Going Deep by Misty Evans (+giveaway!)

The MM giveaway winner gadget picked Kathy Bonham as the winner of my giveaway. Congrats, Kathy! I’ll be in touch about your prize.

I never learned to swim. Two summers of lessons at the YMCA and a round of private adult lessons and I still can do little more than float on my back for ten seconds.

I have a friend who can’t swim either – Nana Malone. She’s a fabulous author of spicy, NanaMalonecontemporary romance, and we’ve been talking about writing a book together for years. I had an idea for a contemporary wedding series last fall and bugged her until she said yes to co-writing it with me, because let’s face it, I know nothing about writing contemporary romance. We made loose plans to start the book in February. I had no real idea about the plot, but knew it would be great fun to write a story with her.

Then I read an article in Elle magazine about an adult woman who couldn’t swim and decided to take swim lessons. She was so terrified of the water, she was demoted to a special class beneath the beginners but there encountered an exceptional teacher who helped her overcome her fears. Her story was amazing, and she learned a lot about herself and life in the process of learning to swim.

Inspiration struck. Just like the author in the Elle story, I feared diving into certain areas of my life. The shallow end of the pool was comfortable because I could always put my feet down.

Taking risks in life can be scary. In my career I’ve taken plenty, but in my personal life, not so much. A few here and there…some worked out, others didn’t. Being a responsible adult with kids, a husband, pets, life insurance, and a bank account is a good thing. But sometimes, you need to break out of the rut and dip your toe into deep waters.

I sent a copy of the swimming article to Nana. At that time, I had no idea she’d never learned to swim either, so we had a good laugh about the irony. We wondered how many readers could relate, if only metaphorically, with a heroine who was afraid to dive deep into life? From that discussion, Becca was born, and so was our hero, Liam, her awesome swim instructor.

The real challenge for me was writing Liam. In our story, he’s a fantastic swimmer, and was at one time on his way to the Olympics. Since I can’t swim myself and it’s been a while since lessons, I had to do my research. But getting into the mind of a swimmer, much like any athlete I imagine, is amazing. They have strength and stamina beyond reason. Their world in the water, and their take on life, is inspiring. I hope I conveyed at least some of that in Liam.

Hit&RunBrideWebsiteHit & Run Bride officially released yesterday and has already hit a couple of bestseller lists at Amazon. It’s also garnering some nice reviews. I hope all my readers enjoy the story – it has some real comedic moments in it, and of course, an HEA – but I also hope readers take away a message about life…that taking risks can bring you true love and going deep can be the ultimate reward.

So tell me, readers, do you love the water or fear it? Leave a comment and be entered to win a $10 iTunes gift card from me. Winner will be announced Friday!

 

A little bit about Hit & Run Bride:

Dangerous Intersection Ahead

Marketing analyst Becca Daniels has a life that looks good on paper. A coveted promotion in an exciting new city and a successful, handsome fiancé. But with her Hawaiian honeymoon fast approaching, she has to face her biggest fear…water. She can’t swim. On her way to her first swimming lesson, however, she veers left instead of right and nearly runs over her hot, new swim instructor.

Caution: Rising Waters

Liam Caldwell has put his life on hold to look after his sick mother. The last thing he needs is the hit-and-run brunette who ruined his motorcycle disrupting the adult swim class. But from the first lesson, he realizes there’s more to the curvy, smart-mouthed Becca than meets the eye, and no matter what he does, he can’t resist her luscious lips and her driving determination.

No U-turn

With each lesson, Becca discovers that what looks good on paper isn’t making her happy. Should she play it safe in the shallow end with her career and fiancé? Or should she dive into deep waters with a man who offers passion and freedom like she’s never imagined?

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About Misty Evans

USA Today Bestselling Author Misty Evans writes the award-winning Super Agent series, as well as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy theories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When her muse lets her on the internet to play, she’s on Facebook and Twitter.
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24 Responses to Going Deep by Misty Evans (+giveaway!)

