HOT WINTER NIGHTS by Jill Shalvis BLOG TOUR with #Excerpt

ABOUT JILL SHALVIS

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website,www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

 

 

ABOUT HOT WINTER NIGHTS (a standalone Heartbreaker Bay novel)

Who needs mistletoe?

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.

Connect with Jill

Website: http://jillshalvis.com/

Facebook: @JillShalvis

Twitter: @JillShalvis

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

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Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22370.Jill_Shalvis?from_search=true

 

Excerpt

It took Lucas Knight longer than it should have to realize he had a woman in his bed, but to be fair, he had a bitch of a hangover. Even worse than that, last night was a blur, prompting him to take quick stock. One, there was a bundle of sweet, soft curves against him. Two, his head was currently threatening to secede from the United States Of Lucas. And three, his side hurt like … well, like he’d been shot.

It’d been two weeks since he’d gotten caught in some crossfire on the job and he hadn’t yet been cleared for more than light duty – something he’d obviously managed to ignore last night given that he was palming a nice, warm, feminine ass.

Think, man.

Straining his brain, he remembered taking a pain med before going to O’Riley’s Pub to meet up with some friends. A client had been there, someone he’d recently helped save from a multi-million dollar corporate espionage. The guy had ordered shots to toast to Lucas and … shit. Knowing better than to mix pain meds and alcohol, he’d hesitated, but everyone had been waiting on him, glasses hoisted in the air. Thinking just one shot couldn’t hurt anything, he’d knocked back the drink.

Clearly, he’d been wrong and it’d been enough to mess him up big time, something he hadn’t been in years, not since his brother Josh had been killed. Shoving that away for another time – or never — Lucas cracked open one eye, but when his retina was stabbed by a streak of sunlight glaring in through the window, he immediately slammed it shut it again. Taking a deep breath, he told himself to suck it up and opened both eyes this time, learning two additional facts.

He was naked and completely uncovered.

And the woman snugged up at his side was rolled up in his comforter like a burrito.

What. The. Hell.

 

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HALFWAY TO NOWHERE BY STEENA HOLMES AND ELENA AITKEN

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HALFWAY TO NOWHERE

[Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Ficton]

STEENA HOLMES AND ELENA AITKEN

Halfway to Nowhere

*From  Amazon*

December 12, 2013

By USA Today Bestselling Author Steena Holmes and Elena Aitken comes their latest story sure to tug at the heartstrings of those who understand the depth of a mother’s love.

Nikki Landon walked away from her small town, Halfway, Montana, ten years ago, with no intentions of setting foot there again. But, when her mother dies unexpectedly, Nikki has no choice but to return, and this time with the child she was trying to hide—ten year old, Ryan.

Becky Jennings is living her happily-ever-after. She’s married to the man of her dreams and even though that means being the wife of a Christmas tree farmer, she’s happy. There’s only one thing missing from her fairy-tale life: a child to hold in her arms. After countless miscarriages, she’s struggling to accept that might be one dream that will never come true.

As teenagers, Nikki would have done anything to protect her best friend, Becky from heartache, which is why she left. But ten years later, there’s nowhere to hide in a small town where everyone can see the truth of the secret she can no longer keep.

Could Nikki’s son be the child Becky has always longed for? And if he is, can the already fragile bond between the two friends, withstand the heartache?

  • Publisher: Sista’ Books; 1.1 edition (December 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HAO0BUS
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Visit their websites:
www.steenaholmes.com
www.elenaaitken.com
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About Steena….

Image of Steena HolmesNow a USA Today Bestseller!

Growing up as a small town Canadian girl, there wasn’t much to do but ride your bike, hang out with friends on the beach and daydream. I always wanted to write but never dreamed it was something I could do as a career. I love to travel and fell in love with the sheep covered hillside, old castles and romantic history of Scotland and England. I dream about waking up in Tuscany and touring small town shops in the south of France with my husband, of placing my toes in the ocean and experiencing history first hand. As a mother with three daughters, I’m learning that teaching them to pursue their dreams is a lasting legacy. I love to wake up to the Rocky Mountains, will forever enjoy the taste of coffee and chocolate and can’t imagine the day when a story doesn’t unfold in my heart. Living a life with passion and pursuing dreams is a life well lived.

