Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LAUNCH DAY of THE LOVE SHACK - a great new release from Tina K Burton

Today, MBB welcomes Tina K Burton back, with her brand new release, The Love Shack, a piece of contemporary women's fiction which is a really good read. She writes short stories, articles, novels, and even the occasional haiku. Both her novels, Chapters of Life, and, The Love Shack, are published by Crooked Cat Publishing, and she's working on her third, a story about a girl who dies suddenly, and finds herself back in the thirties.When she's not writing, Tina spends her time crafting, relaxing with friends, and taking her rescued greyhound for walks across the beautiful moorland in Devon, where she lives with her family.

Tina K Burton on the Web:

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Tina, what inspires your writing?
All sorts of things. Nature and the countryside around me, people - I love watching people and eavesdropping on conversations - snippets of things I see on the TV, anything and everything really.

How did you get the idea for this novel?
My daughter mentioned something about dating agencies, and I don't know where it came from, but the main character's name came to me - Daisy Dorson - and this whole scenario set around a dating agency then evolved from that. 

Did you face any obstacles in the creation of the novel?
If so, it would be great if you could share how you managed to overcome those obstacles!!! 
No, this one was easy and a real joy to write. The only problem I have is lack of discipline. I wish I could keep proper office hours when I write, but I don't work like that. I can sit down to write at 8am and still be there at 7pm, having not even stopped to eat. I'll do that for two weeks solid, but then go for a month without writing a thing. It's not a good way to work, but I can only write when I'm in the right frame of mind. So when I am, I make the most of it.

Please sum up the plot of THE LOVE SHACK in a Tweet-sized sentence (140 characters only!)
Daisy Dorson stomps into The Love Shack dating agency to complain about how useless they are, and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.

What's next on the agenda? Is there another novel in the foreseeable future?
Yes. I'm currently writing a novel set in the thirties. It's about a young girl who dies suddenly - she suffers with a phenomenon called Sudden Death Transition (it's not real, I made it up) - and she finds herself back in 1932. Her great aunt Clarissa looks after her. It's a fun story, but with an underlying sadness.


THE LOVE SHACK


Welcome to The Love Shack! 

When Daisy Dorson stomps into The Love Shack dating agency to complain 
about how useless they are, she ends up getting much more than she bargained for. 

An unexpected offer, the people she meets along the way, and the course of events that follow, turn her life upside down. 

The Love Shack – a fun, feel-good read, with quirky characters, and plenty of romance... 



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Here's the link for the Facebook Launch Party event for The Love Shack.  Celebrate the launch with Tina K Burton and her friends as THE LOVE SHACK goes live on Amazon.  See you there!

BTW: The ebook's now on release at an Amazon near you and available at an early bird price! Go grab your copy now!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Eliza Redgold, author of 'Naked"


This blog post comes to us from Eliza Redgold, author, academic and unashamed romantic. Her new novel Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva is released by St Martin’s Press on Bastille Day (July 14 2015).
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What inspires you to write?


I’m a character driven writer. I was inspired by the heroine of my story and went on a wild ride telling her tale!

The legend goes that Lady Godiva rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. You may have seen her portrait, even if adorning a box of Belgian chocolates. She begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay.

Lady Godiva (or chocolate!) must have been in the back of my mind when I was doing some research on the word lady in my academic life. Over time, the word has had a bad rap, but it made a 21st century comeback. With my academic hat on, as Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd, I wrote an opinion piece about the word lady making a comeback for The Age newspaper (I loved the graphic they created for this article) and in Women and Language journal I explored why the lady’s back and what her future may be.

Following the lady then led me in all kinds of wonderful directions. The legend of Lady Godiva grabbed me and didn’t let go until I had written a version of Godiva’s story, from her point of view, with a twist in the tale.


Tell us about your writing process.

Music is one of my main ‘muses’ (excuse the pun!)

