“Must Love Fashion” – Author Interview

How long did it take from when you began writing your manuscript to the book launch?
Thanks, Lynne. This question has multiple answers. Must Love Fashion started out as another novel. It took about one year to get that version of the story written. This is where the story gets a little interesting and juicy. I’d been working with an agent for a women’s fiction novel and when that didn’t get picked up, she encouraged me to write a romance novel. I’d had very little experience with reading romances and the ones I had read were ‘historicals’. But I had the idea of a woman with health challenges who meets and falls for a man just getting over the loss of his wife. I took that idea, came up with a title (Not Must Love Fashion) and a setting. I thought so long as I had an HEA (Happy Ever After), I was set.
I was very wrong and didn’t realize it until I shot it off to the agent. She got back to me a few weeks later with a blistering harsh rejection. After I’d gotten over the initial shock and depression of that (three weeks), I realized I had wasted an entire year. I had been working full time as an in-house interior designer for a large senior living franchise, traveling a lot and was under an enormous amount of stress. So each night I would drown myself in a glass (or two) of wine, eat dinner and then try to write. What could go wrong there?
To make this long story short, I sent the rejected manuscript to a published author I know through one of my writing groups. She got back to me with several suggested changes and a lot of compliments. In short, she felt the story had merit and told me not to give up. I had a new manuscript written in four months. I’d also made the decision to leave my full time job. I’m getting started a little later in life and didn’t have years to make this happen. The time was now!

 What are you currently reading?
After I had submitted Must Love Fashion to publishers, I had decided to pick up another novel I started writing a while back. A vampire romance. One would think when as a writer you have the license to create a world in which anything your heart desires can land on the page it’s easy…it’s not. With great power comes great responsibility. And stress. I hadn’t ever been a ‘huge’ vampire fan. My first bite (no pun) was the Twilight books. And then the Sookie Stackhouse novels, by Charlaine Harris. Those books however are not traditional ‘romance’ novels.
And when trying to swim in the ‘romance’ end of the pool, there are rules. I had to find a few other vampire ‘romances’ for inspiration and guidance. I stumbled upon a book called Vampires Are Forever by Lynsay Sands. It’s part of her Argeneau series. The book helped in that while I was going off in all different directions trying to make my vampires unique with a host (no pun) of various qualities, Sands’ Argeneau vampires (Immortals, as they prefer to be called) were very simple. And that made them elegant. By following her lead, it helped my story not get bogged down in scientific hog-wash and allowed me to really concentrate on the love story between the two main characters.
As it turns out that Argeneau book was the 8th in the series of now 26 books! And I’m hooked. Reading them all.

What is your latest project?.
In Must Love Fashion we meet Gwen’s siblings, Greg Mallory, a police officer and Skye Mallory, an attorney. I had actually intended to write Skye’s story next. Even had the first chapters written. But the more I worked on MLF, I grew excited to tell Greg’s story more. So poor Skye got bumped.
There are plenty of ‘runaway bride’ stories out there. But the stories usually follow an arc where the bride finds new love with someone else. And usually the jilted groom is portrayed as a jerk and the villain.
But I had the idea…what if he’s not a jerk? What if he really is the good guy and what if the runaway bride came back! In MLF, we get a glimpse of what Greg has gone through and how it’s affected him. And at the end of MLF, we meet Faith (the runaway bride) and find out she’s back in Darling Cove!
The heart of Must Have Faith is ‘why did Faith really leave?’ She told Greg why two days before the wedding, but Faith really left for another reason.

I so loved writing this book. Because of what I’d gone through to get Must Love Fashion complete, with all the changes (including even character name changes from ancient drafts), I knew Greg and Faith inside and out from the start. Greg was so much fun to write. A handsome brooding police officer. Alpha male personified. But the man has a heart of gold and he was wounded.
Can Faith repair his heart and redeem herself? Readers will have to wait to find out.

