Spotlight & Giveaway: Nobody’s Fool by Sarah Hegger

Posted August 27th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 54 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Sarah Hegger to HJ!
Spotlight&Giveaway

In Sarah Hegger’s latest Willow Park Romance, long-held crushes and past frenemies reunite–and wonder if there’s ever a second chance to make a good first impression…

 
Thank you for having me here. And it was great to finally meet Sara at RWA2015. Always nice to put a face to a name.
 

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Nobody's FoolThe book is really about a woman trying to find the balance in her life. Holly has been weighed down by responsibility all her life, and she’s tired. When she has to track down her cycling bi-polar sister, Portia, it brings her into contact with her former high-school nemesis, Josh Hunter. Josh is everything Holly wants, but can she balance her responsibilities with her own needs and wants.
 

Please share the opening lines of this book:

The sign above the glass door to the trendy single’s bar scrolled out “Scants” in hot pink neon, blinked twice, and repeated.
“Bugger.” Holly yanked her clinging sweatshirt away from her body. You should never ask how much worse a thing could get because Murphy’s Law went right ahead and showed you.

 

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

  • Holly, the heroine is a fashion disaster, whilst our hero Josh is a walking GQ ad.
  • I have a secret hankering for the car Josh drives, an E-Type Jaguar.
  • Holly belly dances in her spare time, and this is another secret desire of mine. This and pole dance, for some reason, I really want to learn how to do them.

 

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Holly is a bit like my sister; tough, loyal, loving and in control. She’s your typical older sister, stepping in and taking on the role of mom when mom isn’t around. But she’s also a woman who desperately needs to cut loose and get some of the joy out of life.
Josh is a sweet-talking, smooth as silk charmer, and I loved writing him. Under his undeniably beautiful exterior lurks a die-hard romantic and a knight in shining armor waiting to rescue his damsel.
Holly doesn’t go happily into the mold of damsel.
With them I have Holly’s three sister. The twin, Portia and Emma, and the next oldest after Holly, Grace. Grace is a kick ass lady who has built up ironclad defenses to cope with her childhood. The twins are just lost. Portia is bi-polar and struggling to grow up, and Emma is floating around in Emma-land.
Readers of Nobody’s Angel will get the chance to pop in on Richard and Lucy. And Donna, Richard’s mother. I had some fun with Donna, and made her very possessive of Josh. I think most women have encountered another sister, mother, best friend who is very possessive of their male.

 

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

I wrote Holly as a feisty, take-no-prisoners kind of gal. What kept creeping in was Holly’s fragility and vulnerability. Behind her tough, defenses is a loving, passionate woman and she kept peeking out at me.
 

The First kiss…

…takes some time to get there in Nobody’s Fool. Holly’s in a very difficult situation and Josh spends a lot of time trying to do the right thing. Holly has finally had enough.

Holly spent a lot of time theorizing about moments like this. As a grown woman, in charge of her own life, including her body, she could make whatever decisions she wanted. Holly dropped her eyes to the front of him, where his erection pressed full and impressive through the fabric of his pants.
He wanted her, but he was doing “nothing.”
Enough. Enough thinking, planning, strategizing, waiting. Enough making sure everyone else got what they needed. Well, damn it to hell, Holly needed a little something, and it was four feet away from her and waiting for her to make her move.
Energy crackled through her. Holly stalked him, her feet slapping on the wooden floor.
He tensed, his eyes narrowed as he watched her approach.
He was much taller than she was and she had to virtually climb him like a maypole. His chest was hard and hot. Raising her body, his cock branded her through their clothing, and it was like a match to dry tinder. She didn’t doubt the wisdom of what she was doing. Thinking didn’t even come into it. She wanted and she needed.
Holly grabbed a hank of his hair and tugged his mouth down to hers. His hair was soft and silky beneath her fingertips as she held his head still.
His eyes flared. “Be sure, Holly, because I don’t have a lot of good intentions left here.”
“You’re overthinking this.” She fastened her lips over his.
He gripped her hips, tugging her flush with him. “Ah, baby, if you stop me now, I’m going to cry like a girl,” he said as his mouth took over.

