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    Q&A with author Isabella Louise Anderson


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    1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
    Deciding to participate in NaNoWriMo again, I just knew I had to start writing, and as a panster, there was no direction in mind. Having my USWeekly Magazine next to me, that had Khole Kardashian-Odom and Lamar on the cover (I loved them together), was great inspiration. With the desire to have always wanted to own a flower shop, I combined the two.
    2. When did you take up writing?
    I’ve always loved to write. As a young girl, I would create scenes using characters from soap operas, (I love “The Young & the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”).
    3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
    Each book is different, but I try to bring scenery and atmosphere into my books.
    4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
    While I love all my characters, Connie Albright is my favorite! I know some might not like her, but with all her negativity, she has a heart, and desires love more than anything. (I might even write a novella to check-in on her, so stay tuned!)
    5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
    Try the Pomodoro Technique! I swear, after I tried this it’s changed my life as an author.
    6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
    No, and I’m not an early riser, so I see that I write best when it’s between 3:00-5:00.
    7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
    Both! It just depends on which current WIP I’m working on.
    8. Can you name three of four of your current favourite books?
    “Defining Her” by Samantha March, “Peri in Progress” by Cat Lavoie, and “Dangled Carat” by Hilary Grossman.
    9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
    Yes! The novella I’m working on it about a woman who is an assistant to a celebrity who is in need of a stand-in date for her appearances. What the actress doesn’t know is the assistant hires the man who tortured her in high school. What will happen when everything is exposed, including that the man didn’t mean to torture her, that it was his way of liking her?
    10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on their journey?
    ​Use the Pomodoro Technique! Try to complete five to six sessions, and you will see how much this works!

    About Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop
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    As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.
    Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.
    A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?
    As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

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    Meet Isabella Louise Anderson
    Isabella Louise AndersonIsabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America.
    She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy consultant and hoarder.
    Isabella is the author of The Right Design and Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop. Her short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. She’s currently working on another book.


    Where to Find Isabella Louise Anderson
    ​Website: http://www.isabellalouiseanderson.com
    Chick Lit Goddess: https://chicklitgoddess.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaLouiseAnderson/
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7382151.Isabella_Louise_Anderson
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ila121209/
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/chicklitgoddess/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ILA121209
    Amazon Author: https://www.amazon.com/Isabella-Louise-Anderson/e/B00IWCNQFO/

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    Isabella Louise Anderson
    10/23/2017 09:20:40 am

    Thank you for having me today, Monique!

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    Fast (Holiday) Five with Author Susan Murphy


    Ipad Pic of They Do I Don't and Annabel's Wedding by Susan MurphyThis is my second blog post interviewing contributors to the It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Chick Lit Anthology …today’s interview is with Susan Murphy.

    1. You have a holiday story in It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chicklit…what’s your favourite holiday?
    My favourite holiday is definitely Christmas. Ever since I was a kid, I’d start counting down the days from as early as July. I am the youngest of 5 kids and we didn’t have very much growing up, so when Christmas came around it was the only time we’d really get new toys and clothes. It was also fun to see all of our cousins and have roast dinner and dessert. In Australia Christmas is also in the summertime so it’s stinking hot. We would have the sprinklers on in the back yard and after opening our presents in the morning, lunch would be cooking while we played and got wet. I loved it.

    2. What book are you reading right now or looking forward to reading next?
    Right now I can’t wait to start reading The Florentine Bridge by Vanessa Carnevale and Don’t Mean a Thing by Renee Conoulty. They both look great and are wonderful ladies.

    3. Of your own novels do you have a favourite?
    I have 2 published books, a series called ‘Confetti Confidential’ which is loosely based on my work as a marriage and funeral celebrant. I loved book 1, ‘They Do, I Don’t’ but I think the second, ‘Annabel’s Wedding’ was actually better. My books have a lot of comedy, so most of the reviewers said that there were a lot of laugh out loud moments, but there’s also romance and of course, because I am a marriage celebrant, there are weddings!

    4. Are you working on a novel/book/story now? Can you tell me a little bit about it?
    I am working on something now, several things actually. I have written another ChickLit story which is based in Hawaii and is a bit more romance based than my other 2. I hope to have that out early next year. I’ve also been working on a thriller with another author and I have co-written a middle-grade children’s book with a fellow children’s author, Adam Cece. I also have a historical romance in the works too, based on the stories of my grandparents, but I need to wait until I visit Edinburgh next year, where the story is based, before I can really get into the details for that one.

    5. What’s your favourite holiday song/or food or tradition?
    I am one of those awful people that has Christmas carol CDs playing on loop all through December. My favourite tradition is taking the kids out so that they can buy gifts for each other and us with their own money. We wander the shops, listening to carols playing overhead. We have lunch and they spend time sneakily buying gifts and hiding them so that we don’t see. It’s my favourite thing in the lead-up. Boxing Day is also a big one for my family as my siblings and parents usually go our separate ways on Christmas day, to in-laws etc, but then on Boxing Day we have a big feast and celebration.

