Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: July 1, 2013
When Beth Michaels high tailed it out of the hole-in-the-road town she grew up in, she only had two goals. One-get as far away as quickly as possible, and two-never set foot in her parent's home again. But when she receives a heart breaking call from her childhood best friend, Jen, she has no choice but to turn her '56 Ford pickup back in the direction of Salem, Missouri to attend a funeral. There's a new local in town when Beth arrives, and suddenly, it ain't all that easy for her to remember her rules for dating.
#1. Cookie-cutter-perfect guys ain't her type.
#2. Tie wearin' and church frequentin' is an automatic dismissal.
#3. Most importantly, never date anyone from small minded, conservative, Bible-thumping towns like Salem.
Unfortunately, Matthew Wright breaks all her rules and then some.
Matt might be from a small town and have small town values, but that doesn't mean he fits into a little slot of Beth's preconceived notions. After all, ever so often good guys are good. Now if he could just convince Beth to let go of her past and give him a chance, he's pretty sure there's a whole lotta sweet under that prickly exterior.
His own ... Sweet Contradiction.
***FAIR WARNING: If you are easily offended by books that happen to mention things concerning God, Religion, Etc., in a favorable or unfavorable light, then this book might not be for you.***
How long have you been writing?
I’ve written poetry and short stories since I was a teen, but I’ve been writing book since February 2012.
What inspired you to write Sweet Contradiction?
For Sweet Contradiction, the inspiration came from a lot of places. People I know, my own southern background, and a lot of the pieces and places of the story are based on real places. Salem, MO is where I have a lot of family. There used to be a Piggly Wiggly there. I just added in the characters and their stories.
Which of your characters do you relate to most and why?
Beth Michaels, probably because she had a lot to prove, things she wanted to escape from, and a lot of growing as a person to do.
What is a secret about you that nobody else knows?
I don’t think I have any secrets that *no one* knows, but maybe something that is not widely known? I homeschooled myself through high school with my Pastor’s wife’s help. I graduated through our closed Christian School as a class of 1. Top of the class, baby! Oh wait... I was also bottom of the class. ;)
What book have you read too many times to count?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
Don’t listen to 99% of “writing advice”.
If you could hop into the life of any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Oh, hmmmm. Maybe into the “world” of Harry Potter. I’d love to live in a world with magicks.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That I had countless stories inside of me that needed to be told. That once I’d begun one manuscript I’d become bombarded with the voices of dozens of other characters that demanded attention as well.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Read, spend time with my kiddos. Binge on Netflix shows!
Are any of the things in your books based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
All my books have at least some tiny part of my life experience in them. Some only have tiny,
inconsequential stuff in them, others have things I’ve dealt with personally or seen others deal with.
When not writing, Peggy can be found spending time at home with her husband, her teen son and four little girls. She loves reading, writing, soap making, aromatherapy, gangster movies, prepping for the zombie apocalypse and downing insane amounts of Twizzlers and Kazoozles.
As if being a wife and homeschooling mom of five doesn’t keep her busy enough, Peggy Martinez is a full time Author who has six published books, including The Time Warper Series and State of Decay. Peggy’s dream is to own a small homestead where she can raise some chickens along with her five kids, tend to a large garden and one day take her dream vacation’s to Ireland, Greece and Scotland.
To learn more about Peggy Martinez and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.