Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Author Interview: Hope Malory

           

Carly's View welcomes writer Hope Malory, author of Rhythm in Blue.

What made you decide to become a writer?
Writing a novel was a long-time dream—one I never imagined would happen. After I retired and became restless, I sat at the computer to see what might happen if I tried to write. Immediately, I fell in love with the creative process and haven’t stopped writing since.

Who are some of your favorite authors and why?
My favorite genres are romance (of course!) and mystery. John Grisham tops the list for mystery. I have too many in romance to name, but my first choices are Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, Nicholas Sparks, Susan Mallery, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis.

If you could be any character in any book, who would it be and why?
I love to read about strong heroines. Years ago I read Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Woman of Substance and was impressed by Emma Harte’s grit and determination and her rags-to-riches story. Although I wouldn’t want to go through some of the conflicts she experienced, I do admire her tenacity and strength.

Do you have any hobbies you would like to share?

Travel isn’t a hobby, but I love to explore wonderful new places here in the US and abroad. My husband and I share this passion and go on journeys whenever we can.

Tell me about your first kiss? Was it magical or not so magical?

The first ever – not so much, but with my husband it was definitely magical. We were good friends for months before the kiss. No romantic sparks until he spontaneously kissed me one night. Wow! It was the kiss you read about in romance novels. We began dating and are now living our happily ever after.

Do you have another career besides writing? If so, what is it?

I retired from a 30-year career in education. Now I write full time.

What’s an item on your bucket list that you haven’t done yet?

It’s a long list but going on a Mediterranean cruise is one. I’m excited to say we have a trip booked for April 2020.

Tell us the best vacation you have ever been on.
Although we’ve been fortunate to go to some cool places, the dream trip was when we went to Europe. We started in London, went to Paris, Lucerne in Switzerland, and on to Tuscany, Florence, and Rome in Italy. All were spectacular, but two other events made it even more special. Not only was our anniversary that week, but after we visited the Alps and returned to the tour bus, I checked email and found one from Soul Mate who is my current publisher informing me they wanted to publish my debut novel. We bought champagne and celebrated with everyone on our tour bus.

Where do you find the inspiration for your books?

Everywhere. Family, friends, places I’ve been, things I see, current events. My novels contain adventure, beautiful settings, and family. My first in the series, Wildfire and Roses, started in Yosemite and the Lake Tahoe area and ended in my fictional town Azalea Valley in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Rhythm in Blue continues in the small-town where family and residents look out for one another.

Is there anything else you would like to share with your fans?
With so many books on the market, I want to say a huge thank you for choosing to read my books. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Author Bio:

Transported by books as a child, Hope Malory developed an interest in writing in second grade when she discovered poetry. Those early seeds, along with a penchant for happy endings, led her to fulfill her dream of becoming a romance novelist.

After a rewarding career, Hope traded in a commute, traffic, and early mornings for inventing strong-willed characters and putting them in unpredictable situations.

Now, whether relaxing on the beach, traveling with her husband, or spending time at home, she is busy writing her next novel.


Social Media Links:


Website: www.hopemalory.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/HopeMalory

Twitter: www.twitter.com/hope_malory

Instagram: www.instagram.com/hopemalory

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/hope-malory

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18522356.Hope_Malory


Blurb from Rhythm in Blue:
Reeling from a broken relationship, Brenner McLemore says goodbye to men and dreams of a family to focus on her other loves—art and dance. That is until Garrett Davenport, her former college instructor and nemesis, arrives in Azalea Valley to step into the director’s position in the dance studio where she teaches—exactly the job Brenner wants.

Garrett finds life in the small town a challenge while he works with the beautiful and talented Brenner. When they match passions in a sensual dance before an audience, Garrett realizes their budding relationship threatens to derail his chance for a coveted position at his former university.

Brenner, struggling to regain her footing, begins to choreograph a new future, but will it be enough? Will their love take flight or will the curtain fall?


Excerpt from Rhythm in Blue:

Garrett extended his hand. The gentle squeeze when Brenner placed her hand in his calmed any remaining tension. Together they glided onstage and assumed positions, their gazes riveted on each other as the music escalated. Brenner mirrored his every move. In flawless sync, they swayed and floated to the strains matching the ebb and flow of the melody. Retreating and advancing. He tossed her into the air; she spiraled suspended in a transformed reality. Like being lifted outside of herself, she lost consciousness of everything except the dance and the man she loved. In a fluid move, he caught her. She slid down his body inch by inch, her hands skimming his face and grazing his chest. Their moves were precise. Intimate. Sensual. Time stopped. There was only Garrett.


