Welcome to UTC, Emma! SUSTAINED is book two in the Legal Briefs series. Tell us more about Jake Becker. We know he’s cold, callous and pretty intimidating. What do you hope readers will like about Jake?
So many aspects of Jake’s personality are revealed through the course of the story – through his interactions with Chelsea and the kids. Jake has a dry but terrific sense of humor, he’s very charming without really trying to be. He’s also honest and gentle, so protective and honorable (though he doesn’t think so).
I’m curious, did you have to do a lot of research for this series?
Some. I found a lot of information online about the DC family court system and child services. I was also lucky enough to email with an attorney who practices in DC who helped me out with those tiny details I needed to know, but really couldn’t find online.
Your books are known to be quite fun and upbeat. Why is humour such an important part of your writing?
I love to laugh – and fun, light, sexy stories are my favorite to read. Also, I think the most attractive quality a person can have is a great sense of humor because intelligence, confidence and affability generally come along with it.
What’s the last book you’ve read that totally blew you away?
Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley – I’m obsessed with her Chaos Series. Totally. Obsessed.
While you were writing TANGLED, did you ever think about the impact Drew Evans would have on readers and your career in return?
Not even a little bit, lol. I mean – I loved Drew and thought he was perfect and clever and I did have a general sense that Tangled was different than what was out on the book market at the time. But, I never dreamed that people all around the world would be reading him and falling for him! It’s amazing! And I’m still honored and humbled that readers enjoy my work so much.
What’s your favorite scene or quote from SUSTAINED, without being spoilery?
I have a few!
“Criminal defense really isn’t so different from proctology. In both fields, it’s one asshole after another.”
“I’m not going anywhere with you. You could be a child molester.”
“I’m not a child molester.”
“Said every child molester ever.”
“Seriously, you’ve got this whole knight in shining armor vibe going on.”
“My armor was tarnished a long time ago, Brent.”
“A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.”
When you’re not writing, what can you be found doing?
Cooking, trying to keep the house organized, reading and spending time with my kids.
Rapid Fire Questions!
Summer or Winter: Fall
Chris Pratt or Chris Hemsworth: Ahh!! That’s a trick question!! If I absolutely had to choose…Chris Pratt
Favorite Summer Activity: Swimming and barbequing
Favorite Drink: Margarita – with sugar
Morning or Night: Night
Can’t leave home without… my phone. Never.
Thank you so much for stopping by Under the Covers today and sharing with our readers. And again, congrats on the release of SUSTAINED!
This was fun! Thank you so much!!
Available August 25, 2015!
by Emma Chase
Released: August 25th 2015
Series: The Legal Briefs #2
Published by Gallery Books
This book can be read as a standalone.
A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.
When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.
Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.
Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I'm going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal's office.
Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.
And that — that, I know how to do.