A Conversation with Tonya Kuper, Author of ENIGMA (Schrodinger’s Consortium #2) with a giveaway!

Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Tonya!

Thank you for having me visit!

🙂

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

  • SFF nerd
  • Mom of 2 boys
  • Loves music (a lot of alt rock)
  • Adjunct professor teaching Writing YA Lit Writer’s Workshop
  • Can’t resist chocolate

I’m with you on that last one 🙂

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

My publishing house wanted a book loosely based on Schrodinger’s cat experiment theory (quantum physics), told in dual point-of-view, with an alpha male. I read about quantum physics, wrote a synopsis, the first chapter, and made up the rest as I went. I based my main character in 2013/14 on Kat McNamara, now the star of Shadowhunters on Freeform.

Yikes—quantum physics? That’s awesome, though—sounds great!

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I stared writing the summer of 2009 after reading a ton of YA fiction. A couple songs actually sparked a scene to play out in my imagination as I cleaned my house. I was always a reader and never set out to be an author.

Huh…inspired by housework…that’s definitely a new one!

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’m starting a secret YA project this summer! Hopefully it will sell relatively soon.

A secret project? Sounds great—good luck!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I’m about to dive into The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber, one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I just received it last night and read the first page today. This gonna be good!

Sounds great—hope it lives up to your expectations!

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Romantic scifi with a motorcycle-riding guy, a scifi nerd-girl who can manipulate reality, & kickass action.

Perfect! Thanks again, Tonya!

 

About the author:

Tonya Kuper is the author of ANOMALY, the first in the Schrodinger’s Consortium Series, a young adult science fiction trilogy, released November 4, 2014 by Entangled Teen. She fell for Young Adult lit while earning her Masters degree in Reading Education. She’s a mom to two awesome boys, an alt music junkie, a Star Wars nerd, and in love with Sherlock.

 

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Enigma (Schrodinger’s Consortium #2)
by Tonya Kuper

Publication Date:  July 3, 2017

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

 

 

Worst. Road Trip. Ever.

 

Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren’t fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.

 

The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly the rebel base of my dreams. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait.

 

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A Conversation with Loree Lough, Author of THE MAN SHE KNEW (By Way of the Lighthouse #1–with a giveaway!)


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Welcome, Loree! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I love gardening!
  2. I love baking!
  3. I can identify a whole bunch of animal tracks in the woods!
  4. I have a great family!
  5. I’d rather ‘be writing’ than just about anything!

Nice list! I love taste-testing home baked goods; just saying… 😉

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

For some reason, I kept hearing stories about how difficult it is for the newly released—men and women—to return to normal lives. From reuniting with family to finding a job, they meet obstacles of every variety. Now, I’m no Pollyanna…I realize some of these people are hardened criminals that will return to their old ways and probably end up right back in prison. But some of them honestly want to leave that life behind, and do everything in their power to start fresh and stay on the right path. So I wrote a story featuring a guy like that, who made a stupid mistake—and paid for it—and wanted little more of life when he left prison bars behind than to prove himself a changed man.

Great idea—fantastic inspiration!

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

Years ago, I made a living writing articles for newspapers and magazines. More than 2,500 articles to be precise. I was hired by a local county to write a series of articles that would inform residents which method of solid waste management would be most economical and environmentally friendly. I spent lots of time with the chief engineer of the county, visiting nearby states/counties to see what was and wasn’t working for them, and why. It was determined, based on this scientific research, that filtered incineration would accomplish those goals. So I wrote all eight articles, not knowing that, behind the scenes, the county executive and his board had already sewed up a deal to develop a landfill. When the articles began appearing, they were altered, to make it look as though the research favored this method of disposal. When I saw them, I demanded that my byline be removed from the articles (but not the check!). This wasn’t the first time a publication changed salient facts to appease an advertiser or others. So I had to ask myself…if I was going to participate in writing what amounted to be fiction, why not write a novel? So I did. The result was Pocketful of Love, published in 1994. And although I’ve written a hundred or so articles since, my focus has been novels and novellas, ever since.

Wow—I have to say, that’s the first time I’ve heard that particular motivation! I like it 🙂

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

Later this month (June, 2017), my next novel will be released, 50 Hours (based on a screenplay by Kevin O’Neill). After that, the 2nd and 3rd books in Harlequin Heartwarming’s “By Way of the Lighthouse” series will be released. I have several irons in the fire, so who knows what’ll happen next!

Sounds great—can’t wait!
What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I’m reading Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, and I’m loving it. Such music in his words!

Oooh, yes—I loved that one!
If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

The Man She Knew: He paid the price and did his time; doesn’t he deserve a second chance?”

Perfect! Thanks so much, Loree!

