Monday, March 18, 2013

Just Who is Mr. Right?

Marrying Mr. Right . . .

Missy Modesto had it all: a successful business, two fabulous kids, and a twenty-nine year marriage to her high school sweetheart. Until...too many fights became too many arguments and, unable to compromise, she and Vinnie separated.

Vinnie Modesto is putting it all together by keeping in touch with his kids, and growing his business to its full potential--something he should have done before his marriage, to the only woman he ever loved, crumbled.

In the midst of their daughter's impromtu wedding, Missy isn't prepared to see Vinnie so soon, never mind his offer to help with the wedding. Will she see the man Vinnie's become during their separation and take him back? Or is this just another long line of Vinnie's empty promises?

Please welcome author Cathy Tully and Missy Modesto, from MARRYING MR. RIGHT, an upcoming release out of the Wild Rose Press. Welcome, Cath and Missy.
Missy, what did you think the first time you saw Vinnie after so long apart? My eyes popped out of my head. I mean how could one man exude so much sensuality? It oozed from his pores.
What is your favorite thing about him? He has no idea how sexy he is and that quality alone just makes me want him more.
What would he say about you? That I’m a dedicated mother and a loving wife to him while we were together. At least he’d better say that.
What made you chose floral design as a profession? When I found I was unable to leave my garden at home where I spent hours, planting, feeding and pruning. . .that’s when I knew I had to open my own shop.
What is your biggest fear? It would have to be losing my French bulldog and best friend, Hugo. I know I’ll have to say goodbye to him one day, because we all die, but he’s been the rock I lean on. Since the day I saved his life, he’s done the same for me each and every day.
How do you relax? I relax in my garden. If weather doesn’t permit, then I’ll read or cook something comforting like a huge pot of gravy.
Who is your favorite fictional character? That would have to be Indiana Jones. I love his sexy, smart, funny way of getting out of predicaments.
What is the best piece of advice you've ever received? Good things happen to good people.
Now it's author Cathy Tully's turn in the hot seat. What books or movies have influenced your writing style or your choices in genres? Romantic Comedies have had a great impact on my writing. I enjoy fast, fun, touching movies, and try to put all those elements into my books. As far as books that have impacted my writing I’d have to say those from some of my favorite authors such as: Lori Wilde, Maria Geraci, Kate Jacobs, Nancy Thayer and so many more.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. MARRYING MR. RIGHT is published by The Wild Rose Press and is part of The Dearly Beloved Series. I am honored to be among the talented authors in this series.
How did you hear about them? The release announcing the Dearly Beloved series caught my eye and sparked my imagination. With the divorce rate so high in the U.S. I wanted to write about a separated couple who never really fell out of love, and show them realizing this while they planned their own daughter’s wedding. After I submitted MARRYING MR. RIGHT I heard back from the editor within two weeks. From query to release it took no more than three months. I couldn’t be more delighted with the process.

Thanks for stopping by today, Cath. We wish you luck in sales and in future works!
Kat and Veronica
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Monday, March 11, 2013

