Back in October of 2013, I read this one book called Winning The Boss’s Heart and fell in love with Hayson Manning’s writing. I’ve been not so subtly stalking the poor woman since in eager anticipation of any new books that she may have in the works for the future. So suffice it to say that when I saw that not only is she coming out with a bran new book called BOUND TO THE BOUNTY HUNTER, but it’ll be book one is a brand new sizzling BOUND series?
*cue pervy happy dance*
Let’s just say I was VERY happy 😉
Harlan Franco, Colorado’s busiest bounty hunter, and security expert, lives by his rules: be in control, be detached, and never touch the asset. These rules are tested when the asset he’s being paid to secretly guard is none other than his rival, sexy, unpredictable, pain in the butt, Sophie Callaghan––a woman determined to stay away from him. If she finds out he’s in her life on an assignment, he’ll never get the info he needs. But those lips, those curves, that attitude, he bets he’ll have her for one night where she’ll play by his rules.
He didn’t expect his heart to have an opinion.
Freedom loving private investigator Sophie Callaghan is on a mission. The daughter of a con-artist is not going to be used by a man again. What she doesn’t need is hot, broody and controlling Harlan barging into her life and digging into her past. Her brain may say no, but her body craves this bad boy. After a night where both live their darkest desires, Sophie must fight their explosive chemistry because one wrong move could destroy her. She bets he has to stay far, far away.
As the stakes ramp up and secrets explode around them, both are determined to win the bet.
But there can only ever be one winner.
Bound by The Bounty Hunter released today, and I’m beyond excited to have Hayson herself here at DGR to answer all of my questions and then some! Don’t miss the amazing giveaway for a chance to win a signed paperback of Winning The Boss’s Heart, a $15 Amzon GC and an ebook of Hayson’s brand new release! It will be posted on my Facebook page . I’ll make sure to post a link to it at the bottom of this post. Now without further ado, let’s get to the interview!
DGR: Hi Hayson! So happy to have you here at DGR today!
HM: Thank you so much for having me. I am thrilled to be here.
DGR: Let’s start with something easy. Can you introduce yourself to readers that may not have read your books yet?
HM: Hi everyone! My name is Hayson Manning and I write alpha dudes and feisty women who challenge them. I’m originally from New Zealand and now live in gorgeous Redondo Beach, California. I have two boys who speak in mysterious grunts and hub is known as The Fake Gordon Ramsay.
DGR: You have a super sexy new release coming up on July 18. Can you tell us a little more about that?
HM: Well, we’ve got Harlan Franco, Colorado’s busiest bounty hunter and security expert, who’s a little broody, a little controlling and has enough testosterone to fuel the NFL. He’s on a mission to protect his rival, sexy, unpredictable, pain in the butt, Sophie Callaghan. But if she finds out he’s in her life on an assignment, he’ll never get the info he needs. But those, lips, those curves, that attitude? He wants her for one night on his terms. Small problem. Sophie’s having none of it.
Private investigator and Young and the Restless addict, Sophie Callaghan, (don’t ask if she’s team Newman or Abbot – she won’t tell) does not need Harlan Franco in her life. He’s humiliated her once when she thought they had something going on. She was wrong. Way wrong. They engage in a dangerous cat and mouse game where Harlan bets he’ll have her for one night, while Sophie bets that he’ll stay away from her.
Both are determined to win the bet, but there can only ever be one winner.
DGR: What was your favorite scene to write in Bound to The Bounty Hunter?
HM: I really loved the scenes between Sophie, Annie and Gemma. They were the easiest to write. Who doesn’t want to drink margaritas, eat prunes wrapped in bacon and critique bad porn with girlfriends?
I totally loved the whole Vegas scene from the beginning at the airport with the bingo ladies talking about stuffing dollar bills into the Calvin Klein’s of the hottie walking toward them (Harlan). The bar scene where Sophie surprises Harlan big time (I loved that). Fun research!! Sophie’s realization of where their relationship sits with her and the explosive scene at the end.
DGR: What about your favorite scene to read?
HM: The last ‘Backyard Thursday’ scene. Oh, I laughed and cried (I do cry at Super bowl commercials so there is that.) I loved that scene. Grabs tissue.
DGR: Can you describe the hero, Harlan Franco, to us in a few words?
HM: Broody, protective, controlling, kind, compassionate, strong.
DGR: Bound to The Bounty Hunter has a little bit of everything; intrigue, suspense and a whole lot of sexy. What made you decide to write something so different from your other books?
HM: I was so freaking nervous that I couldn’t pull this story off. I was the crazy woman wandering around the neighborhood muttering like I was off my meds. I had an idea of where I wanted to go and my awesome editor, Lewis and I hammered out a story and I threw away my inhibitions and wrote. The central theme of family held the story together. Not necessarily blood relatives, but the people who come into your life that become your family.
If only Uncle Len buys it, I’ll be okay. I think I found my voice in this book and wrote the story I’ve always wanted to write, but was afraid to.
Actually, I don’t want Uncle Len to buy it. I’d never be able to look at him over the Christmas ham again.
DGR: I loved how bad-ass Sophie was. This is a woman that could kick butt and take names. Was it as much fun writing her as it was reading her?
HM: I am so glad you liked reading her. Thank you! (Do I need to pay you later?) It was fun writing Sophie who has to kick butt with the boys, but when she’s at home she’s messy, eats Pringles and catches up on Young and the Restless. I loved the two sides of her.
DGR: If you had to case Sophie and Harlan for a movie, do you have anyone in mind?
HM: Thank you for the hours I spent on the internet drooling over hot dudes. Yum.
I think Emma Stone would be an awesome Sophie. I love her. I’m always up for a Hemsworth for Harlan, but then who isn’t!! I do like Jake Gyllenhaal. He’s got the broody down. I’m sold.
DGR: What are your plans for the series because I have to admit I’m already salivating for the story on a few secondary characters…
HM: Oh, yay. I am excited you’re excited. (You’re not Uncle Len in disguise are you J)
Well, next up as you know is Dug and Arabella. I can’t wait to share what they get up to. Annie and Zeb or Gemma and Thor? Who would you want to see next?
DGR: Gotta say I’m pretty eager for Annie and Zeb’s book. The vibe between those two? Yowza!
I absolutely LOVE the set up for this series and can’t wait for more. How many books are you planning on writing for it?
HM: I hope I get to write four books. That would be a dream. Though, I kind of have a soft spot for Pipe as well. I can see his story… (My publisher has no idea I have typed these words.)
DGR: Can we get a little taste for this book? Pretty please?
HM: Here’s a peak.
Intrigued? You should be! I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this deliciousness and I’m already hooked!
Want to connect with Hayson? She loves to hear from her readers!
Want more? Hayson was generous enough to offer a SIGNED PAPERBACK of WINNING THE BOSS’S HEART and a $15 Amazon GC! I’ll be gifting an ebook of Bound To The Bounty Hunter! That’s three chances to win and three winners in total! *ENTER HERE*