I was listening to these ‘ladylike’ songs a lot before Lady Godiva’s story came to mind:

Lady Marmalade (the version from Moulin Rouge with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Pink and Mya)
Lady (a ballad by Lionel Richie sung by country troubadour Kenny Rogers)
The Lady is a Tramp (who can resist this duet by the incomparable first lady of song Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra? Or try Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s fab version!)






Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?

I sure do! It’s embarrassing to say ‘I hear voices’ but I’m one of those writers who hear dialogue very clearly. It happens especially when I’m trying to sleep. I get funny looks on airplanes when I’m scribbling notes in the dark!

I also got a strong sense of Leofric’s point of view listening to the song Wild Horses
It’s so evocative.

I read Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf aloud too, to get a sense of story-telling rhythm for the book.

What advice would you give other writers?

Listen to the muse!


What is your favourite genre to read? Is it different to what you write?

I love historical fiction. It has always been my favourite.

I am also a fan of romance. Romance has been called ‘the first form of feminism’ and I’m proud to write in that genre.





Tell us about your book...

We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don’t know her true story. We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva’s ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for ‘peeping Tom’) and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax.

Naked is an original version of Godiva’s tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.


ELIZA REDGOLD is an author, academic and unashamed romantic. She writes historical fiction (St Martin’s Press) and romance (Harlequin).

“NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva” will be released internationally by St Martin’s Press New York in July 2015. Her ‘Romance your Senses’ series of contemporary romances are published by Harlequin (MIRA) Australia and Escape Publishing. They include Black Diamonds, Hide and Seek and Wild Flower (2015 release). Eliza is also contracted to Harlequin Historical (London) for two upcoming Victorian historical romances. Look out for them! She is represented by Joelle Delbourgo Associates US.

Eliza Redgold is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of her name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. She has presented academic papers on women and romance and is a contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. As a non-fiction author she is co-author of Body Talk: a Power Guide for Girls and Stay-at-Home Mothers: Dialogues and Debates. She was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently lives in Australia.

By day a mild-mannered university lecturer with a PhD, by night she is a wild-mannered writer of historical fiction and romances. “Writing makes me braver. It has inspired adventures (and misadventures!) in travel, nature, art, literature and even gastronomy. I hope my books will inspire you too! They’re for people who love a good story, but want to discover new things. They also feature adventurous heroines who are prepared to take risks in life and love. Though in life and in love, of course, things never go quite as planned …”

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NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva
We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don't know her true story.

We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry,Naked is an original version of Godiva's tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.
covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva's ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for 'peeping Tom') and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

DEAD MEN PLAY THE GAME - Jacqui Jacoby Returns, Paranormally!


MBB extends a warm welcome to Jacqui Jacoby today. She visited here when she released her last book, an unashamed thriller, WITH A VENGEANCE. Now she's back in a paranormal incarnation, with her vampire story, DEAD MEN PLAY THE GAME. Genre crossing is not easy to do, but with her honest-to-goodness writing style and her storytelling flair, whatever genre Jacqui Jacoby happens to write has to be worth reading.  MBB was a victim to a north Indian power cut today, so I hope Jacqui Jacoby will forgive me for posting this stop on her blog tour rather later than I should have done......

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Can you share a short bio? 
I’m older than I thought I would be when I got that one story idea that would make me feel as if it changed things. THE DEAD MEN did that for me. I had written other books I thought were well done, but there was this feeling with DEAD MEN that made me feel as if I'd found something real important.  In addition, I’ve been married a thirty-two years, have three grown kids and yes, I still get carded.  I think life is pretty damn sweet and as long as I can type, it stays that way.
What inspires your writing? 
I don’t think I’ve ever been “inspired” to write.  Writing is what I do, I always have, even when I never wrote the stories down.  I have these characters who move into my head like they are taking the house next door and they talk to me, give me directions and ideas on where they want to go.  Plots seem to come from that and it all moves forward.
What made you press on with this writing project when things were difficult?  Because they must have been, sometimes...... 
Strangely, with this series, I had very little trouble.  The characters were waiting to be found and once I met them, they took over.  Except for some personal situations that cramped into my work, the writing of THE DEAD MEN SERIES was fairly pain-free.In other books, what kept me going was knowing the second I stopped writing, the story would never be told and these characters deserved to live. I had to finish what I started or the book sat as an abandoned file on a hard drive.
 Please sum up your plot in a tweet-sized sentence. 
 Five best friends standing together as each finds love and faces an adversary.  And the five happen to be vampires.
Future plans?
 I would definitely say my plate is full for a little while.  THE DEAD MEN SERIES contains four books, two of which are done (one of those released, one in production) and two that are at about the half way point.  I’m working with the same characters so they make it pretty easy, but it is still work. In addition, I have two other books to come out in the next year and a half, MAGIC MAN and THE FOURTH SWORD.  Both of those are in the final editing stage.  So, I have a reason to hit my desk every day and reason to brew the tea and pet the cats who sleep beside me while I work.

