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Today we are welcoming Ann Montclair to the blog! She is here to answer a few questions about her book and her writing. She is also giving away a $25.00 Amazon GC to a commenter from the tour. To increase your odds of winning, click HERE to find the tour schedule and more places to leave comments.
For now, let’s find out what Ann has to share with us!
Barb – How would my friends describe me in 20 words or less?
Ann – I think most people see me as dedicated, ambitious, hard-working, bubbly, passionate, artsy, and healthy.
Barb – Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?
Ann – Right where I am, in the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York. We have great food, nice wine, clean air, tons of cultural opportunities close by, four distinct seasons, and pristine land and water.
Barb – Did you always had in mind to be a writer or it just happened?
Ann – I knew I wanted to be a writer from the time I started sneak-reading my mom’s romance novels. Age ten, I believe.
Barb – What do you love about writing?
Ann – I love creating characters. I fall deeply in love with each and every one, and I invest oodles of time into imagining everything I can about them. Maybe 10% actually makes it into the books, but when I’m finished writing, they’re as real to me as anyone I’ve ever met.
Barb – What’s your favorite part of writing a book?
Ann – I love getting the story on the page. It’s a thrill as the word count grows. I’m so proud each and every day I write. It always feels like a huge accomplishment, no matter if I end up trashing it or not. Every word I write gets me closer to the one word I need to write, the word my reader will love.
Barb – Where do you get your inspiration?
Ann – I get inspired by great writing. I love Sandra Brown, Philippa Gregory, Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts, Lee Child, and Harlan Coben. Every time I read one of their books, I say, “Someday…”
Barb – Which genres do you prefer to read?
Ann – I read a lot of classical literature: Hemingway, Steinbeck, Faulkner, Chopin, Porter, O’Connor. And of course, I’m avid for romance, contemporary and historical.
Barb – Where can your fans find you ?
Ann – My books are available at all the usual places: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All romance e-books, Smashwords. The best place to start is my author website. http://www.annmontclair.com
Barb – Do you ever run into someone who says “You write WHAT?”
Ann – All the time! I work as a college English professor, so people expect me to write literary fiction, poetry, or prose. When I tell them romance, they typically ask, “The dirty stuff?” And I smile and say, “Hey, I write what I know.” That stops them cold, and I think they’re more likely to buy it, too.
Barb – Are you working on anything new and if so when can we expect to see it?
Ann – My next book is a Tudor romance set in 1533 England titled Lady in Deed. It’s due out from Musa Publishing December 2012.
Good Things Come In Tall Packages
by Ann Montclair
Dr. Joe Connors and socialite lawyer Lucy Alcott come from two different worlds, two very different cultures. But will those differences keep them apart when their attraction is too strong to be denied?
When socialite Savannah attorney Lucy Alcott entered the Hyatt looking for fun, martinis, and hot sex, the last thing she expected to find was Dr. Joe Connors. Joe is Lucy’s opposite in every way: he’s dark, she’s pale; he’s tall and reserved, she’s tiny and vivacious; he wears his compassion and deep spirituality on his sleeve, she wears designer bags and clothes. That night at the Hyatt Lucy found herself not in the arms of a casual encounter but reaching out to a man who challenged the walls she had built around her heart—and when he gave her his number, Lucy knew Joe deserved a woman as warm and tender as he was. So she threw his number away. When an unexpected meeting six months later brings them together again, will Joe overcome Lucy’s fear of losing her heart, or are their two very different worlds destined to keep them apart forever?
The man wanted her.
Lucy felt the passion rolling off of Joe like tidal waves, and she was more than ready to let him knock her off her feet.
“Shall we go upstairs, Joe? I could use a quiet moment with you before we say goodbye again. Every time we’ve been together it’s been in a crowd with music pulsing in the background and drinks in our hands. Let’s be real. Let’s go upstairs and spend some alone time. I won’t bite. Unless you want me to.”
His big smile lit up the room like Georgia sunshine. He stood and proffered his hand, looming above her like an awesome Egyptian statue. Lucy was dwarfed by almost everyone, but Joe was enormous by anyone’s standards. When she’d first met him, despite the fact he was at a medical convention, she’d assumed he played for the NFL. The fact that he possessed brains and brawn made him ideal for bed sport. It hadn’t worked out that night, but tonight…Lucy could hardly wait.
“Should we say goodbye to Ben and Maura?” Lucy cocked her head to scan the crowded room. She spotted them in the center of the ballroom floor, Jessie sandwiched between her parents, standing on her dad’s feet as the happy newlyweds shared a family dance.
“Let’s not bother them. Come on, sweetness.” Joe effortlessly pulled Lucy to her sore feet and put his strong arm around her waist. She hobbled a bit. “Shall I carry you, my Southern Belle?”
I grew up sneak-reading all my mom’s steamy romance novels. She kept them high on a shelf in her closet and warned, “You better not read those…” Of course, I read them. And now I write them! I strive to take readers on a fun, emotionally charged, and highly sensual ride to happily ever after. Available now: THE BILLIONAIRE’S BAUBLE (Soul Mate Publishing 2011), ONE WET SUMMER (Musa Publishing 2012), and GOOD THINGS COME IN TALL PACKAGES (Musa Publishing 2012). Next up: LADY IN DEED, my debut novel in historical romance set in Tudor England (Musa Publishing Winter 2012).
I am a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a community college English professor. I live in the Finger Lakes region of New York with my sexy hero and our teenage son. Our grown daughter lives in Los Angeles, California–my hometown.
Thanks for learning a little about me. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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