Locked, Loaded, & Lying with Debut Author Sarah Andre

Sarah Andre

Sarah Andre and I have been close friends (some would call us twins) and Golden Heart sisters for a long time, and it’s a friendship I treasure. So I am not exaggerating when I say I am so excited and proud to introduce Sarah and her debut romantic suspense novel Locked, Loaded, & Lying.

And check out Brenda Novak’s cover quote! “An impressive debut! This book has everything readers crave: believable, enduring  characters, an intriguing conflict, and plenty of heart. Don’t miss Locked, Loaded, & Lying.”

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L3 (as I always think of it) is a blockbuster story intertwined with a beautiful romance and a fast-paced plot. And I can’t wait for you all to read it so we can talk about her hunky hero Lock Roane. (The heroine Jordan is lovely too, but Lock is hot, hot, hot!)

But since we have to wait to dish about Lock (another blog post), here is the trailer and blurb:

He might be innocent. Or he might be very, very guilty…

Olympic skier Lock Roane was on top of the world: smashing Alpine records, collecting medals, and basking in both the love of a nation and his beautiful heiress girlfriend. It all comes crashing down after Lock discovers his girlfriend had an affair—then awakens from a drunken bender covered in her blood. Given his history of violent blackouts, it’s not a big leap for him to believe he did kill her.

On the eve of his murder trial he saves the life of a car accident victim, not knowing she’s his biggest media nemesis. And when Jordan Sinclair regains consciousness, she’ll lie through her teeth to keep it that way.

Jordan is out of options and out of time…

To satisfy her blackmailer, she needs the inside scoop (and its tabloid cash reward) on Lock Roane. An attraction to the arrogant athlete was not part of the plan. Neither is trying to find out what really happened that night.

Now Jordan risks everything—including her life—to help Lock. But the more they discover clues pointing to someone else with a motive, the more Lock is also unraveling all the lies Jordan’s fed him. Her betrayal leaves him with two option: take his chances at his murder trial or forgive the woman who mesmerized him from the moment he saved her life.

Photo of sensual kissing young couple

SW: There are no words that express how much I love this story and how happy I am for you. But I’d love to know — What kind of research did you do for this story?

SA: The BARE minimum! Hate it. All I want is to write my story the way it unfolds in my head and not stop to authenticate details. But boy, did I learn a valuable lesson when Brenda Novak generously gave me editorial feedback. She asked if a tertiary character would be able to get a Sports Illustrated magazine in prison. It had never occurred to me to check! They have libraries, prisoners get mail…I was kind of annoyed she would want me to research such a minor detail. Well, this story had been through 5 FULL rewrites by then (5 plots, 5 different killers, 5 different ways the victim died…) and the guy in the Tutweiler Penitentiary had always gotten that magazine. Grumbling under my breath, I looked up Tutweiler Penitentiary in AL (which I’d randomly chosen 7 years ago by Google maps: ‘prisons in AL.’) I was SHOCKED to find out…it’s a women’s prison. Consider me spanked. Lesson learned.

SW: I am still laughing. I think that is the best answer I’ve ever had to an interview question! Do you prefer to write from the male POV or female POV?

SA: Easy answer! Male. I’m quite obsessed with what makes that gender tick. What pushes their buttons? What causes them heartache? Because on the outside they are way too stoic. Give me a real-life, emotionally stressed-out guy and all I see is a poker face? OMG, my imagination runs WILD. 🙂

All my stories, even the first one collecting dust bunnies under my bed, have been hero-based. They are larger than life: smokin’ looks, success, money, babes…and each figuratively gets ‘the rug pulled out from under him’ in the first chapter. They need the ordinary-heroine’s intelligence and talent to help them back on their feet. A guy like that needing someone? It’s a simmering pot of emotional conflict from the start.

SW: Are your story ideas first drawn from characters or from plot?

SA: Gosh, after writing for 10 years you’d think I’d know the answer! Plot, I guess. I’ll think: ‘what if this were to happen…’ and then I choose the two most ill-suited couple to go on that adventure, stick them on the same page and watch the sparks fly.


SW: What is your greatest strength as a storyteller?

SA: The feedback I’ve received from readers is that I zip the story forward through authentic sounding dialogue. Personally, I think my greatest strength is the friction and/or camaraderie between the hero and his ‘sidekick’ –in this case Lock’s brother, Leo.

SW: I have to agree! What was your favorite scene in this book to write?

