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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Drawing The Line” by Kimberly Kincaid

May 8

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Kimberly Kincaid is on CABR today  😀

As you can tell by my big smile, this is one fun lady who knows how to write a story any romance-loving foodie would enjoy.

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Kimberly, in 120 words or less, tell us about DRAWING THE LINE

Drawing The Line is the story of Jason Morgan, a fiercely dedicated police detective, who must protect headstrong Serenity Gallagher, a restaurant owner, in a make-or-break case. He never expected her to be so beautiful, so serious…and so tough to protect.

 

Did you have to do any fun or unusual research for this book? 😉

I got to “talk shop” with a fantastically patient police officer about procedures, I asked my nurse friend all sorts of questions about head injuries, and I got to eat a LOT of apple turnovers. All fun!

 

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

This whole story was a bit of a labor of love. In the beginning, I saw Jason a lot differently, and he kept surprising me as I got him on the page.

He was originally a lot less intense and more playful. But I love how he fooled me! His intensity is a lot different than his partner, Noah’s (from Love On The Line, book #1). But Serenity suits him perfectly, I think.

Excerpt:

“Is everything okay in here? I heard a crash from the nurse’s station.” The nurse looked down at the still-overturned blood pressure monitor, then narrowed her eyes on Serenity’s wardrobe change. “You shouldn’t be out of bed. And where’s your gown?”

Serenity’s dark eyes went as round as her mouth, and she took a step back, bumping to a halt against the edge of the bed rail. “I, um…I…”

“It’s actually my fault,” Jason said, stepping in to give the nurse a sheepish smile while he blocked Serenity from the woman’s view. “I knocked right into this thing while I was helping Ms. Gallagher back to her bed so she could rest while she waits for her release papers. I’m so sorry, I didn’t even see it.” He tossed up his hands in a whoops-like approximation, cranking up his most winning smile as he reached down to set the rolling stand back to rights, and God bless her, the nurse bit hook, line and stethoscope.

“Oh.” The nurse blushed, her attention diverted. “I apologize, detective. I didn’t mean to interrupt. I just wanted to make sure everything was okay down here.”

“Everything’s great,” Jason said, choosing as much genuine truth as possible while still cultivating an advantage. “Sorry to alarm you.”

The woman’s glance flickered over Jason’s shoulder, where Serenity must’ve given some sign of acknowledgment, because the woman headed toward the door without wasting so much as a step. “Just use the call button if you need anything. And please stay in bed, Ms. Gallagher. Just because your MRI came back clear doesn’t mean you should be running around. It’s easy to get dizzy with a head injury, even if you think you feel fine.”

He waited until the door bumped shut against its frame before turning to lift his brows at Serenity, who perched on the edge of the bed even though every inch of her body language had her poised for the door.

Nope. No chance. Jason angled himself directly into her exit path, smiling to temper the move. “Now where were we? Ah, right. I was helping you get back into bed,” he said, stepping in to pull back the thin cotton blanket and offer up his hand.

Her expression was wary, but she balanced it out with a firm grip of her fingers over his as she replaced herself against the mattress. “Why did you cover for me?” Serenity asked, and Lord, he was a sucker for a woman who got right to business. Her eyes flicked to the spot on his shoulder that blocked her view of the door, and okay, yeah. She meant a lot of business.

“I didn’t think you getting on the nurse’s bad side would help either of our causes,” Jason said, shocking himself at the straight answer.

Her brow popped high enough to disappear under the dark fringe of her bangs, and even though she made a good effort to cover the resulting wince, he caught it. “And what causes would those be?”

“You want to get out of here against medical advice pretty badly, Ms. Gallagher. And I don’t want to let you.”

 

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

I love this question! I always have a theme song for each of my books, and for Drawing The Line, it was “Gone, Gone, Gone” by American Idol cutie, Phillip Phillips. I think I burned a hole in my iPod listening to it!

 

TRIVIA

 

KimberlyKincaid picFavourite snack?

