Q&A WITH SUSAN MALLERY~UNTIL WE TOUCH~ SUSAN MALLERY…

UNTIL WE TOUCH

{Fool’s Gold book 15}
June 24, 2014

SUSAN MALLERY

UNTIL WE TOUCH

Q&A with SUSAN MALLERY
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of
UNTIL WE TOUCH

In what ways do you think every woman can relate to Larissa Owens?

Larissa is a sweetie. She’s not rich; she’s working as a personal assistant and personal masseuse for Jack. She gets to go to work in yoga pants and touch sexy guys all over. (Dream job!) UNTIL WE TOUCH is my nod to the boss/secretary story, one of my favorite kinds of romance.
Larissa has a pure heart, and when she sees someone hurting, she doesn’t just think about helping. She does help, with whatever resources are available to her. Fortunately for her, since she’s been working for Jack, he has allowed her to use his wealth and connections in service to her causes. In fact, he likes it. With Larissa using his money to try to save the world, he can feel like a part of something without actually putting himself out there. It’s a very comfortable arrangement for them both… until Larissa’s mom tells Jack that Larissa is in love with him, and everything changes.

What about Jack McGarry makes him like no leading man we’ve ever seen before in Fool’s Gold?

I think what makes people relatable—both in fiction and in life—are our imperfections and our vulnerabilities. From the outside, Jack’s life appears perfect. He’s rich, handsome, famous. He was a pro quarterback who retired on top and is now experiencing the same phenomenal success in the private sector with Score, the PR firm he co-owns.
But Jack has a secret pain that makes him protect himself from feeling too deeply, from caring too much. He lost someone dear to him when he was young, and he felt responsible. The lesson he took from that loss was that it’s safer on the surface.
Larissa works for him, so she knows he’s not a good bet when it comes to relationships. She has watched a string of temporary girlfriends come and go. She even bought the parting gifts. Despite that, despite her better judgment, she likes the man. He’s a good guy, a great friend, and he’s the sexiest man she’s ever met.

If UNTIL WE TOUCH were made into a movie, who would you envision playing Jack and Larissa?

I’m going to go with Chris Pine with black hair and Amy Adams as a blonde. (We must keep the Hollywood hairstylists employed!) Both could handle the funny scenes and the moments of honest emotion.
Of course, one of the funniest scenes in the book would probably have to be cut in order to keep the R rating. No spoilers, but I will say that Larissa is a massage therapist, and as their feelings for each other change, new situations—ahem—arise.
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Larissa keeps her romantic attraction to Jack a secret at first, before her mother spills the beans. Do you think you should ever keep that secret from a friend you’re falling for, or is it better to confess your love?

In the case of Larissa, she didn’t realize she was keeping a secret… she kept her feelings a secret even from herself. Until her mother’s assertion, Larissa didn’t think she was in love with Jack. Just by saying those words, Larissa’s mom changed everything. These two friends and colleagues are suddenly thinking of each other in a whole new way. Which is inconvenient, to say the least.
As for whether someone in real life should keep her feelings for a friend secret or confess all, I’d have to say it really depends on the situation. Friendship is the best foundation for lifelong love, but not all friends-to-lovers stories end happily. I think you’d need to examine your heart and ask yourself, honestly, what is the best action for you to take.

You have written well over 100 books. How do you keep developing such unique storylines and characters that keep your fans coming back for more?

It’s a challenge! The truth is, every love story is unique. We all know dozens of couples who met, fell in love, and married. The framework may be similar—first glance, first kiss, deepening feelings, declaration of love—but the nuances are different. Which means that as a writer, I need to start with the nuances and build from there. What makes these two individuals unique and uniquely suited for each other? What events in their past color their actions and emotions today? As I develop their characters, I look for aspects that put them in conflict with each other, but also for aspects that will make them a couple you can believe will make it for the long haul. The conflict has to last nearly the length of the book, but the things they have in common have to take them through the rest of their lives.

What do you think is the recipe for a perfect romance novel?