UPCOMING RELEASE: The Memory Child – available March 18, 2014 ~ “New mother Diane can’t imagine life without her angelic baby daughter, Grace–but her family’s dark past collides with her present in this surreal family saga.”

DON’T MISS: The Finding Emma Series: Finding Emma, Dear Jack, Emma’s Secret & Dottie’s Memories.

CONNECT & SOCIALIZE!!
Website: www.steenaholmes.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SteenaHolmes.Author
Twitter: @steenaholmes
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About Elena Atkins….

Image of Elena AitkenLike a lot of my readers, I’m a busy mom. It often feels like life is pulling us in a million different directions, which is why I love to write romance!
There’s nothing better than knowing you have an escape waiting for you at the end of a long day in the form of a good book.

I’m lucky enough to live in the shadow of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the foothills of Alberta, where I can write the stories I love. Whenever I get the chance, I escape into those amazing mountains and I can usually be found sitting with my feet in the lake, working on my next book.

As well as sweet contemporary romance novels, I also like to write women’s fiction and my collection of stand alone novels are all part of the Escape Collection. I’m always trying something new, so stay tuned to see what’s next!

I LOVE to hear from my readers! Please sign up for my newsletter at www.elenaaitken.com (link on website) so you can stay up to date on my latest releases. Plus there’s a link to an exclusive free short story!

CONNECT & SOCIALIZE!!

Website: www.elenaaitken.com

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elenaaitken.author
Twitter: @elenaaitken

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~GIVEAWAY AND Q&A WITH MARILYN BRANT~

IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE WITH WELCOME…..

NATIONAL BESTSELLING CONTEMPORARY FICTION AUTHOR….

MARILYN BRANT

~AUTHOR OF PRIDE,PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH~

Welcome, Marilyn!

So now without further ado….

Marilyn Brant

MBA&M: Good morning, Marilyn, please give our readers some insight into the working of a writer’s mind and a few details about yourself?
Marilyn: First of all, thank you so much for inviting me here today, April, and many thanks to everyone at MBA&M for allowing me to visit! As for details about my writing style and background, I’ve always been a bookworm and Jane Austen has been my favorite author since I was 14. Her novels influenced me greatly when I was in high school and college, and when I finally started writing my own fiction, my hope was that I’d be able to craft characters someday who were as real to readers as Austen’s heroes/heroines were to me. I currently have seven novels available, with a new one coming out this fall, and two of my books (my debut novel According to Jane and my most recent novel Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match) have obvious nods to Jane Austen, but a familiarity with her work isn’t necessary in order to read mine. I live in the northern Chicago suburbs with my husband and our son. I love, love, love travel and music and ice cream. And really all kinds of chocolate!
Holiday ManMBA&M: Give us three words, you would us to describe your contemporary romance, Pride,Prejudice and the Perfect Match?
Marilyn: Humorous, fast-paced, and emotional 🙂.
MBA&M: Which character was the most challening to write and why?
Marilyn: Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match is about Beth Ann Bennet, an aspiring social worker and struggling single mom, who uses an Internet dating site in order to do research on stereotypes. The guy she meets online is a doctor by the name of Will Darcy, who has his own ulterior motives for having a “Love Match” profile… So, neither of these characters are being particularly truthful with each other at the beginning of the story, although they both have good motives and manage to convince themselves that the ends will justify the means. Because they were each wrestling with a moral dilemma, however, it was challenging to write both of their characters (how was I going to get them to justify their actions?!) but, at the same time, that’s what made it so interesting to be deeply in their points of view. They were both simultaneously difficult and endearing to me.
 
