Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Interview with Robin Covington, author of Sweet Southern Betrayal

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Title: Sweet Southern Betrayal
Genre: Romance
Author: Robin Covington
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Pages: 161
Language: English
Format: Ebook

 Privileged and ambitious attorney Teague Elliott is on the fast-track to getting everything he wants. All he has to do is stay on the straight and narrow and a high-profile political career is his for the taking. Until he wakes up naked with a Vegas showgirl... Risa Clay has worked hard to put her showgirl past behind her and start fresh. But she owes ten grand to the wrong people, and to pay off her debt, she agrees to betray a stranger. . .but she ends up with a husband and guilty conscience. Savvy and determined, she double-crosses the mob, goes on the run, and turns up on Teague’s doorstep armed with a dangerous secret, a marriage license, and the power to ruin his well-planed future. She thought using Teague again would be easy, but the passion that exploded between them in Vegas didn’t stay in Sin City and betrayal is the last thing on her mind. Now Teague has to choose between the future he’s planned for all his life, or the one with Risa that he can’t turn away from.  



What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
It will sound sappy but I am proud of raising two kids who I don’t think are destined to be serial killers.  It is such a hard job-being a parent- and everyday they are alive and well I count it as a win.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
I’m from the South and my family is chockfull of storytellers. I grew up on aunts, uncles and grandparents trying to outdo each other at the dinner table.
When and why did you begin writing?
I have scribbled my entire life always planning to write a book “someday”. I had a dear friend die of breast cancer when she was 42 – shortly after my 40th birthday – and I realized that I wasn’t guaranteed to get a “someday”.  So I got off my a** and did it. I was published two years later.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I love to read! I think my love of books fueled my imagination and inspired me to create my own stories. I wrote my first book when I was eight and I recently found it in my Dad’s attic and it was hilarious.
When did you first know you could be a writer? 
I think when I got the first few editors requesting my work. That professional validation was key to my confidence.
What inspires you to write and why?
Everything but mostly music. I’m a singer in a band and have been for most of my life so I love the stories that music tells. I always put together a playlist for my books – songs that speak to me and get my creative mojo going.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Contemporary romance. I love the interplay of the characters and the emotions I can infuse into everyday life. I have a paranormal coming out next month and I loved writing it but the world building was very challenging for me.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I set “A Night of Southern Comfort” in a small, fictional town outside of Roanoke, VA in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I grew up in this area and I was always drawn to the story of young people leaving a small town to find their place in the world and then discovering that it was back at home. SO, I thought of four guys who were lifelong friends who left town and had them all come back for various reasons . . . three books later . . . .
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
I love a great story, so I would say that my most influential writers are Shannon McKenna, Carly Phillips, Robyn Carr, Robin Kaye . . . too many to count!
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
The discipline of doing it everyday. It is so tempting to just watch one more TV show . . .LOL.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
That it is really hard to redeem a hero that isn’t very heroic. Teague was in the first two books and his personality wasn’t endearing. To suddenly make him the leading man was tough but I think his journey is why so many reviews say that he is their favorite.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
Yes. It is a second career right now but as soon as the numbers work, I will quit the evil day job.
Have you developed a specific writing style?
I think I have a distinctive voice- snarky and sexy- but I don’t think I did anything to develop it. It is just the way I put stuff on the page.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? 
My sex scenes. They flow for me and I hear that they are scorchers.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
My sense of humor about myself. I never want to take myself too seriously.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
My ability to procrastinate. Oh – I am so lazy sometimes.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“Over it. Under it. Around it.” Sherrilyn Kenyon said it in a speech and it stuck with me. When obstacles pop up – figure out how to get around them. No excuses.


Robin Covington, who NYT Best Selling authors, Robyn Carr and Carly Phillips, said was their new “auto-buy author”, writes sizzling hot contemporary and paranormal romance. A Night of Southern Comfort, her best-selling debut novel was nominated for the RT Book Reviewers Choice Awards for Small Press and was touted by RT Book Reviews as bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”. When she’s not exploring the theme of fooling around and falling in love, she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Manganiello. Robin is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Washington and Maryland Romance Writers, a faculty member at Romance University, a member of The Naked Hero, and a contributor to the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today. You can find Robin on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (@RobinCovington). Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children, a ginormous German Shepherd and the world’s cutest Corgi.


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