Today we’re celebrating Stacy’s new release,
Claire: Stacy, we’d love to get to know the woman behind the book a little better. How about we ask you a few questions?
Stacy: Sure thing, Claire. Shoot!
Claire : Okay, so what was your favorite show as a child?
Stacy: I was a child in the seventies. I eagerly looked forward to Happy Days (where I could satisfy my secret crush on “The Fonz”) and Welcome Back Kotter. Love Boat and Fantasy Island were not far behind.
Claire What was your VERY first concert? Who would you love to see now?
Stacy: The first concert I ever saw was Prince, back in the eighties. I believe it was at the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey. I went with a friend of mine and thought I would die from excitement. His performance lived up to my expectation; our seating did not. I stared at the teeny-tiny speck that was the back of his head the whole night.
For a concert I’d like to see, I’ll choose Meghan Trainor. I love her off-beat style. I chose a Meghan Trainor song for the ringtone of the most off-beat character I ever wrote (Ana, in DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC).
Claire : What is your favorite animal?
Stacy: I am fascinated with thoroughbred horses. The power and beauty of these animals is unmatched, at least in my humble opinion. My admiration for these animals had a great deal to do with my new book, JOCKEYING FOR YOU, which is set in the world of horseracing.
Claire : Coffee drinker? How do you take yours?
Stacy: Always with a flavor shot. Coconut is on the top of my list. White chocolate raspberry and amaretto tie for second place.
Claire : What is one thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?
Stacy: I’m an artist, graduating from New York City’s “Fame” school. I participate in sketching classes whenever I can.
Claire : If you could move to a different state, what state would it be? Why?
Stacy: I am so taken with Alaska that I wrote one of my books about it, DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC. I watch Alaska reality TV shows all the time. (The Last Alaskans, Life Below Zero and Railroad Alaska.) I guess living in New England isn’t cold enough for me!
Claire : Do you cook? What is your specialty?
Stacy: I do like to cook. I find it both creative and relaxing (when my family isn’t giving me death-stares to get dinner on the table). Italian is my go-to cuisine. Making an olive-oil garlic sauce is a fast and easy.
Claire : How do you relax?
Stacy: I don’t. I’m incapable.
Claire : What is the first book you remember reading?
Stacy: Roald Dahl’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” I think I was in second grade. It was then I first learned that books are magical.
Claire : Thanks so much for letting us get to know you better, Stacy! Now, about your latest release.
Here’s a sneak peek at Jockeying for You:
“You sure you can control a horse with a soft voice like that?” Jake asked, half-teasing.
He could tell she was sizing up his comment, whether it was a joke or an admonishment. Rather than help her out, he decided to see what she’d make of it.
“They don’t call me the horse whisperer for nothing,” she finally let out with an accompanying shrug.
He smiled. Good. She can hold her own. With Handsome Dancer, she’ll need to. He won’t explain himself, either.
“Glad you brought that up. Tell me a little about your philosophy.”
“All right. I imagine you’ve already heard a bit about how I train or we wouldn’t be talking. My approach is simple, I help the horse train himself.”
Jake felt his eyebrows furrow. “Excuse me? What?”
One of his regular waiters approached, pen and paper already out. “Give us a minute, Robert?” Turning his attention back to her, he asked, “I’m sorry, you were explaining your philosophy. It sounded very . . . unorthodox.”
“I’m guessing you’ve seen my track record, so I’m confident unorthodox works. I don’t treat a horse like it’s some kind of four-footed magical carpet, ready to take off at our command. Horses are live creatures. They let us command them when they want to. And if they don’t, no amount of breaking them is going to win a race.”
She paused, cleared her throat, then picked up the glass of ice water in front of her and took a sip. She was peering at him thoughtfully over the rim of the glass. “It’s not as crazy as it sounds. I simply believe a horse that wants to win will do its best to do so. A horse that doesn’t, won’t.”
Stacy Hoff is a contemporary romance author, as well as an attorney. She has practiced law for two decades, primarily handling contracts. Romance novels have always been her secret passion. She writes her romantic stories until the wee hours of the night. Stacy lives in New England with her husband and two boys.
JOCKEYING FOR YOU will be her fourth novel. Her other novels are: DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES (DESIRE series, book 1), DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC (DESIRE series book 2), and LAWFULLY YOURS . Her upcoming series, BUILDING LOVE, will have book 1, BUILDING LOVE IN VEGAS, out soon.