Interview with Cover Model Michael Senich

INTERVIEW with Cover Model -Michael Senich

With the recent release of Ruth Clampett’s WORK OF ART 3-The Masterpiece, The Reading Cafe has the privilege to interview the cover model Michael Senich.

TRC: Hi Michael. Welcome to The Reading Cafe.

We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

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MIchael Senich 3Michael: I’m a ranger which means that I grew up in the Iron Range of Minnesota. Even though I was born in Minneapolis I spent most of my childhood in Hibbing, Minnesota. My mother was a Korean Immigrant and my father a true northerner so I’ve absorbed a pretty unique mix of culture in my life that I am only now beginning to appreciate. This appreciation fuels my passion for the modeling and photography industry. It makes the experiences I have collected in the last few years invaluable.

TRC: What were your dreams and aspirations growing up?

Michael: I’ve always been a bit of an idealist and so I wanted to go to college and change the world. I still believe in that change and these dreams have only grown from broad and simple ideas to a wide variety of interests and passions. I want to do it all – Model, Act, Dance, and Sing – and I take every opportunity to do so; in public, in private, and everywhere.

TRC: When not modeling, what are your other interests? Do you have a ‘day job’?

Michael: I approach all my interests with a level of intensity that sometimes overwhelms my friends, whom I love dearly. I love dance, and the freedom of expression that it allows. With dance comes music and the two combined, surrounded by my good friends, has delivered me some of the best times of my life.

Work of ArtTRC: You were first brought to our attention through the covers of Ruth Clampett’s WORK OF ART series. Who first approached you about the covers
and what was your reaction to appearing on the covers throughout the entire series?

Michael: Ruth and I met on twitter. I read her stories online and began to participate in that online community and provide feedback. I think Ruth felt connected to me because I was one of the only men that participated, loved her stories, and was vocal about it. She approached me about the covers and I was ecstatic to both help a friend whose work I admire, and ply my craft at the same time. I flew out to LA; serendipitously the same weekend of my cousin’s birthday. I was able to spend time with a close relative that I hadn’t seen in years, work, reunite with Ruthy and meet her colleagues. To be featured in all three was an honor and I always smile when I see a copy as it reminds me of that great experience.

TRC: What first sparked your interest in modeling? Is there a defining moment where you knew that modeling was something you were interested in pursuing?

Michael: I think I’ve always wanted to model or be in media but I didn’t talk about it or even realize that I truly aspired to be a model until I went on a study abroad trip to Rome. While there I grew into myself a lot, gained a lot of confidence and experience and met very interesting friends who I could be open with. When I told my friends I was truly interested in pursuing modeling they were supportive and made me feel like I could do it and become a part of that industry. Just the knowledge that there were people who believed in my ability was a revelation and jump started my interest in finding work.

Work of Art 2TRC: Have you ever had a photo shoot that went completely wrong?

Michael: One shoot sticks out in particular. In college I had an appointment at a photo studio across town and no car. I left at 5:00 AM on a bike to collect my passport as a second form of ID. I arrived very early, out of breath, and somewhat flustered from racing to the morning errands. I ended up not even need the second ID but the photographers and staff were very gracious and helped me to gain my composure. The shoot was part of a national Target ad campaign, my first big shoot. It found it funny that on the day of what was my most important job nothing went smoothly yet somehow we still delivered.

TRC: Many photo shoots take the model to exotic locations. What has been your favorite location to shoot? Least favorite location (and why)?

Michael: My favorite experience is still very fresh. I had the opportunity to travel with my significant other, who is a photographer. We did a shoot that I’m very excited about. To work, just-the-two of us, in a beautiful tropic location is something that I’m lucky to have experienced. My least favorite location is really a range of temperatures. Minnesota’s winters are harsh and working in the cold and wind is incredibly uncomfortable and also poses a wonderful challenge.

TRC: Nudity in modeling or acting can be controversial. Some pictures can cross the line between sexuality to pornography. What would you tell young models/actors /body builders just entering the business about nude modeling and photography?

Photograph: Alexander Just

Michael Senich 1-Alexandra JustMichael: My opinion about nudity is that it has its time and place. I have a science background from my college years and am fascinated by the human body. I enjoy fine art; sculpture and painting that often uses the nude form. However, there are some guidelines that might help make these sorts of decisions. First, the internet is expansive and fast. You must think about and understand who your audience is or might be. While you have some control over that audience, in reality you should be completely comfortable with everyone that could see that work. Second you should be aware of the scope of work and exactly what you are being asked to do. Thirdly, if you already understand the scope and the potential audience and feel comfortable and confident – then I say go for it.

TRC: The modeling industry exposes you to many people and sometimes it can be very stressful. At times do you feel alone, surrounded by so many people?

Michael: No, because being around people energizes me.

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TRC: At times, there has been a ‘stigma’ surrounding the male model and the romance-cover industry but the popularity of the romance storyline has skyrocketed in the last few years especially with the erotic and sensual cover images. What is your opinion about the recent popularity and the very busy industry of the ‘romance cover model’?

Michael: The stigma doesn’t really make sense to me because I love that industry and have met so many wonderful people through it. It’s hard for me to focus on a perceived negative of something I truly enjoy. I think the recent popularity enforces my opinion that people will respond to things that they are passionate about. Worrying about stereotypes is an unnecessary distraction from very fun and fulfilling work.

TRC: Do you know the number of novel covers that your image has appeared?

Michael: I don’t actually know but I’d love to know how to find out.

TRC: Do you remember the first ‘romance cover’ on which you appeared?

Intercepting LoveMichael: My first romance cover was for L.P. Dover and her book, Intercepting Love. Regina Wamba introduced us and took the photos. She has been an invaluable resource here in the Twin Cities.

