14 Aug 2014

Stay by Hilary Wynne

Stay by Hilary Wynne
(Alexa Reed #1)
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Set against the steamy and sultry world of South Beach, Florida, a modern romance unfolds in Stay.
Alexa is beautiful, independent and hard to resist for serially unattached Julian. Neither one is looking for a relationship, but their palpable chemistry and instant emotional connection is too strong to ignore. For the first time in years, Julian is interested in more than just sex. He wants a relationship with intoxicating Alexa, but it’s not that simple. Not only are Julian and Alexa struggling with the intensity of this new relationship, but they also have to contend with Luke, Alexa’s best friend, whose own love for her leaves him willing to do anything to convince her that Julian is not the man for her. Luke’s determination and Alexa’s secret past threaten to tear Julian and Alexa apart as she struggles to open her heart to love. Julian and Alexa embark upon a roller-coaster ride of emotional and physical passion that both pulls them apart and holds them together. Despite their affinity for each other, Alexa fears that Julian will leave when he learns about her past and Julian is unsure he can love a woman who in so many ways remains a mystery, a woman who keeps threatening to run, a woman who can’t decide if she is going to STAY.

Can you tell us a little about your latest book? 
My latest book is Hold On and it’s the second book in the Alexa Reed Series. The first book is Stay and I am currently working on #3. The Alexa Reed series is about Alexa Reed (obviously J) and Julian Bauer, a young, passionate couple who meet and fall in love in South Beach, Florida. Their love affair is full of passion, both emotional and physical. They’re both dealing with hurt from the past and have a hard time letting each other in despite their inability to stay away from each other. 

What inspired you to write it? 
I have always wanted to be a writer and literally just decided to go for it about a year ago. I spent my summers and college in SoFl and thought it would be a great setting for a sexy romance.

How did you come up with the idea for the cover? 
I wanted something sexy, but not too much so. The book is so much more than sex. I think the covers both show both a physical and emotional connection between my characters.

If it was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters? 
I’d love to see this on the big screen with William Levy as Julian and Serinda Swan as Lexie.

What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much? 
I love the romance genre. It’s fun, sexy, flirty and takes you away to another place which is what books should do. Plus, it has the best fans ever!!

What made you want to become an author? 
I have always loved to write. I have a great imagination and love storytelling.

How do you come up with character names? 
They kind of just came to me really. Julian was Julian from day one and Alexa changed a few times as her character developed.

Name one of your all-time favourite books? 
Molokai by Alan Brennert.

Who, or what, inspires you? 
My family and friends and my awesome fans. I am surrounded by great people..

Where is your favourite place to write? 
I write at my desk. Not too exciting but most practical. I also write on my phone if something hits me and I need to get it down.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book? 
The Notebook

Name two of your favourite authors. 
Alan Brennert and JoJo Moyes

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why? 
I really can’t answer this. I’d love a mix.. John Steinbeck, Sylvia Day, Ken Follett, JoJo Moyes.. anyone that wants to talk books is great with me!

Tell us a random fact about yourself. 
I always have to pour cream in my coffee at the same time I pour the actual coffee. It blends together better and warms it up. My husband thinks that is so odd!

Who would play you in the movie about your life? 
LOL. Not sure anyone would watch a movie about my life J

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live. 
I live in DC area. You can get to the beach, mountains, countryside all in three hours. I love it!

What are your (writing) plans for the future?
I am working on the third book in the series and hope to have it out by late September.

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list. 
Drinking wine in Italy in a little village in Tuscany with my husband.

Favourite myth / fairytale? 
I love Greek Mythology!

Who did you want to be when you were a kid? 
A grownup

Have you ever woken up one day and said, “Today’s the day I’m going to do (insert thing here)?” Well, I did, and the result is my first novel, Stay. I always thought of myself as a decent writer, and then a trip down memory lane through my ninth grade book of poetry confirmed it. I realize that I have always had a romantic side and a way with words. With support from my husband and kids (and an unspoken agreement to leave me alone for a few hours every night), I embarked on this incredible writing journey.
I’m originally from sunny Southern California and spent my summers in South Florida. I attended college at FSU and received my Masters in New Mexico. I finally settled in the Washington, DC area. My happy place has always been anywhere near the water.
When I’m not writing, I help run a business with my husband, watch an inordinate amount of sports (my kids play something 365 days a year), indulge my competitive spirit on the tennis court, and spend time with my awesome family and friends.
I am an avid reader, but find my characters feel neglected when I hang out with other author’s characters for too long. When I do read, historical fiction is my favorite genre. I love traveling and experiencing different cultures, places, and times.
I feel so blessed that my love of books inspired me to finally do something that I forgot I had always dreamed about doing.
My someday has arrived!

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1 comment:

  1. The Notebook is one of the only instances where I actually think the movie is much better than the book. The book fell short in terms of emotional value for me and it also was shorter than I expected (I read it after I saw the movie). Thanks for being on the tour, Suzy!


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