Interview: Author Erin Nicholas + Giveaway

Filed in Erin Nicholas , Interview , The Latin Lover Posted on March 15, 2011 @ 10:00 am 20 comments
We are very happy to welcome back Erin Nicholas at Book  Lovers Inc. to celebrate the release of her latest novel Anything You Want! If you haven’t read anything by Erin yet, let me tell you her contemporary romances are not only sweet and steamy but for me what sets them apart is the huge amount of chuckle out loud humour and how likable her characters are. Reading an Erin Nicholas novel always makes me feel as if I just got another bunch of great friends.

If you want to know more about Erin and her novels, check out the previous interview we did with her when she stopped at BLI in December.

The Latin Lover: The heroine of your first novel No Matter What is a physical therapist, just like you were. I imagine then, that most of the training and therapy scenes are based on your real life experience. Would you like to tell us a bit more about this? Was there someone who inspired Emily, or is she combined of a lot of patients?

Erin: Well, talking about No Matter What always makes me smile because it’s really close to my heart. In that book I took the old advice “write what you know” seriously! The therapy scenes were some of the easiest to write for sure. I’ve been a physical therapist for almost fifteen years now so I was able to draw on so many amazing experiences and patients. I love being a PT. I literally get to go to work every day and help someone. That’s a real blessing. Therapy is—in my very unbiased opinion—a perfect setting for humor, drama and emotion. The human body and spirit are amazing things and I feel very fortunate to be able to see that every day. Emily is a really special character to me because she definitely encompasses a bunch of patients who’ve touched my life.

The Latin Lover: Are you still working as a physical therapist or are you a full-time writer now?
Erin: I do still work part-time as a PT and I love it. If nothing else it gets me away from the blank screen and blinking cursor and into the real world. It keeps me in touch with the fact that there are amazing stories all around us all the time and it gives my “right brain” a break. In fact, I call it “simmering” when I have a tough spot in a manuscript and I have to go to work, have no time to think about the manuscript all day, but then I come back to the computer and words flow. I think the idea and the characters have been “simmering” in the back of my mind all day and the fact that I had to shut them off or at least get them out of my conscious mind helps my creative subconscious work it out.
The Latin Lover: Your latest novel Anything You Want was released today, congratulations!! Can you tell us a bit about it?
Erin: Thank you! I’m excited to have this book out. Sabrina is one of my favorite heroines. And, it’s the first book after the Bradfords so I’m excited (and nervous!) to see what readers think. This book has a lot of pieces. It’s an enemy-turned-lover story, there’s a love triangle, there’s all kinds of angst between the two best friends who want the same woman, the woman who has darned good reasons for wanting both of these men and there’s a definite theme about following your dreams, unconditional love and never settling for less than everything.


Suppose the solution to all your problems is the one thing you never wanted…It figures the one time Sabrina Cassidy is determined to do the responsible thing, karma kicks in. After four years on the road chasing her musical dream, she’s stranded six hours from home with no money, a ruined credit history—and morning sickness.

Out of options, she swallows her legendary independent streak and calls the only person who won’t hang up on her. Luke, the man she left behind.

Marc Sterling’s first instinct is to protect his business partner and best friend from another broken heart. That means letting her think she’s talking to Luke, then finding a way to send her in the opposite direction.

When he shows up at her hotel room, there’s something in the air beside their customary insults. Sure, her rebellious attitude, smart mouth—and purple panties—still drive him crazy, but now it’s a different kind of crazy. The kind that has him driving her home instead of to the nearest airport.

And when Luke offers to solve all her problems if she’ll only say “I do”, Marc realizes he’s just crazy enough—about her—to forget whose heart he wanted to protect.

Warning: Contains two people who don’t like each other very much, a Toyota that can’t quite handle the road trip home, and a spontaneous proposal. Or two. Or three. And foreplay with—what else—pie filling.

