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Interview with an Alpha Hero

Please join me in welcoming, Jake Becker, the hero in Emma Chase’s, SUSTAINED (The Legal Briefs #2) and  SIDEBARRED (The Legal Briefs #3.5).

If  you haven’t read THE LEGAL BRIEF Series, I highly recommend it.

I have mad love for all of Emma’s books and was thrilled when I heard she had written a new series after TANGLED. Drew Evans makes a guest appearance in OVERRULED (Book #1), and as always he does not disappoint.

However,  there’s a new favorite-of-mine-hero in town, and his name is Jake Becker. 🙂

 

If like me, you can’t get enough of Emma’s hero’s, and enjoy reading their thoughts, then I know you’ll get a kick out of my chat with Jake:


1Selena:
Jake, if by some miracle you had one free day to yourself with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

JAKE: I would hang out with my wife – that would be the most enjoyable thing I can think of – no matter what we were doing. Having a beach nearby would be a plus – because then I’d get to look at her in a bikini. And although I’m not really a “lay around” kind of guy, spending the day in bed with Chelsea – with no interruptions, except for when we’d have to come up for air to eat – would be awesome too.

Selena: What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? How about after they’ve known you for a while?

JAKE: People are usually quiet – intimidated – when they first meet me. Unless they’re assholes or stupid. But normal people (read “not my clients”), tend to be naturally intimidated around me because of my size and generally non-friendly demeanor. After they’ve known me for a while, it’s different. They get that I’m not trying to be a dick – I just don’t see the point of inane conversation. And they understand that I would never use my size to hurt anyone – unless they tried to hurt someone I care about first.

Selena: Before meeting Chelsea, what was your idea of a great relationship?

JAKE: My idea of a great relationship was an interaction – usually a hook-up – that required zero thought, commitment, conversation or energy afterward. If a woman was on the same page with that, I’d gladly see her again. But the only relationship I was interested in was with my career – that’s where my focus was – where I invested my time. I was kind of an idiot before Chelsea.

1Selena: 
What three pieces of advice would you give to a man entering a ready-made family? I would imagine with 6 little ones in the house, would you advise the bonus dad not to sleep in the nude?

JAKE: Yeah, sadly, going to bed bare-ass is not an option. Somebody’s bound to have a nightmare, feel sick, need water – there’s a thousand opportunities for awkwardness or scarring someone for life. But the most important advice I could give is this: you have to want it. You have to want to be a part of that family’s life – whether it’s as a father or a friend. You have to be, not just willing, but eager to put them and their well-being before your own. For some guys, that’s hard – maybe even impossible.

But kids know when they’re not wanted, you can’t bullshit it.

And if you don’t want that responsibility, if you can’t handle it – it’s fine – but you have to be honest with yourself and the woman you’re into. If all you’re interested in is the woman – then you have to be man enough to walk away.

Selena: Let’s get a bit more personal, create a bumper stick that best describes your sex life?

JAKE: “Get it when you can – but know when you’re getting it. Planned is never fucking boring.”

Selena: Did you get any new tattoos?

JAKE: I did. On my forearm. It’s a C superimposed over an R – making a cool kind of symbol. There are vines entwining the letters together and the vines are made up of each of the kid’s and Chelsea’s names. The day I got it done, Chelsea was so excited – and grateful – she practically made my head explode in bed that night.

Selena: Thank you, Jake, it was so much fun chatting with you. Hope to see you in another book sometime in the future.

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Hey, Emma, I really liked that you brought Jake with you to this chat. SIDEBARRED was a great ending to this fabulous series, and I look forward to  more. Which brings me to a question for you, can you tell us what you’re working on next?

EMMA CHASE: Thanks for having me, this was a lot of fun! I’m actually going to announce what I have in store next on May 1st – the week after SIDEBARRED comes out.

What I can say now is I’m SO EXCITED about what I’m working on!! There are some projects that you hope readers will enjoy – and some that you absolutely can’t wait to share because you KNOW they’re going to have fun and love it just as much as you do. This project is one of those. Stay tuned… – xoxo

Selena: I am SO looking forward to hearing more!

