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ALL LINED UP by Cora Carmack ~ Feature Tour, 5 Star Review, Author Interview & Giveaway

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SYNOPSIS

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

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YESI’ REVIEW 

*** 5 TEXAS SIZED STARS ***

There are some things I really, really LOVE…reading a good romance novel, college football, and my great state of Texas to name a few.  So can you already guess that this book was absolutely, freaking perfect for me!?!?! To say that I love to read, that I love football, and that I love living in Texas is a huge understatement. All Lined Up by Cora Carmack has everything that I love rolled into one big book of awesome!

“In Texas, two things are cherished above all else — football and gossip.”

Just from reading the synopsis paired with by Cora Carmack, I knew that this was going to be oh so very, very good and I can happily say that it did not disappoint. From the moment we meet Dallas and her friend Stella I knew these two were going to be fun to get to know. They are starting college and about to hit their first party…good times for all! Or so we think. Stella is all carefree and fun while Dallas is more reserved and less willing to jump in headfirst.  Dallas is the gorgeous daughter of the head football coach at Rusk University. She has her hang-ups about football and the cocky boys that play the sport. She doesn’t trust easily but with the help of her best friend Stella she cautiously starts to let loose a little.  She is a serious dancer and has hopes and dreams; one being a life far away from football.

“We’re in college now. Bad ideas are the goal.”

Carson McClain wants to be the starting quarterback, unfortunately, for him the spot is taken by Levi Abrams, who just happens to be Dallas’ ex-boyfriend. In my head I got giddy with the idea that Carson was not only going to get the girl but he was also going to stick it to Levi by taking the starting job! Levi is a jerk and that is evident in the very first moment we meet him so of course my excitement wasn’t contained. Carson is that hero that you root for from day one. He is also the guy that can make you forget your own name.

“I swallow and stare and swallow again, because dear, sweet Jesus riding a unicorn, he’s perfect.”

Carson and Dallas finally meet at this party and it has got to me one of the best first encounters ever. I loved their easy banter and the instant chemistry between the two.  I liked that Carson, while being a typical college boy, still showed composure and respect towards the beautiful girl who landed on his lap. He doesn’t hide the fact that he is attracted to her but he is a good guy trying really hard not to put the moves on the girl. Well I won’t spoil the rest but let me just say that, WOW, Carson stole my heart from the very beginning. He is this hot and sexy football player who is neither cocky nor a jerk. He has a goal and he knows that distractions, like that from a certain redhead, can’t be good for what he is trying to achieve.

“I can deny myself all I want, but one thing I cannot deny is just how fucking gorgeous this girl is. And exactly the kind of distraction I’m supposed to be staying away from. “

What happens when he can’t stay away and she wants to finally let go? Well, this is a new adult romance, so we  think we know how things are going to go…boy meets girl, they fall in love, there is a period of bliss, there is conflict, there is angst, then all is happy again. Well let me tell you…this new adult romance is different and it offers so much more.  Cora Carmack allows us to get to know these characters, to make a connection with them, to invest our hearts in the story. Dallas and Carson’s attraction is instant but what happens when she finds out he is a football player on her father’s team? How are they affected by the lives they lead? I think what made me love this book so much was that a friendship was born first and there was a sense of innocence in the developing romance. Yes, the sexual chemistry is insane, but do they jump in the sack right away? No, and it is awesome. The build up, the tender yet sexy time between them, is just magnificent and it made me feel those butterflies.  These characters are very well developed and the story is so special that I couldn’t help but become immersed in it all and feel like I was at Rusk University myself. I mean come on, the coach’s daughter and one of his players? That is good stuff right there! All Lined Up has it all… there is depth, there is sweetness, there is romance, there is humor, there is definitely angst, but best of all, there is a story worth spending hours getting lost in. Dallas, Carson, Stella, Ryan, Silas, and even Coach Cole will become like family and you will root for all of them in end. So I’ll ask this again, a college romance and football??? YES, PLEASE!!!

 “Toto, we’re not in high school anymore. “

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INTERVIEW WITH CORA CARMACK

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? Did it just happen one day or was it something you always aspired to be?

The first time I ever said I wanted to be a writer I was five, I think? So it’s always been part of the dream. Granted, at that same time, I also said I wanted to be an actor, teacher, ballerina, archaeologist, and the President of the United States. So… there’s that. I’ve always been curious and adventurous. Being a writer allows me to live dozens of different lives, so in a way, I can be all the things I want to be.

Do you ever put some of yourself into your characters? If you do, who is the most like you of your characters?

Absolutely. I’d actually say that there’s a little piece of me in almost every character. It’s hard to say which one is the most similar. Bliss has my awkwardness, Max has my sense of humor and parts of her backstory are drawn heavily from my own life. Dallas in All Lined Up is very similar to me during my early college years. And Cade is a lot like me too. We’re both people pleasers. So really, they’re all a little bit of me and a little bit of imagination.

Losing It seemed to be an instant success, what was your inspiration behind writing that book? Were you surprised by the response it got?

Honestly, I just wanted to have fun. I was a couple years out of college, and I missed my friends. I missed the easy, fun college life. And I wanted to write about what college had been like for me… not angsty or troubled, but fun and silly and full of laughter. So, that’s what I did. And I got lucky that other people enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

You’ve come a long way since Losing It. Now that you are a published author, what gets your juices flowing creatively? Has much changed?

Gosh. Anything and everything. I’m constantly thinking about writing. Something will pop into my head at dinner or out with friends, and I’ll start writing it on my phone. That’s just how I am. My brain never really turns off.

Your love for football really comes through in All Lined Up. What is it that makes it so special to you? Or are you that good and really don’t like football? LOL!

Like Dallas, I actually have a love/hate relationship with football. I grew up in Texas, and my dad was a coach. And there were days when I loathed football and would have given anything to get away from it. And I can also remember sitting in the bleachers, freezing my but off as fall turned to winter, cheering so loud that I lost my voice. Regardless of the times that football drove me crazy, I have always and will always love the way football brings people together. It’s capable of fostering such great hope and community and camaraderie.

