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Megan Mayfair’s debut, The Things We Leave Unsaid, releases on August 22. Welcome, Megan!

Author Name: Megan Mayfair

Book Title: The Things We Leave Unsaid

Book Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: August 22, 2018

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

How would you describe your book, Megan?

The Things We Leave Unsaid looks at the lives of two women, whose lives and dreams have been shaped by their families, and specifically, the things that weren’t said. But should have been.

What sparked the idea for The Things We Left Unsaid?

I’m always fascinated by family dynamics and how our upbringing may shape what we want out of life – perhaps to replicate what we experienced or to ‘break the mould’ and seek a new sort of life for ourselves. In The Things We Leave Unsaid, we see two women, Clare and Tessa, whose views on relationships, career and children are very much shaped by what they had, or didn’t have, growing up.

Family history has always fascinated me too – I completed a lot of my own family tree a few years back and found the process amazing. I didn’t find myself with a mystery as Clare finds herself in, but it was something I was interested to write about.

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

I had a couple of ideas bouncing around for The Things We Leave Unsaid in 2016 – specifically Clare’s storyline of trying to find her mother’s birth certificate and the mystery of her mother’s family. Tessa was a full-formed character in my mind and I was desperate to start telling her story. Her and Clare are such different characters but I saw a friendship form between them in my mind very early on and I wanted to weave their lives together.

I really got stuck into writing more of the piece when I was on maternity leave in early 2017 and completed the manuscript around September 2017.

In terms of research, while I used some of my own experiences in trying to research family history, but needed to find out more information about the exact records Clare needs to find as she tracks her family.

Tessa runs a café and is a total coffee snob. Drinking coffee (and having a sneaky piece of cake) in some of my favourite haunts was good research but I also took a barista course – I wanted to get the processes right.

How did you celebrate when you learned The Things We Left Unsaid was going to be published?

There was definitely a bottle of champagne involved.

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

Anyone who loves a good story, a giggle, a bit of a cry, a bit of romance and ultimately, a positive ending would enjoy The Things We Leave Unsaid. It’s effectively ‘life lit’ in that, I hope, readers run the gauntlet of emotions that we do in our lives – there are moments of joy, of sadness and hope for what the future will hold.

What’s one piece of advice you would offer your younger writer self?

I wrote as a child and as a teenager and loved it. By my 20s, I focused on other things – University, career, marriage, and creative writing was pushed into the background.

I’ve only come back to it in the past few years so I would definitely tell my 20-something writer self to keep it up.

Until a couple of years ago, I had also some bizarre thought that if I were to ever write a book, I would need to have it all planned out and perfect in my mind before I actually wrote it. I’d tell myself to just write – you can always edit it later.

Where can readers find you (website, blog, social media, etc.)?

www.meganmayfair.com

www.twitter.com/mayfairmegan

www.instagram.com/meganmayfairwrites

www.facebook.com/meganmayfairauthor

Thank you, Megan! The Things We Left Unsaid is available for pre-order NOW.

Is it the things we don’t say that haunt us the most?

Clare is anxious to start a family with adoring husband, Pete. When she takes on the seemingly simple task of obtaining her late mother’s birth certificate, she finds herself in a family history search that will challenge everything she thought she knew about her life.

Scarred by her parents’ ill-fated marriage, Tessa lives by three rules – dating unavailable men, building her café into a food empire, and avoiding her father. However, when her carefully planned life is thrown into chaos, Tessa is forced to decide which of these rules she’s willing to break.

As Clare and Tessa’s paths cross and their friendship grows, can they both finally unlock their family secrets in order to realise their futures?

Author Bio:

Megan Mayfair is an Australian writer who writes women’s fiction with a dash of family intrigue, a sprinkling of humour and a spoonful of romance. And a lot of heart.

Megan lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children, loves a good cup of coffee and believes you can never have too many scarves.

Her debut novel, The Things We Leave Unsaid, is published by Crooked Cat Books. Her second novel, Tangled Vines, and third novel, The Problem With Perfect, will also be published by Crooked Cat Books.


