* Where did you get the idea for Expecting Fortune’s Heir? As you probably know, this book is one of six Fortune’s of Texas books released January-June this year. Harlequin gives the authors who are invited to participate in this “continuity” an overarching storyline and the characters. It’s up to the author to flesh out the characters–and the basic storyline–they are given. While each book can be read–and enjoyed–on it’s own, it’s fun to read all six.
* Tell us about the hero of the book? Why will we fall in love with him? Shane Fortune is a man of honor. He is his father’s right hand man and the one slated to take over JMF Financial when his father retires. But when all the evidence seems to point toward his father having a whole other family and giving a large portion of the company to this woman, Shane walks away from the father, and the company he loves.
* Tell us about the heroine? Why is she the perfect woman for the hero? Natalia “Lia” Serrano is struggling to find her place in the world when her path crosses with the hero’s. She’s a woman of principle who doesn’t shy away from doing the right thing. She’s also someone who believes strongly in family and helps Shane open his eyes to what’s really going on with his father.
* What life lessons do your H/H have to learn before they can find their happily-ever-after? The issue that comes between Lia and Shane is one of trust.
* Is there any particular significance in the setting? The book takes place in Red Rock, Texas just outside of San Antonio. Many of the Fortunes have settled in this town. If you’re not familiar with the Fortunes, they are a wealthy and powerful family.
* If this is part of a continuity, tell us about your experience working on connected stories with other authors. The other authors were fabulous to work with…but that’s been my experience with all the authors who write for Harlequin Special Edition…they’re just all so nice.
* What was your favorite scene to write? * What was the most difficult scene for you to write? The first scene was my favorite but also the most difficult. The books starts with a one night stand between the hero and heroine. It’s challenging to make the characters sympathetic as well as making it believable that these two people (in particular) would hop into bed with each other.
* Do any beloved characters from your previous books show up in this one? Other characters from the other books in the continuity show up in this one. An interesting tidbit is that Shane’s brother, Sawyer, who we see a lot of in this book, is also in the next Fortune’s of Texas book I’m currently in the process of writing (though he’s not the hero) That book will be out next February.
* Why will readers enjoy this book? I’m not good at hawking my own books, but here’s a little snippet of what the Romantic Times reviewer had to say (and gave it 4 1/2 stars out of 5)….Kirk’s Fortune saga starts out with the sexiest scene first and only gets better from there, with an ongoing mystery and a couple whose difference only strengthen their appeal–all set in a small Texas town full of larger-than-life characters.
In honor of this book’s release, I’m giving away a copy to one lucky person (drawn from everyone who comments). To be entered into the drawing (with the winner posted on Sunday) all you have to do is tell me some of your favorite settings for books. Do you like Texas? Or do you prefer harbor towns? West coast? I think you get the drift. :)