MBA&M: Welcome to MBA&M! Please tell our readers a little about yourself?


RRM: Hi — thanks so much for having me! I write contemporary romance novels with bold, flawed heroines and strong, sensitive heroes. I like raw stories with a lot of grit and realism and I tend to prefer writing novellas so I can keep the stories tight and fast-paced. I live in Brooklyn, New York with my husband and our two sweet boys, and when I’m not writing, I read like crazy and ride my bike around the city.

MBA&M: What was your inspiration for writing “Hurricane Lily”?


RRM: Hurricane Lily started with this character in my head that stockpiled emergency supplies and was afraid to leave her house. It came to me right after Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the U.S., and I was thinking about this new reality where weather events like Sandy could become more commonplace. I wanted to tell a story about two very real people facing this reality – one with anxiety and one with anger – and to see what would happen when they clashed against each other.

MBA&M: Who is your greatest inspiration in your writing career?


RRM: At this point in my career, I’d say I’m most inspired by Louis CK, the writer/comedian/director. He does exactly what he wants to do artistically, and what he does is both completely weird and totally original. He’s adamant about his own vision, and I think the best stories come from that place. They might not be perfect, but they are raw and beautifully unique. That’s what I’m aiming for in my writing – something new, independently produced, with a strong voice.

MBA&M: What do you hope readers will gain by reading “Hurricane Lily”?


RRM: I hope they’re entertained and inspired by the love story and I hope they leave the book thinking. I raise a lot of questions in Hurricane Lily, and I hope readers will engage with that and have fun with it.

MBA&M: How much research was involved in writing “Hurricane Lily”?


RRM: I watched a lot of Doomsday Preppers, which was wonderful! I also did some reading about disaster preparedness and talked to a lot of people who’ve worked with anxiety issues. Most of the research I do is toward making sure I really know my characters and depict them accurately. I love doing that kind of research, because even beyond the needs of the book, it helps me understand people better.

MBA&M: Which character do you feel the biggest connection to and why?


RRM: I feel equally connected to Lily and Cliff, actually, which is why I wrote from both of their points of view. Their feelings and worldviews make sense to me, and yet I see how their perspectives have limited their ability to love and be loved. I feel a lot of compassion for them, and also a strong desire to see them overcome their struggles and find happiness and love in their lives.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to connect with you and where they may purchase “Hurricane Lily”?


RRM: Come on by my website! You can find links to all my books there, as well as my blog. I also spend a lot of time chatting with friends and readers on Facebook, so please join me there. I’d love to hear from you all!


Thanks so much again for having me here today!

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Rebecca Rogers Maher Author PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rebecca Rogers Maher writes contemporary romance novels about real women. She’s a Vassar graduate, a former community organizer and Brooklyn public school teacher, and a mother to two insanely sweet boys. Rebecca likes bold stories with strong, flawed heroines. She believes messed-up ladies deserve happy endings too, as well as lots of hot sex with genuinely kind men. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her hot, kind husband and their children.RT Book Reviews describes Rebecca’s writing as “beautiful, heart-wrenching, and heart-warming,” Library Journal calls it “dark, electrically charged…gut-wrenching…” and Dear Author says it “resonate(s) with depth.” In a ridiculously embarrassing article, New York Daily News called her novels “steamy.”Come hang out with Rebecca on Facebook. She’s very chatty there.


http://tool.vook.com/media/corp/rebeccarogersmaher/assets/8461/9781625395375.jpgHurricane Lily
 Rebecca Rogers Maher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Editor: Melissa Johnson (from Carina Press, Samhain)
Self-Published / Promised Land Books
Page Count: 120
Word Count: 40,000
ISBN: 9781625395375
Release Date: April 15, 2013
Price: $1.99

Lily Sawyer flees her controlling, wealthy family in New York City for a solitary existence on Cape Cod. Three months later, a mounting anxiety binds her to the house she can no longer leave.




With hurricane season approaching, Lily hires Cliff Buckley—an angry carpenter with an immediate disgust for his elitist employer—to storm-proof her house.




Cliff soon discovers they have more in common than he thinks, as well as a raging spark between them could either destroy—or save—everything they care about.  The question is, can either of them survive Hurricane Lily?
HURRICANE LILY by Rebecca Rogers Maher is an exciting contemporary romance set in Cape Cod. Follow, Lily Sawyer and Cliff Buckley on a journey of love. What happens when an angry carpenter and a wealthy tourist with paranoia issues meet,well first you have strong emotional issues,then there is the mental illness issue,next you have some steamy passion and last but not least you have a hurricane on the horizon. A powerful,dark,quick read filled with flawed people,and emotions. If you enjoy contemporary romance with a bit of a twist than “Hurricane Lily” is just the deal for you to pick up and read. Received for an honest review from the author.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR,Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



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  1. Oh, I love the sound of the plot for “Hurricane Lily.” I’m betting this will be a very intriguing novel that will not let the reader put it down until it’s finished. Thanks for sharing. I’m adding this to my Wish List!

  2. Must say that “Hurricane Lily” sounds interesting! Stray thoughts – My husband is a big fan of Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers and we just recently opened a store for disaster and emergency supplies. I have a friend who lives in Brooklyn and, thankfully, survived Sandy with miniimal damage.

  3. Karen — cool! What kinds of supplies do you sell? I did a lot of research about disaster preparedness for a post-apocalyptic book I was writing a while back. It’s incredible how much there is to plan for.

    1. Food (Wise, MRE), water pouches, water filter kits & filtration systems, first aid, emergency car kits, ‘bug out’ bags, flashlights (no batteries), water purification tablets, straw filters, water bottle filters. Just starting, so not a big inventory in the store yet! Thanks for asking!

  4. Sounds lovely – always fun to read a story set in a locale I’m familiar with.

    epub version

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