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@TastyBookTours Interview: How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks


How to Lose a Bachelor


Anna Banks


Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Date of Publication: November 9, 2015
Number of pages: 198




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A sweet category romance from Entangled's Bliss imprint...

Revenge was never this much fun...

When Rochelle Ransom auditioned for the dating show Luring Love, she had big plans for winning the prize money to help her favorite charity-and if she won the hot bachelor's heart, even better. But at the last minute she finds out the hot bachelor is her ex-boyfriend, Grant Drake. Desperate to keep her distance from him, she'll do anything-and everything-to get voted off.

Years ago, Rochelle broke Grant's heart, and he's out for revenge. There's no way he'll vote her off.

After all, vengeance is a dish best served red-hot...and on live television.

When her hilarious antics to get kicked off the show escalate, Grant's reminded why he fell in love with her the first time. Now he isn't sure which might be more fun... Seeing how far Rochelle is willing to go to get away or how far he will to keep her forever.


“Aaaand rolling!” Chris said, retaking the director’s seat a few feet away.

Grant could practically feel the cameras focusing back on him. “I’ve decided to be America’s reporter for the day,” he said, having already memorized his lines. “So I have a few questions to ask that I think everyone will want to know—including me.” Their eyes locked. So did Rochelle’s jaw. Grant paused for effect. Then, “Why on earth would you choose to audition for a sleezy show like Luring Love?”

“CUT!” yelled Chris.

“I mean, have you really drained the dating pool already?” Grant continued, getting angrier with each word out of his mouth. These were, after all, valid questions. Never in a million years would Rochelle have chased after a man—so why the hell was she here? “What would your mother say? Coming on a show like this to paw at a man who’s already got nine other women doing the same thing?”

“I said cut!” Chris growled.

“Oh, are we going to talk about mothers, then?” Rochelle flung back her hair. “Instead of dating pools, let’s talk about gene pools—and the fact that you and your four siblings originated from separate ones!”

“Cut, cut, cut!” Chris had his hand on Grant’s shoulder, but Grant wouldn’t turn his eyes away from Rochelle. Her expression read Challenge Accepted.

Did she really just insult his mother’s… need for variety in life? He couldn’t let that low blow go unpunished. “Let’s do talk about gene pools and how we both know that cleavage of that particular magnitude doesn’t run in your family.”

Taken aback, Rochelle clutched at her shirt. Grant felt a win on the horizon, if hurling mother insults could, in fact, be considered winning at anything. “It’s a halter top, moron. It’s designed for cleavage. Besides, you didn’t seem to be complaining when I walked in!” she added.

His mouth fell slightly ajar. She noticed me noticing. Did the crew? Will America? “It doesn’t suit you,” he blurted. A complete lie. It enhanced an already irresistible figure—so much so that he just might have been willing to change his general opinion on how much cleavage a woman should expose in public. In fact, he suspected he’d change his view on world peace if Rochelle sat on his lap and asked him to.

“Really? Everything underneath suited the hell out of you before!”

“For God’s sake,” Chris said, standing in front of Grant to block his view of Rochelle. “Are we speaking the same language?”


Today, we welcome Anna Banks to Musings and Ramblings. Let's all give a big Geeky welcome!

Thanks for having me! At first I thought you said “Let’s all give a big Cheeky welcome!” and I wondered if you were going to moon me.

Let's start with some writer specific questions before moving into the fun stuff. That way everyone can really get to know the person behind the writer. We will finish things off with a round of Think Fast. Ready for the interrogation to begin?

Great! Let’s do dis!


Writing Specific

Is your writing style more plotter or pantser?
In general I’ve been a panster, because I felt plotting inhibited my creativity. You know when you forget to take your bra off before you get in the shower? You feel like something’s not quite right, but you can’t quite figure it out at first. Like, this is a time you should feel most free, yet you feel restricted. THEN you realize you’ve left your bra on yet again. Amiright?

Well, that’s how plotting felt. Restrictive.

How do you deal with Writer's Block?
I don’t call it Writer’s Block, I call it Writer’ Constipation. Because honestly, if you push hard enough something’s going to come out, you know what I mean? So um anyway, I deal with it by reading another author’s work. It gets the uh, juices, flowing again…

How did you choose the genres you write in?
I tend to jump all over the place with genres. My writer friends always tell me I’m Frankenstein. I just write the story I want to write, and who knows what genre that will be next? Can you see how my agent might drink because of me?

Is there any particular author or book that has influenced you or your writing?
Yeah this question always makes me sound like a butthole. Don’t get me wrong, I am a butthole. But this question makes me sound like a bigger one. You see, I didn’t decide to become a writer until I read Twilight. I thought to myself, “If this chick can write a book, I can write a book!” Yeah, not so much. The thing is, Stephenie Meyer made writing look easy; it’s so not! So yeah, one day she’s going to punch me in the nose for being so arrogant, and you know what? I’m going to stuff cotton balls in my nostrils and move on, because I deserve it!

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism was that one editor not only passed on one of my novels, but she also felt it necessary to say, “I wasn’t particularly drawn in to the story and characters, and frankly the writing felt quite kindergarten to me.” Ugh!

The best compliment was, and I can usually not speak of this without crying, a mother who lost her daughter to leukemia wrote to me and told me how much her daughter had enjoyed my Syrena Legacy series, and how happy she was that I was able to bring joy to her daughter’s last few months of life. It really moved me.


Fun Stuff

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
I would have the ability to eat anything I wanted—and my nemesis would gain all the weight!

What was the name of the last book you read?
Chasing Mr. Wrong by Joya Ryan

Tell us 2 positive and 2 negative character traits you possess.
Negative- I’m sarcastic
Positive- I’m sarcastic
Negative- I say inappropriate things at inappropriate times
Positive- I say inappropriate things at inappropriate times

What is your bigges pet peeve?
When the lady who’s waxing your eyebrows appears to enjoy the pain she’s putting you through.

Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who are they and why?
Andrew Lincoln, so I could get the scoop on all things The Walking Dead. And Jennifer Lawrence because hopefully her cool would rub off on me.

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Old wine and scarce condiments because I’m about to leave for a seven day cruise. Be jealous! ☺


Think Fast

Elvis or Sinatra? Elvis because have you seen him???
Meat or Veggies? Really? You’re asking if I’d choose veggies over fried chicken?
Italian or Chinese? Yes, please.
Summer or Winter? Same thing here in good ole Florida.
Cake or Pie? Depends on who I’m throwing it at.
Dead Tree or Electronic? I think the question is, Dead Tree or Dead Electronic?

Thanks for coming by and spending some time with us. Any final words of wisdom to pass along?

“People will stare. Make it worth their while.” —Harry Winston



Author Bio:

NYT Bestselling YA author of The Syrena Legacy series: OF POSEIDON (2012) OF TRITON (2013) OF NEPTUNE (2014). Repped by rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency. I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can't walk in high heels, but I'm very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.

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