This Week's Spotlight...
Welcome Melissa Blue...
Author of Kilted for Pleasure...
Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to pop by and have a chat with us Ms. Blue.
This genre gets infrequent hype...so we at Contemporary Love... love to bring it.
So Melissa...why did you decide to Write in this genre?
Melissa: I say contemporary romance because I write African American romance, Interracial romance and Mainstream romance. It depends on my mood and what characters show up in my head. It's always contemporary stories though. So let's go with that.
Alie: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Melissa: I do not. I feel like you can't look at someone and know
their soul. Also, for me, love is action. It's not what you say or look like,
it's what you do. Can you get that fluttery sensation in your stomach?
Absolutely, but that's not love. Can all your primitive genes roar at you?
Absolutely. I think it's rather I was willing and open to love someone after
seeing them the first time, which is probably just semantics. Lol
Alie: What is the best thing you have done in your life?
Melissa: Raising my children. They have taught me so much about myself and what's important. They are also funny as hell. They restore my faith in humanity all the time.
Alie: What writing advice do you have for other aspiring
Melissa: Character is king. If you write characters people cannot forget then you can do no wrong. Dig deep, don't stop until they are practically alive on the page. Just think about all your favorite stories. Do you remember the plot or do you remember the characters?
Alie: Name 5 favorite movies. Why?
Melissa: Love and Basketball. If this were a book it would be women's fiction and it's one of my favorite romance genres. This is a story about your first love, it's a reunion romance, it's about redemption and forgiveness. Plus, Maxwell's song during their first love scene is just so much.
When Harry Met Sally. Nora Ephron is and will always be the queen of Romantic Comedy. This story was told in a linear fashion, but it still had a fractured kind of structure, which you just don't see done very well often. And this story is one of my fav tropes: From enemies to lovers. You get to watch this romance arc over years and it's a breathtaking arc.
Love Jones. I had a thing for Larenz Tate for years after this movie. Nia Long can play the hell out of any character. At the heart of it this conflicting romance felt visceral.
So after nothing but romance I pick Seabiscuit. In a way this is another love story. This is about a man who loses a son only to gain one. A boy who loses a family and finds another. And a horse that no one believed could be anything but a glue factory candidate. I loved how this story was framed around the depression. They hit on that fact pretty hard but I didn't care. This movie had a cast of thousands and I loved every character and this movie.
Last, but not least Back to the Future. It's cheesy, fun goodness. I can practically recite every line of this movie.
Alie: Lol. What secret talents do you have no one else knows?
Melissa: I can pick up things with my toes. I know, but outside of writing I am a pretty boring person.
Alie: If you could go to the past or future, where would you
stay and why?
Melissa: I'd go into the future. There are some very awesome things that happened in the past, but I know about it or I can know about if I bother to research it. The future is unknown. I'm a fan of spoilers in TV and books so this shouldn't be a surprise I want to know how it all ends.
Alie: What internet site do you surf to the most?
Melissa: Outside of Facebook, I have to say Pinterest. That site is like crack to me. I use it to find placeholder images of characters or scenes in books. I also use it because I have a thing for pretty pictures. Plus, it's the best place for food porn.
Alie: Describe your past week as a type of landscape or a
Melissa: I've been prepping for my release so it's been a bit rocky. So let's say the weather man predicted nothing but sunshine and I went outside in shorts and a tank top. Mid-way through my outing a thunderstorm hit. I wasn't ready. And now my twist out looks like a hot mess.
Alie: What's the naughtiest thing you have done in school?
Melissa: Like I said, I'm totally boring. But I did use to call and pretend to be my mother to get out of class whenever I didn't feel like going. I kept a B average so I felt like meh about missing a few days out of the year. We all sound just alike in my family. It's a little scary.
Alie: If you can be a Disney character, who would you be and why?
Melissa: Belle is the obvious choice. I want that library. And Beast is one of my fav heroes of all time.
Alie: Sundays, I like to...
Melissa: Sleep in but I never do. I'm a workaholic. But one day I so will.
Alie: So Ms. Blue...what's next for you? What are you working on now?
Melissa: KILTED FOR PLEASURE is coming out really soon. I am both
excited and terrified about this book. It's about how a Scot deals with grief
and falling in love again. It's about a woman who has lived a life where rules
and boundaries are her safety net and what happens when it's ripped out from
under her. Anyway, it's hitting retailers on March 10th. Readers
will be able to finally read the book I've been teasing them about for almost a
Alie: And where can we find you?
Melissa: You can always take a peek around my website: http://www.themelissablue.com
places you can find me:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorOfSMR
Melissa Blue's writing career started on a typewriter one month after her son was born. This would have been an idyllic situation for a writer if it had been 1985, not 2004. She penned that first contemporary romance, upgraded to a computer and hasn't looked back since.
