Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Author Spotlight

I am thrilled to introducea debut author that I am proud to call a friend. I met Sharon Cooper at a Georgia Romance Writers meeting two years ago, and we've been friends ever since.

Sharon is here to tell us a little bit about herself and her debut release, Something New.

Thanks for inviting me to be a guest on your blog, Chicki! I’m excited for the opportunity to introduce your followers to my debut novel, Something New.

Tell us a little about your story.

My story is an edgy sweet romance about a woman, Simone Edwards, who did what any intelligent woman with a ticking biological clock would do: she asked her longtime boyfriend to marry her. Devastated when he turns her down, and fed up with dead-end relationships, she swears off men … and takes a vow of celibacy. Simone thinks, How hard could it be? She soon learns it’s harder than she thinks when the most irresistible man in the world, Tim Hollister, shows up at her job. They haven’t seen each other in over ten years, and Simone quickly realizes Tim is a temptation she doesn’t want to resist. But isn’t there some rule about dating your friend? Simone must decide if a romance with Tim is worth risking their friendship, and her reclaimed virginity.

What genre do you write in the most, and what is it about the genre that attracts you?

Though my debut novel is a sweet romance, I mostly write contemporary – for the same reason I love reading them. They’re usually easy reads –takes you away from your day-to-day life, offers a little entertainment and drama, and most importantly, filled with romance and hot sex. Eyebrow

What is your favorite book? Why is it a favorite?

Wow, my favorite book, hmm…some authors would probably list one of their own, but I’d have to say Redemption Song, by Dr. Bertice Berry. I haven’t read it in many years, but whenever I’m asked about my favorite book, that’s the one that comes to mind. It’s my favorite because it’s a layered love story. Not just between a man and a woman, but love of family and their history. The story had a little bit of everything to keep me turning the pages - humor, drama, the amazing journey of two African American families whose lives intertwine over two or three generations…and the book also reveals the awesome power of love.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I can’t imagine my writing life without critique partners! I’ve been blessed to have some wonderful ones who are quick to tell me when they like something, and are not afraid to tell me when they don’t. Lol.

Do you have any new works coming out soon that you can tell us about?

As a matter of fact – I do! I have a contemporary romance (short story) that’s available FREE on and Barnes and Noble; a romantic suspense, Blue Roses, coming out this summer (2012); and another romantic suspense, Rendezvous with Danger, planned for release this fall (2012).

Short Excerpt from Something New

Tim glanced at her, soaking up her attractive face and those kissable lips. He suddenly remembered the explicit dream he had of her the night before: the way she felt in his arms, her body molded to his, while his lips devoured hers. His hands had had a mind of their own as they caressed every inch of her delectable body.

What the heck am I doing? He shook his head vigorously. These are definitely not thoughts I should be having about my friend. His focus should be on getting settled in and figuring out a way to deal with Andrea. No way should his mind be trained on another woman, especially if that woman was Simone.

“I have to ask you something.” He lifted his glass and guzzled his water in an effort to extinguish his steamy thoughts. “Why have you been resistant to us hanging out outside of your office?”

With downcast eyes, she used her fork to move her grilled chicken and pasta around on her plate. For a moment, he didn’t think she’d respond, but she said, “Fear.”

“Excuse me?” He leaned forward, not sure if he’d heard her right.

She looked up at him, eyes unsure and shy. “I was afraid. I recently got out of a relationship and had vowed no more men.” She stopped, mumbled a curse, and rubbed her forehead in frustration as if she’d said too much.

“Simone, we were always able to talk freely and just enjoy each other’s company. What changed? I get the feeling you’re uncomfortable with me, but I don’t understand why. I’m still the same person.”

She arched a manicured brow. “You’re kidding, right?”

He shrugged. “What?” He was clueless to what she was referring to.

“Look at you. You’re gorgeous. You were nice looking in high school, but now you…you have muscles poppin’ out all over the place,” she said, pointing at his biceps. “You give a whole new meaning to tall, dark, and handsome.” Apparently seeing his confused look, she continued. “Come on, Tim. You had to notice that every woman we walked past when we first arrived couldn’t take their eyes off of you. And I can’t blame them. Whenever we’re together, I have to remind myself that we’re friends. I shouldn’t be attracted to my friend.”

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Something New is live on at and on Barnes & on Friday, April 27, 2012. It will also be available in paperback, May 18, 2012.

