Out of Character with Molly Zenk

Out of Character tourCan you tell us a little bit about the characters in Out of Character?

There are four main characters in the book which also means 4 points of view characters. They are:

*Harmony – a young actress. This is her first role ever beyond high school. She hasn’t even done any college productions. She sends in an audition tape and is plucked from obscurity. She feels like she’s in over her head and always worried she’s going to get fired.

*David – The ‘It’ boy from across the Pond. He’s a model/actor. He acts super confident and secure but that’s all a front for his inner insecurities. He’s kind of flashy with his faith which can get on the other characters’ nerves, even though they are on a faith-based family show.

*Elliot – he’s hoping for redemption and to get away from it all after his ex-girlfriend goes on a smear campaign against him on national TV. He and David are in a scripted love triangle with Harmony which goes off script into real life. He’s used to playing stalkers and serial killers so [he] is looking for a career/image makeover as well.

*Katie – She’s been acting a long time without a big break. She’s envious of Harmony or just being handed the lead role. How she handles that jealousy is questionable. She’s very ambitious. You’ll hate her one minute, and she’ll break your heart the next. Katie and Elliot are the two characters that surprised me the most while I was writing. Continue reading

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Introducing Mary J Williams, author

Mary J Williams novelWhat is a typical day like for you?

I wish I could say an author’s life is filled with endless excitement. The truth? I spend most of my time alone with my characters. Not that I have anything to complain about. I love what I do. And because I hate to fly, I get to take trips on a whim, around the world, to exotic locations, all from the comfort of my own home.

What are you currently reading?

I don’t read as much as I did before I started writing. So I’m much pickier when I do sit down with a book. At the moment, I’m in the middle of Secrets in Death by J. D. Robb. I’ve read all the books in the series. Eve and Roarke are my favorite couple of all time. Who doesn’t love a kick-ass woman and a man who stands right beside her through thick and thin?

What are you working on now?

I’m in the middle of the first book in a new series. I like to do a series every year—three to five books. I’ve done athletes and billionaires and movie moguls and rock stars.

My new series, The Sisters Quartet, takes place in New York City. Four standalone books with a central villain the sisters have to take down. Four happy endings.

The first book, One of These Days, will be out in February. Two of A Kind in April. Three Wishes in June. And Four Simple Words in August. I like to do one standalone novel each year. And a Christmas novella. Continue reading

Heel Lead by Dawn K. Henderson

Heel Lead book coverTitle: Heel Lead by Dawn K. Henderson
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction

Synopsis

Because life is one big ballroom – and all we can do is dance… Former UK dance champion Caroline Elliott has two burning passions in her life: her sexy, young Spanish lover Antonio, and the weekly Ballroom dance class she teaches to a diverse group of enthusiastic locals in the small English town of Castleham where she lives. But Caroline has a problem. The numbers attending her class have dwindled, and unless she can somehow breathe new life into it, she will have no choice but to close it down. A dance display at the local Arts Festival might just be the perfect opportunity to showcase her students and pull in those much-needed new members. How difficult could it be? With the date of the display

A dance display at the local Arts Festival might just be the perfect opportunity to showcase her students and pull in those much-needed new members. How difficult could it be? With the date of the display approaching, however, illness, affairs and relationship break-ups threaten to crush Caroline’s hopes.

As she battles to keep rehearsals on track and soothe her students’ rampant nerves, she must also conquer the demons of a long-ago tragedy in her own life.

Will she be able to let go of her fears and step into the spotlight once again? Heel Lead is an emotional, passionate and poignant story that entertains while it tugs at your heartstrings. In this short yet compelling novel, author Dawn K. Henderson presents a captivating tale of the power of love, dance and the ties that bind us.

In this short yet compelling novel, author Dawn K. Henderson presents a captivating tale of the power of love, dance and the ties that bind us. Continue reading

Excerpt from Dusk Until Dawn by Andie J Christopher

Dusk Until Dawn book coverTitle: Dusk Until Dawn by Andie J. Christopher
Pub date: 4/18/2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

No boundaries.

Bartender and aspiring painter Maya Pascual loves turning up the heat. And dumping a vodka-and-karma chaser on the man who broke her heart is perfect Bronx girl payback. But how can she resist when Miami playboy prince Javier Hernandez begs to make it up to her. . .

