Today it is my pleasure to welcome Entangled author Inara Scott to HJ!
Inara welcome, for all of my readers who may not be familiar with your work, could you tell us a bit about yourself and your books?
Sure! I’m a writer with a very short attention span, so you’ll see my books in all sorts of genres! My first two books, The Talents and The Marked, were young adult paranormal about a girl with a supernatural–and dangerous–power to make things happen with her mind. My first adult book was a light fantasy romance called Radiant Desire. My most recent books are two shorter, contemporary romances with Entangled Publishing that are part of a series about the Bencher Family. The first book was Rules of Negotiation, about eldest brother Brit Bencher. The Boss’s Fake Fiancee is about Brit’s sister Melissa. There will be a third book in the series (pub date as yet unknown) about Melissa and Brit’s brother Ross.
Do you usually begin a book with a character or aplot?
It varies quite a bit from book to book. My adult romances are definitely character driven—the trope (fake fiancée, second chance at love, etc.)centers the plot, but it’s really the characters-and their personal demons-that are the center of the story. My young adult books are much more plot and theme driven. But even with more complex and weighty plots, I still
focus most of my energy on making real, authentic characters.
When you finish a book, how do you celebrate?
Oh, this is a good question because after writing eight books, it’s easy to forget to celebrate! The hardest thing for me to do is step away from the book and let it rest for a little while. Writing “the end” is really just the beginning of the revising–and that’s something I love to do.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Trying To Do It All And–Squirrel!
What are you currently working on? What can we expect from you in the future?
I am actually going to try something new this winter and release a self-published book called Exposing Alix. It’s a very steamy contemporary romance about an erotic filmmaker who gets hired to help a cynical Hollywood director put more “romance” into his sex scenes. I can’t wait to see what readers think about it! I’ll also be writing the third book in my young adult series, and then Ross’s book comes next!
Let’s talk about your new release ‘The Boss’s Fake Fiance’
BFF is a classic romantic story of two people forced together by circumstances, who find themselves falling hard, in a most inconvenient way. But of course, the book is about more than a fake engagement. It’s about two people struggling to make peace with themselves, and to trust in love.
What sparked the idea for the book ‘The Boss’s Fake Fiance’?
I can never trace a book back to just one thing, but part of the inspiration for this book was a boy my daughter (she’s 9) became best friends with a couple of years ago. He’s a really amazing kid, and even though he and my daughter are very different they were inseparable from the first time they met. This made me wonder what things might have been like if they hadn’t met as kids, but as adults.
If you had to pick your favorite scene in ‘The Boss’s Fake Fiance’
Definitely the ending–I love the over-the-top, fantastically romantic gesture.
Who would play Garth Solen and Melissa Bencher in the movie version of your book? And why?
I’m terrible at this–I don’t really know many actors or actresses–can you
help? Who would you cast? 🙂
Hmmm! I would say Sandra Bullock cos she is my fav. actress and Josh Duhamel, I think Josh cos he is super cute IMO 😉
Inara Thanks for stopping by!
Giveaway: Once lucky winner will win an advanced copy of “The Boss’s Fake Fiance’
To enter giveaway: Please complete the rafflecopter below and post a comment to this Q: Indulgence (and Harlequin) books are centered on a trope–in this case, a
fake engagement and romance between a woman and her boss. Some other common tropes are secret babies, mistaken identities, beauty and the beast, and
the Cinderella story. Do you enjoy reading familiar tropes? What’s your
favorite? If you were going to write a romance novel, which trope would you
pick to write a story around?
Would you please share an excerpt from ‘The Boss’s Fake Fiance’…
Here’s a little snippet from
the scene in which Garth and Melissa pick out an engagement ring:
The box opened with a soft click. Garth stared inside for a moment before
withdrawing the tiny object. As they had each time before, Garth gently
slipped the new ring on her finger. Melissa looked down, fearing another
And then froze.
This ring was entirely different from the others. A large, aquamarine stone
sparkled from the center, circled by what had to be twenty or thirty tiny,
shimmering diamonds. Delicate filigree danced around the stones, giving the
whole thing an otherworldly, ornate beauty. It was lighter than the other
rings, but taller.
“It’s one of our vintage rings,” Ten said. “An Art Deco piece from the
1920s. Recently discovered at an estate sale. There were a few missing
stones that had to be replaced, but otherwise, it’s all original period
“It’s incredible,” Melissa breathed. She traced the outline of the center
stone with one finger. The ring felt magical, like she’d just been given a
treasure from a fairy tale. She imagined the original owner as a slightly
built woman with a sleek cap of shining hair, wearing the ring with her
waist-long string of pearls and flapper dress.
She glanced up from the ring and her gaze was captured by Garth, who was
staring at her with an uncanny intensity. “What?” she asked hesitantly.
Garth paused, and Melissa felt a blush rising in her cheeks. She brushed
back a strand of hair and laughed weakly, staring at her hand. “Do you like
“I do.” He reached out and tipped her face toward his. “It’s perfect.”
Melissa looked up, surprised to feel his hand on her skin. Any protest died
on her lips as Garth leaned forward and silenced her with a kiss.
The first chapter of the book is available at