Friday, July 1, 2022

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: Return to Wylder (The Wylder West) by Maria Imbalzano

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for Return to Wylder by Maria Imbalzano. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt from the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more exclusive excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: Return to Wylder
Series: The Wylder West
Author: Maria Imbalzano
Publication Date: June 27th 2022
Print Length: 147 pages
Genre: Western Contemporary Romance
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The untimely death of EJ Hampton’s father kills her dream of practicing law with him in her hometown of Wylder. Heartbroken, she now has two weeks to organize the practice for sale. When she meets her father’s millionaire client Dylan Addison, he is demanding and entitled—yet his charisma captivates her.

Dylan is under pressure to renovate the Wylder Hotel before his father pulls the plug on his project. He needs EJ’s expertise, but she is bent on returning to her life in San Francisco despite the fireworks between them.

EJ walks a tightrope trying to balance Dylan’s needs against her own, but doing so is far more complicated when emotions get in the way.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:
I took in the spiral notebook he was carrying with various papers hanging out at intervals. “Were you coming up with more legal work?”

He chuckled. “No. I got the impression this afternoon you’ve had it with me.”

Uh-oh. And here I’d thought my poker face had been on display. “No. That’s not true. I’m sorry if that’s the impression I gave. I’ve just been overwhelmed with everything there is to do.” I sighed. “For some reason, I thought it would be easier. You know, a small-town law practice should have small-town legal issues.”

“And it doesn’t.” His amused look at my erroneous theory struck a chord, and guilt over my prejudice swarmed through me.

“I’ve been biased living and working in San Francisco. Thinking that I’m counseling first-rate clients who have much more significant problems than those I’d experience if I came back to work with my dad. In the two days I’ve been here, I can see that the legal work, while on a smaller scale, is just as important.”

“Good to hear. I wouldn’t want you to minimize my needs.” A grin accompanied his words, softening the barb.

Not likely with your constant hovering. “What have you been doing?” I nodded toward his notebook.

“Going over my list and second-guessing myself as to what to do first. This place is sure in need of a facelift.”

Vulnerability clouded his magnificent eyes, and for a second, I thought maybe he wasn’t so bad after all.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Maria Imbalzano is an award-winning contemporary author who writes about strong, independent women and the men who fall in love with them. She recently retired from the practice of law, but legal issues have a way of showing up in many of her novels. When not writing, she loves to travel both abroad and in the states. Maria lives in central New Jersey with her husband--not far from her two daughters and granddaughters.

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GIVEAWAY:
Maria Imbalzano will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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185 comments:

  1. I love the cover and think the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Hi Sherry: Stops for stopping by. Sorry I wasn't here to respond sooner. My mom's 95th birthday was yesterday and I had many things to do to prepare. Whew! Good luck with raffle.

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    1. Hi Rita: What is the best book you've read this year so far? I'll add it to my TBR list. Have a Happy 4th of July - if you live in the US. Lol.

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  3. great cover, this sounds like a wondrful book

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  4. Good book for Summer reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    1. Hello Siehan. Thanks so much for stopping by. I love beach reading and this is a novella so it's a quick read. I hope you enjoy it if you get to it.

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  5. Happy Friday! I love the cover and synopsis, Return to Wylder is a must read for me. Thank you for sharing your bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work. Have a lovely Independence Day weekend!

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    1. Hi Bea: I wrote to you yesterday, but it never got published. Thanks so much for stopping by. The past few weeks have been a whilrlwind. I had a party for my mom's 95th birthday, my daughter had her 3rd daughter and my new book came out. All good! I hope you have a chance to read it (or any of my others.)

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  6. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Hi Deb: I hope you are enjoying the summer and catching up on all the books you'd like to read. I'm reading "Lions of Fifth Avenue" right now. It's taking me a while to get into it, but now I'm on a roll. Lol.

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    2. Hi Deb: Thank you for stopping by. Good luck with the raffle and have a great summer. I love summer.

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  7. I enjoyed reading the excerpt - most interesting read!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Hi Barbara: On my blog I tell readers what I learned while writing this book. It might make you laugh. www.mariaimbalzano.com

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  8. have a wonderful long weekend

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    1. Thanks. I intend to go lay by the pool and read - of course. Have a nice day.

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  9. Sounds like a good romance story

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    1. Hi Kim: I hope you find some time to read it. It was fun to write and I loved the setting of Wylder, Wyoming.

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  10. The book sounds wonderful. Love the cover!

