Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Very Scandalous Holiday Anthology Tour & Giveaway - Interview with Nancy Fraser

I'm pleased to introduce my guest today, one of four authors in the A Very Scandalous Holiday Anthology, Nancy Fraser! Welcome to BK Walker Books Etc. I'm so happy you could join me today. 

BK: Looking out the nearest window, describe the scene you see. – The Saint John River in New Brunswick, Canada and the main reason I moved into this condo. The view is very peaceful in the summer … not so much in the winter when it’s all frozen over.

BK: Tell us about your office. Is it a mess like mine, or is everything in its place? – I’m fortunate enough to have two spaces. In front of the picture window in the summer and very organized and then my enclosed office which is filled with great research stuff and not quite as neat!

BK: What is a must-have, such as coffee or a favorite pen, that you need to write? – Definitely coffee and, depending on what I’m working on, my research database (I create one for every book or series).

BK: Do you like to write in silence, or do you need music or background noise? – Music, preferably classical. However, I’m currently working on a western historical and find myself listening to country music to get me in the mood. For “Erin’s Gift”, I listened to a lot of older jazz.

BK: Tell us a bit about your hero/heroine, and their development. – My heroine, Erin O’Mara, has been on her own for a few years, yet still retains a good bit of her innocence. While her best friend has fully embraced the wilder, Roaring 20s lifestyle, Erin has had to remain responsible. Occasionally, her desire to be as free-spirited as her friend seeps through Erin’s reserve. However, it isn’t until she comes in close contact with our hero that she realizes the awakening of the woman hidden beneath the careful exterior.

BK: As a writer myself, I'm always curious how other writers get through stumble blocks. When you find a story not flowing, or a character trying to fight you, how do you correct it? – I recently read a piece of advice on one of the social media sites from a writer who was suffering from a block. She suggested renaming one of the main characters to start the juices flowing again. I didn’t pay much attention to what’s she’d said until about a month later when I found myself “stuck”. I wasn’t that attached to my hero’s name, so I changed it to something I liked better and … sure enough … the words starting flowing again. It was like “magic”!

BK: Using the letters of your first name as an acronym, describe your book...
N = Naughty – blame it on the wild 20’s and the sexy hero
A = Affectionate – everyone wants to be loved, especially my heroine
N = Nice – an innocent heroine, a small child, and the Christmas holidays (you can’t get much nicer than that)
C = Cheerful – our heroine brings joy and happiness back into the hero’s life, something that had been missing for awhile
Y = Youthful – whether it’s the heroine’s best friend embracing the sassy phrases, or the hero’s son finding excitement with his young, energetic new nanny, there is definitely a sense of youthful vitality to the story

BK: How did your writing journey begin? – On a dare. Many, many years ago, a co-worker offered me a romance to read during our lunch break. I foolishly commented that “anyone could write one” and she dared me to try. I went home that weekend and, for a laugh, wrote three chapters and took them to work on the following Monday. My co-worker accused me of copying them out of a book. I re-read them a few days later, decided to finish the book and, from there, I was hooked!

BK: Using the letters from the word, Summer, how would friends and family describe you?
S = Silly … I have an offbeat sense of humor and will often do the silliest things (like dressing up as a box of French fries for my granddaughter’s birthday party at a local fast food place)
U = Unpredictable … like being silly, you can never tell what I’ll do when the mood strikes me. (I prefer to think I’m creative!)
M = Mothering … my greatest accomplishment is my children, and consequently, my grandchildren
M = Modest … I really hate talking about myself which is why I’ve not mastered the social media frenzy as yet
E = Earnest … if I have something to say, I say it and I mean it
R = Responsible … if I commit to something, or someone, you can count on me seeing it through

BK: What is the craziest thing you've ever written about, whether it got published or not? – After my ex began seeing someone, I found out that she’s entered a writing contest sponsored by the local newspaper’s weekend magazine. I couldn’t let her win the darned thing so I wrote a short story about a scorned woman who murders her ex’s new girlfriend and gets away with it. I came in second place and the new lady in his life didn’t even get an honorable mention … I felt vindicated.

BK: Tell us one thing you've done in life, that readers would be most surprised to know. – Despite the fact that I’m a grandmother of five, in my youth I did a number of crazy things. At 19 I won a stock car racing championship and at 20 played on an NCAA women’s championship basketball team.