A perfect romance should carry you away from your everyday world and fill you with emotions as you read. When you put down the book before you’re finished, it should call to you. Chores can wait, dinner can wait. It should be a challenge for you to turn off the light to go to sleep, even when it’s way past your bedtime. You should want to read just one more chapter, and then just one more after that, and then just one more until you’re done because you can’t bear to put it down until you know the characters are happy and in love. And when you do finish this perfect romance, you should feel happy, with a renewed feeling of faith in the power of love to overcome all obstacles.

 What’s next for Fool’s Gold?

Next up, Kenny and Bailey will fall in love in YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS. Readers are in love with Kenny already, started asking for his story right away. He was introduced in WHEN WE MET, and readers could immediately sense that there are hidden depths beneath his happy-go-lucky façade. Kenny is one of Jack’s partners at Score PR. What he wants more than anything is a family, but he was burned badly by an ex. The one thing he won’t do, no matter what, is fall in love with a single mom. And then he meets Bailey…
YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS was originally slated to be an ebook exclusive novella. However, Harlequin has decided to release it simultaneously in print on October 28. It will be printed at the back of the mass market paperback reissue of CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET. Both YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS (ebook) and CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET combined with YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS (print and ebook) are available for pre-order now.

 Any fun summer plans?
I’m going to soak in as much of this rare and precious Seattle sunshine as I can before the rainclouds descend again! Seattle in the summertime has to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I swear, there are a million shades of green, and every single one of them is on display as we walk the dog around the city.

Thanks for stopping by today! We enjoy your stories so much and your visits with us and our readers!

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UNTIL WE TOUCHPraise for USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Mallery

“Mallery’s prose is luscious and provocative.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.”
—Booklist

“Susan Mallery is one of my favorites.”

—#1 New York Times bestselling author
Debbie Macomber

“Both smile and tear inducing. Mallery is one of a kind.”
—RT Book Reviews

“Susan Mallery’s small town of Fool’s Gold always offers romance and fun.”
—BookPage

 

UNTIL WE TOUCHUNTIL WE TOUCH
By Susan Mallery
NEW YORK TIMES and USA Today bestselling author
After a family tragedy, former football hero Jack McGarry keeps the world at arm’s length— a challenge now that his PR firm has moved to neighborly Fool’s Gold, California. Larissa Owens knows where she stands—Jack sees her as just another one of the guys. No matter what her heart
wishes, Jack’s her boss, not her boyfriend. But then Larissa’s big secret is revealed—by her mother!

When Jack discovers the truth about Larissa’s feelings, her touch suddenly becomes tantalizing, and he’s not sure he wants to resist. But if he gives in to desire, heartache is sure to follow. Friendship or true love—will Jack go for the ultimate play?

UNTIL WE TOUCH
A FOOL’S GOLD ROMANCE
By Susan Mallery
Harlequin MIRA, July 2014
384 pages; $8.99 U.S./$9.99 CAN.
ISBN-13:978-0-373-77893-5

 

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UNTIL WE TOUCH
by Susan Mallery

Jack hadn’t known how Larissa was going to react when he told her what her mom said, but he’d guessed it would be a show. She didn’t disappoint. Her face went from red to white and back to red. Her mouth opened and closed. With her jaw tightly clenched, she muttered something like, “I’m going to kill her,” but he couldn’t be sure.
Nancy Owens’ words had hit him like a linebacker. Larissa in love with him? Impossible. For one thing, she knew him better than anyone except Taryn and to know him was to understand he was all flash and no substance. For another, he needed her. Love meant a relationship and having a relationship meant she would eventually leave. No. There was no way Larissa could be in love with him.
But he’d been unable to shake the words and had realized he had to get the truth from the only person who actually knew.
Larissa drew in a breath. “I don’t love you. We’re friends. I like working for you and the charity work is terrific and I know you have my back, but I’m not in love with you.”
Relief eased the tension in Jack’s always aching right shoulder. He kept his expression neutral.
“You sure?” he asked.
“Yes. Positive.”
He shook his head. “I don’t know. I’m pretty hot. I could understand you having a thing for me. You’ve seen me naked. Now that I think about it, your reaction is inevitable.” He sighed. “You love me. Admit it.”
Larissa’s mouth twitched. “Jack, you’re not all that.”
“But I am. Remember that fan who had my face tattooed on her breast? And the one who begged me to father her child? And the woman in Pittsburgh who wanted me to lick her—”
Larissa rested her arms on the desk and dropped her head to her arms. “Stop. You have to stop.”
“Stronger women than you have been unable to resist my charms.”
“In your dreams.”
“No. Apparently in yours.”
She looked at him then, her blue eyes wide, her mouth smiling. “I give.”
“In the end, they all do.”
The smile faded. “I’m sorry about my mother. She shouldn’t have said that. I swear, I am not, nor will I ever be in love with you. I love my job and you’re a big part of that. But we’re friends, right? That’s better. Besides, you have terrible taste in your ‘let’s end this now’ gifts.”
“Which is why I let you buy them.” He hesitated a second. “We’re good?”
“The best.” Her smile returned.
The last of his worry faded. This was the Larissa he knew. All funny and earnest. Hair pulled back in a ponytail and not a speck of make-up on her face. She wore yoga pants and T-shirts and always had some cause to discuss with him. She believed the world was worth saving and he didn’t mind if she used his money to try. They made a good team. He didn’t want to have to do without her and having her love him… Well, that would have changed everything.

