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Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes… for Cait O’Sullivan

Osiyo~

I’m turning the round pen over to my critique partner and a wonderful writer, Cait O’Sullivan to talk about her debut book, Romancing The Seas. Take it, Cait!

CaitCh Ch Ch Ch Changes…

I got to thinking the other day when my sister said in an offhand comment ‘everyone hates change’.

I don’t.

 Quite the opposite in fact. I love change.

My favourite season is when they change: winter to spring is inspirational, spring to summer joyful, summer to autumn brings appreciation for the beauty of the changing world and on to winter, when the bright, brisk days exhilarate me.

My favourite weather is when it changes, sun being eclipsed by billowing, purple clouds, the first fat raindrop falling. Vice versa, sunshine through the rain and rainbows arcing through the sky.

Dawn when the moon gives way to the sun, dusk when the sun starts to leave. All wonderful times to be alive with the very air seeming to dissolve in the changing light.

Then there’s the life changing thing. Not quite so easy, or so enjoyable, but heck, when you’ve survived it, nothing beats that feeling. Change scoops you up to tumble in its force, cursing it, helpless but emerging the other side brand spanking new, with a different, more mature outlook on life, and one step closer to peace.

So I scooped up Pippa, my heroine in Romancing the Seas, and put her through the change wringer. She leaves a settled life in London behind for a new life in New Zealand. How exciting for her, and the first three chapters were hard for her. But hey she settled and now loves it there, in her brand spanking new life.  Here she is at the start, wondering whether she’s done the right thing:

RomancingtheSeasThere were several top-of-the-range treadmills and she chose one, slowly working her stride.

But her mind refused to let up. Why had she come out here to New Zealand? She should have stayed in London, working for Marcus. Okay, maybe she would have moved to a different restaurant, but even then she would have been surrounded by the familiar, not the unknown — and the downright scary. Now she was a prisoner of her own design: new country — heck, new continent — new job, new boss, no friends, and not even any space to call her own.

Maybe she had done the right thing. How could she have stayed in London after what Marcus had done? An up and coming celebrity chef, she had supported him all the way. Until his publicist had said to him, “Lose the sous chef; she’s too ordinary a look for you. You need an it girl on your arm, so all the paparazzi will be snapping you for the celebrity magazines.”

“Look, Pippa,” Marcus had pleaded. “Just give me a couple of years to get to the top of my career and then we can be together properly. We can still be together, but just keep our relationship under cover.”

Pippa had wanted to cry, but instead picked up her bag and walked out of the flat she had never quite moved into.

She had been right to leave. But whether she had been right to leave so drastically, swapping everything she had ever known for the unknown, was very questionable.

Her heart pounded rapidly and she pressed the treadmill button to lower the speed, concentrating on breathing deeply to slow her heart rate down. A light cough from the treadmill beside her nearly threw her off her treadmill in surprise.

Her new roomie.

In an attempt not to let the machine sweep her off, she pumped her legs and finally caught back up with the pace. Great. Glances at the monitor, proudly proclaiming a heart rate of 190, made her want to curl up and die. Mr. Eagleton, on the other hand, appeared very relaxed and loose limbed beside her as he lengthened into his pace, despite a faint sheen of sweat — clearly he had been in the gym for a while.

Breathe.

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How about you – how do you feel about Change? Drop me a comment and let me know, then come to Cait’s Place to read the first chapter of Romancing the Seas.

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 That is a beautiful cover and great excerpt, Cait. Thank you for sharing!

Dodadagohvi~

Fender-Bender Interview! ~ Calisa Rhose

Osiyo~

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, Niecey Roy, who is sharing her book Fender Bender Blues with us!

Please show Niecey Roy some real Ranch love!JanniceHeadshotAboutMe                

Before I get to the nosy 5-3-4 part of this interview, we’d like to know a bit about you, the person wearing the writer’s hat.

I became a writer at a young age, but my moment of enlightenment came after watching the movie You’ve Got Mail.  It was then that I realized my place in life and I happily parked my butt on romance.  My dream was to create sexy vixens, hunky, half naked heroes, and above all, romance; lots and lots of butterflies in the belly, breathless first kisses and happily-ever-afters.

(For more about Niecey visit this link. You won’t regret it. 😉 http://www.nieceyroy.com/about-niecey-2/ )

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 one of those writers who prefers to write in bed. I’m just more relaxed there. I have a really beautiful office desk, but when I’m at that desk, it feels like work. So I write in bed, with the TV volume low and the lamp on. And if I’m not at home writing, I’m with my laptop at a little coffee shop called Barista’s. I recently thought I should explain to them that I’m an author because last week I was sitting in the chair, typing away on my laptop and giggling at the scene I was writing. After a few months of coming in giggling to myself, I thought an explanation was in order 🙂

Better to explain to them than those guys standing in corners with the lovely white jacket, I s’pose 😛

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?

Titles, they usually come to me right away. With Fender Bender Blues, I knew the moment I started writing the story that that was the name. I never thought of it as anything else and I was thrilled I didn’t have to change it in order to publish it. I never even though to Google and make sure the name wasn’t taken! Not until after Wild Rose Press offered me a contract, ha! The book I’m writing now I’ve named Woes of the Fabricated Relationship. Whether the publisher lets it stay that way, we’ll see. I like it, even if it’s a bit long. Character names, however, that’s a whole different story. With girl names, they seem to fly off my fingertips and onto the computer screen. With male names, I spend weeks trying to find the right one! 

