{Author Interview | Excerpt} THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT NIK by Sara Hantz

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{Author Interview | Excerpt} THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT NIK by Sara Hantz

by Sara Hantz
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Hi Sara, and welcome to A Leisure Moment! We’re so happy to have you stop by! I’m obsessed with royalty, so I’m loving There’s Something About Nik.


To start, why don’t you tell us something unique about yourself?

I’m a musical addict. I love all the old Hollywood musicals. I love going to the theatre to see a musical. I love all the animated musicals. The latest musicals I’ve seen are Sing (AWESOME!!!) and La La Land


I instantly thought of The Prince and Me when I started reading this book, only YA edition. What inspired you to write this story?

It’s funny because I hadn’t even heard of The Prince and Me until after I’d written the book and one of my publicists mentioned it. I haven’t yet read it, but intend to at some time. What gave me the idea for writing this book was all the media hype associated with members of the different royal families at the moment. In particular, Prince William and Prince Harry. I got to thinking what would it be like for them if they were suddenly put in a situation where they had to be normal, like us. And so the idea was formed.


Nik is the prince of a small country in Europe. All he’s known is a private school in Switzerland. What makes him different than other princes?

In many ways, Nik is very like other princes. He’s enjoyed a privileged upbringing and never wanted for anything. He’s also like the others in that in his country his every move is scrutinized. Where he is different, is that because he comes from such a small country he isn’t known all over the world. Which made it much easier for him to be incognito.


Amber is a strong female lead and sure of herself. She had a tough year and is ready to take the world full-on, falling into her photography. Where did you get the inspiration for her character?

I wanted a foil to Nik’s character. Someone who was strong, and prepared to stand up to him, because even though he was incognito, his royalness still came through and could be intimidating. So really, my inspiration for Amber actually came from the type of person I felt Nik needed to meet.


This story has me thinking of traveling to foreign countries and taking pictures in the perfect lighting! If you could hop on a plane and go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I love travelling and have so many places on my to go list. So, I’d like to cheat on this question and say I’d take a round the world trip, to definitely include New York, Toronto, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, Antuiga……….


Thanks for stopping by, Sara! ~Moriah

Thanks for inviting me 🙂







Nik Gustafsson has a secret: He’s not really Nik Gustafsson.

He’s not a spy. He’s not crazy.

He’s just the son and heir to one of the most important families in Europe—one where duty always comes first. And his posh, too-public life is suffocating him. So when he gets the chance to attend boarding school in America, pretending to be an average exchange student is too big of a temptation to pass up.

Then he literally runs into Amber on campus. And she hates him at first sight.

It’s kind of exhilarating to be hated for who he is, not for his family name or his wealth. Maybe if he turns up the charm and turns down the aloof mask he habitually wears, he can win her over. Even though a bad past experience has made her swear off dating this year.

But the more he gets to know her, the more uncomfortable he is keeping things from her.

Because Nik Gustafsson has a secret. And it’s a big one.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a hot boy who’s the strong and silent type, a studious girl who refuses to believe in fairy-tale romance, and one epic secret that could be disastrous if it comes to light.


There’s Something About Nik releases February 13th, just in time for a Valentine’s Day full of European princes! 

Pre-order your copy here.

Don’t miss my review February 9th!




“You look very serious,” Amber said as she reached him.

Remembering Josh’s instructions, he dropped his shoulders and tried to appear more relaxed by leaning into the tree.

“My apologies.” He dipped his head slightly, before remembering that Josh had also told him not to do that since it was a serious affectation that no one of their age would have. He disagreed. Plenty of young people Nik knew behaved the same. The fact that those people were thousands of miles away was irrelevant. But since so far he’d been less than successful in his dealings with Amber, he’d err on the side of caution and take Josh’s advice.

Amber giggled. “Sorry,” she said, placing her hand over her mouth.

The hairs rose on the back of his neck. Being the subject of someone’s jokes wasn’t something he was used to, and he found it hard not to show how much it bothered him.

“What for?” Nik demanded.

He winced inwardly as he watched the flush creep up Amber’s cheeks. Now he’d made her feel uncomfortable, which wasn’t a good start. Maybe this lesson business wasn’t such a good idea after all.

“Laughing at you.” She lowered her eyes. “It’s just that little bow you just did. You’re so different from the rest of us.” She glanced up at him, and he smiled reassuringly, hoping it would be enough to put them back on track.

“Yes. Josh is teaching me how to fit in in America,” he said with confidence. At least he hoped it sounded confident. So far, nothing he’d done helped him blend in. Instead, all he’d succeeded in doing was set himself up for ridicule. If only there was an online site he could check out to help. Because it didn’t seem like Josh was helping much.

“Well, don’t change too much. It’s good to be different sometimes,” she said, softly.




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About Sara Hantz

Sara Hantz has been a prolific reader all her life, but it wasn’t until she was an adult that she got the writing bug. She writes contemporary adult and young adult fiction and her debut book The Second Virginity of Suzy Green made the prestigious list ‘New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age’. Sara lectured for many years before deciding to devote more time to her writing and working in the family hospitality business. She has two grown-up children and when not writing, working, or online with her friends, she spends more time than most people she knows watching TV – in fact if TV watching was an Olympic sport she’d win gold.

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