WELCOME TO “THE MEREST LOSS” BLOG TOUR! @STEVENNEIL12 @4WILLSPUB #RRBC

Steven is giving away (3) Signed Paperback copies of “THE MEREST LOSS.”  For your chance to win, be sure to leave him a comment below.

Getting to know Steven Neil, the author of THE MEREST LOSS.

THE MEREST LOSS, a story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English hunting shires and the streets of Victorian London and post-revolutionary Paris. 

The Writing Process

1. How did you set about writing your novel?

I planned thirty-six chapters of not more than 2500 words for my novel, even before I had a subject. This arose from a conversation with one of my Creative Writing tutors.

Me: I can only write short stories. I could never write a novel.

Her: But you can write a 2500 word short story?

Me: Yes.

Her: Well, can you write ten 2500 word short stories?

Me: Yes, I suppose so.

Her: Well, if you write thirty-six short stories on a linked theme, you have written a novel.

2. Where did your ideas come from?

Originally, I was planning to write a Dick Francis style thriller and I was researching a jockey called Jem Mason, who won the first Grand National at Liverpool in 1839. I found a line in his description which said something like ‘also famous for his relationship with Harriet Howard, who ran away to live with him in London when she was fifteen and who also became Louis Napoleon’s mistress and financial backer’. I decided she was an even more interesting character and I set about writing a fictional account of her life.

3. Are you a planner?

As my answer to question one indicates, I am absolutely a planner. Once I have my outline however, I don’t write in a linear fashion. I move across the timelines and try to complete each chapter as a mini story.

4. How do you write, e.g. manuscript/PC?

I write straight on to PC and I edit on the PC. I have also used Dragon software to dictate on to PC. It works to about 85% accuracy once it learns your voice and I find it helps to unfreeze my thinking if I am struggling to type words on to the page.

5. When do you write: are you a lark or an owl?

I write at odd times. I often write late at night, but I also write early in the morning when ideas that have been running through my mind overnight are still fresh. I like to write to word count. I think 200-300 words at a time, edited and polished, is good going.

6. Do you have any writing rituals or habits?

I am not sure they are rituals or habits, but I do commit to reaching my word count every time I sit down to write. Even if the writing isn’t very good, I can always improve it later. ‘You can’t edit a blank page’ is good advice.

7. How do you edit?

I edit as I go along. I might generate 300 words of ‘new’ writing and then move to a section of ‘old’ i.e. unedited writing and spend time editing. I am always going back to the beginning and reading through, to make sure the continuity is right.

8. Have you experienced writer’s block and if so, how did you overcome it?

Not really. I just keep writing. Eventually it comes out.

9. What do you enjoy about the writing process?

I think I enjoyed the research process the most. I am not a natural writer. Nothing came easy. However, I think the planning and organisation skills I learned in my business career, allied to the writing craft skills I learned in my degree and my masters degree gave me the tools of the trade. I think Harriet Howard’s story deserved to be told as it is a fascinating tale. I hope I have done it justice.

10. Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

I have met some tremendously naturally gifted writers but that alone will not make you a published author. I genuinely believe that, however gifted, you need to learn the craft of writing. Invest in a creative writing course and learn about structure, plot, point of view, character, setting and dialogue before you start writing. When you have finished the first draft of your novel, understand that you have only just begun the process of writing a publishable novel. Even if all your friends and family tell you your novel is brilliant, invest in an independent development and copy editor before you even think about publication.

© Steven Neil

THE MEREST LOSS is available in paperback and eBook in the US, UK, France, Canada and Australia. 

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Follow Steven Neil on TWITTER for information on how to purchase the paperback through an independent bookseller in the UK.

Steven has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the Open University and an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. He has been a bookmaker’s clerk, bloodstock agent, racehorse breeder and management consultant amongst other professions in his varied career. He is married and lives in rural Northamptonshire, England. The Merest Loss is his debut novel.

ALL ABOUT THE #RRBC SPONSORS BLOG HOP!

Welcome to the first ever ALL ABOUT THE SPONSORS BLOG HOP!  These kind members of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC) donated their support during the 2017 conference, in the way of gift card and Kindle e-book donations for our Gift Basket Raffle. They supported us and now we are showing our support of them by pushing their book(s).  
 
We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed and after reading it, leave a review.  There are several books on tour today, so please visit the HOP’S main page to follow along.  
 
Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the HOP’S main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!
Have you wondered what goes through the mind of a patient in isolation for nine months? What keeps them going?
June is a 10 year old girl who goes on vacation with her brother and grandmother to Europe and has the time of her life. Six months after their return from vacation, a mysterious “THING” referred to as “Noma” attacks one of the travelers spiraling them out of control. June tells her story of being in a crazy and scary environment revealing unexpected powers that help in coping with loneliness. June finds unusual friends during the darkest days. Lady Bird, the dog, ole folks, Alex and G-Mom play a pivotal role during the journey through a tunnel of darkness.
 
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Book Tour – The Master and the Maid by Laura Libricz @LauraLibricz

It is my pleasure to have Laura Libricz at Room With Books today. Laura is on tour with her novel “The Master and the Maid” this week. I hope you’ll check in at 4 Wills Publishing for links to the entire tour!

 

THE MASTER AND THE MAID: She’s lost her work, her home and her freedom. Now, harboring a mysterious newborn, she could lose her life. In 17th Century Germany on the brink of the Thirty Years War, 24-year-old Katarina is traded to the patrician Sebald Tucher by her fiancé Willi Prutt in order to pay his debts. En route to her forced relocation to the Tucher country estate, Katarina is met by a crazed archer, Hans-Wolfgang, carrying a baby under his cloak. He tells her an incredible story of how his beloved was executed by a Jesuit priest for witchcraft right after the birth and makes Katarina—at sword point—swear on her life to protect the child. But protecting the child puts Katarina at risk. She could fall in disfavor with her master. She could be hunted by the zealots who killed his beloved. She could be executed for witchcraft herself. Can Katarina’s love for the baby and Sebald Tucher’s desire for her keep the wrath of the zealots at bay? Set in Franconia, The Master and the Maid is an accurate, authentic account of a young woman’s life in Germany in the 1600’s, her struggle for freedom and her fight for those she loves.

 

Katarina

Nuremberg, Germany — May 1616

Katarina twisted the tap on the wooden barrel of beer. Foam spluttered into the tankard and sprayed the white apron covering her coarse brown dress.

“Willi, get me another barrel,” she shouted over the heads of three men sitting at the table nearest her.

The three men swayed from side to side singing a drunken song: “Ich bin a mal auf fischn ganga, in a sumpfig Weier, hockt a Frusch auf meiner Stanga

One man lifted his tankard, slammed it on the table and hit the rude bit of the song, “…zwickt mi in die Eier.”

The tallow lamp spun across the table and onto the floor. The new barmaid, Lily, stomped on the burning oil, proving herself quite useful on her first night serving drinks at The Stork’s Nest.

“Willi can’t hear ya,” Lily said. “I’ll get cha one.”

She swung her wide hips around the three drunk men, waddled behind the bar and heaved the empty wooden barrel onto her shoulder. It was the same size as her stomach. She disappeared into the storeroom.

Katarina grabbed her wooden spoon and whacked the drunk at the bar who dared put his head down on the smooth wooden surface.

He raised his head, rubbing the crown. “Hör auf, Katarina. What was that for?”

“Either you’re here to drink, or you’re here to drink. You can sleep at home,” she said.

Near the back door of the tavern, a woman shrieked and a man laughed. Katarina looked up and saw Willi Prutt catch the still-shrieking woman, set her on his lap and kiss her on the lips.

“Katarina, bring us some beer,” the butchers yelled from the table by the door.

Lily rolled back into the taproom and plunked the full barrel onto the short wooden stool. She bent at the waist and hammered the tap into it, sending foam flying everywhere.

“Hand me some tankards there Katarina, be a dear,” Lily said.

Like a practiced team, Katarina passed Lily empty tankards, Lily filled them and Katarina grabbed the full ones back, banging them down on the counter. Lily straightened, heaved five full tankards in each hand and rolled back towards the table of butchers.

The drunk at the bar took a swig and said, “They say the butchers feed her fat to keep her that fat. They just love her young skin. She’s probably carrying another one of their bastards.”

The tavern door opened, letting in a chill evening breeze. In the street beyond, a group of vagrant boys taunted passers-by. The scent of late spring fleeted by her. As the season headed towards the solstice, the evenings seemed to go on forever. And here she was, in this smelly, dark tavern bettering neither herself nor her purse.

She and Willi had been working this tavern since his mother died two years ago. As a result of them working hard together, they had great turnover and they were making more money than when they were weaving cloth and selling fabrics on the market. He promised they would get married when they had the money. But the money they took in made him giddy, like sweet wine. He forgot his promises. He forgot the reason he’d gotten so far was Katarina. He’d forgotten Katarina it seemed.

