Welcome back to UTC, Jaci! I’m super excited about Bash’s book, LOVE AFTER ALL! For readers who are new to the series, can you tell us a little about Bash?
Thank you for having me back!
Sebastian “Bash” Palmer owns and operates the No Hope At All bar in the small town of Hope, Oklahoma. He’s lived there his entire life, and as such, he knows pretty much everyone, a handy thing for a bartender. Bash is divorced, and has no intention of falling in love ever again. He doesn’t like repeating mistakes.
The heroine, Chelsea compiles a list of all the things a perfect man should be. If you had to create your own list, what would be on it?
First would be sense of humor, because you could meet the hottest, sexiest guy ever, but if he can’t make you laugh, then what’s the point? Second is trustworthiness, because you have to be able to trust the man you love. And third is he has to make your toes curl. That one doesn’t require further explanation. 😉
When writing about a fictional small town, what are some of the things a writer has to consider before they can jump into writing the actual story?
You have to know the town, get a feel for the lay of the land, so to speak. With the Hope series, it’s actually town centric versus people centric. The series isn’t based on a group of people, but rather the town they live in, so I visualized downtown Hope, all the buildings and businesses and schools and various neighborhoods. I’ve got a pretty good mental visual of the town in my head. And then I populated it with the people I’m writing stories about who live in the town and how they interconnect, how they all know each other. It was so much fun to put the Hope series together, to get to know the people as well as the town. Even five books into the series I’m still learning things about the town and the people. It’s been so much fun for me to write this series.
What scene was the most fun to write in LOVE AFTER ALL?
The scene after the bachelorette party. Oh, and the epilogue. 😉
What’s your favorite thing about Chelsea?
I love her sense of loyalty and her devotion to her friends. She will always be someone who is there for people she loves.
If you walked into a bar, and of course Bash was your bartender, what do you think he would guess you were going to order before you opened your mouth?
Vodka with cranberry juice, of course. Bash and I know each other very well.
What can you tell us about the next book in the Hope series, MAKE ME STAY?
Reid McCormack is back in Hope to renovate a historical building in downtown Hope. He only plans to stay a short time, but beautiful florist Samantha Reasor might throw a wrench into his plans.
What’s the last book you read and loved?
I got a sneak peek Shannon Stacey’s UNDER THE LIGHTS, the first book in her new Boys of Fall series. It’s such a great romance about second chances. A real swoon-worthy romance with a hot former high school football jock hero and a smart, sexy cop heroine. I want everyone to read this book and get hooked on this new series!
We are very greedy when it comes to your books. What are you currently working on and what’s coming next that we can look forward to?
I’m currently working on finishing up MAKE ME STAY, Book 5 of the Hope series, coming in December. I’m also finalizing edits for ALL WOUND UP, Book 10 of the Play by Play series, releasing this August.
In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Hope Burns, a woman discovers that the man she least expects is exactly what she needs…
High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One.”
Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary. Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.
Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved.
Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…