Spotlight & Giveaway: Worth the Wait by Lori Foster

Posted July 30th, 2017 by in Blog, Spotlight / 84 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Lori Foster to HJ!

Hi Lori and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Worth the Wait!


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Hmmm. I’m terrible at synopsizing my work! Always have been. I’d say it’s a small town story about starting over, learning to trust again, finding the “right” one (who isn’t always the first) mixed with sexiness and some fun.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Five o’clock on Friday and Hogan Guthrie found himself smiling in anticipation as he closed the books on his work and powered down his computer. He could work from home, and sometimes did, but the scope of the new client meant some coordinating with other employees. For a week now he’d spent hours at the desk for his usual nine-to-five shift, poring over past records and updating them to a better, more cohesive platform.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • I had to research country music! I listen to hard rock, which left me clueless about country artists, favorite songs, etc… I did some of my work searching online, but also relied heavily on my Facebook followers to help fill me in.
  • The name of the restaurant in the book was taken from a local band that I’ve seen perform at the marina. (They were fabulous!)
  • At a recent booksigning, I met “Joni,” one of my Facebook followers. She knew that I’d taken names for my characters from those women who posted online, so she knew a slightly terrible secondary character was her namesake. 😀 I assured her that all similarities ended with the name. (If/when you read it and meet Hogan’s boss, Joni, you’ll understand!)


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

The two main characters are Hogan and Violet. Both were originally introduced in DON’T TEMPT ME as secondary characters, but they take the lead in WORTH THE WAIT.
To me, Hogan is realistic. A lot of people go through devastating marital problems, and in real life there’s rarely any satisfying resolution. It takes a truly special person to overcome those difficult life lessons.

Violet is that type of person who, through hard work, honesty, and a no-nonsense approach, can heal even the most damaged heart. In some ways, just by letting Hogan help lighten her own load, she won him over. 😊 To me, it’s all about sharing.


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

My favorite scene was the last, and I hate to spoil things for readers. Let’s just say there’s a display of musical manliness. (Keep in mind that Colt is Hogan’s son.)

Snippet: Until Hogan started for the stage, she hadn’t realized that he wore cowboy boots.
Putting a hand over her mouth, she laughed. What in the world!
Bounding onto the low stage and smiling toward Violet, he said into the mic, “She said yes.”
The cheers erupted into a deafening roar.
Colt came to stand beside her. He wore a cowboy hat and boots, too. Putting his arm around her, he said, “I’m glad you’ll be official, Violet.”
She nodded and whispered, “Me, too.”
The music started, and other than moving away from the mic, Hogan stayed put.
Nathan and the Drunken Monkeys started playing.
Her eyes widened. “I recognize that song!”
“Good.” Colt kissed her cheek, stripped off his shirt and headed for the stage.
While signing, “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,” Nathan unbuttoned his shirt, shrugged it off, and donned his own hat.


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

My sole purpose in any story is to entertain. If I accomplish that, I’ve done my job.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2017?

I just recently finished FAST BURN, which is book 4 in the Body Armor series.
CLOSE CONTACT, the 3rd book in the series, will release Nov 28th, and FAST BURN is out in April.

Now I’m starting on a brand new series, and I’m super excited to dive in!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Excerpt from Worth the Wait:

He grabbed his keys and helmet, yelled a goodbye to Colt and headed out the door to his bike. The late-August evening hit his face like an open oven.
As he rode, the sweltering air tore across his face and he loved it. Sure, he’d first gotten the bike to indulge some idea of being a rebel with a “fuck you” attitude, as if that could make up for the past year of hell. He was over that now, mostly anyway, but he still loved the bike.
A few minutes later he pulled into the already-crowded lot of Screwy Louie’s, the town’s most popular diner. Accountant by day, Hogan thought as he strode in, barbecue master by night.
He stored his helmet and keys in a locker, found a stiff white apron and greeted the others who worked the evening weekend shift with him.
When he didn’t see Violet bustling about as was her usual preference, he stopped one of the waitresses. “Where is she?”
Knowing exactly who he meant, the girl said, sotto voce, “Back office,” and added, “I think she’s sick.”
Frowning, Hogan started his massive grills so they could heat, took the racks of previously prepared ribs from the industrial refrigerators, and then headed for the tiny office at the back of the building.
He and Violet had an understanding of sorts. He wanted her; she resisted. He didn’t make it easy on her, and she didn’t give him any leeway. So far, the cat and mouse game had been fun. He was still patient.
And still very determined.
It didn’t matter that he also worked for Violet; since this was a part-time job, not his career, the usual issue of mixing work with pleasure didn’t apply.
Grinning, he rapped his knuckles against the door and opened it.
With her rich red hair fanned out around her on the surface of the cluttered desk, Violet rested her head on her folded arms. Without looking up, she asked, “What do you want, Hogan?”
“How’d you know it was me?”
She tipped her face and one vivid blue eye peeked up at him through that fall of incredible hair. “Honey,” she drawled, “I know the sound of your walk, the way that you knock, and I know your scent.”
His brows lifted. “My scent?”
Sitting back with a grumpy sigh, she asked again, “What’d you want?”
Ignoring her mean mood, he said, “Besides you?” He heard her growl and his grin widened. “Why are you in here moping? Late night yesterday?”
Before he could get jealous over that, she gestured at the scattered papers. “I fired my accountant, the miserable bastard.”
“None of your business. But now the accounts have piled up. I despise paperwork—you know that. I worked on it off and on all day yesterday and a big chunk of today, but I’m still not done.”
God, he loved her twangy voice, the way she drawled her words.
She gathered the papers together into a file and closed it, then stood to tuck it into an old metal file cabinet.
Her office was ancient and Hogan suspected her accountant’s ideas might have been, as well. Hesitating to overstep, or to take on more work, he asked, “Anything I can help with?”
“You already are, darlin’. Your ribs are a huge hit.” Using both hands, she finger-combed her hair into a high ponytail, then secured it with a cloth-covered rubber band that she pulled from her wrist. “I’m even looking into buying a special oven so you can keep it going through the winter months.”
Standing in the doorway, blocking her exit, he asked, “Who said I want to be here in the winter months?”
“You’re not stupid. You know you were born to do this.”
Since he’d recently thought the same thing, he said, “I don’t mind grilling in the snow.”
With a seductive smile teasing her lips, she sidled closer and patted his face. “If you ever decide to give up that stuffy shirt and tie during the week, I’d hire you full-time in a hot minute.” Her warm fingertips trailed down his neck, his chest and away. “Customers would love it, and I bet you’d make more in tips than you do sitting in an office.”
Paying no attention to the job offer, Hogan caught her wrist. “You just love playing with fire, don’t you?”
With her gaze on his mouth, she whispered, “You got those ribs ready, yet?”
“I just got here.”
“Best get a move on then.” She ducked past him.
Sometimes, Hogan thought as he watched her sashay away, Violent deliberately distracted him. Why? If she truly didn’t want to get physical, why taunt him?
He glanced back at that file cabinet and wondered again about her accounting.

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Book Info:

Ready or not…love will find a way

Single dad Hogan Guthrie is getting his life back on track, and working as the “barbecue master” at a local diner is just a temporary detour. He and restaurant owner Violet Shaw constantly butt heads…until one night they end up mingling other parts instead. Hogan thought he had the recipe for happiness all figured out. But loyal, carefree Violet is daring him to trust his impulses…and see just how sweet small-town living—and loving—can be.

Nathan Hawley traded his SWAT team credentials for a sheriff’s badge, but a gorgeous new neighbor is shaking up his orderly life. Nathan has a hunch there’s more to Brooklin Sweet than meets the eye—but given her caution about getting involved, he has his work cut out for him. Still, there’s something about the elusive beauty Nathan can’t walk away from—and helping her come to terms with her past might pave the way to the future they both secretly long for.
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Meet the Author:

Lori Foster is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin and Silhouette. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy and for Contemporary Romance.

Lori believes it’s important to give back to the community as much as possible, and for that reason she ran special contests in conjunction with a publisher, facilitating many first sales for new authors. She routinely organizes events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations.

Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.
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84 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Worth the Wait by Lori Foster”

  1. Tammy Y

    I t was a Harlequin book many years ago. I have read so many of your books. I am a huge fan

  2. Kim Brewing

    I’ve been reading Harlequin since I was 12, so I’m not sure which one was the first. One of my favorites is Getting Rowdy 🙂

  3. Diane Sallans

    It’s been a really long time, and I’ve read a lot of your books – Probably “Causing Havoc” was one of the first books of yours I read.

  4. Ellen C.

    Probably Beguiled or one of the Winston brothers….can’t really remember. I have read a lot of your titles.(I checked your book list, and probably started reading your books in the 1990s.) Thanks for many hours of enjoyment.

  5. Mary Preston

    I can’t remember which one was first. Certainly been reading your books for some time.

  6. isisthe12th

    Hi Lori, I don’t think I have read any of your books yet. I’m looking forward to. Thank you

  7. Juli Hall

    When You Dare was my first. I’ve read all the Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor books and loved them

  8. Juana Esparza

    Riley was the first book that I’ve read. I was hooked and have read many of your stories.

  9. Martha Lawson

    Gosh, I don’t remember the first book of yours I read. I do know I fell in love with your books and have been reading them for years!

  10. Teresa Williams

    Gosh its been so long and I’ve read everyone I could get my hands on new and old.Just love them all and you are a great author

  11. eawells

    Probably Say No to Joe, which means I’ve been reading you since 2003 if not earlier. I’ve read a lot of your earlier books in addition to your Bad Boys books.

  12. Anita H.

    I can’t remember which is the first but I know it was one of the SBC fighter books. After that, I was hooked, went back and found as many of your books as my library carried and haven’t stopped reading them since!

  13. KermitsGirl

    Oh gosh, I can’t remember what the first one was, but you’re definitely one of my go-to authors! I know I won’t be disappointed if I buy a Lori Foster book.

  14. Trisha B.

    When You Dare was my first book. I have read about 5, ordering my 6th. I believe I read my first a year and half ago.

  15. Dana Fernandez

    I would say When you Dare. This my favorite book. I have read 20 or more of your books. Thanks for the chance.

  16. Denise Johnson

    I think I first started reading your books in the ’90s. Love your stories especially Dare’s story! 😉

  17. Amy R

    I’ve read 24 of your books not sure what the first book was but I started reading you in 2012.

  18. Linda May

    Getting Rowdy was the start & it has gone on from there. Thanks for these generous giveaways.

  19. Robin

    My first books to read were the Buckhorn Brother stories. I have been reading you for a long time. All the fight books before the other fight books, etc!
    I love your stories because even though they are about strong good looking men, the women are always strong as well! Thank you for many years of entertaining!!

  20. Lisa

    It was a Harlequin book that I had purchased at a library book sale quite some time ago. At the time, you were not an author I knew or a name I recognized but enjoyed the book and added your name to my “list” of authors to always look for at bookstores, book sales, etc. I can’t pick a favorite….

  21. Julie Lack

    Dash of Peril was the first book I’ve read of yours, since then I’ve read about 20 of your books over the last 4 years.

  22. Charmione Patterson

    Ok I started in 8th grade reading Harlequin Novels. Checking them out from the library around the time they were showing MJ’s Thriller at the library. So I’ve probably read one or two of your stories during that time period. But the first title that got me hooked was “On the Naughty List.” I’ve been a fan and following you since. Thank you.

  23. BookLady

    Run the Risk is the first Lori Foster book I read. There have been many others since then.

  24. 2kasmom

    Your books and I, we go way back. My first memory of reading one you wrote was When Bruce Met Cyn… (Visitation, North Carolina #3), but it might have been Wild (Winston Brothers, #4). My current faves are the Buckhorn Brothers, but I re-read the Men Who Walk The Edge every 3-4 months. LOVE THEM! “You keep writing, I’ll keep reading.”

  25. Joanne B

    I can’t remember what that first book was, but I have been reading Harlequin books for a long time. My favorite series is the Men Who Walk the Edge. I love Dare.

