Welcome one and all! Grab a beverage of choice, something sweet and sinful. No-no, not the men. What’s the matter with you? You know the hands-on rules… The guest gets first pick! 😉 Take a comfy seat for another, or a first, spin in the Round Pen.
I’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Kathleen Ann Gallagher, who is sharing her book, A Summer’s Journey with us! She will give away a $10 Gift Card to one lucky commenter!
Please show Kathleen some real Ranch love!
Before I get to the nosy 5-3-4 part of this interview, tell us a bit about you.
Thank you for inviting me today! (Waving)
I write contemporary, paranormal, and erotic romance.
Although writing is my passion, nursing is my vocation. I work in an emergency room, and it’s been challenging, and rewarding, to be such an integral part of so many other’s daily struggles. I have a wonderful husband who always offers his support, and never complains about my crazy schedule. One of our favorite romantic getaways is Cape May, New Jersey, an old historic beach town where we take a step into the past, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Although my children are all grown with busy lives of their own, Chaz, our Shepherd mix, still dutifully stands guard at the house. We are also blessed with three adorable grandsons.
Other interests of mine include cooking, reading, and the theater. However, spending time with my family is most important to me. Even though my life is filled with work, family, etc., my mind continues to ponder the next story or concept for a new novel.
My writing area at the moment is a corner of the couch in my living room. What does your writing space look like?
I’m going to be perfectly honest. I have a lovely organized office upstairs in my house, but my muse likes to work downstairs in a comfy leather recliner. He prefers to keep the news on in the background. The sun shines through my dining room window and the words begin to flow. I don’t know how long the streak will last, but for now, I’ll let my muse get his way.
I have to admit I can’t wait until I can move into my new office! It’ll be a bit longer, but I’m stoked about it. LOL
For a lot of writers it’s a life-altering event coming up with titles and character names. Others it comes as naturally as breathing. Which is it for you?
My character names come to me in a flash, but the titles are not as easy. I usually go through a few different titles before the right one comes to me. When it does, I know it’s meant to be. I always wonder why I didn’t think of it sooner.
What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?
The best advice I can offer aspiring and new writers is to keep at it. It’s easy to get discouraged in the beginning. I found writer’s conferences to be a wonderful place to meet other people who share the same passion. Writers are a supportive group of people. I always get so much out of the workshops I attend. It’s a continual learning process. If you keep at it, your dream will come true. Try to devote time everyday to your latest project.
That’s sound advice, Kathleen. The constant shift of the industry makes me often scratch my head and ask ‘what next?’ So, what do you think it takes to be a successful author at the moment?
It takes determination, motivation, talent and balance to become a successful author. Each day is an opportunity for growth. It doesn’t happen overnight, but if you stay focused, you can accomplish your goals. A blog is a good promo tool. Make friends with other authors, be friendly and open to new relationships. Facebook is a great place to start. Be open to visit and make comments on other people’s post. You’re working on your brand and how you want to represent it. Take time each day to reach out to people. Visit there blogs and make comments. Watch what successful authors do. Sit back and observe. It’s a wonderful community, so get involved.
Who would you like to meet in the publishing industry- dead or alive- and why?
I’d love to meet Nicholas Sparks. I was lucky to meet him at a Google hangout when I won a contest. I had a great time, but I still would love to meet him face to face. His stories touch my heart.
Ooh! Me too. I love, love his work! It’s time for 3 in 1! I’ll ask the questions and you answer them in one word. 😆
Favorite animal? Cat
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Summer
Favorite food? Seafood
Well done! 🙂
Okay, Flash four. Ready?
What are you working on now?
Thanks for asking. I finished a paranormal novella Sun, Sand & Séances for Decadent Tease. It’s set for release on June 19. I’m contemplating an erotic romance series called Moonlight and Magic.
Freya’s Spell, an erotic short is coming to Secret Cravings Publishing in August. When I’m finished with all of this, I plan on doing another contemporary romance. (catching my breath)
What are you sharing today?
I’m sharing my contemporary romance, A Summer’s Journey. It was released from Rebel Ink Press on May 3, 2013.