TRC: Do you have a favorite cover-romance image or otherwise? (e.g. magazines, ads etc)

Michael: To be very specific my favorite cover in a magazine is a 2013 issue of Paris Vogue titled Un Homme Et Une Femme. As the title suggests the cover is of a man and woman posed in black and white. For some reason I really reacted to this shot; enough that I still remember the issue precisely today.

TRC: Would you please tell us what you do to relax?

Michael: I absolutely love to sleep; maybe the only time I truly relax. The catch-22 is that I’m also a night owl so there is a competition between the sleep that I love and enjoying whatever company I’ve come across for a little while longer.

Work of Art The MasterpieceTRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next five years?

Michael: My first goal is to go back to grad school for Public Health which is another area of interest that I have. I’ve always thought if the stars aligned I would be modeling full-time and believe that is still a possibility that I’d love to explore. I’d love to break into other media forms as well and have thought before about making dance videos or expanding into other areas of the industry.

TRC: What is something that few, if anybody, knows about you?

Michael: My close friends and obviously my family know, but when I meet new people they are often shocked to learn that my mother is Korean. I think being mixed race gives me a very unique look though my Serbian side is dominant.

TRC: On what on your currently working?

Photograph: Ivan Diaz

Michael Senich. 2-Ivan DiazjpgMichael: I recently had the chance to go on amazing trip to live and work in the Virgin Islands for a handful of months. I’m currently working on getting back into the groove of my Minneapolis life and starting a new path through the city.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Michael: I’d like to comment that the questions above were overall very on point and made me consider my answers carefully. I learned things I hadn’t verbalized before so thank you.

 

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food-Pho

Favorite Dessert-Apple Pie

Favorite Movie-Boogie Nights

Favorite TV ShowGame of Thrones

Last Movie that you Saw- Zero Dark Thirty

Secret Celebrity Crush- Kristen Stewart, although that isn’t a secret at I proposed to her at Comic Con.

Dark or Milk Chocolate-Dark

Last Book that you Read-The Untethered Soul

Pet Peeve- Not playing hip hop at the club!

TRC: Thank you Michael for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on all of your success. We wish you all the best.

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Hot and Bothered (Hot in the Kitchen #3) by Kate Meader-Review, Promotion and Giveaway

Hot and Bothered (Hot in the Kitchen #3) by Kate Meader-Review, Promotion and Giveaway

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Hot and Bothered
Hot in the Kitchen #3
by Kate Meader
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic romance

Paper copy Release Date: January 27, 2015
Hot and Bothered

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it’s her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who’s fueling her hormones with generous servings of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She’s vowed never to blur the lines again . . .

After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come and go, and he’s had his share, but friendships like theirs last forever. Still, ever since he tasted her luscious lips, he can’t stop fantasizing about what could be. Then she signs up for an online dating site—and the thought of his Jules with another man makes Tad’s blood boil. Even if he gets burned, Tad can’t stop himself from turning up the heat this time.

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REVIEW: HOT AND BOTHERED is the third installment in Kate Meader’s contemporary, adult Hot in the Kitchen erotic romance series focusing on the DeLuca/Kilroy family. This is Taddeo DeLuca and Jules Kilroy’s storyline –a friends to lovers scenario. HOT AND BOTHERED advances the series approximately eighteen months to two years. Although HOT AND BOTHERED is the third book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty. Any important information from the previous storylines is added where necessary.

The premise follows single mother Jules Kilroy and her friendship with Taddeo DeLuca. It has been eighteen months since she gave birth to her son Evan and she has decided it is time to get back out into the world of dating-her only problem-she is in love with her best friend Tad DeLuca-a man with a reputation for the ladies. As Jules’s sisters in law help with her foray into the online dating websites, Tad finds himself becoming over protective and a little more than jealous when his best friend begins to see other men.

Tad is a man who wants to prove himself worthy of his family and friends but a heartbreaking loss ten years earlier finds Tad wallowing in guilt, self doubt and any excuse not to get close to the woman that he loves. Words will be said in anger and Tad’s relationship with Jules will die a slow death-one heartbeat at a time. Their pasts continue to haunt their present and in this the emotional pull of helplessness, guilt and moving on is always a reminder of what was and what could have been.

The secondary and supporting characters include all of the previous storyline couples as well as everyone at DeLuca’s restaurant, family and friends. Because the storyline advances the series eighteen to twenty four months, we are given another look at Jack and Lili’s relationship as well as Shane and Cara-their struggles and expanding families. Kate Meader’s world of Hot in the Kitchen takes the reader behind the scenes at a family run restaurant-the people, their lives and their loves.

HOT AND BOTHERED is an emotional read; a sexy storyline about two people who continue to ignore the elephant in the room-they are in love with one another but heartbreak and the fear of the unknown is holding them back.

Reading Order and Reviews
Feel The Heat
All Fired Up
Hot and Bothered

Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.

Reviewed by Sandy

excerpt

 

 