DEAD MEN PLAY THE GAME


For a hundred years, Ian Stuart has fought the monster controlling his life. Living as a human among humans, he wants to fill the void that has followed him from one empty, lonely relationship to another. Ashley Barrow is working the worst murder case in Davenport, Oregon's history. She needs a drink to forget the detailed images in her mind. When she walks into Ian's pub, Ian knows their lives are about to change, if only for a short while. Vampire and human, their relationships can only last so long. But an enemy from Ian's past has his own agenda about their future. His sadistic revenge changes Ashley forever, leaving Ian and his long time friends – Travis, Jason, Quinn and Evan - desperate to ease her into her new life and find a way to defeat their enemy.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Indranil Banerjie with AGE OF ANXIETY



Today, MBB is delighted to welcome debut novelist Indranil Banerjie to talk about his novel, AGE OF ANXIETY, set in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), back in the sixties and seventies.  It's an absorbing read which absolutely draws the reader in. I can guarantee that, having read the book.






Indranil Banerjie on the web:

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What inspired you to write this novel?
I always wanted to write about the difficult decades of the Sixties and Seventies in India, and about the passing of an age. What better way to tell it than through the eyes of a young lad growing up in that sad and wonderful milieu.


How long did the process of writing the book take?
Took me four long years! Never thought I would finish it one day. But then suddenly one night, the last lines were in place.


Did you plot the novel or did it take its own course?
It took its own course because it followed the life of a person growing up in a bewildering world of great contrast and differences.


Did your character ever do something which surprised even you?
Never thought he would grow up and let me get on with me life.
 

Is there another novel in your future?
Yes, a fast working adventure this time and hopefully it will be done in quick time.


THE AGE OF ANXIETY

India has been Independent for just about two decades when a young Bengali boy, Sarat Chandra Chatterjee, takes his place within the portals of an ancient school that continues to glorify its colonial past. 
India is changing and the city that was once the proud capital of a vast Colonial empire is in rapid decline but the school holds out, white and resplendent amidst the surrounding gloom and depredation. 
Sarat Chandra, cut off from his familiar world, is thrown together with a bunch of boys who hail from diverse backgrounds - Marwaris, Anglo-Indians, Armenians and Muslims. Within the school’s portals he must adapt and conform to its ancient traditions. He finds a new name, makes friends and discovers the first flush of romance but struggles to come to terms with his family’s precarious financial situation, which fuels his inherent anxiety. 
Much like Sarat Chandra, the city too is grappling to come of age. Mired in post-Independence politics and economic decline, anxiety and gloom has spread through the populace jostling for space in an increasingly crowded and unrelenting city. The elite have taken over the mansions left behind by the colonialists while the poor throng the pavements and empty spaces. 
Will Sarat Chandra find his place in the city or is he forever doomed to be the outsider, the ‘mofussil’ boy with an identity crisis? 
This is a story about a generation numbed by the anxiety of the Sixties and the Seventies, about music dying in the bars, entire populations quietly fleeing the city and yesteryear's generation fortifying themselves within anachronistic colonial institutions to hold out against the assaults of change. 



