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STAR DRIVER – a guest post by Lynn Rae

playingthepartI’d like to introduce fellow Liquid Silver Books author Lynn Rae, whose new release “Playing The Part” is just out.

I love books with actor heroes (shocker, I know!) so this one looks like lots of fun. I asked Lynn which three actors she would most like to play chauffer to, and hers what she said.

Star Driver

By Lynn Rae

When Elle asked me what celebrity I’d like to drive me around, in a spin on the plot of my new book Playing the Part, my mind immediately turned to Katharine Hepburn. I’d have had a great time listening to her tell tales from old Hollywood and I bet she’d have been willing to stop for a burger on the way. But since she’s no longer with us, it seems safer if I’d pick some living stars to play chauffeur.

For a driving tour of Los Angeles, I’d like it if Steven Spielberg would take me around. His insights into filmmaking and the landscape of the area would be fascinating. We could talk about computer generated images, World War II, genetic engineering, and what galaxy he thinks E.T. came from.

A gal has to eat, so the person who I’d choose to take me on a restaurant hop would be Simon Pegg. He’s sharp-witted and I think he’d get into the whole pub-crawl aspect of the thing. We could stop by food trucks for great fusion tacos, hit a froyo place and load up on the weirdest toppings, and then wind up the evening in an old-school diner for good coffee, a slice of pie, and some conversation about what it takes to translate humor from the written page to the screen.

Finally, I’d want to spend some time with Cate Blanchet. This would of course entail a visit to Australia, a place I’ve always wanted to go. She could give me a tour of Sydney and we could chat about the making of both the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films and she could give me the inside scoop on all those fabulous clothes she wears.

About her new book PLAYING THE PART

Independent Melanie Sheraton has to hustle for odd jobs in her small town to eke out a living. When the opportunity to act as a driver for some movie folks comes up, she jumps at the chance to earn an extra paycheck. What she didn’t bank on was one of her passengers invading her imagination, something she resists since no movie star would ever be interested in her.

At a crossroads in his professional life, action star Thomas ‘Wheeler’ Locke is in Ohio for a role he hopes will launch his career in a new, serious direction. Instead of concentrating on his acting, he finds himself growing more and more distracted by his feisty driver and her irascible ways.

Dancing around the attraction growing between them, both Mel and Thomas struggle to maintain their distance as the time for filming grows short. Will a reunion at the movie’s London premiere bring them together, or will their disparate lives keep them apart?

Available at Amazon, Liquid Silver Books, and All Romance E-books.

Fast Five with M.S. Kaye and “Once and Again”

OnceandAgainI’m very pleased to invite my friend M.S. Kaye over to chat and introduce her new inspirational romance Once and Again.

1. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what is the one book you’d like to have with you?

Jane Eyre It’s my favorite book of all time. It has the perfect balance of darkness and hope, intrigue and romance, wonderfully mysterious yet flawed characters with horrible pasts. I love the deep connection between the characters, and yet it’s never swoony or sappy.

Great choice! I love Jane Eyre (although I must admit that I usually start once she arrives at Thornfield Hall. Her childhood is just too sad.)

2. What is your favourite part of the writing process?

All of it, but if I had to choose, I’d say the initial outlining/idea conjuring process. Anything is possible.

3. How did you pick your characters’ names?

I LOVE names. I have lists in my phone of names I’ve come across that I like, I have favorite baby naming sites that show the meaning behind the names, and I also borrow from history or mythology.

4. How do you treat yourself after finishing a book?

Start on the next one!

Hard-core!

5. If you could co-write a story with any author (living or dead) who would you pick?

Charlotte Brontè. I have such amazing respect for what she accomplished in her books, which is even more amazing if you remember the time period in which she lived, when women didn’t hold the same respect and freedoms as we do now.

Tell us about your book.

On her deathbed, Aiden’s mother asks him to find his father, who had left them and disappeared thirteen years ago, shortly after Aiden’s brother died. While searching the roughest area of Baltimore, Aiden meets Maylynn. After eight years of seminary and one year of priesthood, Aiden had thought he was capable of seeing beautiful women in only a platonic way. But Maylynn proves to be too difficult.