 

Did any scene have you crying or laughing (or blushing) while writing it?

The scene that came to mind was Holly’s reaction to Josh’s slick, collector’s car. In the opening chapters, Holly and Josh lock horns verbally, and in this one, Holly is the winner. I so enjoyed writing this one.

There weren’t many cars and all of them were expensive. She skirted a vintage Bentley and paused in midstride to admire the lines on a cherry red Ferrari.
Josh bent down to open his car and she stopped dead in her tracks.
“That’s your car?” She burst out laughing. This was priceless.
“What?” He ruffled up. “It’s a nineteen sixty-seven series one and a half XK-E Jaguar.”
Holly laughed harder, and he raised his voice over the sound of her cackles rebounding around the parking garage. “It might interest you to note that Enzo Ferrari said it was the most beautiful car ever built.”
“Oh, I’m sure he did.” Holly gasped to get her breath back. “Because that, my friend, is a penis on wheels.”
“Get in.”

 

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters?

I would think the first time we see Josh. Holly tracks him down to a trendy, singles bar. Josh is drop-dead gorgeous. One of those men you see and your jaw hits the ground. I’m more than a little in love with him, so I would start there. This is the first time Holly sees him.
From here she had an even better view of him.

He stood with one hand propped against the bar, speaking to another man who had his back to her. The dim lighting in the bar played peekaboo with the finely chiseled lines of Josh’s face. His eyes were shadowed, but they were blue. Blue as the inside of an iris, blue as a pansy, blue enough to break a girl’s heart and make her want to come back for more.
 

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

I would tell Holly that she doesn’t have to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders, and do it all alone.
 

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

The third in the Willow Park Romance series releases March 2016, Nobody’s Princess, and tells the story of youngest Hunter brother, Thomas. I’m also working on a brand new series, tentatively named the Ghost Falls series, but that’s a bit hush-hush at this stage. Let’s keep it to ourselves.
 

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

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Excerpt from Nobody’s Fool:

