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Real Place/Fictitious Story by Sara Brookes


One of the fun things about my desk job is that I get to travel all over. Some places I never imagined I’d get to visit once in my lifetime, let alone several times over. The place I’ve been to the most? Oahu. In 2007, I was sent there four times. Yup. Four. All for two week or more spans. That’s a heck of a lot of time to spend in a place when it’s not home. But with no family in tow, it left a lot of time to soak in everything about me. I didn’t know it at the time, but every single one of those trips I’ve made to Oahu (around 20, to date) were shaping the backdrop for my latest release. Half of the fun of writing Riding Irish was using real places I’d been to on the island. Yep, that’s right – all the locations and places in the first book in the Sinners & Saints series are real! So how about I show off my amateur photographer skills? 1 In the hero’s black moment of the book, he seeks solace on Pali Lookout for time to think and collect his thoughts. This is the very same view he would have seen. Way off in the distance at the top center of the picture? That’s the Marine Corps base on the island. It plays a big part in Riding Irish too, believe it or not. 2 The heroine of Riding Irish, Avery, is a surfer (not a real shock for Hawaii, huh?) and spends a lot of time in the water. It also means she knows where the awesome places are to grab a bite to eat. Kane and Avery’s first “dinner date” takes place at a food truck across the street from Pūpūkea Beach. It’s a popular snorkeling spot. Since I’m not much of a snorkeler, I stayed on shore and snapped pics. One of my better action shots! 3 Right at the climax of the book, Kane is forced to have a meeting with a few undesirables in a lookout point just north of Honolulu. This is a pic looking down from there, looking out over Honolulu, Waikiki and off in the distance, Diamond Head, a dormant volcano on the eastern side of the island. I’ve climbed Diamond Head three times and the view looking down on the island is gorgeous! bell That’s me ringing the peace bell at the Byodo-In Temple on the north side of the island. I’ve visited the temple every single time I’ve made the trip to the island. It’s so peaceful and quiet. A huge difference from the hectic life on the other side of the island. While the temple isn’t a location I used in Riding Irish, it will be featured in the second book of the series, which I’m working on right now! Hope you enjoyed my little tour of Riding Irish. 🙂

resizedSB_RidingIrishMayhem is a way of life for Avery. The last thing she needs is a complication like Kane. The medal-winning swimmer who comes to her rescue is the ultimate golden boy. Everything this woman from the wrong side of the tracks shouldn’t want and everything she can’t stop thinking about. But emotion—and vulnerability—are liabilities she can’t afford.

Kane can’t understand why he experiences such dark, forbidden and kinky desires when he is around Avery. But her touch sparks a hunger deep inside him, and unleashes an erotic discovery where pain becomes pleasure. Their uninhibited passion reveals Kane’s dominant nature.

As Avery submits to Kane, exploring boundaries and pushing limits, she discovers a life she never expected. The unlikely pair forge a bond so tight, their unyielding trust gives way to a love like no other. But Avery’s brothers—members of Oahu’s most notorious motorcycle club—have other plans. Now Avery is forced to make a decision where her loyalty resides—with her family or with a lover who brings peace to the chaos surrounding her.

WarningIgnition point hits hard and fast for this Dom and sub as an Irishman discovers his delightful talent for breath control, spankings and clothespins. You may just want laundry day to come more often.

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Award­-winning author, Sara Brookes, has always been fascinated by the strange, the unusual, the twisted and the lost (tortured heroes are her personal favorite). She is an action movie junkie, addicted to coffee and has been known to stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing video games. Despite all this, she is a romantic at heart and is a sucker for an excellent love story. Born and bred in Virginia, Sara still lives there with her husband and daughter.

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** Giveaway: a Riding Irish goodie bag which contains (but not limited to) a bag of Hawaii’s Lion Coffee 100% Kona coffee & special edition RI mug. Comment to enter. Contest ends 6/8 at 11:59PM EDT **

14 thoughts on “Real Place/Fictitious Story by Sara Brookes

  1. Thanks for sharing the photos. Truly beautiful.
    Your book sounds really good like the kind I enjoy reading.

    • Thanks for visiting, Joy – and posting this pics made me miss going there!! I haven’t been in a few years because there hasn’t been a need to . But wow, it sure makes me want to go again.

  2. Since I’ve read the story, I LOVE visualizing Avery & Kane walking along these places. Will make reading it again all the more intimate. Great pix!!

  3. Love the cover! Great pics of Oahu too. Did I mention I love the cover? 😛

  4. Thanks for sharing a bit of Oahu with us, Sara. I haven’t been to any of the islands, but I would love to some day. There’s so much beauty (as I’ve seen only on film) that I can only imagine how camera-happy I’d get while I was there.

    Jocelyn may have said it enough, but that is a gorgeous cover!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Carolyn – I so want to go back so I can visit some of the other islands. I really want to visit the big island to go to the volcanoes! Psstt…this cover is a favorite of mine too. 🙂

  5. Enjoyed reading the blog today and seeing the beautiful photos.

  6. Wow! Your book sounds amazing! Dom & Sub books are always such interesting and thrilling reads. I’ve never been to Hawaii before, but it’s definitely on my Bucket List. I’m so jealous that you get to go often!

    • Sarah, Dom and sub books are a favorite of mine too! 😉 Seriously, tho, I love to lose myself in another author’s book, so it really isn’t just something I like to write about. I really hope you get to tick the item off your Bucket List – it’s a gorgeous place! Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

  7. Thank you for the giveaway! I love coffee

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