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Carly Jordynn is an author of young adult, new adult, and middle-grade fiction.






Saturday, October 5, 2019

Guest Blogger Madelaine Grant

Carly's View welcomes Madelaine Grant, author of The Sweet Touch, a contemporary romantic comedy from publisher, Soul Mate Publishing. Read on to learn a little about Madelaine, her book, and a recipe.

Towards the end of writing “The Sweet Touch”,  I had an amazing epiphany. I realized parts of my own life coincided with events in the novel. For example, I met my second husband during the month of February. Kate Bromley, the heroine, meets Dan Brookhouse during February. In both cases the men were single dads with hyperactive boys having their seventh birthdays at almost the same time. Another similarity was the fact that the heroine is a nutritionist and a vegetarian who believes a good majority of one’s diet should be based on raw fruits and veggies. In my own life I became interested in healthy eating in my thirties, attended national conferences, and chapter meetings to find out more about a healthy lifestyle.  

Kate is a triathlon competitor and runs, bikes, or swims every day after finishing teaching. I was always athletically inclined and studied modern dance from my teens to late fifties. I still swim almost an hour every day to keep in shape.

Even the men have similar tastes. For example, the hero, Dan, owns a chain of steak and rib restaurants. He loves a thick juicy steak although he feels guilty about that when he sees Kate eating her meals. In my case my husband was a meat and potatoes man. On one of our first dates he brought a steak and two potatoes to my apartment and suggested we eat at home. He wondered how good my cooking abilities were, he later told me. He was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t burn the steak and the baked potatoes came out just right. (This is when I was still eating red meat). 

My husband also worked in the food industry and knew almost every good restaurant in the state of Connecticut, where we lived. In the book the hero and heroine take trips together and enjoy being with each other. In my situation we tried to plan getaways, even for a long weekend, to be alone and rejuvenate from our busy lives.

I wonder how many writers find similar autobiographical details emerging from their fictional narratives. Perhaps my subconscious mind had been simmering with these ideas for years before they came out in my novel.  Of course most of “The Sweet Touch” is fiction as are the characters, but I’m sure I must have known people in my life with similar personalities. Maybe all writers take in situations unconsciously and let them simmer until they are ready to write about those people and situations. When I’m traveling I love to people-watch, seeing how they move, how they talk and what they’re talking about. It’s more interesting than reading a book at times.

Blurb for “The Sweet Touch”

Raw Food and fitness enthusiast Kate Bromley is content with her life teaching nutrition and gardening to children and competing in triathlon races. Platonic friendship are fine but no serious relationships for her. After marrying at seventeen and spending five difficult years supporting her husband through medical school, she wanted a college education. Her husband rebuffed that idea telling her she’d be so busy raising children she’d have no time for anything else. After leaving that marriage she spent years working and getting the education she desired. She is not about to give up her hard-won independence.

Single dad Dan Brookhouse meets Kate when she’s demonstrating how to create raw food desserts at a local mall. He owns a chain of restaurants featuring steaks and ribs but would like to introduce new ideas to his chefs. He feels an instant attraction to Kate and loves the chocolate pudding she creates.

Kate is determined to keep her relationship to Dan strictly business but she’s drawn to him on so many levels. Can she keep her freedom and still have a relationship with Dan? For his part, Dan knows he has to play it cool and be patient in order to win her love. Can these two strong-minded people find happiness together?

Each chapter of “The Sweet Touch” ends with a healthy vegetarian recipe which is usually mentioned during the narrative. Here’s one of my family’s all-time favorites – Mock Tuna Salad.

Mock Tuna Salad

In food processor pulse together one 14 ounce can drained chick peas, two ribs of sliced celery, two sliced scallions (or one quarter cup chopped red onion) and one quarter cup toasted walnuts until consistency is like chopped tuna fish. Empty into bowl and add four tablespoons veggie mayonnaise (I use grapeseed mayonnaise), one teaspoon Dijon mustard, one tablespoon fresh lemon juice and a dash of sea salt. Mix well and serve on crackers or toasted bread.

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Carly Jordynn is an author of young adult, new adult, and middle-grade fiction.