NOTE: This book is suitable for adults only
INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY
Revving Up the Holidays
by A. S. Fenichel
Workaholic Isaac hasn’t been back to his hometown since his father’s funeral two years earlier, pushing his family away because of a painful secret. Hanukkah and a forced vacation lure him back to Atlanta, where he’s reunited with his two lost loves – an old motorcycle and his sister’s best friend Giada. While rediscovering his passion for both the bike and the woman, Isaac rebuilds his heart.
Giada has lost her Christmas spirit since returning home to care for her dying parents. Left alone, she struggles to return to her successful teaching career, choosing instead to stay in her hometown. Only the unexpected return of her high school crush Isaac brings any joy to the season.
The transitive nature of Isaac’s visit and Giada’s fear of abandonment keep them from sharing their whole hearts, but certainly not their bodies. Their desire for each other is hotter than flames on a menorah and they take advantage of their limited time together by burning up the sheets. But once their secrets are revealed, their hearts will do all the thinking.
Giada saw the light in the small window of the shop door. The last thing she expected to see when she walked in was a sea of motorcycle parts spread from one end of the room to the other. Isaac stood with his back to her and ran his fingers through his dark hair as he stared down at the array.
She should have cleared her throat or something, but she couldn’t help admiring his tall, lean body or the way his shoulders stretched the polo shirt.
“My God, what have you done?”
He turned, looked at her and his faced completely changed. From the intense face of a man with a problem, he transformed in an instant with a smile that had her blushing right down to her panties. Did his face light up that way just for her? No, he probably did it with everyone, or at least all the women he saw. Charm had never been in short supply with Isaac Backman. She was glad to see that hadn’t changed.
“Mark saved my old bike. I’m just fixing it up.” He walked over to where she stood at the door.
“Fixing it up? It looks as if you’ve completely destroyed it.” He stood very close to her. How was it possible that after all of these years, he still made her weak in the knees?
“Looks can be deceiving, Giada.”
“I … Sadie sent me out here to tell you that your mother is here and you should join the party. They’re waiting on you to light the menorahs.”
His eyes narrowed on her. “Will you have dinner with me tomorrow?”
Of all the things she expected him to say, that was not even close to one of them. “Why?”
“I mean, don’t you think you should spend some time with your family? Why would you want to have dinner with me?”
“Really? You don’t know why?”
She shook her head. She knew her eyes must be the size of saucers. I may swoon. Do women still swoon? Some might, but Giada didn’t. She stilled her emotions.
He stepped closer and leaned down until his lips were next to her ear. “I’ve had a crush on you since we were teenagers. I may still have a crush on you. I’d like to get to know you better. Have dinner with me.”
Her heart pounded so hard, she couldn’t believe she’d been able to hear him at all. But she’d heard every softly spoken word and she found herself nodding her acceptance before she could make herself speak. “I get home at six-thirty. Can we make it seven?”
“I’ll pick you up.”
“Not on that, I hope.”
His laughter shot directly from his lips to the already wet space between her thighs.
Interview With the Author
Thanks so much for having me. It’s so wonderful to be here. I’m really excited to talk about my new book and writing.
Which writers have influenced you the most?
What age group do you recommend your book for?
Anyone over eighteen who loves a fast-paced, steamy, romance will enjoy Revving Up the Holidays. Any age for my historical romances.
What sparked the idea for this book?
I thought it would be fun to write a book where a motorcycle obsession could help to repair a broken spirit. From there the story just grew and blossomed.
Which comes first? The character’s story or the idea for the novel?
Usually it’s the story idea, but not always. Revving Up the Holidays came from the idea of the motorcycle. My recent release, Alaskan Exposure, evolved from a sexy ship’s first officer we met on an actual cruise. So, you never know when the muse will strike.
What was the hardest part to write in this book?
Whenever I write a book one character is clear in my mind and pushes me forward. Generally that means there is some other character who doesn’t want to divulge all of her secrets. Giada was difficult to get to know, but once I did, she was wonderful to write.
How do you hope this book affects its readers?
I hope and believe that Revving Up the Holidays will make the reader laugh, cry and root for the characters. I hope it gets you all in the holiday spirit.
How long did it take you to write this book?
This is a novella so it didn’t take long, maybe a month to write and a couple of weeks to tweak.
What is your writing routine?
I get up every day and sit down in front of my laptop in the sunroom and write. Some days are tough and other days are gloriously easy. Either way, I never give up on a good story.
How did you get your book published?
I’ve been working with Ellora’s Cave for a few years. I have an editor whom I love and trust with my work.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Never stop writing and honing your craft. Submit your books and take those rejection letters in your stride. Eventually one of them will be “the call” and things will turn your way. Never give up.
Great advice! What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to cook, garden, read and travel.
What does your family think of your writing?
They are very proud and supportive of me.
That’s great. Please tell us a bit about your childhood.
I grew up in Long Island, New York, and then Central New Jersey. I always told stories, mostly to myself, but never thought about writing them down until I was in my twenties.
Did you enjoy school?
I was that kid who got the note home saying, “… is a lovely child but daydreams most of the day.” I didn’t hate school but I never really excelled until I went to college.
Did you like reading when you were a child?
Yes, though not as much as I do now.
What was your favorite book as a child?
Who were your favorite authors as a child?
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was in college and had an English Composition assignment to write a short story based on a magazine photo. I was hooked after that.
Did your childhood experiences influence your writing?
I think if your childhood and adult experiences don’t influence your writing, you’re doing something wrong. We are what we have lived through and that has to come through in the work or it won’t be believable.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do hear from readers via social media. I’m happy to hear from them and most of the time they want to chat about everyday things. They like to know what coming next for me and my books and where they can read the next snippet.
What can we look forward to from you in the future?
I have four books in the works right now. Wishing Game is a short, sweet historical romance and will be available on 6 March 2014. I’m waiting to hear from my editor on a sequel to Kane’s Bounty, a paranormal romance about psychic law enforcement. The others are on the hush, hush, but I’ll be posting on Facebook as soon as I can.
Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me today. It looks like you’re very busy. Happy holidays!
About the Author
A. S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.
A. S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.
Multi-published in both erotic and historical romance, A. S. has five books currently available and three more under contract with Ellora’s Cave Publishing.
Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.