Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Release Blitz: Sweet Girl - Sierra Hill

Title: Sweet Girl
Series: The Sweetest Thing #2
Author: Sierra Hill
Genre: New Adult/College Sports
Published: October 18, 2016

I’ve always lived in the shadows of my athletic older brother and my charismatic twin sister. And that’s okay by me. I don’t mind being known as the shy wallflower. The gawky geek. The sweet, virginal girl. Well, that’s one label I’ve been trying to shed since starting my freshman year in college this year. The thing is, no one’s ever looked twice at me.
Until I met Van Gerard.
He notices me. He looks at me and seems to like what he sees. He understands and listens to me. He’s become a great friend. The problem is, I don’t want him as a friend.
I want more.
But my brother - along with a state line between us, and oh yeah, Van’s long-time girlfriend - are just a few complications getting in the way of what I want.
I thought my senior year in college would be the best time of my life. I’m a starter on a Pac-12 basketball team, set to graduate with a degree in Finance. I have a girlfriend whom I’d planned to start a future with. I thought my life was already mapped out.
But then the bottom dropped out with a confession I never expected to hear, from the girl I thought I knew.
I thought wrong.
Luckily for me, Kylah Griffin was there to break my fall. She’s the best thing this year has given me. She’s helped me through a devastating blow that could have sent me reeling.
I know she wants more, but I’m not sure I can give it. Now that I’ve been burned, I don’t think I can go there again. Kylah’s not a hook-up, and she’s definitely not a rebound. She’s a sweet girl who deserves more than to be friend-zoned.
If only things weren’t so complicated.

It’s been awhile since my school girl days or the days of innocent crushes but this week those days were brought back sharp into my memories while reading Sweet Girl.  I was super excited to dive into another brother’s friend novel.  Those are the peanut butter to my jelly.  This is the second book in the series and even though I hadn’t read the first, I didn’t find myself lost at all.  I was able to jump in with both feet.

Kylah has always been the good girl.  She’s never dated, never really crushed on anyone and is definitely a virgin.  And she’s pretty much tired of it.  Unfortunately, she’s gotten fixated on the wrong guy.  Not only is he her big brother’s friend…he’s taken.  Kylah’s really sweet and innocent.  She reminds me of myself when I was her age.  Van’s got issues, his girlfriend is distancing herself from him and now he’s finding himself drawn to his friend’s little sister.  That’s the last thing he needs.

I found this story to be cute and I did enjoy it.  I’m just eh about it.  Despite the resemblance to the younger me, I didn’t connect deeply with the characters.  And it’s been a couple of days since I read it and I’m finding myself having to search my memory to remember details about the book.   It was a really sweet story and an easy read.  It was very low on the drama scale, so perfect for a lazy afternoon.   I did enjoy the side character of Carver; I may come back for his book.  I’m interested to see what his story is.

If you like sweet and cute romances, this may be for you.  It just didn’t hit it out of the ballpark for me.  -Peace and Love, Buxom J

Author Interview

Thank you for agreeing to this interview!  First, can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
My pen name is Sierra Hill and since the age of 12, have loved writing. I originally went to college to become a journalist, but soon realized I wasn’t good with deadlines. So, I received a BA in Organizational Communications and Management. I went into the field of HR and still work as a part-time HR consultant for a small company. I grew up in the Minneapolis area, but moved out to Seattle in my mid-twenties, where I live with my husband and dog.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
A nice bitch. (No, really. I’m a very sweet and caring person, but for some reason, maybe the way I verbally phrase things, I have a tendency to come off as a little bitchy. But I’m always nice about it! lol

If someone wrote a book of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, horror or science fiction/fantasy?  What would be the title?
I’d call it a light-hearted drama. No Lifetime sob-story here. I’ve lived a blessed and charmed life, with caring parents, a wonderfully supportive and loving husband, great jobs, and wonderful friends.

If you could have unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?
I collect hearts from wherever my travels take me. I have a fairly large collection, from Scotland, London, Italy, Hawaii, New York, Boston, San Fran, Vancouver, etc. Some are made of glass, wood, most handmade by local artists.

If you could have dinner with three people, past or present, who would it be and why?
Author Lisa Gardner – she was the first person I turned to and asked questions about becoming a writer. She was so sweet and kind. I’d love to have dinner with her to thank her for her help.
Paolo Nutini – he’s a Scottish blues/soul musician. I don’t typically like that genre of music, but once I heard Paolo’s voice and then saw him live, I was hooked. It doesn’t hurt that I think he’s absolutely HOT and Gorgeous. Although, he has a strong Scottish accent and I can’t always understand him. Ha!
My paternal Grandmother – she was an amazing woman…ran a restaurant in Kansas during the war era and experienced a lot of downtimes, but always kept a wonderful attitude. She died when I was too young to have an adult convo with her.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was 12 or 13. I did a career day with a newspaper reporter. I knew I would write someday.

What draws you to this genre?  Are you interested in writing other genres?  If so what ones?
What genre wouldn’t you write?

I love contemporary romance. I’ve read historical and some rom-com and suspense, but contemporary just appeals to me because I understand it. I can relate. Someday I will try to write romance suspense – I love authors Sandra Brown, Lisa Gardner and Judith McNaught stories.

If you could change one thing about this genre, what would it be?
I know many writers like to write dark – very dark – romance. I kind of get squeamish about that. I just don’t see how a heroine could fall for someone where there isn’t consensual sex. Maybe I’m just old fashioned. I’m not sure this answers the question – haha. I guess I wouldn’t change it – per se – but I just try not to read those stories.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That I could actually finish one! Lol When I first started writing my first book, it came so easily that I was pretty shocked. The second book I stumbled through. But I learned it just takes time, perseverance and a lot of coffee to write a novel!

What do you like to read in your free time?
Contemporary romance. I read about 3 books a week.

Which writers inspire you?
Sawyer Bennett, Christina Lee, Christina Lauren, Lauren Blakely, Lexi Ryan, Tessa Bailey, Katee Robert and a plethora of others.

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
Hmm, I’m not sure. I don’t think any fictional book has influenced me, just the writers behind the story.

Do you listen to music when you write?  Is there a certain type you like to listen to?  Do you put your playlists on Spotify for listeners?
I do sometimes…but most often, I write in complete silence. Well, aside from my annoying dog who barks at the front window at passerby’s.

If you could spend time with a character from your books who would it be? And what would you do during that day? (PG-13 please ;-) )
Ha! I’m a married woman – I wouldn’t do THAT with my male characters. Lol I think I would hang with Ainsley from my book Sweetness. She’s an amazingly compassionate young woman and inspiring to me for all that she accomplished in her life without the support of family.
What character in your books are you least likely to get along with?

Probably Sasha Lee. She’s a little too sassy and strong for my liking.

What are you working on at the moment?
Just releasing the second book in The Sweetest Thing Series (Oct.18th) entitled Sweet Girl. It’s a new adult/college sports romance. And I just started writing the third book in the series, entitled Sweet Summer Love. It’s a second-chance love story.

Thank you!!! Xoxo Sierra

Since writing and publishing her first book in 2014, Sierra Hill has found her creative passion in writing about the fictional characters that live in her brain, who are constantly shouting for their own love stories to be told. 

Sierra frequently indulges in what some might consider to be an unhealthy dose of reading, dark chocolate candy, and way too much coffee. She hates cold weather, and frequently finds herself traveling around the country to see her favorite live musicians in concert.
Sierra resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of twenty years and her long-haired, German Shepherd. She is currently working on her next book.


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