Leanne Treese is the debut author of The Language of Divorce, which releases out into the world today. Please help me welcome, Leanne!

Author Name:  Leanne Treese

Book Title: The Language of Divorce

Book Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Publisher: Filles Vertes Publishing

Welcome, Leanne! Please tell us about your book. 

My book is about a couple who have feelings for each other but nonetheless find themselves in the center of a highly publicized divorce.  Ultimately, they seek to air out their differences on a reality television show for divorcing couples.  

I love this idea! What was the spark for The Language of Divorce? 

I am a former divorce attorney.  I once saw an ad for a service where you go to an island and get divorced in a week-end.  I am also a secret fan of the Bachelor/Bachelorette.  These ideas merged to form the concept of a divorce reality television show.  

How long did it take for you to write the book? Did you do have to do any research?

The book took me about two years to write.  I wrote it it in 500 word increments most mornings.  I did not have to do much research as the topic is primarily centered on divorce and I have experience as a lawyer in that area.  

For you, what do you find difficult about writing?

I do not work from an outline and have only a general idea as to plot and characters when I start.  Because of this, putting down the first draft is the most difficult part.    

What do you love most about it?

Revising!  Once I have the story down, I absolutely love refining and revising it.  

If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read The Language of Divorce?

I set out to create a book that would make readers feel a wide range of emotions.  I think I succeeded in doing that.  I also believe it is a good story and easy to read!  

How does your day job inform your novel writing?

I was certainly able to use my knowledge of divorce law in writing this book!

What are your interests outside of writing and reading?

I can usually be found at home with my family, dogs, and coffee! I enjoy running (I once ran a marathon!) and the beach.  I love going to professional basketball games (76ers) and watching my kids in their activities.  I keep trying (and failing) to take up mediation.  One of these days……

Are you working on a new project?

I am working through initial thoughts for another women’s fiction novel but don’t have it fleshed out enough to share details just yet.  I am also writing a short story for a romance anthology coming out in February.  

Where can readers find you? 

Facebook: @authorleanne50

Twitter: @authorleanne

Instagram: @leannetreese

Website: www.leannetreese.com

Live Events: Upcoming book signings at Newtown Book shop on Saturday, October 5th and the Bucks County Bookfest on Sunday, October 13th

Thank you and congratulations on your debut, Leanne!

THE LANGUAGE OF DIVORCE

Is it really over?

Hannah and Will Abbott define the American dream:  two kids, a home in the suburbs, and a seemingly perfect marriage.  But discontent lurks under the surface of their outwardly happy lives as each Hannah and Will suspect the other of infidelity.  When they independently consult divorce attorneys, the conflict escalates and Hannah flees with the children against a court order.  This snap decision starts a social media firestorm and, suddenly, the Abbott divorce is big news. 

With family stress and legal fees rising, Will and Hannah accept an invitation to appear on a reality television show for divorcing couples.  During filming on the beautiful island of St. John, the Abbotts must decide once and for all:  can their love survive their past? 

BIO

Leanne lives in New Jersey with her husband of twenty-five years and their three wonderful children.  When Leanne is not cheering her kids on in their activities, she can be found running, watching 76ers basketball games, and spoiling her two beloved dogs.  Favorite locations include the Jersey shore, Martha’s Vineyard, and any place that sells books or coffee, preferably both.  A passionate student, Leanne’s dream life would include going back to college and majoring in everything. 

​Leanne is a graduate of Lafayette College and The Dickinson School of Law.  She is a former attorney who is now lucky enough to write full-time!  The Language of Divorce is her debut novel.


Alice J. Miller joins us on the blog today. Her contemporary romance, The Price to Be Paid, is available now. Welcome, Alice!

Author Name: Alice J. Miller

Book TitleThe Price to Be Paid

Book Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Release Date: Out Now!

Publisher: Books to Go Now

Thanks so much for the opportunity to talk with you! Please tells us a little bit about your book.

Can Molly and Kyle make their marriage of convenience work, in order to save Kyle’s business? Or will the mistakes of the past continue to haunt them, and deprive them of the future together they both secretly crave?

How long did it take for you to write the book? Did you do have to do any research?

I wrote this book over a period of a few years, and the story published bears a marked difference to the original plot. I put it down and picked it up so many times, working on different stories in between, but Kyle and Molly remained a firm favourite with me, and I always came back to them. Luckily for me, as I’ve been to Florida a few times I have a reasonable feel of the area so I just dived back into my memory for any research.

For you, what’s the hardest thing about writing?

Shutting out the world and just doing it. There is always something else I think I should be doing. Once I get into it I’m fine, but it can be a struggle when the writing isn’t flowing and that’s when Facebook and Twitter seem so much more interesting. 

I think most writers can relate to social media distractions! What do you love most about writing?

The sense of accomplishment when those very last words are on the page. When I write chapters that make people want to keep reading to reach a happy ever after about people grown from my imagination, it’s a great feeling.     

If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read The Price to Be Paid?

It’s a story of intrigue, romance, loss and passion, but ultimately it illustrates the power of redemption and forgiveness, and how true love can heal even the most broken of hearts.

What are your interests outside of writing and reading?

I have two daughters and three grandchildren to keep me busy and an old X Box 360 that I enjoy playing games on. I don’t use it enough to justify buying anything newer, but it keeps me happy. I also love dabbling with Corel Paint Shop Pro and Video Studio, and I try to learn a new technique involving some aspect of them every month.

Are you working on a new project?

