Q&A Marci Belle #Author of Delicious @belle_marci #Interview

Marci Belle is a wonderful debut author who has written a contemporary romance that will make you hungry for more than just love. Set in the restaurant world, Delicious is a fantastic novel about enemies who find love…gotta love these ones. I was lucky enough to read Delicious as a beta reader and wanted to introduce you all to this wonderful book before its release so that you can put it in the diary. Marci has joined us for a Q&A to tell us more about her and the book…

 

Marci, Welcome to BrizzleLass Books and thank you for sharing a bit about yourself and your book today.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to write Delicious…

Hello and thank you for having me, Claire. I always enjoy connecting with you and the new groups you have put together. The Fledgling Authors Facebook group has already been a massive help to me.

This is my first book I’m publishing, but I wrote one before this that is also quite a culturally distinct story. I find couples with different backgrounds intriguing.

I’m actually first generation American, with Nicaraguan parents. That means that, although I was born in San Francisco and raised in Los Angeles, I was immersed in both worlds. I had plenty of Mexican friends and friends from most cultures. California is a beautiful and diverse melting pot of humans.

We were all Americans, but when we went home after school or work, our relatives cooked the food they grew up eating along with the American dishes they also were embracing. Food was a big part of our cultural identity.

When I moved to England, that changed. All the food and cultures I grew up with were no longer a part of my life. I enthusiastically explored the native food here, but often craved the Mexican food from home. The magic was missing. I longed for Mexican food more than I did Nicaraguan or American food.

Food is a very emotional thing for me. It brings back memories of my childhood. I remember hovering around the Mexican neighbor’s kitchen because she made amazing bean burritos. I guess you could say that this is the basis for the setting of the story and the connection between the characters. Everyone can find something in common.

Tell us a bit about the book, the synopsis.

Well they say that sometimes our lives are mapped out for us. I took that nugget of wisdom and played around with it in this story.

It’s an enemies to lovers story based on two characters who come from different worlds, but are connected by a similar passion. The female protagonist is a respected Mexican-American food critic who works for one of the world’s most popular food blogs.

She hides behind a pen name to protect her identity. As you can imagine, ruining a person’s hard work and dreams with a damming food review doesn’t always shed that person in a favorable light. It can be a dangerous job.

Our male protagonist, is a sexy restaurateur from London with a few ghosts in his past. His father is a celebrity chef, and sadly one he’s never been able to please. He recently opened a chic Mexican restaurant in Mayfair that lost a huge percentage of trade after a negative food review was published by the American food critic he now claims as his mortal enemy.

The book opens on a flight to London. When you’re in mid-air there’s nowhere to hide.

Without giving it away, there’s also some very sexy scenes in the book.

I was lucky enough to beta read Delicious so I have some inside knowledge of the book.
What, if anything, inspired the characters who are all so unique and full of life?

This is true. haha. The supporting characters are an amazing bunch that keep the story interesting and are a reflection of the openness of the protagonists. It’s a modern love story.

I definitely molded them around my group of larger than life friends who were there with me in spirit throughout the book.  I think readers will love them and find them entertaining.

I also ran a local culture blog that actually had a section called the Rock n’ Roll Food review. The character that inspired Nina wrote most of the articles. She’s obviously a musician. The book is filled with little treasures like that.

The main character is an American food blogger from California and you’re originally from California is there any of you in her character?

There are elements of me in her. Not physically, but the clumsiness and her temperament are borrowed from me. This is a creative, passionate and intelligent woman that embodies more than just superficial beauty. She has plenty of ingrained flaws. They can be endearing.

She has moments of both strength and weakness. That’s the part of her all women as a collective can relate to…when we’re honest with ourselves.

I would say the biggest part of myself that I contributed to the story was the way she related to food. There’s a huge nostalgia around it that comes from her childhood and family roots. I can definitely say she has a passion and respect for the culture which would translate into her reviews.

Our male character is a rich charismatic Englishman who owns restaurants and has a flea in his ear about something our main character wrote about him. His playboy stubbornness is both refreshing and amusing, is this based on anyone you know?

Yes! But I won’t say his name. There is a French celebrity chef in England who once was a bad boy himself, but his son has left him in the dust. He is a complete playboy hottie. You may know who I mean. You’ll then understand the relationship between father and son. The difference is that I added about ten years to his age. That’s ten years to grow out of his rogue ways. There’s something attractive about a man finding his true self after the storm has passed. There is a lot of character there.

Everywhere you look in this book there is food, be honest now how much did you eat writing it?

I almost choked on the cacao nibs I’m munching on from laughing so hard. I’m definitely an eater. Weirdly, I think I was making a lot of vegetarian food when I wrote this. My youngest daughter is a vegetarian so I was trying to accommodate her. I think I was dreaming about the dishes in this book extra hard because I didn’t have access to them.

