Today, I have author Isobel Reed in the interview chair. We’re discussing her latest release Love Tools, book one in the Bluestone series, a contemporary romance. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.
1. What would we find under your bed?
Isobel: Nothing. I have a divan! We do have a storage bed in the guest bedroom, and it is full of really random stuff. An old yoga mat, some vacuum sealed bags of jackets that haven’t seen the light of day for about five years and some Christmas decorations that I forget to put out every year.
2. What was the scariest moment of your life?
Isobel: I still remember the London bombings in 2005. I was a teenager at the time and that morning my friend and I were supposed to be meeting up. The plan was to jump on the tube (underground) and go into the city but we both overslept. Instead, I woke up to the news of the four attacks. It was so scary. I’ve lived in London all my life, my family is here, my friends are here. I spent the rest of the day trying to check in on everyone to see if they were okay but because of all the chaos lots of the phone networks were down so it was a long, excruciating wait to talk to my family.
3. Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
Isobel: Yes, I airplay Spotify onto the television while I’m writing. I’m very into bluesy rock at the moment. I’ve been listening to Kaleo, Highly Suspect and Black Stone Cherry.
4. What is something you’d like to accomplish in your writing career next year?
Isobel: Write more books. So far, I have written four books this year and I would like to write another four next year. I’m working on a brand-new series which I’m hoping to release late 2023. By the end of 2023 I hope to have all seven books in the series written.
5. How long did it take you to write this book?
Isobel: Love Tools took me three months to write but the story idea had been with me long before I started writing. It was a great feeling to finally get it out of my head and onto pages.
What happens when the king of casual meets the queen of picking the wrong men?
Blurb: What happens when the king of casual meets the queen of picking the wrong men?
Lily is running. From a dead-end job, a neurotic mother and all the losers she dared to date. Moving halfway across the world to Bluestone County seemed like a good idea at the time. So did reopening her estranged father’s hardware store. But now she isn’t so sure.
Small town living has its perks though. Wide-open space, clean air, and sexy cowboys. Well, one sexy cowboy. Jake. Who also just so happens to be the new bane of her existence. At least when he’s not talking, she can admire the view.
Jake is the king of casual. The love of his life has always been his ranch, and that was fine with him. He never really saw the point in long-term. But all that changes when a mouthy, blonde sasses him into oblivion. He should have known she’d be trouble as soon as he laid eyes on her. Now it’s too late. She’s all he can think about. All he has to do is convince her that he’s finally the right man.
“You about done checking me out darlin’ or do ya want me to turn around and show you the back?” Her face flamed as her eyes flicked back up to his face and she caught sight of his cocky grin. Before she could attempt to deny what she’d been doing, his expression turned more serious as he took his turn running his eyes up and down her. “I didn’t know Matt had a daughter.”
“No s***. He wasn’t exactly father of the year.”
Lily couldn’t help but think of the irony. Her father had become friends with some guy young enough to be his son, yet he still couldn’t quite be bothered to pick up the phone and call his own daughter.
His smile became crooked as his glare intensified. “You always swear like a trucker, darlin’? Here, I thought English women were all class and manners.”
Is he being serious?
Letting out a huff, she couldn’t believe the nerve of this guy, “I’m sorry, have I stepped into the past? Are you gonna ask me why a little woman like me isn’t married next?”
“Alright sweetheart, calm down.” He sniggered, clearly amused by the steam coming out of her ears.
Stepping closer to him, she tilted her head up to meet his gaze. “I’m not or will I ever be your sweetheart. Now if you don’t mind, you need to get the hell out of my store before I call the police.”
Isobel was born and raised in London. She still lives along the River Thames with her husband and her substantial book collection. Ever the hopeless romantic, she fell in love with the genre from a young age and was inspired to write her own stories. When she’s not feasting on romantic comedies or binge reading her hoard of contemporary romance novels, Isobel is writing.
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