Interview and Giveaway with Carly Phillips

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Welcome back to UTC! The Dare To Love series has really taken off, but for readers who are new to the series, can you please tell us more about it?

Thanks! I love hanging out here. Thanks for having me back. I’m so pleased with the response of readers to the DARE TO LOVE series. As this is my first indie published series, it’s very special to me. The series is different in a few ways – I’m writing shorter and much hotter books which is fulfilling the reader in me who loves to read those kind of stories. And I’m releasing faster which is great for both me and for my readers.

The Dare to Love series revolves around a dysfunctional family – because DAD had 2 sets of kids (legit and illegit) who found out about each other later in life when one of the illegitimate kids was critically ill and needed bone marrow. The fallout shaped them all – That’s the initial Dare to Love series – and many of the books revolve around the Miami Thunder Football team, which the Dare Family owns.

There are three branches of the Dare family. Ian and his siblings (the “legitimate” family), Alex and his siblings (the “illegitimate” family) and Gabe and his siblings (the NY cousins) and the NY cousins: Gabe (Dare to Surrender), Decklan (Dare to Submit) and Lucy (coming in 2015) are all these exceptionally hotter type books while at heart still being a Carly Phillips story.

THE DARE FAMILY TREE — provides another look at all the branches.

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DARE TO SUBMIT featured Decklan and Amanda and dipped its toes into BDSM a little bit. How did you enjoy bringing this sexier side to the series?

I loved loved loved writing the sexier side of the series. As I mentioned, it’s been a natural extension of my writing. My critique partner began to point out the hotter elements in my books even as far back as the Serendipity series. She even asked – what did you read last night, LOL. My men wanted to dominate more, be more Alpha. It starts with Ian in Dare to Love – he needs to dominate. Alex in Dare to Desire can be more playful. Then Gabe – Dare to Surrender and Dylan – Dare to Submit each take BDSM a little further. Not too far, for those who aren’t sure if they’re comfortable. A little tying, a little spanking, a lot of enjoyment for the heroines. At heart, I’m still telling a story and there’s a reason for my heroes and how they behave. Nothing I write is gratuitous. But I absolutely enjoyed this and plan to go there again in Lucy’s story, Dare to Seduce (sometimes 2015).

DARE TO TOUCH is Dylan’s book. He works for the Miami Thunder Football Team you established in Dare to Love. What do you find most appealing about sport romances for you as a reader?

I like giving readers a broader look at sports romance. I don’t just do a sports hero – as readers may remember the Hot Zone had sisters in a PR agency brought in by their sports agent uncle. And now with DARE TO LOVE we have The Miami Thunder football team – but there hasn’t been a hero player … yet! There are still Dare sisters to come! But I love sports romances because of the fairytale aspect of dating a hot sports guy who every woman wants but his sole focus is YOU. A very wise editor (and friend) told me to create heroines who readers want to be – but can still empathize with. And I try to do that! I think readers will feel for Olivia Dare once they know her story. J

Two of your previously written stories MIDNIGHT ANGEL AND KISMET are being rereading in a boxed set called Billionaires in Love. Can you tell us more about these stories?

I decided to package 2 novellas in one book (print and ebook) for readers in time for the holidays. I wrote Midnight Angel years ago and it still seems to be a favorite – reunion story, hot Hollywood action hero returns to get the girl – or does happily ever after only happen in the movies? And The Playboy’s Second Chance (formally titled Kismet) – another reunion story – a woman who finds herself again and her old love – are they strong enough this time around?


You’ve written so many Contemporary Romances over the years and are still able to keep things fresh. What would you say is the key to keeping your readers engaged with Contemporary set stories?

Good question! I think it’s easier to answer as a reader – a compelling conflict keeping the characters apart while at the same time, deep growing feelings that neither the hero or heroine can ignore. I love to dig deeper into backstory of my characters, no matter how short the story. I always think what created us is central to the people we are – and how we react to things. And I love the idea that there’s always that one person who can make anyone believe in love.

What would you consider is the biggest challenge in writing Contemporary stories?

Well I think you mentioned it above – Keeping things fresh is the biggest contemporary challenge. In theory, there are only so many types of stories to tell. The author has to come up with something special each time – something to make the reader want to return to her next book – because the writing is strong enough or the characters innovative or fresh enough – or because they just make you feel.

I know you’re an avid reader who enjoys recommending books to people. What’s the latest book you’ve read and loved?

Oh my least favorite question! My friends are writers, I read everyone and everything. I don’t always love a story but you’ll never hear me say that about another writer publicly. I looked back in my Kindle. I loved The Viper by Kele Moon and Jack by my friend Juliana Stone.

If you could pick three fictional heroes to meet in real life, who would you pick and why?

Oh my. You don’t end with the easy ones, do you, LOL! Can I pass? I have no idea!



Coming October 13, 2014


Billionaires in Love

Two classic Carly Phillips stories about love, loss and second chances …

The Playboy’s Second Chance

This story was formerly titled Kismet. Since the title was confusing to readers, I changed the name and now bring you The Playboy’s Second Chance. I hope you enjoy my sexy, stand-alone novella.

Trevor Dane, Wall Street Hot Shot and billionaire, has everything — money, power and any woman he could possibly want yet he isn’t happy. When his latest interviewer turns out to be the one woman he’s never forgotten, Trevor sees a second chance and he won’t let Lissa Gardelli’s wariness or old hurts stop him from getting back into her bed… and her heart.

