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Author Interview with Maggie Blackbird ~ New Release: Dressed for Success

Please help me welcome Maggie Blackbird with an interview and new release… (Be sure to answer her question at the end of her interview)

Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from? Where do you live now? Family? Pets?

Maggie:  I’m an Ojibway from Northwestern Ontario who grew up on the rez.  My family still lives there.  Now I reside in the country with my hubby and our fur babies (two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes).

Where did you get the idea for Dressed for Success?  Why did you choose this genre (is it something you’ve written in before)?

Maggie:  I was thinking about writing a Valentine’s Day short for my publisher, eXtasy Books, but I realized I didn’t have enough time to make the submission deadline because I was already juggling edits for one contracted book and fast-drafting another, so I decided to create a short story that wasn’t holiday based.  Instead of the hero and heroine going out for a Valentine’s Day dinner, I sent them on the business trip!

I’ve never written a May/December romance before, so I was looking forward to having a silver fox for my hero.

How did you come up with the title?

Maggie:  The title was inspired by the Roxette song Dressed for Success, and a very sexy picture of an Indigenous woman in her underwear that I was really hoping my publisher would use for the cover, but they didn’t go for it LOL.  The title is a play on the heroine “dressing for success” for the business trip with her boss (the hero).  A very naughty kind of success!

What actors would you like in the main roles if your book were made into a movie?

Maggie:  George Clooney and Indigenous actress Devery Jacobs.

If you could be a character in any of your books, who would you be?

Maggie:  This is a really good question.  I think I’d go with Bridget Matawapit from Redeemed, book two in the Matawapit Family Series.  She’s an Indigenous activist, foster mother, and extremely independent.  She also has a big heart of gold and cares for the less fortunate.  I really admire her.

Have you written any other books that are not published?

Maggie:  I sure have.  I’ve written an entire series (seven books) that will never see the light of day.  I’ve written a sci-fi romance that will never see the light of day.  And I’ve written dozens, I mean dozens, of short stories, long stories, and novellas.  They’ll all stay on my hard-drive.  I write because I simply love to write.

If you could spend time with a character from your book, whom would it be? And what would you do during that day? (PG-13 please :))

Maggie:  I’d go with Emery Matawapit from Blessed, book one in the Matawapit Family Series.  I enjoy the spiritual side to this hero.  He’s very deep, and most of all, he loves to golf!  We’d play eighteen holes and then retire to the clubhouse for a good chat so I could pick his brain, as I did while I wrote his novel, haha.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

Maggie:  My imagination.  I love making up people in my head.  It’s fun.

 What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?

Maggie:  You know, I rather like all the characters in Dressed for Success.  So this is a tough question to answer LOL.  I’d have to dig into my backlist and say Clayton Kabatay from the Matawapit Family Series.  Dealing with him would truly test my patience and tolerance hah.

Tell us your favorite…

Movie:  Mad Max II aka The Road Warrior

Music:  Heavy Metal

Place you’ve visited:  British Columbia (love it there)

Place you’d like to visit:  Italy

TV show from childhood:  The Love Boat

TV show from adulthood:  Murdoch Mysteries

Food:  Popcorn

Sports team:  I prefer golf—and my fave pro golfer is Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy

Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or television?  Board Games

My question to readers:  I enjoy reading contemporary romance, historical romance, and m/m romance.  What book would you recommend that I should try?

Fun interview…thanks so much for joining me. Now, please tell us about your book.

Blurb:

Two wounded-in-love go-getters must decide if they’ll break their personal rule that cost them so much in the past by mixing business with pleasure.

Divorcée Bebe Boshey flees her Ojibway community for the city of Thunder Bay to begin anew, landing a great job that affords her an independent lifestyle she covets and a great condo. Best of all, her silver fox boss thinks the world of her. She can’t help her attraction to him, but office dating is a huge no-no.

Divorcé Alden Campbell is tired of spending his nights alone. And he’s also quite uncomfortable about his feelings for his ace real estate agent, Bebe. Even though they are strictly professional in their daily dealings, the sizzling chemistry ready to boil over between them is enough to shake him with fear, because he’s been there and done that.

While they’re on a business trip together, a crafty playboy pushes Alden into making a big decision that might cost him dearly—pursue Bebe and break his rule of business-only, or let Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome work his charm on the one woman Alden wants to call his own.

Excerpt

“Good morning.” Alden shut the door behind him. Try as he might to ignore it, whenever they were in one another’s presence, the crackling chemistry always surfaced, a tension of heat seeming to radiate between them.

He strolled up to her desk and sat. “Hard at it?”

“Yes.” Bebe turned away from the computer. A red top with a scooped neckline gave a very slight hint of her décolletage. The short sleeves allowed a nice view of her toned arms. When she stood to grab her coffee off the other counter, a snug skirt hugged her sleek hips and showed off her flat stomach. She plopped into the chair and crossed one sexy leg over the other.

