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Author In The House–Virtual Book Tour Author Beth Fred with The Other Marlowe Girl

16 Apr
Today I welcome Beth Fred with her newest release The Other Marlowe Girl. Scroll below for the wonderful covers, blurbs, teaser and a giveaway. 
Enjoy!

The Fate of a Marlowe Girl

When twenty-four-year-old Tiffany escapes her sister Kammy’s too wild Cancun bachelorette party, she finds herself in a bar with the unwanted attention of a gorgeous local named Luke.
Luke may be charming but Tiffany is leaving in two days and doesn’t need any complications. But complications are exactly what she gets when the cops show up to raid Kammy’s party. When Kammy is arrested, Tiffany agrees to have dinner with Luke, so he’ll help her get Kammy out of jail. Kammy’s arrest forces her to spend an extra day in Cancun, meaning she’ll miss a crucial meeting, and as an accountant in tax season, she is already drowning in work. Not to mention, every second she spends with Luke makes it harder to leave. With Luke, Tiffany is almost ready to forget about work.
Will the airport be their final goodbye?

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The Other Marlowe Girl

When twenty-four-year-old dance school drop out Kammy Marlowe is evicted by her mother, she goes to her favorite bar. She finds an unlikely friend in the blunt eye candy, Enrique. But Kammy knows there is no way she and Enrique have a shot because he’s her brother-in-law’s brother and has been privy to her wild past.

Enrique swears he’s only interested in the person she is today, but their relationship is tested when her ex-husband’s drug dealer attacks her, looking for money. With no options and a money hungry drug dealer on her back, Kammy accepts a position as a dancer at a strip club. But when Enrique shows up at the club, their relationship is over. With no reason to stay in Texas anymore, Kammy auditions for the Bolshevik Ballet and gets the opportunity to go to Russia. Only Enrique is determined to stop her.

Will she give up the chance of a lifetime to stay with the man she still loves?

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Author Beth Fred

Meet Beth Fred! That’s me! I’m a full time ELF keeper and part time writer/blogger/writing instructor. I’m represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. I like my tea hot, my romance sweet, and my guys chivalrous. Real men hold open doors, refer to you as ma’am, make promises they keep, and aren’t afraid to profess their undying love. It’s not breakfast if there aren’t carbs(at least, not in the South). Fajitas, carnitas, and churros are just few of my favorite things. Bet you can’t guess where I’m from 😉 Wanna know more about me? You can find that here:

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Excerpt 1

 
“We’ll talk about this more tomorrow. I don’t want my brother to see me out so late.” He placed a hand on my cheek and pressed his lips against mine. My mouth parted and so did his. The taste of Enrique filled me with desire, but I’d learned enough from Emmett that I knew I didn’t want whatever chance I had with Enrique to start out like this. Using more self-control than I knew I had, I pulled away from him.
Excerpt 2

When we got back to Tiffany’s, he walked me to the door. He cupped my face in his hand and leaned in inching his lips closer to mine. I’d never wanted anything so bad. He was so close I could smell the mint of his breath and feel the heat on my face, when he moved away from my face and hovered over my ear instead. Geez! What was he doing? Just kiss me already. He brushed my hair behind my ear and whispered, “I’m sorry. I forgot you asked me to wait until the fifth date.”

He became more vertical and dropped his hands around my waist pulling me to him. Locked in his arms, I felt so safe. “Forget I asked you to wait.” I did.

“No ma’am. I have to think you asked me that for a reason, and my girl needs to know I respect her.”

“Fine. But last night was a date… Did you say I’m your girl?”

“Do you want to be?”

 
 
Excerpt 3

We arrived at my car. “Here we are,” I said. I stepped closer to the door, but I made no effort to get in, because what had started out as a really bad night, I was enjoying now.

“Get in the car, so you’re out of the rain,” he said.

“Okay.” I pulled his coat off and handed it to him.

I opened the door and sat down in the driver’s seat. Before I could close it, Enrique placed a hand on the door frame and leaned down. “I want to see you again. That’s the real reason I walked you to your car.”

