The What If Guy Blog Tour + Giveaway – Last Stop!

Posted on 08/15/2011 in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 20 Comments


“Do you mean what you said?” His lips brushed against the corner of my mouth. “When I said what?” I asked in a breathy voice, trembling. Or maybe that was Henry. “When you said…” He swallowed. “…that you still loved me?” My heart pitched. “Yes.” The next few minutes were a blur. His lips came down on mine with such determination that I stumbled backwards. His strong hands caught me. He slid his hand up my back and clutched my neck, leaving a trail of heat in its wake. He tangled his fingers in my hair and deepened our kiss. We moved as if we’d been kissing each other for eternity, yet it felt as exciting and brand new as the first time. All five of my senses were keenly alert as Hnery’s tongue teased mine. His rugged scent filled my nose and light flashed behind my closed eyes. I grazed my fingers over the ridges of his muscles, then tugged at the bottom of his shirt, longing to touch, skin-to-skin. My ears rang, my mouth filling with the taste of Henry. I wanted more, more, more. Breathlessly, Henry pulled back and gazed at me with clouded eyes. His lips, swollen and parted, tugged up one side. I lifted his shirt tail and ran my palms up his chest, sending a shudder through him. Henry licked his lips and the butterflies in my stomach morphed into a flock of pterodactyls. I felt self-conscious under his heavy gaze, his eyes studying me as if he were memorizing every detail of the moment. “Hi,” I whispered.

Welcome to the last stop on The “What If” Guy Blog Tour!   Today is an exciting day at The Bawdy Book Blog: an interview with Brooke Moss, author of The “What If” Guy,  and we have a GREAT giveaway sponsored by Entangled Publishing!

Please welcome Brooke Moss! Thanks for having me here at Bawdy Books today, I’m thrilled to be here.

The “What If” Guy is a very warm story, the kind you want to fall into with a bowl full of popcorn and other creature comforts. What inspired you to write it?

I’ve spent many a girls night with my friends, discussing the concept of a “what if guy”. I contended that every woman, whether she is married or single, divorced or separated, has a what if guy. I wanted to explore the concept of running into your what if guy while at your lowest point….because frankly, I never see my old boyfriends when I am happy as a clam and looking hot. It’s always when I am wearing sweats and there isn’t a drop of makeup on my face.

Did you draw on real-life relationships to flesh out your characters, and if so, which ones?

Yes, I’ve very loosely based many of the characters and their relationships on people and relationships in my own life, or closely related to my life. Autumn and Holly were based on me, as well as a couple of my friends combined. Billy was based on my own dad, and many of the townspeople were based on a mixture of the people in the town I grew up in.

Which character in The “What If” Guy do you most identify with, besides the main character, Autumn?

I really identified with Holly. She has all of these kids running around and it is pure chaos surrounding her, but she is happy and content with her life. And she loves her husband endlessly, just like I do.

Who was the hardest character to write and why?

It was hard to write about Layla Deberaux, because it meant humanizing some of the non-so-nice girls I grew up with. Fortunately, I enjoyed the end result so much that I wound up liking, and really sympathizing with Layla. I think it helped me to feel sympathy and kindness towards some of those girls I didn’t like much in high school, too. I guess it was a learning experience for all.

What is the hardest part of the creative process for you?

Editing…..holy mother of God, I hate editing. I love creating a new story, inventing new characters, exploring new love. But editing that book after I am done writing it? Oy. Hate it. Loathe it. But it is a necessary evil, and Entangled really, really guided me through it well. I have learned so much.

If The “What If” Guy were optioned for a movie, who would play Autumn, Henry, Elliot and Billy? How about Holly or any of the other townsfolk?

GAH! What a great question!! I love this question… In my dream scenario, Autumn would be played by Isla Fisher (Confessions of a Shopaholic), because she has the look, and she does comedy so well. In my mind Henry was always played by Gerard Butler. Wait, wait, wait….picturing it in my head. Mmmm…very nice. Billy Cole would be played by Ed Harris, and Elliott would be played by my oldest son, as he is the one I was picturing in my mind the whole time I was writing this book. As for Holly, I think I would cast Malin Akermin, for Cody, it would be Paul Walker, and Ramona Fisk would be played by Siobhan Fallon.

You get to pick five songs to be the soundtrack; what are they?

Oh, I love this question, too!! Okay, “A Thousand Miles To Nowhere” by Dwight Yokam, “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele, “Sorry” by Maria Mena, “Blue Sky” by Emily West, and of course, “Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain” by none other than Fairfield’s favorite…Willie Nelson.