When you are not writing, how do you like to spend your time?

I watch a lot of television. I love binge-watching stuff on Netflix. Beyond that, I love anything creative. Going to plays, concerts, museums, etc. But I also love to just relax and hang out with friends (you know… real people. Not just the fake ones in my head).

What do you want your readers to feel when they finish one of your novels?

I want them to be entertained—whether that’s through the humor or the romance or the story in general. And I hope that people can see a little bit of themselves in one or more of my characters.

Tell us about Cora Carmack with 5 words or less…

Awkward. Loud. Sarcastic. Creative. Obsessive.

Finally, do you miss living in Texas? If so, what you miss the most?

I do, but luckily I go back to visit a lot. It’s a cop-out, but mostly I miss my family. I also miss having a car. Don’t have one of those in NYC. And I miss the sky. Everything in Texas feels so big and open and wild, so every time I go back, I like to just spend time outside looking at the stars.

*** RAPID FIRE ROUND ~ GO!

Football or Baseball: Football

Spain or London: London

Beach or Mountains: Beach

Staying in or Going Out: Staying In

Dog or Cat: Cat

Salty or Sweet: Salty

Coffee or Hot Chocolate: Hot chocolate

Movies or TV: TV

’80s or ’90s: 90’s

Ink or Jewelry: Ink

Dallas or Stella: Dallas

Carson or Silas: (This is so evil…) Carson :) :) :)

THANK YOU CORA!!!!!!

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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Video Interview with Jodi Ellen Malpas: Signed Book Giveaway


Interview questions for Ms. Malpas provided by Debbie Kagan of the Literati Group

Malpas_This Man TP[1]THIS MAN (October 22, 2013; Forever Trade Paperback; $15.00)
Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has an appointment for a first consultation at The Manor with the owner, Mr. Jesse Ward. She is expecting nothing more than an overweight, cravat-wearing, well-to-do countryman.  How wrong could she be? This man is devastatingly handsome, charming, and confident. He is also an arrogant, hedonistic playboy who knows no boundaries. Ava desperately does not want to be attracted to him, but she can’t control the overwhelming effect he has on her. Every instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse Ward wants her and is determined to have her. She knows she is heading for heartbreak, but how can she run when he won’t let her?

Debbie’s Review of This Man

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Malpas_Beneath This Man TP[1][1]BENEATH THIS MAN (November 26 2013; Forever Trade Paperback; $15.00)
Jesse Ward drowned her with his intensity and blindsided her with his passion, but he kept her away from his dark secrets and broken soul. Leaving him was the only way Ava O’Shea could survive. She should have known that Jesse Ward is impossible to escape–and now he’s back in her life, determined to remind her of the sensual pleasures they had shared. Ava is equally determined to get at the truth beneath this man’s steely exterior. That means letting herself get close to the Lord of the Manor once more. And it’s exactly where Jesse wants her–within touching distance…

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Malpas_This Man Confessed TP[1]THIS MAN CONFESSED (January 21, 2014; Forever Trade Paperback; $15.00)
Ava and Jesse are getting married. The Manor is filled with guests as the couple weds in the very place where their passionate love affair began. While Ava understands she’ll never tame Jesse–and wouldn’t want to–she believes his troubles are now behind him. But on what should be the happiest day of her life, Ava is faced with new problems. Her brother, Dan, disapproves of her marriage and is determined to make her see that Jesse isn’t the man she thinks he is. Could there be truth to his words? Is Jesse hiding another dark secret? Ava loves Jesse deeply, but has she bound herself to a man who cherishes her and will take her to the edge of ecstasy–or to the brink of despair?

Maria’s Review of This Man Confessed 

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Excerpt

I’m relishing in the calmness and quiet as I swim length after length, no one joining me, no one venturing in to use the Jacuzzis, and no one coming to relax on a sun lounger. But then I hear movement, and I stop mid-length to see who has arrived. My eyes flick to the entrance of the changing area, and then Jesse emerges, wearing a loose pair of black swimming shorts. I sigh in appreciation, and he blasts me with his smile, before diving straight in, his body stretching out, making minimal noise or splash as he slips below the surface. I float in the middle of the pool and watch the shadow of his tall body approaching me under water until he’s right in front of me, but he remains submerged.

Then I feel his palm wrap around my ankle, and I squeal as I’m yanked under the water, just catching a lungful of air before I disappear, my eyes naturally clenching shut. His lips meet mine, his arms surrounding me, and he rolls us around under the water, our skin slipping all over each other, our tongues dancing wildly.

This is nice, but I’m rubbish at holding my breath, and he must be gasping for air, having been down here a lot longer than me. I pinch him to indicate my depleting breath, and my lungs scream a thank you when we surface, my legs clenching around his waist and my arms around his shoulders. I try to grab a hold of my bearings and attempt to open my eyes, and when I do, I’m greeted by a dirty great big grin. I know he can’t touch the bottom himself, so he must me treading water frantically with my dead weight clinging to him. You would never know it, though. He looks like he’s just floating effortlessly in front of me.

I push his wet hair from his face and match his grin. ‘You closed the pool, didn’t you?’

‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ He shifts me around to his back and starts swimming to the side. ‘It’s never busy at this time of day.’

‘I don’t believe you.’ I rest my chin on his shoulder. ‘You couldn’t stand the thought of me in a bikini and others seeing it. Admit I’m right.’ I’ve got my Lord worked out.

He reaches the edge of the pool and pulls me from his back, pushing me up against the side. ‘I love the thought of you in a bikini.’

‘But for your eyes only?’

‘I’ve told you before, Ava. I don’t share you with anyone or anything, not even their eyes,’ He slides his hands down my sides and onto my thighs. ‘Just for my touch,’ he whispers. It makes me immediately clench my thighs as he leans in and kisses me gently before scanning my face. ‘Just for my eyes.’ His finger slips into the side of my bikini bottoms, and I hold my breath as he strokes me softly. ‘Just for my pleasure, baby. I know you understand me, don’t you?’

‘I do,’ I shift in front of him and drape my arms over his shoulders.