And He Cooks Too

Today 2 Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome Barbara Barrett who brings Reese Dunbar from And He Cooks Too, a March 22 release from The Wild Rose Press.
Hi, Reese, tell us about “And He Cooks Too”. It is the story of how I salvaged my tarnished career as a chef in one of New York City’s better restaurants by signing on with a local cable cooking show. Although I thought it beneath my talents to serve as someone’s production assistant, when you’ve been blacklisted in most of the city’s restaurants, it was about the best option available. Little did I know that I’d soon be co-hosting with the show’s hot chef, when a bad sprained ankle temporarily limited his mobility.
This is so timely with cooking shows being the hottest ticket in town on Cable TV stations. What did you think the first time you saw Nick Coltrane? I was standing on the curb, trying to flag down a taxi during one of the busiest times of the day. I’d just quit my job because I didn’t get the promotion I’d been promised – walked out on evening service, a no-no in the food service industry, which is what got me blacklisted – and Nick, who’d been eating dinner at the restaurant and witnessed my little scene with my former boss, came running after me and offered me a job on his show. Yes, he was attractive. I could see that even through my tears and running mascara. I thought he was trying to pick me up, but in my state, I wasn’t in the mood for a man.
Very cool. And your second thought? Then he handed me a business card with the name of the show on it. I realized he was serious and on the level, but I wasn’t interested in a cable cooking show. I was a chef, not an entertainer, like my dad had been. I took the card to be polite, but I didn’t take the offer seriously. Not until I’d all the best eateries in town refused to talk to me or even take my calls.
Did you think it was love at first sight? Attraction, yes. Nick’s a gorgeous guy with that dark, curly hair and inky blue eyes. Even attired in that expensive sport jacket, I could tell he had quite the build. He also had an air of confidence that I was lacking at the moment and a voice that wrapped around me like a caress. But love? No, or if it was, I wasn’t admitting it at the time, even to myself. I had my career to think of.
What do you like most about him? Nick had the ability to go with the flow, take life as it came, and charm his way out of any situation he didn’t anticipate or couldn’t control. I, on the other hand, needed more structure. As least I thought I did until we were forced to co-host our first episode unscripted. Nick brought out a spontaneity, a sense of humor in me I never knew I possessed. Our chemistry in front of the camera followed us off-screen.
How would you describe him? I already gave you a physical description and told you about his charm. Did I mention he was a former actor? His good looks and acting ability got him several parts on stage plus a co-starring role on a police procedural out in L.A. until the powers that be decided to go a different way with the storyline and let him go. That’s why he was available to help out his aunt when she wanted to executive produce a show called “And He Cooks Too.” She built the show around him, portraying him as the uber urban male who could do anything he set out to do, including cook.
How would Nick describe you? He would tell you that I’m a stickler for the truth. Guess that goes way back to when, at the ripe old age of ten, I learned that my parents’ marriage was a sham. They’d stayed together for my sake. Ten-year-olds don’t appreciate sacrifices like that. They just feel betrayed, and in their young minds, vow never to be part of living a lie like that again. As I grew older, I came to understand that out of their love for me, they’d stayed together all those years to give me a stable home, but that need for truth stuck with me. It’s ironic that for years I’d been lying to myself about my part in my father’s sudden death and living the lie that I had to become a top chef to bring fame to my father’s name, since he died too soon to realize his own success.
What made you choose the culinary arts as a profession? My parents’ divorce hit me hard in my early teens. I was estranged from my father because his music career took him on the road so much. My mother met a man she really did love and started a new family. Although I came to love my stepfather and half-brothers, I was lost until I discovered cooking. Not only did I have a knack for it, but it gave me a feeling of accomplishment I’d never known before. My father died when I was sixteen. A few years later, I used my inheritance to finance my tuition at one of the better cooking schools.
What is your biggest fear? Two things: First, discovering someone I love has lied to me. I never got past that feeling of betrayal from when I was a kid. I’ve had to develop a thick skin and strong ego to develop as a chef. I’m tough in that way. And I’m a good chef. I’m a terrific chef. I can defend myself whenever anyone suggests otherwise. All qualities I needed in order to deal with our executive producer, Nick’s Aunt Leonie. The second thing I fear is not meeting my goal of making a name for myself by the time I’m thirty-six, my father’s age at the time of his death. I was on my way to being one of the city’s top chefs when I got myself blacklisted. I had four short years left to reinvent myself and meet my goal.
How do you relax? I go home to visit my family in Connecticut. They are my support system. They even have gone so far as help me develop my own show, even though they’re amateurs.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I tend to read cookbooks and autobiographies of the great chefs instead of fiction, so it’s not easy to answer this question.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? You’ll have to read this for yourselves at the end of And He Cooks Too. It comes from Nick, no surprise there. He makes me question my goal to be this big success.
It's author Barbara's turn in the hot seat. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? I decided to write romance novels years ago when I watched the television soap opera, “Another World.” I fell in love with the character of Felicia Gallant, a romance novelist. Yes, I was intrigued by the fame and fortune that followed this character, but I also idolized her strength of character, loyalty to her friends and decisiveness. About the same time, I read Shana by Kathleen Woodiweiss. Her writing appealed to my emotions. I couldn’t put the book down and found myself staying up until two in the morning reading as much as I could, even though I had to be up with children at six and off to my own job shortly after that. When I actually started writing romance, the book I have referred to most ever since is Debra Dixon’s Goal, Motivation and Conflict.
We could agree more completely—about Shana, which happens to be the first romance we ever read and were immediately hooked, and Deb Dixon. Her book is our bible.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. My publisher for And He Cooks Too is The Wild Rose Press. It has taken about a year from my first submission to them to the release of this book on March 22. I decided to submit this manuscript and a few others to several epublishers because I felt the credibility of ebooks had grown to the point where I felt they were a viable and growing influence in the publishing industry.
What influenced your decision to submit to them? From the very first I was impressed with The Wild Rose Press, because they acknowledged my submission within a few days of receipt and followed that up by telling me how long before I should hear back from them as well as who would be reviewing my submission.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? They wound up rejecting it, but sent me a detailed note telling me why and indicating they would be happy to reconsider it if I made the changes they suggested. It took a few months to do that, but my efforts paid off. Last August, they indicated they wanted it. Edits and galleys were done by November.
Edits and galleys completed within 3-4 months of a contract offer? Wow!! Best of luck to you, Barbara with And He Cooks Too and with future books.
Kat and Veronica

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Can we Clone This Demon Slayer?

