Flirting With Romance Closing

It's with great sadness that I announce the closing of the Flirting with Romance blog beginning April 10, 2015.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bound By Blood by Scott Springer #giveaway

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Anaiah Press proudly presents BOUND BY BLOOD by Scott Springer, an inspirational romantic suspense novel now available!
Julia has accepted the Lord and is busy returning her life to order. She is not ready for love, especially when the new site foreman at work stirs up forgotten feelings. She knows a playboy when she sees one, but to Rick Mercado the attraction between them is surprisingly real. Other girls no longer interest him, and if she wants to play hard to get that's fine with him. Let the games begin!
What he doesn't realize is that her dangerous secret is not a game.
Julia's brother has returned from the street, strung out and in trouble with rival gangs. Loyalty to her brother draws Julia deeper into a world of drug deals and thugs. Rick doesn't understand why Julia won't simply go to the cops, especially once the bullets start flying. As Julia slips further into a world of violence, Rick realizes how easily his heart can be broken. His brain says to run, but his heart isn't listening. It may already be too late.
BOUND BY BLOOD. Love and suspense, heartfelt moments and guns a blazing.
What a killer combination!

About the Author:
Scott Springer spent his youth playing pretend and dreaming of being a writer. As an adult he worked as a carpenter before becoming a software developer. Having produced much, his two children remain his proudest accomplishment. His wife led him to the Lord, and he’s glad that she did.
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What sparked your interest in becoming a romance writer?
While I’ve always liked the more romantic element in movies more than the action (which often puts me to sleep) I never considered romance books until I took some writing classes from Susan Crosby, who publishes with Harlequin. I discovered that the romantic arc was fun and I enjoyed reliving the feelings of new love.

What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?
Again, that would be Susan’s. I had preconceived prejudices against romance novel, having heard that it is of lesser quality from people as inspirational to me as my mother, but Susan dispelled that myth. What great conflict there was between the hero and heroine, both wanting love but being too emotionally damaged from their pasts to accept it—until the end.

One of your favorite quotes.
Anything from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Let us go then, you and I . . . T.S. Eliot has such terrific rhythm. He is my inspiration. Do I dare to eat a peach?

Who is your perfect hero? And why?
This is kind of funny, but I often think of her. For a time I rode the commuter bus from the city and it was usually standing room only, especially by the time I boarded. No big deal, but one afternoon while I found my place at the rail a young lady stood and offered me her seat. (I’m really not that old, and certainly not decrepit, but the gracious thing to do was accept, so I did.) As we rode down to the suburbs I found myself stealing glances at her as we went. I so appreciated her chivalry. She was my hero that afternoon. Chivalry is not dead! (Nor necessarily gender specific.)

If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I would be Rick of course. He is young, handsome, strong. He has his whole life ahead of him and a terrific girlfriend. He’s not afraid to act, and he has solid values.

Flirting Questions 
What’s your favorite body part of the opposite sex?
The face. Every face is so unique that they all are interesting, though some are more aesthetically pleasing than others. There is such variation of eyes, nose, mouths, chins, jawlines, and then add to that the way the hair frames the face. I am always drawn to the face first. I’m a sucker for soulful eyes and alluring smiles.
How did you meet your significant other?
I think there is love at first sight, actually. When I first saw her I turned to the person I was with and said, that girl has a heart of gold, but you’d have to marry her to know it. Crazy, huh? It was her smile, and the fact that a halo surrounded her.
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
I’m kind of simple. Dinner and then a Rom-Com.
If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be?
Funny, but I just saw a Groupon in my inbox for a one night stay at a cozy inn beside the sea.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I already answered that, and yes, I do.

Flirting Quickies: 



Facial hair or clean shaven?
My beard is spotty and scruffy, but sometimes I grow it anyway, though I always look forward to shaving again.

Coffee or tea?
Coffee, the stronger the better. And I take refills.

Vanilla or chocolate?
Chocolate, by far.

Sweet or salty?
Both at once is best, especially in chocolate with a cup of coffee on the side.

Sleep in or get up early?
Five in the morning, even on weekends.

Laptop or desktop?
Laptop. I’m interested in the new Google Chromebook too.
Beach or mountains?
Beach, all the way. Love the sound of the surf.
Winter or summer?
I like it hot.
Cat or dog?
Dog.
Twilight or Fifty Shades?
Twilight is actually special because both my wife and I read it and enjoyed it and that’s rare. We saw the movie together when it came out.
Spotlight or In the Shadows?
Shadows.
City or Country?
Country
Clubbing or candlelight dinner?
Candlelight dinner
Backpacking or luxury hotel?
I used to backpack, not so much anymore. There’s a terrific room in Santa Cruz with a view of the wharf. I afford it occasionally off-season.
Morning or night person?
I am up at five and get it all done before work if I can. In the evening I’m sleepy.
Christmas or Halloween?
Christmas, of course, though I don’t like the commercialism. I actually find Thanksgiving to be the perfect holiday, in part because there’s Dallas Cowboy football.
 Optimist or pessimist?

I’m a writer, aren’t I?



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