The Latin Lover: Was there a specific moment/idea that inspired Anything You Want? That jumpstarted the story? Can you share it with us?
Erin: The first thing about this story that I found was Sabrina, the heroine. It came from a bunch of what ifs, honestly. I was driving on a long, pretty deserted highway and thinking “what if a woman was out here on her own on her way home after a long absence? And what if…” The story started with her and her situation and how she got in that situation (let’s just say a series of bad choices :-p) and what she decided to do about it.
The Latin Lover: In a previous post you have revealed that matchmaking for Sabrina was not such an easy and simple thing. How far along were you in the story when you realized the hero was not the right man for Sabrina?
Erin: Honestly? I wrote almost the whole damned thing. I kept pushing the story but I finally had to ask myself “why are the scenes between Sabrina and Marc more interesting than the scenes between Sabrina and Luke?” A light bulb moment occurred and I realized that the sparks between Marc and her weren’t about hating one another after all… The story went a lot more smoothly after I realized what they were really feeling!

The Latin Lover: The cover of Anything You Want is truly stare-worthy. Can you tell us how the creation went? Did you have any part in the process (e.g. asking for modifications and having the cover model a brunette instead of a blonde woman since Sabrina is a brunette), or was it just as perfect as it is now?

Erin: It’s great isn’t it? I can honestly say that the only thing that changed from the first time I saw it to the final version was the color of the box behind the title. Seriously. But yes, I have been involved in all my covers. The art department at Samhain just really nailed it this time.
The Latin Lover: Is there any cut or deleted scenes which didn’t make it into the final version of Anything You Want and which you could share with us?
Erin: Well, as I mentioned above—almost an entire book of rewrites occurred! 🙂 Here’s a bit of a scene I cut from Marc and Sabrina’s story. They’re in a bar together and Marc’s just realized that he’s incredibly attracted to her—so he’s trying to avoid her since he knows being attracted is just asking for trouble with this woman.

“Hey!”Marc felt hands on his back and turned to find a very attractive redhead frowning at him.

“That was my foot,” she said.

He looked down and jerked his foot back. “Sorry.”

“You okay?”

He glanced over his shoulder, didn’t see Sabrina, and got nervous. “Not really.”

“I don’t even know you and I can tell you’re shook up.”

Shook up. Going crazy. More turned on than he’d ever been in his life. “Well, I’m a little…”

“Hey, Ethan! We need some beer here.” She moved up to the bar. “And two shots.”

Marc winced. He didn’t need anyone calling attention to him and he didn’t need any shots.

Ethan slid two beers and two shot glasses toward the redhead. She handed one beer bottle to Marc, lifted hers and clinked it against his.

“So what’s the problem?” Ethan asked.

Red looked at Marc. “He’s having a bad night.”

It wasn’t exactly bad. Confusing. Surprising. Stimulating…

“It’s gotta be a woman,” Ethan said, looking Marc up and down. “Females are the only things that can make a guy look like that.”

He looked a certain way? What did that mean?

“Ex-wife or something?”

Marc swung to face the cowboy that had come up next to him. “No, I…” He saw dark hair out of the corner
of his eye and ducked. “Just someone I’m trying to…”

“Somebody’s stalking him,” Red said. “Has to be. Look at him.” She smiled up at him. “I might just stalk him myself.”

“Me too.”

Ethan gave him a wink and Marc blinked rapidly. This entire night was just one surprise after another.

“I’m not sure what to say to that.”

“Don’t let him freak you out. He’d never cheat on Danny.” The cowboy to his left chuckled. “Cora’s a different story.”

The redhead slid closer. “You need protection big guy?”

“No, I…”

“Hey Linda!” Cora hollered. “Come here!”

Marc dropped his head and swore. If Cora didn’t draw Sabrina’s attention nothing would.

“What’s up?” Another woman, this one a younger version of Dolly Parton, joined them.

“Big Guy here needs some body guards. You interested?”

“In his body?” Linda checked him out. “I’m definitely interested.”

