Unlikely Allies Book Tour

July 30, 2015

Unlikely Allies

by C.C. Koen

 

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About the Book

What happens when a single mom’s four-year-old daughter falls in love with Mr. Right and she doesn’t?

Maggie Tyson’s rule: no bad boys. Her incarcerated ex-husband broke her of that attraction. Needing to escape his threats and the scrutiny of the people in her hometown, Maggie relocates to New York City. Determined to not make the same mistakes, she has a mile-long list of dos and don’ts. Unfortunately, her daughter, Cecily, doesn’t like to follow them. When Cecily wanders away from her and right into Rick Stone’s office, Maggie knows he’s the exact type she’s been trying to avoid. Can she resist him or will she succumb to his willful charm?

Rick Stone’s rule: bed them don’t wed them. Running a multi-billion dollar business doesn’t leave him with much time to do anything else, particularly with an overbearing grandfather breathing down his neck. But when a man works hard, he needs to play even harder. Voted America’s most eligible bachelor, Rick doesn’t have any problems getting women into his bed—except one.

Two auburn beauties stumble into his life.
One will break his heart.
The other—heal it.
Will he love or leave them?

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Excerpt

Rick waved to Paul, the evening security guard, and exited the office building. Another midnight departure. It wasn’t that Rick noticed the time anymore; a fifteen-hour work day was common for him. Tonight though, he left with each task on his to-do list accomplished.

Dead tired, he focused on the parking garage across the street. At the walking signal, he jogged to the other side. Two huddled bodies in the bus stop enclosure captured his attention.

“What are you doing?” He rushed toward them, stopping at the edge of the bench.

Maggie jolted and glowered at him. “You scared me half to death. I’m waiting for the bus.”

Was she out of her mind? “It’s not safe. You can’t even defend yourself. Not with a sleeping girl in your arms.”

Maggie rested her cheek on top of Cece’s. “I don’t have a choice.”

“You could have caught a cab.”

She tilted her chin up, shot him an agitated brow, and buried her face against Cece’s. “It’s far. It would’ve been too expensive.”

“I’ll drive you. Where do you live?”

“No,” she whispered.

“It wasn’t a choice, Maggie.” He leaned down to scoop Cece into his arms, but Maggie put her hand up, stopping him.

“Don’t.” She stared, unrelenting, and her back scooted into the corner of the booth. Her tight, squared shoulders were on full alert. “How do I know you aren’t some lunatic?”

He wanted to laugh, he really did, but her honest reaction shouldn’t have surprised him. Used to getting his way, he hadn’t thought twice or considered she’d protest the offer. His mouth pulled into a frown as he considered his intimidating stance towering over her. He backed up a few steps, raising his hands. Unwilling to relent, he scrolled through his cell, pressed a few buttons, and when he got an answer, he kept his focus on her. “I need you to vouch for me.” His best friend’s laughter on the other end ticked him off, but he wouldn’t rest until he had his way. “Mention I’m a good guy.” Then he eased closer to Maggie, his hand extended, urging her to accept a concession he wasn’t used to making.

Her eyes flicked from him to the phone and back a few times. He wasn’t sure if the blank look on her face meant she believed him or she’d scream for help. Several tense seconds later, she plucked the cell from his hands, her fingertips clipped to the top and nowhere near close to touching him. “Hello.” Her quiet, reserved whisper revealed hesitancy, but her intense observation demonstrated she wouldn’t surrender easily. “Maggie Tyson.” After a brief pause she answered with a relieved and happy bounce in her voice, “Oh, Matt, hey.” She listened and nodded, her lips curled into a quirky smile and disappeared before he could appreciate it. “Yeah. Uh, huh. Will do, bye.”

After he tucked the phone in his suit pocket, his hand clenched it over and over, waiting for her to say something, anything. Tired of the long silence and her scrutinizing inspection of his eyes, nose, mouth, and grinding jaw, he rocked back and forth on his heels for the second time. “Well?”

 

Author Interview

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing C.C. Koen, author of Unlikely Allies.

Please tell us a little about yourself and your background.

