"What do you want to be?" "Happy," she says with a smile. - Colleen Hoover

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Bluewater Billionaire's Bonus Questions

Four authors.
Four bad ass female characters.
Four sexy and lovable men.
Four love stories.
Four books.
And four weeks of reviewing and interviewing these incredible authors.

You guys, I have had so much fun this month. Lucy, Claire, Kathryn, and Pippa are some of the funniest, kindest, and just plain awesome ladies I've ever had the honor of interviewing. They have been so kind to me while I asked my MANY questions and fan-girled over not only their books but them as well. I hope you all have had as much fun reading these reviews/interviews as I did writing them.

This experience has been the highlight of my year and I just want to thank all of you for being so amazing. You have a fan in me for life. Thank you for everything <3

And as a bonus for all of you who follow my blog - and for me - I have asked these beautiful ladies 2 bonus questions!

(Instead of writing the book titles for each answer The Price of Scandal will be numbered 1, The Mogul and the Muscle will be 2, Wild Open Hearts will be 3, and Crazy for Loving You will be 4.)

1. If you had to use one word to describe each book in the Bluewater Billionaire's series, what would it be?
Lucy:
1. Mineyminemine. 2. Shoes. 3.Cookies.  4. Penises.
Claire: 1. Charming. 2. Badass. 3. Heartwarming. 4. Swoony.
Kathryn: 1. Smart. 2. Powerful. 3. Joyful. 4. Strong.
Pippa: 1. Sexy. 2. Swoony. 3. Sensual. 4. Heartfelt.

2. And last, if you were to recommend 1 book  by each author, which one would it be?
Lucy: (For Claire) I'd have to go with Highball Rush in the Bootleg Springs series. Really any of the books she wrote in that series. They're AMAZEBALLS! (For Kathryn) Strictly Professional! Snarky tattoo artist and a prim and proper British guy in a suit? Yes, please! (For Pippa) Mister McHottie. It made me snort laugh out loud on a beach! (For herself) How about The Worst Best Man because Frankie makes an appearance in TPOS.

Claire: Rock Bottom Girl by Lucy Score, Bohemian by Kathryn Nolan, and Master Baker by Pippa Grant. (For herself) Faking Ms. Right :)

Kathryn: The Worst Best Man by Lucy Score. Sidecar Crush (Bootleg Springs 2) by Claire Kingsley. America's Geekheart by Pippa Grant. (For herself) I'd say Bohemian, because it has the most "feel" like Wild Open Hearts.

Pippa: For Lucy Score, Heart of Hope, because it's beautiful (and it's a holiday romance, so read it now!) For Claire Kingsley, go with Cocky Roommate, because WESTON! For Kathryn Nolan, definitely Bohemian - GORGEOUS!!! And for me, I suggest Flirting with the Frenemy.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Pippa Grant Interview

Have you ever started to talk to someone and can instantly tell that they're a good one? Like a genuinely good human? That's how I felt when I first started talking with Pippa.

I loved Crazy For Loving You so much, so when I emailed her the final questions I was smiling  and giggly, and basically as silly as I was the first time I ever got kissed. Which btw happened while I was on the phone with my mother. Not exactly a romantic first kiss but that didn't stop the giddiness.

Thank you Pippa for answering all of my questions and for letting me be giddy.

Enjoy!!


1. How did West and Daisy's story come to you?
I knew I wanted Daisy paired with her polar opposite, but it took me four false starts before I found West. I wasn't sure if he was her ex-boyfriend, if he was famous too, if they grew up together, met later in life, or were total strangers, but once he finally begrudgingly told me he was a military man looking to settle down with a family, I understood why he was in Daisy's life.

It would've been nice if he'd been more forthcoming about 80,000 words earlier, but I'll forgive him. He had good reason to be nervous.

2. If you could be the CEO of a multi billion dollar company, what would the company be?
I'd be the CEO of a company that made happy, fun products for adults. ANYTHING that would make grown-ups, especially moms and businesswomen, smile, would be where I'd spend my days. (I'd also happily run a billion-dollar publishing empire specializing in romantic comedies...just putting that out there.)