About the author:

Bestselling author LOREE LOUGH once sang for her supper, performing across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she writes novels that have earned hundreds of industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 7 book-to-movie options. The Man She Knew, #1 in her “By Way of the Lighthouse” series, her 3rd for Harlequin Heartwarming, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Harlequin.com.

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The Man She Knew
(By Way of the Lighthouse, #1)
by Loree Lough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Don’t they both deserve a second chance?

Fourteen years ago, one reckless act cost Ian Sylvestry everything, including the girl he planned to marry. Since then, he has fought hard to turn his life around. Returning to his Baltimore town after serving a prison term was the first step. Winning back Maleah Turner’s trust is a far more daunting challenge. From their first sparks-flying reunion, it’s obvious they still have powerful feelings for each other. In fact, they might be even stronger together now. But if their second chance is going to work, Maleah has to believe that Ian is a changed man. She really wants to believe…but she simply isn’t convinced.

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A Conversation with Mallory McCartney, Author of BLACK DAWN (with a giveaway!)

Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Mallory! What 5 things should readers know about you?

Thanks for having me! 🙂 So, five things readers should know are,

  • Before being an author, and wife, I will always be an ultimate fangirl 🙂
  • I have two dachshunds, Link and Lola, who basically take up my social media and I love them to bits!
  • I adore musicals, like, a lot. You can often find me driving around in London blaring Disney or Phantom of the Opera (whoops 🙂 )
  • My favorite authors are Sarah J Maas, Laini Taylor and JK Rowling
  • I drink way too much coffee and love, love, villains

Doesn’t everybody do #3? Just maybe not around London… 😉

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Black Dawn’s inspiration came from several different things. The original manuscript I wrote for my cousin when I was about to start high school, we had talked about different fantasy worlds for years, and the story started with Emory’s character coming to life in my mind first. After I had finished that manuscript, I left it alone for seven years. I went to high school and then college, then I took a year to travel through Australia and New Zealand. After my husband and I got married we were walking our dachshunds one afternoon and talking about our favorite authors and writing in general, and it came back into conversation. I will never forget that feeling, when the idea blossomed again in me, and I started rewriting the book the next day. The characters that we see in Black Dawn, their inspiration I pull from some life experiences I have personally gone through. But in my mind, they have always had their own voices. I get inspiration from music, and mythology. The world of Kiero I pulled different inspiration from climates that I have travelled too, and spun them into my fantasy world.

Very cool!

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

Writing has been something I have loved to do since public school. I did take a break as I said above for a while, but started again three years ago and haven’t stopped. My teachers in public school and my English teachers in high school were a huge inspiration to me. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the support from my family, and my friends. Not once did anyone waver when I told them I wanted to be a writer, and I will always be grateful for that. Writing is a rollercoaster, and having a solid support system to me is key.

Yay for teachers!

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

Oh, thank you for asking me this!! I am working on several projects right now! In the next year, we can expect to see Renegade: A Black Dawn Novella be released this coming fall, which is the prequel to Black Dawn. Also, in February 2018, Queen to Ashes which is the second book in the series will be released.  There will be four books in the Black Dawn series, and I am also working on an upper YA separate series, the first book called Defiant, which pulls inspiration from Sleeping Beauty and Spawn.

Fantastic! So much to look forward to!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I am currently reading A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas, and right now I am terrified!!! I only have about a hundred pages left, and I adore Sarah’s worlds, and her characters, especially Rhysand. This book is exceptional, and an emotional rollercoaster, one that I will be sad to end!

Those are always the best books—when you want to get to the end and dread it, all at the same time!

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

If I had to sell Black Dawn in a single tweet it would say, “Love. Loss. Betrayal. A long-lost Queen battling a Mad King. Welcome to the world of Kiero, where nothing is as it seems.”

Awesome! Thanks so much, Mallory! 

 

About the Author:

Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

 

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Black Dawn
by Mallory McCartney
Publication Date:  February 14, 2017
Publisher:  Clean Reads Publishing

 

The end of an Empire, the rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long-lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows…

 

 

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A Quick Conversation with Katee Robert, Author of FORBIDDEN PROMISES (The O’Malleys #4–with a release day review and giveaway!)

Welcome, Katee! We’re so glad you’re with us today to answer some quick questions about Forbidden Promises and The O’Malleys series!

How much of each of the O’Malleys’ stories did you know when you started the series?

Not much! Haha. I knew every bit of Teague and Callie’s story, and a dose of Carrigan and James, but the rest of the series was really up in the air. I knew the order of the books beyond the second one, but that was it. I even had Keira paired with Liam originally.

Hmmm…yeah, I could totally ‘ship them 🙂 I AM a fan of Liam.

 

How much of the series has developed as you continue writing?

