I am excited to be interviewed, along with many other wonderful authors, by our wonderful hostess, Elaine Raco Chase, at Authors Corner www.trianglevarietyradio.com tonight (May 9th)…Interviews start at 8 PM EDT…My interview will run 8:20 – 8:40 pm EDT and we will be discussing my romantic suspense, ‘Sweet Revenge’ and my recently published paranormal romance, ‘Full Circle’.
Following my interview, the first 5 people to post a comment and email me with their email address at email@example.com will receive a free Kindle copy of my newly released ‘Full Circle’. Those who post after the first five postings tonight will be put in a drawing for a free Kindle copy of ‘Full Circle’.
Hope you enjoy more interviews tonight by these fabulous mystery authors: Anne R. Allen, Mike Meyer, Vicki Williams, Eleanor Cawood Jones Author…Elaine will be serving Gatsby’s favorite drink – mint juleps at 8 PM EDT tonight and an Encore on Saturday
Thank you, Elaine!!
Sheba has wicked tricks to get what she wants…
About Serena Clarke
Serena grew up in a family of itchy-footed readers and dreamers – not concentrating, reading the atlas and Narnia books, and planning to escape somewhere magical as soon as she could. When she was 16, she went from New Zealand to live in Sweden for a year. It was the beginning of many travels and adventures – and quite a few disasters! She didn’t know it at the time, but eventually she’d be grateful for all the downs as well as the ups. As writers say in the face of adversity: “I can use that.” She’s now living back in New Zealand, where she writes stories reflecting her determined belief in magic, possibility and second chances – and happy endings!
Serena, it is a pleasure to have you here. Congratulations on your February release of ’All Over the Place’, a Crimson Romance! Your fiction writing is sweet, smart and sassy. What draws you to this genre?
It’s exactly what I like to read – and when I sit down to write, that’s what turns up! I like a story with plenty of interesting characters, snappy dialogue, and a wry kind of sensibility. I’m not a fan of dark stories – a book can still make you really think, even if it’s light in tone. Give me a sense of magic and possibility – and definitely a happy ending!
I read you have lived in 39 houses and traveled extensively…Can you describe some of the places you loved and not so loved during these times?
I loved hiking in summer snow in Swedish Lapland – despite the million-gazillion mosquitos! Riding a camel up the sand dunes as the sun rose in the Moroccan Sahara. Peering through the fence outside the White House, trying to imagine what momentous decisions were being made inside. Meeting my latest rock star crush before a gig at an underground club in London. And every single thing about Paris! Obviously there’s been a lot I didn’t love – but it’s all good material…
What do you miss the most?
Most of all, I miss the people! There are lots of amazing places to visit, but it’s people who make them really special. I have a trip planned to England and Sweden later this year, and I’m looking forward to catching up with lots of friends. I do miss being close enough to travel to other countries, and being able to experience other cultures. But New Zealand is an incredibly beautiful, peaceful place to live, and I feel really lucky to call it home.
You are very lucky to have your own happily-ever-after and hero in your life. In your book, ‘All Over the Place,’ there is a ‘family in disarray, a determined Swede, a crazed Australian and a childhood friend’. What was your inspiration in creating these marvelous characters?
You know, everyone you meet has a little something about them that’s tempting to borrow for a character! Just a snippet here, a sprinkle there… For a writer, every experience counts as ‘research’ in a way, and inspiration is everywhere. (If you meet a writer at a dinner party, just back away slowly!) I’ve been lucky to have met all kinds of people – some charming, some challenging – from all over the world, and it makes life so interesting! I enjoyed creating the same feeling in All Over the Place.
Each writer has a reason why they wrote a particular story such as children in slavery or women’s rights, good versus evil. What did your muse-heart want to bring out with these fabulous characters?
I’m really interested in the idea of what home means, especially in these international times – that it’s not just about where, but also about who. We all have so many more options these days, which in some ways makes it harder to know where or who we should be – or be with! I wanted to throw everything wide open for Livi, give her some challenges, and see where her heart took her.
When is your next book out? Are you able to give us a sneak peek inside?
The next one is a work in progress – that I’m enjoying very much! It’s set between England and California, and involves matchmaking, loss and acceptance, secrets and sandcastles, people power in a hyper-connected world, true love, and the trials and joys of sisterhood. It feels a bit dangerous to say too much though. Anne Tyler summed it up: “The secret of writing is to pretend to yourself that no one will see it, ever, an illusion which is shattered by talking about it.” Well said, as always!
Thanks for having me on Hipwaders vs Heels Kay – it was a lot of fun!
You are very welcome, Serena. I had an amazing time!
About All Over the Place – contemporary romantic fiction with a chick lit feel.