 

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There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless—in and out of the courtroom.

Then, six irresistible orphans and their heartbreakingly beautiful aunt crashed into his perfectly ordered life. They changed everything. They changed him. Now he’s a husband, an upstanding member of society, a father figure—a family man.
And he’s pretty damn good at it.

Sure, he has to referee sibling smackdowns, re-learn algebra, ensure his clients stay of jail, and keep his wife happy—but it finally feels like he’s got it together again….
So, of course something has to screw it all up.

It’s huge. Life-changing. Kind of terrifying.

And it will be the most amazing, perfect thing he’ll ever do.

 

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ABOUT EMMA:

Emma Chase lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two misbehaving (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

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Selena’s Review & Favorite Quotes from SIDEBARRED:

5 STARS!

I had a smile the whole time while reading SIEDBARRED.

Emma Chase is an auto-buy author for me, and I don’t have to read the blurb or see a cover to know I’m going to enjoy the story and the characters Emma creates.

SIDEBARRED is dedicated to the readers, especially those who enjoyed the LEGAL BRIEF SERIES (if you have not read this series, I highly recommend you do) and for those who can’t get enough of the McQuaid kids, and especially Jake and Chelsea. Although short, this story is a great way to end a series. It takes the reader into that place we often go after we finish a book—how is the couple—and in SIDEBARRED case—the whole brood faring after the epilog of the last book?

You will find out once you read SIDEBARRED and keep wanting more, which is why I hope Emma keeps on with this series with a spin-off featuring new characters.

The story is witty, fun, sexy and sweet. Although it’s fiction, the struggles, challenges, triumphs and everyday life of careers, and everyday living are relatable.

With thanks to Emma Chase and the publisher for providing the ARC

SELENA’S FAVORITE QUOTES:

Chelsea’s arms flail out to her sides and she yells, “Who are you?”

“I’m your husband.”

“Really? I don’t remember exchanging rings with a fucking caveman!”

I lean down over her, almost nose to nose. “Then you weren’t paying close enough attention.”

Brent would say this is healthy – getting it all out in the open. That theory can go suck a dick.”

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“Sometimes I look around and wonder, how the hell did I get here? How is this my life? It all changed so fast. But then I stop wondering. Because how this life became mine doesn’t really fucking matter. I’m just crazy-happy that it is.”

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“Okay, here’s the deal – your aunt and I have noticed that you and Peter seem…pretty serious. And…we want to make sure you’re being safe.”

The last word hangs heavy in the air. Like one of Cousin It’s rancid dog farts.
Riley’s face turns a startling shade of fire-engine red. “Oh my God. Is this really happening?”

I pinch the bridge of my nose. “I know, I know, it’s fucking awful.”

**

“There’s no way the person who made these lists actually has kids. They should be shot. And at this moment, I would defend the person who shoots them, pro bono. Just saying.”

 

 

 

TWISTED by Emma Chase Plus a Giveaway

I am pleased to showcase TWISTED by Emma Chase on THE TWISTED BLOG TOUR. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, TANGLED, I highly recommend you pick it up.

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The Four “F’s” of a Great Sex Life

Re-posting this blog (Interview with Drew Evans from Tangled and author Emma Chase below) for the new followers. 

Also, posting a teaser from TWISTED—the sequel to Tangled.

Please come back on March 30th for a chance to win a copy of TWISTED, plus another excerpt and more news about Drew & Kate’s ongoing romantic story.

Excerpt from TWISTED

(Kate’s POV)

TWISTEDShe stomps forward.

Billy moves behind my chair, using me like a human shield.

“Or better yet — would anyone like to explain why my best friend took off from New York like a bat out of hell, leaving behind a shit storm that makes Katrina look like an April fucking shower — and I have no idea why?!”

She takes another step forward and drops her bags to the floor. Then she snaps her head to the right – in the direction of the perky blond teenager standing next to the lockers.