You won’t find authentic Mexican ingredients readily available in UK supermarkets unless you’re in a place like London. I have to order everything online. I’ve learned to make my own tortillas.

It’s quite possible this book was also driven by the lack of a good fish taco in my life.

What was your writing process? And what would you change for future?

I spent a lot of time indoors writing this book. It probably took me longer than the average person to write because there were a series of tragic circumstances that happened along the way. It was most definitely a challenge.

I’m not sure my writing routine was predictable or is the one I will implement for the rest of my books. I did find that writing a chapter a day minimum after coffee and a bit of yoga stretches is very productive. A bit of oxygen to the body and blood to the brain and you’re ready to go. I’m no yogi but I certainly enjoy it when I do get off my bottom.

Also, I’d love to share that Jade West mentored me through the first two novellas I’ve written so far. She also shared a wealth of valuable writing information with me that I will hang on to forever. There is still so much to learn but that will come in time.

What comes next for Marci Belle?

I love writing these books and I don’t ever want to stop writing them. I plan to release the first book I wrote shortly after this one and I’m dying to write some new ones. I have five in the works in my head. But one at a time is how it works.

Each book will be different than the other. I don’t feel the need to suppress the art of writing by following a trend. I think if you love the idea you want to pen and are passionate about it, it will be the most rewarding thing you do for yourself and your readers. But then, I’ve always been a rebel.

 

Thank you Claire for the opportunity to share my book with the world.

About Marci Belle

California native living in the beautiful Welsh borders in England. You have to see it to believe it.This is my eleventh year in the UK, but I’m an LA Woman through and through.
I love Sexy Romantic Comedies, Contemporary Romance, Chick-lit, and when I’m feeling devious, Dark Romance.

My characters will tend towards strong, inspiring females, and the delicious Alphas who love them, or hate them. Mix that up with humor, and you have a heady cocktail of sexy romantic comedy, and steamy emotional ride.

I’ve spent the past few years as a local culture writer, many years in the fashion and beauty industry, but my very best years are being spent as a mother of two very beautiful girls. Especially, with my first daughter when I was a single mom working a million temps jobs to pay the bills. I survived and looking back, I’m quite proud of my little family.

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#BlogTour: Thrax by Christina Bauer @CB_Bauer @MyMonsterHouse @XpressoTours #Interview #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this blog tour organised by Xpresso Book Tours, this is for Thrax the fourth book in the Angelbound Origins series. I have an author interview with Christina Bauer which I hope you all enjoy and there is a giveaway which you shouldn’t miss.

I’ve read the first book in the series and intend to continue it, here are links to the first three books for those who want to jump in!

Book One: Angelbound
Book Two: Scala
Book Three: Acca

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Myla Lewis has married Prince Lincoln, and now they’re expecting! All the after-realms rejoice. Myla should be happy too, but she has a serious problem. The day after their honeymoon ended, Myla’s real husband disappeared.

The man who’s sharing her bed is an imposter.

Myla tries explaining about “Evil Lincoln,” but no one will listen. The reason? People think that Myla’s supernatural pregnancy is making her cray cray. Mostly because that’s what Evil Lincoln is telling everyone, and that man’s a great liar. What a creep.

There’s no way Myla will take this lying down, though. She’s going to rescue her man, and she has a pretty good idea where he’s being held. With her best friend, Cissy, along to help, Myla sneaks off to Earth. All she has to do is blend in with the humans, avoid Evil Lincoln, and find her real man before the baby arrives. How hard can it be?

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Author Interview

Thanks for taking joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.

Tell us a bit about Thrax
THRAX is the story of what happens when you’re a kick-ass demon chick with a totally awesome and supportive hottie prince of a hubby…but that sweet guy gets replaced by a douchebag body double. You go find your man.

How does it feel to follow characters through a series like this?
It’s been a fun journey to bring Myla and Lincoln through meeting each other and into love and marriage. To set some context, I’m a big fan of reading myths from other cultures, and it struck me how all our Western stories end with ‘and they lived happily ever after’ while Eastern cultures tend to BEGIN with stuff like ‘And so Rama and Sita were married.’ That’s a totally different perspective, and I wanted to explore it as a writer. Turns out, that’s not so easy, in part because there isn’t a huge canon of Western literature in this area to draw from. In the case of THRAX, it’s about the personal growth that can happen after you’re married, in this case with Myla.

Where do you come up with your ideas?
I’m super careful about all the storytelling that I consume. “Garbage in, garbage out” as the saying goes! I’m a very visual writer, so use Pinterest boards a lot: https://www.pinterest.com/bauermonster/.  I love movies, and I get a lot of great material from there. And of course, I read about a three-five books a week on average. I work very hard to find authors with fresh ideas, and when I run across someone awesome, I review them on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1740882?shelf=read

After that? It’s just a lot of hard work. Fortunately, I also seem to have an imagination that doesn’t seem to function like everyone else’s. That’s something that was a huge disadvantage for me for a long time (curse you, standardized testing!) but these days, it seems to be paying off.

