Saturday, October 15, 2011

Interview with Sarah Grimm and a Contest

Hi All! Please welcome Sarah Grimm to the blog!

Tell me about After Midnight.

After Midnight is a story that is near and dear to me. The story of Isabeau, owner of Izzy’s Bar, child prodigy and piano phenom—a woman who hides behind a lie of her own making. Here is the official blurb:
Thirteen years—that's how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother's life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar...

Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal--one that doesn't include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won't be easy, but he can't get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?

I recently received my first review - 5 Books!  Here’s what Lea at Book Lovers, Inc. had to say:

“It’s a special feeling when you start a reading a novel not expecting much but are immediately drawn into the storyline, then by the end of the second chapter you are captivated After Midnight was a compelling, sensual page-turner and I was sorry when it concluded.”

Rate After Midnight  in terms of steaminess.
I have to credit my husband with this one, as he came up with this scale a few years back:

Two-handed read: Both hands are holding the book - not that hot.

One-Handed Read: Hot enough that one hand holds the book while the other is 'occupied'.

No hands read: AKA Holy Shit I need a book stand for this one!

Using his scale, After Midnight is a one handed read. J

Who is your favorite Contemporary Romance Author?

Linda Howard. I started reading her when she was writing for Harlequin/Silhouette, and I still buy her books the moment they are released.

What is your favorite Contemporary Romance series/book?

Picking a favorite book is as impossible for me as choosing which of my sons is my favorite – they’re each special to me for different reasons. I recently finished Your Mouth Drives Me Crazy by HelenKay Dimon, which features a tortured hero, my favorite kind, and Sex, Lies and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson.

Who is your favorite Contemporary Romance character? Why?

Isabeau Montgomery from my new release, After Midnight.  She’s just so very tortured, her past so full of tragedy… She deserves a happy ending, and Noah is just the man to share it with her.

If you could take that person out for a date, what would you do? Details Please!

I would buy tickets to a Black Phoenix concert and have Izzy take me backstage to meet the band.

Isabeau – What was your first impression of Noah?

That he was going to change my life, whether I wanted him to or not.

Isabeau – What is your favorite part about him?

His chest – lightly tanned with six-pack abs, and a dark blonde line of hair that starts below his navel and disappears beneath the waistband of his jeans – Noah looks better than a lot of men half his age.

Noah – What was your first impression of Isabeau?

I didn’t know what to think. I was in Long Island City, New York, checking out a recording studio owned by a friend of my band’s manager. It was my birthday, and I didn’t want to spend it alone in my hotel room, so I went to a local bar I’d seen earlier in the day – Izzy’s Bar. I don’t drink much anymore, but at least other people were around. Then up walks the bartender to get my order and…it was like every nerve ending in my body stood at attention. I couldn’t breathe. No woman has ever affected me that way with just a smile. Right then I knew I had to get close to her.

Noah – What is your favorite part about her?

Her eyes. Isa has the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen. Pale grey/blue eyes that change color depending on what she’s feeling.

Sarah – What is next for you and the Midnight Series?

While writing After Midnight, one of the secondary characters kept telling me he needed his own story, so I’m writing that one now. Midnight Heat is a reunion romance, and although I had no plans to give Dominic his own book, about half-way through writing After Midnight, I fell so in love with his character I had to make sure he got his own happily-ever- after.

I routinely post snippets from all of my books on my blog:

Thank you so much Sarah for dropping by the blog today!

Sarah Grimm is an award winning author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, two sons and three miniature schnauzers. Between mom's taxi service, parts runs, and answering the phone for the family marine repair business, Sarah can be found curled in her favorite chair, crafting her next novel.

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Oh! And here's an excerpt! 

I’m not the type of woman men fall for.”

“I’ve fallen for you.”

Heat flooded her system. She forced herself to breathe, to keep her eyes locked with his. “No you haven’t. You …”

He pushed off the mantel and stepped in her direction. “I—what?”

“Never mind.”

“Finish the sentence, Isabeau.”

“I don’t think so.”

“Then let me.” He closed the distance between them. “You were going to say I haven’t fallen for you, weren’t you? You actually believe him? That you’re nothing more to me than convenient?”

Her pulse throbbed thick and hard. Heat radiated off his body. The scent of him filled her head. She wanted, more than anything, to press herself against him and relive the pleasure of his mouth against hers. Instead, she lifted her chin.


He leaned in close. So close his breath brushed across her lips. “You believe him, but not me?”

“You are here only temporarily.”


“And I am just down the street.”

“I suppose.”

She ran her tongue over her dry lips. “So the whole thing does seem rather—”

“Don’t say it.”


Something dangerous came and went in his eyes. “Now I’m getting angry.”