SA: The car accident and rescue. Wrote it in one sitting during one of those days where storytelling comes like a gift from God. The words just fell onto the page, the scene unfolded with all the perfect action words and stark emotion. During all the rewrites I have barely revised it, and that’s saying something.

SW: What was the most difficult scene in this book to write?

SA: In ALL my novels I leave the sex scene until the bitter end! I’ll insert a placeholder ‘SEX SCENE HERE’ and move on. It takes all of my skill as a writer to describe the act, the emotions, have it end up original, erotic and realistic, and yet still complicate their problems further. I bow to erotica authors! Back in my dust-bunny book all I had to do was think, ‘you know, my mom is going to read this’ and I was done for the night! Packed it in right in the middle of a sentence. 😉

SW: Can you give us one interesting fact about Locked, Loaded, & Lying?

SA: I got my hero’s entire character from one glimpse of champion surfer, Bruce Irons on the cover of Outside Magazine back in April 2006. I was in a WF checkout line and saw his expression. Stupefied me…there was Lock’s personality! That’s exactly how he’d glare at the paparazzi lens. Arrogant, sexy, double-dog-dare stare with not-so-subtle impatience- like they were keeping him from the sport he loves. Still gives me shivers!

SW: Now Sarah has a question of you:

Who is your favorite Olympic athlete or favorite Olympic sport?

One lucky commenter will win a $25 e-gift certificate to Amazon!

Sarah, thanks so much for sharing your debut with us. I know this is just the beginning of a prolific and successful career!

LockedAndLoadedFinal coverWhen Sarah Andre isn’t writing fast-paced romantic suspense, she loves to connect with readers at: www.SarahAndre.com, www.facebook.com/SarahAndreWriter, and @SarahRSWriter

Photos courtesy of Sarah Andre.

About Sharon Wray

Sharon is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and is the author of the Amazon bestselling Deadly Force romantic suspense series.

Posted on June 16, 2015, in Author Interview, book recommendations, Cover reveal, Sarah Andre, Sharon Wray and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 152 Comments.

  1. Happy debut, Sarah! I’m still reading L3 but so far am loving it! And since blond heroes are so NOT my thing, that’s really saying something that you have me loving Lock! Hope you have an awesome day. Enjoy. Well deserved!!! Your writing is extraordinary.

    • I love Lock too, Lena. He’s a great hero and he’s one of the reasons why I ended up reading the book in one sitting. That and the great writing. 🙂

    • Thanks Lena, I am more impressed that you’ve paused your frantic schedule to read the novel! (And I’m all for dark-haired heroes too, but that cover on Outside Magazine…there was no going back.)

      Thanks for being such a great friend…wish you were here to help me drink the champagne. 😉

  2. Happy Debut Day!!!! Congratulations. And love your comment about the scene that barely changed during rewrites. Love those days. And I’m looking forward to reading your book!

    • Hi Denny! Thank you for coming over and helping me celebrate. I DO hope you enjoy the novel. As a GH winner, your opinion COUNTS!

    • Hi Denny the Daphne Finalist!! I hope you enjoy L3 too. Since you’re both an RS and a Historical writer and like hot, hunky heroes, I think you will. 🙂

  3. Terrific book, Sarah! So glad to see it out and available. I think I managed to “be the first to review this book” on Amazon this morning! Enjoy your Book Birthday!

    • Hurray and thank you Kay! I know you had that sucker written and ready (or Locked and Loaded, I guess) 🙂 for awhile. Fingers crossed it’s at the top of many many more reviews, and I won’t become a 1-week flameout. 😉

      I appreciate you being here today to help celebrate. Wasn’t Sharon’s interview great? (Like she’s not busy enough!)

    • Thank you for reminding me! I’ll go leave my review now! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Kay. I loved it too. 🙂

  4. Sarah, this looks SO GOOD!!! Congratulations!!!

    • HURRAY, thank you for making it today, Kieran! I hope you like it. My goal is to keep people up all night reading it. 😉

    • Kieran, really, it’s wonderfully scary and suspenseful so you may want to read it during the daylight hours during a week when everyone is home at night. 🙂

  5. Sooooo excited to see this! I cannot wait to dive right in… 😄 Congratulations, Sarah!

  6. I am so, so, so excited for you! Congratulations. Enjoy every moment of this, your first book birthday! As for Olympic sports – figure skating. I have a twirly-girl at home.