Depends on my mood. I have a particular fondness for pretzels and cream cheese (I blame my husband for this). But I also love cucumbers and ranch dip, and almost any kind of cheese.

 

Ideal getaway?

Anywhere I can relax with good food, great friends and lots of books! A hammock in Hawaii wouldn’t be bad 🙂

 

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

I have a really giant history-crush on Shakespeare. I’d so be Old Bill for a day. Truly.

 

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Fish out of Water” by Ros Baxter

May 7

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Ros Baxter is in charge of CABR for the day, and she’s brought along  Rania Aqualina, the heroine in her latest novel, FISH OUT OF WATER.

Don’t forget to enter the eBook giveaway below 🙂

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Interview with Rania Aqualina, Deputy Sheriff, Dirtwater, USA

Me: So, tell me, what’s a nice fish like you doing in the driest town on earth?

Rania: Well, you know, Ros, that’s a really good question.  You see, I’m not really like other mermaids. Mermaids don’t tend to wear nicotine patches.  And they don’t drink Southern Comfort from a hip flask, inhale twinkies or watch Dr Phil either.  Mermaids don’t usually pack heat.  And they definitely don’t get their hearts broken by tattooed guys who look like pirates.  In fact, mermaids have always been kinda down on pirates… but that’s another story.  The cardinal rule is this: mermaids don’t live in bone-dry frontier towns. Ever.

Me: But you do?

Rania: Yeah, although I’m still trying to work exactly how that happened.  Mom ran away from Aegira when she was young, but she’s always kinda tight-lipped about why.

Me: Tell us some more about Aegira.

Rania:  Sure, but make sure you don’t go mouthing off about it, ‘kay?  Humans have kind of a bad reputation with handling other species, y’know, especially ones that are kind of pacifist.  I really don’t want to end up in some test tube.

Me: Deal.

Rania: Okay, so Aegira is this ten thousand year old magical underwater kingdom.  It formed when the Norse God of the Boundless Seas, Aegir, got kind of pissed with humans and sank his island home to the bottom of the ocean floor.  He wasn’t a bad dude, really, so he bestowed on his people the gift of water-breathing and made his new nation, Aegira, into a kind of underwater refuge for peace and hope.

Me:  Well that all sounds pretty dandy.

Rania: Mmmm…yeah.  But there’s always a hitch, isn’t there?  A bad guy, you know.  This one was called Manos.  And he wanted one of Aegir’s nine daughters, the Billow Maidens.  They all turned him down and a great big war followed.

Me: Wow.  Is that why you don’ get home much?

Rania: Nah, not really.  It was a little more personal.  When I was sixteen I went to a Seer.  Kind of like a clairvoyant, you know?  A teenage thing, I guess.  And she told me I was going to die on my thirtieth birthday unless I could “change the course of destiny and save the world entire”.  But I just don’t like my chances.  I never even managed an A in math.  Only thing I’m really good at is being a cop.  I like to take care of people.

Me: You didn’t think about something easier? Nursing?

Rania: Nah, like I said before.  I’m not really like other mermaids.  My last moment of true moderation was back in kindergarten, when I stopped myself from using my awesome strength to rip Jamie Kennedy’s pecker off when he waved it at Julie Casey in the bathroom and made her cry.

Me: Wow, so it sounds like you’ve got a lot on your plate.  I guess there’s no time for romance with all that going on huh?

Rania: Well, you’d be surprised.  You see the weirdest thing happened recently.  Just when I was thinking maybe I’d been too hasty cooling things with my bad-boy solider-of-fortune ex, this smokin’ hot swimmer turns up in my shower.  And he’s naked.

Me: Oh.  Well good luck with that.

Rania: Thanks Ros.  Listen, I really gotta fly.  You can read the rest in Fish Out of Water!

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Sasha: It’s GIVEAWAY time 🙂

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FOOW coverBlurb:

“It’s  Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum meets Splash in a sexy, smart-talking debut about a mermaid in a desert, a city under water, and the secret that no-one is supposed to uncover.”

