Thursday, September 24, 2015

PUYB Virtual Book Club Chats with Olivia Hardin, author of All For Family

Thanks for joining us at the book club Olivia.  Can we begin by having you tell us how you got into writing? 

I’m so happy to be here!  Well I’ve been hearing voices in my head since I was a teenager.  In high school I carried around a spiral notebook and scribbled little stories for my friends to read.  I always knew I was going to be a writer… until I became an adult and then I forgot it for a little while.  About a year before my 35th birthday I suddenly realized I needed to find my dream again and so that’s when I started connecting with writers online and “picked up my pen” again.

Why did you choose to write novels in the contemporary romance genre?

Romance has always been my genre.  The best thing about romance is that it can be written in any setting or circumstance.  Carpenters, lawyers, earls, even witches and vampires fall in love.  The possibilities are limitless and yet somehow no matter where you take the story you love can touch any reader’s heart.

Where is your book set and why did you choose that location?

Most of this book takes place in an unnamed small town where Meg grew up.  That setting was important because so much of what happens to Meg in her life before Jeremy is made up on her experiences and her friends in that setting.  She lets those things define her, until circumstances and a handsome aristocrat change things for her.

I’d like to know more about All For Family.  Can you give us a little background into why you wrote the novel?

Well all of the Rawley novels focus on a different couple’s romance.  Each book is a standalone and Jeremy and Meg Rawley had been side characters in the previous stories.  I decided it would be fun to go back to their beginning, more than a decade before the others.

I’d like to know more about your main character.  Can you tell us more about him/her?

I think many women will be able to relate to Meg.  It seems no matter who you are, women have some part of themselves that they wish they could change, that they wish could be prettier or smarter or better.  Meg wishes she could be thinner.  And I know just what that’s like.  I’ve stood in front of a mirror and seen only faults and problems.  And even though I’ve made lots of progress, it’s a struggle that never really goes away.  If I’m having a bad day, it eeks into the way I see myself so that my flaws drive to the forefront.  And vice versa.   Meg has to learn her own value and in that build a new life.

Can you tell us a little about the other supporting characters?

I think my favorite supporting character in this one was Jeremy’s mother, Larra Rawley, even though we only get a few scenes with her.  Going back in time to Jeremy and Meg’s courtship lets us experience a little taste of how the Rawley family matriarch interacts with her family.  And because in the present Larra is deceased, it’s an interesting chance to witness the seeds her love planted in the hearts of her family.

They say all fiction books have pivotal points in the book where the reader just can’t put the book down.  What’s one pivotal point in All For Family?

I think this one probably starts at Part II of the book, when we first enter into Meg’s past.  The reader discovers Meg and her ex-husband Ray “playing house” in an effort to keep their divorce a secret from his sister Rhonda.  It’s really intriguing to wonder how in the world these two are going to pull off the charade long enough to get through Rhonda’s wedding… and I’ll stop there before I give too much away.

What’s next on the agenda for you, Olivia?

I’m jumping into urban fantasy next with the fourth installment in my Lynlee Lincoln Series.  Lynlee’s a witch, her boyfriend’s a human, her BFF is a werevamp and all of that makes a perfect recipe for trouble.  Reaping Trouble should hit ebook shelves by the end of this year.

What would you like to say to your readers and fans?

THANK YOU!!! Seriously, you’re one of the most important reasons I do this.  So feel free to contact me by email or on social media.  I’d love to hear about your thoughts on my books.  Happy reading, everyone!

About The Book

Title: All For Family (A Rawley Family Novel)
Author: Olivia Hardin
Publisher: Olivia Hardin
Publication Date: August 24, 2015
Format: Paperback / eBook / PDF
Pages: 200
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Buy The Book:

Discuss this book at our PUYB Virtual Book Club on Goodreads by clicking HERE

Book Description:

Wedding bells will soon be ringing in the Rawley family, but gearing up for Van and Kay's nuptials revives old securities for Kay's sister-in-law Meg. When she learns that her ex-husband is asking for her from his hospital bed, Meg must confront the painful memories of her past.

Family is everything for Jeremy Rawley. Most important is the one he and Meg created together. But their beginning was tangled in memories he wishes he wife could forget for good. A call from her past brings them back to a place he thought they'd never have to be again.

Forgiveness may be the key, but the first step is finding the locked heart that needs it.

Book Excerpt:

He watched her slide her feet back and forth against the carpet. “Whew … there’s a reason big girls shouldn’t wear heels.”
Jeremy finished his own drink and sat back down beside her, this time reaching down and taking her feet to pull them up into her lap. She made a face as if she would protest, but when he began circling his thumbs into the arches of her feet, she leaned back against the arm of the couch and moaned. “Oh, that’s nice. Do they teach that at earl school?”
As he massaged, she pointed her feet in a stretch, and her toes brushed a feather’s touch against his thighs. Damn, but the woman could get a reaction from him almost without warning. He continued rubbing, then slipped his fingers between her toes.
“Oh, no, no, no,” she squealed, jerking to try to pull away from him. “Ticklish.”
“I figured…” One corner of his mouth turned up in a grin. He tugged her feet back to his lap, and when he did, the skirt of her dress hitched up almost past her knees. She immediately took hold of the hem and tried to push it back down.
He encircled both her ankles with his hands and then slid them upward along her calves, kneading the muscles of each leg as he went along.
“Jeremy, you don’t have to …”
“Shh …”
Her eyes were open wide, so many emotions in their depths that it was hard to figure what she was feeling. Fear? Embarrassment? Excitement? He pushed one of her legs to the side until it slipped off the couch, then he scooted forward into the open space between her thighs. With one ankle still in his hand, he lifted it so that he could sweep his lips across the creamy smooth skin of her calf, working his way upward.
She was still holding her dress, doing her best to cover up, but the hypnosis of his stare had her. She never once looked away from him as he made his way higher. When he nipped his teeth to the tender spot at the crook of her knee she flinched, then sucked her lip into her mouth.
He was so desperate to kiss her that he almost rose up to smother her body with his and claim her mouth. But he didn’t. Instead he let go of her leg and then took her hands, loosening the tight hold she had on her hemline. The satiny material dropped, sliding down her thighs to bunch at her waist. Under she had on tight nude-colored shapewear, which she was clearly embarrassed about.
Gazing up at her, he brought one of her hands to his cheek. Her fingers stretched long, tentatively touching his lips. When he sucked two of them into his mouth, she moaned and closed her eyes.
“Jeremy, why are you doing this?” She snatched her hands away and to her lap where she once again tried to hide herself under folds of orange fabric.
“I want there to be a day when you won’t ask that question. Maybe it won’t be with me, but one day, you won’t have to wonder why a man would worship you and your body.”

About The Author

When Olivia Hardin started having movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long, the writing bug had bitten her, and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, she was temporarily "cured" of the urge to write. That is, until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again. 

Olivia has attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Then one day she heard the term "road scholar," and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she "studies" anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she's sometimes accused of being artistic.

A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny and their puppy, Bonnie.

Connect with Olivia:

Virtual Book Tour Event Page

No comments:

Post a Comment