5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, December 9, 2016!
The hardest person to serve and protect is herself.
She didn’t ask for a new deputy. Well, technically, she did ask. But Lily Tate didn’t expect city cop Vaughn Fulton to come swaggering into her sheriff’s office, making her feel things she has no right to feel. Not since she lost what she loved most in a tragedy she should have seen coming. Lily can see exactly where she and Vaughn are headed. As hard as he is to resist—and as much as he seems to want her—Vaughn plans to ditch the small-town life when his stint at the Sheriff’s Department is over. Lily’s already handled enough heartbreak. What kind of fool would make the same mistake twice?
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) TEMPTING THE SHERIFF is a great title! Who came up with it? Was it the original title or did it change along the way?
The original title was TOO MUCH TO ASK — because I’m all about the angst. 🙂 The gang at Superromance was good with my working title, though they did suggest TEMPTING THE SHERIFF as an alternative. “It’s up to you,” they told me. Talk about a power rush! In the end I went with their suggestion because it sounded sexier, and I figured it just might tempt the reader like my hero tempts his sheriff.
2) What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of and why?
One of my favorite scenes opens with Sheriff Lily Tate sitting in her patrol car under the hot summer sun. She’s tired, frustrated and overheated because for two hours she’s been hefting her radar gun, doing her best to drum up revenue for the money-hungry mayor. She can’t understand why every single car that goes by is moving at the speed of a small-town parade — until she discovers that two enterprising young brothers are turning a profit, thanks to her speed trap. It was such a fun scene to write — the boys are precocious with a capital P — but also serves to highlight the sheriff’s heartbreaking awkwardness with children.
3) What’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer?
That I need to make it matter. The story, the characters, the setting — everything needs to resonate with my reader. If I don’t care about my characters or what happens to them, I can’t blame my poor reader for not caring, either.
Oh, and I also learned that I should never run out of chocolate. Or pinot noir. Or online friends to whimper to. All those things come in mighty handy to a writer.
4) What’s next for you?
Boy, do I have a lot of reading to catch up on! Once I devour the Toni Anderson and Allison Brennan and Elizabeth George and Lauren Blakely books waiting for me, I’ll be finishing up book 5 in the Castle Creek series. I’m so pleased to be able to hang around this lakeside town that’s small when it comes to the census but huge when it comes to eccentricities — and happy ever afters. Book 5 features a former felon seeking redemption from her estranged father, who won’t grant it unless she stays in Castle Creek — and that means torturing herself with regular glimpses of the cute but clutzy hardware store owner who will never trust her enough to love her back. I can’t wait to give Gil and Kerry their own happy ending!
5) We all know what a fight song is. Do you have a “write song?”
How about “Put One Foot in Front of the Other” from Santa Claus is Coming to Town? One sentence at a time, one page at a time, one scene at a time and suddenly you’re finishing your book. I figure that song is appropriate, both holiday-wise and deadline-wise, because I do have that fifth book in the series to finish…
About the author:
Kathy Altman writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and the occasional ode to chocolate. When Kathy’s not writing for Harlequin Superromance or USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, she’s working her day job as a computer programmer, watching the Ciarán Hinds version of Persuasion, or making other people feel superior by letting them win at Scrabble. Learn more about Kathy at kathyaltman.com.
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