“You girls are scaring him.” Ethan looked sympathetic. “Drink your shot,” he said to Marc.

Marc thought maybe that wasn’t a bad idea after all. He tipped the drink back, shuddered as the heat of the liquor traveled to his gut and then straightened. He scanned the room. No Sabrina.

“Thanks for the drink, but I’ve gotta move,” he said.

He turned and ran into a waitress bringing a tray of empties to the bar. Three glasses crashed to the floor.

“Sorry,” he muttered, crouching behind the guy who’s back was splashed with left over beer.

“What the fuck?” the guy asked, pivoting to try to see Marc.

Marc quickly put Cora and Linda between them.

“Let it go Bob,” Cora said. “You already smelled like beer anyway.”

The Latin Lover: Also since music plays such an important part in Anything You Want, if the novel had a soundtrack, which songs would be on it?

The Latin Lover: Both the hero and the heroine are quite stubborn and strong-willed. Were there moments they decided not to cooperate and do what they wanted instead? Were there difficulties in writing their story, did they pose a challenge?
Erin: Oh, Lord, yes. They definitely both know what they want—or they think they do—and they would often do stuff I wasn’t anticipating. It made it fun, but frustrating at times to write them! For instance, Sabrina just confronted their attraction. She didn’t shy away from it, or try to ignore it. She acknowledged it and flat out asked Marc what they were going to do about it. That surprised me, frankly, but I realized it’s because she’s a more confident person with Marc than with anyone else. Which I really like about their relationship.

The Latin Lover: You and your novels are notorious for turning seemingly innocent everyday objects into sexy and kinky, how did you come up with the first worldrocking love scene between Mark and Sabrina and some pie filling? LOL! And speaking of pie, which flavour is your favourite?

Erin: That sort-of just happened. LOL I know that sounds dumb but, I only knew they were going to make love then and that they wouldn’t make it out of the kitchen. The fact that Sabrina started a food fight that turned sexy was a very fun surprise when I got to that point! Oh, and cherry is definitely my favorite.

The Latin Lover: I’ve read you love Harry Potter, who is your favourite character (in the novels and/or the movies) and why exactly?

Erin: Oh, yes, I dearly love the books and the movies! My favorite character is easy—Hermione. Because she’s so confident and loyal and strong yet she has these vulnerable moments that just make her so sweet and relatable.
The Latin Lover: Can you tell us what is next on your schedule? What we should be on the lookout for?
Erin: At this very moment I’m working on a short story (which will be a FREE Read) for the Truly, Madly, Deeply Romance Author group that we just got started . There are 26 authors writing free short stories (all romances) with a new one posted every Saturday. I’m also anticipating my turn for writing a chapter of the online serial spoof Love’s Savage Whiplash that the Nine Naughty Novelists are working on.
As for novels, nothing’s scheduled yet. But I’m working on a follow up book to Anything You Want and have started books for Dooley and Kevin (friends from the Bradford series). And I’m finishing another book or two in the meantime. So, lots of projects, just nothing on the calendar yet. I’ll keep you posted for sure! 🙂
The Latin Lover: Thank you so much Erin for taking the time away from all the release day celebrations and answering my questions! Congratulations on the release of Anything You Want, and as always, can’t wait for your next novel! :-))You can find Erin here:


Oh goodie, here’s another excerpt of Anything You Want because Erin is feeling generous today 🙂 (this is one of my favourite scenes of the novel, so enjoy :-p)

Anything You Want
Copyright Erin Nicholas, March 2011“How about a Long Slow One?”

Sabrina snapped out of her thoughts as someone ordered a final drink before they closed. It was one of her own concoctions. She was having fun with that at least. She shoved the letter under the edge of the blender and reached for a glass.

“A Long Slow One?” The deep voice tumbled down her spine like a staircase, goose bumps rippling out and down her limbs. Marc had come behind the bar when she wasn’t looking.

“Want one?” she asked, turning to face him.

