Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Transcript of Live Edit on ONLY HIS by Susan Mallery - CENSORED - Int'l Giveaway

Have you ever wanted an insider’s view into the editing process of the books you love? If so, you’re in for a treat! This is the transcript of a live edit between New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery (www.susanmallery.com) and her editor at HQN Books, Tara Parsons. The book they’re discussing is ONLY HIS, the third book of the Hendrix triplets trilogy in the Fool’s Gold romances series.
A little background information: ONLY HIS features Nevada Hendrix and the man who was her first love in college, Tucker Janack. Unfortunately, Nevada wasn’t Tucker’s first love. They were friends, but he was completely enamored with his girlfriend at the time, the exotic artist Caterina. Without giving too much away… Nevada and Tucker had just one “romantic” encounter in college – Nevada’s first – and it was not a success, to say the least.

You will get some hints about the story in ONLY HIS in this transcript, but all true spoilers have been censored out. And now, Susan Mallery and Tara Parsons…

TP: I love your new haircut and color! I think I want to go platinum blond.

 SM: Oh, honey. You don’t have the coloring for that.

TP: Hmmm, maybe blonde streaks?

SM: I like the brown!

TP: OK, well, the blonde triplets are my inspiration.

SM: Understandably.

TP: Time to start the actual edits?

SM: If we must!

TP: The word to watch for this time around is “interesting.”

SM: That’s one of the last things I do in a manuscript—look for word reps. It was “kind” last time.

TP: So on page 50, Tucker looks at Nevada and how she’s changed since college. Why does he view her differently?

SM: Aside from Cat’s influence on him?

TP: Yes, we need that extra bit – why does he see her in another light now?

SM: Part of it is just that he’s no longer ruled by his hormones the way he once was. He’s a little bit older, a little bit wiser. He’s more into substance than surface.

TP: I love Cat, by the way. She’s a great secondary character.

SM: She’s just fabulous. Actually, she’s sort of every woman’s nightmare. Cat is the kind of woman you pray your husband or boyfriend will never, ever lay eyes on, because there’s no way you can shine in comparison to her. She’s luminescent. Exotic, with lush, full lips and a body that makes men forget they even have a name, much less what it is. An Angelina Jolie type, a woman who understands her own power – and uses it.

TP: On page 89, what’s keeping them apart at this point? There’s no Cat.

SM: The horrible memory of their first night, he’s leaving at the end of his job, and Cat still does have a hold over him.TP: Is him leaving as a conflict for them too close to the problem between Simon and Montana from ONLY YOURS?

SM: Also, his dad’s a womanizer. He’s not good at relationships. He’s been raised to think love makes you a fool.

TP: OK, and he does see Will acting like a fool for Jo, later?

SM: Oooh yes! Love makes you a fool. I’ll pump up the father.

TP: That way you can hold off on the revelation about Cat and prolong Tucker’s fear.

SM: He doesn’t know yet how he’ll react. He thinks he’ll be sucked back in.

TP: He’s scared of being alone with Cat because of that? But he can’t still be attracted to her if he’s the hero.

SM: No, no. He’s scared that he will be but we won’t see him attracted to her.

TP: I’d love it if you could add another scene from the past with the three of them together. It would be good to see their friendship.

SM: I can do that.

TP: Ok, I don’t have much big stuff. I did some line editing on the pages.

SM: Oh, good. I always like that.

TP: I worry about the scene where Nevada remembers their first night together.

SM: Well, you do have delicate sensibilities.


SM: You’d never make it in Blaze!

TP: I am too conservative. Maybe pull it back a notch. Less BLEEP, more BLEEP?

SM: Ok, I’ll revisit that one.

TP: There was an *awesome* sex scene later tho.

SM: In the bath? That took some time.

TP: Yes! And I love that she cleans the water up later .    I would do that too.

SM: Ha. She had to wipe up the floors—she cares about her house, and I didn’t want readers to worry about the water!

TP: The scene with Max coming to the door for Denise was a bit anticlimactic. He just shows up randomly?

SM: I know, but it’s so romantic!

TP: Could it be a special day?

SM: I’ll make it more significant.

TP: Speaking of Denise and Max, you had a lot of hilarious parts in here.

SM: Montana’s book, ONLY YOURS, is so emotional, we had to have a fun romp this time!

TP: With Jo and Will and this “leaving quandary”…does it sound too similar to the main characters?

SM: I’ll make it clear—his leaving is a way of her protecting herself.

TP: And speaking of Jo and the BLEEP BLEEP, could it be that she wasn’t actually the one directly responsible? But something really terrible still happens so it has more weight.