She’s scheduled to die on her thirtieth birthday – in three weeks – unless she can ‘change the course of destiny and save the world entire’. Throw in a Mom who’s the local Mayor and a Dad who’s been locked in the county jail for twelve years, and that’s all the trouble she needs without her mermaid roots coming back to haunt her.

 

Rania’s heading home to Aegira for a family wedding but she’s starting to have a sinking feeling that’s got nothing to do with hydroporting seven miles under the sea and everything to do with some weird connections that seem to be emerging between her, the dead blonde, her Mom’s shady past and a ten thousand year old prophesy.

Now if she can just steal a corpse, get a crazy Aegirian priest off her case, work out who the hell’s trying to kill her and stop sleeping with the fishes, she might be able to unravel the prophesy, the mystery of the missing choir girls and the secrets hidden in her Mom’s past. And maybe even save her own ass while she’s at it.

Fish out of Water is the first book in a trilogy about Aegira, an underwater kingdom based on the historical Norse legend of Aegir.

 

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BIO:

Ros writes fresh, funny, genre-busting fiction. She digs feisty heroines, good friends, quirky families, heroes to make you sigh and tingle, and a dash of fantasy from time to time.

She has been writing since she was eight and penned a whimsical series of short stories about a race of tiny people who lived on a rainbow. While they were a hit in the playground, a few things intervened – including a career in social policy and four noisy children.

Ros started writing again in earnest three years ago. In that time, she has secured a two-book deal with Harper Collins Australia, published Sister Pact (a romantic comedy co-written with her sister Ali) and Fish Out of Water (Escape Publishing on 1 April), been a contributing author to the e-anthology URL Love, and finaled in the STALI competition.

Ros also runs a successful business consulting to government and the private sector. She teaches professional writing skills and has authored a writing guide, Clarity.

Ros lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband Blair, four small but very opinionated children, a neurotic dog and nine billion germs.

 

CONTACT:

Email Ros at rosbaxterink@gmail.com or find her at www.facebook.com/RosBaxterInk, on twitter @RosBaxter, or www.rosbaxterink.com.

 

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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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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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RT13 :)

May 3

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RT13 is so much fun! 😀

I’ve met a ton of authors and fellow bloggers, several of whom I’ve formed friendships with online via Twitter. Such a blast putting faces and voices to the Twitter avatars 🙂

I came prepared to promote my blog and one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most famous exports, Angostura Aromatic Bitters. People seem to love getting the Angostura recipe cards! 🙂

 

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Here’s author and super cool chick, Catherine Bybee, and I on Wednesday at her birthday party shindig.

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Today is day three of five of the official 5-day RT (Romantic Times) Booklovers Convention here in Kansas City, MI

It snowed, yes snowed, yesterday afternoon (Thursday, May 2), turning the skies over downtown KC white.

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Snow or no snow, these streets always seem eerily deserted. Guess most people live and work elsewhere in KC 😉

No matter, cause I’ve yet to leave the Sheraton to explore the city. (This WILL be rectified today though).  RT13 is all about meeting your peeps and forging links with new ones though, so I have no regrets on being inside since Wednesday afternoon. BUT, I did step out into the hotel’s courtyard this evening to experience the snow first-hand 🙂

Then it was up to my room to get ready for the Awards Dinner and Ball co-hosted by RT Magazine and Entangled Publishing.

I sat with Kristy Wyatt (@KristyWyatt) at dinner 🙂


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After the Ball, it was my good fortune to meet two hot cover models! 🙂

This is the sweet and charming Harvey Stables (@HarveyStables)

 

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Also sexy and charming was Len Gunn 😉  (@LenGunnModel)

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That’s it for now folks! 🙂

 

 

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Guest Post & Giveaway: “Studio Relations” by Georgie Lee

May 2

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Georgie Lee is on CABR to tell us about the movie that moved her, Gone With the Wind, and how it inspired her to writer the 1930s romance, STUDIO RELATIONS.

