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Blog Tour: Nico by Sarah Castille + an author interview

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Sarah Castille
(Ruin & Revenge #1)
Published by: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: December 6th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

A DANGEROUS PROPOSAL

Las Vegas Mafia boss, Nico Toscani, is used to getting what he wants, whether it is having the City of Sin under his rule or a beautiful woman in his bed. But when he meets his match in the gorgeous, headstrong Mia Cordano, the daughter of a rival crime lord, all bets are off. . .

Sexy computer hacker, Mia, struggles to break free of her ruthless father’s Mafia ties…but she can’t resist the powerful and seductive Nico, who will stop at nothing to possess her. With their families locked in a brutal war for control of the city, Mia and Nico enter into a forbidden game. Will they surrender to the passion that burns between them—and risk tearing apart their families? Or will Nico be forced to betray the only woman who sets his blood on fire?

Nico is the first book in a full-length, standalone series by New York Times bestselling author, Sarah Castille, set in Las Vegas and featuring deliciously sexy mafia bosses and the women who can’t help but love them.

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An Interview with Sarah Castille

Please welcome Sarah Castille!

Sarah, I read in your bio that you are a lawyer with quite an impressive work history, before taking a break from law.  Has writing always been something you’ve been interested in?

I’ve always been a writer, whether it was writing and illustrating stories with crayons, starting a school a newspaper, or contributing to fiction magazines and literary journals. I have boxes of stories that I just can’t part with, but it wasn’t until I took a break from legal practice that I was finally able to write a full novel. However, my favorite story is one I wrote for our local library story contest when I was ten years old about a lonely leprechaun who gave up his pot of gold when he met a pretty girl leprechaun who taught him how to fly. I like to think of it as my first romance!

 

You write some seriously dirty-talking alphas!  Was there something in particular that has been an inspiration for writing your characters?

I’ve been inspired by the hundreds of romance books I read over the years and all the wonderful alpha heroes I met in those pages. I also met a lot of dirty talking alphas when the hubs and I went on motorcycle trips around Europe. They were some of the roughest men I’ve met with the filthiest mouths and yet they treated their women like gold!

Is there a particular genre of book that you consider your favorite? 

I recently reorganized my massive Kindle collection and by far my erotic romance collection was the largest!

Nico is the start of a new series, Ruin & Revenge.  What can readers expect from this new series?

Lots of dirty talking alpha mob bosses, kick ass heroines, the glitz and glam of Las Vegas and a dash of suspense along with some very spicy romance. I don’t pull any punches with life in the mob. Think the Sopranos, Godfather and Casino all rolled into one!

A lot of writers have quirks or rituals they follow when the write.  Is there anything special you do to prepare for a writing session?  Any must haves in your writing space?

Owls. Lots of little owls. A big cup of coffee in an owl mug. A window for daydreaming and a big cozy sweater because I can’t write if I’m cold.

Thanks very much for having me on the blog! Happy holidays!

Thank you, Sarah, for stopping by!

 

Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Sarah Castille, writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha males and the women who tame them. She is the author of the Redemption series, the Sinner’s Tribe MC series, and the Legal Heat series. A recovering lawyer and caffeine addict, she worked and travelled abroad before trading in her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home on Vancouver Island.

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Blog Tour: Persephone's Orchard – read an interview with the lovely Molly Ringle!

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About the Book

Title: Persephone’s Orchard

Author: Molly Ringle

Genre: Paranormal Romance / NA Fantasy

The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she’s pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate. Soon, though she returns to her regular life, her mind begins exploding with dreams and memories of ancient times; of a love between two Greeks named Persephone and Hades. But lethal danger has always surrounded the immortals, and now that she’s tainted with the Underworld’s magic, that danger is drawing closer to Sophie.

An Interview with Molly Ringle!

Hi, Molly!  We would like to welcome you to Quesarasera Book Blog.  Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions.

Where did the inspiration come from for this book?

I’ve loved the Greek myths since I first read about them as a little kid, and the story of Persephone in particular stuck with me. Way back in my youth in the late 1990s, I wrote the first version of this novel, a Persephone/Hades love story with tie-ins to modern characters. However, it needed a lot of work, so I shelved it, and finally came back to it a few years ago and rewrote it, a full update. I’ve since learned that the Persephone myth is the favorite for a lot of people, and has been written in a lot of ways by many authors! I’m glad to be part of the fandom.

What was your favorite school subject?