Seven years later, Maylynn shows up on Father Aiden’s doorstep for a premarital counseling session with her fiancé. Aiden soon realizes something is wrong, more than just his constant struggle against his attraction—Maylynn and her fiancé, Davis, are hiding something from him.

Where can we find it?

Buy Links:

Jupiter Gardens Press (Publisher – all formats),  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, ARe

M. S. Kaye author pic

Author Bio

M. S. Kaye is a 4th degree black belt and certified instructor of Songahm Taekwondo. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, FL, where she does her best not to melt in the sun.

Contact M. S. Kaye at:

www.BooksByMSK.com
www.Facebook.com/BooksByMSK
Twitter: @mskosciuszko
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Fast Five: Lynn Rae and “First Choice, Second Chance”

FirstChoiceSecondChanceFellow Liquid Silver author Lynn Rae is over today to answer some questions and talk about her romance First Choice, Second Chance. I’m a sucker for second chance romances so I am all over this one.

1. Red or white?

I prefer red wine to white. Lately I’ve been sampling lots of blends and find them much more interesting to my palate than straight up single varieties. If I had to pick one particular grape, it would be a Cabernet Sauvignon.

2. What did you do on your summer vacation?

This summer my family and I went on a cruise to Bermuda. It had been over two years since we’d taken a vacation, so we were due. The ship was great and Bermuda is a beautiful country, but right in the middle of our cruise my husband came down with norovirus, so by the time he recovered, we needed another vacation.

The cruise (aside from the virus) sounds great. You should try again next year. I hope he’s feeling better.

3. What part of writing a book do you enjoy the most?

My favorite part of the writing process is having time to sit down and pound out a scene after I’ve had an ‘ah-ha’ moment. I love the exhilaration of the words pouring out, the plot pulling together, and my characters coming to life on the page.

4. How do you pick your characters’ names? Do they have any special significance?

I don’t know if I have a method of picking my character’s names. I usually have at least one character come right out and tell me his or her name. I write a lot of backstory before I start a book, and I jot down any name that sounds good in the margins, so by the time I open up that Word file with a blank page one, I have a lot of choices. I tend to like old-fashioned names and have collected a few yearbooks from the 1950s and 1960s to mine for good ones.

I love the yearbook idea!

5. What is your favourite non-writing related website?

I have a lot of favorite sites I check every day, like Gawker, iO9, and Tom and Lorenzo. I like getting the news online, and have a lot of fun reading the comments on some stories when I know they won’t be inflammatory. For other topics, I completely avoid reading the comments because people say crazy stuff on the Internet!

Never read the comments!

Tell us about your book.

Conscientious Emily Fontaine is on a mission to prove her marketing and public relations skills. When she volunteers to restore a historic statue, she isn’t prepared for her attraction to one of her fellow committee members.

Paul Ellison has stayed out of circulation since his wife’s death, but once he meets Emily, he can’t resist her quiet allure, despite the difference in their age.

When the statue which brought them together is vandalized, and both Paul’s daughter and sister strenuously object to their burgeoning relationship, Paul and Emily realize the sacrifices they’ll have to make for each other. Will Paul have a second chance at love?

 

You can find it at Amazon, ARe, and Liquid Silver Books.

Bio:

Lynn Rae makes her home in land-locked central Ohio after time spent in the former Great Black Swamp, beside the Ohio River, and along the Miami and Erie Canal.  With professional experience in fields ranging from contract archaeology to librarianship along with making donuts and teaching museum studies, Lynn enjoys incorporating her quirky sense of humor and real-life adventures into her writing (except the naughty bits).  She writes sci-fi, contemporary, and historical romances.

Fast Five with Daisy Banks and “A Perfect Match”

A_Perfect_Match-Daisy_Banks-500x800I’m very pleased to have Daisy Banks back for another visit. This time she is talking about her new futuristic fantasy, “A Perfect Match”.

