Author Spotlight (Interview): Emma Chase

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Today we are honored to be featuring Emma Chase in our Author Spotlight.  This author really doesn’t need an introduction, but we’ll do one anyway, ‘cuz that’s how we roll.  

Once in a blue moon, a book is released into the romance book world that everyone talks about.  Tangled was one of those books.  Not only did we get a healthy dose of laughs with Drew and his schenaigans, but we found a new author who could nail the male POV.  These authors are rare folks. 

With the Tangled series and her new Legal Briefs series, Emma has shown she keep up the laughs, add make us continually update our book boyfriend list.  Just see the Sustained review to see what I mean.

Thank you Emma for taking the time and answering some questions.

Interview

What inspired you to write the Legal Briefs series?  Do you have any legal background?
I wanted to be a lawyer when I was very young, but no – no background. The idea of three hot-shot, young attorneys came to me when I was in Washington DC for a book signing. It’s a young, attractive city – with the most lawyers per capita than any state/district in the country.

Are you already planning on what to write after the Legal Briefs series?  If so, can you give us a hint?
I have a bunch of ideas for new standalones. I also have ideas for a possible Legal Briefs novella because these characters aren’t ready to say goodbye just yet. And I’m always working here and there on a few stories that would bring us back to the Tangled crowd.

What has been most challenging about writing?
Time management. Staying on task, on time and organized.

Do you listen to music while writing and if so, what type of music do you listen to?
I listen to music before I write. Over and over again. The type of music depends on the mood of the scene. During Sustained I listened to Shut up and Dance With Me by Walk the Moon, Closer by Better Than Ezra, Desperado by Linda Ronstadt and House of Pain by White Buffalo.

Who was your favorite character to write about so far?
Jake. He’s complicated and amazingly layered but he’s really funny and sexy and he has this rough edge about him too, which makes him such a rich character to write.

Being inside Drew’s head was something else.  Not many authors can write the male POV and you nailed it.  How did you do it?  Did you consult with a lot of men?
Thank you! It was just as great for me to write from Drew’s head as it was for you to read it! I don’t honestly know how it happens – I was very close with a few guy friends growing up, so their voices are definitely buzzing around my head. For me, there’s a freedom in writing from the male POV. My guy characters are all bold and over-confident – they believe no matter what they say or do, readers are going to love them anyway. That makes for some really easy flowing, no boundaries kind of writing that is pure fun.

If Tangled became a movie and/or mini series, who do you see playing Drew and Kate?  (Personally we see Ian Somerhalder for Drew, we don’t have a Kate though).
I have such problems doing casting – because I always pick actors closer to my age (Bradley Cooper & Kate Beckinsale) as opposed to the age of the characters. In Tangled, Drew’s 28 and Kate’s 25 – that seems so young to me now, lol. I think Chris Evans would make a good Drew and Nina Dobrev would be beautiful as Kate.

Same question for Overruled, one of our reviewers keeps picturing a young Josh Lucas for Stanton, and maybe a younger Eva Mendes for Sofia.
OMG – Josh Lucas and Eva Mendes are amazing choices!! I approve. Scott Eastwood would be a really good Stanton too. For Sustained I would love Theo James for Jake and Jennifer Lawrence as Chelsea.

Rapid Fire Questions

Favorite author?
Gah – sooo hard (that’s what she said). Johanna Lindsey.

Favorite romance book?
Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey and The Bride by Julie Garwood

Current read?
NUTS by Alice Clayton. Go ahead – be jealous.

Biggest vice?
Caffeine

Favorite musician?
I go through fazes. I was on a huge Air Supply kick recently. I think Eminem is a genius, I sing Tom Petty in my car with the windows down and I’ve never heard a Bon Jovi song I didn’t like. I’ve just recently discovered Ed Sheeran (he’s amazing) and I find One Direction songs fantastically addictive. I also listen to showtunes from Les Miserables and Wicked almost every day (I sing those too – sooo badly).

Favorite candy?
Anything fruity/chewy – Swedish fish, Mike & Ike’s, fruit snacks.