She loved—loved, loved, loved—the sexual innuendos and teasing between them. It seemed constant. There was a current between them whenever they were in close proximity and neither of them shied away from it.

Which was stupid, but apparently unavoidable.

“I’d be crazy to say no to that wouldn’t I?”

He gave her the grin that always made her think Take me now.

“Definitely,” she said with a smile. “But you should know that the Hard and Fast is another option.”

“Now we’re talking’.” He moved in as if to simply pass behind her but his chest brushed her upper back and his hand slid across her hip and right butt cheek as he did. “What’s in it?”

“The most important ingredient is cinnamon schnapps.”

The next millisecond she realized what she’d admitted. Marc chewed cinnamon gum. All the time. His kisses were always cinnamon flavored and yes, that had come to mind as she invented the drink. And its name.

“I love cinnamon,” he said gruffly. “The Hard and Fast sounds good to me.”

She turned to face him, wanting to see his eyes as she said, “I personally like it better than the Long Slow One.”

“Should I say that doesn’t surprise me or act like I haven’t thought about how you like…your drinks?”

Breathing. That was what she was forgetting.

She sucked in a long breath. “I’m not sure what you should say.”

“Doesn’t matter what I say,” he said, his voice low. “I still wonder about it.”

“Now you know.”

“I won’t forget, either.”

God, what was she doing? She wasn’t even flirting with the man who’d proposed, but she was basically telling his best friend exactly how she’d like him to take her.

The urge to kiss him was nearly overpowering. “You have to stop.”

“Stop what?”

“Being so…all of this.”

“Sexy?” he suggested with a grin. “Hot? Hard to resist?”

She rolled her eyes, but couldn’t stop her smile. “Yes. All of it.”

“You think I’m hard to resist?” He sounded surprised.

“Isn’t that obvious?”

His smile changed from cocky to something much warmer. Her entire body felt it.

“It’s really, really fun, isn’t it?” he asked.

It really, really was. But she couldn’t shake the weirdness of it. This was Marc after all. Marc who had come to Wyoming to keep her away from Luke…

And that was what was bugging her.

“You’re very attentive for a guy who doesn’t like me much.”

“Until a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t like you at all.”

“Thanks for clarifying. And for making my point.”

“You’re wondering why I’m suddenly so…”

“Attentive is the word I’m most comfortable with.”

He chuckled. “Okay, you’re wondering why I’m suddenly so attentive.”

She wasn’t sure she wanted the answer to her next question. “Because you don’t want me with Luke?”

He crossed his arms and leaned his hip against the back counter. “I don’t want you with Luke.”

“Are you trying to make him look bad?” She regretted it as soon as she’d said it.

He looked very interested in that. “What does that mean?”

She shook her head. “Never mind. Forget it.”

She started to move past him, but he caught her arm and pulled her around to face him.

“I’m making him look bad?”

“You’re not trying?”

“Dammit, Sabrina.” He hadn’t let go of her yet and he pulled her closer. He sounded intent rather than annoyed. “Tell me how I’m making him look bad.”

“You’re making me want you more than I want him.”

He looked pleased and turned-on in equal parts. Then he frowned. “You want him?”

“I’d be stupid not to.”

Something flared in Marc’s eyes. Jealousy? Possessiveness? That was wishful thinking. She shook it off.
He stroked his hand up and down her arm, watching the movement. Then he looked into her eyes.

“Has he asked you again?”

“To marry him?”

Marc clenched his jaw before saying tightly, “Yeah.”

“No. He’s just been sweet. And attentive. He’s always bringing me stuff—flowers and muffins and tea—and asking how I am. He bought me a rocking chair.”

Marc rolled his eyes. “Of course he did.”

“What do you mean?”

“He doesn’t get it.”

“Get what?”

“What he should be doing to win you over.”

“What should he be doing?” She was very interested in Marc’s opinion on this.

