Just a Kiss...
Things are still crazy with our move. Our renovation is finished, mostly. There are a few more tweaks, but we’re in. However, all our stuff is still somewhere between Boston and the Midwest and won’t arrive for a few more days. Then I’ll be hip deep in boxes for the forseeable future, but at least things are returning to normal here at my cyber home!
My guest author today is the talented Ally Broadfield! Since she and I are both dog lovers, we had an instant connection. Here’s a fun trailer about her book featuring her furry friends!
And now I’d like to invite you to listen in on a little cyber-chat Ally and I had recently.
Mia: As writers, we read a little differently than most. I tend to dissect books, studying how the other author handles writerly issues. But there are a few authors who make me forget I’m a writer too and I am swept into their fictive dreams. I treasure them. Have you ever been star struck by meeting one of your favorite authors? If so who was it? ;)
Ally: Yes! It was the fabulous Sherry Thomas. I’ve met her twice. The first time she gave a wonderful presentation to my local RWA chapter and was so gracious and friendly. The second was during a signing at my local bookstore. I’m afraid I fan-girled all over her, but I happened to catch her during a lull in the event so we had chance to talk.
Mia: Oh! Sherry is one of the aforementioned treasured ones! Her use of language is exquisite and you’re right. She’s very gracious.
I’m sure like all writers, you’ve been a lifelong reader. What were your favorite books growing up?
Ally: The first book I remember loving was Where the Wild Things Are. I tore through the Encyclopedia Brown series in first grade, and I loved anything by Madeliene L’Engle. Her young adult book, A Ring of Endless Light, is still one of my favorite books.
Mia: Wow, we must have been separated at birth. L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time rocked my third grade world! What book/book series would you love to see be made into a movie?
Ally: C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake Tudor mystery series, which is skillfully plotted and full of period detail.
Mia: I need to look into that. I love period mysteries. I tend to write to movie sound tracks–something without lyrics since someone else’s words can get in the way of my own. Do you have a playlist of songs you listen to when writing?
Ally: I can’t listen to music while writing because it distracts me, but I do have a song for each book. For Just a Kiss it is Ne-Yo’s Closer. The lyrics ran through my mind every time my hero and heroine were on the page together.
Mia: When it’s time to write, I need my laptop, thesaurus, headphones for the sound track, Mack the WonderDog snugged to my hip and my writing chair. What 5 things do you have to have with you when you are writing?
Ally: I have five dogs, but I’ll count them as one unit. After our morning walk, they all settle down to nap while I write.
A cat (usually attempting to balance on my lap).
A cup of tea (hot during the winter months and iced during the rest of year).
The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Mia: 5 dogs! Wow! Your dogly needs are all met, aren’t they? And now for our lightning round–
– Favorite Food? Cheese popcorn
– Favorite Vacation Spot? Platte Lake, Michigan
– Favorite TV Show? Psych. I watch it with my kids and we’re all devastated that the series is over.
– Favorite Paranormal? (witch, vampire, zombie etc) Does Thor count?
– Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate? Hot chocolate
– Favorite Ice Cream Flavor? Chocolate chip cookie dough
Just a Kiss
Charlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband or she’ll be forced to marry her guardian’s loathsome cousin. With no title or dowry, she doesn’t have much hope of making a good match. Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, has been the most eligible bachelor on the marriage mart for more years than he cares to count and is very aware of his duty to marry a woman who will add to the wealth and stature of his title.
Sebastian makes Charlotte an offer she can’t refuse: he will pretend to court her to help her attract more suitors in exchange for her advice about which ladies he should pursue. As they work together, their mutual attraction grows. When they realize they just might be perfect for one another, they must decide whether to bow to the dictates of society or follow their hearts.
All about Ally
Ally lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, five dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and several reptiles. Oh, and her husband. She likes to curse in Russian and spends most of her time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She writes historical romance set in Regency England and Imperial Russia.
Ally is offering a swag bag to a random commenter–lip balm, a note pad, and a dog themed magnet and gum. Sounds fun, right?
And who doesn’t love a free read?
I always like to offer one of my backlist books to a commenter. This time, I’ll be giving away a digital copy of A Duke for All Seasons in winner’s choice of either Kindle or Nook formats. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment or question for Ally or me. If you don’t have a question about our books, maybe you’re a pet lover like we are. Tell us about your furry, finned or feathered friend.
We look forward to hearing from YOU!