Saturday, August 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Guest Post & Review Crossing The Line by Sherri Hayes blog tour

Today, we are excited to have author Sherri Hayes with us for a guest post.  She tells us about her favorite part of the writing process.  Enjoy it after my thoughts on her latest book, Crossing the Line.

Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop
Date of publication: September 4, 2014

Detective Paul Daniels has spent four and a half years mourning the loss of his wife. He’s been doing his best to raise their daughter, Chloe, with the help of his in-laws. When they inform him right before Thanksgiving that they’re going to be moving over two hours away, Paul finds himself without anyone to watch Chloe—especially when he’s called out to a crime scene in the middle of the night. Little does he know that meeting his baby brother’s girlfriend and her sister, Megan, will change everything.

Megan Carson has taken a few wrong turns in her life, but she’s doing her best to get back on track. When she meets Chloe, the little girl swiftly worms her way into Megan’s heart. The opportunity to help Paul out and watch his daughter appears to be a blessing in disguise. She quickly volunteers to be Chloe’s live-in nanny. 

Everything is working well until the three of them head back to Ohio for Chris and Elizabeth’s wedding. Paul has a little too much to drink during the reception, and he and Megan end up sharing a heated kiss. When he wakes up the next day, he has a pounding headache but remembers nothing. 

Megan, however, isn’t willing to forget. Over the past few months since she’s been playing nanny, her feelings for Paul have changed. He is everything she never knew she wanted, and now that she knows there might be something there, she’s going after what she wants—Paul.

My thoughts:

I'm a big fan of the Daniels Brothers series.  I really enjoyed the first two books so I was eager to dive right into Crossing the Line, the 3rd book.  This story didn't disappoint.  Megan has been living with Paul and taking care of Chloe as her nanny.  Over that time, Megan has fallen for Paul.  She only needs to help him realize that they belong together.  It has been five years since Paul's wife Melissa was killed by a drunk driver.  He has never been able to let her go.

I really liked these two together and was rooting for them to get their HEA.  Megan did not have a great childhood and was something of a party girl.  But she has really made a change in her life and she wants a family.  Specifically, she wants Paul and Chloe.  While I loved them together, I thought that the family's reaction to their relationship a bit odd.  No one seemed to be very happy for them at first.  I found that disappointing.  

I liked the mystery of the serial killer.  It was hard to figure out who the killer was and I liked the twist.  The only thing that was missing was the reason for the killings. I never felt like that was very clear.   I thought that this was a good addition to the series.  I hope that Trent gets his own story next!

What is your least favorite part of writing?

That’s a toss-up between picking character names and choosing a title. I struggle with both. Those who follow me on Facebook maybe have noticed that I often refer to the book I’m writing by the couple’s names rather than a book title. That’s because, more often than not, the title of the book is the last thing that gets decided.

I didn’t come up with the title Crossing The Line until after the book was already submitted to my publisher. Since Paul is a cop, I knew I wanted to play on that with the title, but nothing was sounding right. Then, I began looking at pictures for the cover and came across some pictures of police tape—the kind they use to mark off crime scenes.

As I continued to see these pictures, the wheels began turning. Megan is acting as a live-in nanny for Paul’s young daughter, Chloe. It’s a popular trope in romance. It has that boss/employee element, but with the added intimacy element since they are occupying the same house. Beginning a relationship would definitely be crossing a line.

When the title came to me, I shot a message to my beta and my lead editor. They both loved the title and thought it fit perfectly with the story.

This is usually how it happens for me, although there have been a few exceptions. With the story I’m writing now, I am over halfway through with the book and still do not have a title. It will come to me. Eventually. They always do.  

About the author:

Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn't good at spelling, or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author. At the age of thirty, all of that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more. Seven years later, Sherri is the author of seven full-length novels, and one short story. Writing has become a creative outlet for Sherri that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. She is most well known for her Finding Anna Series about a young woman rescued from being a sex slave by a wealthy Dominant. Sherri’s eighth novel, Crossing The Line, is scheduled to release September 4, 2014.


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