3. There are 4 authors in the book that the girls love to listen to when they go to Drag Queen Brunch. If you could go to DQB with 4 of your favorite authors within ear shot, who would you pick?
Ahh! What a great question! And I know it's great because it's hard to answer, lol. For starters, Janet Evanovich - her humor is amazing, so I know I'd laugh listening to her. Then I'd toss in Jennifer Barnes - my son LOVES her books, and she's an amazing teacher for writers. Julia Kent would be a must too, because she's also very funny, and also so very nice. And then I'd round out the group with Alexander Dumas, whom we'd have to bring back from the dead, just because it would crack me up to have someone who wrote my favorite classic ever sitting there between some of the most brilliant and hilarious minds in the romance world today.

4. In each of the books the girls meet the author who wrote their story. If the 4 girls in the books, and the 4 of you who wrote them, could hang out for a whole week on vacation, where would you want to go?
We'd go to a private Caribbean island and soak up the sun and drink margaritas and Pina Coladas and watch Lucifer and plot books and world domination while someone else did all of our laundry and cooked us fresh seafood, and it would be amazing, and I'd never want to leave.

5. West is totally the guy you add to your book boyfriend list. He's already been added to mine. Who is your favorite guy out of the 4 books?
You know I'm totally biased here and have to pick West!! I'm a sucker for a military man who takes care of people. BUT, if you held my toes to the fire and told me I had to pick someone else, I'd pick the love child of Derek, Jude, and Beck, where said love child got Beck's heart, Jude's protectiveness, and Derek's pick-pocketing skills.

6. Out of the 4 girls, Emily, Cameron, Daisy, and Luna, who would you say you're the most like?
I'm a mix of Emily and Cameron, believe it or not! I went to college for an engineering degree, and I LOVE supporting women in STEM fields.

7. If you lived in Bluewater with Claire, Kathryn, and Lucy, and you were in charge of an activity for the community, what would you choose?
I'd make us all spend a night at the pottery wheel! It's an art form that's fascinated me since I was little, and I'm actually about to start taking some classes to learn how to actually do it without making bowls that look like artistic poop.

8. What is your favorite part of Bluewater?
Ah, another hard question!!! If I were to live in Bluewater, I'd spend every morning and evening on the beach (I love sunrise and sunset colors!!), and I'd probably spend my days in the little village writing at the coffee shop that I'm sure in in there somewhere, and talking to all the residents during my breaks.

9. What was your favorite part of your book?
It's a spoiler!! Can I say the black moment? That horrible all is lost, how will they ever survive this? moment? Because that was definitely a big moment...and hard to write, but one of my favorite black moments that I've ever written. I know I should say the cats on the trampoline, or one of the moments with Daisy and West in her bedroom, or the bromance scene between all the heroes (I gigged the whole time I was writing that!!), but...yeah. The black moment.

10. If Crazy for Loving You had a theme song, what would it be?
"I get knocked down," aka "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba.

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Buy The Bluewater Billionaire Books:
The Price of Scandal
The Mogul and The Muscle
Wild Open Hearts
Crazy For Loving You

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Crazy For Loving You: Bluewater Billionaires Book 4 by Pippa Grant

You guys, the more I read of this series, the more I want to read. It's kind of like watching one episode of Friends, you just keep watching because it's so so good. When it was time to read Crazy For Loving You I had my metaphorical Thanksgiving pants on, ready to eat up as much of this as I could. Wait, that sounds really rather weird. Um, maybe disregard that.

Learning more about each of these women and watching their relationships grow as friends - as well as the relationships with their fellas - has been so much freaking fun.

I have to tell you guys, I did not think this book was going to go where it did!

I've gotten used to Daisy being the party girl of the group. She is loyal to her friends and a beautiful human, but she's definitely the wild child of the group.

So when Daisy finds herself inheriting a baby with an ex Marine -who probably never lets his gas tank get below half full (I'm an optimist) - my jaw was on the ground.

After Daisy's cousin and her husband pass away, she is left with their son Remy. However, as previously stated, she's not the only one who was named guardian of the child. Enter West.

My god, West.

I loved him so much that I have hearts in my eyes as I type this.

Because of Daisy's wild ways her grandmother insists that West stay with her to basically help her image. The courts will never let her keep the baby if she can't prove that she can be a fit mother for Remy - even though his own mother was not exactly Carol Brady if you know what I mean.