SM: I’m good with that.

TP: On 331, Will and Jo just broke up because she revealed her past. That could be a nice source of tension for Nevada and Tucker.

SM: Like they take sides?

TP: Yes, if Tucker’s using Will/Jo as one of his hang ups….

SM: Oh! Exactly. Ok.

TP: So…I’m wondering about the BLEEP.

SM: The giant BLEEP?

TP: The sculpture. Does it look like an actual BLEEP?

SM: What I was picturing was the spaceship from Men in Black II.

TP: Ha! Altho, it should look like a BLEEP, or else it doesn’t make sense for everyone to be so offended.

SM: I’m actually writing a note to myself. “Make BLEEP more real.”


SM: Got it.

TP: Can we talk through the two subplots? Max/Denise and Jo/Will? Can you trim?

SM: Earlier you said you wanted another scene of Max/Denise.

TP: But maybe then too much will be going on?

SM: Ok, so you need to pick!

TP: I know, I know. What about the arrival in Chicago?

SM: She’ll come after him before “I can’t believe you’re doing this again!”

TP: I like that. More of an arc. Oh, and of course, I loved the ending. I wanted more descriptions of the triplets’ wedding dresses!

SM: I can do that.

TP: I can’t wait for the goats in Heidi’s book, by the way.

SM: AND llamas will herd the goats in the 2012 Fool’s Gold cowboy books. And the feral cows are rounded up and sent away.

TP: Ha! I can tell you’re doing animal research.

SM: And the next book I sent you, BAREFOOT SEASON, I’m warning you, you’ll cry. Be careful reading on the train.

TP: I’m sure it will be amazing! I’ll be reading it on my way to sales conference in Florida.

SM: Have fun!

TP: As long as I’m not near gators or large bugs, it’ll be fun.

SM: In Florida, the bugs drive at night. In Houston, some claim they form gangs and knock over liquor stores.

TP: You are too much. Now I’m going to be scared AND crying from your book.

SM: I try.


Only His Book Description:

Wedding bells are ringing in Fool's Gold, but not for Nevada Hendrix. Her triplet sisters are engaged, and even her mother has a more active love life than she does. Determined to make a fresh start, she applies for her dream job, only to discover that her new boss is her first love. Maybe she could overlook the fact that they've seen each other naked, but she'll never forget the way he broke her heart.

Tucker Janack agrees to Nevada's "business only" ground rules. After all, love is a trap that the construction millionaire has avoided his whole life. But when great business partners turn out to be so much more, every rule gets broken. Will either of them be willing to try again…or will their past get in the way?

Meet Nevada and Tucker

With both of her triplet sisters happily engaged and no romantic prospects on the horizon, engineer Nevada Hendrix puts all of her attention on her career. She’s determined to prove herself away from the family business. Unfortunately for her, she discovers that her new boss is none other than the first man who ever saw her naked… and the first man who broke her heart. Could she survive losing Tucker a second time around?

In Fool’s Gold to build a fabulous casino resort, Tucker Janack will never again allow love to consume him. Instead, he intends to focus on expanding his multimillion dollar construction empire. That means hiring the best woman for the job, even if she inspires fantasies that have nothing to do with work.

To see the uncensored version of this transcript, visit Facebook on Tuesday, October 4.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Q&A with Harlequin Desire Author Yvonne Lindsay (International Giveaway)

Author Bio:

It took many years and many jobs before USA Today Bestselling author Yvonne Lindsay realised what she really wanted to be when she grew up—a romance author. Once she figured that out, it took thirteen years of false starts, rejections, encouragement, and yet more rejections to achieve that goal.

In 2005 Yvonne sold to New York publisher, Harlequin Desire. Her first book rose to #1 on the Borders/Waldenbooks Series Bestseller list and in 2007 was also nominated for the prestigious Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award. At last count her books had been distributed in more than 27 countries and in almost as many languages. Currently working on her 22nd and 23rd titles for Silhouette Desire, Yvonne is thrilled to be living the life she always dreamed of and bringing her stories to her readers.

Book Description:

The proposal is unthinkable, unimaginable…yet not unappealing. Long ago, Piper Mitchell's passionate affair with her father's protégé ended in disaster. Now, in spite of his demands, she's thrilled to begin it anew—especially if it means a chance at forgiveness.

Wade Collins has longed for revenge on the spoiled rich girl who toyed with his affections. And now that Piper is back—destitute and deeply indebted to him—he'll use any means necessary to get her back in his bed. But when emotions enter the negotiation, will Piper turn the tables yet again, settling for nothing less than love on her terms?

