Spotlight & Giveaway: Fiance by Friday by Catherine Bybee

Posted July 9th, 2013 by in Blog, Giveaway, Spotlight / 109 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee to HJ!

Hi Catherine, Welcome to HJ!

If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say about you?

Catherine BybeeI think Eliza, who is the heroine of Married by Monday, would have the most to say about me. Probably because we both seem to have very little filter on our words. Eliza would probably say I make her laugh and that when we get together for a bottle of wine it ends up being two and someone else needs to drive us home.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2013?

I’ve just agreed to two more contemporary romances with my publisher. My bride series will now have five books and my Not Quite series has four books. Though there may be more… I’m actually currently working on the fifth book in my time travel series, Amber’s story. As for the rest of 2013… Not Quite Enough will be released in October. I can’t wait!

Where can readers get in touch with you?

I am all over the net. Seriously… just google my name and you’ll have a dozen places to get a hold of me.
My website:
Facebook: Catherine Bybee Romance Author
Twitter: Catherine Bybee
Goodreads: Catherine Bybee

Please summarize your latest release Fiance by Friday for the readers here ….

Book three in the Weekday Bride Series:
Gwen Harrison:
The beautiful, high-born daughter of an English duke came to America to take over her sister-in-law’s matchmaking business. But just because she’s the boss doesn’t mean she can’t fantasize about making her own perfect match with bodyguard Neil MacBain. Will the enigmatic man who haunts her dreams cost her more than she bargained for?
Neil MacBain:
The retired Marine can’t deny the effect blue-blooded Gwen has on his troubled soul or his battle-hardened body. But as a client, Gwen is off-limits—until a threat from Neil’s past returns…and Gwen is caught in the crossfire. Now to keep her safe he will risk it all: his career, his life…and his heart.

Character Q & A

Please introduce your character Neil MacBain from your novel Fiance by Friday to HJ readers

FBFNeil is a slightly damaged retired marine who doesn’t think he’d good enough for his heroine, Gwen. My readers will know him as Blake’s bodyguard who Gwen has a serious thing for.

How would you describe your Character in one sentence?

He’s thick, stoic and sexy as hell.

What do you like best about your character? Least? Admire most? Least?

His loyalty is probably his most admirable characteristic.
What I like least about him is his reluctance to give Gwen a chance in the beginning of the book…but I fix that!

What does your character do for a living?

He’s a personal bodyguard and security expert for Blake Harrison.

Is your character ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?

LOGIC… almost always. He doesn’t like emotion ruling his brain.

Who is your character’s Love interest in the book?

Lady Gwen Harrison – This would be Blake’s sister

Was it love at first sight for your character? If not what was the pivotal moment of change?

Gwen has had an eye on Neil for quite some time. Readers will remember some of the sparks from Married by Monday. I think the attraction is first in the reality that Neil is the exact opposite of the kind of man she would normally date. She likes the slightly dark, mysterious edge to the man.

What is your character most proud of about in his / her life?

She’s finally, after nearly 30 years, taking control of her own life. A life of being Lady Gwen under the direction of her mother and deceased father has taken its toll on her and she’s ready to move forward.

How your character feel about life right now? What, if anything, would he/she like to change?

Gwen loves her life right now and would like to dig deeper into Neil…if only he’d let her.

How did your character spend the week just before the story starts?

Good question! She was helping Samantha pack for her extended trip to the estate outside of London. She and Karen would have had a lunch date management meeting about their list of current clients they are seeking temporary wives for…and coming up with a plan to acquire more marital women. At the same time, Gwen was secretly suggesting that Neil stay behind in the States instead of joining her brother on his security team in Europe.

