Con Riley’s Recovery
I enjoyed being a part of Con Riley’s cover reveal for Recovery. Now the book is out and Con is back for an interview! This book has been intriguing me since the cover reveal and now that it’s out I realized I have to read the first book in the series. If you haven’t read it yet either, I suggest you do so you can read Con’s new book. All of the information about Recovery is after the interview. Plus at the very bottom is a giveaway.
Amanda C. Stone: Good morning Con! I am so glad you could join me today. I hope you’ve had your morning coffee because I’m jumping right in with my first question. In both Salvage and Recovery, green is the only color that is on the covers. Was that on purpose? Does it have some kind of meaning for the books? (I haven’t read it so no spoilers if possible!)
Con Riley: Yes, there is meaning in the color choice, Amanda. And yes, I would spoil the stories of Salvage and Recovery if I told you. 🙂
ACS: Darn! I’m going to have to move them up in my TBR list so I can see if I can figure out the meaning behind the green.
CR: I adore each of my covers — I’ve been so lucky to work with talented artists like Anne Cain and Aaron Anderson. I like that my cover art highlights the themes threaded throughout the stories. They look absolutely beautiful on my bookshelves.
ACS: I bet they do! The two of them together would be amazing. San Diego is such a great town. How do you pick your settings? Ever been to San Diego?
CR: A couple of years ago, I flew into San Diego and the man I sat next to apologized as he leaned over my seat to look through the window. The plane banked over the city, and below us I spied the tops of palm trees, and Naval vessels neatly lining the harbor. I saw a bridge subtly curving between the city and an island just as the man beside me said, “Home,” with so much satisfaction.
“Home” he repeated. Then he added, “Ain’t she pretty?”
We’d flown across the Atlantic ocean together, chatting often, yet my fellow passenger told me more with those few words than he had during our eleven hours of enforced company.
San Diego seems like somewhere I could call home too—I had the best time of my life there—and yes, she sure is pretty.
ACS: I enjoyed visiting San Diego when I was younger. How wonderful to be sitting next to someone that called it home with such reverence though. Now for the fun questions. If you could travel anywhere all expenses paid, where would you go? And name one thing you’d see or do there.
CR: I’m a huge (largely fictional) hockey fan.
If it’s an all-expenses-paid trip I’d take my San Diego bestie along with my friends Jay Northcote, Annabelle Jacobs, Posy Roberts, Nora Roth, and Teegan Loy to see the Hawks beat the Pens.
I’m smiling just thinking about it.
ACS: As a huge Flyer’s fan I full approve of the Hawks beating the Pens. You are on a deserted island and can only have one book with you. What book would it be?
CR: I’d take The Go Between by L.P. Hartley.
I first read this book as a set text for an exam when I was fifteen. There is no doubt that my fascination with relationships, which I began to explore in The Seattle Series, and then continued with a particular focus on family in The Salvage Series, started with this book.
Sometimes, readers notice symbolism in my books, and ask if it is intentional. It absolutely is, and I credit L.P. Hartley for showing me that stories only become richer by its addition.
In Salvage I used glass as a symbol of fragility. In Recovery I chose a different symbol to suggest the concept of infinite possibilities. I wonder if anyone will notice the symbol I chose especially for Jamie.
ACS: Now I’m interested if anyone noticed as well. Any readers out there think they know? Alright, last question. If you were a candy bar how would you taste?
CR: Ha! We have chocolate bars—or sweets, as we call them—in the UK.
I’d be a bar of Fry’s Turkish Delight. Each mouthful is a reminder of another favorite story—Turkish Delight will always mean Narnia to me.
ACS: Now I’m drooling to try some Turkish Delights myself. I’ve never had them but they do indeed remind me of Narnia too. Thank you so much for joining me to Con! It was so much fun.
CR: Thank you for having me, Amanda.
Now read all about the book!
San Diego is a city of second chances for Jamie Carlson. His new career as a photographer is taking off, and with the support of a loving surrogate family, he’s finally putting his party years behind him. The Bailey family helped him solve his drinking problem, but there’s no easy solution to staying sober now that Belle Bailey’s dying. Her last wish is a challenge Jamie can’t overcome without help.
Solving problems is Daniel Priest’s specialty. More than twenty years older than Jamie, he’s successful and experienced. He makes his living resolving corporate crises—but his personal life has been far from perfect. Now that his marriage is over, Daniel’s determined to make up for lost time. One night with Jamie isn’t nearly enough for him.
Daniel’s honest offer of help is more than Jamie expects from a one-time hookup. Even so, fulfilling Belle’s last wish is a tall order. Repairing her damaged family as she requests proves difficult when Jamie has to face his own past as well.
Jamie could risk his hard-won recovery by admitting why he hit rock bottom in the first place. If he wants a future with Daniel, he’ll have to address those reasons head-on.
Con Riley lives on the wild and rugged Devonshire coast, with her head in the clouds, and her feet in the Atlantic Ocean.
Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time instead. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that makes them live and breathe.
When not people watching, or wrangling her own boy band of teen sons, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don’t disturb her—she’s probably thinking up new plots.
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