Sunday, August 18, 2013

Book Spotlight and Author Interview: Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert

Hello loves!! So this was supposed to post yesterday, but I suck, so it's going up today. I have a book spotlight and interview with the author for you!! First I will give you the book info. 

Genre: NA contemporary romance
Word Count: 100,000
Release date: August 14 2013

Horses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.
 After a fire takes her grandma's life and kills her horse, Hannah's immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can't turn away even though she's not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.
 Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.
 But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body.

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(As soon as the links for B&N and Apple are up, I will update them)


New Adult is a relatively new classification of genre. What made you want to write New Adult? 
I like to think New Adult is a new category that has lots of genres within.
Writing New Adult wasn’t a conscious thing. I’ve been writing it for eight years – I just didn’t know how to call it back then ;)

You now are about to have 4 books out, how does that feel? 
Strange? Lol
Most days, I don’t feel like an author, just a writer who hides behind her laptop.

Breaking the Reins sounds very emotional. Was it hard to write some of the scenes in it? 
It was. Ask the girls of my local writing group. They caught me crying and laughing several times while I was writing it – it may have looked easy, but it certainly wasn’t.

Do you ride horses or play Polo? From the synopsis I get the idea that it's a big part of the book. 
When I was younger, my family owned a farm –  it was a plantation kind of farm, but we had horses in it. No, I’ve never played polo but I always thought it was cool. My cousin jumps to this day (horse jumping) and I tried doing it with her for about 2 or 3 months when I was a teenager, but it stole time from dancing (I was a ballerina) and I didn’t love it enough to reduce my dancing hours … but it was really cool, though.

I see that you used to live in Brazil and now live in Connecticut. That's got to be a major change. How do you handle the cold and the snow?
I lived in South Carolina and Ohio before living in Connecticut. I don’t mind the cold, I actually prefer winter to summer. What I don’t like is cleaning the snow from the driveway - but that’s my hubs job, not mine =P

You have quite a list of WIP's how do you go about working on them? Do you ever find you are working on one thing, but then want to work on something else instead? 
Most of those WIPs are written, but it has been a long time and my writing got a lot better since then, so I should probably rewrite them.
I tried focusing on one book at a time. I only start working on something new when my manuscript is out with the editor –  that’s the only phase when I work in 2 manuscripts at the “same time”.
Shiny new ideas pop in my mind almost every day –  or I get the urge to rewrite one of those old WIPs asap, but I get a hold of myself. If I don’t finish what I’m working on right now, when will I do it? One thing at a time - it’s hard, but that’s how it works for me.

You are Co-founder of NA Alley. What made you want to start that? You have so much that you are working on. I think it's fabulous by the way. :)
I had just met other authors/writers who wrote New Adult, and after getting to know them, I started thinking about inviting them to come up with a blog dedicated to NA. However, Victoria was faster. She had already talked to Jaycee and they sent me an email asking what I thought about it – my answer was “dude! I was going to ask you the same thing!” It was funny.

You Write New adult books, but have you ever thought about writing YA or Adult?
I tried writing YA after I received too many rejections that said there was no place for my book on the market, and they (agents and editors) suggested I lowered my characters age and made it YA. But it didn’t work. My voice wasn’t of a teenager, and my characters wanted a bit more freedom than teenagers have.
So I stuck with New Adult, even knowing it might take a while for the category to be recognized.

Anything you would like to say to my readers? 
It’s so nice to meet you all! I hope you come say hi on twitter and facebook, and in the comments here. I’m a little shy in the first five minutes, but I love to chat!

Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. 
Thank you!

I also have an excerpt and a nice pic teaser for you from the book!!

We exited the stable, and I worked up the nerve to invite him to stay longer, to have dinner with me and talk a little.
I opened my mouth, but he spoke first.
“I should get going,” he said, his tone low.
My heart sank. “Oh. Okay.”
He turned to the path leading to the parking lot, and I caught up with him.
He showed me a lopsided grin. “Are you doing the guy thing? Walking me to my car?”
I shrugged. “It’s my house. I can do whatever I want.”
His smile was gone, and his eyes were serious. “And you want to walk me to my car?”
I returned the stare. “I want to,” I said, not sure where this bold feeling was coming from.
As we approached his car, butterflies assaulted my stomach. What was I doing? I was encouraging him. Perhaps I should stay behind and say goodbye from the path.
I couldn't make up my mind, and then we were standing by his SUV’s door.
Every nerve in my body came alive when he turned around and stepped too close to me, his body hovering inches from mine, his intense eyes on mine. His gaze flicked down to my mouth, and I inhaled a sharp breath.
Groaning, Leo put his hands on my waist, whirled us around, pushed his hard body on mine, and pressed me against his car.
“You said you wouldn’t try anything.”
“I tried to resist,” he said, his voice breathless. “I told you. It’s hard. Especially when I notice you don’t want me to resist. I cannot resist it.”
I put my hands on his chest with every intention of pushing him away, but the muscles of his pecs under my palms caught my breath, and I melted. I was melting, and there was nothing I could do.
“You have no idea how much I want to kiss you right now,” he said, his breath brushing against my lips.
I shivered. “I think I do.”
“Please, morena, tell me I can kiss you.” His hand clasped around my nape. “I need to kiss you.”
Intoxicated, I wrapped my arms around his neck and pulled him down to me. I kissed him. Without wasting one millisecond, Leo kissed me back. I felt him relaxing in my arms, as if he had finally won a fight and now could celebrate the victory. He moaned when I entangled my tongue with his. His hand on my neck slid up, his finger entwining in my hair, and his other hand slipped under my tank top and clutched my waist. He took control and changed the rhythm of the kiss, his soft lips slowing down against mine, but his tongue going deeper. It was erotic, and my body was on fire, screaming for his.

About the Author:

While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.



  1. That's really cool how you stuck to NA, even though everybody said there wasn't a market for it. It's so huge now and that's really awesome :) Also I am always so jealous of people who know whether they prefer winter to summer or summer to winter because I can never decide since I like both and hate them both equally. Sigh. And from the excerpt, Breaking the Reins sounds really amazing and pretty hot ;)

    Fantastic interview, Juliana and Amy! <33

    (Sorry I haven't been commenting as much, it's been super busy here and I need to get back on my commenting schedule ASAP!)

  2. Great interview! I have this for review and am really looking forward to it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I want to read this one because of the horses!

  4. Oh nice. Thanks for the great interview.

  5. I actually quite like NA, it can be a little dramatic at times though.

    Fab interview, Amy! <33

  6. It was really smart of the author to stick to what she could write and didn't try to change her characters age. NA is so huge right now!
    I love the sound of this book, Amy! Plus, it has horses in it! I should add this to my TBR!
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. A book about horses! Sweet :) Thanks for sharing.


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