C.C. Koen writes contemporary romance with a twist. An avid reader who enjoys mystery and suspense, her stories will never be what you expect. Determined to find adventure in her dreams and life, she enjoys skydiving, sailing and any activity that challenges her. Teacher by day, romance writer at night produce an active imagination that comes to life in her writing.

What were you like at school?

I struggled with academics until high school. I started kindergarten when I was only four years old. I was always behind my peers and had to study extra hard to get average grades. One thing that challenge taught me though, I could succeed but had to work extra hard.

Were you good at English?

Yes! It was my favorite subject in high school. The teacher, Mrs. Bertini was a no-nonsense type. The kids in the class could get really nasty, but she shut them down and forced English rules and writing down our throats. The class was a lot of work and like most teens I didn’t enjoy the amount of time it took to complete assignments. When I look back on the experience, though, I realize what an amazing teacher she was. I always appreciated teachers that made me work hard over those that didn’t.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I’m a self-published author with a teaching job that requires a lot of my time and attention. Therefore, I write as a hobby and to exercise my creative thinking. In the past three years that I have been writing novels, I have LOVED everything about the process. It’s great to use my imagination in other ways besides teaching.

Which writers inspire you?

There are so many favorites that I can’t choose just one. Here are a few authors and stories I have an enjoyed over the years. They also help reboot my brain when I’m writing.

  1. Nora Roberts: Chesapeake Bay Series
  2. Roxanne St. Claire: The Bullet Catchers Series
  3. Harlan Coben: any of his stand alone suspense novels.
  4. Rachel Robinson: Crazy Good
  5. Jasinda & Jack Wilder: Captured
  6. Kristen Ashley: Motorcycle Man and the others books in that series.

Give us an insight into Rick Stone. What does he do that is so special?

Rick Stone is the CEO of Gateway Enterprises. He works extremely long hours in order to make his deceased father’s company a success. One night while working, a four-year-old girl wanders into his office. His life will never be the same.

What are you working on at this time?

I’m currently working on Serenity, which is the sequel to my first novel, Intensity. It was impossible to resolve the story in just one book. The characters, Serena and Linc, have a lot to resolve in order to reach a HEA.

Which actor or actress would you like to see playing the lead characters from Unlikely Allies?

Heroine: Maggie Tyson

Karen Gillan, Emma Stone, or Lindy Booth.

Hero: Rick “Max” Stone

Maksim ChmerkovskiyEddie Cibrian, Dean Cain, Chris Pine, Noah Mills, or Marlon Teixeira.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start to write something?

I became a writer by accident. My first novel, Intensity came to me as a fantasy while I was driving to work one day. Driving can be boring and my mind often wanders. I have to admit the original story was very different from the finished tale. I wrote an article about the experience at Savvy Authors titled, Take Your Time, but Hurry Up! A Newbie Author Selfie.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

I teach during the day and write in the evening hours. I’m an emotional writer and have to be in the right mindset. Sometimes life events and stress prevents me from focusing, and other times, writing helps clear my head. I never know from day to day what will happen, so I go with the flow and write as often as my brain allows me.

Where do your ideas come from?

Everywhere. It’s quite annoying at times and exhilarating too. I keep a notepad with me so I can jot down ideas. My memory stinks so I’m always worried I’ll forget an idea. I have a notebook packed with potential stories.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I’m an obsessive planner and can’t resist jotting ideas down. However, I do it mostly because I don’t want to forget an idea. I like to keep an open mind and explore where the story will go and how it will develop while typing the manuscript. I’m a true believer in instinct. The characters often take on a life of their own and it is amazing to experience the plot through their eyes. Writing is not always about where the author planned to take it. There is quite a bit of gut feeling involved. At least it is that way for me.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Research. Locating credible sources and people who are willing to share their expertise without thinking you are a freak for writing romance novels. Ugh! What is with the stigma?

Do you read much and who are your favorite authors?

Yes! I read romance, suspense, and mysteries. I included my favorite authors in a previous question, but I’ll list them again.