    Susan MurphyAbout Susan Murphy
    Susan Murphy is an author and marriage (and funeral) celebrant from Adelaide, South Australia. From weddings on cruise ships to family brawls at funerals, Susan has seen (and completely enjoyed) all of it. These situations have of course provided much inspiration for her writing.
    Her first book ‘Confetti Confidential: They Do, I Don’t’ was published with Harper Collins in 2015 with the follow-up, ‘Annabel’s Wedding’ released on November 1st 2015.
    After a stint as the Writer in Residence at the SA Writers Centre, Susan has co-written a middle-grade children’s book and is now working on a historical fiction project as well as a new romantic comedy series.
    In her ‘spare’ time she mainly eats chocolate and drinks wine, although she occasionally turns up at work and sometimes parents her three children, 2 dogs, cat and cockatiel, Moe.


    Website: www.susanmurphyauthor.com/
    Facebook author Page: https://www.facebook.com/susanmurphyauthor/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SMurphyAuthor
    Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Murphy/e/B00VCZ7HTO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4?qid=1475038372&sr=1-4
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13495153.Susan_Murphy
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/susanmurphyauthor/
    Blog: http://www.susanmurphyauthor.com/comechatblog
    Pinterest: https://au.pinterest.com/SmurphyAuthor/
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13495153.Susan_Murphy
    Harper Collins listing: http://www.harpercollins.com.au/cr-113929/susan-murphy/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE_DBLbbRGKLOPzCjOrWrFA

    Look for Susan’s story in It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chick Lit out now and free at all major retailers.

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    Dianne Maguire
    11/13/2016 07:00:11 pm

    Loved this interview Susan. ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chit Lit,’ will definitely be part of my holiday reading. 🙂

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    The Fast (Holiday) Five with Amy Gettinger


    To celebrate the launch of the new anthology It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chick Lit, which I have a story in I’m doing a series of interviews with some of the authors involved in the project. First up is Amy Gettinger.

    The Five (Holiday) Five With Amy Gettinger
    Alice in Monologue Land - CoverKiss My Sweet Skull - CoverRoll With the Punches - Cover







    1. You have a holiday story in It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chicklit…what’s your favourite holiday?
    I probably love Thanksgiving more than Christmas at this point. I used to love Christmas best, but for the woman of the house, it is a huge, exhausting, month-long production with few surprises. Thanksgiving is much less material and just involves a huge, gorgeous meal with a lot of lovely people. Besides, I love turkey and mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce AND pumpkin pie.

    2. What book are you reading right now or looking forward to reading next?
    I’m reading In a Gilded Cage and Crowned and Dangerous, both by Rhys Bowen. I love mystery with a female sleuth, and I really enjoy both Bowen’s Molly Murphy series and her Royal Spyness series.

    3. Of your own novels do you have a favourite?
    Probably. I think Roll with the Punches is my favorite. I loved the research into roller derby, and I really knew my stuff as far as Alzheimer’s, so it was easy to write. Plus, it helped me process my father’s long siege of Alzheimer’s.

    4. Are you working on a novel/book/story now? Can you tell me a little bit about it?
    I have a WIP about another roller girl, the biggest one on the team. I can’t say more at the moment. It’s very much in process, and it just isn’t calming down into a smooth story the way I’d like. (darn characters)

    5. What’s your favourite holiday song/or food or tradition?
    I send Christmas cards to over 100 people every year. If you’re on my good list, you get one—plus a long, thorough Christmas letter with pictures. I’m a good writer, and these letters are hilarious. It’s my favorite thing to do at Christmas.

    Amy Gettinger and TaffyAbout Amy
    Amy Gettinger, once a community college ESL instructor, now coaches reader’s theater for seniors. She lives in her dream house in Orange County, California underneath a eucalyptus windrow full of parrots and crows. For fun, she walks the local beach cliff path with her husband and the dogs–and thinks up perfectly ridiculous characters and crimes to write about.

    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-Gettinger/e/B00S9Y99II
    Blog: https://amygettinger.com/
    Twitter: @AmyGettinger
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Amy-Gettinger-1412625005719904/

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    Indie Author Day – What is an Indie author anyway?


    Monique McDonell Author Photo - Mr Right and Other MongrelsWhen you are involved in any industry whether it’s mining, medicine or accounting you find there is language unique to that field. ( If you eavesdrop on three town planners it is my belief there will be so many acronyms used you may find yourself wondering if they’re speaking another language). Once you understand that field or industry the language becomes common place and you forget that others don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Since I’ve embarked on my journey to write and to get published I have learned all sorts of terms and phases that are used in contexts I would not previously have understood.

    Some examples:
    What does it mean when someone ‘requests a partial’? A publisher or agent wants to see part of your manuscript more than likely the first three chapters.
    What is a ‘beta reader’? (It is not a fish). It is someone, usually not a writer, who reads your book in its draft stage and offers feedback.
    What is a ‘crit partner’? This is a person who critiques your writing and you critique theirs, so usually another writer.

    So then we come to authors. Authors used to fall into two categories published and unpublished – simple right? Well not in the 20th century – we have another category – indie, and that’s what I am.

    So now when I say I’m an indie author, people very often don’t know what I’m talking about. Most of the time I have to take a moment to explain, so I thought I’d do that here.

    What is an indie author?
    That’s an author who is independently published…you know how musicians have indie records (which everyone thinks is mega cool and is pretty standard in that field) same thing really! I’m like that guy in the garage band. (Maybe I can become writing’s answer to Silverchair!)

