Living in a world built on pretenses, Everleigh Wright discovers how carefully orchestrated her Upper East Side life has been. Trapped in an arrangement for social prestige and financial gain, she finds life is not as idyllic as she once thought.

William Ryder leads a life rich in family support and endless determination. While attending university in Manhattan, he becomes enamored with a classic beauty who holds many secrets beneath her quiet propriety. William falls head over heels crazy for her, and she falls for him and his unfaltering optimism and kindness.
William and Everleigh may come from different worlds, but their attraction is instant and their love undeniable. Hoping love conquers all, they will find out if their love is unstoppable when faced with the consequences of breaking a prior engagement.
“Right here, right now is all that matters.”
My interview with William Ryder
I’m meeting up today with William Ryder from A Prior Engagement in NYC, it’s a beautiful spring afternoon.  I don’t live far from New York so this meeting was a breeze and I do love NYC in the spring time.  We are meeting up at Bean There (shhhh… don’t tell William I don’t like coffee).  

I spot him right away he is devilishly handsome in person, even more so than Evie described for us… I walk straight over to the table, which I assume is his favorite table…

J: Hello William it’s so nice to meet you. (I reach out to shake his hand)

W: Hi, Jennifer. It’s nice to meet you too. (I shake her hand, hoping she can’t tell I’m a little nervous. I can’t seem to get used to the attention over my career and the interest into my personal life. I pull the chair out for her and sit down.) Can I buy you a coffee or tea?

J: Thank you I will take and Ice Tea actually thank you. 

William walks away to get our drinks, when he returns I smile at him as he places the ice tea down in front of me.