Which song(s) would be the soundtrack of this novel?
THRAX had a few classic tunes that I kept going back to. Queen’s Find Somebody to Love is featured heavily in the book, so I listed to that non-stop for days.

I also really got into the version of Sweet Dreams Are Made of This which was done for the Wrinkle in Time trailer. For me, this song encapsulated Myla’s point of view in the beginning of the book: everyone says this is supposed to be awesome, but she knows it isn’t right.

What is your writing process?
It all starts when I come up with a question. In this case, it was “what if Lincoln got replaced by an evil body double?” After that, I ask a lot more questions: “Who would want to do that to Lincoln? Why? What do they stand to gain?” I’ve written twenty-plus notebooks filled with the full world of Angelbound. I’d created Ethan a long time ago and tossed him because he didn’t work for the story. So, it was great to bring him in here.

Once I have the bones of the idea, then I write an outline to share with my editor (you’re a goddess, GIE!). From there, I start writing and that’s where the fun begins! I got half-way through THRAX before a certain special character showed up (his name starts with I) and damn that was AWESOME!

So you know, something that’s REALLY helped with my process is all the support I get from readers. When I was writing THRAX, I was like ‘what? This is way out there!’ But I know you guys dig innovative stuff, so I went with it, and I’ve been really happy with the early response.

Why YA Fantasy novels? What drew you to the genre?
Like many writers for young adults, I had a pretty sucktastic youth. So part of me is always trapped in that age range, for good and bad. When I was a teen, the Lord of the Rings really helped me survive. Literally. In particular, I loved how Frodo was just a regular guy who was given a horrible burden, but our hobbit hero never gave up. That meant a lot to me. As a result, I write YA Fantasy because I imprinted on it, more or less.

Who are your inspirations in the genre?
I love Tolkien, naturally. Edith Hamilton also wrote a great book on Greco Roman Mythology that inspires me quite a lot. Hamilton has a gift for making tales of gods and goddesses come alive! I also had a copy of the original Grimm’s Brother’s Fairy Tales, aka the pre-Disney stuff. Loved that too.

If you were to try another genre what would it be?
Does science fiction count? I know it gets lumped in with fantasy a lot, but I have some ideas about a kick-ass space ship captain that’s been rattling around my head.

What book have you most recently read?
I just finished Wild Blood (Cyborg Shifters #1) by Naomi Lucas. As the title promises, Lucas does some very cool stuff by combining cyborgs with the traditional shifter genre that I really enjoyed. Thumbs up!

What book do you most wish you had written?
Oh, I definitely wish I had the ability to create entire languages like Tolkien did, do it would have to say my dream book to write is the Lord of the Rings. Damn, but Tolkien was super-smart. Plus, he wrote much of LoTR as a series of letters to his sons who were fighting in WWII (Tolkien himself fought in WWI), and that spirit of trying to encourage someone else to persevere comes through so clearly. Truly beautiful.

Thanks so much for spending time on BrizzleLass Books and wishing you all the best with the novel.
Thank YOU for asking me such awesome and personalized questions! I love it when bloggers take the time to really dig into my work and process!

About Christina Bauer

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Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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TitleThrax
SeriesAngelbound Origins #4
Author: Christina Bauer
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Publisher: Monster House Books
Publication Date: 27 June 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 300
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#BlogTour: Hopechest by Kailee Reese Samuels @KRSamuels @XpressoTours #Interview #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this blog tour organised by Xpresso Book Tours, this is for Hopechest an erotic romance novel which is out now. I have an author interview with Kailee Reese Samuels which I hope you all enjoy and there is a giveaway which you shouldn’t miss.

If you are like me and like to read a series in order here are the links to the earlier books in the series. Enjoy!

Book One: The Initiation
Book Two: Tea For Two
Book Three: Grunt

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Kaci agreed to the most important question of her life.
And then she had her fiancé taken hostage.

He played her game and trained for battle.
And now he is completely unprepared to lose.

Loving her once, Sal fell for her eccentric, wild pixie. She used her abilities—aiming her target to get revenge—but Kaci stumbled into a dangerous love, putting Sal through a gut-wrenching hell.

Can Sal ever forgive her sins of the past?

With the questions on the table, one inescapable truth looms before their relationship. His calculating mind and intimidating body built for the greater good, leaving Sal changed. No longer the curious submissive boy of the past, his new outlook is one of defiance, kink, and control.

Will Kaci embrace the changes – or – is the end closer than she ever imagined?

There is nothing he can do—
No praying on his knees for forgiveness
No bargaining with the devil to save their relationship
In this heartbreaking battle, Sal will lose.

In the fourth and final book of The Story of Salvatore, Sal Raniero begs to reverse the clock as reality leaks into his perfect bubble. With his love of the fetish world shoved to the backburner, he learns not only the meaning of love, but how precious time is.