REVIEW by Maria Perry Mohan


A coming of age story which I read with great pleasure. I'm not someone who particularly enjoys coming of age stories generally, but the author just seemed pull me in.Young Sarat Chandra Chatterjee is a sort of 'everyman' with whom readers can empathise. As he navigates the rocky terrain of life, the reader finds him/herself enthralled by Sarto's adventures, as he brings Calcutta in the sixties, seventies and eighties vividly to life. A compelling story, it will make you laugh at times and cry at times, but will never leave you unmoved. The author's dry sense of humour is also a delight, as is his wonderfully discreet and tactful writing, which doesn't conceal, but at the same time steers clear of vulgarity of any kind. Indranil Banerjie is a gifted writer and I'll be looking out for his work in future. Highly recommended.


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Monday, July 6, 2015

Robin Gianna's New Release HER GREEK DOCTOR'S PROPOSAL




Robin Gianna on the web:

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Can you share a short bio? 
I studied journalism, worked in the advertising industry, then eventually stayed home with my three children for a few years. I had a mid-life epiphany that I wanted to write romance fiction, and it was a longer and harder journey than I expected :-)  Now when I'm not juggling family with writing, I enjoy playing piano, cooking, and gardening. Wish I could count housework as a hobby, but I'm not so enthused about that

What inspires your writing?
Lots of things inspire me, often unexpectedly. An article in a newspaper, or a snippet of overheard conversation will get an idea going in my brain. Also locations - if I'm blessed to visit an amazing place, I often imagine setting a story there, and what that story might be. Or something fascinating to me - I based one book on clinical trials an interventional cardiologist friend of ours is conducting in foreign countries.  Just never know when that next idea is going to strike, and I make notes and stick them in a drawer.  Sometimes I base my next book on the latest inspiration, but other times it will sit there for a long time just waiting to get out in story form. :-)

What made you press on with this writing project when things were difficult?  Because they must have been, sometimes. 
All of us experience difficult times, or even just times when life gets hectic. The first thing to get tossed aside is often something that seems dispensable - a hobby, which writing feels like until we get a publishing contract. There was a two year period when I didn't write at all due to parental health issues and general life busyness, but it always lurked in the back of my mind. I still made time to read a lot and study craft books, and finally got back into actually writing. This year, some tough times have hit again, but I now understand it's my job and something that's important to me. Writing while stressed frankly isn't fun, but I feel I've learned things about myself in the process.  Putting some of the emotions I've recently experienced into my characters hopefully will make a book better, and is a way for me to indirectly deal with them.

Please sum up your plot in a tweet-sized sentence.
Laurel is close to finding the treasure she desperately wants, and isn't about to let a hunky Greek doctor distract her!

What are your future plans, as of now, Robin? 
I have a story coming out in November that's part of a continuity of four books, Midwives On-Call at Christmas. I'm working on another continuity, LA Docs!, with other authors which will total eight books. Then I'll have a duet I'm writing with two connected stories. Still figuring out what comes after that.

HER GREEK DOCTOR'S PROPOSAL


The question he thought he'd never ask…

Archaeologist Laurel Evans put her career on hold to care for her younger sisters. Now, close to achieving her goals, she won't 
let anything distract her. Laurel has come to Delphi to dig up 
ancient treasures, but she finds a modern day Greek god instead—local doctor Andros Drakoulias!

A devoted single dad, Andros is determined to give his little girl stability. He knows his fling with Laurel can't last, so why is it so hard to imagine a future without her by his side?

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Margaret McMullan - Every Father's Daughter

 Today, MBB welcomes author Margaret McMullan, who has put together a wonderful book in which twenty four women writers share their very special memories of the father /daughter relationship

EVERY FATHER'S DAUGHTER really is a book to treasure - and it seems to be released to coincide with Father's Day.






How did you decide which authors to reach out to for this collection?

In the last month of my father’s life, I read to him Alice Munro’s essay, “Working for a Living.” We had one of our last book discussions about that fox farm, the cold work, and the landscape of Canada. She was the first person I contacted. I wrote her a letter and a few months later she called and said yes, of course you can reprint my essay. I was just stunned. The other authors followed. I invited the authors my father loved or had met at some point in his life. He had dinner with Lee Smith once and she was so quick to respond. Lee led me to Jill McCorkle. I also included three former students. In the end, this collection of women writers became one big circle of friends.