    Lets’ do another Q&A.

    Are indie authors just people publishers won’t publish?
    Sometimes they are. Sometimes they aren’t. These days lots of traditionally authors also do some books as indies – by the way those authors who are both indie and traditionally published are knowns as hybrid.
    Sometimes if a book isn’t in a popular genre or is cross-genre traditional publishers don’t believe they can sell a book – publishing is a business so they need to be sure they can see a book before they publish it. These books often do quite well as indie books. Some later get picked up by traditional publishers and lots don’t. Wool by Hugh Howey is a great example of an indie book that later found a traditional publisher.

    Why would anyone be an indie author?
    Some people like control of their work – choosing covers, setting prices and controlling how their books are marketed. For example I’ve enjoyed creating distinctive brand for myself and choosing how and when I would release my books. When you’re indie you can release books to your own schedule as well, which really suits some authors.

    Don’t you make more money going through a publisher? Not always. These days with Amazon, Smashwords etc you can often do better on your own than with a small publisher, especially a publisher who is only offering you e-publication and not print. In fact you can make a pretty strong case lots of authors make less money with that approach. That’s not to say authors with small publishers don’t make money or big publishers because every author is unique and everyone’s journey is different.

    Do indie authors make money?
    Well authors generally don’t make a fortune to begin with – that is another misconception about authors. In Australia (where I live) the average author makes around $10,000 a year from their writing regardless of the method of publication. Of course that’s an average so lots are making more and plenty are making less. That’s true for indie’s as well. So some indie authors make a lot of money and lots don’t but then that’s true of authors in general.

    In summary – an indie author is just someone going it alone in the writing world. Of course, that’s a pretty loose definition and not true really because I have a writing group, beta readers, cover designers, editors and of course readers so I’m not alone at all.
    As a reader of course much of this doesn’t matter. What you are looking for is a well-crafted story that you can’t put down.
    If you’d like to find a whole slew of new indie authors visit this Pinterest Board.

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    Q&A with Kristina Knight author of Protecting the Quarterback and an excerpt from her new release


    Protecting the Quarterback Promo
    Q&A with Kristina Knight

    1. What was the inspiration for your novel Protecting the Quarterback?
    Football, all the way! I’m a football girl, and I wanted to dive deeper into the sport, the injuries, and the men and women who make the sport so much fun to watch.

    2. When did you take up writing?
    I’ve been writing off and on for most of my life, but I began working toward publication about ten years ago; my first book was published in 2012.

    3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
    Very important! I’ve had readers tell me that the setting of my books is like another character. I love setting, so hear that is always a boost!

    4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
    Jonas and Brooks were equally favorites – because each of them is so strong. They can definitely survive on their own, but their willingness to change, to bend to become part of a couple made them so special to me.

    5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
    To keep trying, and to find the right beginning point!

    6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
    Yes and no. When my daughter is in school, the schedule is easier because I write while she’s at school and my husband is at work. Summertime is totally different, and I try to keep a schedule, but having an 8-year-old in the house can throw a wrench into the best of schedules.

    7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
    A bit of both – I create a rough outline that gives me direction, but most of the plot points are a mystery to me.

    8. Can you name three of four of your current favourite books?
    Part-time Cowboy by Maisey Yates, The Collector by Nora Roberts, Every Time We Say Goodbye by Liz Flaherty and On Writing by Stephen King (I know that one isn’t technically ‘current’ but it’s a good one!).

    9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
    I just turned in the first book in a brand new series (set in small town Missouri and with another football-ish theme!), and I’m nearly finished with the third of my Billionaire Cowboy books. Busy, busy!

    10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on their journey?
    Don’t every quit. Rejections happen to all of us and continuing to push forward in the face of those rejections is what takes all of us from unpublished to published.

    Protecting the Quarterback - CoverBook Blurb:
    This is more than just a game…to her
    Sports broadcaster Brooks Smith has always been more involved with the game than the players. But after she shares the spotlight at an awards ceremony with tabloid sensation Jonas Nash, one night of letting her guard down around the infamous quarterback spirals into many heated days and nights together when she gets assigned to the story of the year…
    The hottest player in professional football is hiding a secret that could end his career for good. Now Brooks is caught on the sidelines between the job she loves and the man she is falling in love with.