English, and also theatre and band, when I took those. Creative artistic endeavors bring out the best in me. My love of language also means I tended to enjoy my foreign-language classes too (Spanish and Italian), though I’m out of practice in actually speaking those.

What is your favorite color?

I would say green. I like living in the Pacific Northwest because we get to be surrounded by green most of the time. I doubt I could live in a desert, even though I enjoy visiting them. And maybe this preference is genetic, because green is the favorite color of both my kids too!

What is the hardest thing about writing?

For me it’s getting over the self-doubt. I’m constantly thinking my story’s not good enough, people won’t like it, my vocabulary needs tuning up, I should do more research on this topic I’m writing about, I don’t understand the publishing industry well enough, etc. I definitely have a personality prone to the “imposter syndrome,” and it can paralyze me in trying to do anything. The writing therefore goes most smoothly when I tell myself, “No one’s paying any attention; just write the stuff you love, the way you want to write it.”

What is your favorite food?

As a treat, a good-quality dark chocolate. I could pretty much live on cheese, fruit, salad, and bread, though. And tea! Must have tea.

Do you ever get writers’ block?

I don’t feel I’m ever blocked, but I occasionally come to a temporary standstill because I’m not sure what should happen next. Usually I can fix this by opening a secondary document and writing journal-style about the plot or the character or whatever I’m not understanding clearly enough. It also helps to remind yourself you always get to fix things in revision later!

Author Bio

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Molly Ringle has been writing fiction for over 20 years, and her stories always include love and humor, as well as the occasional touch of the paranormal. Molly lives in Seattle with her husband and kids, and worships fragrances and chocolate.

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New Release Review & Author Interview: Spanish Lesson by Jessica Peterson

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Welcome a new voice in the New Adult genre:  Jessica Peterson

About the Author:

jpeterson  Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean.

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Author Interview:

Welcome to Jessica Peterson!

Jessica was kind enough to answer a few questions about herself and her writing.

Tell us a little about yourself, Jessica

Hi there!  My name is Jessica Peterson, and I love travel, red-headed heroes (Prince Harry/Sam Heughen/Jamie Frasier, I’m looking at you), and coffee.  I’m a little addicted to caffeine these days.  Launching your first indie series is such a thrill—and a lot of work!  I live in North Carolina with my smelly Goldendoodle puppy, Martha Bean, and my husband, Mr. Peterson.  I was pretty awkward—and very introverted—growing up, so I read a lot.  A lot.  I think I was about fifteen when I got bitten by the romance bug.  I haven’t looked back since!

You are an established author in the Historical Romance genre, but new to New Adult Romance. Can you tell us a little about what motivated you to try something different?

I got my start in romance writing historicals—think a sassy take on Jane Austen—but it wasn’t long before I was swept up in all things New Adult.  I devoured Kristin Callihan, Jennifer Armentrout, and of course E.L. James.  I love how intense New Adult can be; how it can suck you in from page one and give you all the feels.  I’ve always wanted to write a book based on my own study abroad experience in Madrid (more than ten years ago!), and I figured such a story would fit nicely into the New Adult genre.

Spanish Lessons is about an American college student studying abroad and finding romance, of course. Did you ever study abroad?

Yes!  And it was one of the most magical experiences of my life.  I studied abroad for a semester in Madrid when I was a junior in college.  So much of SPANISH LESSONS is based on my trials and tribulations there.  The first chapter is pretty much my experience verbatim after landing in Madrid that first time.  I don’t know if I’ve ever been more nervous or felt more lost.  But it ended up being a fantastic experience.  I would recommend studying abroad to anyone!  It will change your life in ways you can’t imagine.

Do you have any quirky writing habits?

When I dreamed of being a writer, I used to think it was this super romantic profession.  You know, scribbling in a dogeared Moleskin on the side of the Seine in Paris on a gorgeous spring day, a la Ernest Hemingway in A MOVEABLE FEAST.  Unfortunately, the reality of writing is much more…mundane.  I’m someone who thrives on routine, so Monday through Friday you’ll find me at my computer (usually by 7AM), typing away.

My favorite scenes to write are kissing and/or sex scenes.  I know some authors hate them, but I freaking LOVE them.  When I was writing the steamy bits for SPANISH LESSONS, I listened to Justin Bieber and The Weeknd on repeat.  Needed some moody to tunes to get in that headspace, so to speak!

Is there any particular author or book that inspired you?

