Spotlight & Giveaway: Second Start by S.E. Rose

Posted November 19th, 2020 by in Blog, Spotlight / 48 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author S.E. Rose to HJ!
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Hi S.E. Rose and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Second Start!

 
I’m so excited for you to read Second Start (Holiday Springs Resort Book #5)!
 

Please summarize the book a la Twitter style for the readers here:

A former Olympic athlete and budding musician get a second chance at their happily ever after.
 

Please share the opening lines of this book:

I watch as Ty runs down the slope. He stops in front of me, and I grin like a fool as he pulls off his baseball cap, revealing his sexy blue eyes.
“You’re looking good!” I encourage as he stretches. I watch as his abdominal muscles ripple with each flex. Damn is he sexy!
“Thanks, Superstar. I can’t wait to get to training.”

 

Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • Brittany’s mom’s home is based on a beach house my family used to rent when I was a child.
  • The idea for Niko came from my dog Shadow.
  • I drew some of the skiing experiences from my own.
  • I only can write song lyrics when I’m in a poetry mode. So they were written early in the process.
  • I knew this book would be about Brittany as soon as I heard about the Holiday Springs concept.

 

What first attracts your Hero to the Heroine and vice versa?

Well, they first meet at a party as teenagers. But I think Ty’s interest in Brittany the second time around is solidified when he sees her with Cole at the bar. Brittany is more hesitant. I think she’s never stopped being attracted to Ty, but it isn’t until Ty saves Niko that she starts to allow herself to have feelings for him again.
 

Using just 5 words, how would you describe Hero and Heroine’s love affair?

passionate, stubborn, intense, emotional, and comforting.
 

The First Kiss…

Well, we don’t see the very first kiss…cause it’s second chance romance…but…their first kiss after getting back together is H-O-T. Here’s a little snippet:
“But you never gave me the choice to decide for myself,” she says and jams a finger at my chest. “You decided for both of us.”
“I did. And I can’t take it back, but if I could, I would,” I reply as I grab her head in my hands and kiss her.
She doesn’t move as I press my lips to hers. They warm under mine, and after a second she sighs, allowing my tongue free reign of her mouth. I taste her for the first time in way too long. And she tastes just as sweet as I remembered.

 

Without revealing too much, what is your favorite scene in the book?

I love when it finally clicks for Ty that he screwed up.

I stand in the shadows of the office doorway and look out at the firepit. The words she just sang tore my fucking heart out.
How do I fix this? Can I fix this? I can’t stand to watch her with other men. Seeing with her Cole nearly killed me. I want her back. I need her in my life.
I never meant to break her heart. I mean, I know what I did hurt her. I knew it was going to hurt her before I did it, but I was a stupid kid, with stupid dreams. I had perfection right in front of me, and I threw it away.

 

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would be absolutely crucial to include?

When Brittany sings her song for Harley and confesses what she’s been feeling, not knowing Ty can hear her.

I look down. I never really talked about the break-up with her. It was just too painful for me. “Because there was nothing you could have said to change things. And I guess in a weird way, going to LA and living on my own helped me grow as a person. I just wish it had given me more direction to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.”

 

Readers should read this book …

Because if you believe in true love and that it never dies, then this story is for you.

 

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

I’m currently finishing Book 3, Romantically Perfect, in my Perfectly Imperfect Love Series. This series is a romcom, small town, opposites attract series of standalone books about five siblings. I love this family!! The Moores are the family that everyone wants to spend time with and I have thoroughly enjoyed writing about them. It’s been a great escape to go to Banneker, Maryland in my head and figure out what will happen next to these awesome people.

 

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

Giveaway: $10 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of one of my books

 

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Excerpt from Second Start:

I stand in the shadows of the office doorway and look out at the firepit. The words she just sang tore my fucking heart out.
How do I fix this? Can I fix this? I can’t stand to watch her with other men. Seeing with her Cole nearly killed me. I want her back. I need her in my life.
I never meant to break her heart. I mean, I know what I did hurt her. I knew it was going to hurt her before I did it, but I was a stupid kid, with stupid dreams. I had perfection right in front of me, and I threw it away.
I turn around and walk toward my car. My place isn’t far, but tonight I don’t feel like going home. I drive for a while, going nowhere in particular, but where do I end up? Eventually, I end up right back where I started.
I need to ski. I need to forget everything for a little while. I pull the skis off my roof rack. This part of the mountain is bare. It’s a place only the locals know. It takes a while for me to get up to the top. Normally, I’d take the ski lift and then traipse through the woods to the backside of the mountain, but the ski lifts are closed for the day. I shouldn’t be here. It’s dangerous to ski at night by yourself. I know this all too well.
After thirty minutes of walking, I get to a point where I know I’ll have a good run. I put on my skis and start down the mountain. The wind whips against the lower part of my face that isn’t covered by goggles.
My mind gets in the zone. I’m focused. All I think about is the mountain, the trail, every bump and crevice. I know them like the back of my hand. I’ve skied this countless times, day and night, since I was a kid.
I look down at the lodge and suddenly everything is clear. I belong here. I belong with Brittany. Fuck. How was I so blind for so long?
As I contemplate my newfound revelation, my knee starts to hurt, and I curse under my breath. I finish my run and take off the skis. As I glance over at the lodge, I see Brit waving goodbye to Harley.
It’s now or never. I walk quickly over to Brittany as she begins to head to her cabin.
“Brit?” I call out, and she turns toward me and smiles.
“Hey,” she says.
I take a breath. “Can we… talk?”
“Uh,” she looks around and my spirits sink, “Yeah, OK.”
I look back toward the fire pit and see some teenagers walking that way. I sigh before remembering that Parker is going out with Lola tonight. Score.
“How about I make us some dinner?” I suggest.
“I sort of ate already.”
“Snacks?” I ask, hoping I can convince her to come to my home so we can talk in privacy.
“I guess so, let me tell Dad.”
“I’ll meet you back here. I have to get my skis loaded up,” I say, motioning to the skis in my hand.
She nods and walks to her cabin as I take care of putting away my gear. I’m nervous. Why am I so fucking nervous?
I pace around my car while I wait for her. She emerges a few minutes later.
“OK, all set.”
I open the passenger door for her.
“How chivalrous,” she quips.
I smirk. “I’ve been known to take care of the women in my life.”
She blushes, and I shut the door.
We don’t say much as I drive us to my place.
“No Parker?” she asks when we pull up to my dark house.
“No. He’s over at Lola’s house.”
She rolls her eyes, and I laugh, “Parker is still Parker.”
“Clearly,” she grumbles.
I unlock my door and let her inside, taking her coat and placing it on a chair in my living room. I go to the kitchen and pour us wine. Thankfully, I had picked up cheese and crackers as a snack the day before, and I hadn’t gotten around to eating them yet. I arrange them on a plate and place it on the coffee table in front of Brittany as I hand her a glass of wine.
“Thanks,” she murmurs as she takes a sip of it.
I sit down next to her and sip my wine. I have no idea where to start.

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Book Info:

Will a former Olympic athlete and budding musician get a second chance at their happily ever after?

Brittany Evans and Tyson Mitchell were the “it” couple in the Poconos. Until their own dreams and goals got in the way. With broken hearts, they both left their town while doing their best to never look back.

But, when a skiing injury and a failed singing career bring them both back home, they find that their feelings may not have iced over after all.

Fate has brought them together again, but if Tyson wants to win back Brittany’s heart, he’ll have to prove that she’s the only dream that matters.

Escape to the romantic paradise of Holiday Springs and warm-up with your next happily ever after, in Second Start.
Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads |
 
 

Meet the Author:

USA Today & International Bestselling romance author, S.E. Rose lives near Washington D.C. with her family. When she’s not wrangling her cats or keeping up with her kids, she’s plotting her next story.

She loves all things wine, coffee, and cats. In her non-existent free time, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts, binging on her favorite shows, and reading, especially if it’s a good mystery or comedy.
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48 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Second Start by S.E. Rose”

  1. Mary Preston

    Has to be the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. The books are amazing but the movies are better.

  2. Pamela Conway

    There aren’t many, books are always better than the movies but The Chronicles of Narnia, the Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe was just like reading the book.

  3. Sara @ Sara In Bookland

    I would say that my favorite movie adaptation of a book is “Love, Rosie” by Cecelia Ahern! I actually first watched the movie and then read the book and I have to say that even though some things have been left aside, I was totally satisfied by how the movie turned out.. and the cast was just perfect!
    Thank you for this giveaway! xx

  4. Jana Leah

    Not a film, but I’ve been enjoying the TV show Shetland adapted from Ann Cleeves’ series.

  5. Debra Branigan

    My favorite film adaptation has to be Pride and Prejudice starring Kiera Knightley.

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