The biggest change that altered the series was Dmitri. He didn’t exist before I started drafting the second book, and then he just sort of become this huge presence that slowly took hold within the series as the opponent the O’Malleys had to come against again and again. Once he showed up in book two, I realized that Cillian’s heroine was Dmitri’s half-sister, and so on. I also didn’t reckon on Jude MacNamara. He was 100% a surprise at the start of Forbidden Promises.

Ahhh…but he’s definitely the BEST kind of surprise! Man bun and all 😉

 

But…if you’re coming up with their stories as you go along, isn’t that kind of risky? What if you write yourself into a corner…or two…or three? (This is a worry that would keep me up at night…though of course, I’m not Katee Robert!)

The biggest corner I painted myself into was actually in Forbidden Promises. I knew Sloan left Boston behind, and I knew she found her guy in the new place, but I couldn’t figure out how that would work out and keep the tone of the series. It was far too large of a coincidence to have a random hit man occupying the house next door, so I started toying with ideas of who he could be. In the end, it hit me right between the eyes—what if the MacNamara family we keep hearing reference to didn’t actually die out? And what if the last surviving son had made it his life’s work to eliminate the Sheridans the same way his family was eliminated? Talk about kismet! I even foreshadowed it in the earlier books on accident. It’s kind of funny how the mind works sometimes. My writer brain knew how Jude would tie in before I did.

That’s awesome! I love how that ended up working out so well…though you could have told me that it was all planned from the beginning and I totally would have believed you!

 

 

About Katee Robert:

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it ‘a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.”  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Title: Forbidden Promises
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever
Series: The O’Malleys
Page Count: 336 pages
Format: Digitial and Print
ASIN: B01KT7YSJM
ISBN-13: 9781455597031

 

Synopsis:

Some lines should never be crossed . . . not even for love.

Sloan O’Malley just left her entire world behind-her family, her wealth, and even her real name. For the first time in her life, she’s free. She can live the “normal” life she’s always wanted. A life without fear. But there’s nothing safe about her intensely sexy next-door neighbor.

Jude MacNamara has no room for innocence in his life. Only revenge. Still, he’s never been able to walk away from the forbidden, and Sloan-who is every inch of pure, mouthwatering temptation-has forbidden written all over her. Only after it’s way too late does he discover the real danger: claiming Sloan as his puts a target on her back. To protect her, Jude is willing risk everything . . . and to hell with the consequences.

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Excerpt:

“I won’t hurt you, Sloan. I promise.”

There was no logical reason for her to trust him, but he’d been careful with her up to this point. Perhaps he’d be careful with her with what came next. She nodded mutely, watching as he rolled on a condom that he’d retrieved from his pocket. Her body hummed in anticipation and trepidation, but she didn’t let it show as he moved back to join her on the bed.

Jude palmed her between her legs, his big fingers exploring her. It didn’t seem possible that he could spark pleasure with a few specific touches, but it didn’t take much to have her relaxing, letting him once again take the lead. He kissed her neck. “Feels good, huh?”

“Well, I—oh.” Her eyes went wide when he pushed a second finger into her. It stretched her, the feeling not entirely pleasant at first, but he merely waited, pulsing the slightest bit, until pleasure took hold once more. She clutched his shoulders. “Kiss me again. Please.”

“You don’t have to ask twice.” He took her mouth like he owned it—like he owned every part of her. Jude slid between her legs, his body rubbing deliciously against hers. His hard length slid through her wetness, creating a friction that sparked a tide of desire deep inside her. Again? I couldn’t possibly…

He nipped her bottom lip and then soothed the slight ache with his tongue. “Ready?”

There was no mistaking his meaning. She nodded. Despite the earlier orgasm and how good it felt to have him moving against her, she was so incredibly empty. Instinct had her hooking a leg around his hips and arching up to meet him, needing more, so much more.

Jude reached between them, and then he was at her entrance. He kissed her, tongue twining with hers as he pushed into her, just a single inch. It was too much and not enough and she couldn’t help but thrash, pinned in place by his big body, overwhelmed by her helplessness and what he was doing to her. “Jude, I—”

“Shh. I’ve got you.” He rolled, taking her with him. One second she was on her back, finding it hard to breathe, and the next she was straddling him where he sat with his back against the headboard.

Sloan looked down, daunted by the sheer size of him. “I don’t know if this is going to work. You’re too big.”

He laughed, deep and full-throated, the sound rolling through her like the tide. “You can take every inch of me, sunshine. I promise you that.”

 

Review:

Oh, this series.

Ms. Robert gives us the most impossible scenarios–makes us want to see couple together that are made up of the last two people on earth who should ever be together, makes us think that an HEA is going to be impossible, and then somehow still manages to deliver one. I have no clue how she does it, but OMG, does she ever have me hooked.

