6 Questions with…Harlow Layne

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Let’s give a big round of applause for Friday finally getting here and for Harlow Layne for answering 6 questions!  Thank you so much.   Ms. Layne has a new book being released on May 10th, titled; Unsteady in Love.   This is the 3rd book in the Fairlane series!  Don’t miss out.

 

1. What was the most surprising thing you learned while creating your book? 

The author community and the friends I’ve made along the journey. They are so amazing. Writing is a very lonely job and you need to find your tribe to get through the tough times and to talk through plot ideas and author problems.

  2. what do you think makes a good story? 
For me what makes a good story is the story the author wants to write. The story that’s inspiring to them. If an author is passionate about the book they are writing, you can tell a difference than when they are writing it for market.
  3. what does literary success look like to you?  
Finding new readers with each release even if it’s only one new fan who enjoys me work.
4. what was your favorite book that you wrote and why? 
Intern is my favorite. I was so inspired by my muse it flowed out of me so incredibly easy and Ty is probably as close to my perfect dream man as I’ve ever written. It should have been my hardest to write. Before I wrote Intern, I hated writing sex scenes most of the time, but Ty helped me through that. lol
  5. What was the hardest scene you had to write?  
In my upcoming book, Unsteady in Love which releases May 10th, the first time they had sex was extremely difficult. I can’t tell you why without spoiling so much about the book. Sorry.
6. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?  
Getting into the head of a male. I for one can never understand the mindset of the males around me so trying to be true to the male’s POV is incredibly difficult especially during sex scenes.

 

Unsteady in Love – Releasing May 10th

Everything I ever thought I knew about him, everything I thought he wanted was a lie.

Imagine one day calling your boyfriend, the love of your life, the man you planned to marry and have kids with only to find out his phone has been disconnected, and he’s joined the military.

How could someone love you if they ran away?

That was four years ago when he shattered my heart into a million pieces and today I find that same man on my doorstep… pleading for forgiveness and my hand in marriage.

Our relationship isn’t what I dreamt it would be. The only way to see it through is to keeping the past pain buried and protecting my heart. It shouldn’t be hard when he’s half a world away, but when tragedy strikes causing Holden to come back to me half the man he was when he left…

I must decide if he’s worth giving a second chance. With a past as checkered as ours, I’m not sure love will ever exist again.

Unsteady in Love is a stand-alone in the Fairlane series. The series has crossover characters from each novel. It is not required to read the books in order but it is recommended to enhance the reading experience.

Fairlane Series:
1. Hollywood Redemption (Luke and Alex)
2. Hollywood Fairytale (Luke and Alex)
3. Unsteady in Love (Holden and Prue)
4. Kiss Me (Jax and Gabi) – Coming November 2019

Harlow Layne:

Indie Author. Romance Writer. Reader. Mom. Wife. Dog Lover.  Addicted to all things Happily Ever After and Amazon.

Harlow Layne is an emerging author of small-town and Hollywood romance.

Harlow wrote for years before she Luke and Alex’s story that had been swimming in her head for years.

When Harlow’s not writing you’ll find her shopping on Amazon, spending way too much time on social media, reading, or hanging out with her friends, family, and two dogs.

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6 Questions with…..Carla Vergot

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Lily Barlow: The Mystery of Jane Dough is Carla Vergot’s debut novel.  Congrats!  Thank you for taking the time out of your day and answering my questions.  I appreciate it very much.

Here is a blurb about her book.

Quirky Lily Barlow idolizes the fictional bounty hunter Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich series and longs for that kind of freewheeling lifestyle―a life where she makes her own rules. The problem is, there are no criminals or noteworthy crimes to speak of in her small and stifling hometown of Marshall, VA.

As a fallback, the plucky college student plans to escape Yawnsville, where she was born and raised, by pursuing a degree at the University of Virginia. To her, the fact that she has switched majors multiple times and remains currently undecided is not at all important. However, to her consternation, those college plans are put on hold when she is called home to help resuscitate her family’s business, Poppy’s Bakery, after her father suffers a heart attack.

First things first. She doesn’t want anybody jumping to the conclusion that she’s coming home for good; she didn’t get the baking gene, and she reliably burns anything she puts in an oven. Still, you can see how people would assume she would take over for her dad. To squash that rumor before it becomes historic record, she rents a little efficiency garage on the edge of town.

Her new landlady, Miss Delphine Walker, is a senior spitfire in floral print. She’s stubborn, independent, and knows her mind. Sure, she and her dog, Velcro, are likable enough, but Lily has a vivid imagination and a knack for turning everyday occurrences into true crime plots. It’s pretty clear to her that this old bat is hiding something. Lily jumps from one crazy conclusion to the next until finally determining that Miss Delphine is a murderer―and the body may or may not be buried on her property.

Upon settling into her new, temporary place, Lily throws herself a royal pity-party, complete with confetti. She has a little too much tequila, and on the advice of her good friend Mercedes, tries to research dough as a way to connect with the family bakery in a more zen-like way. In the process, she stumbles across an online clearing house for records of murder victims that the cops have not been able to identify. With a love of the macabre, it doesn’t take long before Lily is fully immersed in the details of these unidentified dead bodies.

