Ninety days spent learning every inch of Sam Matthews’ body.
We agreed to no strings when our time was up.
We promised we could both handle this.
I never expected to fall for this man or this town.
This was just supposed to be a stop on the way to starting my real life.
But now, time is up and everything feels wrong.
He says I’m too young.
He says I’m too innocent.
He says he’s not the type to settle down.
He’s fixing my newly inherited home.
Now, I’m fixing his frame of mind.
***A Stand-Alone Romance***
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BlueSeal’s Review of Fixing Him by Miranda Elaine
Fixing Him is the second book in the Fixing Series by a newbie author, Miranda Elaine. Book One, Fixing Her, came out in June of 2018 and Fixing Him came out in December of 2018. Both are connected through characters but are stand-alone books. At this point, I have only read Fixing Him but that will be remedied very soon! Let me tell you a little bit about Sam and Montana.
Montana is a 22 year-old nursing school graduate who has inherited her estranged grandfather’s lake house. Mind you now, this lake house is not a tiny fishing cabin. It is, or will be once again, a beautiful 4000 square foot house in very posh area. On her first day in Lakeside, Montana realizes that the local grocery store only carries “Twizzlers” which are sugar-free, organic, with no added food coloring or flavors. That was almost the sign that the young, sugar addict needed to abort the daunting task of updating the lake house before selling it at the end of the summer.
Sam is the nephew of the Uber driver who picked up Montana at the airport. He also happens to be the foreman of Kade Construction, the company that Montana hired to remodel the lake house. Sam is a 32 year-old bachelor who appreciates the casual hookup but has sworn off relationships due to caring for his disabled father and his busy work schedule.
What could this young, free-spirited 22-year-old woman have in common with a 32-year-old, construction foreman? One word…chemistry. Sam is a 6-foot 3-inch, romance novel worthy Adonis who makes Montana almost burst into an impromptu orgasm upon first sight. Montana is nothing like Sam expected and is constantly surprising him. Not only is she a client but she’s a goddess that makes it nearly impossible to work due to the constant need to adjust himself. There is a pull that is unlike anything Sam has ever experienced before and it scares the hell out of him to the point that all he can think about are strawberries and bikinis.
Miranda has done a great job with Fixing Him! The character development of both the main and secondary characters is well thought out. You can tell that she has really done research to make the story believable even down to the Kermie, the miniature pig that steals the story. I, personally, could not put the book down. Montana’s quirky personality and her twin brother, Texas, had me laughing hysterically. I might have even shed a couple of tears but I will not tell you why because that will ruin it for you. (No spoilers here!) Without hesitation, I give Fixing Him by Miranda Elaine 5 out of 5 propellers! Now, keep scrolling down for my very first author interview. Miranda was gracious enough to do a Q & A with me, and I think you will enjoy getting to know this newbie author. I know that I did.
About Miranda Elaine
BlueSeal’s Excusive Q & A with Miranda Elaine
- I hear that donuts and banana pudding are low in calories. Do you have a favorite donut shop and donut?
I’m a North Carolinian born and raised and my absolutely favorite donut in the world also originated here in North Carolina. I am a huge sucker for the classic glazed donut from Krispy Kreme. Nothing beats it. (Follow up from BlueSeal- Nothing except a HOT glazed donut from Krispy Kreme!)
2. What is your most common excuse when it comes to procrastinating?
My three kids are great at helping me procrastinate since if they see me at the laptop, they immediately need something to eat or drink. But honestly, whenever I’m avoiding getting work done I turn to YouTube. I binge a topic before moving on to a new one. Last month I watched a ton of homesteading videos and now I’m onto true crime.
3. How important is research to you when writing a book?
Research is extremely important. I want to be informed and factual when writing. When I was working on Fixing Him, I studied up on micro pigs and learned all about what it takes to have one as a pet. Now that I am fully educated, I just need to convince my hubby to let me get one.
4. When did it dawn on you that you wanted to a writer?
I’ve always been a creative person and constantly am looking for an outlet for that. I was very involved in the book community as a blogger and PA before writing but was too scared to take the big jump I desperately wanted. With the support of my best friend I finally got the courage to put my words out there and I can’t imagine not doing it now.
5. As a mom of three kids, how often do you write? And when?
I would love to write everyday but some days it’s hard. When working on a book I typically write about four or five days a week, mostly at night and on the weekends when my husband is home to help.
6. Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
When I start a new project, I have a general overall idea of what I want to happen. Then I tend to loosely plot out several chapters at a time. I wish I could plot more extensively but every time I try my characters end up taking me in different directions than I intended.
7. How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion?
When I first started attempting to write it was a hobby but as I’ve gone on and these characters and stories have taken over my brain it has developed into a passion. I can’t see myself ever not writing. There is a sense of self-worth and accomplishment I get when I finish writing a book that I’ve never experienced with anything else in life.
8. What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?
I’m a cover whore and proud of it. To me, a title and cover are what most sells a book. Without those two things, you won’t get anyone to click on and download it. As a reader, books whose titles I find intriguing and covers visually pleasing that I gravitate towards, so I knew I needed both of those things if I wanted readers to take a chance on my books.
9. If your book was to be made in to a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?
Oh goodness, well my most recent release is Fixing Him and the main characters are Sam and Montana. In my head Sam is definitely Chris Hemsworth and Blake Lively is what I picture when I think of Montana. (Follow up from BlueSeal – Oh yeah! I would love to see Chris as Sam in the scene where he’s changing shirts after chasing Kermie!)
10. If you needed help hiding a body, who would you choose to help?
There is only one person up for the task. Amie Knight has been my best friend since I found this online book community back in 2014. We both live in North Carolina and up until two years ago were just a town apart. I trust her to keep a secret plus there a good amount of storage in the back of her SUV.
I am honored that you agreed to do your first Q&A with me!
It was also my first.
Thank you – BlueSeal