‘Good. Kiss me.’

I dive right in and show my appreciation with a long, hot, passionate kiss that draws a low moan from each of us. His hands shift to my waist, his big palms circling me completely as he holds me tight, and we kiss for the longest time – there in the middle of the pool, just me and him, drowning in each other, consuming each other, loving each other.

About for Author

6576110Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, UK, where she lives with her family.  Working for the family construction business fulltime and with the prospect of taking it over once her father retired, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing a novel until it became impossible. She finally found the time and courage to release her creative streak and in October 2012 self-published This Man as an e-book.  She took a chance on a story with some intense characters, notably Mr. Jesse Ward, the Lord of the Manor, and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world.  Two months later,  Jodi made the decision to give up her day job to concentrate on her new and very unexpected career in writing.
 

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Interview with Author Samantha Young

Samantha Young lo res c Mark ArchibaldOur contact at Penguin/NAL asked us if we had any interest in interviewing NY Times Best Selling author Samantha Young, especially during the release of her latest novel  Before Jamaica Lane.  Well, duh, that is a no brainer as we have all been fans of Samantha’s writing since reading On Dublin Street.  (Oh, that scene in Braden’s house with the wall cabinet!!!!)  We even hosted an on-line fan chat with Samantha.  So the ten of us got together and came up with these questions!  Hope you enjoy.

If you could give advice to yourself as you started writing Before Jamaica Lane, what would recommend you do differently?

I’d have made an appointment with the very nice manager at the University of Edinburgh library sooner than I did! I had to make stuff up in the story before I met with him and got my facts correct on a working university library. I then had to go back and make the changes which were sometimes bigger than I’d anticipated them being. Some of the things I learned ended up being part of the story, so yes… being more organized when it came to the research.

Which of the male characters is your favorite? Which of the female characters is most like you?

Oh it’s too difficult to choose! I love them for different reasons. I have a special fondness for Joss and Braden because it all started with them, but I do love Nate and Olivia. Olivia is such a relatable heroine and I really understand her and think many women will feel the same way. And Nate… well, I love his sense of humor and in my opinion he equals Braden on the hotness scale.

Are these characters loosely based on anyone you know?

My characters always have something in them, whether personality or experience, that comes from a real place.

Are you ever overwhelmed by the success of this series?

Extremely! It’s still surreal. It’s absolutely wonderful that readers have connected with this cast of characters from the streets of Edinburgh.

Do you have a ritual that you perform after you finish a book?

I take a day off and do something absolutely relaxing, whether it’s doing nothing at all but reading, or spending money I shouldn’t be spending, or just hanging out with friends and family. A simple ritual but much needed after weeks spent in the writing cave.

When you start writing a book and then for whatever reason need to stop, do you find yourself missing the characters you are writing about or feel like you’ve put down a good book that you’ve been reading and need to get back to it right away?

Absolutely. No one has ever asked me that question but that is so on the mark. As a writer I immerse myself in the characters. I put myself in their shoes, which is why I always cry like a baby during emotional scenes. After spending so much time in someone else’s head, in someone else’s relationship, it’s hard not to spend the next couple of days wandering around in a fog.

Authors have said that their story can change direction based on the characters speaking to them as they write. Has this ever happened to you? If so, which character(s)?beforejamaicalane cover

I plan pretty thoroughly, so I usually don’t have major plot changes. However, when I was writing On Dublin Street certain scenes changed, and the ending changed because I got to know the characters better and decided that that’s not how they would react at all in that situation.

Should we expect more from Braden and Joss?

I love that readers care so much about them that they want more, but unfortunately I don’t have any plans to return to Braden and Joss’s story. Readers can always catch up with them in the continuing series as secondary characters, but the essence of their story has been told now in On Dublin Street and Castle Hill, and returning to them would be a case of piling unnecessary angst on them, and I don’t think I can put them through any more. I think they deserve they’re happily ever after 

How long did it take you to write Before Jamaica Lane?

Before Jamaica Lane took me eight weeks to write to a final draft.

Did you stop in between books to start on others?

No. I wish I was the kind of author who could write books simultaneously, but my head needs to be in one manuscript at a time for me to feel like I’m giving myself fully to that novel.

Is writing your paranormal series a different process that writing contemporary romance? Which is the more difficult genre to write?

It’s different in that there is much more planning involved for world-building in paranormal. I actually think contemporary romance is the more difficult genre to write. With paranormal there are very few limitations upon your imagination and thus your scope for a story arc. However, with contemporary romance, it’s difficult to be truly original, and so the story relies heavily upon character development. I spend a lot of time getting to know my characters before I start writing romance.

I know many beginning authors attend workshops to improve the intimate scenes. What was it like writing your first intimate scene? Was it initially a difficult process, embarrassing, or did it naturally flow once you started writing. And what advice would you give to authors that have difficulty in this area?

I have to admit I was a little embarrassed when I began writing my first intimate scene. I kept looking over my shoulder like I was afraid of being caught doing something naughty, ha. But it was just because I was venturing into something new and once the first scene was written I got more and more comfortable with it. It should flow naturally from your characters and hopefully the build up to those moments. My advice to authors having difficulty in this area is to treat the intimate scenes as part of development of the relationship of the characters. Gratuitous sex scenes in contemporary romance can often derail the story. The scenes should punctuate important moments and changes in the characters’ relationship—their first time together, the moment when the intimacy between them isn’t just about sex, after they tell each other they love each other etc. Once the scenes have purpose the characters usually help take control of them and that should help a writer get past any difficulties they’re having.

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2014?

To continue on my healthy living path I began at the end of 2013, to reach lots of new readers, to travel to new places, and to spend more time with friends and family.

Read Yesi’s 5-star review of Before Jamaica Lane

~ About Samantha ~

New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young is a 27 year old book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She lives in Scotland.

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Interview by Daisy Prescott

 

 

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

 

I’m a writer, wife, dog mom, traveler, fangirl (recently survived my third Comic Con), reader, Sharknado lover, and social media addict who lives in a Boston suburb that I pretend is Stars Hollow from the Gilmore Girls. I have a steel trap memory for places and food, never get lost, and have a knack for giving nicknames that stick.