She would run this tavern by herself if she could. She’d surely be better off without him.

A man who didn’t belong entered the taproom. Katarina pictured a rose growing amid a field of wheat. He closed the door. The flames from the tallow lamps on the tables nearby flickered. He pulled the thin black cape off his shoulders and removed his hat. His dark smooth hair was caught in a black ribbon at the base of his neck. He moved between the full tables to an empty one at the back of the tavern. He caught Katarina watching him. She poured him a cup of port and silently moved to his table.

Katarina set the ceramic cup on the table in front of him. “Good Evening Herr Tucher.”

“You look wonderful tonight, just like always,” Herr Tucher said.

“You look drawn and pale, like always,” she said.

“I can always rely on you for uplifting conversation, Katarina.”

He smirked in a way Katarina found maddening, as if he were making fun of her. As if he saw something in her that she herself was blind to and she wanted to know what it was.

Laura Libricz was born and raised in Bethlehem PA and moved to Upstate New York when she was 22. After working a few years building Steinberger guitars, she received a scholarship to go to college. She tried to ‘do the right thing’ and study something useful, but spent all her time reading German literature.

She earned a BA in German at The College of New Paltz, NY in 1991 and moved to Germany, where she resides today. When she isn’t writing she can be found sifting through city archives, picking through castle ruins or aiding the steady flood of musical instruments into the world market.

Her first novel, The Master and the Maid, is the first book of the Heaven’s Pond Trilogy. The Soldier’s Return and Ash and Rubble are the second and third books in the series.

Website: http://www.lauralibricz.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraLibricz

Google+ private page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LauraLibricz

Google+ brand page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/111626375322992289353/111626375322992289353

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3c-yIyoN-UprxB15L5l8zA

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauralibricz/

Blog: https://lauralibriczblog.wordpress.com

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.de/lauralibricz/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6526953.Laura_Libricz

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-libricz-8980a43a/

 

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EVERYTHING AND A HAPPY ENDING Blog Tour #RRBC @EverythingAAHE

It is my pleasure to introduce, Tia Shurina, author of Everything and a Happy Ending, on day six of her tour with 4WillsPublishing. Tia is a member of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB and brings us a look at her memoir today!

Thank you so very much, Patricia, and your comfy blog, Room With Books.  I’m so grateful to have been given some of your space to share about my book.

Since all of us authors need to publicize our works, I’m committed to staying on the course to helping EAAHE find its right and best place in the Universe.  I recently did an interview with Winifred Adams on her MakingLifeBrighter.com radio show.  It’s clear I haven’t yet found my best “sea legs” so to speak when it comes to speaking about the book. But, because I feel strongly that the message is so much more important than the messenger though, I share it here, as I wind down the tour…hopefully moving to more opportunities to not just write about it, but speak about it more, scary as public speaking is to me.  I keep the faith that the more I speak, the more ease I will feel as I talk.   I don’t think our demons, whatever they may be for each of us, or our fears, ever truly leave us.  For me, I believe it’s in learning how to tame them a bit so that we can enjoy a happiness that is simply not possible when we cower to the fear and that is part of the reason we choose to come here and take this human journey.  So, I look forward to learning how to do this next step better and stronger…just as I have embraced each of the steps along this roller coaster ride I decided to take for myself after my dad passed.   I hope in the listening to it, and of course, in the reading of my memoir, another might feel inspired to go with the flow of their life, and to jump on that roller coaster also.  It is sooooo scary at times…but also holds such potential for the most fantastical fun of a lifetime!  Just remember to strap on your seatbelt because the ride can get a little bumpy sometimes!

I include the link for a listen for anyone who would like.  I also include my answer here in text to the one question she asks all her guests invited on the show: “What makes your life brighter?” “It’s waking up every single day now, after only a few short years ago, having written myself into a corner so to speak in my life, to the beautiful sun that sparkles to give us the new day…that’s my new page…every day I get to create.  Staying in the life I was in, with the very good man I was sharing it with, but wasn’t making me happy, I was very limited to what I was able to add each and every new day.”

Thank you all again for a wonderful first for me!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW

Everything and a Happy Ending, an award-winning memoir published by Mascot Books, details the soulful shift of a story as Tia shares her holy grail and trail she took to transform her life.  After moving through her own metamorphosis she then helped an old friend, Ray Romano, move through his own transition, going with the flow very privately, but most profoundly.