Author Lissa Linden is on the blog today. Her novel, One Match Fire, is out now. Welcome, Lissa!

Author Name: Lissa Linden

Book Title: One Match Fire

Book Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: Out Now

Publisher: Carina Press

Thank you for joining the blog today. Lissa, how would you describe your book?

Wet Hot American Summer meets Nicholas Sparks when Amy escapes the city to take Paul’s job at their childhood summer camp in this sexy reunion romance.

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

I wrote the heart of this book in about four months. Of course, it underwent revisions during the publication process that added time to this total, but it went relatively quickly since there wasn’t much research to do. This is a book I wanted to write, and I pulled from my own camp experiences to give ONE MATCH FIRE life. Those summers at camp leave a serious imprint.

How did you celebrate when you learned ONE MATCH FIRE was going to be published?

I tried to celebrate all the steps along the way. An R&R. Offer call. Verbal agreement. Signing the contract.

There are so many steps on the way to publication, and I’m still not quite sure which one I consider to be the day I really believed ONE MATCH FIRE would be published, but I definitely used them all as excuses to get a little gussied up and go out for dinner.

If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read ONE MATCH FIRE?

Because ONE MATCH FIRE isn’t a typical summer camp story. It’s not about teens, and it’s pretty sexy. It’s nostalgia wrapped in heat and combined with all those youthful events that leave a lasting mark.

What’s one piece of advice you would offer your younger writer self?

Read. Read a lot. In your genre, out of it. Just read. Then write what you WANT to write. Your own excitement for it will come through.

Where can readers find you (website, blog, social media, etc.)?

Web: https://lissalinden.com/

Twitter: @Lissa_LindenInstagram: Lissa_Linden

Thank you, Lissa! One Match Fire is available now.

A sexy, summer camp-set reunion romance from debut author Lissa Linden

When Amy left her beloved summer camp, heartbroken and ashamed, she swore she’d never return. Twelve years later, she’s desperate to unearth the person she was before turning into a workaholic. When her old camp advertises for a new director, Amy leaps at the chance to start over—only to find herself face-to-face with the very guy who broke her heart.

Paul hasn’t forgotten kissing Amy beneath a shooting star, or how she bolted from camp without saying goodbye. When she shows up to take the job he never thought he’d leave, Paul can hardly believe his luck. Amy is now a woman with killer curves and a sexual appetite to match. With serious vibes between them, and him nearly dead from the celibacy of life at camp, they strike a deal for a few days of sexy fun in the wilderness.

But when feelings that started long ago enter the mix and it becomes clear Amy will only trust him with her body—not her heart—Paul desperately wants to break through the armor she’s built to protect herself. And although Amy knows there’s something special about the way she reacts to Paul, something beyond skin on skin, the stakes are high enough to scare her.

With a past like theirs, they’ll either ignite a future…or burn out for good.

Author Bio:

Lissa Linden writes contemporary romance about women she’d like to hang out with, and the men who can keep up with them. When she’s not writing, she’s either reading, traveling, or reading about traveling. Luckily, her husband is completely on board with spontaneously booking trips to say, eastern Europe. A proud history and languages nerd, Lissa is fluent in Shakespearean insults and dirty jokes through the ages.


I want to welcome Dianne Freeman to the blog today. She is the author of A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder, which is available now. Let’s get started, shall we?

Name: Dianne Freeman

Book title: A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder

Book genre: Historical mystery

Release date: Available now

Publisher: Kensington Books

Dianne, please tell us about your book.

Victorian widow, Frances Wynn, Countess of Harleigh, is dealing with a high society burglar, a marriage-mad sister, and a murder. When the London season turns deadly, she rallies her wits and a circle of gossiping friends and enemies to unmask the killer before she becomes his next victim.

What sparked the idea for A LADY’S GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE AND MURDER?

