Jul 18, 2014

#MFRWauthor SHORT & SWEET Interview @GWOlmsted

MFRW Author Gail Ward Olmsted stops by for a short & sweet interview about her newest book.

Gail Ward Olmsted is a professor in the School of Business & Information Technology at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA.  She was the recipient of the 2011 Deliso Endowed Chair Award and was recently recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Department of Higher Education as one of “29 Who Shine”.

Olmsted’s first visit to Sedona, AZ prompted her to start writing JEEP TOUR, her first novel. A few years later, her second visit provided the incentive to complete it. A return trip is being planned! A hopeless romantic, she is married to the love of her life, is mom to two young adults, and enjoys reading, music and travel.

What Genre is your book?
Contemporary Women's Fiction w/ a romantic twist
Before I started writing, I knew I had a socially awkward, recently divorced woman as my main character and a sexy tour guide as her love interest. The adorable ex-husband, annoying best friend, mysterious new friend and a curmudgeon of a landlord came later. The characters developed into “real” people as I started to explore their relationships and writing dialogue. 

What motivated the story?
I started writing with a very basic premise: what would happen if you gave in to a sudden urge to uproot your life and start over? What would you do and how far would you go when you lost just about everything you ever had? I wanted Jackie to be wary but resilient and ultimately victorious. I wanted Rick to be attractive but flawed. I really had no idea just how their relationship would evolve.

Where do you do your research? 
Research about Sedona was done primarily on location, with some help from a couple of online resources. I also consulted with my nephew and a female pal of his, in order to get a more accurate sense of what it was like to come of age in the late 80’s vs my experiences in the mid-70’s.

What is your writing routine?
I wrote each of the 27 chapters with a very basic idea of what I wanted to see included: i.e. certain conversations, introduction of new characters, plot twists, flashbacks, main character development etc. The title of each chapter is actually a favorite song title or a phrase from pop culture. Most of my writing involved the use of Dragon voice-activated software, a gift from my thoughtful husband. I’m a slow typist with horrible handwriting so the only way this story would get told was if I had some help. The software kept up with the rapid-fire dialogue which raced through my brain and recorded my questions (should she tell him now or wait??) so I could go back and answer them later.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
In the romance genre, favorites are Claire Cook and Elin Hildebrand. I love everything ever written by Dennis Lehane and Harlan Coben.

What do you do to relax and unwind?
I love to read, travel, listen to rock and roll and go to the movies, although not all at the same time.

While you write, does your family leave you to the task?
My family does not understand not to bother me when I'm writing. My son is talking to me as I fill out this form!

Check Out Gail's Book...
JEEP TOUR, Contemporary Romance, released April 10, 2014    

Jackie Sullivan was drawn to the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona after a failed marriage and an out-of-the-blue job loss. But did she move cross country to chase a dream or a dreamy tour guide? 

She had it all – the husband, the house, the job…but that’s in the past. A chance encounter with Rick, a sexy tour guide, gets her dreaming of a new life in Sedona. Jackie’s efforts to re-invent herself in the tight-knit desert community are, well … complicated. Sedona is terrific, but as the locals note, ‘it’s not for everyone.’ 

Does Rick want a relationship or just a friend with benefits? And in the case of her ex-husband..is it her imagination or is Rob even more amazing than ever? What happens when you hit a bump in the road?

Buckle Up- time for JEEP TOUR!
AMAZON  |  Barnes & Noble   

5.0 out of 5 stars "Mid-life fantasy fulfillment!" -Greta (Los Angeles), Amazon Verified Purchase

5.0 out of 5 stars "Who hasn't been tempted to run away and start all over?" -Betsy Bertuzzi, Amazon Verified Purchase

Jul 16, 2014

#MFRWhooks *Get Hooked On Books* #MFRWauthors

It's Wednesday again!
Welcome back for Book Hooks.
This is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of the MFRW Authors Blog. It's a chance each week for readers to check out our authors. From their current WIPs, a previously published book or a sneak peak at a book soon to be released, readers get a sampling. The hooks are short so you can jump from one author to another.

