Thursday, 23 October 2014

Welcome Entangled author, Shannon Leigh...




1)          What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?

The only element the writer has control over is the writing. Write the best damn book you can and understand its good enough. That, or be the best damn writer AND business person you can and take control of your future.

2)          What is your typical day?

Quad cappuccino. 6 mile walk along the river. A run to The Boy’s school. Writing and/or book promotion squeezed in between real estate sales and appointments. Kid time until 9 pm. Then time for serious writing and/or reading.

3)          What do you read while in the midst of a project? Or don’t you?

Ack! Business books. Currently, I’m reading Gina Maxwell and loving her work!

4)          What do you do with a paperback once you’ve read it?

I read a lot on the Kindle now. But I recommend reads all the time to friends.

5)          Are you nervous about friends reading your book?

Gawd, no. I can’t wait for people to read it! Whether they love it, hate it, or find it simply tolerable, I’m grateful for the book to be available and for people to read it. I’ve heard several of my friends have taken the book on the road, and to bars where they read excerpts to each other. I just want people to read it and discuss it!

6)          What things inspire you to write? Location, music, film or even in a book?

Life experience and emotion. Life changing events and the feelings that accompany them. These are the things that inspire me, along with the people involved.

7)          What’s next for you?

I want to write more about Hannington, Texas and the people that live there. I’ve wanted to tell Casler’s story for a long time. He deserves it.

Deconstructing Lila
Shannon Leigh
She’ll bring him to his knees…
Preservationist Lila Gentry returns to her small Texas hometown to restore the famous Chisholm Trail whorehouse where her great-great-grandmother was a madam in the 1880s. On her agenda is winning back Jake, the one that got away. But how do you rope a man who doesn't want to be wrangled?
Jake lives by one creed: Keep it simple. His ex showing up in town complicates his life and makes him think about things he'd rather forget.
When Lila's restoration project is threatened before it even begins, she turns to Jake for help. Working together stirs up old feelings, but while Lila and Jake always sizzle between the sheets—or wherever the moment takes them—it will involve some sweet-talking and finesse to bring these two together.
Excerpt:

Jake saw Lila the minute she pulled onto the site. His heart completed a painful three-sixty in his chest as he watched her long legs appear from underneath the car door, followed by her torso encased in a clinging white cotton tank.
She was a fragrant tropical breeze blowing through the desert. And he was a man in need of relief.
He watched her climb the steps to the pad, her light- colored trousers hugging the rounded shape of her bottom.
He felt an immediate response from below, a tightening of his balls inside his jeans, a pulsing he didn’t need at the moment.
Turning his back on his her, Jake studied the plans of the house under construction. The dimensions for the garage swam before his eyes as he listened to Otis greet Lila.
He couldn’t make out their conversation, but the soft melody of her voice comforted him, reassured him in a way he hadn’t felt in some time. She had the ability to do that, put him at ease with the simple sound of her voice. To Jake, Lila represented home. No matter where they were, what they were doing, as long as she was there, he was home.”
Author Bio:
Growing up in Hell’s Back Forty, Shannon Leigh developed a fierce loyalty to all things Texas and pledged to share the romance of small town dance halls and the flavor of brisket BBQ with readers.  Currently, she lives in Fort Worth with an extensive cowboy boot collection, a red and white, ’67 Chevy pickup and a mission to find the best taco stands in the city.
She’s been writing since Jesus was a small boy, but recently found a home with the uber wonderful folks at Entangled Publishing.
When she’s not writing fiction, she writes features for local magazines, sells real estate, and runs around with a particular 11 year old known as “The Boy.”
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Welcome contemporary romance author, Lauren Clark...




 Hi, Lauren! Great to have you here and be a part of your ongoing tour - looking forward to finding out more about you and your work. Let's get started…

1)  What kind of music do you like? 