“I’ll walk you up,” he said, slipping his jacket on so it was clear to both of them he would be on his way as soon as his chivalrous duty had been performed. Because people put on jackets to, you know, go outside.
“You don’t—”
“I do.” He tucked his hand under her elbow, the touch electrifying his every cell once more. He didn’t let go of her arm as he guided her up to the second flight.
He took the key and opened her door. No problems with the door knob.
“I’ve got it from here,” she said, still avoiding his eyes. Good girl, look away. If she had any sense of self-preservation, she would close the door and send him packing because he was this close to pushing her against the wall and banging her boneless.
“How did your date go tonight?”
Fuck. The self-preservation thing goes both ways, bischero.
There was that flare of anger again. He wished she’d come right out and say what she was mad about.
“I didn’t know Cara was going to bring Darian.”
“So, a pleasant surprise. A doctor.” Merda, that came out sarcastic, which, to be honest, he meant it to be. Judging by the freeze-his-nuts stare she aimed his way, she took it in that same spirit.
“Think I don’t have it in me to date someone smart like that?”
“Don’t use that card, Jules. You have it in you to get anyone you want. I just don’t think that guy’s right for you.”
“Why?”
Because he’s not me.
None of those idiots understood the first thing about her. Tad did, though. He knew that sometimes she felt dumb because the words on the page refused to cooperate for her. He knew that she had spent her childhood wishing that someone, anyone would see her. He knew she had fought like a tigress to get here so she could provide the best life possible for Evan.
Tad had been there from the beginning, shoulder at the ready for her tears, hand outstretched so she could crush it while delivering Evan. Fancy diplomas, fat bank balances, a McMansion in Schaumburg—none of these things qualified them for shit where this woman was concerned.
“He’s just looking for a housewife to support him and pump out his kids while he does his important job.”
“Wow, you got all this from watching me flirt with him?”
He could feel his teeth mashed together like a trash compactor and he spat out the next words with trouble. “Conor’s no good for you either, so you can forget about that.”
“What’s his problem, then? He owns his own bar, saves people from burning buildings… Oh, is that it?” She kicked off her shoes, an angry smirk crinkling the corner of her mouth as one of the heels hit the leg of her coffee table with a satisfying thud. “You don’t think guys who save lives are good enough for me. You’re not exactly saving any lives when you pair that silky Pinot with the aged manchego.”
As insults go, it was pretty tame, but the sharpness in his chest registered the unintended blow. Saving lives was the last thing he was qualified for.
“I’m just trying to look out for you, Jules.”
“That’s a neat trick. You move your lips and Jack’s words come out. I’ve already told you I don’t need another brother.”
She might not need a brother but she needed a protector. Someone who could be with her through the tough times, who understood the meaning of sacrifice and family. Someone not like him.
But he could be her friend. “What happened to get you so upset tonight?”
Her brows drew together over eyes sparking with determination. “I realized I have to take what I need and fight for what’s mine.”
Whoa, if he wasn’t turned on before, he sure as hell was now. Mine. He loved how that sounded on her lips, even though he had no idea what she was yammering on about. She was grabbing something by the balls—her destiny, perhaps, and he was man enough to say, she had him by the balls as well.
The smoky lines around eyes dark with emotion hit him like a shot of moonshine. Every hair, and more, stood to attention at the sight of her Cabernet-red lips in that beautiful bow shape that would look so perfect trailing scorching kisses across his chest and beyond. Warmth washed through his veins. The edge of desire rose up to meet him and he embraced it fully.
He was only human.
She padded toward him, showcasing the sultry sway of her hips even without the sparkly fuck-me heels. Her eyes turned to shadowy emeralds like the pupils had swallowed the usual sea-green brightness. He recognized that look. He had seen it the other night in the wake of his kiss. Except for one difference: Juliet Kilroy, his friend, hot MILF, was now seducing him.
She brushed by him and closed her fist over the doorknob. Looked like her difficulties with the open/close thing were a thing of the past. Drawing the door ajar a few inches, she speared him with a look that might have flattened a lesser man.
“I’m giving you a choice. You can walk out this door and pretend there isn’t something happening between us or you can stay and give me what I need.”
His cock thickened and grew achy. “What do you need, Jules?”
“You. Inside me. All night.”
Oh, sweet Jesus.
He held her green tilty gaze, aiming to infuse his next words with cut-the-bull clarity. “I’m not like the others, those men you’ve been dating, the ones who slobbered all over you tonight. I’m not boyfriend material.”
“That’s not what you offered, though, was it?”
Leaning past her shoulder, he pressed the door shut, the snick short and final.
Inevitable.
“That’s not what I offered.”


 

 

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TRC: Hi Kate and welcome to The Reading Café. We would like to start with some background information.

Kate MeaderWould you please tell us something about yourself?

Kate: Well, I’m originally from Ireland and I’ve lived in Chicago for over twenty years. I have degrees in law, history, and library science, and I write about hot alpha men and the women who can match them quip for quip.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Kate: I’m huge fan of romance with humor, so when younger, I loved sexy, sprawling comedic romances and women’s fiction from Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper. These days, major influences are Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jill Shalvis, Rachel Gibson, and Jenny Crusie.

Hot and BotheredTRC: HOT AND BOTHERED is the latest release in your Hot in the Kitchen contemporary, romance series. Would you please tell us something about the premise?

Kate: The series follows the lives and loves of the DeLucas, an Italian-American restaurant owning family and the sizzling chefs who love them. HOT AND BOTHERED is a friends to lovers story that gets its kick start when my heroine, Jules decides she’s ready to take her love life off the back burner and start dating. And that gets my hero, Tad, all riled up because he’s been crazy about her forever. So he embarks on a plan to keep her
close by having her use her culinary skills in his wine bar kitchen, by sabotaging any date she’s on, and by offering her an alternative—a sexy fling to scratch her itch.

TRC: How many books do you have planned for the series?

Kate: There are three books planned in the Hot in the Kitchen series—FEEL THE HEAT, ALL FIRED UP, and HOT AND BOTHERED. All are written and now available in both print and ebook.

Hot in the Kitchen series

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics, background) did you encounter writing this particular series?

Kate: None, really! I mean, it’s food after all. I watched a lot of cooking shows and online videos to get the behind-the-scenes of working in a professional kitchen. I also cooked a lot of the recipes used in the books.

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

Kate: Characters first, always.

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writers fail in this endeavor?

Kate: It all comes down to writing characters that people can identify with, whether it’s a princess or a single mom down on her luck. As long as that character is acting in situations that make sense to that character—and us—the reader will want to get on board that train. Usually, I find writers fail if they establish a character and then have them make decisions that make no sense. Not necessarily a dumb decision, but one that’s not in keeping with the traits of that person.

TRC: What is something that few, if any people, know about you?

Kate: A lot of people don’t know I have a masters degree in medieval history. I studied medieval nuns and holy women who used their connection to God to find new paths to empowerment in their community. Medieval nuns were probably the first feminists!

