Wednesday 3 April 2013

Protecting What's His Blog Tour: Interview with Tessa Bailey + Giveaway!

Today I'm very excited to be the next stop in the Blog Tour for Tessa Bailey's debut title Protecting What's His! Tessa is stopping by today with a very interesting interview, talking all about her debut novel and everything else! Protecting What's His is an exciting and sexy story and if you have read even a single title from Entangled's imprint Brazen then you know how wickedly sexy those stories usually are :) And of course don't forget to check at the end of the post for the giveaway details. You can also check here for the full Tour schedule for more giveaways and other fun stuff :)

Anna: Hello Tessa and welcome to Books to Brighten your Mood! Could you please tell us a bit more about your newest release with Entangled, Protecting What’s His?

Tessa: Sure! Protecting What’s His is about a young, Nashville-born bartender named Ginger who is struggling to care for herself and her seventeen-year-old sister, Willa. She comes home one night after a shift to find her addict/stripper mother passed out on their couch, clutching fifty-thousand dollars. In a fateful decision, she takes it and runs, along with her sister to Chicago where she moves in next-door to Derek, a sharp, sexy, filthy-mouthed homicide lieutenant who is determined to find out what she’s hiding.

Anna: When one asks you to imagine a cop, you immediately have an image of a sexy alpha male, overprotective and ready to rescue his damsel in distress. Is Derek according to that description and if different, why is he so?

Tessa: Derek is absolutely an overprotective, sexy alpha male. Ginger is the only one who has ever awakened these overprotective feelings in him, however. The great thing about Derek is he isn’t just a he-man who breaks down doors – he’s smart - and he’s also working behind the scenes to keep Ginger safe.

Anna:  If Ginger could seduce Derek with a single recipe, what would she choose to serve?

Tessa: Ginger isn’t the best cook, but if she wanted to seduce Derek, she would attempt a steak dinner. He’s a meat and potatoes kind of man. Knowing them, though, they would skip right to dessert ;)

Anna: Could you please give us a short physical description of your two main
heroes, Derek and Ginger? And if Protecting What’s His would become a movie what would be your dream cast?

Tessa: Ginger is a bombshell. She’s got long, chestnut hair, bright hazel/gold eyes and a sprinkling of freckles. I would cast Shelley Hennig to play her. Derek is described in the book as having the body of a bar room brawler. He’s tall and muscular with ruthlessly short, dark brown hair. A lot of people think Alex O’Loughlin from Hawaii 5-0 would be a good choice for him and I agree. For Willa, I’d cast a young Kat Dennings type.

Anna: What are your future plans? What should we expect from you after Protecting What’s His?

Tessa: There are more books coming in the Line of Duty series – hopefully soon. I’ve already finished the next one in which a hot shot hostage negotiator falls for his mentor’s daughter. I also finished a novella (yesterday!) as well that you might see before Line of Duty #2.

Anna:  Is there any author who influenced your work?

Tessa: I think every author I’ve ever read has influenced my work in some way. I’m a big Tara Sivec fan – I would say she has had the biggest influence most recently.

Anna: When not writing, how do you like spending your free time?

Tessa: With my little girl  I try to go to a concert every couple months, just to get out of the house and blow off some steam. I have a wild group of girlfriends who get me out – and usually pretty hung over the next day! Not good when your day starts at six am.

Anna: What is your favorite genre to read and could you share with us some
of your favorite books?

Tessa: I love paranormal romance. I read oodles of Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Karen Marie Moning. I’ve read all of their books – their characters are complex and the romance is hot. Most recently, I enjoyed Iced and The Poison Princess. And of course, Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux series.

Anna: Is there a fictional character you really wished he/she was real?

Jericho Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series.

Anna: Which place in the world are you dying to visit?

Tessa: This changes day to day! I’m told Florence is the most beautiful/interesting place in the world – I’d love to go there. However, as I’m currently at the bitter end of New York winter, I would literally settle for being poolside at a cheap motel in Arizona just to get some sun.

Thank you Tessa for stopping by!

About the Author

Tessa lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.

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About the Book
Title: Protecting What’s His
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 273 pages
Release Date: February 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-789-5
Imprint: Brazen
Buy it at: Amazon, B&N, Kobo
She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.

The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds—$50,000 to be exact—could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come...

Turns out, Chicago has some pretty hot cops. Hot, intense, naughty-lookin’ cops like Derek Tyler, who looks like he could eat a girl up and leave her begging for more. And more. Tempting as he is, getting involved with the sexy homicide lieutenant next door poses a teensy problem for a gal who’s on the lam. But one thing is certain—Derek’s onto her, and he wants more than just a taste.

And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.


Entangled Publishing is generously offering one e-copy of Protecting What's His to one lucky winner. Giveaway ends April 21st and it is open internationally.

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  2. Great interview! Thank you.
    I can't wait to read this book. The story sounds very interesting.


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