 No regrets.

Between his disastrous personal life and his wealthy family’s meddling, Javi needs to get back on track. The only thing that’s certain is his passion for Maya. If she’ll just let him show her how sorry he is, maybe he can move on and start fresh. But one look in her gorgeous eyes and he knows letting her go will be easier said than done.

No rules.

Maya agrees to one dinner with Javi. But as their attraction threatens to combust, she wonders if a night of no strings, no repeats surrender is the only way burn off their desire once and for all…. Unless the light of day reveals it’s impossible to let go. Continue reading

An Excerpt from Puppy Love by Kelly Moran

Puppy Love coverTitle: Puppy Love by Kelly Moran
Published: 2/28/2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

After a passionless marriage under the scrutiny of high society, Avery Stowe is taking back her life. All she wants is a little privacy and a quiet place to raise her autistic daughter, Hailey. Redwood Ridge, Oregon, seems to offer all the right ingredients. Except for the problem of the local sexy veterinarian. The last thing she needs in her life is to fall for his irresistible allure, even if he is a nice guy who keeps doing her favors. But the well-meaning patrons of her new hometown have other ideas, and it appears playing Cupid is one of them.

Cade O’Grady has never met a woman he couldn’t handle, but when Avery Stowe walks into his office late one night cradling an injured puppy, he’s struck stupid. Which might explain her total lack of interest in him. But now that she’s working for his family’s clinic, he doesn’t have to lust from a distance. He might just have a chance at convincing Avery—and her too-guarded heart—that falling for the right man isn’t a mistake . . .

Click to read Kelly Moran’s inspiration behind her new novel Puppy Love.

About Kelly Moran About Kelly Moran

Bestselling author Kelly Moran says she gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her and there’s always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself, and no one is safe from becoming her next fictional character.

She is a Catherine Award-Winner, Readers Choice Finalist, Holt Medallion Finalist, and earned one of the 10 Best Reads by USA Today’s HEA. She is also a Romance Writers of America member. Her interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don’t tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and two dogs. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well. She loves hearing from her readers.

Connect with Kelly: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads

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Book Promo: The Art of Three

The Art of Three Erin McRaeThe Art of Three by Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Menage (non-erotic)

Synopsis

Jamie Conway has a charmed life. At 24, he’s relocated from Dublin to London to star in his first feature film. Unfortunately, he also has one very big problem: He has a huge crush on his happily married costar.

British heartthrob to middle-aged women everywhere, Callum Griffith-Davies should have more sense than to flirt with his new-to-the-business colleague, but good judgment isn’t one of the qualities for which he’s known.

Nerea Espinosa de Los Monteros Nessim has better things to do than fret about her husband’s newest conquest. She’s busy planning her daughter’s wedding at the family’s farmhouse in rural Spain. Besides, she and Callum have been married and polyamorous for almost 30 years; she’s content to let him make his own bad choices.

But when Nerea flies to London after her artwork is selected for a high-profile museum show, she falls for Jamie too. Soon Callum, Jamie, and Nerea have bigger problems, and surprises, than international logistics. From ex-lovers and nosy neighbors to adult children with dramas of their own, The Art of Three is a contemporary romance that celebrates families, and farce, in all shapes and sizes. Continue reading

12 Questions with Lisa Hahn

I got the opportunity to interview author Lisa Hahn. Thank you, Lisa for visiting Plain Talk!

1.      If you could spend time a character from your book whom would it be?

Cat (the heroine) and her best friend Abby are cool girls. When they hang out, they keep things quiet and low key. That’s what I like.

2.      What character in your book are you least likely to get along with and why?

Marcy is the resident mean girl in the Bretton Falls Ballet Company. I had little tolerance for girls like her when I was dancing.

3.      Tell us about your book cover and how it came about.

My sister-in-law designed the cover for me. I typically have a difficult time picturing what I’d like on the cover, so I give the artists I work with a fair amount of freedom.

4.      How do you choose the names of your characters?

I almost always consult a census to be sure the names are appropriate for the time period. Ultimately, I try to pick names that reflect the characters and the families they came from. After all, in the real world, their parents would likely be the people responsible for naming them.

5.      What book do you wish you could have written?

I’m finishing Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys series right now, and I often find myself feeling envious of her beautiful prose.