Jude and Sloan’s story is no exception. These two are all wrong for each other–never should work–but yep, they totally do. I mean, I knew she’d get them together somehow in the end, but even at 85% still wasn’t sure how she’d ever manage it…which is exactly how she keeps me turning the pages like an addict.

I see what you did there, Ms. Roberts. And yes, your not-so-subtle hints about who the last two single O’Malleys are going to be hooking up with is going to have me hitting that “to-read” button oh-so-fast…

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

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Other Books in The O’Malleys Series”

THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT

THE WEDDING PACT

AN INDECENT PROPOSAL

UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION (Coming soon!)

 
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A Conversation with Kate Evangelista, Author of NO SECOND CHANCES (Dodge Cove #3–with a giveaway!)

Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Kate! What 5 things should readers know about you?

Five things. So many things. But I’ve got five.

  1. I always have a can of cat food in my purse. This is so when I run into a stray I can make sure he or she has food for the day.
  2. I have a new podcast called Stream of Subconsciousness that’s available for free on SoundCloud. I’ve always wanted to do a podcast. It’s mostly my mouths on various subjects but I plan on having guests over for conversations soon.
  3. I have recently discovered Rita’s and I am obsessed with their frozen lemonade slush. Basically you order lemonade and add any of their ice flavors. It gets blended together into slushy goodness.
  4. I love being slightly overweight. I know, it’s not normally what people say. And of course there are days when being thin is tempting, but hear me out. When I was thin I was never happy. I’ve finally found my comfort zone and I’m happy. I still exercise to stay healthy, but not to lose weight. Never that.
  5. My maternal grandfather is a US vet who was stationed at Clark Airbase as a pilot. He’s where I get my skin and eye color from. But I am born and raised Filipino.

Great list! I especially love #4. That’s awesome 🙂

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

I always knew Natasha’s and Jackson’s story had to be told. They are each other’s great loves. Plus, I always wanted to tackle a story that has three grand gestures instead of just one.

I can absolutely get behind three grand gestures!

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

Of and on since high school. Actually, it was my second year high school English teacher who inspired me. She gave us an assignment to write a short story. When she complimented mine I found my calling and never looked back. I may have stopped along the way but eventually I realized I wanted writing to be my career.

That’s fantastic! I love that an English teacher helped you find your way.

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I just submitted my next novel to Swoon Reads that tackles the In-Love-With-My-Brother’s-Best-Friend trope. It was so much fun to write. I can’t wait for all of you to read it.

OMG, that’s one of my favorite troupes! I can’t wait either 😉

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I just finished rereading The Darkest Part of the Forest. It’s my new all-time favorite novel. I love Holly Black’s writing. Her characters inspire me.

Oooh, I haven’t read that one yet—but I do like her too. Thanks for the rec!

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

A boy who stops time, defies gravity, and brings down the stars to win back the girl he loves.

LOL! Love it! Thanks again for stopping by, Kate!

 

Author Bio:

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with an Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full time and is based in the Philippines. To learn more about Kate, please visit her website at www.kateevangelista.com or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista

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No Second Chances
Kate Evangelista
(Dodge Cove #3)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 16th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Natasha was DEVASTATED when Jackson, her first love, disappeared without a word only to pop up months later as a famous DJ. But now she’s over it―over him!―and ready to move on with her life! Isn’t she?

Jackson thought he was leaving Dodge Cove behind forever when he set off to LA to start his career as a DJ. But the one thing he had never been able to leave behind was the memory of his first love, Natasha, and now that he’s proven his success, he’s coming home to win her back…

Get ready to stop time, defy gravity and bring down the stars in this final book in Kate Evangelista’s Dodge Cove Trilogy!

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A Conversation with Michele Summers, Author of SWEET SOUTHERN TROUBLE (with a giveaway!)

Welcome, Michele! What 5 things should readers know about you?

Hmmmm, okay, here goes:

  1. I’m very stubborn. Yep. Like a dog with a bone stubborn. I dig my heels in and won’t give an inch when I think I’m right. According to my kids, I always think I’m right. But in my stubborn defense, I will apologize if proven wrong. Not happily, but I do it anyway.

 

  1. I hate to be photographed. No, hate is probably too mild. I detest, loathe, abhor, (take your pick) being photographed. It literally pains me to pose for pictures. Not sure why, but it probably stems from my childhood, standing with my eight siblings for what felt like days while my dad fiddled with lights and cameras to take our family photos. An exercise in complete torture. Any pictures you might see of me have been taken under extreme duress. 😉

 

  1. I’m fascinated with power tools. Recently I gave my kitchen a facelift by painting my wood cabinets and tile backsplash, but it needed to be sanded before painting and I couldn’t possibly do it all by hand. After buying my first power tool, an electric sander, I was hooked. (Kitchen turned out fabulous, I might add!) Next up: Circular Saw!!!

