Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#Excerpt: THE BAR V5 DUDE RANCH by Melissa McClone

Three couples. Three stories, where you can follow one pair from meeting to wedding day!

1. Mistletoe Magic – short story – $0.99 for Kindle and Nook, FREE at Smashwords
2. Kiss Me, Cowboy – eBook novella — $0.99 on Kindle Oct 17 - 22
3. Mistletoe Wedding — eBook novella — New Release! Only $2.99

Mistletoe Magic
Spending a quiet Christmas housesitting and reading novels about hot cowboys sounds perfect to Caitlin Butler. Until a stray kitten brings her face-to-face with Noah, her crush from college. Watching the handsome vet in action melts Caitlin's heart and brings back long forgotten emotion. She would be safer back at the house lost in the pages of a book. But a toe-curling mistletoe kiss tempts her to stay. Maybe she won't be spending this Christmas... alone.

Veterinarian Noah Sullivan isn't a Scrooge, but the Christmas Eve tradition of hanging mistletoe in the clinic's waiting room annoys him. Kissing doesn't belong at the Copper Mountain Animal Hospital. Noah rethinks his position when Caitlin arrives with a stray kitten she found freezing in the snow. All he wants now is to maneuver the pretty preschool teacher under the mistletoe. If he's not careful, he'll wind up on Santa's naughty list.

Kiss Me, Cowboy
She didn’t mean to kiss him…

When dude ranch wrangler Charlotte – aka Charlie – Randall kisses Zack Harris in an act of empathy, she falls hat over spurs for the handsome military veteran turned cowboy. Zack has too many demons, however, and refuses to get involved. A year later, he's still stonewalling, and Charlie needs to move on with her life so she can find a fulfilling relationship, not frustrating unrequited love. Putting distance between them seems the best way to get Zack out of her head and heart...but that means quitting the job she loves and accepting a position in Colorado.

He didn’t mean to kiss her back…

Growing up, Zack longed for a real family, and had one with his squad while deployed in Afghanistan. Now, he's back in the States and doesn't want anything messing up his new ranch family, no matter how much he's attracted to the sexy, hard-working Charlie. She could break his heart and ruin the comfortable working relationship they and the other wranglers enjoy. Besides, her friends claim she's looking for the perfect guy, and perfect he's not.

A kiss is just a kiss…or is it?

When Zack learns Charlie's thinking about leaving the ranch, he decides to find her a boyfriend — someone so good, so perfect, she has a reason to stay in Montana. Until he realizes too late that the only cowboy he wants her kissing is him. Can he commit to love and convince Charlie not to leave? Or has she made up her mind to put the past, and the kiss that started it all, behind her and move on without him?

Mistletoe Wedding
Longer: Event planner at the Bar V5 Dude Ranch, Meg Redstone is dreaming of a white Christmas with twinkling lights, sparkly decorations and strategically placed mistletoe. She loves making dreams come true for others, whether planning a holiday wedding or giving her young daughter the best Christmas ever.

Ranch foreman Tyler Murphy loves the holidays, but his newest employee has taken over his barn with her over-the-top decorations. He admires Meg’s desire to give her daughter the perfect Christmas while planning a winter wonderland wedding, but he wants to show her that a Montana Christmas is more than glitter and lights.

After raising his younger sister, an instant family is not on Ty's Christmas wish list. But he finds himself falling hard for the single mom and her little girl. Meg, however, is not interested in a romance with a cowboy like Ty, or any man. Getting her under the mistletoe is going to take a Christmas miracle . . . or a little help from Santa.


Her gaze kept straying back to the man walking next to her.
And she knew with pulse-pounding certainty.
All the rationalizations of why romantic feelings didn’t matter and why she was better off alone than in a relationship disappeared like a snowflake being caught on a tongue. They mattered, and she wanted those things badly.
With Ty.
She hadn’t meant to fall for him, but she had. Hard.
A shiver raced down her spine. The realization was unexpected, scary.
He shot her a sideways glance, which she knew because she couldn’t drag her attention off him. “You, okay?”
 “Just thinking.” Of course, he would sense something was up. That was part of his appeal. He got her. The way he understood her daughter, too. If there was one man out there who was what she needed and Brooklyn needed, that was Ty Murphy.
Feelings and desires long buried rose to the surface. She was ready to stop saying she didn’t want more, want him.
 “Know what you want?” he asked.
Meg swallowed around the lump in her throat. “Excuse me.”
“What chocolates you’re going to get?”
She sighed with relief. She thought he’d read her mind. “Salted caramels for the guys. I’ll have to see what Sage has in the display case before I decide what I want.”
Besides him.
 “You can have more than one,” Ty said.
 “I might want only one.”
 “It’s Christmas. Don’t be so cautious. Live it up.”
If only she knew where he stood . . . Dare she ask?


