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Month: November 2012

Interview: Christine Warner

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am pleased to introduce to you contemporary romance author Christine Warner.  Christine is a chocolate and coffee lover — a woman after my own heart.  Her interview is fun and high energy.  I hope you enjoyed her answering your questions as much as I enjoyed having her as a guest on my blog.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

First off, thank you so much for having me here today!

Hmm, a little about me. Let’s see, I live in Michigan with my family and an assortment of furry friends and a well used laptop. I love social media (way to addicting…lol), meeting new people, cooking, reading, chocolate, coffee—sometimes chocolate coffee—lol, and spending time with my family. Oh, and when forced I work about 30 hours a week for a hospital.

Tell us about your current release.

Ooh, here is where I cheat a bit. I’m going to share my blurb with you. Two-Timing the Boss is a contemporary romance and was such fun to write. I hope you enjoy the blurb.

Farah Smith is on a mission: secure the funds for her twin sister’s surgery. She’ll do whatever it takes to succeed. Even if that means putting her values aside to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt. But when the real Farah meets her new boss, she wonders if she’ll be able to resist his sexy advances long enough to help her sister.

From the blonde wig, to the stilettos strapped around her ankles, Farah’s a clone of Keller Donovan’s harem of past assistants. She can’t believe she’s let herself be talked into the disguise, let alone working for the man planning to demolish the hospital her sister so desperately needs, but the salary he offers is the only way she’ll be able to afford her sister’s surgery. The moment Farah meets Keller she realizes her most daunting task isn’t typing, spreadsheets or organizing travel arrangements, but fighting the growing attraction toward a man whose ruthlessness is legendary in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.

Determined not to end up in a disastrous marriage like his divorced parents, Keller believes all relationships should have a shelf life of sixth months or less. But when he meets Farah, all bets are off. He not only wants her to continue as his personal assistant, but his own private bed warmer. Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn’t sit well with her fairytale dreams or the strangled hold gripping his heart.

Do you remember where you were or what you were doing when you started this story?

I come up with a lot of my story ideas while I’m driving, usually into work since it’s about a 45 minute ride in good weather and closer to an hour when the snow is falling. I was actually thinking about my sister and how lucky I was to have her in my life as a friend as well as a sister.

The idea of writing a story about sisters who would do anything for each other sprang into my head. Then I decided to up the ante and have them be twins and from there I wondered just how far one twin would go for another. And to think from all that daydreaming and pondering that little blip the storyline for Two-Timing the Boss was born.


Super Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale!

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. EST Friday morning, and ending at 11:59 p.m. EST Monday night, all of my books will be on sale!

In e-book form they will be only $0.99!

In autographed paperback, they will be only $6.99 plus shipping!

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Interview: Lynette Sofras

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am excited to introduce to you former teacher turned romantic suspense author Lynette Sofras.  I really enjoyed this interview.  I love that she gets past writers block by doing housework — that is exactly my strategy!  And, I find it incredibly romantic that she came up with her current release while in Greece taking a ferry boat from Patras to Ancon. Please enjoy as Lynette answers the questions you readers asked.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi Hallee, First of all thanks so much for inviting me to your wonderful blog. About me: well I’m a former Head of English who gave up teaching almost three years ago to focus on my writing and have never looked back since. I’ve loved reading and writing all my life and you could therefore say my lifelong dream has now come true.

Tell us about your current release.

I’m excited about In Loving Hate because it began a long time ago in my head but only recently saw the light of day. It’s a romantic suspense – here is the blurb:

How far will the rich and powerful go in order to achieve their goals? That is the question Lyssa must decide when she finds herself caught between two formidable adversaries: powerful business tycoon and shipping magnate, Alex Andrakis and close childhood friend, ‘Dynamic’ Nell Winters, brewery heiress and prolific businesswoman.

Following the failure of her marriage in Greece, Lyssa returns to her family home in London, to discover that her mother, a once-celebrated actress, is now facing crippling debts. When Lyssa begins to investigate these, she becomes embroiled in the intricate business dealings of Nell and her arch-rival Alex. Irresistibly drawn towards widower Alex and his unhappy young son, Lyssa begins to uncover some unexpected and disturbing facts.

The more involved she becomes, the more shocking are the discoveries she makes. The conflicts culminate in a frightening battle for survival as Lyssa finds herself the prime target between the possessive Nell and obsessive Alex. With her loyalties deeply divided, can Lyssa make the right choice for everyone concerned?


What Veteran’s Day Means to Me

Friday, Scott’s school had a breakfast honoring veterans. I wasn’t really certain what to expect with it. I just assumed that we would go with Scott to eat breakfast as his class does every morning. However, when we walked into the school, with Gregg in his ACU uniform, we were greeted at a table at the entrance by two teachers who thanked Gregg for his service. On the table next to them was a big plaque of an American flag that read, “God Bless America.” We were given stickers name tags (to signify us as guests who had signed in) that said:

Because Gregg was in uniform, he put his on his coffee cup.

For some reason, at that moment, I started feeling very emotional. I’m not a hugely emotional person, but a very definite trigger point for me is this amazing country in which we live and the veterans who have such an amazing courage and heart for it.

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