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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Twenty Questions with... Samantha Tonge

I am delighted to welcome Samantha Tonge onto my blog today, author of Doubting Abbey, released recently by Carina (Harlequin UK).

Perfect for anybody missing their fix of Downton Abbey, it's so exciting to see Doubting Abbey storming up the Amazon UK charts - #80 overall at time of posting - which means it's champagne instead of the usual hot beverage for today's round of twenty questions with a slightly festive twist in the run up to Christmas.

ACT ONE – all about you…


Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and two cats who think they are dogs. She has sold more than 80 short stories to mainstream women’s magazines, most of them to The People’s Friend. When not writing, she spends her time telling herself to go swimming and willing cakes to rise. Debut romantic comedy, Doubting Abbey, is out now from Carina UK Harlequin. 

1) Have you always been a writer or is it something you fell into?

It sounds corny, but I always knew I would write and was a voracious reader as a child – I just never got around to it until my youngest started school. Then the quest to become a published author became overwhelming!

2) Do you have a particular writing style or ritual?

No, I just go up to the spare room and tap away. Mornings are best. The only rituals I have are obsessively checking social media!

3) Is there a book or an author that has influenced you in your writing? Or perhaps one piece of advice that has stuck with you that you’d like to share?

I loved Enid Blyton as a child – she inspired me to read which, undoubtedly inspired me to write.

4) Can you tell us three things about yourself that we probably don’t already know?

I’ve attended Disney university, I was blonde all my life and became a brunette in my forties and I (apparently) speak French like a Belgian.

5) What five luxury items or gadgets would you hate to be without?

I’m not a luxury or a gadget person really – give me my family and cats and I’m happy! Although I do like my Kindle…

6) The festive season is looming large, do you have a particular Christmas tradition that you like to indulge in? Or how about New Year’s resolutions; will you be joining in the madness for 2014?

We defy convention and take all our decorations down on New Year’s Day! I adore Xmas ornaments but by then it’s nice to clear the clutter. Food-wise, not all of us like Xmas pud, so there is usually a choice of three – traditional, syrup sponge or chocolate. One year I accidentally served pudding with Hollandaise sauce on top instead of custard!


ACT TWO – all about your new release…


Swapping downstairs for upstairs… How hard can it be!?
Look up the phrase ordinary girl and you’ll see a picture of me, Gemma Goodwin – I only look half-decent after applying the entire contents of my make-up bag, and my dating track-record includes a man who treated me to dinner…at a kebab shop. No joke!
The only extraordinary thing about me is that I look EXACTLY like my BFF, Abbey Croxley. Oh, and that for reasons I can’t explain, I’ve agreed to swap identities and pretend be her to star in the TV show about her aristocratic family’s country estate, Million Dollar Mansion.
So now it’s not just my tan I’m faking – it’s Kate Middleton style demure hemlines and lady-like manners too. And amongst the hundreds of fusty etiquette rules I’m trying to cram into my head, there are two I really must remember; 1) No-one can ever find out that I’m just Gemma, who’d be more at home in the servants quarters. And 2) There can be absolutely no flirting with Abbey’s dishy but buttoned-up cousin, Lord Edward.
Aaargh, this is going to be harder than I thought…

7) Congratulations on your recent release of your debut novel Doubting Abbey; what was your inspiration for writing Gemma’s story?

The public’s fascination for Downton Abbey in turn fascinated me – it is such a different era, when personal problems had to be dealt with, within the social constraints of the day. I wondered what would happen if a thoroughly modern gal were thrown into such a scenario.

8) Did the story flow from your finger tips or did some scenes take a bit of cajoling?

No, it flowed – in fact one very large chunk, about 70,000 words, was written in about six weeks.

9) Did you have to a lot of research for Doubting Abbey?

Yes, so that I got the architectural detail of the stately home, Applebridge Hall just right. Also I needed to look into aristocratic titles and how, for example, one would address an earl’s son or wife.

10) Do you have a favourite paragraph or sentence from your story that you would like to tantalise us with?
"I am a down-to-earth gentleman who will never, under any circumstances, resemble some sort of romantic hero like Mr Darcy. "
Lord Edwards says this and I feel he’s almost throwing down the gauntlet to the reader, not to see him like that.

11) Over to you, what can you tell us about Doubting Abbey, to make us rush out and buy it?

