Mallery’s Three Little Words is a modern romantic story about Ford and Isabel coming together. Isabel has always had a crush on Ford, but this will flood all those feelings back when he asks her for help to keep his mother off his back. Ford’s mother wants to see him married, but his current relationship becomes a flop so he needs the next best thing.. a FAKE girlfriend. I really enjoyed reading the chemistry that both these characters had. I really did root for them because despite both having their own worlds, they find that together it may be possible to rekindle those old feelings, even though at first Ford doesn’t think he has it in him to love again. Isabel also has a new venture that she is trying with a friend in New York, so they both enjoy themselves as much as possible in what we call Friends with Benefits. Those who love a fun, witty, and romantic modern romance will love Mallery’s talented ways of telling this story. I”m truly now a fan of her work.
THREE LITTLE WORDS
After years of pining for her teenage crush, Isabel Carlisle has finally moved on. But the commitment-phobic guy who has been the object of her affection can’t take his eyes or heart off the grown-up girl who used to worship him. USA TODAY bestselling author Susan Mallery returns to the land of happy endings with THREE LITTLE WORDS (Harlequin HQN, August 2013, $7.99 U.S./$9.99 CAN.), the third title in the Fool’s Gold trilogy featuring three brave bodyguards—and the women who love them.
When she was fourteen, Isabel vowed she would love military-bound Ford Hendrix forever. But after endless unanswered letters to her former crush, and one disastrous marriage to a man who turned out to be gay, Isabel is finished with romance for good—at least until she fulfills her dream of moving to New York and taking the fashion world by storm. But when former navy SEAL Ford returns to town, more charming and sexy than ever, Isabel can’t help feeling like a crazy love-struck teenager all over again.
Ford joined the navy fourteen years ago suffering from a broken heart and determined to avoid all future emotional attachments. Unfortunately, now that bodyguard trainer Ford is home for good, he has to deal with his persevering mother, who is just as determined to marry her bachelor son off as he is to stay single.
To keep his mother off his back, Ford convinces Isabel to pretend to be his girlfriend until she leaves for New York. Even though it’s hard for him to keep his hands off the formerly scrawny kid who’s grown up in all the right ways, Ford is determined to protect the emotionally fragile girl whose treasured letters kept him sane during his service.
Every kiss and touch, however, has both Ford and Isabel wondering how pretend this fake relationship actually is. She’s stirring up emotions in Ford that no one ever has before, while Ford is making Isabel think twice about her plans to leave town. Despite their doubts, however, both Ford and Isabel believe nothing can sway them—not even three little words….
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Q & A
1. In any way, are your female heroines an extension of yourself?
All of my heroines are women I’d want as friends – after all, I spend months with them in my head, so I have to like them – but they are not me. I write four or five books every year, and it would get pretty boring to write about the same woman over and over again. But I certainly do relate to each of them, and if I’ve done my job, readers will, as well.
2. What’s next for the town of Fool’s Gold?
The Fool’s Gold Cookbook will be released the end of August, and I’ve written a short Fool’s Gold novella for the cookbook, which you won’t find anywhere else. So not only do you get 150 pretty amazing recipes, but you get a love story, as well.
Then, on September 24, CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET will be released. I adore writing Christmas romances, and this one was especially fun because the heroine, Noelle Perkins, has opened a Christmas store in downtown Fool’s Gold. The only problem is, they’re getting a lot of snow this year in the Sierra Nevadas, and her seasonal employees would rather ski than work. She’s stunned when Gabriel Boylan offers to lend a hand. Why would the sexy Army doctor want to spend his free time on leave working in her store? Gabriel is at a crossroads in his life. He has to decide whether to re-enlist, or to try to build a life beyond the Army. Working at The Christmas Attic – with beautiful Noelle – could just help him decide.
3. On August 27, you’ll release your Fool’s Gold Cookbook with more than 150 recipes to complement your wildly popular Fool’s Gold series. Where do you get your interest in cooking?
I’ve never enjoyed spending hours in the kitchen. Like many women, I’m too busy for that! But I do enjoy eating delicious meals made with fresh ingredients, and I think preparing a meal for my family is one of the most loving things I can do to nurture them. In the Fool’s Gold Cookbook, you’ll find recipes that are pretty easy even for the reluctant cook, and that don’t take hours. They’re organized by season, then further broken down into everyday dishes and some for special occasions. The cookbook is really beautiful, with lots of full-color photos. I’m excited that it will be out in time for the holiday shopping season because I think it will make a wonderful Christmas gift.
If you pre-order it, be sure to hold onto your receipt because on August 12, I’ll launch a pre-order contest for the cookbook on my website, www.susanmallery.com. I’m giving away a KitchenAid mixer!
4. For the Fool’s Gold romances, you have invented a detailed history of the town and deep backgrounds for the characters, even down to the town book store owner. How does this help you delve deeper into your writing?
I want to create the sense for readers that Fool’s Gold is a real place, so I provide them with lots of bonus content at www.foolsgoldca.com. There, we have a map of the town, a history, a list of local festivals, a who’s who character chart, and plenty of between-the-books updates on what’s happening in the characters’ lives. If you’re a Fool’s Gold fan, you should visit the website to see all the new stuff we have there. I promise, it will enrich your reading experience. For example…
Fool’s Gold has a very colorful (fictional) history, going back to pre-Columbian times. A group of Mayan women migrated north and established a matriarchal society along the shores of what is now Lake Ciara in Fool’s Gold. They were sick of all the virgin sacrifices, so they left. The Máa-zib tribe is the name we came up with, with the help of a Mayan-English dictionary. “Máa-zib” is a very rough translation/bastardization of “no boys,” after the words have been mangled by centuries and distance. The Máa-zib culture has a pretty fun impact on Fool’s Gold today. When the series started, there was a man shortage in Fool’s Gold. Was that because of an ancient Mayan curse? Who knows? Last year, a hero was ceremoniously “sacrificed” at the Máa-zib festival. And next year, six-year-old Future Warriors of the Máa-zib, Fool’s Gold’s twist on Scouts, will warm readers’ hearts.
5. You’re known for writing novels that always have a happy ending, no matter the turmoil the characters face along the way. What is the reason behind this? Would you ever consider writing a book without a happy ending?
No. Never. I don’t like to read books with unhappy endings, and I would never consider writing one. When I write a book, I invest my heart in the characters. If I left them in a bad place, they would haunt me for the rest of my life.
Life’s too short to read unhappy books.
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