I’m so eclectic when it comes to my musical tastes! I like just about everything—from 80s music to country and the most popular songs on the radio today. Here are some of my favorites that also remind me of the Pie Girls storyline:

Downtown, Lady Antebellum – The lyrics of this song fit Searcy’s life to a “T.” She’s longing to be downtown Atlanta on her anniversary, celebrating and having fun with Alton and her best friends. If you haven’t watched this video, it’s hilarious!


Wide Awake, Katy Perry – This song definitely mirrors the beginning of Searcy’s transformation. The lyrics are so powerful, as is the video. Here, Searcy is realizing that she was never living an authentic life with Alton. It’s difficult to swallow, but necessary for her growth into a really fabulous person.


Happy, Pharrell Williams – I love a happy ending, and that’s what Pie Girls delivers! You’ll have to read to find out what I’m talking about!



2)  Describe your dream home…

I actually feel like I’m lucky enough to own my dream home. I’m very traditional and like airy, open spaces. I have a cottage-style house, which is a popular Deep South home. It has large windows, big window boxes full of flowers, and is cozy and warm, but large enough to entertain my friends. It’s painted in cool colors on the inside, shades of slate blue and gray. My favorite room is my office, where I do my writing and keep shelves and shelves full of books!

3)  Favorite literary hero & heroine?
Gosh, I would have to say that I love Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. I adore a strong, spunky heroine. She’s smart and resourceful, loves her family, and finds bravery in the moments of deepest despair. I think Suzanne Collins did a brilliant job of defining and developing her character.

As for a hero, I would have to say that I adore T.J. Callahan from Tracie Garvis Graves’ On the Island. He undergoes such a transformation from teenager to man during the course of the story and his love for Anna is definitely the stuff of happily ever after.

4)   What are you reading now?

I just finished One Plus One by Jo Jo Moyes. It was very good and had some laugh-out-loud parts, as well as some chapters that made me teary. I also recently finished Chris Bohjalian’s Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, which is a little darker and deeper. Brilliant writing and a gripping story! I’m about to begin Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings, and am eagerly awaiting Sophie Kinsella’s newest, which comes out this fall.

5)  What did you do on your last birthday?

On my last birthday, I spent the day with my two boys and went out to dinner with one of my best friends and the boys to Fuego, my favorite local Coastal Mexican restaurant in Mobile, Ala. I prefer a casual day, as I’d rather save the big birthday celebrations for my sons!

6)  What comes first, plot or characters?

Plot definitely comes first for me. I usually have a “What if” question that I answer. For example, with my novel Stay Tuned, the question was “What if two TV news anchors get into a fist fight during a live newscast?” With Pie Girls, my question was “What if a spoiled Southern belle’s life turns upside down when her husband decides to leave her for another man?”

7)  Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

Fortunately, no. Thank the writing gods!

8)  Do you ever want to be someone else? Who?

If I had to choose to be someone else, I would love to be Jodi Picoult, even for just a day. She is a brilliant writer and so prolific. She’s amazing in the way that she keeps churning out compelling books that make a reader stop and think about life, love, loss, and redemption.

9) What’s next for you?

I’m tossing around several ideas right now, including a sequel to Dancing Naked in Dixie. After traveling quite a bit this summer, I’m also intrigued with the idea of writing a story about a girl who works in an airport and lives in her own sheltered world while watching all of the passengers come and go. I’d love for her to develop a love interest and break out of her bubble in a big way!

I’m working on a suspense novel, Center of Gravity, which will come out in July of 2015 with Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson.

Pie Girls
by Lauren Clark

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BLURB:

Princess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she’d never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life—Carrie Bradshaw style.

But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband’s had a mid-life crisis. He’s quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man.

Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds. But when her mother falls ill, she’s is thrust into managing the family business—only to discover the beloved bakery is in danger of closing its doors forever.

Enlisting the help of the adorable bike store owner next door, an array of well-heeled customers, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Searcy hatches the plan of the century to save Pie Girls.

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EXCERPTS
Chapter 7

"C.C.," I exclaim, standing on tiptoes for an air kiss. "What a lovely surprise."
           
