Q&A + GIVEAWAY WITH SARAH GRIMM AUTHOR OF AFTER MIDNIGHT

Posted by Ing on 26 January, 2012 // ★★ 46 Comments ★★

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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
and why?

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
career?

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?

Blurb:

Thirteen years—that’s how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother’s life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar…

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.

Purchase Links: Amazon / WildRose Press / B&N

About Author:

As a young girl, Sarah Grimm always had a story to tell. At times they were funny, other times scary, but they were always happily-ever-after.

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.



Giveaway Details:
  • Open to US & International
  • Two e-book copies of After Midnight for grabs
  • MUST leave e-mail address and answer the authors question in the comments field
  • 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 

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46 Responses to “Q&A + GIVEAWAY WITH SARAH GRIMM AUTHOR OF AFTER MIDNIGHT”

  1. bn100

    I discover new authors through Amazon. I give them a chance based on the stories and whether or not they sound like something I would want to read.

    I enjoyed reading the post.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  2. Anonymous

    Great post, I now have three ebook releases under my belt and 2 more just contracted and it isn’t easy finding new readers. I think blog visits is a huge way to reach out. It’s how I find new authors myself. All the best on your release!

    Karyn Gerrard
    karyngerrard@gmail.com

  3. I discover new authors through the blogs I follow, the yahoo groups I’m a member of and Amazon’s recommendations and emails…great reviews, blurbs and covers all factor in my decision on whether I give them a chance or not.

    taccb_1981@yahoo.com

  4. Great post, Ing and Sarah.
    You had me from the first, hot and hazy scene in After Midnight, Sarah. It’s on my e-reader in the re-read group. I too troll the library, but I have found so many new authors I never knew existed through blogs, twitter, and FB. A whole new reading world has opened up to me.

  5. I am a cover person. If I like the cover, I will read the back of the book or a blurb and excerpt online. Sometimes I listen to friend’s recommendations. After Midnight sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  6. I am such an avid reader that I can try many books. I choose new authors many because they are new to me. Everyone needs a chance. After one book they have to have a good story log, hot covers, or good blogs. Igo for new authors thru book catalogs, goodreads, and just walking thru book stores. I used to use the library alot but now disabled leaves me homebound primarily.

  7. Joanne, I know exactly what you mean! I’ve loved books that have gotten some really bad reviews and tossed a couple of books across the room that others have raved about.

    Let me know what you think of After Midnight, won’t you? I’d love to hear your opinion.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Great interview, Sarah! This one’s definitely on TBR pile!

    What attracts me to new authors. A little bit of everything. Word of mouth. If someone loved a book, I’m more likely to go look it up. And word of mouth can come from anywhere. Blogs, my facebook page, twitter. Sometimes I just look through Amazon and see what looks good. The cover usually draws me in, but it’s always the blurb that gets me. Does it sound like something I’d want to read? I have to admit I do read the reviews, but I don’t always let that stop me from reading a book. I’ve loved books that have gotten low reviews and hated ones that got 5 stars, so, I don’t judge a book strictly on someone else’s opinion of it.

  9. Lynne

    Great interview! I find other authors by facebook posts from other authors I read – checking out the new books in the library! Goodreads! and just browsing the book store and looking at covers – Of course then there is always word of mouth.

    Love the giveaway

    fingershankins@yahoo.com

  10. Hi Stella (Ex Libris)! I have to smile when I read your mention of Lea’s praise. Wow, her review of After Midnight truly blew me away. I still grin whenever I see her name (like now). It’s such a thrill when a reader connects with and one of my books.

    I also check out negative reviews and have found some truly interesting books that way. Sometimes a really horrible review will be what makes me buy the book – just to see if it’s really as bad as the reviewer claims.

    Thanks for dropping in and commenting!

  11. PaParanormalFan – I Love visiting new blogs and getting to know readers! Especially when I have the day off from my job and can interact a little better with those kind enough to leave comments.

    I love my cover! I’ll never forget the day I opened my email and there it was! I was thrilled! Especially since I’m also one who is drawn to a book by it’s cover.

    Wow, you are truly an avid reader! Good luck in the giveaway and thanks so much for visiting with me.

  12. ML – I love that you use the library! So many people forget about it as a place to discover new authors and books.

    Kelley – Book blogs are wonderful, aren’t they? I’ve become a huge fan myself, over this past year. Not just as an author either, but as a reader~

    yadkny – I’ve found a few new authors and book on Goodreads, myself. Thanks for adding After Midnight to your TBR pile!

  13. I discover new authors by blogs or my friends. My friends usually make review about book they read, with that I choose new author.
    But sometimes, I generally choose new books by their cover and blurb or excerpt.

    Congrats on the release of After Midnight, Sarah!
    Thank you for giveaway!!

    filiafantasy(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. Thank you for the great post Sarah! One of my blogger friends (Lea) praised your book so much I had it on my wishlist 😀

    How do I discover new authors? Through book blogs, reviews that pique my interest (yes, even negative reviews can intrigue me and want to see for myself how I like said book), and blogger recommendations. Especially if those blogger friends do the recommendations whose reading taste I share or whose advice I value.

    It’s true that Amazon reviess can be so misleading at times. I also like to browse and check Goodreads review and compare praising and criticizing reviews.

    Thank you for the opportunity! 🙂

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. Hello Ing & Sarah,

    Thank you Ing for hosting Sarah on your Blog today for psoting such a Great Interview with Sarah,

    Sarah, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to spend with the Fan of Ing’s Blog, As The Pages Turn & sharing so much about your recent Book, “After Midnight” & also about yourself personally.