Oh my goodness, where to even begin?  I read a little bit of everything, but for the STUDY ABROAD series specifically, I’d have to say ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS was a big inspiration, along with Cora Carmack’s LOSING IT.  I also found myself thinking a lot about Tessa Dare, and how her sex scenes are about so much more than the actual sex.  I also revisited Hemingway’s novels that are set in Spain, and I read a decent bit of poetry, too—mostly Pablo Neruda.

Thanks for having me, and happy reading!

Thank you, Jessica for dropping by!


 

Excerpt from SPANISH LESSONS, copyright 2016 by Jessica Peterson

I don’t have time to think or catch my breath. Rafa keeps kissing me, and the kiss keeps getting better. Deeper. My head spins as I try to keep up with him. He’s slow and fast and insistent and soft, all at once. I lose myself in him, my mind a blessed blank. He’s just as good a kisser as I thought he’d be.

Better, even. There is something incredibly sexy about the way he moves. He’s confident without being overbearing. Yes, the kiss is his, but that means I’m his focus. He lavishes me with attention and care, his tongue working to open me to him, and I open, willingly, wildly.

This is how everyone dreams of being kissed. With abandon. With feeling. I grasp his forearms, my fingers digging into his bare skin as I hold on for dear life.

There is nothing safe about Rafa. Not the way he looks at me or the way he dances or how I feel when he touches me. Definitely nothing safe about the way he kisses me.

But I feel safe with him anyway. Safe to be myself. Safe to kiss him back without worrying about what happens next.

I feel safe because we’ll probably never see—much less kiss—each other again. He’s way out of my league. And I don’t want to fall for a guy I’ll just have to leave in a few months. I don’t want to get hurt again. I can’t bear it.

This is just a kiss, I tell myself.

It’s just one kiss that he won’t remember, that I will try to forget.

Still. There’s this rush between my skin and bones that whispers to me, telling me this is no ordinary kiss.

That nothing will be the same after this kiss.


 

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My Review:

Spanish Lessons was a sweetly, romantic story of an American student, Vivian, who is studying abroad with her best friend.  On the night she arrives in Spain, she meets Rafa, a sex Spaniard and there is an instant attraction between them.  The exchange numbers, but Viv is disappointed when he doesn’t contact her.  As she starts classes, she needs a tutor.  Her director sets her up with a tutor who turns out to be…Rafa.  Sparks fly, but Viv has reservations and there are, of course, complications standing in the way of their happiness.

 

Jessica Peterson is a new voice in the New Adult genre, but has a solid background writing historical romances.  I was impressed with the writing.  Her words flowed easily, the characters were likable (or lovable in Rafa’s case) but believable, with real flaws and real worries.  There is the perfect amount of steamy romance.

 

A swoonworthy hero, a lovable heroine and a quirky cast of characters make this a must buy read.


Don’t forget to add this to your Goodreads shelf!

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Author Interview: Theresa DaLayne and special guest

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Author Interview Questions with Theresa DaLayne

Thank you for taking the time for the interview. Please answer the following questions; you also have the option of changing some questions if you feel that you would be more at ease with other questions, or just answering a min of 15.

Author Name: Theresa DaLayne

Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

No, not even close. In fact, in grade school I was a terrible reader and had very bad grades. I had to go through additional tutoring in order to read simple stories and struggled for years with literacy. Only when I was in high school did I fall in love with writing. It started in journalism and branched out from there.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

When I read an article—can’t remember which one—that said, “If you love to write, you’re a writer. You have something important to say. Something others want to hear. Don’t ever forget that.” I had to believe that or I wouldn’t have made it through some of the struggles I faced as a self-taught writer. And you know what they say: If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.

 

How long did it take to get your first book published?

I wrote my first book in 2011 and it was published in 2012. It was a very accomplished moment because I’m a self-taught author with no professional training, and I was still very new to the literary industry.

Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

Yes. In addition to writing, I also manage an online Amazon store, and I also write the official book blurbs for Limitless Publishing. It’s a fun mix and I love it.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

My most recently published book is Mayan Blood, book 1 of The Stone Legacy series. Twenty words? That’s tough. How about…Disturbed teen discovers Mayan bloodlines and faces the grueling decision of embracing her destiny or running for her life.

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

I have two fantastic publishers. Bloomsbury Spark who published my new adult contemporary romance, THE EDGE OF YOU.

Limitless Publishing has both of my series—The Stone Legacy series and a new young adult inspirational series, The Five Pillar series.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?