 Was Must Love Fashion the first novel you’d written?
No. While Must Love Fashion is my debut published novel, the first novel I’d written and completed and submitted was a Women’s Fiction novel called Forty Times Platinum.
It was August of 2010 and I’d just finished another failed round of IVF treatments. My husband worked nights and I was probably lonely and depressed. I became quietly obsessed with a singer. Sitting on my laptop at night, I scoured the internet for news about him, concerts and listened to his music for comfort.
I came across a photo of him and an attractive older woman. Hey Now! Upon researching her, I learned she was a music executive who’d written a song for him. But in real life there wasn’t anything romantic between them. But what if there was? And so the idea for Forty Times Platinum was born.
That night, I wrote what became the fourth chapter in the book. And I kept going. A year and a half later, I hit 230,000 words and I thought to myself… this might be too long. Ha Ha. (The average manuscript is about 85-90K) I spent another six months breaking the story into two parts. But it didn’t split evenly. So I had to revise Book One and Book Two. I was writing them together.
When Book One was about 130,000 words, I decided to start showing it to people. And based on the feedback, I felt I’d had something I could do ‘something’ with. It took another year which included the reality check that it needed to cut even further, but I submitted it to agents and signed with one. Unfortunately, the book didn’t get picked up. And that agent was the same one who harshly criticized what became Must Love Fashion, which btw, I submitted to publishers myself and received a total of four offers.
I plan to take FTP and its sequel and try to get that published on my own next year. My dance card for 2017 is full!

 Name and explain two books which inspired you to write in the romance genre?
This is an exciting question to answer. I hadn’t been a big romance fan until several years ago. I suffered from the typical snobbery of the perception of what these books were really about; unrealistic, bodice-rippers, sugary, all that. A friend of mine who primarily reads women’s fiction had mentioned a book series called The Bride Quartet, by Nora Roberts. I have to admit, those books completely dispelled my myths. Of course, I’ve read a few since then that completely enforce those myths. But there are a lot of people on this planet and no two people like the same thing.
But those Bridal books were a bridge I could cross with my women’s fiction ideas and transform them into realistic, relatable happy ever after tales.
Once I started reading romance, I couldn’t stop. For a while, I was sneaking off to Barnes and Noble and gobbling up several a week. The books I had been drawn to however were mostly historicals. Johanna Lindsey’s Malory books drew me in big time. (It’s just a coincidence that my Darling Cove family has the same- but I spelled it Mallory).
When I attend conventions and listen to Keynotes and other speakers, everyone has that one book that not only drew them in, but anchored them to romance. My book was Seven Years to Sin by Sylvia Day. That book has never seen my bookshelf. I haven’t put it away. While struggling to make edits to Forty Times Platinum based on a proofreader’s comments, I dug through Seven Years to understand what the editor was talking about. Seven Years taught me how to write romance. It opened me up to the elegant way to craft a scene, build it and show…SHOW emotions not just tell the reader about them. And if I can offer one more book to this list which is my current emotional bible, it’s Jennifer Gracen’s third Harrisons Series book, Tis the Season. The emotional punches in that book still have me catching my breath. I’m lucky enough to know Jennifer (she’s a member of my local RWA writing chapter) and I was so glad to be able to tell her how her writing made me feel.
I just hope one day, I can do the same for someone.

Lynne, thank you so much for the opportunity to tell you about myself and my debut novel MUST LOVE FASHION published and available to readers everywhere.


Here’s an Excerpt from Must Love Fashion:

“Sometimes you don’t realize what a hole you have in your life until someone fills it.”

Annoyed, Gwen roughly draped her scarf around her neck and put on her coat. But those frayed edges once again caught on one of her charm bracelets. “Son of a…” Her free hand reached up to loosen the scarf from her neck before it strangled her. But it snagged on the clasp of her necklace and twisted; trapping her as if she were in a straitjacket. “Are you kidding me?” she growled.
Furiously, she shrugged out of the coat, sending it flying across the office.

“Excuse me.” A deep gravelly voice drifted in from the doorway.

Gwen swung around and locked eyes with the most devastatingly handsome man she’d ever seen. Andrew! “Oh hi!” She held up her hand revealing the tangled mess she’d made of herself.

“Looks like you’ve gotten yourself tied up there.” Andrew put down his bag and moved toward her with powerful long legs covered in what she knew had to be a pair of Prada dress slacks. In an instant, he was touching her hand and…her neck. “What’s caught on what here?”

“I can do it.” She backed away. It was startling to be so close to him. That photo did not do this man justice. He was even more stunning in person. He was so tall and broad. Heat radiated from his body; removing the chill that clung to her all week from the drafty window.

“I think you’ve done enough.” Andrew snagged her wrist again. His commanding hold made her feel like Lois Lane when Superman rose up, caught her and said, I’ve got you.


Author Bio:

 

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Deborah Garland is a former computer and sports journalist, turned romance and women’s fiction author. She likes to write about love and the struggles of complicated relationships. Her heroines are strong, and the heroes fall hard for them. She lives on the North Shore of Long Island with her husband and when she’s not writing, she’s either in the gym, or reading, cuddled up with their two pugs, Zoe and Harley.

