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Welcome… Author, Laura Oliva!

Good Morning Everyone,

Today I am pleased to welcome romance author, Laura Oliva, to the blog. She kindly agreed to participate in an interview today. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing her book, All That Glitters. You can read the review here.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Hi Laura! Thanks for participating in this short interview. Can you please tell the followers here a little bit about yourself and your work?

Hey Nicole! Thanks so much for having me over.  So, about me: I’m a wife and mom.  I have a garden.  I love to cook.  I also write romance novels starring people who would were probably voted “least likely to fall in love” back in high school.

 

I have always dreamed of living in Alaska. Your book, All that Glitters, takes place in Alaska. Have you ever been there? If not, what made you want to use that beautiful setting as the background of the story?

While I have never been to Nome, Alaska (which is where All That Glitters took place), I was lucky enough to cruise through the interior when I was younger. Granted, it was a cruise, so my exposure to Alaska proper was limited at best, but I still fell in love with the harsh beauty and absolute big-ness of the place.  It struck me as the perfect place for a love story.

 

Valentine’s Day was just a few days ago. As a romance writer, do you have any special Valentine’s Day traditions?

As a romance writer, I would love to.  However, as the mother of a toddler, reality often interferes.  I usually make something yummy for dinner, followed by chocolate (for me), and an early bedtime.  Let me say, though, I am lucky enough to be married to an amazing man who spoils and loves me every day of the year.  So Valentine’s Day is really just another day in our life together.

 

Who are some of the authors that helped inspire your desire to write?

I have been influenced by a lot of different writers.  I love Janet Evanovitch for her use of humor.  I love Sue Grafton for the way she spins a character and writes a mystery.  Lately, though, I’ve been exploring more “noir-ish” themes in my work, so I’ve been reading a lot of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.  I know: weird list of mentors for a romance novelist.  But then, I pride myself on not writing “typical” romance novels.

 

If you could live in one of your books, which one would it be and why?

I would probably live in the book I just finished (and the next six I have planned, since it is part of a serialized romance series).  It is set in present-day San Francisco, but not the San Francisco you’ll see as a tourist.  My San Francisco is a steamy maze of burlesque clubs, back alleys, and crime-ridden neighborhoods.  I love it so!

 

Where can readers find you?

God, I’m everywhere.  But if you’re looking for me, you might start here:

On my Website

On my Blog

On Facebook

On Twitter (@writermama)

 

 What can readers expect from you this year?

I have quite a line-up, well, lined up.  I’m publishing the second book in my serialized noir romance series this summer.  The series is called The Devil’s Playthings, the book is called The Devil’s Kitchen.  I am planning to publish Book Three before Thanksgiving, and I also have a holiday anthology starring the series’ minor characters planned for around that same time.  So I basically will be living in San Francisco, even if it’s just in my head.  Anyone who wants to join me is welcome!

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Welcome… Sage Ardman, Author!

Good Morning, Sage. Thank you for being here today. Can you please tell everyone here a little bit about yourself?

I’m 60 years old, married, and have two sons in their twenties, both of whom have left the nest. I live in California, but spend every summer in Ontario, canoeing and enjoying the beautiful waters.
I have always been a huge reader of fiction, but I never knew about romance novels until last year when I wrote “Executive Sweet”. At first, I started reading romance novels because it helped me write my book. But I soon fell in love with romances (well, most of them, anyway) and so far I’ve gobbled up 70 of them. I prefer contemporary adult, but I’ve read a few historical, paranormal, young adult, urban fantasy, etc.
So what was I doing with myself for the 59 years before romance grabbed me by the throat? I’ve been a computer programmer! These days, computers seem less and less interesting, and I spend all my time reading and writing romance.

Executive Sweet is a romance novel. What inspired you to take the leap into writing in the romance genre?

“Executive Sweet” was the result of a huge “what if” question. What if (I asked myself) a CEO intentionally tried to distract his adversaries by bringing a beautiful woman with him whose job was to tilt the negotiation in their favor? Besides being sexy, the woman would have to be business savvy, and also quite adept at playing such a “con game.” At first, I wrote some vignettes about these sorts of business deals. But then, I realized that the love interest would be compelling, and so the vignettes got woven into a romance novel. Although this seems to have a pretty standard “CEO and beautiful woman” formula, it is nothing like the other romances in that category (I know, I’ve searched in vain). In my case, the two of them start off as friendly colleagues, and the hero is much more modest (the usual attitude such men have is that they’re more powerful than everything else that walks the earth).

Your main character, Kay Samson, has found herself in an interesting business situation. Would you have the same confidence as her, if faced in a similar scenario?

