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Beyond The Page & $40 Amazon GC Giveaway: “When Honey Got Married…” anthology. Interview with Anna Cleary

May 6
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Anna Cleary has stopped by CABR to tell us about her novella EVE MET HER MATCH, part of the WHEN HONEY GOT MARRIED anthology from Entangled publishing

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Hello, Sasha and lovely readers. It’s wonderful to be here!

It’s my pleasure to have you stop by Anna 🙂

 

What is the name of your novella in the anthology, WHEN HONEY GOT MARRIED…?

Mine is the story entitled “Eve Met her Match

My heroine, Eve is an old school friend of the bride, Honey, and once worked for Honey’s groom, Brent, as his assistant. Unfortunately, Eve fell in love with Brent, and was heartbroken when he announced his engagement to Honey. On the night of the wedding rehearsal dinner, Eve – who is something of an actress, and has even been described by some in Bellefleur as a “beautiful minx” – still has hopes of changing the situation and winning Brent for herself. After all, a marriage is not a marriage until the “I Do’s” have all been said, signed and sealed!

Naturally, Eve sashays into the party looking as sexy as sin in her crimson satin. Unfortunately, almost at once she encounters Brent’s devilishly handsome and sophisticated cousin, Rainer. He’s an experienced professional troubleshooter. He believes he recognises Trouble when she slinks through the door in the form of Eve, and thinks he knows exactly how to deal with the minx!
You had better read the story to find out what Rainer does!

 

Did you brainstorm the overall book with Kimberly Lang, Kelly Hunter and Ally Blake?

I did indeed brainstorm with my gorgeous, talented friends. The moment we decided on setting our wedding in Louisiana, there was this amazing explosion of ideas. They came so thick and fast we could hardly write them down fast enough to share with each other. Some of them were hilarious, and caused a certain amount of concern in our cultural guide, Miss Kimberly, who is the only bona fide Southern belle of the bunch. She had to rein us in quite a few times, saying ever so gently and politely, “That isn’t how we do things here!”
We had so many laughs. The four of us really clicked. We had so much fun, I think it shows in the stories.

Besides Kimberly, who was certainly our most invaluable source, the US has a magnificent body of literature, music, theatre and film portraying the stories of the South, making that rich and varied culture accessible even to three little Aussies on the other side of the world. So we had much to draw upon to assist our imaginations. Every Tennessee Williams play, movies like Steel Magnolias, Gone With the Wind, Sweet Home Alabama, Elmore Leonard’s marvellous books… True Blood…Justified…The list goes on!

 

How cool is that? 🙂

Did you struggle to put down words when it came to a particular scene in the book?

Anna Cleary picYou know, I don’t believe I did. Once I’d dreamed up my characters, Eve’s story just flowed from my fingers. I think the constant input and discussions with the other authors about the background settings, other characters in the town etc, kept our inspiration popping. Rainer, in fact, was so vivid to me I can still hear his voice and see his gray eyes glinting with amusement.

Excerpt from EVE MET HER MATCH:

He said softly, “So what went wrong?”

Her nerve jumped. “With what?”

“The kiss.”

“Nothing. I told you. We had to get up early and…”

“Did you give it all you’ve got?”

Unusually for her, she was rocked by a surge of anger. She hissed in a breath. “It was a perfectly normal kiss. It may surprise you to know this about someone in your family, Rainer Delacroix, but your cousin Brent is a nice guy.”

His brows shot up while his eyes danced with pure infuriating amusement. Then he shook his head solemnly. “Eve. How nice is a guy who kisses a woman and leaves her hanging?”

 

Did you find inspiration from particular songs/albums while writing?

Absolutely. There’s hardly a bathroom in the world that hasn’t rung to the plaintive strains of that beautiful lament, “Blue Bayou” at one time or another. As well, I’ve always been a jazz lover, I loooove the New Orleans heritage. Even some of my old Ellington favourites sprang to mind when Eve swished into my head and my heart.

 

Any future anthologies planned with Kimberly, Kelly and Ally?

Not at this point. We all have projects we’re involved in, but we had such a great time creating Bellefleur and its society, we’ve all declared we would just ADORE to sashay down that road again any old time! We’ll just have to see!

 

TRIVIA

 

Favourite snack?

Toasted avocado and tomato sandwich–but you must lightly toast the bread first, then slather the avocado on both slices as thick as butter before you add the sliced tomato with salt and pepper. Delish! (I’m carefully not suggesting the addition of several generous slabs of Camembert, because that could become dangerously addictive. 🙂

 

Ideal getaway?

I live in a resort rich country, but my favourite would have to be Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. I think it’s the smell of the place–salty sea mixed with rainforest and the pervasive, aromatic scent of tea-tree. Of course I enjoy travelling further afield as well, though that doesn’t happen often enough!

 

If you could be someone from history for a day, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Oh, this is hard. Let’s see…

How about Queen Elizabeth I of England? I would step into her bejewelled royal shoes just for one day for the express purpose of halting the execution of her cousin, Mary of Scotland. I believe that was a tragic and terrible choice Liz was persuaded, pressured or tricked into making!

Thank you so much for having me here at Caribbean Accent Book Reviews, Sasha!  And I sincerely hope your readers enjoy Honey’s world as much as we enjoyed creating it!

Love

Anna x

Aww, you’re a sweetheart Anna 😀

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WHGM coverSynopsis:

Four high school friends and a high society bride reunite to celebrate the wedding of the year with the sexy, successful men who steal their hearts and set their skin aflame…

A wedding planner should never mix business and pleasure, but Grace couldn’t resist breaking rule number one for a hot night with her high school crush!

Eve hoped to make one last play for the groom-who-got-away…but instead the down-on-her-romantic-luck actress instead found herself in dark corners with his successful, seductive cousin.

The sister of the bride needed a date of convenience and who better than her hazel-eyed, mysterious co-worker? If only Nina could keep her hands off his perfect body until she learned his true identity…

The groom proposed to her eight years earlier, but it was the steamy kiss that Pippa shared with his brother the night she left town that haunted her memories.  Now she’s back and sharing much more than just kisses.

Nothing was going to ruin Honey’s wedding to the man of her dreams.  And she has just the wedding surprise for her beloved groom!

 

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