Sunday, March 16, 2014

Interview with Author Sugar Jamison

Today I am interviewing a new heroine of mine, Sugar Jamison, who has written three romance novels I believe will be the Perfect Fit for you and for me!

SJ: Thanks for having me!

GC: I'm THRILLED to have you, Sugar! 

Let's get started:

Why do you think it is important to write books about "curvy" or "plus-sized" women? Particularly in the romance genre? 

SJ: Because plus sized women are everywhere. We fall in love and have romance and want the same things as any other woman. I think curvy girls need to see them in books and on television and in magazines because that’s the reality of the world.

GC: Amen. What do you think of your illustrated covers? Would you have preferred to have seen a plus-sized model on the cover, rather than an illustration? Or do you feel the illustrated covers convey the story as a whole, rather than focusing on what could be called (but shouldn't be) an unlikely heroine? 

SJ: When I first saw the cover for Dangerous Curves Ahead I was surprised. I really didn’t know how they would portray Ellis  and Mike. I knew that there probably weren’t going to be a lot of cover model options out there. But I really love my covers. I think they stand out and they tell a piece of the story. 

GC: I know I fist-pumped the air when I first read the premise to Thrown For a Curve and its companions, what other reactions have you garnered? Do you find those reactions appropriate? 

SJ: Most of the reactions I get are 'thank yous'. Women have really reached out to me, happy that they have a romance heroine who looks like them and has the same issues about her body as them.

GC: Describe your books in five words or less!

SJ: Funny, sexy, realistic. 

GC: What can we expect from you in the future?

SJ: GENTLEMEN PREFER CURVES will be out in the fall. It’s the third book in my Perfect Fit series and it was a blast to write!

GC: SQUEE! Belinda looks like ME! How often do you get to say that, readers?  

Friday, March 14, 2014

A Mad Wicked Folly: Guest Blog by Sharon Biggs Waller

I really adore the boys in A MAD, WICKED FOLLY.  

I have a soft spot for them, I really do.  There are actually two boys in Vicky’s life.  There’s Edmund Carrick-Humphrey, Vicky’s fiancĂ©.  He’s very handsome and suave in that Dominic Cooper kind of way. He’s very much a frat boy and all he really wants out of life is to have fun.  He and Vicky start out with a lot in common because they are both in trouble.  Edmund’s father had to bail him out of some financial difficulties, which led to a scandal.  So he and Vicky bond over their shared woes.

And then there is the sensitive, kind, and gallant PC William Fletcher. He’s very swoony and handsome and he’s also Vicky’s art muse.  Vicky meets him after running into him, literally, at a suffragette riot.  Will moved to London from the country to become a police constable and to write.  His dream is to publish novelettes, and he and Vicky collaborate. Vicky draws him for her art portfolio, and she illustrates his stories.  Will understands Vicky probably more than she understands herself.  

Full disclosure: my husband is a retired Metropolitan mounted police officer, but Will is not based on him. 

Well, the swoony part was! : )  

A Mad, Wicked Folly Synopsis:

The year is 1909. After seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling poses nude for her art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school and shipped back to London to live with her parents. To minimize the scandal Vicky has caused, her parents inform her that she is to marry the young man they have selected for her, Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. She is not to continue painting. Vicky knows little about Edmund but accepts the match, reasoning that she can use his money to pay for tuition at the Royal College of Art.

But things don’t go according to plan. Despite her engagement, Vicky develops an interest in the handsome young police constable William Fletcher, an aspiring novelist who encourages Vicky to pursue her dreams. She goes quickly from seeing Will as an artistic muse to seeing him as much more, all the while knowing that she could never be with a man so far below her class.

When Vicky becomes entangled with a group of suffragettes, she comes to realize that the constraints on her aspirations and independence don’t apply only to her—they apply to all women. But how can she fight for women’s equality and pursue the life that she wants without driving away everyone and everything that she’s known?

About Sharon Biggs Waller:

Sharon Biggs Waller is a novelist and award-winning non-fiction writer who lives on a 10-acre sustainable farm in northwest Indiana with two horses, four dairy goats, four cats, two dogs, and 60 laying hens. 

She is a dressage trainer who for many years was a Civil Service Club instructor at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace in London.  

Visit her at or on Twitter @Sbiggswaller.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Half-Bad by Sally Green

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans:

 White witches, who are good; 

Black witches, who are evil; 

and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. 

Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. 

He is hunted from all sides. 

Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Author bio:

Sally Green lives in Warrington, England with her husband and son. Having decided not to return to her successful career in finance, she is currently studying for a BA in Literature with Creative Writing with the Open University. Her spare time is spent hill walking in Wales and drinking too much coffee.