Spotlight & Giveaway: Underneath It All by Kate Canterbary

Posted October 25th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 28 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Kate Canterbary to HJ!
Spotlight&Giveaway

Hi Kate and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Underneath It All!

Hi, Sara! I am thrilled to get some time with you to talk about UNDERNEATH IT ALL!

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

UiASometimes the universe conspires to bring people together. Other times, it throws them down a flight of stairs and leaves them in a bruised and bloodied heap.

Meet Lauren Halsted.
It’s all the little things—the action plans, the long-kept promises—that started falling apart when my life slipped into controlled chaos.
After I fell ass-over-elbow into Matthew Walsh’s arms.
I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to run screaming or rip his pants off, and most days I wanted a little of both. If I was being honest with myself, it was rip his pants off, ride him like a workhorse, and then run screaming.

Meet Matthew Walsh.
A rebellious streak ran through Lauren Halsted. It was fierce and unrelentingly beautiful, and woven through too many good girl layers to count, and she wasn’t letting anyone tell her what to do.
Unless, of course, she was naked.
She wasn’t looking for me and I sure as shit wasn’t looking for her, but we found each other anyway and now we were locked in a battle of wills, waiting for the other to blink.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

If I had known I’d have a hot architect balls deep inside of me before the end of the weekend, I’d have made time for a pedicure. Also, a little chat about not losing my shit at all the wrong moments.
Hindsight was a bitch, and karma…well, I didn’t know her story yet.

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

– Matthew Walsh is the youngest in a set of Irish Triplets – he, his brother Patrick, and his sister Shannon were all born within one three-year period.
– Matthew is the only member of the Walsh clan without a bizarre nickname, although his siblings haven’t abandoned that endeavor yet.
– Though she’s small and sweet, and loves cupcakes and expensive lingerie, Lauren Halsted is trained in Krav Maga and can hold her tequila better than most frat boys.
– Lauren is huge fan of The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, and Orange is the New Black, and believes cold pie (pumpkin, apple, blueberry, coconut cream, all of the above) is a perfectly appropriate breakfast option.

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

Matthew Walsh likes solving complex architectural and engineering problems, and he likes doing it without much emotional investment. He’d rather not experience strong feelings of any type, and prefers to lose himself in intense physical challenges—especially marathons and triathlons.

Lauren Halsted is a rebel with good causes, but rule follower at heart. Her life is a whirlwind of changes right now, and as she attempts to ride out the storm, she’s figuring out what matters to her most.

Both Matthew and Lauren surprised me in the ways in which they reacted to each…and if I say another word, I’ll give away all the goodies!

What, in your mind, distinguishes this book from other books out there in the same genre?

Architects are a rare breed, and the Walshes take it one step further by dedicating themselves the worlds of sustainability and historic preservation. They’re creative and instinctual, and know something about expertly tailored suits and husky growls, and the genre hasn’t introduced us to many of their kind.

The First kiss…

I glanced up at Matthew, his tall frame sheltering me from the wind. My gaze lingered on the exposed hollow of his throat where his top button gaped open, then the way his belt rode low on his hips, and then the bulge just below the brushed steel buckle.
Scrumptious.
“What would happen if…” I bit my lip, hoping I was interpreting his signals the right way, hoping my tequila-infused courage would see me through. I stretched up on my toes, and Matthew’s hands went to my waist. “If I did this?”
Digging his fingers into my hips, he pulled me against him, and there was no misinterpreting that signal. Our lips brushed together, and I hesitated, wanting more—so much more—but not knowing the right way to play this game.
“If you do that, I’m doing this,” Matthew whispered against my lips. Tugging my hair, he tipped my head back and slipped his tongue past my teeth, and it was exactly as I suspected: he wanted to swallow me whole. A strong gust forced me against him, and I shivered, at once relieved he was taking the lead and wondering if it was the lead I wanted.

What scene did you have the most fun writing? Why?

Like most couples, Matthew and Lauren often communicate through text message, and I love writing their texts.

07:41 Matthew: i want dinner with you tonight.
07:44 Lauren: that was a statement. maybe you meant to ask me a question, caveman.
07:53 Matthew: my apologies, Miss Halsted. Would you have dinner and drinks with me tonight?
07:53 Matthew: I actually mean dinner. You’re absolutely welcome to suck my cock, but let’s eat first.
07:54 Lauren: I’m not sure about that. My day is jammed. I fly out at 7 tomorrow morning and I haven’t packed a thing, and most of my life is being held hostage at the dry cleaner
07:54 Matthew: here are the givens: you need to eat. I need to eat. We both work too fucking much.
07:54 Matthew: You’ll be with my sister a few hours this afternoon and you probably need a ride to the airport tomorrow.
07:55 Matthew: and you really like my cock in your mouth.
07:55 Matthew: as I see it, we should hang out tonight
07:55 Matthew: get dinner with me and I’ll bring you to the airport. Problems solved, cocks sucked.
08:06 Lauren: why am I not surprised you responded with some elaborate theory?
08:07 Lauren: and am I reading this correctly – you’d like me sucking multiple cocks?
08:07 Lauren: I signed up for drinks, not an orgy.

