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!

Thank you for spending time with us and our readers today and for sharing your stories with us all!

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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So without further ado,please give Helena a big MBA&A welcome……

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Hi all, and thanks so much for having me on MBA&M.  I’m really thrilled to be here!

My name’s Helena Fairfax.  I’m a British romance writer, and I live in an old Victorian mill town in the north of England.

Many years ago I spent some months working as an au pair in the beautiful city of Lyon, France.  This period of my life made a lasting impression on me.  My home in England is in a pretty bleak location, on the edge of those Yorkshire moors which the Brontë sisters made famous.  You can imagine the contrast for me as a teenager, arriving in a wonderfully colourful city in the south of France, with its vibrant night-life and café culture, its heat and the two magnificent rivers that run through it.

When it came to writing my first romance novel, The Silk Romance, I just knew that the historic city of Lyon had to be the setting.  And since my own part of the world is famous for its woollen weaving, I decided to utilise my knowledge of the weaving industry and make my hero the owner of a silk-weaving mill.

At one time Lyon was the centre for silk-weaving in the whole of Europe.  In many parts of the world, sadly, weaving is a dying industry.  Jean-Luc, the gorgeous French hero of The Silk Romance, makes a moving statement about its decline:  

 ‘We have a saying that there are three rivers at the heart of Lyon.  There’s the river Rhône, the river Saône and there’s the river of tears left by the silk workers.’

Although silk-weaving is now a dying industry in France, I have revived it in my modern-day sweet romance novel.  My hero, Jean-Luc, is just the dynamic sort of character to bring silk back to life, and I have made him the owner of a thriving silk mill in the historic silk-weaving district of the Croix-Rousse.

The Croix-Rousse district of Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  If you visit, you’ll still find many covered stone passageways in Lyon known as traboules.  These covered passageways enabled the weavers to carry their silk protected from the rain.  The houses in the Croix-Rousse also have very high-ceilings, necessary to accommodate the tall looms.

It’s a fascinating story and a beautiful city.  As for the final product – well, what’s not to love in the glamorous sheen and feel of genuine silk?

The Silk Romance is released on May 24th by MuseItUp Publishing

~Happy pre-“Release Day”,Helena~

MAY 24,2013!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!


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About the author:

Helena Fairfax was born in Uganda and came to England as a child.  She’s grown used to the cold now and that’s just as well, because nowadays she lives in an old Victorian mill town in Yorkshire, right next door to windswept Brontë country.  She has an affectionate, if half-crazed, rescue dog and together they tramp the moors every dayone of them wishing she were Emily Brontë, the other vainly chasing pheasants.   When she’s not out on the moors you’ll find Helena either creating romantic heroes and heroines of her own or else with her nose firmly buried in a book, enjoying someone else’s stories.  Her patient husband and her brilliant children support her in her daydreams and are the loves of her life.

If you’d like to know more about Helena, please visit her at her blog www.helenafairfax.com, or her Facebook page, or on Twitter @helenafairfax

She loves to meet new people J



 The Silk Romance 300dpi

Helena Fairfax 

The Silk Romance

Published by MuseItUp Publishing May 24th 2013

MuseItUp Publishing

14878 James, Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada, H9H 1P5

Cover Art © 2013 by Charlotte Volnek

Edited by Marni McNiff

Copyedited by Jessica Naccari

Layout and Book Production by Lea Schizas


eBook ISBN: 978-1-77127-321-3


First eBook Edition *May 2013


Production by MuseItUp Publishing

Category:  Sweet contemporary romance

52,125 words

Contact:  helena.fairfax@gmail.com


The Silk Romance Blurb

Jean-Luc Olivier is a courageous racing driver with the world before him.  Sophie Challoner is a penniless student, whose face is unknown beyond her own rundown estate in London.  The night they spend together in Paris seems to Sophie like a fairytale—a Cinderella story without the happy ending. She knows she has no part in Jean-Luc’s future.  She made her dying mother a promise to take care of her father and brother in London.   One night of happiness is all Sophie allows herself. She runs away from Jean-Luc and returns to England to keep her promise.