 

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

 

The biggest challenge for me was getting the first draft written. I’d been attempting to write a novel for years but kept getting stuck. Then I heard an author say you don’t have to start at the beginning or even write in sequence and that unlocked the writing process for me. After publishing, the biggest challenge as a new writer was getting the book into readers’ hands. I’m so grateful to bloggers (like you) who took a chance on reading a debut novel. At the end of the day it’s readers sharing a book that they love that creates word of mouth buzz.

 

Do you have a day job as well?

 

I do have a day job as a freelance writer. It’s flexible so I can take on fewer assignments when I’m working on fiction. My day job focuses on design and decorating. I think that helps with descriptive writing in fiction.

 

How did you come up with the title?

 

Geoducks Are for Lovers was inspired by a similar phrase that I came across while researching geoducks. It was my working title when the book was a NaNoWriMo project but stuck because it’s an quirky title and works on many levels for the book.

 

How does your writing process look? Consistent with regular amounts of word counts daily/weekly… or more sporadic with a gush of words all at once and then a dry bed for a while?

 

When I’m writing, I’m consistent with a routine and daily word count goals. This discipline comes from freelance writing where I need to hit certain word counts and article deadlines. It’s the getting into the creative headspace that can be more sporadic. After Geoducks came out, I took a break from writing  to focus on promotion and marketing. It’s difficult to have the brain power to do both. Or at least for me it is. Social media is the enemy of writing.

 

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? 

 

Can I plead the fifth? Many details of the book are rooted in real life experience, but all names and characteristics have been changed to protect the guilty. No character is based solely on a real person, but there are a lot of personality elements and events that have made it into the book from people I’ve known and my own life. I think of these details as little Easter eggs for friends and family when they read it.

 

What character have readers asked you the most about? Which left an impression on them and did it surprise you?

 

Readers really love John Day. This surprised me because I always thought of him as a secondary or even third-tier character. Maybe I’ve tapped into something with the hot lumberjack thing. Many readers really love and relate to Jo, especially in the laundry room scene. That makes me happy that I got her character right.

 

Can you tell us about any upcoming projects? 

 

I’m editing a short story inspired by Selah’s work, called “The Pink Pearl,” which is pirate “erotica” and tons of fun to write.. I’m hoping to release in early August. Next up are two spin-offs from Geoducks. And my week at the beach has inspired another standalone. I need to find the time and focus to write everything.

 

You’ve been given the task to host a last minute dinner party. Which authors are on your ultimate dinner invitation list? Alive or Dead. 

 

Tough question! I’m lucky to have some great friends who are also authors and our dinners are always a riot. Throw in Jane Austen, Dorothy Parker and Nora Ephron, and things would get very interesting. Although I’m certain Miss Austen would be horrified by our dinner conversations.

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Beach or Mountain   Beach (I’m at the beach while typing this).

 

Book or movie? Book

 

Can you roll your tongue or tie a cherry stem into a knot with your tongue? Roll

 

Chicken or Fish? Fish. Chicken is just chicken, but there is so much variety with fish.

 

Chocolate or vanilla? For cake or ice cream, vanilla. Everything else, chocolate.

 

Cowboy hat or cowboy boots? Both! I have my grandfather’s straw cowboy hat hanging in my office.

 

Have you ever been in an overloaded passenger van, with giggly woman? I signed a NDA so can neither confirm nor deny I was in such a van in Orlando. ;)

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Video Interview: CJ Roberts

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As Vilma (Vilma’s Book Blog) posted today too, the plan was for Natalie (Love Between the Sheets), Vilma, CJ Roberts and I to get together at Book Bash and film our video interview with your fan submitted questions! haha …I think Vilma explained it best..

“but…well…you know…it was SO busy…chit-chatting…carrying around all those books…signing thousands of books…drinking…doing really important WORK…dancing…we just ran out of time. But seriously, CJ is just awesome and spent almost 30 minutes at 3:00 a.m. taking the time to answer your questions! <3

“Check it out and thank you to all our followers for submitting questions!”

Hope you all enjoy it! :)

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Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Susan Reinhardt

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Susan, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a syndicated columnist and mother of two with four best-selling humorous non-fiction books, including “Not Tonight Honey: Wait Til I’m a Size 6.” I’m a Sarah Palin impersonator who can still ride a unicycle as a middle-aged mom of two. I’ve won many journalism and writing awards, including Excellent in Writing from Gannett Newspapers and my book “Don’t Sleep With a Bubba” won the January Magazine Book of the Year.

Can you tell us about your latest release?

This is my first novel, “Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle,” and it was named a Top Summer Read by the University of Georgia and a Pulpwood Queens selection for 2013.  The novel has also received accolades from Sara Gruen, “Water for Elephants” and great reviews from other best-selling authors.

Do you have a day job as well?

I work from home as a columnist and feature writer, based in Asheville, N.C., for the Asheville Citizen-Times. I grew up in LaGrange, George and attended the University of Georgia where I majored and graduated with a degree in journalism.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

This novel was first accepted by several New York top agents about 8 years ago, but it was “Not Tonight Honey” that sold first. I then did a two-book deal with Kensington Publishing in New York, and my agent, during the Recession, took on the novel but didn’t sell it.I was so disappointed, but encouraged by many to keep at it, so I signed with a small publisher and we worked for three years to get it ready for print. Grateful Steps, a non-profit publisher, did a great job with editing this novel, so I encourage all writers to never give up.  I didn’t think, after so many years, I’d see this finally come to fruition, but so far it’s getting so many good reviews and I’m glad I didn’t just shove it under the bed.

ChimesHow did you come up with the title?

The title was my idea. Having been with large New York publishers, some of which preferred their own titles to my work, I really was set on this because it’s so fitting of the main character, who despite all odds, manages to survive the unthinkable and build a wonderful life, paved with so many quirky characters along her journey.