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    1. Hi Pippirose: Thanks so much for stopping by. Read about what I learned while writing this book on my blog at www.mariaimbalzano.com

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  11. do you have a favorite author

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    1. I have many favorites :) I love Emily Giffin, Kristan Higgins, Kristen Hannah, and Rachel Gibson. What about you?

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  12. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

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    1. Not until I was in my early 40s. I was reading a Danielle Steele novel and she was annoying me. I said "I bet I could do this." Of course, I couldn't. It took me 15 years to learn how. :)

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  13. Return to Wylder in the series The Wylder West by author Maria Imbalzano has an attractive front cover.

    Nancy
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    1. I hope you like the story. I loved writing it. This was the first book I wrote in the first person point of view.

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  14. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Hi Debbi: Thank you for stopping by. I hope you get a chance to read the book. Happy 4th.

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  15. Do you listen to music when you write?

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    1. No. I write with no distractions. If I listened to music, I would be singing along. :)

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    2. No, I need total silence. If I listened to music, I'd be singing along and not concentrating. Lol

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    1. Happy 4th to you as well. I'm heading outside to enjoy this weather. I hope you do too.

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  17. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

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    1. Hi Barbara: I do something writing related every day. Sometimes its marketing, but mostly it's working on a book (whether creating my blueprint for new novel, writing the first draft, editing, or dealing with problems in my work in progress. I usually work at least four to six hours a day

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  18. I'm not sure what is happening to some of my comments. I responded to everyone, but all of the responses aren't showing up. Thank you to all of you for stopping by and thanks to the host of this site for having me. I'm looking forward to spending the rest of the day reading by the pool. I hope all of you are enjoying your holiday and get a chance to read some of my books.

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    1. Maria, Blogger/Blogspot sometimes flags comments as spam which is what happened to some of your comments. I have published all the ones that were marked as spam. I think Blogger marks comments as spam if they are written too soon together. I'm not 100% sure if that's why, but that's all I can think of.

      But like I said, every comment that was marked as spam has now been published. =)

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  19. how old were you when you starting writing

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    1. I started writing when I was 43 although I had no idea how to write a book. I was very good at writing legal briefs for the appellate court but fiction writing was new to me. I took seminars, went to writing conferences, read how-to books and wrote 5 manuscripts before I got published.

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    2. I started writing when I was 43 although I had no idea how to write a book. I was very good at writing legal briefs for the appellate court but fiction writing was new to me. I took seminars, went to writing conferences, read how-to books and wrote 5 manuscripts before I got published.

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    3. Thanks so much. I hope you get a chance to read the book. Happy summer

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  20. was it hard to choose the cover?

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    1. My publisher has several cover artists for our books and we fill out a form as to what we would like to see on the cover. I usually look through hundreds of stock photos to get an idea of what I'd like, but the cover artist does the work after reading the form I've completed.

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  21. I'm so ready for good reads for the summer, this is on my list!

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    1. Hi MargaretAnn: I'm so happy to hear this is on your list. It's a quick read, perfect for a beach or pool or lake day. Have a great summer.

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    1. I live in NJ and it's been fairly hot and humid. Not unbearable. It's been in the 80s. How about where you live?

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  23. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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    1. Thank you. I hope you get the chance to read it this summer. It was fun to write (but I say that about all my books - lol). I initially wrote it in 3rd person, then changed the whole thing to first person. Ugh.

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  24. What, to you, are the most important elements of good writing?

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    1. A good story is the most important. But I also think the dialogue should be natural and there should be no typos or incorrect words (which will take the reader out of the story).

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  25. do you have any new books in the works

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    1. Absolutely. I recently sent a manuscript, called Island Fever, to Hallmark Publishing - but I've heard nothing from them. If I don't hear soon, I will send it to other publishers. I am working on the fourth book of my Sworn Sisters Series. It's tentatively called Sworn to Collide. If you sign up for my newsletter, I will be asking my readers for their input on the title. Just go to my website to sign up if you're so inclined.

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    1. Thanks so much. This site is hopping. Lots of engagement , which I love.

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    1. I love to travel. I've been to Italy 5 times (to all different parts), and three years ago we took a Windstar cruise from Portugal to Barcelona, then travelled by train through parts of Spain. We were just in Hawaii for 2 1/2 weeks and plan to go to Alaska next summer. I've been to Greece, but would like to explore more Greek islands. Within the U.S., we plan to take long weekend or mid-week trips to places within driving range. We recently went to towns near Old Lyme, Connecticut and spent the day in Newport, R.I. There so much to see! What about you?

