Wishing a happy release day to author Carla Caruso on her latest novel Run for the Hills. Check out yesterday’s review post here if you missed it. Today in celebration of Carla’s new novel, she wrote an exclusive guest post just for my readers. Read on for her post and then go get yourself a copy of her new novel!!
If You Were Going to Start Afresh,
Where Would You Go & Who Would You Be?
Guest Post by Carla Caruso
My name’s Carla Caruso and I’m an Aussie author of several romance and rom-com novels. My latest one is Run for the Hills, out in ebook with Harlequin Escape on May 25.
Quick rundown of the story… It revolves around a runaway bride who escapes to a small town and winds up working for triplet wedding photographers. Yup, triplets. Naturally, one in particular catches her eye. Only thing is the heroine’s in disguise, having fled a famous hotelier groom, and the hunky triplet has a background as a LA paparazzo…
I have a bit of a love affair with writing characters who have secrets – often ones that are slowly revealed to a reader. As a teen, I also adored those Disney life-swapping flicks, in which characters get total fresh starts. (For example, Model Behavior, in which two teenage girls, who live completely different lives—one being in high school and the other a model—switch places and end up enjoying each other’s worlds more than their own.)
The idea of a sea-change/tree-change/life-change is a common fantasy. That freedom of being unbound by anything or anyone.
Which got me thinking: if you were going to run away and start anew, where would you go and who would you be?
I’ve come up with a few scenarios of my own, as follows:
- I’ve always loved the glamour of places like Monaco and the Maldives. But as my husband pointed out, money doesn’t go far in such locales. Okay, so I’d have to quickly land a job and maybe a hotel cleaner gig wouldn’t be so bad with crystal-clear waters winking out the window and celebrity customers flocking in. Hey, if Jennifer Lopez could pull on a frilly apron in Maid in Manhattan…
- There are plenty of fun jobs on cruise ships, right? I could see myself getting a job as an activities coordinator or casino croupier. How easy would it be to leave behind the ‘baggage’ of your old life when your days are filled with island-hopping, black-and-white themed balls, art auctions and the like? Sounds pretty enticing to me 😉
- I was a big fan of children’s author Enid Blyton back in the day and loved many of her tales including Mr Galliano’s Circus. So, naturally, I had to include the idea of running away with the circus in this post! All right, so I’m not limber enough to do the splits or uber-confident to parade around in glitzy Lycra. But surely I could get a job shovelling camel poo (at an animal-friendly circus) or mending performers’ costumes. Think of all the cities I could visit and the Robert Pattinson-like fellas I could meet (hello Water for Elephants)!
- When it comes to purposely ‘getting lost’, there are two options at either end of the scale: a big city (like Las Vegas) or a teeny-tiny town, a la leafy Auburn in South Australia. Each has their charms! Perhaps I could try one first, then the other 😉
Now, over to you – if YOU had to start over, where would you go and who would you be? (Oh, and for more on Run for the Hills, check out www.escapepublishing.com.au/product/9781489241474.)
Thanks kindly for reading!
About the Book
Author: Carla Caruso
Book Blurb: The Belshaw brothers are back in Balkissoch…
Bridie Porter is wearing her Vera Wang gown and veil in the back of her wedding limo when she receives a compromising text about her hotelier groom. Panicked, she tells the driver to keep going and she flees from Melbourne to the small town of Balkissoch in the Adelaide Hills.
It’s the perfect pit-stop to hide from her ex and the press and to earn enough cash to stay out of sight. Unfortunately, the admin job she gets is for a wedding photography business and she’s had her fill of weddings lately. But it’s slim pickings on the work front in a town so teeny. And her new boss is strangely compelling…
After the rush and adrenaline of his job as an LA paparazzo, the last place Cody Belshaw wants to be is back in the small town where he grew up. But thanks to a clause in his father’s will that amounts to blackmail, Cody and his two brothers are stuck running a wedding business for at least a month. If there’s one thing that he’s learned in LA, however, it’s to keep business and pleasure very, very separate. Which makes his new admin employee the definition of temptation.
Bridie is desperate to stay anonymous. Cody seeks out secrets for a living. As they delve into the world of brides, boutonnières and dogs-as-best-men, both Cody and Bridie will have to decide if this is a fling…or forever.
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