Thursday, December 19, 2013

Roxanne St. Claire Guest Post and Giveaway

I'm so excited to welcome Roxanne St. Claire to my blog today! I've been a fan for years and have already fallen in love with her Billionaires of Barefoot Bay with Zeke's book. 

***Update Winner of the set of Barefoot Bay books is Silver James. Thanks for everyone who stopped by and visited my blog.***

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire has been enchanting readers with stories set on an idyllic slice of paradise off the coast of Florida known as Barefoot Bay for two years. In the first Barefoot Bay series, four friends joined forces to build and run a homegrown resort and spa and, in the process, found life-long love. 

Now it is time to get to know some of the special guests of Casa Blanca Resort & Spa, which is fast turning into a playground for the rich and an elite destination wedding site. In the brand new Billionaires of Barefoot Bay trilogy, meet a trio of sexy heroes and the most unlikely ladies who steal their hearts in three novella-length (appx. 150 pages) love stories. 

In Secrets on the Sand, Zeke Nicholas has turned his mathematical genius skills into a mountain of money. But Zeke sits on that mountain all alone, longing for the one thing money cannot buy: a lifelong partner and true love. Zeke grew up near Barefoot Bay and is staying at the resort for a week while he’s in town for a family event. Enter Mandy Mitchell...the maid. Except, Mandy is much more than that to Zeke—she was the object of his every teenage dream back in the days when she was known as “Mandy the Magnificent” but he'd earned the unflattering high school senior adjective of “Ezekiel the Geekiel.” 

Zeke is no longer a geek—he’s gorgeous. And Mandy doesn’t feel so magnificent since her marriage fell apart and left her up to her eyeballs in debt and despair. The minute they meet again, Mandy knows he’s exactly the kind of trouble she should avoid...but Zeke does have one thing Mandy needs to gain the independence she craves. Will he give it to her? One look at Mandy, and Zeke turns his relentless ability to get what he wants into a full-on seduction and he’s ready to give her anything. But can Mandy face down the secrets of her past to find a fairy-tale future with Zeke? 

Thank you so much for having me here! You know I love this blog! 

I loved Secrets on the Sand and can’t wait to read the other books in the Billionaire of Barefoot Bay series. How did you come up with the idea for this series?

After I finished writing the Barefoot Bay quartet, I really felt like I needed a palate cleanser of shorter, sexy, fun, hero-centric stories.  These are long novellas or short novels, so they can be read in one or two nights as opposed to one of my longer books that can take a bigger investment in time.  I wanted to write about the “guests” of the resort that readers had fallen in love with and what better resort guest than a billionaire?

Was it fun getting to visit with the original characters from Barefoot Bay again?

So much fun to give them cameos and secondary roles.  As the owner of the resort, Lacey plays a nice part in the first book.  These characters are integral to the series, but it was important to me that a reader who’d never read a Barefoot Bay book could pick up a Billionaire book and not feel at all lost.  Like every book I write, each novella in the trilogy stands entirely on its own.

I love we will get more Barefoot Bay books with the Brides of Barefoot Bay. Do you have any further books planned at Barefoot Bay?

Yes, there will be four Billionaires of Barefoot Bay long novellas (December, January and February) and three Barefoot Brides novels in the summer and fall of 2014.  I don’t know what’s coming beyond that -- I’ll be busy writing these!

I loved Don’t You Wish so much. Loved it was a book I could share with my teenage niece. Will you be writing any more YA books?

Thank you so much! I loved that book, too.  From the moment the concept flashed in my head (inspired by a question my daughter asked) to the day I held the final book in my hand, that one has been a joy.  It’s even been optioned for film! Sadly, I don’t think the publisher printed very many and the ebook is priced quite high, so I’m not sure DON’T YOU WISH found the audience it deserved.  I’m glad you liked it.

Yes, I have another YA coming out in October, 2014, but this one is entirely different.  This is a young adult thriller called THEY ALL FALL DOWN.  I had a lot of fun with it, though it’s quite a bit darker than DON’T YOU WISH.  It’s kind of a riff on Mean Girls meets I Am Number Four.

Will we ever get anymore Bullet Catcher or Guardian Angelinos books (Gabe…hint, hint, hint)?

Ah, the Gabe question.  I hope so.  Those two series are not “finished” in my heart or head, and I get requests for more every single day.  I need to write the Barefoot Bay books that are really resonating with readers right now and then decide what I want to write next.  Gabe haunts me, I will say that!

Let’s do a giveaway! It’s cold where most of you are and you might be dreaming about a trip to the beach soon.  What’s the prettiest beach you’ve ever seen? One commenter will get to go...four times! Leave a comment to be eligible to win a COMPLETE set of the Barefoot Bay quartet, signed to you or to a friend (makes a great gift).

Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty novels of suspense and romance. A six-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for outstanding romantic fiction, her books have also won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense for two consecutive years.
Roxanne lives in Florida with her husband and two teens, and can be reached via her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter. 

The contest is open until December 23, 2013. Please include your email address with your comment so I can get the winner's information to Rocki. 


Mona Kekstadt said...

Good Morning Liza,
You have one special guest....Roxanne is a very special all her books..The Billionaire series will be another great series...I fell in love with Rocki's books ever since What You Can't see an anthology...which was my first Bullet Catcher..the Barefoot Bay Series is warm, heartfelt, and just love it...
Love this blog....

Gail Fuhlman said...

I would have to say that I really thought that this was a great review from Roxanne on your blog, to whom I have been enjoying all of her books. This new series will not let you down.

Sue G. said...

Just love Rocki's books!

The best beach I have ever been to by far is on Antigua. My hubby and I went there for our honeymoon. They have over 365 beaches on an island about 32 square miles in size.

Marilyn Baxter said...

Prettiest beach? The Florida panhandle beaches where the sand is white and the water is emerald green.

No need to sign me up for the prize as I already have the books. I'm so looking forward to the upcoming Billionaire and Bride books!

Silver James said...

*waves madly at Rocki* Love this series. Prettiest beach? Big Sur. I'm all about waves, rocks, and mountains, instead of bikinis. LOL

silverjames [at] swbellDOTnet

Texas Book Lover said...

The prettiest beach I have been to is Coranodo beach in San Diego, CA. We went this past summer for our first family vacation in over 7 years and loved it. Would recommend it to anyone.

Loved the first four in this series so I am excited to read these additions.
Thanks so much!
mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

Shari said...

The prettiest beach would be Maui. I was just there in September . I hope we will go again. Loved the sea turtles and the fish.

Judi L said...

I would say the beach I visited many years ago in Maui. I love Roxanne St. Claire's writing.