June 16, 2015

Who Wrote That Book Wednesday: Hilary Wynne

Set against the steamy and sultry world of South Beach, Florida, a modern romance unfolds in Stay. Alexa is beautiful, independent and hard to resist for serially unattached Julian. Neither one is looking for a relationship, but their palpable chemistry and instant emotional connection is too strong to ignore.

For the first time in years, Julian is interested in more than just sex. He wants a relationship with intoxicating Alexa, but it's not that simple. Not only are Julian and Alexa struggling with the intensity of this new relationship, but they also have to contend with Luke, Alexa's best friend, whose own love for her leaves him willing to do anything to convince her that Julian is not the man for her.

Luke's determination and Alexa's secret past threaten to tear Julian and Alexa apart as she struggles to open her heart to love. Julian and Alexa embark upon a roller-coaster ride of emotional and physical passion that both pulls them apart and holds them together.

Despite their affinity for each other, Alexa fears that Julian will leave when he learns about her past and Julian is unsure he can love a woman who in so many ways remains a mystery, a woman who keeps threatening to run, a woman who can't decide if she is going to STAY.

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Purchase Hold On (book two) on Amazon 
Purchase Promise Me(book three) on Amazon 

“You accused me last night of pushing you away. You’re doing the same to me, and I’m not threatening you, but if you don’t stop I’ll walk away. I don’t want to, but I will. I can’t or won’t stay in a relationship without trust.”

He stops, and I wait to see if he’s going to continue. It seems he’s finished. He stands there with his arms crossed staring at me, waiting to hear what I have to say for myself. All I know right now is that my heart would break if he walked away from this. I want to wrap my arms around him and give him the biggest hug, but I can’t tell if he would be receptive, so I stay where I am.

“I’m sorry what I said hurt you. It wasn’t my intention. I was just trying to be honest. I want you to understand why I’m struggling with all of this. I run when I feel scared and vulnerable. I’m aware it isn’t the best way to handle things, and I’m trying hard to not do that, but it’s been my go-to way of self-preservation for a while now, and it’s going to take some time to change. I shouldn’t have said anything to Marissa, or Luke, and I won’t do it again. My list of people I really trust, people that really know me, isn’t much bigger than yours, so I get that completely. I’m honored you want me on that list, but that level of emotion also scares me to death. We just met a few weeks ago.”
Julian is still just staring at me, letting me finish like I did for him. “It would break my heart if you walked away, but I can’t tell you there won’t be more times like this.” I stop, and he waits to see if I continue before he responds. When he sees I’m done, he asks me a simple question.
“Do you want this to happen? I mean really happen?”
I swear he’s holding his breath, and in this moment I know he wants this as much as I do. I walk to him and wrap my arms around him. He does the same, and it feels right. I look at him directly in the eyes so nothing is hidden.
“Yes. I really want this. More than anything I’ve wanted in so long. It’s going to be epic, remember?”

Author Bio:  Have you ever woken up one day and said, “Today’s the day I’m going to do (insert thing here)?” Well, I did, and the result is my first novel, Stay. I always thought of myself as a decent writer, and then a trip down memory lane through my ninth grade book of poetry confirmed it. I realize that I have always had a romantic side and a way with words. With support from my husband and kids (and an unspoken agreement to leave me alone for a few hours every night), I embarked on this incredible writing journey.

I’m originally from sunny Southern California and spent my summers in South Florida. I attended college at FSU and received my Masters in New Mexico. I finally settled in the Washington, DC area. My happy place has always been anywhere near the water.

When I’m not writing, I help run a business with my husband, watch an inordinate amount of sports (my kids play something 365 days a year), indulge my competitive spirit on the tennis court, and spend time with my awesome family and friends.

I am an avid reader, but find my characters feel neglected when I hang out with other author’s characters for too long. When I do read, historical fiction is my favorite genre. I love traveling and experiencing different cultures, places, and times.

I feel so blessed that my love of books inspired me to finally do something that I forgot I had always dreamed about doing.

My someday has arrived!


-Do you have a quirky thing you do when you are writing? - I listen to music with headphones on. It helps me concentrate.
-What is one thing that people do not know about you? - This question makes me laugh because if I tell they will know! Something that surprises most people about me is that until I know someone I am really pretty shy. 
-What is one thing that you want people to know about you? - That I truly appreciate the support of my readers and bloggers!
-How do get ideas for your books? - They just pop in my head randomly.
-What made you want to become a writer? - I am a life long reader and know the value of a great story and a well written book. I've always loved to write as a form of expression. 
-What do you think people will love most about this book? - That it really has a deep and honest love story. 

-What is your favorite book that you have read? - Too many to list. Top 5 - East of Eden, Me before You, Molokai, The Promise of Stardust and The Kite Runner
-What television shows do you watch the most? - Grey's Anatomy, Vampire Diaries, a bunch of reality shows, Orange is the New Black and Graceland
-Let’s play Best Friend, Boyfriend or Brother….name who you would put in each category. It can be celebrities, book boyfriends, models or anyone you want. Michele - I am married so my book boyfriend would be Julian Bauer of course and brother is Danny.
-Name one thing in your life that you would like to do that you haven’t done. - Hit the NYT bestseller list ;)
-What are the top 3 items on your bucket list? - all include travelling. There are tons of places I want to go. 
-How do you determine the cities, states etc. where your book takes place at? - They are set in places I have lived. It helps to make things authentic.

-What is your favorite genre to read? - Historical fiction
-What is your favorite movie of all time? - Good Will Hunting

-Cat or dog - dog
-What is your favorite genre of music to listen to? singer/songwriter indie rock
-If you had to play a theme song each morning what would it be? - My alarm is the Sex in the City song... other than that there isn't just one song to describe my life!

Twitter: @HilaryWynne
Website: http://hilarywynne.com

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