    Noah and Isabeau’s Story sounds like one not to miss. Noah sounds like he’s been around the block, older, mature; he gives Isabeau his Body, Mind & Soul to help break through the walls she has put up to help her heal so she can have happpiness with him.
    “After Midnight” definitely sounds like a book not to be missed. I also really like your Cover Art, Very Sexy, with Mystery in their eyes & curiousity with the piano in the background.

    With the huge selection of books out there, how do I discover authors I’ve never read before, and what makes me give them a chance?

    –I do buy books based on Genre; My interest is Erotic Fiction, but I read everything, I just LOVE reading 🙂 as you can see; M/F, M/M, F/F, M/M/M, M/F/M, F/M/F, F/F/M, M/F/M/F, M/M/F/M, M/M/F/M/M….LOL I think you get the idea, I just LOVE to Read!!! I of course enjoy Erotic Paranormal(could never have guesses that from my name lol); Vampires, Werewolves, Shape-Shifters, Demons, Dragons, Elves, Faeries, Mermen….as well as BDSM, Erotic Romance, Cowboy/Western, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Futuristic Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense & Historical Books.

    –I will admit a do adore Beautiful, Sexy & Eye Catching Cover Art. Even if it’s an Author I have never read before, that 1st look can grab me & say, “Read Me Please”.

    –An Erotic, Sexy Burb will grab me like Good Cover Art….it will pull me right into buying that Book, even from a new Author.

    –I don’t pay to much attention to Amazon or Barnes & Noble Reviews because I feel people can be quite bias & sometimes downright rude. But I do belong to many, many Authors’ Yahoo News Groups, their Blogs (such as Ing’s Blog), Newsletters, Review Sites, etc…& I have found such positive feedback in being introduced to new Authors & their great writing. Also the Contests & Blog Hops that they run is a fantastic way to find new Authors I may never have known before & now I enjoy their Books & Authors, such as yourself. 🙂

    I would very much appreciate if I could be entered into your contest to win and eBook copy of “After Midnight”. Thank You.

    Take Care Ing & Sarah & Wishing You Both the Best of Health,
    PaParanormalFan (Renee; S.)
    paranormalromancefan@yahoo.com

  16. I’m actually an avid user of Goodreads… it offers really great reading suggestions based on what you’ve already read and the users are helpful to offer suggestions as well. What gets me to try a new author are usually the reviews that I see on that site as well. It’s where I store all of my reviews.

    I’ll definitely be adding After Midnight to my TBR pile!

    yadkny@hotmail.com

  17. I have found that following the blogs and Blog hops I see authors and series I did not know about. Because of reading the reviews and doing the giveaways I have found some of my most favorite authors. I have expanded my genre and Authors by a great amount this last year. Thanks to book blogs, who bring the reviews to me by email and help me broaden my likes!
    kelleynutrition at gmail dot com

  18. ML

    The main way I discover new authors is through book blogs. My secondary means of author discovery is the library. I’ll go checking out the new books and see if a cover or back cover description catches my eye. I found a lot of great new authors last year and hope to do the same this year. Thanks for the post! Noah and Isabeau sound like a great combo.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  19. I discover new authors through anthologies or blog tours/giveaways or just mere word of mouth 🙂 Sometimes it’s a good find, sometimes it’s not.
    email: cruz042 at cougars.csusm.edu

  20. I’m an avid reader, too, Heather. And the more places devoted to books I explore on the internet, the more places I discover. I love it!

    Thanks for visiting with me and for adding After Midnight to your wish list!

  21. I added this book to my wish list even before I finished the blog post!

    I find new books and authors by reading several different blogs. I stumbled across this new way of looking for books quite by accident when I went to a favorite author’s website. I had NO IDEA there were so many resources out there. I am officially addicted to all the blogs out there.

    I pick a book according to the description, the recommendations and the information on the author. I love to read the author bios to get a glimpse of who they are. I love to read!

    Heather E
    hregtvedt@aol.com

  22. Romance Reader Enthusiast,

    I love hearing that Facebook attracts new readers to authors! As the Pages Turn is a wonderful blog site, isn’t it? Thanks for visiting with me!

  23. StacieD

    Twitter is a big help with finding new to me authors. If an author or blogger that I follow raves about an author or a new book then I will add it to my wish list. I have found so many new authors that way.

    Congrats on the release of After Midnight, Sarah! It sounds like a lovely story.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  24. I discover new authors by finding new blogs. I belong to a couple of facebook groups that also help me out. If it weren’t for them, I would never discover all the wonderful new authors that I problably wouldn’t be reading. By reading their interviews, and excerpts, is how I give them a chance. And this site gives me one more chance at that. Thank you.
    lareynolds0316@gmail.com

  25. wow your busy ut have time to do the book and get a great cover thanks a lot i ma on face book and found this on my page wow yes i like to win it in kindle the book it self sound great
    desi the blonde2msn.com

  26. I discover new authors from blogs or blog hops and its always the excerpt that sells me. Its best to leave it at a point where I just have to buy the book or die (NOT LITERALLY) from not knowing what happens. So if you really want to draw people in give them a taste that lets them wanting more!! Thanks for the chance to win!

    brandon_savannah@yahoo.com

  27. Good Morning Sarah and Ing! Wow, what a great interview! I’ve read After Midnight and I’m here to tell ya, this book ROCKS! In every way possible. One of my favorite scenes is the one with Thomas, Sr. too, Sarah. That one ripped me to shreds — in a good way! I can’t wait for Midnight Heat and will be scouring the internet until its up for sale!

    I generally find new books by their cover and blurb. If the cover intrigues me, I go ahead and read the blurb and excerpt. Based on the premise, I generally buy.

  28. Great post, Sarah! And don’t let her fool you,Ing. Half of those emails about Dom are from me. LOL I LOVE that man!!Seriously, After Midnight is a fantastic read. I literally couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. It’s definitely a MUST read!

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