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Flirting with FireKate: I’m working on a new series called Hot in Chicago about a family of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interests. The first full-length book, FLIRTING WITH FIRE, comes out in March 2015.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Kate: Just thanks for having me!

TRC: Thank you Kate for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on all of your success.Congratulations on all of your success.

About The Author

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Kate MeaderKate writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, to-die-for heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. FEEL THE HEAT, the first in her Hot in the Kitchen series from Forever/Grand Central is now available, with Book 2 in the series, ALL FIRED UP, following in November 2013.

Originally from Ireland, she cut her romance reader teeth on Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills and Boons thrown in for variety. Her stories are set in her adopted home town of Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter – and where she met her own sexy hero.

 

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Interview with Mike Thurston-Fitness and Cover Model

Interview with Mike Thurston-Fitness and Cover Model

TRC: Hi Mike and welcome to The Reading Cafe. We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

Mike Thurston 2Follow Mike : Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Aurora Athletic

Mike: Born in Leeds, UK. I lived there up until I was 18, then I moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne (Where I currently live) to study Economics and Business Management at University. I graduated, had no real idea what I wanted to do with my life so worked abroad for a summer in Peurto Banus, followed by nightclub work in Newcastle, then became a manager at Hollister. After working over a year in retail I knew it wasn’t for me. I quit my job, pursued a career in fitness, set up my own business with one of my friends and here I am today!

TRC: What were your dreams and aspirations growing up?

Mike: I always wanted to be happy and successful, but I never knew what it was that I would be doing. I always saw myself being my own boss and running a company of some sort.

TRC: What or who was the catalyst that sparked your interest in body building?

Mike: I can’t pin point the exact moment, it was something that kind of just happened. It was as though i had an urge to start going to my school gym, by myself when I was 17, and start experimenting with all the equipment. I loved the pump, results quickly started to show and it became an addiction.

TRC: Was there a clear, defining moment that triggered your desire?

Mike: Not that I’m aware of. Although there was this one guy at my school who had huge arms and I was like, woah I want arms like that.

Mike Thurston 5TRC: What have been some of the challenges you have faced in your body building career?

Photo by Broosk Saib

Mike: You have to make sacrifices. During my years at university going out, socialising and drinking was a big thing. I very much enjoying taking part in these activities, which meant i spent a lot of the time hungover and unable to train. When i started the company in 2013 i made a conscious effort to remove myself from the party scene and surround myself with people who have similar goals and aspirations. Nutrition is also a big challenge. I have no issue when it comes to working out regularly at an intense level. I love it and most likely will always love it. The problem comes when you have to pass on the foods you love to eat. I can still indulge every now and then, but there are definitely days which are tough.

TRC: Of what does your daily work out regimen consist?

Mike: Good question. It’s always different. When you get to advanced levels of training, particularly muscle hypertrophy you need to change the programme up every now and then. I might stick to the same routine where I work different body parts on a different day for a number of weeks, then alter it. It will also depend on whether i’m looking to cut or put on muscle. I won’t go into too much detail as I don’t think the readers will be that interested!

TRC: Have you ever had a work out or photo shoot that went completely wrong?

Mike Thurston Hold ON My HeartMike: When it comes to the workouts i wouldn’t say they go wrong… I’ve had some shitty workouts where at the end of the session I reflect upon it and think, yeah that was a crap workout. They rarely happen much. I’ve had a few shoots where I’ve not got on with the photographer for a number of reasons. Either I don’t like their vibe or they are just completely inappropriate. They tended to be back in the early days when I had no idea what to expect or what was the norm. Now I’m very particular with whom I shoot with.

TRC: Many photo shoots take the model to exotic locations. What has been your favourite location to shoot? Least favourite location (and why)?

Mike: Marrakech was one of the best places. I shot in a number of different locations, hotels, pools, streets, grand buildings etc. Marrakech is just a very cool place in general and the architecture of some of the buildings is amazing. Least favourite has to be in a crappy apartment in Manchester. I didn’t like the vibe one bit. In general if I get on with the photographer and the location is perfect it’s got the recipe to be a great shoot. New experiences stick with me the most.

Mike Thurston 6TRC: Nudity in modeling or acting can be controversial. Some pictures can cross the line between sexuality to pornography. What would you tell young models/actors /body builders just entering the business about nude modeling and photography?

Mike: Do whatever you feel comfortable doing and don’t let anyone make you do something you don’t want to. Some of these photos can end up circling the internet and therefore haunting you for life. Always be cautious with who you shoot with and what gets shot!

TRC: The modeling industry exposes you to many people and sometimes it can be very stressful. At times do you feel alone, surrounded by so many people? What do you do when the stress becomes overwhelming?

Mike: I rarely ever get stressed. I’m a very chilled out guy. I wouldn’t say I was exposed to many people. I let the public see my pictures and that’s pretty much it. I am in control over my private life and what I choose to be public. You do get a lot of messages coming your way, some good, some bad. The downside to this is not having the time to be able to respond to everyone and coming across as being ignorant. I would love to be able to reply to everyone but I simply don’t have the time in the day to do it.

Mike Thurston UntouchableTRC: At times, there has been a stigma surrounding the male model and the romance-cover industry but the popularity of the romance storyline has skyrocketed in the last few years especially with the erotic and sensual cover images. What is your opinion about the recent popularity and the very busy industry of the ‘romance cover model’?

Mike: To be honest I’m not that well educated about the industry of the romance cover model, so I don’t have much to say on that topic! The fact that I’ve been fortunate enough to be on a the cover of a number of bestselling authors books is amazing. So whatever has or is happening in the industry, it gets a big fat thumbs up from me.

TRC: Will you please tell us about how you got started in the modelling business? How were you ‘discovered’?

