Ing: Welcome Sarah, to the blog! We are here to pimp out After Midnight. Can you tell the readers in your own words a bit about the book and what they can expect plot, sexiness, length wise.
Sarah: Plot: She wants to forget her past. He wants to reclaim his. Sometimes the moment that changes everything comes After Midnight.
Length: Around 80,000 words
Sexiness: Well, the publisher rated it HOT which has the warning that includes words like explicit and detailed, but I prefer:
Warning: this book contains hot as hell rock stars and sex that will straighten your hair.
Ing: Can you tell us about the sexy Noah Clark? What about this sexy musician do you think will draw the readers in and make them love him?
Sarah: Who doesn’t love a sexy rock singer? LOL Seriously, Noah Clark is the ideal romance hero: sexy, patient, and totally committed to Isabeau. However, that doesn’t mean he’s perfect — Noah is also stubborn, bull-headed and determined to save Isabeau from herself, even if it’s the very last thing she wants.
Ing: Now tell us a bit about the heroine Isabeau Montgomery? What about Isabeau do you think will draw the readers in and make them love her?
Sarah: Isabeau Montgomery is the owner of Izzy’s Bar, a child prodigy, piano phenom—a woman who is hiding behind a lie of her own making. She’s just so very tortured, her past so full of tragedy it’s hard not to connect to Isabeau. Yet she’s strong, stronger than even she realizes — you’d have to be to survive what she’s been through.
Ing: Why are these two perfect for each other? What about them individually
makes them so drawn to each other? Why do you think the readers will fall
in love with this couple?
Sarah: Noah and Isabeau are drawn to each other right from the first moment they set eyes on each other. It’s not just sexual attraction, though God knows they have that in spades, but something else, something neither of them can name. Isabeau is wounded, in some ways nearly broken by her past. Noah is older, has lived the crazy rocker life and is over it. He’s patient enough to break through her walls, and mature enough to handle her past.
Ing: What was a scene that stood out or was memorable for you when
writing After Midnight? Why did this scene stand out for you?
Sarah: The most memorable scene for me when writing After Midnight was the scene where Isabeau’s step-father (for lack of a better name) sits Noah down and tells him about losing Izzy’s mother in the car accident, followed by immediately losing Izzy in a court battle and how those events shaped Isabeau into the woman she is today. Putting myself in her step-father’s shoes, feeling what he must have felt as he told about knowing, deep in his gut knowing, what was happening to her after the court took her away and not being able to do anything to stop it…it was a traumatic scene that was emotionally draining for me to write.
Ing: What is a character that you are getting lots of e-mails about? Any
plans to write a story for this character?
Sarah: I get a lot of emails and comments about Noah’s best friend and bassist, Dominic Price. I have to admit that I fell hard for Dominic myself while writing After Midnight. Hard enough that I knew I had to give him his own happily-ever-after, which I’m writing now.
Ing: What else can we look forward to from you for the rest of 2012? Could
you give some details on these upcoming projects?
Sarah: I’ve been getting such positive feedback, not just on Dominic but also on another of the book’s characters. So what began as one book has expanded into four – the Midnight series. I’m a writing Midnight Heat (book two) right now and hope to have it released by the end of 2012, followed closely by Chasing Midnight & Midnight Shadow.
Ing: Now on to questions about you. We want to know more about Sarah
Grimm. What are some of your auto buy authors that you read now?
Sarah: Linda Howard and Tess Gerritsen are auto buys. Other authors I enjoy are Sandra Brown, HelenKay Dimon, and Rachel Gibson.
Ing: What was the first romance book you ever read? Do you still have the
book on your shelf?
Sarah: I’m not certain if Forever by Judy Bloom is considered a romance, but to my pre-teen self, it was. I don’t have a copy, no.
Ing: What was the best advice that you ever got from anyone in the writing
industry that has stuck with you?
Sarah: It’s impossible to please every reader. Sooner or later you’re going to get a bad review. When that happens just remember, bad reviews are not the end of the world, but part of the game.
Ing: If you could be one of your heroine for a day which one would you be
Sarah: During the book or after its completion, because it definitely makes a difference. I wouldn’t want to be any of my heroines at the beginning of my books. I’m cruel to my characters. Downright mean to them. The things I put them through before they get their happily-ever-after—the heartache and loss, the physical suffering—I wouldn’t switch places with any of them.
If I can choose to be one of my heroine for a day after the stories completion, then it would be Isabeau Montgomery. Having Noah Clark all to myself for 24 hours? Oh, yeah!
Ing: If you weren’t writing what else would you be doing right now for a
Sarah: My day job is Office Manager/Bookkeeper at a local farm. Eight months out of the year I also oversee the farm store and the college kids that work there.
Ing: Sarah thanks so much for stopping by today! I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions. Do you have any last words or questions you would like to pose to the readers of this blog?
Sarah: Thanks, Ing, for having me. I’m so happy to have had the chance to chat! My question for the readers is this, with the huge selection of books out there, how do you discover authors you’ve never read before, and what makes you give them a chance?
Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal–one that doesn’t include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won’t be easy, but he can’t get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.
Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?
Warning: This book contains hot as hell rock stars and sex that will straighten your hair.
Sarah spent years scribbling in notebooks, filling the pages with partial chapters and the margins with titles and story ideas. She told friends that the characters spoke to her, and that she was compelled to get their stories on paper. Eventually, she sat down at a computer and wrote her first tale of dangerously sexy suspense. That book, Not Without Risk, is a 2011 Readers Favorite Award Winner.
Sarah lives in West Michigan with her husband, two sons and three miniature schnauzers. Between mom’s taxi service, parts runs, and answering the phone for the family marine repair business, Sarah can be found curled in her favorite chair, crafting her next novel.
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- MUST answer Sarah’s question: With the huge selection of books out there, how do you discover authors you’ve never read before, and what makes you give them a chance?
- Giveaway ends Feb 1st