Livi Callaway has fled back to London after a reality TV disaster in New Zealand. Safely anonymous in the big city, she’s determined to stay under the radar from now on. But her attempts to build a new life are complicated by unexpected visitors from her old one, and new dangers and temptations lie in wait.
Late one night, she meets a mysteriously sexy American on the Underground – and the events that follow take her from Pooh Bear to the golden lights of Paris, via a trail of rock stars dead and alive. A family in disarray, a determined Swede, a crazed Australian and a childhood friend (who might yet be more than that) have her all over the place as she tries to discover the American’s secret – while keeping her own.
With help – and occasional hindrance – from her friends, what she eventually finds is something unexpected…sometimes, running away can lead you to exactly what you didn’t know you needed.
All Over the Place is available at all major e-book retailers, including:
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To experience life’s dreams and milestones.
To spread their wings and fly.
Yet, some children are not given the chance. Many hands reach out to protect a child, but when certain adult individuals in a position of power can help the child, who is bullied, present barriers by extending themself as little as possible in the investigation or not holding individuals accountable for their bullying – that individual becomes just as guilty as the person inflicting the pain and should be held accountable.
It takes one person, then another, and another, to stand strong against obstacles in adding safety nets to protect a child’s right to be free from mental, physical, ethnic, financial and spiritual bullying.
Hearts go out to these and other children whose wings never received the opportunity to fly…Every child deserves to be remembered everyday and I would like to take a moment in remembering, my intent is not to exclude a name, hoping you will add more children to this list…
Bailey O’Neill, Megan Meier, Alexis Pilkington, Ryan Halligan, Phoebe Prince, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover,Sladjana Vidovic, Eric Mohat, Meredith Rezak, Justin Rezak, Matthew Rezak, Jennifer Eyring, Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh, Asher Brown, Billy Lucas, Nicholas Kelo Jr., Hope Witsell, Hailey Petee, Rachel Ehmke,
Have you ever been sucked into a moment against your will, but you love it at the same time and go after more?
Cree is one of those authors – she writes with humor, attitude and has a way of delivering to all of my senses.
‘Taming the Cougar’ is a delicious teaser…
Lynn’s senses can’t ignore her attraction for the mason, John, putting the foundation under her home. The only catch, in her mind, after being caught staring out the window, assessing her *assets* in the mirror and the way he checks her out, she’s a little older than him. John is hot, sexy and makes every move so she can’t ignore him or the heat between them. John doesn’t care about age – it runs in his family. In fact, he believes it is a proven fact being with an older woman only enhances the relationship, making it stronger. He is not about to let a little barrier of age stop them from falling in love and exploring the heat.
The fact that Cree has John doing the ‘hunting’ is a plus for me, but that’s my personal preference. Cree’s other characters add a touch of real life - from her wild child friend, Samantha, who does whatever she wants in life and accidentally drops a box of *toys* in front of the house and Lynn dives to scoop them up before her mother’s friend from church doesn’t see them; John’s dog, Oreo, later finds one of Samantha’s toys and runs with it; Lynn takes it away, realizing it’s too late and her mother’s friend sees what’s in her hand,
I know reviews should be very real to be fair to other readers, and I never schmooze, the only disappointments I have is not having enough time with John and Lynn and being impatient until her next book comes out.
‘Taming the Cougar’ is a 5 in my book.
The secretary at my office drew the winning name for the $10 Amazon gift card…
The lucky winner of the ‘HFO’ contest is….
Thank you, everyone, for joining in the fun!!
Last week I posted my ‘HFO’s’ in what I refuse to give up in life and a chance to enter a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card by guessing what ‘HFO’ stood for in my blog…
I would like to thank everyone for these awesome lmao answers…
-Hands Free Orgasm
-Holy F#*king Ouch!
-Hands F’ing Off
-Hell Freezing Over
Laurie, Tara, Virginia, Mary Jean and Harley, you girls, guessed it right – Hell Freezing over! Your names will be entered in tonight’s drawing for the $10 Amazon gift card.
What does HFO stand for? <grin> Read on!
For those who email me with the correct answer on what ‘HFO’ stands for to firstname.lastname@example.org, beginning 2/6/13 and ending midnight on 2/12/13, your name will be entered for a drawing of a $10 Amazon gift card. The winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day and a list of those entered for the drawing will appear on my blog on 2/13/13.
There comes a day when we have all said ’HFO’. These are some of my HFO’s on what I refuse to give up in life…
-Sell a human being out
-My lace <grin> for me to know
-Bold coffee that kicks my ass (and tastebuds) in gear each morning
-Eye candy now and then (Shhh…this is my little secret as my son already has a problem with me shopping at VS and other stores – how does he know? lol He does laundry now and then.)
-Fighting for what I believe in
-My portable soapbox on human rights and advocating for others
Hope your HFO’s are fun and steadfast!