AUTHOR Bio and Links:
With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa McClone worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! Since then, she has published over thirty romance novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She’s also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. She also sends care packages to deployed service members and fosters cats through a local no-kill animal shelter. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do!

Twitter: @melissamcclone

Buy links:

1.            Mistletoe Magic

Mistletoe Magic is FREE on Smashwords:

2.            Kiss Me, Cowboy

3.            Mistletoe Wedding

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Q & A with Gina Robertson

Q—Crushed is the second book in The Rushed Series of New Adult College Romance, is that right? Can you read it without having read book one, Rushed?

A—Yes, it is. And, yes, you absolutely can. All the books in this series are standalone romances. Right now there are only two, but I have more planned. The third book, which I'm tentatively calling Hushed, should be out in January 2015. They'll all be standalone reads. Of course, I hope you'll want to read Rushed as well. Rushed will give you more insight, background, and the backstory of the characters in Crushed.

Q—Morgan was the villainess in Rushed. Readers hated her. Weren't you taking a risk by writing her love story and pairing her with Dakota, who many readers loved?

A—My husband told me, repeatedly, that I was crazy. And maybe I was. But I felt all along that Morgan was the perfect match for Dakota. That she had the sass and spunk to take him on. She was the girl who couldn't have Zach. Dakota was the guy who could never best Zach. In a way, they were both living in Zach's shadow.  That gave them both common ground and conflict. I knew that if Morgan ever got past her infatuation with Zach and saw Dakota for the guy he was, she would fall passionately for him.

Many people are big believers in first impressions. You know the old saying, "You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression." While that may be technically true, I've found that they can be wrong. I know I've made misguided assumptions about people after first meeting them. I hoped readers would give Morgan a second chance when they got to know her better. So far, early reviewers have been very positive and grown to love her when they see her vulnerability, what motivates her, and how she sees herself.

Q—What sparked the idea for Crushed? Why write about Greek life?

A—In my Reckless Series, I wrote about independents, Geeds as they're called these days. Which are students who choose not to go Greek. Greek life is a unique experience from being a Geed. What happens when you make a Geed live in a Greek house? How does a guy survive in a house full of girls? What kind of problems and conflict does that cause? I was intrigued by the possibilities. Those questions were the germ of the idea for the series.

Actually, I have to credit my husband, too. He worked his way through college as a live-in houseboy for a sorority. The stories he told me about living with the sorority girls were the basis for Zach's experiences in Rushed. He was part brother, part friend, part servant, part shoulder to cry on. Crushed is an outgrowth of Rushed, a continuation of the story. I had readers begging to see more of Zach and Alexis from Rushed, so I decided to continue their story as a secondary story to Morgan and Dakota's romance.

Q—What's next in the series? Will we see more of Dakota and Morgan? Do you find it hard to leave your characters behind?

A—Yes, absolutely! I grow attached to them and hate leaving them. Which is part of the reason I enjoy writing series. Just like Alexis and Zach become secondary characters in Crushed, Dakota and Morgan continue on as secondary characters in book three. Readers will get to see more of their story even as the focus shifts to a new couple.

Thanks so much for having me! Happy reading, everyone!

Book & Author Details:
Crushed by Gina Robinson
(The Rushed New Adult and College Romance Series, #2)
Publication date: October 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Some loves can’t be… Crushed
Have you ever done something stupid? Like get drunk and hookup with a guy because your heart was broken by someone else? Like his best friend. And then done something really dumb, like fall in love with your hookup? Hookups aren’t stick-around guys. I’m hoping Dakota will be different. But hoping has gotten me in trouble before.
The absolute last girl I want to see in my court-ordered alcohol and drug information school, the girl who landed me here in the first place, walks in. After we hooked up, I thought I’d gotten Morgan out of my system. So why is my pulse racing? I can’t afford to screw up right now. I know I should avoid her. Morgan has a way of messing up my life. But she’s the only one who understands.


