Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Perfect Lap VBT

His job is to drive fast. Hers is to put the brakes on him. When sparks fly, will love cross the finish line?

AJ Ryan is a publicity nightmare. After a questionable photo surfaces and his biggest sponsor threatens to pull out, the NASCAR champion admits it might be time to hit the brakes. Thankfully, his new no-nonsense image consultant knows just where to start… too bad she revs his engine so loudly he can barely think straight.

Ella Fisher’s career is a welcome distraction from her poor taste in men. Fresh off another easily avoidable heartbreak, rehabbing AJ’s career is just the diversion she needs. But when the pulse-pounding client actually listens to her advice, Ella wonders if there’s more to the man behind the hot mess.

When Ella is granted guardianship of three boisterous children under the misconception that she and AJ are a couple, AJ surprises her by going along with the charade. Before long they find themselves in a make-shift family that feels more real than pretend.

As their professional relationship takes a hard turn for the personal, a single overheard conversation could make it all go up in flames. Will Ella and AJ’s romance hit the wall, or will love take the checkered flag?

The Perfect Lap is the second standalone novel in the Racing Hearts of Serenity romance series. If you like bad boys with a heart of gold, strong women, and love stories with a new age twist, then you’ll adore Sedona Hutton’s fun, sexy tale.

“I bet you have a beautiful smile,” he drawled, then lowered his mouth to hers.

She should have pulled away—she didn’t know this man from Adam. But everything inside her protested. After gazing into each other’s eyes, she felt like she knew him intimately.

His lips were warm and tingly, his kiss pure perfection…and he drew back way too quickly. He blinked those deep blue eyes and gave her a lazy grin. “I knew it.” He rubbed the pad of his thumb over her lower lip. “Beautiful.”

That’s when she realized she was smiling.

He rose, and she gave him a quick once over, taking in the sexy stubble on his face, the taut muscles of his chest, his lean physique. As good old-fashioned lust rolled through her like a quick-moving thunderstorm, she silently bemoaned her situation. This was a hell of a time to have a newly implemented man-ban.

“Keep smiling.” Stuffing his hands in his pockets, he winked at her. “It suits you,” he added in that low, sexy drawl. Then he sauntered off.

Her breath caught as she spun around to gape at him. He’d just kissed her and now he was leaving? She contemplated calling him back, then reconsidered. She had other fish to fry.

Even so, she couldn’t stop herself from tracking his every move as he swaggered toward the party, his backside looking every bit as fine as the rest of him. Pressing a hand to her chest, she let out a slow exhale. Even though she was one-hundred percent committed to her man-ban, she could admit—at least to herself—that the sexy, charming stranger had intrigued her.

Any weird things you do when you’re alone?
I sing to my dog…and trust me, no one else wants to hear it (other than Milkduds!)

What is your favorite quote and why?
My favorite quote is from Mother Teresa: “Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are endless.” I love this quote because I believe kindness really does matter, and it’s the small acts of compassion (kind words, a smile, a helping hand) that make the greatest impact in people’s lives.

Who is your favorite author and why?
There are so many amazing authors that it’s hard to pick just one. Since The Alchemist is one of my favorite books, I’d have to say Paul Coelho. I love the inspiring messages in his stories and his uplifting blog.  His writing career also inspires me. Coelho initially had The Alchemist published through a small press who ran 900 copies and then decided not to reprint it. Over five years later, HarperCollins published the book and it went on to sell millions and become an international bestseller.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Deep characterization, and creating solid GMC (goals, motivation, and conflicts) for all major characters. For my stories, I also come up with the spiritual/new age themes I may want to include. In my experience, if those aspects are well developed, the story flows effortlessly.

Where did you get the idea for this book?
I’m a NASCAR fan…(Go Martin Truex Jr and Chase Elliott!)…so I thought it would be fun to write a romance series with race car drivers. When I wrote Nora’s Promise, the first story in my Racing Hearts in Serenity series, I wasn’t sure whether I would write a series or just one NASCAR story and then move on to something else. As I wrote Nora’s Promise, AJ Ryan took on a larger role than I had initially anticipated. As I further developed his character, I knew I had to write his story next! I’m currently working on the third and final story in this series, CC Clark’s story, Restart in Bristol.