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Misty, congratulations on your newest book! It sounds like so much fun, too. :)

  2. Congrats on your new release! I loved swimming as a kid. I would spend practically the whole summer at a friend’s pool.
    Jennifer Estep`s last blog was …Checking out the summer TBR pile …

    • Misty Evans says:

      Jennifer, I love the water and often went to the city pool or a friend’s, but I preferred lying in the sun or floating on an inflatable raft close to the edge. :)

  3. Amy R says:

    Hi Misty – congrats on the story with Nana! I love the water. Growing up it was swimming and gymnastics for me. I eventually had to choose and Gymnastics won, but I look back and wish I would have chosen swimming. I could have maintained that longer. I also grew up in an apartment complex that had a pool with a life guard so if you were 10 years of age or older you could go without a parent, so my brother and sister and I spent all summer at the pool. To this day, a vacation for me is one near water. Just something so relaxing about it. I wish you and Nana the best of luck on your adventures in writing together!
    Amy R`s last blog was …Review: THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein

    • Misty Evans says:

      Thank you, Amy! All of our family vacations are taken at the beach..I’m a beach girl and can’t wait until I turn 50 and move so I can live near one. That’s my goal, anyway. Maybe then I’ll learn to swim. I’ve always wanted to go diving.

  4. Misty Evans says:

    BTW, Nana and I are throwing a bachelorette party for Becca today on Facebook. Everyone’s welcome!! https://www.facebook.com/HitAndRunBrideSeries

  5. Having been a swimmer in my younger years, I am now looking forward to reading your collaboration with Nana.
    You are correct when you say swimmers are a breed of their own. We watch more sunrises than any other athlete and, if anybody ever says swimming is easy, we’ll invite them for a few butterfly sets in the pool and then we’ll discuss their new found appreciation of the sport once they come out of the water with rubbery legs. All joking aside, I’m sure many swimmers out there will appreciate the spotlight in your book. Thank you for giving the sport a voice in romance.

    Cheers,

    Chris

    • Misty Evans says:

      Chris, I replied to your comment yesterday, but I guess it got lost!

      I wish I’d known you were a swimmer because I would have picked your brain! You really are a guy of many talents. I had such fun writing Liam’s character, I’ll probably do another swimmer hero one of these days, so consider yourself warned. I’ll be hitting you up with questions and making your crit scenes for me. :grin:

      Thank you for doing a spotlight for H&R Bride today. You and Cecilia are such nice peeps!!

  6. Mary Hughes says:

    Misty, congratulations on your new release with Nana Malone! The story sounds wonderful and I adore the message. I’m fascinated by the self discipline and passion that goes into being an athlete and it sounds like you captured those in Liam.

    I do love the water, especially warm bodies with sandy beaches on vacation days :)

    • Misty Evans says:

      Mary, I was quite worried about writing Liam’s character, not only because he’s a swimmer, but because my male characters are usually packing a gun or two. ;-) It really helped talking to swimmers and I spent a lot of time on pinterest looking at their boards and pins.

  7. Liz Kreger says:

    Congrats on the release, Misty. Sounds like quite a step out of your comfort zone. :cool:

    I learned how to swim the hard way. Four older brothers. If they caught you, you were thrown in the deep end. Made for a great incentive to learn. Sure beats drowning. :shock: I can swim fairly well, but am by no means proficient. I much prefer to lounging near the water to being in it. And if given a choice, I much prefer hanging at a pool rather than the ocean, eve though I love oceans.

    • Misty Evans says:

      Thanks, Liz! That’s about how my dad learned to swim…he joined the Navy at 17 (his dad signed off so he could enter before he was legal) and the first thing they did was throw everyone in a pool. Sink or swim, they were told!

  8. Misty, huge congratulations on the success of Hit and Run Bride!

    I love swimming, and I think my brothers and sisters and I lived almost year-round in the pool as children. I grew up in South Africa, where winter is not much to speak of, and I would swim even when it was sort of cold :)
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Release day: A Dangerous Madness

    • Misty Evans says:

      Michele, that sounds like such fun. I grew up near the Mississippi but my mother wouldn’t let me get near it. All of my friends would go to the river on the weekend and I’d sit home and read a book. :)

  9. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Misty,

    Sounds like an awesome new release – you’ve done so well this year!!! Major congrats. As for swimming? Yeah, I’m part fish. lol.
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Broken Protocols is here!

  10. Congratulations on this newest release, Misty!! The book sounds awesome and I love the cover! I also love the water. Best, best wishes to you and Nana!!
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …FREE Read! Plus a Giveaway!

  11. Jeanie Jackson says:

    Misty, You are so talented and can tackle anything! Nana, I look forward to meeting your through this book. I have it in my next five stack right now.

  12. bn100 says:

    like it

  13. Kathy Bonham says:

    I cannot wait to read Hit and Run Bride. It sounds wonderful.

    I love the water and while I’m not a great swimmer I could probably keep from drowning at least for a while. But what I will not do is Dive. Nope not me! Not ever. At least not into water. I will dive into a good book–head first! lol

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