The war begins when Sal rages into Sugargrove—
Nothing safe from his wrath
Nothing sacred in his path
…including the Hope he longed to keep.

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Author Interview

Thanks for taking joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.

Tell us a bit about Hopechest

Hopechest is the final book in The Story of Salvatore, where I explored chapters of Sal’s life when he first arrives in Sugargrove. He’s quite young – 19 – and meets a young female pro-Dom in book one, Kaci Hope and the story unfolds with their story and why he is so broken in Juliet.

What inspired Kaci and her story?

The motivation behind Kaci was wanting a completely unexpected character to arrive in Sal’s life. She is everything he is not, yet longs to become. As the story progresses, we learn things with Kaci are not as stable as they may seem, but by that point, Sal feels a responsibility to do the right thing because he didn’t grow up in an environment of doing the right thing. And he is determined to not become his father.

Who is the man in your story and is he based on anyone you know?

Sal Raniero is my lead, usually in all the books. If he isn’t the main, he plays a supporting role. I wanted to take a character like so many other authors have in various genres and really explore his world and his life. I wanted readers to feel like they knew him and he was their best friend. He is loosely based on the love affair I have been having for over twenty years. John is very much Italian-American, so I had a rich history to draw upon to add to the reality of the story.

Which song(s) are the soundtrack of this novel?

I listen to a lot of Paramore anytime Kaci is involved.

What is your writing process?

I start with an idea––either a dream, an event, or a thought—and build upon that to get a starting point A and an ending point Z. I try and do a rough sketch with a few sentences of where I think the book should go, but the characters don’t always agree. laughs

Why Romance novels? What drew you to the genre?

I was originally working on a sci-fi/fantasy piece, but during my research for self-publishing, I learned a lot by listening to women readers. They wanted longer books with characters they could really sink themselves into. I kept seeing—we want more of so-and-so and I wanted to build a world (Juliet) and characters (Sal, Kaci, Jack, Iris, et al) that they could really feel like they could sit down and have a cup of coffee with them—like old friends. I think readers, myself included, enjoy the comfort and depth of the stability.

Who are your inspirations in the genre?

In the genre, JA Huss has been my standard go-to, a role model, and an excellent teacher. There are a few others I do read: TM Frazier is incredible and Pam Godwin’s prose is angelic. While I am on the lookout for new indies and the book everyone may be talking about on a professional level, on a personal level, I adore the writings of R. Lee Smith (sci-fi/horror/erotica). From her world building to her genre-blending, I find her work magnificent.

If you were to try another genre what would it be?

Though I technically write in multi-genre now, Juliet and The SOS series tend to be more psychological to where Fluff and Bounce lean more to the erotic, I do have plans on branching out in 2018 with a psychological thriller and a strict contemporary romance. I am a writer; I don’t think there is a genre I couldn’t write if I worked hard enough at it. Although, it would need to be something I had interest in. I don’t think I could ever write a historical romance because I don’t ever read that genre. Nothing against it by any means, just not something I have ever delved into.

What book have you most recently read

I loved B.B. Blaque’s “Beautiful Evil: The Monster” and I plan on reading the rest of the series. I am currently taking a splendid trip with Tarryn Fisher’s “Atheists Who Kneel and Pray.” After that I plan on diving into Clare Marta’s The Hunter Chronicles, Kendare Blake “Three Dark Crowns”, and Rachel Caine “Stillhouse Lake.” I need more time to read. laughs

What book do you most wish you had written?

Easy. R. Lee Smith’s “The Last Hour of Gann” or Molly Weatherfield’s “Carrie’s Story.”

Thank you so much for the interview! It was a pleasure!

Kailee xx

Thanks so much for spending time on BrizzleLass Books and wishing you all the best with the novel.

About Kailee Reese Samuels

Kailee Reese Samuels - Author ImageEmbracing diversity. Coffee addict. Mango lover. Blueberry fetishist. Sweet peach tea crazy. Red wine devout. Whiskey deviant. Tattooed & pierced. Loves shoes. Collects rosaries. Fanatical organizer/cleaner/ list-maker. Never sleeps. Hermit and recluse.

Storyteller.

KAILEE REESE SAMUELS has been spinning tales since she can remember. Her books are contemporary fiction with a no-holds-barred attitude. She adores listening to her characters ramble and putting them into situations that push the boundaries.

Creativity is the way to change.

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TitleHopechest
SeriesThe SOS #4
Author: Kailee Reese Samuels
Genre: Erotica | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 1 July 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 270
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#BlogTour: Second Snowfall by Sarah Fischer @SarhAlexander7 @XpressoTours #Interview #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this blog tour organised by Xpresso Book Tours, this is for Second Snowfall a new adult romance novel which is out now. I have an author interview with Sarah Fischer which I hope you all enjoy and there is a giveaway which you shouldn’t miss.

