Hi Sarah and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Twins for the Billionaire!
Hi, everyone! Happy Fall!!
Tell us about the book with this fun little challenge using the title of the book:
But what it’s really about is two childhood friends from different social classes and economic situations reconnecting and discovering that they aren’t kids anymore. Sofia is a recently widowed single mom of those adorable twin toddlers who’s finally ready to move on with her life. She gets a job as an office manager at Eric Jenner’s real estate empire. Sofia’s mom used to be Eric’s mom’s maid and they played together frequently when they were kids, but it’s been years since they’ve seen each other. From that place of friendship comes love…and a healthy dose of lust!
What’s your favorite line(s) from the book?:
I love this exchange between them. Sofia is more reserved and unsure of herself–she is a widow and mom of twins, after all–and Eric isn’t afraid to cut to the heart of the matter.
“When was the last time you had sex?”
“Really?” she snapped, jerking her hand from his. “You’re going to ask me that?”
“After that kiss? You’re damn right I’m going to ask that.”
It’s a small exchange, but I love the way he shocks her but she doesn’t take his crap. 🙂
The sad thing is, my favorite line got cut. Sofia is a Latina and there’s a part where her mom packs a bunch of Hispanic snacks for Sofia and Eric to share, including Takis corn chips and Jarritos sodas. There’s a popular brand name of snacks called Bimbo (sorta like Little Debbie but not really). Which…means something different to non-Hispanics. I got to keep the part about ‘are you serious?’ but without the brand name, it’s not quite the same.
So, in a WORLD EXCLUSIVE, here’s the cut part!
“You’re really serious? About the boat?”
“Sofia, when have I ever not been serious?” He held out the bag of pastries. “Bimbo?”
She fought against a smile, he could tell. Her mouth twisted before she lost the battle and grinned at him. “Gosh,” she said, taking a pastry from the bag. “I can’t think of a time where you were never not serious.”
Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. What first attracts your Hero to the Heroine and vice versa?
Eric is a real-estate billionaire. He came from wealthy, loving parents who encouraged his friendship with Sofia. They were an unlikely pair, as her family was struggling to make ends meet at low-income manual labor jobs. Her mother was a housekeeper and her father a janitor before he became a bilingual real estate agent. Her parents worked hard to claw their way up to middle class, but Sofia can remember being working poor and she’s determined to keep her family from falling back below the poverty line.
So they already know each other–but they also don’t, because they haven’t seen each other in fifteen years and boy, they both grew up!! So there’s a comfort factor based on old trust but neither of them is ready for the sexual attraction they both feel. Eric admires Sofia for what she’s survived and how she’s willing to sacrifice for her children, but he also wants to have fun with her. And he’s right–Sofia needs to have some fun. Thankfully, Eric is too tempting for her and she’s able to let go for a while!
When you sat down to start this book, what was the biggest challenge you faced? What were you most excited about?
I faced a real challenge making that whole widowed-single-mom-just-had-twins part of Sofia’s identity real without being crushingly depressing. Her husband died of an aneurysm, I think, when she was about seven months pregnant and the first year of her children’s lives were a blur to her. I didn’t want to gloss over that because that’s her life, but I once read a book where the heroine had had twins and, four months later, during sex with the hero, he kept thinking how tight she was. Um…maybe not after twins? So I had to make her real but also sexy and a heroine!
What, in your mind, makes this book stand out?
I love, love, LOVE a good reunion story. I love writing them and reading them. It ups the emotional tension for me and makes the whole falling-into-bed thing both more satisfying and more emotional. This is my first Billionaires and Babies that’s a reunion story and I wanted to show how some friendships can go years without contact and then pick right back up. I also wanted to show, through Sofia, that we can come through hard times and it will change us, but we can still hold on to ourselves. Eric helps her see that she’s survived and shows her what it’s like to thrive again.
The First Kiss…
TECHNICALLY, they have their first kiss when they’re kids–as the result of a dare, of course (Marcus is Marcus Warren from His Forever Family!).
It came back to him in a rush—he’d kissed her once before, when they were kids. He’d had Marcus Warren over and Marcus had dared Eric to kiss her. So he had. And she’d let him.
Somehow, Eric knew that if he kissed her now, it wouldn’t be a timid touching of lips.
But their first adult kiss? MUCH BETTER.
“I just want to make everything better for you,” he murmured, staring in fascination as her eyes darkened. “That’s what friends are for.”
