WHAT A GIRL WANTS by Selena Robins
Warning: Side effects may include but not limited to, spontaneous, uncontrollable laughter, hot flashes and dangerous chocolate cravings. Contents include one kick-ass heroine and a sex-on-legs hero whose kiss could singe the eyebrows off a mannequin. Can be read in bed with someone special or a BOB (battery operated boyfriend.) Please note: Batteries not included.
Travel journalist Maddie Saunders has a new attitude, and wants two new accessories to go with it. One, turn her triple-X fantasies into reality with Mr. Sex-On-Legs—her friend, Alex Donovan. And two, find her biological father to see if her gene pool has a deep end. She never expected fulfilling both wishes would take her life down a drastically different path.
Alex, an investigative reporter, grits his teeth when he accepts a joint assignment to Hawaii with Maddie. He’s vowed to never get involved with any woman he can’t walk away from. Maddie falls under the heading of “Look, but don’t touch.” Trouble is, she excels at giving him a hard time—in more ways than one.
He manages to fend off her guerilla seduction tactics until a bone-melting kiss throws his resolve into the ocean. Complicated? Absolutely. Especially when he discovers the real reason they were sent to the island….
N: Today’s post features an exciting contest **details below** and an interview with the hero and heroine of What a Girl Wants, Alex Donovan and Maddie Saunders. Welcome to my blog, and thanks for being here, both of you. Maddie, what was your journey like in What A Girl Wants?
M: The plane trip to Hawaii, which is where most of the story takes place was uneventful—
A: I have to interrupt here. Uneventful? Is that what you call it?
M: Come on, Alex, even you have to admit it was classic. Besides, you laughed at the prank I pulled on you. Anyway, as for your initial question, Nancy, I enjoyed the adventures created for us, especially the humorous moments, but what’s a romance without heartache, physical pain, angst and conflict? I’m not complaining, especially since I know Selena will be reading this interview and she has total control of our future.
N: What about you, Alex?
A: There’s no other book I’d rather have been created in, even with all the pain we both went through. Maddie’s right, the humor helped a lot, especially when it got real serious and sorrowful.
N: If you each had a free day and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
M: You read the book, Nancy, what do you think? *wink* Okay, seriously, I do love my career as a travel journalist, and I’ve been to a lot of exciting locales, but coming home and staying put for a few days, sitting around in my PJ’s, no make-up and hanging out with my friends, enjoying a glass of wine and chatting about our adventures is always a blast.
A: What Maddie said, there are some things we both agree on, that’s one of them.
N: What’s your philosophy on life?
A: ‘Live without regrets’.
M: ‘Life’s a beach and then you have sex on it’. Not that I’m a nymphomaniac or anything, but, after all the angst, conflict and pain and the dysfunctional family Selena created for me, I have to rely on my sense of humor and not take everything so seriously…like someone else I know.
N: What scares you?
M: Needles. However, what’s really scary is when Selena gets too anal about editing and polishing. Did you know she left me in a certain position for months, I got a cramp. Thankfully, she finished the scene. Good thing I have stamina.
N: What about you, Alex, what scares you?
A: Besides the fact that sometimes I can get inside Maddie’s head and figure out what she’s thinking? Reckless cruelty, corruption, hypocrisy and knowing there are kids out there who desperately need help, but the system keeps letting them down.
M: I agree with Alex. I just tend to bury those things, because some of what he said has affected my life and the people I care about. Believe me, I’ve spent years in Selena’s draft folder, having to deal with that, until Selena yanked the story out of draft mode, stopped editing and helped me overcome my fears.
A: Uhm, Maddie, you’re still petrified of needles.
M: Uhm, Alex, you’re still scared of assisted showers.
A: I wouldn’t say scared. Besides, we need to move on before you give away too much of the plot.
N: Which of your character traits is most important to you and why? Maddie, you first.
M: My persistence and my quirky sense of humor. I had no choice, the way my life was written, if I didn’t find the humor in it, I’d be on a therapist’s couch for life.
N: What’s your biggest fault?
M: My persistence and my quirky sense of humor. It did drive Alex crazy at times.
A: It caused me bodily injury, Maddie.
M: It wasn’t my fault, I didn’t write the scene that way. Although, knowing me, I probably would have suggested that scene, but without the injury of course. *LOL*
N: Alex, your turn. Which of your character traits is most important to you and why?
M: Can I answer that for him?
A: Nancy already knows what you’re going to say, that I’m uptight, suspicious—
M: A perfectionist, a health food-freak—
A: Thanks for your help, Mads, but I can finish answering this question. My integrity, having and living by an ethical code of sound moral principles. I’m self-disciplined, as an investigative reporter this is essential, so I pride myself on my ability to remain focused, alert and possess a lot of self-control.
M: Well, there is all that of course. However, as for your self control—
A: What’s your next question for me, Nancy?
N: What’s your biggest fault?
M: Can I please answer this one?
A: Not a chance, Doll. Disclaimer: for any women out there who takes offense to me calling Maddie doll, there’s a good reason why I sometimes call her that.
M: There is, you can find out about it in chapter one.
A: To answer your question, Nancy, I’d say my biggest fault is that I can sometimes be stubborn and moody.
M: You think?
N: What are your favorite foods?
M: Chocolate and bacon. Not together….at least I haven’t dipped any bacon in chocolate as of yet. Those two things are in a food group of their own and are guaranteed rocket ships to delectable cloud nine.
A: Food that won’t clog my arteries.
N: Alex, what do you admire most about Maddie?
A: Her persistence and sense of humor.
N: Maddie what do you admire most about Alex?
M: He’s not perfect and he doesn’t wear a cape or leap off buildings, but he does have a lot of hero qualities that I admire, namely, his integrity, loyalty and ethics. Even though I love to pull a lot of pranks on him, on the whole he’s showed a lot of patience. Don’t let that get to your head, Alex, I said on the whole, you did get cranky more than once. Now, about that self control—
A: Thanks for having us, Nancy. It was a pleasure chatting with you.
M: Thanks, Nancy. Since you know Selena well, can you tell her to hurry up with her current work in progress? See, Alex and I make an appearance, and I really do want to know what happens to the hero and heroine of that book, and of course, I’d love to wave hi to the readers who read our journey in What A Girl Wants.
N: I’ll let her know. Thanks again!
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About Selena Robins:
Selena Robins writes genre-defying romances, with a sprinkle of mystery, suspense, heavy on the comedy, plenty of snap on the dialogue and heavy on the steam for the sexy. A chocolate guru, Selena loves to dance with her dog, sing into her hairbrush and write in her PJ’s. In love with her family, friends, books, laughter, hockey, debating and red wine (sometimes all at the same time). Selena loves writing sassy heroines and hot heroes (the ones your mamma warned you about, but secretly wished she’d dated a few in her life.
To learn more about Selena Robins and her books, and read an excerpt of What A Girl Wants, please stop by and visit her website at: https://selenarobins.com/ or stop by and chat with her on her blog: http://selenarobinsmusings.com/