When I write a book, it’s pretty much as though I’m trying to describe the movie that’s playing in my head, so when Fresh Fiction asked what the dream cast of the movie version of BOUND TO THE BACHELOR would look like, I was ready to roll. Sort of. I’m not one of those writers who does story boards and collages and collects images to inspire me as I write, mostly because I can’t find images of men or women who fit the idea in my head, I guess. But! I do have a few go-to inspirations that get me started on my writing journey, and in the case of BOUND TO THE BACHELOR, those two starting points were people who just happened to be actors. How convenient!
First up, a confession: I’ve always been a tall, dark and handsome kind of girl. Not sure why, but I just love a dark-headed man. There are, however, a couple of blond men that I think are just STUNNING. Paul Newman is absolutely at the head of that list. And since this is dream casting, I would totally want him to play the role of Beau Bennet. He’s got Beau’s essential qualities: Masculine. Knows how to wield a brooding silence. And, of course, those eyes.
Then there’s Lily. She’s tough, but underneath it all, she’s incredibly vulnerable. She’s also got an innate sexiness that men flock to, even when she’s doing something as mundane as buying toilet cleaner or posting a letter. I think Jessica Biel might be a good fit for Lily – beautiful, built, but strong.
I’m just going to close my eyes and imagine those two tearing up the screen together for a few minutes… Could someone pass the popcorn, please?
Lily and Beau’s story is a classic tale of two people who think they don’t like each other, but who find out that underneath all the stand-offishness and snark, there’s actually a fiery attraction and a lot of mutual respect and liking. I loved writing their story – I hope you enjoy reading BOUND TO THE BACHELOR when it releases on February 20.
You can find excerpts from the book and buy links over at the Tule website.
About BOUND TO THE BACHELOR, Montana Bachelor Auction #1
Your date with Marietta local Beau Bennett includes a day on the slopes at Big Sky Resort, complete with a sumptuous meal in the Resort’s fanciest fine dining restaurant and door-to-door transport. Dig deep to secure the attentions of one of Montana’s most eligible – and elusive – bachelors.
Lily Taylor knows Beau Bennett dislikes her, but that won’t stop her from asking him to volunteer for the Bachelor Auction she’s organized to help her friend Molly provide for her tragically injured son, Josh. If Beau’s gorgeous face, piercing blue eyes and chiseled body inspires the women of Marietta to dig into their pockets for a good cause, then Lily will do whatever it takes to secure his participation.
Beau Bennett isn’t sure how he wound up on the auction block being eyed up by hundreds of eager women, but he knows who to blame for it – Lily Taylor, the sexy, distracting, off-limits best friend of his kid sister. As far as he’s concerned, the sooner this nightmare is over, the better.
The last thing either of them expects is for Lily to wind up bidding on – and winning – Beau, or that their date will lead to Beau stepping in to save Lily when her past comes back to haunt her. As Beau does his best to keep Lily safe, they discover that maybe they don’t dislike each other quite as much as they thought.
In fact, maybe it’s just the opposite…
About Sarah Mayberry
Sarah Mayberry is the award-winning, best selling author of more than 30 novels. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. Sarah picked up a love of romance novels from both her grandmothers and has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and Literature. It took her ten years and multiple attempts before her first book was accepted. During that time, Sarah worked in magazine publishing and the television industry, contributing to the internationally known Australian serial drama “Neighbours” and co-creating teen drama series “Karaoke High”. Sarah currently splits her time between writing for television and writing novels. She lives in Melbourne by the bay with her husband and a small, furry Cavoodle called Max. When she isn’t writing, she loves reading, cooking, going to the movies and buying shoes.