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The Wright Mistakeby K.A. Linde
What it’s about:
A new stand-alone enemies-to-lovers romance by USA TODAY bestselling author K.A. Linde…
I spent six weeks having sex with Austin Wright and all I got was this broken heart.
He can’t be trusted. Not with my body or my heart. Yet, two years have passed and I still crave him like an addict needing a fix.
The last time we tried this, it nearly ruined me. I know I should run and never look back. But his dark haunted eyes and razor blade smile speak to my soul. His touch sets my body on fire. And we all know what happens when you light gasoline. Someone is bound to get burned.
A second chance might destroy us both.
Because everyone knows two wrongs don’t make a Wright.
Why you should read it:The Wright Mistakeis a beautifully written, sexy, heartfelt and engaging romance, but there is also an authenticity and tenderness to this love story that make it a particularly moving and memorable experience. K.A. Linde flawlessly develops Austin and Julia’s tempestuous relationship and builds a multifaceted and layered story that submerses the reader into the beautiful, messy and painful process of falling in love with someone who has deep wounds and emotional walls. She deftly and honestly shines a light on substance abuse and its ability to corrupt lives and relationships, andThe Wright Mistakeis a poignant and powerful story of hope, recovery and steadfast love.
INTERVIEW WITH K.A. LINDE
Mary: I adore the family-centric Wrightseries and have fallen in love with the Wright family. What was your inspiration for the series and the Wrights?
Kyla:The idea for the first book,The Wright Brother, came from a story from my husband’s co-worker. Her husband flies a private jet for this Lubbock billionaire who owns a construction company in town. When I heard the story, my jaw dropped and I was like, this sounds like a book! And then I promptly sat down with a friend and plotted it out. I think the Wrights themselves only became what they were, because I wanted to write a big family that is very close knit. I didn’t know that it would grow into what it was when I first started with them, but I love each of them more and more every book.
Mary: Please tell us a little bit about Julia Banner and Austin Wright’s story inThe Wright Mistake.
Kyla:Austin and Julia’s story is about second chances, finding and knowing your worth and overcoming impossible obstacles. Austin has struggled a long time with a drinking problem, and Julia has a past that is so painful she can’t even talk about it. Together they push and pull and fight and love. They have to work for their relationship and decide if they can rise above all of the issues that hindered them in the past. It’s epic and beautiful and I cried a lot writing it.
Mary: Your characters always have strong and supportive friendships, especially your female lead characters. Are these relationships modeled after some of your own?
Kyla:Oh, for sure. I think probably all of my strong supporting characters are based off of the strong female friends I’ve had since college and all of the amazing women who I work with in this business. Plus, I have two sisters who I’m extremely close with. I couldn’t have written these relationships without them, too.
Mary: TheWrightseries is set in Lubbock, Texas, and Lubbock is an integral part of the stories, serving as almost a secondary character. Was this a conscious decision made before you began writing the series, or did it happen organically?
Kyla:It becoming its own character was not a conscious decision, but writing Lubbock was. I had just moved to Lubbock six months prior when I started writingThe Wright Brother. I was getting to know the town and wanted to set it in the place I was falling in love with. So I think the love that you feel in the series for Lubbock is the love that I have for the town that I was learning to call home.
Mary: You feature real-life restaurants, bars, places and events in Lubbock in all of the books, and they could be used as a travel guide to the area. Tell us a little bit about each so readers can go on a Wright Tour of Lubbock.
Torchy’s Tacos.Amazing Austin-based taco place. I always get their shrimp tacos, but they also have a secret menu that you can get from the bar! This is Emery and Jensen’s first date!
Historic Baker Building.This was recommended by a friend who had a friend who got married here. It’s really stunning inside and super classy. This is where Sutton and Maverick got married.
Café J.I go hereconstantlyfor brunch on the weekends. They have really cool local artwork that you can buy right off the walls! Heidi was supposed to meet Landon here for lunch.
The West Table Kitchen and Bar.West Table is probably the nicest restaurant in town. They fly their fish in from New England every single day. Their cocktails are to die for and if you book in advance, they have a chef’s table on the weekends. West Table catered Sutton’s wedding and both Landon and Heidi go on dates here.
Flippers Tavern.Flips is a local bar with nice outdoor seating. They have a crazy good beer selection. All three books feature this bar prominently. Heidi loves playing pool here!
First Friday Art Trail.First Friday Art Trail is one of the coolest things in the city. All of the art warehouses open for display and the food trucks congregate downtown. The wineries also have tastings at many of the local businesses. Julia and the girls go here to look at artwork and celebrate with Morgan.
The Shack.BEST BBQ IN LUBBOCK … maybe in Texas, period. It’s kind of in the middle of nowhere and they always sell out by 5 p.m. Get the ribs! You’ll thank me. Austin and Patrick go here for his birthday.
Ransom Canyon.This tiny town is gorgeous and built around a lake. There’s a public pool that you can go to as well, but it’s less touristy than Buffalo Springs nearby, which is open to the public. Jensen has a lake house here.
Blue Oasis.Local ice cream shop off 82ndStreet tucked away in a tiny corner. Their food truck sets up for First Friday Art Trail, so you can try it out there. I love the cookie dough. Heidi gets a cone here.
Louie Louie’s Piano Bar.Louie Louie’s is located downtown and has really fun music. It’s basically on the First Friday Art Trail and is a hot spot for a good time!
Patrick convinces everyone to go here!
Lubbock Parade of Homes.The Parade of Homes is actually a really fun concept during June where houses are built by local builders for people to tour. While my husband and I were buying our house, we scoped out the kind of house and builder we wanted by walking around Parade homes. Wright Construction has a home in the Parade.
K.A. Linde is the USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 15 novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out overStar Wars, binge-watchingSupernaturaland dancing in her spare time.
She lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.
Find out more at kalinde.com.
Mary Dubé can be found reading when she’s not teaching spinning, crunching numbers, blogging or hovering over her teenager. She reviews for All About Romance and Harlequin Junkie and is always looking to add to her keeper shelf. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.
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