Title: The Twelfth Paladin
Author: Nora Weston
Books Pages: 242
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 email@example.com. 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. Read More…
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.
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember, only now I write in between being a mother to two awesome children. I’m originally from California, but now live in the Midwest where the winters are much colder than anything I grew up in. I spent many years in college studying both art and children’s literature, but my heart has always been with romance novels. I love traveling and come from an Indian and Russian background. One of my favorite trips was a visit to St. Petersburg, Russia where I attended a month-long writing conference. It’s no coincidence that my heroes are half-Russian! I love research, and I will always be the nerd with my nose stuck in a book.
2. How did you choose the genre of historical romance to write in?
Having been a perpetual student who enjoys learning, it was easy to pick the “historical” part, and I’ve been a reader of romances since I was a teenager. So the two seemed a natural fit when I started pursuing publication. I love the challenge of creating a love story with the constraints and differences of a historical setting, not to mention the fact that there is such a wide range of eras from which to choose.
3. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first historical romance published?
I think the challenge was the fact that the heroine of A STUDY IN SEDUCTION was a female mathematician, which made her both complex and totally outside the norm by Victorian standards. Also Lydia has this tension between her intellect and her desire, and it becomes evident that both of those elements of her personality cause her difficulties. So she might not be all that easy to relate to at first glance, but that’s just one of the reasons I thought she was an engaging and memorable character. Especially in Victorian England!
4. Can you tell us about your upcoming book A Passion for Pleasure and what inspired the characters of Sebastian and Clara?
Sebastian appears in my first book A STUDY IN SEDUCTION, as both a friend and foil to his eldest brother Alexander. Alexander is a serious, responsible type whereas Sebastian is a great deal more fun-loving and carefree. So he is the one who persuades Alexander to seek happiness through love. And since Sebastian had that kind of outlook on life, I thought it would be interesting to find out what might happen if he suddenly lost all the things that made HIM happy, especially his love for music and performing.
Clara came about because I wanted a heroine whose desperation springs from her love for her child. Her determination to regain her son is what drives every action she takes—including asking Sebastian to marry her. Clara and Sebastian are two people who have lost that which they hold most dear. And in the journey of helping each other reclaim it, they discover that their love brings them a happiness they hadn’t ever imagined.
5. In your Daring Heart Series who of your future characters speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamor to be heard over the others? Yes trying to get a hint of who is the lead in your next book.
Yes! Book three in the series, A DREAM OF DESIRE, focuses on the youngest sibling and only daughter—Talia Hall. I loved the hints of romance that developed between her and her childhood friend James Forester, Baron Castleford, in A STUDY IN SEDUCTION, so it was fitting that I tell their story sooner rather than later. As the only girl, Talia has also been affected in a profoundly different way than her brothers by the family scandal, so she has a different view of love and happiness. And James is a dashing explorer and adventurer who is convinced he will never stay in London or settle down and marry…until Talia proves him wrong.
Six Smooch Questions
Favorite childhood toy you wish you still had.
My Fisher Price record player
Favorite drink (alcohol counts)?
Favorite fictional male (or female) character who you have not written?
Alexander from Paullina Simons’ THE BRONZE HORSEMAN
Title: Starlight (Starlight Trilogy Book #1)
Author: Alexandra Richland
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Cover Design by: Rakestraw Book Design
October 1952 finds eighteen-year-old Marie Bates relocating from her rainy hometown in the Pacific Northwest to the sun-soaked streets of Los Angeles, California. Marie’s plans for a teaching career take an unexpected turn when she’s asked to take a screen test at a major motion picture studio.
Renamed Elizabeth Sutton by the studio heads, she lands her first role as an extra. On set, Elizabeth spies Aidan Evans, a rebellious, twenty-three-year-old Method actor from New York. Aidan is branded as a stuck-up troublemaker by his famous Hollywood peers, but Elizabeth suspects a tragic secret lurks behind his steely facade.
