Good morning Catherine and welcome to My Book Addiction and More…
Thank you for having me here today.
MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about Catherine Bybee?
A little? Oh, dear, I have such a hard time saying only a little.
I’m a wife and a mother of not one but two teenage sons. One who just started driving on his own.
I could go on and on about that wonderful experience. I’m a writer and in my former career I was
a RN who spent her life working in urban Emergency Rooms.
MBA&M: What was the inspiration behind “Married By Monday” and “The Weekday Brides” series?
I love rich heros and weddings. I enjoy heroines who have needs but who aren’t needy.
Wife by Wednesday sparked a Cinderella story complete with a Duke. When I sat down to write
Eliza and Carter’s story, I wanted dive deeper into the characters I’d created in Wife.
And now I have a couple more stories spinning in my head to continue the series.
MBA&M: How many stories will be in “The Weekday Brides” series?
I have three planned, but I am edging toward a forth.
MBA&M: We usually hear a lot about the main characters, let’s talk about the secondary characters
for a few minutes. Name a secondary character in “Married By Monday’ and tell us a little
about them?
Oh, that’s easy. Gwen is Blake’s sister. She’s the daughter of a Duke who is trying to find
independence in America. She takes on a job working with Eliza (Married by Monday’s heroine) and discovers
she enjoys it. And then there is Neil…Blake’s bodyguard. Big, burly and exactly the opposite of everything Gwen has
ever touched. (Can you see the building of book three in the series?)
MBA&M: What are some of the things that influence you while you are writing?
Daily life. So many stores are being told around us that if a writer can pay attention they’ll have
fodder for years. Everyone has parents… A past… Something that makes them get up in the morning.
I like to create life in my characters with these things in mind.
MBA&M: Who are some of the authors who you feel influenced your writing?
I think each and every author I’ve ever read influence in one way or another. I love how Nora Roberts
can write everyday heros…or those with power. Paranormal authors build worlds and contemporary authors
like Susan Elizabeth Phillips do the same in a contemporary setting.
MBA&M: Have you always wanted to be an author,if you where not an author what you your chosen field be and why?
Like I said earlier, I worked in the ER for years. I love working with people and even enjoyed the
adrenalin rush of the environment. But for years as a kid I wanted to be an actress. I had many roles in
school plays and even spent the first year in college pursuing that profession. However, waiting tables is how most
actors make money. And I wasn’t willing to do that forever.
MBA&M: If you could step into any book,not just one of yours, what book would it be and
I would probably step into one of my time travel books. Mainly because my time travelers aren’t “stuck” in a certain time.
I’d love the freedom to travel to any time I’d like.
MBA&M: Please tell us where to find “Married by Monday” and where readers can find you?
You can find Married by Monday at
Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.
You can order a print copy of the book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble as well.
As for where to find me…I’m all over the net. I’m on twitter @catherinebybee
Facebook under Catherine Bybee
and of course my website,
Catherine, do you have anything else you would like to add?
Sure. I’ll be signing two of my self published books at the literacy signing at Nationals later this month. So please,
dear readers, stop by and say hi. I love talking to writers and readers and encourage everyone to
friend me,  follow me, and chat often.
Thank you again for having me today.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to spend time with us and our readers today!

Paperback:294 pages

Publisher:Catherine Bybee (May 23, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0985088835