Today 2 Wild Women Authors are delighted to welcome author Melissa Fox and Conor O’ Shea, demon slaying hero of “Wraith Redeemed”, a debut paranormal romance release from The Wild Rose Press.
What is Wraith Redeemed about, Conor? Well, it’s about how I was an idiot. A well-meaning idiot, but…yeah. A mistake I made when I was young, dumb, and didn’t know any better, and how when I grew up and realized what I’d done, I determined to fix it. Oh, and save Merry’s life from the reason I left her in the first place. Hordes of murderous demons. So you know, reunions, second chances, fighting, saving lives, begging for forgiveness, all that good stuff.
Makes sense to us. What did you think the first time you saw Merry?
Ha. I don’t remember. I was three. Merry has been part of my life, every part, right up until my twenty-first birthday. That’s when I found out what I was, the danger I put her in. But seeing her again for the first time after eight long years, after hurting her and leaving her? Indescribable, like a blade to the gut, like having your soul ripped out and dangled in front of you, taunting you with every mistake you’ve ever made, tempting you with everything you’ve ever wanted. Glorious and terrifying.
Sounds delicious. What was your second thought? Never again. Never losing her, never hurting her, never being apart from her, no matter what. Never giving up. Never again.
Did you think it was love at first sight? I’ve always known I was hers just as deeply as she’s mine, even before my first real memory of her. She’s my heart, my soul, my spirit. Everything, all the time, which is why I thought I had to leave—to keep her safe. Alive.
You're killing us, Conor. Do you have a clone or two? Sorry, we digressed. What do you like most about Merry? Her spirit. It just shines through in everything she does, everything about her.
Aww. How would you describe her? Beautiful—so beautiful—inside and out. Strong, intelligent, kind. Hopefully, I can add forgiving to that list, too.
How would she describe you? Stubborn, hard-headed, know-it-all jackass—until I can get her to forgive me—but then, maybe amazingly handsome, charming, can’t-live-without-him irresistible. Ha.
What made you choose the profession of demon slaying? I didn’t choose it No choice involved. Demon slaying is in my blood, my ancestry, my very DNA. If I had a choice…but I don’t. I didn’t. I was born a Wraith warrior, and while I definitely want to change the circumstances surrounding it, knowing about it and finding out about it, I can honestly say I would ever want to do anything else. The powers, the ability, fighting evil is just about every kid’s superhero dream, and I get to live that part. It’s the sacrifices that come with it that are hard to bear sometimes, but that’s life.
Wow. What is your biggest fear? What I am—what I do—bringing harm to those I love. To Merry.
With all that preying on your mind, how do you relax? I train and condition, practice with my blades. Ride Brimstone. Read when I get a chance.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Odysseus, because of his leaving home and hearth to do battle, his travels, travails, and finally finding his way home to the ones he loves.
A demon slayer who reads the classics. A girl can't ask for more. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Well, my favorite and most-repeated piece of advice comes from my good friend and fellow warrior Jonas Grey, who loves to tell me “Don’t f*ck this up.” Always a good thing to keep in mind, yeah? But the advice that has had the most profound impact on me is listen and learn from the Elders, those that have more knowledge and experience. Took me a while to realize how important that is, but it’s a lesson I’ve learned well and taken to heart.

With that said, it's Melissa's turn in the hot seat. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? I read and watch everything, whatever strikes me as interesting depending on what kind of mood I’m in. The ones that have the most impact are those that yank on my emotions and feelings, awe and wonder, delight, angst, fear, keep me thinking about them long after I’ve finished. Those kind of strong reactions are such a thrill and always make me wonder “how can I do that? What created such a strong, resonant response in me, and how can I bring that to others through my work?”
Tell us a bit about your publisher. What influenced your decision to submit to them? My publisher is The Wild Rose Press. While I was working on my manuscript, I did a lot of research into all the different options available nowadays for writers. I decided on a small press, wanting support and to gain experience as I plunged into the world of writing and publishing. Then, I did more research into which small presses offered what I was looking for, that complimented and accepted my type of story, writing, personality, support, reputation, works they published, experience. I settled on a couple and sent submissions. I was asked for fulls by a couple, but The Wild Rose Press impressed me with their communication, support, the manuscript evaluation process, their company. I was beyond thrilled when my editor, Eilidh MacKenzie, sent me an email offering a contract.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? I sent my original query to TWRP at the end of November 2011. I heard back within only a few days, and got the same prompt response throughout the submission process, with dates to expect replies by, and every one was upheld. The contract offer came mid-March 2012, the Kindle version was released through Amazon KDP at the end of October, and the official release date in all formats on February 15, 2013. I learned so much through the process and have been fortunate to work with a wonderful editor in Eilidh. That experience has been priceless.

It sounds to us like Wild Rose is lucky to have such an imaginative and inventive author like you! Good luck with sales on “Wraith Redeemed” and all future books, Melissa!!

Kat and Veronica

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