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‘Write what you know’ are words we often hear, but it wasn’t until my editor made a passing comment that I realized that was where my writing had been heading – straight back to what I knew, what I’d grown up with. Two things, horses and the countryside.
‘Summer of Surrender’ is set in a small village in the UK, in common with several of my other books, but in this story there’s a third character who is critical to what happens between James and Kezia – a chestnut horse called Red.
‘Red’ is a reincarnation of a gelding I used to own called Flash – a thoroughbred arab cross who did a good job of keeping me on my toes, but he also taught me a lot. He was reactive and flighty, but he was also loyal and gentle. Without Flash my life would have been different (less bruises for one thing!), and without Red, Kezia would have never learned the lessons she does about herself, about James and about what she really wants in life.
Animals have played a huge part in my life, and helped me through good times and bad, so maybe it’s just natural that now they are starting to play a big part in the stories I tell. They aren’t the whole story, but without them it just wouldn’t be the same!
Sex is the only thing they have in common. Total surrender the name of the game.
James had it all. Good education. City job and a wife he would have been willing to die for. Their motto had been work hard, play hard, but she’d pushed the boundaries too far and he’d walked. Became the man he felt he needed to be. Detached. In control.
Free spirit Kezia lives each day at a time; sharing, loving and giving are unconditional. And sex is part of the sharing.
When fate leaves James and Kezia trapped together for the summer, her openness is an invitation he just can’t resist. The attraction is instant, the sex all-consuming. And as their fantasies become reality, James begins to realise that willing surrender is a far different pleasure to forced submission…
HarperImpulse - http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/books/summer-of-surrender
Amazon uk - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Surrender-HarperImpulse-Contemporary-Romance-ebook/dp/B00FVE4WE0/
Amazon com - http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Surrender-HarperImpulse-Contemporary-Romance-ebook/dp/B00FVE4WE0/
Barnes & Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-of-surrender-zara-stoneley/1117135328?ean=9780007556571
I’ve been writing stories for just about as long as I’ve been reading them – it’s rumoured that I’m related to Elizabeth Gaskell, so maybe it’s in the genes!
I live in a country cottage in the UK with a naughty mouse catching, curtain climbing cat, my wonderful guitar playing, video making, Minecraft mad teenage son and a wine drinking, sun loving, master chef in the making, sexy alpha hero.
I love my family, sexy high heels, sunshine, wine, good food, cats, horses, dogs, music, coffee, writing and reading - but not necessarily in that order! And I like my heroes just how I like my coffee – hot, strong and moreish.
You can find more about me, and all my contact details at www.zarastoneley.com. Please stop by – I love to meet new people.
WHERE TO FIND ZARA -
Website - http://www.zarastoneley.com
Blog – http://zarastoneley.blogspot.com
Twitter - @zarastoneley
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/zarastoneley
Amazon author page – http://amazon.com/author/zarastoneley
And a huge congratulations on your debut with Harper Collins! I believe there might be more in the pipeline? See you next time!