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Now, Olivia, tell us about THE VIRGIN BET.

It’s just a fun story idea that came to me one evening. What would happen if a big book nerdthevirginbet_150x225 who hasn’t devoted much time to dating met her high school’s quarterback ten years later and the sparks flew? I’ll admit, in high school I didn’t date AT ALL. Not one single date, but to be fair A) It was a very small town and school so I remembered most of the kids from kindergarten. You remember kids from their nose picking days and it kills the chemistry lol B) I was related to almost everyone leaving the dating pool relatively shallow. When new blood moved in they were snatched up pretty quickly.

 

Luckily my heroine, Tippy, didn’t have those problems. Brent is just all kinds of dreamy – even if she refused to admit it when she was in school. Tippy is stubborn, opinionated, awkward, and nerdy. The complete opposite of Brent who is sexy, confident, and definitely on the dominant end of the spectrum. Opposites attract, but opposites also compliment each other I think. I wanted Tippy to be her own person but still be open to letting someone in who would help her overcome her self-critism and control-freak nature. I wanted Brent to be a hero who would not only love her for her ‘faults’ but also redirect some of the self-depreciating behavior she has.

Can you tell us what you are working on now?

Yes! I’m excited about this next one. It’s a contemporary erotic romance centered around a woman who turns tragedy into something positive by opening a therapeutic horseback riding program. In college I had the opportunity to volunteer for a therapeutic riding program and I love what it can do for kids and families. My hero, meanwhile, finds himself suddenly the father of a young son he didn’t know existed. The sensitive boy hasn’t been able to cope with what has happened to him, so he withdraws and won’t speak to anyone. My hero seeks out the riding program in hopes of helping his son.

 

It’s a very sweet story, but I’ll definitely be throwing in some spicy times between my heroine and hero, I promise 😉

And are you like your Heroine at all?

I definitely added bits and pieces of my own personality to Tippy as I do most of my heroines. I think a writer always adds themselves to their characters whether they want to or not. I’m awkward, a book nerd, and pretty stubborn at times. Though I think I bend more than Tippy does.

 

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? 

Ideas just pop into my head at random times. Sometimes it’s a line of dialogue I really like, or maybe a picture I run across on the internet.

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

It’s 100% okay to be who you are, faults and all!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

For new writers? If it’s something you truly love, then don’t give up. Even if you get rejections, keep trucking along. Find a critique partner or two (not friends or family), they will prove invaluable. Hug your editors! I moonlight as an editor, and we work hard to make your manuscript sparkle J

And of course, everyone always wants to know- what do you like to do when you’re not writing?

 

When I’m not in the writing/editing cave I’m usually doing chores on my little farm. Okay, it’s not technically a farm, but I have horses, dogs, and more cats than any sane human should own. Their care takes up a lot of time, but I love them so it’s worth it. I also walk, do yoga, and spend more time than I should watching TV.

 

How about this one- What is your favorite love story?

Hands down The Princess Bride. 

***SQUEE*** That’s mine too! (Patty Devlin)

The Virgin Bet by Olivia Stark

thevirginbet_150x225Tippy Madison has a pretty big secret—she’s a twenty-eight year old virgin. Thanks to her awkward teenage years, then a crazy college schedule, and, finally, her struggling bookstore, she simply hasn’t had time to date. When her beloved bookstore burns down one night, she ends up having a confrontation with a cop that leaves her handcuffed in the backseat of his police cruiser. A cop who happens to be Brent Kingston, the hot former quarterback she tutored back in high school. Though she finds him infuriating, she also finds herself having some pretty wicked thoughts about him.

Brent had a pretty big crush on the opinionated redhead who helped him pass English class. Now grown, Tippy is even more stunning—and just as strong headed. A good turn over his knee and a sound spanking is exactly what she needs, but it’s not enough for Brent. Tippy draws out his darker, kinkier, side, yet he quickly learns she is still a virgin. He worries that the feisty redhead won’t be able to handle this side of sex, but she is full of surprises.

As their relationship grows so does Tippy’s old high school insecurities. Can she overcome the shadows of the past, or will it drive them apart forever?