It’s a fun read that will especially appeal to fans of Downton or reality TV! Pizza waitress Gemma must pass herself off as aristocrat Abbey to help run-down Applebridge Hall win reality show, Million Dollar Mansion. The question is, can she do this without blowing her cover or falling for uptight but gorgeous Lord Edward? She is impulsive and this often gets her into trouble – but loyal, determined Gemma has a good heart.

12) What can we expect from you next? Is there something you are working on right now?

I’ve had a really fun idea for a sequel to Doubting Abbey, but I can’t say any more!

QUICK FIRE ROUND – it’s pop quiz time…


13) Plotter or pantser?

Plotter

14) Digital books or print books?

Digital books

15) Tea or coffee?

Coffee

16) Extrovert or introvert?

Extrovert

17) Facebook or Twitter?

Twitter

18) The Snowman or A Muppet Christmas Carol?

The Snowman

19) Christmas pudding or Yule log?

Yule Log

20) Give or receive?

Give

And that’s a wrap!

Thank you so much for taking part, Samantha, I wish you every success with your new release.

To discover even more about Samantha Tonge, and to keep up with her latest projects and shenanigans, you can visit her at:

Facebook     Twitter     Website     Doubting Abbey


Buy it now…


If you're quick, you'll be able to snag a bargain!

Doubting Abbey is currently on a special promotion and you can pick it up for an absolute steal - the sale prices are in brackets but the offer must end soon...

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ISBN: 9781472073778
Release Date: 10 November 2013

Amazon UK / Amazon (sale price 65p / 99c)
Nook UK (sale price 59p)
Kobo (sale price 98p)
iTunes (sale price 99p)
Google Books (sale price £1)



Thursday, 21 November 2013

Twenty Questions with... Emma Mills

I am delighted to welcome Emma Mills, onto my blog today, author of the WitchBlood Series, of which the fourth and final installment, WitchHunt, is now available for download.

A personal friend and no stranger to my blog, it came as a surprise that I had never pinned Emma down in the twenty questions hotseat. So, before she upped sticks and abandoned me to move 250 miles away - sob - I rectified the situation...

ACT ONE – all about you…


Emma is one of the new wave of successful indie authors. Her first YA novel, ‘Witchblood’, has been nominated for the CYBILS (Children & Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards) and has also been in the Top Ten Kindle Download Charts for its genre. Since January 2012 she has gone on to publish ‘WitchCraft’ and ‘WitchLove’ which have respectively hit the top ten charts and have sold 20,000 copies in their first year. She is currently relocating her family from Manchester to Somerset, is a stay-at-home mum to her two children, and about to publish the fourth and final book in the series, ‘WitchHunt’. In October 2013 she was a guest speaker at the IOW Literary Festival.

1) Have you always been a writer or is it something you fell into?

Nope! Apart from assignments at University and failed attempts at writing along the way, The WitchBlood Series is my first stab at writing, which is why I think my books are getting better each time. I always fancied being a writer and I have always been a bookworm, but I never thought I could actually do it!

2) Do you have a particular writing style or ritual?

I have a feeling I am the exact opposite of you Aurelia. I am no plotter! I definitely fall into the pantzer bracket! I fly in by the seat of my pants, with nothing more than a general idea of where I want it to go and hope for the best! The characters do the rest!

3) Is there a book or an author that has influenced you in your writing?

Yes, it was reading the Twilight Saga that gave me the idea for WitchBlood and made me want to write something paranormal for teenagers that was set in the UK instead of the US.

4) Is there one piece of writing (or life?) advice that has stuck with you, or that you would like to share?

I have read various things, some helpful, some not; but the one piece of advice that has stuck and which I try my best to follow is from Stephen King’s book, ‘On Writing’. In it he says that a writer needs to make time to write everyday. It’s important so you don’t lose your flow. I know because I have stopped, and I have lost my flow lol! I try to write Mon to Fri a minimum of 1500 words.

5) Can you tell us three things about yourself that we probably don’t already know?

Hmm I have recently conquered some personal demons and done a talk at the IOW Literary Festival about my books and my writing; in front of eighty teenagers! I hate public speaking with a passion, so for me this was monumental! I also have a tattoo on my foot!

6) What five luxury items or gadgets would you hate to be without?

I only got it last Christmas, but I honestly don’t know how I would live without my ipad (terrible I know, but… true!) I actually would prefer to be without my phone to my ipad! I have a kindle app on it and all my books, I have Minecraft (Geeky I know!), I can watch TV, blog, Facebook, listen to music, surf the net and spend all my spare time on Pinterest. What more do I need?!