I’d say about nine months. That is from an idea to a clean draft. But that’s just me. Everyone is different. It also depends on my kids’ schedule and how much extra time I have.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

I have a ton of releases coming up, which is SO exciting!

  • Book 1, Mayan Blood releases 12/29
  • Book 2, Interlude, releases 1/12
  • Book 3, Lights of Aurora, releases 1/26
  • Book 4, Anarchy, releases 2/23
  • Book 5, Birthright, releases 5/19

Also, in February, I have another release of a young adult inspirational under my pen name, Theresa Mae—If All Else Fails. There will be two more books to follow.

What genre would you place your books into?

Mature young adult paranormal romance.

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

I fell in love with that genre from being an avid reader. I love diverse books and interesting, unique characters. I couldn’t imagine having started in any other genre, and I don’t see myself branching outside of the young adult or new adult genre any time soon.

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

I started writing in 2011, after reading a chain of heartthrob young adult books that left me feeling hollow when they were over. I started to write in journalism back in high school, but after I realized how much I hated being confined I branched out into fiction writing.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

To write I generally go upstairs after my kids are in bed and write while I’m tucked in. I like to turn on the lamp mounted to my wall, which gives a soft glow to my bedroom, and sometimes turn on the noisemaker beside my bed that mimics a thunderstorm. Other times I’ll turn on a show I’ve seen a thousand times just to have the background noise with no temptation to actually watch the show.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?

Yes. Some authors don’t think it’s important, and some even say they would never read their reviews with a ten-foot poll. It’s all an individual preference, but I like to hear what my readers have to say. I take their feedback under consideration and look into ways I can improve my writing.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

I generally write the book first and then give it a title. I feel like you can’t really title a book until you know what it’s about. But again, that’s just me. Every author is different. Some authors I know actually start with a title and then write the book.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

I try to pick unique names that are diverse and fun. Ethnic characters are especially fun to name. Just for fun, here are some name samples from The Stone Legacy series:

  • Marzena—seemingly young dreamwalker
  • Zanya—heroine of The Stone Legacy Series and destined Stone Guardian.
  • Arwan—hero, timebender, and something else entirely.
  • Grima—Viking and petrifier (not introduced until Lights of Aurora)

Fun, huh? J

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?

Usually I have a good idea with my main characters, but my secondary characters always take my by surprise.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of “The moral of this story is..”)

I think the overall moral of the series is to believe in yourself, be a loyal friend, understand that everyone has different needs, wants, and desires, and not to be afraid to follow your heart. Every book does highlight its own moral or theme.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

I always love a paperback over e-book. Kindles run out of batteries. Paperbacks don’t. J

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?

Oh gosh. It’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? Book or movie. Movie or book?

The answer: Book. Always book.

Worst movie ever made based off a book? The Mortal Instruments movie. I saw it with my mom and was cursing under my breath when we left. So mad.

Your favorite food is?

Chocolate cake and coffee.

Your favorite singer/group is?

I love The Ataris and Taylor Swift.

Your favorite color is?

Blue. Blue. It’s the color of the ocean—I know not technically, for all you science buffs out there, but still—and it’s a lot of color with variations for my wardrobe. 😉

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Character interview with Thresa DaLayne

Character Name: Arwan

Character Bio:

Orphan and gifted Riyata, Arwan grew up at Renato’s estate in Belize after his mother was murdered by an underworld enemy. For years he has denied his Mayan ancestry and shunned his bloodline. Now that Zanya—the Stone Guardian—is back and bonded with her stone, he must face the darkest part of his soul in order to find the revenge he continues to seek.

I don’t have a photo of Arwan, nor do I want to assign one. He is a unique looking twenty-something year old with tan skin, dark eyes, sharp cheekbones, long-ish dark hair, and a keen talent for martial arts. He also has a very rare ability called timebending, which he does not often use in fear of changing the course of history and affecting the future in negative ways that he cannot undo.

If you can add a dreamcast pic of the character that would be awesomeJ

Me: Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?

Arwan:

Focus. Normally that would be a good quality, but I tend to be overly focused on a goal and do not stop perusing it until I’ve accomplished it.  Maybe that’s how I earned Zanya’s affections. Once I knew I wanted her, I couldn’t stop until I made my best effort to earn her trust.

Me: Have you?

Arwan: It’s a work in process.

Me: Do you think you deserve her trust?

