little about the characters in your book?
Well, Blake is a pretty angry guy when the book first starts. He’s a widower who lost his wife two years before and he went through a very dark period. As he starts to heal though, you can see the funny, sweet guy beneath, and that is who Hannah, our heroine, falls for.
Hannah is a dreamer. She’s always believed in the right guy and waiting for real love. She is sweet, and caring and I just adored creating her. She also loves to write middle grade books, with main characters who were/are foster children because she was one, too.
What was your favorite scene to write and why?
My favorite scene is probably the hold up in the beginning of the book. There was a lot of action and emotion and it was so exciting to get into it with the characters that I found my own heart pumping.
If you could have given your characters any piece of advice before the opening pages of their book, what would it be and why?
I would tell Blake that it’s okay to be happy, because he carries a lot of guilt and blame. I want this guy to find his joy again because he deserves it.
Two last questions for you Codi. If you could spend a day with one of your characters from Holding Out for a Hero, who would it be and what would you do?
Ummmm…okay, to be honest, Sgt. Best is my favorite, but the things I’d want to do to him are not appropriate for a married woman. ^_^ So, I think I’d rather hang with Hannah, and talk shop with her.
Last, what is next for you?
Next, I’ll be releasing The Trouble with Attraction, a free collection of Rock Canyon short stories for my readers about everyone’s favorite will they won’t they couple, Eric and Gracie. Then on December 6th, Hot Winter Nights, my first book with James Patterson’s BookShots Imprint will release and I hope readers get swept up in the town of Bear Mountain and the sexy heroes who inhabit it.
Codi, it was a pleasure having you visit. Thank you again for taking the time to chat with me today!