 

  1. I’m basically a homebody even though I love to travel. But these days it takes a lot for me to pack my bags and head to parts unknown or otherwise. I enjoy spending time in my home and love it when both my kids are around for family dinners and hanging out. Don’t get me wrong, if someone offered me tickets to Paris or Florence, I’d blow this Popsicle stand, but not for long…because there’s no place like home.

 

  1. I love basketball. Let me restate that: I love college Specifically UNC basketball as in 2017 National Champions basketball!! I’ve been watching my Tarheels since way before Michael Jordan (GOAT) made his first jumper in high school. As a child, I used to shoot baskets with my two brothers, and we’d fight over which UNC player we were pretending to be. I taught my son how to shoot a free throw and used to beat him at the game Horse. (He was probably five at the time…I’m very competitive. Don’t judge.) I’ve seen more national championship games than I care to count. And probably know more college basketball stats than most coaches. And like a true Tarheel who bleeds Carolina blue, I’ve proudly passed this passion down to my son and daughter. It’s hard to live in North Carolina without catching the basketball fever. GO HEELS!

 

I’m with you on #2. Pictures are the worst!

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Mostly my imagination. Sweet Southern Trouble was the very first book I wrote and prior to writing it, I used to play around with different scenarios in my head, wondering if I had the nerve to actually write a book. At the time, my son talked football non-stop (still does) and I started asking him questions about different quarterbacks and coaches and he inspired me with his answers. Learning how hard these guys worked to play ball, I thought it would be funny to see how a big, tough football player would deal with a snack-sized kindergarten teacher. On the outside they appear as complete opposites, but they discover common ground as fierce competitors.

Love it! You never know where inspiration would come from 🙂

 

How long have you been writing and what or who inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing for about ten years. In the beginning, I wrote on the sly…late at night while everyone slept. No one person inspired me to start writing. I basically challenged myself to see if I could do it.

That works too—awesome!

 

What are you working on right now?

A fun new series set in Miami about a family of brothers, all professional athletes in different sports, all strong-willed, stubborn, and damaged in some way by the sins of their father. And all coming up against their biggest challenge: protecting their hearts from the women who butt heads and lock lips with them and who keep tempting them to fall hopelessly in love. Look for the Silver Starrs series in late 2017.

Sounds great! Can’t wait 🙂

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte because who doesn’t love a strong woman who won’t compromise her beliefs or convictions? Not even for the only man she ever loved. I’ve read this book at least once a year, ever since I was fourteen and my older sister read it aloud to me, while sitting on the beach one summer. My first romance. This one never gets old.

I agree! Every time I read it again, I notice something new.

 

If you had to sell your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

What happens when a snack-sized, trash-talkin’ kindergarten teacher competes with a smokin’ hot, tough football coach? A real throw down!

Perfect!

 

Thanks for having me! These questions were lots of fun!

Thank you for coming, Michele! Good luck with SWEET SOUTHERN TROUBLE—I can’t wait to read it!

 

MICHELE SUMMERS writes about small-town life with a Southern flair, and has her own interior design business in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Miami, Florida. Both professions feed her creative appetite and provide a daily dose of humor.

 

 

Title: Sweet Southern Trouble
Author: Michele Summers
Pub Date: May 2, 2017
ISBN: 9781402293641

 

An ambitious Southern belle

Marabelle Fairchild knows she’s a gal who can get things done. Feeling unappreciated at the exclusive private school where she’s a kindergarten aide and varsity tennis coach, Marabelle determines to score with the next big fundraiser. What she doesn’t expect? A smokin’ hot football coach to throw her off her game…

 

A reclusive NFL bachelor…

NFL coach Nick Frasier is Raleigh’s most eligible bachelor, but he wants to focus on his career…not his playboy status. He doesn’t need a smart-mouthed, pint-sized kindergarten teacher pestering him. So he cuts Marabelle a deal—in exchange for Nick sponsoring a bachelor auction starring him and his gorgeous celebrity pals, Marabelle will pose as his fiancée to ward off unwanted advances.

 

What could possibly go wrong?

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New Release Review and Giveaway! FINDING MOLLY: AN ADVENTURE IN CATSITTING by Justine Prado and Jenn St-Onge

Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting
by Justine Prado
Illustrated by Jenn St-Onge
Genre: YA Graphic Novel
Release Date: January 2017
Emet Comics

Summary:

Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting is a graphic novel about Molly Sanchez-Talebi, an unemployed art school grad who hesitantly starts catsitting to pay the bills. She dreams of breaking out of suburbia and her artistic rut, but she has a lot of self-discovery to do before that happens. The comic follows her funny misadventures as she learns that maybe these (sometimes) friendly felines are just what she needs to get her life on track.