Arwan: No. Not in the least.

Me: Why?

Arwan: Can we move to the next question please?

Me: Why?

Arwan: Because I’m not entirely comfortable telling you something I haven’t told her first.

Me: Fair enough. What about your best quality?

Arwan: I would say patience. I need patience while training—especially with Peter due to is lack of practice. He spends far too much time with Tara and not enough time in the dojo.

Me: It sounds like you’re angry with him.

Arwan: Angry? No, I’m not angry. Just…concerned. I don’t want him to fall behind. But knowing Zanya now, I can’t blame him for being hesitant to leave Tara. It’s hard to be away from the person you care about.

Me: What are you most afraid of?

Arwan: Failure. I’ve worked my entire life to prepare for the moment I can finally avenge my mother’s death. Plus, now I have more than just myself to protect. There’s no one else to lead the rest of the group, and I have to be there. It’s my job, and I can’t fail.

Me: What do you want more than anything?

Arwan. Peace.

Me: What kind? There are a lot of kinds of peace.

Arwan: All kinds. For too many years I’ve struggled to achieve inner peace, but that’s not possible because of who…what, I am. Maybe someday I can find a balance. That’s about the best I can hope for.

Me: What is your relationship status?

Arwan: It’s…complicated.

Me: You’re not going to improvise, are you?

Arwan: No, I’m not.

Me: Okay then. How much of a rebel are you?

Arwan: I think that’s more of a question for Jayden. Me? I prefer structure. Though I suppose Renato wouldn’t completely agree with the current events.

Me: What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?

Arwan: Taking control of my darker side. Commanding it. That is by far my greatest achievement to date.

Me: What is your current state of mind?

Arwan: I’m nervous.

Me: Why?

Arwan: Because I’m not used to people probing into my personal life. Into my head. Marzena, the young dreamwalker, gives me space. She doesn’t intrude into my thoughts. This interview feels a lot like when she reaches into my head.

Me: What is your most treasured possession?

Arwan: Does it have to be an object?

Me: Yes.

Arwan: My glaive.

Me: What’s that?

Arwan: It’s a weapon I use in both training and fighting—a spear with a long, curved blade at the end.

Me: You don’t have anything more personal you cherish?

Arwan: I don’t have many personal items. I’ve never needed them. I live with Renato, have the dojo at my disposal, and the jungle as my refuge.

Me: Which living person do you, most despise?

Arwan: I suppose it would be wrong to say Jayden. *grins *

Me: I don’t think Zanya would be thrilled to hear you say that.

Arwan: No, she wouldn’t. And in reality it’s not the truth.

Me: So who is it?

Arwan: Sarian—and my father. Both of them equally and as fiercely. The end.

Me: What is your greatest regret?

Arwan: Existing.

Me: Why?

Arwan: I’d rather not elaborate. Are we almost finished?

Me: Yes, we are. Let’s change things up. What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Arwan: Stubbornness and self-confidence.

Me: Most men dislike a stubborn woman.

Arwan: Not me. It tells me she knows what she wants. I like that.

Me: Which living person do you most admire?

Arwan: My mentor, Renato. He is like my father, and I have great respect for him.

Me: What is your motto?

Arwan: You always have a choice.

Me: We’re all finished up. Once again, Arwan, thank you for the interview.

Arwan: Great. Thank you.

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Blog Tour, Author Interview, Review and Giveaway: Coach Maddie and the Marine by Blaire Edens

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I would like to welcome author, Blaire Edens and thank her for stopping by Quesarasera Book Review to talk about her book, Coach Maddie and the Marine.

Keeping reading after the interview to find the links to buy the book and a Rafflecopter giveaway for a fabulous prize!

Without further ado…Blaire Edens!!

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Welcome, Blaire. Tell us three interesting facts about yourself that you want readers to know.

 

Thanks for having me. I’m thrilled to be here!

 

Fair warning:  I’m a little quirky. J

-I’m a voracious knitter. Not only do I knit up a storm, but I occasionally teach knitting classes, usually ones on how to make socks or complicated lace shawls. The more complicated the pattern is, the more excited I am about giving it a try. While I’m writing, I keep my knitting on the desk beside me. When I get to a difficult scene or I can’t seem to get something to work out, I pick up my knitting, crank out a few rows and it usually solves the problem for me.

 

-I’m a college football FANATIC. I have season tickets to my alma mater, Clemson University. Go Tigers! During the football season, I watch several games a week. Maybe more than several. I love the strategy that’s involved and the football pants aren’t bad either.