    • ME TOO! And I officiate like the commentators, often saying exactly what Scott Hamilton says, only I said it first. Seriously, ask my very annoyed husband. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by, Julie, it means the world to me.

    • That’s my favorite sport too, Julie. And thanks for answering the question. I think you’re the first!

  7. Sharon, congratulations! I LOVE the trailer and now can’t wait to read the book. I have to know–who dunnit!


  8. Congrats on the new book. I think my nieces would have a great time sharing it amongst them this summer. I was born in Canada so my personal favorite Olympic sport is hockey. Thanks

    • Thanks Carl. Yes, I call this a ‘beach read.’ No great American novel that needs a book club to figure out- I hope your nieces enjoy it.

      Olympic hockey is a lot less brutal than the NHL, so I can watch it without flinching. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by-

    • I think your nieces will love this book, Carl. Definitely a beach read! And I love hockey too. I grew up on a lake in the NJ mountains and when the lake froze in the winter we all played ice hockey with whatever equipment we could find like sticks and rocks. No safety gear, of course. It was fun. 🙂

  9. Hi Sarah! Congratulations on your fabulous debut! I just purchased and can’t wait to read L3. Didn’t previously know the hero was named Lock! Impressive title tie-in. My personal favorite Olympic sport is ski jumping for winter; platform diving for summer. My favorite Olympian of old was Jean-Claud Kiely. And because I never have just one answer for any question, my more modern day favorite is Apollo Anton Ohno.
    Loved the interview.

    • Thanks for commenting (on ALL my social media sites) Jackie! You’re such a great friend. Yes, Apollo is a cool cat, grace under pressure, for sure. I kind of adore Usain Bolt though, too. Gotta love a guy who has that much confidence. 🙂

    • Now I wish I’d watched the last summer olympics. I am feeling very out of it and now have to go check out these cute athletes. I hope you love Sarah’s book as much as I do!

  10. This sounds a wonderful book – hot love + whodunnit is my favourite. As for favourite Olympic sports, it has to be the equestrian events. Next to a beautiful man I love a beautiful horse.

    • Hi Natalie! I’m assuming you went pretty crazy with the Triple Crown this spring then, LOL!

      Thank you for coming over and commenting, I hope you enjoy the novel.

    • Hi Natalie! I forgot about the equestrian events. I love horses too. And beautiful men. And Sarah’s debut book. 🙂

  11. I doubt what I have to say will “thrill” you, but I am thrilled when the winter olympics come into our home via the TV. I never miss a minute, from toboggans, skiing, ice skating, you name it…I love ’em all. I’m not sure seeing them in person would be as much fun unless you had a relative or friend competing because of all the crowds and you can’t be everywhere at once like you can be while watching TV. But winter sports and sporting events fascinate me and if Sarah’s debut romantic suspense involves winter sports, then I’m “all in” and can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the post. jdh2690@gmail.com

    • If you love winter sports and winter sports hunks, then you will adore Sarah’s book. 🙂 But it’s not just because of the hero Lock — the writing is fabulous too!

    • Weeeell…Lock IS an Olympic champion, but you get to see him just as his world falls apart.

      My parents took us to the Munich Games when I was 10 (we lived in Germany then.) I remember it being hot, crowded and a lot of walking. (Picture a mini-me whining.) For some reason the swim event we had tickets to see was postponed and we left without actually seeing an event. And the terrorists came the next day. Which, of course, I didn’t know for many years. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by, you are such a great KaT cat!

  12. I pre-ordered this. Have been saving it for my vacation in August. It is KILLING me (no pun intended) to wait until then to crack open this book!

    • Well, you and your sister went out of your way to help through the years, so I hope you enjoy it (and stay up VERY late into the night reading…)

      Thanks Dee. See you next month!

    • You have way more self control than I do! But I hope you love it and that it’s worth the wait. 🙂

  13. This book sounds fantastic–I can’t wait to read it. Congratulations on your release day!! Very happy for you!

  14. Yay, Sarah! I’m so happy about your release! I can’t wait to read L3 (what a great title and cover, too). Excellent interview…loved your candid, witty responses…which shows us exactly why you write fine dialogue 🙂

    My Olympic sport is wrestling. My husband was a coach of that sport and we worked matches together…I seem to know more about that sport than most others. Tough sport…individual/not team.

    Happy sales to you, Sarah!