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Last semester, Annabelle fell in love. There are just two problems. Jason is her best friend…and he’s already taken.

Refusing to break up a relationship, Annabelle resigns to love him from afar—until a certain hot firefighter walks into her life.

Kingsley is the perfect catch. Rich, attractive, with muscles to boot, and he only has eyes for Annabelle. But things get complicated when he clashes with Jason.

With tensions running high and emotions spiraling out of control, Annabelle finds herself torn between her love for Jason, and her new desire for Kingsley.

The longer Annabelle tries to hold on to both men, the more she gets tangled up in a web of lies, secrets, and chilling revelations.

Now, things have gotten worse and Annabelle must do something—before things get ugly…

Author Interview

Thanks for taking joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.

Tell us a bit about Second Snowfall

Second Snowfall is about a girl who is tired of living in the friend zone, while the guy she wants to be with is already taken. She takes a look around to see what else is out there and finds the fire fighter pornos are made with.

What inspired Annabelle and her story?

When I was college, one of my best friends had a guy best friend and everyone was convinced they were dating. They both clearly had feelings for each other, but never acted on them. Now he’s married to somebody else and she’s happily living with a different guy, but always wonders what would have happened if they had gotten together. So in Second Snowfall I give my characters the chance to possibly live out what could have been. And of course, every good book needs a hot fire fighter!

Who are the main men in your story and are they based on anyone you know?

Jason is based on somebody I went to college with, but unfortunately am no longer in contact with. He and I had been close and I considered him one of my best friends.

Thomas Kingsley III is not based off anyone real, but rather the fantasy of sex and money. However, Kingsley’s problems are based off those that affected people close to my heart.

Which song(s) would be the soundtrack of this novel?

What is your writing process?

I plan the general bones of the story and then hope and pray everything else fills itself in!

Why Romance novels? What drew you to the genre?

I read my first romance novel when I was fourteen and was enamoured by their ability to leave you in a better mood than you started. There’s something magical about romance in the air.

Who are your inspirations in the genre?

Catherine Bybee and Jennifer Probst

If you were to try another genre what would it be?

I have a work in progress right now that is a young adult suspense.

What book have you most recently read?

The Non-Disclosure Agreement by Kelsey McKnight

What book do you most wish you had written?

The Harry Potter Series! I think JK Rowling is the most brilliant author on the planet and I’d like to get into her mind. And the money wouldn’t hurt either!

Thanks so much for spending time on BrizzleLass Books and wishing you all the best with the novel.

About Sarah Fischer

Sarah Fischer works hard fighting the good fight one background check at a time. But before she got into the business of being nosey, she graduated with a degree in criminal justice and married the calm to her crazy. Then she had a scary health scare and needed heart surgery. While recovering, she finally had the time to write stories filled with passionate romance. Her first book, Elton Hall Chronicles: First Semester was published in April and book two, Second Snowfall, will be out shortly. In her spare time, she manages a review blog called, A Kiss At Midnight Reviews.

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TitleSecond Snowfall
Series: Elton Hall Chronicles #2
Author: Sarah Fischer
Genre: New Adult | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 4 July 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 216
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#BlogTour: Taking Chances by Kimberley O’Malley @K_OMalley67 @RABTBookTours #Interview

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Kimberley O’Malley’s new novel Taking Chances. Find out more about the book below, it’s definitely on my ever growing wish list! I also have a fab author interview which I hope you enjoy!

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Katie Fitzgerald learned the hard way about love. She vowed to never get involved with a doctor at work, and when she did, he broke her heart. Older and wiser, Katie is serious about never getting hurt again. Dr. Flynn Reynolds, staff cardiologist at Windsor Falls Memorial, just might be the man to change her mind. Attraction explodes between the two from their very first meeting. But Katie is determined to protect her heart. Will Flynn convince her to take another chance?

Author Interview

Thanks for joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.

Tell us a bit about Taking Chances
Thanks so much for having me! Taking Chances is the story of Katie Fitzgerald and Flynn Reynolds. Katie is a small-town girl who puts her whole heart into her work as a critical care nurse yet protects it on a personal front. Katie has been burned before; by a doctor no less. She’s not going down that road again. No matter how hot Flynn is. Flynn is a Cardiologist from Atlanta who moves to Windsor Falls to start his own practice. The attraction between the two is so powerful that even Katie can’t deny it. Or can she?

What inspired Katie and her story?
Katie first appeared as a secondary character in Coming Home, the first novel in my Windsor Falls series. I liked her sass. Katie doesn’t take crap from anyone—the product of growing up with older brothers. I liked the chemistry between she and Flynn in Coming Home and knew I had to tell their story.

