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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#Interview Elizabeth Corrigan – Oracle of Philadelphia @ERCorrigan @RAPublishing

Like most bloggers I get a whole host of review requests, with the state of my TBR *insert crying face here* I tend to politely turn them down. But occasionally I receive one that makes me stop and consider it more closely. The email I received from Elizabeth Corrigan was one of those. The blurb for Oracle of Philadelphia was right up my street, and while I don’t have time to read it right now, it went straight onto my Kindle wish list so that I can buy it when I have more time and I asked if Elizabeth would like a guest spot on the blog. We agreed on an interview and I’m pleased to share the interview with you today.

Description

Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve.

Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid. He sold his soul to a demon in exchange for his sister’s life, but his heart remains pure.

Carrie has lived for millennia with the knowledge that her immortality is due to the suffering of others, and she cannot bear to see another good man damned when it is within her power to prevent it.

In order to renegotiate his contract, Carrie must travel into the depths of hell and parley with the demons that control its pathways. As the cost of her journey rises, Carrie must determine how much she is willing to sacrifice to save one good soul.

Interview

Hi Elizabeth, 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 Oracle of Philadelphia

Oracle of Philadelphia is about an immortal girl named Carrie who can read minds. She owns a crappy diner in Philadelphia and has angel and demon friends. One day, she meets a man who has sold his soul to a demon, but she knows that he is a good person, so she decides to travel into Hell to negotiate with the archdemons for his soul.

Who is Carrie? What makes her tick?

Carrie has lived for 8,000 years with the weight of knowing everyone’s thoughts—and knowing that her village sold their souls to a demon in order to give her immortal life. She tends to be rather sad, both because of this and because of the continual loss of the people she knows. She has two true friends, the demon Bedlam and the angel Gabriel, and she lives for her interactions with them.

Where did Carrie come from? What made you write her?

This one is a little embarrassing. I actually got the idea from the television show Supernatural. At the end of season 2, one of the characters sells his soul to a demon (#spoilers!), and while waiting for season 3 to start, I pondered what would happen next. I came up with the concept of an oracle who would want to save him. The story now bears little resemblance to Supernatural, but it takes place in a crappy diner because in Supernatural, I feel the all-powerful oracle would work in a crappy diner.

How did you come up with the concept for the series Earthbound Angels?

I answered this a bit above, but that only explains where I got the plot for the first book. I decided I wanted to write a series because I got interested in all the surrounding characters I was writing about. At first I thought I would write a book about Carrie, then one each about Bedlam and Gabriel. But the story stretched even beyond that and included even more characters.

The cover art for Oracle of Philadelphia is vivid and intriguing, tell us how it came about.

My publisher’s cover artist, Glendon Haddix of Streetlight Graphics, came up with the cover. He incorporated the symbol of the flaming sword, the oracle, and the city of Philadelphia in what I, at least, think is a beautiful cover. He’s also great to work with! I use him for all my self-published covers as well, and I recommend him to any author looking for a cover artist.

Which song(s) would be the soundtrack for Oracle of Philadelphia?

Oh, so many, and a lot of them are mentioned in the book. Carrie’s theme song is “Human” by Christina Perri, Gabriel’s is “Halo” by Beyonce, and Bedlam’s is “Flagpole Sitta” by Harvey Danger. Some other songs on the soundtrack would be “Hero” by Chad Kroger, “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics, and “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones.

Tell us five unusual facts about Elizabeth Corrigan.

a.) I’m pathologically afraid of bees.

b.) I do a lot of tabletop gaming, to include role-playing games and cooperative board games.

c.) I’m trying to give up Diet Coke, but I miss the caffeine.

d.) I drive a SmartCar (but I might trade it in for an SUV soon-ish).

e.) I have two cats named Mookie and Tiara.

What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser?

I’m somewhere in between? I do a lot of planning in my head before I ever start writing, but I have to write down a basic outline to get my plot sketched out. And when I say basic, I mean really basic. I just write down the chapter title and less than a sentence about what happens in that chapter. For the last book I worked on, I actually had 5 pages of notes, and it was the most I had ever outlined. Which was funny because my friend Mary Fan, who is usually a planner, was writing a book at the same time, and she felt like she was pantsing because she only had 5 pages of notes.

What have been your most memorable reviews?