  1. Nora Roberts
  2. Roxanne St. Claire
  3. Harlan Coben
  4. Rachel Robinson
  5. Jasinda & Jack Wilder
  6. Kristen Ashley

For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I transitioned entirely to e-books several years ago. I like the convenience.

What books are you currently reading?

I’m waiting for Manwhore+1 by Katy Evans. In the meantime, I’ve been rereading favorites from the 1500+ books I have on my Kindle and Nook.

Please tell us about the cover and how it came about.

I LOVE my cover. When I saw it on selfpubcovers.com, I knew immediately it was the perfect choice for Unlikely Allies. Even though I purchased the cover, I added the title, author, and logline myself. I enjoy the graphic design process and create my own teasers and promotional materials.

Who designed your book cover?

The cover for my first novel, Intensity was created by Ebook Cover Designs by Carey. The cover for my second novel, Unlikely Allies was created by Shardel at SelfPub Book Covers.

Do you have a video book trailer?

Yes. The Unlikely Allies book trailer can be viewed at:

http://www.kizoa.com/Video-Maker/d17256439kP79294136o1l1/unlikelyalliesdraft

Do you think that giving books away free works and why?

I think it can, temporarily, at least. When I review Amazon’s top 100 chart, I see quite a few 99 cent books, and with Kindle Unlimited, there are plenty of free choices. I think die-hard readers will select books that appeal to them, regardless of whether they have to pay for them or not. However, if they are an avid reader and on a budget like I am, it helps if the book price is under $3.99. It is amazing how quickly the expenses add up, particularly if you purchase a lot like I do. Over the years, I’ve had to be more frugal because in one month it was not uncommon for me to spend hundreds of dollars that I couldn’t spare.

How do you relax?

I read and write to relax.

What is your favorite quote?

Dream big dreams—they’re always in reach, just grab on and enjoy the ride.

C.C. Koen

What is your favorite movie?

I have TONS of favorite movies. Here are just a few.

A Few Good Men

The Butler

G.I. Jane

The Last of the Mohicans

Men of Honor

How can readers discover more about you?

Website: www.cckoen.com

Any final words?

I read a lot of suspense novels as well as romance. I’d really like to write a suspense/thriller novel along the lines of Harlan Coben. I am fascinated by his stories and those of other suspense authors like Roxanne St. Claire. I enjoy the pace and the challenge of trying to figure out who done it.

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

 

About the Author

C.C. Koen writes contemporary romance with a twist. An avid reader who enjoys mystery and suspense, her stories will never be what you expect. Determined to find adventure in her dreams and life, she enjoys skydiving, sailing and any activity that challenges her. Teacher by day, romance writer at night produce an active imagination that comes to life in her writing.

Connect with the Author

Website: www.cckoen.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cckoenbooks

Twitter: http://twitter.com/authorcckoen @authorcckoen

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/authorcckoen

Google plus: https://plus.google.com/112648382343758166487

Blog: www.authorcckoen.com

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorcckoen/

 

Giveaway

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13 Comments

  • Patrick Siu July 31, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Lisa Markson July 31, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Sounds great

  • Mary Preston July 30, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    A great list of authors. Favorites of mine too.

  • Victoria July 30, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Great post! I loved the interview

  • CC Koen July 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you for participating in the Unlikely Allies tour.

  • Rita Wray July 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I liked the interview.

    • CC Koen July 30, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      I enjoy answering them 🙂

  • Betty W July 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I really enjoyed the interview! I think you’d be a great suspense writer! This has been a terrific book tour and I wish you great success with your writing! Thank you for sharing!

  • Betty W July 30, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I really enjoyed the interview! I hope that you do branch out into suspense writing~I think you’d be terrific at it! This has been a great book tour!Thank you for sharing!

  • Jennifer July 30, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I love that the author is also an avid reader! Great interview and I loved the excerpt.

    • CC Koen July 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      I have 1200+books on my Nook and around 500 on Kindle. Always looking for a great read 🙂

  • Stella Barcelona July 30, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Thank you for hosting the Shadows excerpt tour today! Stella

  • Goddess Fish Promotions July 30, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Thanks for hosting!