Yvonne, welcome to Romance Author Buzz.. Is there a back story to THE PREGNANCY CONTRACT?

Hi Marilyn and thank you for having me here.

THE PREGNANCY CONTRACT definitely has a back story. Piper and Wade were lovers more than eight years ago and when Piper, the quintessential spoilt little rich girl, made an ultimatum forcing Wade to choose between her or her father (for whom Wade worked,) their relationship fell apart. She left the country and faced some serious growing up on her own and spent the next eight years learning how to become a better person and discovering she needed to make amends for past behaviours before moving on with her life. She hasn’t really allowed for life moving on at home without her though, so her homecoming really isn’t what she anticipated at all.

There is a lot more to your career than just your upcoming title, THE PREGNANCY CONTRACT due in bookstores in OCTOBER 2011 . What can you tell us about your writing? How long have you been writing?

I have loved to read romance since I was introduced to my first Mills & Boon when I was thirteen years old. By the time I was fifteen I knew that one day I wanted to write the stories that I was so hooked on. It was a good many years, jobs, marriage and having a family later that I was lucky enough to hear Susan Napier (M&B author) speak at a local centre. She mentioned Romance Writers of New Zealand, which had only recently been set up and after about a year I gathered the courage to join and learned about the submissions process and what I needed to do. It took me thirteen years and much heartbreak but eventually I succeed in my goal. Since my first sale in 2005 I’ve contracted 23 titles (which includes two online titles as well as a novella length continuity.)

What is a day like in your life? Do you have a strict writing schedule?

I do adhere to a writing schedule when I’m under contract. This usually starts with checking email and doing updates, social media, promotion, etc. in the morning until about 11:00 am. I then work until about 5:00 pm when I stop writing and put on my wife and mother hat again. I find the internet a delicious distraction (who doesn’t!?) and need to use a timer to remain on task.

What do you find the hardest thing about writing? The easiest?

The easiest thing about writing is often the ideas for new stories. Making those ideas hang together and building the conflict within each story with a fresh new slant can definitely be challenging.

Where do you get your ideas, inspirations from?

Funnily enough, I get a lot of inspiration from houses. Old houses, new houses, big houses, decrepit houses. For some reason they always trigger storylines for me. Maybe it’s because I’m such a homebody and home and family are both so important to me.

Do you usually outline your stories before you write them, or do you "go with the flow"?

I definitely outline. Without a map I can meander forever. At least with a well defined outline I know exactly where I’m going.

Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so, have you found your own ‘cure’ for it?

I try not to accept that writer’s block exists. I have had times when it’s been a struggle to put myself into work mode but I have a routine that I generally follow, which helps me get into that state of mind. It involves closing my office door (the cat protests most annoyingly at this,) putting on my oil burner or lighting a scented candle, turning on a small desktop water fountain and putting a set of noise cancelling headphones over my ears. If I obey my pre-writing process, I generally settle in to work a whole lot better. If I still have a problem, I will read over what I worked on the day before. Sometimes there’s something there that needs attention to allow me to work forward again.

What is your biggest passion in life?

My family. No question.

What are you reading now? Do you have any favorite authors?

At the moment I’m reading Archangel’s Blade. I love Nalini Singh’s work, especially her Archangel series. Other favourite authors are Linda Howard, Barbara Erskine and Lisa Gardner.

What did you want to be when you grew up? If you weren't an author, what would you want to be?

I never really decided what I wanted to be. I thought about a lot of different careers but had no burning desire to embark on those paths. I trained as a secretary/PA because I couldn’t think of anything else to do, really, plus I had a shopping habit that wanted to be fed regularly so after finishing school I did my training and started work…and shopping! When I really think about it, though, writing stories has always been something I’ve loved to do and I’m so lucky that that’s my career now. I guess that means I finally grew up.

What makes a hero attractive to you? What hero is your favorite that you have written to date?

A hero needs integrity and a powerful sense of right and wrong. Even if the heroine doesn’t initially understand exactly what is motivating him in his behavior toward her, I think it’s important the readers can identify with why he’s doing what he’s doing. We may not always agree with his motives, but if we can understand them it goes a long way toward falling in love with him as readers. And, of course, if he’s in the wrong he has to be strong enough to admit it and make amends for that. As far as a favourite hero in my books goes, seriously, whichever hero I’m writing at the time is my favourite. I know that probably sounds trite but there it is! Besides, it’s kind of like asking which of your children is your favourite, isn’t it?

What do you hope readers to take with them after reading one of your books?

I would sincerely hope that my readers close the final pages of my books and feel a deep satisfaction that, no matter what, the hero and heroine of that story really truly have a Happy Ever After, and that they not only deserve to be together, they belong together.