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The Movie that Moved You.

Like a great book, a great movie can move you in ways you never thought possible. The first time I had a movie grip me was the first time I watched Gone with the Wind. I’d grown up watching classic films on KTLA’s Family Film Festival with Tom Hatton (Southern California people should remember him), but I had never seen Gone with the Wind.

A friend of mine owned the film on VHS and I borrowed it from her during the summer between my seventh and eighth grade years. The film didn’t just entertain me, it gripped me and wouldn’t let go. There was something about Scarlett’s determination to survive; her belief that tomorrow would bring another chance to change her life or obtain what she wanted that captivated me.

To this day, it remains one of my favorite films of all time. I’ve seen it more times than I can list, including twice on the big screen, and I’ve read countless books and articles on the film and its production. I pay homage to the film and the era in which it was made in my latest release, STUDIO RELATIONS.

In STUDIO RELATIONS , female director Vivien Howard comes to blows with handsome studio executive Weston Holmes during the making of her dream project, Storm of the South. I have a background in film history, so I knew a great deal about Hollywood in the 1930s. However, while writing Studio Relations, there were many times when I needed specific details, such as how studios handled premieres, and that’s when my knowledge of the making of Gone with the Wind really helped me craft scenes that were authentic to the time period. I studied many pictures of the Gone with the Wind premiere and watched old news footage to see how stars maneuvered the red carpet and the radio interviews.

Besides drawing on the production history of Gone with the Wind for my inspiration, I also did a great deal of research into 1930’s Hollywood and Los Angeles. I studied the production code that dictated what could and could not be shown in films, the cultural climate that brought it into play and how it affected film production. I read books about Hollywood history and reviewed old pictures of such Hollywood iconic sites as the Cocoanut Grove nightclub and old Beverly Hills.

I used to work at the old MGM studio lot in Culver City where many of the original sound-stages  including the one where they filmed Gone with the Wind, are still in use today. I used my first-hand experience of being on a classic film studio lot to craft many of the scenes that take place at the book’s fictional Lion Studios. I also drew on the history of movie-making from the silent era through 1935 to give my characters depth.

I crafted Vivien as someone who grew up in the studio system, first as a child actress in an Our Gang type series and then later working and learning from her director father. Although it was unusual for women to work behind the camera as something more than a script girl or seamstress, a number of women who began their careers in the silent era retained themselves and rose through the ranks once Hollywood entered the era of the “talkies.”

The silent film actress Mary Pickford helped to form United Artists, and I created a similar character and a similar independent studio where one strong woman could help Vivien realize her potential and her dream of being a director.

I had a blast both researching and writing STUDIO RELATIONS . It was fun incorporating my love of Gone with the Wind, my research and my personal experience working in Hollywood into the book.

So tell me, what movie gripped you and still hasn’t let go? Has your favorite movie ever inspired you to write a novel or short story? I’m curious to know what  films have inspired other writers.

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Vivien Howard hasn’t forgiven Weston Holmes for almost derailing her career five years ago. Female directors in 1930s Hollywood are few and far between, and a man who coasts by on his good looks and family connections can’t possibly appreciate what it took for her to get to where she is. But when the studio head puts Weston in charge of overseeing Vivien’s ambitious Civil War film, she realizes she has a choice: make nice with her charismatic new boss or watch a replacement director destroy her dream.

Weston Holmes doesn’t know much about making movies, but he knows plenty about money. And thanks to the Depression, ticket sales are dangerously low. The studio can’t afford a flop—or bad press, which is exactly what threatens to unfold when an innocent encounter between Weston and Vivien is misconstrued by the gossip rags.

The only solution? A marriage of convenience that will force the bickering duo into an unlikely alliance—and guide them to their own happy Hollywood ending.

 

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Georgie5.3-1ABOUT the author:

A dedicated history and film buff, Georgie Lee loves combining her passion for Hollywood, history and storytelling through romantic fiction. She began writing professionally at a small TV station in San Diego before moving to Los Angeles to work in the interesting but strange world of the entertainment industry.