She clears her throat, and I step back. "You haven't greeted my Precious," C.C. warns in a lilting voice, tilting her head toward the pink sequined bag hanging over her left forearm.
           
Precious? Like as in the Lord of the Rings? Surely she doesn't mean...
           
A tiny black nose and beady eyes poke out of the bag.
           
"Eek!" I jump back and squeal, clapping a hand to my chest and dropping the keys.
           
The dog—if you can call it that—begins yipping and complaining like I've just whipped it with a cat o' nine tails.
           
I freeze in place, flush a lovely shade of violet, and want to self-destruct; certain that I've committed what equates to a mortal sin in the world according to C.C. Anderson. She's carrying her new puppy, a tiny Min-Pin; complete with pink collar and matching pink toenails.
           
"I'm so sorry—"
           
C.C. waves her own pink manicured fingernails an inch from my face.
           
"Mama's poor little baby," she coos in a high-pitched falsetto. "Are you okay, my sweetie-weetie, lovey girl?"
           
My jaw drops open slightly. I've never heard the woman utter a word of endearment toward any human being or living creature.

When I first dated Alton, I was almost certain that C.C., in fact, was among the un-dead. Five years ago, when she and Alton’s father decided to move to Atlanta—under the auspices of closer to their only son—I almost had him talked into buying some dove's blood from Marie Laveau's shop in New Orleans just to see if she'd drink it.
           
"Mama's Precious will be all right, won't she?" C.C. continues. "Searcy's just a bad girl. She'll do better, I promise, darling."


AUTHOR Bio and Links:
           
Lauren Clark writes contemporary Southern novels sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets. A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends.

She is the author of four award-winning novels, Dancing Naked in Dixie, Stay Tuned, Stardust Summer, and Pie Girls, as well as a short story, A Very Dixie Christmas, published in the Merry & Bright holiday collection. Lauren is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association and the Mobile Writers Guild. Check out her website at www.laurenclarkbooks.com.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Saturday Promo - Celia J. Anderson...



Cover Reveal: Little Boxes by Celia J Anderson (@celiaanderson1)
Little Boxes will be released by Tirgearr Publishing on the 4th November.

Blurb:
Suddenly bereaved, Molly White realises that she has never really known her feisty husband Jake when random boxes begin to appear through the post, each one containing a tantalising clue to the secrets of Jake and Molly’s past. Someone who knows them both well, for reasons of their own, has planned a trail of discovery. The clues seem to be designed to change Molly’s life completely, leading her around Britain and then onwards to rural France and deepest Bavaria.

Meanwhile, waiting in the wings is Tom, a charismatic artist who runs a gallery in the same town. Strong, independent and wheelchair-bound from the age of fifteen, he leads a solitary life and has no idea how devastatingly attractive he is to women. When Tom meets curvy, beautiful and funny Molly, he knows that she is his dream woman, but she seems way out of his orbit until the boxes start to weave their spell and the two of them are thrown right out of their comfort zones.

Author Bio:
After years of searching for the perfect job, I think I’ve finally found it in teaching, especially since changing to part-time hours to leave more space for writing. Let’s face it, where else do you get paid for reading stories, playing with glue and paint and making small people laugh? Over the years I’ve child-minded very contentedly, taught cycling proficiency (forgot to mention at the interview that I was still learning to ride a bike, but they found out quite soon), stamped books in a library, sold second-hand maternity clothes, dabbled in mental health care, to name but a few of my jobs.

When I’m not marking books or writing, I spend far too much time on Facebook talking to other, much cleverer writer people. I also blog as part of The Romaniacs online writers’ group. These are the ladies that make me laugh and keep me sane when I think I’ve run out of steam. My ultimate dream is to have children’s books published too.

The rest of my non-writing time is taken up with running Upstage – a children’s drama group – cooking, eating and walking off the damage. I live with my husband and deranged cats in South Derbyshire but, sea-starved in the depths of the Midlands, I can often be found striding over the Quantocks or wandering happily around Brighton visiting my two daughters and pretending to collect ideas for my next book.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Welcome Wild Rose Press author, Judy Ann Davis...

