Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Author Interview: Nicola Marsh (Not the Marrying Kind)

Today I welcome Nicola Marsh, author of Not The Marrying Kind, recently released by Entangled Publishing.  Hope you enjoy the interview and Nicola's new book too!

What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
At the risk of sounding like a complete nerd, reading!

What's your favorite season?
Love the sizzle of summer but I love wearing boots and rugging up in winter too. Then there’s beautiful mild Melbourne autumns…too hard!

Describe your ideal reading space (no expense spared here).
On a luxury yacht cruising the Greek Islands with Gerard Butler, Channing Tatum and Hugh Jackman helping me flip the pages.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?  
New York

What three things do you need in order to write?  
Ideas, inspiration and a lot of luck.

What's the first sentence of Not the Marrying Kind?  
Beck Blackwood could kill them.

Do you have a favorite line in Not the Marrying Kind?  
Beck: “I need a wife fast.” Poppy: “Why? You knocked up?”

Tell us what is Not the Marrying Kind is about.
A fiercely loyal woman who’d do anything for the sister who raised her and a life-hardened desert bad boy who’s determined to prove he’s better than his past. Both are tough on the outside but marshmallow on the inside.  Is there anything sexier than seeing a bad boy tamed?

Dish, who’s your favorite character?
That’s like being asked to choose between my kids, impossible! Though Beck is pretty sexy…and he looks exactly like Gerard Butler…

How did you feel when you finished Not the Marrying Kind?
It’s always a huge relief to finish a book but if I’m particularly attached to characters, like Poppy and Beck, it can be a little sad saying goodbye. Which are what sequels are for!

For all of us impatient readers, what is up next for you?
 Another marriage of convenience story, this time with Harlequin Presents Extra. MARRYING THE ENEMY, releasing September, is the first in a duo, centered around the glamorous jewelry world in Melbourne, my home city. Romantic Times Magazine gave it 4 ½ stars: This
spirited and poignant romance features a vulnerable alpha hero who is perfectly matched with his sassy heroine.”
I love the fact Ruby proposes to Jax in this book! Love a strong heroine who knows what she wants and will go to any lengths to get it!

Thanks Nicola!

Thanks so much for having me!

USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair.
She’s had 32 books published with Harlequin Romance and Presents series, a fun, flirty contemporary mainstream romance BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD with Entangled Publishing (nominated for Romantic Book of the Year 2012) and sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
Her first category romance for Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence series, NOT THE MARRYING KIND, releases July 2012, with another category contemporary romance FALLING FOR FLYNN releasing with Crimson Romance October 2012.
Her urban fantasy young adult novel SCION OF THE SUN releases November 2013 with Month9Books.
She’s also a Waldenbooks and Bookscan bestseller, has finaled in a number of awards, including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath,
More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.
A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favorite, curling up with a good book!
She loves interacting with readers so you can find her:
Who said marriage had to be convenient?

LA party planner Poppy Collins has kept her side business—planning divorce parties as the Divorce Diva—under wraps, but keeping her sister's company afloat is proving tougher by the day. When a new divorce party prospect gives Poppy the opportunity to save the day and boost her bottom line, she can't pass it up. But this time, she's about to get way more than she bargained for…

Vegas golden boy Beck Blackwood knows Poppy's secret, and he's not afraid to use it to get exactly what he wants—a wife. With his reputation and corporate expansion plans on the line, the only way he can repair the damage is by getting hitched, and fast. And if blackmail is the only way to get Poppy to the altar, then so be it…

But they're in the city of high stakes, and Poppy has a few aces up her sleeve. Now it's time to find out if they're playing to win…or if they're playing for keeps.
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Guest Blog: Wild Texas Rose by Jodi Thomas

WILD TEXAS ROSE is my 25th historical romance about Texas and I’m happy to say that I think readers will discover something new in this book that I’ve never seen done in a historical.  I love writing about groups of people and this time I have more than one romance going at once.  It was great fun to write and I lost a great deal of sleep because even after I turned off my computer I couldn’t turn off the story.  The characters were still dancing in my head. 

My husband also developed a strange habit of saying, “All right, all you people, get out of this bed.  We’ve got to get some sleep.”

In WILD TEXAS ROSE, Rose McMurray is one of those wonderful people who is always organized.  I hated her and loved her instantly when she walked off the pages of TALL, DARK AND TEXAN as a little girl and I understood her when she stepped into this book. 

Duncan, on the other hand, lives his life in the moment.  Never planning.  Never realizing what he truly needs.  At the wedding of Rose’s best friend, they discover a plot that could get many people killed and join forces with others to fight.

I had a great time writing WILD TEXAS ROSE.  Of course I love a good love story and this book is packed with three.  I also like watching the couples fall in love in different ways because love never comes in quite the same way to anyone.  I think this story is tender and I promise it will keep you laughing.  No one in the book is perfect, but they all do the best they can.

Thanks for reading,

Jodi Thomas

About Wild Texas Rose:
Release date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 978-0-425-25037-2
Retail Price: USA$7.99

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Jodi Thomas presents her latest Whispering Mountain novel WILD TEXAS ROSE, about a woman who’s cursed when it comes to love—and the man determined to save her.

Twenty-five-year-old Rose McMurray may be beautiful, smart, and capable of running her adopted family’s ranch at Whispering Mountain, but she’s backed away from marriage three times without giving any reasons. Everyone thinks Rose is a coward, afraid of any adven-ture, including falling in love. She’s never done a single wild or reckless thing in her life...until now.

“At the top of everyone’s favorites list.”  —Romance Junkies
“Wonderfully written, romantic, and delightful.”  —The Romance Reader
“Exceptional...Packs a powerful emotional punch.”  —Booklist

About Jodi Thomas:
Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of 35 novels and 11 short story
collections. A RITA winning author, Jodi currently serves as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.