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  28. What inspired the idea for your book?

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    1. My publisher, The Wild Rose Press, put out a call for authors to write in the Wylder West series. Most of the books take place in the late 1800s in the fictitious town of Wylder. I used the town map and some of the old hotels and bars in writing a contemporary story for the series. Since I'm a lawyer, many of my heroines are lawyers. I didn't originally want her to be living in Wylder, so I placed her in San Francisco and came up with a reason for her to return.

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    2. My long answer to your question isn't showing up, but I'm going to give it some time before I answer it again. Lol

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    3. My publisher, The Wild Rose Press, put out a call for authors to write in the Wylder West series. Most of the books take place in the late 1800s in the fictitious town of Wylder. I used the town map and some of the old hotels and bars in writing a contemporary story for the series. Since I'm a lawyer, many of my heroines are lawyers. I didn't originally want her to be living in Wylder, so I placed her in San Francisco and came up with a reason for her to return.

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  29. How did you decide on character names?

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    1. Generally, I just pick names that I like. I have a baby name book that I used when my daughters were born, and I sometimes go through that.

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  30. I like the themes where something "old" is renovated and how it brings people together.

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    1. Great! Then hopefully you will like the hero's goals and issues that he faces in renovating the Wylder Hotel :)

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    2. Great! Then hopefully you will like the hero's goals and issues that he faces in renovating the Wylder Hotel :)

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  31. How do you handle hot weather? 103 degrees today.

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    1. Hi Siehan: That sounds awful. It is 75 and sunny here at the Jersey shore. If it was that hot here, I'd probably stay indoors and write.

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  32. do you have a favorite spot to write at

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    1. Sorry, I missed this question. Yes I do. I have a home office with a great desk where I can spread out. I have a laptop and printer as well as many books on writing that I use when an issue comes up. We also have a beach house overlooking the ocean and I have a small desk there. When I need a break, I just walk on the beach. It's perfect.

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  33. Super hot here, time to grab my book and get some iced tea.

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    1. Although you wrote this on July 11th when it was nice in our area, it is now July 24th and unbearable. I stayed in and read for a while. My sister is here and is in our pool, but I don't even want to do that. My daughters bought me Story Worth for Christmas where I have to answer weekly questions which will eventually turn into a book at the end of the year. I still need to answer last week's question, so I plan to do that.

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  34. Return to Wylder by author Maria Imbalzano sounds like a book that will charm readers of western style romance.

    Nancy
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    1. Hi Nancy: I do hope to charm my readers. :) Thanks for posting.

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  35. Do you like to people watch?

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    1. I love to people watch. I especially like to hear snippets from conversations, because without hearing the whole thing, it is usually funny bits out of context. The beach is a perfect place to people watch where I can make up stories about them.

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  36. When you were a child, who were some of your favorite authors?

    Nancy
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    1. Hi Nancy: I loved and read every Nancy Drew book available at our local library. It wasn't until I was older that I learned that Carolyn Keane, the author, was many authors all using the same name. I also read the Bobbsey Twins books.

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  37. When did you realize you wanted writing to be your career?

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    1. It couldn't be my career until I retired from my first career as a divorce lawyer (which I did for 38 years). I did start writing while I was practicing law and was published, but I couldn't focus on writing full time until I retired.

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  38. Do you write when you're on vacation?

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    1. Hi Siehan: It depends on what type of vacation. If it's a beach, resort type of vacation, then yes. If it's a sightseeing tour, then no. But when I do go on educational sightseeing vacations, I always bring a journal and write down everything. I do this not only to remember all the wonderful places we've been, but I then have the information in case I need it for a book.

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  39. best of luck with the book, it sounds amazing

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    1. Hi Abbie: It's the perfect length for a few hours at the beach, or lake or pool or wherever. I hope you get a chance to read it.

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  41. What is your favorite book to re-read?

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    1. Perfect by Judith McNaught. Now that you're bringing it to my attention, I may have to pull it out and re-read it. :)

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    1. You too. I'm working on my fourth book in the Sworn Sisters series and its the perfect way to spend the day. Although I will have to go for a walk on the beach a little later.

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  43. great cover, congrats on the release

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  44. you are a new author tome- after reading the excerpt -I want to read this book-thanks

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    1. I would love that! It's the first book I wrote in first person (after I had written the whole thing in third person). Lol.

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  45. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Hi Jamie: Learn as much as you can from conferences, seminars, how to books and critique partners. And keep writing in the face of rejection because you will get there.

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  46. What time did you get up this morning?