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: May 25, 2012
Carter Billings: Sandy blond hair and Hollywood good looks, Carter Billings could have any woman he wants. However, when he makes his bid for the Governor’s seat in the state of California, he needs to settle down and become a family man. Eliza, the woman he secretly adores, embodies the perfect amount of spice and passion to suit his marital needs, but she’s not interested in becoming Mrs. Billings. She can’t even stand to be in the same room with him.
Eliza Havens: It’s much easier to drive Carter away than to give into desire. Matching couples is how she earns a living, but getting married isn’t an option. The secrets she carries are too dangerous to entangle anyone else. When her hidden identity and past threaten her future, she’s left with little choice. Carter is quick to offer solutions to both their problems, but saying yes could mean endangering the man she’s growing to love.
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Good morning, Rebecca and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!
MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Rebecca Bloom?
Thank you for having me! I  excited to share my third novel, Eat, Drink and Be Married with readers as it gives me a chance to take off the mommy hat and put my writer hat back on for a little while.
MBA&M: What was the inspiration behind “Eat,Drink and Be Married”?
I wanted to write a novel that explored the heightened emotions that everyone, not just the bride and groom experience at weddings.  A wedding is a seminal event in many peoples lives and it brings up so many intense things for everyone.
MBA&M: What was the challenges involved in writing this title?
For me the challenge was finishing the final edits as that was when my son was born. Trying to find time where I was free and awake enough to get anything done was tricky.
MBA&M: Who is your favorite character in “Eat,Drink and Be Married”?WHY?
 I can relate to all the women in the novel as I am sure they are all shades of some version of me, but I love Zoe for her ability to speak her mind all the time….and I’ve always wanted a tattoo:)
MBA&M: What relaxes you after a long day of writing and imagining your stories?
 Playing dinosaurs with my son.
MBA&M: Who do you feel inspired you the most in your writing career?
My parents always told me I could be and do and explore anything I wanted and that inspired me creatively.
MBA&M: What is in your TBR pile?and What genre do you enjoyed reading the most?
I want to read all the girl with the tattoo books, as I do like reading books that have a dark side as that is so the opposite of what I write. And part of me wants to read 50 shades of grey to see what all the fuss is about:)
MBA&M: If you could step into a book,which book would it be,and why?
Anything by Jane Austin! All the swooning and manners and costumes! That would be fun. She also for her time wrote such layered I testing female characters.
MBA&M: What is your favorite “comfort” food?
Well, right now I am expecting babe number 2 so bagels and cream cheese is doing wonders! And I never say no to French fries!!
MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “Eat,Drink and Be Married” is available?
 It is available at in both regular and e book format as well as Barnes and Noble and for the nook. You can also get it at
                    Rebecca,do you have anything else to add today?
I hope that readers enjoy the novel, it makes a great gift for girlfriends, especially bridesmaids and is a fun summer read.
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us and our readers today!


  • Paperback:204 pages
  • Publisher:iUniverse Publishing (August 23, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:145029507X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450295079


When college friends Kate, Nina and Zoë take holiday from their busy schedules on opposite coasts to join their former roommate, Hannah, for her wedding in Lake Tahoe, they not only bring suitcases packed with what-not-to-wear bridesmaid dresses, but baggage of a more emotional kind.

Supported by a variety of eclectic characters determined to wreck havoc on their carefully organized lives, each woman is forced to come to terms with her past before she walks down the aisle. Zoë must learn how to reveal a vulnerability beneath her bravado before she can finally open her heart. Kate needs to reclaim her identity before she can regain her strut. Nina must heal her own inner child so she can provide for another. Hannah needs to release a ghost in order to recover her spirit.

A bottle of booze, a host of laughs, a hankie or two worth of tears, and seventy-two hours among those who know and love them the most is the perfect recipe for four women to Eat, Drink, and Be Married.


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MBA&M: Good morning Heather and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!


Good morning! I’m happy to be here and chat with you.


MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about Heather Barbieri?


HEATHER: I was born in the Pacific Northwest, daughter of a judge (who unlike the husband in Cottage, is scandal-free) and a stay-at-home mother who sang opera and loved to read—which she passed on to me. I grew up at a time when children were allowed a great deal of freedom, and opportunity for developing creativity (sometimes too much—as when a friend and I mixed the chemicals in my dad’s workshop together, trying to make rocks; fortunately the house is still standing to this day). After an early stint as a journalist, I married and began raising a family and writing fiction, eventually publishing Snow in July, The Lace Makers of Glenmara, and now The Cottage at Glass Beach.


MBA&M: What made you decide to write “The Cottage at Glass Beach”?


HEATHER: I’d been interested in exploring the selkie (seal wife) myth in a modern context (as it turns out, selkies can be male too), but it wasn’t until the sudden loss of my mother that the book began to take shape, unlocking my subconscious in ways I didn’t expect, and casting new light on the struggles—and unique gifts—such experiences can offer us. During the course of the novel, the main character, Nora, navigates the disintegration of her marriage and the mystery surrounding early disappearance of her mother, and in so doing, learns deep truths about herself.


MBA&M: What where some of the challenges in writing “The Cottage at Glass Beach”?


HEATHER:Going through the grieving process while meeting a deadline—and having three teen/young adult kids home for the summer.


MBA&M: Why did you choose New England for the setting for “The Cottage At Glass Beach”?


