Happy holidays to all! Give a big welcome to Charotte O’Shay, author of A Model Engagement. Have a seat and grab an insulated mug. I’ve got hot chocolate, hot cider and coffee. Choose your pot, they’re labeled. Pick your choice of a Snicker-doodle, Chocolate Chip or Peanut butter cookie from the plate. Yep, I baked them myself. Lets find out a little about Charlotte and see what Model Engagement is all about. Thanks for joining us!
Thank you Tena for the opportunity to visit your fun blog!
It’s my pleasure! Charlotte, tell us what inspired this particular story?
My new release deals with a topic that has been much in the news lately—sexual assault and harassment. You may wonder how one can write a romance with such a backdrop or premise. I hope I have done so. My heroine, Lacey starts off blaming herself for the decisions that led to the blackmail crisis she faces. But she finds herself and the man of her heart in the process of taking charge of her life.
Something that people may not know about me very early in my legal career I worked undercover and wore a wire. I think it worked to have me do it because at five foot two I appeared younger than my age, so no one expected it. And yes, it was nerve wracking but I guess I was pretty good at keeping a poker face.
Anyway, there is a connection to my experience and that of Lacey Reed in my latest release A Model Engagement.
Okay, now lets have some fun.
Speed Round: (one word only answer): Yep, I know torture for a writer!<evil laugh> Most cheat, with more than one word. LOL
Favorite Movie: The Terminator
Favorite Book: Zen and the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
Last book read: SPQR by Mary Beard
Favorite color: Blue
Stilettos or Flipflops: Flipflops
Coffee or Tea: Coffee!
Ebook, Audiobook or paperback: ALL
Pencil or Pen: Pen
Favorite Song: Ave Maria
Streak or Not: Not
Favorite Dessert: Icebox Cake
Favorite junk food: Fritos
Favorite thing to do to relax: Walk
Champagne or Gin: Champagne
Wonder Woman or Top Model: Top Model
Favorite TV Show: This is Us
Hot or Cold: Cold
POV: 3rd person
I’d die if I don’t have: wine
Review or Not: Review
A little about A Model Engagement:
Lacey Reed jumps at the chance for independence with a career in the big city. But her naivety and ambition blind her to the lure of a blackmailer.
With her savings gone she has nowhere to turn when she literally runs into financier Connor Devlin.
Though dazzled by Lacey, Connor sees the desperation she tries to hide. He hires her as his fake fiancée. Now Lacey has a job and he has a bandage for a family crisis.
When the blackmailer ups the ante, Lacey resolves to face him down— no matter what the consequences.
Does that mean Lacey will lose the only man who’s ever seen who she truly is?
A peek between the pages of A Model Engagement.
In that moment, she relived just why she needed a job so damn bad. In that moment, all she could remember were the targeted emails, the strategic telephone calls and the persuasive texts she’d received from Barry as he set out to reel her in like the very gullible fish she was.
It all came back like a rush of filthy sewage.
How he’d drawn her in. Discovered her desire to reap the most financial benefit from her career before retiring. Then, in a seemingly normal progression, he set up a meeting at his office. Designed for shoptalk so that they could discuss photographic details of her breakout exclusive ad campaign for Mon Secret.
His home office as it turned out, complete with multiple couches and a closet full of evening wear and fur, props for the shoot. Lacey had developed a veneer of sophistication during her four plus years in the business. Or so she’d thought. But Barry’s lavish living and working space wowed her. She cringed as she remembered telling him how eager she was to start.
Lacey relived it all in that split second and Connor, who’d done nothing more than offer her his jacket and then a ride home was suddenly a stand in for the monster who had taken her piece of mind along with practically every red cent she possessed.
About the Author:
Charlotte O’Shay was born into a big family and married into another big family.
The drama! The noise! The inspiration!
Negotiating skills honed at the dinner table led her to a career in law. After four beautiful children joined the crowded family tree, Charlotte traded her legal career to write about happily ever afters. She lives on the far westside only 3 subway stops from where she grew up.
When Charlotte isn’t reading or writing steamy contemporaries featuring heroines in crisis and swoony heroes with issues, she’s on the hunt for that perfect pair of sunglasses.
She LOVES to hear from readers.
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The City of Dreams series are standalone books linked by the wedding in The Marriage Ultimatum.
Book 1, The Marriage Ultimatum ~ Sabrina & Vlad
Book 2, A Model Engagement ~ Lacey & Connor
Book 3, Their No Strings Affair ~ Honey & Jake
Website: (wordpress) http://charlotteoshayauthor.com
Facebook: Authorcharlotteoshay http://facebook.com/charlotteoshayauthor
Twitter: @charlotte_oshay http://twitter.com/charlotte_oshay
It was wonderful having you with us today. Please feel free to stop by anytime. Good Luck with A Model Engagement!
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