I had the pleasure of meeting Codi Gary at the Buns and Roses Tea for Literacy Event this past October. She was so easy going and fun to hang out with. So, when the opportunity to interview her came up, I immediately grabbed at the chance. Her new book, Holding Out for a Hero is set to release on November 8th. Hope you enjoy the interview and be sure to enter the giveaway for an e-book copy of the book.
Lampshade Reader: Today, we are happy to welcome Contemporary Romance author Codi Gary! Codi, would you care to share a short bio with us?
Codi Gary: Sure! Hi All! I am Codi Gary and I am a Northern California girl living in rural Idaho. I love romance novels, a massive amount of TV shows, my adorable children (furry or non) and the rest of my crazy, extended family. I knit when I can, and write all the time. I enjoy coffee, my once a year drink, and have recently started a journey to get healthy. And that’s me in a nut shell.
LR: Please tell us a little bit about Holding Out for a Hero. What inspired the themes in your story?
Codi: I knew Blake was a widower, and that I wanted him to find someone with no real baggage because he had so much. I wanted her to kind of bring him out of the dark, the way some of my favorite country songs talk about. The biggest influence was the song by Mindy McCready, Have a Nice Day.
LR: Speaking of heroes, who is yours?
Codi: Honestly? I have a lot. I have so many amazing people in my life, but one of my oldest and dearest friends, Hope, has had a really hard time, and her strength and everything about her just makes me admire her so much.
LR: Do you currently have a book boyfriend? 🙂
Codi: Yeah I do! Have you read On Dublin Street by Samantha Young? I am in love with Braden Carmichael. He’s so alpha sexy yet with an ooey gooey center that melts me.
LR: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you currently reading?
Codi: T.J. Kline, Candis Terry, Bria Quinlan, Violent Duke, Julia Quinn, Sara Fawkes… Oh man, must I narrow it down? Okay, I will tell you that I read everything Sophie Jordan and Monica Murphy put out. I am behind on both of them, and told Monica to stop putting out books while I’m on deadline cause she is distracting. And Sophie’s Devil’s Rock series is freaking mind blowing! Can’t wait for North’s story. I have been trying to broaden my reading library though, so I tend to grab books with awesome covers. I recently picked up Addison Fox, and am really excited about her.
LR: If you could visit any setting from one of your books, which one would it be and why?
Codi: Rock Canyon, hands down. It is my very first creation and I love all the characters, even the ones like Mrs. Andrews.
LR: Name one item you can’t live without.
Codi: Item? No, not my kids…um, lets go with…my phone. Yes, I know, it is cliché, but honestly, I do so much on it that if it is out of commission, I feel naked.
LR: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Codi: I have always been a pantser but after working with different publishers, I am slowly becoming a plotter.
LR: What’s next for you?
Codi: I have Hot Winter Nights coming from James Patterson’s BookShots on December 6th, and there will be more Rock Canyon headed your way before my Something Borrowed series releases with Kensington next year.
LR: Thank you so much for the interview Codi!
About the book….
He wasn’t looking for love . . .
Two years after the death of his wife, Sergeant Blake Kline is still hurting. He isn’t ready to date, but whenever he stops by his local diner and sees the friendly smile of his favorite waitress, he feels a spark of true happiness again. And when her life is unexpectedly threatened, Blake discovers his feelings for her might not be as platonic as he thought.
She was holding out for the hero of her dreams . . .
Bookworm Hannah York has always been a hopeless romantic—preferring book boyfriends to blind dates—and she’s been day-dreaming about Blake since the moment he came into her diner. She’s convinced they’ll never be more than friends . . . until Blake kisses her and “weak in the knees” becomes more than just a line from her favorite romance novel. The closer Blake and Hannah get, however, the harder he fights to keep her at a distance.
But forever has a way of sneaking up on you . . .
When their blossoming relationship takes a complicated turn, Blake will have to face his past . . . or risk losing Hannah forever.
Enter for the chance to win a Kindle e-copy of Holding Out for a Hero! Contest ends Friday, November 11th. Winner will be randomly chosen and emailed. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email, so please, please check your inbox!