Who is the main man in your story and is he based on anyone you know?
Flynn Reynolds is the leading man in Taking Chances. He’s a Cardiologist at Windsor Falls Memorial and new to the town. Most if not all my characters are bits and pieces of people I know or have met. Flynn is a bit of a rake. Or is he? He’s definitely got a bit of McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy in him.

Which song would be the soundtrack of this novel?

Take A Chance on Me by Abba. The title is right! Taking Chances is all about learning to love again after heartbreak.

What is your writing process?
I am a Pantser who failed epically at being a Plotter. I tried to plot. Really, I did. But everything I have ever written, including this interview, is done right at the laptop. I know who the main characters are and have a general idea of what will happen. But much of the plot comes to me as I’m typing. Which is interesting and more than a bit scary.

Why Romance novels? What drew you to the genre?
Who doesn’t love a happy ending? The real world can be somewhat dark and scary, and romance novels offer escapism. I have been reading them since middle school. A great romance novel offers you a chance to lose yourself for a while.

Who are your inspirations in the genre?
I love Jill Shalvis, Kristan Higgins, and Susan Mallery. I have probably read everything they have written thus far. I LOVE the fictional towns they have created. I want to live in Fools Gold, Manningsport, NY, or Cedar Ridge.

If you were to try another genre what would it be?
Romantic suspense. I love to read this genre, and I would love to write it.

What book have you most recently read?
Speaking of romantic suspense, I just finished Linda Castillo’s Down a Dark Road. Fabulous!! I love her Kate Burkholder series. Like many romance readers, I am a sucker for a strong female lead character. I leave for Bermuda in the morning and cannot wait to crack open Jill Shalvis’s newest, Lost and Found Sisters.

What book do you most wish you had written?
Anything by Jane Austin. She was an amazing writer and ahead of her time. To have written something that has been read by millions and persevered for decades would be amazing!

Thanks so much for spending time on BrizzleLass Books and wishing you all the best with the novel.

About Kimberley O’Malley

Kimberley O'Malley

Kimberley O’Malley is a recent transplant to Charlotte, North Carolina from the frozen North. She is learning to say y’all but draws the line at sweet tea. Sarcasm is an art form in her world. When not writing, she is a full-time nurse and part-time soccer Mom, but not necessarily in that order. She shares her life with an amazing husband of more than twenty years, two teenagers, and one very sweet Shetland Sheepdog, Molly.

   

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TitleTaking Chances
Series: Windsor Falls #2
Author: Kimberley O’Malley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 20 June 2017
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Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 228
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#BlogTour: Starshine by Melody Winter @MelodyWinter @RABTBookTours #Interview

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Melody Winter’s new novel Starshine. Find out more about the book below, it’s definitely on my ever growing wish list! I also have a fab author interview which I hope you enjoy!

Description

Film student Ella Summers can’t believe her luck when she is selected to work on the set of the most anticipated film release of the year—STARSHINE. For the next four weeks, she’ll be in the studio with heart-throb and leading man Alex Denton, and his co-star—and recent ex—the stunning Amy Strickland.

But her first day on set has her questioning the true character of the enigmatic and sexy Alex. The charming celebrity she’s adored on screen disappears before her very eyes—if indeed he ever really existed.

Off-camera arguments between Alex and Amy become difficult to ignore, and when Ella uncovers layers of deceit and closely guarded secrets between them, she becomes involved in a battle that has far-reaching implications.

With the paparazzi hounding her every move for the most sensational story they can get, Ella becomes deeply embroiled in Alex’s life. Can she break down his seemingly impenetrable walls, or will he remain the arrogant ass she first met?

STARSHINE is set in London, England. Beware though—Alex Denton has a crude mouth, and an equally wicked smile.

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Author Interview

Thanks for taking joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.

1. Tell us a bit about Starshine
Starshine is a contemporary romance, sprinkled with a little bit of fantasy. It centres around Ella and her four-week work experience on the most anticipated film of the year, Starshine. The leading man is her idol, but she’s less than impressed with him after her first day on set. As she gets to know more about him, things change.  Starshine is a little bit of escapism, but also asks many questions about the price of fame.

2. What inspired Ella and her story?
I had a dream one night about my favourite screen idol, and it was so realistic that I jotted down the outline of it the next day.  The basic plot of Starshine was born. I always think there’s a lot of myself in the female characters I write, although whether I’d be brave enough (or stupid enough) to do the things they do is another question.

3. Who is the main man in your story and is he based on anyone you know?
Alex Denton is the main man. He’s arrogant, cocky and has a foul mouth. Having said that, he has a heart of steel whenever you can break through to it. He’s been hurt in his past, and can’t see beyond that at the start of the story. He’s not based on anyone I know, although there are several mannerisms he has that I took from my idol, but his name will remain a secret for now.

4. Which song(s) would be the soundtrack of this novel?

5. What is your writing process?
I’m a big planner and researcher! I usually plan out my stories, possibly because I’m used to writing series. And even though Starshine was sparked by a dream I had, I still drafted my outline and the order in which I wanted the scenes to happen.

