This week, I'm bringing you a tease of Blakely Bennett's new release and it's a really fun one!
The Second First Chance is the story where the heroine travels back in time to her college years to win the heart of her soulmate for the second time. It sounds like a great premise!
Let's find out more about Blakely and this new romantic comedy.
Tell us about yourself. Why did you decide to write in the romance/erotica genre?
It’s what I enjoy reading the most and who doesn’t love, love?
What "heat level" should readers expect from your latest release?
My latest release, THE SECOND FIRST CHANCE, is a romantic comedy so the sex scenes aren’t nearly as plentiful or graphic as my erotica. They are still quite steamy though.
What do you like most about the heroine and/or hero in your new book?
Jayden, who starts over at eighteen years of age after losing her soulmate and husband of twenty years, is incredibly humorous. She is definitely my funniest character to date, although her best friend, Packy, is hilarious too.
How do you get ideas for new stories?
There are always stories running through my mind. The inspiration for The Second First Chance came from my deep abiding love for my soulmate and husband, Dana Bennett. We’ve often wished we had met ten years earlier, and I have often fantasized what might have been. Although the characters in this story are not us, the love they share mirrors our own.
What is your favorite romantic movie and why?
Wow! Way too many to sort through. Hmmm...The Holiday, When Harry Met Sally, He’s Just Not That Into You and many more.
What is something you want readers to know about you?
I LOVE hearing from my readers. That’s definitely one of the best parts of being an author andkeeps me motivated to write more.
What's the best way for readers to connect with you?
Facebook is probably the best way to reach me, https://www.facebook.com/blakely.bennett or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are you working on right now?
Samantha’s Maze and Unmistakable Bond, books 4 & 5 of the Bound by Your Love, erotic romance series. My fans are impatient for the next books in the series.
If you could have a second chance at true love, would you take it?
Jayden is offered the opportunity to journey back in time after she loses her soulmate, Callahan, on their twentieth anniversary. Enticed by the idea of meeting Callahan ten years earlier, she takes the leap.
From 2015 back to 1985, Jayden restarts her college experience at Florida State University. Her best friend Patrick from the first time around is at her side, supporting her attempts to win over young Cal.
Professor Travis Stratford has his eyes set on Jayden and throws his hat into the ring. Could he be a good distraction while she waits for Callahan to give her a second first chance?
Young Cal, still suffering from a recent loss of his own, is a different man than her Cally of the future. Will Jayden have the patience necessary to win him over? Will Cal believe her crazy tale?
Immerse yourself in this poignant, sexy, hilarious romance, which will have you laughing—and crying—your heart out.
You might expect me to be pining for my husband and daughter, but truly, it felt like such a dream that I only felt elated. Physically, I felt better than I had in years. Gone were the chronic neck ache and the sore ankle from standing too long. Plus, I had this smokin’ body that I had zero appreciation for the first time around.
I knew if I waited a few more minutes before heading back, Debbie would be gone for the rest of the day. The call to the phone company had to come first, which I had procrastinated on taking care of last time. Next, I had to figure out where Callahan might be living. This was his period of flux as he’d put it. I planned to check Gainesville first. The pay phone in the lower level of my dorm building, I recalled, had phone books.
Motherfucking shit! Just then, it hit me: no internet, no computers, no cellphones, or even Facebook. I’d have to use the computer center to type up my work for class. Then I burst into laughter, fritter in hand, leaning on the side of my bike. Good thing I didn’t think about that first, I might not have come. I doubled over laughing, trying to catch my breath.
“You must tell me what’s so incredibly funny that it’s put you in a state of conniption hysteria.”
“Psychology major?” I asked, lifting up my elbow for him to shake. I held onto my bike with my right hand and the partially devoured glazed fritter in my left. My eyes finally met his, and immediately I was taken by his dark, penetrating gaze and longish, wavy, light-brown hair.
He looked like he should be playing tennis in his tight blue-striped Polo shirt and short, white shorts with front pockets. “Travis,” he said, taking my proffered elbow into his hand.
Behave, girls, I mentally snapped at my nipples. “Jayden.”
“Nice to meet you. I’m a professor of literature and writing at FSU.”
“Interesting. Well, maybe our paths will clash again.”
“Let’s shoot for cross. If they do cross, you have to promise to tell me what was so funny.”
“Oh, I could never do that. You wouldn’t believe me anyway. Listen, I should probably shove off. I still have some unpacking to do and...”
He stared at my mouth, which caused me to brush my lip, thinking some glaze or crumb had settled there. “Why don’t you give me your number so—” he started.
“I don’t have a phone yet. Gotta run.” I kicked off and pedaled down South Copeland just past Eppes Hall. God, he was hot, even in his dated clothing. I took the sidewalk across campus to Convocation Way. Get a grip! Don’t forget you’re on a mission, Jayden, I berated myself as I stood on the bike pedals to increase my propulsion. I headed north past Reynolds and Murphy on my way to the door. I zipped to the front of Cawthon Hall to lock up my bike.
Blakely Bennett grew up in Southeast Florida and has been residing in the great Northwest for over ten years. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in psychology, which accounts for her particular interest in crafting the personalities, struggles, and motivations of her characters. She is an avid reader of many genres of fiction but especially enjoys erotica and romance. Writing has always been her bliss.
Blakely is married to a wonderful, loving, and supportive husband, who is also a writer, and who helps to keep her grounded. She is a mother, a communitarian, a lover of music (it is always on while she is writing thanks to Pandora), and a good friend. An advocate of love and female empowerment, she is also a facilitator for a women’s group. She loves to walk and hike for exercise, and finds that, since moving to Seattle, Washington, she is now one of those crazy people who walk in the rain.
The Second First Chance is her eighth novel. Her other novels are the Bound by Your Love Series (Stuck in Between, Bittersweet Deceit, & Blue Persuasion), the dark erotic suspense My Body Trilogy (My Body-His, My Body-His (Marcello) and My Body-Mine) and the co-author of the contemporary romance, The Demarcation of Jack, which she co-wrote with her husband, Dana Bennett.
You can find Blakely on the web at:
Blakely’s website: http://www.blakelybennett.com/
Blakely’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blakely.bennett