Teaser Tuesday – Playing the Game

Playing the Game

Karen Frances

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International football star Fletcher Adams always has an eye on the ladies and, more often than not, one on each arm. The sexy football pin-up knows he needs to make changes in his life, but changes don’t come easily. It’s time to head home to Scotland, away from everything that distracts him, and concentrate on Playing the Game.

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*Blog Tour – Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop*

We are so excited to announce the tour for Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson!

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“Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop is perhaps one of the most memorable stories I have ever read. The characters are a huge plus, but the main star was the wisdom hidden within this profound story.”

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“Engaging, heart-warming, and full of romance, this one is bound to please readers.”

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As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

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“In Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop, author Isabella Louise Anderson weaves a delightful tale that follows three women’s journey of self-discovery and finding an unexpected second chance at love.”

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“Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop is a wonderful novel about finding love and happiness that will leave a smile on your face.”

about the author

Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America.

She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy consultant and hoarder.

Isabella is the author of The Right Design and Cards From Khloe’s Flower ShopHer short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. She’s currently working on another book.

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Author Interview with Quinn Loftis

Today on the blog we are featuring Quinn Loftis, author of the USA Today Bestseller Fate and Fury.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

Sure! I’m 36, been married for…let’s see. It will be 17 years this December. We have 3 amazing boys. A 9yr old, 2yr old and 13 month old.

I was a nurse before I published my first book and although I enjoyed nursing. I didn’t want to do it for the rest of my life.

When I learned about e-publishing and realized that the possibility of actually publishing a novel could be reality I decided to give it a go. I’d always wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember but never thought I was good enough. I don’t handle rejection well so I never submitted my work to any agents or publishers. I wrote Prince of Wolves, published it expecting to sell a few copies to my friends and family. Never expected it to take off. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

You now have 18 published books on Amazon. Congratulations! As your list of publications has grown, how have you pushed yourself to keep your writing fresh and new?

I’m constantly looking for new plot lines and new characters to bring into the plot to add depth. I love interesting characters with curves and sharp edges. I love getting in their heads. I listen to my readers when they give me ideas or their opinion and hopefully I’m giving them a little if not more of what they want.

 

What have you learned during the publication process? What has been your biggest challenge?   

It never goes smoothly, no matter how you try to iron out the kinks, or get everything just right. There will always be a bump in the road and believe me I have had some MAJOR bumps. I try not to flip out when the bumps come but I don’t always succeed. My biggest challenge is formatting. I hate formatting. There I said it. Acknowledging you have a problem if taking the first step to recovery, right? Well I have a major problem with formatting…it seems to hate me too.

 

How would you describe your writing style? What makes your work stand out?

I’m very character driven. I thrive and my writing thrives on relationships. I have over 110 characters in my Grey Wolves Series, and counting. I like to see the dynamics between relationships not just love interests, but best friends and parents and children and leader and follower. All the good bad and the ugly that make relationships work. I wrap those up into a story and hope that people can relate to the characters even if they can’t relate to the story. I think that is what makes my work stand out. My characters are dominant in the story. I have a TON of dialogue almost on every single page. I think readers have grown to really know my characters and feel like they know them.

 

What’s next for your writing career? What are you working on now?

I’m working on the first book in a Viking Series that I signed on to do with Clean Teen Publishing. Very excited about it as it’s not like anything I’ve written so far.

 

You mention in your bio that you love to read. What’s one five-star book you recommend to everyone?

A Wrinkle in Time

 

How do you balance your writing career with the demands of being a mom?

It’s hard. I find that there are times when I feel guilty for writing because I haven’t spent time with my boys and yet I have deadlines that have to be met. Sometimes it’s a matter of writing when I can. That might mean late at night or on a Sunday afternoon. I try to do it all on weekday mornings until 2ish, but that doesn’t always happen. I love being an author, but I’m a wife and a mother first. There are times when I’ve just had to close the lap top and say no, you aren’t more important than my family. The books will always be there, my kids won’t. One day they will be grown and moving on to their own careers, homes, spouses and children. I don’t want to miss out on what is going on NOW. Because I can’t get it back.

 

Where can readers find out more about you or your work? On which sites are you most active?

www.quinnloftisbooks.com

Twitter: @AuthQuinnLoftis

Facebook: Quinn Loftis Books

Instagram: Quinn Loftis Books

Pinterest: Quinn Loftis Books

Most active on FB and Twitter. Trying to do better on Instagram.

 

Is there anything I haven’t asked you yet that you would like to share with the Book Buddy readers?

Top 5:

Favorite candy: Peanut butter M&M’s

Favorite food: Chinese (Fried rise with sesame chicken)

Favorite dessert: Ice cream

Favorite Color: Lime green

Favorite Season: Fall and Winter tie.

 

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