MBA&M: Will you release more books in 2013, if so, how many and do you have any tentative titles you wish to share?
Marilyn: Yes!! My next release is coming out in early October — it’s a coming-of-age romantic mystery called The Road to You. It’s about a teen girl who finds the journal of her missing brother. He and his best friend had disappeared two years before and were both presumed dead. But, once she reads the journal, she realizes there are clues hidden within its pages, so she convinces the best friend’s brother — a guy she’s always been drawn to, even against her better judgment — to go on a road trip with her to try to find answers… I’m also working on a romantic novella project (no title yet!) and the sequel to Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match (which will be Bingley and Jane’s story), and both of those are tentatively planned for release in 2014.
MBA&M: Do you think you would like to write for instance Paranormal Romance or Science Fiction novels in the future?
Marilyn: Actually, my debut novel — According to Jane — has a strong paranormal element since one of the characters is the ghost of Jane Austen! It was considered by many to be a paranormal/fantasy novel, as well as a contemporary new adult/romantic women’s fiction story. (It crossed A LOT of genre lines, LOL.) And, yes, I would love to write another book with a paranormal thread again. As for science fiction, I devoured the Douglas Adams books as a teen, so funny sci-fi novels are another favorite type of genre for me to read, although I have yet to try to write one…someday!!
MBA&M: Who are some of your favorite authors to read?
Marilyn: Aside from Jane Austen, I also love E.M. Forster (especially A Room with a View), Elizabeth Berg, Sue Miller, Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve (all stellar women’s fiction writers), Kristan Higgins and Susan Elizabeth Phillips (in contemporary romance), and, as I said above, I’ll always be a fan of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams (humorous sci-fi) and The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (historical YA). So many of my friends are writers, too, that I could list paragraphs of other fabulous authors. If I started doing that, I’d never be able to narrow it down! There’s just not enough time for all the stories I want to read…
 
MBA&M: Now, let’s play the name game, shall we? I will give a couple of words,you say the first thing that comes to mind:

Kindle or Nook? Kindle — I love my Kindle Fire!!

Person or Place? Person(s) — my hubby and our son.

Contemporary or Historical?
Both!! — I consider reading to be like mental time-travel, whether I’m only going back as far as the 1980s or all the way back to Regency England. I love getting to live in different time periods through literature.
Romance or Fiction? Romance — thinking now of all of my favorite romantic movies, like “Before Sunrise,” “While You Were Sleeping” and “When Harry Met Sally…”

MBA&M: Last but in no ways least, please tell our readers how they may connect with you and where they may purchase Holiday Man

Pride,Prejudice and the Perfect Match?

Marilyn: Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match is available in ebook and paperback, and it can be found at

& more!

As for me, I’m at a bunch of places online, too — my website, blog, FB page, Twitter and Goodreads — and I’d love for you to join me anywhere!! Here are the direct links and, again, many thanks for having me here today :).

Website: http://www.marilynbrant.com
Blog/“Brant Flakes”: http://marilynbrant.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marilyn.brant
Twitter: http://twitter.com/marilynbrant
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2978367.Marilyn_Brant

Thank you, Marilyn for stopping by today!

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PRIDE,PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH

Ebook Original & Print
Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 978-0-9893-1601-9

 

 

Would an Elizabeth Bennet by any other name be as appealing to a Darcy?

Beth Ann Bennet isn’t looking for love. She’s an aspiring social worker using an online alias to study sex-role stereotypes. Dr. William Darcy isn’t looking for love either. He’s just trying to fund his new clinic by winning a major bet. Both think Lady Catherine’s Love Match Website will help them get what they want—fast, easy and without endangering their hearts. Both are in for a big surprise.

Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match…where true love is just a fib and a click away.

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A bit more about the author:

Marilyn Brant is a national bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary fiction, and she was recently named the 2013 Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She wrote ACCORDING TO JANE, the story of a modern woman who receives dating advice from the spirit of Jane Austen (October 2009); FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, a tale about three suburban moms, their marriages and what happens a decade or two after the “Happily Ever After” (a Doubleday Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club pick in 2010); and A SUMMER IN EUROPE, a novel about a woman’s journey of self discovery as she travels through Europe with her adventurous aunt’s Sudoku & Mahjongg Club (a Literary Guild and BOMC2 featured alternate in 2011, and a Rhapsody Book Club Top 20 Bestseller in “Fiction & Literature” in 2012), all women’s fiction releases from Kensington Books.