That’s Kimberly. She’s a waitress here. Works after school. She’s seems nice. And at the moment — terrified.

“Hey Gidget, how about you make yourself useful and get me a diet coke? Don’t scrimp on the ice.”

Kimberly flees the room.

Lucky girl.

Delores points at me and yells, like Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, “Well?! You can’t keep me out of the loop, Kate. I am the loop!”

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Maddie Interviews Drew

Hey, everyone, it’s Maddie Saunders, the heroine from Selena’s WHAT A GIRL WANTS.

Since I’m in between contracts at work and Alex is overseas on an assignment, I have free time on my hands and volunteered to interview Drew Evans, the hero from Emma Chase’s New York Times Best Selling romance, TANGLED.

So let’s get this party started and help me welcome Drew Evans.

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Maddie: Drew, welcome to Selena’s blog and thanks for joining us.

DREW: Looking forward to it. Thanks.

Maddie:  If money were no object what one guilty pleasure would you buy?

DREW:  An island.

Maddie:  Great idea. Islands happen to be a favorite destination of ours. Besides the obvious, tropical, relaxing and adventurous, why an Island?

DREW:  I’d enjoy owning a piece of the world, where I could make up any rules I want. For instance, only people I like would be allowed to go there –– and everyone would have to call me ‘master.’

Maddie: I’m thinking Kate would smile at that fantasy you have going there, and then let you know you’d be the master of your own domain, and that’s all the master she’d muster up.

Let’s get a bit more personal, create a bumper sticker that best describes your sex life.

DREW:  The Four F’s of a Great Sex Life:  ”Keep it Frequent, Fabulous, Fun and once in a while, Freaky.”

Maddie:  Creative and so true. I’d buy that bumper sticker. What do you sleep in?

Selena: Uhm, Maddie, I have to interject here, I don’t think this an appropriate question.

DREW: Inappropriate questions are the best kind.

Maddie:  I agree with Drew.

Selena: You would. I just think Alex may have a problem with this line of questioning.

Maddie:  I love you, Creator of Mine, but you worry too much. You know I’m a one hero heroine, and this question is for all the readers who love to know the inside scoop—all of it, about their favorite book boyfriends.

Besides, Alex has said that he doesn’t care where I get my appetite, as long as I eat in his kitchen.

Selena: Okay, go at it then.

Maddie:  Thank you, now as I was asking, Drew, what do you sleep in?

DREW: *Grins* Kate. Or nothing at all.

Maddie:  Alex is the same way. With me though, not with Kate. *LOL* What non-sexual gesture turns you on?

DREW: There’s no such thing as a non-sexual gesture.

But if I have to pick something…I’ll say stretching. Kate lifts her arms over her head, then she arches her back so her breasts press right up against her shirt and usually she lets out this sexy little moan. That gets me going every time.

I’m getting turned on right now just thinking about it.

Maddie:  That is so sweet. I’m missing Alex, I hope he gets back soon. *sigh* What’s your attitude about Valentine’s Day?

DREW:  A brilliant marketing strategy for florists, candy and card manufacturers, but a totally unnecessary holiday. If you need a date on the calendar to show the person you love that you love them? You’ve got no fucking business saying you’re in love. For me and Kate — every day is Valentine’s Day.

Maddie:  I’m so on the same page and I know Alex is as well, about Valentine’s Day. Everyday is a good day to show your love and of course bring chocolate home. *Smiles* Have you ever read a romance novel? If so, which one?

DREW:  My mother and sister are big romance readers — which is disturbing to contemplate.

Once, I scanned my mom’s copy of “The Flame and the Flower.” From what I understand, it’s considered a romance classic. I thought it was totally fucked up. I’m not a chick — but I was offended on behalf of chicks everywhere.

Still, it seems like that book sparked a kind of revolution for women — made it a socially acceptable way for ladies, at the time, to have access to literary porn.  Which is a good thing.  If romance novels turn you on, more power to you.

Unless…you’re my mother or my sister. Then…just no.