The sign above the glass door to the trendy single’s bar scrolled out “Scants” in hot pink neon, blinked twice, and repeated.
“Bugger.” Holly yanked her clinging sweatshirt away from her body. You should never ask how much worse a thing could get because Murphy’s Law went right ahead and showed you.
The door flew open, and the clamor from the bar roared out onto the sidewalk where she stood. A couple of girls brushed past her, giggling as they hurled themselves into the preening frenzy. On the other side of the window, a mass of beautiful bodies circled each other.
Holly was way, way out of her element. There was no choice, though. According to his doorman, she’d find Josh Hunter in there.
She squared her shoulders and braced for hell. Good thing she had her bloody passport with her.
Holly stepped over the threshold, and the manic melody of singles bars everywhere crashed over her; the clink, the chatter, the bass rumble of male voices juxtaposed against the higher pitches of women. The throb of amplifier and subwoofer underscored the babble and ground out an elemental jungle beat that quickened the blood.
Welcome to the mating ground of genus Homo sapiens. What a bunch of posers. Exactly where you would expect to find someone like Josh Hunter. Proof she and Joshua were an entirely different species. She’d suspected as much in high school. The evidence was now incontrovertible.
Her phone buzzed in her hand and Holly checked the screen.
Emma again. This made it the fifth call in the last hour. What a pity Emma hadn’t panicked four days ago, when Portia first went missing.
She stuck one finger in her ear to hear her sister. “Yes?”
“Did you find her?”
“I just arrived in Chicago.” Did Emma expect her to fly? Six hours and twenty-four minutes, according to Google Maps, and she’d shaved it to a shade under six.
“What have you been doing?” Emma wailed loud enough to rise above the storm of noise around her.
“Driving.” Holly clenched her hand into a fist by her side. Cool it, Holly. They were both worried about Portia’s disappearance.
Only this morning, she’d discovered Portia missing.
Emma, Portia’s twin, had broken down and confessed Portia had left four whole days ago for Chicago. Not only was their younger sister gone, she’d left London, Ontario, without her medication.
The sheer stupidity of it made Holly want to growl.
“Did you find Joshua Hunter?” Emma let fly with her persistent streak. “Portia spoke about him when she called.”
“Yes, you told me already.” Holly cursed her height as she levered to her toes to see over the heads in front of her. “I’m looking for him now.”
She might not recognize Josh Hunter anymore. A lot could’ve changed in the years since they’d gone to high school together. Maybe he’d grown another head, to admire the one he already had.
“She didn’t sound good.” Emma’s voice quivered. “You have to find her, Holly.”
“I know I do,” Holly almost snarled. Four days and Emma hadn’t said a word. Holly could barely get her head around it.
A phone call from Portia, flying perilously high and prattling about seeing Josh Hunter, had sent Emma scurrying for Holly and help.
“I have to go.” She hung up on Emma, still talking.
The name of her high-school nemesis had knocked Holly off balance for a moment. It was not a name she’d wanted to hear again. She shook it off. It couldn’t be helped. The most important thing was finding Portia, and she’d make a deal with the devil if she must.
In his school days, Josh had lived in Willow Park, and that seemed the most logical place for Holly to start. The Hunter house had been down the street from Holly’s, and she’d guessed it was where Portia had run into him.
She’d been hanging on to the secret hope of Portia standing on the sidewalk, gazing wistfully at the old family home. If you could call a house you’d only lived in for two years an old family home.
Holly dodged a weaving waitress and stopped.
The two women in front of her spotted each other and squealed like a pair of happy piglets.
Holly waited for the cheek kissing ritual to end.
Cheek kissing gave way to feverish chatter, and Holly finally pushed past. She was on a mission.
Why had Portia gone searching for Josh Hunter? Holly wobbled on her tiptoes and craned her neck past the mass of bobbing heads. It was one of the questions she’d ask her sister when she caught up with her. And catch up with Portia she would.
The house in Willow Park had changed. Dramatically. Holly had been standing outside earlier, wondering where to go next, when the door to the house opened and luck stepped out—trailing spangles and a cloud of perfume. God knows why, but the woman had been thrilled to see her. Holly didn’t recall her at all. Fortunately, she had remembered Holly and her sisters clearly.
The woman went on to say yes, she had seen Holly’s sister. Portia had been by a couple of days ago, looking for Josh. She confirmed Emma’s report that Josh and Portia had found each other and were briefly spotted together. And better yet, had been able to tell her the name of the upscale condo on the Gold Coast where Josh now lived.
Here the bedazzled woman had treated Holly to an abbreviated version of Josh’s infamy. Most of it went over her head, but the gist was women and more women, and when was he going to settle down?
Holly ran for cover between the woman’s pause and an invocation to God for Josh to stop breaking his mother’s heart and get married already.
So, same old Josh Hunter.
Holly had located the condo building easily enough, and a bit of creative truth bending with the doorman had her standing on the sidewalk outside Scants, exactly the sort of place she would rather chew her arm off than enter.
The crowd in front of her parted and, oh, sweet Mother of God, there he was.

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Book Info:

Holly Partridge had no plans to return to Willow Park, Illinois, until her troubled younger sister Portia fled her home and aimed herself straight at Holly’s high school nemesis–too-gorgeous-to-be-true Josh Hunter. Riding a manic bipolar high, Portia’s only a danger to herself, but Holly needs to find her before she crashes. That means asking Josh for help.

