Monday, January 4, 2016

Secret Admirer by Ally Hayes A Candy Heart Romance

My review:  One woman, two different men and candy hearts.  This is a fun, sweet romance.  I enjoyed Andi's story.  There is a nice little twist, I did figure it out long before the author told the reader, but it didn't detract from the story.  I was kept engaged and turning the pages.

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I want to thank Ally for taking time to do my blog interview.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m the tired mother of three girls and grateful wife of a very patient guy. I grew up in Massachusetts and still can’t believe I live in the Midwest even eighteen years later. My husband and I met at college and I fell in love with his hometown of Chicago along with him. Lucky me though, going home means visiting Boston. I’ve been an avid reader all my life and not ashamed to say I began writing out of jealousy. I have always been envious of authors and only when my youngest began school full time did I believe in myself to see if that envy could fuel my future.

What do like the most and the least about writing?

I love that I am in control of the story, though I tend to forget that sometimes. The least is the self-imposed pressure. On a good day when the pressure and the writing flow are in balance it’s the best feeling.

Give us a peek into your latest published work?

 Andi’s new to town and looking for a fresh start in the dating department. She’s attracted to the guy she sees each morning, but begins flirting via text with Garrett, a friend of her new co-workers. Despite many attempts and determination, she misses opportunities to introduce herself to Cute Coffee Shop Guy or actually meet Garrett in person. With Valentine’s Day approaching she succumbs to the sugar rush of Candy Hearts and when ‘Secret Admirer’ continues to appear in the messages, she takes it as a sign to decide which guy is her real Secret Admirer.

What’s next on the writing horizon for you?

I’m currently working on New Adult book and attempting to breathe new life into a novel I wrote and shelved years ago. I struggled to walk away from the story, but am now glad I did and ready to revive the characters.

Is there anything you want to tell readers?

Thank you! Keep reading and passing on the love of the written word to the next generation. When you love a book – recommend it.

Excerpt of Secret Admirer:

I pulled my sporty hybrid into a spot right in front of the aptly named Fresh Start Café. The
irony did not escape me. A loud overhead door chime announced my entrance. Though still not quite perky, I gave a weak smile to the few people who instinctively turned. I ordered a large cup to go and walked past the glass case of pastries toward the counter along the far wall offering the requisite sugars, creamers, stirrers, and lids. I only needed a lid, but that proved to be more challenging than I could’ve imagined. I struggled to secure it while avoiding a spill, but I couldn’t produce a seal.

“They are a bit tricky, but the upside is once they’re on, they’re on for good.”

Upon hearing a sexy, yet friendly, male voice, I looked up and blushed upon discovering the face
matched the voice. He had medium length, messy, brown hair and soft blue eyes framed by amazing
eyelashes. I caught myself staring and quickly looked away and resumed my mission with a renewed effort. “Yes, snug I guess. You’re right.” Thankfully the lid made a satisfying pop at that moment indicating my victory in the lid battle. I quickly straightened, my hands shaking in time with my racing heart. I wasn’t expecting to meet a cute guy first thing in the morning. The combination of surprise and attraction woke me better than any cup of French Roast could.

About the Author: 
As the mother of three girls, Ally finds creating
drama for her characters an escape from the real drama
in her own home. Originally from Boston, she now lives with her husband and family outside Chicago and writes when not driving to practices and games.

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1 comment:

Ally Hayes said...

Thanks for showcasing me and my story, Marie! I appreciate it.