6. Why Romance novels? What drew you to the genre?
I never set out to write a particular genre, it just so happened that when I wrote my first book, it was a romance. I love the complexities of relationships, the slow burn, or the insta-love. When I look at my reading list, I mainly have romance novels of some sort or other. I set out, once, to write a story that wasn’t a romance, but half way through those pesky cherubs danced on my shoulder and insisted it become one. So I don’t think it’s what drew me to the genre, it sort of wouldn’t let me write anything else 😊

7. Who are your inspirations in the genre?
I love Twilight by Stephanie Myers (Not so much the rest of the series), and I also like Lauren Kate (Fallen series), and Maria Snyder (Poison study.)

8. If you were to try another genre what would it be?
Maybe I should try mystery. My stories usually have some sort of suspense rolling around under the surface. (the Mine series, Sachael Dreams, Sachael Desires, and soon to be released Sachael Discovery, and Sachael Destiny have many secrets that are gradually revealed through the four books. You don’t get all your answers until book 4!) Whether I could do it without some sort of romance would be the main question.

9. What book have you most recently read?
I’ve just reread Gambit, by C Denault. This is a book by an Indie Author signed with my publisher for the Mine series. I devoured this book the first time I read it, and it was even better the second time around.

10. What book do you most wish you had written?
It would have to be Twilight by Stephanie Myers. Gosh, I really love that book 😊

Thanks so much for spending time on BrizzleLass Books and wishing you all the best with the novel.

About Melody Winter

Growing up, Melody Winter showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write far too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but eventually ended up working in finance. Melody is convinced that the methodical time she spends working with numbers fuels her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.

Melody lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two teenage sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or listening to 80’s music on her IPod.

Melody has a tendency to fall head-over-heels in love with her main characters, even when they frustrate her and refuse to act the way she wants them to. She is a romance writer at heart and loves reading and writing about anything mythological or magical, as well as exploring the gritty side of love affairs and the complexities of being in love.

SACHAEL DREAMS was her debut novel, (REUTS Publications, USA) and the first in the New Adult Romantic Fantasy series—the ‘Mine Series’. The second book in the series, SACHAEL DESIRES’, was released in November 2015, and the remaining books in the series, SACHAEL DELUSIONS, and, SACHAEL DESTINY, are due to be released in the near future.

Melody has also self-published two books, INIQUITY, the first book in a Dark New Adult Romantic Fantasy series— ‘The Ascent’ (The second book in the series, ADVERSITY, is due for release later this year.) and STARSHINE, Melody’s first contemporary romance,  released 29th May 2017.

    

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TitleStarshine
Series: N/A
Author: Melody Winter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 29 May 2017
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Pages: 401
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#BlogTour: The Corner Office by Katerina Baker @KaterinaBaker @RABTBookTours #Interview

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Katerina Baker’s new novel The Corner Office. All of us who have worked in an office especially in management will recognise the themes in this book.  Katerina was kind enough to take some time out to answer some questions for us and that interview can be found a little bit further down the page!

Description

Tara Johnson’s sacrifices are about to pay off: a senior executive at thirty-five at a Fortune 500 company, she’s one of the two finalists in line for a Managing Director position. Unfortunately, her rival of fifteen years, the charming, infuriating Richard Boyd, is just as qualified, and unlike her, he’s willing to cross pretty much every line to get what he wants.

Of all the things Tara stored in the attic to make it to the top, it’s her personal life she misses the most. That is, until she starts a steamy affair with sex god Aidan, her direct report. Interoffice relationships with a subordinate can mean the end of a career, and when Richard finds out, it’s the perfect opportunity to take his high-heeled nemesis out, especially since he’s still nursing a grudge against Tara for rejecting him years ago.

But Tara’s increasingly domineering lover has his own dark secrets, endangering more than just her career. As her liaison spirals out of control, salvation will come from the man she always thought she hated, and perhaps the only one to truly understand her.

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Interview

Thanks for taking joining me on my blog today, I’m so pleased to have you and hope you enjoy answering these questions.

1. Tell us a bit about The Corner Office
Thanks so much for having me. I love your blog.

The Corner Office is a story of a thirty-something year old female executive and her journey to “achieve it all”: in career and personal life. It’s about the mistakes that she makes along the way, including her affair with her subordinate that almost destroys everything she worked for. He is very different from other men she is around: a tattooed biker who is intense and domineering in bed, he is set on pursuing her, and she is initially drawn to him.

But the novel is not just about work. The Corner Office is a fun, fast-paced story that centers around two characters who spent years hating each other and fighting. They are competitors in the office, but their feelings lie deeper than hate, and each of their interactions are explosive.