HEATHER: The book dictated its setting, a place on the Atlantic seaboard with rich cultural and personal associations. (My paternal ancestors lived in the East before moving to Montana.)


MBA&M: Do you feel this title is more complex than your other titles? If so,why?


HEATHER: I view writing as an apprenticeship—as is life itself—so my hope would be that each book I write demonstrates artistic growth.


MBA&M: Can you tell our readers in a brief statement the story behind “The Cottage At Glass Beach”?


HEATHER: The novel is a story of loss and personal empowerment, in a certain sense (though not literally), mirroring my own journey as a writer and daughter that summer. It poses the question: what does it mean to be a wife, a daughter, a mother, a woman in today’s world?




MBA&M: Where can readers find “The Cottage At Glass Beach” and where can they find you?


HEATHER: The novel is available from various local booksellers, online retailers, and libraries. Readers can get in touch with me through my website,, or visit me on facebook.



MBA&M: Is there anything else you’d like to add?


Just a heartfelt “thank you,” both to readers, and to you!

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The Cottage at Glass Beach byHeather Barbieri

Hardcover:320 pages

Publisher:Harper (May 15, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0062107961

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 Married to the youngest attorney general in Massachusetts state history, Nora Cunningham is a picture-perfect political wife and a doting mother. But her carefully constructed life falls to pieces when she, along with the rest of the world, learns of the infidelity of her husband, Malcolm. Humiliated and hounded by the press, Nora packs up her daughters—Annie, seven; and Ella, twelve—and takes refuge on Burke’s Island, a craggy spit of land off the coast of Maine. Settled by Irish immigrants, the island is a place where superstition and magic are carried on the ocean winds, and wishes and dreams wash ashore with the changing tides.


Nora spent her first five years on the island but has not been back to the remote community for decades— not since that long ago summer when her mother disappeared at sea. One night while sitting alone on Glass Beach below the cottage where she spent her childhood, Nora succumbs to grief, her tears flowing into the ocean. Days later she finds an enigmatic fisherman named Owen Kavanagh shipwrecked on the rocks nearby. Is he, as her aunt’s friend Polly suggests, a selkie—a mythical being of island legend—summoned by her heartbreak, or simply someone who, like Nora, is trying to find his way in the wake of his own personal struggles? Just as she begins to regain her balance, her daughters embark on a reckless odyssey of their own—a journey that will force Nora to find the courage to chart her own course and finally face the truth about her marriage, her mother, and her long-buried past.

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Deborah Michel, a seasoned magazine editor and freelance writer, has worked for many publications, including Premiere,Self, Los Angeles  , and the Los Angeles Times Magazine.  She was the West Coast editor of Spyand served as a contributing editor at Buzz.  Michel grew up in Los Angeles , graduated from Dartmouth , and holds an MFA from Bennington .  She lives with her family in northern California  . 

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Good morning, Deborah and welcome to My Book Addiction and More.


Thank you, I’m thrilled to be invited. Prosper in Love is my first book, so this is all new to me.


MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Deborah Michel?


DEBORAH: Well, I worked as a magazine writer for years, first in New York and then in Los Angeles, where I’m from—for magazines like House Beautiful, Self, Premiere, Los Angeles. Most of that time, I was also trying to write a novel, and there’s at least one that should never see the light of day. I have twin daughters who are about to graduate from high school, so maybe that goes a little way in explaining why finishing a novel took me so long.

MBA&M: Where did the idea Prosper In Love come from?


DEBORAH: I stole it! One of my favorite movies is The Awful Truth, a classic from the 40s with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. It’s about this perfect couple—it’s clear to everyone that they’re meant to be together, but by the second scene they’re heading toward divorce. When my husband and I were first married (we recently had our 20th anniversary) we’d have these big fights—actually, the same fight over and over. And I started wondering, what would happen if we went too far one night and didn’t make up the way we always do.



MBA&M: Which character in Prosper In Love do you feel you most identify with?Why?


DEBORAH: That’s an easy one: Lynn Prosper, the young wife. She and her family are based on my own flaws and experiences. Some of the fights Lynn and Jamie have—well, they’re familiar enough that rereading those pages makes me uncomfortable. At a certain point in the writing, though, I stopped thinking of her as “me.” She turned into her own separate person. The funny thing was, while writing, I started having a lot more insight and sympathy into the male character, Jamie. I don’t know if it’s coincidence or not, but my husband and I stopped having that same old fight, and I think I started trying to listen more carefully to what he was telling me when he was upset. I learned something about marriage through writing about it.