    • Rolynn: My boys wrestled for several years and until then I had no idea how exciting it was to watch. I was on the edge of my seat (literally) for the entire match. There’s a lot more strategy (which the wrestler is constantly having to adjust) that goes into it than people realize. 🙂

    • I haven’t seen a wrestling match in years, but I do remember how intense they were. I really hope you love L3. Sarah is a great writer and I couldn’t be happier for her. 🙂

    • Hello Rolynn! Obviously you are in a port with internet! 🙂

      I can’t wait for you to read it either, I’ve talked about it since I MET you at Desert Dreams in ’06! LOL! Thank you for helping me celebrate-it means the world to me. Cyber hug!

  15. Sarah, happy release day!!! LLL is such an awesome book. I loved Lock because he was hot, but also genuine. You stripped away the persona so well. Jordan was the perfect match for him too. Plus you kept me guessing who the real villain was until the end.

    What a great photo on the cover of Outside. Little known fact, I used to subscribe to Surfer magazine in HS for the ocean and surfer photos (I didn’t actually try surfing until I was 32). It was my way out of landlocked Arizona and into the beach world I craved. Hmm, I need to go back to writing books based in California…

    BTW, I once skied on a slope they were using for the Word Cup races and it was pure ice. I don’t know how they do it.

    Enjoy your debut!!!

    • I would love it if you wrote a book set in California. I think you’d do that really well. With a few surfer hunks added in just for fun. 🙂
      I am so impressed you skied that icy slope. I don’t ski anymore because I’m so terrified of breaking something!

      • Thanks, Sharon. My idea for book four in the MOS series is set mostly in California. Don’t be too impressed about skiing that hill. I was a fearless 8-year-old who had the “brakes” on the whole way down. And I haven’t skied since I got married. At this point, I have the same fear. 😉

    • I really have the idea of writing about a champion longboard surfer next. Something about these hottie adrenalin junkie guys…and maybe I could interview Bruce Irons (who is even hotter 9 years later!)

      Yeah- icy slopes, man…it’s all about carving in with your edges. Whenever the cameras do slo-mo you see the beating the skier’s quads and hams are taking trying to maintain their line through everyone else’s previously carved-out path. Crazy.

      Thanks for all the compliments, Gwen! Drinks are on me in NY!

  16. Huge congratulations on your debut, Sarah! This story sounds like a lot of fast-paced fun, and I can’t wait to read it!

  17. Congratulations, Sarah! I’m so excited for you on this next leg of the writing journey! And if we’d been friends back then, I could totally have filled you in on Tutweiler–well, that it’s a women’s prison anyway. I’m not like, intimately familiar with it or anything;)

    Have a fantastic first day of your published life! May Triple L fly off the virtual shelves like cyber-hotcakes! ❤

    • Manda, I still think that’s the best interview answer I’ve ever gotten. I laughed so hard that even the dog was worried about me. And I’m glad to hear your knowledge of Tutweiler is superficial and not, you know, personal. 🙂

    • HA! Thanks Manda. I do remember thinking “Manda could probably have told me this” after my heart stopped pounding at the near miss of blowing it with reader believability on such a stupid error.

      I’m likin’ this published life. Oddly, I still have to do mundane chores. You’d think I could just be queen for the day. But laundry awaits…
      Thanks again, Manda!

  18. Just popping in to say congrats, Sarah! You story sounds fantastic! Crossing fingers for mega sales!

  19. Great post, Sharon and Sarah. And congratulations on your deput release, Sarah! It sounds like a really exciting book. I can’t wait to read it. And I love the trailer!

    As far as my favorite Olympic sport, does figure skating count as a sport? That’s what I love most watching, the beauty and grace of the skaters and the amazing techniques they perform. It’s all very inspiring.

    • Thank you for stopping over, Carol, and didn’t Sharon do an exceptional job? (If you knew how busy she is! I almost volunteered to interview myself.)

      Yes, figures skating counts and you’re in good company! 3 others above think it’s their fav too.

      Appreciate your compliments on the trailer. Jerome McLean, BookFrenzyStudios. Cannot give his name out fast enough!

    • Yes, figure skating counts as a sport because it’s one of my absolute favorites too!
      I loved the trailer too – it suits the book beautifully. And I hope you love it as much as I did!

