Title: Beneath Your Beautiful
Author: Tamsyn Bester
Release Date: July 22, 2013
On the outside, Huntley Morgan is your typical girl-next-door, with her long blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, and that’s exactly what she wants people to see. Her name exposes her to the demons of her past but remembering her reason for moving across the country to start over is what keeps her alive. For the first time since the brutal murder of her mother, Huntley allows herself to care about the people around her. Grayson Carter has everything a 21yr old College Senior could wish for – he’s the star of Whitley University’s football team, he has a different girl willing to be in his bed every night and a supportive family. For years he has managed keep his family together and hide their dark secrets from the small town of Breckinridge, Alabama. When Huntley and Grayson meet, a force so strong pulls them together in a hurricane of feelings neither of them could have ever anticipated. Huntley and Grayson try to stay away from each other, but when Huntley’s demons seek her out, their pasts become the biggest storm of all. Will they learn to trust each other and build a new future together or will they simply do nothing to prevent history from repeating itself?
INTERVIEW WITH TAMSYN BESTER
How did you become interested in becoming a writer?
*I’ve always had a love for writing, even from my school days, but making it as a writer in South Africa is very difficult so I never considered pursuing it. I was introduced to Indie Authors last year, when I started my own blog, and after becoming somewhat obsessed, I decided to take a chance and write something. That’s when Beneath Your Beautiful was born :)*
Do you listen to music when you write?
* ((Laughs)) I’m a temperamental writer when it comes to listening to music while I write, but most times I don’t 🙂 I do however love putting together a playlist for the book, I feel like it sets the tone of each moment in the story :)*
What is the last book you read?
*I recently finished Unbreakable Hearts by Amanda Bennett (I’m a HUGE fan) and now I’m reading Anywhere With You by Kaylee Ryan :)*
How did you get the idea for Beneath Your Beautiful?
*Honestly? I had just started thinking about writing a book when I heard the song ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ by Labrynth ft Emilie Sande on the radio, and Huntley & Grayson’s story started playing out in my head – I fell in love, and the song became the backdrop to the book :)*
Favorite scene in Beneath Your Beautiful?
*This is a tough one because I have a few, but it has to be a scene from Chapter 22… This moment between Huntley & Grayson felt incredibly raw to me & it was so beautiful to experience it as if I was there with them. ((In a non-creepy kind of way of course, LOL))*
“Are you ok?” she whispers. Her sweet voice crawls over my skin and embeds itself into my memory. I will subconsciously compare every voice to hers and then won’t be surprised when they come up short.
I shake my head no and lower my head down to hers until our lips touch. Hers are soft and wet from the water. They move with mine and she opens up to me completely when my tongue swipes her bottom lip delicately. When her nails dig into my shoulder muscles, pulling us until we’re one body, I shiver. My hands slide down her back until they come to rest on her hips and I feel her suck in a breath when my hard length pulses between our bellies. My mouth leaves hers, soliciting a whimper when I lick down her neck. I suck and nibble until we’re both shaking. I rest my forehead on her shoulder and wait for my breathing to even out. The last thing I want Huntley to think is that sex will ‘fix’ all the cracks inside me. Only her love will do that.
“Why did you stay?” my voice vibrates against her skin before I look into her worldly eyes. Her eyebrows dip in confusion and her eyes probe me. “Last night, when I told you about Haley and Emilie, you stayed. Why?”
“Because nothing can make me run from you. We all have a past, some darker than others, but being broken doesn’t mean you can’t be loved. It just means there are more pieces of you for me to love.”
And just like that everything else falls way and becomes meaningless outside of this moment. My life fell apart so that this girl can put it back together.
Who is your favorite book character, and why?
*This one is easy – Grayson 🙂 He’s so cool and cocky on the outside, but inside he’s somewhat broken. He has no problem showing Huntley how he feels, especially when it comes to how he feels about her. He possessed me throughout this entire book and in many ways reflected what I think to be a ‘real’ man :)*
What are 5 things your readers don’t know about you?
((Claps hands, love this question))
I’m terrified of the dark…and bugs with wings… Actually any bug…
2. I have an unhealthy obsession with the South – give me a cowboy and a pick up truck over a pretty boy in a Mercedes any day 🙂
(Southern accents are sexier than socks on a rooster!) (This is quite a strange obsession considering I live in South Africa!)
3. I’m probably the only female alive who hates shopping… unless it’s book shopping!
4. I flat out ugly cried when I got my first sucky review for Beneath Your Beautiful & then told myself to put my Big Girl panties on! (There was
some tequila involved there too, but don’t tell my mom!)
5. I only go to bed when iPad or Kindle smacks me in the face (after I’ve fallen asleep with it in my hands)…
Tamsyn is a 21 year old blogger turned author from South Africa who has an insatiable hunger for New Adult Contemporary Romance novels, coffee and chocolate. When she’s not getting caught up in yet another steamy romance with a new book boyfriend, she can be found spending endless hours working away on her laptop in pursuit of her Marketing degree and a career in book Publishing. Tamsyn is a Brat when it comes to books and believes that every story, no matter how challenging, should have a Happy Ever After. Tamsyn is currently hard at work on her debut novel Beneath Your Beautiful, set to be available July 2013.
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