MBA&M: What do you hope your readers will gain by reading Prosper In Love?


DEBOROH: First, I simply hope they gain a few hours of pleasure. I hope reading the novel is a delightful experience, a fun summer read. I also hope it really gets readers thinking about love and marriage and the sort of choices we make. Part of Lynn’s problem at the beginning of the book is that she thinks she understands everything and knows the best answer. I think love is complicated and wonderful and often unexpected. Here’s the best compliment I’ve gotten so far: A friend of mine who’d been divorced and had kind of checked out of dating read Prosper in Love, and she said it made her feel like getting out there and giving dating another try. I can’t tell you how happy that made me.


MBA&M: What where the challenges in writing this genre?


DEBORAH: That’s a good question. I don’t know about the genre as a whole, but for me the big challenge with Prosper in Love was making two conflicting things believable: what drew my characters together, and what kept them apart. (I hope this isn’t a spoiler!) I went through lots of drafts trying to get that balance. Do you believe Lynn and Jamie Prosper as a couple? Do you believe that they’d stay apart? Can you imagine them with anyone else? I guess what I’m saying is that the biggest challenge in any sort of novel is maybe making the characters seem alive.



MBA&M: What are some of your most interesting quirks?


DEBORAH: Oh dear, I have a lot of quirks. I’m not sure any of them are very interesting. My main writing quirk—and it’s an unfortunate one—is that to get myself writing in the morning, I basically need to keep feeding myself to keep me at my desk. When I first started trying to write, it took something I really loved, like almond croissants or bear claws, do the trick, and I’d eat them very slowly in tiny bites. Now I drink pots and pots of tea all day. I switch types according to the time of day so I feel like I’m making progress.


MBA&M: What is the first book you remembering reading?


DEBORAH: That would be Dr. Seuss’s One Fish Two Fish—and what I actually remember is sitting next to my little sister who’s two years younger, and reading it aloud to her.



MBA&M: What is some of your life’s passion, other than writing, of course?


DEBORAH: Definitely reading! Sometimes I’m embarrassed that I really have no other hobbies. Well, I love movies, too, and art—but only looking at it. I’m hopeless as an artist. My best friend used to be an art historian and art critic, so I really learned a lot walking through museums and galleries with her. That’s probably how Lynn ended up in the art world. Like Lynn, I don’t cook and I love eating out in restaurants. My poor family, I’m not very domestic.


MBA&M: Do you have any regrets in your writing?


DEBORAH: I wish I’d worked harder and more productively early on. I was very scattered. Ironically, when my twins were born and I had hardly any time to myself, that’s when I really buckled down. Then again, those more leisurely years were also spent reading and sitting around talking to people or watching them, all of which feeds into writing.



MBA&M: What’s next for you?


DEBORAH: Another novel! I’m hard at work. Sadly, without breakfast pastries.


MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where Prosper In Love is available?


DEBORAH: Readers can find me at, and if they click on “Book Groups,” they’ll see that I’m available for call-ins or Skyping with book groups, schedule permitting. I’m really excited about this because I have all sorts of questions myself about love and marriage and what happens to my characters. I’d love the opportunity to hear what readers think. Prosper in Love can be found at Barnes and Noble, Books-a Million, Amazon, and your local independent bookseller.

Deborah, do you have anything else to add?

Just what a privilege it is to be here talking with you and your readers. I still haven’t gotten used to the idea that there are going to be people out there (who aren’t related to me) reading my novel. Thank you so much.

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Reading level:Ages 18 and up

Paperback:336 pages

Publisher:Berkley Trade (May 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0425247273

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: May 1, 2012
A good marriage lasts forever…until it doesn’t.
From the start, Lynn and Jamie Prosper were one of those couples who seem meant to be—so content with each other that they barely notice the rest of the world nodding approvingly at their wedded bliss. But sometimes, even in the very best of marriages, all it takes is a mischievous outsider to bring the perfect couple toppling off the top of the wedding cake… True, Jamie has been working so hard and traveling so much as a young lawyer that he hardly has enough energy to show his devotion. Not that Lynn, a junior museum curator, has any reason to question it. But when Lynn’s old college friend turns up at a cocktail party, chinks in their marriage’s previously unassailable armor start to show. Suddenly, without meaning to, Lynn and Jamie have both acquired divorce lawyers. And those benevolent onlookers—meddling in-laws and competitive friends alike—eagerly bear witness to each new misstep. Is love really enough to make a marriage last?