 

-I have an issue with mixed foods. Yep. You read that right. I like chocolate sans mint or peanut butter and apples without cinnamon. My coffee must be black and please, please, don’t ask me to mix ketchup and mustard. Blech. The simpler, the better. I have no idea why I’m like this. Everyone else in my family is fine with mixed foods.

I loved Coach Maddie & the Marine.  Please tell us a little bit about your book?  

 

Thanks! I loved writing it. Being from a military family, writing it was a little like going home and it was fun to be back inside the culture of a large base like Fort Wilson.

 

I love the theme of working outside of your comfort zone in order to build self-confidence and a sense of competence. In this book, Maddie is looking after her nephew while her sister is deployed. Not only does she have to learn how to be a surrogate mom, she has to learn to be a football coach. In her determination, she evolves and learns to see herself in a new light.

 

David, my Marine hero, is deeply scarred by the loss of Maddie’s late husband, Frank. He was with him when he died and David can’t stop believing he is responsible.  He must learn to get over his guilt and himself in order to build a new life.
Coach Maddie and the Marine is about second chances and learning to rebuild lives after they’ve been impacted by grief. I hope it’s a universal story that readers can relate to.

 

The book deals with some tough topics.  Was there any particular inspiration behind this book?

 

Grief is something most of us can relate to in one way or another. While I had the idea of Maddie and the football element for a long time, when I heard about the death of one of my college classmates, who was a Marine, the story came together for me and I was able to better access the emotions associated with a combat death. My friend, Andy, who was killed in Al Anbar Province, could have become an officer in the USMC but instead he chose to enlist. His death really hit home for me and in many ways, he was in the inspiration for the plot. Another one of my dear friends, a career marine, who witnessed more than his share of combat in the war on terror, inspired David in many ways. Being the man left behind has its own set of challenges and it was wonderful to have real-life sources.

 

 

Have you always wanted to be a writer?  If you weren’t a writer, what other profession would you like to be in?

 

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. While I’ve done lots of other jobs in my quest to make it as a full-time writer, creating new stories drives me and I can’t imagine giving it up. For me, writing is a way of understanding everything that’s going on around me. By filtering things through characters, I can get a better handle on what drives us as humans.

 

If I had to pick another profession, I’d probably teach Latin. Told you I was quirky.

 

Thank you so much for the interview, Blaire.  How can my readers, and yours, connect with you?

 

I love to connect with readers. I’m on social media way more than I should be so you can usually catch me on Facebook or Twitter. I also have a street team, Blaire’s Belles, I’m always running contests and making wisecracks, so like me or follow me so that you’ll have the latest details on the freebies. Here are the ways we can connect:

 

www.blaireedens.com

https://blaireedensromance.wordpress.com/

www.facebook.com/blaireedensauthor

https://www.facebook.com/groups/422523621249428/

 

Thanks again for having me. Happy reading!

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Coach Maddie and the Marine by Blaire Edens

Release Date: January 11, 2016

 

About the Book:

 

After the combat death of her Marine husband, grief counselor Maddie Westerfield has thrown herself into helping other families—leaving no time for dating. Which is just fine with Maddie since falling in love again, especially with another man in uniform, is out of the question. No matter how gorgeous he is. Plus, she’s busy looking after her eight-year-old nephew for her deployed sister.

For the last eight years, Lieutenant David Sterling has lived with the guilt of losing one of his soldiers in an ambush in Afghanistan. So when the opportunity presents itself, he jumps at the chance to help the beautiful widow coach her nephew’s football team. But keeping things strictly professional between them is harder than he expected. And even though he knows a relationship with Maddie will only lead to heartbreak, he can’t help falling for her.

Review:  

First of all, let me start out by saying this book is filled with all kinds of feels.  David is absolutely swoonworthy and Maddie is kind of an inspiration.  I mean really.  She herself is dealing with so much loss and grief and instead of letting all that takeover, she lets it become a part of her that she uses her experience to help other.  David has also lost someone.  Now only does he feel grief over the loss, he is also dealing with some major guilt.

When David and Maddie meet sparks fly, but she doesn’t think she can survive another romance with a man in uniform.  David can’t deny his attraction, but he knows things have to remain professional.  They try to deny it, but their connection is inevitable.

Blair Edens has quite a way with words.  I got lost in this book and fell into David and Maddie’s world.  I laughed, I cried and I rooted for them.

