Spotlight & Giveaway: Taken by Tuesday by Catherine Bybee

Posted August 11th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 50 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee to HJ!
Spotlight&Giveaway

Hi Catherine and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Taken by Tuesday!

Thanks for having me back… seems like you redecorated a little between my releases.

Please summarize the book a la Twitter style for the readers here:

Traditional white dress with a bouquet of flowersHe’s looking for love and forever, and she wants nothing to do with it…until fate steps in.

Please share the opening line of this book:

Judy pressed the red raid button and hoped she hadn’t misjudged her opponent in this stupid online game.

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

The opening scene of this book has two real life facts in my life. I play a silly war game…it’s one of my favorite procrastination exercises. And I go to a local boot camp to work out.

Let’s see…more facts, this book matches an intensity of suspense that Neil and Gwen’s story did in Fiance by Friday.

Oh, one more. Judy is the only heroine in the series that does NOT work for Alliance. As I look forward to the last two book, she will remain the ONLY heroine who isn’t a closet matchmaker.

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

Judy was surprisingly grounded. When I introduced her character in the last book, she was a free loving early twenty something still in college. Most of us know that a lot of growing up happens in those last years of college and the first years of really trying to make it in this world without you parents help.

I didn’t realize how strong she was until I started writing her story. But she still has some small town values which sucks in her hero, Rick.

As for Rick, I think I knew him better going into this story. He deals well with stress and has a heart of gold. Little shakes him and he isn’t fearful of commitment…at least not now that he’s been in one place for a while and has found the right woman.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Funny you should ask. I looked up crazy Hollywood scandals and learned that I can’t make up some of the crazy stuff that happens in real life. Our society goes through ups and downs of prosecuting Hollywood royalty. Even though Judy isn’t the movie star, her brother is…and she gets the attention because of her brother. How often do we hear in the media about the ‘sister’ of someone famous?

I learned more about architects and internships at major firms. Police procedures.

The First kiss…

“There’s been chemistry between us from the day we met.” He voiced the thoughts in her head. He kept moving his gaze to her lips, his body so close but not actually touching hers. So many parts of her started to tingle she couldn’t catalog them fast enough. “Don’t you want to see if we fit, Judy?”
“You’re dangerous.” But she wasn’t pushing him away. She was imagining that spark, and wondering at the same time what he would taste like.
“I am,” he told her.
She licked her lips, knew he wasn’t thinking of the same danger she was. Hooking up with Rick and lingering in his life could threaten everything she’d worked hard to achieve. “I-I don’t do danger.”
He slid both hands to her hips, the contact made her actually jump. “I disagree. You like danger, uncertainty, crave it even.”
“No . . . I don’t.”
Without any effort, he lifted her onto the counter, left his hands on her waist. His strong fingers branded her, made her feel small . . . made her feel protected.
He smelled of pine soap and something so unique she thought it must be pheromones. The same scent filled her when she closed her eyes at night. Rick dipped his head closer to hers, but didn’t touch her. Her breathing came fast now, his kiss so close.

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

My crying moment is a super spoiler for the book… so let’s go with laughter.

I love how Judy and Rick banter. The first chapter shows this in spades

Rick took a step forward and lifted his voice above the crowd. “A hundred bucks.”
Utah froze, but didn’t turn around. He wondered if she recognized his voice. Had she thought about him in the last year? With the exception of her brother’s divorce party, he hadn’t seen her . . . not outside of a wet dream or two.
The blonde swiveled her head like a snake to prey and her eyes did that sweeping thing that happened to him once in a while. Rick knew he wasn’t hard on the eyes, knew he filled out his shirt like a Marine should. His thick shoulders and neck screamed military or linebacker. He did play a little football in high school.
“Who the hell are you?” the blonde mumbled.
Rick chuckled.
Judy slowly turned and had to tilt her head back to look at him. “Green Eyes.”
“Hey, Utah.”
“You know this guy?” The blonde shoved in next to Judy and nudged her arm.
God, she was even more adorable than he remembered. He didn’t let her eyes go, just matched her stare. A blush rose to her cheeks and a few freckles peeked through. Her snarky remark about his presence was a heartbeat away. He’d lay another hundred bucks on the table as a bet that the next words out of her mouth would shock everyone within earshot.
“Did the steroid train stop in town when I wasn’t looking?”
The blonde started to laugh.
Rick stepped even closer so barely an inch separated them. The smile never left his face. “I hear steroids shrink dicks.”
As if she couldn’t help herself, Judy glanced down, and it was Rick’s turn to laugh. He brushed the edge of her body with his and removed the cue from the table. “What do ya say, Utah? I’ll even let you break. Ladies first and all that.”

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would be absolutely crucial to include and why? 

I won’t share the scene as that would spoil the book… but there is a scene where Judy is around the dinner table with her family that would be critical to a movie. IMHO.

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

Don’t fight falling in love…it happens to the best of us.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2014?

Not Quite Forever is in line to be released in November of this year… I’m currently working on the sixth bride book. You’ll meet Meg in Judy and Rick’s book…

Meg and her hero, are steaming up my computer as we speak.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

Giveaway: Two Kindle copies of Taken by Tuesday

To enter Giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and Post a comment to this Q: What is your favorite interactive/online game that you play? Why?