What do you do when you are not writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m taxing my 15-year-old daughter or taking her to the ATM, thus depleting all resources until she can gain employment!  I also have a son, 20, and he keeps me on guard daily, proving your kids never really grow up and leave the nest. I also volunteer and work for non-profits.

Is there a question you’d love someone to ask you, but they haven’t?  If so, what is it, and how would you answer it?

The question I wish someone would ask is, “Do you want a free facelift?” to which I’d reply, “Sign me up right now.” I’m not about aging all that gracefully, unless Ulta at the mall or the Estee Lauder counter is considered grace.

Give us the 140 character TWEET description of your book.

I don’t tweet, I’m so sorry. I’m low tech. But if I tweeted, I’d say, “You need to buy this book now. It’s some good reading and crazy shit happens in this book that you won’t believe until you read it. It’s really about character development. Kind of like that movie where Natalie Portman gives birth at Wal-Mart.” (I guess you better edit the Tweet)

What would the theme song be for your book?

The theme song, as if picturing a book as a movie (which there has been some interest), would be Peter Frampton singing “Baby I Love Your Way” or James Taylor’s “Carolina on my Mind,” since it’s set in the Carolinas.

 Read the synopsis and an excerpt from about Susan’s latest novel, Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle

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Interview with Laura Kaye

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About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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  • Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’d be happy to! And thanks for hosting me here for my last stop on the South of Surrender blog tour! I’m the author of a dozen novels of paranormal and contemporary romance. I have four series going currently: two paranormal: Hearts of the Anemoi, Vampire Warrior Kings, and two contemporary: Heroes, Hard Ink. I’m also a college history professor, wife, mom of two young girls, and total vampire lover!

  • Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

There’s definitely a theme that runs through all my books – the idea that everyone longs to belong somewhere, that we’re all looking for a safe place to land and be loved and accepted. I know for sure I’d love to find the time to go back and write the sequel to Forever Freed. That was my first novel and the character remain lively in my head. It’s as hard saying good-bye to characters you’ve loved as a writer as it is as a reader!

  • At what point in your life did you realize that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?

I started writing fiction in the summer of 2008 after a brain injury left me with a desire to pursue creative outlets. Once I started writing, I knew I’d never be able to stop, which meant I was going to pursue it until I was a published author. Now, I’m looking at leaving my full-time job, so I truly am living my dream!

  • Can you tell us about your upcoming book? After South of Surrender

I have two more releases planned in 2013: Taken by the Vampire King (Vampire Warrior Kings #3, 8/1/13) and Hard As It Gets (Hard Ink #1, 11/26/13). Taken by the Vampire King is a beauty-and-the-beast story about an aging, dying vampire king and the dying mortal woman he believes is his only chance for salvation. Hard As It Gets is gritty, sexy contemporary romance about a team of ex-Special Forces soldier who are trying to clear their names and end up running an outlaw operation against an organized crime ring out of the back of a tattoo shop.

  • Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Absolutely! First, BICHOK – butt in chair, hands on keyboard! You can’t revise or sell what you haven’t written. So write and finish that first manuscript, and then keep writing more manuscripts! Second, revise, revise, revise! You get one shot submitting a manuscript to an agent or editor, so don’t blow an opportunity by failing to present your absolutely best, cleanest work. Third, find critique partners who are other writers pursuing publication. They’re the readers most likely to give you the kind of feedback and criticism that will make your book stronger and more saleable. Fourth, join writers’ organizations to take advantage of the networking, workshops, resources, and friendships with other writers that you can find in them. And finally, develop a thick skin and have a lot of perseverance. You hear a lot more nos at the beginning of your career than yeses! But keep at it!

  • How did you choose the genre you write in? What led you to use a lesser known mythological figures.

It was all Owen Winters’ fault! LOL Owen is the hero in the first Hearts of the Anemoi book, North of Need. Originally I thought this story was just a fluffy feel-good Christmas story about a snow man who came to life to heal a grieving widow’s broken heart. But Owen wouldn’t cooperate when I tried to write him that way. He insisted he was a snow god. Which sent me looking into the mythologies of weather gods. When I found the Anemoi—wind gods the Greeks associated with controlling the weather and the seasons—I knew I had the perfect mythology for not only Owen, but also a series based on the Anemoi family. I really liked that they weren’t part of the Olympic pantheon because it was less trod ground!

  • If you could describe the Hearts of Anemoi series in 3 words what would they be?

Sexy, Magical, Romantic

  • What part of the writing process is the hardest for you, whether it’s first draft, rewriting, or editing?

My least favorite parts are revising and editing, mostly because it’s harder to shift a scene or a character from your original conception of what they would be. Plus, by then I’m antsy to move on to the next thing! LOL But I’m a big believer in trusting my editor and know my work always improves once my editor has had her hands on it!

Six Smooches 

Favorite Actor?

Hmm…just one? *grins* I definitely enjoy Robert Downey, Jr.!

  • • Favorite athlete?

Cal Ripken, Jr. – I went old school with this pick!

  • Favorite childhood toy you wished you still had.

My horse figurine collection

  • • Favorite city

Washington, DC

  • • Favorite color

Blue

  • • Favorite drink (alcohol counts)?

Iced tea!

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Interview with Ann Whitely-Gillen

AuthorPhotoI not only had the pleasure of reading Mrs. Whitely-Gillen’s novel, Last Train to Omaha, but I also got the chance to ask her some burning questions that I had floating around.  Hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I did!

  1. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

I absolutely love Martin and Frank and they will be making cameo appearances in my next novel Egan’s Will. As far as a theme goes, I’m addicted to people’s personal journeys – like James’s for example.

  1. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

At the advice of many, I self published and my goal after I establish a good readership is to have a publishing house pick me up. Having never written a novel before it took a lot of research and trying to find the right connections took a lot of weeding through names and businesses. I was extremely lucky to have found my editor Elizabeth Bond from the Canadian Editors’ Association who also worked for Simon and Schuster and has many connections in the publishing field. I found the entire process extremely challenging but worth it. I’ve learned a lot from the process.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

The one thing I can say is to write what you feel and what you know. Use your experience to ignite your imagination. My favourite authors are those who are not afraid to express themselves and their vulnerabilities through their characters. Anais Nin said “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” I believe this to be true.