BK: What can we expect from you in the future? – Mostly exhaustion! In addition to being part of this wonderful anthology, I’ve also got a new co-authored historical romance, The Lawman’s Agreement, coming out in November, a contemporary novella, Having Santa’s Baby, releasing in December and the next story in my ten-novella Rock and Roll romance series, April Love, coming out in February. Not to mention, two books in the works.

This or That...

Coke or Pepsi? Coke

Night Owl or Early Bird? Early Bird (unless on deadline, then both)

Fantasy or Mystery? Fantasy (as long as it contains a superhero)

Pen/Paper or Computer? Computer - definitely

Pizza or Burger? Pizza with extra cheese

Rock or Country? Vintage Rock (50s-70s)

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

Beach or Mountains? Beach

Thank you so much for having us as one of your stops today. It has been great getting to know more about you and your book, and wish you the best of success!

BK Walker

About The Authors

Nancy Fraser Author (Holiday)  Nancy Fraser Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher's pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it. In her time away from writing, Nancy dotes on her five grandchildren. She's currently happily single (let's face it, it's difficult to find a man who can live up to her sexy, fictitious heroes) and enjoying life as is for the time being.  

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Sophia Garrett (Holiday)  Sophia Garrett

Sophia Garrett always knew she wanted to be a writer, and more specifically, a historical romance writer. Her teenage years were spent rabidly gobbling up the newest books from romance icons such as Johanna Lindsey, Sabrina Jefferies, Julie Garwood, and Kathleen E. Woodiweiss. She composed her first romance novel about the American Revolution, in high school. When Sophia is not researching...well, she's always researching! But in her non-working hours she enjoys studying historical events (yes, she's one of those girls), watching documentaries, taking in action-packed dramas at the theatre, and spending as much time as possible with her two young sons collecting bugs, racing Hot Wheels, and smashing things in video games. Her second passion is animals, so much so that at one time she considered a career in veterinary medicine. Chemistry, however, waged war on her sanity, and she decided training horses was far less harmful than trying to manipulate miniscule objects that can't be seen. Setting her sweatshirt on fire in lab might have had something to do with that. She still has her horses but has added a chicken...or two. And a duck. And a (house) pig. And several dogs. And cats. And... who knows what might turn up next! Sophia frequently attends conferences and signing events that take her throughout the United States. In addition, she often presents for her local Romance Writers of America chapters and is available to present to additional authors' groups. She loves to connect with readers and writers alike, so be sure to say hello!   Professional Affiliations:   Romance Writers of America Heartland Romance Authors Midwest Romance Writers    

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Amber Lin (Holiday)     AMBER LIN

Amber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion. Her debut novel Giving It Up (Loose Id, 9781611188431) received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” The sequel is slated for release in early 2013. Her small town romance will be published by Carina Press in Fall 2013. Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good  

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Crista McHugh (Holiday)  CRISTA McHUGH

Crista McHugh is a multiple award-winning author of fantasy romance and paranormal romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends. Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she's had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant. And she's also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days) To be the first to know about her latest releases or to be entered into exclusive contests, please sign up for her newsletter using the contact form on her webpage,    

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About The Book

Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC ( Scandalous ) Imprint
Release Date: 10-14-13
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A Very Scandulous Holiday CoverDescription

Entangled Publishing presents…A Very Scandalous Holiday Anthology. Four very spirited vignettes of holidays past. Erin’s Gift by Nancy Fraser Chicago 1920 Widower, Seth Harrison, has no intention of falling in love again but will he be able to resist the sweetness of his son’s nanny, Erin O’Mara—his sister’s best friend? An Eternity of You by Sophia Garrett England 1833 The Duke of Sharrington left Rebecca with more than a broken heart six years ago—he left her with a son. His return rekindles their passion, but only a Christmas miracle will convince the town surgeon to believe in his promises of eternity again. Letters at Christmas by Amber Lin England, late Regency After three years at sea, Captain Hale Prescott has the means to marry the love of his life and his best friend’s sister, Sidony Harbeck. However, she might never speak to him again. Despite their whispered adolescent promises, he never wrote her a single letter…at least, none he ever sent. Eight Tiny Flames by Crista McHugh 1944 Ardennes, WWII Lt. Ruth Mencher has always secretly admired Capt. Joseph Klein, but it takes the lighting of a Hanukkah candle to uncover the spark of mutual attraction. Each night awakens a new facet of their relationship, but as the Battle of the Bulge begins, the approaching Nazi forces threaten to tear them apart.  