Too bad. He had me convinced good guys still existed with that story about his cousin. “No cousin Nikki?” I teased.

“Cousin Nikki is very real, and I don’t like for her to walk around by herself at night. I wouldn’t lie to you. I just needed time to get the courage to tell you I. Want. To. See. You. Again. You shot me down pretty hard in there.”

“So you were hitting on me?”

Author In The House- Interview with Donna Hatch, Historical Romance and Fantasy, Award-Winning Author

6 Nov

Author of Historical Romance and Fantasy, award-winning author Donna Hatch is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter. Her writing awards include the Golden Rose and the prestigious Golden Quill. Her passion for writing began at age 8 she wrote her first short story, and she wrote her first full-length novel during her sophomore year in high school, a fantasy which was later published. All of her heroes are patterned after her husband of over 20 years, who continues to prove that there really is a happily ever after.

I invited Donna here @ LOVE. WITHOUT YOU for an interview, and she graciously accepted. Her short regency story titled The Reluctant Bride is free for download here.

Donna, thank you so much for taking time to chat.

Personally, I get easily distracted therefore when I write I need complete silence, door closed. The only person allowed in my office is Bella, my dog. When you write do you need complete silence around you or noise?

I prefer either silence or music, but only instrumental like new age or light classical. Lyrics or a drumbeat are too distracting. That being said, I’ve gotten pretty good at tuning out the usual noises of my family like conversation, TV, etc.

I have all these ideas and voices in my head, but for some reason I struggle sometimes to put them on the paper. Do you find yourself at one point or another at a loss for words?

I seldom get writer’s block. In the rare times that I do find myself at a loss for words, I either take a break and read something, or do things to reduce stress. Then, when I return to writing, I am usually okay to write again. Sometimes, I really don’t know what happens next in the plot so I have to skip ahead to the next part of the book where I do know what’s going to happen. And sometimes I turn to a critique partner for help, and we brainstorm a solution.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

When I got “the call” which was actually an email from a publisher telling me they wanted to publish my book, I skipped around the house singing and terrifying my children. My oldest son told my hubby that he should take me out to dinner to celebrate. I don’t know if he was being thoughtful or just afraid and needed me to go away for a while J

What hobbies do you have?

I enjoy singing, playing the harp, and ballroom dancing.

I’m not identifying myself with any of my characters, yet each one of them has a part of me. Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Which one and why?

I’m sure there is a little of me in all of my characters, too. I often try to think of what I experienced physically and emotionally when I felt whatever emotion my character is going through and to put that into words. The hard part is making sure the characters do what their personality type would do and not what I would do.

My characters are all braver and stronger than I am, so that part of them is all fiction and wishful thinking. I suppose Emma, a character in my tongue-in-cheek novella Emma’s Dilemma is most like me overall—overly dramatic and with an imagination that gets her into trouble—only she’s nicer than I am.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

Strive for excellence. Don’t be happy with ‘good enough.’ Continue stretching and learning and growing so everything you write is your newest best work.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best component?

I’ve been criticized for not putting sex in my books which was hard to take at first, although not unexpected. It doesn’t bother me any more. I don’t like reading hot sex scenes and I won’t write about them. I think sex should be enjoyed privately, not written in graphic detail. I frequently receive emails from fans saying how much they appreciate emotionally satisfying stories without graphic sex and thanking me for giving them the kind of books they crave. That makes it all worth it.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I prefer paperbacks; hardcovers are too big and heavy. And expensive. But there are some definite advantages to ebooks such as storage, price, and instant access. I do own an ebook reader and am using it more and more.

What projects are you working on and when should we expect another release? In a few words what is this story about.

I’m working on book 3 of the Rogue Hearts Series, entitled A Perfect Secret. It’s sort of a Regency version of Sleeping with the Enemy but the hero is a bigger part of the plot. I hope to have it out within the next few months, but I don’t have a release date yet.