Do you think there is anything about you that readers would be shocked to discover?

LOL, no, I’m pretty boring. I think.

Are there any goals that you set for yourself when you began writing that you still have yet to obtain?

Yes, I was revisiting my goals the other day and one that I set for myself after my first sale was to have a strong category/series and single title career. I’ve been working hard on the former, not so hard, yet, on the latter but it’s in my forward plans.

Will you have more stories released in 2011?

THE PREGNANCY CONTRACT is my last release in 2011, but I will have four titles out in 2012. The first two, THE WAYWARD SON and A FORBIDDEN AFFAIR, will be out in February and March 2012 as the first books in my The Vinters mini-series. I hope to deliver at least two stories each year in that series for a couple of years to come. Later in the year I will have a continuity book out (September 2012) and a Billionaires and Babies title (to be scheduled.)

Yvonne, thanks so much for stopping by Romance Author Buzz.

Thank you for having me!

Where readers can find Yvonne:

Yvonne's Website

Yvonne on Facebook

Yvonne's Blog

Yvonne is happy to give the winner a choice of a copy of THE PREGNANCY CONTRACT or the reader’s choice of one of her backlist. post to anywhere in the world.

  Don't forget to leave your email address so that you can be contacted.  Contest will end October 30th.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Meet New York Times Best Selling Author Katherine Stone (North America Giveaway)

New York Times bestselling Seattle-born author Katherine Stone set about plotting her life’s journey at a very young age. At age five, she knew she hoped to become a doctor. Then, after writing her first short story at age 11, she realized that she would love to be a writer, too.

In pursuit of that youthful dream, Katherine attended Stanford University, where she completed her premed requirements while majoring in English. She received her M.D. from the University of Washington. Following her internal medicine residency in San Francisco, she accepted a fellowship in infectious diseases in Los Angeles.

What remains one of the world’s largest outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease coincided with her fellowship, which gave her the opportunity to write and lecture on this mysterious new disease. But it was not all work and no play. There was also romance in L.A. It was there (during a spinal tap!) that she met her future husband, physician, and novelist Jack Chase.

While she had accomplished the first half of her young-life goals, Katherine never really got around to the second part—being a writer—until Jack bought her a word processor and urged her to “Just do it.” The result? Bestselling books in the distinctive Katherine Stone style: a marriage of lyrical prose, evocative emotion and, above all, romance.

“There’s nothing wrong with incurable romanticism,” the physician asserts. “I love writing about nice people, who are giving life their best shot despite the sometimes monumental obstacles I place in their paths and who discover, despite those obstacles, the splendor and power of love.”

Although Katherine has hung up her stethoscope for the moment and is writing full-time at her home near Seattle, her medical background is often evident in her books. “I very much enjoy sharing my passion for medicine—its drama, its emotion and yes, its science—with my readers.”

The author of 21 novels, including Twins, Bel Air, Love Songs, Roommates, and Pearl Moon, Katherine’s books have been translated into 20 languages and sold worldwide.

Book Description:

Love Songs is available for the first time in ebook and trade paperback formats. This new edition preserves the story, emotion, and romance of the original bestseller while enhancing it with expanded character development and writing.

Southampton. A place of casual elegance and simple perfection. Where whispers of scandal are as relentless as the rhythm of the sea . . . and the desires of the heart are as timeless.

It is here that three women struggle to find love . . . or to save it.

Julia Lawrence. Her youthful beauty and glamorous marriage make her an object of desire and a target of envy. But Julia loves only one man, and she wishes for only one quiet dream, yet there are ancient secrets and ancient enemies who threaten to shatter it all.

Dr. Diana Shepard. The world renowned surgeon knows all about healing broken hearts. When it comes to her patients’ hearts, she is a gifted seamstress. But will she ever escape the tormenting memory of the love she could not keep and find a way to mend her own?

Casey English. The brilliant attorney has always been quite skillful at getting what she wants, inside the courtroom and out, in her charmed and successful life. Or so it seems. She alone knows that it has all been a dazzling and lonely act. And when she meets the man who can set her free, she must confront the truth of who she is . . . and who she would truly like to be.

Katherine, welcome to Romance Author Buzz.

Thank you! It’s a pleasure to be here.

Q: What can you tell readers about the wife and the author?

My husband, novelist Jack Chase, and I are both physicians turned writers. We met during our infectious diseases fellowships in Los Angeles. We both loved our years in medicine and enjoy—and can’t resist!—including medical drama and medicine in general in our books.