1. Wine: red or white?

Red, I enjoy a good Cabernet Sauvignon. I prefer it served at the right temperature and accompanied by cheese and crackers.

I’m a white wine girl, myself, but I agree about the cheese and crackers. Also, grapes.

2. Do you have a song or playlist that you associate with this book? What is it and why?

I don’t have a song specific to this book. I often listen to classical music when I write, but I think the one song I associate with my writing is ‘Don’t stop me now’ from the band Queen. I love writing and usually I have a very good time when I am writing.

3. What are you doing for your summer vacation?

I went down to Pembrokeshire in the early summer. I had a fabulous lazy week there just chilling and relaxing, strolling on the beach, and sleeping undisturbed by traffic noise. I love the Pembrokeshire coastline and the quality of the light. The place I stayed at, a small cottage, is one of the few places I’ve visited more than once. I’m going to go back again next year.

Sounds lovely – I didn’t get out of the city this year.

4. How did you pick your characters’ names?

I try to find names with meanings that reflect a character’s personality or something to do with them. Usually I look the name meaning up. Varon, has the meaning, man, the linked name Varen means excellent, another linked name Varun, means god of the sea. All those name meanings seemed right Varon. Anwell, is a made up name I liked and it seemed to fit well.

5. What is your least favourite chore to do around the house?

Any of them! LOL. I am not enamoured of housework in any way. I do what I have to but I would much prefer not to have to spend time on such things. I’m lucky that DH helps so much.

I do enjoy cooking and I cook every day. We don’t eat much in the way of prepared things like pizza etc., as I’d rather make things freshly. Living in a rural part of the country means there is no shortage of ingredients to make interesting meals. I am looking forward to the new game season when fresh pheasant and partridge will be available again. I tend to shop locally as much as possible and don’t visit big stores unless I absolutely must. I think the quality of produce is better from the local environment and I prefer to eat things in the right season. The locally grown asparagus is the best I have tasted anywhere, it is only available for a short time in spring and early summer and it is delicious. I can buy asparagus at any time of the year if I wish from a bigger chain of stores, but that has to be imported and it doesn’t taste as good. I look forward to when the local variety is in season.

Blurb:

Passion and politics ripple through A Perfect Match where the enmity between the government leader, Lord Chardel and Commander Varon, head of the Astan water acquirement fleet, is at flashpoint. The enforced marriage of Anwell Nastor, a young Temple adept, to Commander Varon, not only breaks Astan religious rules, but could break untried hearts. This cruel ploy meant to silence Varon’s opposition to current circumstances in the city-state brings unexpected results. Through careful manipulation of the news links, Varon and his bride become the city’s most adored couple, but danger shadows their steps.

amazon.com/author/daisybanks  Barnes and Noble Taliesin Publishing 

Daisy Banks writes sensual and spicy romance in the Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy genres. An obsessive writer Daisy is passionate about her stories. Her focus is to offer the best tale she can to readers. Daisy is married, with two grown up sons. She lives with her husband in a converted chapel in Shropshire, England. Antiques and collecting entertain Daisy when she isn’t writing.

Links

Blog    http://daisybanks.wordpress.com/

Website http://daisybanksnovels.yolasite.com/

Twitter @DaisyBanks12

Facebook http://on.fb.me/18iRC35

Pinterest http://bit.ly/16sF1XG

amazon.com/author/daisybanks  

Fast Five with Tami Lund

intothelight_CoverI invited my fellow romance writer Tami Lund over for a quick meet-and-greet and to talk about her new book Into the Light. Here’s what happened.

1. Wine: red or white?
Both?

Cheat answer, but since I agree with you I’ll let this one go 🙂

2. What are you doing for your summer vacation?
Going back to the area where we vacationed in 2009, which inspired me to write The Resort series. A bunch of gorgeous, sandy bottom lakes, all connected by rivers large enough to cruise on in pontoon boats. I wish I could live there, but since I can’t, my characters do.

Sounds like a heavenly summer retreat. Wish I were there now.