Gina Robinson is the award-winning author of the contemporary new adult romances Reckless Longing, Reckless Secrets, and Reckless Together, and the Agent Ex series of humorous romantic suspense novels. Rushed, the first book in her new college-set new adult series will be released on July 3, 2014. She's currently working on Crushed, the second book of this series featuring a surprising couple from Rushed. Look for Crushed in early fall 2014.

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#Excerpt: HUNTERS by Aoife Marie Sheridan

Hunters – Taken From Chapter Four – Memories (Abigail)

That night, I dreamt of before.
My mother had been always sad. That’s how I remembered her. I didn’t have one memory or a photo of my mum happy. My memories start from the age of four, people say it’s not possible, but I have them and my mum has been always sick. I remember sitting on the stairs and the doctors talking to my father. I wasn’t sure at the time what they were discussing, but later I learned it was because my mother wasn’t getting better.
Dad had to work, there was no two ways about it so mom took care of us. The first day, my dad was worried when he left me and my brother, who was only three at the time, in my mother’s hands. That first day, I was five. I stayed in my room and kept my brother with me, playing a tea party with Mr. Bear and Diana, my rag doll. Hunger was one reason for leaving the room. I would pass the sitting room door where my mother sat, staring out the window. Her brown eyes darted to me, freezing me to the spot. I was afraid to move, but I didn’t know why.  I just felt afraid of her. I would make a peanut butter sandwich for myself and some Ready brek for Sam; I had seen dad make it before so I was careful. It took me a while as I pulled the chair around the kitchen, reaching the presses and the microwave. I turned to go back upstairs, but my mother blocked the door. I stood still, hoping she wouldn’t see me.
She was always so quiet, but on this day, she spoke, “If your dad thinks that I don’t mind you and Sam, he will send you away and you’ll never see us again.”
She knelt down, taking the food from my hands and placing it on the floor. Her face softened and she hugged me. I didn’t hug her back. She cried, saying she was sorry for everything. She pulled back and handed me my food and returned to her seat in the sitting room. I raced up to Sam. His food was cold, but he ate it. He was quiet for a child, well, I realized later on that three year olds are not always as good. We would play up there for the rest of the day until Dad got home from work. I would race into his arms and hug him tightly, knowing everything would be okay.
“Did you have fun with your mum, today?” Dad asked.
 I thought of what mommy had said to me; I didn’t want to go away from Daddy or Sam. So I nodded, smiled and went back to playing with Mr. Bear. This became our routine for the next month.
Memories flashed through my mind, snippets of talking to Sam, playing games, saying goodbye as Dad left for work and greeting him when he got home. My mother’s empty eyes, and then the memories stopped, slowing down to another one.
“Sam, I’m going to the toilet, you stay here with Mr. Bear.”
 Sam nodded and continued to pour tea for us all. I closed the bedroom door behind me so he would stay in. He was too small to reach the handle. I raced down to the bathroom. The door was open. My mother was lying on the white tile floor. The tiles were red. She looked so white and the knife Daddy always told us not to touch lay in her hand. I noticed that her arm was cut real badly. I didn’t run to her or cry as I was too afraid of what stood in the corner of the bathroom.
A dark figure, like a big man, with a cloak over him stared down at my mum. He scared me. My breath came out in small puffs of cold air. I could see the water that dripped from the tap was frozen solid, held in midair. I looked back at the man, frost was starting to grow on his cloak. He wasn’t the bad man that was always around Mommy. He was different, but still he felt wrong.
 I ran back to Sam and closed the door, pulling him into the corner of the room. It was getting so cold that our breaths were visible in front of us. Sam started to cry, but I pulled him beside me while crossing my legs so I wouldn’t pee, but it was so cold and it took Daddy a long time to get home and I didn’t want to go into the bathroom where mommy and the man were.
I could hear my daddy’s scream before he burst into the room, gathering me and Sam in his arms. He was crying. I had never seen daddy cry before.
“I’m sorry, Daddy. I wet myself,” I said.
 My dress was ruined. I loved this dress. It made me feel like a princess.
“Did you go into the bathroom?” Dad asked, his voice sounded scared, maybe he’d seen the bad man, but then I remembered all the times he said that it wasn’t real, and that I shouldn’t make up stories, so I didn’t say anything about the man. I didn’t want daddy to lock me in my room again.
“Mommy’s hurt and she was near the toilet I couldn’t go”
He held me tightly and, at the moment, I thought everything would be okay, but I was so wrong.