As their careers hit the fast track and friendship evolves into romance, the expectations of Hollywood stardom threaten to shine a spotlight on Aidan’s dark past before he can make peace with it. Elizabeth must help Aidan confront the painful event that shattered his life and conquer a terrifying truth before it destroys him and their future together.
The first book in the Starlight Trilogy, Starlight is a story of love and redemption set against the backdrop of the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
1. What’s a typical day like for Alexandra Richland?
I do shift work as a nurse, both twelve-hour days and nights, which means my schedule is all over the place and no day is similar to another. I absolutely love it. During my free time, I enjoy running, writing, reading, and expanding my vintage Hollywood memorabilia collection.
2. Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
My boyfriend. I always enjoyed writing, but my interest in science during high school led me on a different path, and I stopped altogether (I am not counting research papers). After high school, I completed a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Chemistry. It was a lot of time spent isolated in a lab setting. I really missed the human interaction component, so I completed a second university degree, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
When my boyfriend and I started dating almost five years ago, he would send me photographs and encourage me to write short stories, using the images as inspiration. It was an activity he enjoyed, and after I shared my interest in writing again, he thought it would be a great reintroduction for me. I wrote three short stories using different photos. Reading them now is embarrassing; they were poorly written, but the creativity was definitely there, and the exercises did reignite my passion for story telling. Around this time, I was hit with an idea to write a romance set against the backdrop of 1950s Hollywood, now known as The Starlight Trilogy.
Since I started The Starlight Trilogy, I’ve been writing continuously and have expanded my resume to include a modern day romance/mystery, Frontline, which will be released later this year, and an angst-ridden rock star/romance short story, Gilded Cage, which is available on Amazon now.
3. Are there any authors or books that influenced you in any way, either growing up or as an adult?
There are many books I’ve enjoyed and many authors I admire, and obviously, on a sub-conscious level, they have probably influenced me in some way, but I’d have to say that not one author or book stands out in particular. Fellow authors have told me they must read a lot in order to get inspired to write their own stories. While I enjoy reading, I tend to draw upon my own feelings and ideas, and what I wish to accomplish in a story, rather than refer to other works for inspiration.
4. What do you do to prepare yourself before writing? Do you listen to music? Do you look at visual aids?
When I first started writing The Starlight Trilogy, I wrote in silence. In the last two years or so, I have been writing while listening to music. Music creates emotion, which is very helpful for me, since my stories cover a broad spectrum of feelings. It helps me get into certain moods, depending on what is required for each chapter. Now I can’t write without it. I also like to have a mug of coffee next to me and often drink one or two of them in one sitting. Along with music, coffee helps to kick start my creativity and launch me into the writing process.
5. What motivated you to write Starlight?
I’m a huge classic film fan, and I especially admire Method actors like Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, and James Dean, and director Elia Kazan, who co-founded the Actors Studio in New York. The Starlight Trilogy was a great way to explore my love of film and writing. I was also fascinated with the psychological effects of fame and the art of acting, which I was able to incorporate into the story as well.
6. Give us the 140 character TWEET description of Starlight.
Rebel Method actor, Aidan Evans, meets Starlight Studios’ newest ingénue, Elizabeth Sutton. A story of love & redemption set against the backdrop of 1950s Hollywood.
That’s 141 characters (Can I use Twit Longer?
7. What part of the writing process is the hardest for you, whether it’s first draft, rewriting, or editing?
The hardest part of the writing process for me is opening a blank Word document and writing the first paragraph of a chapter. Whether I have a specific story/chapter outline or not, it is always challenging. I must also have a mental picture of the “scene” I’m about to write. The Starlight Trilogy played out like a classic film in my mind, complete with dramatic dialogue and a musical score in the background. This helped me visualize each chapter and execute it in words. Thankfully, once I start writing, chapters tend to come quite easily. A lot of editing and rewriting always follows the first draft, but as long as the chapter is there in rough, I can fix it up and create a final draft I’m proud of.