J: So William I have to say that after reading about your journey I was quite smitten with your passion and perseverance.  It’s very rare to find these days and honestly it’s a completely sexy quality in a man.
W: (I look down at the pen sitting on the table in front me, picking up to spin it through my fingers while looking up to meet her eyes). Sexy? Really? Ummm… my parents told me I can do anything I set my mind to and am willing to work hard enough to achieve. They work hard and they’re happy. I wanted that for my life. It wasn’t about money for me, although that can make things easier sometimes. I just felt that I wanted to do what I wanted to do, not have to settle for a job to make ends meet. It’s worked out.
J: Let’s start from the beginning shall we?
W: Alright, I’m ready.
J: When you first saw Evie sitting at your table what was running through your head?  Besides of course that she was sitting at your table?
W: (I laugh, remembering that moment so well) I’d seen her a few times in class. I probably shouldn’t say this. She might finally realize she married a creep. But I’d started looking for her in class. I found her fascinating and beautiful. She didn’t look like a typical girl at school. She stood out. I know for a fact that this other guy had his eye on her as well. Each class that guy moved one row down and several seats closer to her. I made sure to sit closer though. Wait (I look back at Jennifer) I’ve gotten off track. Sorry about that. Should we call our meeting here that day destiny? I still wanted my table, but I was okay that it was her who stole it. I made a big production of taking the table next to her. Because of all the times that I had seen her, that day, I wanted her to see me.
J: Throughout the book she kept running off for prior commitments and obligations, did it ever occur to you once that there was something not quite right about it?  That there was something she just wasn’t telling you about why she kept running off?
W: I felt it was strange, a bit off, but I didn’t feel I knew her well enough at the beginning to pry. When I look back on that time now, a lot happened in a short amount of time. When Evie and I started spending more time together, I started asking her how much time we had those days. I felt selfish, but (I shrug) I wanted as much time as I could get. Some signs were there that I should have picked up on. She didn’t owe me anything. I mean we were friends. I was just drawn to her and wanted more. Eh, she tells this story much better than I do. All of that just doesn’t matter now. We focus on the present and our future.
J: What is your biggest regret after you found out what happened to her in the few days she wasn’t attending class?
W: (That lump in my throat returns. It’s the same one I always get when remembering that time. I try to gulp it down, but it stays. My voice is gonna crack and I hate that.) Um, (clears throat) I, uh, I was mad at her. I was hurt. I turned my back on her when she needed me most. She was used to being ignored, told to be silent. She suffered in silence for years, but she tried to tell me, to explain, and I walked away, not wanting to hear it. I can’t help but think if I would have given her that chance to explain, things could have changed. That could have been the turning point instead and all the rest of the bad stuff avoided. But I’ll never know because I walked away. I’ll never forgive myself for that.
J: I want to go back to the night of the charity event, did you at any point think that it was a crazy idea knowing that Tom would be there and what could possibly happen to her if things went badly?  That whole scene had me on the edge of my seat in panic…
W: I wanted him to know I loved her and I wasn’t gonna cower to him. I wanted everyone at that event to see. A big public declaration was the only way I could protect her if it didn’t turn out the way it did. They would know who he really was, the monster he was. He couldn’t touch her because all eyes would be on them. They’d be the gossip of the city and watched too closely. Audrey, Evie’s sister, helped with the plan. She knew the inner workings of that world. I had to trust her and I did. If it didn’t work, plan B was Evie could leave him and no one would be surprised. We knew she didn’t care what they thought at that point anyway. It was a twisted plan, dumb even. So much could’ve gone wrong. I’m just glad it didn’t.
J: Is there anything new in the Tom situation?  I have to say I’d like to see him tortured for his wrong doings.  It was hard to witness for us reading the story I cannot imagine what it’s been like to live it…
W: Can I be the torturer? As long as he stays away from my family, I try not to think of him. He did a little time upstate at a fancy prison. He deserves (I feel my hand tighten into a fist, so I move it under the table. I hope she didn’t notice)… He should hope to never run into me or give me a reason to seek him out. Let’s just leave it at that.
J: So tell me how are things now?  When we left you two you had just gotten quite the shocker.  Are you still intimidate by the wealth?
W: Money is just that, money. It’s complicated and different. I refuse to just sit by and let it dictate my life, or do nothing in life because it’s there. I’ve faced reality. It’s there and there’s a lot of it, but it still feels kind of weird to know we have it, to know I have access to it. Evie may have put my name on the accounts, but it feels like hers still. She earned every penny by surviving the way she did. What did I do other than fall in love with a pretty brunette with great eyes, and a great as—(something grabs my attention through the coffee shop window. I smile when I see Evie wave then tap her watch). Don’t get me wrong though. I make a good living, but it’s great security that allows us to live in the city more than comfortably. We don’t touch it much. Like I said, it’s security, but it’s nice to have found some success in my chosen career.
J: Ok this is a question that I love to ask all of my interviewees… Tell us one thing about yourself that we don’t already know. (I wink at him)
W: (Jennifer just winked at me. She’s cute, but yeah, I look at Evie who is currently sticking her tongue out at me and laughing. I’m taken heart and soul. I smile at Jennifer, trying to ignore the sexy woman outside until the interview is over). Hmmm… sharing secrets is not my favorite thing to do, but let me think. (I rub my chin). I probably shouldn’t say this, but I’ve started cycling again. I started getting recognized when I was out after my second book came out, which made me riding my bike around, trickier. Then one time I had to leave a situation fast and left my bike. It was on ebay that night for thousands. I loved that bike too. I had my agent buy it back for me covertly. (I laugh because that still cracks me up) But here in the city, I love the vibe and the pulse of the city is energizing and gets my mind going. I can clear out the traffic and focus my thoughts just like when I was a messenger. I just wear a satchel and sunglasses and hope I’m mistaken for another bike messenger instead of spotted as me. Is that ridiculous? Did I just blow my own cover?
J: Well William I know you’re a busy man so I don’t want to keep you any longer.  I thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me today.  It was really nice to meet you in person. (I reach to shake his hand as I stand from my chair)
W: (taking her hand, I shake it) Thank you for the interview. This was fun and it was really nice to meet you too, Jennifer. (I stand) I do need to get going. I have a date with my wife who gets a little jealous when I have coffee with other women, (I laugh) probably even more so here at Bean There. Have a great day and keep me posted about the article. Thanks again. (As soon as I walk out I see the glint in Evie’s eye.
She smirks then says, “She was pretty.”
I laugh as I wrap my arm around her shoulders pulling her against me. I kiss her on the head, then reply, “Yep, she was. OW!”
She’s laughing. She knows I’m just messing with her. “Pretty, huh?”
“Have I told you lately how pretty I think you are and that you have great eyes, and really great ass?”
“No, tell me again.”
“I told you this morning, so I’d rather show you how great I think you are. C’mon, let’s skip lunch and go home.”)
As I leave the coffee house I decide to take a walk through the park to reflect back on my interview with William and soak up some of the sun.  I think of Evie as I stroll and how much she loves the park.  I head home after a few hours of walking and taking in the sites and make a pact with myself to go back to the city soon… 
I gave this book 5 STARS it was unique and different and unlike anything I had read before… You can view my review on Goodreads here…

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S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures. 
Travelling, music festivals, and surfing are a few of her hobbies she loves, but she doesn’t get to enjoy on a regular basis. She has an obsession with movies, a varied taste in books, and collects Fitz & Floyd teapots. With a memory full of useless trivia facts, and a Keurig addiction, she loves a fun night in with her family as much as a loud night out with her friends.
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  1. says

    Thank you so much for hosting me, William, and A Prior Engagement on your blog. You are so kind and I love the blog.