Friday, December 18, 2015

Book Tour: The Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor

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The Bad Boy of Butterfly HarborThe Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor
(Butterfly Harbor #1)
by Anna J. Stewart
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can people truly change?

Two things keep Holly Campbell grounded: her precocious son and preserving her forty-year-old family diner in the face of expansion and change. She doesn't need a blast from the past like Luke Saxon, who's back in Butterfly Harbor after more than a decade away. The hard-luck kid who nearly destroyed her family, leaving her to pick up the pieces, is taking over as sheriff. She can't trust him, even if Luke's ideas for the town's upcoming anniversary seem to show he's trying to give back to their community. Has Butterfly Harbor found its unlikely savior? And has the widowed single mother finally found a man she can believe in, rely on…and love?

USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J. Stewart can't remember a time she didn't have a book in her hands or a story in her head. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family centric romances with happily ever afters for the independent heroines she writes for both Harlequin and Berkley. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it's Snickers who tolerates her).

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What inspired you to write this book?

A few things. First, I wanted to write a series of books set in a brand new setting, preferably a Northern California town since that’s where I’m from.  Monterey has always been a favorite weekend getaway place for me, so modeling Butterfly Harbor after Pacific Grove (a jump away from Monterey) seemed a natural fit.  I knew Butterfly was going to be part of the town’s name—that’s in homage to my grandmother who loved butterflies.

I also wanted to build (or in this case rebuild) a community from the ground up. Butterfly Harbor is struggling to survive, but its residents are determined to keep it alive and breathe new life into it. I’d definitely say setting is the main inspiration for THE BAD BOY OF BUTTERFLY HARBOR.

I also liked the idea of writing a redemption story; of a hero who had done something seemingly unforgivable in his youth that he was determined to make right. I love heroes who take responsibility for their actions and work to remedy their situation and make their life, and by extension others’ lives better.

What is your favorite book and why?

Only one?  Oh, boy. If I had to pick one, I’d probably have to go with Dean Koontz’s THE WATCHERS. It’s one of those books that has everything I love: suspense, romance, admirable characters, social commentary and a fabulous dog, a golden retriever aptly named Einstein. I think I had Einstein in mind when I wrote about Cash in this book. I love goldens (even though I’ve only had cats).

Are the characters in your books based on anyone?

If you mean real people I know? No.  I don’t tend to use real life people for inspiration. I’m always paranoid people will figure out it’s them. I even shy away from using character names that are from friends and family.

The only exception is when I’m writing villains, bad guys, or the protagonist. Usually, I have someone in mine when I’m writing them.  It’s cathartic.

What has been the hardest part of writing and publishing this book?

I feel pretty fortunate with THE BAD BOY OF BUTTERFLY HARBOR, or maybe I’ve blocked out any issues.  I didn’t feel as if I had any major problems with this story. I knew who Luke was from the second he walked on the page. I had the most trouble figuring out what his name was (he went through four or five before we landed on Luke). I used to worry I’d have trouble writing shorter books (these typically run about 300 pages as opposed to the single title romances I write for Berkley that come in around 400-450), but I’ve actually found it forces me to focus on the importance of each scene because I don’t have a lot of words to play with.

I think I was most nervous about being able to keep the title (I couldn’t come up with alternate suggestions to save my life) and what cover I’d end up with. As I don’t have much (if any) control over those factors, that was nail biting.  That said I’m thrilled with every aspect of this book.  Especially the cover.

What has been the easiest part?

I think every writer loves having a character who arrives on the page with his or her full story. I knew Luke had severe issues stemming from his childhood, I knew he’d made some bad decisions in his youth and I knew he was back to do what he could to save the town he’d always considered home. Helping him find his way through those issues kept me writing and digging. I couldn’t wait to figure out what he was going to tell me next. I wish all my heroes (or heroines) were that easy. It also made figuring out the conflict between him and Holly Campbell a bit easier. It’s very difficult to forgive the man who nearly destroyed your family.  Lots of fodder there.

Can you tell us what your writing plans are?

Well, I have a second book in the Butterfly Harbor series coming out from Heartwarming in June (RECIPE FOR REDEMPTION) and hopefully they’ll want some more books for the line.  In February, my two best writing friends and I have a Valentine’s anthology MAKE ME A MATCH from Heartwarming featuring three bachelors/best friends who delve into matchmaking.  We had a lot of fun with those stories.  I’ll also be wrapping up my Tremayne Family romances in April with THE TROUBLE WITH NATHAN (this features a hero who’s a thief and a heroine who’s a con artist). And then I’m diving into the romantic suspense genre with a trilogy from Harlequin Romantic Suspense.  THE BONDED TRILOGY centers around a trio of childhood friends bonded by the kidnapping and unsolved murder of one of their friends twenty years ago. I’m going to be busy!

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on my cyber tour!

    1. You are very welcome! I enjoy hosting authors on my blog.