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Eliza flagged down a waitress and ordered a martini. “I see not a lot has changed,” she said after the waitress left.
“What do you mean?” Gwen asked.
“We’re sitting in a bar and your giant shadow is lurking in the back of the building.” Eliza tossed a peanut in her mouth.
“My shadow?”
Eliza looked to the right of the bar. “Yeah. The man who acts like you’re a job but can’t seem to leave you alone. If it was anyone other than Neil I’d be afraid he was a stalker.”
Gwen twisted around in her chair. Sure enough, perched at the edge of a seat on the far side of the bar, sat Neil.
“What’s he doing here?”
His eyes found hers for a brief moment before she looked away.
“I think that’s obvious.”
Her back teeth started to grind. “I don’t need a babysitter.”
“I don’t know, Gwen. The last time we sat in a bar I remember a certain someone getting drunk and a couple other someones getting into a fight.”
She’d never live that down. Gwen and Eliza went to blow off steam in a Texas bar. The cowboys were full of “yes, ma’am” and “howdy, darlin’.” They danced and carried on…and yes, she drank a little too much. When one of the cowboys mistakenly took her smile as an invitation for intimacy, Neil erupted from the bar to teach the cowboy the meaning of the word no.
It was the first time Neil had defended her honor, and though she hated to admit it, she got a kick out of how ticked off he became when another man looked at her. “That was last year.”
“What’s changed since then?”
Nothing! It didn’t matter how much she flirted with the man, or how obvious she was about her attraction. Neil didn’t bite.
“Everything.” Gwen stood, ready to put Neil in his place. “If you’ll both excuse me for a minute.”
She pushed her way through the crowd as if on a collision course with Neil. He kept his lips in a thin line as she approached and gripped the longneck bottle at his side.
Slipping between the woman on the stool next to him and Neil’s massive frame, Gwen slapped her hand on her hip and growled. “What are you doing here?”
He blinked, once, and picked up his beer. “Having a drink.”
She wanted to scream. “Having a drink,” she repeated.
He tilted the bottle back, took a swig.
“I know what you’re doing, Neil. And I don’t like it. I don’t want or need a bodyguard.”
“That’s debatable.”
If stomping her foot would knock some sense into him, she’d stomp better than a farm girl in a vineyard.
Poking a finger into his chest, she moved closer. “Do you have any idea how difficult it is to have a love life with a two-hundred-thirty-pound bodybuilder standing in my way?”
A muscle in his jaw tightened. “Two hundred and fifty.”
“Ahhh!” She did scream now.
He lifted his beer again, but before he could take a swig, Gwen grabbed it from his fingers and tilted it back herself.
In a move that would make Eliza and Karen proud, she pushed the empty beer bottle back into his hand and slid between his thighs.
His jaw twitched again.
The strong musky scent that was pure Neil invaded her senses. She dropped one hand to his thigh and left it there. “This is how I see it, Neil. You have two choices. Either back off or step up.”
Gwen squeezed his thigh before vacating his personal space and marching back to the girls.
A satisfied smile stretched over her face.

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Publisher: Montlake Romance; Unabridged edition (August 13, 2013)

ISBN-10: 1611099528

ISBN-13: 978-1611099522



109 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Fiance by Friday by Catherine Bybee”

  1. Marcy Meyer

    If I could plan my wedding again, with no money issues, I would get married in Italy. It’s a dream to go there someday, so that would be a good excuse.

  2. Jenn McElroy

    Not that there was anything wrong w/ NY, I’d marry my husband in Ireland. I’m trying to get him to visit w/ me, but he’s less than enthused. Oh well!

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  3. Karina

    If money was no object, I would marry in the. Country side and have my whole family there. Rent the whole place for them. Have all my favorite things. It would be like Oprah!

  4. Ann Mettert

    Sometimes I think Hawaii would be a perfect place for a wedding, other times, I think Ireland. But probably the best place is where you can gather the most of your family and friends together.

  5. Janice Hougland

    Eeek, Catherine, I’m so behind in my reading habit! I got Married by Monday and still haven’t read it. Sorry. 🙁 But I’m trying to get organized enough to spend the rest of my Summer doing what I love most: reading. I promise to do better…and post reviews as well. Married here I come! I’m so glad I “ran into you” on this blog today as a reminder that I need to get my butt in gear. I think Neil in this latest book will get me going. 🙂 Hope you having a grand Summer.

    • Janice Hougland

      I forgot to answer the question…so here goes. If I were to plan a wedding for my son it would have to be wherever he and his bride wanted it to be. I helped my daughter plan and prepare for her Victorian wedding in the front yard of an old Victorian home that her hubby-to-be had renovated. It was gorgeous! I did the cake too. 🙂 Otherwise, if I were as wealthy as could be, I think I’d do it on one of the Hawaiian Islands…it’s so gorgeous there! Or maybe Lake Tahoe (only three hrs away from us).

  6. Sharon

    I would love a wedding in Hawaii. On the beach with my family and friends. I would fly everyone there. Than they can spend time in their own for great vacation

  7. Kim Perry

    I would get married in Monaco. I would fly close friends and family there and then throw a fabulous reception for the rest of the friends and family after we returned from our honeymoon touring European countries.

  8. Aline

    If money is no issue, I’d get married in London, England. I’d love to have a grand wedding in a huge and gorgeous chapel 😀

  9. Kai W.

    I would to have a wedding on an Alaskan Cruise with the glaciers in the background of the ship.