Her first novel, Lady’s Wager, and her contemporary novella, Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion are both available from Ellora’s Cave Blush. Labor Relations, a contemporary romance of Hollywood, and Studio Relations, a love story set in 1935 Hollywood, are currently available from Montlake Romance. Look for her Regency novella, Hero’s Redemption from Carina Press in July 2013, and her Regency novel, Engagement of Convenience, from Harlequin Historical on October 2013.

When not writing, Georgie enjoys reading non-fiction history and watching any movie with a costume and an accent. Please visit www.georgie-lee.com for more information about Georgie and her novels.

 

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Guest Post & Giveaway: “By Hook or By Crook” by Linda Morris

May 1

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Linda Morris is in charge today, so pay close attention to what she’s written.

If you correctly answer the giveaway question, you could win an eBook copy of BY HOOK OR BY CROOK 🙂

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Thanks for having me at Caribbean Accent Book Reviews today to share a little about my latest book how came to be published.

BY HOOK OR BY CROOK is a little bit different from a lot of romance I’ve read lately. While pitching it to an editor during a pitch session on Twitter, I made the mistake of calling it a romantic caper, to which the editor responded “nobody reads those anymore.” Then numerous other editors kindly jumped in to agree with her.

Luckily I eventually found an editor who felt differently and fell in love with the story. (So there’s my pro tip for this interview: If you’re describing your book to an agent or editor, don’t call it a caper. Even if it is one. Especially if it is one.)

But I love romantic crime capers. One of my favorite movies is Out of Sight, based on the Elmore Leonard novel of the same name. Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney light up the screen as the ultimate odd couple: a federal marshal and a bank robber fall in love, all set against the backdrop of a prison escape and jewelry heist.

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BY HOOK OR BY CROOK is a little different. Ivy Smithson is a prissy heiress who never crosses her wealthy business father. She leaves that to her rebellious little sister, Daisy. At the beginning of the story, Daisy calls Ivy to announce that she’s eloping to Vegas to marry the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter she’s been dating only a few months.

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Ivy thinks it’s a disaster: She’s been used for her money and doesn’t want the same thing to happen to her little sister. She confides in their overbearing father, who comes up with an idea. He’ll send Joe Dunham, his oh-so-sexy security consultant, to Vegas with Ivy to stop the wedding before it can happen. Joe thinks Ivy is nuts. Who is she to stop her little sister form marrying the man he loves? But he never argues with a paying client (well, not much anyway), so he goes along. But something goes amiss.

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When they arrive in Vegas, Daisy’s fiancee has abruptly dropped out of the big MMA bout he was to fight in. He and Daisy are nowhere to be found. Joe and Ivy know they never would have let this opportunity for his MMA career get away, so something must be wrong. They set off to find them.

I won’t giveaway too much, but let’s say that gangsters, a sketch by the German artist Albrecht Durer, and Lake Tahoe all come into play. Ivy wants to stop her sister from ending up with the wrong man, but when Joe and Ivy are forced to spend time together, she finds herself falling for an inappropriate man of her very own!

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BLURB: Heiress Ivy Smithson is determined to keep her flaky sister from making the worst mistake of her life: marrying the wrong man. Clearly, the guy is just after the family’s money.

To stop her, Ivy teams up with her father’s gorgeous, wisecracking, and supremely difficult security consultant, ex-cop Joe Dunham. Ivy’s way too uptight to be his style, but she’s had his attention from the first — maybe because Joe always pays attention where women are concerned.

Bickering all the way, off they go on a mission to Vegas to track down Ivy’s sister and stop the wedding.

When Ivy and Joe anger the wrong people, their lives get dangerous, but guns and gangsters aren’t the only threat they face. Ivy knows Joe isn’t her type, so why does falling for the wrong guy feel very, very right?

Linda Morris picCONTACT Linda:

Twitter (@LMorrisWriter)

Website (www.lindamorrisbooks.com)

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