 

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Released: “Must Love Fashion” by Deborah Garland

MustLoveFashion_CvrGwendolyn Mallory has landed her dream job. After years at a small fashion retailer, she’s been given a chance to show off her public relations skills for a major brand. What woman wouldn’t be excited to work for Prada in New York City?

Former male model turned Prada Brand Manager, Andrew Morgan is ready to move on with his life—his wife passed away from cancer fifteen months ago. Even though he and Gwen share an initial fiery spark, getting involved with a co-worker has always been on Andrew’s to-don’t list.

The weeks leading up to an L.A. fashion show bring Andrew and Gwen closer to the flame. At night, she dreams of this tall handsome man taking her on his desk. And Andrew is having a hard time keeping his own fantasies under control. But when one of the designers vies for Gwen’s affections, Andrew is awash with jealousy. And out of excuses.

After the show, they share an intense, passionate kiss and some killer heavy petting in one of the dressing rooms. And in her bed, Gwen brings out the man Andrew used to be, wild and hungry. But in the afterglow of their bliss, Andrew learns Gwen has been hiding something about her health. Unable to deal with all that pain again, he leaves.

During a business trip to Milan, Gwen and Andrew give into the heat still smouldering between them. Then Gwen finds out she’s about to be transferred to Italy. Andrew doesn’t want to hold her back from such a great opportunity, but he can’t live without her. He proposes in hopes of keeping her in New York, with him.

What woman wouldn’t be excited to marry a devilishly handsome man in a Prada wedding gown?


Published by Roane Black on White (click the logo to buy your copy now..).


Extract:

It was a secret Gwen would keep throughout the day. A secret for her and Andrew to share.
Gwen and Andrew… That did have a nice ring to it.

“So, he takes up a lot of oxygen in the room, doesn’t he?” Andrew pushed on one of his knees and stood.

“Salvatore’s all showy though.” Gwen fingered the skirt and swooshed the fabric back and forth.

“Do you prefer a man who is more subtle?”

It was the first time he’d dared to ask her personal preferences for a mate, and before he could retract his question or dilute it, she said firmly, “Yes, on the surface.” And smoldering underneath. Like you Andrew.
He stepped a few inches away. “I’m still concerned all the attention will be on you in that dress.” He held his chin, smooth and fresh.

“I was planning on wearing my hair up.” She gathered a handful of waves and swept them away from her face. But when he only stared at her bracelets as they clanged together, she let the bundle fall. “Or—”

“No. No.” The words caught in his throat. His fingers brushed past her cheek, lifting the hair off her shoulders again. “This is perfect.”

Yes, it is perfect. And he should be kissing her by now. Those amazing lips, pink and full on hers…and on other parts of her body, making her feel alive.
His eyes bore into hers, but he said nothing. Gwen preferred to not have to make the first move. How would she know if Andrew really wanted her in the first place, and wasn’t just taking advantage of a willing partner? But how long could she wait for him, before a crazy impulse took hold of her?

“I guess it’s settled. I’m wearing my hair up tomorrow,” she whispered, locking eyes with him.

He cleared his throat and stepped back, letting her hair fall. The weight of so many waves warmed her skin, even though she preferred the heat coming off his body. She stepped back as well and slipped into co-worker mode. “Andrew, be honest. Is this dress…too much? I prefer clothes that are simple and classic. Conservative even.”

“I would call you classic, Gwen. But not simple. You wear our clothes beautifully.” He ran his hand over the suit jacket she had draped on a desk chair. “The way they sit on you tells a story of…of the woman we know other women want to be.”

The compliment left her breathless. “Thank you, Andrew.”

“No, Gwen. I want to thank you.” His shoulders softened. “I need you to know, I couldn’t have done this without you.”

“That’s not true.” She swiped at eyes she suspected were shiny with tears, she wouldn’t let fall. Better to be respected as an equal, and not thought of as a weepy lightweight. “You’ve run plenty of these shows.”

“Yes, and I know what it takes to pull this off. There was no way I could have done what you’ve done…for this show.” He ran a hand through his hair, his wedding band was—gone!

The sight took Gwen’s own breath away. She twisted her hair to the side, to keep her hands busy. “Did you want to do one final walk through for tomorrow?”

“No. We’re set.” He bent down to the pick up the shoebox. His back straightened, emphasizing his dramatic height.