Coke or Pepsi?
Pepsi

Favorite Star Wars character?
On this, Drew Evans and I agree. Han Solo – no contest. He’s so cool. And handsome, and clever and loyal.

Thank you again Emma for hanging out with us and answering our questions.

About

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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night, she toils away bringing her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. Writing has always been her passion, and the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, was nothing less than a dream come true.

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Check out Emma’s books:

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Book Title: Tangled (Tangled #1)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 254 pages

Synopsis

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

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Book Title: Holy Frigging Matrimony (Tangled #1.5)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 40 pages

Synopsis

What does Drew Evans have to say next? Find out in this forty page short story, filled with his sexy charm, unique advice and hilarious one-liners.

Marriage: the final frontier. Steven went first. He was kind of our test subject. Like those monkeys that NASA sent off into space in the fifties, all the while knowing they’d never make it back.

And now another poor rocket is ready to launch.

But this isn’t just any posh New York wedding. You’ve seen my friends, you’ve met our families, you know you’re in for a treat. Everyone wants their wedding to be memorable. This one’s going to be un-frigging-forgettable.

Holy Frigging Matrimony takes place about a year after Tangled’s end and is from Drew’s POV.

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Book Title: Twisted (Tangled #2)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 272 pages

Synopsis

There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself – and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice, the most important of my life. Drew already made his –in fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville. Alone. Well, sort of alone….

What I’ve come to realize is that old habits die hard and sometimes you have to go back to where you began, before you can move ahead.

TWISTED picks up two years after Tangled’s end, and is told from Kate’s POV.

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Book Title: Tamed (Tangled #3)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 256 pages

Synopsis

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: girl meets player, they fall in love, player changes his ways.

It’s a good story. But it’s not our story. Ours is a lot more colorful.

When I met Dee I knew right away that she was special. When she met me, she thought I was anything but special—I was exactly like every other guy who’d screwed her over and let her down. It took some time to convince her otherwise, but turns out I can make a convincing argument when sex is at stake.

You might know where this story’s headed. But the best part isn’t where we ended up.

It’s how we got there.

TAMED goes back in time to the Tangled days. But this time around, it’s not Drew dishing out the advice and opinions—it’s his best friend Matthew, who of course is dealing with Dee Dee.

Review => http://afterdarkbooklovers.com/2014/08/04/book-review-tamed-by-emma-chase/

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Book Title: Tied (Tangled #4)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 256 pages

Synopsis

In the fourth sexy romance by the New York Times bestselling author of Tangled and Twisted, Drew and Kate can’t wait to tie the knot—if they can survive the pre-wedding festivities.

For most of my life, I never imagined I’d get married. But Kate did the impossible: she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before, but now I’m even better.

The road to this day wasn’t all rainbows and boners. There were mistakes and misunderstandings worthy of a Greek tragedy. But Kate and I made it through with our inexhaustible lust, boundless admiration, and everlasting love for one another intact.

That being said, there were some unexpected incidents in Vegas last weekend that could have been a problem. It was kind of… my final test.

I know what you’re thinking—what the hell did you do this time? Relax. Let’s not judge, or call for my castration, until you’ve heard the whole story.

And hold on tight, because you’re in for a wild ride. Did you expect anything less?

Review => http://afterdarkbooklovers.com/2014/10/07/book-review-tied-by-emma-chase/

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Book Title: Overruled (Legal Briefs #1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 272 pages

Synopsis

As a DC defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing – with his southern drawl, disarming smile and captivating green eyes – he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.

Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart and mother of his beloved ten-year old daughter. Jenny is getting married — to someone who isn’t him.

That’s definitely not part of the plan.
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Sofia Santos is a city raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her “friend with mind-blowing benefits” begs for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him – to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi – to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves.

Her head tells her she’s crazy…and her heart says something else entirely.
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What happens when you mix a one stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise and even the best laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.

Review => http://afterdarkbooklovers.com/2015/04/28/book-review-overruled-by-emma-chase/

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Book Title: Sustained (Legal Briefs #2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 304 pages

Synopsis

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

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Review => http://afterdarkbooklovers.com/2015/08/24/book-review-sustained-by-emma-chase/

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