I’m thrilled to talk to romance author MV Ellis on the blog today. She’s part of the #Authors18 crew and has a new release out, Finding Marnie. Welcome, MV!
Author Name: MV Ellis
Book Title: Finding Marnie
Book Genre: Contemporary romance
Release Date: Out now
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
What sparked the idea for Finding Marnie?
Finding Marnie, is the highly anticipated fourth instalment of the Heartless Few series. Inspired by the previous books, it takes us back to the rock ‘n’ roll world of the Jones brothers, but now from a different point of view. “Quiet twin” Luke has preferred to live life in his larger-than-life brother’s shadow, but when Marnie, his life-long crush, finds herself at rock bottom he’s desperate to save her, even if it means defying Arlo. In this book we see this sexy rock god finally step into the light and become the man he was meant to be, proving to both himself and Marnie that they are worth fighting for.
For you, what’s the hardest thing about writing?
I’m lucky the hardest thing and easiest thing about writing for me are one and the same thing. The ‘problem’ I have is that I have so many ideas, and not enough time to execute them all. My brain is literally brim full of ideas, with new ones being added every day. If I could do away with the need to sleep, then perhaps I have a shot at ever capturing everything that’s in my mind. Until that day…not a chance! In the meantime, I’ll do my best to get as much of the good stuff out of my head and onto the page as I possible can.
What do you love most about it?
I love that writing allows me to express my creativity in the way that comes most naturally to me. I also love that I can share the ideas that are swimming with other people and that in turn, people respond positively what I do. I adore the degree of freedom I have to manage and influence my own career, and the flexibility that writing offers over other jobs. I especially appreciate that the research required for my books allows me to unleash my inner geek, delving into corners of the internet that I may not have otherwise found myself. I just hope that nobody pays too much attention to my browsing history, that’s all. It certainly gives a very colourful impression of interests!
For someone like me who is impatient with a fairly short attention span, another huge benefit of writing is that no two days are the same, and each book is a discrete project with a specific start and end point. Once it’s done, and it’s time to move on to the next fresh new shiny project. That’s my favourite way to work.
If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read Finding Marnie?
My stories have a little bit of kickass, and a whole lot of badass. If you like hot sexy alphas with heart, and sassy heroines with a sting in their tail, as well as an angst-ridden emotional rollercoaster ride to the eventual happy ever after, Finding Marnie (and the other books in my Heartless Few series) won’t disappoint.
What are you working on now?
I’m in the editing phases of the first book of a fresh new series, which is due out later this year. It has all the angst, sass and badassery (not a word, but I like it) of my previous books, but it introduces a whole new cast of characters to love (and sometimes hate). It’s also a departure from the rock star genre, taking place in a whole new setting to my previous books, though readers can expect the occasional cameo from characters from the Heartless Few. I do’t want to give to much away at this stage, but watch this space for further updates nearer to the release date in July.
Thank you so much for chatting with us, MV! Finding Marnie is available now.
MV ELLIS knows what it’s like to fall head over heels in love with a badass musician. She followed her heart halfway around the world to be with one. She moved from London to Sydney after a steamy holiday romance with a sexy bass player in sultry Brazil.
Fourteen years, two children and a dog later, and she’s still smitten. All this with a guy she sat next to on a bus for 36 hours! She has toured internationally as a ‘WAG’, and her experiences inspire her writing.
Ellis’ love of romance began when she was 11 years old, after a summer spent secretly reading her auntie’s books. She’s been a sucker for an alpha hero and strong heroine ever since.
An avid reader, Ellis always knew that she’d write a book of her own one day. She was right about that. Following a career spanning advertising, marketing, and social media, she finally wrote her debut novel, Catching London in 2017 and has since gone on to publish a further three novels, the latest of which, Finding Marnie is now available. Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L7ZWNCJ/
Amazon author link: https://www.amazon.com/MV-Ellis/e/B077VQWM7N
FINDING MARNIE (release: 12 Feb)
Their love is a legacy of broken hearts and shattered dreams. Can they find each other without losing themselves?
He is everything I want but know I can never have.
Every fiber of my being has ached for Luke from the very first moment we met. However, with my parents’ legacy of toxic obsession woven into my DNA, I know love is pain and should be avoided at all costs. I’m unloved and unlovable. Still, in moments of weakness, I allow myself to imagine what it would be like if I was the kind of woman who deserved the love of a man like him.
She is hiding in plain sight, waiting for me to find her.