    “I’m assigned to the Kentuckians, not to one player.” Brooks sat up straighter in her chair. Hard gaze or not, these two were not going to derail her assignment. With the veritable all-access pass she had with the team, she could create real buzz. Maybe land a spot at the network sports desk or maybe even in the booth during games. “I can’t report on the other players if I’m all the way in—” she looked from man to man.
    “Hyde Park,” Jonas said, reluctantly. The neighborhood was a ten-minute drive from the training camp facility. Not so far away she couldn’t report on what was going on, but something was off about this request.
    “And several team staffers will be on hand, talking to the boys about nutrition and proper training as well as the sport fundamentals,” Earl added. “Think of it as a team training camp, but with an emphasis on kids, not professional athletes.”
    With the right angle, this could be something the network would be interested in. There were several initiatives the league was involved in to get kids more active, and this camp sounded like a way to bridge league and team programs. But it could just as easily be covered by the local affiliate. They didn’t need her, and she did need an interview with Jonas. “Why me?”
    Earl studied her for a long moment, which was odd because Jonas seemed to be making a point of not looking at her. Not even a sideways glance. His chocolate-brown eyes were focused on the corner wall seam as if something magical might appear at any moment. Weird. He’d had no problem giving her a hard time in the locker room yesterday. He might not like her reporter side, but he liked other parts of her. After yesterday’s locker room incident, Brooks knew where she stood on the personal like-o-meter of Jonas Nash.
    The thought sent a shiver of excitement up her spine.
    She wouldn’t do anything with the knowledge; she’d stopped dating jocks in high school. But it was still nice to be noticed by a man like Jonas.
    “The interview.”
    Brooks’s breath caught in her throat. “I get the interview when you get the coverage for the charity camp.”
    “It’s not a charity, these kids deserve better than pot-holed streets disguised as basketball courts or football fields.” Finally, Jonas joined the conversation, although he still wasn’t looking directly at her. Instead, those deep, deep eyes were fixed on something just above Brooks’s head.
    “Again, not my assignment. I’m the beat reporter assigned to report on your team, not your charity work.”
    Jonas clenched his jaw. “You can report on the charity work or you can deal with a locker room full of men who won’t give you the time of day through early February,” he said. “Assuming we’re playing for the championship.”
    “You can’t shut me out.”
    “Oh, you can walk that fine ass into the lockers any time. Finding someone who will talk to you, that’s a whole other subject.”

    Buy Links:
    BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/protecting-the-quarterback-kristina-knight/1122856806?ean=9780373609598
    iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/protecting-the-quarterback/id1052693233?mt=11
    KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/protecting-the-quarterback
    Harlequin: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=64371

    Author Bio:
    Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.
    Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

    Author Links:
    Website: http://www.kristinaknightauthor.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kristinaknightromanceauthor
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorkristina
    Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/authorkristina/
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5827833.Kristina_Knight


    Isabella Louise Anderson
    6/24/2016 07:51:11 pm

    Thanks for hosting!

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    Blog Tour Stop and Q&A with Author Carol Maloney Scott


    Accidental Makeovers Blog Tour 2016 Promo

    Q&A with Author of Accidental Makeovers – Carol Maloney Scott
    Carol Maloney Scott
    1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
    Accidental Makeovers, Book 4 in the Rom-Com on the Edge series, wasn’t inspired by real life events, as much as it was an offshoot of the existing storyline and world I have created. However, I do LOVE makeup, and I did experience an ectopic pregnancy. It’s hard not to touch on my real life experiences when writing about strong, funny women navigating career, love, friendship and motherhood.

    2. When did you take up writing?
    I started writing as soon as I learned about words, and how to put them together to give life to the thoughts in my head. I wrote a tremendous amount as a child, but gave it up around the time puberty hit. I picked it up again a few years ago. After a thirty year break, I have a lot of story backlog in my brain.

    3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
    My books are much more dialogue/character driven, and setting/place only matter just enough to set the stage for the scene. However, I do enjoy fictionalizing many real spots in my town of Richmond, VA. Local residents can guess the inspiration for places like Lorenzo’s, Midtown Lanes, Platinum Billiards, and The Wild Banshee.

    4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
    I really love Max. He’s had to fight for everything he has, and he is a misunderstood man. He loves Bianca and his son, and has a strong sense of right and wrong, which he only tweaks in order to prove himself. He may be a bit misguided, but his heart is in the right place. Plus if you take a stroll over to my Accidental Makeovers Pinterest board, you’ll see that he is a wall of muscle and…heavy sigh…

    5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
    You can’t edit a blank page.

    6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
    Since I have a day job and lots of other activities and responsibilities, I really don’t. I strive for one, but I find I write best when I feel it, not when I schedule it.

    7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
    I am a plotter, but my outlines are very fluid. I usually have several epiphanies while in mid-story, and make changes accordingly.

    8. Can you name three of four of your current favourite books?
    I don’t have the time to read that I once had before I started writing again, but I still manage to read about a book a week. These are not super current, but within the past few years – Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Room, The Rosie Project, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

    9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
    Oh boy. I just finished outlining all SIX of my current projects. Since I will go crazy if I don’t work on one at a time, I am going with the prequel novella. It is set about a year before There Are No Men, the first novel in my series, and chronicles Claire’s earlier divorced time period, to include the aftermath of her relationship with Ron, the acquisition of Dixie, and her first steps out into the dating world.

    10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on
    their journey?
    I would tell them to be very open to information. Read and study all you can, join writer’s groups, and don’t be afraid to try different things to see what works. And persist. This is a tough business, but if you have stories to share, your readers are out there.

    Accidental Makeovers - Cover
    Accidental Makeovers
    Book Links

    Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B01DPP0JLQ
    Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01DPP0JLQ
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29761405-accidental-makeovers


    Twenty-something, single mom Bianca yearns for more. The cosmetology license she worked so hard to get is collecting dust while she waitresses for her mother’s catering business, but she has no clue how to turn her dreams of being a makeup artist into reality. Adding to her unhappiness is her dead-end relationship with her immature, video game-obsessed baby daddy, Max. Although he runs a successful business and Bianca still gets a thrill whenever she sees him play the drums in his cover band, Chain, she can’t deny that he’s starting to feel like her big, tattooed second child.