In the meantime, I was invited to participate in an anthology with five other authors, all of whom are really awesome. The anthology is called A Timeless Romance Anthology, Winter Collection. It contains six sweet historical romances, all taking place during winter, some during Christmas. The stories are all varied in style, plot, and era, but have one thing in common; romance. A Timeless Romance Anthology was just released a couple of weeks ago, and has already gotten fabulous reviews. I hope you check it out.

Thank you Donna for stopping by and good luck!

For more information about Donna and her books please visit:

www.donnahatch

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Virtual Book Tour Catherine Garceau. Guest Post & Giveaway

30 Aug

Title: Swimming Out of Water: How an Olympian’s Struggle Inspired Breakthrough Discoveries in Health and Well-Being

Author: Catherine Garceau (Olympic Bronze Medalist 2000 Sydney Games)

Publisher: Morgan James Publishers

Length: 210 Pages with 35 black & white photos

Blurb:

Most people who knew Catherine Garceau during the early years of this century were struck by just how much she had going for her. The tall blonde with a body to kill for had won a Bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games as part of Canada’s synchronized swimming team. But no one knew that Catherine, having lost her main outlet for her obsession with perfection, was floundering in her post-Olympic life. Performing in Las Vegas and building a career in business and marketing weren’t fulfilling. In fact, part of her felt she was losing it all: her athletic body, her high-achieving mind and most humiliating, her image of excellence.

Now, in Swimming Out of Water, Garceau goes beneath the surface of her life. From the lens of a life-changing experience she had while hiking in the Red Rock National Park outside Las Vegas. Stuck on a cliff, alone, for twenty-four hours, she flashes back to moments of fear, failure, loss, triumph, and breakthrough, which all decorated her journey with valuable lessons. Written in the journal she took with her that day, Garceau realizes and reveals the negative effects of sugar and many chemicals found in our food and environments, including the chlorine she had bathed in for so many years.

Alas, with no one coming to her rescue, how did she get herself up from the ledge? How has her dream of a chlorine free swimming evolved? And how has she turned the stubborn eating disorders she faced into programs to help free other women from emotional eating?

Birthed from the edge of the Red Rocks and brought to completion in her continued years of integration, education and healing, Swimming Out of Water’s raw nature takes on the transparent quality of water, the very element Garceau is here to both defend and embody.

Spend this day on the rocks with her…and discover the grace of swimming out of water.

About the Author:

Catherine Garceau is the CEO of Wellness Olympiad, Inc., a leadership coaching, training and lifestyle consulting firm dedicated to promoting holistic health and well-being and raising awareness of the toxic effects of chlorine byproducts. For more information please visit http://www.CatherineGarceau.com

Twitter: @catgarceau.

GUEST POST

Rose-colored Goggles

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life”. —Emmet Fox

I slipped my pencil into the centerfold of my journal, snapped it shut, and put it down on the ground behind me to the left. In climbing the wall, I had no faith and staring at those words wasn’t doing me any good.

Doubting my power, strength, and ability to climb back up the wall was hardly a new feeling for me. Throughout my life I have experienced setbacks that produced the same feeling of inadequacy. Or maybe it was the other way around. Were my deep-seated feelings of unworthiness subconsciously setting me up for failure? If so, how would I reverse this negative spell?

Faith aside, one of the most satisfying breakthroughs that came to me through synchronized swimming was learning to adopt an optimistic approach in different areas of my life. It would be hard for anyone to develop the motivation it takes to achieve something great, such as an Olympic bronze medal, without learning from challenges, setbacks, and shortcomings. Perhaps it was my stubborn lack of self-confidence that motivated me to devote time, effort, and commitment to my mental training.

People who meet me today (and chuckle at my cheerful and upbeat nature) have a hard time believing that I was such a serious and pessimistic child. How on earth did I become an Olympian if I was always so negative? Actually, it’s amazing to realize how many high achievers are motivated by pain, or the avoidance of pain. Our brains seek adrenaline in activities that elevate dopamine and serotonin levels, which are often depleted from years of stress or even set off balance from birth. Sometimes, we even find activities and passions we can devote ourselves to one hundred percent to forget or to create the biochemical reactions that make us feel good. But these temporary fixes almost always lead to greater problems over time.