ACT TWO – all about your new release…

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‘I know it’s selfish, but I don’t want you to go,’ Daniel said, a couple of minutes later.
I looked at him and smiled.
‘I’ll be fine, I will.’
‘You’d better be. I don’t know what I’d do without you. Those months I stupidly spent apart from you… they were torment for me,’ he said.
‘They were torment for me too.’
As the Christmas season is ripped apart by the news that Jess’ old friend Alex has been turned into a vicious killer, festivities are dropped, Jess returns to England and the hunt begins. But Alex isn’t the only one being hunted, for Mary has found a way to extinguish the entire bloodline of Malden witches, and it is Jess’s book of shadows that’s the key. As things hot up, Jess finds she must leave Daniel and the safety of Manchester in a final hunt for her nemesis, Mary. In a fight-off that only one of them can survive, loved ones will fall… daemons will rise… but who will survive?
7) Congratulations on your recent release of WitchHunt, what was your inspiration for this story?

As the final book in the WitchBlood series, WitchHunt is really a culmination of everything that has gone before. So the hot/cold relationship between Daniel and Jess is resolved, the mystery behind the book of shadows is revealed and there is a fight-off between Jess and Mary. In some ways it was easy to write because I knew what had to be tied up, but in some ways it was the hardest because I have a whole FB page full of fans who regularly write to me with expectations for how the story should end!

8) Did the story flow from your finger tips or did some scenes take a bit of cajoling?

I find the dialogue flows nicely. I can write pages of dialogue all in one morning as I let the characters take over and their voices flow through my fingers. However inevitably there are the slower scenes which do initially take a bit of cajoling!

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10) Do you have a favourite paragraph or sentence from your story that you would like to tantalise us with?

‘If you don’t put some clothes on, I may just drag you back to bed,’ Daniel whispered in my ear as he wrapped his arms round me, so I could lean against his chest.
‘Shall we go out? It seems a shame to be here and not explore,’ I asked.
‘Hmm, well it’ll be easier and more comfortable to explore now, than it will be tomorrow daytime. I think seeing as it’s Christmas day tomorrow we shall just stay in bed until dusk. I don’t want any presents… just you!’

11) Over to you, what can you tell us about WitchHunt, to make us rush out and buy it?

WitchHunt is the end, so if you’ve read the first three and you’re still here then I don’t need to say much, especially if you’ve read the epilogue at the end of WitchLove! If however you haven’t read my books, and you are a fan of Twilight, but you would like to read something British, where the vampires don’t sparkle then go and download WitchBlood which is Book one!

12) What can we expect from you next? Is there something you are working on right now?

By the time this is published I should have just moved house, 250miles away; so with the WitchBlood Series finished I am intending on taking a few months off to settle into my new area. I do however have two completely new ideas for my writing in 2014.

QUICK FIRE ROUND – it’s pop quiz time…


13) Plotter or pantser?

Pantzer

14) Secret Seven or Famous Five? (please tell me you know them!?)

How about The Faraway Tree? I always preferred magic to treasure!

15) Digital books or print books?

Both!

16) Tea or coffee?

Tea

17) Cats or dogs?

Cats (& I own both!)

18) Extrovert or introvert?

Introvert

19) Save or spend?

Both… Save up, then spend it!

20) Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook

And that’s a wrap!

Thank you so much for taking part, Emma, I wish you every success with your new release and much happiness in your new home.

Having devoured all of the other WitchBlood books, it's driving me crazy not being able to read this final one. WitchHunt is now my reward - my dangling carrot - to get me across the finishing line with my deadline sooner rather than later.

To discover even more about Emma Mills, and to keep an eye on those upcoming projects, you can visit her at:

Facebook   Blog   Twitter   Goodreads


Buy it now…





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Nook
iTunes
Smashwords



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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Twenty Questions with... Buffy Andrews

I am delighted to welcome Buffy Andrews onto my blog today, author of The Moment Keeper, out now from Carina (Harlequin UK) along with the soon-to-be released The Christmas Violin.

As if having Buffy in the hotseat for this week's round of twenty questions wasn't enough, she also comes bearing news that The Moment Keeper is currently on sale - you can pick it up as part of the Kindle deals on Amazon for just 99 measly pennies, 98 pence on Kobo, £1 on Google Books, and just 59p on Nook. A bargain no matter which ebook reader you prefer! (See links below.)

ACT ONE – all about you…


Buffy Andrews is an author, blogger, journalist and social media maven. 