He moved in a little closer. “He should be telling you that you are the sexiest thing he’s ever seen. That he passes by as close to you as possible whenever he can just to smell your hair. That when you laugh it makes him want to French kiss you up against the wall. He should buy you something you’d really appreciate—like cinnamon massage lotion. That he could lick off, slowly and thoroughly, after rubbing it all over your body.”

She swallowed hard. “I don’t think you’re supposed to eat lotion.”

“Edible massage lotion is made to be eaten.”

At the word eaten she had to press her inner thighs together. Damn.

He gave her a lazy, sexy smile and continued to hold her arm, but his eyes went to something over her shoulder.

She glanced back and saw Luke heading for them from across the room. Luke. The guy who’d given her the rocking chair. The rocking chair she was going to use for the baby. Should pregnant women really be getting edible massages anyway?

“Maybe the best way to keep you away from him is to marry you myself,” Marc muttered.

She swung to face him, shock vibrating through her bones. Uh, oh. That shouldn’t be so scary. Or tempting. It should be funny. Because the idea of Marc proposing to her was ridiculous.

“Yeah, right.” She tried, really tried, to sound flippant.

“Why not?” He was studying her. “What does he have that I don’t? I have my own business—the same one, incidentally. I live in a great little town—the same one, incidentally. I have a wonderful family who loves you—the same one, incidentally.” He shrugged. “Seems like the only thing that makes me different from Luke is that you want me.”

She closed her eyes and shook her head. This was beyond ridiculous. This was…torture.

“People have affairs all the time,” she said.

“You’d rather have an affair with me after you marry Luke?”

Her eyes flew open. She couldn’t believe how wound up she felt. Like she’d taken a shot of caffeine straight to her heart. “I meant marrying you doesn’t ensure I’ll leave Luke alone.”

Marc moved in, filling the space around her completely. She couldn’t look away from his dark green eyes, hot and swirling with emotion. “I promise you that if you were in my bed every night, there’s absolutely no way you would want to—or have the energy to—mess around with anyone else.”

Oh, God, she believed him.

She swallowed, closed her eyes to tear her from his gaze, took a deep breath. “It would kill Luke if we were together.”

She felt Marc’s hand fall away from her. She opened her eyes and saw the pained look on his face.

“Yeah, I know,” he said quietly.



Erin has generously offered one ebook copy of Anything You Want to a lucky commentator.

All you have to do is ask Erin a question
or leave a meaningful comment about the interview.
(for example tell us: What is your favourite type of pie? Or who’s your favourite HP character? What kind of romances do you like?)

Please leave us a way to contact you
(email in blogger profile or twitter name-
no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, 2 April 2011 and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
Good luck!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • elaing8 March 15, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Congrats on the new release Erin.I enjoyed this interview.
    Loved both excerpts too.

    You mentioned you will be doing a follow up of Anything You Want..will it be a continuation of these characters or of other characters from it?


  • Danielle Gorman March 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I love pumpkin pie, but only if it's made by my grandmother.

    My favorite HP character is Ron and Snape.

    My favorite types of romances are the ones that the characters previously know eachother. May it be friends, enemies, or past loves.

  • Erin Nicholas March 15, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I'm so excited to be here today! Thanks for having me!!
    The follow up book I'm working on is about two characters you meet in Anything You Want– Luke (the third "corner" of the love triangle :)) and Kat– Sabrina's best girlfriend.
    And Danielle, I agree- those are some of my favorite kinds of romances too!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Estella March 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Congrats on the new release!

    Have never read or seen HP.

    My favorite pie is pumpkin and my favorite romance is friends to lovers.

  • Estella March 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Forgot my email.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • Jane March 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Congrats on the new release, Erin. I love key lime pie and my favorite HP character is Harry, but I also love Hermione(big fan of Emma Watson).

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • GeishasMom73 March 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Great interview ladies!

    My favorite pie is blueberry. As a matter of fact I just bought one today at the grocery store.

    My favorite HP movie character would be Ron. We both share a fear of spiders. Every time I watch one of the movies he makes me LOL. I am waiting to read the books until all of the movies are out. If I read a book first then see the movie I am always disappointed.