3. What is your favourite part of the writing process?
Having the time to actually do it, for more than half an hour at a time. By this I mean, free of distractions such as children, a dirty house, and the husband. The dog and wine can stay.

4. What is your favourite non-writing/author blog or website? http://www.downwithdetroit.com – it’s my Pinterest. Besides my urge to purchase something every time I visit, they have hilarious Facebook posts. Even if you don’t live in Detroit. Although, if you live in Ohio, probably not so much.

5. If you could co-write a story with any author (living or dead) who would you pick?

Katie MacAlister. She probably already thinks I stalk her, so it’s okay to say this. Although she did follow me back on Twitter recently, so it’s her own fault.

Tell us about your book, Into the Light:

Shifters dominate the human world, while Lightbearers stay hidden away in their magically protected coterie. That is, until Olivia Bennett, princess of the Lightbearers, is captured by the most powerful shifter of them all—Quentin Lyons, who believes that to kill a Lightbearer is to inherit her magic.

His son, Tanner, doesn’t believe his father’s theory. In the ultimate betrayal, Tanner rescues Olivia and vows to return her to her home. Along the way, he discovers two other Lightbearers who have left the safety of the coterie, not to mention an attraction to the Lightbearer princess that becomes increasingly more difficult to ignore with each hour he spends in her company.

The attraction makes no sense. Lightbearers and shifters have been mortal enemies since the dawn of time. He’s supposed to feel the urge to kill her, not … well, you know.

Despite shifters who are out to kill them and Lightbearers who don’t trust them, Tanner and Olivia decide to take the chance and give in to their mutual attraction, only to discover that Olivia’s destiny has been predetermined, and it doesn’t include her shifter lover. They must decide if they are willing to risk it all, or if they can walk away from true love for the sake of the Lightbearer species.

Where can we find it?

Buy Links:

Liquid Silver Books , Amazon , Barnes & Noble , Goodreads 

Tami Lund Headshot 2014Bio:

Tami Lund is a romance author with an obsession. Books are her obsession. Writing them, reading them, sharing them. She can’t get enough. She reads just about anything, even books without happy endings. She writes contemporary and paranormal romance because, in whichever world she is writing about, she believes the good guys deserve a happily ever after.
Tami has published multiple books, which can be found on her website, www.tamilund.com. A couple of those books have won awards, including The Resort, which won third place in the Great Expectations Contest hosted by the North Texas Romance Writers of America. The paranormal romance just released through Liquid Silver Books, Into the Light, won first place in the On The Far Side Contest, which is hosted by the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA.
Tami loves it when fans stalk her through social media. She’s there, just about everywhere. Simply search Tami Lund Author and follow/tweet/fan/friend her to keep up with the latest news.

Thanks for having me today! This was loads of fun!

Fast Five with Haley Whitehall

wildandtendercare

Today my fellow author Haley Whitehall is dropping by for a visit. I enjoy reading historicals for a change of pace (no pun intended) and since I don’t talk about them much, I’m thrilled she could talk about them.

1. What are you doing for your summer vacation?

I recently bought a house. My summer vacation is actually one work project after another as I am buried in home renovations.

2. What is your favourite part of the writing process? 

I like editing the first draft. My initial ideas are down on paper and it is in this editing phase that I flush out my story and can really bring my characters and my vision to life.

3. How did you pick your characters’ names?

I have to make sure the names are historical and appropriate to my character’s class and nationality. Sometimes I check government records for lists of names. Often, however, that a character will come to me and I will know their name right away. It just fits their personality.

(One thing I especially like about historicals is the names, especially finding ones that have fallen out of favour. Some of them can be so interesting!)

4. What is your favourite chore to do around the house?

I like to do the laundry. I find the chore relaxing and I love the smell and feel of laundry when it comes right out of the dryer.

5. How do you treat yourself after finishing a book?

I treat myself to a large Frappuccino or mocha. I’m addicted to coffee. If I am really in a celebratory mood I will splurge on a doughnut.

Can you tell us about your latest book?