She moved toward Andrew to hug him. Immediately there was a different feel to his touch from the night of their first drink. The night when everything had turned around. And upside down. His fingers pressed into her skin. His body molded against hers. Oh, the smell of him, musky and woodsy. Masculine. There it was, his heart, beating wildly. There was so much of this man, his heart must work so hard to pump his rich blood through so many veins.

The feel of his grip softening, meant it was time for her to let go. “Have a good night Andrew.” She touched his hands and leaned upward for a kiss on the cheek. The edge of his mouth—warm and tender as she remembered—caught the corner of her lips. Tickle, Tickle went her stomach.

A strand of her long hair caught in his collar, binding them together for a brief moment. Creating a bridge that could bring them together…if someone was brave enough to cross.


 

“Retrouvailles” – Cover Reveal

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A Romance Novel

by Bill Chastain

to be released 5th June, 2017

Roane Black on White

Alex Overstreet is exceptional. Mature beyond his years, he understands the value of education and where having one can take him. Adverse circumstances are no match for the “anything is possible” residing in his soul, a place where self-pity need not enter. His future is mapped in his mind. Staying the course will bring a worthwhile end game.

Enter India Blue Kirkland. The most popular girl in school is the unknown Alex failed to factor into his carefully calculated life plans. She is everything he is not—outgoing and popular. A chance encounter with her sets into place a life-long love affair.

Together they find a passion and embrace the best of their different worlds while exploring the wonder of love.  Both are more than ready for a future together. But Alex’s family situation looms in the background, and eventually catches up to him, forcing him to make sacrifices that change the course of his relationship with India.  Though driven apart, their love never wavers.

Years later, Alex is successful on a large scale professionally, yet emptiness clings to him like free-floating lint to a dark suit. India should have been a part of it all.  He’s never moved on from her. She is the love of his life.  Meanwhile, India is trapped in a marriage and longs for what she had with Alex.  One glance of Alex at her father’s funeral sparks a romance that never died.

Retrouvailles validates the compelling power of first love and how the snapshots of moments together matter most. Those snapshots representing sweet moments in time can be more compelling than a lifetime spent together.


About Bill Chastain  

Bill Chastain is a sports journalist, and author of two previous novels …

  • Peachtree Corvette Club
  • The Streak.

He also has penned non-fiction sports titles including …

  • The Steve Spurrier Story: From Heisman To Head Ball Coach;
  • Payne At Pinehurst: The Greatest U.S. Open Ever;
  • Hack’s 191: Hack Wilson And His Incredible 1930 Season;
  • September Nights: Hunting The Beasts Of The American League East;
  • Jackrabbit: The Story Of Clint Castleberry And The Improbable 1942 Georgia Tech Football Team.

As well as at Chastain’s site Bill can also be found at …
FaceBook; and at Twitter:

His books can be found at Goodreads and Amazon

Cover Reveal::Symphony of Heartstrings

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A Symphony of Hearts

A Paranormal Romance

by T.E. Hodden

to Be Released 24th April, 2017

Roane Black on White

Meet Bob. Bob is the guy between the lines of every love story you ever met. The lucky chance, the twist of fate, the astounding coincidence that sets sparks flying. Never seen, but always there.   Today Bob is assigned to help Jenny find love.

But there is something more than bad luck working against the quirky librarian. Bob might have to save her life, before he can help her find love.   And he can’t do that from the shadows….

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About the Author

T. E. Hodden trained in engineering, and works in the rail industry. He writes as a hobby, when he is not walking the Kent coast, looking for forgotten nooks and crannies of history and folklore.

Tom can be found at FaceBook  

“Poisonous Whispers”, by Jana Begovich

 

 

Released on December 5th, this is Ms. Begovic’s 2016-12-5-to-8_poisonous-whispers
début novel – a romance, but much more.
Written in a literary style, it is a saga of discovery
of true love.

In brief:
       “Don’t you ever forget about me…,” he whispers during their secret encounters. Like a curse, these simple words now haunt Leandra, a reputable psychiatrist, who finds herself in emotional chaos after the sudden breakup of her illicit affair. Unable to heal on her own and tormented by dreams in which supernatural forces create havoc with her fate, she desperately turns to David, a colleague psychiatrist, asking him to take her through past-life regression therapy. She hopes that this unorthodox and somewhat suspect technique will explain her profound connection to the lover who has abandoned her so abruptly.