She’s also a #1 Kindle Bestseller and has written a series of fun and flirty contemporary romantic comedies, available as original ebooks. Both ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH were Top 100 Bestsellers on Barnes & Noble and Amazon. DOUBLE DIPPING was a 2012 International Digital Awards Finalist for Best Contemporary Novel and HOLIDAY MAN was a RONE Award Contestant. Her next novel, THE ROAD TO YOU, is a coming-of-age romantic mystery and will be out in October 2013.

As a former teacher, library staff member, freelance magazine writer and national book reviewer for Romantic Times, Marilyn has spent much of her life lost in literature. She received her M.A. in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago, dabbled in both fiction and art at Northwestern University, studied the works of Austen at Oxford University and is an active member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her debut novel won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart Award® in 2007 and a number of awards since — including the Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice, the Booksellers’ Best and the Aspen Gold.

Visit her website: http://www.marilynbrant.com

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~CHARACTER GUEST POST AND REVIEW~ DILRUBA Z. ARA~ A LIST OF OFFENCES…..

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LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO TWO SPECIAL PEOPLE, AUTHOR,DILRUBA Z. ARA, AND CHARACTER OF “A LIST OF OFFENCES”,DARIA……

~FIRST UP IS DARIA, character from “A LIST OF OFFENCES” ~

Welcome Daria, to My Book Addiction and More,what a great honor to have you with us and our readers today!

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My Name is Daria.

 

 

 

My name is Daria and A List of Offences is my story. The writer has tried to narrate why I had to make a choice between my personal happiness and my family’s honour. You might think that A List of Offences is just my story. But you are wrong. It is a story of numerous girls and women in the subcontinent who are being repressed, and have been suppressed for ages, by their families. I represent all those women.

 

 

 

I was born in a lush village in Bengal, where people pass their time gossiping, taking pleasure in other people’s misfortune. My birth whetted their fantasizing because of the colour of my hair, which was white‒ the midwife lost control of her bladder at the sight of it. The villagers predicted that no one would ever marry me. You see, there is no fate worse than being declared unsuitable in the marriage market. Girls are born to be married, to become mothers and then mothers-in-law, in my neck of the woods. If you fail in the marriage market, your parents will lose face in their community. Your siblings will be shamed, and your younger sisters in their turn might fail in marriage market.

 

 

 

So a girl must do everything in her power to prove herself suitable for marriage. Families usually hide the girl away if she has any shortcomings. As for me, even though my hair colour became normal with time, my mother forbade me to speak of the circumstances around my birth. She also taught me many other things that were deemed good in our community.

 

 

 

I tried to live up to her expectations, but then I met the handsome Ali Baba, a city boy who had come to our village with my best friend, Mizan. Ali Baba took my breath away. I fell madly in love with him and, fighting my parents, I married him. I believed that people in the city wouldn’t be as narrow-minded as in my village. But I was wrong. His family was pathologically tight-knit and refused to accept me. My mother-in-law, aware of village customs, had me cornered like a caged beast. It became an abusive marriage. I couldn’t return to my family as a divorced girl. My mother wouldn’t let me. She said it would bring shame upon the family and it was my duty to make my marriage work no matter what. I tried to bear the pain with dignified silence, until I got my own daughter…

 

 Thank you Daria, what an amazing story. What courage you shown the world! Thank you for sharing your story!

