Spotlight & Giveaway: Snowbound With The CEO by Shannon Stacey

Posted November 1st, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 109 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey to HJ!

Hi Shannon, welcome back to HJ!

What would you say are the defining characteristic of your Novels?

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I’m told the defining characteristics of a Shannon Stacey story are humor and characters who seem “real” to readers. I love writing characters you feel as if you could actually bump into at a gas station or the grocery store.

Let’s talk about your newest release: Snowbound With The CEO

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here

Snowbound with the CEO is about two people who have a nearly perfect working relationship. Rachel Carter has had a crush on her boss for a long time, but she doesn’t want to put her dream job at risk. Adrian Blackstone has kept his attraction to his executive assistant on a tight leash because he can’t afford to lose her professionally. But an unexpected change in the weather and an even more unexpected meeting in the hotel bar might change everything.

Please tell us about the characters in your book?

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Adrian Blackstone has worked his way up from being a carpenter’s helper to being the CEO of Blackstone Historical Renovations, which specializes in modernizing historic properties without sacrificing their charm and authenticity. Now he’s hoping to sign a client that will give him access to the most elite levels of real estate development, and their going to meet at Adrian’s most successful project to date, the Mount Lafayette Grand Resort Hotel. With a passion for architecture and history to go along with her degree in business, Rachel Carter is Adrian’s professional soul mate and working for BHR is a dream come true for her. They work together and travel together, both of them careful to hide any less-than-professional feelings they have.

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

It wasn’t love at first sight for Adrian and Rachel, although they both felt an immediate sizzle of physical attraction. Their personal feelings for each other have grown along with their mutual respect and admiration professionally, but everything changes when he hears her laugh in the hotel bar.

If your characters could go back in time and change one thing what would it be? Why?

If my characters could go back in time, this would have been a paranormal romance and surprised the heck out of my editor. Neither of them have too many regrets in life, but toward the end of the story, there are a couple of events I’m sure Adrian wishes he could go back and get a do-over.

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

One of my favorite scenes to write took place outside of the hotel, in the snow. Adrian and Rachel know each other well because of how closely they work together, but they’re finally getting a chance to play and get to know each other on a personal level…

“I played baseball when I was a kid. Star pitcher, actually.”

“Nobody ever says they were a lousy pitcher. Everybody was a star.”

He made an affronted sound and stopped walking. “You don’t believe me?”

“I didn’t say that. I was just making an observation.” She tried not to laugh at his offended expression, but failed.

“Watch this.” He walked off to a snowbank and packed a snowball. Then he pointed at a sign a ways off. When he threw the snowball and it smacked the center of the sign, he turned with a smug grin.

The snowball she’d hastily packed hit him in the chest and she laughed until he bent to scoop more snow into his hands. Then, with a squeal, she ducked behind a huge tree and tried to build a snow arsenal of her own.

The battle raged for a while, both of them dodging from cover to cover, until she was breathless and roasting in her coat. Then she caught him out in the open, unarmed, and launched her last snowball. He turned at the last second, so the deliberately soft ball exploded in his hair.

With a roar, he charged and took her down into a snowbank, landing on top of her. “I think you left out a little detail about your upbringing.”

She gave him an innocent look. “Oh, didn’t I mention the high school softball championships?”

“Star pitcher?”

“Catcher, actually.”

“Ah. That explains your cynicism toward pitchers.”

She slapped his shoulder. “I’m not cynical. I’m just saying, somewhere there has to be somebody who was a suck pitcher back in the day.”

“And he’s telling nobody.”

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

The hardest scene for me to write, and I’m sure this is probably true for many authors, is the boy-loses-girl scene. I enjoyed Adrian and Rachel, so putting them through the emotional wringer was a hard thing to do…

“That’s my point.” He shoved his hands in his coat pocket. “Things are awkward and I don’t want it to be like that.”

“I don’t, either. That’s why I’m leaving.”

He stared at her, and she wondered if he could hear her heart pounding in her chest. She wasn’t sure what she was going to do until the words came out of her mouth but, no matter how painful they were to say, she thought it was the right thing to do.

“What do you mean you’re leaving?”

“I’m going to find a new job. I can’t work at BHR anymore.”

He was shaking his head, as if he could make her take back the words with sheer will. “You don’t have to do this, Rachel. Please don’t. We can figure this out if you would just talk to me.”

“What happened between us was a mistake.” It hurt so badly to say that, and to watch the impact it had on Adrian. “And I was hoping it wouldn’t affect how I feel about this job, but it does.”

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

I’m sure they were working because both of them were totally focused on Blackstone Historical Renovations. Adrian was gearing up for his presentation at the Mount Lafayette with Rachel’s help, while she was simultaneously planning the company Christmas party with no idea just how gut-wrenching a night that would turn out to be.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book was optioned for a movie?

Tough question! I used a photo of Julianne Hough as inspiration for Rachel, so I’d go with her. But my photo for Adrian was a male model in a very nice suit and I don’t know the model’s name. I’d say Josh Duhamel, but they did a Nicholas Sparks movie together, so that could be weird.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2013 into 2014?