This is a 5 star read that needs to find a way to your bookshelf or e-reader list ASAP!

Links:

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Coach-Maddie-Marine-Blaire-Edens-ebook/dp/B0191K3GOQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449951212&sr=8-1&keywords=coach+maddie+and+the+marine

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/coach-maddie-and-the-marine-blaire-edens/1123105641?ean=9781633752108

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27864213-coach-maddie-and-the-marine

 

About the Author:

 

Blaire Edens lives in the mountains of North Carolina on a farm that’s been in her family since 1790. When she’s not plotting, she’s busy knitting, running, or listening to the Blues. Blaire loves iced tea with mint, hand-stitched quilts, and yarn stores. She refuses to eat anything that mixes chocolate and peanut butter or apple and cinnamon. She’s generally nice to her mother, tries to remember not to smack her bubble gum, and only speeds when no one’s looking.

 

Social Media Links (Twitter, Facebook, etc.):

 

Website: http://www.blaireedens.com

Blog: https://blaireedensromance.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/blaireedens

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blaireedensauthor

Street Team Facebook Group (Blaire’s Belles): https://www.facebook.com/groups/422523621249428/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8510301.Blaire_Edens

 

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Today we’re featuring YA Author Rendezvous author, Bethany Wicker!

Favorite YAAR Supporting Characters

Everyone gets to know and fall in love with the MC, or Main Character. I, however, tend to fall for supporting characters. In our group YAAR, short for Young Adult Author Rendezvous, there are several great characters to choose from, but I’d like to talk about a few of my favorites.

We’ll start with Unexpected Alpha, by Bethany Wicker (yours truly.) I’m in love with Marie, the best friend of the MC. She provides comedic relief. I may be biased because she’s based off my best friend in real life, Mariah, but her bubbliness is hard to hate. She also becomes a badass werewolf when necessary.

Next up, The Institute Series by Kayla Howarth. I’m SO IN LOVE WITH DREW! Sorry, went a little fan girl. He betrays Allira in the beginning, but fights so hard to make things right throughout the series that Kayla made it had to not fall for him. Who doesn’t love a bad guy who tries to make things right in the end?

Then, there’s Joshua’s Island by Patrick Hodges. Who doesn’t love Kelsey? Sure, she gets her own novel in Ethan’s Secret, but before that she was a supporting character. She was so hardcore, stood up to the bullies, and stood for what’s right. She helps Joshua in so many ways to develop the courage he needs to stand up for himself.

The Awaken Series, by Michelle Bryan has several intriguing characters: Finn, Po, Tater, and my favorite, Jax. He’s SO ATTRACTIVE, hold on, need to shift away from fan girl mode. He comes to Tara’s aid when you least expect it and continues to help her on her journey. His snide comments are a bonus and there’s no instant love between them, which always ruins a good story.

Dawn of the Rebellion, by Michelle Lynn is up next with Drew. Yes, another Drew. I swear it isn’t the name! Drew’s originally Gabby’s boyfriend, but when she’s taken, Dawn and Drew set out to rescue her. Their relationship blossoms slowly and you see his true character come to life, and it’s very desirable. I’m not going to spoil anything but I cried at the end… read and see why.

Lastly, there’s Rise of the Shadow Seekers, by Korey Ward. My favorite of the trio is Nelson. I loved him from the moment he was introduced. He defended Alex from the bullies, but his looks scream otherwise. He’s broad and intimidating, but doesn’t use it for his own gain. Instead, he helps Alex in his quest and quickly becomes one of his first friends. A friend that anyone would want.

There are plenty characters out there that I didn’t have enough room to give credit to, but check them out in the YAAR library and be on the lookout for those enchanting supporting characters.

 

Author Bio:

Bethany Wicker resides in Louisiana and is a pediatric nurse who loves to read and write any chance she gets. Her sun conure, Apollo, green cheek conure, Rocket, and her two dogs, Jasper and Drake, usually keep her company while she writes, throwing in ideas of their own. She has a loving husband, Lucien, and an amazing family who support her passion for writing. Her inspiration comes from her friend Mariah and the support from her fellow authors from YA Author Rendezvous. She loves young adult fiction of all sorts and thanks God for giving her the strength to finish novels of her own. She is obsessed with Disney, Cherry Coke, and White Chocolate Mochas, especially from Starbucks. She also loves food and is always excited to try new things.

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