Welcome Meg Benjamin to Delighted Reader! We are delighted to discuss her new book, Bolted, from the Promise Harbor Wedding Series!
In Jilted, Josh being “Jilted” at the altar and his old love, Devon, coming back in his life. Now we get to see Josh’s sister, Greta, in action. Why would Greta go for a drive, or “Bolt”, in a dress the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress?
Greta’s got a real problem, or at least what she thinks of as a real problem. She’s just gotten divorced and she hasn’t told her family yet. Now her brother’s wedding has blown up in her mother’s face and Greta’s just not ready to drop more trouble in her lap. Plus Greta has this reputation for being impulsive and getting into trouble for not thinking things through. She’s just not ready to face what she figures is going to be a lot of sighing on her mother’s part. So she takes off for what she thinks will be a short drive that turns into a week’s vacation.
In the warnings section of the book description there is a warning that caught my eye…”a melancholy turtle.” I am wondering how you can tell a turtle is melancholy?
Poor Carolina! If you were a box turtle, how would you like being kept in an aquarium in a garden shed? Even if the little girl who caught you was absolutely certain she had your best interests at heart? I think “melancholy” sums it up nicely.
How does Hank get “trapped” in his own archeological dig and how does one little lady, Greta, get him out?
It’s actually just his foot that’s trapped because he stepped in the wrong place. He needs somebody to push a couple of rocks apart so that he can pull free. Greta obliges. Hijinks ensue.
The Promise Harbor Wedding Series is an author cross over series with each of you writing one of the four books. How do you keep all the side characters straight between books?
Each of us has characters who cross over into the other books, but we also have characters who only show up in our own. We actually made a database for the common characters so we’d all know who was a blonde and who had green eyes. Then we made sure to send each other scenes where our characters appeared to make sure nobody said anything they wouldn’t really say! We still managed to goof up the timeline a little bit, but considering that there were four of us, I think we did pretty well.
Will Greta’s past divorce cause her to be cautious in letting Hank into her heart?
It basically causes her to be really nervous about committing. I mean, Hank’s a sweetie, honestly—I fell in love with him myself as I wrote him. But Greta comes with a lot of baggage, and that makes her more worried than most of us would be that she’s going to do the wrong thing. She keeps telling herself she’s in a “decision-free zone” for a week, but you can probably guess just how realistic that is. A lot of the conflict here hinges on the question of just how long it takes you to know you’re definitely heading in the right direction.
What’s up next in your writing future?
I have two more books coming out in my Medium Trilogy for Berkley InterMix. The first was Medium Well, released in February, in which the hero 1) discovers he’s a medium and 2) discovers he’s got a very nasty ghost to get rid of. The second is Medium Rare, which will be coming out on August 20. I promise lots of chills and giggles—I mean my heroine is a medium with a resident spirit and a pet hell hound. What could possibly go wrong? And then Happy Medium comes out on December 17—that one’s really spooky and really sexy, believe me, with a predatory erotic ghost.
Thanks for joining us today Meg!
Bolted by Meg Benjamin
Sometimes you have to get lost before you can find yourself.
Greta Brewster McBain in a bind. Two, if she’s really counting. First there’s the can-barely-breathe, bridesmaid’s dress from hell. Second, the stranger who just carried her “perfect” brother’s fiancée out the church door has made it impossible to tell her own mother about her own divorce.
Rather than confirm her reputation as the family screw-up, Greta takes a drive to clear her head.
Trapped in a hole and unable to reach his cell phone, Hank Mitchell is resigned to becoming a permanent part of his own archeological dig when help arrives—in the form of a woman who looks like a Gone With The Wind refugee. Behind the ruffles and lace, though, is something he appreciates: a woman who isn’t afraid of a little dirt.
Their instant connection draws Greta into the eccentric world of the Hotel Grand, where she impulsively trades her hoopskirts for an apron. Soon things are getting hot, not only in the hotel kitchen, but in Hank’s arms…
Warning: Contains hot moonlit sex, a melancholy turtle, two wisecracking seniors, and the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Meg Benjamin is the author of the Konigsburg series for Samhain Publishing and the Medium Trilogy for Berkley InterMix. Her third Konigsburg book, Be My Baby, won a 2011 EPIC Award for Contemporary Romance. Book #4, Long Time Gone, received the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Indie Press Romance. Book #5, Brand New Me, won a Holt Medallion and was a Long and Short Reviews Best Book. Meg lives in Colorado with her DH and two rather large Maine coon kitties (well, partly Maine Coon anyway).