Excerpted from the book UNTIL WE TOUCH by Susan Mallery. Copyright © 2014 by Susan Macias Redmond. Reprinted with permission of Harlequin. All rights reserved.

 

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SusanMallery_photoSUSAN MALLERY is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that define their lives. She has published more than 100 romance and women’s fiction novels beginning with two books the same month when she was just out of college. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and went on to get a master’s in writing popular fiction and has extensively studied story structure in screenwriting courses. Her goal, always, is to give readers a story that will move them, populated with characters who feel like real people. Born and raised in California, Susan now lives with her family in Seattle, where she survives the dreary days of winter with the help of a “happy lamp” and plenty of coffee.

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SPOTLIGHT WITH REVIEW~ BEST SUPPORTING ROLE~ SUE MARGOLIS…

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT…

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SUE MARGOLIS

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About the author…

Sue Margolis is the author of nine books, which have more than half a million copies in print from Bantam Dell. She lives in England, where she’s at work on her next novel.

Visit Sue Margolis’ website at www.suemargolis.com

Good Reads link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18693847-best-supporting-role


Best Supporting RoleAbout the book…(Courtesy of the publisher)

Sue Margolis’s “sexy British romp[s]” (USA Today) have captivated readers who enjoy an “irreverent, sharp-witted look at love and dating” (Houston Chronicle). Now she returns with a novel about a suddenly single mom whose life needs a lift.

When her gambling addict husband died, Sarah Green was left penniless—and with two children to raise. Since then, she’s been desperate to keep her professional and personal lives on firm financial footing. And what could be safer than dating an accountant and working at a non-emergency crime help line?

But then Sarah’s aunt dies, leaving Sarah her once famous—now flailing—lingerie shop. With her fashion background, Sarah reluctantly decides to make a go of it, even if that means breaking up with her too-prudent boyfriend over the risk.

Suddenly Sarah finds herself falling for Hugh, the handsome struggling actor she hired to renovate her new boutique, and entering a prestigious lingerie competition. Taking chances has never been her forte, but the built-in support of family and friends could give her the boost she’s been looking for….

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451240138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451240132

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MY THOUGHTS:

BEST SUPPORTING ROLE by Sue Margolis is an interesting  New Adult/Contemporary. WOW~what an interesting tale of dating, suddenly being a single Mom, and love.

Sarah Green, finds herself a single Mom, after the death of her gambling-addicted husband’s death. Penniless, with two children and thrust back  into the dating game. What is more safer than dating an accountant. And she work at a crime help line, non-emergency, of course. Than her aunt dies, and leaves her, her failing lingerie shop. Enter, Hugh, a struggling actor, who Sarah hire to renovate her new boutique. Sarah must learn to trust her instincts and follow her dreams and move forward.

Funny, witty, original and engaging. A must read tale of a struggling single Mom, the renovation of a boutique, a struggling actor, the dating game, and finding love against all odds.