The sessions take Leandra through 17th and 19th century Ireland, Italy and England, where love, loss and betrayal are the leitmotifs in an ambiance of co-mingled fantasy and reality. In her hypnotic state, Leandra recounts a saga of intoxicating love, dizzying passion, flaming lust and profound heartbreak. Despite the painful answers she finds under hypnosis, Leandra still cannot let go of the hope to reunite with her lover. Ultimately, the shattering revelations from her past-life incarnations, along with the turmoil over her ruined marriage, become the stepping stones of her introspective path to healing, self-discovery and an appreciation of true love.

With its seamlessly interwoven sub-plots, “Poisonous Whispers” lures the reader from one continent to another, from past to present. The affair at the center of the story is an anatomy of the heart in which the heroine’s sorrow-laced journey reflects the universal themes of love and loss.

The author:
jana-portrait       As far back as Jana can remember, she has been fascinated by storytelling and intoxicated with the written word. As a young child, she began spinning stories, talking to an imaginary friend and devouring fairy tales. As a teenager, she wrote maudlin love poetry; and as a young mother, a collection of fables. Her love of reading and writing drove her to study languages and literature, resulting in B.A. degrees in English and German Languages and Literature, an M.A. Degree in Literary Studies, as well as a B.Ed. Degree in English and Dramatic Arts.
She works for the Government of Canada in the field of military language training and testing and her work, as a subject matter expert, has taken her all over the world. She was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina but has lived in Canada since 1991, currently
in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband.
As of the time of this posting, she is working on her second novel, as well as a collection of short stories.

An excerpt:
       A tiny streak of pale light is cascading softly down the cell window and making a shy sliver in the veil of darkness. I open my eyes, disoriented. I do not move; I do not even dare blink until I get my bearings. Then I remember and freeze in horror. I sit up, an aching all over my body and cold dread in my heart. Instinctively, I try to disentangle my matted hair with my fingers, but it is hopeless. All around me, I smell mold, decay and death. How can I survive another day in this hole? The sound of the door opening with a screech makes me jump in terror.

The gaoler walks in; a heavy set of keys dangling and jingling in his hand.

“Come. You are being moved in preparation for tonight’s execution. A verdict was reached.”

I speak not but follow him. We climb a steep staircase. Below us, I hear moans and yells and what sounds like the death throes of those hopelessly lost to the world and forgotten by justice, compassion and mercy. Again, I am feeling dissociated from the event of my calamity; I see my body walking, but my soul is not in it and indifference over what might happen floods me. Death is not the end. Death offers me salvation from pain, from the torment of living a human life.

We leave the jailhouse and enter the house across the street to the village inn. The inn owner, James Bourke, looks at me with hatred and disdain. He also always hated my husband because his wife had hoped my husband would marry her. She was in love with him, and when he married me she tried to kill herself. James married her later, but has always known that she never stopped loving my husband.

The gaoler takes me upstairs to one of the guest rooms and locks the door behind me. The room is wide and clean even though sparsely furnished. The bed is large and looks inviting and I realize how exhausted I am. On the bed is a white, thin chemise and I immediately understand this is what I will wear tonight when I am pushed off the bridge into the water that is cool even on the hottest of summer days. Will I have the strength or the will to swim and save myself? What surprises and almost delights me under such grave circumstances is a bathtub in the corner of the room. There is steam rising from it and I immediately undress and slip into it, relieved to be able to wash off the dirt, the grime, and above all the horrible stench on my body. I rub myself raw trying to clean my skin. Washing my hair is more difficult because at home I have servants who help me with bathing, dressing and undressing. I have been spoilt by marrying a man of wealth and power. Where is my husband now? I crave his protection. If he saved me now, would I give up Kieran, would I give up love in order to live? I surmise I would.

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Cover Reveal: Poisonous Whispers

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Poisonous Whispers is a romance fantasy, and Jana Begovic’s debut novel.

Due for release December 5th,  the cover designer is Bill Oliver *.

This is more than a story…it is a saga of past lives, betrayal, destiny, and passion…

“Don’t you ever forget about me…,” echoes the karmic whisper from lives past, poisoning her peace. 

Like a curse, these simple words now haunt Leandra, a reputable psychiatrist, who finds herself in emotional chaos after the sudden breakup of her illicit affair.

Through past-life regression therapy she hopes this unorthodox and somewhat suspect technique will explain her profound connection to the lover who has abandoned her so abruptly. The sessions take Leandra through 17th and 19th century Ireland, Italy and England, where love, loss and betrayal are the leitmotifs in an ambiance of co-mingled fantasy and reality.

Ultimately, the shattering revelations from her past-life incarnations, along with the turmoil over her ruined marriage, become the stepping stones of her introspective path to healing, self-discovery and an appreciation of true love.