By day she’s a journalist, leading an award-winning staff at the York Daily Record/Sunday News (York, Pennsylvania, USA), where she is Assistant Managing Editor of Features and Niche Publications and social media coordinator.

In addition to her writing blog, Buffy’s Write Zone, she maintains a social media blog, Buffy's World. She is also a newspaper and magazine columnist and writes middle-grade, young adult and women's fiction. Check out her author page. 


You will find her on a plethora of social networking sites, from Twitter and Facebook to RebelMouse and NewHive. She loves social media and loves to connect with her readers via the various platforms.

She lives in southcentral Pennsylvania with her husband, Tom; two sons, Zach and Micah; and wheaten cairn terrier Kakita. She is grateful for their love and support and for reminding her of what’s most important in life. 


1) Have you always been a writer or is it something you fell into?

I’ve been a journalist for more than 20 years and have been writing fiction since I was a child. But, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I got serious about a writing career outside of journalism.

2) Do you have a particular writing style or ritual?

I keep a little sign beside my laptop that says “Believe.” It’s a reminder on those days when Muse is playing hide and seek or being difficult to believe in my dream and persevere.

3) Is there a book or an author that has influenced you in your writing?

Not really. I try to learn and grow from everything I read. 

4) Is there one piece of writing (or life?) advice that has stuck with you, or that you would like to share?

Failures are the building blocks of success. My failures have made me stronger and more determined to succeed. They’ve forced me to admit my shortcomings and figure out how to overcome them. And they’ve taught me that we have only truly failed when we allow the Monster of Defeat to overpower us and hold us down.

We don’t always understand the defining moments of our lives as they are happening. But when we look back, we can clearly see that along with the hits and home runs there are some strikes and strikeouts and that together they make the game. In the end, the winner is one who learns to deal with both.

5) Can you tell us three things about yourself that we probably don’t already know?

I hate odd numbers.

I got my name Buffy from the TV show Family Affair (American sitcom that ran from 1966 to 1971). There was a little girl on the show named Buffy and she had a sister Cissy and a twin brother Jody. I always wanted to live in that fancy New York apartment with Uncle Bill and Mr. French.

I love to run.


6) What five gadgets or items would you hate to be without?

Smartphone, iPad, laptop, microwave, eye glasses.

ACT TWO – all about your new release…


Our lives are often connected in ways
we never would have imagined...


Two babies; two very different upbringings.
First there is Sarah: raised by her loving grandmother, but neglected by her own father who views her as the instrument of her mother’s death. She will lead a hard life, searching to belong and to be loved.
Then there is Olivia, surrounded by love, nurtured and adored by her parents, a golden child with a golden future.
When Sarah’s life is cut tragically short and she is assigned to record the moments of Olivia’s life as her Moment Keeper, their lives become intertwined.
Sarah is able to overcome the heartbreak of her own lost years and Olivia is able to deal with a future that isn’t nearly as golden as what she had planned – or is it?

7) Congratulations on your recent release of The Moment Keeper, what was your inspiration for writing Sarah and Olivia’s story?

I’ve always been fascinated by the moments in our lives and how they connect to form our life stories. And by the choices we make and how those choices lead us down a certain path.

I think so often in life we don’t recognize the most significant moments of our lives until they have passed. And sometimes when we’re young, we can’t see past tomorrow. We live in the now. We all know that with age comes wisdom. And it’s only when we get older and look back on our life that we realize the mess we had gotten into as a teen is but a small blip in our life story. And that nothing is ever so bad that you think about taking your life.

So I wanted to explore all of these things and to show two lives in a parallel narrative, present and past, ending up at the same place but making different decisions that ultimately lead them down different paths.


8) Did the story flow from your finger tips or did some scenes take a bit of cajoling?

I can’t begin to explain to you what this story means to me. I don’t think I’ve ever prayed harder for the right words to come to me. This was a tough book to write because Sarah’s life was so difficult. My heart hurt for her and I became depressed after writing some of the scenes because they broke my heart.

9) How long did it take for the initial spark of the story to make it onto the page and then onto the publisher’s desk?

The book probably took me six months to write. But, keep in mind, I have a full-time job and work 10-hour days, so I have very little writing time Monday through Friday. At the time I was writing this book, I was not writing any others. Currently, I am juggling a revision for one publisher and writing two books for two other publishers. And working. So, let’s just say I’m always in front of a computer.

10) Do you have a favourite paragraph or sentence from your story that you would like to tantalise us with?
I always know what she thinks and feel what she feels. Her joys and sorrows and fears become mine.