The Victorian era is a favorite of mine. I’ve been reading books from and about that period for as long as I can remember. The American heiress concept came from Edith Wharton’s The Buccaneers. Further research showed me they didn’t all meet with such wretched ends. I liked the idea of a more upbeat version where my heiress pushes some boundaries, and because I love a good mystery, I thought I’d give her a knack for solving crimes.

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

It took about two years to write the book, but there was a kitchen remodel in the middle of that time. This is historical fiction so, yes there was a great deal of research. I spent a lot of time in the newspaper archives, much of it researching things that were totally unnecessary but I find this era fascinating and I distract easily. Since I mention specific dates in the novel, I did think it necessary to find out if any major events took place during that week that my characters would have noted. It was also important to understand the technology of the day. How did one send information quickly from London to New York? What was photography like at the time? I needed to know not just when something was invented, but when was it available and if my characters were likely to use it.

How did you celebrate when you learned the book was going to be published?

My agent had prepared me for a long wait when the book went on sub, so when she sold it in three days, it took some time to get over the shock. Then my husband and I celebrated with a nice dinner and some cocktails.

If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read A LADY’S GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE AND MURDER?

A Lady’s Guide is a fun whodunit in an historical setting. If you enjoy a good laugh while searching for clues and unraveling a mystery, this is the book for you. If you enjoy reading about how women still managed to get the job done even when hobbled by restrictive social rules, this is the book for you too.

Where can readers find you (website, blog, social media, etc.)?

Website:  https://difreeman.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DianneFreemanAuthor/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Difreeman001

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/diannefreemanwrites/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17347322.Dianne_Freeman

Book link: https://www.amazon.com/Etiquette-Murder-Countess-Harleigh-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07638LZZB/

Thank you, Dianne! A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder is available now.

Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife. After an obligatory year spent mourning her philandering husband, Reggie, she puts aside her drab black gowns, leaving the countryside and her money-grubbing in-laws behind. With her young daughter in tow, Frances rents a home in Belgravia and prepares to welcome her sister, Lily, arriving from New York—for her first London season.

No sooner has Frances begun her new life than the ghosts of her old life make an unwelcome appearance. The Metropolitan police receive and anonymous letter implicating Frances in her husband’s death. Frances assures Inspector Delaney of her innocence, but she’s also keen to keep him from learning the scandalous circumstances of Reggie’s demise. As fate would have it, her dashing new neighbor, George Hazelton, is one of only two other people aware of the full story.

While busy with social engagements on Lily’s behalf, and worrying if Reggie really was murdered, Frances learns of mysterious burglaries plaguing London’s elite. The investigation brings death to her doorstep, and Frances rallies her wits, a circle of gossips, and the ever-chivalrous Mr. Hazelton to uncover the truth. A killer is in their midst, perhaps even among her sister’s suitors. And Frances must unmask the villain before Lily’s season—and their lives—come to a most unseemly end.

Author Bio:

Dianne Freeman is a life-long book lover who left the world of corporate finance to pursue her passion for writing. After co-authoring the non-fiction book, Haunted Highway, The Spirits of Route 66, she realized her true love was fiction, historical mystery in particular. She also realized she didn’t like winter very much so now she and her husband pursue the endless summer by splitting their time between Michigan and Arizona.


Willa Ramsey is the debut author of Everything but the Earl, out now through City Owl Press. Welcome to the blog, Willa!

Name: Willa Ramsey

Book title: Everything but the Earl

Book genre: Historical Romance

Release date: July 3, 2018

Publisher: City Owl Press

Please tell us about your book.

Two Regency rakes are messing with the wrong Miss. But will teaching them never to harass another woman cost her everything—including the man she loves?

What sparked the idea for EVERYTHING BUT THE EARL?

First, I wanted to write about an extroverted, funny, ambitious woman, and what sort of obstacles she might face in trying to be herself in Regency England. This is partly a tribute to my extroverted friends, whom I adore, and partly because I wish more books had protagonists like that! I’m introverted myself, but I’m drawn to extroverts.

