Spotlight & Giveaway: The Wright Love by K.A. Linde

Posted May 16th, 2018 by in Blog, Spotlight / 37 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author K.A. Linde to HJ!
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Hi Kyla and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, The Wright Love!

 

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

The Wright Love is a story about reawakening and finding a second chance at love. Sutton Wright lost her husband a year ago and was left alone to grieve with her one year old son. Now, she knows that she can’t keep living this hollow life and wants to really live again. Enter David Calloway the new CFO of her family’s company and sparks fly, but she can spread her wings enough to let love into her heart once more?
 

Please share the opening lines of this book:

My knees hit the ground in front of my husband’s grave.
I clutched a bouquet of white flowers in my hands. Their blooms were bright and full of life, destined to shrivel and die long before their time. Just like my Maverick.

 

Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • I have never written a single parent or a main character who has custody full time of their child. So that was a huge thing for me to work with. It was a constant where is the KID! And OMG does he have to eat here?
  • The sexy lemon bars in this book are actually one of my favorite desserts and come from a place in Lubbock called The Ruffled Cup.
  • Originally, Sutton’s friend and nanny was named Jennifer, but I realized after I’d written both books that I had another nanny in another book named Jennifer. No wonder it sounded familiar, huh? I ended up changing her name to Jenny!

 

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

Sutton is a single mom and widow. She’s only twenty-four years old and trying to figure out how to keep living without her husband while raising her two year old son. She used to be the fun loving party girl of the family, but is completely broken. I think what surprised me the most is how much she wanted other people’s feelings to matter as she came out of her grief. She never focused solely on herself. It was always about the other people in her life especially her son, which I think was really strong and believable.

David is the CFO of Wright Construction. He moved to Lubbock a year ago from San Francisco where he was working in Silicon Valley. He was there the day that Sutton’s husband dies and has tried to be there for her through the year of grieving. In that time, he fell in love with her. I think what was most surprising about David was how he always had the right thing to say. He’s so understanding and always striving to get Sutton to live again.

 

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

I would pick the first time that they kiss. Sutton is so uncertain and David is so accommodating. They both want it. But they don’t know if they should go through with it. The entire scene is so charged. See below:

A dull buzz rang in my ears as everything else slipped away. I wanted to reach out, and I wanted to stay put. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what to say. All I could do was stare up at him, wavering with what my body was telling me.
“I really want to kiss you,” he admitted.
I drew in a sharp breath. Those words shattered any illusion we’d put on this night.
“But this is all up to you.” His hand moved to my jaw, slipped down my neck and over my shoulder, and reached down to grasp my other hand. “This is whatever you want it to be. Ball is in your court.”
My body remained frozen as my heart melted at his words. I knew that I’d said this wasn’t a date. But it’d been so obvious from the start that it was. Merely proclaiming that it wasn’t hadn’t done anything.
But being with David was effortless. I didn’t have to think or agonize or freak out over anything. He just was, and we just were. That was enough.
I realized with a start that I didn’t feel bad about us going out tonight.
Maybe I should have had a lingering doubt, but in that moment, alone with him on my front porch, I had none.
“Yes,” I whispered. It was the only word I could manage, and it was enough.
David’s hand moved back to my cheek. He drew me in a step closer to him. Our bodies nearly touching, our lips so near, our breath mingling tantalizingly close. My hand twitched into his shirt as anticipation coursed through me.
Then, his mouth covered mine. Soft, tender, and not an ounce of tentativeness. His lips were perfect, and they fit to mine like a jigsaw puzzle. I closed my eyes and fireworks exploded in my vision, molten joy poured into my heart, and heat spread through my core. This wasn’t just a simple kiss. It was a totally new adventure. The start of something inconceivable and utterly unique. This was a new first kiss.
A new first.

 

What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

I want people to take away that there is no set time for grieving. It’s not like three months is enough, one year is enough, three years is enough. You can grieve and feel and deal with this as long as you need to. You never need to fear your own feelings. Acknowledging them and dealing with them is the way to go. The only way to open up from there and accept love again is to allow yourself to feel how you need to feel.

 

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2017?

I’m currently writing The Society which is the fourth book in my young adult fantasy Ascension series. I’m so excited to be back with these characters and see the romance and journey and character growth all together again.

My next release is The Wright One, which finishes out David and Sutton’s story. It releases in just two weeks on May 29th and is a rollercoaster!
 