“My journey almost destroyed me”.  Almost.  Boy, have I come to like that word.  What a pleasurable word “almost” can be.  You may almost be ready to buy my book.  You may almost be ready to begin an exciting new journey of your own.  You may almost be over that rainbow Judy Garland sings about.  What great potential “almost” can hold if you can flip your way of thinking.  Just imagine, controlled pessimism, doubt and fear flipped into blind optimism, faith and love.

That flip helped Tia move to a place where heaven meets earth…the pearly gates of her own happy ending.  Changing the ending for her story brought a pure, precious peace of heart, but kicked her butt a bit as she made her way…committed to keeping her faith. The book was a plan C, maybe even D, but Tia was determined, after a dedicated intention and divine decision to start swimming more with the current of her life, instead of bucking that flow.  Her ordinary, relatable story took an extraordinary, fantastical turn when she showed the Universe she was committed to her intention and her desire to be given an opportunity to make some new, different choices for herself.  EAAHE is a memoir that shares the “how’d that happen?” and the “how’d she do that?” in a holy hope of helping others to see life in a new way.

EAAHE recounts 3 interconnected relationships and stories that enable Tia to love truly, deeply, and most of all, love herself.  Three special circles she rounded with Ray, her dad, and her ex-husband.  A woman’s full circle journey to learn how to really trust, how to “thine own self be true”, and then, the “real and true” love it led her ‘round back to.  It shares how the power of love and a journey to intimacy helped her make a faithful flip which began a sacred circle and new chapter…one that would allow a different ending for a story she had begun writing for herself when she was much younger.  One that Tia feels strongly will inspire other women of a certain age keep faith that it’s not too late to write a new ending for their own, as they embrace their history, not try to re-write it.

Tia is, most days, filled with joy.  She is, every day, filled with peace.  She looks forward to a happy ending each new day now, however it unfolds, whomever it holds, and whatever way the Universe molds, as she continues to create a new “happily ever after”, staying committed to rising above her fears, moving out of her comfort zones, and going with the flow of her life.

Will Tia Shurina give Ray Romano a “Happy Ending”?

New Memoir Reveals Relationship and Unveils Transformation

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Lincoln Cole and Raven’s Peak Book Tour @LincolnJCole

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Lincoln Cole, author of Raven’s Peak!

LINCOLN COLE

Lincoln Cole was born and lives in Columbus, Ohio. He is twenty-nine years old and has been writing novels his entire life. He works in the IT industry developing web applications and writing software.

He is married, has a pugamonster named Luther, and enjoys writing in his spare time.  Writing and telling stories keeps him sane.

He was inspired to start writing by the works of George R.R. Martin, Isaac Asimov, and Stephen King. He is currently working on several titles, including the follow up to Graveyard of Empires as well as three new series.

Growing up, he worked in the horse racing industry with his grandparents for many years and won an award writing a short story for Hoof Beats magazine while in High School. He had since won the Visionary/Inspirational YA award from Literary Classics in 2015.

Connect With the AuthorWebsite: http://www.LincolnCole.net

Raven’s Peak: http://www.LincolnCole.net/ravens-peak

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

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/LincolnJCole

Newsletter: http://www.LincolnCole.net/signup

Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Cole/e/B00AUIOU3A

 

 

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About the BookA quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem. When the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to find out what is happening. She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she’s ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive.

She rescues Haatim Arison from a terrifying fate and discovers that he has a family legacy in the supernatural that he knows nothing about. Now she’s forced to protect him, which is easy, and also trust him if she wants to save the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak. Trust, however, is considerably more difficult for someone who grew up living on the knife’s edge of danger.

Can they discover the cause of the town’s insanity and put a stop to it before it is too late?

RAVENS PEAK

 

The Council of Chaldea

The Council of Chaldea is comprised of thirteen members from all around the world. Frieda Gotlieb is a member of the Council, but she is also the leader of the Hunters, which is the actionable arm of the Council in its dealings with supernatural threats. She is responsible for maintaining the safety of all of the Council members.

Many of the members come from old and powerful bloodlines that are important to the Council; Frieda’s family traces back to the beginning of the Council, which creates both reverence and animosity in the other members.

The Order of Hunters

Frieda is the leader of the Hunters, which is a deadly arm of the Council of Chaldea. The Council determines what sort of missions the Hunters will undertake, so even though they directly serve Frieda, she herself answers to the Council and they make many of the decisions.

Abigail is a member of the Order, having been brought in years earlier by her mentor and one of the most famous of the Hunters, Arthur Vangeest. Currently, there are sixteen members of the Order and its number has been depreciating over time.