    Congratulations on your new release Erin. I love romances where the couple starts out as adversaries and slowly start to fall for the other person.

    GeishasMom73 on twitter

  • LSUReader March 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    My favorite pie is Kentucky Derby Pie (pecans, chocolate chips, bourbon)…mmmm.

    Fav HP character would be HP himself.

    I like lots of different types of romances. This one sounds great.

    I wonder, Erin, what three books currently top your TBR pile?

    Thanks for visiting. (Email in profile.)

  • Stephanie March 15, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    My favorite type of pie is French Silk.

    My favorite HP character is Hermione because I can relate to her.

    I like a variety of romances but paranormal romance is probably my favorite.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  • Erin Nicholas March 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Hi, everyone! Thanks for stopping by and reading! 🙂
    Kentucky Derby Pie sounds worth trying!!
    My TBR pile includes Kate Davies new release Take A Chance On Me, Mary Janice Davidson's The Royal Treatment (my first of hers) and Donna Kaufman's Some Like It Scot. I'm in a contemp phase now but need to read some historical soon! 🙂 I try to mix it up.

  • JenM March 15, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Erin – those excerpts sound great. I'd love to read this. I'm wondering if there are any other genres that you would like to write in or are you planning on sticking with contemporary romance?

    jen at delux dot com

  • Tore March 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Congratulations. Who is your favorite Twilight character? What other books do you like to write? Please enter me in contest. I would love to read your books.

  • Erin Nicholas March 16, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Hi Jen! Thanks for stopping by! I don't have any plans at the moment for other genres but if I did it would be paranormal–with wizards and such for sure 🙂 For instance, Cherry Adair's T-FLAC paranormal series. But seems that the story ideas coming now are contemporary!
    Hi Tore! I have read the Twilight books and if I had to pick a favorite, it's probably one of the secondary characters– If you *make* me choose a main character I'd have to go with Jacob I think. My disclaimer, however, is that I'm not a fan of vampires–even from my favorite authors– so it's probably not fair for me to judge 🙂

  • Pamk March 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    your book sounds fantastic. I love chocolate pie and my favorite HP character is Ron and my little one looks a lot like him.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  • winnie March 16, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I really enjoyed the interview and the excerpts! Anything You Want is definitely going on my TBR list!

    My favourite type of pie would be key lime pie, favourite HP character is Hermione and as for kind of romances, I like all kinds!


  • Kaetrin March 17, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Oh a love triangle – was that hard to write? Will I be crushed for the one who misses out? 🙂

    favourite kind of pie – hmmm, would strawberry/rhubarb cobbler count?

    kaetrin67 AT gmail DOT com

  • Erin Nicholas March 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Hi, Pam, thanks for stopping by. I like Ron too– esp when he develops the obvious crush on Hermione but can't express himself 🙂
    Winnie, I hope you like it! Let me know!
    Kaetrin, I don't usually like love triangles either because I feel bad for the one "left out" 🙂 but this one was out of my control 😉 I hope you like the other guy enough to feel a little bad I guess but I also hope it's obvious she belongs with Marc (and if it's any consolation– Luke gets a book too :))

  • Welzen March 19, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Congrats on the new release.

    My favorite pie is chocolate. My favorites romances must have love, smiles and aventure. My favorite HP character is Ron I think he is funny.

  • Ina March 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Erin, thanks for a great interview! I loved all your previous books and can't wait to read Anything You Want and I really really hope their will be more books by you soon *g*
    as for pie, I don't like it and I don't know if I should say this or not, but I haven't read or seen HP *shameonme* *Ithink* 😉
    wish you all the best, Ina

    inale87 at gmx dot at

  • Shannon March 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I have to have a good dose of humor in my "just for enjoyment" books. I'm still reading paperbacks, so I'll have to wait a whole year (?) before I can get my hands on this one. =(
    tiredwkids at live dot com

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