by Isabel Jolie
(West Side, #5)
Publication date: January 19th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
He’s not exactly who he appears to be. But then again, neither is she…
I’ve never felt as out of my league as I did when I met Sydney Frost.
Not in the years I’ve spent starting successful companies or since. Working for a prestigious firm gives me status and power, and I’m already a master at charming my way through a crowd—or into the bedroom. One new office colleague should be a piece of cake to win over.
Ms. Frost, however, is giving my efforts a chilly reception. Time to remind her that I’m not afraid to live up to my name, either…
On the surface, it looks like I have it all: a new, influential job, a nice salary, and the hottest young executive in the company falling over himself to introduce me to the best New York City has to offer.
It’s all a lie.
My name is Sadie Keating, not Sydney Frost, and I’m an undercover agent for the FBI on a case that could make or break my career. Chase Maitlin, my sexy and persistent would-be suitor, is the prime suspect in a major cross-agency investigation.
I’m the rookie desperately trying not to fall for him.
Chasing Frost, the fifth book in the West Side series, is a steamy, enemies-to-lovers, sometimes funny, sometimes suspenseful, contemporary romance featuring a smart, dedicated heroine and the sexy bad boy who steals her heart.
All of the contemporary romance novels in the West Side Series are standalone and can be read in any order.
What inspired you to start writing?
In high school, my writing assignments were always my favorites. At times, I toyed with the idea of becoming a writer, and even shared the aspiration with a select few. Ultimately, I decided I liked eating and shopping, so I graduated from Journalism school with an advertising concentration. The entire dream was mostly forgotten as my career evolved in the business world. One day I was reading the acknowledgments in the back of a book, and the author wrote that she had been an avid reader, and thought to herself, why don’t I write?
And then I thought to myself, why don’t I write? After all, I too was an avid reader. At that point, I had the time and the independence. If I never made a dollar from it, it wouldn’t mean I couldn’t pay rent. The prospect didn’t feel as scary as it did when I was seventeen. The downside wasn’t nearly as steep (ie begging on the streets not nearly as likely). And it was something I loved. So, I signed up for some classes. And I tackled assignments. And I created time in my daily schedule. And I started to write.
When did you first put pen to paper?
You mean like back in school? My first favorite stories were written in middle school I think.
Do you have any advice for someone that wants to become a published writer?
The first step is to write. Stephen King dispenses great advice in his book On Writing, but one thing he does is to set aside time to write. Once you’ve written something, getting feedback from others is important, and ideally people who don’t know you. There are so many sources for finding critique partners, but I like Critique Match. And, whether you decide to go Indie or traditional, I think a solid editor is incredibly important. Even if applying to agents or directly to publishers, an editor will help ensure you’re putting your most professional and polished work forward.
Is there a message in your book that you would like readers to grasp?
Career isn’t everything, and it’s not even close to the most important thing in our lives.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in Chasing Frost?
I don’t think so??? Ask me again after all the reviews come out.
If you could work with any other successful author who would it be?
Sarina Bowen. She seems like a genuinely nice person and I love all of her books.
Are there any authors that you admire especially?
Kennedy Ryan comes across like a powerhouse. I loved her treatment of an abusive relationship in Long Shot – that’s what introduced me to her and had me signing up for her newsletter. It seems to me she’s one of those authors taking strides to legitimize the romance category. I follow Stephen King and CD Reiss on Twitter and I’ve enjoyed reading their commentary over the last year.
If you could be any colour which would you be? Blue. I know most people associate the word blue with the sad emotion, but it’s long been my favorite colour. I find it to be peaceful, calming, and ever-present in nature. It encompasses a myriad of hues and varying depths.
If you were going to commit the perfect murder how would you go about it?
Well, the perfect murder (to me) implies not getting caught. So, I’d start with research. I might also find my way onto the dark web to simply hire someone to accomplish this feat, but then I’d be afraid I’d be talking to undercover law enforcement. So, I’d return to research. Probably poison. I have an aversion to blood, so knife, gun, candlestick…anything that breaks skin would be out for me.
Have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in a book or a movie?
Nope. But I’ve wished I could find a rock and fall through it into another era. Not that I see myself as Claire, or want to be Claire (I’d hate to be married to her contemporary husband), but I would very much like for Jamie to save me in a skirmish and well… other things. He’s on my list. My husband is well aware – I just have to find that rock.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Isabel Jolie, or Izzy to her friends, is an Amazon bestselling indie author with an unquenchable thirst for a good, sexy love story. Izzy’s heart pumps faster for stories with strong heroines, down-to-earth realism, and an unexpected twist.
When she’s not writing or reading, she can often be found with a glass of wine in hand relaxing with her husband, daughters, and good friends lakeside.
Izzy fills her Instagram feed with funnies, inspirational “brain candy”, and anything that meshes with her mood of the day. #mood.