Review:

Finding Molly, Volume 1: An Adventure in Catsitting was a fun read. The main character, Molly Sanchez-Talebi, has some growing up to do, which both adds to the humor at times and the reader’s frustration at others. I’ll admit I’m not the book’s #1 demographic, because I found myself agreeing with her parents almost as much as I agreed with Molly, but I still found a lot to like in this story. The author clearly has spent a lot of time around cats, because the many, many examples throughout the story were spot-on. Watching Molly grow up and figure out how to accomplish what she wants to while balancing her family and friends was very entertaining.

I’d definitely sign up to see what is next from the author/illustrator AND Molly!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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A Conversation with Catherine Lanigan, Author of PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM (The Shores of Indian Lake #7–with a Giveaway!)


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Welcome, Catherine! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I’m a voracious reader. I wish I had more hours in the day to read even more, but I DO have to write.
  2. I work full time and write full time if that’s possible—meaning 40 hours at each job give or take a few hours here and there to buy groceries.
  3. I iron my sheets and pillowcases. It’s mindless work and I get a ton of ideas. You think it’s the spray starch? I use lavender scented.
  4. I never, ever work anymore without my essential oils diffuser going right next to my computer.
  5. My son and his family and then friends come first in my life. I’ll drop everything to help. Though I may pack my laptop on any and all trips.

Hmmmm. Running out to grab some of that lavender spray starch before NaNoWriMo…

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Most authors have “soapboxes” they haul out from time to time and weave them into our stories. Frankly, I can only go so long before I have to discuss the menace of domestic abuse and drug addiction. I touched on the drug addiction problem in Sophie’s Path last July.  That story was from the medical point of view.  Protecting the Single Mom is from the cop’s point of view and the dangers every police officer faces 24/7 on the job. And the danger can come out of the clear blue. With the rampant rise of drug usage in our country, it is more than common to see addicts in the shopping malls, churches, schools and workplace.  It’s a growing shadow across our land we seem helpless to stop it.  My story is that of a man and woman, fighting together for their town, their friends and their friends’ children.

That’s what it takes, unswerving courage to stand up, be counted and volunteer to make a difference. Throughout all history, heroes and heroines are the ones who risk their lives, livelihood, even the safety of their own children to speak up, do whatever it takes to stop evil in all it’s forms.

Inspiring! I can’t wait to read it 🙂

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

This is the beginning of my 38th year.  I knew I wanted to be a writer at a very young age,  (6) but I had a college professor who told me I had no talent whatsoever and that my best bet was to give up my dreams of writing and change my major. I believed him. I changed my major to Literature, History and Education. (I know….I was and am a book worm.) I didn’t write for 14 years.  Then I met a television journalist who “shamed” me into giving writing a real try. I wrote a romantic historical spy novel set against World War I.  He introduced me to his agent and within two months she had two publishers bidding on my book. That was in 1979.  I haven’t stopped writing. I will never stop.

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I just finished FAMILY OF HIS OWN, my July release for Heartwarming. In December, will be MICA’S BABY.   I’m working on synopses and ideas for more SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE BOOKS.

Awesome! Can’t wait!

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I just finished another Beatriz Williams tome. Loved it and as far as I’m concerned she can’t write fast enough for me.  Last night I finished Karen Rock’s A COWBOY TO KEEP. Well, I lost several hours of sleep because I could NOT put it down. Whew. I’m glad to know Dani and Jack are safe now. I was so worried. LOL.

LOL! Such a relief!
If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Cate Sullivan will risk everything, even her life and that of her son, for the man she loves.

Fantastic! Thanks so much, Catherine!

 

About the Author:

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.

Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.

Currently, she has published seven novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love Shadows, Heart’s Desire, A Fine Year for Love, Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling and Sophie’s Path. Protecting the Single Mom pubs April, 2016. She has recently contracted for two more in the series: Wedding for Isabelle and A Bride for Mica.

As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.

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Protecting the Single Mom
Shores of Indian Lake #7
Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
April 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Getting involved shouldn’t be this dangerous…

Cate Sullivan is no damsel in distress. She’s kept herself and her son safe for six long years. Built a good life in Indian Lake. But now that her drug-dealing ex-husband is moving his operation here, that life is about to explode.

Her instincts tell her to trust Detective Trent Davis. That he’s more than just a handsome cop doing his duty. The former Green Beret has even formed a fast bond with her son. But there’s something he’s not telling her. Some darkness that keeps him from giving in to the feelings she knows are growing between them. Cate trusts Trent to keep her safe, but the real question is whether he’ll trust himself with her heart.