Marnie has had my heart from day one, and always will. It’s just a shame I couldn’t muster the words to tell her so when we first locked eyes. It’s a failing I will live to regret for years to come. However, I’m determined to make things right, even if it takes me a lifetime. I need her to know she is enough. In fact, she is more than that. She is everything.
Can they find each other without losing themselves?
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Please welcome Elena Mikalsen to the blog today. She’s the author of Wrapped in the Stars, which is out now.
Author Name: Elena Mikalsen
Book Title: Wrapped in the Stars
Book Genre: Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction
Release Date: Out Now
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Please tell us a little about your book.
The book’s main message is that a great love can never be lost—its energy will remain in the universe and will pass on to another couple. A couple in the early 20th century becomes separated but their love is passed to another couple in our time.
How long did it take for you to write Wrapped in the Stars? Did you do have to do any research?
It took me a year of meticulous research on quantum physics, history of medicine, and history of Jewish communities in Switzerland in the early 20th century, which is where part of my story takes place.
If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read Wrapped in the Stars?
I think someone may be interested in reading the book to learn about the women who were first allowed to enter medical schools in Europe in the early 20th century and what was their experience like being students alongside men and practicing after they graduate. My books cover the life of medical students in Switzerland before and during the World War I and the work of physicians helping women and children. I wanted to write about this topic because I never saw it covered in other historical fiction novels.
How does your day job inform your novel writing?
I work as a pediatric psychologist at a Children’s Hospital. My job is to treat children and pregnant mothers who are hospitalized or medically ill and I do believe that my daily work with the ups and downs of caring for families with often devastating stories very much influences the stories I come up for my books.
What are you working on now?
I finished two novels last year and they are in the process of getting published—one likely in 2019 (It’s a romcom) and one likely in 2020 (it’s a women’s fiction/suspense).
My current novel in progress was inspired by my last summer’s trip to Vancouver where my family and I struggled to observe a great number of homeless living suffering in that very wealthy city. We literally watched people dying in the streets in front of us with little help and one night, over a hundred and fifty people overdosed near where we were staying. I was so shocked by this, I wrote my first chapter and an outline for a novel as I sat in a beautiful apartment overlooking a square where people were sleeping on a cold hard ground for the night. It’s about a quarter done, but it requires a great deal of research and it will probably take me another year to finish.
Where can readers find you?
Thank you, Elena! Wrapped in the Stars is available NOW.
WRAPPED IN THE STARS
Struggling with guilt over her sister’s death and the stress of her medical residency, Maya Radelis runs away to Scotland. A robin seems to lead her to an antique shop, where she finds a century-old engagement ring. But what is the ring’s history? She follows the slim paper trail, wondering if it is only coincidence that her dreams reveal the story of a Swiss woman physician who wore the ring during World War I.
In Paris she meets fellow New Yorker David Fischer, a lawyer with family in Switzerland as well as America. He helps Maya follow the memories stored in the ring as they lead her around Europe. The attraction between David and Maya grows, and when they discover a connection between the ring and David’s family, they learn, bit by bit, more about the ring’s earlier owner. Will Maya’s own life have the same tragedy of lost love?
I am a published author and a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, the Author’s Guild, the International Thriller Writers Association, and the RWA PAN.
I like to write stories about smart women in extraordinary circumstances. My first novel, WRAPPED IN THE STARS, was released worldwide by The Wild Rose Press, Inc. in February of 2018. It was short-listed for the Del Sol First Novel Prize in 2017.
I am somewhat obsessive about travel, but, when I am at home, in San Antonio, I can be found browsing through bookstores or antique shops with my husband and two children.
When not writing stories, I am a Pediatric Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, helping children with chronic medical illness. I blog on issues of mental health for teens and adults. I enjoy working with the media due to my expertise in managing anxiety, stress, and parenting issues. My nonfiction blog and articles can be found at https://www.elenamikalsen.com My nonfiction chapter was included in COMMUNITY INTERVENTIONS TO CREATE CHANGE IN CHILDREN published by Rutledge/Haworth Press in 2014.
Thrilled to talk to author Sara Ackerman today, whose second novel, The Lieutenant’s Nurse, releases on March 5. Her debut, Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, happens to be a Kindle Daily Deal today–if you haven’t read it, snap up a copy for only $1.99.
Author Name: Sara Ackerman
Book Title: The Lieutenant’s Nurse
Book Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Publisher: MIRA/Harper Collins
Congratulations on the launch of your next book! Please tell us a little bit about it.
The Pearl Harbor story you haven’t heard before.
How did you come up with the title?