For me, there was no hiding anymore: I’ve been surfing a wave of sadness for as long as I can remember and using temporary coping strategies hardly worked anymore. During various phases of my life, symptoms of deep sadness (and what I now know to be a mix of childhood emotional traumas and brain chemistry imbalances) showed up as insomnia, over-exercising, chronic dieting, bingeing, isolation, procrastination, and breaking down in tears at the slightest perceived failure. With one foot grounded in deep spiritual inquiry, my other foot kept investigating the world of neuroscience and toxicology in order to better understand the brain’s connection to mind-body health. It’s sure been an interesting puzzle to put together. While many experts will proclaim to have figured out all the pieces of the puzzle, it is my belief that how and when the pieces come together for each individual differs greatly from person to person and could be orchestrated for a much higher purpose—for each of us to truly get the lessons we are here to learn.

Today, when I catch myself feeling down, discouraged with my progress, or judgmental of others, I bring compassion to the situation and choose to move forward with love. I’ve come to accept that if I do lose myself in negativity for a while, it’s probably Life asking me to walk through another tunnel in order to see the Light. This involves choosing to feel and release the arising emotions instead of avoiding them with exercise or food. And in the event that I succumb to old habits of eating instead of feeling, I remind myself that the journey towards emotional freedom and the acceptance of imperfections is always unfolding.

With brain health on my radar, I found the work of Dr. Daniel Amen, which included his Change Your Brain Change Your Life book series and educational PBS programs22. Suddenly, there was much more to ‘brain health’ than I could have imagined. As I continued to learn more about neurology and several human typing systems that reveal the uniqueness of our combined genetic, energetic, and chemical makeup, I learned that those of us who struggle early on may be born with certain predispositions, which others (who seem to breeze through life) are not. What became more and more obvious was how much the integrity of our chemistry and neurology23 greatly influences our emotions and behaviors. Whether the cause was a genetic predisposition, a dominant personality trait, a birth trauma (subtle brain injuries are often caused at birth), conditioning from a childhood trauma, overburdened organs from toxicity, or a combination of it all, understanding the interconnectedness of everything helped me gain patience and compassion for many health enigmas, including my own. Dr. Amen’s findings made more and more sense the more I observed myself and those in my life.

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Author In The House–Kris Tualla Interview and Giveaway

20 Aug

There are people you meet once and you know they’ll be here to stay. It’s a gut instinct, a voice in the back of your mind telling you, you’re in for a joyride because this new person’s impact and influence will add to your life something meaningful, something special.

One of these people is Kris Tualla. It’s hard to describe what Kris is, but to sum it all it comes down to a wonder woman. What Kris sets her mind to do gets done. And what Kris wants happens.

Aside from being a wonder woman Kris is an author. I met her during my first conference this year called Arizona Dreamin’, an event where readers interact with their favorite writers, one on one. The result? Friendships to last a lifetime.

Kris is here today for an interview. She also brought a paperback copy of her novel titled A Discreet Gentleman of Matrimony. For your chance to win it leave a comment and your email address at the end of this post.

Kris, thank you for stopping by my blog. Tell us what’s a day in the life of author Kris Tualla.

Authoring is my full time job. I spend 90% of my time when I am at home on my computers. My desktop is for non-fiction: email, Facebook, writing blog posts, teaching online classes for authors, designing book covers and other promo items, or planning Arizona Dreamin’~a reader event I created! http://arizonadreamin.wordpress.com/

The rest of my computer time is spent on my laptop where I write all of my fiction. The number of hours I spend on each thing depends on what deadlines are approaching. Funny part is, I can’t switch the computer I do these tasks on because my mind has been trained how to think on each one.

I get easily distracted therefore when I write I need complete silence, door closed. The only person allowed in my office is Bella, my dog. When you write do you need complete silence around you or noise?

I can write in the midst of chaos as long as the chaos doesn’t interest me. But things like songs with words (I’ll sing along), the Olympics (no explanation needed), or my husband’s channel surfing (what is that show/movie?) do pull my attention from my manuscript. Then I have to shut the office door and focus.