Here's your opportunity to get hooked on a new author!

Get Hooked!

Jul 15, 2014

QUICK & QUIRKY #MFRWauthor Interview @AbbieStClaire

We're having a Quick & Quirky Chat with MFRW author Abbie St. Claire. Check out how she answers our questions and share your answers too!
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live? I'd live in Italy. 
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?Hammer. I'm a crack-the-whip kinda girl! 
What's your Secret guilty pleasure?Reece's Peanut Butter Cups kept in the freezer. I love the cold! 
YUMMY! Okay, if you were stranded on a tropical island, who would it be with?Stranded on a tropical island with Sean Connery. Still a sexy man to me! 
Even YUMMIER! If you were on a reality show, what one would it be? Courtney Loves Dallas. Since she's a fashion Diva, she could teach me to dress. Because...I CANNOT! 
City life or country life?Definitely City Life. 
Ebook or paperback?Definitely ebook. I'm a gadget girl. 
Zebras or elephants? Zebras. I love contrast in color and lack of uniformity.
Connect with Abbie on Twitter or Facebook and be sure to check out her latest release...
Ace's Key, an Erotic Romance, Southern Ink Press, February 14, 2014
A woman who knows men are good for nothing and all they do is cheat… 
A man who knows his heart was given to only one love, his deceased wife, but still craves and promises pleasure…

Until trouble walks in his bar…

Alpha male Ace (Lucas) Giordano left Italy and his family behind when his beloved passed away. Women became toys that brought him pleasure. But a relationship was off the menu.

Mia Kennedy found more satisfaction in her job than in love and more stimulation from her toys than from her deadbeat boyfriend.

The last thing either of them believed was that they could enjoy more than just a good time, until they tried not to.

"Well what can I say after reading this scorching hot read! I’m speechless it was just wow! I know that when I read Christmas in July by this author I knew she had some amazing talent with her writing skills in the Erotic genre but after reading Ace and Mia’s story I have to say that Ms. St. Claire has gone over the top. I don’t even know where to start off but I do have to say that in a couple of scenes throughout this read my pulse was racing. (Monica Cardoza) Amazon Review

What can I say? Christmas in July roped me in, but Ace's Key held me captive. Two strong willed, set minds come together in the most unique way. (Mariela Bustos)

Jul 14, 2014

A Quick & Quirky Peek at #MFRWauthor Carmen Stefanescu @Carmen_Books

Carmen Stefanescu was born in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble - the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books.

She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

We asked Carmen a Few Questions. Here's what She Said...
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Somewhere where the climate is neither hot nor freezing, where there are no earthquakes, storms, tsunami, volcanoes. If there is such a place I want to live there.

If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
People would use me to write their thoughts, dreams and whatever their muse whispers in their ears.

What song would best describe your life?
Show Must Go On

Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Books and computer games

What is your secret guilty pleasure?
Playing computer games

If you were stranded on a tropical island, who would it be with?
Stranded on an island would be no trouble if I had as company Zeus. He'd surely make sure I had everything I wanted!

Ebook or paperback?
Paper books are my favorite. Imagine the smell of ink on the paper, the sound of the pages we turn, etc

In December 2012, she released a Paranormal Young Adult (PG) Novel with Wild Child Publishing.

Shadows of the Past
When Anne and Neil leave on a one-week holiday hoping to reconcile after a two-year separation, little do they know that destiny has other plans for them. Their discovery of human bones and a bejeweled cross in the hollow of a tree open the door to the supernatural realm and the anguished life of Genevieve, a nun from medieval England.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve her eternal rest?

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love. A touching story of loss, grief and the power of endless love and good magic.
Buy Links: Wild Child Publishing  |  Amazon

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