I wanted to layer in fun scenes and situations to offset topics that would be dry on their own. I threw Tara into awkward situations. For example, the guy she ends up having an affair with meets her on a bike, and she refuses to get on at first. She is wearing her work clothes: pencil skirt, tight shirt, high heels. There is a masturbation scene; here is a short excerpt:

A woman had other ways to satisfy her sexual cravings. Mine came in trendy silver, with an electronically operated, “modest-sized” device designed specifically for ”her” pleasure. It was there for me when I needed it, it didn’t require any work on my part to get it ready, and it didn’t ask to rank our latest adventure when we were done. “Tara, sweetie, how was it? I feel like this one was at least a solid eight.” My Adam & Eve had a bit more common sense than that.

2. What inspired Tara and her story?
My inspiration was the many women who struggle to manage multiple priorities in their lives: whether it’s balancing their work and family or their kids and personal interests that oftentimes take a backseat.

3. Who are the men in your story and are they based on anyone you know?
I’ve read somewhere that each author has maybe ten or twelve characters in them, and they alternate them for each of their novels. There is some truth to that, although I tried to build unique characters. When I create a character, I first design their flaws. This is what makes them human and drives their mistakes which will start the main events of a story.

The main character Richard is an accomplished executive, he is Tara’s competitor who spent years fighting with her. Where she is hard-working, he uses his street smarts and relationships to succeed. On some level, he is a typical male manager who has a large network of buddies at work. He is very sharp and comes up with out-of-the-box ideas. He is always thinking a few steps ahead. On a personal level, he admires Tara, although he doesn’t outright show it. He is attracted to her, but after she rejected him many years ago, he doesn’t make another step. Instead, he spends his free time going out with his friends. He is good-looking and women are always around him, yet he never stopped thinking about Tara.

He is your worst competitor at work: bright, snarky, and isn’t afraid to play dirty. There are some good scenes centered around that.

4. Which song is the soundtrack of this novel?
I listened to Kongos Come With Me Now while driving home, right before starting to write The Corner Office chapters. I also listened to Alicia Keys’ Girl On Fire and a few other power girl songs. In general, I like to listen to upbeat songs before writing. It always puts me in the right mood.

5. What is your writing process?
My writing process is to find quiet time and lock my door.

I work full time and I have two small kids, so I usually write at nights when the kids are in bed. Because of my limited time availability, I write whenever and wherever I have time. I write on my iPad on the bus to work, while waiting for my kids at their weekend classes, or in coffee shops while they are at birthday parties.

I think having less time actually gives me more inspiration and makes me more productive when I do finally sit down to write. On most days the words flow out of me, funneled by the full day of running around and taking care of other, less creative things.

6. Why Romance novels? What drew you to the genre?
Romance is such a diverse genre. I write Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense and YA, and they are totally different. Their main similarity is that in the center of each story are two people finding their way to be together. I love Romance because I can write drier topics and make them more fun by incorporating romance. Life is far from perfect, and writing romance is a way to change reality into something more beautiful.

7. Who are your inspirations in the genre?
My earlier inspirations were Linda Howard, Janet Evanovich (although not Romance genre, I’ve learned a lot from her writing, and her style is next to none). Some of the newer authors include Sarah Robinson, Katy Evans, Camilla Monk, Jodi Linton. I was fortunate enough to meet many authors online and I’ve learned a great deal from them. They and their successes inspire me every day.

8. If you were to try another genre what would it be?
I like suspense. The first novel I finished writing was Romantic Suspense, so I could see myself writing a fun Suspense novel where Romance is not the main arc of the story.

I also write YA. I love this genre because this is where you can take more risks as an author, you can deal with more complex issues.

9. What book have you most recently read?
I’ve recently read and highly recommend Camilla Monk’s Spotless series. I love Camilla’s dark humor and voice, and this series will make up stay up reading and laughing. What can be more fun than a serial killer with an OCD paired with a nerdy IT programmer who loves romance novels?

10. What book do you most wish you had read?
The next book I read will be The Futures by Anna Pitoniak. It’s a coming of age novel about two people in New York City. One of them is working on Wall Street and the other for a small non-profit. Their glamorous life and marriage is put under test when everything comes crashing down. This is Anna’s debut novel and the writing is superb.

Thanks so much for spending time on BrizzleLass Books and wishing you all the best with the novel.

Thank you for having me on your blog. I appreciate your time and it was fun answering your questions.

About Katerina Baker

Katerina Baker is a lucky gal who still attempts to have it all: full-time project management job that she enjoys, crazy family of four (with the ongoing threats of getting a pet to upset the family equilibrium) and writing.

Although on some days she is much more successful at managing her life than on the others, she still claims that she doesn’t want it any other way.

Katerina is represented by Sharon Belcastro from Belcastro Agency, and has a contract with Lachesis Publishing, who will be publishing her Romantic Suspense novel Under the Scrubs.

    

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TitleThe Corner Office
Series: N/A
Author: Katerina Baker
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 23 June 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 236
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