I’m currently working on Taken With You (May 2014), which is the eighth book in the Kowalski series. Many readers asked me not to leave Hailey (the librarian and friend of previous heroines) hanging in the happily ever after department, so in Taken With You, she’ll meet her romantic match in game warden Matt Barnett, who’s new to the town of Whitford. Then Falling For Max (tent. August 2014) will be the 9th book in the series. I’ll also have a 2014 holiday novella. There are other things in the works, but nothing definite yet.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

Thank you, Sara, for inviting me to visit and talk about Snowbound With The CEO!

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A short tease of the opening…

If somebody were to ask him while he was drunk enough to forget his PR bullet points what the secret to his success was, Adrian Blackstone would say he was a chameleon. He had the ability to be whatever the person across the desk wanted him to be.

Blackstone Historical Renovations, specializing in modernizing historic properties without sacrificing their charm and authenticity, was built on that ability. Having worked his way up from a post and beam carpenter’s helper as a teenager, he had a natural rapport with contractors and woodworkers. Thanks to devouring magazines, financial news programs, and earning a college degree, he could put on a custom suit and talk business with billionaires and bankers. He was a man who felt the heart and soul of a building while watching the financial bottom line.

And, as he watched the woman walking across the lobby of his greatest achievement to date, he looked like nothing more than a CEO awaiting an update from his executive assistant. She would never know he wanted her more than he’d ever wanted a woman in his life.

Book Info

Adrian Blackstone built a million-dollar business with hard work and determination—and by remaining professional at all times. Denying his longtime attraction to his beautiful executive assistant hasn’t been easy but it’s necessary. She’s indispensable, and he can’t stand the thought of losing her if things didn’t work out.

For more than a year, Rachel Carter has been quietly dreaming of all the ways she’ll never seduce her sexy, buttoned-up boss. She’s worked too hard to get where she is to cross that line, no matter how badly she’d like to act on her fantasies. But then a wicked snowstorm leaves them stranded in a romantic winter wonderland…

What begins as a single kiss and a few bad Santa jokes turns into a weekend full of breathless passion and hopes for something more. But with Monday comes a return to their complicated reality—and Adrian must prove that promises made are promises kept, especially at Christmastime.
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Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey is the author of over two dozen romance novels and novellas, including her popular Kowalski series. She has been nominated for an RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award twice, and was named to a Publishers Weekly Top 10: Romance list in 2013. Shannon is a member of Romance Writers of America and lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons.
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109 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Snowbound With The CEO by Shannon Stacey”

  1. Rita Wray

    Josh Holloway from the TV show LOST. I was going to say my husband but what the heck, I can dream.

  2. cahmmerritt

    I’m such a sap – but it would have to be my husband (as long as my teenage daughters were safely some place else)… I miss alone time with my man…

  3. Janice Hougland

    Shannon, your new story, Snowbound with the CEO, sounds absolutely delightful and timely for the holidays soon to commence! And I’ve been in love with Mark Harmon for a loooooong time. He’s quite the dreamboat and his demeanor would suit a CEO role. So I think I’ll be thinking of him when I read this book. 🙂 Thanks for the post!

  4. Pennie M

    I expect to be snowed in sometime this winter with my hubby and dogs and since my big dog loves the snow (and she is white) fun will be had by all…as long as the power stays on.

  5. Margaret

    Was trying to think who to write and I think I’ll just second the ones listed already – Josh Holloway, Charlie Hunnam, Mark Harmon…I’ll add Alex O’Laughlin (he played Mick in Moonlight) to the list!

  6. SnarkyMom

    I would love to be snowed in with my husband, because he works out of town each week so we don’t get much time together, and on the weekends we have “family time” with the 3 kids. If it was during the week while The Man is out of town? I’d want to be snowed in with my dogs, because THEY DON’T TALK BACK.

  7. belindaegreen

    You asked: It’s a “snowed-in” romance, so I’m curious…who would you all most want to be snowed in with & Why?

    My choice would be Josh Duhmel or Boris Kodjoe. Both are so fine! I can see a lot of talking, both are intelligent with a good sense of humor. We would be experimenting and trying to keep warm. I’ll leave it at that. 😉

    Thanks for the opportunity to share. LOL

    Belinda G
    belgre at comcast dot net

  8. Janice U.

    My hubby, but if I was single definitely Charlie Hunnam. That man is a whole lotta RAWR!!! 😉

  9. Marcy Shuler

    Living in Michigan (near Lake Michigan where lake effect snow is a reality) I have been snowed in several times. I’d want both my hubby and my two kids with me. One year my hubby was snowed in at work and while I knew he was safe I still worried until he’d safely traveled home.

  10. Barbara D.

    I wouldn’t mind being snowed in with this book, since the person I would love to be snowed in with was my late husband and no one can take his place….except my dog Lola, and my late great cats Natasha, Sammy and Tigger.

  11. Marcy Meyer

    I would want to be snowed in with Gary Taylor, for very obvious reasons. It wouldn’t be a hardship to have to look at him 24hrs a day, and he seems like the most genuine, sweetest guy.