The characters are engaging. The storyline funny, with wicked candor,and a bit of naughtiness. Oh yeah, and the Aunts are just plain funny.  A fun and entertaining story, with it’s  compelling moments as well. A engaging and enjoyable read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR,  courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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RELEASE DAY! UNINHIBITED~ MELODY GRACE with Rafflecopter Giveaway…*Mature Content, 18+ Please*

 

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Release Date: July 21, 2014
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He’ll teach her a pleasure beyond her wildest dreams…

Alicia Wright isn’t the kind of girl to make out with a stranger in a dark alley. She’s spent years playing it safe, pining after the perfect man – who’s about to marry someone else. She doesn’t know how to move on, until a sexy stranger turns her world upside down with a wickedly tempting proposition…

She’ll rescue him from the edge of oblivion.

Rock star Dex Callahan swore his days of fame and debauchery were behind him, but the spotlight keeps calling his name. Determined not to fall into his old life, he goes looking for distraction — and finds an intoxicating red-head with a mouth made for sin. One kiss could never be enough, so Dex offers her a deal: spend one week with him, and she’ll forget her old flame ever existed.

Together, they’ll ignite a passion that will change them forever…

No rules. No limits. As the whirlwind week of pleasure unfolds, Alicia discovers a desire she never knew existed – and the tortured heart Dex hides behind his charming smile. But can old loves so easily be replaced? And when the week is over, will their bond be strong enough to weather the storm?

Melody Grace returns with her sexiest book yet!

*This book contains adult situations and explicit content. 17+*

UNINHIBITED is set 3 months after the events of UNREQUITED, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

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GUEST BLOGGER~ JR HOLBROOK~ NEXT O & W TRAIN FROM TENNESSEE…

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Title: Next O&W Train from Tennessee
Genre: Historical Fiction
Author: JR Holbrook
Publisher: Xlibris
EBook: 123 pages
Release Date: March 30, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-46918-802-7

James Holbrook is the great-great-grandson of Nancy Moody. Nancy Moody was the daughter of Charlot Moody and Johnathon Moody-Johnathon Moody was killed in the Civil War-Nancy Moody being the mother of Armeldia Moody and the grandmother of Raymond Wright, Selby Wright, Clara, Cora, and Edith. This is the second short story of James Holbrook, who also published Making Sense in 2011. James graduated from Sullivan University in 2008 with honors and decided to try the option of writing some short stories and children’s books. What James likes most about writing is creative expression.

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ABOUT JR HOLBROOK

JR Holbrook has traveled to many places in his life and lived in more than just a few places over nearly fi fty years. While in Hawaii, he had many wonderful experiences, and some of these are in his book. He has been to the Grand Canyon, and saw eagles and condors fl y over its enormously high cliffs. When he traveled to Punta Cana and Costa Rica with college students, he had a great learning experience. He was amazed as he watched the water fall over the edge of Niagara Falls. He also enjoys writing and has studied it through the many years while being in college. He has served as a security offi cer for many years and has an interest in legal issues. Most of his family members from his father’s side who lived in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, were medical doctors, and this is also in his book.


TOUR SCHEDULE:

July 22

Interviewed at The Writer’s Life

July 23

Guest blogging at My Book Addiction and More

July 24

Interviewed at Examiner

July 25

Guest blogging at Between the Covers

July 28

Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

July 29

Guest blogging at Confessions of a Reader

July 30

Interviewed at Review From Here

August 1

Interviewed at The Zen Reader

August 5

Interviewed at Broowaha

August 6

Guest blogging at 3 Partners in Shopping

August 8

Interviewed at Literal Exposure

August 12

Interviewed at All Inclusive Retort

August 14

Interviewed at Blogher

August 15

Guest blogging at The Book Rack

August 18

Interviewed at Beyond the Book

August 21

Interviewed at As the Pages Turn

August 25

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August 27

Interviewed at Blirt

August 29

Guest blogging at Angie’s Diary

September 2

Book reviewed at My Devotional Thoughts

September 4

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September 8

Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz

September 11

Interviewed at Straight From the Authors Mouth

September 15

Interviewed at Literarily Speaking

September 17

Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

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GUEST POST

Author J.R. Holbrook wanted to remind readers everywhere of some of the changes during the early 20th century, taking them back to see the lives of past generations. “Next O&W Train from Tennessee” is the result, a work of introspection and retrospection, a remembrance of the past for the generation of today, and tomorrow.