Mike: It’s all about your own self belief and confidence. I observed other models in the industry and thought to myself, there’s no reason why I can’t do that. I continued to go to the gym, stick to my diet and maintaing living a healthy lifestyle. When you eat, sleep and train good, you look good. A few years ago the selfie hype was none existent. Holiday photos via social media started to get a bit of attention from photographers I was friends with. I started off shooting with them, then the word spread. Higher profile photographers wanted to shoot with me, so I shot with a few of them. As soon as I started building up my instagram that was it, tens of thousands of followers later and everything blew up.

TRC: Do you know the number of novel covers that your image has appeared?

Mike: I do. Some are yet to be announced so I’ll just keep that to myself for now!

TaintTRC: Do you remember the first ‘romance cover’ on which you appeared?

Mike: TAINT by S.L. Jennings.

TRC: Do you have a favorite cover-romance or otherwise? (e.g. body building magazines etc)

Mike: TAINT! haha. I’m a big fan of audiobooks (self help, business, education) but no favourites.

TRC: Would you please tell us what you do to relax?

Mike: Most of the time it involves not moving very much. I spend most of my week moving around, working out, training clients, so it’s nice to take my feet off the ground. I like to surround myself with good people, go out to eat and have a good time. I’ve definitely got the travel bug, especially after visiting so many locations last year, so whenever I get time off I’ll be exploring the world. There’s so much to see and so little time, so I want to make it my mission to see as much of it as possible.

TRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next five years?

Mike:
1. Become world famous and highly respected in my work (my physique, my
coaching and my training)
2. Own a number of successful businesses.
3. Own a gym abroad.

Photo by Broosk Saib

Mike Thurston 3TRC: What is something that few, if anybody, knows about you?

Mike: I eat a hell of a lot more food than most people think. I’m also pretty weird.

TRC: On what on your currently working?

Mike: Lots of different projects. All to be announced soon!

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Mike: Thanks for reading and thank you for all of your support! If you would like to know more about health and fitness and the services that I offer check out :  Aurora Athletic

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food

A high quality burger

Favorite Dessert

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Favorite Movie

In 2014 – Edge of Tomorrow

Favorite TV Show

Of all time – Lost

Last Movie that you Saw

The Drop

Secret Celebrity Crush

Madalina Ghenea

Dark or Milk Chocolate

Milk

Last Book that you Read

50th Law

Pet Peeve

Slow internet, rain, queuing for anything.

TRC: Thank you Mike for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on all of your success. We wish you all the best.

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Interview with Cover Model-Tessi Le’Anne

 Interview with Cover Model-Tessi Le’Anne

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TRC: Hi Tessi and welcome to The Reading Café.

We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

Follow Tessi: Tessi Le’Anne Facebook

(Image by K.Keeton Designs)

 

 

Tessi 3Tessi:  Hello, thanks for having me! My full name is Tessi LeAnne Conquest. ← yes, that is my real last name. I am from a small town, graduating class of 32 people. I am actually a Criminal Justice Major, although most of my working career has been at banking related jobs. I have dog, Nyx, and a small Boer goat herd. My favorite smells are motor oil, vanilla, coconut. Fewer things make me happier than getting mail and the warm feeling of a pile of clothes right out of the dryer.

TRC: What were your goals and aspirations growing up?

Tessi:  Haha, well in 1st grade I was set on being Pocahontas when I grew up. Through middle & high school I wanted to be a High School English teacher. Now…currently, I think I’m still trying to find my niche, my place among the masses.

TRC: Will you please tell us about how you got started in the modeling/cover modeling business?

Tessi:  I started modeling in 2012, doing shoots with photographers here and there. I didn’t started cover modeling until being introduced to Kelsey Keeton of K Keeton Designs, in November 2013. I went to a shoot to observe and things took off from there. Since then I’ve attended a few author conventions and met some incredible people.

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TRC: What was your first ‘published’ romance cover image and by whom (author)?

Tessi:  My first published Romance Cover image is for Author Marquita Valentine, titled “Burn For You”.

 

 

 

 

TRC: Do you know the number of covers on which your image has appeared?

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Tessi:  It’s hard to keep track sometimes with which covers have been revealed and which are still in the works. So far, all together, I will have been on around 23 or so.

TRC: Do you have a favorite cover image (book or magazine)?

Tessi LeAnne cover 3Tessi:  Each cover image tells its own story, some are stock images that just happen to match the Authors characters perfectly, and some are custom, being built around the Authors specific wants…my favorite so far would be “Burn For You” by Marquita Valentine or “Seduce Me” by Ryan Michele.

TRC: Have you ever had a photo shoot that went completely wrong?

Tessi:  I guess you could say things don’t always go according to plan…people don’t show up, rain storms and such, but for the most part, the individuals I have worked with have been great at adapting to the situation and we still pull something good out of it.

TRC: Where is the most exotic setting you have had the opportunity to work and model?

Tessi Le'Anne The FallsTessi:  A big part of my work is done in studio; however I just recently shot in a place called “The Falls”. It was pretty awesome.

TRC: Is there a model or photographer with whom you would like to work but haven’t had the opportunity?

Tessi:  A photographer I always wanted to work with was Brian DeMint of Eyeworks Photography…he’s a creative genius, and I recently did that! There are a couple people I have my eye on, whose work I admire, Roland Moriarty, and Chadwick Fowler, their images are always to die for.

TRC: Would you please tell us about K Keeton Designs?

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Tessi:  Of course…K Keeton Designs is your classic “triple threat”. Kelsey Kukal-Keeton is the mastermind, woman behind the curtain, if you will. Not only is she a photographer, she is a cover designer, and professional hair and make-up artist. Kelsey is a down-to-earth lady who is next to impossible not to like. She literally has a collection of models that would all do just about anything for her. If you’re looking for anything book cover related, she’s your girl.

TRC: Nudity in modeling or acting can be controversial. Some pictures can cross the line between sexuality and pornography. What would you tell young models just entering the business about nude modeling?