With West being strict and Daisy being...well...not...the two of them have to learn a way to work together. And oh boy do they. I LOVED watching their relationship, as well as watching them with Remy. It was also fun to see the rest of the characters we've grown to love throughout the series.

I won't give any spoilers but one of my favorite parts is when Derek, Jude, and Beck all meet West for the first time. I. LAUGHED. OUT. LOUD. And then I reread it because I loved it so much.

Every book in this series is phenomenal and so much fun. Obviously I recommend this installment, duh.

Buy Crazy For Loving You HERE

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Kathryn Nolan Interview

In the tune of Foreigner, "I wanna know what love is, I want you to show me."

Just kidding. I know what love is because that's what I feel for the Bluewater Billionaire series and the amazing authors who wrote it.

Thank you Kathryn for being so kind and letting me gush about my love of Luna to you, and also for answering my many questions.

And to everyone reading this, enjoy!

1. How did you come up with Luna and Beck's story?
Opposites attract is one of my favorite tropes. Luna came to me first - all four of us started with conceiving our lady billionaires first, so we could map out their lives, their friendship and what Bluewater would look like. I thought it would be really interesting to explore a billionaire whose "brand" is philanthropy and who is an earthy-free-spirited wild child -- but discovers that money has, in fact, changed her and the way she interacts with the world. Plus, Luna is a lot like me, and I love writing heroines who are happy, spirited and basically live the way their hearts direct them to. From there, I  knew her hero had to be her total opposite: thus grumpy, surly, meat-eating, bearded Beck was born! I worked in the nonprofit sector for eight years, so I have a lot of background knowledge in that area, and I just loved the idea of the two of them working together on something that would put them in close proximity every day.

2. If you could be the CEO of a multi billion dollar company, what would the company be?
I would love to be the CEO of something outdoorsy, since that's what I love to do in my spare time. The closest comparison would be like REI. But I'd have a special section just for outdoor gear for your dogs, of course.

3. There are 4 authors in the book that the girls love listen to when they attend Drag Queen Brunch. If you could go to a DQB with 4 of your favorite authors within ear shot of you, who would you pick?
Besides Lucy, Claire and Pippa...let's see, right now I'm loving Sierra Simone, Maria Luis, Kerrigan Byrne and Tessa Bailey (this is not a complete list, but I do think all four of them would be a hoot together!)

4. What was it like writing this series with your friends?
AMAZING! The four of us have similar likes and dislikes, similar writing styles and all enjoy world-building. It made it very easy to work together -- and as we wrote the books, it was so fun to send each other scenes and be like "Oh look! Emily helped Luna at her house tonight!" Our enjoyment was in real-time and that made writing these books incredibly fun.

5. Beck is clearly book boyfriend material. Who is your favorite guy out of the 4 books?
It's no secret I'm obsessed with Beck - he's like my dream man. Derek is too swoony and charming for words. I would die for him probably. Jude is the big bodyguard of my dreams and his special set of skills makes me weak in the knees. West is a big ball of honorable sexiness and I adored him. So I guess all four? :)

6. Out of the 4 girls, Emily, Cameron, Daisy and Luna, who would you say you're the most like?
Luna! I worked in fundraising/philanthropy for a long time, am a nature nerd, I love dogs, and very cheerful and free-spirited. I also cry constantly just like Luna -- happy tears mostly!

7. If you lived in Bluewater with Claire, Pippa, and Lucy and you were in charge of an activity for the community, what would you choose?

I love dancing, so probably a monthly dance party.

8. What is your favorite part of Bluewater?
I love Steve the alligator and the Wealthy Widows. I love that all four of the heroines are neighbors and best friends. And I love that it's filled with kooky billionaires who love pranks and care about each other and adopt rescue dogs. It's such a special and fun place!

9. What was your favorite part of your book?
Luna and Beck had to really earn each other's trust - and along the way, both helped the other see their inner value. It's a slow burn for sure but I think their love story is really satisfying because they worked hard to get there. There are lots and lots of emotional scenes for me, but the ending scene when they get back together (no spoilers, promise) brings me to happy tears every time.

10. If Wild Open Hearts had a theme song, what would it be?
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Satisfy My Soul. I can see Luna playing this around her pool, dancing barefoot and singing it to Beck as he sits with the dogs in the morning. ;)

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Buy The Bluewater Billionaire Books:
The Price of Scandal
The Mogul and The Muscle
Wild Open Hearts
Crazy For Loving You

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Wild Open Hearts: Bluewater Billionaires Book 3 by Kathryn Nolan

Have you ever cried because you're so happy?