Holbrook chronicles the past and how things once were, he reminisces on the good that was, but his nostalgia is tempered with the realization that change is so much better, for with it comes progress and improvement, which makes being a witness to these transformations all the more important. His story follows the lives of those who would come to see and witness society come into its own, as well as their family and their children, making this work a multi-generational saga, a story of passing the torch to future generations, while looking back at yesteryear with appreciation.

“It is important to today, because it shows us that good things do take place if society just follows a path that it should,” Holbrook explains.

“Next O&W Train from Tennessee” has won a 2012 USA Best Book Award, a 2013 San Francisco Book Award honorable mention, and will be in the New England book festival awards coming in January 2014.

 

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT…AMY THOMPSON

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Amy Thompson graduated from college with her B.S. in Biology. She currently works as a high school mentor and has just earned her M.S. in Higher Education. Amy is a self-published author of Retribution, a new adult, paranormal romance novel that is the first in the Lost Souls Trilogy. She lives in Southern Virginia with her family and two lazy cats. Amy Thompson is currently working on the next book in the Lost Souls Trilogy, Relinquish and continues to be an avid reader of all things books.

 

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MIDDLE GRADE ADVENTURE~THE DREAMOSPHERE~ LAURA STODDARD~ BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY!

The Dreamosphere, is a fantasy adventure targeted toward middle-grade readers, but due to the vocabulary and subject matter, will interest and engage young adults and “regular” adults alike.

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About the book:

What if dreams don’t disappear when we wake up? Haunted by her sister’s death, Gwen Stoker takes solace in her web of dreams—the Dreamosphere. But when someone begins destroying it, Gwen must find the culprit—or risk losing all her happy thoughts and feelings forever! Dreams come to life in this fantastical children’s tale!

Product Details
Title: The Dreamosphere
Author: Laura Stoddard
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Sweetwater Books
ISBN-13: 978-1462114443
Release: July 8, 2014
Price: $14.99

 

 

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About the author:

Laura Stoddard was born in Idaho, and spent her formative years running amok in the great outdoors. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Arizona State University. After being rejected by the Masters creative writing program, she decided to focus her attention on finishing the story she’d been tinkering with for several years. The finished result is “The Dreamosphere,” her debut novel. Stoddard enjoys hiking, rowing, and volunteering, and currently writes for a travel magazine. She and her cat, Scheherazade, live in Phoenix.

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Giveaway will run from July 23 until July 30, 2014!

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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY with Review~ ADDICTED~ TRACY WOLFF

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ADDICTED by Tracy WolffADDICTED: An Ethan Frost Novel
A Loveswept New Adult Romance
Written by Tracy Wolff
On sale: July 15, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-553-39438-2
Pages: 304

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Ethan Frost returns in the breathtaking conclusion to New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff’s seductive novel Ruined—perfect for fans of Release Me and Bared to You.

As Chloe Girard discovers, there’s love . . . and then there’s addiction.

Ethan Frost is everything a woman could want in a man. He’s rich, gorgeous, powerful, one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.

But that’s not why I’m with him.

I love Ethan for all the things no one else gets to see: his innate kindness, his reckless spontaneity, his unwavering determination to use his brilliance for good. I love the way he looks at me, the way he touches me. The way he makes me forget the wreckage of my past and the twisted fear that still lives inside me.

But sometimes it terrifies me how much I crave him, how much I need him just to breathe. I always thought it would be my past that ruined us, but there’s a darkness in Ethan I never dreamed existed. Can we survive as his secrets surface—threatening to unravel us both?

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff lives in Texas and teaches writing at her local community college. She is married and the mother of three young sons.

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MY THOUGHTS:

ADDICTED by Tracy Wolff is a interesting Contemporary Romance. The conclusion of  ” An Ethan Frost” series.

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 Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


 

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TODAY’S GUEST with #Giveaway: LORI BENTON~ THE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLEJOEN…

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LORI BENTON

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{THE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLEJOHN}

Welcome, Lori!!

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MBA&M: What made you decide to use Western North Carolina as a setting for your story?