Midnight Angel

Hollywood superstar, Dylan North, revisits his home town with the express intent of seeing his first love once more, to see if they can reignite the love he stupidly threw away ten years before. The last thing Dr. Holly Evans needs in her life is her high school sweetheart returning and stirring up old feelings. But Dylan is determined to convince Holly that happily ever doesn’t only happen in the movies.


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DARE TO LOVE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
DARE TO DESIRE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
DARE TO SURRENDER: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
DARE TO SUBMIT: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads



About Carly Phillips

New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips tossed away her legal briefs and a career as an attorney to become a stay at home mom. Within the year, she turned her love of reading into an obsession with writing. Over 30 published novels later, Carly writes sexy contemporary small town romances, striking a balance between entertainment, humor and the emotion her readers have come to expect and enjoy.

Carly is a New York Times bestseller, USA Today Bestseller, Publisher’s Weekly bestseller and as of 2012, a Romance Writer’s of America RITA Nominee. In 2002, Carly’s novel, The Bachelor, became Kelly Ripa’s “Reading with Ripa” pick on Live with Regis and Kelly, making it the first romance ever chosen on a nationally televised book club.

Carly received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and is a graduate of Boston University School of Law (J.D.). To date, Carly has over thirty novels to her credit, all available wherever books are sold.

When not writing or playing online, Carly loves to read, occasionally to knit, and to spend time with her family. She lives in Purchase, New York with her husband, two daughters and her dogs, a soft coated wheaten terrier and a Havanese. Her dogs are prominently featured on her website and Facebook page.



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Theresa Kerchenski

i can’t wait for Dylan’s story. The dare books are great. Haven’t found a Carly Phillips books I haven’t liked.

Susan Marinos

What a great interview. I love her books!


Fantastic interview! I am fairly new to Carly’s books but I’ve been reading the Dare series as fast as I can get my hand in them. I love love this series!


I really enjoy sports romances, so Dare to Love was a lot of fun for me!

Linda Brennan

I love your books, and I can’t wait for more of the Dare series! Thanks for the chance to win!

Margaret Handler

Love your books!

Michele Hayes

Good interview, and I love your books. Thanks for the chance to win.


I don’t know why I thought I had read several books by Carly… Looking at my Goodreads page I have realized I haven’t read a single one! o_O

Let’s see if we can change that with this giveaway!! 🙂


I haven’t read a carly phillips book in years, but I did really enjoy them.


Carly is, has been, and will be one of my ‘go to’ authors, love every book!


Really great to see Carly using ebooks to push in a new direction!


Luv her books thanks for the chance


Love her books!


Insightful interview

Nicole O.

Love the interview. Can’t wait to start reading this series it’s on my tbr list.

Lisa Zeigler

I’ve enjoyed reading Carly’s books for years and would enjoy winning this giveaway!

Julie K

Great interview…..Love this series!

Deborah K

I can understand why ,”What have you read and loved?”, is your least favorite question. I would not want others to think I was showing favoritism with any of my author/friends or have them think, “Why hers/his and not mine?”. But, as readers, we relish another’s recommendations on what they have read and loved. Our next favorite author or story may come from those recs. Thanks for the recs you gave us.

Gabrielle Compolongo

Great interview!! I love her!

Lori Meehan

Great review. The book sounds really good.

Susan T.

Enjoy the interview. Thanks for the giveaway.

jodi marinich

love carlys books

Kim Perry

Great interview! I’m looking forward to more books from the Dare family!


Looking forward to reading the Dare series. Love series that split like that have some already.

Sharon Sommer

I have never read a Carly Phillips book I didn’t like. She is one of my favorite authors.


It sounds like a fun series!

Cheryl lemon

Love the interview. Have the whole “Dare” series and have preorder the last one.

Melissa B

Great interview! I love her books and all of the Dare siblings!!

Ashleigh Downes

It was very nice. I love all of the book covers!!

Karen Baker

Nice interview, great books!

Sue G.

Love Carly’s books. Have read every one!


I love Carlyle Phillips. I loved her Serindipity series and I am loving the Dare series.


I’m a longtime fan of Carly’s books. The Hot Zone books and Serendipity series are probably my favorites.
Thanks for the interview.

Jenny Dauksa Schaber

I loved the interview. Thanks for bringing us such great info on a variety of authors.

Amanda Compell

Can’t wait for more…

Mary Preston

Love seeing all of the books lined up.


thanks for such a fun interview and congrats to Carly on the new release! love her books 😉

Pansy Petal

Lovely interview. I do enjoy learning things about the author. You asked good questions about the how and why of the writing. I like that too. Thank you.


love her books!


Thanks for a great interview ladies! Carly has been on my TBR for awhile!

Maria Theresa Santos

Nice interview

Kathleen O

I am loving these “Dare to Love” books.. They are so HOT…but such great stories.

Rachael Brown

Thanks for sharing the interview. I’m looking forward to catching up on all of your books.

Cheryl Rogers

This was a super great interview, the author really did give us some insight into how she creates her stories and what she keeps in mind while doing so. Thanks for the great giveaway as well!

Clayr Catherall

Would love to read your books

Anita H.

Thanks for the fab interview, just love Carly’s books ever since the Hot Zone. Really enjoy Carly’s answers that lets us readers know a bit more about her.


One of my fave authors, glad to see some much love for Carly’s books! So excited to hear that the Dare sisters are waiting in the wings, hope one of them gets a hot sports hero in her book!

Zsofia T

Stories sound really good, I’d like to read them 🙂 Heared about Carly Phillips a lot of great things.

Lori Moore

Love her books


This series looks amazing!