. . . Sophie’s new landlord, Nicholas Morgan, is a gorgeous, successful architect with a player reputation. He makes it tough for Sophie to remember that she’s sworn to be single. Nick’s avoided the intimacy of a long-term relationship--until Sophie’s independence, courage, and beauty touch his guarded heart. Both Sophie and Nick are terrified of being hurt again, but can they resist the pull of true love?
This week Wild Women Authors welcomes Claire Marti author of Second Chance In Laguna, her first release out of the Wild Rose Press. First up is architect Nick Morgan.
Where are you from? Laguna Beach, California
Tell us a bit about Second Chance In Laguna: It’s the story of how meeting Sophie Barnes jolted me out of my comfortable life. Before Sophie, I’d never needed a woman before. Casual dating was perfect. My focus was on my career as an architect, my friends, and my close relationship to my only living relative, my little sister Alyssa.
What did you think the first time you saw Sophie Barnes? She literally stole my breath away.
Interesting. And your second thought? How soon could I convince her to go out with me.
Good one, Nick. Was it love at first sight? I don’t know about love at first sight. I just know she was different than any other woman I’d met before. I needed to see her again, needed to get to know her.
What do you like most about Sophie? Her courage and her passion. Her big blue eyes kill me.
How would you describe her? She’s smart, she’s clever, she’s beautiful, she makes me smile, and she isn’t afraid of anything or anyone.
How would Sophie describe you? The perfect man. Ha ha. Well, maybe the perfect man for her.
What made you choose architecture as a career? My father was an architect and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I had a knack for design and love the idea of creating lasting landmarks.
What is your biggest fear? Letting life pass me by.
How do you relax? Surf, spend time with Sophie, and hang out with my dog Bailey.
Who is your favorite fictional character? Howard Roark from The Fountainhead because he was a trailblazing architect who followed his dreams.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Life is too short to be afraid of taking a chance and being vulnerable.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, Nick. Now it's Claire's turn at bat.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer?
I’ve always been a bookworm and pilfered a few of my mom’s historical bodice rippers when I was ten years old. I love to be transported. I love Ernest Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Ayn Rand. Then, I love romance, especially stories by Nora Roberts and Kerrigan Byrne. I prefer comedies and romantic comedies for films. Romance is my preferred genre because I want a happy ending.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? My ex-fiancé was a serial cheater and I lived that betrayal. It wasn’t hard for me to pull up the emotions Sophie experienced with her ex-fiancé jilting her at the altar.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? The Wild Rose Press is my publisher. On my journey to publication, I queried a variety of romance publishers and found The Wild Rose Press to be the best fit for my Finding Forever in Laguna series.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m working on revisions with my editor on Book Two in the series and moving from first draft to second draft on Book Three.
What's up next for you? After I finish this series, I’m going to branch out into historical romance.
To learn more about Claire Marti and the stories she creates, go to:
To purchase Second Chance In Laguna, go to:
- Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kafVLW
- The Wild Rose Press, Inc.: http://bit.ly/2jk8iQY
- Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/2mpGgq9
Claire brought along an excerpt from this delicious sounding second chance at love story:
Nick arrived right on time, looking gorgeous in faded jeans and a plain white t-shirt. How did he always manage to start the butterflies fluttering in her stomach? Just by standing there with the setting sun framing him? She was in trouble.
“Hi beautiful, ready to go?” He clasped her face in his hands and planted a soft kiss on her lips.
Returning his kiss, Sophie wound her arms around his neck and deepened it. She couldn’t resist. His strong arms wrapped around her waist, hugging her close to his broad chest.
“Mmmm, feel free to greet me like that every time I come over,” he said, lips curved up into a sweet smile.
Heat washed her cheeks and she returned his smile. “Let’s go. Prepare to be blown away by the movie snack of the century.”
Determined to keep things light and enjoy the movie before “the talk,” Sophie thrust down the lick of panic bubbling in her gut. She’d accomplished next to nothing all afternoon, instead wrestling with whether she needed to tell him about Doug.
The angel on her shoulder whispered to tell him because if they were going to have any kind of relationship, even a friends-with-benefits one, honesty and trust were vital.
The devil urged her to zip it. They’d only known each other a few weeks. What if he lived up to his “Player of Laguna” reputation and expected only a fun fling? Even though he seemed deeper than that. What if she scared him off with a premature talk?