    In desperate need of a life makeover, her fortune takes a positive turn when she crosses paths with an impulsive, runaway bride who has the connections to help Bianca achieve her goals. Suddenly, doors are being opened for her and she has a fabulous, new job that’s reigniting her zest for life. Too bad Max isn’t on board with these changes, and he starts acting like a jealous jerk, which brings their faltering relationship to a boiling point just about the time Bianca meets Eric, a sexy and charming financial manager. Eric comes from a different world, but one Bianca is increasingly eager to join.

    Bianca expects her friends and family to be supportive of her budding romance with Eric, but to her surprise, they’re all on Team Max and they rally behind him when he launches a campaign to win her back. Nothing wrong with bar fights, fake girlfriends, and strategically placed rodents when they’re all in the name of true love, right?

    Will she be lured back to her familiar life, or will a successful career makeover beautify her love life?

    Author Biography

    Carol Maloney Scott, author of the Rom-Com on the Edge series, is a frazzled new bride and wiener dog fanatic. She is a lover of donuts, and a hater mornings. Recently unearthing a childhood passion for writing, she can once again be seen carrying around a notebook and staring into space. Her stories are witty, fresh and real, just like life.
    Join her on “The Edge” for giveaways, cover reveals, excerpts, contests and members-only content at https://carolmaloneyscott.com.

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    Website: https://carolmaloneyscott.com/
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    Q&A with the author of S.I.N.G.L.E Lindsay Marie Miller


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    1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
    I wanted to write about a pair of young women in college who were sick of guys and ready to swear off love for good. Because, as we all know, as soon as you stop looking for something, it suddenly appears. The pact that Jessie and Sara make sets the whole novel up, because they have just vowed to boycott boys, guys, and men—the male specimen in all its varying forms—for the rest of the semester. Anyone who’s ever been single can relate to the concept, because who hasn’t struggled as a young person out there trying to find their equal? Like they say, a good man in hard to find.

    2. When did you take up writing?
    I was a junior in high school, someone who wasn’t terribly fond of reading or writing until Twilight came along. Stephenie Meyer’s novel really inspired me, so I decided to try writing a novel of my own. I was sixteen at the time and called the book Emerald Green. It was the first novel I published after graduating from college.

    3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
    I like changing the setting every time I write about new characters. Since I write strictly romance within various sub-genres, I like the idea that two people can fall in love anywhere. So I try to make sure that the setting I pick for each novel fits those characters in a real, relevant way. For me, the setting serves as the backdrop, almost like a landscape painting that is meant to accentuate each character’s flaws and attributes.

    4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
    The main character, Jessie Jacobs, because I see so much of myself in her. I know what it’s like to be a single lady in the 21st Century. I’ve always thought that I was born in the wrong time period, since I’m the type of girl who is predisposed to pine after Mr. Darcy. But women were not viewed as equals to the extent that they are in today’s society. In Jane Austen’s time, men had the careers, the money, the land. I love the time I am in and would never switch, but it is easy to fantasize about what it might have been like back then. Were the men more honourable? More worthy? Or, simply put, just nicer? As I’ve progressed from my late teens to early twenties, I’ve drawn the conclusion that there are still guys out there that are good and bad. Darcys and Wickhams alike. And just because the bad exist, doesn’t mean you won’t find a good one.

    5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
    Just keep writing. Even though it’s a short sentence, that piece of advice can be applied to so much. Don’t stop in the middle of a sentence or a paragraph or a page. Don’t leave a chapter or book unfinished. And when one book is done, start the next one. Just keep writing.

    6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
    I write better late at night, but since I wake up so early, that’s not really feasible. When I was younger, I would want the first draft to be perfect, and if my words weren’t coming out right, I just wrote it off as writer’s block. Now I write at any time of day whether it comes out right or not. I’ve learned that you have to be willing to let the words fly out, perfect or not. You can always go back and change them later, and they’re going to be edited anyway. When you allow yourself the freedom to write badly, it really unlocks the mind and the whole concept of writer’s block just goes away.

    7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
    Definite plotter. With each new book I write, I find myself outlining more and more, down to the very finest details, even inserting direct quotes as I see them in my head before I’ve even written the scene that they correspond to. The longer the outline, the better off I am, because I don’t want to leave anything out that I may have thought of earlier.

    8. Can you name three of four of your current favourite books?
    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Tempting Rowan by Micalea Smeltzer

    9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
    The sequel to my debut novel, Emerald Green, a Young Adult Romantic Thriller, as well as the follow-up to Me & Mr. Jones, a New Adult Romantic Thriller that I released last October.

    10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them ontheir journey?
    Read books in the same genre that you are writing in. I have found myself reading more romance novels every month, regardless of sub-genre, because I want to learn how other authors do it. You can learn so much from writers that you admire, simply by studying their work. If you read well-written books and watch their film adaptations as well, it will only make you better at the art of storytelling.