Lori: North Carolina has a fascinating history. I set an earlier, unpublished novel there because I wanted to explore the experience of Scottish Highland immigrants, many of whom settled in North Carolina during the 18th century. While researching for this story, I stumbled upon mention of the Lost State of Franklin, a nearly five year span of post-Revolutionary War history I’d never in my life known existed. It was too intriguing not to use as a backdrop for a frontier story.

MBA&M: : Why do you write in Historical Fiction genre?

Lori: I write what I love to read, and I love to read historical fiction. I was never much interested in history as a child in school. It wasn’t until I rediscovered historical fiction as a teenager (I’d enjoyed the Little House books as a young child) that my interest in history developed. Now I’m not ashamed to call myself a history geek. The more I learn, the more I want to know.

MBA&M: What is the first book you remember reading as a child?

Lori: The first book I remember that had an impact upon me (it inspired me to write a similar type of story) is The Wolf by Dr. Michael Fox, a fictionalized version of a year in the life of a wolf pack, as the parents and other pack members raise a litter of pups. I found it in my school library when I was in the third or fourth grade. I have a copy of it now on my shelves. It appealed to me in part, and still does, for the gorgeous illustrations of the wolves. I’ve always has as strong a passion for art as I have writing, more so during my early years.

MBA&M: How do you get your creative juices flowing?

Lori: The number one method: I sit down and force myself to get to work at the same time each day, whether I feel like it or not. It may take a few minutes to overcome the initial feeling of “I’d rather be doing something else,” and begin to lose myself in the storytelling. But I always get there in the end if I stick it out.
But lest you think it’s all drudgery, this writing thing, I get inspired all the time by reading other writers’ novels. That’s how I was first inspired to write as a little girl in the 1970s. That’s how I’m still inspired to write. It’s one of the best creative well-filling methods I know, reading.

MBA&M: If you could have dinner with one single person, real or fictional, who would it be, where would you go, and what would you wish to talk about? Now and what would you order to eat?

Lori: I’d love to sit down with one of my favorite writers, or perhaps an intriguing person from history, but narrowing that down to one person is impossible.

If a writer, I’d love to talk shop and research, because I’d choose a writer like Diana Gabaldon or James Alexander Thom, who both write stories similar to mine, and both of whom inspire me.

If a person from history, I would choose someone from the 18th century. Possibly an Oneida person. Possibly even an Oneida man called Peter Agwelentongwas, also known as Good Peter. He was an Oneida man who helped lead his people during the Revolutionary War era. Unlike most members of the Iroquois (Six Nations), the Oneidas fought for the patriots. Many Oneidas were by this time Christians. Good Peter accepted Christ as his Savior in the 1750s. He was a warrior known for his fervent faith—he taught himself to read the Bible, translated into Mohawk—and for his loving nature. In spite of the poverty and suffering the Oneidas experienced after the war, he maintained a hopeful optimism about his nation. He traveled from village to village, offering kind words and prayers, singing hymns, and preaching sermons to encourage his brothers and sisters, until his death in 1794.

Whoever I chose, I’d be happy to share trail food (a granola bar and bottled water) with this person as we hiked along some ancient warpath over the Appalachians, or visited a historic site where something of note happened during in the 18th century.

Thank you, Lori, for spending time with us and our readers today. Congratulations of releasing this amazing title. I love historicals! What an intriguing interview!

 


 

About The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn…(from the publisher)

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn (WaterBrook Press, April 15, 2014) by Lori Benton, tells the gripping story of Tamsen, who is willing to do anything to escape a brutal stepfather and an unwanted marriage. She enlists the help of backwoodsman Jesse Bird to lead her over the mountains to western North Carolina. Her stepfather and suitor in swift pursuit, Tamsen must face wild animals, violent weather, and volatile groups of Native Americans. In her bid for freedom, Tamsen bargained for none of this, especially not for her growing attraction to her unlikely rescuer. When pursuit finally catches up with them, having fallen in love with Jesse Bird could prove the greatest risk of all.

 

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About Lori Benton…

LORI BENTON maintains an active online presence through social networking and her blog, Past Perfect, where she blogs about writing, faith, good books, and 18th-century history. A promising historical novelist, Benton plunges readers into the tumultuous Colonial South with an epic novel of adventure, romance, and faith.