Safely back home with her father and brother, and immersed in her college work, Sophie tries her best to forget their encounter, but she reckons without Jean-Luc.  He is determined to find out why she left him, and intrigued to discover the real Sophie.  He engineers a student placement Sophie can’t refuse, and so, unwillingly, she finds herself back in France, working for Jean-Luc in the silk mill he now owns.

Thrown together for a few short weeks in Lyon, the romantic city of silk, their mutual love begins to grow.  But it seems the fates are conspiring against Sophie’s happiness.  Jean-Luc has secrets of his own.  Then, when disaster strikes at home in London, Sophie is faced with a choicestay in this glamorous world with the man she loves, or return to her family to keep the sacred promise she made her mother.


The Silk Romance extract

“Sophie,” he began again huskily.  “Sophie, this is not what I want.”

“Isn’t it?” In that moment, a hollowness rushed to fill her, so that she could barely bring herself to speak.  She turned her own face away in bewilderment.  Outside the window, the black waters of the river Rhône could be seen as they crossed the bridge, orange lights bobbing and rippling on its surface.  She let her curtain of hair swing forward to hide the misery in her expression and pressed her forehead unseeing to the glass.  She felt Jean-Luc move to take her hand, his fingers gentle now, the strength in them subdued. 

“This mustn’t end the way it did before,” he said gently. “We need to know each other better.  I don’t want you to run away again.”

Sophie said nothing.  For a few moments, there was a deep, ominous silence.  The timeless silence that falls before the surge of a tidal wave, before the swell reaches its peak to come crashing down blindly on the rocks. 

Then an unstoppable anger surged through her.  She whirled her head round. “You think we need to get to know each other better?” 

Jean-Luc reached one hand up to touch her face, taken aback by what he saw there, but she jerked back.

“What does that mean?  I don’t know you at all,” she cried.  “All I know is, everything you set your heart on, you get.  First of all, you railroad me into coming to work for you. Then when I get here, you talk me into going out with you, and you ask me all about myself, and you say nothing about you.  And you insist on bringing up that night when I’m trying to forget all about it.  And then I want you to kiss me, and you tell me you’re not going to kiss me, like what I have to say doesn’t mean anything!”

The rush of jumbled words left Sophie panting for breath, her face up close to Jean-Luc’s in anger.  He began to speak, but she broke in before the words could leave his mouth.

“I’m glad I left you in that hotel room, because you deserved it.”  She jabbed one finger at his chest in violent confirmation.  “And I’m sorry I apologised before because, actually, I’m not sorry.” 

Her final sentence spilled out incoherently, but she was beyond caring.  For a few moments, the only sound in the astonished silence was her rapid breathing as she forced for mastery of herself.  She sank back again into her own corner, still not beaten.

“You’re completely single-minded,” she added bitterly.  “And if it’s any consolation, I’ve never known anyone like you.” 

Her anger was stoked still further by Jean-Luc’s reaction.  In the half-light of the car, the street lamps lit up his face one after another in a regular pattern.

“Are you smiling?” she asked incredulously.

 “I’m sorry I made you angry,” he said gently.  “When I want something, I don’t always see what’s in my way.”

“No, I’ve noticed.  You’re like a dog with a bone!”

“A dog with a bone?” he repeated, and now the smile on his face was unmistakeable.  “Is that a dog with no flies on him?”

“Oh, you’re impossible.”  Sophie snatched her hand out of his grasp and turned her face towards the window. 


The Silk Romance

Will be published in e-format on 24th May by MuseItUp Publishing.  It will be available from Amazon, Kobo and other major e-tailers.  You can pre-order the The Silk Romance now from the Muse Bookstore.  It will be available in print later in the year.



“My Thoughts” on “The Silk Romance” by Helena Fairfax


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