    Lindsay Marie Miller
    Title: S.I.N.G.L.E. (Still In Need of a Good Loving Equivalent)
    Author: Lindsay Marie Miller
    Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
    Release Date: March 31, 2016

    About the Author
    LINDSAY MARIE MILLER was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL, where she graduated from high school as Valedictorian. Afterwards, Lindsay attended Florida State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with an English Literature major, Psychology minor, and Specialized Studies in Markets and Institutions. Lindsay is the author of S.I.N.G.L.E., Jungle Eyes, Me & Mr. Jones, and Emerald Green. An incurable romantic at heart, she enjoys writing about strong heroines and the honorable gentleman who claim their hearts, often utilizing elements of suspense, adventure, or even comedy. While the context of her writing is diverse, one factor always remains at the center of every novel: Love. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys singing, playing the piano and guitar, and writing songs. The author resides in her hometown of Tallahassee, FL, where she is currently working on her next novel.

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    Beth Albright – Author of Stardust in Dixie stops by on her Author Interview Tour


    Beth Albright Author Interview Tour
    Q & A with Beth Albright
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    1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
    For this particular story, as part of a series I just knew this character so well. But her development actually happened as I wrote. I was surprised at how sarcastic and funny she was, self- deprecating yet charming. I saw so much of myself in her! But usually, Ideas are lurking everywhere! I get about 5 or 6 ideas a day! I had two just before bed last night and they kept me up for hours! Every person I see, every gate I pass, every old house— stories, stories everywhere! I also draw on my real-life, especially my past growing up down south in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was my original inspiration to write—homesickness, perpetual homesickness! The women represent the women who raised me after my dad died suddenly in a car crash when I was only four years old. They were and always are my inspiration. They are hilarious and strong and oh, so sassy! The titles are always wandering around in my head, many times before stories pop up so I have a list of them I keep in case I need them.

    2. When did you take up writing?
    I have been writing and telling stories for as long as I can remember. As a child I wrote poetry, and wrote and read essays to my elementary school classes. I began Sassy Belles during a particularly hard time when I closed my acting school for children in Sugar Land Texas. I was so homesick for my mother and all my sassy sisters. I needed them all to hold me up through that difficult time so I created The Sassy Belles, my first novel. I finished my novel in 2012, got an agent rather quickly at the San Francisco Writer’s Conference, and she sold my book soon after that. My Sassy Belles trilogy came out in 2013 and was re-released in mass market size in 2014. My current series, In Dixie, is a spin-off of that series. . “In the south, we are good at stories. We hold them close like fine diamonds, polish them up like precious silver, and we hand them down like a priceless heirloom to our young with the hope that they will tell our stories for us when we are buried beneath the red clay of home.” Except from Southern Exposure, Tales From My Front Porch. (Beth’s memoirist book of essays.) It’s just what we do down south, pass on our stories.

    3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
    It is like another character. I describe it and describe it over and over, give it personality and temperament. It is so very important for the reader to feel the story unfolding if they can smell the air, feel the rain, see the grass. I have always been told my setting of Tuscaloosa, Alabama—my home town, is like another character in my novels. I believe it is the best way to develop plot too. If they have to deal with the place on a moment by moment basis, it helps the story feel much more real to the reader.

    4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
    I love Abigail, my heroine. We are very much alike! I didn’t mean for that to happen but I am a very good combination of Abigail and her sister Annie. I am a clean-freak like Abby and a priss-pot like Annie. Sarcastic and self- deprecating yet love my make-up and girlie stuff! I didn’t mean for that to happen with Abby but more of me came through in her than I had even planned. It was fun watching that happen!
    5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given? Write what is in your heart. This is YOUR story. My first agent taught me this the moment she signed me and I had so many worries and questions. Write it as true to yourself as you can and don’t stop. Always tell us where you are and what is happening around you so we, the reader, can be there too.

    6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
    I write with a word count goal for the day—usually 3-4 thousand if I can. Toward the end that number increases naturally because I know exactly what I want to say. It takes me about 2-3 months and when I am done, I have a margarita! (and a bubble bath—usually at the same time!) I take a few days off then begin editing—which for me means decorating and smoothing, adding in things and descriptions I want to make sure I include. After my smoothing and decorating are done, usually 7 LONG days, I hand it over to my proofers and then edit from their notes one more time. I do one last read of the entire manuscript and smooth it out some more then turn it in to my formatter. And have another margarita, of course!

    7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
    I learned not long ago from my dear friend Robyn Carr that I am a pantster—not a plotter. I write by the seat of my pants. I have tried in vain to write with an outline or even bullet points on a legal pad and it is useless. I love getting into the heads of my characters and feeling their story unfold. I have so many “ah ha” moments this way! The outlines always make me feel so trapped. I really hate them so much! So I just sit down and meld into one with my heroine and write for hours. She is telling me the story and sometimes I can’t write fast enough! I listen and see the surroundings and feel as though I am out of my own body and into the story living it right along with her. I can’t imagine writing any other way—it would totally take all the fun out of it!

    8. Can you name three of four of your current favourite books?
    I love reading Kristan Hannah because she is not just a writer, she is a wordsmith—stringing words together like threads of a fine silk scarf. I want to be that kind of writer. I just bought The Nest and can’t wait to dive in! But I also love my fellow southern fiction writers—they inspire me always—Dorothea Benton Frank and Mary Kay Andrews are two of my favorites!

