Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Natalie Charles With a Seven Day Target and a Giveaway

Today, I welcome Natalie Charles to MBB.  Natalie is the winner of the Mills & Boon New Voices Competition in 2011.  She's  an attorney by profession, but she writes incredible romantic suspense.  when she's not at her day job.  Natalie lives in New England in the USA with her family.  Her novel, THE SEVEN DAY TARGET, is an April 2013 release.

ANNOUNCEMENT:  The winner of  the giveaway of Natalie's book THE SEVEN DAY TARGET is bn100.  Congrats to the winner

NATALIE ON THE WEB:

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Can you share briefly about your journey to publication?
 I have always loved to write, but I only started writing with a goal of publication after graduating from law school. I wrote short literary fiction for a few years and had some publishing success. Then I decided to write a romantic suspense novel. My first attempt was just awful. It took Harlequin less than a month to reject me -- form letter rejection, no less! -- and I received that letter in July, 2011. I decided to try again and entered Mills and Boon's 2011 New Voices competition in September of that year with a new story. My only hope was to grab an editor's interest, and I was shocked to win the competition and to receive the call in November. I still can't believe it.

What's your writing routine?
 I work full time and take care of a toddler after that, so my only time to write is in the evening. I have a desk in an office that I never use. Instead, I prefer to sit on my living room couch with a cup of tea, prop up my feet, and write as much as I can before I collapse from exhaustion. If I can write 1 to 2k a night, I'm happy with that. When I'm out of the plotting phase and aggressively writing, I try to write 10k a week. After the book is finished, I edit like crazy.

Do you prefer to plot or would you rather let the muse lead you?
 I'm a pantser, and part of what I love about writing is discovering stories I didn't consciously intend to write. However, I found when writing my second book that I would frequently get stuck or led astray by my muse, and there's nothing more frustrating than writing a chapter only to have to go back and cut it entirely. Therefore it's my New Year's resolution to start outlining. I'm not sure how that's going to go, quite honestly. Roman numerals make me shudder. More likely, my outlines will look like little books, and then I'll go back and fill in the details later. You know, pantser outlining. It will be an adventure!

Can you sum up the essence of your book in just one Tweet sized sentence?
 FBI Agent Nick Foster must protect his ex-fiancee, Libby Andrews, from a killer who promises six signs over six days before killing her on the seventh -- even if it means putting his heart at risk.

Thanks so much for coming over to talk to us. Can you share what's next for you?
 Thank you for having me! I'm keeping my fingers crossed as I wait to hear back from my editor on my second book, and in the meantime, I'm plotting my third. I'll keep you updated on my blog, http://www.nataliecharlesromance.com/

THE  SEVEN  DAY  TARGET

Love never dies, but can it kill?

He never meant to speak to her again. Back in Arbor Falls for a funeral, Special Agent Nick Foster has moved on. He has no plans to stay in his tiny hometown—or to reunite with the beautiful Libby Andrews. His onetime fiancée broke his heart, and what's past should stay buried.

Libby doesn't want his help. Her childhood sweetheart can never know the real reason she ended their engagement three years before. But when a serial killer targets her, she must team up with the rugged agent for her own safety. Something in her past has put her in danger, and the passion they've reignited puts their future in deadly jeopardy.

Read the first chapter here.

Buy Links::  Amazon     Amazon UK     Barnes & Noble

There's a draw for a free copy of  THE SEVEN DAY TARGET for one commenter and the winner will be announced on Thursday this week.  But if you don't win, there's no need to miss out.  The book is easily available at the buy links posted above.  No need to miss out on Natalie's book.



37 comments:

  1. The book sounds intriguing

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hello again, bn100 - yes, I've read the book and I can assure you, it's intriguing all right. You have to check it out.

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    2. I'm so thrilled you enjoyed it, Maria! And thank you for stopping by, bn100! :-)

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  2. I love the idea of pantser outlining :-)

    That first chapter was really gripping - can't wait to read more. Good luck with the book x

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    1. Hi Teresa,

      lovely to see you again. Thanks for coming over.

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    2. Oh my, Teresa -- it's so much easier said than done! I've tried note cards, free writing, and I just bought a little journal thinking I'll write by hand. I'm swimming upstream here. :-)

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  3. Natalie gets more done in an evening than I do most days - and I don't have a toddler to care for.

    Please don't enter me in the draw - I've already read and enjoyed this one.

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    1. Hi Patsy - over the weekend I noted a ton of tasks and emails for Monday morning - still not done. How does she do it?

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    2. Hi Patsy! I'm so happy you enjoyed the book! Believe me, I can't do it all. I'm very lucky to have a husband who knows how to clean a kitchen and run a vacuum. ;-)

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  4. Natalie is clearly a deserving winner, and good luck to her on her author's journey. The pitch sounds like a plot for a film...what hot young actors do we fancy for the lead?

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    1. Oh, my favorite question! So, I told the art department at Harlequin that my book was about Megan Fox and Tatum Channing. They got Megan Fox, for sure, but I'm thinking Nick looks a little more like Tom Cruise. No complaints! I would accept any number of hot actors to play Nick...as long as I was invited to casting.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    2. Hi Katherine, thanks for coming over. So glad you enjoyed Natalie's interview.

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  5. I loved reading Natalie's answers to your questions, Maria!

    Congratulations Natalie on the release of your THE SEVEN DAY TARGET!

    Thanks Maria for hosting Natalie!

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  6. I am blown by Natalie's schedule - a full time job, a toddler and creative writing too. Hats off!

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    1. Thank you! Honestly, the creative writing helps to keep me sane in the full time job (and sometimes with the toddler)...

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Hi Pinch,

      thanks for coming. Always a pleasure to read your comments. But what do I do if you win the draw? No way of contacting you!!!!

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  7. Your book is absolutely incredible and I could not put it down! Brilliant job and I highly recommend this read for all!

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    1. I'm so thrilled you enjoyed it, Desere! Thank you for taking the time to read it and write a review. :-)

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    2. Yo Desere! Good to see you back again. I missed you. I loved the book too.

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  8. Congrats Natalie! I can't help being a pantser but it often results in a lot of work later. Pantser outlining sounds good.

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    1. Thanks, Nick! Hey, if you ever happen to figure out a pantser outlining technique, please let me know! I'm sort of fumbling my way through it. :-)

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    2. Thank you, Nick, for joining us and commenting.

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  9. Great interveiw. Always love to learn about the writing process of authors. Best of luck with your upcoming novles!

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  10. Gosh, if only you could bottle your energy and determination I think you'd make a fortune, Natalie! And hats off to your husband. He sounds like my kind of hero...

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  11. How wonderful to win the competition!

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    1. Yes, it's a great achievement, isn't it Lynda?

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  12. That's an awesome sounding story - and a great road to publication! Thanks for sharing :)

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  13. Loved this interview!

    All the best!

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  14. Hi Maria and Natalie. Thank you Natalie for sharing a bit of your background. I'm always amazed at the different and diverse backgrounds and stories authors share with us. A great read... speaking of great reads... I have been lucky enough to read Seven Day Target, it's fan-tas-tic and I'd highly recommend it to anyone. I think it's my first "intrigue/suspensful" story I've read in this genre and I can 200% say it totally captured me till the very last page.

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    1. hey Tash good to see you over here. Yes, it's a fab read. I'm still slightly wary of being alone in the house after reading it.

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