The most enjoyable part of the writing process for me is editing the first draft of a story. I edit my friends’ school papers, other people’s stories, and my own stories (though I rely on a professional editor, Toni Rakestraw of Rakestraw Book Design, for the official editing and approval of the final draft, since I believe a writer should never be the only editor of his/her own work).
Editing also helps me improve my own writing. I’m a perfectionist and a stickler for details, so everything about it is rewarding for me. This also means I will never be satisfied with the final draft of my stories. There comes a time when, after the final third-party edit, I just have to let go and realize there will always be small changes I want to make to the manuscript. The most important thing is whether the story is grammatically correct, void of spelling errors, flows well, and told the way I want it to be told, with no plot holes.
8. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I love writing angst and darker emotions because they are far removed from my own personality and entertaining from a creative standpoint. This is why Aidan was such a great character to write. He’s complex, conflicted. Never boring, always experiencing extremes of emotion. In contrast Beth is straightforward, uncomplicated, and optimistic. The juxtaposition in their characters, as well as the complication fame and the structured studio system introduce, are what make their romance so intriguing, I think.
The tender moments between Beth and Aidan were also enjoyable to write. Aidan is typically tough, moody, and standoffish; Beth is his weakness. It was great to explore the more sensitive side of his character, especially as he grapples with superstardom and the lingering effects of his tragic past.
9. Name one thing Beth would not leave home without. How about Aidan?
The answer will be different for each book in The Starlight Trilogy, so I’m responding according to Starlight (book #1) only.
Beth: Beth would most likely carry a picture of her parents. Inasmuch as she left home to start a new life for herself, her family is still very important to her and thoughts of them bring her comfort while she’s on her own for the first time in her life.
Aidan: A package of Winstons (cigarettes), matchbook and/or lighter, and whatever film script he’s working on at the moment (which you can bet will be heavily marked with personal notes on his character and revisions to his lines).
10. What project are you working on now?
I’m actually juggling several projects at the moment. I’m approving the final edits on Starbright, the second book in The Starlight Trilogy, as well as my modern day mystery/romance, Frontline. My plan is to release Frontline after Starlight, and then release Starbright. The final book in The Starlight Trilogy, Stardust, is also already written, so that is the third task on my agenda. Then I will start writing the sequel to Frontline, which I already have outlined.
It took me four years to write The Starlight Trilogy and two years to write Frontline, so I’m really excited to finally make them available to the public. Now that I feel I have a better grip on writing novels, I’m excited to see if I can speed up the process while still working at a creative pace and not sacrificing any of the standards I’ve set for myself. It’s going to be a very interesting challenge!
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“What do you say we make things a little more interesting?”
Vanessa raised a brow as she poured them both their next shot. “That depends on what you mean by interesting.”
“A harmless get-to-know-you game.”
“A drinking game?” She actually looked excited about the prospect for a whole two seconds. Then she narrowed her eyes, nearly twining those long sable lashes. “Does it involve losing articles of clothing?”
He held up his right hand, “I swear the loser is not required to remove any of his or her clothing.” Said the spider to the fly.
Her shoulders relaxed and she leaned in slightly. “Okay, how do we play?”
“I’ll make a statement about myself. It can be true or completely fabricated. You then have to guess which and say ‘true’ or ‘bullshit.’ If you’re right, you get to pick a place on your body that I do a shot from. If you’re wrong, I get to pick the spot. Then we switch roles.”
Vanessa opened her mouth but nothing came out. She closed it. Tried again. Finally, she shook her head. “I’ve played a lot of drinking games in my day, but I’ve never heard of anything like this. Dare I ask what it’s called?”
Jax grinned. “Bullshit Body Shots. Reid and I made it up with our girlfriends in high school.”
“I have no doubt,” she said wryly.
“C’mon, V. You’re a lawyer, and according to you, a damn good one. You should be able to smell my bullshit from a mile away. Unless of course you’re not as good as you claim.”