Of all of the moments I’ve recorded in Olivia’s life, this is the most difficult yet. She’s thinking about killing herself, about using her bathrobe belt, wondering if it’s strong enough or if she should use one of the leather belts in her closet.

It takes me back to the day my life ended – the day I killed myself.

11) Over to you, what can you tell us about The Moment Keeper, to make us rush out and buy it?

You will be surprised at the end.

12) What can we expect from you next? Is there something you are working on right now? 

The Christmas Violin will be out from Carina on Dec. 2. And, you’re going to love this book, too.

I also have a contemporary romance series that is out. Book 1 is The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike (Kindle) (paperback).

Book 2 in this series will be out very soon. It is The Yearbook Series: Sue and Tom.



QUICK FIRE ROUND – it’s pop quiz time…


13) Plotter or pantser?

Pantser. I know the beginning and ending. I know some plot points along the way. But I really listen to my characters and let them lead. Sometimes they take me down paths I’d rather not go down, but I know that I must follow them.

14) Secret Seven or Famous Five? (please tell me you know them!?)

[ABR: I guess that's a no, ;-) ]

15) Digital books or print books?

Both. I will always have a special place in my heart for print books, but I like the convenience of ebooks.

16) Tea or coffee?

Coffee.

17) Cats or dogs?

Dogs.

18) Extrovert or introvert?

Extrovert.

19) Save or spend?

Save. (But Hubs would probably disagree)

20) Facebook or Twitter?

I use both of these extensively personally and professionally. I think I would be a candidate for one of those digital detox programs.

And that’s a wrap!

Thank you so much for taking part, Buffy, I wish you every success with your new release and also your forthcoming releases. How exciting!

To discover even more about Buffy Andrews, and to keep up with her latest projects, you can visit her at:

Twitter     Facebook     Linkedin     Tumblr     Google+     Google+ Author page     You Tube channel     Pinterest     Goodreads     Rebel Mouse     Rebel Mouse/authorbuffyandrews     Storify     Tout     NewHive     Instagram


Buy it now…


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ISBN: 9781472054777
Release Date: 1st November 2013
Publisher: Carina (Harlequin UK)

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Twenty Questions with... Michelle Scott

I am delighted to welcome Michelle Scott onto my blog today, author of Straight to Hell, recently released by Carina (Harlequin UK).

So grab yourself a brew, pull up a chair, and make yourself comfy as Michelle prepares to face a round of twenty questions...

ACT ONE – all about you…


Maybe it’s because of my Halloween birthday, but I’ve always been attracted to scary stories. On the other hand, I love romances as well. Once I discovered that these two genres existed side-by-side in urban fantasy novels, I was in heaven! Urban fantasy is like chocolate and peanut butter: a perfect, to-die-for combination that I can never get enough of.

I’ve been writing since childhood, but earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology and my master’s in English literature. When I’m not writing, I’m a straight-laced English teacher at a two-year college in Detroit. I’ve been married to Mr. Right for over twenty-five years. I also have three teenaged children: a boy and two girls, all of whom have threatened to never speak to me again if I turn them into characters and put them into my books.

1) Have you always been a writer or is it something you fell into? 

I actually started out as an illustrator…when I was three or so. Before I could write, I drew picture books about fairies with broken wings and so forth. Once I learned how to write, however, I never stopped making up stories.

2) Do you have a particular writing style or ritual? 

Because I’m an early riser, I get up write before anyone else in the house is awake. That’s when my brain is working the hardest. I grab a glass of iced tea and head into my office and write until my family gets up. Then I call it quits until the evening. When everyone is settling down with homework and TV, I go back to writing.

3) Is there a book or an author that has influenced you in your writing? 

Stephen King was (and is) a huge influence on me. He was the first ‘adult’ writer I read, and his stories captivated me. He’s an expert at characterization (I always felt as though I knew his characters personally), and at creating tension.

4) Is there one piece of writing (or life?) advice that has stuck with you, or that you would like to share? 

Be patient! Take time to learn how to write well and be willing to put in the time. Writing a novel doesn’t happen overnight, but steady progress will get you there.

5) Can you tell us three things about yourself that we probably don’t already know?

- I’m a cat lover, but ever since my daughter got a leopard gecko, I’m becoming a reptile lover as well.

- Camping is one of my favourite activities. My family and I have spent our summers traveling across the United States. We’ve been very lucky in that my husband and I both have summers off, so we can take very long car trips.