How does your writing process look? Consistent with regular amounts of word counts daily/weekly… or more sporadic with a gush of words all at once and then a dry bed for a while?

I do my best writing in consistent chunks – hours upon hours, because I feel that’s when I feel I’m totally “in the groove” of it and my best work starts to flow. Having a very busy life doesn’t always accommodate this but when I do get to sit down to write, I’m normally gone for most of the day.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

There are some things on a personal level I would change yes, like getting more into the background of Stephen’s psyche. Also, I wouldn’t rush to have my book launched so quickly. We had some last minute editing issues that lapsed into our first round of publishing the book. Totally my fault of course…

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

I too suffered from a few traumatic experiences that altered the course of my life much as James. Also, James’s anxiety was very real for me as I do suffer from mild anxiety and my best friend growing up was actually hospitalized for extreme agoraphobia and so his attacks were representative of my surroundings and myself growing up. I also believe that there is a part of me and everyone I know in every one of my characters. My life has been my inspiration for the creation of these characters.

Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to walk away with? If so, what is it?

Love your life, right now in the moment and be true to yourself. Embrace your relationships and learn from them. Never stop trying to explore your path.

What books did you read when you were kids? Any books you found inspiring?

Dr. Seuss (lol!).  I actually wasn’t an avid reader until my late teens. I did love to write my own stories as a child however. I come from a very artistic family. My dad is a painter and philosopher and my mother was into poets, including Dostoevsky and French Canadian singer Jacques Brel, so we were constantly exposed to art. For me, my biggest inspiration from my childhood comes from listening to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and the Beatles.

What does your Main Character think about you? Would he want to hang out with you, the author, his creator?

I’m not sure about that. Excellent question. I don’t think I’m logical enough for James but I do think he would at least like me.

What project are you working on now?

I just got back from New York City where I attended a workshop with Syd Field on screenwriting, so my husband and I are teaming up to write the screenplay for Last Train to Omaha. So many of my readers have indicated that they would love to see this story on the big screen so we’re going to attempt to create something tangible and film worthy. I’ve also started my second novel, Egan’s Will. I’m really excited about this book as it will be more of an epic novel and this time, the protagonist is a girl.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

I loved writing about Martin’s time in Vietnam. Having grown up in that era, it fascinates me. I remember everyone coming together to protest – creating a revolution to end war. I’m a huge World War II Vietnam War buff. I have so much love and respect for Veterans and what they have sacrificed for us all – the pain and suffering they must have endured is completely unfathomable to me.  I also really enjoyed James’s journey thorough South East Asia with Ted – it brought lightness to the storyline I felt. 

What is your interesting writing quirk?

Sometimes I talk or laugh out loud to myself when I’m writing dialogue. It makes me feel like I’m a part of the conversation somehow. Quirky – I know!

Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?

All of the Veterans – each and every one of them. I love them all. I feel connected to them and I think it’s because of my deep love and appreciation for what Veterans do and what they stand for. But mostly, I want to meet Martin. His soul is so rich and worldly.

Use 3 words to describe each of the following characters:

  • James- intelligent, vulnerable, broken
  • Rebecca- light, loving, forgiving
  • Kitty- fierce, loyal, fun
  • Ted- soothing, relaxed, brotherly
  • Frank- sexy, charming, loving
  • Martin- philosopher, witty, giving
  • Stephen- narcissistic, funny, deep

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You’ve been given the task to host a last minute dinner party. Which authors are on your ultimate dinner invitation list? Alive or Dead.
D.H. Lawrence, Jeannette Walls, and Charlaine Harris (to lighten up the mood because she is so much fun!) 
Craziest thing in your fridge right now?
Some kind of weird dipping sauce – I don’t even want to know what the ingredients are!
Favorite childhood toy you wished you still had?
My stuffed donkey
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Toss up between Jamoca Almond Fudge and Pralines and Cream
Shopping weakness?
Designer boots
Superpower you wish you had?
To fight evil

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Interview: Art of Love by Anne Whitney

Art of Love coverTitle: The Art of Love
Author: Anne Whitney
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult

Book description:

Marina Phillips has spent her entire life as her father’s victim. But enough is enough. All it took was one moment of realization to send her fleeing across the country into the unknown of New York City with no plans and no money. A new life without the constant torture is all she wants, but what she finds waiting is something she never expected.

Fitz is New York’s premiere playboy artist. Sexy, tattooed, and coveted by women and men alike, his performances are heralded as the coming of a new god of modern art. But when Marina wanders into his show, she becomes the inadvertent piece he’s always waited for – a girl to sculpt, to change, and to craft in his own image.

She never expects to fall head over heels into the world of parties, drag queens, agents, and artists craving for her and her benefactor. She didn’t even expect to begin falling in love with someone like Fitz, the sexy, pretentious man of her nightmares.

Above all, Marina never expects her father to stage a cross-country mission to paint her as a kidnapped girl taken by a psychopath.

With her life on the line, Marina has no choice but to accept Fitz’s proposal – change everything she is, inside and out, for the chance to start anew. But Marina has plans of her own. Plans that will rock her world forever.

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Interview with Anne Whitney

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1. What’s a typical day like in the life of Anne?
I wish I could say something much more fun and glamorous here but it’s the same old work, rest and play routine most of us live by. I do all my writing in the evening after work (although I have been known to do some quick note taking in my lunch break) curled up in my chair with my laptop. Usually, blankets and hot drinks are also involved. Hot drinks are occasionally switched with alcohol! When I’m not writing or I’m trying to do anything but write, I like to read, bake and gorge myself on DVD boxsets. Right now I’m all about Game of Thrones.

2. Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
Like pretty much every writer ever, I’m a die-hard reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I’ve always enjoyed telling stories and filling my head with crazy and fantastical scenarios but I’m a bit of a flake who has trouble finishing things so never thought I’d become a proper writer. Luckily, I managed to stick with a story and The Art of Love was born!