I have all these ideas and voices in my head, but for some reason I struggle sometimes to put them on the paper. Do you find yourself at one point or another at a loss for words?

Never at a loss for words, but sometimes unsure of the next scene. I write in a straight line, and sometimes I have to step back and ask, “What needs to happen next?” I put myself into my characters’ heads and feel what they are feeling at that point in the story. When I know it, I can write it.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

That’s an interesting question because I didn’t actually “sell” the first five! I self-published when my agent couldn’t convince traditional publishers to take a chance on my Norwegian heroes. After I fired her and proved myself, Desert Breeze Publishing asked for one of my heroes: Brander Hansen, my deaf “Discreet Gentleman.” They bought five books in his series so far.

What hobbies do you have?

Um… Uh… Does going out for coffee with friends count? Can I get back to you on that?

I’m not identifying myself with any of my characters, yet each one of them has a part of me. Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Which one and why?

Every single one of them. My sense of humor comes out, my logical approach to problems, my personal faith in God. They think like I do for the most part. And if they are thinking wrongly about someone or something, I give them a good, believable reason. Even the “bad” characters reflect some of those same qualities, but with devious motives ~ not pure ones!

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

The single most important thing every author must do (assuming they are actually producing a product, of course) is get feedback from other writing professionals on their work. I’ve seen so many horrific self-publishing examples and it’s clear as glass that those authors never had anyone look at their work. WE CANNOT JUDGE OUR OWN WRITING. Period.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best component?

The toughest criticism is a comment on Amazon (I know ~ I shouldn’t read them) where a reader gave my book a 1-Star rating because my 1819, logical-like-me, heroine briefly considered raising a child on her own, rather than enter into an uncomfortable marriage. That reader downgraded the entire book based on her five-paragraph inward thought process. REALLY?

The best component was RT Book Reviews 4-Star review of my self-published third novel, the last of my Nicolas & Sydney trilogy. WOOT!!!

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I prefer to read on my Kindle, no contest. But I do make certain that all of my books are available in print as well because there is definitely a time and place where print books make sense.

What projects are you working on and when should we expect another release? In a few words what is this story about.

Are you ready? *deep breath*

“A Discreet Gentleman of Matrimony” (dead body behind a door locked from the inside) released on August 11 from Desert Breeze. http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-330/Discreet-Gentleman-Book-Two-cln-/Detail.bok

This is the second book in the series and the action immediately follows the first book, “A Discreet Gentleman of Discovery,” where I introduce Brander Hansen, my DEAF private investigator in 1720s Norway. It’s the he-and-she get together launch of the series.

The third book, “A Discreet Gentleman of Consequence,” (international money scheme) releases in December 2012.

I am currently finishing up Nicolas Hansen’s grandfather’s story: in 1749 his grandfather met his grandmother on the ship from Norway. When the ship docked in Boston his father, Reidar, was a month past conception. That book is called “Leaving Norway.”

The next book is Reidar’s story. As a Revolutionary soldier, his life is saved by a beautiful woman ~ whose life he saves a year later. Princess Kirsten Sven is the granddaughter of King Christian VI of Denmark and Norway, and her parents are none to pleased with her attraction to a soldier, even if he is Norse. This book is titled “Finding Sovereignty.”

I hope to have both of these books out by February 1, 2013.

After that come two more for Desert Breeze in 2013: October’s “A Discreet Gentleman of Intrigue” (a spy story) and December’s “A Discreet Gentleman of Mystery” (dead body in a wall). At that point there will TWELVE books in the Hansen saga.

