Thursday, August 14, 2014

Q&Awith NYT Bestselling Author Catherine Bybee


JUDY GARDNER:
College graduate Judy stands ready to conquer the world…if she can find a job. Hoping to transition from aspiring architect to famous architect as quickly as possible, the dark-haired beauty moves to LA, staying in the home of her celebrity brother, Michael Wolfe. But it’s hard for Judy to focus on work when the sexy bodyguard she fell for last summer keeps showing up in her life and leaving her breathless.

RICK EVANS:
With his hard body, green eyes, and easy smile, Rick could have any woman he wants. But the Marine-turned-bodyguard only has eyes for Judy and her spitfire attitude. When a faceless villain attacks Judy, Rick will stop at nothing to protect the woman who opened his heart from the monster hunting her.

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The Weekday Bride Series, Book Five | Montlake Romance, Contemporary
August 12, 2014, First Edition | Paperback & Kindle

5 Questions for Catherine Bybee
What are three things people may not know about you?
I've answered this question a lot over the years... let me see if I can dig three new things out of my vault.

Clowns freak me out. Going to the circus is one of those things that's kinda like walking into a dark basement, during a storm...when there is a killer on the loose.

 I was the PTA Mom that everyone talked about. And not always in a good way.

 I have a slight fear of heights that doesn't apply to airplanes. *shrugs* The edge of the Grand Canyon is fine as long as I'm five feet away.

What has been your greatest pleasure in writing Taken by Tuesday?
I loved exploring the mindset of a small town girl and her views on love and marriage. Judy, as a new college graduate, was one of my youngest heroines to date. Slightly naive but gutsy can get a young girl in trouble...but she proved stronger than the average toward the end. 

Do you share any personality traits with your heroine, Judy?
I guess you can say that Judy and I are both willing to take risks to get what we want. In a crisis, Judy keeps a calm head...and I know I don't freak out when things get crazy.

What appeals to you most about the contemporary genre?
Everyone on this planet has a story to tell and contemporary romance explores every walk of life. I love the fact that a contemporary romance can take you from tropical destinations of the rich and famous, to the vast space of Texas, to the guy flipping burgers at the local greasy spoon. Unlike historical fiction, or paranormal fiction, contemporary fiction can be identified with by many of its readers. 

What type of hero do you like best? 
Physically strong, mentally alert and ready to move heaven and earth for his heroine. 

ENJOY AN EXCERPT

A throaty laugh made him pause.
    He knew that laugh.
   The smile on his face suddenly felt more genuine. His gaze slid across the room when she laughed again. Her back was to him, but it was her…Utah. She held her cue stick and pointed at a corner pocket. “Watch ‘em and weep.”
   She sunk the eight ball like it was her bitch and the guys around the table groaned. A short-haired blonde lifted her hand and made a grabby motion with her fingers. “Pay up!”
    Utah laughed, laid her cue on the table, and grabbed the bottle of beer at her side. All the while Rick just watched the interplay. She wore tight jeans, a tucked in tank that hugged her waist in a mouth-watering way …over the ensemble was a jean jacket that he could easily picture draped over the handlebars of his motorcycle.
    “I think we just got hustled,” one of the young college kids said as he shoved his hands in his wallet to pay his debt.
     “I tried to warn you.”
     Judy’s friend shoved the bills into her pocket faster than the waitress had. “Anyone else? Twenty buck minimum with a round of drinks.”
      This might be fun.
     Rick took a step forward and lifted his voice above the crowd. “A hundred bucks.”
   Utah froze, but didn’t turn around. He wondered if she recognized his voice. Had she thought about him in the last year? With the exception of her brother’s divorce party, he hadn’t seen her…not outside of a wet dream or two.
    The blonde swiveled her head like a snake to prey and her eyes did that sweeping thing that happened to him once in a while. Rick knew he wasn’t hard on the eyes, knew he filled out his shirt like a Marine should. His thick shoulders and neck screamed military or linebacker. He did play a little football in high school.
     “Who the hell are you?” the blonde mumbled.
     Rick chuckled.
     Judy slowly turned and had to tilt her head back to look at him. “Green Eyes.”
     “Hey, Utah.”
     “You know this guy?” The blonde shoved next to Judy and nudged her arm.
    God, she was even more adorable than he remembered. He didn’t let her eyes go, just matched her stare. A blush rose to her cheeks and a few freckles peeked through. Her snarky remark about his presence was a heartbeat away. He’d lay another hundred bucks on the table as a bet that the next words out of her mouth would shock everyone within earshot.
     “Did the steroid train stop in town when I wasn’t looking?”
     The blonde started to laugh.
     Rick stepped even closer so barely an inch separated them. The smile never left his face. “I hear steroids shrink dicks.”
    As if she couldn’t help herself, Judy glanced down and it was Rick’s turn to laugh. He brushed the edge of her body with his and removed the cue from the table. “What do ya say, Utah? I’ll even let you break. Ladies first and all that.”
    Rick knew they were drawing a crowd, but the interplay between them matched the sparks that hovered over them like a damn rainbow, and he was powerless to care what anyone thought.
     “A hundred bucks is steep, Judy.”
     “S’okay, Meg…Rick’s a big talker. Besides, he doesn’t know what I’m capable of.”
    Rick shook his head and clicked his tongue. “Now, now…don’t want to show all your cards.”
   “She’s really good, dude,” the guy she’d relieved of twenty bucks said from across the table.
    Rick lowered his voice. “Will you go easy on me, Babe?”
   Judy regained some of her lost composure and pushed away from his personal space. “Not on your life. And I’m not your babe!”
    We’ll see about that. He couldn’t stop smiling. 


About Catherine Bybee  
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.  



 

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for having me on your blog today.

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  2. LOVE this book! Every girl deserves a Rick in her life.

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  3. Wonderful having you with us today, Catherine!

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  4. Rick sounds like my kind of guy. Look forward to reading it. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  5. This sounds like my kind of book and I would love to read it.

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