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Mela Remington Fills in the Blanks on LIKE YOU READ ABOUT (Author Interview/Promo/Giveaway)

 

Like You Read About

by Mela Remington

Published:  April 21, 2013

Publisher:  Self Published

Length:  150 pages

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Available at:  Amazon

 

 

We are so lucky today!  Not only do I get to tell you about Like You Read It, show you the beautiful cover with Jimmy on it but Mela Remington has stopped by to talk about her newest novel Like You Read About.  I cannot wait to get to know her better.  Let’s see what she has to say:
Liberty Ann:  Hi Mela and thanks for stopping in today!

Mela:  Oh my pleasure.  Thanks for having me. *smile*

Liberty Ann:  For those who don’t already know how awesome your latest novel is, please give us a short blurb of ‘Like You Read About‘.

Mela:  The story is a contemporary workplace romance loosely based on how my husband and I met and fell in love.  Our heroine Cora is a normal woman, with body image issues, insecurity and a past that has left her a little weary.  Our hero is a single guy, living alone with his cat and his computer, he’s been burned by a romance with a coworker before so he’s not sure he wants to get involved with Cora, even though she seems like a good idea.  Much of their email banter, and many of the romantic gestures are straight out of my life.  Even though it’s a work of fiction it feels very much life a memoir.  My best friend read it and his comment to me was, “I really loved your book, but it felt like I was reading your diary.”  I really hope people enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it, this was very much a labor of love for me.

Liberty Ann:  Gosh, that sounds fantastic!  What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Mela:  Sending it out to the beta readers and waiting for feedback.  This was the first fiction I’d written in 25 years and it was a little nerve-wracking to put it mildly.  Same goes for sending it off to the editor, and then pressing publish on Amazon, so scary to share my thoughts and words with the world, hoping they like it.

Liberty Ann:  Oh yes, I know what you mean.*grin*  How do you develop your plots? Do you use any set formula?

Mela:  Well this first book was much like writing my diary, so there wasn’t a formula.  The newest books I’m working on are a series, and I have an outline of the characters, at least up through book 4, their relationships, how everyone intermingles and interacts.  I’ve outlined the plots beforehand, I know where I want to end up, and I let the words flow out of my head to get me there.

Liberty Ann:  Oooh I love series!  To this point, who has been your favorite character to write?

Mela:  In the first book I would say Dan, bringing my husband to life in written word was weird, wild, and so much fun.  I also love that when he read the book his only criticism had to do with a football reference, apparently the game I had people bitching about was one of their best games ever.

Overall with the writing though I would have to say Jane, who is the heroine in my next book, Dominion 1: Jane.  She’s widow in her early 40’s trying to figure out her life, she’s so complex, and as I write her I’m learning more about her than I knew when I first envisioned her, and  that’s part of the writing process I guess I’d never expected.  I hope readers will connect with her, she isn’t some young, tight little thing, she’s a woman who has lives life and raised her kids.  She is finding a new freedom at this point in her life and helping her navigate it is a blast!

Liberty Ann:  Oh, sounds like I will be looking forward to Dominion 1 as well.*grin* Okay, one last question for you:  What is your favorite line/quote from current work?

Mela:  I’ve got two, one from Cora and one from Dan:

Cora: (this is part of her inner monologue) What says “professional, casual elegance and you know you really want to ask me out, kiss me good night, have some hot sweaty monkey sex and live happily ever after with me”?  It is a lot of pressure to put on one outfit, isn’t it?

Dan: “Dude, you are my best friend, and if you breathe a word of this to anyone, I will personally remove your nuts with a rusted spoon and tell everyone that you write Joanie Loves Chachi fan fiction.”

Liberty Ann:  *giggle*  Oh those are great!  Thank you so much for stopping by our little corner of the Web. I really wish you the best. Before you go…where can we follow you?

Mela:  Oh, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, my Website and Goodreads.  I am also giving away one ecopy of “Like You Read About” at each stop of the tour so be sure to leave your email address below in the comments. Thank you so much for having me on your blog, I had a lot of fun answering your questions!

Liberty Ann:  How cool is that?  Thanks again Mela.  Ladies and Gents, the delightful Mela Remington!

 

 

Book Blurb for Like You Read About:

What if your soul mate has been sitting across from you at a conference room table for the last two years?

Cora O’Malley is a shy accountant for a small pharmaceutical company in the Boston area. After years of being single, struggling with her self image and self confidence she finds out that the IT guy she’s been crushing on is single and also looking for possibilities.

Cora decides to take life by the email and see if she and Daniel Santagata, the IT man have anything in common, if there really are sparks between them…

Witty email banter, fumbling new relationships, bossy best friends, New England weather… how can anything but mayhem ensue?

 

 

Tour Schedule

7/8 Le’BookSquirrel
7/9 We Love Kink
7/10 Harlie’s Books
7/11 Storm Goddess Reviews
7/12 Book Reviews and More by Kathy

7/15 Simply Ali
7/16 Dawn’s Reading Nook
7/17 SnifferWalk Books
7/18 From the TBR Pile
7/19 Erzabet’s Enchantments

Book Beginnings, Meme

Book Beginnings on Harlie’s Books with Elixxir #BookBeginnings

 

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader.  Please join us every other Friday (though it is held weekly – We’ll be doing Friday 56 on the alternate weeks) to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.