With its seamlessly interwoven sub-plots, Poisonous Whispers lures the reader from one continent to another, from past to present. The affair at the center of the story is an anatomy of the heart, in which the heroine’s sorrow-laced journey reflects the universal themes of love and loss.


About Jana Begovic

Jana Vasilj-Begovic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina where she lived until 1991. In 1991, she immigrated to Canada, and after graduating from the Faculty of Education, Queens’ University, Kingston, she began to work for the Government of Canada in the field of foreign language education and training. As a subject matter expert in language training and testing, she has participated in multiple international conferences and projects, and designed and delivered numerous specialized seminars and workshops.
As the result of a multinational research project she led, she co-authored an article that was published in 2015 by Cambridge Scholars as a chapter of the book, “Language in Uniform”.
In addition to a B.Ed. degree in English and Dramatic Arts, she holds an M.A. Degree in Philology, as well as B.A. degrees in English and German Languages and Literature.

Her debut novel, “Poisonous Whispers” is the reflection of her love for the written word and her lifelong fascination with storytelling. She is currently working on her second novel. She lives in Ottawa, Canada with her husband.


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Caught Between Worlds, by G P Gadbois

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Caught Between Worlds

A Contemporary Romance / PNR

By G.P. Gadbois

Gabrielle and three college friends must deal with a temporary setback when they are stranded in St. Clair, USA.
Her holiday unravels in a series of exhilarating events.

Her salvation, handsome deputy Brady, succeeds in keeping her safe, and captures her heart.

Deputy Richard Brady’s peaceful life ceases when Gabrielle shows up at his door.
It is his duty to keep the charming Canadian safe from the life threatening supernatural activities, but his personal motives frighten him more than the danger itself.

Will love conquer and bring them together after Gabrielle returns home?

Publisher: Roane Publishing : Released: August 15, 2016
(I had the pleasure of editing this title)

Second Chance – Cover Reveal!

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Second Chance

A Contemporary Romance Novel,
by Suzi MacDonald

Release Date: 17 October, 2016

Teige Adams fell for the dazzling Zani Fairmichael in high school, but Zani was far too sophisticated to fall for a tall, geeky misfit like Teige. Twenty years later, he is a successful photographer with a string of glamorous ex-girlfriends behind him, and Zani has become plain Allie Brown, the mother of demanding teenage twins.

When Teige discovers that Allie has separated from her husband and is moving back to their hometown, he is determined to try for a second chance at the girl he never had.

But Allie, on the rebound from a difficult marriage, isn’t certain what (or who) she wants. And Teige’s slightly unhinged ex-fiancée and Allie’s soon-to-be-ex-husband have their own ideas about who Teige and Allie should be with. And then there is Katie, who is certain that Teige is The One for her. Will Teige finally win Allie’s heart – or is it too late for a second chance?


About the author:

Suzi Macdonald can’t remember a time when she wasn’t lost in fiction. She wrote her first full length novel by hand when she was twelve years old and she has been striving to live up to it ever since. She lives in a village in Scotland with her partner, their two children and a rather silly dog. When she isn’t writing she spends her time reading, walking and project managing.


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Masked Hearts – Authors’ Interviews

Masked Hearts – Authors’ Interviews

I worked with all five authors who wrote for Masked Hearts,
2016-03-16_Masked Hearts Cover Revealand through our emails bouncing back-and-forth fell in love with their talented works. Each is so individual, even under the umbrella of the titular theme, I could not settle on any single question to do justice to each author and her story.

So instead of asking the same one or two questions of all the authors, I sent out a list and said “Pick any three”. Here you’ll gain an insight into each author, revealed by their choice of questions as well as the answers given.

Thank you, all…

Dana Wright — Affinity

  1. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? (If you write more than one… How do you balance them?)
    I do write in more than one genre and to be honest it is a challenge to keep them balanced. Under another pen name, I write erotic romance and since things have taken off it has been a crunch to keep up with my day job and both writing styles.
    As to the why…I believe people are more than one sided. I love to watch different kinds of movies and read all sorts of books. It makes sense to me that I write romance, horror, YA and erotic romance because I love to do it. You might even occasionally find me writing a picture book or poetry. Words are fun.
  2. How do you feel about e-books vs. print books?
    That’s a good question. E-books have opened up an entirely new world to both authors and readers. I work in a bookstore, so I see both sides of the coin. As a multi-published author, e-books have helped me achieve a dream.
    But there is a certain type of reader who will only pick up physical books in a bookstore and will never embrace digital media. It can be a challenge to harness both, but that is my goal. I will continue to work on my digital material but I also have goals to get my books into bookstores.
  3. You’ve already done interviews…:What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? “Oh wow. I think I would love for someone to ask for a longer novel based on the story in the book. “
    3a And…your answer?
    I loved it [the story], so the answer would be ‘yes’.

