Keira: What does it take to be fearless?
Tawny Weber: Hmm, I’d say a really good drink. I have a recipe for a FEARLESS Martini on my website that, after two, should remove all fear. All feeling from one’s toes, too. Okay, just kidding, although many of my most fearless moments have included a good drink.
I think being fearless means facing whatever makes you want to run. In the case of Gia in this story, she’s afraid to take the risk of getting in trouble at work by sparking an affair with someone she works with. But more, she’s afraid of being rejected. Luke has a rep as the hottest guy in the office and he can have any gal he wants. In her mind, at least, that means she’s out of the running. So instead of my delicious FEARLESS Martini, she turns to her Girlz and a makeover to turn herself into her version of a Fearless woman.
Keira: What are your thoughts on dating in the workplace? Are the rules antiquated or pertinent?
Tawny: Ooh, this is a tough one. I’m not a big fan of rules as a rule so my first reaction is to let people decide for themselves if they can handle it. But, realistically, so many people are better at making bad choices that lead to issues in the workplace than they are at handling them smoothly that I can understand the need for such a rule. I doubt I’d personally follow it, but I’m pretty sure I’d regret that choice if the romance blew up in my face.
Which I think is why it makes for such great fiction. Rules like that are simply made to be broken between the pages of a romance novel, and they create such a fabulous setup for conflict and tension for our characters.
Keira: How does a girl (your heroine in particular) become a seductress?
Tawny: By tapping into her own fantasies. Once she was able to create in her mind what being a seductress meant—right down to how she dressed and looked—she could throw herself into that role. But it had to be her fantasy. I think that was the key, that by first deciding on the most seductive person she could imagine, then becoming that person, Gia was tapping her own fantasies and turning herself on first. Which meant she was totally committed to the seduction—as well as being even more alluring to Luke. Because a woman who believes she’s sexy and seductive is able to do so much more—and get the guy to do so much more—than if she’s worried and doubtful about her sex appeal.
Keira: What is the craziest thing you’ve done in Vegas?
Tawny: Oh my. I’ve lived in Vegas on and off since my pre-teen years, so there is a lot of crazy to choose from. I think I’m going to have to go with the birth of my first child. She was born in a garage just off the strip that’d been converted into a Birthing Center, and the midwife was an ex-showgirl–complete with beehive and blue eye shadow. To this day, I feel a little bad that that image was the first thing my daughter saw on her way out of the womb.
Keira: Give us three reasons to pick up FEARLESS!
- It’s a fun, sassy story with a lot of humor and hot sex!
- If you like girlfriend stories, it’s a great one. The friends not only inspire each other to push limits and live their fantasy, they have great taste in men, drinks and shoes.
- It’s a part of the launch of the brand new Cosmo Red Hot Reads line, which means it’s paving the way for some very hot, sexy books—including the rest of the Girlz Guide series!
Bio: USA TODAY Bestselling author of over twenty hot books, Tawny Weber has been writing sassy, sexy romances since her first Harlequin Blaze hit the shelves in 2007. A fan of Johnny Depp, cupcakes and color coordination, she spends a lot of her time shopping for cute shoes, scrapbooking and hanging out on Facebook.
Readers can check out Tawny’s books at her website, www.tawnyweber.com, or join her Red Hot Readers Club for goodies like free reads, complete first chapter excerpts, recipes, insider story info and much more.
FEARLESS backcover blurb:
Promising career: check
Amazing apartment: check
The best of friends: check
Sex life: MIA
There’s just one thing missing from Gia Renyard’s life: sexual adventure. And the one man she’d like to have it with is her hot co-worker, Luke Monroe. If only company rules didn’t prohibit her from asking him out. So Gia comes up with a plan: make herself over into a fantasy seductress, follow Luke to a convention in Sin City, and have her way with him for one erotic weekend. The man will never even know who did him.
Everything is going according to plan—until Gia discovers that Luke is perfect for her outside the bedroom too. And suddenly she’s no longer content to let what happens in Vegas stay in Vegas…