 6.      If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Questions like this are always so difficult to answer because I know so little about pop culture and contemporary Hollywood. Milo Ventimiglia or Kit Harrington would be good candidates for Dmitri. I’m stuck on who would play Cat. The actress would have to be quite petite, as Cat is a waiflike woman who barely clears 5’0’’. I know Natalie Portman has already played a ballerina, but maybe she’d be interested in giving it another go. Continue reading

Another Man’s Treasure by Joy Avery

Book cover Joy AveryBook Title: Another Man’s Treasure by Joy Avery
Publication Date: June 18, 2016
ASIN: B01HAKBZ0Q
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Graphic artist Trinity Hargrove never knew real passion until she sleeps with her boss’s son. Mistake number one. Mistake number two…liking it too much. But they agreed to only one night. Simple enough, right? Wrong. He may be out of her bed, but their intense night together still burns in her memories. As long as she keeps her distance from the oh-so-desirable Xander Duval, everything will be okay. Unfortunately, fate won’t go along with her plan.

Restaurateur Xander Duval agrees to Trinity’s “one night” stipulation, but only in theory. He has no intentions of not being with her again. Especially when his mind—nor body—will allow him to forget the fire that blazed between them until the wee hours of the morning. When Trinity is injured in an automobile accident, he jumps at the opportunity to be her arms and legs. He plans to show her just how determined he is to make her his…for far longer than just one night. Continue reading

Getting published with Mariam Kobras

Distant-Shore-iconThis month we’re celebrating March, and the part it played in my first novel, The Distant Shore.

I wrote this book seven years ago, mostly to entertain myself while I supervised the detention room at the local middle school. There were many hours when there were no students to talk to, calm down, help with their work, so I began bringing in my laptop.

Stuck between bookshelves, looking out at a neat row of tables and chairs, I dipped into the exciting world of Jon Stone and Naomi, his first and only love.

While the smell of iffy school lunches drifted along the corridors and up the stairway, I was standing with Jon Stone—brilliant musician and rock star—on the deck of his Malibu house while he read the letter that will take him around the world to find his lost love. I was with him as he stood outside the small hotel in Norway where he wondered what to do next. Would he go inside and confront Naomi? Or would he walk away and let bygones be bygones?

He was freezing, standing there in the wind and snow of a Norwegian March day, his silk shirt and leather jacket useless against the cold.

I stood inside the hotel with Naomi when she realized that the tall, dark-haired man talking to the receptionist was her beloved, Jon. How could she not recognize his voice, the beautiful baritone that won him so many fans all over the world? How could she not fall in love all over again?

I had no idea where The Distant Shore would take me.

I was happily bumbling through the story, exploring byways and sidetracks, tweeting about it to my friends, sharing snippets on my blog and Facebook, never thinking about publishing it. It was my sweet parallel world where I went to play whenever I had time. Everything was perfect.

Until a publisher found me on Twitter. They read my blog, they found the excerpts. And they wanted the full manuscript, now.

I replied that it wasn’t ready. They said they’d wait.

The next six weeks were sheer terror. I got up at five in the morning and edited.

I went to school and my detention room and edited.

I came home, made supper for my family, and edited.

I carved a 136,000 publishable novel out of my tome of over 400,000 words.

I submitted it. And it got accepted.

This story is true.

Now, seven years later, my publisher Buddhapuss Ink has released five of my books—the Stone Series—about Jon and Naomi, their family and friends, their children, their hopes and dreams, their love, their life.

I am living the writer’s dream. Continue reading

Malibu Betrayals

Malibu Betrayals book coverMalibu Betrayals by M K Meredith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 28th, 2015

Synopsis

Hollywood screenwriter Samantha Dekker spent the last year picking up the pieces after her husband’s suicide. Along with grief, guilt, and tabloid hell, she’s had to watch helplessly as the film industry slammed its doors in her face. Now Sam has the rarest of Hollywood opportunities—a second chance…working with the one man she swore never to see again.

Hunktastic A-lister Gage Cutler knows that Sam blamed him for his part in her husband’s death. Still, Sam is the one woman he can never forget. All he wants is a second chance of his own—to prove he’s not the player she remembers. And Malibu is the perfect backdrop to make a girl swoon.

Except they’re not alone. Someone is watching Sam and Gage’s steamy off-screen romance with the most dangerous of intentions… Continue reading