Maddie:  I know all about not bringing blood relatives into any romantic or sexual discussions, Alex mentioned that once…okay probably more than once. I get it, you guys don’t mind starring in a romance novel, but it’s not your go-to reads, and that’s okay. Vive la difference. What are the top three things you have learned about women, by starring in a romance novel?

DREW:  1.  For a lot of women, their most romantic fantasy isn’t actually about sex — it’s about change. Girls want a man to want to change for them. Sometimes it can be small differences, sometimes big, but the bottom line is women want to be the impetus of a guy becoming better than who they were.

2.   Some women really don’t want to know what guys are thinking.

3.   Grand gestures go a long way with girls. They’re impressed by them. So go big or go the fuck home.

Maddie:  Thanks for your honesty, and I’m sure your answers will elicit a great discussions on the blog. If you were a Muppet, which Muppet would you be? Which Muppet would you date (life before Kate of course)?

DREW:  *Chuckles* Cookie Monster.

Maddie: Good call, except now I’m hungry. *smiles* Tell us more about why you’d choose Cookie Monster?

DREW: There’s nothing I like better than munching a sweet, warm cookie. Kate’s is magically delicious.

As for dating? Sure as hell not Miss Piggy — way too high maintenance. There was that blond girl muppet…don’t know her name, but she played guitar in the band and wore a belly shirt. She seems more my type — laid back, up for a good time.  I’d nail her.

JaniceMaddie: Here you go, Drew.

Janice, the lead guitar player in the Electric Mayhem on The Muppet Show.

DREW: Yeah, that’s her.

Maddie: She resembles Donatella Versace to me. *Laughs* Oh, look, Emma Chase has just arrived. *waves* Drew, thanks again, it was fun interviewing you and I look forward to reading about you and Kate. Say hi, to Kate for me. Ciao. *packs up her laptop and heads out.*

DREW: It was fun, bye. Hey, Emma. *nods and walks away.*

Selena: Emma, welcome to the blog and thank you for joining us. Do you know a man like Drew Evans? Or is he a composite of a few different men you know?

Emma: Yes, he’s a composite — my own alpha-Frankenstein. The guy-friends I grew up with, my older brother and his friends, and my husband all went into who Drew is. His thoughts, feelings and opinions come from the mouths of real men, plus what I’ve seen for myself.

Selena: Alpha-Frankenstein. *LOL* I call my alpha-hubby, Mr. Rugged, but we all know that deep down they are all Beta-sweethearts. You did capture real men thoughts and opinions, especially for the age group you are writing about.  What was the first thing you did when you learned that Tangled had become a New York Times Best Seller?

Emma:  I said, “Oh my God!” and I called my mom, *lol*. My husband was there with me when I got the email, and we were both surprised and excited and overjoyed.

I always felt that Tangled was a strong, entertaining read, but I never expected it to be so successful, so quickly. I’m genuinely flattered and grateful that so many readers have enjoyed the story and have come to love the characters as much as I do. It’s literally a dream-come-true.

Selena: Congratulations and well deserved. So great to hear a writer’s dream coming alive and sharing the excitement with you. Which character in Tangled would you pick to bring to life and spend the day with?

Emma:  Um…definitely Drew.  Not in a sexy kind of way…for me, my husband is and always will be, the only “leading man” I’ll ever want. But Drew is just such a fun guy — he’s very devil-may-care and life-loving, but honest, intelligent and sophisticated at the same time.

Selena: I think as romance writers we do fall in love with our hero’s (in a non-sexual kind of way, because like you, I feel the same about my husband. I always say, he would put any romance hero to shame *S*). If we aren’t crazy about the leading men, and want to hang out with them, then our readers won’t be attracted to them. What would you and Drew do on your day out together?

Emma: I think it would be fun to walk around New York City with him — visit his favorite restaurants or hot-spots — and just hang out and listen to his opinions about life and the people around us. I could probably talk to Drew forever and never get bored by the conversation.

Selena: If you ever do go out for a day with him, take us along with you, I know the readers would love to hear more about Drew’s take on life.  If Hollywood came knocking, who would your choice or choices be to play; Kate, Drew, Mackenzie, Alexandra?