One of the things that I did to prepare myself to write “Executive Sweet” was to learn about con games. I’ve read books, watched TV shows, and seen a number of movies. It takes some serious nerve to be able to pull that stuff off, and as much as I wish I could do it, I doubt I’d be able to.

What is your perfect reading/writing day?

I prefer writing to reading, so my perfect day is when I get to work on new material. The characters seem to live in my head, and I can sit for hours, typing dialog that I hear them saying. Later on, I go back over the dialog and add inner thoughts, emotions, and physical actions.

When I’m not writing, I read and read. I can sit for hours reading. And ever since EBook readers came on the market, I’m in love with them. In fact, when I’m forced to read a paper book, I hate it, and can’t wait to finish it.

Besides Executive Sweet, are there other books that you have written or books that you plan on writing soon?

It turns out that “Executive Sweet” is the first of a 3-book series that I’m now calling the “Westerley” series. Book two is nearly done and I expect it in a few months. Book three is already taking shape in my head. All three books share the same characters, but stand on their own as romances. The nice part is that they fill-in for each other, providing further character development, and sometimes even replaying a scene from a different point of view.

One thing that I’m doing (that I hope doesn’t alienate my readers) is that I’m switching genres with each book in the series. “Executive Sweet” is mostly a suspense story. Book two (tentatively titled “A Good Little Girl Like You”, a line from The Wizard of Oz) is a comedy. Book three (no working title yet) will be a paranormal romance.

Now if you want to go backwards in time, before “Executive Sweet,” you will find that I’ve written two other books. But they’re computer books, and believe me, you don’t want to read them. I know I don’t.

Bonus Questions for Giveaway:
1. What is the first romance book you ever read?
a. Sonia Singh – “Goddess for Hire”
b. Susan Elizabeth Phillips – “What I Did For Love.”
c. Joelle Charbonneau – “Skating Around the Law”

2. Out of the books list above, is there one that you wish you could “live in”?
a. Sonia Singh – “Goddess for Hire”
b. Susan Elizabeth Phillips – “What I Did For Love.”
c. Joelle Charbonneau – “Skating Around the Law”
d. None of the above, because your life has the best romance of all.

I would like to thank Sage Ardman for stopping by here today. She is offering one lucky commenter a paperback copy of her book, Executive Sweet. For your chance to win, just leave a comment below between now and Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 11:00pm EDT. Each comment will count as one entry, however, if you choose to answer either (or both) of the bonus questions and each correct answer will count as another entry. Winner will be selected using Random.org, and will be announced Wednesday, October 2, 2013. You can find my review of Executive Sweet here. Good Luck to you all!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Welcome… Leanora Moore, Author!

Hi Leanora, thank you for joining us today. Could you please tell the followers here a little bit about yourself and your books?

Thank you for having me! As you may know my name is Leanora Moore, and I’m a romance author. I have four romance novels out in stores now. My first novel is titled The Caress of a Younger Man, which I released in 2009. Then you have my second novel, Heavenly Kingdom, which was released in 2012. Then in 2013, I started my Voluptuously Curvy and Loving It Series, and in February is released Smooth As Silk, to be followed by Finding Love Within in August.

You mention in your bio that you used to write your dreams and fantasies down in a notebook, when you were little? Do you still have your notebooks? Were they filled with fairytales and princes?

Yes, I do still have those notebooks, and I still write in them to this day. They are filled with romance of all kinds, such as plus size heroine love stories, Damsel in distress love stories. I just love all kinds of happy endings.

If you could meet up with your younger self, what advice would give her, or what part of her would she help you reconnect with?

If I could meet up with my younger self, I would tell myself not to listen to all the negative people in my life that held me back from reaching my dreams for so many years. Also live each day like it’s your last!

You have a series, called “Voluptuously Curvy and Loving It.” As a woman who has always had more curves than most of her friends, I find stories with a fuller figured heroine enticing. What was the motive behind writing a series that women could not only relate to, but also (hopefully) learn to accept their own body shape?

As a plus size woman myself, I know how hard it can be to accept yourself, and be accepted by others. I also know how we can let self-doubt and low self-esteem keep us from finding true happiness and love. So when I created this series, I wanted to write about women that everyone can relate to, and to show women that you can find love no matter what size, shape, or color you are.

You have recently released book number 2 in the Voluptuously Curvy and Loving it Series. Are there any more works lined up in your future?

Yes there is, right now I’m working on Volume Three, Her Forgotten Lover. Which will be released in January 2014, so be on the lookout for it.

Where can readers find you?