I think we often forget that authors are readers, too. What is your favorite book of all time and why do you like it so much?

That’s like asking me to choose between my children….impossible. However, one of my favorites is “Catch Of The Day” by Kristan Higgins.

While we’re still on that tangent, grab the current book you’re reading (or the last book you read if you aren’t reading anything right now) and quote 5 lines from it.

I am currently reading “The Return of Rafe MacKade” by Nora Roberts….

“In other words,” Regan said tightly, “he was a prince among men.” “That’s the story. She was delicate, and she was miserable.” “And trapped,” Regan murmured, thinking of Cassie. “I don’t suppose people talked much about abuse back then. Divorce…” He shrugged. “Probably not an option in her circumstances. Anyway, shooting that boy right in front of her must have been the straw, you know. The last cruelty she could take. But that’s only half of it. The half she knows.” “There’s more.” She let out a sigh and rose. “I think I need more coffee.”

Lastly, do YOU have a “what if” guy?

Sure, I have a few. First, I should prelude this with how very much I love my husband. I wouldn’t want anyone other than my adorable nerd. But I have a few boyfriends that I look back on fondly, and wonder what my life would be like if we’d wound up together. Fortunately, through social networks like Facebook, etc, I’ve been able to reestablish friendships with them, and their spouses! Totally cool.

Brooke, thanks for stopping by! Thank you so much for having me today. I hope each of you will read The What If Guy. It tells the story of single mom, Autumn Cole, who is returning to the miniscule farming town of her youth to reluctantly reclaim her role as daughter of the town drunk. Things get even more complicated when she realizes that her son’s history teacher is the college sweetheart she dumped, but never stopped loving.



To enter, follow the directions in the rafflecopter widget. Giveaway runs from Monday, August 15th at 12:01am to Wednesday, August 17th at 11:59pm. Sorry to my international peeps; this is for US & Canada only! This is a follower giveaway: following is not required, but you will receive extra entries for following Brooke and/or The Bawdy Book Blog. So follow, follow, follow and SPREAD THE LOVE!

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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20 responses to “The What If Guy Blog Tour + Giveaway – Last Stop!

  1. June M.

    My “what if” is a old friend. I was always afraid to ruin the friendship so I did not try for anything else, little did I know that the friendship would drift apart anyway. I sometimes wonder what would have happened if I had made different decisions.

    • June M.

      I had hit enter by the time that I realized that the link under “Like” Profile.Php on Facebook was not what I thought it was. I shared/liked the post on fb and am following by Networked blogs. I hope that one of these was what you wanted the link to go to, because it does not work. If it is not, just remove that entry. Thank You! 😀

  2. Anne

    There was a guy from high school who was going to invite to jr. prom, but I lied and said I had a date. I often think,”What if?”

  3. My “what if” guy was someone I dated once and sort of put off, right before I met the guy I eventually married. The first guy one of those kind who’d taken trips across Europe, staying in hostels and didn’t own a car but had a motorcycle. I thought he was sort of weird so instead I went with the frat boy. Definitely a “what if.”

  4. Tiffany Drew

    There was a guy from high school (and before) that I had an on again off again relationship over a few years.

  5. Amy

    My what if guy would be my first love. We broke up bc I transferred to another school and he did not want to do the long distance relationship deal. So if I had not transferred what would have happened?

  6. Monica

    My What if guy…the man of my dreams, my high school sweetheart, the one who still to this day, 19 years later, can make me laugh. I guess that makes him my “guy” LOL , Love your work Brooke!

  7. OMG how did I not know about this book? This sounds amazing!! My “what-if” guy, doesn’t know I exist… we were friends when we were little (like, elementary school little) but in middle school he starting hanging out with his guy friends more, and they didn’t like me, so he stopped talking to me. He’s my neighbor (to this day, almost 15 years later), and he went to college with me for the past two years, but never even looked at me when we passed each other. It’s pretty sad that I’m still like in love with him, but I can’t help it lol. I’m trying to find a better guy though, one who… knows I’m alive, and acknowledges it. Jess @ The Midnight Bookworm

  8. Liz M.

    My “what if” guy is an older guy I liked when I was in high school. I always wonder what happened to him…

  9. Mandy

    My what if guy is my fiancé. He’s the only guy I’ve ever dated or been interested in and we are getting married in March. 🙂

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