And second, I wanted to write about slut-shaming. Because even though that’s a modern name for it, women have been slandered, in highly sexualized terms, since the beginning of time for everything from the clothes they wear to the opinions they express. The fact that we’re still dealing with that bugs me to no end.

Did you have to do any research?

I was already familiar with the Regency, but had to consult a number of sources to get the details of aristocratic titles, place names, clothes, and other period elements just right. I also did quite a bit of specialized research into the hot-air ballooning and bare-knuckle boxing of that era, which was really fun!

Also, my heroine’s father is the Royal Architect and her mother is secretly an architect, too. I’m hoping that my background in city planning and my many years of working with architects (and studying with and living with them, too) helps these characters come to life for readers.

How did you celebrate when you learned EVERYTHING BUT THE EARL was going to be published?

My husband and I went out to dinner at a fancy restaurant, which we don’t get to do very often because we have little kids. But we’ve gone to that same spot to celebrate Mr. Ramsey’s accomplishments a few times, and it was incredibly rewarding for me to hear him proudly tell everyone this time around about my own, long-awaited milestone.

If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read EVERYTHING BUT THE EARL?

I’m going to toot my own horn here for a second—because I’ve worked so hard for this!—and say that If you like smooth prose, a distinctive voice, and sparkling dialogue, this book is for you.

One recent reader said that EARL has “Austen-like wit.” Others have described the prose and voice as “natural” and “perfect for the Regency era.” Another called the book “lyrical and lush.”

And I want potential readers to know how proudly feminist EARL is. The heroine and hero—Caro and Adam—have an equal partnership, and the story upends the gender roles one might expect in a Regency romance. Caro is ambitious and outspoken. Adam is a homebody who wants a love match.

What’s one piece of advice you would offer your younger writer self?

I’d tell Younger Willa to do herself a solid and grow some patience!

Because working on my writing and learning about publishing were obvious things for me to do as an aspiring author. But developing patience wasn’t.

And that’s so important to a writer’s well-being. We have such a personal connection to our writing that it’s hard to endure long intervals of not knowing what other people think of it.

But there are a lot of those intervals in this business: You query and then you wait. You submit your manuscript and wait, turn in edits and wait, and send your ARCs to potentials reviewers and then SURPRISE! you wait some more. Every writer needs good practices for handling this with grace and self-care.

Where can readers find you (website, blog, social media, etc.)?

I really like Instagram and Facebook, and I also use Twitter and Goodreads. You can sign up for my newsletter (which is still under construction) on my website. Here are the links:

My website: www.willaramsey.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/willaramsey_author/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/willaramseyauthorpage/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WRamsey_Author

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2HFXbhn

Thank you for your interest!

Thank YOU, Willa! Can’t wait to read Everything but the Earl.

Miss Caroline Crispin is on top of the world. But she’s about to take a painful fall.

As the daughter of London’s most in-demand architect, Caro has laughed and danced and pursued her interests with gusto—free from Society’s censure. So when she overhears two lords calling her vulgar names and wagering on whose lover she’ll become, she’s shocked and stung—and determined to teach them a lesson. Though it pains her to ask for help from another brutish lord…

Lord Ryland isn’t the man his father wanted him to be. But he’s about to make an excellent catch.

Adam, Earl Ryland, just wants to get married and tend his country garden, away from the bucks, fops, and gossips who pester him to box like his late father. When this gentle giant meets his sister’s friend Caro—who parries his flirtations with double entendre that would make a barman blush—he’s smitten. But there’s a problem: she’s looking to him for a different sort of partnership. And it’s a risky one.


Previous Interviews:

July 17, 2018: Rachel Dacus Q&A

July 10, 2018: Randee Green Q&A

July 3, 2018: Carolyn Walker Q&A

June 26, 2018: Joy Norstrom Q&A

June 19, 2018: Joan Livingston Q&A

June 5, 2018: Elizabeth LaBan Q&A

May 22, 2018: Dawn Ius Q&A

May 8, 2018: Alice Castle Q&A

April 24, 2018: Isabella May Q&A

April 14, 2018: Margarita Montimore Q&A

 

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