Alden ran his finger along the inside of his collar. His tie grew a tad too tight. Maybe he should have let Morgan attend the conference instead. A man was seeking trouble being alone for a whole week with a woman as stunning as Bebe Boshey. Big cat-shaped eyes with a suggestive slant. High cheekbones. A hint of red accentuating her satiny bronzed skin.

“Well, Chief? What can I do for you?” Teasing lurked in her question. She rubbed the corner of her coffee mug. Hmm, she tended to rub something whenever in his presence.

Heat swathed his skin. Her light teasing always produced goosebumps or knocked his internal furnace up a few degrees. “The realtors’ conference is happening in a month.”

Her dark-chocolate eyes brightened.

“I think you’d benefit by attending.”

“Me?” She placed her hand on her chest, her palm centered between her beautiful perky breasts.

“Yes, you.”

“I…” Her red-painted mouth formed into an O. “I… yes, I’m honored you chose me. I’d be happy to attend.”

Alden could almost see the cog wheels churning in Bebe’s mind. She was a woman of ambition and was probably perusing the agenda in her thoughts, determining which work-shops she’d take and the amount of networking she’d engage in.

Her eyes lost the far-off look, and her gaze rested on him. By the way her sleek throat shifted, she’d swallowed. Red was flooding her long, narrow face that was as precious as a ruby.

Her phone rang.

Clearing his throat, Alden stood. Saved by a perfect bell. “I’ll let you get back to work.”

“Okay.” A hint of gushing fluttered on her reply. “Thanks so much, Chief.”

He knocked on her desk. “Anything for you.” Before he gave away the trembles in his belly and the lightness in his head, he marched from her office.

Buy links: $2.99 USD

Amazon.com:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0852RZ31C/

Amazon.ca:  https://www.amazon.ca/Dressed-Success-Maggie-Blackbird-ebook/dp/B0852RZ31C/

Amazon.co.uk:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0852RZ31C/

Amazon.com.au:  https://www.amazon.com.au/Dressed-Success-Maggie-Blackbird-ebook/dp/B0852RZ31C/

eXtasy Books:  https://www.extasybooks.com/maggie-blackbird/978-1-4874-2813-6-dressed-for-success/

Kobo:  https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/dressed-for-success-2

Barnes and Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dressed-for-success-maggie-blackbird/1136525752

iBooks:  https://books.apple.com/us/book/dressed-for-success/id1500206707

Google Play:  https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Maggie_Blackbird_Dressed_for_Success?id=UkvSDwAAQBAJ&hl=az

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1009770

About Maggie:

An Ojibway from Northwestern Ontario, Maggie resides in the country with her husband and their fur babies, two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes.  When she’s not writing, she can be found pulling weeds in the flower beds, mowing the huge lawn, walking the Mals deep in the bush, teeing up a ball at the golf course, fishing in the boat for walleye, or sitting on the deck at her sister’s house, making more wonderful memories with the people she loves most.

Contact links:

Web Site:  https://maggieblackbird.com/

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/maggieblackbirdauthor/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/BlackbirdMaggie/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/maggieblackbird

BookbBub:  https://www.bookbub.com/profile/maggie-blackbird

Linked In:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/maggie-blackbird-032798169/

Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Maggie-Blackbird/e/B07KQP1FFG

eXtasy Books Author Page:  https://www.extasybooks.com/maggie-blackbird/

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Author Interview with Kay Blake and New Release: Catch Me If I Fall (The Kim Brothers Book 1)

Please help me welcome Kay Blake with a fun author interview and an intriguing new release! 

 

Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from? Where do you live now? Family? Pets?

My name is Kay. I’m a mom of three cubs and hail from the greatest city in the world. New York. (Don’t argue with me on this lol) I’m currently in my last semester of college to get my bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology. I live and breathe sarcasm, but I have a heart of gold. I still love the color pink. I’m a horror fanatic and I never get tired of strawberry cheesecake. I have no pets as I’m allergic to most, but I would love a dog if I could have one.

I won’t argue, but I will beg to differ…,;) Just kidding…I love New York although I’ve only been there once, briefly. Would love to go again! Where did you get the idea for your book?

Catch Me If I Fall came from a scene in the book where Jae tells Kasi he wants her to know that if she ever fell again he’ll be there to catch her. That she wasn’t alone in her struggles.

Why did you choose this genre (is it something you’ve written in before)?

While I love the horror genre in both books and movies, I’m a sucker for a good romance. I think there is something pure about good old fashioned love so I write it.

I would love to write horror as well! Was there anything unusual, any anecdote about this book, the characters, title, process, etc, you’d like to share?