 
Key to Love
by Judy Ann Davis

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BLURB:

When architect Elise Springer’s father is injured, she immediately leaves San Francisco to care for him. The last person she expects to encounter in her Pennsylvania hometown is her childhood friend Lucas Fisher. Lucas is investigating his brother’s death, and Elise can’t resist lending a hand.
    
Lucas longs for the close family ties he never had. He’s back in Scranton to set up a classic car restoration business and build a future. The torch he carries for Elise burns brighter than ever, but before he can declare his love, he must obtain the legal rights to adopt his nephew—and prove his brother’s death was no accident.
    
As they unearth clues pointing to find a murderer and a missing stash of money, Elise faces a dilemma. Is her career on the West Coast the key to her happiness, or is it an animal-cracker-eating four-year-old and his handsome uncle instead?



EXCERPT

“What’s going on?” She draped the plastic-encased garments over the top rail of the porch and bent to give the dog an affectionate pat on her head. “I leave for fifteen minutes to get aspirin and stop at the drycleaners and the place turns into a car lot.”

“The invasion of the lunatics,” Fritz said and followed it with a sour scowl. “I’d kill for a double scotch on ice. All I wanted to do was take Cindy out to Nay Aug Park for a quiet walk.”

“That bad?” Elise smiled. “Who’s watching Todd?”

“Right now he’s upstairs trying to find his Atlanta Braves baseball cap. He’s begging me to take him for some ice cream.” Still scowling, he jerked a thumb over his shoulder. “Before you go in there, I guess I’d better fill you in on all the whack jobs.”

“Whack jobs?” Her eyes traveled past her brother’s shoulders to the screen door where a chorus of voices was raised in angry pandemonium.

“Chuck Sanders is in the kitchen and is hoping he can beg you to come back to work. Monique is in the living room and is trying to beg Lucas to come back to her. Paul Winston is camped out on the steps in the hallway, looking like he just stepped out of an episode of the television show Mom always liked. You know, the one where you enter another dimension?”

“The Twilight Zone?”

“That’s it. Oh, and Mort Levinson is upstairs using your bathroom.”

She blinked, unsure she comprehended the monologue. She looked down in horror at her cut-off jeans and tank top. Why, oh why, didn’t she take time to properly dress this morning? She looked like Daisy Duke in running shoes.
  
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. Throughout her career, she has written for both industry and education.

Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in anthologies, and literary and small magazines, and have received numerous awards. Nineteen of them are now collected in UP ON THE ROOF AND OTHER STORIES.

Her first novel, RED FOX WOMAN, published in 2010, is a western, mystery, and romance and was a finalist in the International Book Awards and USA Book News Best Book Awards. Its stand-alone sequel, UNDER STARRY SKIES, was released earlier this year.

When Judy Ann is not behind her computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few. She is a member of Pennwriters, Inc. and Romance Writers of America. She lives in Central Pennsylvania.

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Twitter: @JudyAnnDavis4
      


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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Welcome contemporary romance author, Lisa A. Olech...

So happy to have my good friend and fellow agency romance author, Lisa Olech here today - Hi, Lisa!! Lisa writes steamy contemporary romance for The Wild Rose Press and is here to talk about her latest release Rock Solid as well as sharing a little about herself. Let's get started with my interview questions...

Hi Rachel! Thank you again for having me on your blog!

Here are the answers to some of your interview questions:

1.      What comes first, plot or characters?
It depends on the book, of course, but I’d have to say I usually have one or both characters solidly ensconced in my head. Most times “they’ve” been nagging me for their story for a while. I just wish they weren’t so loud! After that, I have a very broad plotline. I’m a card-carrying “pantser” with an evil twin—meaning, I allow my characters to run things for a little while, but then I throw a bus or two at them in the way of conflict and watch them try to deal with it. Then, I make the bus bigger! See? Evil!