The Ninth Circle

The cult which kidnapped Abigail as a child and murdered Arthur’s family, The Ninth Circle is one of the most reviled organizations in existence that the Council deals with. The Order of Hunters is constantly tracking it, so it exists fully in the shadows and manipulates behind the scenes.

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NOVY’S SON: THE SELFISH GENIUS Book Trailer Debut! @KIngallsAuthor

“NOVY’S SON: THE SELFISH GENIUS” 

Book Trailer Debut!

AUTHOR EVENT:  Friday, June 24, 2016 @ 12 N

Hi, and welcome to the debut of “NOVY’S SON:  THE SELFISH GENIUS” BOOK TRAILER DEBUT!  This amazing story has been penned by Author, Karen Ingalls.  To find out more about Karen, please visit her blog tour page at 4WillsPublishing, where this event is being sponsored. We hope that you will enjoy this amazing story, told thru visuals, meaningful words and music.
About the BookNovy's Son by Karen Ingalls
From his early childhood, Murray Clark sought love and acceptance from his father, who was raised as the bastard child of a famous artist. Murray struggled with jealousy toward his younger brothers, and he questioned the morals and values of people around him.As an adult, Matthew lived life his way, with years of lying, womanizing, and heavy drinking. Though married four times, did he ever find unconditional love? Would Murray’s high intelligence, his love for his two daughters, and his unique philosophy of life help him rise above his demons?
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Karen Ingall's photoCONTACT INFO:

Twitter:  @KIngallsAuthor

Website:  www.KarenIngallsBooks.com

 

100 THINGS WE ALL WONDER ABOUT NONNIE JULES Blog Tour @nonniejules

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100 THINGS WE ALL WONDER

ABOUT NONNIE JULES

Blog Tour

Day #6

 

Giveaway

(2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards

(1) $5 Amazon Gift Card

(2) e-book copies of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…”

 

ULTIMATE PRIZE GIVEAWAY #1:

Anyone who purchases a copy of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…” “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” or “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC” and send to me a copy of the purchase receipt to nonniejules@gmail.com, and also leave a comment along the tour, will get their name entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card!  One entry for each book that is purchased, whether in e-book or paperback format.  Purchases must take place between 2/14/16 – 2/29/16.  If you’ve already purchased all of my books, then feel free to gift a friend, just for the chance to win!!!  Spend a little, and you could win a lot!!!

ULTIMATE PRIZE GIVEAWAY #2:

Anyone who reads and posts a review of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…” “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” or “IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC” and sends the link to their review to nonniejules@gmail.com, will get their name entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card!  One entry for each book read and reviewed.  Reviews must be posted between 2/16/16 – 3/15/16 to be placed into the drawing.

 

Author Interview

Q:  Are you a full or part-time writer?

A:  Full-time since 2012

Q:  What do you do when you’re not writing?

A:  Think about writing and working my butt off for RRBC!

Q:  How many hours a day would you say you devote to RRBC?

A:  I’d say between 18 – 20 hours a day, which is why I constantly stay behind in my own writing and the promotion of my own work.

Q:  What was your first job?

A:  My first job was a Secretary for a huge oil company.

Q:  If you could pick one profession other than author, what would it be and why does that appeal to you?

A:  I am a Fitness Trainer and a darned good one, too!  I gave up a very lucrative Fitness Training business to begin writing.  Training clients in their homes had to take a back seat to my writing, so I gave all of my awesome clients to another trainer who owned his own Personal Training business, because I knew he’d take good care of them.  Although I miss my clients, I train my own body every single day!  And if anyone is wondering, yes, I’m hoping to put a fitness guide out one day soon!

Thank you, Nonnie. I know it isn’t easy to fit all of this into an already BUSY schedule. I appreciate your time and you are welcome here on Room With Books any time.

This has been fun, Patricia, because it was more on the personal side.  Thanks for having me today!

 

To follow Nonnie’s tour and to get more of your questions answered, please visit her Blog Tour Page on the 4WillsPub site.  Thanks for stopping by today and good luck on winning some of these great prizes!