Claire Devon — Water Woman:

  1. How do you feel about e-books vs. print books?
    As a hybrid author with Kindle on my phone, I appreciate the ease of e-books.
    As a person of “a certain age” who enjoys the visceral feel of a book, I prefer paperbacks. There is room for both and both have merit. It’s easier to lend your paperback around to others (if you can bear to let it out of your sight).
  2. Of all the books or shorts you have written, which would you most like to see adapted for the screen?
    Without question, the first in my Elementals’ Challenge series called “Fire Danger.”
    2a How would you adapt it?
    It would not be hard, since it is set in today’s world with an overlay of the paranormal, and the FX are already there for flying people, fire beings, dragons and other creatures. The challenge would be in properly capturing the love story between the two main characters, while still imparting the sense of danger that the world building creates in the book.
  3. You’ve done many interviews…What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has?
    “Why did you choose the location you chose for “Water Woman?” What made you choose the types of creatures you chose instead of wolves/vampires, etc.?”
    3a And…the answer?
    I noticed about a year ago I was keeping in my comfort zone about certain locations. I also have seen a tendency for the same sort of paranormal types to surface again and again in our literature. It is a big world out there with many types of interesting beings and I wanted to tackle those. That’s why you’ll see paranormals in my work which you’re less likely to see in others. I hope the reader likes what I’m trying to do.

Sharon Hughson — Duty Or Desire

  1. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? (If you write more than one… How do you balance them?)
    I have published works of women’s fiction, sweet romance, young adult fantasy, non-fiction Bible studies and devotionals, and now fantasy romance (as well as poetry). My preferred genre is young adult fantasy, but writing romance comes naturally to me since that is what I read the most of for YEARS.
    As for balancing all these…I’m still working on that. At the moment, I try to focus my novel writing skills on young adult fantasy since it’s where I want to be.
  2. Of all the books or shorts you’ve written, which would you prefer a reader to read first, in order to “get” you and your style?
    I think the story “The Demon Was Me” (coming out in October in Month9Book’s In The Beginning anthology) is where I would love readers to start. It is my only published young adult story. It is a dark biblical retelling I set in a dystopian world. Readers can see what I want to accomplish with my written words through this story.
  3. You’ve done many interviews…What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has?
    “Isn’t fiction all about entertainment? Why do you choose to entertain rather than educate?”
    3aAnd…the answer?
    As an educator, I realize that the best way to teach someone is to get them having fun first. Do I hope my stories entertain readers? Yes. But I also hope they will see the deeper messages embedded in the theme and subtext. In the case of “Duty or Desire,” one of my themes states we give one of these two things top billing – duty for me since I was taught to finish the work first before I could play. However, true contentment is a balance of both, although perhaps not in equal measure. All of my stories have more than one subliminal message.

Sheryl Winters — Feather Fall

  1. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
    The story chooses me. First comes the vision, the images of certain characters. These “people,” could be swimming or dancing or just talking over coffee. My job is to find out why they are doing what they are doing, then the story begins to evolve and the story becomes a lovely Jigsaw puzzle. One piece leads to the other until I wake up and find I’ve “fallen in love,” with my story.
  2. How do you feel about e-books vs. print books?
    I love both. E-books are very nice when I’m at work at lunch. I can never settle to just one before I leave the house. Having a handful of books to read at any time, say the airport, the hospital, stuck at work during my lunch hour is an awesome feeling.
    However, some books, usually Fantasy with a touch of Dragons, I want in print. I want to sniff the pages and feel the weight in my hands as I flip through the pages.
  3. You’ve done many interviews…What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has?
    “If you could meet any one of your characters who would you meet and why?”
    3a And…the answer?
    I would love to meet one of the Ra’von or Draven from Skydreamer, one of the seriously good-looking males from Skydreamer. Prince Ra’von, in particular, would be fun to interview. After all, he’s not only seriously good looking but is the most gentle-hearted man. He’s also a dragon-shifter, and I’d like to know a few things about them. Do they enjoy killing griffons or is it more of a cultural thing? When they are flying, what keeps them up? Magic, wing power, wind velocity, etc.. So many questions that I know he has the answer to.