 

 

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NEXT UP, MEET AUTHOR DILRUBA Z. ARA

Dilruba Z. AraAbout the Author:

Dilruba Z. Ara was born in Bangladesh. Nurtured on Greek mythology by her father, and hearing Indian fairy tales as bedtime stories from her mother, Dilruba had her first story published when she was eight years old. While in university at the age of twenty, she met and married her husband, a Swedish Air Force officer, and moved to Sweden, where she obtained degrees in English, Swedish, Classical Arabic and linguistics. She now teaches Swedish and English in Sweden. An accomplished, exhibited artist, her paintings have been used as the covers for the Bangladeshi, Greek, and U.S. editions of A LIST OF OFFENCES.

Visit her website at www. www.dilrubazara.com.

 

 

Connect & Socialize with Ruba!

 

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A List of OffencesAbout the Book:

Daria, the heroine of the book is born under unusual circumstances that cause the people of her small village to gossip; yet as she grows she becomes an intelligent, sensitive and spiritual beauty that one feels is destined for a perfect life. After a flood, a boy is found on the bank of her river. Daria’s parents adopt the boy, and Daria befriends him. As they grow Daria begins to inhabit Mizan’s dreams and thoughts, but a sudden meeting with anglophile Ali Baba brings everything crashing down around Daria. She forgets her upbringing and falls madly in love with him and after her hasty wedding, she moves to Baba Lodge and is brought into the suffocating life of Ali Baba and his family.

Here she lives a life unloved and psychologically abused until she gets pregnant. Now she begins to hope that finally her potential for love, luck and happiness will be realised through her new-born child. Yet relations between Daria and her in-laws deteriorate further. Daria finds herself torn between the religious mandate of Islam to stay with and obey her husband and the call of her intellect and instincts to flee and forge a different life for her daughter.

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Title of Book: A LIST OF OFFENCES
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Author: Dilruba Z. Ara

Website: www.dilrubazara.com
Publisher: CreateSpace

PURCHASE A LIST OF OFFENCES HERE

SUMMARY:

Daria, the heroine of the book is born under unusual circumstances that cause the people of her small village to gossip; yet as she grows she becomes an intelligent, sensitive and spiritual beauty that one feels is destined for a perfect life. After a flood, a boy is found on the bank of her river. Daria’s parents adopt the boy, and Daria befriends him. As they grow Daria begins to inhabit Mizan’s dreams and thoughts, but a sudden meeting with anglophile Ali Baba brings everything crashing down around Daria. She forgets her upbringing and falls madly in love with him and after her hasty wedding, she moves to Baba Lodge and is brought into the suffocating life of Ali Baba and his family.

Here she lives a life unloved and psychologically abused until she gets pregnant. Now she begins to hope that finally her potential for love, luck and happiness will be realised through her new-born child. Yet relations between Daria and her in-laws deteriorate further. Daria finds herself torn between the religious mandate of Islam to stay with and obey her husband and the call of her intellect and instincts to flee and forge a different life for her daughter.

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Genre: Women’s Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the author and/or publicist

MY THOUGHTS:

A LIST OF OFFENCES by Dilruba Z. Ara is a powerful Women’s fiction set in Bangladesh. This is the story of Daria, born with silvery hair, she is considered to be an ill-fated omen for her family and her village. With deep-rooted traditions,superstitions, ancient beliefs,oppressed women,and customs,Daria must make her own way,find her own destiny,and her own integrity.  Defying her parents she marries a young anglophile lawyer, Ali Baba,she soon learns life is a challenge when she realizes her new mother-in-law resents her. Faced with traditions and customs of the Bengali people, when she becomes pregnant with her daughter,she realizes their ways are not her own,she strikes out to make a better life for herself and her child. What courage Daria,shows! A compelling and powerful story on the life of a dysfunctional relationship, culture,and family. “A List Of Offences” voices what so many woman young and old,alike face in different parts of the world. A complex,heart wrenching story. This is not just the story of one woman but the story of many women,it will defy race,culture and religion. If you enjoy reading stories of other countries’ customs,and traditions,than you will enjoy “A List of Offences”. I would recommend this title for women everywhere. Received for an honest review from the author and/or publicist.