  20. Congrats Sarah! Wonderful interview, Sharon! LOVE this book and I can’t wait for readers to get a chance to get to know your fantastic voice, Sarah!
    Favorite Olympic athlete? I’d say Scott Hamilton. I love his rule-breaking black flips!
    But my favorite Olympic story is the Tanya Harding/ Nancy Kerrigan story….there’s a real life suspense story for you! And who was really behind the attack? My author’s mind spun quite a web.
    I’m so so happy for you. This book is wonderful!

    • I’d totally forgotten about the Tanya Harding story. But that would make a great suspense story!
      I am so happy for Sarah, too. L3 is a great book and was worth the wait!

    • Thanks, Carey! That was one weird year, huh? But it goes to show how intense the biggest Games are. These days it’s doping, not smashing someone’s knee…but it’s still all about winning.

  21. My favourite Olympic sport is marathon and badminton . By the way congrats for your debut !:). The excerpts is very interesting indeed!;)

  22. Happy Book Birthday! I”m sp excited to finally get to read this book! My favorite Olympic sports are gymnastics and figure skating. I’m also a big fan of the snow boarding. Although I actually find the summer Olympics more fun to watch, I always spend more TV tome during the winter games because there are more Swedes participating in thise. 😉

    • And thank you, Asa, for putting Sarah’s book on you summer reading list! It’s a great list and I can’t wait to work my way through it when I go to the beach this summer. 🙂

    • Hi Asa! Same with me- gymnastics (they’re so tiny!) and figure skating. Summer over winter.

      I can hardly wait to devour your Viking story in Nov!

  23. My copy has downloaded! Can’t wait to read it! Congratulations!!!!!
    I love Winter Olympics best — and the pictures here make me think of the X-games… The snowboard races have been my favorite the past couple of times!

    • My kids watch the X-games but they scare me. All those crazy stunts. I just know someone is going to get hurt! I am so glad you got the book and I hope you love it. 🙂

    • YAY! Thank you for buying it, Sarah! I hope you’ll enjoy it enough to ‘burn the dinner.’ A writer’s best compliment. 😉

      Love snowboarding–Shaun White is such a (young-completely off limits) hottie. Love the dare devil personality.

  24. Congratulations– multiple Golden Heart sister! Thrilled for you!

    I cannot wait to open this book I got that notice that it was on my Nook this morning.
    I love, love, love the Olympics both winter — my favorite since I’m a skier– and summer. My kids think I am nuts – but I remember watching Jean Claude Killy into the middle of the night via Telstar when I was really young with my Dad! So I watch for hours whenever the Olympics are playing!

    • Hi Nan! So happy you could join us here today and I’m so glad you got your copy. I like to watch skiing, but if I have to do it I prefer water skiing. So much easier to fall on water than ice!

    • Hi Nan!
      Thanks for buying my novel and all the FB/Tweeting you’ve done today! (Should have hired YOU to market this!) Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed yours.

  25. Happy Book Birthday, Sarah! What an exciting day for you! I’m so impressed by this book. Does NOT read like a debut novel. And, of course, there was that whole up-until-4-AM-finishing-it thing for me. I love finding a book like that. So thanks! And BIG congrats!

    • I am so glad you liked it, Jo Anne! And I agree — it does not read like a debut novel. 🙂

    • There’s the GREATEST lady I know! Thank you for staying up until 4am, such a compliment, and all the wonderful places you’ve spread the word. Still kicking myself for missing the review in Houston last week. Dumb Memorial turn came out of nowhere and I flew on by. 😦

  26. Sarah! It’s so wonderful to finally see Locked, Loaded, and Lying up on the bookstore e-shelves ! It’s also great to see how far you’ve come from its first drafts to this wonderful polished manuscript. I know everyone is going to love it as much as I do . We’re so very proud of you!

    As far as Olympic sports, I love them all, though I’m too cowardly to try most of them. I want to say curling is my favorite only because those guys are so passionate about their sport and I think they need a whole lot more respect. But if I’m being honest, it’s absolutely figure skating .

    Hope you have a wonderful release day! XO

    • I agree with you, Diana. I love figure skating too! And thanks so much for reblogging. I really appreciate it!!!

    • Thank you Diana, for the kind words and re-blogging! Your support over the years has been immense and I’m grateful. ‘You make me a better writer.’

      I think figure skating is winning.

  27. Congrats on your debut! I think I met you at breakfast in San Antonio last summer….

    Favorite Olympic athlete? Easy–Caitlyn Jenner. Years ago, he was an incredible athlete and today she’s demonstrating the same courage and determination that won the gold in the decathlon.