*whew*

For more info about Kris visits:

http://www.kristualla.com/

https://www.facebook.com/KrisTualla

http://arizonadreamin.wordpress.com/

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Virtual Book Tour Cynthia Ellingsen. Giveaway

9 Aug


Title: The Whole Package
Author: Cynthia Ellingsen
Publisher: Penguin/Berkley
Length: 409 pages

Genres: Contemporary Women’s Fiction (Comedy)

Blurb:

Life has thrown childhood friends Jackie, Cheryl, and Doris a few curveballs. Widowed and broke, Jackie returns home after an extravagant life in Paris, Doris is reliant on anti-depressants, and Cheryl’s plans for a corporate take-over are replaced with walking papers. But after a drunken night sampling the delights at strip club for women, the ladies stumble upon a genius idea and decide to open up The Whole Package—the world’s first restaurant staffed exclusively by very attractive men. Armed with Jackie’s connections, Doris’ ambition, and Cheryl’s business sense the ladies set out to make their mark in the world.

About the Author:

Cynthia Ellingsen is a fiction writer and screenwriter. She lives in Lexington, KY with her husband.

Website: www.cynthiaellingsen.com

Email: cynthiaellingsen@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cynthiaellingsen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CynEllingsen

 

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Virtual Book Tour–Author Monique McDonell

6 Aug

I know I don’t do enough of these virtual book tours, but I hope eventually to get into a schedule where I host a couple authors per month. It’s a great way to meet other peers, help them market their work and give my readers the chance to win copies of wonderful books.

Today stopping by is Monique McDonell, a talented australian author whose comedy contemporary romance  Mr. Right and Other Mongrels just came out in May of this year and already received lots of encouraging reviews on Amazon. 

For your chance to win an e-copy of Mr. Right and Other Mongrels click here.

Blurb:

Blissfully happy in her own universe Allegra (Ally) Johnson is the sweet best friend everyone wants to have. Quietly and independently wealthy she runs a charming second-hand bookshop in beachside Manly. Heck, sometimes she even goes downstairs from her flat to run the shop in her Chinese silk pyjamas. It sounds like bliss. But is it enough?

When dog-phobic Allegra is rescued from an exuberant canine by the chivalrous Teddy Green, Australia’s hottest TV celebrity and garden make-over guru, her life begins to change. Dramatically!

Unaware of Teddy’s fame Allegra finds herself falling for him, despite her best attempts to resist his charm. Supported by her eccentric family and her fabulous gay friend Justin, Allegra embarks on an on-again off-again romance with Teddy, complicated by his jealous ex-girlfriend, fashionista Louisa and her own narcissistic hippy mother Moonbeam.

Will Ally be able to overcome her insecurities and find happiness with this possible Mr Right or will Teddy’s celebrity lifestyle prove to be too much? Mr Right and Other Mongrels is a light-hearted story about how one chance encounter can change your life.

About the Author:

I am an Australian author who writes contemporary women’s fiction including chick lit and romance. I live on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with my husband and daughter, and despite my dog phobia, with a dog called Skip.

I have written all my life especially as a child when I loved to write short stories and poetry. At University I studied Creative Writing as part of my Communication degree. Afterwards I was busy working in public relations. I didn’t write for pleasure for quite a few years although I wrote many media releases, brochures and newsletters. (And I still do in my day-job!)

When I began to write again I noticed a trend – writing dark unhappy stories made me unhappy. So I made a decision to write a novel with a happy ending and I have been writing happy stories ever since. I began a year-long writing course at the NSW Writers Centre and (thank goodness) its members morphed into a writing group known as The Writer’s Dozen. We published a highly successful anthology, Better than Chocolate, in 2008.

In 2008 I was also selected for the QWC/Hachette Livre Manuscript Development Course for my novel Mr Right and Other Mongrels. In 2009 I received a Highly Commended in the Romance Writers of Australia’s Valerie Parv Awards for my novel Hearts Afire.

These are the first two books I will be e-publishing in 2012 along with a third novel, A Fair Exchange. I’m not really like the characters in my books at all although I do share something in common with each of them – Allegra (Mr Right and Other Mongrels) has a dog phobia like me, Cassie (Hearts Afire) falls in love on a tropical island and I met my husband that way and Amelia (A Fair Exchange) was an exchange student who is now all grown up.