Our world is pretty much—and happily—ruled by the three canine girls in our life. Wendy and Molly are cocker spaniels, and Scout is a lovely and lively 1-year-old springer spaniel.

Q: What can you tell us about your writing? How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first short story at age 11. It was an assignment in school. Once I discovered writing, I was hooked. I had been telling stories to myself for years. As a little girl, I remember looking forward to bedtime to tell myself the next chapter in whatever story was floating around in my head. I still do!

Q: What is a day like in your life? Do you have a strict writing schedule?

It’s pretty free form. But being a firstborn Virgo (meaning I have two scoops of goal-orientedness) the internal monitor keeps me on track.

Q: What do you find the hardest thing about writing?

Putting on paper, and into the right words, the story that is dancing in my mind.

Q: The easiest?

The dancing story!

Q: Where do you get your ideas, inspirations from?

Everywhere! My basic beginning point, though, is to choose a character’s back story that interests me, and that defines who they are, a “what if” that happened as a child or teen. This can range from being the only child and daughter of parents who desperately only wanted a son to a never forgotten high school romance to all points beyond and in between.

Q: Do you usually outline your stories before you write them, or do you "go with the flow"?

I’ve tried the outlining (that firstborn Virgo thing), but, at least for me, what you hear authors saying about the characters taking over despite the best laid plotting really is true . . . and I try to be true to what they would authentically do - or not do.

Q: What are you reading now? Do you have any favorite authors?

I’m reading lots of books, as always, and of all genres. Every author has his or her own voice, own vision, and, for me, it’s fascinating and delightful to savor the magnificent range of stories and storytellers. It’s also great fun to read books written by people I know. If you’re writing in your authentic voice, you can’t help but reveal beliefs, emotions, wishes, and passions about yourself.

As far as favorite authors, my husband, of course. I love his books, his voice, his vision…and I’m always intrigued by new things I learn about him as I read.

Q: What makes a hero attractive to you? What hero is your favorite that you have written to date?

He’s kind, emotionally strong, and very in touch with his emotions. He knows he loves the heroine. Whether he thinks that’s a good thing—for her—or not is a different issue!

Q: What do you hope readers to take with them after reading one of your books?

I hope they feel hopeful and smiling…and that they’ve enjoyed meeting nice people who are giving life their best shot, and who are rescued by love—despite the obstacles I have thrown in their path.

Q: Do you think there is anything about you that readers would be shocked to discover?

That I was on stage, sitting beside Timothy Leary, at the Rolling Stones concert (where the Hell’s Angels had been hired to provide security) at Altemont.

Q: Are there any goals that you set for yourself when you began writing that you still have yet to obtain?

Not a goal, per se, but how much fun would it be to have a book brought to life on either a small—or silver—screen?

Q: What are some of your hopes/dreams for the future, with respect to your writing? Will you have more stories released in 2011?

My near term goal is to see that my 21 previously published enjoy revised and expanded life in their new ebook and trade paperback editions. I love doing this, revisiting the characters and adding the new things I keep discovering they would really like to say.

New stories keep dancing in my mind, as do sequels to the revisited books. We’ll see!

Q: Where can readers find you?

The best place so far (I’m still in the pretweeting days) is my website. . Ongoing updates and email newsletter signup are there

Katherine, thanks so much for stopping by Romance Author Buzz.

Thank you so much for having me. I’ve enjoyed it.
(5) copies are available for this giveaway.
Comment for a chance to win a book.
Katherine is being very generous with her giveaway.  There will  be (5) chances for commenters to win a book.  She'll be offering and picking the winners for Love Songs, Twins, Bel Air, The Carlton Club, and Roommates.  Comment on this Q and A and/or tell Katherine the name of your favorite hero,  favorite quote or favorite ice cream. 

The contest will be limited to North American residents and the books will be autographed.  Don't forget to leave your email address and thanks so much for entering.  CONTEST WAS TO END EARLIER BUT I'M EXTENDING IT THROUGH NOVEMBER 30TH BECAUSE THE AUTHOR IS BEING SO GENEROUS AS TO GIVEAWAY 5 BOOKS.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Susan Mallery Contest

New York Times best selling author Susan Mallery just announced the Girlfriends' Day Out contest on her Facebook page, which she's running with Girlfriendology.

Anyone who hasn't liked her page yet will come to the Contest page by default. Anyone who has already liked Susan on Facebook will need to click the Contest tab beneath her profile picture. The contest will run until September 14, when a winner will be chosen at random.

The winner will receive a $150 Visa gift card, and one of the friends she refers will also receive a $150 Visa gift card. (Both the winner and her friend must be confirmed Members at www.SusanMallery.com.


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