RATING: 4

HEAT REATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

 

 

 

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~#Q&A AND #GIVEAWAY WITH LISA GYLLENHAAL AND “A PLACE FOR US”….

MBA&M AND BERKLEY/NAL, PENGUIN GROUP USA PROUDLY PRESENTS…..

A Place For Us

A PLACE FOR US

BY

LISA GYLLENHAAL

MBA&M: Please give our readers some insight into Liza Gyllenhaal?

 

LISA: I was raised in a small town in Pennsylvania. After college, some of which was spent at the University of Iowa Writing Workshop where I studied poetry, I moved to New York City and began a career in publishing and advertising. In the late 1980s, I founded an advertising agency that specialized in book publishing accounts and watched it grow over the next couple of decades. About the same time I started the agency, my husband and I began to spend weekends in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, eventually buying a small cottage there. Like so many weekenders, we found ourselves drawn more and more to the serenity and natural beauty of the area—the corn fields, dairy farms, and rolling hills. When I was able to sell the agency several years ago to devote myself to writing, we also decided to spend more time in this part of the world.

I’d long been struck by the differences between the small, close-knit rural communities in the Berkshires and the upscale urban weekenders who live their part-time. All three of my novels for NAL — Local Knowledge, So Near, and now A Place for Us — are set in this area. They’re mostly about family life, the tensions and joys of living in a small town, and the longing for acceptance and a sense of community.

A Place For UsMBA&M: What inspired you to write “A  Place For Us”?

LISA: A few years ago I heard a news story on our local public radio station in Massachusetts about a married couple who were being arraigned under the Social Host Liability law. Two teenagers had been seriously injured in a car crash after drinking with the couple’s son at a party in the family’s basement.  Though the parents had been asleep upstairs and unaware of the underage drinking, one of the injured teenager’s family was bringing a law suit against the couple. Understandably, the rural community where the accident occurred was upset  about the incident — but also divided about where the responsibility rested.  As someone who loves writing about families and small towns, the story couldn’t help but capture my imagination.

            It also brought back to me a tragedy from my girlhood — two teenagers from my town who were killed in a car accident on their prom night; a bottle of whiskey was found in the front seat. As I began writing the novel, a very similar incident took place in a town not far from us in the Berkshires.  In this case, tragically, one of the teenagers involved in it was killed. This senseless death brought home to me how serious and pertinent  — and ongoing — the problem of underage drinking remains.

MBA&M: We see this is a story of a post 9/11 family, sexual assault, drama, secrets and lies, how hard was it to write this particular story?

 

LISA: Wow, that description does make it sound pretty dark! But it’s also the story of a loving family and a happy marriage that is tested to the limits.  This book was actually much easier to write than my last novel So Near which began with a toddler being killed in a car accident when a safety seat may have malfunctioned.

Every novel is hard to write in some way.  The real challenge for me in A Place for Us was getting inside the hearts and minds of my four main characters.  I thought it would be important to try several points of view with this novel — two adults and two teenagers — but I also realized that using four different first person voices would probably drive me — and readers  — crazy.  So I decided to write the novel in what is sometimes called the close third person which means that the story is being told by “he” or “she” rather than “I” but, hopefully, from pretty deep inside the head of the character in question.

            In the first person, you can write “I did this” or “I felt that” which gives the story an automatic believability.  For me, the third person —which puts readers a little more at a distance — is more of a challenge. I think that to write convincing fiction you have to be able to empathize with your characters.  You need to know them deep down. You have to believe in them.  But you also need to step back and give them breathing room to be themselves and make their own choices. It’s very tempting when you’re writing in the third person to  manipulate your characters and force them to do what the story line dictates.  But I think readers can always tell when a character is acting and talking — well … out of character.  The most important thing I learned from writing this novel in the third person is that if something doesn’t seem to be working, it probably isn’t the fault of the character — instead, there’s something wrong with the plot.

MBA&M: What was your hardest scene to write?

LISA: It’s the scene that explains a secret that’s haunted one of my main characters throughout the book — and that’s effected everyone involved.  I rewrote it more times than I can remember.  I think you’ll know which one I mean when you read the novel — if not, please let me know!