2.      Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
You know, I don’t think I do in the sense that I ever stop “working.” There are odd things that I get stuck on occasionally. I will obsess on a word or a name for hours until I find the right one, or I’ll get tripped up on some small plot point, but my mind won’t stop until I’ve figured out a solution. Generally a good night’s sleep is the best cure for that. It gives my muse some much needed quiet to work things out.

3.     Tell us about your latest book?
I really love this book. Maximo Vega is steaming hot. Dark. Mysterious. Emily Baskins is this wonderfully bright, fun character, clutzy and frazzled, but there is a strength and passion in her that I admire. She’s very generous and loyal, to a fault sometimes, but she’s the type of friend I’d like to have.
           
Here’s what the back blub says about ROCK SOLID:

MAXIMO VEGA is a “rock” star! The media proclaimed him 'The Sculptor for the New Generation,' but he’s a reclusive artist ensnared by fame. Driven and intense, his isolation only adds to his mystique. Couple that with his smoldering good looks and rich Italian accent… Fans sigh his name.

EMILY BASKINS is a gifted graduate student at the Stoddard School of Art. To land an internship at the Vega Studio is her golden ticket. All she has to do is follow the rules. And stay out of trouble. Two things Emily has never been able to do.

As Max becomes trapped in the glare of the limelight, he discovers his greatest muse. He teaches Emily to breathe passion into clay and give marble a soul. But is their fiery relationship as rock solid as they believe? Or will a lie shatter the illusion?
           

4.     What’s next for you?
Next? I’m having such fun with the Stoddard Art School Series, I’ve lined up three more! The next artist is mentioned in ROCK SOLID. You’ll have to see if you can spot them!! My lips are sealed!

EXCERPT:

Maximo Vega gathered his composure. He wore a black T-shirt, gray across the shoulders with dust, worn jeans, and heavy boots under a thick leather apron that reached to his knees. Hanging his head and bracing his hands on his hips, he was a study in frustration. The sleeves of his shirt hugged defined muscles of steely arms. And his hands…they were artist’s hands. Sculptor’s hands. Beaten by stone and scarred by tools. They spoke of years of rugged, blistering work.

He was tall. His shadowed jaw, rigid with anger, cut sharply against the tanned column of his neck. 

Maximo slapped the chisel on his leathered thigh. “I pay you. You find me good hands! Not idiota!”

“I’m sorry, Maximo. He’s gone. You’ll never have to work with him again.”

“Good.”

The great artist’s gaze slid over Emily. His eyes stopped at the white-knuckled hold she had on the large black portfolio.

He waved a hand toward her. “What are you?”

Emily’s throat slammed shut.

“A new intern possibly,” offered Dante. “She’s here from the Stoddard School of Art.”

Deep brown eyes the color of rich coffee, no cream, speared her beneath frowning brows. He flipped his hand toward the portfolio. “Come. Show me.”

Emily shot a look to Dante. He gave her a tiny nudge, like a parent pushing a frightened child toward Santa’s lap.

“Come, come, come.” He snatched the portfolio from her numb fingers, unzipped it and laid it open across a crowded worktable. He used the rag in his hand to wipe the sweat from his lip as he flipped through photos and sketches of her latest works.

“Nice. Hmm. No.” A nod for this one. A shake of the head for another. “Yes. This one is good. Good.”

He looked away from her sketches and gave her a hard stare before looking down the full length of her and back again in a slow appraisal. Emily released the breath she was holding.

“Let me see your hands.”

She held them out and he grasped her wrists and examined first her palms before turning them over. 

“Cold,” he said just loud enough for her to hear.

The smell of the heat of his body and the spice of soap drifted past her.

“Nervous.”

He lifted a quick eyebrow. “Good.”

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 BIO:

Lisa A. Olech is an artist/writer living in her dream house nestled among the lakes in New England. She loves getting lost in a steamy book, finding the perfect pair of sexy shoes, and hearing the laughter of her men. Being an estrogen island in a sea of testosterone makes her queen. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, the power of a man in a tuxedo, and happy endings.


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