Lastly, as a reminder, anyone who leaves a comment on this post today will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an electronic copy of Something New!


Alicia Jones said...

Congrats Sharon!

Question for the Author...where do you get ideas for your stories?

Sharon Cunningham Cooper said...

Chicki, thank you again for having me! I'm looking forward to hanging out with you and your readers today, and I can't wait to give away a copy of my debut novel to one lucky winner! Your readers will be able to find out if they've won by visiting my website - tomorrow morning. ALSO, the free read is on my website today, and will be available at this weekend.

Sharon Cunningham Cooper said...

Thank you, Alicia! And to answer your question, the ideas for my stories come from all over the place. i hear voices in my head (don't worry, I'm not crazy)- and those voices/thoughts often turn into characters. I'm not a big TV watcher, but alot of ideas -especially plot ideas (good and bad - Lol) come from there; some come from experience; and then other ideas come from other's experience - just magnified to make for fun fiction! For example, my next novel - Blue Roses (due out this summer) involves a Ponzi scheme. Thanks to Madoff in 2009 - ideas started rolling around in my head. :)

MJKane said...

Congratulations, Sharon! I just got your free download and look forward to reading it.

Question: What inspired you to become a writer? Is it the 'voices' in your head with stories that beg to be told, or is a form or relaxation/therapy?

Dreams of Jamaica said...

Good morning Sharon,

I truly wish you much success on your books and all that you have dreamed of. Thanks for sharing your writing talent with us.



Sharon Cunningham Cooper said...

Hey MJ! I see you're trying to win the contest I have going on my blog! Good luck!

As for what inspired me to become a writer - hmm...I think it was the 'voices' - Lol! These characters pop into my head and I just start taking notes! All I have to do now is learn to write faster! But I have to say, there are times when writing is relaxing to me - especially on rainy days.

Sharon Cunningham Cooper said...

Thank you so much, Lula!

Kimberly Matthews-Hooker said...

Love the synopsis Sharon! I'm going to have to add this to my Kindle.

Sharon Cunningham Cooper said...

Thank you Kimberly! BTW, double your chances of winning a free copy of the book by also posting to my blog before 7pm (est) today!

Regina Duke said...

Great interview! Nice to meet a "new" author (knowing that we've all been writing for years, lol). Your excerpt sounds excellent! Can't wait to get mine. :-)

Sharon Cunningham Cooper said...

Thank you, Regina! Good luck in winning the contest! BTW, double your chances of winning a free copy of the book by also posting to my blog before 7pm (est) today!

Tammy C said...

Celibacy takes a lot of self-control, especially when the attraction between two people is so strong!! I can't wait to read how the story unfolds!Congrats Author Sharon

Sharon Cunningham Cooper said...

Thanks for stopping by, Tammy C! Good luck in winning the contest! BTW, double your chances of winning a free copy of the book by also posting to my blog before 7pm (est) today!

Jaime said...

It's 6:54. Am I too late? Ha, ha. Here in St. Augustine, we have a saying: a day late is a week early:) It has been a long day but I'm so glad you directed us to this site. It is really refreshing seeing women take things into their own hands. I just love it!

Sharon Cunningham Cooper said...

Hey Jaime! You're not too late and I'm glad to see that you're trying to win one of the contests! Thanks for following me around today. Lol! You're entered into both contests! Check my website in the morning - the winners will be listed! Thanks so much for stopping by!

jordannaeast said...

Love the Q&A! Always cool to learn about an awesome author!

Sharon Cunningham Cooper said...

Thanks for the kind words jordannaeast! I've surrounded myself with some amazing authors...and I hope they're rubbing off on me! Thanks for stopping by!

Louise said...

Hi Sharon
Looking on Amazon at your book Best Woman for the Job, where did the ideal come from, hopeful Craig came to his sense. ((((smiling)))).

I am looking forward to reading more I love discovery new author.

Louise B

Sharon Cunningham Cooper said...

Hey Louise! The idea for Best Woman for the Job, came from past experiences. I was a sheet metal worker for ten years and though my experience was wonderful, there were a few touchy moments of chauvinistic attitudes. The first novel of the Jenkins Family Series (Best Woman...was a prequal) will be out early in the year of 2013. Subscibe to my blog for up-to-date info. regarding it and other works in progress.