Yes for me it required me to research not only another culture different from mine, but also research someone who would be considered a person with a disability. It was hard. It was eye opening. And I am appreciative of all who were apart of getting information to me and that had conversations with me.

What is the most difficult thing about writing a book?

I think us writers question everything we do. Is it good enough? Did you give this story your all? Would they get what you were trying to convey? I think the self-doubting would be the hardest thing about writing a book. That and making sure the story is fresh even if the idea is similar.

What was the most difficult thing about this one in particular?

I had to use some of a personal experience to dig deep when I was dealing with Kasi expressing her pain and her grief. It was hard to convey that emotion.

What genre have you never written that you’d like to write?

Horror. I plan to try to dabble in that this year actually.

I would also like to write horror. Maybe one day! What is your favorite quote?

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection.”

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

It is a mix of real life and imagination. I have certain characters that are from people that are or were in my life. Then other times I could see something and be like this works for this character.

What do your friends and family think of your writing?

So far I’ve heard good things. I was told they loved my writing. And my mom is pretty blunt and she loved my books so that’s good. I have one friend who have read all my books and she’s super supportive.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

Meredith Wild at Book Con in 2015. And she was so awesome and sweet.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Basically sometimes life can be pretty crappy. Even when it seems things will only get worse or that things will never get better, it always will. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. And sometimes life provides us with the people to help us get there.

How much of the book is realistic? 

I think for the most part most of this book is pretty realistic. I tried to tell a heartfelt story that wasn’t too over the top.

How did your interest in writing originate?

I have written most of my life honestly. I used to write poetry and song lyrics. I actually won an award when I was a teen for a poem I’ve written. I used to write fan fiction all the time. I think for me what sealed it though was in high school we had to do this creative project in my 11th grade English class. The idea was to create a writing piece from a person from history. I chose to do a diary of Billie Holiday. So while I had to research I wrote this project as if I was Billie. That project got an A and was used for other classes as an example. That was pretty awesome.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Stephen King hands down. I love horror and he is the king of it no if ands or buts. He can always tell a story where you’re just like omg, this is awesome. I’m also a big fan of J.K. Rowling.
I adore King as well!

What is your favorite…

Movie: X-Men Days of Future Past, The Shining, The Conjuring and Harry Potter & The Order of The Phoenix.

Music: Most music from the 90s and early 2000s.

Place you’ve visited: Bash Bish Falls State Park

Place you’d like to visit: Paris, France

TV show from childhood: X-Men Animated Series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Batman Animated Series and Hey Arnold

TV show from adulthood: The Walking Dead

Food: Strawberry Cheesecake, Mash Potatoes and Chicken

Sports team: I don’t have one honestly. I do like to watch UFC though.

Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or television? That depends. I love board games like monopoly, but watching a good show with my family is also pretty awesome.

 

Kay is giving away a FREE e-book copy of Catch Me If I Fall to one luck commenter! Check out her gorgeous cover and enticing glimpse into her novel…

Blurb:

An Interracial Contemporary Romance Novella

Kasi:
I have reached rock bottom. The kind of bottom that is so dark, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. There is nothing, but pain, loneliness and helpless despair. I didn’t picture my life going this way. I wasn’t supposed to be unhappy and broken.
How can someone find the good in me when all the good I had was taken from me?

Jae:
Helping people makes me feel good. I don’t do it for any accolades. I do it because when I needed someone to talk to, when I needed someone to keep me from spiraling out of control, I found it.
From the first time I saw her, I knew that there was something about her. I didn’t know what, but like a gravitational pull I wanted to know more about her even if she was here only to find some support for her grief.
Maybe I couldn’t solve her problems, but I won’t let her face them alone.

Excerpt:

I stopped and balled the napkins in my hand changing it from hand to hand trying to keep my nerves under control.

I glanced at his attire. He sported a dark blue button up shirt with a white tee underneath and dark blue jeans.

“Thank you uh…what’s your name?”

His smile widened showing a perfect set of white teeth.

“I’m Jae Kim.” He held out his hand for me to shake.

“Kasi Stevens,” I said nervously shaking it stunned by the electric jolt that went through my hands and traveled up my arm.

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Catch-Fall-Kim-Brothers-Book-ebook/dp/B01NBI9K1Z/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01NBI9K1Z/

Bio:

Kay writes sassy, sexy and sweet contemporary and interracial romance. She is from arguably the greatest city in the world. (New York). She is a sarcastic sweetheart who prefers snuggling at home with a good book. She is a wife and a mom to three cubs.

Kay indulges in strawberry cheesecake, horror movies, Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, wrestling and of course a happily ever after. Kay also writes erotica under Nina Gabrielle!

Contact Links:

Website: http://www.authorkayblake.wordpress.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorkayblake

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/authorkayblake

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook/com/authorkayblake

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kayblakewrites

 

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