  10. orchid7

    I think getting married in Greece would be beautiful. I picture it in an outdoor garden dropping with flowers in one of those ocean side towns with the beautiful white adobe houses.

  11. elena k

    I live in Greece and i would do my wedding in Santorini,it is so romantic or i would do it in Scotland, there is something mythical about it. thanks for the giveaway

  12. Ada H.

    I would love to get married in the Scottish Highlands – just in the settings of some of my favorite historical romances. I can just picture the lush greens and the pristine views.

  13. Alicia Jespersen

    I would love to get married in a Pacific Northwest Forrest in Autumn when the leaves are changing, when the sun shines through the trees to make the surrounding Forrest look like a magical wonderland. I just think it would be incredibly beautiful.

  14. Carolyn Valdez

    I would get married in Hawaii because I have always wanted to go there.
    And I would take everyone with me.

  15. Anita H.

    I would love to get married somewhere exotic like Hawaii. A tropical wedding would be so beautiful.

  16. Patoct

    While I have never been to Italy or Hawaii, it would have to be either location as many people I know have been there and more than once and have loved the trips.

  17. Missy Morrison Goodsell

    I would have to do some exploring to find the most beautiful of all the spots but I
    want to marry in Scotland

  18. Mariola Fik-Izydor

    If I were able to have another wedding I would have it in my home town of Debna, Poland, so that all of my family that I have there would be able to attend. As well as my husbands family because they are all also from Poland. It would be a dream to have them all come, since my husband only had his aunt and uncle attend our wedding here because of money issues. Thanks

  19. Ruth

    Tortolla US Virgin Islands. It is exquisitely beautiful and radiates a sense of peace and utter contentment.

  20. Donna

    I would plan a wedding in Italy. Bring my whole family and afew friendsto enjoy the wonderful food and the sites.

  21. katsrus

    I have always wanted to go to England, Ireland, and Scotland. I was love to have a wedding in a Scottish castle. It would be so pretty and like a dream come true.
    Sue B

  22. Terry Galloway Trahan

    Hmm…too many gorgeous places to choose…but I would have to say Australia, for the fact that I have ALWAYS wanted to visit there and have the backdrop of the “down under” in my wedding pictures! AMMMMAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYZZZZZZIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNGGGGGGGG!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Cindy Hamilton

    If money had been no object I would love to have gotten married in Paris, books always make it sound so romantic!

  24. Amy R

    If money were no object I would travel around the world to non-beach places looking for the perfect wedding location.

  25. Tawnya Bentley

    It would be a toss up between somewhere very near my grandparents cabin in the Sierra-Nevada mountains or a castle in Scotland. The mountains I would chose because of the peace, but once my mother’s side of the family got there, that would be shattered anyways. Scotland because that has always been my dream vacation since I was a child, and reading romance books hasn’t helped.

  26. Beth Mann

    Italy was the first place that popped into my head. I have family from there and I’ve never been so this would be the perfect way to get there! Following the wedding, I’d spend 2 weeks touring the country. This is assuming, of course, that the money were no object for the honeymoon, too!

  27. Evelyn

    If money was no problem I would plan my dream wedding would be at Bora Bora in the beach and spending the honeymoon there as well.

  28. contress

    If money were no object I would get married at Ashford Castle in Ireland, I would show up in a carriage with a Irishman in a kilt playing the bagpipes and then I would travel the rest of Ireland as my honeymoon, Why because I love Ireland, it’s people are so friendly and welcoming and it’s one of my ancestral countries.

  29. Lea

    If money were no object I think I would go for a wedding on the beach in Grand Caymen (we spent our 10th anniversary there and it was so beautiful) but I’m pretty flexible, any of the lovely islands in the Caribbean would work for me (and if it was a private island all the better).

  30. Rebecca Wallis (@WickedBec)

    Well I got married in Vanuatu at the Iririki Island Resort, so that would definitely be my ideal wedding. Why? Because the beautiful ocean backdrop and gorgeous skyline not only felt like the setting of an island wedding in a romance novel, but that it would leave lasting memories, even if I didn’t have the amazing photos to prove it.

  31. Shirley Buchanan

    If money were no object, I think i would plan it on my own private island in the Bahamas. The ocean at my doorstep, the private beach, the gentle breezes and the privacy. I think the Bahamas are incredible places to visit and to own your island where you were married, so much the better.

  32. ndluebke

    If I had it to do over, I don’t think I would have had any other chuch than the one I was married in. It was the church I worshiped in at the time and it was fairly modern then.This was the catholic church in Muncie, Indiana.

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