Tessi 2Tessi:  My advice would be to always ask, ask, ask for the details. Never be afraid to ask direct questions to a photographer, always take someone with you to a shoot if you do not know the individual or don’t feel comfortable alone, inquire about people you’re thinking about working with—DO YOUR RESEARCH, always read the model contracts you are signing and lastly, don’t be afraid to say no.

(Image by Curtis Almeter)

TRC: Whom do you most admire and why?

Tessi:  I think the people you most admire change throughout your life, depending on particular “stages” and “places” you are. Currently, the two people I admire most are Kimi Flores, and Kathy Coopmans. They each have learned some hard lessons in life, made it through the toughest times and continue to shine with positive attitudes, optimism and kindness. They both remind me on a daily basis to push myself, that I can overcome whatever challenges I face without bitterness and to live a life of kindness.

TRC: Who is your biggest supporter?

Tessa and MonicaTessi:  My biggest supporter of my modeling career would be my little sister, Monica.

TRC: What is your most embarrassing moment?

Tessi:  My most embarrassing moment would probably be at a shoot one time with K Keeton Designs and MJR Photography, the concept we were trying for required me to jump in the air and hit certain poses…well, this particular jump, the paper backdrop I was standing on slid and needless to say, I went down with it…I was fine, and a few laughs later, we were back at it.

TRC: When you are not modeling what can we find you doing?

Tessi:  When I’m not modeling and working, I spend my time with family and my closest friends. I love reading, watching movies, cooking, being outdoors, anything craft related; sewing, crocheting, scrap booking.

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TRC: What three (3) things would you like to accomplish in the next ten (10) years?

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Tessi:  This is a hard one, as I’ve learned the hard way, life has a funny way of changing ones plans…
1) I hope to continue growing in my modeling career, and to, at some point, be signed with an agency.
2) I hope to grow as a person, travel the world, chase the things that I want most, and find myself along the way.
3) I know this one is as cliché’ as they come, but hey, I’m a girl right?! In 10years time, I hope to find my counterpart, my significant other and start our journey together.

Tessi 7TRC: What is something that few people (if any) know about you?

Tessi:  Something that few people know about me… one of my favorite things in the world is the first drink of an A&W Cream Soda, but I never drink the rest of it.

(Image: Red Vine Studios/ Tim Miller)

TRC: Would you please tell us what you do to relax?

Tessi:  When I’m trying to relax I like to go for a run, I think it helps me clear my mind and wind down…or veg out to Netflix. I’m a sucker for a good television series!

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Tessi:  Currently, I have a couple custom cover shoots in the works, a handful of events, I am beyond excited to be attending, over the next year, and hopefully some BIG, EXCITING changes to announce soon. ;)

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Tessi 6Tessi:  I’d like to thank you, Sandy, and The Reading Café, for inviting me here for the interview. I am thrilled to have had this opportunity to share a little about myself. Again, thank you so very much!

(Image: Peter Bennett)

Tessi:  Please stop by my model page, give it a *LIKE*, and enjoy the ride…lots of exciting things to come =)

Follow Tessi: Tessi Le’Anne Facebook

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food- Black Olive and Cheese Pizza

Favorite Dessert- No Bake Cookies

Favorite TV Show- Arrow

Last Movie You Saw- Transcendence….Johnny Depp *rawrrr*

Dark or Milk Chocolate- The darker the better!

Favorite Song (at the moment)- The Lonely by Christina Perri

Secret Celebrity Crush- I accidentally gave this one away haha, Johnny Depp

Last Vacation Destination- Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

Pet Peeve- Ahhh, this is a hard one, I might be a little OCD. My biggest would probably be how my towels are folded.

TRC: Thank you Tessi for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on all of your success. We wish you all the best.

(Image: K.Keeton Designs)                            (Eye Works Photography-Brian Demint)                   

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Matthew Todd-Interview with the Cover Model

Matthew Todd-Interview with the Cover Model

August 3, 2014 marks the release of KM Scott’s new Club X series and we would like to introduce to you the cover model for book one TEMPTATION -Matthew Todd

Temptation July 14TRC: Hi Matthew and welcome to The Reading Café. Congratulations on the recent cover of KM Scott’s –Club X-TEMPTATION.

Matthew: Thank you! Happy to be here!

TRC: We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

Follow Matthew on:  Facebook

Matthew: I’m 29, live in North Carolina, born and raised in New York though. I was a firefighter for 8 years, before starting my own company. On my off time I love to take out the motorcycle, and spend time with my wife and son.

TRC: What were your goals and aspirations growing up?

Matthew: Honestly? I always wanted to be a dad. There was just something about being a dad that I couldn’t wait for. And now that I am one, I love every second of it. I also knew I wanted to help people, hence joining the fire department at a young age.

TRC: Will you please tell us about how you got started in the modeling/cover modeling business?

Matthew: My wife is the owner of Cover Me, Darling, and out of the blue said she needed a favor… She asked me to model for a shoot, and the rest just took off from there.

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TRC: What was your first ‘published’ cover and by whom?

Matthew Todd 7Matthew: The first book that I actually got to hold in my hand was Strip Me Bare by Marissa Carmel. I believe that was the first one to be printed too.

TRC: Do you know how many covers on which your image has appeared?

Matthew: I think its around 6 or 7? Maybe?

TRC: At times, there has been a ‘stigma’ surrounding the male model and the romance-cover industry. What is your opinion about the recent popularity of the romance/paranormal storyline and the very busy industry of the romance cover model? IN other words, do you believe the cover images help sell the books?

Matthew Todd 1Matthew: Absolutely. I 100% believe that they help sell the books. If I’m looking to read a book, I’m going to go for one that has a cover that draws me in.

TRC: Have you ever had a photo shoot that went completely wrong?

