Interview and Giveaway with Jaci Burton

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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.



love after all

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…


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About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.




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Tina Susedik

I’d love to read more of your books!

Nancy Jones

I liked Chelsea list for the perfect man!

Pansy Petal

Oh my! I enjoy a Jaci Burton story, but naming a favorite character . . . Really? After reading this interview, I could say Bash because, well, I have a bit of a soft spot of bartenders. Consequently, I am looking forward to reading this book. That being said, I don’t pick favorites – other than Jaci Burton being on my must buy list. 😉 Therefore, it is the character I am currently reading. aka Becky Parsons


I actually haven’t read any of Jaci’s books yet 🙁 I like the look and sound of t hem and I definitely have them at the top of my want list 🙂 thanks for sharing!


I have to agree with your list


I loved Emma in Hope Flames. She was so concerned with the pets that came to her clinic. I also love all the men in her play by play series.

Lori Meehan

Love the books of your I’ve read.


Mick & Tara come a set in my head so I would have to say they are my favorite character. I enjoyed reading their story for the realness of the characters.

Sharlene Wegner

I like Cole Riley. Besides the hot depiction of him on the cover (!), I like that he is willing to change his image & eventually fall in love & settle down with one woman.

Diane Sallans

Probably Mick Riley because he’s the first one of Jaci’s sports guys that I met.

jennifer beck

Luke McCormack


Nice interview

Christine Maria Rose

I love the Buckhorn series, and Gabe is my favourite 🙂

Lisa Richards

Gavin Riley in Burton’s Changing the Game book. I got a thing for baseball players.

Susan T.

Can’t wait to read Bash’s story. I think he maybe my favorite.


I haven’t read any books by Jaci Burton yet, but this series is on my TBR list.


Love Jaci Burton. looking forward to reading more from this series.

Jennifer Schaber

How can I pick one? I love her Play by Play series, but I’m a sports junkie. I’ve only read book 1 of the Hope series, but I’d love to meet Bash after reading the interview.


no fav; never read this author before

Jessica Call

Oh man her books are amazing! I’ve read and own several in paperback but not all of them. I love Cole downright sexy! Thanks for this amazing chance!

Lisa M

Jaci Burton and her books are new to me … the interview was great and I look forward to learning more about her and her books … and reading them too 😉

Jenna O

I love Gabe, reminds me of one friend!

Irma Jurejevčič

I haven’t read this series yet….

jodi marinich

love jaci’s books


Mick Riley. First and best.


Gavin from Changing the Game – Alpha 😀
Thanks for the great interview and giveaway 🙂

Amy R

I’ll go with Mick & Tara as that is the first book I read of Jaci Burton’s.

Mary Preston

No absolute favorite.


Bash because he seem !s to know what he wants !

Sue G.

Well Luke McCormack was pretty sexy! 😉

melissa crisp

I have yet to read any books by her so I don’t know any characters yet. But I will be checking out her books now.

Texas Book Lover

I haven’t read this series yet but love Mick in the Play by Play series. Honestly I love everyone but he was the first sports romance hero I read so he gets my vote…plus the cover of his book is still my all time favorite!!!

Maria Theresa Santos

have not read the books,

I love Gavin from the Play by Play series. He is so sexy and I love his and Liz’s story!

Betul E.

LOVE Mick Riley (come on whats not to like about an hot football player!). Also Tara was one awesome woman, I really enjoyed their story