Author Spotlight: Rita Sawyer

This week’s author is Rita Sawyer. Her and her daughter are both very talented. They are also a pleasure to spend time with. I’m blessed to have met Rita. I’d say where I met her from, but many people who read my blogs can probably figure it out pretty quickly. I met a lot of people there in the past three years. It’s been amazing.

Her Books (Click book photos to buy):

Jessie and Victor were both strong willed people always used to being in control. How they fell in love was still a mystery.

Jessie Brazen had made her choice when she decided that taking care of her sisters was more important than following her heart. The problem was she already made the mistake of giving her heart away to Victor. Their whirlwind romance had come to halt even though she’d pledged to love him forever when she sent him away.

Getting married on a whim may not have been the smartest thing Victor Weatherly had ever done. He’d given Jessie the time and space she had asked for. Instead of asking him to come back like he hoped she sent him divorce papers. He never planned on letting her go forever, so now he was back to remind her how good they were together and get her to change her mind.

Will Jessie push him away again? Or will Victor figure out the secret keeping them apart?

Andrew liked living in the quiet small town of Carver Ridge. His peaceful life is thrown upside down the day Angie rolls into town. He shouldn’t want her, but he does. She thinks he’s an overprotective Neanderthal. When it comes to her maybe he is. They can’t seem to stop pushing each other’s buttons. Then she posts a review on a travel site inviting all the single women of the world to visit town. One of the perks worth seeing that she lists is all the hot single men. Now his little town is being swarmed by women looking for a man and Angie says it’s his fault.

Angie knew she was impulsive. While taking a picture for a review of the Brazen sister’s lodge Andrew walked into the shot. She decided not to let the picture go to waste, and used it as a selling point of the town. It wasn’t her fault Andrew had a nice ass, now was it? Andrew is not pleased, but it doesn’t stop him from kissing her whenever he gets the chance.

Can they get past their animosity and admit that they want each other?

Tim met the woman of his dreams, but he let her get away. For six months he searched for her, but though he had some basic information he wasn’t able to find her. Then when he’d almost given up she walked back into his life. He’s determined to get her to give them a second chance.
Trish had believed Tim the first time he’d said he wanted a relationship with her. Then he’d gone home and hadn’t contacted her. So she tried to push him out of her head and heart. Six months later she’s still working on it. When a chance at a mountain vacation lands in her lap she takes it hoping to spend the two weeks purging out of her system for good. The last she expected to find was Timber standing in the lobby of the lodge.
Can Trish trust him this time when he says he wants her? Will she risk getting her heart broken even worse than it already was?

Blake wants Kimmie the minute he sees her. Once he gets to know her he’s sure she’s the one. But she’s coming off a bad breakup and he doesn’t want to push her. He figures if she stays in town long enough when she’s over it he’ll be there waiting. He gets her a job at the local elementary school hoping it will convince her to stay in town. What he really wants is for her to fall in love with him and stay forever.
Kimmie is falling for Blake. They’re growing close, but he seems to be holding back. Frustrated she starts to think it might be best for her to go home when her contract is up. She doesn’t want to leave her friends. She would be miserable with or without them and Blake, but the thought of seeing Blake with someone else would kill her.
Can Blake convince her to stay or will his hesitance be what causes him to lose her?

Justin knew his cousin’s fiancée hadn’t meant to entice dozens of women to come to Carver Ridge to find a man. But that was what had happened. His plan had been to avoid the women as much as possible until things died down. Then he caught sight of CJ at the town’s carnival. Something about her made him want to get to know her.

CJ came to Carver Ridge on a mission and it was not to snag one of the bachelors. She hadn’t even known about the travel review that had women arriving in droves hoping to catch the eye of one of them. She was there to do a job. Meeting Justin Mitchell changes all that. Especially when she makes the mistake of flirting with him.

Justin hadn’t known what he was missing before she came to town. Now that he did he wasn’t letting CJ go without a fight.

About Rita Sawyer:

Rita Sawyer is a Massachusetts native, who did brief stints in Georgia and Maine. Now she lives about an hour from Boston with her husband. She has always been an avid reader, mostly romance novels (though she says she’ll read anything).

She writes contemporary romances and romantic comedies. Her stories vary in heat level from sweet to sizzling, but she hopes they all have at least a hint of humor. What good is romance without a little laughter? If you enjoy family and friend based series then you’ve found the right author. More about Rita and her books can be found at Readers can contact her anytime at


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Interview With Rita Sawyer:

Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?

I write contemporary romances and romantic comedies. So far all the books I’ve published have been romances with lots of family and friend dynamics thrown in. I like writing series because I want to know what happens to the other characters that make appearances in the books.

As for what’s upcoming. I have two books in editing. One will be a new release and the other is a re-release of a title I’ve gotten my rights back on. I’m also working on the remaining books in my Carver Ridge Bachelor series, and romantic comedy trilogy I hope to have out next year (maybe in time for the Literary Love Savannah conference).

What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author?

I can pinpoint it to when my youngest son was three. I always loved reading, but never thought about wanting to write until then. I made up stories for him when it was nap or bedtime. I still didn’t pursue writing at that point. It took another three years for me to actually take the plunge.

My husband deserves all the credit for it. I was working third shift and reading a lot to stay awake in the downtimes. When I started complaining about scenes or the endings of the books I was reading he told me to write my own story so I could make all the choices. I took his suggestion and put myself to the test. 27 books later I still blame/thank him for giving me the push I needed.

What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?

There are times or points during writing where doubts creep in. I’m sure all writers have them. But I know that I can’t let them derail things for too long. I think since I write series having past and future characters to focus on during those times it helps to push through the uncertainties.

Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing? 

Of course, LOL. I mean everything you see and do impacts your writing whether you know it at the time or not.

Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?

So far the easiest character to write was Bobbie from book 6 in the Brazen Sister Series. She came to me as a full-fledged character. I just knew her personality and loved it. My most difficult character was Ace from book 4 in my Heiresses In Aprons Series. Ace needed to be a jerk. Honestly he really did. Part of his redemption depended on it. So making him so bad, but too awful was a fine line. In the end I think he turned out okay.

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