Yeah, he was baiting her. Again. He seemed to be making it a habit with her. And even though she clearly recognized them for what they were, she couldn’t resist accepting his challenges. A trait he loved about her.
Finally, with a roll of her eyes, she said, “Go ahead and start.”
Game on. He’d start them off easy. “I was all-conference in wrestling my senior year in high school.”
“True. Your sister told me that forever ago.”
He figured as much, but he wanted her comfortable. And unsuspecting. “Where am I doing the shot?”
She made a show of thinking it over, then held out the inside of her wrist. He knew she’d go with somewhere safe. Or at least what she thought would be safe.
Grabbing the saltshaker in one hand and her wrist in the other, he kept eye contact with her as he brought his face slowly closer to his target. He licked a languid path across the soft skin, feeling her strong pulse speed up against his tongue. Vanessa’s pupils grew larger as he added a dash of salt, then licked it off in the same manner as before. He threw back his shot, enjoying the burn as it slid down his throat.
When she tried to pull her hand back—most likely assuming that was the end of its use—he held firm. “Ah-ah-ah. I still need this.”
He didn’t answer her with words but took one of the lime wedges and lightly squeezed it—enough for several drops to land and stream over the edges of her wrist—and then finished the process with an open-mouthed kiss to suck off the remaining juice. Then he released her.
“That’s not…” Her voice broke slightly and she cleared her throat to try again. “That’s not how body shots are done.”
“They are in this game. Your turn, Viper.”
Reminding her of her tough-girl persona did the trick. She composed herself, donned her game face, and took her turn. “I grew up in a really shitty neighborhood in Queens, New York.”
“Bullshit. You don’t have the accent.”
“Wrong, and your assumption is the reason I worked to strip the accent out of me. I didn’t like that people could identify where I grew up and pass judgment on me simply for how I sounded.”
He wasn’t surprised to hear she’d actively worked to improve something about herself she saw as a fault. Vanessa seemed intent she and everything else in her life was above par. More than ever he suspected something in her past was what drove her to be so strict about how her future should be. The question was, what?
“Good for you, V, I think that’s great. It also means you get to choose where you’d like to do your shot.”
The thought of Vanessa licking him anywhere had his blood draining to a central area of his body. She indicated his neck and didn’t hesitate to go through the ritual. Every stroke of her tongue licked flames up the side of his throat, consuming him a little at a time. He swore he almost cracked his jaw from clenching it to keep from turning his head and attacking her mouth.
When she finished, he gave her a half smile that he hoped said, That was about as much of a turn-on as shopping for car insurance, but thanks for trying. The slight widening of her eyes revealed a hint of incredulity at his lack of reaction, but he played it off like he was oblivious. Oblivious. Yeah, right.
Jax felt more like he was wired to notice every minute detail about her. From the shape of her eyes to the freckle on the back of her left knee. From the way her green irises could throw sparks when pissed to languid pools when relaxed.
Oblivious was the last thing he was when it came to this woman. And for the life of him, he didn’t know why.
“Are we done or are you going to take another turn?” she asked.
He grinned. “Anxious to have my mouth on you again?”
“In your dreams, surfer boy.”
He dropped the joking manner and stared directly into her eyes. “Actually, I’d appreciate it if you’d stay out of my dreams. Lusting after you during my waking hours is about all I can handle right now.”
Her mouth opened as if to respond, but nothing came out. For a long moment they were silent, just stared at each other, until she lowered her gaze and tucked a side of her hair behind her ear. Finally, he broke the silence by taking his turn in the game.
“I’m deathly afraid of spiders. True or bullshit?”
She studied him carefully and then rendered her verdict. “Bullshit.”
“Reid and Lucie are the only people who know my weakness, so I expect you’ll take that intel to your grave, MacGregor.”
She made a production of crossing her heart and holding her right hand up. “I swear. I won’t tell anyone you’re afraid of itty-bitty bugs.”