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    1. I usually get up around 7. I have coffee, read the paper, do a crossword puzzle, go to Jazzercize, then take a shower. I'm then ready to write.

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  47. sounds like an interesting read

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  48. Many people enjoy reading western romances like this one!

    Nancy
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  49. Do you write more or read more?

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    1. I read more. My day starts with reading the morning paper and other news online. And although I don't usually read during the day unless I'm on vacation or taking a day to myself, I do read every night before I go to bed.

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    1. Hi Jamie: About a month before I got married, I went to an exercise class and herniated a disc. I needed surgery which I had three weeks before our wedding. The doctor had told me we might have to postpone the wedding, but I didn't. I just made sure I did the physical therapy religiously so I was able to dance at the reception.

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  51. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

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    1. Hi Barbara. It wasn't something that I had ever thought about until I was in my 40s. I was reading a book that was annoying me and said "I bet I could do this." Then it took me 15 years to figure out how to do it and get published. :)

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    1. I have nine books that are published, two in the editing stage and two that will probably remain in my drawer forever.

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    1. Thanks, Bridgett. So glad you like it. Diana Carlisle created it.

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    1. Hi Jamie: Do you mean supporter or someone I aspire to emulate? If you mean supporter, that would be my mom. She's 95, still drives and hands out my bookmark to everyone she meets. Lol.

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  55. hope you are enjoying your summer

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  56. What author do you most admire?

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    1. There are so many wonderful authors, that I don't think I can answer that. Do you have an author you most admire?

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    1. Hi Jamie: I have two daughters and now three granddaughters. Both of my daughters live nearby so I get to see them all the time. That makes me so happy!

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    1. Hi Jamie: Trying to exercise enough to burn off enough calories so I don't gain weight. It's a daily battle.

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  59. was it hard to choose the cover

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    1. I don't get to choose my cover. The publisher sends us a form to complete about what we would like to cover to look like. Then they send the completed form to the cover artist assigned to my book, and that person creates it. I do look at stock images so I can send the cover artist a representation of what I'm thinking.

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    1. Hi Debbi: I hope you enjoy your weekend. too. It is sweltering hot here in NJ. Today's temp is 98, but it feels like 105. I'm staying in, although i did got to the Paint Your Own Pottery place with my daughter and granddaughters who wanted to get out of their house for a while.

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  61. How do you decide on a title?

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    1. It's very difficult. Sometimes a title will come to me through a song. My book "Dancing in the Sand" came from lyrics from Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." My book "Unchained Memories" came from "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers. The Sworn Sisters Series came about because the four friends in the books called themselves the sworn sisters in high school. As a result, I decided that each book should have the word "sworn" in it (Sworn to Forget, Sworn to Remember, Sworn to Fly). I'm wrestling with the title for the fourth manuscript.

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  62. I hope you have a great night!

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  63. I hope you had a nice weekend.

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  64. Have you read Err by Stephen King?

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    1. No. Did you like it? the only book I read by Stephen King was called "On Writing".

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  65. I think I would have a hard time putting this book down after starting to read it.

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  66. This sounds like a fine book for those who love western romances.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  67. What is your favorite type of candy?

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  68. Are you working on another book?

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  69. What caused you to start writing?

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  70. What time of day is your most productive for writing?

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    1. Morning is my favorite time to write

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  71. Happy to find a new to me author, I need more summer reads.

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  72. such a wonderful cover, so pretty

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  73. That red dress against the yellow background really makes this book cover pop!

    Nancy
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  74. What is your favourite breakfast treat?

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    1. Chocolate covered donuts. Yum!

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  75. Do you make writing notes on your phone when you're out and about?

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    1. What a great idea but no. I’m not generally thinking about writing when I’m out.

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  76. thanks this sounds very interesting

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  77. looks like a fun one

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  78. It would be emotionally difficult to sell your family's law practice.

    Nancy
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    1. I had two cats. They were really my daughters' cats, but when they went away to college, they became mine. They would both cram onto my writing desk, lay on my papers or books (or my typing arm) and fall asleep. They both died and I never got another one.

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  80. Are you glad or sad when a book is finished?

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  81. thanks the giveaway has been fun

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  82. Sounds great, I like the cover and excerpt.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. And thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the raffle.

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  83. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  84. You're welcome Abbie. If you sign up for my newsletter on my website, you will have a chance to win something almost every month.

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  85. Good luck to all of you in the raffle. I bought a megamillions lottery ticket today. I need luck as well. :)

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  86. What kind of beverage do you like to keep on hand while writing?

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