Matthew: Every single one of them hahaha. It really doesn’t go wrong, it’s just that I joke around a lot and make the photographer (…wife) annoyed. I make a ton of ridiculous faces. So it’s not that it goes wrong, it’s that I go wrong I guess. lol

TRC: Where was the most exotic setting you have had the opportunity to work and model?

Matthew: I mostly do local shoots, so I haven’t gone anywhere too exotic for shoots yet. Hopefully I will someday, maybe Hawaii haha.

TRC: Nudity in modeling or acting can be controversial. Some pictures can cross the line between sexuality and pornography. What would you tell young models just entering the business about nude modeling?

Matthew Todd 2Matthew: If you’re comfortable with it, then go for it. Just make sure you are working with a professional, and don’t go beyond what you are okay with.

TRC: Whom do you most admire and why?

Matthew: Every firefighter that puts their life on the line to save someone elses.

TRC: What is your most embarrassing moment?

Matthew: I walked into a storm door the other day while I was working.. like a bird.. right in my face. That was pretty embarrassing.

TRC: When you are not modeling what can we find you doing-in other words-what is your ‘day job’? ;)

Matthew: I own a Home Theater Installation and IT company. So most likely, I’m on a job, scheduling a job, or doing an estimate to get a job. … or in the pool with my son ☺

TRC: What three (3) things would you like to accomplish in the next ten (10) years?

Matthew Todd coverMatthew: As an avid skydiver, I want to do a halo jump. I want to keep growing my company. And I also want to go to Antigua, it’s a long overdue trip for me and my wife.

TRC: What is something that few people (if any) know about you?

Matthew: I cry watching The Land Before Time… shh.

TRC: Would you please tell us what you do to relax?

Matthew: At this point in my life? I don’t know what “relax” means anymore. But the beach is always nice…

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Matthew: It’s a highly classified secret ;)

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Matthew: Yes! I will be at the Southern Girls Author Event, July 19th, in North Carolina. I’ll be sitting with Marissa Carmel. So come say hi!!!

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food: Penne Alla Vodka

Favorite Dessert: Tiramisu

Favorite TV Show: NCIS: Los Angeles

Last Movie You Saw: Shrek (with the little guy)

Dark or Milk Chocolate: Milk Chocolate

Favorite Song (at the moment): Summer by Calvin Harris

Secret Celebrity Crush: Daniela Ruah

Last Vacation Destination: New York

Pet Peeve: People stealing my food

TRC: Thank you Matthew for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on all of your success. We wish you the very best.

Matthew: Thank you for taking the time to get to know me! I had a lot of fun ☺

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Misdeeds by Kathryn Kelly-Review, Interview and Giveaway with the Author

Misdeeds by Kathryn Kelly-Review, Interview and Giveaway with the Author

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Misdeeds
Death Dwellers MC Novella 2.5
by Kathryn Kelly
Genre: contemporary, erotica, motorcycle club, violence
Release Date: June 5, 2014

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 5, 2014

John “Johnnie” Donovan is determined to make his relationship work with Kendall Miller, the attorney he met during his cousin’s birthday party. Before he can move on with his future, however, he still has loose ends to tie up from the past in the person of a rival MC’s president who is also Kendall’s ex-boyfriend. As Johnnie tries to balance his club life and personal life, another tragedy forces him to make a choice between the two. Will Johnnie be able to live with the choices he makes?

Kendall Miller is trying to pick up the pieces of her life in the wake of her ex-boyfriend’s assault. She’s ready to move on with her life and the man of her dreams, the sexy VP of the Death Dwellers MC. She demands his complete attention and isn’t willing to share her man with all the baggage of the MC. She doesn’t want to be an afterthought to him nor does she want to live her life in the midst of the clubhouse, especially with the competition taking place between Kendall and the club president’s wife. Then, catastrophe strikes and Kendall’s life is once again altered. Can she and Johnnie have a future together or has their love been doomed from the beginning?

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5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

If you’ve read my first combined review of the Death Dweller series, then you already know that this is a series NOT for the easily offended. For those that haven’t, I have to in good conscience state this straight up. This series is easily the most UN-PG series I have come across. There is strong descriptive violence, language, harsh situations, rape and heart ache. BUT, if you can handle all that .. there is an amazing group of bikers that you will fall in love with despite their rough edges, and old ladies that will make you laugh and tick you off all at the same time. This series take you THERE .. you know that icky but yummy place .. YA THAT!

We left smexy Johnnie “John Boy” Donovan one hot mess and happily for now with his recently proclaimed old lady Kendall Miller in the previous novel. Misdeeds by Kathryn Kelly is a continuation of their story and how they are trying to make it work. Revenge against Kendall’s ex “enemy club” boyfriend is still a priority for Johnnie and the Death Dwellers and our boys are going full on with mass destruction. In the midst of all that, Johnnie is trying to balance his relationship with Kendall (shining at moments and bombing at others), participate in club business, deal with family revelations and heal from a gunshot injury. In the meantime, Kendall is stirring the pot with Megan (the prez old lady), being selfish, manipulative .. of the list goes on! It’s a wonder that a man like Johnnie can stick with her. Revenge is served up indeed, and collateral damage is received, but I think we will see Johnnie and Kendall make it through. They grew together and separately in this book, leaving me hopeful for their future.

So much more happens here but I really wanted to focus the remainder of this review on Kathryn Kelly’s talent to make me LOVE HATE (yup you read that right) a heroine. Honestly, I really dislike Kendall. I think she is selfish, mean spirited and very immature. The things she said and did in this book made my blood boil .. but here is the thing… Kathryn Kelly also gave me moments of wanting to root for her and wishing she’d redeem herself. At times I felt like a ping pong ball, hating, liking, loving … UH I have never felt this strongly about ANY heroine I have ever read. She is a whole bag of damaged and I sympathized with her, but man I actually screamed at my ereader for her to smarten the you know what up. LOL

As an emotional reader, this series has hit my every button. I adore these bad ass bikers and their messed up seriously deviant and degenerate ways. We have been set up nicely for further stories and I am so excited for my next encounter with them! Again, an extremely raw read with lots to offend a reader, but man I love the shock and offensive experience because I get to experience something so intense and pure … as Christopher “Outlaw” would say. “It ain’t nothing but a thing!”

