Title: Standing By
Author: Claudia Burgoa
Release date: September 23rd 2014
About Standing By:
- Loves a good challenge
- Never turns his back on a dare
- Loves to create nicknames
- Nobody cooks better than him
- Doesn’t believe in love
When Parker Welsh sells Mitch Knight his organic restaurant, Willows, he not only gives Mitch ownership; but everything entangled with it. Including the annoying pastry chef who supplies the muffins and cupcakes.
- Loves To-Do Lists and Five-Year Plans
- Has her dream job of baking sweets
- Always tries to make others happy
- Never seems to succeed with her family
- Is still a virgin, waiting for love
Hayley played by her mother’s rules for the first eighteen years of her life, instead of heading to college as her family expected, she rebelled and opened a bakery, Pieces of Heaven. Her family expects her to fail and head back to school and their wish may come true once Parker sells his restaurant to the handsome, arrogant Mitchel Knight. It’s either join forces with him or lose her dream.
Standing By is a wonderful novel of finding one’s dreams no matter what obstacles stand in your way. It also a story of allowing love in your love.
Hayley has the most obnoxious family that I have ever met. Her father has kids with several wives that he married and divorced over the years. Her mother was only a mistress. A woman he never married. Hayley wondered why they were never good enough to marry. In addition, Hayley was close to her father’s first wife, Mel. That was until Mel passed away from cancer. Mel taught Hayley the art of baking. She was what installed this love into her.
Mitch is an owner of several restaurants. In addition, he handles investments. He and Hayley have had a turbulent past. Partially because they are so different from each other. Hayley is a a list keeping, note taking kind of girl. Mitch is a fun seeking, laid back type of guy. He seeks to get an arise out of Hayley by calling her names such as Strawberry Shortcake, or other names with the word muffin involved. Basically, Mitch is just a thorn in Hayley’s side.
Than Hayley’s brother sales his restaurant to Mitch. The restaurant that Hayley supplies her baked items to. Mitch is loving tormenting Hayley as he watches her business to see how she runs it. That is until the attraction starts.
Standing By has hours of fun to read about. I loved how mischievous Mitch was, and watching Hayley give right back to him. No way was this girl going to let one man get her down, But what I loved more was watching a man protect a young woman from the harassing of her family. There are no words to describe how awful Hayley’s family treated her. Honestly. you have to read the story to believe it. Hayley experiences such profound sadness from a family that treats her like she isn’t good enough. No one would give her credit for trying to make her dreams stick. They just treated her like her bakery was just a hobby. It took a huge event to wake up some of her family to the feelings that she was experiencing. I wanted to scream at the injustice that was give to Hayley.
But what I loved about Standing By is showing that no matter what the trials never allow anything to stop you from dreaming. That if you stop dreaming you will definitely be lost. So, one-click a copy of Standing By and watch the heat and hurdles of Haley and Mitch.
I doubt we’re going to make it to the wedding rehearsal. The flight arrived on time at the airport, however; we stayed on the runway for over an hour and by the time we got our baggage and picked up the rental car, it was six thirty-nine, cutting it close for a seven o’clock start time.
Now we’re on the highway rushing to the chapel, the GPS continuing to alert us of exceeding the speed limit.
“You’re going to get a ticket.” I chant.
“I won’t.” Mitch growls. “We sound and act like an old married couple. We don’t have sex and we fight about my driving. Life can’t get any better. I swear, I’m going to renew my flying license,” he says for the third time. “There’s no fucking way we’re taking a commercial flight ever again. Now stop complaining about the ticket and busy yourself with something else.”
“Like enjoying the landscape at a hundred miles per hour,” my remark gets a shushing sound.
Can anyone blame me? He’s been in a foul mood all day. If only he had listened. In the morning, I told him to stay in bed because he arrived home around midnight from work but he refused. He wanted to run by the crew he assigned from his restaurants that will work tomorrow at the bakery. The traffic to get to JKF didn’t help either… I told him to take the subway, but he refused—it’s against his principals. Damn we sound like an old married couple.
“You need to mellow down or that mood will ruin the event.”
Where’s my funny guy?
“I tried to get some sleep during the flight but instead what did I get?”
“The poor woman tried to soothe the baby,” I weakly try to defend the woman who kept giving the pacifier to her baby for five hours. “Feed the child,” I wanted to say. However, now I had to deal with my own man-child. “After we eat I promise we’ll go to bed.”
“Sex still off the table?” He asks with that seductive voice that makes my entire body vibrate, his new mantra is asking every time he feels the need.
Stay strong, Hayley.
“Always, Muffin boy.” I squeeze his hand. It hasn’t been that hard to deal with him after a week. For the most part, he’s been easy going and tries to lighten the atmosphere when things are tense. I appreciate this every time my parents show at the shop. “But I’ll let you cuddle with me, as long as you keep that thing tamed.”
Tell us about your first book. What would readers find different about the first one and your most recent published work?
First and most, Where Life Takes You is in one word, Drama, while Standing By has a fun, light hearted touch to it. I also want to think that the readers will find a degree of maturity on my writing from WLTY to Standing By. A growth so to speak.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Definitely, always remember that everyone struggles in one way or another, and that even the most put together person can be a total mess on the inside.
Does music play any type of role in your writing?
It’s a huge part of my first drafts I like to listen mostly to Alternative-Indie music. Upbeat with angsty lyrics my favorite.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your life?
Not really… *mommy issues * she coughs.
I guess a few scenes, a few behaviors from my characters have a few similarities with real life. After all, the Knight family is based on my favorite aunt and her awesome family.
What books have influenced your life most?
The Alchemist, By Paulo Coelho
Are there any new authors that have grasp your interest?
There are so many… a few that are new to me but have been around for awhile.
Katie Oliver, Kennedy Ryan, Sarah Boucher, Jaycee Ford… so many J
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
“My twin is being a pain in the ass; therefore, I’m entitled to be one too. As for leaving for only one day, I’m actually leaving for his bachelor party. I won’t be back until Sunday night or Monday. Will you miss me?”
“No.” I take a side step to look at his face.
“At least do something fun for once in your life, Hayley.”
“You know,” I tell him, deciding to give my weekend a chance. “I will have fun. Tonight I’ll map out a plan to enjoy a relaxing, fun weekend outside of New York.”
“Where are you going?”
“That’s for me to know and for you to never find out,” I beam, thinking about buying a few things for the trip. Perhaps even a new outfit and some killer sandals—with a heel. “Who knows, perhaps next Monday you’ll find a new and improved Hayley.”
We both laugh at the same time.
“If it’s not on the To-Do List, it won’t happen.”
“Or in my five-year plan,” I remind him. “Now, let me toss this dough away. It’s already crusty and will end up tasting like crap since you won’t be here to coach me.”
“I’m curious to know what this life change will be,” he snickers. “A new pen? No, I got it, a new notebook.”
“A new partner because you’re a nightmare.”
“If you replace me, Muffet, I’ll make your life miserable.”
“And what you’re doing right now is…” I wait for him to finish my sentence but instead he kisses my cheek.
“If you really go out of town, stay safe, kid. Call me if you need me.”
I watch him leave and wonder what it is that I can do in Vegas that’ll be fun and perhaps life changing. Get kicked out of the casino for counting cards or thrown into jail. Yeah, those are about the only things I would end up doing.
I can always lose my virginity to some anonymous hot guy”
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for giving my books a chance, I hope you enjoy them. J
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
To learn about me… Pinterest, my shoe fetish is only one click away J
About Claudia Burgoa:
Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband—a.k.a. the U.S.—with their offspring to start a new adventure.
She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.