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Author Bio and Links:
Author Sedona Hutton finds inspiration in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and curly-coated retriever. In addition to writing, she’s a Reiki Master and a certified Chopra Center Meditation instructor. She enjoys reading, yoga, gardening, and experiencing the great outdoors on boats, motorcycles, and Jeeps. Sedona pens a “Peace, Love, & Joy” blog on her website. Visit her at the following links:
 Website    |    Blog    |    Twitter
Facebook    |    Instagram    |    Amazon Page    |    Goodreads

Sedona’s debut novel, Cloud Whispers, was a Finalist in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Contest, an Official Selection in the 2018 Summer eBook Awards for New Apple Literary, and Shortlisted for the Books Go Social Best Book of 2018.

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  1. I appreciate you taking the time to give us a great book description and giveaway as well. Thank you so much!

    1. Thanks for stopping by the tour, James. I appreciate the compliments too. Wishing you a beautiful day - Sedona

  2. A big thanks to Sharing Links And Wisdom for hosting this tour. I appreciate it! :) I'm happy to answer any questions that may be out there. Wishing everyone a magical Tuesday! Sedona

  3. How many hours a week do you spend writing on average?

    1. Hi Bernie - It differs through the week, but I try to put in at least a couple of hours every day. On the weekends, I write a lot more. Sometimes when I'm on a creative bent, it's an all day affair! Thanks for stopping by the tour - Sedona

  4. What a gorgeous romantic cover!!

    1. Thanks so much, Mya. Hell Yes Design created the cover and I think they did an amazing job. Have a great evening - Sedona

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    1. Thanks so much Rita, and thanks for stopping by the tour. I hope you're having a wonderful week - Sedona

    2. It is a great read. AJ Ryan is a great hero...he starts off with some rough edges...but he's really just a good ol boy who doesn't fully appreciate the ramifications of his actions all the time. Once he and Ella get together, and especially after they have custody of the kids he begins to see that his actions have impact and he begins to grow into the best version of himself...not that he's a bad guy before that. He's not...he's funny...he's charming...he's hot...but he's not always serious when he needs to be serious.

      There's a great scene with he and Ella and the kids at her too uptight parents' house on Christmas. He lies to her parents to get all of them out of there because it's not a good environment for them...and then has to explain/apologize the lie to the kids on the way home.

      It's a great scene. Definitely one of my favorites.

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    4. Hi Laurie - I love your thoughts on AJ - you described his essence perfectly. And yes, he absolutely grows as the story progresses...with a little help from Ella and the kids they foster. One of my favorite parts of writing The Perfect Lap was having AJ and Ella help each other. While AJ needs to be more serious at times, Ella needs to let go of her need for perfection. AJ is the man to help. He uses his grandfather's wisdom on perfection to help not only Ella, but the kids too.

      Thanks for sharing one of your favorite scenes. I love the Christmas scene as well. I like how it shows that decisions and actions aren't always black and white, and I also loved Madison's sweet, heartfelt response.

      Ella's parents show up briefly in my WIP novel, Restart in Bristol, which is CC's story. I won't give away the details but it's a sweet scene for AJ and Ella, and her mother's uptight nature sets up a very funny line.

      Thanks again for stopping by the tour. Happy Friday - :) Sedona

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    1. Hi Victoria - Thanks for stopping by the tour! :) Sedona

  7. Gorgeous cover and an intriguing blurb and excerpt. This sounds like a must read for me. Thank you for the author interview and giveaway. I have enjoyed reading about you and your work.

  8. Hi Bea - Thanks for your kind words. I hope you enjoy reading The Perfect Lap; it was a fun story to write. Thanks for stopping by the tour, and I hope you're having a fabulous week! :) Sedona

  9. Thanks for stopping by the tour, Victoria. I hope you're having a magical weekend! :) Sedona