The little wench thought his phobia was amusing, eh? He’d show her amusing.
“My turn to drink.” Grabbing the hem of her tank in his hands, he started lifting it up her stomach. He didn’t make it much past her belly button before she grabbed his wrists and held tight. He looked up at her with a questioning arch of his brow.
“I thought you said there wouldn’t be any removal of clothing.”
“No, I said the loser wouldn’t be required to remove any clothing. However, the winner can remove anything that gets in the way of him doing a shot in the location of his choosing.”
“Holy shit,” she said with wide eyes. “You lawyer loopholed me.”
He winked. “Don’t take it too hard. I took advantage of your arrogance.”
“Settle down, princess.” Jax rotated his hands up, breaking free of her hold. “Your arrogance is one of the things I like most about you.”
When she opened her mouth to protest, he laid a finger against her lips. “Shh. Rules are rules, after all.”
She slitted her eyes, but there was no hiding the humor dancing behind her lashes. Sure she wouldn’t argue anymore, he pulled her shirt over her head, discarding it somewhere on the floor behind him. A fancy black bra covered with sea green lace encased her breasts. They swelled over the tops of the cups that barely covered her nipples. It was quite possibly the most glorious piece of lingerie he’d ever seen.
“Sweet Jesus. Is that a matching set?” He zeroed in on her shorts, praying for X-ray vision.
“You’ll have to win another round to find out.” She gave him a satisfied smile. “Rules are rules, after all.”
“Touché,” he said, answering with a smile of his own. Too bad he was about to wipe that smirk right off her face.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Sure. Well, as you know my name is Nacole Stayton. I am happily married and live in Louisville, Kentucky. I love to read, watch Pretty Little Liars, and spend time with my family. I love all things monogrammed and have a weakness for homeless people. People say I wear my heart on my sleeve, but honestly I just feel like if the world showed a little bit more compassion, there wouldn’t be so much hate lingering around. Don’t get me wrong. I am a tough cookie too, but we all have a story, whether we share it on paper or a cardboard sign.
As a first-time author, how many projects and stories did you discard along the way to The Upside of Letting Go?
Honestly, none. Since I went into this not planning on actually publishing a book, my expectations were pretty low. Once I realized “wow, there is actually a story here,” I kind of left it and ran with it. Now ideas about this novel are another thing. I would brainstorm anywhere and disregard those items in a heart beat.
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 think once I noticed people start to mark The Upside of Letting Go on their TBR on Goodreads. I was shocked at the amount of people who were interested. It made me more eager to finish my story and share it.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
My personal challenges are probably because I am my own worst enemy. I wanted The Upside of Letting Go to be flawless. But in reality everyone has typos, and there are things that slip through the cracks that you just can’t catch. I read and re-read The Upside of Letting Go countless times, so editing is definitely my number one challenge. As an indie author, people are already expecting your book to be poorly edited. I really want to change readers’ minds because the indie community is truly filled with wonderful, talented writers who deserve a fair chance.
Other than that, my second challenge was choosing my cover. As you know, the cover I published was actually my second one cover, and I had to do a cover re-release. I was so excited to get the first one done. I chose an image I wasn’t in love with. But then I stumbled upon my “current cover” and fell in love with it! So be careful when choosing your cover! It is the only thing people have to associate your book to.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
My novel started as a silly ole document in the Notes App on my cell phone and blossomed into the work it is today. I feel like it is my baby. I have watched it grow and develop, and now it is about to leave the nest! I don’t want to spoil it, so you’ll just have to read it to see what it is about!
Give us the 140 character TWEET description of your book.
TULG is a story of lust turned into love. The past turned into present and pain turned into healing. A NA’s beautiful story of triumph.
Our 6 Smooches
1. Cowboy hat or cowboy boots?
2. Do you believe in love at first sight?
I believe in a spark or chemistry at first sight.
3. Favorite fictional male (or female) character who you have not written?
Mr. Christian Grey
4. Favorite song?
Country Roads by Ryan Bingham (check him out, he is amazing!)