Savannah Mason fought for independence since she was a young girl, smothered by a controlling father who insisted she take over his medical practice one day. Now, at the age of thirty, alienated from her father, the career minded journalist spends long hours at her job, hoping to take the spot as anchor.
On her darkest day twelve years ago, Savannah agreed to give her child up for adoption. She never even had the chance to hold her. On her daughter’s birthday, a chance encounter gives Savannah an opportunity to explore a corner of her heart she thought was lost forever.
The last thing Savannah wants is a relationship, especially one with a doctor who happens to have two young children.
Rob Sinclair, a cardiothoracic surgeon and NY Times best-selling author, needs a promo spot on the television show The News Stop. When Savannah gets the interview over a senior reporter, a door opens to her future. However, first she must face the sorrow of her past and cast away the agony of guilt before she’s free to accept love.
Rob’s commitment to climb the ladder of success and provide a good life for his two small children keeps him on the road. He’s determined to push forward despite the heartache of a broken marriage. His deepest fear is being an absent parent. When he meets Savannah Mason, desire and passion awaken his broken spirit. Will he ever be able to trust another woman?
Savannah and Rob’s strong attraction to one another is undeniable as they follow the path to a place where honesty, love and forgiveness, can bring them both home.
When a man who seems totally wrong for Savannah slowly weaves his way into her heart, will he accept her when he learns about her past?
Savannah and Rob’s attraction to one another is undeniable. As they follow the path to a place where honesty and forgiveness can bring them both home, will it be enough to heal the scars of the past and allow them another chance at love?
Savannah stood and slowly moved toward him. Her chest tightened with each step. As she approached him and admired his broad shoulders, it dawned on her he could be a candidate for People’s sexiest man alive. Control yourself.
“I’m happy here.” Savannah admitted. “I love it when the morning light shines on the water and it mimics fine pieces of crystal.”
Rob slowly approached her. The look in his eyes told her he had more than the view on his mind. Savannah turned away, afraid of what might happen next. Before she could stop him, they were too close for comfort. An electric energy surged between them. With one swift movement, Rob reached for her and gently placed his lips on hers. He cradled her head in his hands as if she was a precious jewel. The warmth of his touch sent shivers down her spine and the world stood still. When Rob’s hands moved slowly across her back, her body went limp and it took her to a level of arousal she never expected. It all happened so quickly, she didn’t have time to react. She found herself spellbound by the feel of his rock hard body pressed up against her chest. All of the emotions she’d kept inside emerged when Rob held her tight. When they finally parted, Savannah stood frozen in shock with her heart pounding and her ears ringing.
Rob’s expression made him look as if he broke the law. He quickly took a step back. “I don’t know what to say. I’m so sorry for my rude behavior.”
“You weren’t rude. I didn’t stop you.”
“I don’t know what got into me. You’re an amazing woman and I find you terribly attractive.” He stared deep into her eyes.
“Thank you.” Savannah looked down, still shocked, but flattered.
“I’d like to take you on a real date. Would that be possible? Is it against your ethics to date someone you’re working with?”
“There’s no rule against dating a guest on the show. I make my own rules.” Savannah could not believe her own words.
“That’s what I like about you. You’re not afraid of taking a risk. I could tell from the moment I met you, you were a strong, independent woman.”
Unanswered questions twirled around in Savannah’s mind. What am I doing making a date with a doctor and one with a family, no less. I must be crazy. Her mind told her to run from a relationship with a client, however, her body told her something completely different.
Where can we find you and your books?
You can find me here! I love making new friends!
My website. http://www.kathleenanngallagher.net/
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1115240225?ean=2940016670232
All Romance Books: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-asummer039sjourney-1185381-149.html
Where will you be next?
I’ll be at Harlie’s Books on May 31. Hope to see you there!
What is your favorite summer flower? I’m offering one of you US/Canada, a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card. Good Luck!
Thank you so much for playing along Katheen! Wishing you much luck with your book and writing. I hope you’ll come visit again one day.
I had a great time today! I’d love to come back anytime!
Happy reading everyone!