Thursday, April 28, 2016

Guest Post by Sophie Lira, author of Safe With You

Hello, everyone! I'm thrilled to have Sophie Lira take over today to talk about the inspiration for her novel, Safe With you, which is NOW available. In fact, my copy showed up in the mail and I'm so excited to dig into it. First, read about how awesome this book sounds.

Safe With You
Sophie Lira

Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Olivia Simon is starting over in the Big Easy. Her new job as a yoga instructor means she gets to pursue her passion, while giving her the motivation she needs to get back on track. But she’s scared. Really scared. Scared her abusive ex-boyfriend will find her. Scared of all things that go bump in the night… and day. She knows her ex will have a claim on her future happiness unless she can find her own peace. Which starts with Kyle.
Kyle Avery, a former college baseball player on the brink of going pro, is also starting over. His dream since Little League was shattered when a jealous rival went too far in a pre-season game. After a few surgeries, all Kyle is left with are a few rods in his leg, a rebuilt knee, and no idea who he is without baseball. But when he trades center field for a yoga mat, he finds solace in a way he never imagined. Kyle knows there’s something about Olivia. Something he needs to move forward.
But Olivia loves to run, and it’s too soon for her to be playing house. Olivia and Kyle want to invest in each other, but the secrets they’ve kept take a dangerous turn when Olivia’s past returns with a vengeance. Devastated and helpless, Olivia wonders who she can really trust, and Kyle questions if he was ever able to keep her safe.

Guest Post by Sophie Lira

A lot of people ask me where I came up with the idea of SAFE WITH YOU and I feel it was a culmination of things. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be in the perfect age range for the late 90’s-Early 00’s Yankees Dynasty. When the Yankees won the World Series in ’96 over the Braves, I was 14, and it was my best friend’s birthday to boot. After that I was even more hooked. Living close enough to the city meant games a few times a year, with a team exploding with talent.
Baseball was a part of my life from a different perspective from Kyle’s but I still knew the heartbreak it caused when a player would get hurt. Being a part of a team means just as much to the fans as it does to the player itself. It was harder back then without the influence of Social Media, so really you just went off the news whether it was articles or on TV. But that emotion was still so real all the time.
I hoped to harness some of that emotion that I felt into Kyle’s character. Baseball was his life, and to not have it any more, it was kind of devastating for him and his friends and family. I’ve read other novels where the sports aspect is there, but from the hot-shot, arrogant perspective. I wanted to do something different where you don’t know what to do until you don’t have it anymore. (And, as a Yankees fan, after winning four titles in five years, and then again in 2009, it was the best. Now, not so much. I still love them, though.)
On the bright side, growing up, I was obsessed with the great baseball movies of the mid-90’s such as The Sandlot (still my favorite), Rookie of the Year, and Little Big League. There was so much fun in those movies and the kids had so much raw passion for the game. I kind of wanted to bring that out for the pick-up games to remind Kyle how he can still love the sport even if not on the level he used to.
So many little things really formed this novel, but I tried to keep it as light-hearted as I could with baseball because there are more pressing issues in the manuscript that brings it to a darker place.

For fun, my favorite players of all time include: Derek Jeter, Don Mattingly, Ken Griffey Jr. (Yes, I know.), Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Paul O’Neill……. I’m a Yankees fan. I’ll leave it at that because I’d be here all day.

Author Bio:
Sophie Lira grew up smack dab in the middle of New Jersey. As a self-proclaimed sports junkie she can usually be found rooting for the New York Yankees, Baltimore Ravens, and especially her Alma Mater, Rutgers University. She's also a self-proclaimed beer snob with a preference for crisp pilsners, pumpkin anything, and chocolatey stouts. Her number one passion outside of writing is her never-ending wanderlust. Sophie is always looking for her next batch of frequent flier miles, passport stamps, and the perfect clouds to post on Instagram (#picsfromwindowseats). She still resides in Central New Jersey and spends her days at an Industrial Design firm working in HR. However, she wishes she could open a yoga studio/ bakery and write all day long. Favorite things include: Dunkin' Donuts coconut iced coffee, the Olympics, all-you-can-eat sushi, and Siberian Huskies. She is repped by Julia A. Weber.