Book & Author Details:
Hunters by Aoife Marie Sheridan
(Demon Series #1)
Publication date: October 1st 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal

Abigail is nineteen. Her job, she hunts demons.
Her life so far has been tough. Having witnessed her family’s death and her mother’s suicide, she’s been taken in by a priest, who believes her when she says that she sees ghosts. Father Peter trains her as a demon hunter with three other members, one being Daniel, who isn’t what he seems.
But when a possession goes wrong, and ghosts start to attack Abigail, the tight rope she has on her emotions soon starts to loosen. Abigail draws the unwanted attention of the Reote, and she finds out a lot more than she was willing to learn.
Knowledge is power, but for Abigail, it’s her undoing, and the only thing keeping her together is Daniel.

Will be 99c from October 20-27!!

Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon's books, given to by her grandmother her love for romances grew, by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.

Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at a young age of just nineteen. Realising she needed to get a real job (What writing isn't) she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V Snyder. Poison study one of her favourite books has been read and re-read countless times.

Aoife's first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book for the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.

To contact Aoife you can email her at 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

#Review: SISTERS OF TREASON by Elizabeth Fremantle

  4 of 5 stars

History has shown that the Grey sisters, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary, were subjected to royal disfavor for most of their lives. After all, they were related to Jane Grey who was Queen of England for mere days before she was convicted of treason and executed. Being next in line to the throne, Katherine and Mary, the closest royal cousins to two reigning queens, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth Tudor, their lives were a constant worry of being sent to the Tower to follow the fate of their dear sister Jane.

Much has been written about Catherine Grey--her secret marriage, the birth of her two sons and her imprisonment for defying Queen Elizabeth, but there is scant information about the crooked-back Mary. Ms. Fremantle has taken the facts of history and woven a deeply personal story of two sisters and a family friend, the painter Levina Teerlinc. The author lets us peek inside the minds of these young women to see their fears, their loves and their battle to walk a delicate line in the world of court intrigue. Catherine cannot help herself and falls in love and eventually marries in secret--the beginning of her downfall. Mary is clever and is a favorite of both queens for much of her life, but the cost to her sanity is too much to bear. It is no secret what happens to both women, but the story Ms. Fremantle weaves brings those two ill-fated girls to life. Recommended.

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Interview with Crystal Connor

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Sure! The scarecrow in the field is whispering again. That is the opening line to my current work in progress, a novel called The Family.

Do you have a favorite character?
Of all time, or just from the current book? I love monsters and bad guys, as in super villains and evil geniuses not that guy my mom warned me about lol. So my all time favorite character right now is The Operative from the movie Serenity. If I had to pick one of my own characters I think I would go with Artemisia from my Spectrum Trilogy because she is just so unapologetic 

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
There were two. The first was discovering how little control you have over your work when you sign with a publisher. I was so unprepared and as a result I was a super unhappy camper but then when I was on my first convention circuit I started  meeting self-published authors, comparing my notes with theirs made the decision to self publish going forward a pretty easy choice to make.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I used an artist with every book cover. The cover for The Darkness was hand drawn in pencil by an artist named Yvette Montoya. I told her what I had in mind, she read a few chapters of the book and immediately fell in love with the very 1st concept she showed me. For Artificial Light I worked with an artist I meet via Deviantart and it took only 2 or 3 changes to get the final cover. I bought a stock photo and designed my own cover for And They All Lived Happily Ever After! It’s a pretty basic cover but I like it, one thing for sure is I am not a graphic designer so I’ll just stick to writing lol. For the 3rd book in the trilogy, and every cover afterwards  I’ve worked with the  artist RL Treadway. The 1st cover she did for me I was pretty involved but after that I’ve just given her my idea and she usually knocks it out of the park with the 1st design concept she sends back.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
Once I start writing it doesn’t matter what’s going on around me because I just zone out. Once I started writing while in a movie theater.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I just go where my muse takes me, it’s just so much more fun that way because I never know where I’ll end up.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I do both. I have to have an editor. I can tell a really good story, but I commit all kinds of atrocities when I write it down because my written grammar is horrendous lol. My job as a storyteller is to tell a story, so I don’t self edit, I don’t know how to do it anyway, so I just write. I ‘clean it up’ the best I can before sending it to the editor but once it’s in her hands is when the real work begins because the rework process is always the hardest part of writing for me.