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Advanced Review for Protecting the Single Mom

This is an exceptional romantic fiction novel that inspires women to achieve their dreams and warms the hearts of the romantics. It is a beautifully well-written story with a clean context. It is suitable for anybody who loves a good romance and yearns to be inspired to make a change in their circumstances. – Susan Sewell for Readers’ Favorite

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 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)
 1 winner will receive a tote bag and three Shores of Indian Lake books: Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling and Sophie’s Path (US only)
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Tour Schedule

March 26th: Launch
March 27th: Thoughts of a BlondeKatie’s Clean Book Collection
March 28th: Rockin’ Book ReviewsBook Lover in Florida
March 29th: Rainy Day Reviews & Zerina Blossom’s Books
March 30th: Hearts & Scribbles & Harlie’s Books
April 2nd: Hardcover Feedback & Reading Is My SuperPower
April 3rd: Mel’s Shelves & Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews
April 4th: underneath the covers & Wishful Endings
April 5th: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium, Heidi Reads… & Singing Librarian Books
April 6th: Nicole’s Book Musings & Becky on Books
April 7th: Grand Finale

 

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A Conversation with Wendy Sparrow, Author of the TAMING THE PACK Box Set (with a giveaway!)

Don’t miss my review of Wendy’s boxed set here!

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Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Wendy! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I’m a hopeless romantic. I don’t read sad books because reality has too much reality to it, and I believe that everyone deserves to be loved for who they are.
  2. I’m more flawed than most of my characters. I have severe clinical obsessive-compulsive disorder (Pure-O to be exact,) PTSD, agoraphobia, and a degenerative form of hypermobility. I know what it’s like to feel unlovable, desperate, and to experience pain so deep you’re numb.
  3. I believe every living creature deserves to be respected and acknowledged as powerful, and I have a soft spot for the vulnerable, marginalized, and misunderstood…and puppies. *looks at puppy beside me* *sighs*
  4. I love a stormy day with a good book, a snuggly blanket, and a cozy window seat.
  5. I’m a minor geek in a family of major geeks.

I’m with you on #s 1 and 5…reality needs to stay out of my leisure time, absolutely! Oh, plus puppies… 🙂

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

The first book, Past My Defenses, came from a Twitter chat with fellow writers where we were one-upping each other in ridiculous premises for paranormal stories. I suggested a wolf shifter allergic to other animals…and “the allergic shifter romance” was born. I wrote it and the second book during November of 2012…which, prior to this last February, was the worst month of my life. I tend to write humorous stuff when I’m in total crisis. These two books were NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) books.

I LOVE the “allergic shifter romance” premise—too funny, and it works so well in the book! I love that books 1 and 2 were NaNo books too—that’s great! I’m sorry to hear that Jordan’s book was written during such a stressful time, though…you can’t tell at all from the story.

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing since I was young, but my brother said in 2009, “I bet you could write a novel.” I’ve never been able to resist a challenge from my brother. Two weeks later, I’d written a book. I haven’t stopped writing for any significant amount of time since then.

Hmmm…maybe I should try that—a challenge from my brother. I like it!

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’m finishing up everything on a young adult book due out in June from Entangled Teen under my pseudonym, Wendy Laine, called Secrets of Skin and Stone. It’s a paranormal romance set in a small town with an OCD cutter and a gargoyle shifter, both with many secrets.

A gargoyle shifter? I’m going to have to check that one out, for sure!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I’m reading a romance anthology, and I’m enjoying short and sweet novellas. I love anthologies when I’m in the middle of projects because I can set them down between novellas. I have a real problem doing that with novels.

I hear you, I do too! Great idea 🙂

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Characters with depth flirt with danger (and turning furry) as alphas meet their matches. A ranger, a sheriff, and a big bad wolf—oh my.

Perfect!

 

Thank you for having me and I hope you spend some time with the Glacier Peak wolves.

Some of my favorite wolves? You bet I will! Thanks, Wendy!

 

About Wendy Sparrow:

After a childhood spent wandering as a military brat, Wendy Sparrow finally found her home in Washington State. She spends her days trying to convince her two kids she actually knows how to properly parent and her nights showing her husband all the cool things romance authors know. She’s active in the OCD and autism communities and writes on her blog to support awareness in both. With her whole heart, Wendy believes in happily-ever-afters and that everyone deserves one. If she’s not writing or wrangling kids, she’s on Twitter, @WendySparrow, where she’ll chat with anyone about anything.

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About the Taming the Pack Boxed Set:

Sometimes a wolf is all you need.

What do you get when you mix Alphas and sheriffs and park rangers? Three sexy tales of wolf shifter romance from the talented Wendy Sparrow sure to keep you up past your bedtime! With one click, immerse yourself in a rich world of danger, intrigue, a little humor, and more than a little heat.

Past My Defenses

After a feline danderbomb takes Vanessa down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who has no idea what he’d trapped. Dane Hansen had hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs. They’re hot as a forest fire even before they scent-match. Meanwhile, Lycans are being poached, and Vanessa has been targeted. Dane will have to keep her close to protect her, but with Vanessa in heat and mad to mate, who will protect him?