Wild and Tender Care Blurb:

The town of Big Rock, Colorado is changing its wild-west ways, and ex-madam Ida Page and new town doctor William Steere are finding it difficult to be accepted for who they are. But when these two outcasts meet, they find their rightful place in each other’s arms. Haley Whitehall burns up the pages in her hot, new historical romance, Wild and Tender Care.

Buy Links:

Liquid Silver Books    ~    Amazon US     ~    Amazon UK     ~    Barnes and Noble     ~    ARe

Bio and Contact Links:

Haley's Author PictureHaley Whitehall lives in Washington State where she enjoys all four seasons and the surrounding wildlife. She writes historical fiction and historical romance set in the 19th century U.S. When she is not researching or writing, she plays with her cats, watches the Western and History Channels, and goes antiquing. She is hoping to build a time machine so she can go in search of her prince charming. A good book, a cup of coffee, and a view of the mountains make her happy. Visit Haley’s website at http://haleywhitehall.com.

Fast Five with Tara Quan and “Operation Owl”

OperationOwl_300x450My friend Tara Quan is back to talk about her new book Operation Owl, a contemporary romantic comedy with hints of intrigue and a multicultural couple that’s just up my alley.

Five years ago, Maya Jain kissed her best friend only to have him run out of her dorm room and leave the state. When he shows up in Washington, D.C., a wanted fugitive sought after by every branch of the US government, she can’t bring herself to ignore his plight. As their physical relationship picks up where it left off, she decides it’s time to make him see her as more than the bespectacled, bookish girl he once called “Owl.”

After being accused of espionage and treason, Zack Strong needs a forensic accountant to help clear his name. Not knowing who he can trust, this white-hat hacker has no choice but to ask his former best friend and math tutor for help. Together they unravel a cyber conspiracy at the Barn, an NSA facility tasked to intercept electronic communications. But as they traverse the nation’s capital to avoid capture, Maya insists on letting their simmering sexual tension take its natural course. Even though he’s never been able to shake the memory of their one kiss, he refuses to let her give up her life for a man with no future.

Sounds good, right?

Since she’s visited before, I’m going to jump right into her Fast Five interview:

1. What are you doing for your summer vacation?
Funny you should ask! Remember how we commiserated about Italian noun declensions the last time I stopped by? Well, I’m moving to Rome in exactly 3 days (which is why I’ve been madly pre-scheduling promotion). As excited as I am about the prospect of living in Italy, I’m probably going to spend the better part of this summer unpacking, settling in, and getting a feel for the city.

No kidding! I can’t imagine getting to visit Italy, let alone moving there. Bon voyage! (I don’t know how to say that in Italian.)

2. What is your favourite non-writing blog?
Ever since we received pictures of our new apartment, both my husband and I have been addicted to this Tumblr feed. This move will be the first time in over four years that we’ll get to stay put long enough for painting and decorating to be worthwhile. On the flip side, the cost of living in Rome is higher than we’re used to, so I’ll need to base my design aesthetic on flea market finds.

3. What is your favourite part of the writing process?
The moment I lean back, stretch, and smile over a completed first draft is one of the few times I feel my book is actually good. Before this happens, I’m not 100% sure I’ll see the story through, and once I start revisions and edits, I begin to think the manuscript is complete crap. I’ve learned to savor the ten minutes or so of contented bliss.

4. How do you treat yourself after finishing a book?
Once I hit send on a submissions email, I always get hit by a bad case of nerves, which calls for a glass of wine (or two). I prefer to sip it while nibbling on cheese and indulging in a book good enough to keep my mind off the fact that I might get a rejection letter in the near future.

5. Last question—is the wine red or white?
Red—that way I can convince myself I’m getting minor health benefits.

Lucky for you, I hear there is red wine in Italy.

Operation Owl sounds like a fun book. Where can we find it?

At Amazon, Barnes and Noble/Nook, Decadent Publishing, All Romance e-Books

Very cool. Thanks for visiting! And please have some vino for me.