  28. Carrie Padgett

    Congratulations, Sarah!! And thank you, Sharon for a great interview! I can’t wait to get my hands on L3. As far as the Olympics, I remember back in my youth, being glued to the TV as Mark Spitz broke all those records.

    • Thanks, Carrie! I hope you enjoy L3. 🙂

    • Thank you Carrie! We were supposed to see that swimming event in Munich but it was delayed and our Dad hauled our crying bodies onto the train back to our house near Frankfurt.

      Hope you enjoy LLL. (Sharon’s giving it a mathematical spin!)

  29. Sarah, I’m so happy for you! You have been my biggest cheerleader these past few months, and I’m so thrilled to be able to return the favor.
    You mentioned that you prefer writing the male POV. I’m new to this, and it’s something I definitely struggle with. I may be hitting you up for pointers later.
    Enjoy today. You’ve worked hard for it!

    • Hi Jessica! Yes, Sarah is awesome with the male POV and I’m sure she’d be happy to share her wisdom. And congratulations on your new release as well!!

    • Hey Entangled Debut Buddy! I’m finally ‘here.’ I woke up today and said “I’m a published author.” Crazy, how long I’ve wanted to say that!

      Anytime, any place for male POV tips. I’m all ears at places like the gym or sporting events trying to capture their lingo and body language, and how they act around each other…

      Thanks for stopping by!

  30. Holy Hotness, the book sounds A-mazing! Congrats on the new release.
    My favorite Olympics sport has always been gymnastics. I may be dating myself a little here, but I remember watching Nadia Comaneci getting her perfect 10 in Montreal. I cried and then I crawled into my Dad’s lap and told him I wanted to do that.
    I still try not to miss the excitement of watching the gymnastics.

    • I barely remember Nadia Comaneci — what I remember is everyone talking about her living behind the iron curtain which I couldn’t picture. A curtain made out of iron? How did she leave her house? Yes, I was young and totally unaware of politics or history or anything beyond how much I loved Shaun Cassidy. But I do love gymnastics and can’t imagine ever being able to do a split. 🙂

    • Aw, thanks, Kim. I kinda had a crush on my hero, to be perfectly honest. 😉
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting today!

  31. Happy debut day, Sarah!! The book sounds fabulous, and wishing you all the best with it. 🙂

    I don’t pay much attention to sports, but I guess my favorite athlete is Canadian soccer star, Christine Sinclair, who first really gained national attention in the Olympics.

    • I don’t pay too much attention to sports either, unless I have a kid playing something somewhere where I have to sit in the hot sun and pretend to be happy when the game goes into overtime. 🙂 But I do remember when we first heard about Christine Sinclair. I hadn’t even realized there was a woman’s soccer team until she gained attention.

      • Sharon, I knew nothing about women’s soccer either, until she and the Canadian women’s soccer team MADE the world pay attention. And she continues to do that, which in my books, is kinda cool. 😉

    • Shelly, my sweet pregnant friend! Thank you for your well wishes. The Dreamweavers are just so fabulously supportive.

      Yes, I think The Canadians won gold in soccer, this last time, right? Broke my little niece’s heart.

  32. Fantastic and fun interview, Sarah and Sharon. I’m a huge fan of L3! Sarah, you kept me guessing to the end! And the relationship between twins Lock and Leo was so well-crafted and heartfelt. It’s going to be a blast watching readers discover you!

    One of my favorite Olympians is speed skater Dan Jansen. Remember him? He was favored to medal in 1988, but his sister lost her battle with cancer just hours before his first race. It was her wish that DJ compete in his races instead of returning home. He fell in his race that day. And the next one after that. It was heartbreaking to watch. Four years later, DJ was favored to medal again. Didn’t happen. His best finish was 4th place. Two more years passed and he arrived in Lillehammer to compete in one last Olympics. He finished 8th in his best event, the 500 meter race. It looked like he would be leaving another Olympics without a medal. The 1000 meter race was his last chance…and he won!

  33. Wow! I’m late to the party because I was celebrating Sarah’s release day by reading LLL in the tub (I put my old Kindle II in a ziplock bag). It was my last morning with the house to myself, kids are now home and off for the summer. Too fun to enjoy the moment by reading Sarah’s debut.

