Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she’s happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She’s spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn’t found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she’s probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.
Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett’s idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety – a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can’t resist pushing her buttons, even though she’s made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn’t for her.
Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she’s determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that’s easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he’s renting the house right next door…
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1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
Hailey, the heroine, has been a secondary character in the series and I wanted to see her live happily ever after!
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?
The heroine is a librarian in a small town, a job I was lucky enough to have between my first and second children. And the hero is a game warden which, due to my family’s love for OHRVs and wildlife, is a job I have a lot of admiration for.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
I have and I’ve learned being blocked means I’m either in the wrong point of view or I’m taking the story in the wrong direction. If the words won’t come, I just backtrack until I see where I went wrong.
5. Your all time favorite book?
Needful Things by Stephen King
6. What made you pick that one above all others?
I rarely re-read books, but I’ve read Needful Things many times since its release (the year after I graduated from high school).
7. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
I have changed. I always wanted to be an author, so I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I’m the person I was meant to be—mom, wife and author.
8. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
I feel that way at some point in the book, as do many of the writers I know. It’s a part of the process (usually around the midpoint) and all you can do is push through it.
9. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
Writing takes up most of my day, but especially since my youngest child is a fairly self-sufficient thirteen now, but I watch too much TV and read a lot. We also go to camp every other weekend from May through October, where we ride our ATVs.
10. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
I don’t read reviews as a rule. If it’s a blog I already read or a reader tweets a link to me, I often do, but I never read bookstore or Goodreads reviews. If I do happen across a negative review, I remind myself how often I won’t care for a book my friends loved. I’d love for everybody to love my books, but the truth is that some don’t, just as I don’t love every book I read, even from a favorite author. And I never, ever argue with a review.
11. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
TAKEN WITH YOU is the eighth book in the Kowalski series, though it will stand alone. Coming up next will FALLING FOR MAX at the end of June.
12. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
Currently there are no more books planned in the Kowalski series, but I’ll have a novella releasing during the Christmas holiday season, and I have a fun spin-off from the Kowalski series planned.
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
Honestly, a cure for cancer. It’s been devastating for my family, as well as so many others, and for good friends.
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
I’d want a blank, 5-subject notebook but since I probably won’t have a pen, I’ll go with How To Survive Being Stranded on an Isolated Island.
3. Name your favorite fruit.
4. Coffee or tea?
Coffee! Preferably iced, with cream only.
5. Favorite season?
Autum. After a long, hot and humid summer, I love the crisp air and colorful leaves.
6. How about fav time of 24 hours?
Eight at night, because it’s the start of television prime time!
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
I was a Girl Scout, though not a very good one. I had to have a LOT of help earning badges.
8. Favorite food for breakfast?
Coffee! I’m not a big breakfast eater, except on weekends, when there are English muffins and bacon involved.
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
I’ve been reading for contest judging and work, so the last book I read that I bought was Hope Flames by Jaci Burton.
10. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
iPhone cases and Coach bags, much to my husband’s dismay.
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
I went through a long pink phase (perhaps from being the only girl in the house, what with a husband and two sons) but now seem to be loving purple.
12. Drama or comedy?
13. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
My mother cross-stitched a quote for me: “I’ve gone to find myself. If I’m not here when I get back, keep me here.” My personal motto is probably “Think it, don’t say it”.
14. Cats or dogs?
I have both. Two dogs, a Shih Tzu and a Bolo-Noodle (Bolognese and Toy Poodle), and two kitties.
15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
I’ve never been to a nightclub! I’m a pizza in front of the TV or hot dogs at the game kind of girl, but the occasional dinner by candlelight is nice.
About the Author & Links:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.