Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Interview and Giveaway with Savannah Young

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

WILDE RIDERS is the first book I’ve written using the pen name, Savannah Young. Last year, I wrote 12 romance novels in 12 months and published 11 of them under the pen name Dakota Madison.

I have also written books for children and young adults, non-fiction books and screenplays under my legal name, Karen Mueller Bryson.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

WILDE RIDERS is the first book in the OLD TOWN COUNTRY ROMANCE series about four Wilde brothers and their WILDE country band. I like to call the book HickLit. If you like your trucks loud, your beer cold and your men hot, you’ll love WILDE RIDERS. J

Are you a mom?

I am the “mother” of two adorable bloodhounds.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

The characters in WILDE RIDERS are not based on real people but OLD TOWN, the place in which the series takes place, is based upon the rural town in northwest New Jersey where I grew up.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

It’s not romance but I absolutely adore the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Lizbeth Salander) is one of the greatest female characters in modern literature.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

I’m trying to tackle a science fiction romance and its kicking my butt. I have the first book of the series completed but it needs to be rewritten. It’s been a challenge!

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Kian Kavanagh, Mr. Fire on Ice, is the central character in my Fire on Ice hockey romance series. One reviewer said he’s “1 part gladiator, 1 part Arthurian Knight, 1 part street punk, and all male.” I love him because he’s the character that’s most like my husband.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

WILDE RIDERS is the first book in the four book series. I’m writing book two, THE WILDE ONE, which is Tucker’s story. Tucker served in Iraq and it deeply affected him. THE WILDE ONE is set for release in April.

Wilde Riders
Old Town Country Romance
Book One
Savannah Young

Genre:   Contemporary Romance

Publisher:  Short on Time Books

Date of Publication:  February 11, 2014

ISBN: 1495442977

Number of pages: 186 pages
Word Count:  49,000

Cover Artist:  Tony Bryson

Book Description:


WILDE RIDERS is the first novel in a spicy new contemporary romance series about four sexy brothers, their small-town bar and their local country band. WILDE RIDERS can be read as a STAND ALONE NOVEL or as part of the SERIES.

Cooper Wilde spent his entire adolescence counting the days until he could escape rural northwest New Jersey. Now at 26, he can't believe he's coming back. But his late father's bar, Haymakers, is in financial trouble and his older brother, Jake, has asked for Cooper's help.

Riley Smith, 25, is fresh out of her Ivy League MBA program and wants to make an impression on her employer, H & C Bank. Her first solo assignment is a fraud investigation on a business loan they made to Haymakers.

Even though Old Town is less than 90 minutes from New York City, Riley feels like she's stepped into another world in this remote, one-bar town. Riley can't wait to do her business and get back to the city as quickly as her sports car will take her...until she meets Cooper Wilde. He's not like the other guys in this rural town and Riley feels inexplicably attracted to him.
Excerpt Chapter Two

I can’t believe I have to make a trip to New Jersey. And rural New Jersey to boot. Would someone just shoot me now and put me out of my misery?
“Riley!” I hear a voice yell from behind me. It’s a voice I recognize and don’t really want to deal with right now. I contemplate speeding up my pace but I have a feeling Patti will just quicken her stride to catch up to me so what’s the point?
Patti is almost breathless when she finally manages to grab my elbow. “Where are you going so fast?” 
I can’t believe she’s been running in Jimmy Choos and a business suit. Patti is 5 feet 9 inches and towers over me. She probably could have been a model with her gorgeous blond hair and flawless complexion. I’m petite with dark hair and eyes to match. We’re almost complete opposites in the looks department. And probably every other department if the truth be told. 
“New Jersey.” I spit. I know I sound bitter but I can hardly contain my contempt for the state. Well, maybe not the entire state. I’ll give Atlantic City a pass but only because you can get drunk and gamble and it doesn’t require a plane flight like Las Vegas.
Patti and I work together at H & C Bank but we’ve known each other for years. We were college roommates. I don’t have siblings so Patti is the closest thing I’ve ever had to a sister.
Patti frowns. “Why are you going to Jersey?” The way she says Jersey makes it sounds like I’m going to garbage dump or a toxic waste site. Those options might be a few steps up from a trip to rural New Jersey.
“I have to conduct a fraud investigation on a business loan. It shouldn’t take very long.” Oh, God, I hope it doesn’t. “I plan to be back tonight.”
Patti smiles. “Good because we’ve got a double date.”
“With who?” I sigh. Patti manages to fix me up with worst guys in the city. I don’t know how she does it. They’re all Wall Street wannabes and the only things they talk about are their 6 Series BWMs and the first million they’re going to make before they turn thirty. Most of them are so impressed with themselves they’re actually offended that I don’t want to jump into bed with them on the first date.
“These guys are different,” she says.
Patti always says they’re different and they never are. They’re the same guys over and over again just in different suits and shoes.
“No,” I state adamantly. “I’m not going out with one more Wall Street wannabe. Forget it.” 
“Please,” Patti begs. She’s got a look in her eye that says she’s not going to stop until I agree to go.
“Fine,” I say. “But if the guy drops one hint about his six figure salary or the fantastic view from his brand new apartment, I’m out of there. And I get to throw a drink in his lap if he mentions making his first million before thirty. Got it?”
“I don’t know why stuff like that upsets you so much. You have an MBA from Columbia and you just bought your first BMW.”
“And I’m well on my way to making my first million. But I don’t throw it in people’s faces when I first meet them. I want to know who the guy really is—what makes him tick. I don’t want to hear his impressive resume and a list of everything he owns.”
Patti shrugs. “I just want to know if a guy’s good in bed. But I usually don’t find that out until after dinner. I don’t care what we talk about in between.”
I shake my head. “You’re like a guy trapped in a gorgeous girl’s body.”
She laughs. “So I’ve been told.”
“Is the double date really that important to you?”
She looks at me like I’m from another planet. “I haven’t gotten laid in almost two weeks. I’d say it’s nearing emergency level.”
I don’t want to tell her that it’s been months since I’ve been with someone. Six months to be exact.
“Fine, I’ll try to get back to the city as fast as I can.”
She grins. “That’s why you’re my best friend.”
“I’m your only friend,” I correct.
“Best. Only. Semantics. I’ll see you tonight.”


About the Author:

Romance novelist Savannah Young grew up in rural northwest New Jersey in a place very similar to the fictional Old Town, which is featured in her books. When she's not at her computer creating spicy stories, Savannah is traveling to exotic locales or spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

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1 comment:

Savannah Young said...

Thank you so much for hosting me on your website!
Savannah Young