My publisher came up with the title. The main character is a nurse and the man she falls for is a lieutenant, so there you have it. I had some other title ideas in mind, but they were set on this one.
How long did it take for you to write the book? Did you do have to do any research?
The first draft took five or six months and after that I did several big revisions with my agent and editor. I had to read and reference many books, articles and interviews while I was writing. Part of the story takes place on the Matson Lurline steamship in 1941, and I found a great book on what it was like to make the five day crossing. They really did it in style back then! I also included snippets of real events, memos, letters, and messages leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, so I read voraciously about that as well as a book about the head crypto guy in a place called the Dungeon. And then the medical part and what it was like in Tripler hospital just after the attack. I have a list of resources in the back of my novel. I learned so much, but it was also very emotional reading. It’s hard to imagine what those people went through and as someone born and raised in Hawaii on war stories (from my grandparents and parents), I feel like writing this book was something I needed to do.
For you, what’s the hardest thing about writing?
The beginning, the middle, and the end! LOL. But seriously, as I’m starting, I think how I am I going to create a whole story out of this? In the middle I wonder how on earth I’m going to manage another 40 or 50 thousand words, and then at the end, I question whether I will be able to tie everything together and make a satisfying ending for the reader. It’s all hard, but I love it.
What do you love most about it?
I love the magic of a story unfolding before my eyes. I’m more of a panster than a plotter, so though I try to have an idea of what will happen, I usually don’t know most of the details until I write them. As I’m going along, characters and situations arise that I never could have planned for and they surprise me as much as they would surprise a reader. It’s what keeps me going. I need to see what happens in the end.
If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read The Lieutenant’s Nurse?
I would say because it puts a unique spin on the Pearl Harbor story. Told from a woman’s perspective, it’s an honest, authentic telling of the days surrounding the attack. It’s also full of love and intrigue and there’s a cute dog in it.
How does your day job inform your novel writing?
I’m a high school teacher and I also do acupuncture (though more just on family and friends now). I’m pitching a novel writing class for next year, so let’s hope it runs. Other than that, my job does not influence my writing (except for taking up writing time).
What are your interests outside of writing and reading?
I love being outdoors. I spend most of my free time hiking, surfing, stand up paddling, snorkeling, biking, and exploring this beautiful island. The nice thing about Hawaii is we get to be outside all year long. I also love animals, yoga, stargazing, baking, and hanging out with my family and friends.
Where can readers find you (website, blog, social media, etc.)?
I love to connect with readers and book clubs. You can find me at:
I’m also a member of NovelNetwork, where you can sign up for authors to visit your book club (IRL or virtually) https://novelnetwork.com).
Thank you, Sara! The Lieutenant’s Nurse comes out March 5!
“The Lieutenant’s Nurse illuminates the invasion of Pearl Harbor with a riveting drama told from a unique perspective. Sara Ackerman brings a time and place to vivid life, putting a human and heroic face on events that changed history. I savored every page!” -Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
November, 1941. She’s never even seen the ocean before, but Eva Cassidy has her reasons for making the crossing to Hawaii, and they run a lot deeper than escaping a harsh Michigan winter. Newly enlisted as an Army Corps nurse, Eva is stunned by the splendor she experiences aboard the steamship SS Lurline; even more so by Lt. Clark Spencer, a man she is drawn to but who clearly has secrets of his own. But Eva’s past—and the future she’s trying to create—means that she’s not free to follow her heart. Clark is a navy intelligence officer, and he warns her that the United States won’t be able to hold off joining the war for long, but nothing can prepare them for the surprise attack that will change the world they know.
In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Eva and her fellow nurses band together for the immense duty of keeping the American wounded alive. And the danger that finds Eva threatens everything she holds dear. Amid the chaos and heartbreak, Eva will have to decide whom to trust and how far she will go to protect those she loves.
Set in the vibrant tropical surroundings of the Pacific, The Lieutenant’s Nurse is an evocative, emotional WWII story of love, friendship and the resilient spirit of the heroic nurses of Pearl Harbor.
Sara writes books about love and life, and all of their messy and beautiful imperfections. She believes that the light is just as important as the dark, and that the world is in need of uplifting and heartwarming stories. Born and raised in Hawaii, she studied journalism and later earned graduate degrees in psychology and Chinese medicine. Prior to practicing acupuncture, she worked as a high school counselor and teacher on the famed north shore of Oahu. She is the author of historical novels Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers and The Lieutenant’s Nurse, with several more in the works. She blames Hawaii for her addiction to writing, and sees no end to its untapped stories.