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

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Excerpt from The Wright Love:

Nerves hit me anew when we finally pulled up to my house. He parked his car out front, and before I could say anything, he dashed around the car to open my door. My breath stuttered as I allowed him to help me get out of the tiny sports car. He closed the door, and then there we were. Just casually standing together on the sidewalk. He gingerly reached forward and took my hand in his.
My eyes rounded, excitement and fear rippling through me. Our fingers laced together, and I reflexively took a step closer to him. His hand dwarfed mine, completely enveloping it. I liked the feel of my hand in his. His fingers were long, and his palm was hardened with calluses. It was warm and inviting against my soft, delicate hand, bitten-down fingernails and all.
I couldn’t believe this was happening. I couldn’t breathe. This was…too perfect.
He slowly walked me forward to my front steps. Our hands clasped the entire time. I wasn’t ready to let go yet. This was a huge step, and I wanted to savor it.
“David,” I whispered softly.
He brushed a stray piece of my hair out of my face. Lubbock wind was relentless, even in the rainy season. His hand lingered on my cheek, and I finally found the courage to look up at him.
His eyes were bright gold in the porch light. They spoke of devotion and desire. His face was so near mine. His body so warm. It had been so long since I felt anything like this.
A dull buzz rang in my ears as everything else slipped away. I wanted to reach out, and I wanted to stay put. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what to say. All I could do was stare up at him, wavering with what my body was telling me.
“I really want to kiss you,” he admitted.
I drew in a sharp breath. Those words shattered any illusion we’d put on this night.
“But this is all up to you.” His hand moved to my jaw, slipped down my neck and over my shoulder, and reached down to grasp my other hand. “This is whatever you want it to be. Ball is in your court.”
My body remained frozen as my heart melted at his words. I knew that I’d said this wasn’t a date. But it’d been so obvious from the start that it was. Merely proclaiming that it wasn’t hadn’t done anything.
But being with David was effortless. I didn’t have to think or agonize or freak out over anything. He just was, and we just were. That was enough.
I realized with a start that I didn’t feel bad about us going out tonight.
Maybe I should have had a lingering doubt, but in that moment, alone with him on my front porch, I had none.
“Yes,” I whispered. It was the only word I could manage, and it was enough.
David’s hand moved back to my cheek. He drew me in a step closer to him. Our bodies nearly touching, our lips so near, our breath mingling tantalizingly close. My hand twitched into his shirt as anticipation coursed through me.
Then, his mouth covered mine. Soft, tender, and not an ounce of tentativeness. His lips were perfect, and they fit to mine like a jigsaw puzzle. I closed my eyes and fireworks exploded in my vision, molten joy poured into my heart, and heat spread through my core. This wasn’t just a simple kiss. It was a totally new adventure. The start of something inconceivable and utterly unique. This was a new first kiss.
A new first.
As David pulled back, I ached for more. All I wanted to do was push back against him and demand more. Demand so much more. I had barely gotten a taste. I wanted this. It didn’t feel fair that it could end this soon.
“Good night, Sutton,” he whispered, pressing one more kiss to my lips.
“Good night,” I breathed.
Then, he smiled a golden smile that nearly undid me and walked away.
I watched him until he was back inside his car. Then, I turned the handle on my door and walked inside.
Jenny was seated on the couch, watching Netflix and eating a bag of popcorn. Her own movie night.
“Hey!” she said, brightening. “How did it go?”
I plopped down next to her. That was when everything that had happened crashed down on me. Holding hands and kissing and dating. Having feelings for David and wanting another date and wanting another man.
Oh fuck! Oh fuck, fuck!
Without warning, I burst into tears.
“Oh, Sutton! That bad?” Jenny asked. She pulled me into her arms and put her chin on the top of my head.
I shook my head, tears uncontrollably running down my cheeks. “That good. That very, very good.”

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Book Info:

A sexy new contemporary romance duet from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

I have the perfect life.
Until the day my husband tragically dies.
Being a single mom and widow was never part of the plan.
When David Calloway enters my life, I have no room for love in my heart.
But he’s determined to do right by me.
Could he be the Wright love?

The Wright Love is the first book in the Wright Love Duet, and Sutton and David’s story will conclude in The Wright One—coming May 29th! Get ready for your newest binge read.
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Meet the Author:

K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty novels including the Wrights. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Supernatural, traveling, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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37 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Wright Love by K.A. Linde”

  1. Gina

    First time hearing of this book, so THANK YOU so much for the great intro! Definitely going on my wish list. As for a favorite treat…to eat…Mom’s brownies, total love affair with those! To make (not bake because yeah, i burn things?)…Angenettis, w/or w/o the cookie. 🙂 The filling is cream cheese, cool whip, and crushed pineapple. Sounds gross, but TOTALLY delicious!

  2. Patricia Barraclough

    I love pies, especially fruit pies. When I make one for dessert, I always make a second. It will serve as breakfast for the next few days. Luckily the family feels the same way.

  3. kermitsgirl

    My favorite treat to eat is Key Lime Pie – my favorite one to bake is frosted sugar cookies. They’re my husband’s favorite and a recipe that was handed down through my mom, who passed away before I met him.

  4. Joye I

    I love to make pies. I used to go to different Home Economics classes and demonstrate how to make them.
    I love to eat desserts, especially chocolate ones!

  5. Lilah Chavez

    I’m not much of a baker .. I definitely know how to cook. I think it’s because I tend to improvise and as you know baking requires precise directions. However, I’ve always wanted to make tiramisu. Yum!

  6. lesley McIntosh

    I like to make an apple shortcake and of course love to eat it and share with my family

  7. Laurie Gommermann

    My favorite treat that I bake is chocolate angel food cake with chocolate whipped cream frosting DELICIOUS!

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