Website: http://www.moniquemcdonell.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueMcDonellAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoniqueMcDonell or @MoniqueMcDonell

Author In The House–Interview Morgan Kearns & Giveaway

23 Jul

This year I went to my first Arizona Dreamin’ Conference, a romance reader event organized by the amazing Kris Tualla and a committee of talented fellow authors. I had a blast and made a ton of friends. Surprisingly I was also asked to be part of the organizing committee for next year. I’m beyond excited about such an honor.

So, in preparation for next year’s Arizona Dreamin’ Conference I decided to invite several authors to my blog for interviews, guest posts and of course giveaways in an attempt to let you, my dear readers familiarize yourself with them, their work, and hoping you’d be interested to meet them in person by signing up for the conference (tickets on sale until 07/31, hurry up!)

My first guest is Morgan Kearns. With six published novels under her belt, I call Morgan a pro. She’s witty and full of energy, writing novels that are ‘a real page turner’ and ‘couldn’t put the book down’ reads. She does an ‘amazing job bringing her characters to life’. Morgan loves to meet new characters as they step out of her imagination, introduce themselves and keep her up all night telling their stories.

Morgan, thank you for stopping by my blog.

I’m really excited to be here. Thanks for the amazing set-up. I’m actually blushing a little.

Tell us what’s a day in the life of author Morgan Kearns.

Insanity! I have four children, ranging from 12 to 6. Right now, during summer break, we still start early with chores before rushing into activities. I try to hit the treadmill every morning. With the madness that comes with a full-house, I resort to writing in the evening after the kids go to bed.

I get easily distracted therefore when I write I need complete silence, door closed. The only person allowed in my office is Bella, my dog.When you write do you need complete silence around you or noise?

When I’m writing I can’t do background noise, but I have to have music. I’ve made playlists to go along with the scenes I write. However, when I’m editing, it has to be absolutely silent. That’s tough to find!

I have all these ideas and voices in my head, but for some reason I struggle sometimes to put them on the paper. Do you find yourself at one point or another at a loss for words?

All the time. When I’m having a hard time finding just the right words for the characters, I push through the scene I’m struggling with. Sometimes I go back and am actually surprised when it’s okay and other times I rewrite the entire scene.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

I indie publish. Fade to Black went live November of 2009. To say I happy-danced when seeing it in print would be a HUGE understatement. Each book since, gets a few cartwheels of its own. I try to buy a little something to mark the release of each book, a small memento to remind me of yet another milestone reached.

Writing is a hobby for me (and a savior for my husband since it saved him from sleeping in the doggie house one too many times). I also like to read, watch movies (comedies and historical dramas my favs), play games and travel. What hobbies do you have?

I love to read! My favs are historical and contemporaries, romance, of course. My favorite thing in the entire world is to laugh. You know, the kind that makes your stomach ache, eyes water and lungs beg for air. So… if it’s funny, I’m totally there!

I’m not identifying myself with any of my characters, yet each one of them has a part of me. Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Which one and why?

HA! I can neither confirm nor deny the possibility of that. 😉

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

Never, ever publish anything without getting your manuscript professionally edited.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? Being told I didn’t do my characters justice. I’m protective on them and it makes me feel bad when I’ve not conveyed how amazing they are.

What has been the best compliment? The greatest compliment I receive would have to be: every time somebody spends their hard-earned money on a Morgan Kearns novel. I am humbled. Thank you to everyone who has or ever will buy my books. 

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

To read, I am an ebook girl. I love my Kindle. With that said, I have a few series in hardcover that I will continue to purchase for no other reason than to look beautiful on my shelf.

What projects are you working on and when should we expect another release? In a few words what is this story about.

I am currently working on Lucky 13, the fourth novel in the Deadlines & Diamonds series. I’m looking at a November release. Lucky 13 is the story of Enrique Santiago, left fielder for the Las Vegas Rockets. He’s an amazing character. His heroine is Shayne Xavier. She has a scarred past, much like her brother. Ricky does his best to help her deal with that past. Their road to love is more like the Autobahn, really fast and when the crashes are not pretty.

Thanks much!

Thanks for the opportunity!

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