Website: http://www.leanoramoore.net/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/leanoramoore78

Twitter: www.twitter.com/leanora_moore

LinkedIn: http: //www.linkedin.com/pub/leanora-moore/64/a48/771/

Goodreads: http: //www.goodreads.com/author/show/6059867.Leanora_Moore?from_search=true

Bonus Questions for the Giveaway
1. What was your favorite book growing up?
a. Danielle Steel – Heartbeat
b. Debbie Macomber – First Comes Marriage
c. Nora Roberts – Public Secrets

2. What is your favorite go-to book for relaxation/inspiration?
a. The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
b. Meant to Be by Rita Coburn Whack
c. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Thank you once again for joining us here today. I would also like to thank you for your generosity and giving one lucky commenter a chance to win an ecopy of one of your books.

If you would like to be entered to win an ecopy of one of Leanora Moore’s books, please leave a comment below, between now and 11pm EDT on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Each comment will count as one entry, however if you decide to answer the Bonus Questions you will receive an extra entry for each correct answer. Winner will be selected using Random.org on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Good luck to you all and I would like to thank Leanora Moore for stopping by today.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Tess Thompson Blog Tour

Book Blurb:

Crushed by a broken heart ten years ago, Cleo Tanner walked away from her acting dreams and now leads a quiet, secluded life in Seattle. Sylvia, her best friend from college, is trapped in a loveless marriage, distraught by her inability to conceive a child – until an adoption agency owner in relentless pursuit of Cleo offers to help.

Just as Sylvia begins to experience a profound love that only a mother can feel, a detective approaches Cleo with disturbing questions about the adoption agency. Determined to protect her friend, Cleo jumps into a dangerous investigation that forces her to confront the ghosts of her past.

Bestselling author Tess Thompson, whose debut novel Riversong touched the hearts of readers worldwide, delivers a captivating and suspenseful tale of the possibilities that await us in life and in love – if we can find the courage to get off the sidelines.

A toast to friendship, motherhood, mended hearts and new beginnings, Caramel and Magnolias reminds us it’s never too late to reawaken the heart.

Where to Buy Caramel and Magnolias:

Buy Links:

Amazon HTML:
http://amzn.com/1935961829

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/caramel-and-magnolias-tess-thompson/1114233277?ean=9781935961826&isbn=2940015972092&itm=1&usri=caramel+and+magnolias

ITunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/caramel-and-magnolias/id595846568?ls=1

Kobo:

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Caramel-and-Magnolias/book-G2w8KPbu5Ua1tjqHsdnaHg/page1.html?s=CkRaZlFnmEea0Qa-pXxsCA&r=1

Where to find Tess Thompson:

FB Author Page https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTessThompson?fref=ts

Website www.tesswrites.com

Amazon Author page http://www.amazon.com/Tess-Thompson/e/B004W3WOTG/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1677547.Tess_Thompson

What was Tess Thompson’s Inspiration behind writing romantic suspense novels?

My goal is to write plots that move quickly and do not allow the reader to have any reason to put the book down, therefore I weave in mystery and twists and turns. But I’m also most interested in love – its redemptive and healing power, the beauty of relationships and the magical way two people can fall in love. Romantic love is something we all long for, no matter our age or position in life. Regardless, life is still wonderful, but there’s an emptiness without a partner to share this journey with; humans are meant to be in romantic partnership. For this reason, I’m drawn to telling love stories.
I wonder sometimes, though, if part of the reason I write love stories is because it’s been so intangible in my real life. I’ve yet to find my one and only, or as I say in Caramel and Magnolias, my person. Perhaps I’ll write only the suspense part after I finally meet the right person. I doubt it. No, probably not. Love is love, after all.

Giveaway Time!!!

Tess is offering one winner at each blog an e-copy of Caramel and Magnolias and a grand prize of print copies of both Caramel and Magnolias and Riversong. Romance Novel Promotions will chose winners from comments at each blog after the tour is closed and post the winner in the original blog post. The Rafflecopter below is for the grand prize.

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Want more chances to win? Be sure to leave comments at these other blogs:


4/8 RomFan Reviews / Ariesgrl
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4/9 For the Love of Bookends / Storm Goddess Book Reviews


4/10 Kricket’s Chirps / My Secret Romance


4/11 Romance Book Craze / Rambling Reads / Twinsie Talk 


4/12 Queen of all She Reads / Salacious Reads



I just want to take a minute to thank Romance Novel Promotions for setting up this blog tour! Also, thanks to Tess Thompson for stopping by here and sharing her latest book with us!

Have a wonderful day!
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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