She revisits one particular case over and over and becomes convinced she knows the person. Suddenly, her single-minded goal of getting the bakery running grows a few more legs. Feeling honor-bound to give a name to the woman in the profile, she launches her own little investigation. When choosing between excitement and personal safety, she always comes down on the side of the first one, taking a lackadaisical approach to the second one. That’s okay, though, because she has Jack Turner for the personal safety piece.

Ah, good ol’ Jack Turner. In addition to being a mechanic, firefighter, and poster boy for preparedness, Jack has been Lily’s best friend since kindergarten. She hates that he likes to micromanage every single cotton-pickin’ thing she does. It’s annoying but done out of brotherly love so she has come to accept his involvement in her life.

Out of nowhere, Jack takes this opportunity to lob another red rubber ball into this crazy dodgeball tournament with a revelation that throws Lily completely off her game. Jack apparently wants something more. Something more? Like what? Lily wonders. A second helping of mashed potatoes?

While offering his support and assistance in the area of the quasi-investigation, Jack begins to pursue Lily romantically. Lily is diametrically opposed to this turn of events and fears any romantic dalliance will sabotage their long friendship.

The friendship is not the only thing at stake. If she gets sucked into a relationship, it could ultimately derail her dreams of escaping the small town. One of Jack’s personality traits, aka character flaws, has always been perseverance. Lily knows it won’t be easy to keep him at arm’s length, but she’s dealt with him all her life, so she’s up to the challenge.

As she juggles the bakery and boy drama, Lily throws herself into the mystery of the murder victim, coming up with a plan to prove the identity of the woman.

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  1. What inspired you to write your book Lily Barlow: The Mystery of Jane Dough?
I would have never written this story if my husband hadn’t given me the greatest gift of my life. He encouraged me to take a sabbatical from teaching to write.
I had the idea for the better part of thirty years, but there was always something more pressing—a move, a relationship, a new job, a marriage, a different job, a divorce, the introduction of white fudge covered Oreos. There was always something.
When I could finally set aside my teaching career to focus on the book, it came together perfectly. I enjoyed the experience so much that I resigned from teaching to continue writing.
 I think things work out the way they’re supposed to, you know? If I had written this book back in college when the idea started to percolate, it wouldn’t have been the same story. It wouldn’t have been as good. I needed all that life experience to make my characters into the people I wanted them to be.
2.  Do you have a writing schedule?  If so, what does your day look like?
I don’t have a hard schedule. I tend to wake up around 4am and get to work. The house is quiet, there’s coffee, it’s a good way to start the day.
My first task is usually to check in on social media. I never realized the hardest part of writing a book would be promoting it. After that, I switch gears and start re-reading and fine-tuning passages I’ve already written. I do a LOT of rewriting, even as I’m adding new stuff. Where word count is concerned, my personal best was a day when I put down 2,045 words. If I can reach a thousand words in one day, I’m ecstatic.
3.  Are you working on book #2?  Can you give us a little peek into it?
As of this interview, I’m about halfway through the second Lily Barlow book. I really want folks to understand it’s a series and that they’re supposed to have a few questions at the end of book 1 which are answered in book 2.
I’m working hard to craft the story as a stand-alone, so if you picked up Book 2 without having read Book 1, you wouldn’t be lost.
Hmmm…what can I share as a little peek? Well, I recently posted on Facebook about discovering the superstition that sailors and fishermen think it’s bad luck to bring a banana on a boat. I just wrote a scene about that!
I know, I know. That stinks as a peek. I’m protective about the story. I don’t use an outline, so while I can tell you one or two main things that will happen, I have no idea at this point how it will unfold. If I give something away now, it might actually get cut before the book is finished.
4.  What are you currently reading?
I’m reading “Missing Pieces” by Michael Golvach. I love to read, but I’m shockingly slow. It literally takes me months to finish a book, even a great book.
5.  Did you always want to be an author?
I’ve loved writing since…well…since I was a kid. But the first thing I wanted to be was a painter. I wanted to go to Paris and paint the Eiffel Tower. That was my whole plan—set up an easel on the sidewalk and paint the Eiffel Tower. Luckily, I found the pen instead of the paintbrush, because I’ll be honest, I can’t even draw a convincing doodle.
Throughout my life, I’ve had jobs that involved writing—freelancer, fundraiser, teacher. From college on, writing was in the picture.
6. Who are your favorite authors?
Maeve Binchy is one of my all-time favorites.
Barbara Kingsolver is way up there.
I have so much respect for Janet Evanovich.
Thank you so much for the chance to share a bit about my books!
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Have you ever played the game Three Truths and a Lie? Let’s play that game…

1) If I don’t like the envelope that goes with the birthday card I’m buying, I’ll swap it out for a better color.
2) I floss.
3) I will not, under any circumstances or for any amount of money, bait my own hook.
4) I’m a terrible speller.

Intrigued? Dying to know if you guessed the lie? Email me! My address is contact@CarlaVergot.com. I’ll tell you which three are true.