About Tara Quan

TaraQuanGlobetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, fantasy worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at www.taraquan.com

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Fast Five with Crystal Bourque

evesreturn_crystalabourqueI had the great fortune to meet Crystal last October at the Surrey International Writers Conference. While I normally talk about romance, Crystal is the author of a fantasy novel that I am getting into so I invited her over and asked her some questions to expand my horizons.

1.      For Valentine’s Day – chocolates, flowers, both or something else?

The path to my heart can be found through my stomach, so I would have to say that a box of chocolates would be a gift that just keeps on giving. My favourite thing to do on Valentine’s Day though is to either cook a fancy dinner at home, or try out a new restaurant with my husband.

2.      Which character introduced himself/herself to you first when you started your story?

My protagonist, Jordan introduced herself very early on in the process of writing Eve’s Return. She is incredibly stubborn and doesn’t forgive easily, yet she’s also intensely loyal and will go to the ends of the Earth to help her friends.

I had several drafts of the novel: one told in first person, another with two additional main characters who just didn’t make the final cut. In either of these versions, Jordan remained the one constant character who I just had to keep writing about.

3.      Did you have a playlist for this story? If so, what was on it?

I’m very particular about what I listen to when working. I can’t listen to music while I edit at all. When I’m writing, I can’t work with music that has lyrics, otherwise I’ll start singing along and nothing ever gets finished! For Eve’s Return, I found an album by Two Steps from Hell called, Archangel. While some of the songs have choral parts, most are instrumental, with intense percussion, and dramatic strings. I call their style, ‘Epic Music’ because when I listen to the album I feel like I’m in a movie, where the impossible becomes possible.

If you want to check them out I suggest you start with my favourites: A Strength of a Thousand Men, or Titan Dune.

[Epic music? This sounds like something I have to check out. Thanks for the tip!]

4.      What is your favourite quote/exchange from your story?

My favourite exchange in Eve’s Return is the chapter called, River Six, where Jordan and Levi share an intimate moment on the dance floor at a club. Just before Levi disappears into the crowd, Jordan realizes why he seems so familiar.

I loved writing the entire chapter, but what I really enjoyed the most was creating the dialogue between these two characters. Jordan is feeling jealous and uncomfortable, and Levi is cryptic and seductive. It’s also the perfect lead in for what happens next!

5.      What is the  last book you read?

The last book I read was Witch Song (Witch Song #1), by Amber Argyle. Here’s the book description:

The Witch Hunters have come for Brusenna, for she is the last. All the others have been captured by the Dark Witch. And without their magical songs to control nature, the world is dying.

Though young and untrained, Brusenna must succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the Dark Witch. Fight her. Defeat her. If Brusenna fails, there will be nothing left to save–for the Witches, for mankind, or for the young Guardian who has committed his life to protecting hers.

I plan on doing a podcast on this book, but what I especially liked was that Brusenna’s power came from her song. The stronger the witch’s voice, the more powerful she is. As a musician myself, I tend to enjoy books that contain a musical element.

[A podcast you say?]

Thanks for coming to visit Crystal. It was great chatting with you again.

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BLURB:

After having her heart broken, Jordan Andrews drops out of university to travel the world and ‘find herself’. Without a penny to her name, she returns home, only to discover a terrible tragedy has occurred in her absence.

Determined to find her elusive twin brother, she does her best to ignore the terrifying hallucinations that begin to plague her.

It quickly becomes clear that Jordan’s hallucinations are very real. She is attacked by a hoard of demonic creatures, but is rescued by a woman who claims to be a warrior angel. Through her, Jordan discovers that she has a power that is too strange to believe, and a seductive past that proves to be too irresistible to ignore.

Now, Jordan must not only find her brother, but also obtain an ancient artifact. It is her only clue in discovering more about who she is, and the role she is destined to play.

Links: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk

Bio:

Crystal profileCrystal Bourque is an up and coming, new adult, urban fantasy author. She is obsessed with all things fantastical, so much so that she has a recurring dream about being a princess with a sword. When she’s not busy writing, she loves trying new recipes, plotting her next travel destination, and singing loudly. Follow Crystal on her website, Everything’s Temporary, Twitter, or Facebook.

