Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Bounty" by Elise Sax

by Elise Sax

Bounty is currently on tour with Bewitching Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my interview with the author. There is also a giveaway to enter below. Be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Abby Williams has got it made: First a new job as magazine editor in London, and now a trip to an exotic island to review a five-star resort with poolside service. Unfortunately, on day two of her vacation, Abby finds herself bound and stuffed into a burlap bag and dragged across two continents. And worse than that? Her hottie abductor has got her distracted. Maybe escape is overrated.
Iain Brodie is a muscle-bound mercenary. He just helped a despotic dictator take over an island. He's also Abby's kidnapper, and he has his own problems.  Framed for a murder he didn't commit and a boss who’s out to get him, he has to face facts:  Early retirement is out of the question and Abby Williams looks damned good in a burlap bag.
Elise Sax delivers another hilarious page-turner, filled with adventure, murder, mayhem, and love. Bounty is a sexy, wild ride.

I picked up the phone. “I thought we had a deal!” I yelled at Harriman. But it wasn’t Harriman.
“I don’t remember making a deal, Princess.”
I felt feverish at the sound of his voice. A warm wave of wonderful washed up my body making me want to remove my clothes at the first available moment.
“I thought you were somebody else,” I stammered.
“Somebody you made a deal with, it seems. Should I be worried?”
Think. Think. Think.
I was out. I couldn’t think of what to say. He should be worried, and it was my fault. I had made a deal to his detriment. I was a drain on him, and he didn’t even know it. He kidnapped me, but I had alerted the authorities about him. The feds were breathing down his neck, and he was oblivious. He sold me to a Chechen warlord, and I sold him out. Way out. Clean out. Out to sea. Out of this world.
I had to come clean. I had to warn him. Warn him about the authorities and warn him about me. He would hate me. He would never call me Princess, again. My tongue grew thick, and my throat closed. I thought, optimistically, that I was having anaphylactic shock.

Praise for the novels of Elise Sax
“Fans of laugh-out-loud romantic suspense will enjoy this new author as she joins the ranks of Janet Evanovich, Katie MacAllister, and Jennifer Crusie.” — Booklist
“A fun read sure to entertain.” — RT Book Reviews
“Elise Sax will win your heart.” — NYT bestelling author Jill Shalvis
“Elise Sax will make you laugh. Her larger-than-life characters jump off the page and make crazy seem like a fun place to hang out.” — Christie Craig, New York Times bestselling author of Texas Hold ‘Em
“This fast-paced, zany story provides great fun and features some impressive ingenuity.” — RT Book Reviews
“In the tradition of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series . . . a funny, sexy ride.” — Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind

Interview with the Author
Hi Elise, thanks for joining me today to discuss your new book, Bounty.
Which writers have influenced you the most?
Amy Sherman-Palladino. She wrote The Gilmore Girls. It’s a TV show and not a series of books, but I think the writing is fantastic.
What age group do you recommend your book for?
I think it’s appropriate for teenagers and older.
What sparked the idea for this book?
I was a journalist for many years, and Abby (Bounty’s heroine) is a lot like me. Also, the coup by mercenaries on an African island is based on a true event.
Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
Usually a character will pop into my mind, and then it’s a matter of what would she do if… However, my next book, Swap, was inspired by my summer vacation!
What was the hardest part to write in this book?
The part with words. Seriously, writing is hard!
How do you hope this book affects its readers?
I hope readers will enjoy the wild ride, will fall in love with the hero, and root for the heroine.
How long did it take you to write this book?
Five months.
What is your writing routine?
I get up, open my book file, surf the internet, look at the file again, eat something, do laundry, write emails, surf the internet, eat, finish the laundry, panic that I haven’t written, and then I write.
I think that's the most real answer I've heard so far! How did you get your book published?
Unlike The Matchmaker series, which was sold at auction, I decided to independently publish Bounty in order to get it out faster for my readers to enjoy.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Well, first of all, don’t give up. Nobody got published by giving up. Write a good book and then query everybody. Don’t let rejection get you down. Keep trying and while you’re trying, write the next book.
Great advice, Elise. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I play the piano, swing dance, spend time with my children, and watch countless hours of television.
What does your family think of your writing?
My children are more interested in what I’m making for dinner, but I think they get a kick out of seeing my books in bookstores.
Did you like reading when you were a child?
Yes, I was always an avid reader.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I became a journalist first in order to have a job!
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I love hearing from my readers. They are very kind and complimentary and they ask when my next books are coming out.
What can we look forward to from you in the future?
Swap, a rom com thriller, is coming out at the beginning of February. Then, a Matchmaker prequel novella is being released on Valentine’s Day.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by today. Best of luck with your future projects.

About the Author
Elise Sax worked as a journalist for fifteen years, mostly in Paris, France. She took a detour from journalism and became a private investigator before trying her hand at writing fiction. She lives in Southern California with her two sons. She is also the author of The Matchmaker mystery series.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for your chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.