“Yes,” she said, her voice little more than a whisper against his lips. “Friends.”
Then she was kissing him and he was kissing her and it was intoxicating. She tasted sweet and spicy and hot. His temperature began to climb and it had nothing to do with artificial flavorings.
This wasn’t like their first kiss. Not even close. Because this wasn’t a tentative touching of lips with their eyes squeezed shut, both holding their breath.
This kiss was everything. He traced the seam of her lips with his tongue and Sofia sighed into his mouth, opening for him. He dipped his tongue into her mouth, searching for her taste underneath.
Sofia kissed him with a wild sort of abandon, like a woman starving for air who’d just surfaced above the waves. Ah, he thought, there she was. She tasted complex and sweet, just like the woman herself.
If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?
I have a pinterest page! Have you checked it out? https://www.pinterest.com/sarahm_anderson/ I have boards for all my books, including this one!
I pictured Gina Rodriguez for Sofia and Sam Heughan (OH SAM!) for Eric. In the opening chapters, Sofia applies for a job and Eric, being Eric, not only hires his old friend, but he offers her an insane salary. Sofia has been dealing with anxiety (wonder why?) and he startles her with his approach.
This was a mistake. Eric knew it before the words had left his mouth. But by then, it was too late.
He had just offered the position of office manager to a woman he wasn’t entirely sure was qualified.
That was true, but it wasn’t the whole truth. Because it wasn’t some random woman off the street. It was Sofia Cortés. He’d practically grown up with her.
But this wasn’t the little girl he remembered from his childhood. The woman before him was—well, she was all grown up. Despite the suit jacket and skirt she wore, Eric couldn’t help but notice her body. Sofia was a woman in every sense. She came almost to his chin, her thick black hair pulled away from her face. Eric had an unreasonable urge to sink his fingers into her hair and tilt her head to the side, exposing the long line of her neck.
He shook that thought out of his head. Why hadn’t his mother told him Sofia had gotten married and had twins, much less that her husband had died? Surely Mom knew. If nothing else, those were the sorts of things that tended to make a Christmas newsletter.
“Are you… Are you sure?” Sofia asked, looking stunned.
Eric felt much the same. He always did a thorough investigation of a candidate’s skills. Even when he knew he wanted to hire them anyway, like Heather for the position of receptionist. Not only did she have the perfect look for the face of his company, but she was finishing her MBA on the company’s dime. He hadn’t hired her just because she was hot, although that never hurt. He’d hired her because she was brilliant and would transition into the contracts department. It was never too early to begin building loyalty and Eric’s staff was beyond loyal.
That was something he’d learned from his father. Nurture the best talent and pay them well and they’d fight for you. Wasn’t that why Sofia was here? Because the Jenner family had supported the Cortés family?
“Of course,” he said with a certainty he wasn’t sure was warranted. “Can you do the job?”
The color deepened along her cheeks. He was not going to notice how pretty it was on her. She didn’t look like a widow with two adorable young children.
She looked…lush. And tempting.
If your hero had a sexy-times play list, what song(s) would have to be on it?
Uh…I don’t do playlists because that requires organization and I have that in extremely limited supply. I do, however, usually get stuck on one album while I’m writing a book, so this book’s album was Pain Killer by Little Big Town. There was a song for every mood on that one!
What do you want people to take away from reading this book?
The usual–life shapes us, but we don’t have to let it break us and, as always, LOVE WINS. I love a happy ending, don’t you?
What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2017?
I’m looking forward to the re-release of the Men of the White Sandy series, with updates and pretty new covers and titles! So there’ll be The Medicine Man, The Rancher, The Shadow, The Medic, and a brand-new book, The Sheriff!
Otherwise, stay tuned for the First Family of Rodeo, which is a new Harlequin Desire series starting in April of next year with His Best Friend’s Sister.
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Excerpt from Twins for the Billionaire:
They take a business trip (that, of course, becomes a pleasure trip!) and Sofia’s not comfortable with her wardrobe for meeting a governor. But that’s a problem Eric can fix!
She notched an eyebrow. “Fine. Haven’t seen you for several days.” He heard the challenge in her voice. She knew he’d been avoiding her.
But he hadn’t been. Not intentionally. “Business waits for no man. I hear you’re settling in.”
“So far, so good.” Her voice was perky and confident, but then she looked down at her desk. “Everyone’s been really nice.”