MBA&M: Which character do you admire the most and which was your least favorite?

LISA: I admired Wanda — the mother of the teenage girl who is assaulted.  She’s not a main character, but she is a wonderful, intuitively fair, and unfailingly loving parent. I disliked the headmaster of Moorehouse, the fictional prep school that features in the story, because he puts the reputation of the school above anything else.


MBA&M: Three words to describe A Place For Us?

LISA:Family.  Regret.  Acceptance.

MBA&M: What do you have in mind next?

LISA: I’m starting to write a new novel with a mystery at its heart which, I’m delighted to report, NAL will be publishing.  It won’t be a traditional police procedural, though someone will be murdered and the story will explore the reasons why — and probably end with the discovery of who did it.  But I’m hoping the novel will be more about the characters and the small New England community where they live.  I’m an avid amateur gardener and I loved writing about gardening in So Near and talking about my garden on my blog, so I’m pretty sure I want my main character to be a landscape architect/professional gardener.  I also know who gets killed — and when.  But I still have a lot of things I need to figure out.  A lot of the joy of writing — just as it is in reading — is discovering what’s going to happen next.


MBA&M: How do you spend your days?

LISA: Writing, reading, gardening.  I devote a lot of time to nonprofit board work, including serving on the boards of the Academy of American Poets and the West Stockbridge Historical Society.

MBA&M: Liza, thank you for spending a moments of your day with us and our readers! Please tell our readers where they may connect with you and where they may purchase A Place For Us.

LISA: Thanks so much — it’s been my pleasure!  A Place for Us is available in bookstores on March 5th and through all the usual on-line sites.  You can read more about it on my website http://www.lizagyllenhaal.com

Thanks for spending time with us and our readers!

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A PLACE FOR US
LISA GYLLENHAAL
A Place For Us
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451239237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451239235
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Brook and Michael Bostock abandoned their fast-paced lives in Manhattan after 9/11, trading in the city for the more relaxed atmosphere of Michael’s small hometown in western Massachusetts . Brook, the daughter of an extremely prominent and wealthy New York family, is able to continue operating her event planning business, while Michael is finally able to build his own business making high-end furniture. But their seemingly peaceful lives are turned upside down when a teenager is sexually assaulted at a party their son throws while they are away.

 

The scandal receives national attention—not only because of Brook’s family name, but also because of the lawsuit looming against Brook and her husband, that alleges they are responsible for what happened that night. Suddenly, the small Massachusetts town they call home seems to turn against them, revealing the simmering jealousies and resentments that have been lurking under the surface all along.

 

With their once-perfect family in danger of falling apart, Brook and Michael must find a way to get through this together—or risk losing everything they love.

 

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Release date: February 5, 2013
On the last day of the millennium, sassy Faith Bass Darling, the richest old lady in Bass, Texas, decides to have a garage sale. With help from a couple of neighborhood boys, Faith lugs her priceless Louis XV elephant clock, countless Tiffany lamps, and everything else in her nineteenth-century mansion out onto her long, sloping lawn.

Why is a recluse of twenty years suddenly selling off her dearest posessions? Because God told her to.

As the townspeople grab up five generations of heirlooms, everyone drawn to the sale–including Faith’s long-lost daughter–finds that the antiques not only hold family secrets but also inspire some of life’s most important questions: Do our possessions possess us? What are we without our memories? Is there life after death or second chances here on earth? And is Faith really selling that Tiffany lamp for $1?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A fifth generation Texan, Lynda has hopped across literary and geographic boundaries in her writing career. She’s been a freelance journalist, travel writer, ghostwriter, restaurant and film reviewer, copywriter, college professor, book collaborator, and nonfiction author while living/​writing/​studying in Chicago, San Diego, New Orleans, Madrid, and lots of other heres and theres around the globe.

 

For more on this author,please visit on at: http://www.lyndarutledge.com/index.htm

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