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Good morning, Diane and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today…


DIANE: Thank you so much for hosting me.  I really appreciate this awesome opportunity!


MBA&M: Tell our readers a few tidbits about Diane Escalera?


DIANE: Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, I relocated toSouth Florida, a sultry paradise I instantly fell in love with.  I’m married, have two children and a super cute Dachshund I can’t get enough of.  I write hot contemporary romance, and I’m published with Kensington Publishing and Lyrical Press.   


MBA&M: What if anything made you decide to write this genre?


DIANE: I love Contemporary Romance.  It’s what I read and write.  Of course, it has to be sexy.  Okay, hot!  I like to write about things that occur in real life, problems that readers can relate to.  Sometimes bad things happen to good people, and I try not to shy away from the darker side even if it might be unpopular.        


MBA&M: What are some of the challenges in writing a Hot Contemporary Romance?


DIANE: Probably the greatest challenge is coming up with fresh ideas.  But that’s where imagination comes in.  For instance, my last book, Dangerous Desire, featured a dogfighting plot, which has never been done in a romance.  In my new release, Still Hot for You, the hero and heroine are already married.  It’s about what happens after the happily ever.  I try to find a unique twist to keep things interesting, but at the same time, the story still has to be sexy.  And romantic!


MBA&M: If you could be any of the characters in “Still Hot for You“, who would it be and why?


DIANE: The heroine, of course!  She gets to be married to a gorgeous man with a long list of attributes, and yet he believes that she is the prize in the relationship.


MBA&M: What are some of your favorite genre to read?


DIANE: I really like romantic suspense.  Dangerous Desire has a strong element of suspense, and it’s one of the things I enjoyed most when I wrote the story.


MBA&M: Who would you contribute your love for writing to and why?


DIANE: Unlike most authors, I didn’t know I was destined to write.  In fact, I worked in banking for several years, but deep down knew that it wasn’t my dream job.  At the young age of thirty-five, my sister died of an illness.  I realized the same thing could happen to me.  There are no guarantees.  I couldn’t waste another moment doing something I didn’t love.  Writing was one of my greatest joys when I was growing up.  I decided to enroll in an intensive course where I learned everything I could about the craft.  It didn’t take long before I left the bank to pursue a writing career.

MBA&M: What 3 top reads do you feel influenced your writing style?


DIANE: It’s hard to zero in on a particular book, but my go-to authors are Linda Howard, Lori Foster and Jill Shalvis.  I devour their books!


MBA&M: Diane, tell our readers where to find you and where “Still Hot for You” is available?


DIANE: Still Hot for You is available at Lyrical Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Digital Bookstores everywhere.


Please visit to learn more about my sexy tales.  I love to interact with readers!  Like my fan page on  Follow me on


Diane, do you have anything you would like to add?


DIANE: The hero in Still Hot for You has a sinfully sexy brother and cousin.  I couldn’t let Christian and Nico go without a happy ending.  So… I’m working on two more novellas featuring these delicious men.  Stay tuned for more Latin Heat!


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Publisher:Lyrical Press, Inc. (March 15, 2012)


Coming March 19, 2012
Lyrical Press
Digital ISBN: 9781616503628

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: March 15, 2012
Want to get your man talking? Give him booty!
Desperate times call for desperate measures. And Shay LaCosta is pretty desperate. She’s wrecked her blissful marriage of five years by demanding she and her husband Dylan have a baby. What the hell was she thinking? She knows she was wrong and she’s ready to set things right, if only Dylan will let her. Bet he can’t shun her Booty Camp offer: delicious, white-hot sex in exchange for what’s going on inside his brain.
Dylan may be macho and stubborn, but he really does miss his wife. A little of Shay’s pushing gets him past their estrangement and into her web of seduction. She seems to have an erotic week mapped out to perfection, and who is he to complain? Their marriage is meant to be, so they’ll fight with each other, and they’ll fight for each other.
WARNING: Racy Language, Hot Sex, Seduction.



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