This Weakness for You

Jordan Hill is his pack’s Alpha wolf, and after his last breakup, he’s opting to be the lone wolf, too. But when his rival’s little sister—a human—comes to his door, what should be a tasty snack turns out to be something more than Jordan could ever imagine. Christa Hansen is simply looking for a place to stay. Yet the dark shifter smells irresistibly like forever. But getting involved with the wolf who tried to kill her brother—twice—is lunacy. Falling for her family’s enemy won’t just be her downfall…it will be his, too.

Crazy Over You

Waking up with a naked woman holding a knife at his throat is just about the last thing Sheriff Travis Flynn expected. And the brother she’s looking for? A murderer. And dead. Probably. But the real shock comes when she insists she’s not a Lycan. Once LeAnn Wilcox finds her brother, she’ll get out of the pack’s territory and go back to her regular, nonfurry life. But LeAnn’s life is at stake if she won’t claim her place in the pack, especially once Travis’s control over the pack is challenged and her brother’s fate is questioned.

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A Conversation with A.L. Davroe, Author of REDUX (Tricksters #2)

 

Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, A.L.! What 5 things should readers know about you?

Geez, this is a hard question…Um…

  1. I can pick my nose with my tongue. That’s always fun at parties…
  2. I have anxiety and I’m not afraid to talk about it.
  3. I make cheese, write novels, and pet sit for a living.
  4. I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up and that’s ok.
  5. I drink nothing but tea and seltzer.

Okay, now I really want to go to a party you’re at! And kinda don’t, both at the same time… 😉

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

The first inspiration came from two of the women from my previous agency talking about wanting a Steampunk Cinderella concept. I got this idea for a Cinderella that loses her leg instead of her shoe. Of course, I was sick of writing Steampunk at the time and I was curious about writing futuristic pieces, so I chose to go with that instead. NEXIS, the resulting novel, went a completely different direction than the actual Cinderella story, but you can see some of the threads there. The follow up novel, REDUX, had a number of versions, but the current one came about through a sort of learning experience that the main character, Ella, and I had together as creator and project. I talk about that journey in the acknowledgements.

Cool! I’ll have to check that out.

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I started writing for fun my freshman year of high school. My mother had always said to me that I was a good writer, but I never really listened to her. Parents are supposed to tell you stuff like that, right? It took a friend asking me to write a fan fiction with her that really got me into writing for enjoyment. She’d always enjoy the sections I wrote and I enjoyed writing them. I started to miss working on the fan fiction when it was in her possession. One day, I was waiting after school for my mother to pick me up after drama club. I finished reading this one novel that I had been really into and I was so bored. I wanted the book to continue. I wanted to be writing. Mostly, I just wanted something to pass the time. I thought to myself, “Why don’t I just write my own story? Something like this, but different.” That was my first novel. I went on to continue writing just for fun throughout high school and college. I finished this one novel about a year out of college and thought to myself, “This story needs to be shared with the world.” And that started my path to publication.

That’s awesome! I love that you started with fan fiction…

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I always have a bunch of projects that I’m working on. I can’t really say which one will be finished first or what’s next. Rest assured that I have more YA novels coming – both Sci-Fi and fantasy. I also have some adult pieces that I’m excited to bring you in the future. However, I plan to take a nice long vacation after REDUX comes out.  😀

LOL—sounds like a plan!

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

Would you believe that I’ve been on a non-fiction stint? I started taking classes, so I’ve been reading lots of books for my classes. The current book I’m reading is on graphoanalysis. It’s pretty interesting and I find it hard not to start analyzing everyone’s handwriting, LOL!

That does sound interesting—and I can see how that would be very tempting… 🙂

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

I’m a firm believer that readers should read NEXIS before REDUX, so the pitch for NEXIS would be: A female version of Matrix meets Tron and Ender’s Game.

Excellent point—works for me! Thanks, A.L.!

 

About the author:

I write both YA and adult speculative fiction. I’m represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. I’ve written FOR YOUR HEART; CITY STEAM; NEXIS; and M.I.A.. My latest novel, REDUX (YA science-fiction) is coming out with Entangled Teen in March 2017.

By day, I live in Connecticut with my feline hench-creatures and I make cheese. I’m a terrible blusher, have a weak spot for cuddly animals, love Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and I’m a huge advocate of alternative healing methods. I wear purple shoes and corsets…Though not always in the same ensemble. I’m a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal. I also suffer from Resting Bitchface Syndrome (RBS), so even though I might look like I’ll tie you in a knot if you come near me, I’m more afraid of you than you are of me (see blushing problem above).

About the book:

The domed city of Evanescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.

To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.

But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging…life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.

But then Ella learns a secret…and it changes everything.

Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new—and better—life to all who’ve suffered.

Or die trying.