Outside of writing, Blue works as a mail clerk for the federal government, has a paralegal certificate (that she has more use for as a dust pan) and is a mother of two rambunctious children. She lives in California where the wine is good and, despite popular belief, is not always sunny.Awesome...and thanks so much for joining us Ms. Blue. Remember guys the above links will get you your copy today...
Guest...Guest & More Guest!
Welcome Rhonda A. Marks...
Author of Making Time for Love...
Thanks so much Rhonda for
So...Ms. Marks...were you already a great writer before your first book was published? Have you always like to write?
Rhonda: I was not a great fiction writer. In fact, I'd forgotten how to write fiction after twenty years of practicing law. I had to relearn (and am still learning) how to compose a good sentence.
Rhonda: Ghost, When Harry Met Sally, Miss Congeniality, French Kiss and Pretty Woman. I love movies/stories with a happy ending, especially when you can't imagine how the hero/heroine are going to end up with their happily ever after.
Rhonda: Making Time for Love is my first full-length novel. I've released ten (10) other novellas/short stories. Three were published with Decadent Publishing under the name Denise McCray. The next was a self published novella by Denise McCray. Then last year I released my Who's your Daddy series which consists of six (6) novellas.
Rhonda: That's a hard question for me. I'm a classic passive/aggressive person, which means that I rarely do anything I don't want to do. Plus I'm a real fan of the word "no".
Alie: Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
Rhonda: I want to travel to Paris. I remember a class trip when I was in high school where my French class went to France. My family could not afford it. So, that's on my bucket list.
Alie: What does your writing process look like?
Rhonda: I usually begin with a "what if" question. Then I'll write a paragraph or two about my idea. It then blossoms to a short synopsis. I'm a plot-focused writer, so my next step is to draft the character sketches. Then I get to work on a detailed outline, breaking down my story scene by scene. Then I write my first draft.
Rhonda: I love historical romance, especially Regency romance. My favorite author right now is Valerie Bowman. Her books are hilarious and very sexy.
Rhonda: Reserved, socially-awkward, passive-aggressive, stubborn, softy
Rhonda: I love to travel, no matter the time of the year. During the winter, I have to spend at least one week in Florida to escape this Pittsburgh weather.
Rhonda: Brenda Jackson, Beverly Jenkins, Leslie Esdaile (RWG), Nora Roberts
Rhonda: Yes. But I also believe in being realistic and doing your due diligence before handing your heart over (this is the attorney speaking).
Rhonda: A request to do harm to another person.
Rhonda: I love all kinds of food, but I usually try to find a Chinese restaurant wherever I go. But when I'm in NYC, I have to head to B. Smith's. Love that bread pudding!
Rhonda: I can't force myself to write, which is a bad habit since I want to be a full-time writer.
Rhonda: The 80's. I was in my twenties and the freedom was great.
Rhonda: Cat. I love the way they behave. Plus I like their independence.
Rhonda: Fifty Shades of Grey, but a little better.
Rhonda: I'm working on a couple novels I'd like to pitch to a traditional publisher. One is a contemporary romance and the other is a romantic suspense.
Rhonda: Facebook: /ramarks
Remember readers...you can find Ms. Marks on amazon...any day of the week...so be sure to get your copy! ;)
Say Hello to Mika...
Author of Need You Now...the Martha's
Way Vineyard series...
So...you know we love to spot light
awesome IR authors...so we have another
one for you right off the presses!
Meet Author Mika Jolie ;)
So Mika, Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of.
When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
Mika: I don't really have one. The way I see it, I chose to do what I love. Some will love it, some will hate it.
Mika: (Laughs) I have an accent. It's very faint and really noticeable with certain words. For example, the word nuisance which is has an origin of Latin and French, I can never say it without an accent.
Mika Jolie: Bungee jump
Mika Jolie: So many. Anita Shreve is a favorite of mine. I feel every word she writes. Maya Angelou, Bella Andre, Truman Capote...the list goes on.
Alie: Sounds awesome...and we can't wait.
Awesome...thanks so much for stopping by Mika...and we wish you much sucess. Remember guys...you can find Author Mika Jolie on Amazon all day long...so get on ova there and get this amazing book!
Author of The Contract
We here at Contemporary just love Romance...and from time to time we try to connect you with the Hottest IR & MC authors in the business.
Most of the authors in this genre don't get the spotlight they're due...so we try to remedy that...by bringing you awesome new authors...and that's what we did this weekend.
Meet Interracial Romance author Shiree McCarver. We were so excited to have her sit with us for a bit...so that we could get to know...just who she is...not only as an IR author...but the person behind her awesome romances.