Excerpt 2:

“What about you?” she inquired. “Was seafaring everything you had dreamed?”
“Everything and more.”
She allowed the wry note, the intriguing hint of regret in his voice to float away on the cool night air. Whatever had made him jaded—a swordfight with pirates, an exotic love affair, changeling prices for tea exports—he had clearly come out of it stronger, richer, better. He had no need of her, which was why she would never accept his proposal. Back then, he had worshipped her. Which was as it should have been, considering how much she’d exalted him. Now she was but an afterthought, a backhanded proposal.
And if she said yes? He would stash her in some over-architectured, under-gardened townhouse in London. Only take her out when he wanted to play, as if she was some pet, like one of his cats only without claws.
They lay in silence, neither willing to share the shadows of their time apart. Once, nothing had been secret between them, nothing sacred. Now they were strangers.
But she hadn’t let go of his hand. His fingers slid through hers with startling familiarity. Her mind made all sorts of claims about this intruder in her bedroom, but her fingertips—they knew him by touch. Bunched skin on his knuckles, and smooth, short-cropped nails. Coarse hair on the back of his hand that had appeared one day in their youth, as if by magic. That was the back of his hand, the known, well-mapped terrain. His palm was a different story, one of adventure and hardship, of darkness and secrets. Calluses had formed over calluses, her explorations told her. Mountains of thick skin, formed to protect him. Valleys in a man too young to wrinkle—it was experience that had aged him more than the years.
While she explored him, he explored her right back. Hands only. His thumb fanned the delta between her forefinger and thumb. Back and forth; she knew he’d found the scar.
His fingers tightened on her briefly before relaxing. “What did this?”
“A cat,” she admitted. “The dislike seems to be mutual.”
“Tell me what happened.”
“Well, it was a boating party. Only I hadn’t read it right in the invitation. I thought it was a picnic. So I arrived with a large basket filled with cold salads and Poppet.”
He tensed beside her, but she couldn’t credit that he was really worried. Like him, whatever social trials she had faced in the interim, she had clearly come out just fine. Aside from tree climbing mishaps.
“I couldn’t very well leave him on the shore, so I brought him on board with me. I thought it would be fine. He had his basket to stay in, and then his leash—”
“You have a leash. For your cat.”
“It’s more of a ribbon. A thick ribbon that ties around his neck and has a handle. So, yes, a leash. He doesn’t mind, usually. He likes to explore, on land. But we hit choppy waters, and he climbed up my neck. There was a bit of struggle. His nail jammed through the skin.” She shrugged. “I had to feed him bits of chicken until he relaxed enough to sheath his claws.”
He made a choking sound. Laughing, she supposed. Ah, well. A smile played at her lips. It had been funny, in a most painful and humiliating way. At some point, she had given up pretending to be a graceful, poised young lady, and accepted her growing reputation as a rather clumsy adventuress. She had even seemed to attract suitors that way. They wanted to protect her.
They wanted to imprison her.
All she’d wanted was someone to have adventures with.
“I got invited to all the boating parties after that,” she added. “But I never took Poppet again.”
“See? I always said you’d be the center of the party.”
“Yes, and I thought you meant that in a nice way.”
He laughed. “I did. I do.”
He tugged her closer between the linens. His face hovered next to hers. She could feel his breath mingling with hers, but the dark kept him hidden. She didn’t know where he was exactly, where his mouth was, until he kissed her.
His lips found hers unerringly, as if his vision was stronger than hers. He slanted his head to meet her more firmly, his warmth, his knowledge, impossibly intimate. For a moment, she panicked, the same way she had done for every terrace liberty and courtyard peck she’d ever allowed since him. But then the taste of him flooded her senses, memory Hale and this living, breathing stranger merging into one. Who are you? she thought, and then immediately, I know you, I feel you.
I love you.
How could the years fall away so quickly? But she found time had never really stood between them. It had been distance. And now that the miles were crossed, the air evaporated from the room, leaving her stunned with fatalistic joy.
He cupped the back of her neck and kissed down her jaw. She bared her throat to him, knowing, inviting. His lips were tender against the sensitive skin, caressing the hollow at the base of her throat. He reached for the hem of her nightgown, and she jerked in surprise, feeling shock at how fast they were moving…and wonder at how good it still felt.


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Michele said...

I would try to do things that he would appreciate, cook his favorite things and try to make the holiday less stressful for him

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan said...

Sounds like a very entertaining read and what a great interview! I loved the era of the Roaring 20's and therefore, my interest is peaked:O) Awesome giveaway and I wish you well on your tour!