How did your vision for this collection evolve from the start to end of this project?

At first I saw this as a collection of southern writers, men and women. But then I realized I just wanted to hear from women, daughters. I moved away from regionalizing it when I began thinking of my father’s literary tastes and what kind of man he was. He was southern but he was also very much shaped by Chicago and the Mid-West. Each time I read an essay, I would think, Would Dad like this?

Did you come to realize anything about your relationship with your father as you read through the essays in this collection?                                                                                                 

I knew from the start that we were close, and that a good part of that closeness was how we stayed connected through literature. Now, I realize exactly how close we really were. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Delirium by Indian Author Sowmya Aji - Review and Spotlight




Delirium
by
Soumya Aji
A Harper Collins Publication

Sports, Love, Steroids... Will love win?







Blurb
I was addicted.
To him.

Anjana Narendra just can’t keep her head straight when it comes to the nation’s heartthrob,cricket vice-captain Avinash Katagi.The mere sight of him sets the heart of this thirty-one-year-old television journalist pounding, and fills her stomach with butterflies. He seems smitten too – taking her out for romantic walks in the botanical gardens, appearing by her side when she has a road accident,knocking on her door in the middle of the night. Even as Anjana is swept off her feet into a whirlwind romance,the reporter within her sniffs out the biggest scoop of the season. all too soon, she is neck-deep in trouble with her bosses and the cricket board, struggling to make sense of the sordid world of steroids and celebs. Will anjana give up the delicious young man she is hooked on to? and does she even want to? Sinful and alluring, Delirium is a heady cocktail of intrigue, temptation and betrayal.


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I love day-dreaming and my close friends in this endless activity include Hamlet, Howard Roark, Absolem, Miss Marple, Elizabeth Bennett, Katniss Everdeen, Holly Short, Sirus Black, Gimli and Septimus Heap.. occasionally, Saphira also :) Otherwise, I am a serious hard-nosed print journalist who writes about politics, social issues and culture..
I've spent most of my life reading and writing.. I also love movies, dance, theatre, music, trekking, yoga.. I tried my hand at Russian and French and remember Rooski Izink Nimnoga and je sais un peu de Francaise .. (I bet I got that wrong).. but the latest language I picked up, Spanish, is very close to my heart, as I want to read Gabriel Garcia Marquez's yellow butterflies in Espanol.. I speak, read and write three Indian languages -- Kannada, Hindi, Tamil .. and my masters is in English, so I obviously love language and communication..
I also love knitting and I hate cooking :) I'm trying very hard to be good at a new job -- parenting -- to my three-year-old, but boy, is that the toughest job!

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DELIRIUM BY SOWMYA AJI - Review by Maria Perry Mohan

Anju Narendra is a reporter, as hard nosed as they come.  And this is the late nineties, when mobiles were an option, not a compulsion.  Anju is a Bangalorean in her native city and the local hero right now is a Bangalorean boy, Avinash Katagi, who’s making all the right moves in the Indian cricket team and bound for glory by the looks of things. So when Katagi starts to woo Anju and ask her out for dinner, is she bowled over? Of course she’s not.  This couldn’t be real.  Could it?  The golden boy of the Indian cricket team like, fancies me? Wants to ask me out on dates and stuff?  This is the stuff that young, impressionable girls dream about, and Anju is as tough, hardboiled and hardnosed as women news reporters come.  Isn’t she? Come on man, are you crazy?

The funniest part is, that yes, he does and no, she’s not going crazy.  Or is she? But that's only the beginning.  There's much more to this romantic story than the reporter/cricket love story angle.  But I don't do reviews with spoilers, so you're going to have to get your own copy to find out.

A lovely piece of  chick lit romance with lots and lots of lovely twists and turns..  Do yourself a favour and do not miss this. I totally hearted it.