Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Blog tour: Garrett by Sawyer Bennett

Cold Fury Hockey # 2 
By: Sawyer Bennett
Releasing February 17th, 2015

USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett hits the ice with the story of a playboy athlete whose winning ways lead him to a beautiful woman with a lot to lose.

Carolina Cold Fury star Garrett Samuelson never wants to miss out on a single minute of fun. Whether he’s playing hockey, hanging out with friends, or walking the red carpet with a new date on his arm, he lives every day to the fullest. When he meets Olivia Case, he sees someone who’s exactly his type—confident, sexy, smart . . . his next fling. But the more he pursues her, the more Garrett shares a side of himself that other women don’t normally get to see.

Olivia has been keeping a secret. While Garrett lives for the next thrill, Olivia’s not sure she’ll live to see the next day. She’s undergoing treatment for some serious medical issues, and she doesn’t have time for a relationship with no guarantees—especially one with a hot-as-sin womanizer who won’t take no for an answer. But as she gets to know the real Garrett, Olivia can’t help falling for him . . . hard. To reveal the truth would mean risking everything—but you can’t score without taking the tough shots.

USA Today Best-Selling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series. She will be releasing her second book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series with Random House Loveswept, February 2015.

Hello Sawyer! Welcome to Roberta’s Dreamworld and thank you for your time. First of all, tell us something about yourself, both as a writer and as a person.

Thank you so much for having me! Let’see… as a writer, I focus pretty much on contemporary romance with some of my books having quite a nice erotic element. I always write with a happily ever after, but that could change in the future as I evolve. Personally, I’m a southern girl and my husband and I adopted a baby last year. Oh, and I love dogs. I mean really love dogs! I have three… two Golden Retrievers and a Bernese Mountain Dog.

How/when did you realize you wanted to become a writer?

This came on later in life. I was (and still am) a civil litigation attorney and have been practicing for 17 years. I read a lot of romance books and a few years ago I just got curious if I could write one myself. And now two years later, I’m in the process of backing out of my law practice so I can become a full time writer.

Let’s speak about “Garrett”. We’ve read the synopsis but can you tell us a little more about what the book is about?

Garrett is a professional hockey player who was introduced to us in the first Cold Fury book, Alex that released in October, 2014. He’s a fun loving, gorgeous guy who loves women but detests relationships. He’s sort of sowing his wild oats so to speak. However, that all changes when he meets Olivia, who… well… just isn’t interested in him. This, of course, sparks intrigue as well as all of his caveman hormones, and Garrett becomes relentless in his pursuit of her. His thought is to have her once and be done. What he doesn’t count on is that Olivia has a secret that could easily send someone like him scurrying for safer ground.

How did you come up with the idea and how did you create the characters?

For a guy like Garrett to fall, it had to be a big fall. And just finding a really cool woman wasn’t going to do it. It had to be hard on him to make the fall really worthwhile, so I wrote Olivia having a life threatening illness that put more stress upon their young relationship than most people could handle.

If you should describe your books in three words, what would you pick?

Emotional, sexy, heartwarming.

Do you have any favorite authors and did they influence your choice of the genre?

I have a lot of favorite authors and they are all over the place. My favorites include Gena Showalter, Larissa Ione, JK Rowling, Pat Controy and Dean Koontz. None of them write in my genre but the fact that they are amazing writers inspires me on the whole.

What else do you enjoy doing, when you’re not writing?

I love to read and I read a lot. I’m also a huge sports fanatic. I’ll watch anything but my favorite sports are football and hockey.

As a writer do you get support from your family and friends?

I get more support than I really deserve. First and foremost, my law partner has let me take an indefinite leave of absence from our firm the last few years to let me pursue a writing career. I would not be where I am if not for her (love you Jennifer). My husband has been amazing during this transition and is my biggest cheerleader, and truly… all of my friends and family have been relentlessly cheering me on. It’s pretty freakin’ cool!

What are your dreams and plans for your future as a writer?

I truly don’t have any huge aspirations. I really want to write good books that people enjoy and I want to make an honest living to help support my family from my work. If I had to have one crazy dream that is completely a long shot, I’d kill to be a #1 bestseller on the New York Times list.

Would you like to say something to the readers to encourage them to read your books?

My books have common elements throughout. First, I always write a very strong heroine who is independent and confident. Second, my books are pretty steamy but the sex scenes are written to enhance the romance. And third, there is always an element of humor in my books. My books aren’t overly dark and angsty, but they aren’t comedic either. Just a touch of some laugh out loud moments, usually through character dialogue.


My eyes scan around, looking for Alex and Sutton, my dirty joke practically burning on the tip of my tongue to get out.

And that’s when I see her.

Holy f**k, is she gorgeous.

Tall and willowy, with long hair in the most unusual shade of caramel I’ve ever seen. I can’t tell what color her eyes are from this distance. She’s standing by herself, delicately sipping a glass of wine, and before I know it . . . my feet are moving and my body is following, in her direction.

She’s glancing around at the other partygoers with interest, a slight smile on her face and her foot tapping on the ground to the beat of the music that is playing in the background. I scan my eyes down her body before she sees me, noting the long white skirt she’s wearing that hangs almost to the ground, with a wide, brown leather belt cinched around a narrow waist. She has on a white shirt that hangs off both of her sun-kissed shoulders, revealing just a tiny shadow of cleavage.

Absolutely beautiful . . . in a fresh, bohemian sort of way.

When I get no more than five feet from her, her eyes slide to mine and she gives me a cautiously welcoming smile.

“I don’t think we’ve met before,” I tell her as I stick my hand out. “I’m Garrett Samuelson.”

She accepts my hand, and although the bones in her hand look fine and delicate, she gives me a firm grip and a tinkling laugh, “Of course I know who you are. Star right winger for the Cold Fury. Everyone who is a hockey fan knows you. I’m Olivia Case.”

Her smile is wide and open, revealing perfectly straight teeth cushioned by lips that would make Angelina Jolie break down in a fit of jealousy. Holy shit . . . they are

perfect. Just the most perfect set of lips I think I’ve ever seen.

Now that I’m closer to her, I notice that her hair is an actual riot of colors, with big, thick chunks of amber, honey, and chocolate streaks. Her eyes are a mossy green and she’s sporting the sexiest little diamond pierced through one nostril.

Putting on my most dazzling smile, which I know for a fact pops my killer dimples, I can’t help but hit her with brutal honesty. “I’m sorry . . . but you are one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen.”

It’s true. That is not a pickup line, although if it gets her in my bed . . . score!

She chuckles and flutters her lashes at me. “Pretty lame, Samuelson.”

“I’m dead serious,” I tell her in a low voice. “You’re stunning, and I just had to tell you that. But now . . . sadly, since you think that was a cheesy pickup line, I will just be on my way. It was a pleasure to meet you, Olivia.”

I turn away from her, but her hand immediately shoots out and rests on my wrist . . . just as I expected. I can tell she’s not one to turn down a challenge. “Wait a minute, tiger. If that was a true sentiment, then thank you.”

Turning around, I give her a grin. “So, I can stay for a while in your magnificent presence?”

Olivia throws her head back and laughs, her eyes lit from within, and I notice large, sparkling gold hoops in her ears, adding to the overall gypsylike allure of this woman.

“Only if you lay off the cheesy lines,” she says.


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