Monday, August 19, 2013

No Romance Required: An Interview with Cari Quinn!

Welcome to another week, my bookish friends! I can't think of a better way to start things off than with a sizzling new title! Cari Quinn's No Romance Required is in the spotlight today, and it's fabulous.

Faking it never felt so good…

Cory Santangelo is used to getting his way, both in the boardroom and the bedroom. Lately he hasn’t had much opportunity to do anything but work, but one unexpectedly sexy night in a gazebo with Victoria, his gorgeous and feisty interior designer, changes all that—especially when they’re caught on camera. Suddenly Cory’s sterling reputation is no longer above reproach. Since his impromptu encounter coincides nicely with his need for a girlfriend to get his well-meaning, meddling parents off his back, he decides to ask his lifelong frenemy for a favor.

To pretend to be his girlfriend for a month. No strings attached.

The only problem? Vicky Townsend wants those strings tied all around her. She’s battled a long-suppressed crush on Cory, and their combative work relationship has only fanned the flames. When he suggests his needs are more than she can handle, she’s ready to up the ante. And her bargaining chip is lots of delicious, inventive sex.

Until they discover nothing feels as good as making it real…

Delicious, am I right? Enjoy an interview with Cari, add No Romance Required to your reading list, and then enter the giveaway!


Thanks so much for having me here at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile today!

1) Thanks for stopping by Cari! Let's get to know you, shall we? What three words would you say best describe you?

I’m thrilled to be here. J Hmm, three words to describe me are: stubborn, creative and amusing (or amused, since sometimes my jokes fall flat.) I considered going with coffee-addict because that definitely applies too!

2) I'll admit I giggled while reading your bio. From bible parables, to sexy romance! Can you share with us what your favorite part about being a romance author is?

Yeah, it’s a bit of a stretch, isn’t it? I remember so well that I loved it when people responded to my stories back when I was in school. By far, that’s still my favorite part of writing. With all the ups and downs of this business – much like any other – one of the best things is hearing from someone that they enjoyed my book and that it helped them forget their real life for a while. Hearing that is just an incredible feeling.

3) What snack food can you absolutely not live without while writing?

Coffee. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking—coffee’s not a snack food. Ah, but it is! That’s why they invented chocolate covered espresso beans. If they invent coffee pellets, I’ll probably eat those too. I’m kind of a junkie. ;)

4) Are you a fan of romantic movies? Do you have any favorites to share?

Oh yes, definitely! My favorite romantic movies are probably Pretty Woman and The Proposal. Pretty Woman is all about silver-haired fox Richard Gere in a silver Ferrari—c’mon, peak of hotness! And The Proposal has Ryan Reynolds and the fake relationship trope, which I have to admit I’m kind of fond of, considering my latest release!

5) Finally, and thanks for playing along, I always like to end with a challenge!

No Romance Required is being made into a movie! What is the tagline on the movie poster, and who are the actors playing Cory and Vicky?

Oooh, good one! I’d have to go with the tagline on the book: Faking it never felt so good… And as for the actors playing Cory and Vicky, I’d go with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks, the inspirations I used for the characters when I was writing the book. If your readers are interested, they can check out my Pinterest board for No Romance Required—which includes some Chris Pine in leather pants action. You’re welcome!

Thank you! This has been so much fun! 

USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn wrote her first story—a bible parable—in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. Now she gets to pen sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars. When she’s not scribbling furiously, she can usually be found watching men’s college basketball, playing her music way too loud or causing trouble. Sometimes simultaneously.
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