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Excerpt

She sunk the eight ball like it was her bitch and the guys around the table groaned. A short-haired blonde lifted her hand and made a grabby motion with her fingers. “Pay up!”
Utah laughed, laid her cue on the table, and grabbed the bottle of beer at her side. All the while Rick just watched the interplay. She wore tight jeans, a tucked in tank that hugged her waist in a mouth-watering way …over the ensemble was a jean jacket that he could easily picture draped over the handlebars of his motorcycle.
“I think we just got hustled,” one of the young college kids said as he shoved his hands in his wallet to pay his debt.
“I tried to warn you.”
Judy’s friend shoved the bills into her pocket faster than the waitress had. “Anyone else? Twenty buck minimum with a round of drinks.”
This might be fun.
Rick took a step forward and lifted his voice above the crowd. “A hundred bucks.”
Utah froze, but didn’t turn around. He wondered if she recognized his voice. Had she thought about him in the last year? With the exception of her brother’s divorce party, he hadn’t seen her…not outside of a wet dream or two.
The blonde swiveled her head like a snake to prey and her eyes did that sweeping thing that happened to him once in a while. Rick knew he wasn’t hard on the eyes, knew he filled out his shirt like a Marine should. His thick shoulders and neck screamed military or linebacker. He did play a little football in high school.
“Who the hell are you?” the blonde mumbled.
Rick chuckled.
Judy slowly turned and had to tilt her head back to look at him. “Green eyes.”
“Hey, Utah.”
“You know this guy?” The blonde shoved next to Judy and nudged her arm.
God she was even more adorable than he remembered. He didn’t let her eyes go, just matched her stare. A blush rose to her cheeks and a few freckles peeked through. Her snarky remark about his presence was a heartbeat away. He’d lay another hundred bucks on the table as a bet that the next words out of her mouth would shock everyone within earshot.
“Did the steroid train stop in town when I wasn’t looking?”
The blonde started to laugh.
Rick stepped even closer so barely an inch separated them. The smile never left his face. “I hear steroids shrink dicks.”
As if she couldn’t help herself, Judy glanced down and it was Rick’s turn to laugh. He brushed the edge of her body with his and removed the cue from the table. “What do ya say, Utah? I’ll even let you break. Ladies first and all that.”

Book Info:

He’ll do anything to keep her safe…for the rest of their lives.

Judy Gardner: College graduate Judy stands ready to conquer the world…if she can get a job. Hoping to transition from aspiring architect to famous architect as quickly as possible, the dark-haired beauty moves to LA, staying in the home of her celebrity brother, Michael Wolfe. But it’s hard for Judy to focus on work when the sexy bodyguard she fell for last summer keeps showing up in her life and leaving her breathless.

Rick Evans: With his hard body, green eyes, and easy smile, Rick could have any woman he wants. But the Marine-turned- bodyguard only has eyes for Judy and her spitfire attitude. When a faceless villain attacks Judy, Rick will stop at nothing to protect the woman who opened his heart from the monster hunting her.
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Author Bio

Catherine BybeeNew York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating from high school, she moved to Southern California with hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Not Quite series as well as the Weekday Brides series. She lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.
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50 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Taken by Tuesday by Catherine Bybee”

  1. nicholskathy

    Mainly I just play farming/gardening games with the occasional seek & find game or find the object games.

  2. Leanna

    Candy crush and words with friends. I love playing words because I have a pretty large vocabulary because of all the reading I do.

  3. conniefischer

    I play Mahjong online every day while I’m fixing dinner. I love it and have been a Mahjong freak for years.

  4. Colleen C.

    interactive online games… none online… I have a DS system with games I enjoy including Jeweled.

  5. nicholskathy

    I don’t play interactive games. I play farming games, hide & seek, hidden object games mainly.

  6. Cari White

    I play games on my iPad or do puzzles…logic problems, sudokus and Mexican Train. I used be addicted to Runescape.

  7. Lori Meehan

    Candy Crush was the last online game I played. I deleted it because it drove me crazy!!!

  8. Terri Shortell

    I don’t play online games. Wouldn’t mind trying a few because they actually look interesting. Thanks for the giveaway. The book sounds very interesting.

  9. Sharlene Wegner

    Not entering, since I bought the paperback! 🙂 Loving this series! I do not play online games, either.

  10. Taswmom

    I was going to say none, thinking of the RPGs that my sons play, but if Scramble with friends, What’s the phrase, Hanging with friends, and Words with friends count, then those. They waste more time than I’d like, but they’re also an easy, fun way to keep in touch.

  11. Kai W.

    I don’t play games online. I have a bit of a problem trying to remember those special buttons for the games.

  12. Ada

    Candy Crush is my addiction but also Solitaire Castle because I love card games. It just helps stimulate my mind without making me work too hard! Plus I like beating my friends scores LOL

  13. Elizabeth Marshall

    I liked playing “Words with Friends” because I like a good word challenge, “World of Cubes” is a highly addictive building game and I was addicted to “Angry Bird” x)

  14. Kate S

    I played Candy Crush and got to about 80 level…. and couldn’t get any further… I’m impressed by my friend who’s at 389…

  15. Jen B

    I don’t play games online, I have a few on my laptop that I play occasionally though, mah jong, solitaire and a couple of hidden object games.

  16. Glenda

    I’m usually busy online doing other things. I’d rather spend time reading than gaming anyway. 🙂

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