Monday, July 7, 2014

Guest Post With Amy Andrews, author of Risky Business

Title: Risky Business
Author: Amy Andrews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Number of Pages: 257

From bestselling author Amy Andrews comes a new single-title romance about putting pleasure before business, and the risks we all need to take when we find someone worth risking everything for. 

Samantha Evans’s life is going to hell. Not only has she rage-quit her beloved, high-powered job, but she is suddenly afflicted by hormones, free time, and an unavoidable, unignorable, undeniably gorgeous irritant in the form of Nick Hawke, her extreme sports star neighbour, who has come home to take over the reins of his grandmother's second-hand bookshop. Sam needs something to keep her from begging for her old job back until she's good and sure her boss understands how wrong he was, and taking a low-risk, low-stress job helping Nick at the bookstore might be just the thing. 

After all, it's not like Nick is the right guy to help her with her hormones. He'll just be fun to look at while she searches for the one. 

Nick has six months to get over an injury before Everest and a big, fat contract beckon. That means no sports, no danger and, above all else, no risks. It means playing it safe. And Nick Hawke doesn’t do safe. So he’s going to need something to stave off the boredom while selling books he doesn't read to people who wouldn't know a carabineer from a crochet hook. What could be safer than hiring a cranky, unemployed accountant to help run the bookstore? Sam is efficient and methodical and messing up her neat, post-it note world could be a fun way to pass the time….

Risky Business mixes the classic romance of Philadelphia Story, the humour and wit of When Harry Met Sally, and a strong, contemporary Australian setting to create a delightful, irresistible, utterly satisfying treat of a novel.

Today I am lucky enough to have Amy Andrews, author of Risky Business here at A Buckeye Girl Reads! She's here today to talk about what inspired the setting of her book which takes place in a second hand bookshop.

The Bliss of a Bookshop
Risky Business is set in one of my favourite places in the whole world – a second-hand romance bookshop. In fact, I think my childhood primed me specifically to write this book!

You see, when I was a kid, one of the things I remember most about school holidays was being allowed to go with my mother to the second-hand bookshop. I loved that place. Thousands of spines staring down at me. Millions and millions of words. Row upon row of treasures sitting on rickety metal shelves. To this day I can still recall the wonderful smell of thousands of books. That magical aroma of ink on vintage paper.  

We kids were there for the comics – Archie and Jughead, Richie Rich and The Phantom were our favourites. But Mum was there for the romance novels. She’d trade in the ones she’d bought the previous week and pick up another dozen. Sometimes the owner had put some aside for her. Mum would then go on to select a bunch of paperback westerns for my father. He called them yippees. I have no idea if that was their correct nickname but that’s what we called them in our house. The first romance novel I read was from this shop. Also my first yippee.

So it was very easy for me to write Birdie’s second-hand romance bookshop in Risky Business. Easy to describe the rows of romance novels. Easy to have Nick incorporate yippees to put his manly stamp on things. Easy to have Sam tease him that westerns were romance novels for blokes just as I used to tease my Dad. Easy too, to create a community that has the shop as it’s central meeting point. Because books are universal. And book people get each other. 

Q: Do you have any good bookshop memories or stories?

Author Bio: 
Amy Andrews is a multi-published, award- winning author of 30+ romance novels across both traditional and digital platforms. She writes for Harlequin Mills and Boon, Entangled, Harper Collins Australia and Momentum Publishing. She's sold in excess of a million books worldwide and has been translated into over a dozen languages. In her spare time she is a PICU nurse and mother of two teenagers. She lives on acerage on the outskirts of Brisbane, Australia but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.

Where to Find Amy: 
website |  Facebook page

Where to find Risky Business: 
Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK | iBooks | Google Play | Kobo Books

Tour Stops:
Monday, July 7th: A Buckeye Girl Reads - guest post
Tuesday, July 8th: The Romance Dish - Q&A
Wednesday, July 9th: Cruising Susan Reviews
Thursday, July 10th: Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance - spotlight
Saturday, July 12th: Romancing the Book
Monday, July 14th: Harlie’s Books
Wednesday, July 16th: Babbling About Books, and More! - guest post
Thursday, July 17th: The Reading Date - guest post
Tuesday, July 22nd: Girl meets Books - guest post
Wednesday, July 23rd: Reading in Black & White - review and guest post
Thursday, July 24th: Schmexy Girl Book Blog