Like when Shadow comes up that hill at the end of Homeward Bound? Yeah, I know, I'm tearing up just thinking about it.

Or when Cher announced that her final final final farewell tour wasn't actually her final tour? I know! I ugly cried too.

That's how I felt when I read Wild Open Hearts. My heart was so full of love that I was skipping around my house and smiling as big as I would if I just entered a donut shop.

I knew going into this that I would love it. No, that's not just being an optimist, it's because I loved Luna the second she was introduced in The Price of Scandal. I fell more in love with her in The Mogul and the Muscle and I knew with absolute certainty that I would be silly happy when I read this book.

Luna is a total free spirit. She's a vegan who loves animals more than most things, she's an eternal optimist, beautiful and incredibly caring. Unfortunately a scandal threatens her company and everything she's ever worked for. To help the public see her for her true self she volunteers her time at a local non profit called The Lucky Dog. There she hopes to not only fix her current image but to mostly help the dogs as well as the workers who give everything to the dogs.

The owner of Lucky Dog is not as sun shiny as Luna though. He's moody and grumpy and comes from a family that is involved with Miami's most notorious biker gang. Even though Beck knows that Luna's presence and connections could help The Lucky Dog tremendously, he's hesitant to work with her. Not trusting her is at the top of his concerns, followed closely by a fear that she will make them look like a pathetic charity case. He doesn't want her pity and boy oh boy does he give her a run for her money. And she has like a lot of money.

As their partnership continues you get to watch the two of them grow into something amazing. Beck begins to let Luna in and the love begins to grow. Fireworks. ;)

It was so fun to see Cameron, Daisy and Emily again and watch them interact with Luna and Beck. Bluewater itself is so fun and the way these books are written you really feel like you're there.

I absolutely adored this book. I smiled so much when I read it that my cheeks hurt. I teared up in parts and I laughed out loud in others. It is everything that I hoped it would be and more. So much more. I 100% recommend this book to you, as well as the others in the Bluewater Billionaire's series.

P.S. Anyone know where I can buy a flower crown?

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Claire Kingsley Interview

I've gotten to do some pretty cool things in my life so far. I've given birth to a really cool little man. The giving birth part wasn't that cool but, you know, the after part was. I acted in a Shakespeare play in middle school, I thought I was the next Meryl Streep. And this year for my birthday I went to see Air Supply with my mom and best friend and got to rest my arms on the stage while they sang Making Love Out of Nothing At All...to me. However, I must tell you that getting the chance to interview Lucy, Claire, Kathryn and Pippa is by far the coolest thing to happen to me not only this year, but possibly ever.

Thank you so so much Claire for taking the time to answer all of my questions!!


1. How did you create Cameron and Jude?

When the four of us authors decided to write this series, I started thinking about concepts, tropes, and themes I might want to incorporate. I went through a few ideas before I landed on one that really spoke to me - a bodyguard story. I've never written a story about a heroine and her bodyguard, and it sounded like it would be a ton of fun. I love a protective hero and the push and pull of a relationship that's supposed to remain professional.

Cameron took shape as I chatted with the other Bluewater authors (sadly not at DQB) and learned more about their characters. I knew I wanted Cameron to be a CEO and to have earned her fortune. And putting her in charge of an aerospace empire seemed unexpected in a way that really spoke to me. Jude has a lot of my writer catnip traits. He's big, powerful, extremely skilled and competent, and also has some very poignant vulnerabilities.

2. If you could be the CEO of a multi billion dollar company, what would the company be?

That's tough because honestly, I wouldn't want to do anything other than what I already am doing. And if I was a CEO of anything, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have time to write books.

3. There are 4 authors in the book that the girls love to listen to when they go to Drag Queen Brunch. If you could go to a DQB with 4 of your favorite authors within ear shot, who would you pick?

Do I have to stick with four? My fellow Bluewater authors are honestly some of my favorite authors as a reader, but maybe it's cheating to pick them. I'd love to eavesdrop on Mariana Zapata, Melanie Harlow, T.S. Joyce, and Tessa Dare.

