Interview and Giveaway with Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen

Posted January 30, 2017 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Featured Authors, Interviews / 12 Comments

Welcome to Under the Covers, ladies! We are thrilled to have you here to talk about the new series you’re writing together. First off, tell us more about WAGs. How did this new series come about and what can readers expect from it?  GOOD BOY kicks off this new series with a second chance romance. What was your favorite thing about writing Jess and Blake’s story?

Sarina: Blake is just such an unforgettable character. We knew he needed a book. He’s a really wacky combination of emotionally intelligent and verbally…ineloquent. Big heart. No filter.
Elle: I second that–Blake’s lack of filter was the best part of writing this story for me. He’s just so adorably inappropriate sometimes.

Describe Blake in 3 words.

Elle: Confident, ridiculous, softie
Sarina: Can I add LOUD?

Will you be writing more m/m books as part of this series?

Sarina: We never say never. But thus far we have M/F stories planned for this series. I’m releasing an MM novel in March, though!

Do you have a favorite scene or quote from the book you can share without being spoilery?

Sarina: WELL! Since you asked. We don’t think anyone can read chapter 15 (the Hummer scene) without laughing. There’s one particular metaphor in there we both love. And each of us thinks the other one wrote it. The truth is out there somewhere.

Elle: I love the opening of the story, because Blake’s wedding ideas are just so…out there.

As fans of hockey yourselves, what teams can we find you rooting for?

Sarina: I follow college hockey the closest. My team (Yale) has had a good run the last few years. But it, uh, seems to have hit a snag this year. I am afraid to look at the standings right now.

Elle: I’m all about the Bruins! (says the one Torontonian who doesn’t root for the Leafs)

Tell us more about your team writing process/routine. Who does what, how does it differ from when you are writing solo and how do you handle differences?

Elle: We plot our books ahead of time, then one person will open the story, and we switch off every chapter or every 2000 words, but that’s not set in stone. Sometimes we call dibs on scenes we REALLY want to write, but for the most part, we work off our outline.

What would you say is the other person’s best writing strength and how does it play out in the books?

Sarina: Elle is so fearless on the page, and she’s really great with story structure. In fact, when I get tangled up in my solo books now I call her up and ask her to unstick me.

Elle: Sarina is a genius when it comes to emotional arcs. She’s the one who constantly makes me take a second to really think about what’s going on with the characters emotionally at a certain point, and where we need to take them.

If you could pick one character as your favorite from the others solo books, who would it be and why?

Sarina: Oh! Fun question! I love The Score so hard. Allie is my favorite of Elle’s heroines. (And I’d never kick Dean out of bed, either.)

Elle: Rikker from The Understatement of the Year. He’s such a strong, compassionate, PATIENT man. I just adore him.

What’s next for each of you?

Sarina: I’m releasing an MM novel in March! I can’t wait.

Elle: I’ve got my last Killer Instincts book (Midnight Target) coming out in April.

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Coming January 31, 2017!

Interview and Giveaway with Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen

BOOK INFO


Released: January 31st 2017
Series: WAGs #1
Published by Self Published
 

Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwea


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About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

About Elle Kennedy

A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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Kathleen Bylsma
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Kathleen Bylsma

Great interview and shelved on Goodreads….not going to bother with Rafflecopter…too time consuming and I want a print book, thanks, though!~

JenM
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JenM

I love Sarina’s and Elle’s series separately, but I haven’t tried their co-authored books yet. The new one sounds like a really fun read.

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the post, looking forward to reading Good Boy.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

This book sounds like fun!

Mess
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Mess

Two great authors!

jennifer beck
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jennifer beck

cant wait to read LOVE cover!!!

Make Kay
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Make Kay

This book is on my Want ToRead list

Nihcki S
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Nihcki S

What does WAGs stand for? I haven’t read HIM, yet, so I’m a little lost? Looking forward to more M/M stories too!

Timitra
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Timitra

Great interview! I’m looking forward to reading Good Boy

jodi marinich
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jodi marinich

congrats ladies

Laura Lovejoy-Brunk
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Laura Lovejoy-Brunk

I LOVE this series and these two authors are my Favs….totally ‘click asap’ on any of their new releases ! Thanks for a great interview. Fingers crossed xxx

Desiree
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Desiree

This book sounds awesome! I’ve added it to my TBR on GR. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