Today I have Marie Harte over for an interview, and there is also a chance to win her new book.
Tell me about yourself.
Hi. I’m Marie Harte. I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestseller with over 100 books to my name. I’m a huge fan of the romance genre and write everything from contemporary to futuristic love stories, from spicy mainstream to erotic romance. I graduated college with an English degree, so I’m a stickler for good grammar. I served in U.S. Marine Corps, worked in the IT field, and managed truck drivers for a living. It’s been an eclectic but rewarding career. LOL But through it all I always wanted to be a professional writer. Twelve years ago, in 2004, my first book released. I haven’t looked back since.
Your new book?
Test Drive is the first in the Body Shop Bad Boys series. The mechanics who make up the heroes of this series were first introduced in What To Do with a Bad Boy, the fourth book in the McCauley Brothers series. The smart-alecky mechanics, who loved messing with Del Webster, their sexy scary boss, now have their own stories.
In Test Drive, Johnny Devlin's a charmer with a checkered past. He’s had his eye on scorching-hot bartender Lara Valley for ages, but she's rejected him more than once. That doesn't mean he won't come to her aid when some dirtbag mauls her. When she asks him on a date as a no-strings-attached thank you, he can't say no. And then he's saying nothing but hell, yes.
I love Johnny and Lara as a couple. (Lara also made an appearance in What To Do with a Bad Boy.) Johnny wants something he thinks he’ll never have—the love of a good woman. And Lara wants to leave her humble roots and stop working so hard all the time, to sit back and enjoy her life. But with a man like Johnny? A handsome player with a checkered past?
What inspired you to write about a garage?
Cat, my editor at Sourcebooks. I blame her for all of it! Ha. Just kidding. Del, the heroine in the last McCauley Brothers book, co-owns the garage with her father. That’s where the mechanics come into play. They love their boss, and they weren’t too keen on some single-dad do-gooder turning Del inside-out. I had the mechanics at the back of my mind in that story, but they were vague. The emphasis was on Del and Mike—Del’s love interest. But my editor wondered about the mechanics in the garage. And she was right. They’re fun, sexy, and aggravating all at the same time. Typical males…needing good women to set them straight.
Some juicy info about Johnny?
He’s a sweetheart and a secret book nerd. He loves Lord of the Rings but would never in a million years tell the guys he’s a closet reader. His vocabulary rivals mine! He’s also a sensitive guy with real insight into women, having grown up among so many. Johnny wants women to feel good, and he’s got the skills to prove it. Truly a maesto between the sheets.
And his heroine?
Lara really resonated with me. I was going back to school when I wrote this, and the struggles of a full-time job, school, and family can be trying. Lara does it all with little help, though her family tries their best to support her. She’s the one working hard, striving to better herself. And I completely respect that. She’s also filled with common sense, yet vulnerable when it comes to love. She’s the true package and a go-getter. I loved her.
Thanks for having me!
1 print copy of Test Drive
1 print copy of Test Drive
1. US and Canada only
2. Ends June 14th
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A smokin’ hot new series from Marie Harte featuring tough-guy mechanics and the women who jump-start their hearts.
GET TO KNOW THE BODY SHOP BAD BOYS
Johnny, Foley, Sam, and Lou are the rough and tumble mechanics of Webster’s Garage. These reformed bad boys are used to living fast, but it’s the women in their lives who take them from zero to sixty in a heartbeat.
Johnny Devlin’s a charmer with a checkered past. He’s had his eye on scorching-hot bartender Lara Valley for ages, but she’s rejected him more than once. That doesn’t mean he won’t come to her aid when some dirtbag mauls her. When she asks him on a date as a no-strings-attached thank you, he can’t say no. And then he’s saying nothing but hell, yes.
About Marie Harte:
Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author MARIE HARTE is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking or biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. She lives in in Central Oregon.
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