Emma: I always have a hard time answering this one.

I think Kate Beckinsale or Nina Dobrev would be great as Kate.

For Drew, personality is everything. The actor would have to do ‘charming bastard’ really well – make the audience want to root for him – even if they feel they shouldn’t. A young Patrick Dempsey or Bradley Cooper could pull it off. Chris Evans would be a nice fit for Drew as well.

Ali Larter would be wonderful as Alexandra. And for Mackenzie, there’s a child model named, Kristina Pimenova, who is just the most adorable, precocious looking little girl. Her at age four – that’s who I imagine as Mackenzie.

Selena: Great choices. What sound track would you love to assign?

Emma: I have one, actually! It can be found under “media” at my website (click HERE for the soundtrack).

A few of the songs were part of my inspiration for the story, while I think others would be perfect playing in the background of some scenes.

Selena:  What’s next for readers to look forward to? 

Emma: In December 2013, the short story Holy Frigging Matrimony (#1.5) will be released in e-book. I really can’t wait to share this story with readers. It’s fun and sweet and sexy – classic Drew Evans. At the same time, some of the things that happen in HFM really set the stage for Twisted, the sequel to Tangled.

Twisted will be released in e-book and paperback in March 2014. It’s in Kate’s POV, which is exciting because it will give readers a chance to get to know her, and her friends and family, more than we were able to in Tangled. Twisted focuses on Drew and Kate’s relationship two years after Tangled’s end.

Then, in May 2014, Tamed will be released. Tamed is Matthew and Dee’s story — how their relationship began and grew during the scenes we didn’t see in Tangled. They’re such wonderful, quirky but real characters, I’m very excited for readers to get to know them.

Selena: Looking forward to all those books. Wishing you continued success, Emma. Thanks again for stopping by, it was a pleasure chatting with you.

Emma: My pleasure.

To find out the recommended food to combat the “Drew Flu” I highly recommend you pick up TANGLED.

Favorite Quotes by Drew Evan from Tangled.

“For God’s sake, don’t let her watch Cinderella. What kind of example is that? A mindless twit who can’t even remember where she left her damn shoe, so she has to wait for some douchebag in tights to bring it to her? Give me a frigging break!” 

“Newsflash, ladies: We can’t read your thoughts. And frankly, I’m not entirely sure I’d want to. The female mind is a scary place to be.” 

“You know on TV when there’s one of those awkward, shocking moments and all you hear are the crickets in the background? Well chirp fucking chirp…this is one of those moments.”

“Women fall in love quicker than men. Easier and more often. But when guys fall? We go down harder. And when things go bad? When it’s not us who ends it? We don’t get to walk away. We crawl.” 

“Then I flip Kate the finger. Immature, I know, but apparently we’re now both functioning at the preschool level, so I’m guessing it’s okay. Kate sneers at me. Then she mouths, You wish. Well—she’s got me there, now doesn’t she?” 

“My mother always told me, “Anyone worth doing, is worth doing well.” Okay, she didn’t actually say those exact words, but you get the picture.” 

“Vaginas beat penises every time. They’re like kryptonite. Penises are defenseless against them.”

About Emma Chase

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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

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TANGLED by Emma Chase

Maddie Interviews Drew

Hey, everyone, it’s Maddie Saunders, the heroine from Selena’s WHAT A GIRL WANTS.

Since I’m in between contracts at work and Alex is overseas on an assignment, I have free time on my hands and volunteered to interview Drew Evans, the hero from Emma Chase’s New York Times Best Selling romance, TANGLED.

Plus, Heidi Wiley is back, with her insights into Drew and TANGLED.

So let’s get this party started and help me welcome Drew Evans.

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Maddie: Drew, welcome to Selena’s blog and thanks for joining us.

DREW: Looking forward to it. Thanks.

Maddie:  If money were no object what one guilty pleasure would you buy?

DREW:  An island.