The ultimate love ’em and leave ’em lothario, Josh was never good for anything but a broken heart. But now he’s lending a hand when Holly needs it most–and revealing surprising generosity and compassion. Has Josh shed his bad boy ways? Or is Holly suddenly grown up enough to acknowledge her own mistakes? Trusting Josh could be a disaster–or the first step in banishing the past to make way for a future happier than Holly ever imagined. . .

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Meet the Author:

Sarah HeggerBorn British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.

Mimicking her globe trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother.

She currently lives in Draper, Utah, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
I love to hear from readers.

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54 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Nobody’s Fool by Sarah Hegger”

  1. Meredith Miller

    I think it’s very important, we have to be responsible for our own happiness too. It’s probably the hardest thing we do though since we are always putting others first though.

  2. Kathy Church

    It’s very important but very difficult. I am a 2 time Nana and I still have a hard time putting myself first. I have realized that it is vital for me to do that at times though for my own sanity.

  3. glam009

    is important too, to feel happy, but also is the family is happy you to will be happy…having health and a family to support you is all you need!!!

  4. janinecatmom

    That’s a tough one. As women, we tend to have to do everything in the house and for the family. Even though I don’t have children, I still find it hard to put myself first.

  5. kermitsgirl

    It’s definitely important, but it’s also important to surround yourself with people who also acknowledge and help fulfill your needs. Maybe not so much with children, but you need a partner/husband who can recognize you as a helpmate who needs things just as much as he/she does.

  6. Jane Nelson

    I am a true believer that you have to take time and appreciate yourself so you can be healthy enough to take care of your loved ones. If your not healthy and loving yourself then you can’t give your full self to the people you love. 🙂

  7. Mariola Fik-Izydor

    I think that is very important because if you ignore yourself and don’t fulfill your needs that you just make everyone else around you miserable, including yourself. I have three kids and finding time for myself is very difficult but I love to read so when everyone is in bed, I read. My favorite pass-time, it makes me decompress from the day and it takes me to another world.

  8. Yvonne R (@txgrll)

    To me everything has to have a balance and we need to put our own needs on that same list as the other things we usually need to do. If we are not taken care of, then we can’t function for others no matter how much we want to. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Amy Rickman

    For years and I did everything for my kids and hubby never taking time for myself which stressed me out. I’m now taking time for me and I am much happier.

  10. mrsmac19

    I absolutely have needs that have to be met! I’m a very unhappy woman if I don’t get my daily workout(s) in. My husband and kids recognize this need, so we’re (usually) all good!

  11. Leanna

    FOr me doing things for my family makes me happy. I do like to get some alone Time everyday to do whatever I want.

  12. erinf1

    totally… and while I agree family and loved ones *generally* come first, there should be no guilt or recrimination if women put themselves first a time or two. I’ve come to find out and believe that despite how much someone loves you, no one truly knows you like yourself and so you’re the only person who can truly put yourself first and have your best interests at heart.

  13. Charlene E

    I don’t have kids so I can’t comment from experience, but I do think it’s important to remember who you are and continue to carve out time to do things you like to do, spend time with friends, etc. Not lose yourself in the process of raising a family. Being a mom and a wife comes first, but you’re important too!

  14. Pennie

    As I have become an empty nester in the last few years I have learned to take care of myself too but still take care of everyone else even if they don’t live with me any longer 🙂 Now they seem to appreciate it more.

  15. BookLady

    I think it is very important for women to take time out for themselves. Having interests outside of family helps one to become a better well adjusted person.

  16. Glenda

    It is important to take care of yourself, but not to the point that you neglect your kids. There’s a line there that some people are incapable of seeing.

  17. Patricia B.

    It took a long time to learn, but I finally put aside the “everyone in the family comes first” behavior. Of course the children are grown and moved out. Unfortunately it didn’t take long before I filled the gap with volunteering. I do take time for myself and do something special every so often. It has taken me much longer to convince my husband he needs to take the time for himself and at least go play golf once in a while. You need to recharge your inner self in order to handle what life sends your way.

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