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

If UNDERNEATH IT ALL were optioned for a movie, I’d be most interested to see the actors’ morning-after chemistry. As Lauren said, “It was all well and good to flirt your pants off,” but real relationships have strange, awkward moments, and navigating them can be far more difficult than the sexy moments.

“You left a few things behind, Miss Halsted.”
Matthew leaned against the doorframe, and hanging from his fingers were my panties. My very expensive, very pretty panties. They glared back at me, all judgey and sanctimonious. It was my karmic punishment for sneaking out, for leaving a perfectly scrumptious naked man, and I could hear those panties condemning me.
“Unless, of course, you wanted me to keep them,” he said, a playful edge creeping into his voice. “I’ll take good care of them.”
“I don’t even want to know what that means!” I said, snatching the skivvies from him and tossing them into my apartment. I couldn’t burst into those flames quickly enough, and that was before I determined what he’d do with my undies. “What are you doing here, Matthew? How do you even know where I live?”

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

If I came across Lauren Halsted before her stairwell meltdown, I would have told her that the upside of writing your own rules is being able to rewrite them.

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

The second novel in The Walsh Series, THE SPACE BETWEEN, releases on November 18. I’m currently working on Sam Walsh’s story, the third in The Walsh Series, and expecting it to arrive late winter 2015.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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Excerpt

Tipsy. I was definitely tipsy.
Tequila was to blame for the current state of blissfully inebriated affairs, such as they were. His tie sat crisply folded beside his beer bottle, green with small pink shapes, and the collar of his white shirt gaped open. And I wanted to taste him right there.
It was late, the bar nearly empty, and far, far past the proper end for a normal business meeting, but this stopped being a business meeting when we walked through the door.
None of my other first dates—or fourths, for that matter—involved hole-in-the-wall bars or innuendo-laced discussions of architecture. They never involved Matthew Walsh either. This was all rather peculiar, much like that fun, buzzy feeling in my body. He smiled at me, a smug, knowing expression that told me he was watching my inhibitions evaporate by the minute.
“If you hadn’t come out with me? What would you be doing tonight?”
“I’m not winning at work-life balance these days,” I said with a grimace. “I’d probably be working on a few overdue projects.”
Matthew held up his palm and I stared at it for an embarrassingly long time before meeting his high five. His fingers laced with mine, and for a moment, I could only gape at the way they layered together. He was touching me and I liked it, and somewhere in my head I knew this was strange. I wasn’t into boys right now. I mean, I wasn’t into girls, either, but I wasn’t doing the whole boys and dates and worry about whether I shaved my legs thing.
“Balance is overrated.”
I laughed. “Yeah? And what would you be doing? If you didn’t maneuver me into drinking with you all night, that is.”
“Maneuver? That’s strong.”
He rubbed his thumb against my palm, and I bit down on my lip to prevent the tipsy giggles from leaking out.
It was just a thumb circling a palm, and it shouldn’t have been especially delightful, but if confronted with a choice between this and calorie-free cupcakes, I saw no contest. I liked this, and I didn’t want it to stop.

Book Info:

If I had known I’d have a hot architect balls deep inside of me before the end of the weekend, I’d have made time for a pedicure.

Lauren

It’s all the little things—the action plans, the long-kept promises—that started falling apart when my life slipped into controlled chaos.

After I met Matthew Walsh.

I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to run screaming or rip his pants off, and most days I wanted a little of both. If I was being honest with myself, it was rip his pants off, ride him like a workhorse, and then run screaming.

Matthew

A rebellious streak ran through Lauren Halsted. It was fierce and unrelentingly beautiful, and woven through too many good girl layers to count, and she wasn’t letting anyone tell her what to do.

Unless, of course, she was naked.

She wasn’t looking for me and I sure as shit wasn’t looking for her, but we found each other anyway and now we were locked in a battle of wills, waiting for the other to blink.

Sometimes the universe conspires to bring people together. Other times, it throws people down a flight of stairs and leaves them in a bruised and bloodied heap.
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Author Bio

Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since. Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.

 

 

28 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Underneath It All by Kate Canterbary”

  1. Colleen C.

    True or false: the right things often happen at the wrong times…. I would say true it can happen. As for my weapons of choice… I guess being myself.

  2. Glenda

    The right things can often happen at the wrong time, but sometimes in the long run it turns out to be the right time.

    My ‘weapons’? Blunt honesty and refusing to pretend to be anyone other than myself. Honesty scares some people……

  3. Terri Shortell

    The right thing does always seem to happen at the wrong time. My secret weapon would have to be my dry sense of humor mixed with sarcasm. The book sounds great. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

  4. mrsmac19

    I agree that the right thing often happens at the wrong time. My “weapon” of choice is definitely sexy panties! 🙂

  5. Ashleigh Downes

    True and false…my honesty, my big heart and my ability to listen and be there for anyone in need..

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