3. Do you remember the first thing you ever wrote?
I don’t know if it was the first one but I remember writing a piece as a 7 year old on a little girl who bought a budgie. It was basically a shopping list of all the things you would need to buy before getting a budgie. It got a sticker from my teacher. Take that, Pulitzer Prize!

4. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way, either growing up or as an adult?
I’m a sci-fi girl all the way and my favorite writers are Connie Willis, Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood. They’re like the trifecta of literary awesome that fuelled my desire to be a real writer. Gaiman’s now famous speech on making good art is basically my motivational speech (well, that and “I’ll Make a Man Out Of You” from Mulan!).

5. Where do you get your ideas from? Do they come to you or are they inspired by true events?
I have no idea where they all come from. Some are inspired by ideas or my favorite things, others just pop into my head at the worst possible times and I just have to write them down somewhere or lose my mind!

6. Do you work with an outline or just write?
I have an outline but it’s not too rigid. I like to give myself some wriggle room just in case I spontaneously decide to go off the beaten path and let the story run wild. I absolutely must know how a story ends before writing anything because otherwise it’ll just meander pointlessly.

7. Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so, how do you get out of the funk?
Oh yeah, all the time! Block is tough because it can really suck the energy and motivation out of you and it’s easier said than done when it comes to getting out of that funk. I try not to push myself too hard to get out of it because I know I’ll get out of it eventually, it’s just waiting that’s hard. Usually I just make myself a nice cup of tea (or something stronger), find something that makes me happy, be in comics or a book or browsing Tate Modern’s website, and just immerse myself in joy until the funk passes.

8. Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what do you listen to?
I can’t write to silence, I find it far too distracting. I like to make playlists for my work – music that fits the mood of the story and stuff I can imagine the characters listening to. For The Art of Love I listened to everything from Die Antwoord to Kanye West to Bastille to STRFKR to Tove Stryke to RuPaul! When two of your main characters are a pretentious performance artist and a drag queen, you can get eclectic with  the music choices!

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9. What inspired Art of Love?
I’m a total modern art nerd. I love it and I love talking about it (my family and friends, not so much). I was watching a documentary one day called “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present”, which is about my favorite artist, the grandmother of performance art, and her retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. She’s known for doing a lot of performances that focus on the body and the pretty painful things she does to herself. One piece, for example, involved carving a star into her own belly! I found it completely fascinating and wondered what kind of person you had to be to dedicate yourself entirely to something like that in the name of art, and what kind of person would fall in love with them. Lo and behold, Fitz and Marina were created (yep, the name choice is deliberate)! They’re also inspired by Abramovic’s relationship with her fellow artist and former partner Ulay.

10. How did you come up with the title? I think it’s perfect! :)
Thank you very much! I actually struggle with titles quite a bit. Originally it was going to be called Modern Love, which I basically stole from my god David Bowie, but decided against it for possible copyright infringement reasons. The Art of Love just came naturally the more I thought about it. I think in a really cheesy way, love is the ultimate performance piece, and it certainly is for Fitz!

11. What did you do to prepare yourself before writing AoL? Did you look at visual aids?
I read a lot of romance novels and watched a lot of movies! Well, I called it research, it may just have been procrastination. I also spent a lot of time looking up modern and performance art to decide what kind of art Fitz would work in. The book’s actually full of references to real pieces of modern art and the artists who created them. I think I may give a prize to the person who spots them all.

12. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? Hardest?
Writing the relationship between Fitz and Marina was definitely the hardest thing to write. I wanted it to progress naturally while not going too fast. Sometimes I just wanted to say “Dammit!” and rush to the sexy scenes! My favorite thing to write was probably the first scene between Fitz and Marina. It’s definitely not a struggle to write about a hot naked man! I also enjoy writing Derek so every scene he’s in was a joy for me. I’m planning on writing a book on Derek’s life and love so stay tuned!

13. Which character speaks/spoke the loudest to you?
Derek! Well, he’s the most fun to write but in terms of who I relate to most it’s a tie between Marina and Viridian. Feeling lost and unsure about your life while trying to keep up the facade of having it all is a struggle that’s all too familiar to me. I’m also prone to being brutally honest in the same way Viridian is, but my hair isn’t as cool as hers!

14. Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why? What would you say to that person?
Once again, Derek! He knows how to have a good time and where all the parties are. I’d probably ask him to help me pick out something cool to wear and then we’d argue about queer culture while drinking woo-woos.

15. Why did you choose New York City as the book’s setting?
New York is the city of life and inspiration to me. It’s home to the MoMA among many other amazing art galleries and it’s where Andy Warhol’s Factory was. Marina wants to get lost, to be as far away from her father as possible, and to blend in with a huge crowd where nobody will find her, so New York felt like the natural destination.

16. Art is an important part in the story, almost its own character. What is your favorite thing about it? Maybe the different opinions (no one is alike, as you mentioned in the book), or the creation of something from scratch, etc.?
I love how divisive art can be. There’s this modern artist called Martin Creed who’s pretty controversial. He won the Turner Prize for modern art for an installation that was literally the lights turning off and on in an empty room. I find his work totally fascinating and can see the interpretations it offers, but I know plenty of people, including other artists, who think he’s a troll. Actually, I think he’s a troll as well but a troll with a point. I think anything and everything can be art and I get a real kick out of seeing something that someone has poured their heart and soul into. Art can change the world but it can also be completely ridiculous and that combination fascinates me.

17. Give us the 140 character TWEET description of your book! ;)
Love, passion, sex, fashion, secrets, friends, transformation – The ultimate masterpiece is finding yourself. Also, nudity.

18. Is there a message in your debut novel that you want readers to walk away with? If so, what is it?
It doesn’t matter what else goes on in the world, the most important thing you can do is love yourself, because, In the words of the inimitable RuPaul, if you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen?!

19. What project are you working on now?
I’m working on a couple of things right now, mainly a romantic comedy about a young woman’s sexual awakening through the oddest means possible (it’s funny, I swear) and Derek’s spin-off story where we get to see more of his life as a drag queen and his relationship with his closeted uptight boyfriend. Viridian’s also getting her own spin-off. I’m also planning to delve into sci-fi soon but that one will require lots of planning before I even begin the first sentence.