Have you considered asking the men what their name is? It’s the only way I get their names. LOL

What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?

My advice is simple–never give up! You have a dream, a passion to write, so stick with it. And write, that’s the most important thing; every day if you can. And read a lot.

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?

There was a time (and this wasn’t long ago, maybe six years ago) when the idea of ebooks disgusted me. I mean, what??? Why would anyone want to read from a screen??? Madness, I tell you! I was really offended by it because I LOVE my paperback and hardback books. I love my collection of books, the smell of the pages…everything about them! But then I realized times were changing and we’ve become a digital world. I didn’t fall into it gracefully, but last year I downloaded the Kindle app on my phone. I LOVED it! If I forgot my book, I could whip out my phone and read anywhere! What an amazing discovery. 🙂 I realized I really love digital books (though I’ll never love them as much as the physical book, call me old fashioned). I purchased an iPad and never leave home without it. So, after that long-winded comment, a successful author has to be open-minded, even if your old fashioned sensibilities resist.  

LOL You could be talking about me there, Niecey. All my friends were going digital, eyes wide open, but not me, not until I was offered a chance to write Home–specifically for an epublisher.

Who would you like to meet in the publishing industry- dead or alive- and why?

I want to meet author Patricia Cornwell. Yes, yes, I know, you are thinking, “But you’re a contemporary romance author! You write funny scenes, about love! Cornwell writes crime fiction.” But, I’m a reader of EVERYTHING, and she is one of my favorite authors. I was in high school when I fell in love with her Scarpetta series. I collect them to this day. She has such a brilliant mind! Her grasp on forensics is just amazing.

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? Spring

Favorite food? Pizza

Spring for me too. Well done! 🙂

Okay, Flash four. Ready? (answer these with as long or short answers as you want to)

What are you working on now?

A humorous contemporary romance, currently titled Woes of the Fabricated Relationship.

What are you sharing today?FenderBenderBlues_NieceyRoyFENDER BENDER BLUES 

Her life took a wrong turn. He’s driven by success. They didn’t count on crashing into love…

Rachel Bennett loved her job until the day she finds herself doubting her choices.  Now she’s hunting for a new career, but starting over isn’t easy.  Her plan is simple—no distractions until she finds her dream job.  She didn’t plan on fate throwing her a curveball in the form of a fender bender with a sexy guy in an expensive suit.

Craig Larsen is a wealthy, successful business owner with a plan of his own: survive his current PR nightmare and stay away from his overly determined ex-girlfriend.  His need for control and personal success is turned upside down when he meets Rach, a sassy redhead who can’t drive.

Soon they find themselves battling with Rach’s grumpy old neighbor, toilet-papering the trees of a high school nemesis, and fighting over the last slice of pizza.  Can two very different people plus one fender bender equal a chance at forever?

EXCERPT:

“Now what?”

“Nothing.”Rach sniffed.

Craig shifted to eye her warily. “Since when do you answer me with single words?”

“Since I decided I’m not talking to you,” she answered with a shrug, crumpling up the white paper wrapper from her sub.  

Craig leaned his face in close to her neck and enjoyed the startled jerk of her shoulders. Her eyes opened wide in surprise. His breath shifted a few strands of hair at the nape of her neck as he whispered, “Why, because you want me?”

“You’re incorrigible,” she said, breathless, her cheeks flushed.

She’s enjoying this. The thought pleased him. Rach was on her back beside him now, her eyes closed. He glanced around the park to see if anyone was watching. No one was. He could swoop in for a kiss and no one would catch him. No one would care, he told himself. She won’t mind

“I can feel you staring.”

Craig smiled down at her. “So what.”

She peeked at him with one green eye. “So stop it.”

“And if I don’t?” Maybe she’d tackle him, push him down on the blanket and…

She didn’t. She promptly closed her eye and went back to pretending indifference. “I’ll hit you, that’s what.”

“Not if I do this, you won’t.”

He’d only meant it to be a short kiss, but the pleasure of touching his lips to hers kept him there longer. Her tongue was velvet soft and warm against his and the slow mating of their mouths quickened his heartbeat even as he told himself, It’s no big deal, just a kiss.

She nipped his bottom lip and sent heat sliding through his body. The woman could kiss.

She whispered soft against his lips, “Now why don’t you admit that it’s you who wants me.”

Where can we find you and your books?

My book will be for sale exclusively through Amazon digital next week, January 30, 2013. If you’re on Facebook, join me for the Fender Bender Blues Facebook Release Party   The buy link for Fender Bender Blues will be posted all throughout the day during the release party. Or you can visit my website at http://nieceyroy.com, or join me on Twitter @NieceyRoy   You can also visit Amazon itself for more information and to purchase Fender Bender Blues.

Where will you be next?

Next, I’ll be at my Fender Bender Blues Facebook Release Party  I would LOVE it if you showed up. We’ll be giving away prizes. You won’t want to miss it! 🙂

For anyone who comments today, they’ll be entered into a drawing. I’ll be giving away a digital copy of an author friend’s book, How Hard Can It Be? as an Amazon gift.  

Thank you so much for playing along Niecey! Wishing you much luck with your book and writing. I hope you’ll come visit again one day.

Dodadagohvi~