 

Connect with the Author

Twitter

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Blogs:

www.nonniewrites.wordpress.com ,

www.BooksByNonnie.wordpress.com &

www.AskTheGoodMommy.wordpress.com

 

 

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“THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS,” 

 

 

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“DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND,”

 

 

 

NJ Cover Design

“SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS,”

 

 

 

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“IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC,”

 

Check the previous tour stops

Sunday, 2/14/16: John Fioravanti
Monday, 2/15/16: Harmony Kent
Tuesday, 2/16/16: Lizzie Chantree
Wednesday, 2/17/16: John Howell  AND Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
Thursday, 2/18/16: Gwen Plano AND Book Review w/Janelle Jalbert
Friday, 2/19/16: Wendy Scott
Saturday, 2/20/16: Jason Zandri AND Jan Hawke

 

To follow Nonnie’s tour and get more of your questions answered, please visit her Blog Tour Page on the 4WillsPub site http://wp.me/P43s9i-FEw. Thanks for stopping by today and good luck on winning some of these great prizes!

Jack Gets His Man Blog Tour

The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives Go on Tour

Jack Gets His Man

by D.E. Haggerty

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About the Book

Jack’s life is awesome. His store is making money hand over fist and his best friend has found love. So what if he’s feeling a bit restless and put out about his upcoming birthday and his ex is being a pain in his fabulous behind? That’s nothing he can’t handle. But then his smoking hot new bookkeeper discovers things at the store aren’t actually as they seem. Someone is playing fast and loose with the finances. Jack’s bestie and his gal pals, the gray-haired knitting detectives, jump at the chance to solve Jack’s problems. When they aren’t re-enacting scenes from spy thrillers, they’re setting Jack up on dates and generally insinuating themselves into his love life. They’re determined to find love for Jack as well as his missing money. Will Jack catch a thief or find love? Either way Jack’s going to get his man.

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Author Interview

Would your characters in Jack Gets His Man want to hang with you?

I’m a big city girl (Hello Istanbul!) but if I could force myself to live in a small town somewhere in Oklahoma, I would totally be besties with Jack and Izzy. I’d drive Noel absolutely nuts but he’d put up with me because Izzy and I would be tight and he would do anything in the world to make that woman happy! Of course I would totally enable the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives and they’d love me for it.

What’s your favorite part about the writing process?

Oh – I absolutely, totally and completely love to research. I’m a geek like that. Oh and I adore that feeling when you finish writing a chapter and it actually doesn’t look half bad. I also don’t mind editing because I like reading through what I’ve written and realizing that it’s not complete and utter rubbish. Maybe I should just answer what I don’t like about the writing process?

What’s the most amusing thing that happened to you while writing Jack Gets His Man?

I was researching cross-dressing clothes as Jack owns a cross-dressing store and I stumbled upon a website with hot men in very revealing costumes. I thought it was hilarious and was telling all my friends about it. Now my friends think I have a fetish for play acting and the revealing costumes that goes with it. Oops.

Have you ever written something you absolutely hate?

Hate is such a strong word, can I say regret instead? The first book I published, Unforeseen Consequences, was most definitely not ready to be published. After I realized this (because obviously I didn’t think this when I published it), I decided to make it free. And it’s the bestselling of my books! Sometimes I think I should just remove it from digital bookshelves but on the other hand I want exposure as well. Ugh! Choices, choices.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

Names are important to me but in some books more than others. In Buried Appearances, a historical fiction novel, it was important that the names were proper for the time and culture. For Jack Gets His Man I wanted names that evoke hot men. A popular magazine had published an article about the 10 hottest male names and bingo!

Do you write naked?

I do have a habit of running from the shower, naked and dripping wet, when an idea pops into my head so that I can write it down before I forget. When I finally figured out how to conclude Buried Appearances, I was in the shower. I ran to my husband and then explained the whole plot to him while I was standing there dripping wet and trying not to be too animated as my towel kept on slipping.

Who should play Jack in the movie version of Jack Gets His Man?

Oooh, can I say Jude Law even though his hair is the wrong color? The rest works well, like really, really well.

 

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I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but think I’m a European. After spending my senior year of high school in Germany, I developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. My flying Dutch husband and I have lived in Ohio, Virginia, the Netherlands, Germany and now Istanbul. We still haven’t decided if we want to settle down somewhere – let alone where. I’m leaning towards somewhere I can learn to surf even though the hubby thinks that’s a less than sound way to decide where to live. Although I’ve been a military policewoman, a commercial lawyer, and a B&B owner, I think with writing I may have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. That’s assuming I ever grow up, of course. Between tennis, running, traveling, singing off tune, drinking entirely too many adult beverages, and reading books like they are going out of style, I write articles for a local expat magazine and various websites, review other indie authors’ books, write a blog about whatever comes to mind and am working on my sixth book.

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