His hands skimmed down her sides, slipped under her shirt and settled on her lace-covered bottom. Her breath went uneven. Searing need swarmed her.

“You want something to believe, believe this.”

He pulled her into the solid ridge of his erection. She lost her concentration. “There is nothing convenient about the way I feel about you.”


“You think you’re not the type to draw a man’s attention, think again. I can’t stand in the same room as you without wanting to taste you. I can’t taste you without wanting to taste all of you.”

Oh, God. Her knees turned to jelly. A hot, wet pulse came to life between her legs.

“If you can’t see in yourself what it is that I see, feel what you do to me.” Taking hold of her wrist, he placed her hand in the center of his chest.

His heart was racing. She tipped her head back and looked into his eyes. Her bones began to liquefy. “The way you’re looking at me,” she whispered.

“How am I looking at you?”

“Like I’m important.”

“You are.”

She swallowed hard, wanting to believe him. “Like I’m beautiful.”

His lips brushed across her temple and her eyes drifted shut. “I wish you could see yourself the way I see you. Then you would know how beautiful you are.”

Her eyes snapped open as he spun her in his arms. His hands settled on her shoulders, drawing her back against his chest. She gasped at their image reflected in the trio of mirrors that hung on her wall. When had this become a seduction?


  1. Really good interview and that excerpt was really good too! =) I really want to read the book! Thanks for the generous giveaway too! =)

    Valerie Long
    Jewelry Creations by V.S. Long -

  2. Great interview and excerpt!


  3. This book sounds yummy!! Thanks for the review!

  4. Hey, everyone, sorry I'm late. I overslept then had to feed my sons three orphaned mice and kick the oldest son off my computer. Sheesh!

    Thanks for stopping by and for the wonderful comments. Good luck in the drawing!

  5. Hey Sarah,

    This morning I am in London with a couple you know well, in my head anyway. Just wanted to stop in to say I told you so. I knew I was going to enjoy After Midnight. Congrats on creating a bar full of compelling characters. BTW, if it doesn't happen by the last page, Thomas Sr needs a happy ending too.

  6. Mackenzie! So glad you're enjoying Noah and Izzy's story! You're the first to tell me Thomas Sr. needs his own HEA but you know what? I think you're right! :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by today.

  7. Great interview ladies! I very much loved that excerpt, if I don't win, I will definitely be adding it to my TBR list...I want to read the rest of the story :)


  8. Eva. thanks so much for visiting! Good luck in the giveaway! I hope you do read the rest and let me know what you think of Izzy and Noah's story.

  9. Mac--how can you be in London with them and leave to come here?! That's my favorite scene--well, one of them! Great post, Sarah. And an awesome book for those of you who haven't read it. If you don't win a copy go ahead and download it onto your Nook. You won't regret it! :) Love ya, SarahG.

  10. Woot! Gotta love the one-handed read! *snicker, snicker*. I love that scale, Sarah. Kudos to your dh for thinking that up! (no pun intended). Love ya, babe! And like Amie says above, if you don't win the give-away, DOWNLOAD AFTER MIDNIGHT! It's fantastic!

  11. Ames! Love ya right back! You're doing good today, right? I hope so! When Izzy arrives in London...I've heard a lot of great feedback on that scene. ;-)

  12. AJ! I love that rating scale, too. I crack up laughing every time the scale comes up in conversation. An I love you, too. Mwah!

  13. Though I have so many other books waiting in line patiently for me to read them, I started AM today! Chapter one down and I'm loving it so far. Thank you Sarah!

  14. Yay, Calisa! So very excited to hear that! I've been stuck working all day with no time to read (which was what I had planned).

  15. Like those comments - would really like this book!

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  16. This sounds like a great read!
    silverrose313 at gmail dot com

  17. loved the interview and excerpt !!!

  18. Thanks for visiting, Di, SilverRose313 and Regina! Good luck in the giveaway.

  19. Really enjoyed the interview—especially with the characters! Noah sounds delectable :) Love the premise of this book and will have to read. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!


  21. I really enjoyed the interview and the excerpt! Sounds like my kind of book :-) Thank you so much for the giveaway and the chance to win.
    -Dawn aka dawnmomoffour

  22. Congrats on the release! Thank you for the interview and the excerpt-good stuff!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  23. Noah is just Yummy! Who doesn't want a hot rock band leader who sees the beauty within? Hmmmmmmmm

    Great interview and I chuckle every time I see that scale. Woot!

    Arial ;)

  24. Jennifer - I do so love Noah. Yum.

    Megan, Dawn and ML - Thanks for visiting. So glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

  25. Arial - I'd take him! And I chuckle whenever the subject of that rating scale comes up, too. Thanks for stopping in!

  26. Thanks for the interview and sharing the excerpt! Enjoyed it and would love to read more.