Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Author Interview + Review + Giveaway: Zane's Art by Sara Daniel

Title: Zane's Art
Author: Sara Daniel
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Published Date: October 19, 2012
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 9,500
High school art teacher Julianne Truman's last chance to save her beloved art department from budget cuts is to sell the old sketches that her former boyfriend—and now famous artist—Zane DeMonde drew for her. But is she prepared to let go of his artwork and the last traces of him in her life?

Desperate to save his artistic reputation from the exposure of his early works, Zane returns to the home town he wanted to forget. He accuses Julianne of profiting from his success and demands she take his art off the market and cancel the auction.

Their high school attraction flares back to life, forcing Julianne to choose between the students who count on her and the man she never stopped loving.

Read an Excerpt

Julianne sank into the driver’s seat of her car, hoping for a quick second alone before Zane sat down next to her and looked at her again. She was an idiot. She was still hot for him after all these years, but he was completely out of her league now. It wasn’t enough that she knew it. He made sure she knew that he knew it too.

“Julianne.” His voice compelled her to turn to him as he took his seat in the car. No one said her name quite like Zane did. “We’re both wondering. Let’s find out and put it behind us.”

He caressed his hand over her cheek, as he leaned across the seat toward her, leaving no question about his intention. His lips touched hers, sweetly, the merest brush of warm soft lips, like she was a canvas he was going to paint.

His mouth was a wonder she couldn’t back away from. She leaned into him, needing more, needing to show him she was his partner in this masterpiece he was creating. She bit lightly on his lip.

His hand slid up her cheek, his fingers combing through her hair and massaging her scalp. He delved his tongue into her mouth. She shifted, desperately wanting to move closer to him.

A car horn blared, and she straightened immediately. She looked around, but the parking lot was empty.

“I believe that was you,” Zane said, with a pointed look at her elbow resting against the steering wheel. His damp, flushed lips curved in amusement.

“Oh.” She turned to face forward and pulled her seatbelt, hoping he wouldn’t notice how much her hands were shaking. Putting that kiss behind her was absolutely impossible as long as he sat next to her.

This was my introduction to author Sara Daniel and the Finally Ever After series by Musa Publishing. This swift yet charming novella is a delightful read. Zane’s early sketches are used to echo the characters’ emotions. I am looking forward to reading Wyatt's Guilt (sequel to Zane’s Art) – Wyatt is Sara’s twin brother.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by CBLS Promotions for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Now I know you stopped by to talk books and we will get to that but, first I see that we share more than a LOVE of books – I am also NASCAR junkie. I live less than an hour from Sparta, and the hubby and I rarely miss a race. My favorite driver is Elliott Sadler; I was devastated that he took 2nd place in the Nationwide Championship after holding first for the entire year. 

Who is your NASCAR favorite driver? 

You’ve got my number! I always have time to talk about NASCAR. I was pulling for Elliott too and had to listen to my son gloat about Stenhouse winning. (Gag!) I’m a Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch fan. I love the guys with a crazy amount of talent, just enough attitude and smart mouth to get them in trouble (and make races interesting) and enough sense to know when they’ve gone too far and to shape up and play by the rules. (Sorry, Kurt, you lose!) I have to admit I wasn’t a big Keselowski fan at first, but he grew on me until by the end of the season I was pulling for him. Now I could go on and on, but since this is a book blog, I’ll try to restrain myself.

You have written several books including Wyatt’s Guilt, the upcoming sequel to Zane’s Art. What inspired you to start writing? 

I've been writing since 5th grade. My first "book" was actually a play because that way I only had to write the dialogue, which was the only part I wanted to write anyway! By junior high, I needed a way to fit in all the emotions and motivations, and I started writing novels. I simply love to write romance and happily-ever-after.

While writing Zane’s Art, what type of research did you do? Share the most interesting research adventure you have had while writing a story. 

While writing Zane’s Art, I wasn’t very familiar with the different artistic and painting styles, so I did some online research to brush up on my art history. A much more interesting research adventure occurred several years ago when my husband and I decided that rather than hiring someone to replace the shingles on our roof, we would do it ourselves. Oh my gosh, what a dirty, sweaty, back-breaking job! As I cautiously walked up the slope to the peak of the roof, I realized this job was the perfect place for a heroine who, like me, was out of her element but determined to prove she could do the job and do it well. This very hands-on research led to a scene in my novel Construction Beauty Queen.

Finally, what goals have you set as a writer for 2013?

First of all, I’ve taken up a reading challenge for 2013, so I don’t get so caught up in writing that I forget to read. As a writer, I’m trying to write faster but also smarter, in that if I see a plot or character problem creep up, I want to stop and brainstorm how to correct it right away instead of pushing forward and needing to overhaul vast portions of the book after I’ve finished the draft. My final goal is to reach out of my insular, introverted world and connect with readers, bloggers and other authors. Thanks for having me here today and helping me create that connection!

Author Bio

Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance and captivating small-town drama. She writes to entertain and to give people hope and a belief that everything can and will turn out happily ever after. On the personal side, Sara is a frazzled chauffeur, chef, personal assistant and slave to her children. She's crazy about country music and the drama of NASCAR. She has her own happily-ever-after romance with her hero husband. In addition to Zane’s Art, she is also the author of Construction Beauty Queen, The Wiccan Haus: Psychic Lies, The Wiccan Haus: A Man Worth Fighting For, Mr. Forever, More Than a Fantasy, and Wyatt’s Guilt (sequel to Zane’s Art). 

Enter below for a chance to win one (1) of two (2) eBook copies of "Zane's Art". 
Contest is tour-wide, open internationally and ends Jan 30. 
Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. This book sounds amazing! Adding it to my TBR list for sure

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds great!


  3. Thanks for hosting me and the review and indulging my NASCAR obsession. Veronica and Meghan, thanks for checking me out!