Sometimes dreams are where you least expect them.
Connor O’Malley and Becca Sanders were once high school sweethearts, ripped apart by rumors in the small town of Kortville, Illinois. Connor left to join the military, and Becca stayed, waiting for her younger brother to graduate so she could live her dreams of traveling the world. But now that Connor’s back as the town sheriff, Becca finds herself struggling to resist the too-handsome man who once broke her heart.
Connor loves Kortville—its quaintness keeps at bay the painful memories of Afghanistan he’s sure make him unworthy of any woman, particularly the beautiful brunette he’s always secretly dreamed of a future with. But when a scandal rocks the town, suddenly Connor and Becca must trust in each other if they want to weather this storm…and come out on the other side of it together.
Now let’s see what Sara makes of my silly questions…
What inspired you to write?
I love writing romance, and I don’t want to do anything else! Honestly, I’ve been scribbling stories in notebooks since I was ten. I tried to have other careers and interests, but I always returned to writing. I want to give everyone in the world a happily ever after!
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I believe in instant attraction and instant chemistry, and I believe love can occur lightning fast after that. But love at first sight—I need an emotional connection to believe it’s real, and I don’t see how you can achieve that in a single first glance with no prior knowledge of the other person.
What is the first romance book you remember reading (or the one that you still think about today)?
I actually just searched for this book on Amazon because I remembered checking it out from the library when I was an early teen and absolutely adoring it. “Dial L For Love” by Marian Woodruff was a teen romance where the girl was dating a socially awkward but popular football player who had his best friend call her pretending to be him, and the girl and the best friend ended up falling for each other. If an author can keep the reader re-living that heart-wrenching emotion over multiple decades, she’s done something right!
Fast fun stuff?
I like NASCAR—can’t get much faster than a bunch of hot heads with too much testosterone zooming around a track at 200 mph.
Kitties or dogs (I think we both know there is only one right answer…)?
You’re absolutely right. There’s only one right answer. One dog bite at the age of six convinced me I’d never be a dog person. Kitties are the best, although I’m not too fond of how mine likes to lay down on my keyboard and stand directly in front of the computer monitor whenever I’m trying to write.
Favorite smutty read?
There’s nothing like a good short erotic romance for a really smutty read to round out my day. I emphasize the romance part because the emotional attachment is absolutely critical for me. I also adore a sweet romance for the same emotional connection and the warm glow it leave me with afterwards.
Favorite cuss word?
“Crap.” I grew up in a household where swearing simply wasn’t done. My husband never ever swears, not even under his breath! So “crap” is just naughty enough to show my frustration but not so awful to need to be censored like those words I do say under my breath.
Tattoos or piercings?
No tattoos. I haven’t fallen in love with anything that I want on my body for the rest of my life. I got my ears pierced in sixth grade after much begging and pleading, but earrings hurt my ears so much I haven’t worn anything in the holes for years.
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I write what I love—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. On the personal side, I’m a frazzled maid, chauffeur, and slave to my children. I was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels. (The children’s book The Bravest Squirrel Ever by my alter-ego Sara Shafer is the squirrel’s fictionalized version of that experience!) I’m crazy about country music and the drama of NASCAR. And I have my very own happily-ever-after romance with my hero husband.