As you’re reading this, book two in the Upland Village Series will be on its way to finding a publisher. I’ve also one last final scene to be written, and then I’ll be polishing and revising a novella to hopefully also find a home.

Where can readers find you?

Webpage: https://www.alicejmiller.com

Facebook: @AliceJMillerauthor

Twitter: @alicejmiller810

Goodreads: Alice J Miller

Pinterest: Alice J Miller

I don’t have any upcoming events to publicise but I am on a shortlist for the Joan Hessayon award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association to be announced on September 14th.

Congratulations, Alice! The Price to Be Paid is out now.

The Price to Be Paid

Kyle Lawson needs a wife, and he needs one now. With his ailing business on the line the only women who can rescue him is the step-daughter of the man who put him in this precarious position in the first place. Can he trust her to come through for him, and save his business?

When given the chance to marry the man of her dreams, while atoning for the sins of her family, Molly Wilson doesn’t hesitate. Propelled into a bogus marriage, she vows to make up for the mistakes of the past, even if it means breaking her own heart.

Can Kyle and Molly put aside their differences and united, fight for a better future? When their plan is threatened by a secret from Kyle’s past, will it ruin the deal and destroy any hope of a life together?

Amidst the searing heat of Florida, will Molly and Kyle resist their inner desires? Or, despite their troubled past, can love, forgiveness and redemption find a way to shape their future?

BIO:

Alice J Miller hails originally from London but now lives in Kent. She’s wanted to write since the age of twelve, but never took the idea seriously until a few years ago, when she decided it was time to test the theory it’s never too late to follow the dream.

Wife, mother and grandmother, she writes from the heart and loves indulging her imagination, following wherever it leads until the characters in her head become as familiar to her as family. 

An avid Sci-fi fan, and in particularly Star Trek, if you look closely you’ll usually find a homage to a named Star Trek character in every book she writes.   

A romantic at heart, she makes her characters struggle in love, but always ensures they eventually get their happy ever after. 


I’m thrilled to have author Elena Mikalsen make her return to the blog. Her latest novel, The House by the Cypress Trees, is available for pre-order.

Author Name: Elena Mikalsen

Book Title: The House by the Cypress Trees

Book Genre: Romance

Release Date: September 2nd, 2019

Publisher: Wild Rose Press

Welcome, Elena! Please tell us about your latest release.

A Texas teacher and a London architect get stranded in Tuscany after rescuing a dog in Rome.

What inspired the idea for The House by the Cypress Trees?

I got the idea the same way I get all of my ideas, on the family vacation. I always insist that, when we travel, we try to live as locals as much as possible, so, two years ago, my family and I flew to Rome and ended up in an old neighborhood of Trastevere, which is about 20-30 minutes away from the tourist center of Rome and you had to take a tram or a taxi to travel to any of the attractions.

The actual idea for the book came to me during one of our morning trips on a tram. The children and I were huddled together in the crowded spot and, suddenly we saw everyone parting as a homeless man approached us with a tiny puppy in his hands. He started begging us for money and he was squeezing the animal tight and my kids were terribly distressed. As he moved on, we kept talking about how we had an overwhelming desire to just rip the puppy out of his arms and run out of the tram. And how he wouldn’t possibly be able to catch up to us in the labyrinth of Trastevere streets. Later that day, I wrote this experience on my phone and it became The House by the Cypress Trees.

How close is the end product to that seed of an idea you began thinking about on vacation?

This is exactly Ch. 1 of the novel.

In what ways do you think you’ve evolved as an author since your first book came out?

My first novel was historical and I thought I would want to write nothing but historical novels, but now I have firmly become a contemporary author. I also have really good writing discipline now, where I can write any time, any day, in any place. Yet, I know better than push myself to write when I don’t feel like it. I used to have a fear that, if I don’t write down my ideas, they will disappear forever, but now I know they are always in my mind and I can always recreate them later.

What’s your favorite part about writing/being an author? What do you find challenging?

Writing is stress relief for me and also a great way to empty my mind. My mind always swirled with stories and I had no way of controlling that until I began to put that down on paper. The challenging part for me is having a full-time job. I have a very tiny amount of time to write, but I carry my laptop and a physical notebook with me literally everywhere. You can even spot me writing on my phone in an elevator at work.

What are your interests outside of writing and reading?

Travel. I am obsessed with travelling and looking at beautiful landscapes and photographing nature.

Your love of travel certainly shows in this book! What are you working on now?

I am writing a thriller set in Vancouver about a woman trying to save her brother who is homeless.

I also have a thriller coming out in December, called All the Silent Voices about a woman who plots revenge against her college rapist when he becomes her boss. It’s a #MeToo novel set in a corrupt pharmaceutic company.

And last but not least, where can readers find you?

Website: www.elenamikalsen.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elena.mikalsen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WF_writerEM Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writer.mikalsen/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/elenamikalsen/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17629655.Elena_Mikalsen

Thank you, Elena! The House by the Cypress Trees comes out on September 2, but you can pre-order your copy NOW.

The House by the Cypress Trees

Julia Ramos, in Italy to find her birth mother, rescues a dog, is nearly run over by a handsome Brit, and gets evicted from her rental apartment. Not a perfect trip.

Daniel Stafford wants to visit his family in Tuscany—after his girlfriend dumps him for their Italian driver, he botches a work presentation in Rome, and an assertive American falls in front of his car.

When their two disastrous lives collide, they end up sleeping on the side of the road. Falling in love with Italy—and each other—is the least of their concerns.


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