Maddie:  Great idea. Islands happen to be a favorite destination of ours. Besides the obvious, tropical, relaxing and adventurous, why an Island?

DREW:  I’d enjoy owning a piece of the world, where I could make up any rules I want. For instance, only people I like would be allowed to go there –– and everyone would have to call me ‘master.’

Maddie: I’m thinking Kate would smile at that fantasy you have going there and then let you know you’d be the master of your own domain, and that’s all the master she’d muster up.  Let’s get a bit more personal, create a bumper sticker that best describes your sex life.

DREW:  The Four F’s of a Great Sex Life:  “Keep it Frequent, Fabulous, Fun and once in a while, Freaky.”

Maddie:  Creative and so true. I’d buy that bumper sticker. What do you sleep in?

Selena: Uhm, Maddie, I have to interject here, I don’t think this an appropriate question.

DREW: Inappropriate questions are the best kind.

Maddie:  I agree with Drew.

Selena: You would. I just think Alex may have a problem with this line of questioning.

Maddie:  I love you, Creator of Mine, but you worry too much. You know I’m a one hero heroine, and this question is for all the readers who love to know the inside scoop—all of it, about their favorite book boyfriends.

Besides, Alex has said that he doesn’t care where I get my appetite, as long as I eat in his kitchen. 🙂

Selena: Okay, go at it then.

Maddie:  Thank you, now as I was asking, Drew, what do you sleep in?

DREW: *Grins* Kate. Or nothing at all.

Maddie:  Alex is the same way. With me though, not with Kate. *LOL* What non-sexual gesture turns you on?

DREW: There’s no such thing as a non-sexual gesture.

But if I have to pick something…I’ll say stretching. Kate lifts her arms over her head, then she arches her back so her breasts press right up against her shirt and usually she lets out this sexy little moan. That gets me going every time.

I’m getting turned on right now just thinking about it.

Maddie:  That is so sweet. I’m missing Alex, I hope he gets back soon. *sigh* What’s your attitude about Valentine’s Day?

DREW:  A brilliant marketing strategy for florists, candy and card manufacturers, but a totally unnecessary holiday. If you need a date on the calendar to show the person you love that you love them? You’ve got no fucking business saying you’re in love. For me and Kate — every day is Valentine’s Day.

Maddie:  I’m so on the same page and I know Alex is as well, about Valentine’s Day. Everyday is a good day to show your love and of course bring chocolate home. *Smiles* Have you ever read a romance novel? If so, which one?

DREW:  My mother and sister are big romance readers — which is disturbing to contemplate.

Once, I scanned my mom’s copy of “The Flame and the Flower.” From what I understand, it’s considered a romance classic. I thought it was totally fucked up. I’m not a chick — but I was offended on behalf of chicks everywhere.

Still, it seems like that book sparked a kind of revolution for women — made it a socially acceptable way for ladies, at the time, to have access to literary porn.  Which is a good thing.  If romance novels turn you on, more power to you.

Unless…you’re my mother or my sister. Then…just no.

Maddie:  Yes, I know all about not bringing blood relatives into any romantic or sexual discussions, Alex mentioned that once…okay probably more than once. I get it, you guys don’t mind starring in a romance novel, but it’s not your go-to reads, and that’s okay. Vive la difference. What are the top three things you have learned about women, by starring in a romance novel?

DREW:  1.  For a lot of women, their most romantic fantasy isn’t actually about sex — it’s about change. Girls want a man to want to change for them. Sometimes it can be small differences, sometimes big, but the bottom line is women want to be the impetus of a guy becoming better than who they were.

2.   Some women really don’t want to know what guys are thinking.

3.   Grand gestures go a long way with girls. They’re impressed by them. So go big or go the fuck home.

Maddie:  Thanks for your honesty, and I’m sure your answers will elicit a great discussions on the blog. If you were a Muppet, which Muppet would you be? Which Muppet would you date (life before Kate of course)?

DREW:  *Chuckles* Cookie Monster.

Maddie: Good call, except now I’m hungry. *smiles* Tell us more about why you’d choose Cookie Monster?

