Reviews for The Morning After
RT Rating 4 STARS "There is only one word to describe this novella -- adorable! While readers miss the couple's "meet cute" the truth is that we don't need to know what happened the first night they met because Abby and Bobby's entire relationship is heartmeltingly sweet. This is a morning after that readers will not regret one bit.
The somewhat introverted Abigail Martin is shocked when she wakes up the night after her friend's wedding hungover with a man in her bed. The surprises keep on coming when Bobby Stockwood introduces himself -- as her husband! Even though he is sexy, smart and charming, Abby still feels rushed into the situation. So she kicks Bobby out, only to wish he would have stayed. However, Bobby doesn't take the rejection to heart. After a string of not-right-women, he knows that he has finally met “the one” even if she doesn't believe in love at first sight." Reviewed By: Dawn Crowne
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About Brenda Whiteside
Convinced she was born to be an artist, Brenda never took her love of writing seriously. And then one day, sometime after college, after marrying a man doing a stint in the army and after the birth of her son, she found more satisfaction filling a blank page with words than an empty canvas with color. After publishing several short stories, she turned to writing novels. Regardless of the length of her story, the characters drive her forward, taking her on their journey of discovery and love.
Brenda and her husband are gypsies at heart having lived in six states and two countries. Recently, they moved to prairie country in Arizona and are enjoying the wide-open spaces while tending fruit trees and veggie gardens. They share their space with their dog, Rusty. When Brenda isn’t at her laptop writing, she enjoys hiking, motorcycle riding and the company of good friends.
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An Interview with Brenda Whiteside
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is The Morning After. Where did you get the idea for this sexy and emotionally-engaging story?
BW: Thank you for having me, Holly. I appreciate the opportunity to talk about my newest release. The Wild Rose Press put out a submission call for the Honky Tonk Hearts series. There had to be one pivotal scene in the book that takes place at the Lonesome Steer Honky Tonk. We were told what the place looked like and a little about the owner and a couple of other characters. It sounded like fun. In fact, it sparked my imagination, and I set aside the novel I was working on to the tackle the call. A honky tonk brought to mind country music, dancing and drinking. I had a short story tucked away that I’d never finished about a woman who wakes up with a stranger. The whole idea clicked from there.
HH: What do you like best about Abigail and why do you think readers will relate to her?
BW: She’s a single, working lady, not doing what she really wants to do with a mother who keeps reminding her that her clock is ticking. And she’s just barely romantic enough to believe in love at first sight but independent enough to not fall for the line. Hmmm... not sure who will identify, but there’s a little bit of her in all single ladies.
HH: What do you like best about Bobby and why will readers love him?
BW: In Texas terms, he’s a hoot. Any guy who believes in love at first sight and marries the lady right on the spot, looks like he does and loves like he does -- what’s not to love about Bobby?
HH: How did the unplanned wedding give you a fun advantage in this story?
BW: Are they married? Was it official? How does Abigail respond to a husband she can’t remember from the night before? What don’t they know about each other? There were so many angles and so many opportunities for misunderstandings.
HH: What makes your story stand out amongst fierce competition?
BW: My characters are a bit unusual, I think. Abigail is not the gorgeous, voluptuous heroine. She’s more the girl next door who’s been the bridesmaid three times and no hope for a wedding in sight. Bobby is a redheaded cowboy who wears glasses and is very sexy and fun. They both have good senses of humor. I have a twist at the end that you don’t see coming. All and all, it’s a fun, sexy read.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
BW: I’m working on a three book series, romantic mystery. I’m pretty excited about it.
HH: How long have you been a writer and what keeps you writing?
BW: I’ve been writing for about fifteen years. There is one and only one thing that keeps me writing -- I love to write. I always have at least three books in my head and sometimes more. I can’t think of anything more rewarding than to get those stories out of my head and fully developed. The process keeps me going.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
BW: To make each story I set to paper, publishable. I get such a kick out of having someone find entertainment in what I write.
HH: What do you enjoy reading?
BW: I’m kind of all over the place on what I enjoy, everything from romance to straightforward suspense. I’ll pick up a biography now and then too.
HH: What are you most looking forward to before the year's end?
BW: My son and daughter in law are expecting their first child. It won’t arrive until February, but by the end of the year, with Christie out to here, I’ll know it’s real -- I’m going to be a GRANDMA!!
In my writing life, I hope to have the first two books of the series completed and find a home for them. That would end the year on a great note.
HH: Thank you! Congratulations!