I try to let the reviews, good and bad, roll off me as much as possible, but there are a few that stand out. My favorite review quote from Oracle was from Random Musings of a Curious Mind: “… filled with laugh-out-loud moments and scenes that will break your heart.” I thought that was such a nice thing to say. Other reviews that stand out are ones where a reviewer whom you never met seems to really get your book. Just a few of those make the whole writing experience worthwhile.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

For my day job, I’m a government contractor who does quality assurance work on data about behavioral health issues. In my spare time, I play a lot of tabletop games, both role-playing games and cooperative board games.

Has writing taught you anything about yourself?

Writing has taught me so much about myself. I learned pretty quickly when I started editing that I am not at all a visual person, which means I don’t generally describe anything. My editor’s notes tend to include things like, “Describe anything” and “Scroll through the senses.” I’ve gotten a lot better at doing this on my own, but it’s still not instinctive to me. Over the long-haul, I’ve come to learn that I really am writing for myself more than anyone else. I used to dream of being famous and successful—and of course, I still hope for that—but I’ve learned that I’m happy just being a little indie writer, and writing to that goal is more satisfying to me in the long-run.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer the questions and hanging out with me for a while.

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TitleOracle of Philadelphia
SeriesEarthbound Angels #1
Author: Elizabeth Corrigan
Genre: Fantasy | Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication Date: 20 March 2013
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 222
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#BlogTour: A Winter’s Wish Come True by Lynsey James @Lynsey1991 @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

I’m so excited to be part of this blog tour for A WInter’s Wish Come True. Lynsey James is a wonderful author and her books always leave me with a happy knot in my stomach. I loved the first part in this series A Season of Hopes and Dreams and you can check out my review again for that here. Huge thanks to Lynsey James and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me on the tour.

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Being pregnant with her ex-boyfriend’s baby is the last thing on Cleo Jones’s Christmas wish list. Scott might have been the man of her dreams once upon a time, but things change and now Cleo faces a future as a single mum… Or does she?

Scott won’t let Cleo go through this alone; whatever their differences he’s vowed to be there, from antenatal classes to night feeds and nappy changing. The two agree to bring up their baby as friends – but as Cleo’s bump grows, so do their feelings for each other.

Cleo can’t be sure if it’s her heart of her hormones urging her to give Scott a second chance – but getting back together could be the best Christmas present of all!

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Review

I well and truly fell in love with Cleo and Scott in A Season of Hopes and Dreams, imagine my distraught cries when I started A Winter’s Wish come True only to find out they had split up. Lynsey James, you broke my heart girl! This is it, that book AFTER the Happily Ever After, except it’s not too happy!

That is until Scott slinks back into town, tail between his legs and rekindles those flames leaving poor old Cleo with a little more than she bargained for. Single, pregnant and hoping beyond hope for a real happy ending Cleo is now facing the harsh realities of her life.

Sooooo, I will admit to finding Cleo just a little irritating early in this book. If she’d just reeled in her attitude and listened to Scott she would have saved herself a lot of trouble. BUT, that wouldn’t have exactly made for a very good book, so I get it, I really do. I just think she could have been a bit nicer.

Scott is kind of a perfect guy, he just does and says the right things every time, even when it’s taken the wrong way (almost every time) and he just keeps on bouncing back for more. That man loves his woman ladies. Sure, he’s screwed up in the past, but who hasn’t? He is definitely one of those guys that give you the warm and fuzzies.

This is going to be a book that warms everyone up from the inside out and brings happy festive smiles to all your faces.

Sending huge thanks to Lynsey James, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Lynsey James

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Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

 

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TitleA Winter’s Wish Come True
Series: N/A
Author: Lynsey James
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit | Mental Health | Christmas
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 22 November 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 254
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#BlogTour: A Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James @Lynsey1991 @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Interview #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the A Season of Hopes and Dreams blog tour, I’m super excited for this one as I not only have my review but an interview with Lynsey James as well, yes you are being spoiled today! Also, if that wasn’t enough there is a giveaway at the end of the post that you absolutely don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Lynsey James and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.

Description

It’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones…

But this summer is going to be different. Life is turning around for Cleo! Maybe it’s the invitation from her childhood bully to their high-school reunion that’s shocked her out of a ten-year slump. Or joining Carb Counters and finally starting to shed the weight she’d piled on during her recovery – or maybe it’s catching the eye of her gorgeous personal trainer!