DREW: There’s nothing I like better than munching a sweet, warm cookie. Kate’s is magically delicious.

As for dating? Sure as hell not Miss Piggy — way too high maintenance. There was that blond girl muppet…don’t know her name, but she played guitar in the band and wore a belly shirt. She seems more my type — laid back, up for a good time.  I’d nail her.

Maddie: Here you go, Drew.

JaniceJanice, the lead guitar player in the Electric Mayhem on The Muppet Show.

DREW: Yeah, that’s her.

Maddie: She resembles Donatella Versace to me. *Giggles* Oh, look, Emma Chase has just arrived. *waves* Drew, thanks again, it was fun interviewing you and I look forward to reading about you and Kate. Say hi, to Kate for me. Ciao. *packs up her laptop and heads out.*

DREW: It was fun, bye. Hey, Emma. *nods and walks away.*

Selena: Emma, welcome to the blog and thank you for joining us. Do you know a man like Drew Evans? Or is he a composite of a few different men you know?

Emma: Yes, he’s a composite — my own alpha-Frankenstein. The guy-friends I grew up with, my older brother and his friends, and my husband all went into who Drew is. His thoughts, feelings and opinions come from the mouths of real men, plus what I’ve seen for myself.

Selena: Alpha-Frankenstein. *LOL* I call my alpha-hubby, Mr. Rugged, but we all know that deep down they are all Beta-sweethearts. You did capture real men thoughts and opinions, especially for the age group you are writing about.  What was the first thing you did when you learned that Tangled had become a New York Times Best Seller? 

Emma:  I said, “Oh my God!” and I called my mom, *lol*. My husband was there with me when I got the email, and we were both surprised and excited and overjoyed. 

I always felt that Tangled was a strong, entertaining read, but I never expected it to be so successful, so quickly. I’m genuinely flattered and grateful that so many readers have enjoyed the story and have come to love the characters as much as I do. It’s literally a dream-come-true.

Selena: Congratulations and well deserved. So great to hear a writer’s dream coming alive and sharing the excitement with you. Which character in Tangled would you pick to bring to life and spend the day with?

Emma:  Um…definitely Drew.  Not in a sexy kind of way…for me, my husband is and always will be, the only “leading man” I’ll ever want. But Drew is just such a fun guy — he’s very devil-may-care and life-loving, but honest, intelligent and sophisticated at the same time.

Selena: I think as romance writers we do fall in love with our hero’s (in a non-sexual kind of way, because like you, I feel the same about my husband. I always say, he would put any romance hero to shame *S*). If we aren’t crazy about the leading men, and want to hang out with them, then our readers won’t be attracted to them. What would you and Drew do on your day out together?

Emma: I think it would be fun to walk around New York City with him — visit his favorite restaurants or hot-spots — and just hang out and listen to his opinions about life and the people around us. I could probably talk to Drew forever and never get bored by the conversation. 

Selena: If you ever do go out for a day with him, take us along with you, I know the readers would love to hear more about Drew’s take on life.  If Hollywood came knocking, who would your choice or choices be to play; Kate, Drew, Mackenzie, Alexandra? 

Emma: I always have a hard time answering this one.

I think Kate Beckinsale or Nina Dobrev would be great as Kate.

For Drew, personality is everything. The actor would have to do ‘charming bastard’ really well – make the audience want to root for him – even if they feel they shouldn’t. A young Patrick Dempsey or Bradley Cooper could pull it off. Chris Evans would be a nice fit for Drew as well.

Ali Larter would be wonderful as Alexandra. And for Mackenzie, there’s a child model named, Kristina Pimenova, who is just the most adorable, precocious looking little girl. Her at age four – that’s who I imagine as Mackenzie.

Selena: Great choices. What sound track would you love to assign?

Emma: I have one, actually! It can be found under “media” at my website (click HERE for the soundtrack).

A few of the songs were part of my inspiration for the story, while I think others would be perfect playing in the background of some scenes.

Selena:  What’s next for readers to look forward to? 

