Message From The Author

Author's Message

My first love was Fitzwilliam Darcy. I picked up Pride and Prejudice when I was thirteen from my school library, and I’ve read it more times than I can count now; I even have four different copies of it. I could lie to you and say it’s the beauty of the writing and its status as a classic that make me love it, but that isn’t why. My sole reason is one misunderstood man: Mr. Darcy. For me, nothing is more awesome than reading the scene when he admits just how deeply he’s been hooked by Elizabeth Bennet. It’s epic. And I love epic.

I never intended to write a man like Mr. Darcy because it’s hard to walk the line with someone like him. You don’t want the reader to hate the hero, but that can happen with one wrong move. I didn’t believe I had it in me to write a man from a woman’s point of view and have the reader fall in love with him, especially if that man spends a good part of the book acting like a jerk.

When I sat down to write Fallen Too Far in the fall of 2012, I decided I didn’t care. I was going to write a story with a hero who had that same quality of being misunderstood, like Mr. Darcy. But once I got started, that isn’t exactly what happened. Rush Finlay became his own character, and he morphed into a powerful presence in the book -- far more than I expected. I think I fell in love with him a little bit myself.

And from the looks of it, fans did, too. Fallen Too Far and its sequels, Never Too Far and Forever Too Far became my first New York Times bestsellers; Forever Too Far even hit number one. These three books ended up kicking off the Rosemary Beach series, which has been introducing readers to Rush’s friends, who are misunderstood in their own ways.

Rush Finlay has a voice in Never Too Far and Forever Too Far, but readers never got to see what he was thinking in that first book. Why was he so angry and cold? Why did he make Blaire sleep under the stairs? There were a lot of questions from readers who fell in love with him in Fallen Too Far but didn’t understand his motivations.

My answers are in Rush Too Far, which is Rush’s side of the story of how he fell in love with tough Alabama farm girl Blaire Wynn. I will admit I was hesitant to do this because I’m not a fan of reading the same story in a different book, but I tried to write it in a way that makes it feel fresh. Readers who know Rush and Blaire will feel as if they’ve been given more. Readers who don’t know them will get a more intense and heart-wrenching version of the story.

A man like Rush Finlay needs his chance to speak out. On May 6, he’ll do just that.

-Abbi Glines


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