Here are a few questions I’ve gotten about the Hard to Hold trilogy – they’ll end up being a part of my FAQs page after this for future reference!
Is the trilogy stand-alone?
Yes…and no. Absolutely, you can pick up any of the books and get a complete reading experience that resolves the main hero / heroine relationship. However, I love my subplots, and they do continue – Hard To Hold continues a subplot into Too Hot To Hold, and then a new subplot in Too Hot To Hold continues in Hold On Tight. So, for the peak reading experience, I think it’s best to read the books in the order I wrote them. And, of course, you need to read all of them. And then buy multiple copies and give them as gifts to everyone you know. What? Books make great gifts…buy a book, save the world! Or a SEAL, as it may be.
Were any of these books harder to write than the others?
Too Hot To Hold was the most difficult for me to get a handle on. I’ve been told by my very patient editor that often the second book in a continuing trilogy is enough to make an author want to beat her head against the wall. Okay, she said it a lot nicer than that, but still.
Do you picture celebrities when you’re creating your characters? Real people you know?
Neither. Especially not the real people because, hi, that’s weird. It’s like when people want their names used as the main character in my books and no way, cannot do that. I can picture my characters clearly in my head, well enough to describe them to you, but with enough left to the imagination that you can create your own picture in your head.
Did you pick the titles for your trilogy?
Sort of, kind of one of the titles. Ish. How’s that for an answer? Not what you were looking for? Okay, here goes.
I’ve been obsessed with the title, Hard To Hold, for quite a while now. I think I titled two manuscripts that will never see the light of day that. In fact, when Sydney wrote her first proposal, Unleashing The Storm was actually called Hard To Hold. Of course, once it was written in the contract like that, no one ever referred to the book like that again and we came up with Unleashing The Beast very quickly (and Beast was quickly vetoed and replaced with Storm.) But I digress.
So when I sold the SEAL series, Book 1 was Harder To Breathe (because I love that song), book two was Hard to Handle and Book 3 was Hard To Hold. And then Shauna said that Harder To Breathe made her think of an asthma attack and well, yes, she’s right and so we went round and round trying on titles. Most of the ones I came up with were too suspensey and not enough of the romance angle. And then Shauna called me and said, Nita suggested these: Hard To Hold, Too Hot To Hold and Hold On Tight. And I loved them. And finally, I get to use, Hard To Hold as a real title.