5. Favorite TV show?
Pretty Little Liars
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
In Her Shoes?! Wait, let me jot that down for future book titles
About the Author: Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane’s 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun’s crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n’ roll journalist/fan girl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.
She is currently completing the sequel to Love’s Forbidden Flower.
~ Author Interview ~
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m an insomniac who lives in a Civil War era Victorian near San Francisco. I love to act and have spent years studying the craft. I’m also a vintage rock fangirl who shows off her autographs with pride.
If your book were made into a movie, who do you picture playing each characters part?
Honestly, I would choose all unknowns. Lily and Donovan have a unique situation, and I would want the audience to feel the experience as genuinely as possible. If the audience is seeing the actor and thinking of other things he or she has done, they lose out on the experience.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
The story is original, yet the situations in it happen all the time in real life. 10 to 15% of college age adults have had an experience with a sibling. Quite a few are willing to share their journey. I’ve heard some lovely stories.
Lily’s passion for baking and advanced culinary skills at a young age stem from my personal experiences.
Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to walk away with? If so, what is it?
I hope people will walk away seeing the world through new eyes. I’m not trying to sell anyone on anything. However, far too often we look at situations as black or white, and we do that because we are told to. If readers question their beliefs, regardless of if they change, I’ve done something extraordinary. There are amazing stories out there, including that of a German couple where the man has served jail time for their relationship, yet they refuse to part. How strong is a love where the people involved are locked up for it, only to be released from jail and return to the same situation, knowing they will wind up behind bars again?
Some authors listen to music while writing, others prefer a quiet space. Which is your preference? If you do listen to music, do you have a playlist? Care to share?
It depends on my mood and what I am writing. One of the character’s in the book, Christopher, is very much like the people who raised and influenced him musically. He is actually an amalgamation of many 60’s British rock stars. I listened to a lot of Hollies and Small Faces when I wrote his scenes.
Give us the 140 character TWEET description of your book.
Love’s Forbidden Flower is a dark human rights piece disguised as a witty romance novel.
6 Smooch Database
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Dear Lord, Not Her Again!
Is sexy a tight dress or t-shirt and jeans?
Sexy tight dress.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes, I’m certain that is happens all the time.
Ian Somerhalder — and it has nothing to do with his good looks. His work is fantastic.
Publication: November 28th 2012 by Midnight to Six
Genre: Edgy/New Adult Romance
~ Synopsis ~
The heart cares not what society forbids.
Lily nurtures a secret love for a flawless man—the one who is her soul mate. Donovan is gorgeous, charismatic, and delights in all of Lily’s talents and quirks. Their innate knowledge of each other is almost telepathic. Together they interlock like fine threads creating luxurious silk.
But society dictates this picture-perfect adoration is the ghastliest of all possibilities.
As Lily embarks on a quest for the romance the heavens intended, her suitor turns reluctant. Desperate to uncover why Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hiding decayed from a tender-hearted gentleman into a ferociously self-serving, cocky bastard, Lily is prepared for battle when it comes to the salvation of her soul mate. However, Donovan traps Lily in a mental game of chess, leaving her to question his sanity. When Lily’s revelations about Donovan’s destructive alter ego lead to an unconceivable truth, can she help Donovan survive fate’s cruel joke?
Impassioned, witty, and deeply moving, Love’s Forbidden Flower is filled with stunning controversies that will forever haunt your heart.
I had the great opportunity to interview the ever so fabulous and funny Willow Aster. You guys know how much I’ve been talking about True
Love Story and how I can’t get enough of it. I had to chat with the woman who was able to make my heart beat rapidly, stop, and swell while reading. Hope you enjoy it!
Ms. Aster, tell us a little about yourself.
How long have you been writing and what has been your inspiration?
I’ve been writing since I was a little girl, lots of bad poems and songs. I’m an observer and people are my biggest inspiration. And books—reading is always so inspiring.