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Entangled Scandalous Release Day!!

The summer is getting hotter with four new
releases from Scandalous this month. One is the latest Men of Fortune release,


FALLING FOR THE PIRATE by Amber Lin, a tantalizing tale of a pirate’s
vengeance. The second is a regency romance, FOR HER SPY ONLY by Robin DeHart,
which gives a delicious story of a jilted woman and a withdrawn Marquess.
Third, is the second novel in The Worth Brothers series, LOVE’S JUSTICE by Joan
Avery, featuring an independent heroine and the man who finds her fascinating.
And fourth is TEMPTING HER RELUCTANT VISCOUNT by Catherine Hemmerling, part of
the Lady Lancaster Garden Society series and a sizzling regency romance read. 

About
Falling for the Pirate:
Vengeance
is a dish best served in bed…
London, 1820
After the deaths of his
parents and a dark, troubled childhood, Captain Nate Bowen vowed he would have
his revenge. But he never expected to have the tool of his revenge dropped so
neatly into his lap. Juliana Hargate is not only the daughter of his enemy, but
is destitute, very much alone – and exquisitely desirable. And now that Nate
has saved her life, she’s at his complete mercy…
Captive. All Juliana wanted
was to clear her father’s name. Instead, she’s been struck with amnesia –
unable to recall even her name – and imprisoned by a tall, imposing, and
entirely unscrupulous pirate. A pirate whose eyes seem to look past her skirts
and many petticoats, and whose touch sends delicious ripples of desire through
her. With every passing day, she finds herself tempted to give him the very
thing he’s determined to take…
 
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About
For Her Spy Only:
He’ll never forget her—but can
he ever forgive her?
England, 1814
When Winifred is rescued from
her snow-stranded carriage by the notorious and reclusive Alistair, Marquess of
Coventry, she is instantly drawn to him. Jilted by her betrothed and socially
ruined by untrue rumors, Winifred is tired of paying for crimes she didn’t
commit and decides to play the seductress London society claims she is.
Thinking a night of passion shouldn’t leave any lasting effects, she instead
finds her heart marked forever.
Six years later, Alistair is
working for the Regent as a spy. A search for Napoleon’s English supporters
leads him to the beguiling Winifred, recently widowed with a young son. He
hasn’t forgotten how the unconventional beauty warmed his bed, and the heat
between them rekindles immediately. The spymaster is determined to uncover all
of plucky Winifred’s secrets. Especially the one regarding her son…
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it to
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About Love’s Justice:
He holds her fate in his hands…
London, 1879
American heiress Victoria Wentworth has
spent her life blithely ignoring her father’s wishes… until he enters her
into an unwanted marriage contract with a despicable man. She has two choices:
marry the bounder or fight the archaic English laws in court. Her only hope is
Hugh Worth, the Earl Montgomery and Lord Chancellor of the Exchequer: her judge
and jury. Society paints him as stern and subdued, yet fair. Society didn’t
warn her that beneath his somber facade beats a passionate heart and soul.
Hugh finds himself irresistibly,
inexplicably, drawn to the spirited American, despite himself and his better
judgment. As the inconvenient heiress takes on the fight against the very
foundation of his life and career, another battle wages in his once cold heart.
Everything about her is inappropriate, illogical, and unexpected. Yet, she is a
woman he could admire. A woman of intelligence and beliefs that challenge the
existing world.
But she is forbidden.
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About Tempting Her Reluctant Viscount:
A pretend courtship…a real scandal
London, 1814
Hope Stuckeley has lusted after the
handsome and charismatic Michael Ashmore, the Viscount Lichfield, for ages –
never mind that she’s never actually spoken to him. When the two join forces to
investigate a London stock market scandal, pretending he is courting her gives
her the chance to prove she’s more than the bookworm he takes her for.
After years of service as a soldier and
newly titled as a viscount, actual marriage and settling down are the last
things on confirmed bachelor Michael’s mind. But when their investigation puts
the delectable Hope in danger, discovering the truth about the scandal could
jeopardize the future he didn’t know he wanted.

 

 

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