    So excited for you, Sarah! Huge congrats! And now, the scary/awesome thought for the day: people you don’t know are probably reading your book right now. And people you know definitely are. 😀

    Enjoy your day!!

    • My kids are out on Friday, but the exams this week are killing us and I can’t wait for this school year to end! But I am impressed that you gave up your last morning to yourself to read Sarah’s book. That’s why I love my writing friends and my K&T sisters. 🙂

    • HA! It is scary, but also something I’ve wanted with all my heart for 9 years, so…bombs away!

      Hope your bath didn’t get cold! Yikes!

  34. Wow great interview! I opened my Kindle and there was L L L. I was so thrilled. Am going to start it when laundry is done.

    My favorite winter Olympics is ice skating and favorite summer Olympics is diving.

    • Ugh. Laundry. I tried to tell my family that reading (and writing) comes before laundry, but they (and the dog) just stared at me like I had three ears. Then they (and the dog) dropped all their dirty clothes at my feet. Oh well.
      Now I don’t ask, I just run away to hide and read. 🙂

    • Hi Patti! How exciting to hear!
      In all the excitement prepping for today I’d forgotten to pre-order mine, so I bought it first thing this morning. Not that I don’t know the story, word for word, almost by heart and if I read it again I may stab myself in the eye…but…it’s on my iPad-Kindle app.

      The diving is INSANE these days, with China in such precision. And it happens so fast I’m always shocked the commentators can find fault with anything.

      Thanks for stopping by, Patti, hope you enjoy LLL!

  35. Congratulations, Sarah! Debut day! Woohoo! Both the trailer and the Q&A are great. My favorite Olympic sport? The figure skating! I love it.

  36. I’m off to buy this now! Congratulations on your Debut Day!! And my favorite sport is probably the luge… most likely because I’d never have the nerve to try it!

    Enjoy your amazing day!

    • I like the luge too but I have to keep my eyes closed because I’m so scared they’re going to fly off the track. I’d make a terrible Olympic athlete! LOL!
      Thank you for commenting. 🙂

    • Thanks Jenn!
      Hope you enjoy the story.
      Luge makes me sick with fear, even though there are many more dangerous sports, but holy smokes! Sledding on ice…who thought that event up? 🙂

  37. Nastya Liukin is pretty incredible, although there’s also Yulia Lipnitskaya — very talented young girls!

    Congratulations on the release!!

  38. Oh Sharon! It’s 8:30p EST and you must be exhausted! I am…shall we shut the Olympic-sized blog comments down for the evening?

    Thank you SO much for the wonderful interview and to ALL of you for making this day so special. It was worth the 9 yr wait!

  39. Congrats on your debut! I love gymnastics, track and field and synchronized swimming.

  40. Congratulations, Sarah! I’m so very happy for you! I wish you the best.

  41. Sarah, happy debut day!!!! Loved this interview! Your trailer is thrilling and I can’t *wait* to read Locked, Loaded & Lying!

    Fab interview, Sharon!

  42. Congratulations, Sarah! Can I say I adore your book cover? Nine years of hard work brought you to this point and will carry you farther and farther into the future! Go, Sarah, go!

  43. Late joining the party, but still had to stop in to congratulate you, Sarah. It truly brings tears to my eyes. I am that happy for you!

    And wonderful interview, too!

  44. Congrats Sarah. Had to smile when you mentioned leaving the sex scene for last and worrying about your mother reading it. Fortunately, I’m not hung up with that though when the high school girls I work with at church say they want to read my book, I always tell them thy have to be over 18 because I don’t want their mother’s knocking on my door.

    Think my favorite Olympic sport to watch would have to be the figure skating. I still remember watching Kristy Yamaguchi & Nancy Kerrigan. In summer it’s gymnastics.

    • I don’t worry about my mother reading my sex scenes either. I just worry about whether or not they’re lame. LOL.
      And I think figure skating is going to be our top choice in our very informal poll! 🙂

    • Hi Tracy!
      Ooo I’m jealous of your talent at writing those scenes. I eventually iron them out so they aren’t some awful, clunky text book instruction manual, but it takes many revisions, LOL!
      I’ve paper clipped ‘the’ chapter on my Dad’s copy, he knows not to read it. (What can I say, he still think of me as his ‘little princess.’ 🙂

  45. Congratulations, Sarah! Loved your book trailer. Great interview, Sharon.

  46. Would love to win your book. My favorite Olympic sport is ice skating in winter, swimming in summer.

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