Sunday, June 9, 2013

[Book Spotlight] Catering to the CEO by Samantha Chase

Book – “Catering to the CEO”

Jaded CEO Adam Lawrence knew exactly how to get what he wanted in business and in the bedroom. When independent, sexy and impossible to ignore Cassie Jacobs dares to best him on a business deal, Adam vows revenge.

But how far can he go when the two find out that they are about to become family?

Link:  Amazon/Kindle

Author Bio:

Contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
Her second book, a holiday novella titled "The Christmas Cottage" hit #10 on Amazon's Best Seller List on Christmas Eve. It was a great Christmas gift! Watching the numbers rise and fall is a daily roller coaster ride but definitely an exciting one! And on February 25th, she released the follow up novella - "Ever After" - available exclusively on Amazon.

In March 2013, "The Christmas Cottage" was nominated for two Indie Romance Convention Award - Best Indie Romance Novella and Best Indie Contemporary Romance while Samantha was nominated for Indie Author of the Year!
Currently, “Catering to the CEO” – her fourth book - is available exclusively to Amazon for Kindle and is a full-length novel.  Next up is a trilogy called “The Montgomery Brothers” and book one, “Wait for Me” is available in eBook format for both Kindle and Nook.

When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, blogging, playing way too many games of Scrabble on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 23 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

What sparked your interest in becoming a romance writer?  I’ve been reading romances since the age of 13 and discovered way before that how much I enjoyed writing.  It seemed like a natural fit.  It just took me a really long time before I had the confidence to do anything about it.

Tell us 5 surprising things about yourself.  I am a HUGE Disney fanatic; not the movies/animation but a Disney World fanatic.  I’d go there several times a year if I could!  I wanted to be a Rockette for the longest time!  I loathe fruit of any kind.  I get excited and sing (badly) at the top of my lungs any time the Jackson 5 come on the radio.  And finally…I still harbor my greatest childhood fear – the cartoon, Underdog.  Still gives me nightmares!

What is your writing environment.  I live in a VERY small house and my primary computer and desk is in the corner of my dining room.  I wear a pair of my husband’s hunting headphones – the noise canceling ones – to block out the household noise.
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?  They definitely develop as I write.  I have a general idea of their basic personalities but it’s fun to really watch them flesh out as the story evolves.

Which authors have caught your interest lately? Why?  I have been all over the place on that one.  I do a lot of stuff with Susan Mallery and love her work.  I enjoy Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgans but I’ve really gotten into Bella Andre and Kate Perry’s  stuff.

Top three things on your bucket list.  To go to Australia, to drive cross country and to have a book on the New York Times best seller list!

What is your favorite scene in your new release?  Hmmm…a favorite scene?  I think I enjoy all of them where Adam is out of his comfort zone with Cassie and her family.  I love picturing the alarm and panic he feels when he’s out of his comfort zone.  I think the first time he shows up at Cassie’s place and she cooks dinner for him is one of my favorites, though.  He’s drawn to her but he doesn’t understand why and by the time he leaves, his carefully organized and structured world starts to crumble a little. 

Flirting Questions:
Which actor or book character do you have a crush on?  Book:  Simon Bradley from Susan Mallery’s “Only Yours” and Malcolm Kavanaugh from Nora Roberts “Happy Ever After”.  LOVE those guys!  Actors?  I don’t think I’m crushing on anyone currently!  Although my teen crush on Roger Taylor from Duran Duran lives on!

What does love feel like? Happiness and contentment rolled into one

Hey, baby! What’s your sign? Sagitarius

When was your last kiss? Ten minutes ago after my hubby helped me color my hair!

What’s an absolute no-no in a relationship? Lying

How did you meet your significant other?  I was friends with his younger sister and I met him at her college graduation party

What’s your idea of a perfect date?  Dinner and LOTS of conversation

If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be? A cabin in the mountains with a roaring fire and snow outside – doesn’t matter geography-wise – just cabin and mountains.

Do you believe in love at first sight?  Absolutely!  That’s how it was with my husband of 24  years!

Flirting Quickies: 

Boxers or Briefs?  Boxers

White wine or red? Neither

Coffee or tea? Hot chocolate

Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate

Sweet or salty? Sweet

Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in

Laptop or desktop? Desktop
Beach or mountains? Mountains
Winter or summer? summer
Cat or dog? Dog
City or Country? Country
Clubbing or candlelight dinner? Candlelight dinner
Backpacking or luxury hotel? Luxury hotel
Christmas or Halloween? Christmas

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