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They wore masks, carried guns, and they weren’t leaving until they got what they came for.

~ prologue, Elixxer by Deena Remiel

 

Callie has secrets, too many to count. For twenty years she’s been living a lie as Callie Worthington, hiding from the monsters who brutally murdered her parents for possession of the Elixxir of Life. Unsuccessful before, their killers have found her and will stop at nothing to acquire the Elixxir. And see her dead.
Nathanael has a couple of secrets, too. A nasty one in particular blurs the line separating Good from Evil. As an immortal Brethren Warrior, though, he must retrieve the Elixxir before it falls into the wrong hands. Just how he’s going to get it out of Callie’s is the big question.
Tempers flare as Callie and Nathanael reach out to each other with their own hidden agendas. She needs his protection. He needs the Elixxir. Will their fiery passion lead to lasting love, or will their web of intrigue ultimately destroy them both? Secrets, lies, and love’s loyalties tested. What price for immortality? What price for love?
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I am reading this for a review and have to admit that I selected it partly because I love stories where there is rescuing involved and I love Paranormal.  Besides, Jimmy Thomas was on the cover – how could it be bad? 😉  I’ll let you know how it goes!
What are you reading this week? 
 
Excerpt, Promo

HIGH STAKES (Nashville Nights Next Generation Book 1) by Cheryl Douglas (Promo/Excerpt)

High Stakes

Nashville Nights Next Generation Book 1

by Cheryl Douglas

Published:  October 9, 2012

Length:  217 pages

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

AMAZON  |  BARNES & NOBLE

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About High Stakes:

Former party girl, Alisa Turner, made a deal with her daddy, Trey. He’ll provide the seed money for her new business venture as long as she promises to stay out of trouble. Too bad her good intentions tumble 30,000 feet when she meets a sexy stranger on a flight to sin city.

Hotel mogul, Liam Bryson, has never believed in love at first sight, but when a sexy little siren twenty years his junior tempts him into a night of high stakes Blackjack, he’s suddenly playing for keeps.

Alisa wakes up in Liam’s bed the next morning, cursing Tequila and the five carat diamond on her left hand. She demands an annulment before her over-protective father finds out she reneged on their agreement, but her new hubby isn’t prepared to let her go without a fight.

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Excerpt:

 

“Good afternoon,” he said, beginning a lazy perusal that started with her bare, bronzed legs and ended where it had started, fixed on her eyes.

 

Alisa was too shocked by her physical reaction to his scrutiny to respond to the casual greeting. She was used to male admiration, but when a man was this obvious, she usually felt irritated, not warm and tingly all over.

 

His eyes zeroed in on her bare left hand, and he smiled, revealing a flash of white teeth and disarming grin so sexy it should have come with a warning label. No man had a right to be this handsome. It simply wasn’t fair to the poor unsuspecting girl seated next to him with no hope of defending herself when endless hours filled with nothingness stretched out before them.

 

“Your boyfriend must be crazy to let you travel to Sin City all by your lonesome.” His voice was low and raspy, filled with sexual innuendo and promise.

 

“I, uh…” Spit it out, damn it. “Don’t have a boyfriend.”

 

He licked his full lips as his intense eyes outlined her face. “Husband, fiancé… lover?” His voice deepened even more as he uttered the last word, sending thrill bumps skittering across her bare skin.

 

“No, no, and…” She drew a shallow gulp of air into her lungs, but the word still sounded breathless. “No.”

 

“Damn, I really need to fly commercial more often. I had no idea what I was missing out on.” He smiled again as he extended his hand. “Liam.”

 

She hadn’t expected his hands to be calloused or rough, and they weren’t. He was obviously accustomed to sitting behind a desk, and that suited her just fine. She loved elegant, refined men, and he more than filled the bill. “Alisa.”

 

About Author Cheryl Douglas:

 

Cheryl began her professional career as a nutritionist, but her love of books started at an early age. She studied writing for many years before she decided to pursue her passion as a full-time career. After receiving constructive criticism from several well-known authors, Cheryl finally had the confidence to write her first romance novel.

The first book in the Nashville Nights series, Shameless, was a book that had been dwelling in Cheryl’s subconscious for years. For her, the surprise came when the manuscript began taking on a life of its own. Characters came to life, secondary characters became more prominent, outlines were forgotten, and a single title evolved into an eight book series, and another eight book spin-off series entitled Nashville Nights, Next Generation.

One word would aptly describe Cheryl: workaholic. She lives and breathes her writing, when she’s sleeping, watching TV, driving, reading… it’s always in the periphery of her mind. Her imagination rarely takes a holiday, even when she escapes to a sandy beach with her husband and son, she’s planning, plotting, outlining, and daydreaming.

Cheryl feels blessed to be able to get up every day and do something she loves. The thousands of fans who have embraced the Nashville Nights have made that possible. She writes for the readers who ask for more, she writes to satisfy the muse residing inside of her, but most of all, she writes because she couldn’t imagine doing anything else with her life. It took her thirty-seven years to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up, but now that she knows, she’s convinced she’s found her purpose.

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