    9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
    Having just released my new book, STARDUST IN DIXIE, book 4 in my IN DIXIE series, I am working on my preparations to attend the fabulous Barbara Vey Readers Appreciation Weekend in Milwaukee at the end of the month. Then I will be heading to my beloved Alabama for a huge book release party and Kentucky Derby Hat competition! That book party will be a doozy, complete with mint juleps! After that, I will be working on a fabulous cookbook, “Southern Comforts, A Southern Girl’s Guide To Cooking & All Things Southern.” That comes out this fall. After that, my Christmas novella will be out at Thanksgiving to end this current series, A Christmas Wedding In Dixie.

    10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on their journey?
    Make notes when you see something or think of something or even hear something. I keep a notebook going all the time and include titles that pop into my head. Don’t be too critical. That stops many writers on their tracks!! Don’t ever listen to that voice that says this isn’t good. It IS and you can make it better later—just tell the story! Write to please yourself. Just write—as much as you can. Write as if you are telling a story out loud to a group of people who fit the genre you want to hit. And write as you hear the words in your head. Edit later—NOT EVER while your writing—just get the story out and fix it later! Write what YOU love—write the book you NEVER find in the book store, the one YOU want to read—that one helped me tremendously! WRITE!!! And don’t stop!!

    Blurb for Stardust in Dixie:
    Abigail Harper Cartwright was coming undone. As the promotions director for a Tuscaloosa radio station, a huge upcoming Mother’s Day live event could make or break her career. But at the same time, two former lovers have stumbled back into the picture turning her life upside down.
    One old boyfriend – who works for a competing radio station, seems to be out to sabotage everything she does, while another may just be her knight in shining armor. But after being dumped during a very public marriage proposal, he may not be able to give Abby a second chance.
    To make matters worse, a nosey neighbor has started an epic turf war and azalea bushes, a stolen mailbox and some front porch graffiti are the result.
    As event day draws near, the dirty tricks at work get more intense and Abby has to call on her sassy sisters to help get to the bottom of it.
    And Abby’s new/old love has another love of his own – a three year old thoroughbred horse whose name holds the secret to some long harbored feelings.
    It all culminates in some Derby Day and Mother’s Day fireworks that will get your heart pounding and tears flowing.
    National best-selling author Beth Albright does it again with this new Southern page-turner filled with romantic comedy, emotion, passion and laugh-out-loud humor. Grab your best girlfriends and hang on tight for this hilarious, exciting, sassy, southern tale.

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    Beth Albright
    About the author: Beth Albright is the author of the award-winning, best-selling series The Sassy Belles, and the nationally best-selling series In Dixie. After spending nearly 15 years as a talk radio host in talk radio, acting as a principal character on the soap opera, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, owning her own acting school and children’s theater, and raising a son who was a nationally ranked figure skater, Beth returned to her roots; storytelling. “In the south, we are good at stories. We hold them close like fine diamonds, polish them up like precious silver, and we hand them down like a priceless heirloom to our young with the hope that they will tell our stories for us when we are buried beneath the red clay of home.” Except from Southern Exposure, Tales From My Front Porch. (Beth’s Memoirist book of essays.)
    It’s just what we do down south, pass on our stories,” she says.
    Though Beth has had a remarkable career, literally from New York City to Hollywood, she has never forgotten where she came from, and what she loves: The Deep South!
    Beth is also a screenwriter, a voice-over talent for commercials, and a nationally known speaker and emcee. Beth lives with her TV producer husband, award winning promotions and branding executive, Ted Ishler. Her son, graduating with Distinction from Berkeley in the top 10%, is on his way to graduate school in the fall.

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    Website: http://www.BethAlbrightBooks.com
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    Author Q&A with Amy Rivers author of Wallflower Blooming


    Let’s get to know Amy Rivers
    Wallflower Blooming - Cover1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
    I’m an incurable romantic and prone to falling in love. When I started writing Wallflower Blooming, I intended to write a story about two people – Val and John – who fell in love with each other but couldn’t figure out how to make it work. Well, several chapters in, John didn’t love the idea of breaking up with Val. In fact, he was ready for some serious commitment. And surprisingly, so was Val – my sweet avoider who was so comfortable in her rut that it was completely out of character for her to embrace love. My inspiration for novel came from people and places and experiences I’ve had in life but the characters took over and made their own way in the world.

    2. When did you take up writing?
    Until a few years ago, my writing was mostly academic or business-oriented. I was a marketing consultant and wrote copy for websites and PR campaigns. And I wrote papers about social justice and violence prevention. Then my family moved to Colorado and I was given the once in a lifetime opportunity to write for a living. As with most things in my life, I jumped in with both feet. I enjoy writing fiction. I’m also especially fond of personal essays.

    3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
    Setting/place is becoming more important in my writing. Many of the pieces I’ve written have been personal essays that revolve more around the characters than any particular setting. But I love to travel and I’ve been making a point of experiencing new places that I can incorporate into my writing.

    4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
    My main character, Val, is definitely my favourite. She’s smart and capable, but suffers from a mountain of doubt, which I think we can all relate to. I know I do. Val has spent most of her adult life afraid to really live. But she learns (sometimes painfully) that she doesn’t have to settle for the status quo. She can mix things up and even when it’s uncomfortable, she’ll survive.