I hire a reviewer because no matter how good the editor is sometimes things get missed, so the reviewer is basically a proof reader who will catch  all the little stuff we missed because they are not as close to the project as we are.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Yes! I am the worst social media updater in the world, plus I never know what to say. I don’t want to be that author who only posts excerpts, reviews, links to where you can buy my books … because after awhile it becomes the equivalent of online junk mail and once that happens it’s easy to ignore. Being on tour helps a lot because I get a boost in both interest and sales but I am going to have to find a way to sustain the interest over the long haul.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Do not self edit. Publishing your work without a professional editor is like getting dress in pitch darkness.  And this is for anyone thinking about writing a book or newly published author, everyone is not going to fall in love with your work and you need to be okay with that.

How about some fun facts-which do you prefer? Dogs or cats, coffee or tea, vanilla or chocolate, morning or night?
Dogs! But sometimes cats rocks too, as far as the coffee vs. tea it’s a tie, vanilla to be sure and I’m a night owl all the way. Thank you so much for hosting a stop for me today, this interview was really fun.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Interview with Paul DeBlassie III

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
The Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer, a young curandera, medicine woman engaged in a life-and-death battle with an evil Archbishop…a definite stand alone novel.

Do you have a favorite character?
Each of the characters in The Unholy, good and evil, present remarkably likeable aspects of their personalities within the story; if I had to choose I’d say the young medicine woman whose life is on the line and whose psyche is haunted by destiny is so inspirational that she’d have to be my favorite.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
Oh sure, and I ultimately did decide to go with a traditional publisher, Sunstone Press, because the house really saw the vision of The Unholy and agreed, totally got behind, the publication of such a controversial work.

What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher?
Jim Smith at Sunstone Press immediately got the theme of The Unholy—Religion Kills---and was on fire about it. That’s what ultimately helped me to decide to go with Sunstone Press for publication.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I write according to what the spirit, the inspiration of the moment has in it, just as I’m writing now with the background of silence since it nourishes my thoughts and assists me to catch old of the ideas going through my mind so I can put them on the page in a coherent manner.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Professional editors are a critical part of the process in helping the manuscript come to publication since the author isn’t able to approach the work objectively, to see what needs to changed so as to communicate with as many people as the story is meant to reach.

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
Virtual PR is my preferred mode of marketing since I’m able to be involved with so many people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise, the sheer magnitude of the outreach rather mind blowing!

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
The overall life and process of being a published author for me is one of integrating both writing and pr, both aspects integral to who I am as a writer, so it isn’t difficult because there is no juggling only living the life of a writer and expressing myself in a given moment in a given venue.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Whether a writer is self publishing or using a traditional publisher, what matters is that she or he constantly stay with the life of being a writer and all that that means, not give up, constantly put one foot in front of the other and write and live on!

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I love time with my wife, Kate, and my grown children and their spouses, and my new granddaughter who is about to be borne! Creative process for me is birthed out of relationships lived creatively and to the best of my ability.

A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, The Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.

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Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., is a psychologist and writer living in Albuquerque who has treated survivors of the dark side of religion for more than 30 years. His professional consultation practice — SoulCare — is devoted to the tending of the soul.

Dr. DeBlassie writes fiction with a healing emphasis. He has been deeply influenced by the mestizo myth of Aztlan, its surreal beauty and natural magic.  He is a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Interview with Patti Maximini

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
The Reason I Stay is a standalone book and tells the story of Matt and Lexie. They’re complete opposites in pretty much every aspect of their personalities, which causes a lot of conflict and animosity between them. As much as they dislike each other with a passion, they also have this pull between them that doesn’t allow them to stop thinking about each other.

It’s a story about love and self-discovery, and about what happens when both things happen together.

