Alexis: Today we have Contemporary Romance author Beth Mathews and she will be giving away an ecopy of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING to one lucky commenter!
So Beth, which authors inspire(d) you?
Beth: I really credit Victoria Dahl's Talk Me Down with making me want to write contemporary romance. That was the first contemporary romance I read that felt young and sexy, with a heroine I could really relate too. Of course, after that I discovered more amazing authors like Julie James and Jennifer Crusie, but Dahl was really my gateway drug.
Alexis: I get that :-) What are you working on now?
Beth: Right now I'm polishing up a Contemporary New Adult romance, Love's Last Call, for release later this year. It's about a dorky bouncer and the cocktail waitress he's sure is out of his league. If people want to learn more they can check out the book's info-page on mywebsite.
Alexis: What are your favorite traits of the two main characters A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING?
Beth: I love that the hero Max is this huge, buff guy who's really a teddy bear at heart, and he is totally crazy about the heroine. I love that the heroine, Nicola, will stand up for herself--even to Max when he's being stubborn about something.
Alexis: Sounds like a good pairing. What was the first romance you ever read?
Beth: The Raider by Jude Deveraux, which then kicked off a LONG Jude Deveraux binge. My sister discovered her first, and then she and I would trade the paperbacks back and forth. I loved Deveraux's sense of humor (the ending of The Raider is fabulous in that regard.) Unfortunately, the old romances don't always hold up too well upon re-reading. Man, I loved her when I was twelve, though.
Alexis: I loved her too! Of all the books that you’ve written, which is your favorite character?
Beth: I actually really love Lachlan, one of the secondary characters in my new contemporary romance A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S FLING a lot. He's snarky and British and sexy as hell. He has a way of stealing scenes and he's definitely going to get his own book at some point because he is just too much fun to write!
Alexis: Yea! Something for us to look forward to :-) Thank you so much for visiting us, Beth, and sharing your books with us.
If you would like a chance to win an ecopy of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING, leave a comment for Beth.
Blurb from A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING:After dating her childhood sweetheart Max on and off for years, aspiring actress Nicola Charles is finally ready to move on. It’s time for her to focus on her stage career and stay away from Max–before he can break her heart again.
Max regrets hurting Nicola, but he wants another chance. So when his play loses its leading lady, giving Nicola the part seems like the perfect opportunity to win back his old flame.
But the course of true love—and a theater production—never do run smooth. As Max fights to reignite Nicola’s love, the onstage antics can’t rival the bedlam backstage: a neurotic cast, a prickly crew, and an evil diva of a director who’s got designs on Max.
As Nicola and Max battle to keep the drama onstage, Max can’t help wondering if their romance will end with the last performance. Or have the two of them finally captured what they’ve dreamed of all their lives? True Love.
About Beth Mathews
Beth Matthews is a Southern California girl, born and raised. She’s a total geek, a movie buff, and a mediocre swing dancer. She lives in sunny SoCal with her boyfriend and two of the neediest housecats on the planet.
Alexis: Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FLING.