- I’m a sucker for reality TV. I watch *way* too much of it.

6) What five luxury items or gadgets would you hate to be without?

- My smart phone and my iPad mini. Those are essentials

ACT TWO – all about your new release…



The Devil Never Forgets a Deal
I, Lilith Straight, was the woman you always wanted to be. I was married to someone better looking than your husband, we lived in that house you always wanted. Within a year, however, all of that changed. My marriage dissolved, my house burned down, and my job hardly paid the bills. So when I was hit by a car and died, I thought my life couldn’t get any worse. Boy, was I wrong.
Hell was not the place I imagined. It was worse. During my brief stay, I learned some disturbing truths about my family. Most worryingly, my ancestor’s deal with the devil promising him every female descendent as a succubus.
So these were my options: Life on earth as a soul-sucking seductress. Or death and pass the succubus baton to my sweet little daughter. There was no choice. Welcome to hell on earth, Lilith. Mother, teacher, wanton she-demon.

7) Congratulations on your recent release of Straight to Hell, what was your inspiration for writing Lilith's story? 

I wanted to write a story about a wealthy, arrogant woman who got her comeuppance by becoming the Devil’s handmaiden. I never thought I’d get as close to Lilith as I have. I have more respect for her with each new book in the series.

8) Did the story flow from your finger tips or did some scenes take a bit of cajoling?

Scenes aren’t bad to write, but it’s the bits in-between that need cajoling. Setting up a scene has always been difficult for me. I probably overthink it. I can spend three days sweating out a couple of sentences that introduce a scene change. After that, the words flow fairly well.

9) How long did it take for the initial spark of the story to make it onto the page and then onto the publisher’s desk?

Hmm…about two years give or take a month. I’ve actually gotten much faster as I continue on with the series. World building takes time, but once the world and characters are established, it’s much easier for me to write.

10) Do you have a favourite paragraph or sentence from your story that you would like to tantalise us with?

I’ve always enjoyed the opening to this book:

A year ago I, Lilith Straight, was the woman you always wanted to be.
I was married to someone better looking than your husband, and his salary climbed into figures so high that you’d have to be married to six men before their incomes equaled his. We lived in that house you always wanted but never could have afforded, and drove cars that would have made you ashamed of yours. My husband and I went to those exclusive parties you read about in the newspapers – yes, those parties – and we rubbed elbows and other body parts with actors and politicians and professional athletes – yes, those athletes, the ones you also read about in newspapers. My daughter attended a small, very exclusive, private school where your child would not have been allowed even if you could have afforded the tuition.
Within the span of twelve months, however, all of that changed. My marriage dissolved, my house burned down, and the only job I could find, substitute teaching, hardly paid for a week’s worth of bills. On top of that, I’d suddenly gained custody of my antisocial, eleven-year-old niece Ariel when her mother dropped her off at my doorstep and drove off without a backward glance. A week later, my bent-for-hell stepsister Jasmine moved in after her mother kicked her out of the house.
So when I was hit by a car and died for the first time, I thought that my life couldn’t get any worse.
Boy, was I wrong.

11) Over to you, what can you tell us about Straight to Hell, to make us rush out and buy it?

It’s funny, it’s sexy, and it’s suspenseful. I like to think it’s escapism at its best.

12) What can we expect from you next? Is there something you are working on right now?

The sequel, Straight to Heaven, will be published by Carina early next year. I’m also working on a sequel for my other urban fantasy series, Bit Parts. Right now the first book in the series, Stage Fright, has just been released on Amazon.

QUICK FIRE ROUND – it’s pop quiz time…


13) Plotter or pantser?

Plotter!

14) Secret Seven or Famous Five? (please tell me you know them!?)

Um…sorry, no idea what you mean…*blushes to the roots of her hair*

15) Digital books or print books?

Digital all the way.

16) Tea or coffee?

Tea – iced only. Coffee – hot only.

17) Cats or dogs?

Cats!

18) Extrovert or introvert?

Extreme introvert

19) Save or spend?

Save is a four-letter word.

20) Facebook or Twitter?

Both!

And that’s a wrap!

Thank you so much for taking part, Michelle, I wish you every success with your new release.

To discover even more about Michelle Scott, and to keep up with her latest projects, you can visit her at:

Website     Twitter     Facebook     Pinterest     Tumblr     Goodreads     Instagram     Google+


Buy it now…


Add to Goodreads
ISBN: 9781472054739
Release date: 18 October 2013
Publisher: Carina (Harlequin UK)

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