Friday, February 27, 2015

**Review and Author Interview** KNOW WHEN TO HOLD HIM by Lindsay Emory


Spencer Hightower's job is cleaning up other people's messes. And she is damn good at it. Unfortunately, being a supremely organized workaholic, it is isn't always easy to meet guys—until Liam Connelly shows up, all gorgeous and really, really sexy. Sure, he makes Spencer's pulse thump...but he's also the biggest pain in her professional life.
Liam can't believe his lousy luck when he learns that Spencer is his opposition in a high-profile scandal. She’s the best at what she does and the worst possible opponent. Of course, a little professional animosity can't hurt a guy's chances for a date, can it? Even as Spencer tries to keep her distance, their attraction grows stronger...and hotter. But once they cross all kinds of professional—and personal—boundaries, the situation snow-balls into a disaster that even the great Spencer Hightower can't fix...



Thanks to Lindsay Emory I have been humming Kenny Rogers's The Gambler for over a week now (my kids are now begging me to stop singing too).  Know When to Hold Him is more than a catchy title it was a very captivating story!  Lindsay Emory definitely mixed together lots of entertaining things to create this great book.  You get high profile movers & shakers, politicians, athletes, agents, intrigue and scandal!  What a ride Spencer and Liam took us on!

Lindsay Emory is a new-to-me Author and I loved her witty dialogue, unique plot and strong characters!  Know When to Hold Him is a book that is hard to describe (so I won't, you will have to read it) without explaining the whole thing!  You have Spencer, who is a daughter of a Senator and is used to winning, if she can't win she doesn't play.  She is a go-getter, strong, independent and ruthless in business.  What is brilliant about Spencer, is she has a soft side, a side that wants her slice of happily ever after, but she doesn't know how to go for it.  She settles for no strings sex to be safe and "win" in all her relationships.  However, meeting Liam changes things.  Liam is a smart, self-assured lead that had me at hello! He is a sports agent (see what I did there?) that works hard for his clients and is ready to ruffle Spencer's feathers.  Liam was a breath of fresh air in a genre full of uber-jealous control freak men.  He was able to separate (for the most part) work from personal and that is where the story heats up!

Know When to Hold Him definitely held my attention and had me turning pages way past my bedtime.  I really enjoyed this story, even with all the dramatics toward the end, it kept me on my toes and I never knew what to expect with Spencer and Liam.  The chemistry sizzled and the banter was fantastic!

If you are in the mood for a romance that gives you something unique, I would recommend Know When to Hold Him.  You get heat, strong characters, sports, scandal and best of all two people fighting for their slice of happy!



Do you write to a soundtrack or specific type of music?
I create a soundtrack for each book and listen to it any time I’m writing, editing or even thinking about the book. My soundtrack for KNOW WHEN TO HOLD HIM is posted on my Pinterest book board and has a good selection of country songs, since the book is based in Dallas. (

What’s the most memorable character that you have ever written?
Without giving too much away, I’ll say that George Clayton (Senator Hightower’s Chief of Staff in KNOW WHEN TO HOLD HIM) was a huge surprise for me when I was writing the Love & War in Dallas series. He’s hard and strategic and merciless but I fell in love with him anyway.

What kind of snack/drink is a MUST for you when writing?
Caffeine!! I’m addicted to caffeine in all forms, and I usually have a Diet Coke, a  coffee or tea with me at all times.  That said, when I’m deep in the writing zone, I have both hands on the keyboard and the caffeine only gets sucked down during my writing breaks to keep me going.

Describe your perfect writing space? and where do you actually write?
I write everywhere! I wrote my first book by the side of the bathtub during the kids’ bath time. I’m the mom at soccer practice typing away on her ipad mini, or on the train, or on the plane, on the couch and at the kitchen table.  In my fantasies, I’d have a cottage on the beach, with lots of sunshine, fresh air and a magically refilling glass of Diet Coke.

What do you do with the stuff that gets “edited” out of your books? Do you keep it or do you consider it gone for good?
If it’s a whole scene (or chapter), I save it in Scrivener as an extra folder, just in case I need it later, but really, once it’s out of the manuscript, it’s out of my head.  Sometimes I wonder if anyone would be interested in them as a blog post or in a newsletter, but then I forget about them again. 

What is the first Romance book you remember reading?   
I’ve noticed that a lot of romance readers were early readers, like me, who probably grabbed what Grandma and Mom were reading. I remember my mom giving me her M.M. Kaye books, North and South and Gone with the Wind before fourth grade.   I think if they were historical, she thought there were some educational value in them, but I just loved the drama and the emotion.

What is the last book you read?
Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ This Heart of Mine. I love a football player hero (see, e.g., the book I just released.)

When you are not writing, what are you doing (any hobbies or guilty pleasures)?
I don’t think driving the kids to sports practices counts as a hobby or a guilty pleasure but I do a lot of that!  My guilty pleasures are Bravo reality shows (especially Real Housewives of New York and Beverly Hills and Southern Charm) and dramas (Scandal, Nashville) and my husband and I are always catching up on some show – right now we’re finally working our way through Sons of Anarchy season 6, which our DVR erased when our house was struck by lightning last year (so don’t tell me what happens!)

What is your favorite way to interact with your fans? (social media, conventions, emails, letters..)
I’m a big Twitter fan – the conversations fit in well with my pace of life and can be completely random and surprisingly thought-provoking in such a small space.  But I’m on all the sites and I’d love to hear from anyone, anytime.

What are you working on now?  Can we get a sneak peak?
My next release (in May 2015) will be the first of a new mystery series with Harper Collins/ Witness.  It’s called Sisterhood is Deadly and follows a sorority mentor who must uncover a murderer among her sorority sisters when the chapter advisor drops dead.  Writing a mystery is a bit different from writing a romance and I couldn’t help including a sexy police officer to distract my heroine.


As a Texan and recovering sorority girl, Lindsay Emory has strong opinions on college football, nachos, and wearing white after Labor Day. Lindsay started writing when her first grade teacher put her in a closet and told her to write stories, instead of teaching her math. When she’s not writing, she’s raising two daughters, watching movies with her husband, and reading as many books as possible. She is an active member of the Dallas Area Romance Authors chapter of RWA and a semi-active member of the PTA, which is a whole lot less fun.

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