The lovely Jennifer Probst is here today with the third and final installment of my “Sex on the Beach” interviews.
Jen is chatting about her book in the New Adult (NA) trilogy, BEYOND ME 🙂
Yesterday we chatted with fellow SOTB author, Jen McLaughlin (BETWEEN US)
while the day before it was Jenna Bennett’s turn (BEFORE YOU)
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It’s nice having you back Jen 🙂
If you had to explain the SEX ON THE BEACH trilogy on Twitter, what would you say?
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What is BEYOND ME about?
Three best friends go to Key West on Spring break in pursuit of some sand, sun, and sex. Quinn is the serious, hardworking do-gooder in the group but when she meets rich, party boy James Hunt, she decides to let herself go to finally experience a no strings, hot affair.
The moment James lays eyes on Quinn he wants her, but she’s standoffish so his friends challenge him to a bet to get her into bed by the end of the week. He never intended to fall for her, rip away his barriers, and make him crave to change his ways.
But when the week is over, and Quinn finds out about the bet, it may be too late for them to find their forever.
Is there a particular reading order? If so, what is it and did you and the two other authors agree on major plot points before writing?
No, I think that’s my favorite part of this project. We all felt free to be creative and create the type of character/story that spoke to us. We decided on two main scenes where all the girls meet, and then sprinkled in one or two meetings with each other’s characters to keep each story real. I cannot tell a lie – this project was a blast!
Jen and Jenna were very flexible, easy to work with, and we brainstormed via email a lot, then made a google doc to share main character traits, and plot points. We all agreed it would be fun for the reader to be able to read all the books at once, or easily pick up one without having to read the others. But of course our goal is to tempt the readers to want to read all three!
Tell us about your favourite scene in your book.
I have many, but some of my favorite scenes were the witty banter between Quinn and James. Here’s one from their first meet.
He frowned, as if my remark didn’t please him as much as my one-word answers had. “You don’t like your drink,” James stated. “Let me get you something else. What do you like?”
“Sex on the Beach,” I blurted.
That grin was back. His teeth were very white and perfectly straight. He must have worn braces for years. Damn, even his teeth were sexy. “I like that too,” he murmured.
Oh, wow, and now I had that image in my head – him and me entwined in the sand and his hands running all over my body, making me feel things I never had. I freaked out at my reaction, which kick-started my big mouth. “Just the drink.”
“Too bad.” He turned to go to the bar, but then I remembered I didn’t know him at all, and the one rule I made my friends pinky swear on is to never, ever accept drinks from guys. Too many crappy stories on the Internet showing how a girl can be raped or manipulated.
My arm shot out. I wrapped my fingers around his bicep.
His tight muscles jumped a bit under my touch, and his sun-warmed skin was slightly damp. Those eyes flared with a touch of lust. Wow, did he feel it too? “What is it?”
“I don’t take drinks from strangers. I can get it myself.”
He studied me for a while, as if trying to decide if I was smart or completely paranoid. “That’s a good rule. Never know what jerks are out to drag you into bed.”
I laughed nervously. “Well, I usually don’t have that problem, especially around Mackenzie and Cassie.”
“I disagree.” His gaze focused on my lips, and I pressed them together to combat the jump in my belly. Nerves? Or was that arousal coming up from the deep dark caverns of my body to finally introduce herself?
“You haven’t seen them,” I pointed out.
“Don’t need to. I’ve seen you.”
Oh. Wow. I had nothing for that comeback. He was a master at this. “Does that usually work?”
He cocked his head. “What?”
“Lines. You’re quite…smooth. Are you trying to get me into bed?”
The delight was back, dancing on his face. “Did it work?
Will you go to bed with me?”
“Then there’s your answer. Come with me to the bar for a drink, and I’ll see if I can up my game for you.”
Will there be a sequel, whether part of a follow-up trilogy or on its own?
We’re talking about it! We wanted to leave it open – there’s definitely room for growth in all of our characters and a continued story.
If the readers demand it, we’ll probably deliver! I’d definitely work with these talented women again, either on this one or a brand new series.
CAN FUN IN THE SUN TURN INTO LASTING LOVE?
Spring break in Key West with my besties was supposed to be casual fun. But I never expected to meet James Hunt. Sex and frolic? Yes! A relationship? No. But his hot blue eyes and confident manner drew me in.
And when he let me see the man behind the mask, I fell hard, foolishly believing there could be a future for us. Of course I never considered our relationship might be based on lies…or that his betrayal could rock my foundation and make me question everything I believed in…
OR WILL A LIFE BUILT ON LIES RUIN EVERYTHING?
The moment I saw Quinn I knew I had to have her. She hooked me with her cool eyes and don’t touch me attitude. I had it all, money, social status, and looks. I could get any girl I wanted…until her.
When my friends challenged me with a bet to get her into bed by the end of the week, I couldn’t pass it up. But sex wasn’t supposed to turn into love. She wasn’t supposed to change me, push me, and make me want more for myself.
She wasn’t supposed to wreck me in all ways. And now, if I can’t turn my lies into truth, I just might lose her forever…
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
Jennifer is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.
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