Spotlight: Heartstrings by Ivy Beck: LOVE LOST, LOVE FOUND, LOVE TAILOR-MADE FOR THEM.

Meet-cute, Second-Chance Romance, Secrets, Happily Ever After

Spilling champagne down the front of the goddess in gold’s gorgeous gown wasn’t exactly how Sean McAllister planned this meet-cute in his mind.

Lanie Howard, a fashion industry grunt with aspirations of designing her own line, finds her path to that career goal diverted the moment she quite literally bumps into the man who could very easily distract her from the only dream she’s ever had. His intense green eyes lock her into a trance she has a hard time breaking free from. Desperate not to follow in her mother’s footsteps by letting a man divert her from her career path, Lanie puts up walls to keep him from getting too close. But eventually, his quick wit, funny factoids and dazzling grin break through those barriers and capture her heart.

Damning him for bumping into her, for spilling his champagne, for having the most beautiful eyes and gorgeous hands, she then damned herself for noticing.

Sean McAllister is a newsman and only at the fashion event because of the story, but he never thought he’d write himself into this one. He falls hard and fast for the intriguing goddess in gold, and knows he desperately wants to see her again. He stumbles into her life but finds that a life with this sassy, fascinating, talented woman is the very place he wants to be. Sean knows Lanie doesn’t trust the love that he is offering, but he doesn’t know why. Can Sean convince her that their love is worth fighting for?

“Remember my reason for moving to New York? Well, he just walked right through that door.”

After Lanie learns that she had indeed followed in her mother’s footsteps, she flees to New York City from Boston after a bitter end to the sweetest relationship she’s ever had. She is offered a second chance when fate conveniently puts them back in each other’s lives. Sean thought he was leaving behind those bittersweet Lanie memories when he makes the move to New York City. But now that Lanie’s back in his life, he plans to woo her and get her to trust him with the truth behind why she left him with only a Dear John letter.

Will Lanie use this second chance to correct her mistakes and accept Sean’s love with all her heart, in turn sharing hers with him? Or will she stick strictly to her career goals and shut Sean out of her life forever?

Ivy Beck enjoys writing Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense with emotion and humor woven throughout.

Her former life was spent teaching marine science along coastal Alabama. She switched to raising kids and editing for several New York Times bestsellers a few years ago. The kiddos are older now giving her time to let her creative mind wander.

Ivy loves her boys, her pets and spending time outside. She loves kayaking and hiking. The water and the woods are her happy places. She lives in South Alabama with her husband, two sons, one dog, two cats and two turtles, and spends most of her day being a mom taxi. Which, surprisingly, is a really good place to think about the next chapter of her current WIP!

Q&A With Ivy Beck

What was the inspiration for this book?

I laughed at this one….and really tried to rack my brain to remember why or how these characters and this situation came to mind. (I wrote this story originally in 2008!!) It was definitely as far from “write what you know” as I could get! I’d never been to Boston or NYC. I wasn’t into fashion or knew anything about design or the biz, but that’s what authors do, right, make stuff up! 🙂

What comes first for you: the title or the story?

Definitely the story. I struggle with titles sometimes. Something I read, hear or see on a street sign or flyer on a lamp post triggers the right words or feelings for me to know that that title is absolutely perfect!

Speaking of titles, how did you come up with your book’s title?

Again, I struggled to remember this, but it is a word that truly fits the mood of the book.

Are you a planner or a pantster? 

Can I be both? I definitely don’t plan out the chapters or make any outlines, but I have broad ideas for the story, then I let my brain and my fingers flow and see what happens next!

How long did it take you to write this beauty?

I wrote the entire book in 2008…but I wasn’t in the right place to do anything with it. I’m surrounded by people now that have given me just the right amount of encouragement (via shoving) to get this book out there. I’ve been a freelance editor for 10 years now, so I was able to bring this baby into the right timeframe and polish it up just right.

What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?

I surprised myself when I reread my writings from 15 years ago. After reading/editing some of the best in the biz for 10 years I was amazed that it didn’t suck. 🙂  And that I actually might be good at this.

Obviously, this book is absolutely perfect, but what would you like to improve on as a writer in general?

I worry that my scenes and characters don’t have as much depth as they need to have. I can see them perfectly in my head, but I worry that others might not. I would like to strive to get better at this.

What do you want people to take away from your book?

Author Angela Ford read and reviewed my book baby, and she said some amazing things. This I agree with perfectly and couldn’t have said it better myself – Heartstrings by Ivy Beck is a beautifully written love story about finding your way and falling in love. Sounds easy. Life isn’t. But Ms. Beck brilliantly took the parts of reality that are not always pretty and pieced it together with those choices we make, the mistakes we made, and the decisions we live with. With all this, she shows us what true love is all about.”

What do you love most about this book?

That it’s my book baby, that it’s about life, about things that happen to get in the way of our plans, and that sometimes we get a second chance to have happiness.

Lastly, what do you want to say to your potential readers?

Happy reading! If you read books, please review them on your favorite site. Reviews help authors so much in getting the word out about their books and driving interest towards their work and the author as a person. Sign up for my newsletter on my website and follow me on Amazon for the latest release information. And lastly, thanks for being awesome…without readers, us writers wouldn’t have anyone to share our amazing stories with.

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