  26. Terri C.

    I went back about 5 pages on Goodreads and I’ve read at least 15. Don’t know how far back it goes. Loved your interviews with different author’s in your RV this last week!

  27. Joye

    I keep a list of the books I have read and I count 18 of yours. One of the early ones was OUTRAGEOUS. I still have a couple in my TBR stack

  28. Pilar M Seacord

    First book Too Much Temptation. Have read at least 25 or more books. Been reading your books a long time.

  29. Tessie Tavares

    I believe I’ve read all of your books! You’re one of my favorite authors. I think the first book I read from you was Morgans book.

  30. Lizzy Sunderhaus

    It was Say No to Joe, and It was about 10 years ago. I have read 5 to 6 other books of yours. I always pick up another when I need a book to read on my kindle app through the Ohio Digital Library.

  31. Christina Anderson

    First book, don’t recall, but I’ve read each one I come across! On the lookout for this year’s releases.

  32. Alisa Forpahl

    Impetuous.. It came in a Harlequin order. I became hooked. So everytime you released a book I read it! I still have pretty much every older book in print I mostly read e books now but have a display of my books that I have won, or gotten autographed. My all time favorite character waffles between Joe, Jude and Dare..

  33. Kat canganelli

    My first book was Too Much Temptation and I’ve been reading you ever since 2003!!

  34. Gina Burgos

    I think it may have been “The Wildly Winston”my favorite I’ve been reading your books I will say…a little over 10 years and more than 15 books! Love all your books but I have to say that “Dare” is my favorite

  35. Beth T.

    I’ve read so many Lori Foster books over the years. I think that the first book was Sawyer from the Buckhorn Brothers series.

  36. Margaret Herman

    The first book of Lori Foster that I read was Harlequin Temptation “Mr. November.” I have read so many of her books I lost count because I usually get the new released books when they come out. I follow Lori Foster on Face book. Margaret Herman

  37. Texas Book Lover

    I think When You Dare was the first book of yours I read and I’ve lost count of how many I’ve read since.

  38. Karen Machamer

    I have read all of your books. I can’t remember the first book because their are so many.

  39. Jasmine Lavender

    Hi Lori,the first book of yours that I read was Bare it all, my sister gave it to me. I was instantly a fan, I have read 26 of your books at least, I have over 20 in my collection, not to mention the ones I borrowed from the library.

  40. Ada

    It was Causing Havoc and boy was I hooked! I’ve read most of your backlist and have kept up with all books since!!

  41. Julie-ann Ford

    The first I read was No Limits but have read many since then I have 3 in my TBR pile that I picked up last week at a second hand book store. I love your books.

  42. Karen Locke

    I absolutely LOVE Lori Foster’s books! The first book I read from her is When you Dare from the Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor series. After that, I have done everything in my power to read everything of hers. (I’ve joined 2 different libraries that are in other countries. I would’ve joined more, but most libraries want you to actually live in the country they’re in.)

  43. Kelly Foster

    The first book of yours I read was ‘No Limits’ and I was hooked! That was about 3yrs ago, since then I have bought well over 2 dozen of your amazing books for my collection & have read & re-read them many times! Love them all

  44. Joan Kaplan

    I think my first one was When You Dare and I’ve been reading you for about 3 years. I know I still have some of your books that I haven’t read but not many.

  45. Jen B

    I’m not sure if it was the first book of yours I read, but When You Dare was the first I owned.

  46. Laurajj

    The first I read was when my mother gave me Yule Be Mine for Christmas! Oh I loved it!

  47. Amanda Thompson

    The first books of yours I read was No Limits and to date I’ve read the first four books in your Ultimate series.

  48. Terrill R.

    My first book was a story in an anthology – On the Naughty List. My next was Uncovered. I have yet to read more, but I do have some books already in my collection that are waiting.

  49. Elizabeth Morgan

    I haven’t read any of your work yet. Your new to me. Can’t wait to though.

  50. smcmahon19

    I’m pretty sure the first one was Run the Risk! I’m new to your books and have a lot to catch up on!!☘

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