Title: Destry (Rough & Hard #1)
Author: Lola Stark
Released: March 24, 2014
When a chance encounter involving a cow, a truck and a dark Texan night puts the two on a collision course, it's not long before the fireworks begin and the simple life is turned upside down.
The last thing Amelia expects is for a brute of a cowboy to get in the way of her new life. She's left behind a world of high class dinners and city lights in an effort to escape a life she never wanted. Amelia finds herself in a world so far removed from home that it becomes impossible to break free without finding herself first.
Drawn together by an inexplicable attraction, Destry and Amelia must decide if such an unlikely pairing can ever survive.
“‘Melia.” A light kiss on my shoulder had me stepping from complete sleep to eyes closed not wanting to wake up. I loved when I had these types of dreams. Destry touching me, his soft gentle lips touching my skin. “‘Melia, darlin’. Time to wake up.” His voice sounded so real, but then it always did. I snuggled deeper into the blankets and sighed. Only when I moved my hands to grab the pillow I always tucked up against me, did I realize I wasn’t dreaming. I slowly cracked an eye and was greeted with a glorious naked—from the waist up—Destry. His hair ruffled from sleep.
“Mmmm.” Best non-dream ever,” I quietly mumbled, smiling to myself. That earned me a chuckle and another soft kiss this time to my forehead.
“Time to get up, sleeping beauty.” He moved to his knees and I noticed his jeans weren’t buttoned. The happy trail that I’d taken my time following the night before caught my eyes, and I all but eye raped his toned stomach.
“Commando in the morning might be the best thing in the world.” I yawned, stretching out my sore muscles. We’d cuddled under the stars all night making good use of the food I’d packed, and eventually fell asleep in the back of the truck. “Cum gutters are pretty high up there too,” I smiled sleepily.
“Cum gutters?” he asked with a short laugh, handing me my clothes he’d obviously gathered up at some point.
“Mhmm.” I ran the tip of my finger along the clearly defined V muscles that ran from the top of his hips and disappeared into his jeans. “Cum gutters.” Tapping the skin there, I slowly sat up, watching him shake his head and smirk.
Can you tell us something we don’t know about Lola Stark?
Lola Stark loves the color green … and socks. She’s obsessed with socks.
Why do you feel you had to tell the story of Destry and Amelia?
At the time I wrote Destry I was going through a really rough time. I needed something light and relateable. I needed to tell a story of a cowboy strong enough to pick up the messy pieces and stick them back together.
What was your inspiration in creating their characters?
Music, it’s always music. I was listening to ‘Cowboy take me away’ from Dixie Chicks and the story hit me.
Is there something in this book that is based on real life experience?
Misconceptions. Listening to your inner fears and demons instead of trusting your heart. Leaving behind what is expected of you and starting out on your own. Learning to stand up for yourself and love who you truly are inside.
What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
The water sex down at the lake. All sorts of feelings came about during that scene.
Which is the hardest part to write and why?
The break up. Regardless of how it happens, what comes from it. Watching somebody you love walk away from you breaks your heart to pieces.
Among all the books that you have read, which of these have significantly contributed to your writing style?
Tara Sivec’s Chocolate lovers she’s a huge inspiration to me. Abbi Glines, Kristen Ashley. There are so many. David Michael. Not only is he the best, best friend a girl could ask for he has a way with words that would make most authors envious.
Excluding your own, name 3 books you would recommend to your friends.
Blessed and Cursed from David Michael. <- They’re awesome paranormal books. Welcome to sugar town and Enjoy your stay from Carmen Jenner, she rocks my socks off with her hot as hell boys. And anything from Tara Sivec or C.C Wood.
If you can be any fictional character for a day, who would you choose and why?
Abby from Beautiful Disaster. That book gave me hope that no matter how broken somebody is their sticky tape is somewhere. Broken boy and a broken girl aren’t always destined for tragedy. Sometime you can find your happily ever after.
Name 3 authors you would love to collaborate with in the future.
David Michael … this is in the works. We’re planning a children’s book together. Carmen Jenner and … Rachel Brookes another amazing Aussie Author.
If I ask you to look in the mirror right now, what would you tell yourself?
Broken wings will heal. Scars will fade.
Hidden talent? I can still do a cartwheel. In a dress. Drunk. On a beach in Gold Coast. #IADU14
Biggest regret? Accepting the love I thought I deserved.
Favorite male body part? Cum Gutters and big strong arms.
Favorite place to get down and dirty? Wall sex = Neat. Car just as fun.
Favorite Adult Toy? One two pick a few … Magic Bullet. 0 to done in … you get the point.
Name one celebrity you are willing to have one night stand with? Chris Hemsworth… Channing Tatum… James Franco … Kellan Lutz … Wait you said one. Can I have a sandwich?
Your make out song? Ohhhh… I’m okay with about anything for that.
Among all your characters, who is better in bed? Personal preference. I’ll always have a soft spot for Mace.
Any advice to give to aspiring writers? Editor … PLEASE use an editor. Don’t give up. If you want it you have to work for it. If it’s easy you’re doing it wrong.
Any message to your followers? I am in awe of how supportive each and every one of you are. My writing is my life. I write not only to support my children and their lives but to give people a glimmer of hope that there’s a HEA at the end of everyone story. That you all for every single one click, share, like, comment, recommendation and supportive message. It is the difference between my children have a head start at a stable future or not.
What’s next for Lola? Next for Lola is Lola ... It’s time to do me in life. In between books of course. Forbidden Love (Needle’s Kiss #3) is next on my list then I’ll be working on Braxton (Rough and hard #2) I’ll be at the Sin with the Saints book signing to be held in Park City August 2nd alongside some amazing authors. I’ll also be back at Indie Authors Down Under next year.
Thank you a million times for the spotlight. It’s been fun!
*questions provided by the tour host (The Book Avenue)
OTHER BOOKS OF LOLA STARK
Tattered Love (Needles Kiss #1)
Conflicted Love (Needles Kiss #2)