Emma: In December 2013, the short story Holy Frigging Matrimony (#1.5) will be released in e-book. I really can’t wait to share this story with readers. It’s fun and sweet and sexy – classic Drew Evans. At the same time, some of the things that happen in HFM really set the stage for Twisted, the sequel to Tangled.

Twisted will be released in e-book and paperback in March 2014. It’s in Kate’s POV, which is exciting because it will give readers a chance to get to know her, and her friends and family, more than we were able to in Tangled. Twisted focuses on Drew and Kate’s relationship two years after Tangled’s end.

Then, in May 2014, Tamed will be released. Tamed is Matthew and Dee’s story — how their relationship began and grew during the scenes we didn’t see in Tangled. They’re such wonderful, quirky but real characters, I’m very excited for readers to get to know them.

Selena: Looking forward to all those books. Wishing you continued success, Emma. Thanks again for stopping by, it was a pleasure chatting with you.

Emma: My pleasure.

To find out the recommended food to combat the “Drew Flu” I highly recommend you pick up TANGLED. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as did Heidi Wiley.

Heidi Wiley’s Review

Tangled Red CoverDrew Evans is a hot, arrogant investment executive who lives a life of hard work, privilege and self-indulgence surrounded by friends, family and a work environment that feeds into his over inflated opinion of himself. The only relationship he is interested in getting into with a women involves a few drinks, sex and a quick good-bye.

 A bed is optional.

But when Kate Brooks, a confident newcomer joins Drew’s fathers company, her beauty and flawless determination makes an impression on him that rocks every one of his nerves down to a vulnerable core. When everything Kate does turns him on, he turns into one masculine hot mess.

Let me start out by saying there isn’t anything about this book I didn’t like.  With so many themes in romance novels following the same path, Emma Chase strides out of the box and writes from a rarely used male point of view.  This is more than a first person narrative, but a fun, sexy, unfiltered ride created out of a unique inner voice that takes the reader side by side with Drew and Kate every step of the way.  Not once while I was reading this book did I think it was a woman interrupting a man’s perception, but what I heard was a strong male voice that was realistic to the character. 

Drew is egotistical and arrogant but laugh out loud funny lovable and you won’t have to fight off your female conscience too badly to change your mind about what you think he deserves.

Emma Chase also has created a character that doesn’t have to compromise her feminine side to be tough and self –assured.  Kate is a strong successful woman that’s dedicated to her profession with a past that most women can relate to.

There are true to life secondary characters whose credibility is debatable and those like Drew’s niece Mackenzie who will be fallen in love with instantly.

The plot is refreshingly different, with banter and inner thoughts that are hilarious.  The sex from a man’s point of view is sexy hot and even the simplest kiss is full of intense passion.

Tangled is hands down one of my favorite reads of the year.  Highly recommend.

Favorite Quotes by Drew Evan from Tangled.

“For God’s sake, don’t let her watch Cinderella. What kind of example is that? A mindless twit who can’t even remember where she left her damn shoe, so she has to wait for some douchebag in tights to bring it to her? Give me a frigging break!” 

“Newsflash, ladies: We can’t read your thoughts. And frankly, I’m not entirely sure I’d want to. The female mind is a scary place to be.” 

“You know on TV when there’s one of those awkward, shocking moments and all you hear are the crickets in the background? Well chirp fucking chirp…this is one of those moments.”

“Women fall in love quicker than men. Easier and more often. But when guys fall? We go down harder. And when things go bad? When it’s not us who ends it? We don’t get to walk away. We crawl.” 

“Then I flip Kate the finger. Immature, I know, but apparently we’re now both functioning at the preschool level, so I’m guessing it’s okay. Kate sneers at me. Then she mouths, You wish. Well—she’s got me there, now doesn’t she?” 

“My mother always told me, “Anyone worth doing, is worth doing well.” Okay, she didn’t actually say those exact words, but you get the picture.” 

“Vaginas beat penises every time. They’re like kryptonite. Penises are defenseless against them.”

About Emma Chase:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABy day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

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