Who are some of your favorite authors or books?
Anne Lamott, Madeleine L’Engle, Gillian Flynn, Paullina Simons, Tracey Garvis-Graves, and the fabulous Tarryn Fisher…
How did True Story Story come about? How long did it take to complete it?
The story had been circulating in my mind for years, but once I began writing it, I finished within 4-5 months.
Your name is freaking awesome. Not a question, but I just wanted you to know it.
Is any of your personality in Sparrow? Should we be looking out for a real life Ian or was he completely from your imagination?
There’s a lot of me in Sparrow, for sure. The dorky qualities. And I did have someone that I mostly based Ian on, but he’s a combination of a couple different people.
Title: Why Can’t I Be You
Author: Allie Larkin
Release date: February 26, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Age Group: Adult
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
WHY CAN’T I BE YOU takes its name from a 1987 hit song from English rock band The Cure. All her life, Jenny Shaw toed the line, striving to be the perfect colleague, girlfriend, and daughter – a path that has led her to an unhappy (though successful) career, a failed relationship, and all-but-severed family ties. On her way to the airport for her first business trip, she is unceremoniously dumped by the man she thought she would one day marry. In her haze of shock and confusion, she responds to the wrong name when Myra Aberly, organizer of Seattle ’s Mt. Si class of 1999’s thirteenth high-school reunion, shouts “Jessie!” across the hotel lobby.
In an instant, Jenny Shaw becomes Jessie Morgan, a woman to whom she bears an uncanny resemblance. She is immediately embraced by Jessie’s warm circle of friends – and gains a possible love interest. But when Jenny becomes more and more curious about Jessie’s history, she uncovers a trail of secrets, pain and deceit that inspires her to uncover the truth that will heal her own painful past.
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~ Interview with Author Allie Larkin ~
Q: WHY CAN’T I BE YOU involves the main character, Jenny, pretending to be someone else. What inspired you to write a story about a girl willing to give up herself to pretend to be someone else?
AL: My editor for STAY, inspired by an episode of This American Life, proposed the idea of a story about a woman who becomes someone else. After spinning that concept in several different directions, I got hooked on the idea of telling an identity story in a very real way.
Q: In a way, you wrote two different characters being portrayed by the same person. Was this difficult for you? How did you keep the two identities straight while writing?
AL: It was easy to keep the identities straight because I was so firmly situated in Jenny’s perspective. Jenny is painfully aware of the ways Jessie differed from her, which meant I was too. Jenny was always Jenny, even when she was so desperately trying to be someone else. I spend a lot of time thinking about my characters and writing things that never make it on the page. They function like real people in my brain and the same way you’re not likely to mistake your best friend for your Aunt Lulu is the same way I keep everyone straight.
Q: What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write? Don’t forget to tell us why.
AL: I don’t want to give it away for anyone who hasn’t read WCIBY yet, so I’ll avoid specifics, but there’s a scene with Jenny and Robbie that made the whole book work for me. I was feeling like I hadn’t found the spark in the book yet and worried I might not. I’d actually spent the weekend making grand proclamations about quitting. And then the idea for that scene popped into my head and Robbie was suddenly so clear to me. I fell in love with his sweetness and humor, and he helped me fall in love with all the other characters in the book. I love them dearly, and miss writing all of them, but I miss Robbie most of all.
Q: Is there anything in the book that readers may not pick up on or something you would like readers to walk away with after reading?
AL: I hope readers walk away from the book feeling like they spent time with dear friends. And I think the great thing about books is whatever they mean to you is the right answer.
Q: What is next for you as a writer that you can share?
AL: I’ve been working on dueling projects for the past year. I’m not entirely sure which one will be next, but I have been writing like crazy.
About the Author: Allie Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novel Stay, and the upcoming novel Why Can’t I Be You (2013). She lives with her husband, Jeremy, their two German Shepherds, Argo and Stella, and a three-legged cat.
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