Nemma Wollenfang — Dragon Law

  1. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? (If you write more than one how do you balance them?)
    I write in several genres: fantasy, historical, dystopian, sci-fi… I find it isn’t a choice as such, the story leads you into those different fields like a dog pulling on a leash. Always though, I like to have a romantic element. Sometimes it is a bit of a balancing act when moving between works and I have to take care not to slip from one style into another. Reading the same genre before starting to write can help set my mind on the right track. Sometimes, though, they cross-over quite naturally, for example, I’m currently working on a historical sci-fi set in an alternative version of Victorian-era London.
  2. How do you feel about e-books vs. print books?
    I’ve always been a print book fan. I like to feel the pages, have my own personal copy, and have books stacked around me. It’s a comfort thing. And when I settle down with a paperback there’s no temptation to flick onto the internet, I can cut the world out and focus only on the book.
    But at the same time I’ve read, and become completely engrossed with, a lot of fantastic fiction that’s only available online or in e-book format. So I think e-books have made fiction much more accessible — but I will always love print books.
  3. What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? “Writers often have to contend with distractions – what are your worst?”
    3a. And…the answer?
    My worst distraction is cats. I volunteer at a local cat rescue and I’ve adopted several of the adorable little monsters. I get nipped, kicked and patted while trying to write, until I relent and pay attention. Several times after leaving my computer I’ve returned to find sudden… additions… to works-in-progress. Always illegible. They can be a BIG distraction, yes, but they can be an inspiration too. It’s been while I’ve been working at the rescue that I’ve had some of my biggest ‘Eureka!’ moments with stories. Several of their names might have also slipped into my fiction too…

An Outlaw In Her Bed – Interview with author Kastil Eavenshade

The setting of Kastil’s romance gives the tale aAn Outlaw in Her Bed Cover Final 1600x2500  real “Oomph” …the Wild West background makes both the characters and the story line credible. So when I was asked to offer questions to Kastil, my first few questions pretty much focussed on the setting…

Here are the Qs & As:

  1. How did you become involved with the subject/theme of your book?
    Thanks to my father, I learned to love a good western and always liked the outlaws living on the edge. Not quite without morals yet willing to take a life if necessary. I had also never written a western before so I took it as a challenge. Besides, I love history and the research that comes along with it..
  2. What is the biggest thing that people think they know about this book’s “wild west” setting, that isn’t so?
    That’s there’s a showdown in the streets. While that trope works well in the movies, it’s not really accurate.
  3. What was the hardest part of writing this book? 
    Expanding the story, at least at first. The original draft had about 12,000 words. Every time I sat down with it, I couldn’t figure out how to add without it being just fluff. My muse didn’t let me down on those long drives to my 9 to 5 job.
  4. Which authors have inspired you?
    I read several genres but as far as romance goes, I’d pick Connie Mason. She’s my go-to gal. She taught me the value of making sure you got the period right.
  5. Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.
    I’m a pantser writer. The words tend to flow out in gobs from a singular idea. Depending on the type of book I’m reading, I’ll research as I go or sometimes, write it and then on the read through I make sure that I’ve got the facts right—especially on historicals. I find paranormal and fantasy have a lot more play in what you create than basing something on periods of time that are fixed in the real world.
  6. Of all the books (or stories) you’ve written, which would you prefer a reader to read first, in order to “get” you and your style?
    I can be pretty snarky at times and love when I can put a little humor into books, though I’ve dabbled on the dark side too. The Romance Novel Book Club is more of me than I’d like to admit.
  7. What do your plans for future projects include?
    I write all over the spectrum. Right now, I’m working on a m/m piece for a special anthology. After that, I have three pet projects to finish—the next naughty fairytale book in my Beowulf Hollow series, a young adult piece, and a historical pirate story.
  8. What books or films do you like to read/watch in your free time?
    I’ve been really bad at reading books lately as I’ve been caught up on reading a few historical pieces online. Movies, however, are my escape. Beyond seeing Deadpool a few times in the theatre, I’ve been re-watching the Harry Potter series with my son plus the Spartacus series. I love the gladiator lore.
  9. What question do you wish someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here: What is your dream outlaw?
  10. Now, answer it.
    A man with morals, for one. It’s all right to buck against the law when they’re in the wrong (and in the wild west, having a badge didn’t mean you weren’t corrupt) but to do it without regard to life just doesn’t mesh with me. He’s a man that needs a strong woman because sometimes tangling with the law means a life on the run. He loves as madly and deeply as I do and we’d do anything to protect each other.

KASTIL EAVENSHADE