He almost heard a…so far at the end of that sentence. “But?”
A blush darkened her cheeks. “We’re going to St. Louis next week, right?” She worried her lower lip with her teeth.
He almost leaned over to brush his thumb across her lip and soothe the worry away. Somehow, he just managed not to but his hand shook with the effort. She wore a shade of lipstick so deep a red it was almost brown. It looked great on her but God help him, he’d love to mess it up.
Then what she’d said penetrated his thoughts. She was worried about the trip. Was it the thought of traveling—or was it the thought of traveling with him? “Nervous about leaving your babies?” He leaned over and picked up the framed photo she’d put on her desk. This was a formal shot and, if he had to guess, he’d say it was for the twins’ one-year birthday.
God, they were cute. Eddy, dressed in a tiny tie that was hilarious on him, was standing with his hands on a small stool. Addy, wearing a dress that almost swallowed her whole and bows on itty-bitty ponytails, sat on a blanket next to the stool. Both kids were grinning wildly and Addy was clapping. They looked…perfect. Something in his chest tightened as he stared at the picture.
He said a silent prayer for their father. What a damn shame that the man hadn’t lived long enough to love his perfect family. If Eric had a wife like Sofia and kids like these babies, he wouldn’t have done anything stupid like die. He’d spend the rest of his life making sure this family was happy and whole. He’d give them every opportunity he’d ever had and more.
His mind spun out a—well, a fantasy. Working with Sofia, then going home with her at the end of the day, doing all those things he’d watched Marcus do with his wife and son—messy dinners and playing in the park. Then, when the kids went to bed at night, Eric would pull Sofia into his arms and into bed, where he’d spend the better part of the night—and the next morning—getting lost in the pleasures of her body.
It was almost perfect, that little fantasy of his. But he couldn’t just step into Sofia’s life like that. He did not sleep with employees. Hell, he shouldn’t even be fantasizing about them.
Belatedly, he realized Sofia hadn’t answered his question. He glanced up and caught her staring at him staring at her picture. Trying to act casual, he set it back on the desk. “I’d miss them, too,” he admitted, touching the frame with his finger. “How are they doing with you being at work?”
“It’s been a little rough,” she said quietly, as if she were afraid someone might overhear her admit to a weakness. She quickly added, “But it’s not impacting my ability to do the job, Mr. Jenner.”
It should have been the thing he wanted to hear. Yes, he wanted his employees happy, but only because he wanted them to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.
So why did her words bother him so much?
He must have scowled because her eyes widened in what looked like alarm.
“Then what’s bothering you?” he asked.
She didn’t answer for a moment. Instead, her gaze lingered on his face before drifting down to his shoulders and the rest of his body.
Eric liked to think he wasn’t a stupid man. He liked women on principle. He’d been enjoying them in one capacity or another since he’d gone away to school.
So he didn’t think he was misinterpreting the way Sofia took in his body or the way the color on her cheeks deepened as her gaze met his again.
Interest. Attraction, even. Sofia looked at him as if he was a man she might just like to take a weekend trip with. And his body responded in a primal way. He heard his voice deepen when he said, “You can tell me, Sofia. You know that.”
Her gaze jerked up to meet his. Her eyes were dark with desire and when she ran her tongue over her bottom lip, he went painfully hard. His body tilted toward hers of its own volition.
Excerpts. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Seducing the Single Mom
Widowed mom Sofia Bingham needs a job—fast! Her babies won’t feed themselves. Working for real estate tycoon Eric Jenner is the perfect solution. But her childhood buddy is all grown up now…and tempting as hell. Surely one unforgettable night of passion wouldn’t hurt? After that, they can go back to being all business!
But Eric doesn’t agree that they should put their red-hot romance on ice. He can’t deny his connection to Sofia’s adorable twins—or his consuming desire for their mother. What will it take to convince her that he’s playing for keeps?
Meet the Author:
Sarah M. Anderson is an award-winning author who writes contemporary snarky and sensual romances featuring cowboys and bull riders as well as billionaires with and without babies. She won RT Reviewer’s Choice 2012 Desire of the Year for A Man of Privilege. The Nanny Plan was a 2016 RITA® winner for Contemporary Romance: Short.
Sarah spends her days having conversations with imaginary cowboys and billionaires. Find out more at www.sarahmanderson.com and sign up for the new-release newsletter at http://bit.ly/sarahalerts.
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