Valentine’s Day Fast Five with Allyson Lindt

OperationCupid_600x800Hey, everybody, say hello to Allyson.  She has a scorching hot Valentine’s romance out through our fantastic publisher Liquid Silver Books. I’ve invited her to stop by to talk about her new book “Operation: Cupid”.

Okay, I sent her a list of questions and told her to answer them. I can be a little bossy when it comes to my interviews.

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Thanks so much for having me today, Elle. It’s always a blast to visit your blog. You ask some of the best questions ^_^

[Thank you!]

1. What’s the worst date you’ve ever been on?

This question takes me back, and not in a pleasant way. When I was sixteen, one of my best friends *really* liked this guy. Swoony, lovey-dovey, she was convinced they were going to live together forever (which, I learned later on, she believed about each of her boyfriends). Anyway. He asked her out, and they were going to a musical (I think because she had free tickets, and not because he wanted to go.) Problem was, his cousin was visiting from out of town, and he was supposed to keep the guy company. So… I got to be the cousin’s date. Problem 1 – I’m socially awkward. I suck at small talk, even worse with strangers. Problem 2 – same went for him. I don’t think we said more than “hello” to each other the entire night.

2. Which is the most romantic monster – shifter, vampire or zombie?

Vampires. No question 😀 There’s something seductive and alluring about sharing a life force like that. They’re ancient, they’re beautiful, and they’re experienced.

3. What is the last non-romance book you read?

Ocean At The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Also, possibly one of the very best books I’ve ever read. Such an amazing, enthralling story.

[I’m just starting American Gods. He’s supposed to be a really good writer.]

4. Pirates or ninjas? Defend your choice!

Ninjas! My siblings call me a traitor for this belief, because our high school mascot was a pirate. But ninjas – all black, super sneaky, cooler weapons, and (this is big) far more likely to be clean and bathed. Sorry, mister pirate, but showers are better than months on the ocean with only the salt water to clean yourself.

[I use the shower argument too. Soap for the win!]

5. What is your favourite quote/exchange from your story?

When Kaylee first meets Devin, both are pretty soured on Valentine’s Day. And then he tells her why he’s not a fan of the holiday:

“What is it that gets to you?” A hint of teasing lined Devin’s question. “The commercialization. The pressure to prove one’s love. The series of one-upping that goes on across TV and stores for weeks before?”

 Another chuckle slipped from Kayee’s throat at the combination of half serious, half joking tone of his questions. Tyler had felt the same way. “Don’t hold back. Tell me how you really feel.”

 “I’m not a love Scrooge or anything like that. I just don’t think people in love should have to wait for a holiday to show each other their affection.”

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I love that last line, Allyson. Thanks for coming by. Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s some more about “Operation: Cupid”.

Blurb

Kaylee lost her true love on Valentine’s Day, so to say she’s not a fan of the holiday is the understatement of the decade. When being bombarded by hearts and flowers pushes her to the brink of tears, she wishes for her lost love back. A stranger, who reminds her of the past in every way, offers her comfort—but he summons painful memories, leaving her torn.

Devin enjoys his job as a cupid, helping lonely souls move on from lost loves and heartbreak and seeing their joy return. His life was taken too soon and being a cupid allows him a second chance. When he’s assigned to Kaylee, he’s inexplicably drawn to her, but she triggers unfamiliar memories and emotions. He finds himself breaking all the rules of his job to make her happy, but he still can’t offer her the one thing she wants: her lost love.

As Kaylee and Devin grow closer, the demons of their past still haunt them. If they can’t reconcile what could’ve been, they’ll both lose out on their second chance at happily ever after. Can true love survive all obstacles?

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About Allyson Lindt

allysonlindtAllyson Lindt is a full-time geek and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She prefers that her geeky heroes come with the alpha expansion pack and adores a heroine who can hold her own in a boardroom. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.  

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