4. Speaking of DQB, do the 4 of you write together like the authors in the series?

I wish! Sadly, we don't live close enough for that. I live on the west coast, so I'm the farthest from the rest. Lucy Score and I have been able to get together in person a few times, both at writers conferences and just for fun. And me, Lucy, and Pippa Grant were just at a conference together in September. I get to meet Kathryn in person for the first time at Indies Invade Philly and I'm SO freaking excited. The four of us will all be together and it's going to be amazing.

5. Jude is total book boyfriend material. Who is your favorite guy out of the 4 books?

Gah! I couldn't possibly decide. Derek is so swoony and charming, Jude obviously has a special place in my heart. Beck is delightfully grumpy and deep and wonderful. And West is so hot and protective and growly. I love them all!

6. Out of the 4 girls, Emily, Cameron, Daisy, and Luna, who would you say you're the most like?

I'm probably a bit of Cameron and Emily. Cam's sarcasm comes easily to me and although I don't work myself into the ground like Emily does, I have my moments.

7. If you lived in Bluewater with Pippa, Lucy, and Kathryn, and you were in charge of an activity for the community, what would you choose?

I'd be all over throwing 80s night (and heck, how about 90s night!) at the Bluewater Disco!

8. What is your favorite part of Bluewater?

I absolutely love the idea of creating a little micro community and being neighbors with my best friends. My husband and I did live next door to our long-time best friends for about nine years. We didn't build an entire community, just neighboring houses, but that in and of itself was amazing. Job changes meant we're no longer neighbors (but still close friends) and the four of us keep trying to figure out how we can make it happen again.

9. What was your favorite part of your book?

My favorite scene to write was the rescue scene at the end, particularly the juxtaposition of what they're doing (escaping bad guys), and their conversation. It was a keystone scene for me- something that was in my head in quite a bit of detail from the beginning. I could envision the whole thing and when I got to that part, it turned out exactly like I hoped it would.

10. If the Mogul and the Muscle had a theme song, what would it be?

Are you ready for the glorious cheesiness? Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley. Largely because of Cam's love of 80s music and it plays when she honks the horn on her tricked-out golf cart.

I also have a playlist for The Mogul and the Muscle, including the songs that appear in the book and some that were on my playlist while I was writing.

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Buy The Bluewater Billionaire Books:
The Price of Scandal
The Mogul and The Muscle
Wild Open Hearts
Crazy For Loving You

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Mogul and The Muscle: Bluewater Billionaires Book 2 by Claire Kingsley

After finishing The Price of Scandal, I couldn't wait to pick up The Mogul and The Muscle because I couldn't wait to see more of Cameron Whitbury. This girl makes my 80s music loving heart happy.

As someone who has seen Rick Springfield - and cried - I'm here to tell you that anytime a character in a movie or a book loves 80s music or movies I'm instantly on board with them.

Aside from her great taste in music, Cameron is crazy smart, gorgeous, and an aerospace mogul. However, after a sex tape that could be released and an attempted mugging, Cam's friends - specifically Emily - decide that her safety is too important for her to brush off. Derek - who we met in the first book - is friends with Jude who is basically a walking security system and he's now Cameron's bodyguard.

You getting Kevin Costner vibes? Oh guys trust me, it's even better.

Jude is instantly taken by Cam - whether he wants to admit it or not. He is without a doubt one of the sexiest characters I've ever read about. His protectiveness and the way his gut reacts to situations is intriguing. The way he touches Cameron and the things he does to her, my God. I'm blushing. Watching the two of them banter is actually pretty hilarious and the thoughts the two of them have about each other...not so hilarious but oh so hot.

I really loved how in this book it wasn't just the love story between Jude and Cameron. It was also the love of her friends - that is always present - that I think is so wonderful to see. There are a lot of books out there where our main character has a best friend but I'm not sure I've ever read anything quite like this series. The way these girls have each others back is really amazing. No matter what, the four of them can conquer anything together and they are always always there for each other. I love that.

I also loved that there was actually quite a bit of action. It wasn't like watching Die Hard or anything but it did get your heart racing. For many reasons. The question throughout is who is trying to harm Cam? Why are they trying to hurt her? It brings another level to the story and I really enjoyed it.

Jude and Cameron are fo sho added to the top of my favorite couples ever in the history of books now. I without a doubt recommend you all pick this one up.

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