    5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
    Write! It’s so easy to get bogged down by the business of writing, rejection, and all the non-writing things that happen in the daily life of a writer. Those things do deserve attention, but the bottom line is that I need to write, every day.

    6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
    I have to balance writing time with all the administrative stuff on my to-do list each day, so I have to schedule time to write, especially when I’m on deadline. I don’t always do my writing at the same time, but I make sure I put aside time every day.

    7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
    For the most part, I wing it. When I come up with an idea, I do a little bit of written brainstorming, but then I let my imagination run wild. I’m the queen of “talking it out.” I like to talk about my characters as if they are real people in my life. The more I talk about them, the more they come to life in my mind.

    8. Can you name three of four of your current favourite books?
    I’m a voracious reader so this is a really hard question. I love chick-lit and thrillers, horror and memoir. I will read anything that has interesting and relatable characters. Some of my favourite authors are Isabel Allende, John Sanford, and Ishiguro Kazuo. Recently, I enjoyed reading Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams and Paula Hawkins The Girl on the Train. In nonfiction, I loved Notorious R.B.G. and We Should All Be Feminists (a must read).

    9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
    I’m an ongoing contributor to Novelty Bride Magazine and ESME.com. I’ve also got two book projects in the works. One is a follow-up to Wallflower Blooming and the other is a novel about unlikely friends. I can’t wait to introduce readers to new characters. And there’s a lot in store for Val, John and Gwen.

    10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on their journey?
    Write! You can’t be a writer if you’re not writing. Make time. Develop habits. Create a routine. And find fellowship. No matter where you are in your writing career, there are groups of writers out there who will help you along with advice, support and encouragement.

    Amy RiversBiography:
    Amy Rivers was born and raised in southern New Mexico and currently resides in Colorado. She had an idyllic childhood despite a severe visual impairment and, perhaps because of her disability, she learned a lot about compassion and empathy from a young age. Her keen interest in social issues and violence prevention led to a Master’s degree with concentrations in Psychology and Politics. She was the director of a sexual assault response program and remains an advocate for social justice. Amy has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses, Novelty Bride Magazine, ESME.com and Splice Today. Wallflower Blooming is her first novel.

    Website: http://www.amyrivers.com
    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wallflower-Blooming-Amy-Rivers/dp/0692614427/
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/amyrivers.writer/
    Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/WritingRivers
    Goodreads Book Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28668820-wallflower-blooming

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    Jay Walking blog tour – author Tracy Krimmer stops by for a chat


    Jay Walking Blog Tour Promo
    Q&A with author Tracy Krimmer about her new novel Jay Walking
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    1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
    Two things really made me want to write this novel. Jay Walking always was an idea brewing, and I began writing it before with a different character. I wanted to write a book that dealt with body image after having a baby. When I published Caching In and saw people’s reactions to the best friend in that book, Chelsea, I knew Chelsea needed her own story, and this was it.

    2. When did you take up writing?

    I barely remember I time I didn’t write. I started in grade school and for a long time focused on poetry. It wasn’t until recently, maybe 2012 or so, that I began to feel the urge to write again. Before that, it had been years since I wrote, maybe a decade.

    3. How important is setting/place in your writing?

    I write what I know, so I don’t venture much out of the state of Wisconsin (USA). In Caching In, my character goes to Nevada, but in Jay Walking everything is set in Wisconsin. I may take my character’s travels to different states, but not quite yet.

    4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?

    I really like Chelsea’s dad. He loves her and his grandson so much. He’s harsh with Chelsea, but he only wants what is best for her.

    5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?

    Head down. Keep writing. After a book release it is so easy to get caught up in reactions and reviews, but I need to just keep going. Once I finished ARC’s for Jay Walking, I dove into another book and am doing great on that. I think this is because I decided to keep moving.

    6. Do you have a schedule for writing?

    Not really. Not yet, anyway. Right now I leave my laptop out and write when I can. Come September my plan is to write about an hour and a half a day in the morning. After my workout of course!

    7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?

    I used to be a complete pantser, but now I am in between. I know the ending, and I know the beginning. I get the beginning scenes down in a few sentences and when I have about 12 chapters, I start writing them. Chapter 12 on I depend on my characters to do the rest.

    8. Can you name three of four of your current favourite books?

    This is always hard to answer because there are so many I love. I just finished reading Let’s Be Frank by Brea Brown and loved it. My all-time favourite’s are Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, and the Glamourist Series by Mary Robinette Kowal. I know, none of them are chick lit!

    9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?

    Sure! The Pastime Pursuits series will continue with Kate’s story. Kate was a character in Caching In and people have asked about her. I don’t have a publication date set yet. I hope 2015, but most definitely 2016.

    10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on their journey?

    Build yourself a great community of writers you can learn from and teach as well! I belong to many online writer’s groups and have “met” amazing authors. I wouldn’t be anywhere without their support.

    Author Bio
    Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her first romance novel, Pieces of it All, released in May 2014 followed in December with Caching In, a romance mixed with the hobby of geocaching. She also has written several short stories.



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    Tracy Krimmer
    8/9/2015 11:54:25 pm

    Thanks for having me!