Interview! UNBREAKABLE HOPE by Sami Lee

Interview! UNBREAKABLE HOPE by Sami Lee

Unbreakable Hope

When you’re caught in the impact zone, the only choice is surrender.

Wild Crush, Book 5

After a monster wave almost kills him, Dylan realizes it was a mistake to put his pro-surfing career ahead of the girl he left behind. Now that he’s finally able to give Hope everything she ever wanted, he’s stunned to discover she’s moved on—with his best friend.

For years Matt has loved Hope but kept his feelings to himself until Dylan went off chasing the pipeline. Matt welcomed the chance to stake his claim. Now that Dylan is back with his heart in his hand, Matt is reluctant to step aside.

When Dylan abandoned their five-year relationship, Hope tried to keep her impulsive, friends-with-benefits fling with Matt casual, but her heart was having none of it. Seeing Dylan alive and whole sends her complicated feelings for both men tumbling into one big, gnarly tangle.

Each man—one steady, one wild—fulfills a different, soul-deep need. They could make it work…if she can convince them to all ride the wave of desire together.

Warning: Features hot MF and MFM sex, bondage, and rough talk with two devastatingly gorgeous Aussie men. Could inspire a need to hang ten. Or eleven, if you catch the drift.


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Please tell us about your novel.

Unbreakable Hope is about a rebellious, tattooed ex-surfer named Hope who is torn between two very different men. It’s an MFM novel, so as you may guess, she decides along the way that she just can’t possibly choose between them, and many erotic hijinks ensue J. She also regains her passion for life and what she thought was a defunct career. The heroes have their own emotional journeys to travel as well. It’s quite a complex book, come to think of it.

How did you research your novel, if applicable?

One of the book’s heroes is a big wave rider, so I watched a lot of youtube videos and read articles about big wave riding and the injuries that can befall those that do it. It wasn’t bad research, all told, some really interesting stories there and OMG some enormous waves these people ride! I also had to research the pro surfing tour and how it works for women, and something about running a business too because hero two spends most of his time doing that. Every book involves a lot of research. A LOT.

Where can readers find you online?

Head to or facebook or twitter I’m also on Pinterest and Instagram and have a newsletter that you can sign up to from my website.

When you are stuck on something, what is your go to cure?

What I usually do is read over the part that’s making me stuck just before I go to bed at night in an attempt to encourage myself to dream about it. Sometimes this results in my waking up with the answer. Fantastic method when it works, but alas, it’s not consistent. Other times I go for a walk in the fresh air, or my least favorite method is simply writing through it. That’s not fun but sometimes necessary.

Do you have a real life hero? If so, can you tell us who and why?

I admire anyone who is brave enough to be true to themselves in this media culture that keeps telling us we’re not good enough if we’re not thin, pretty and rich. Some women I admire for doing that are Pink, Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy.

Who is your favorite literary hero and heroine?

I’ve always loved me some Rhett and Scarlett because they were both such stubborn, emotionally stunted people and their relationship was doomed from the start. DOOMED. Which is why it’s so fascinating to read about.

Are you character or plot driven? Why?

Very much character driven. One, because I don’t plot very well in advance, and prefer to let the characters inform what happens. I think there’s less danger then of forcing a character to do something they wouldn’t do simply because you’ve plotted a certain thing and it simply MUST HAPPEN. That’s the kind of thing that will have readers furrowing their brows.

Also I just think all the most interesting work is about people and their emotions.

How do you feel about social media? Is it a help or hindrance to you?

Oh it’s both. It’s definitely a help when it comes to staying in touch with other authors and readers, which is something I love to do. Writing is such a solitary thing that the ability to be able to reach out at any time of the day or night and talk to someone who might understand what you’re going through is invaluable. On the other hand, it’s a huge time suck and it’s easy to fall down into a procrastination hole on the Internet. It takes a lot of willpower to avoid that.

What are the first five titles on your kindle?

Ah, Chasing Sunset, which is one of mine (I was testing all the links etc). Getting Out of Hand by Erin Nicholas, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews and Exposed by CJ Carmichael

Where do you see yourself and your writing in the next five years?

I don’t like to pin myself down with those types of expectations anymore. Five years ago I had a specific idea of where I’d be by now, but things didn’t happen the way I anticipated because outside forces messed with my career plan. It’s very easy for disappointment and frustration to turn to disillusionment, which kills creativity. So now I accept the fact I can’t really know what I’ll be working on in five years. Now my goal is to simply keep writing while I’m also trying to become a more rounded person in my life in general. I’m a wife, mother, office worker, daughter, friend…many other things besides being a writer and I need to pay all those roles the necessary attention.

How many books do you own and what does your bookshelf look like?

I share a bookshelf with my kids and husband (not my choice, I’d rather have it all to myself). Three shelves of it are mine and the other two they share between them, which I think is perfectly reasonable J. I don’t keep everything I read because I just can’t, but I do keep everything signed and anything I consider a keeper. I probably only have a couple of hundred paperbacks. But e books….I have no idea. Far too many I’m sure.

If you are published traditionally and independently, which do you prefer and why?

There are benefits to both and I honestly prefer to be hybrid. There’s something to be said for having some help with the work and initial cost of publishing a book—doing it yourself can be time consuming and expensive. But of course if you self-publish you have complete control of what you release and when you release it, which is awesome. With books that I don’t think will fit anyone’s mold I’ll definitely continue to self-publish. But I’m open to submitting to publishers as well.

What advice do you have for people that are trying indie publishing right out of the gate?

Find a very good editor. Ask other self-published authors you know who they use and make enquiries. It doesn’t matter how awesome you think your book is, it needs to be edited, both for content, consistency and errors. Writers who are whacking up stories willy nilly without paying for editing are making the entire industry look bad and it seriously peeves me off. There I said it. USE A GOOD EDITOR.

What do you find inspiring?

Walking in the fresh air, especially near the ocean.

Do you have a favorite charity?

I donate to the rural fire service, breast cancer research and the RSPCA

Your family is safe and sound. You have 24 hours to live and have been given the ability to do anything in the world, what do you do?

Honestly if I only had 24hrs the place I’d most like to be is home surrounded by family and friends. Sounds boring, maybe, but I’d throw the hugest party EVER and invite absolutely everyone. Spare no expense on the catering, hire entertainment, you name it. And then, no problems about cleaning up afterwards because I’d croak by then. He he.

Sami Lee

Sami wrote her first romantic tales before she’d ever read a romance. In high school she penned stories about all her friends falling in love with fictitious exotic exchange students or reformable bad boys while she should have been listening to the teacher. Some time later (after somehow managing to get through school) she discovered romance novels and wondered how such magical things could have existed without her ever knowing about them.

She spent years writing in an on-again, off-again fashion – writing had become the irresistible rogue boyfriend who wouldn’t hand back his house key. Through numerous jobs, marriage, university, more jobs and toddler taming, writing has always been there. Sami is thrilled to find herself published with Samhain and spends her life juggling other responsibilities with the aim of maximising her writing time. It seems an impossible task some days so every page is worth a victory dance.



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