Regarding the rest of my biography, it’s hard for me to figure out what people want to know. And as much as I like lists, I hate it when the bio starts sounding like one long grocery list of milestones, events and accomplishments. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe milestones make for good biographies, but for now, I’ll just stick to Three Truths and a Lie.

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6 Questions with…Posy Roberts

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  1. Favorite Character to write and why?

 

From Lonely Hearts ~ a novella bundle, my favorite character has to be Cas Elias, from Stroke of Luck. First, he’s sassy and quirky, but also quite insecure, which occasionally comes off as bravado. But he’s also a rich, deeply emotional character filled with hope despite having it trampled on by external factors he has little control over: lovers assuming he’s cheating only because he’s bisexual, or they jump to conclusions about his close friendship with his ex-girlfriend/bestie/roomie, Maisie. All that put together made him a fun character to write.

 

He’s truly stuck between a rock and a hard place, so I have a lot of empathy for him despite the defensiveness that pops out from time to time. When we first meet Cas, he’s in the process of disengaging from Maisie but trying very hard to do so while not messing up their friendship. Not an easy feat. When he meets Marc, he has even more motivation to get out of that enmeshed relationship with Maisie. Marc is someone he wants to build a life with, but there are several obstacles in the way of their happily ever after. It was fun to watch Cas grow throughout that process.

 

  1. Do you have a Playlist?

 

I can’t write to music because my mind gets pulled there over words any day. I think I was born singing; music was my first language, so while it’s important to me, it fully engages my brain. I do, however, have some songs that get me in the mood to write. While working on Lonely Hearts, I played Panic! at the Disco’s album Pray for the Wicked, and there’s a little nod to that in the book. When I originally wrote Love on a Battlefield, the last book in the bundle, I created a playlist for that, which you can find right here.

 

  1. What are you currently reading?

 

For my own fun/enrichment, I’m reading Fool Proof Dictation by Christopher Downing so I can up my word count in the coming year. I have twenty-odd books on my planning calendar, and as soon as I get some free time—LOL—I need to write, write, write. I’m also an editor, so I’ve been busy helping other MM Romance authors get their stories ready for publication, most recently N.R. Walker’s Nova Praetorian and Anyta Sunday’s Pisces Hooks Taurus.

 

  1. An author you think we should all know about.

 

I love the storytelling of Teegan Loy. I’ve been reading her stuff for years, and she never fails to get me to LOL and cry, often in the same book, sometimes in the same scene. I’m sucked into her realistic characters’ lives and can truly escape my own troubles. On top of that, she writes fantastic sports romance, and I love her hockey romances. She clearly knows the game well.

 

  1. What inspired these books?

 

Each novella took on a life of its own. The oldest is Love on a Battlefield; though it was published most recently, I wrote in in 2009. It was short in its original form, and when I revisited it, I realized it was just a seed of a story. That’s true for Momo, My Everything, as well. That was written next and was also much shorter. When coming back to both of these, I saw the potential I hadn’t been brave enough to explore yet when I first started writing MM Romance, so I expanded each story to what you read today.

 

Bent Arrow was inspired by what happened back in my home state of North Dakota with the oil boom. The sleepy prairie was inundated with a massive population boost, which changed the landscape of the state, both physically and socially. There were growing pains, and I wanted to set a story in the midst of that, but also mirror the virtual adolescence of North Dakota through my character Luther. He grows up tremendously during the story. At the start, he’s juvenile, wants zero responsibility, and because of how taboo being gay still is in North Dakota, he’s closeted with no plans to ever come out, left in the limbo of perpetual adolescence until Erik inspires him to grow up and make some changes.

 

And Stroke of Luck was based on a series of real-life events. I wanted to play with the notion of luck—both good and bad—chance, and fate. The story is set at Halloween, and Marc has had an apartment fire, so he heads to Goodwill to stock a kitchen and he runs into Cas, looking for costumes with his bestie. Cas has had a run of bad luck in the dating department, so they both start off the story down on their luck. Fate keeps pushing them back together in this meet-cute, and despite them tripping all over each other several times, eventually their timing is right. 😉

 

  1. WIP?

 

I’m currently working on my third book in the Naked Organics series, titled Fresh Earth. This shifts the series narrative over to Charlie and Leo, so the first two books stand alone. Farm Fresh and Picked Fresh focus on Jude & Hudson’s relationship. And I hope to get the fourth and final book, Fresh Shares, completed before next summer.

 

I have three stand-alone series in the planning stages, and I’d love to write a few follow-up tales from my North Star Trilogy world. The one in the works is Hugo teaching Brooke how to drive a car, and it does not go well, much like my own experience with my daughter. LOL. I also have a fun crossover I’d like to do with Hugo & Kevin from North Star and Cas & Marc from Stroke of Luck. Who knows what time will allow? But I’ll keep on planning.

 

I hope you give this novella bundle a chance. Each story will take about two hours to read, depending on your speed, so they’re great for waiting rooms, standing in line to vote, or sitting in the parking lot while waiting for kids. It’s also available in a paperback that comes in at around 400 pages, just to give you an idea of the length.

 

 

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