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Nov 4, 2014

Caged in Winter Blog Tour: Author Interview + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Caged in Winter Blog Tour hosted by Berkley. For today's stop, I've got an awesome interview with Brighton Walsh that I can't wait to share with all of you as well as the tour wide giveaway, so stick around and don't miss a second of any of it!

About the book:

Title: Caged in Winter (Caged in Winter, #1)
Author: Brighton Walsh
Publisher: Berkley
Release date: November 4, 2014
Age group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope...

Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response...

Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.

But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want...

Author interview with Brighton Walsh:

Welcome to Books Over Boys, Brighton! I am so thrilled to have you here today to talk books! First of all, huge congrats on your New Adult debut release! (This has me fangirling so hard because NA books are all that I live and breathe right now.)

Thanks so much for having me! And yayyyyyyy New Adult!

Q. What is the most captivating thing about writing in the New Adult category?

I actually really love that there are virtually no rules in NA. Pretty much anything goes. Because of that, authors are able to play with a lot more situations or story lines that they might not have been able to otherwise. I also love that the emotions can be over the top and all-consuming, because at that age, they are. It makes for a more intense reading (and writing!) experience.

Q. Today is release day! *throws confetti* Yay, congratulations! What are you most excited about for the release of Caged in Winter? What about most nervous? How do you deal with release day jitters?

Wheeeee!!! *twirls in confetti* It seems like I’ve been waiting forever for this day. The thing I’m most excited about is walking into a bookstore and seeing my book on the shelves. I imagine I’ll be a little verklempt. On the flip side of that, the thing that worries me the most is walking into a bookstore and them being like, “Nope, sorry, don’t have that one.” I’d cry, but for a totally different reason. To combat the jitters, I plan to hang out on Twitter and go into my writing cave. So, basically, treat it like any other day. (You know, except for when I’m stalking any/all bookstores within a 30 mile radius of my house.)

Q. What can you tell us about your couple, Cade and Winter, that we won’t find in the book?

Good question! I had to go back to my character questionnaires to dig up some dirt on them, and thankfully they both gave me stuff (although Winter was a smartass the entirety of the questionnaire, so it was hard to get an honest answer out of her). Cade had some run-ins with the law in high school. Namely, indecent exposure (it was a dare, he swears) and destruction of property (he dyed the pool in his high school red). And Winter was a virgin until she graduated high school because she was too focused on getting a scholarship and getting out of her life during that time.

Q. The colder weather and festive holidays are upon us and because Cade’s a chef, what’s a recipe for one of your favorite must-have holiday dishes?

My favorite holiday recipes are all super easy, but the reason I love them is because they’re family traditions (much like Cade’s mom’s chocolate chip cookies). These cookies are no-bake and you definitely CANNOT make a quarter batch of them after your kids are in bed and eat it all in one sitting so they don’t even know...

Chocolate Arnbakes (no bake cookies)

2T - cocoa
2c - sugar*
1/2c - butter (do NOT use margarine)
1/2c - milk

Mix together and boil hard for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add 1tsp vanilla.

Pour over:
2c - oatmeal
1c - coconut

Drop on wax paper covered cookie sheets and chill.
*I like to do 1/4c karo syrup and 1 3/4c sugar because I like mine nice and gooey.

Q. What’s up next for you? I see you have another New Adult, Captive, releasing in March 2015, along with Tessa Ever After in May 2015. Are there any current/other works in progress that you can shed a little light on?

Yes, after both of those, you can expect Exposed, the second in the Captive series. We don’t have a release date on that yet, as I’m still drafting (almost done!), but I would guess late summer.

Q. Lastly, before you go, can you share a snippet from Caged in Winter with us?

I bend my knees so we’re eye level and tug on her hand until she meets my gaze. “I don’t know what we could have. It might be nothing. But I’ll be honest... I haven’t felt like this in a long time, and that’s enough for me to know I want to see where it goes. Can’t we just see where it goes?”

With a deep sigh, she says, “I’m not right for you, Cade.”

“How about you worry about if I’m right for you. Let me decide the other.”

And then before she can stop me, before she can utter another word of opposition, I slide my hand up her arm, over her shoulder, until it’s wrapped around her neck. With my other hand, I swipe a piece of hair back with my fingers, and then lean in, brushing my lips against hers. After only a moment, I pull back just enough for her to be able to tell me to stop. When nothing comes, I close the distance between us once again, taking her bottom lip in between mine. I brush my tongue against it, coaxing her mouth open, and she breathes this sexy little gasp as I slip inside. She tastes like cookies and wine, and I want to fucking devour her.

She grips my shirt with both hands, clutching me to her, and I stop holding back and press every inch of my body against hers, groaning as my cock presses fully against her. The moment a whimper comes from her, I know she feels it. And I can’t muster up any embarrassment, because I want her to feel it. Even with all her brass balls and fuck-everything attitude, something tells me she needs reassurance, so I give it to her. In every stroke of my tongue against hers, every brush of my thumb along her jaw, I show her how much I want her.

When her chest is heaving, her lips parted and swollen and so fucking hot, I trail kisses down her neck, seeking out every inch of skin that’s uncovered. Her head thumps back against the wall, one of her hands gone from gripping fistfuls of my shirt. Instead, she’s holding my head to her, and I don’t want to stop. I want to kiss and lick every inch of her, slip my hands under the material of her sweater, unbutton her jeans, and not stop until I feel her soft wetness against my fingertips.

But the knowledge that she’ll regret it if I don’t stop forces me to slow down.

I pull back, loosening my grip on her and putting an inch of space between us. I kiss the corner of her mouth, her cheek, and then her ear. Against it, I whisper, “Don’t say no.”

There’s a beat of silence. Two. Three. And then she says the sweetest word I’ve ever heard.

“Okay.”

Thanks so much for being here today, Brighton! It’s been a blast! Congrats on the release of Caged in Winter!

Thank you! And thanks for having me! :)

About the author:

Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once.

She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.

Her debut novel, Caged in Winter, will be released with Berkley/Penguin on November 4, 2014. She is represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency.

Connect with Brighton Walsh: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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