Smooches Showdown

1. Book or movie?
Books. I actually prefer TV to movies.

2. Superpower you wish you had?
I basically want to be Dr Jean Grey from X Men. Dark Phoenix Saga is optional.

3. GOB, Buster or Michael?
I’ve only recently gotten into Arrested Development. I can’t believe I was so late to the party! In terms of my favorite character out of those three it’s GOB (but overall it’s Lindsay).

4. Late night or early morning?
Late night. I’m barely human before noon.

5. Craziest thing in your fridge right now?
Strawberry flavored wine. Yummy!

6. If you were writing a book about YOUR life, what would the title be?
Still Waiting on Half-Life 3

Anne WhitneyAbout Anne Whitney:
Anne Whitney lives near New York City and spends most of her time writing stories in her head. When she’s not putting those stories onto paper, she can be found browsing art galleries, watching sci-fi and reading whatever she can get her hands on.

The Art of Love is her first novel.

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Interview: Gwen Jones, Author of Wanted: Wife

Gwen Jones Author PicCan you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a born and bred Jersey girl, and darn proud of it. I live in a small town on the edge of the Pine Barrens (what are they? If you read the book, you’d know!),as well as my family’s “ancestral” home at the Jersey Shore. I’m married to my husband, Frank, no kids but a nieces and a nephew I spoil shamelessly, and the cutest cat in the world, Gracie. You know, just your ordinary, everyday genius.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

I read in Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers that one must work ten years or 10,000 hours honing their craft to become successful. Well, I’ve done that and more. Although this is my debut book, I’ve written at least ten more before Wanted: Wife, that are in various degrees of expertise from “Under Consideration” to “Never Will See the Light of Day.” Wanted: Wife, to my great surprise, was easy. The first editor who read it bought it, but I had to swim though a lot of previous rejections to get to that point.

Do you have a day job as well?

Oh yeah! (My name’s Gwen Jones, NOT Nora Roberts!) I’m a college English professor, which also often turns into my night job as well. #gradingpapers

Is there a message in Wanted: Wife,  that you want readers to walk away with? If so, what is it?

If there is one perhaps it’s there is no one way to define marriage, that each couple has to find their own logic within it.

What does your Andy think about you? Would he want to hang out with you, the author, his creator?

Andy LOVES me, but hey—I’m taken.

What was your favorite chapter in Wanted: Wife to write and why?

I’d have to say Chapter Eighteen, “Reentry,” as that’s where the stakes were really raised to the point of no return. I also think it was there I had the chance to stretch myself as a writer and write more lyrically. Some of my favorite lines are in that chapter.

Who is the biggest literary influence in your life?  

It’s too hard to say one, as there are several for different reasons. William Faulkner for the beauty of a turn-of-phrase, Anne Tyler for quirkiness,  David Sedaris and Carl Hiaasen for humor, Diana Gabaldon for her epic sweep, and Lisa Kleypas for showing me The Way of Romance.

 ~ Six Smooches ~

Is sexy a tight dress or t-shirt and jeans?
Tight and slinky.

Late night or early morning?
So late it’s early.

Light or dark chocolate?
The darker the better.

Light side or dark side
Life is too serious not to be light.

Perfume or au natural?
Freshly scrubbed and soap-scented.

Shopping weakness?
Gourmet food stores! (And of course, any indie bookstore.)

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Good Vibrations by S.L. Scott Interview

Good Vibrations CoverTitle: Good Vibrations
Author: S.L. Scott
Genre: Romance/New Adult

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I grab her exploring finger just as it reaches my happy trail—a trail that if I let her wander down further will lead us to do things we can’t take back. Things like three-word phrases being confessed that would end me if I was rejected. Things like selfishly wanting to own her body and doing things to her that would make my fantasies blush. And things like making her promises too soon that won’t do either of us any good. She makes me want a future that’s not possible, and one I don’t deserve.

Listening to my ego got me into this situation. Will listening to my heart get me out?

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THE TWELFTH PALADIN BY NORA WESTON

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Title: The Twelfth Paladin
Author: Nora Weston
Publisher: Melange
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Pages: 242

ISBN-10: 161235176X

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Scarred with angelfire by a rebellious angel named Micah, Jake Cottrell is sanctioned to become the twelfth paladin in Micah’s supernatural unit of slayers. However, regret abounds as Micah is banished from his command and ordered to protect what he now despises…a human he believes is unworthy of such an honor.
Jake slips far away from righteousness, outwardly proving Micah’s judgment, by replying to a wicked email from next@hell.net. Forever a seeker of mischief, Jake dares Hell to burn him. Hell agrees. Davis Travers thickens the plot by introducing Jake to Rachel Darnell. A temptress extraordinaire, she erupts from the fiery pits to steal Jake’s soul. After a steamy seduction from the dark side, Jake is left spellbound.
With his soul dangling between Heaven and Hell, Jake soars on a blistering blacktop to escape the wrath of Hell as he fights for redemption while transforming into the twelfth paladin.
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Blog Tour: Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

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1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m the author of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and On Christmas Hill (a short story). I write whenever I have time, which is often late at night because I’m the mother to a crazy, adorable, extremely active three year old. I went to college for Art History and then did a completely different job. Sometimes I look back at my path to being an author and laugh. It’s all zigzags and roadblocks, but it made sense in the end.
When I’m not writing, I like to read, paint, or craft. I also love doing things outside. As long as it doesn’t get over ninety degrees. Which pretty much limits my entire summer here in South Georgia. I’m a weirdo that likes to do research, loves history, and am a sucker for TV marathons. (Even though I barely ever get to watch TV.)

2. Where do you get your ideas?

I honestly get ideas from some of the most random things. I never know where my muse is going to take me. Sometimes an idea comes from a song, seeing something interesting, or just a random idea. Occasionally I get ideas for a book based on one scene that popped into my head. I have notebooks full of ideas. Some of them will never see the light of day and others are patiently waiting their turn.

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