Whatever the answer, this is going to be a summer she never forgets… watch out world, Cleo Jones is finally fighting back!

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Author Interview

Hi Lynsey, 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 A Season of Hopes & Dreams

A Season of Hopes and Dreams is about Cleo, who used to harbour dreams of becoming a professional dancer and taking over the world. That all changed when she was involved in a tragic car accident and for a long time, she stopped dreaming, Then she finds the old bucket list she made when she was younger and things start to happen! Oh, and there’s a hunky personal trainer named after an iconic Neighbours character…

What inspired Cleo and her story?

A bit of it came from my own experience. I’ve been in and out of slimming groups for years as I’ve tried to lose weight myself, and the dynamics just fascinate me. Like Cleo, I’ve also struggled with body dysmorphia and thought it would be good to tell the story of how it can affect your life, but also how you can conquer the demons it can bring.

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

The main man in my story is the lovely Scott Robinson and I won’t lie, I’m a little bit in love with him! He’s a personal trainer who loves Cleo exactly as she is, and he really helps her on her journey to conquer her demons and achieve her dreams. He’s unfortunately not based on anybody I know (I wish!). If I had the Man Dough from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, I’d make a man like Scott.

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

One of them would definitely have to be Especially for You by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. When the main man’s called Scott Robinson, you can’t not include that song!

Why don’t we chuck Too Many Broken Hearts in there too?

What is your writing process?

Oh gosh, it’s chaotic! I’m continually in awe of those super-authors who plan out their books with brightly-coloured Post Its. I get a rough idea of where I’m going with the story, or even just a jumping off point, and dive right in. Often I’ll decide on plot elements I’d like to incorporate when I’m halfway through the draft. Somehow, I end up with a finished book though!

Why Romance novels? What drew you to the genre?

I’m really interested in relationships – how they come together, how they fall apart and all the bits in between! I honestly love writing about people falling in love or maybe falling out of it. People in general also interest me – I’m one of those people who sits in coffee shops and makes up stories about the people sitting around me.

Who are your inspirations in the genre?

Mhairi McFarlane is the biggest one, without a doubt. She combines humour and romance so effortlessly. I also love Harriet Evans, Miranda Dickinson, Kirsty Greenwood, Lisa Dickenson, A L Michael, Portia Macintosh… There are so many talented authors to mention!

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

I think it’d probably be crime. I’m a huge fan of detective shows and often try to find the culprit before the detectives on the telly. My success rate isn’t very high though…

What book have you most recently read?

Cocktails and Dreams by the lovely A L Michael, who I’m lucky enough to call a friend. It’s warm, witty and downright hilarious. She’s releasing a sequel soon and I just know it’ll be as awesome as this one.

What book do you most wish you had written?

The Story of You by Katy Regan. It absolutely blew me away when I read it and I remember thinking ‘wow, I really wish I’d written this myself’. I didn’t want to put it down.

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

Review

Cleo is a character that most of us will be able to relate to, I certainly felt very attuned to her plight as a woman struggling not just with weight issues but a more serious eating disorder. As a teenager Cleo dreamed of being a dancer then an accident which broke her legs destroyed that dream and she’s been left wandering aimlessly ever since and food not only became her comfort but her enemy as she developed a binge eating disorder, as someone who has had one of these I know what a struggle they are to get past.

We follow her on her journey as she attends a local slimming club, why she finds it helpful, and facing all of her insecurities as personal trainer Scott comes into her life. From not being able to believe that a man could like her to letting her guard down enough to let him in. Through to the self-sabotage when she realises he might just like her a bit too much.

I could relate to so much of Cleo’s journey and was willing her to accept herself as much as I was willing her to accept Scott. I know from my own experience there is life after this illness and I wanted her to make those steps and find some happiness.

Lynsey James has written a compassionate but honest account of living with weight issues and an illness which is rarely tackled by anybody with characters which are raw, lovable and heartwarming.

Sending a huge thanks to Lynsey James, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Lynsey James

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Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

 

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TitleA Season of Hopes and Dreams
Series: N/A
Author: Lynsey James
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit | Mental Health
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 11 September 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 384
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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!

Description

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
Review Format: N/A
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
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
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.

    

Giveaway

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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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