Do you have a favorite character?
I really love The Reason I Stay’s lead female, Lexie. She’s fun, spunky and a really tough cookie, which I admire. Writing her was a lot of fun and honestly, I really miss her in my head. Also, I have a special place in my heart Kodee. I had a blast writing that kid.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Absolutely. In my early outlines of The Reason I Stay, the character Lea appeared in a single flashback scene in chapter six. Her presence was a way to show the reader how Matt behaved towards women and the change Lexie was already inflicting on him. However, as the story progressed the importance of that flashback, and of Lea, evolved in such a way it completely changed the plot—seriously, I had to rewrite sixty percent of the book. In the end, Lea became this turning point, not only in Matt’s life but also in Lexie’s. I loved writing her so much that I’m thinking about writing a novella about her.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
Actually, my involvement in the cover creation was minimal. This was the second time I worked with the amazingly talented Sarah Hansen from Okay Creations, and since I’m completely obsessed with every single cover she designs, I decided to leave all the decisions in her capable hands. I really think that was the wisest decision I ever made.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
I don’t belong to a critique group, but I have an amazing writing partner with whom I share every stage of my writing process—*waves a hand to JL Durfey*.

I’ve been working with JL for almost two years and the partnership has been invaluable to me. We have very different styles and strengths as writers, which makes us a perfect team. Her feedback allows me to see my weaknesses and grow from them, as well as recognize my strengths and perfect them. I honestly can’t imagine writing without JL anymore, which is why The Reason I Stay was dedicated to her.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
My writing process is pretty basic. It usually takes me a while to get the idea for the story mapped out in my head, but once that happens, I get my butt in a chair, the cat on my lap, my fingers on the keyboard and I just let things flow.

I definitely need music to write—and tea, lots and lots of tea—it helps to get me into the right mood for each scene. However, with the exception of music I need absolute silence, otherwise I can’t stay immerged in my fictional world. Since I write at my dining table, I have this “Do Not Disturb” sign that I place beside my computer so my husband knows he’s not allowed to talk to me while I’m working. He freaking hates the thing.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I have a really temperamental muse, which makes outlines a necessity. However, I’m not opposed to changing my outline if the muse whispers a better idea. I changed The Reason I Stay’s outline six or seven times. *laughs*

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Yes, I did. Out of all the add-ons involved in getting a book published, I honestly believe that professional editing is the most important one. As a reader there’s nothing worse than finding errors and misspelling in books. Sure, no book is ever perfect, but I think that putting the effort into making your book as good as it can possibly be for your audience is like saying “thank you” when someone holds a door open for you—polite and respectful of someone’s time.  

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
The Reason I Stay is also available at Barnes & Noble and Kobo. My debut novel, Exception, is currently only available at Amazon Worldwide—which includes the lending library for Prime and Unlimited users. 

How about some fun facts-which do you prefer? Dogs or cats, coffee or tea, vanilla or chocolate, morning or night?
Awesome. Let’s do this . . . 
With the exception of my own dogs, definitely cats.
Tea—English breakfast, no sugar and a splash of almond milk.
Can I say strawberry?
Night—everything is more fun at night. *winks*  

Book & Author details:
The Reason I Stay by Patty Maximini
Publication date: September 10th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Jack Daniels is the cure to all evils.
Sex should be casual and, preferably, anonymous.
Giving a damn is for nurses, philanthropists and suicide hotlines.

Those are the values Mathew Rogers built his adult life on and plans to spend the rest of his days honoring. In his pursuit of happiness, he embarks on a one year journey where he’ll have to prove he can live by his values and rely only on himself.

Four months and thirteen days later, due to a series of unfortunate events, he finds himself in the rickety town of Jolene, Alabama. There, he meets Lexie, a waitress with some serious attitude and values of her own.

Never underestimate the healing power of chocolate chips.
If it walks and talks like a jerk, it’s definitely a jerk. Stay the hell away.
When in doubt, go with a smile and kindness. It goes a long way.

Taken by her beauty and personality, Mathew questions all he’s ever known and, much to his surprise, begins to give a damn about someone else for once in his life. The problem, however, is that Lexie seems to despise him.

Desperate to get his life back but unable to get in his car and drive to the next unplanned destination, Matt stays in Jolene. In the midst of arguments, unlikely friendships, new values and heartbreak, they’ll both try to find a reason to stay.



Hopeless dreamer, tattoo enthusiast, Disney addict and hoarder of nail polishes and vegan recipes. Patty lives with her husband, her crazy cat, two dogs and elderly bunny in a house frequently visited by wild birds and chipmunks.

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