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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Brenda Whiteside dishes out about Sleeping with the Lights On. Comment to win huge!

Welcome to my Spring has Sprung blog event. Wow, I’ve already had some super authors visit and have many more on the agenda! This week it’s my pleasure to introduce romance author, Brenda Whiteside. She’ll be dishing out about her latest release, Sleeping with the Lights On. What can you do for a chance to win a free Ecopy of Sleeping with the Lights On and a $4.50 gift certificate to The Wild Rose Press main store? Simple. Leave a comment!

Sleeping with the Lights On

After two failed marriages and countless relationships, Sandra Holiday thinks she’s met the man to end her years of less than perfect choices; choices that not only derailed her travel-related career plans but also left her single and broke.

Carson Holiday, a Las Vegas country crooner with swoon-inducing good looks, spent his adult life pursuing a recording contract and love, never holding on to either. After eighteen years, he drops back into Sandra’s life, reigniting an attraction he can’t deny.

When Carson reappears, Sandra must choose again. Only this time, nothing’s as it seems. A secret admirer, a redheaded stalker, and an eccentric millionaire throw her on a dangerous path, with Carson her only truth.

As life confronts her with yet another turning point, will her decisions find her eternally sleeping with the lights on – or will she finally discover a way to turn them off?

SKY: Welcome Brenda, thanks for joining me this week!

BRENDA: Thank you for having me, Sky. I admire what you do with your blog and appreciate the opportunity to spend some virtual time with you and your followers.

SKY: Thanks, Brenda! So tell me, what inspired this story?

BRENDA: In the beginning – my sister. She was single and at a turning point in her life. And she approached her situation with a good dose of humor, like Sandra. In Sleeping, Sandra is single, her career is stalled, and she is still searching for her niche even after years of experience and two marriages. Women like Sandra are inspiring. We’ve all known people who have gotten to a certain point in their lives and realized they aren’t really where they want to be, whether in love or career or experience. This is my favorite kind of discovery story. Sandra figures it out.

SKY: I can certainly relate! I think you’re right. A lot of us come to a point in our life where we ‘check’ ourselves and ask, “Is this really where I want to be right now?” So share with us, what makes your heroine fly off the pages? I’d love a glimpse of who she is.

BRENDA: Sandra isn’t the typical romance heroine. She’s fifty, twice divorced, but still looking for Mr. Right. And a career. She sees humor in most situations, even when being stalked by a tall, vamp-like redhead. Talk about an optimist!

People often say, if I only knew then what I know now. I say, if I’d known as much then, I would’ve avoided way too much and wouldn’t know now what I know. Nor would I have been where I found myself that morning—the object of affection by a man I’d yet to fully discover on a lazy spring morning. I had to believe my future held some good possibilities.

SKY: Brenda sounds like a woman worth knowing! But what of her hero, what makes makes him worth knowing─lusting over?

BRENDA: Ha! Who wouldn’t lust over a Las Vegas country crooner with swoon-inducing good looks? Add a Texas drawl and…let’s say he knows how to fill out his jeans! And he knows how to sweet-talk a lady, even one like Sandra who was once married to him.

When he lowered his voice, I lost my peripheral vision to the point that we were the only two people in the restaurant. “Sandra, when a gal’s figure fills in the spaces to make it a woman’s body, a man can lose all common sense just lookin’.”

Carson knows how to give a woman his full attention with a warm touch and a gentle come hither glance.

I should have pulled away and asked what the hell are you doing Carson? What are your intentions, mister? But my brain, deprived of blood flow when his fingertips directed the flow to my legs, went on stand-by mode. The mere touch from him was so lethal he may as well have been walking his fingertips up my legs and under my skirt, dancing across my panties, causing me to squeeze my thighs together in defense, or arousal, or both.

SKY: Thanks so much for visiting and sharing!

BRENDA: It’s been fun, Sky! Thank you for the opportunity to visit. If anyone has any questions or stories to share about journeys of self-discovery, I’d love to hear them.

Interested in learning more? Visit Brenda at her website.

Sleeping with the Lights On can be purchased at The Wild Rose Press and Amazon as well as other on-line sources in both e-book and print versions


3 Stars HOT Cheers to Whiteside for writing a heroine who exists outside the conventional romance novel in terms of age and marital status, a woman who knows what she wants out of life and men, but is still vulnerable enough to try to force relationships that aren’t there.
…the whole of the novel is written with a pleasantly light sense of humor…

RT Book Reviews June 2010

Brenda Whiteside has crafted a page-turner I could not (did not) put down until I’d read the very last word. Her characters come instantly alive, and their lives intertwine seamlessly in this fast-paced romance, that does not have a happy ending – until the very satisfying end.

Ana Morgan, MFW Muse June 2010

Well, I must say, Sleeping With the Lights On sounds like a spectacular read! Don’t forget, for a chance to win a free Ecopy of this fabulous story and a $4.50 gift certificate to The Wild Rose Press, be sure to leave a comment by Friday, May 28th, 12 PM EST.

Thanks for popping in!



Student Entrepreneur said...

I need another good book to read!! Sign me up:)!!


Pat said...

Brenda Whiteside is fantastic to write with a non-traditional, middle-aged woman as the romantic lead.
Hurray for her!

M. Listvan said...

Great interview....and a teaser for the book as well...not I cannot wait to read it!

Brenda Whiteside said...

Thanks. It was great fun to write about a woman with a little experience under her belt. And is still sexy and fun!

Cherie Le Clare said...

One is never too old for romance - an older(and wiser?) heroine appeals to me.
And I love your title!

Best wishes Brenda.

Cherie Le Clare.


I loved to read story about older women. I guess because I'm older myself.


nel said...

Thank you for a great review and interview!!! I would love to have a copy of Sleeping with the Lights On

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Brenda Whiteside said...

Cherie and Loretta,
I think there are many of us that can identify with an older heroine like Sandra. And here's to romance at any age!!

Brenda Whiteside said...

Thank you, Nel.

Monique DeVere said...

Great dish ;) Sleeping with the Lights On sounds like a great story.

Good luck with sales.



Carol L. said...

Hi Brenda,
Sleeping With The Lights On sounds like a great read. It's on my TRL. Liked the blurb
Carol L.

Brenda Whiteside said...

Thank you for stopping by Monique. And thanks for the well wishes.

Brandy B aka Brandlwyne said...

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Brenda Whiteside said...

I appreciate that Carol.

Thanks for stopping in Brandlwyne.