Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spotlight Sunday - Mandi Beck

Welcome to Spotlight Sunday, a new feature on the blog where I spotlight authors, bloggers, and more each week. 


Today the spotlight is on author Mandi Beck! Mandi released her debut novel, Love Hurts, in January. Love Hurts features an MMA fighter and the woman he would do anything for. 

Be sure to read on and check out the spotlight interview and giveaway! 

Even when she won’t fight for us, I’ll go to war for her…

Inside the Octagon, I have no fear. I’m at home, in my element, inflicting pain onto men trained to hurt me just as badly. Making them submit, knocking them out, maiming them, because it’s them or me. And I choose them.

Outside the Octagon, my only weakness is a five-foot-two, classy as f*ck woman that I’ve loved for most of my life. She’s the one that brings me to my knees, fills my arms, my heart, and one day soon, my bed. She makes me reckless. Volatile. I drink too much and try too hard to f*ck my way out of feeling—all because of her.

Frankie De Rosa is my girl, my best friend. I haven’t earned her yet, but I won’t stand by and let anyone take her from me. She will be the greatest fight of my life, but she’s worth the battle.

Love hurts, but anything worth having does, right?

I’m Deacon “The Hitman” Love—Welcome to the Cage.

Stephanie: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? 

Mandi: I don’t know about interesting but I have to have music on and it has to be in headphones only. I can’t concentrate if it’s playing out loud on the speakers. Also I don’t write in chronological order. I write in scenes and piece it all together and then fill in the missing pieces.

Stephanie: What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

Mandi: Finding the time! Between my classes and my boys my day doesn’t start until midnight most days.

Stephanie: If your book was made into a movie, who would play your Deacon and Frankie? 

Mandi: Ohhh, I don’t know! It’s so hard because no one is really the right Frankie or Deac for me but I think if you were to ask my readers they would say either Brock O’Hurn or Jason Momoa as Deacon and Julianne Hough for Frankie.

Stephanie: If you had a theme song, what would it be? 

Mandi: My theme song? I’m not sure but I know that it would be something sassy and a little bad assy!

Stephanie: If you had a superpower, what would it be? 

Mandi: Time travel! No mind reading! No time travel. Or maybe flying. Lol I might be a little indecisive tonight.

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.

Love Hurts is her debut novel and she is currently working on the next in the series along with whatever other voices are clamoring for attention in her mind.

I've got a signed copy of Love Hurts and a bookmark for one lucky reader! Comment below with your email address and tell me what your favorite type of hero is--sports hero, businessman, rockstar, etc. Winner will be picked on Friday, May 22nd.


  1. My favorite kind of hero is.. Businessman

  2. My favorite kind of hero is the fighter and / or military man! :-)

  3. My favorite type of hero... Businessman and Sports hero :-)

    1. Congratulations! You win the signed copy of Love Hurts!

  4. Military man/ firefighters are my favourite :-)

    Thank you! :-)