This is Our Song by Samantha Chase – Q&A and Giveaway

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Samantha Chase whose newest book, This Is Our Song, will be released on December 6. She is joining us today to answer a few questions. Leave a comment or ask the author a question for a chance to win a print copy of the book (US/Canada only).

Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.

Riley Shaughnessy puts on this great show for the public – one of a confident musician – but really, he is a bit insecure and very sensitive. In a family known for their alpha males, he’s probably the most sensitive of the group. He’s not caught up in the Hollywood lifestyle. At the end of the day, he’d really prefer to live a simple life.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?

I just finished writing Darcy Shaughnessy’s story and I am getting ready to start on book two in my new upcoming series Band on the Run. This series features the members of Riley Shaughnessy’s band and the first book comes out in February (One More Kiss). One More Promise will feature bass player Dylan who is fresh out of rehab and the most troubled of the band. It’s a little bit challenging for me because I think he’s probably the first hero I’ve ever written with such a troubled history. I’m excited to get started!

What are you reading now?

Right now I am sort of re-organizing my Kindle. For some reason it got wiped out and all of my books had to be reloaded by Amazon. So I’m rediscovering books that I read years ago (or months ago!) and having way too much fun with it. Most recently I re-read The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan. Love that book!

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

I have been an avid reader of romance since middle school. But the first author who really made an impression on me was Sandra Brown. I read 22 Indigo Place and was hooked! I read all of her contemporary romances and thought “This is what I want! This is what I love!” I had the opportunity to meet her last year and it was just a total dream come true! Bella Andre is another strong influence. Her Sullivan series really made me fall in love with the concept of family sagas. She just created such an amazing group of people who were diverse and personable and just people that you wanted to hang out with. That’s what I strive to create and if I ever am lucky enough to meet her, I would thank her for that.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?

Honestly, it’s probably one of the hardest things. In my indie books, it’s all me. I either come up with something as I’m writing that I think fits – either a phrase or a theme to the book – or I’ll turn to song titles or even my street team for help. On my traditional books, it sort of goes to a committee. I’m not as crazy about that because I don’t always get a title that I love. I get a say in it, but I’ve had a lot of my ideas tossed out. So that’s hard for me to deal with. I do like all of my titles but I don’t love all of them, if that makes sense.

11_28-samantha-chase-book-coverNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase crafts a tender, hopeful family-centered romance

She knows him by reputation

Riley Shaughnessy knew that to stand out in his large family, he’d have to go big. Making a name for himself as a musician wasn’t easy, but he followed his dreams to rock-star success. But the relentless expectations of fans is not helping the slump he’s in now. So of course the person who attracts him is the woman who is not impressed by fame.

Which gives Riley Shaughnessy a lot to prove

Entertainment reporter Savannah Daly is completely unfazed by pretty-boy rock stars. She’s just here to get her interview and write her story. But spending an entire month with the Shaughnessys is going to show Savannah a side of Riley she never could have guessed.

Enjoy an Excerpt:

He didn’t just beat her in the best of three.

Oh, no. That would have been too easy.

No, Savannah—who realized too late that she was a very sore loser—kept egging him on until he finally put the paddle down after beating her in twelve games. Twelve! Why did she have to keep taunting him? Even while they were playing she couldn’t make herself ask him anything important. They talked about useless stuff—favorite bands, favorite foods—hell, at one point she’d even asked him his favorite color.

She hung her head low in defeat and put her paddle on the table. Riley had excused himself and went to get them each a drink. She prayed it was vodka. Something to make her forget this humiliation.

His prize at the end of the first three games was that she’d stay and have dinner with him.

After the next three she’d stay for a movie.

She really thought she was going to beat him in the third round. Unfortunately, it had been her biggest loss, and he’d simply chuckled and said he’d have to think about his reward. And he’d repeated that after the fourth and final win.

Riley cleared his throat when he walked back into the room and handed her a glass of ice water. They drank in silence for a few minutes. “That was fun,” he finally said, and Savannah realized he wasn’t being obnoxious and he wasn’t gloating. He genuinely looked like he’d had a good time.

And despite all the losing, Savannah would have to agree. It was fun.

“How do you feel about salmon for dinner?”

“It’s one of my favorites,” she said and was relieved he wasn’t gloating.

“It’s kind of early yet. Maybe we can watch a movie first?”

That was a reasonable request, and she agreed. Together they picked out a classic Neil Simon movie from 1967, Barefoot in the Park. “Ooo…Robert Redford.” She sighed. “Another favorite.”

Tucked away in a corner was one of the biggest flat-screen TVs Savannah had ever seen. Riley noticed her stunned look. “It’s one hundred ten inches. They don’t come any bigger than this right now. The picture’s great too.”

Two oversized recliners were centered in front of the screen and they each sat down. Riley started the movie and within minutes Savannah was more relaxed and they were both laughing along with the story.

She kicked her sandals off and tucked her feet up on the chair beside her. Next she pulled the clip out of her hair so she could relax her head against the back of the comfortable chair. Looking to her right, she saw Riley was watching her. His expression was intense and for the life of her, she couldn’t figure out what was wrong. “Is everything okay?”

He didn’t answer right away.

“Riley?”

“I still have to decide what I get for winning those last two rounds,” he said, his voice low and gravelly.

Savannah nodded, hypnotized by the way his eyes had gone so dark.

“I’m going to combine them into one request,” he said, and it sounded more like a warning than a statement.

“Okay.” Her own voice was almost a breathy whisper.

Leaning closer, Riley’s eyes zeroed in on her lips before meeting her eyes. “Savannah?”

“Hmm?”

“I’m going to kiss you. Twice.”

“Oh.”

His hand snaked out and around her nape and slowly drew her closer to him. And then his lips touched hers and Savannah’s brain simply stopped functioning.

About the Author:New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Teaching creative writing to students from elementary through high school motivated Samantha to take that step as well. Since then, she has become a NYT and USA Today bestselling author. She lives with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Comments

  1. congrats on the new release! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Congrats ont he new release. Do you enjoy research?

  3. Congrats on the new release. If we peeked on your bedside table, what books would we find there?

  4. Congratulations on the release.

    I hear you about re-organizing the Kindle. Mine got wiped, too. Took me forever to get it back to the way it was.

    Marika/Harlie

  5. Sounds like a good read.

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