  12. Christina G

    I know this is not the sexy guy answer, but I would want it to be my family. My kids, my daughter-in-law and my granddaughter. Uninterrupted family time sounds fabulous to me. <3

  13. Leanna

    I am not in serious relationship at the moment I will say a sexy stranger that would ensure we would have lots of fun while we were snowbound.

  14. Jane

    I would love to be snowed in with Chris Evans. Looking forward to reading Shannon’s book.

  15. Winnie Lim

    Fantasy wise, I would like to be snowed in with a sexy stranger who is smart and also clever with his hands.

  16. Glenda

    This girl doesn’t do snow if she has a choice, but if it has to happen I’d choose my husband of course. It doesn’t matter that there are better looking guys out there with godlike bodies. I’ll take my best friend and the love of my life who understands me (as much as any guy understands a girl 😉 ) and accepts and loves me despite my imperfections.

  17. Sandy Xiong

    I don’t know but maybe a family member that I am no longer close with to reconnect again

  18. Chelsea B.

    In fantasy, some hunk like Benedict Cumberbatch or Chris Pine. In reality, my nana or my sister, people I’m comforted by being around 🙂

  19. Cari White

    Snowbound with? In a world where I have a perfect body and I’m 25, I’d say Matthew McConaghy (sp?). Really, my kitty and my iPad (with kindle app), for about a week, then my family can join me!

  20. Anita Powers

    I would love to be snowed in with my husband, no phones, no interruptions, just me and him, rolling fire, and big comfy bed, enough said. Great giveaway thanks

  21. Shadow

    Hmm. The love of my life…whoever he may be. lol Tho, in the real world, id want to be with my family. We’re all really close and it would be a great escape and vacation that we all need! hehe

  22. Ada

    The book sounds wonderful, can’t wait to read it! My choice, I’d have to say Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook from the show Once Upon A Time)….argh 🙂

  23. Julie

    I’d have to say Mark Harmon. He and I go waaaay back. But if he’s not available, I guess I’ll take my hubby. 😉

  24. Justine

    I’ll go with the boring answer of my Mr. But seriously, we always keep each other entertained.

  25. Bette Hansen

    Fantasy..hmmm.. probably George Clooney. Yeah. One long snowed in weekend with George would work. Why..well he’s George Clooney.

  26. samantha horst

    My husband. We never seem to get that one on one time with each other anymore. ***and I’m only 24 but two kids and two jobs will do that lol

  27. Michelle Potter

    I would like to be with my husband. We are always with our boys. It would be nice to have time alone and no house to take care of. Just us.

  28. Laura

    I would say Chis Hemsworth, with him straight from the set of Thor, because I’d want lots of time to play with his hair (and those muscles, too!).

  29. Donna

    Just me and my hubby would be nice for a change. As long as I knew my daughter was somewhere safe. 😉

  30. Susan Rollison

    I’d have to say my husband. After 40 years we’re pretty well attached to each other.

  31. Andra Dalton

    If I were snowbound with anyone I could choose, hands down its got to be my best friend!! Men may come and go, famous or not, but true friends last forever. Plus she can always make me laugh, and I know we can just be ourselves when we are together. Thanks for the contest & good luck to all!!☺

  32. Kimberly T

    Colin Wayne is so dreamy. Hot body, dark hair, light blue eyes! *yummy* My hubs is good to. 😉

  33. cheryl c.

    Oh, I can agree with you about Nathan Fillion. He’s handsome, smart, funny, and seems to possess a playful spirit. I could have all sorts of fun being snowbound with him.

  34. Debra A.

    Anyone who has better survival skills than me. As long as he has a great sense of humor to be stuck with me.

  35. Christine L.

    Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, the so-called “David Beckham of polo.” If nothing else we could talk about horses until the weather improved. My second choice would be Carter Oosterhouse because I could always put his handyman skills to good use around the house, lol. (And, yes, I have a type!!)

  36. Sandie W

    Sam Elliot, he’s got the sexiest voice I’ve ever heard. I’ve had a star crush on him since the first time I ever saw/heard him!! <3 <3

  37. donnadurnell2013

    Sara,I too should say my hubby — and I really do mean it. After 46 years we enjoy each others company, even when we’re on separate computers, and he’s watching TV and I’m reading.

    But if he wasn’t available :), maybe I’d settle for Harrison Ford. Or maybe one of the male characters in a book I’ve read at one time or another.

  38. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    Viggo Mortson! He is HOT and could warm up the cold winter nights 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

  39. Eva

    My husband and my pup — my husband can do everything related to building a fire, cooking etc and my pup would keep us happy!

  40. Amy Keating Casey

    George Strait….between his singing and handsome looks, what could be so wrong..lol 😉

  41. Josette Schaber

    Romantically, my husband. We love to spend time together and he’s great at taking care of everything. So, I know I wouldn’t have any worries. I also love to cuddle up with him 😉

    For fun, my book worm gals, we would have a blast reading and discussing the books. The time would just fly by.

  42. Jamie Wadowsky

    I love Shannon Stacey and can not wait to read thi new one… I would love to be trapped anywhere (without my children) lol

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