HAPPY READING! :)

Copy supplied by the author.

Reviewed by Rachel T.

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TRC: Hi Kathryn and welcome to The Reading Café. Congratulations of the success of your Death Dwellers MC series.

Kathryn: Thank you. It’s been quite a ride!

TRC: We would like to start with some background information. Please tell us something about yourself?

Follow Kathryn Kelly: Goodreads / Blog / Facebook / Twitter

Kathryn: I’m a born and bred New Orleans girl and a diehard Saints fan. Most of my family no longer lives in New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina. I was pretty aimless while I was in college because I really didn’t know what I wanted to do when I was supposed to focus on acquiring the tools for a “real” job. I say I like to have firm plans but I usually enjoy myself more with spur of the moment activities. I will taste almost any type of food at least once, except squid ink soup, puffer fish or any type of insects. I’ve thought about going to one of the gourmet insect tastings where there’s stuff like sauteed grubs, fried crickets, etc., but I haven’t been able to convince myself I’ll be able to eat anything, so that’ll be $150 wasted. I’m a very private person, so I keep my personal life separate. I love the French Quarter, Mardi Gras, and Saints games.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Kathryn: My mother has been the biggest influence on my writing career by always encouraging me to go after my dreams no matter how big or how small.

TRC: When not writing, what do you do to relax?

Kathryn: I read and I also watch the ID channel.

MisdeedsTRC: MISDEEDS is the fourth instalment and June 2014 release in your contemporary erotic motorcycle club series. Would you please tell us something about the premise?

Kathryn: Misdeeds continues the story of John “Johnnie” Donovan and Kendall Miller as they attempt to make a go of a relationship that didn’t start off on the best terms. Kendall is trying to cope with situations in every aspect of her life. The deaths of her mother and her sister. Her assault and self-image issues. The lost pocket of time she had while she was drugged and held prisoner. The loss of her career, which she felt was the only good thing about herself and she’d worked hard to achieve. Her impending motherhood and her feelings for Johnnie who seems so detached from her most of the time. After going through so much—and being rejected by her mother most of her life—she doesn’t trust anyone’s overtures of kindness or friendship. Because of this toxic combination, she makes decisions that will lead to some dire consequences.
Meanwhile, Johnnie is dealing with a lot himself and finds himself pitted against Christopher because Kendall and Megan can’t get along.

TRC: Like most MC series, your storylines are graphically and sexually violent. What do you say to the reader of romance who is reticent or reluctant to read your series?

Kathryn: That’s a tough one to answer because it depends on the reason(s) for their reticence. There’s no denying the violence in my books, but, at the core is the romance between the hero and heroine. They are gritty, raw, and, at times, dark, but there’s also an underlying message within each book.

MisbehaviorTRC: MISBEHAVIOR is your September 2014 release. Will you please tell us something about the premise?

Kathryn: Misbehavior is Zoann and Val’s story and it starts two months after Misdeeds ended. The two of them have a lot to overcome, especially Zoann’s mistrust and Val isn’t the most patient or the most communicative one of the brothers. He sees how she treats everyone except bikers and he wants that from her, too. He’s going to realize how helpless and powerless she felt during her attack and will have to allow her some control in the relationship, which won’t be easy for a man like him. She trusted him enough once before to try for a relationship. Now, the stakes are higher because Val knows this is a make or break time for them. Will he be able to give her the lead in their relationship? Will she trust him just once more or will she walk away from him for good? Then, there’s the whole Christopher angle and the fact she feels he turned his back on her when she needed him most.

TRC: How many books do you have planned for the series?

Kathryn: Before I answer that, I have to say when I released Misled, I hadn’t planned on writing anymore books about the MC. Christopher wouldn’t be denied so I had to write him and once I finished his story, I was really sad to write THE END. It was fun and exhilarating to know I could write an entire novel all by myself. Before I hit publish, though…I changed my mind several times. When I convinced myself to just do it that last time, I knew it was a ‘now or never’ moment. I’d been requesting reviews for two weeks, but when it came time to actually publish it, I was almost trembling. I wanted someone to see in Christopher what Meggie and I saw in him. When I began receiving requests to continue the series, it was such an easy decision because I was already so vested in the characters.

Now, in response to the original question, I have eight definite releases planned: Misled (#1), Misappropriate (#1.5), Misunderstood (#2), Misdeeds (#2.5), Misbehavior (#3), Misguided (#4), Misconduct (#5) and Misfit, which will be another novella either between books 3 and 4 or 4 and 5. Mistrust is questionable, since it would be about Dinah, and I’m not sure where her character is going.

 

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Click HERE for our reviews of Misled, Misappropriate and Misunderstood

TRC: Have you considered a spinoff concentrating on a rival MC club?

Kathryn: I’ve thought about doing a spinoff with the American Scorpions MC, which was Cee Cee’s club. However, I’m also getting ideas for a series about Ophelia’s band members. Ophelia is Christopher’s sister who will end up in a relationship with Stretch and Cash. So we’ll see.

TRC: Are any of the characters or the premise based in reality or a combination of reality and fiction?

Kathryn: The characters are a combination of reality and fiction.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics, background) did you encounter writing this particular series?

Kathryn: I do most of my research on the MC lifestyle via non-fiction articles, books, and documentaries. We all have something we respond to, so the emotions I (try) to write in the books come easier than the situations concerning the MC brothers. I’m always concerned about how much of what I write will readers believe? Is Christopher bold enough to stake out someone’s house in broad daylight holding an assault weapon? Well, yes, and I’m sure readers familiar with the series know that? Will they be able to suspend disbelief about actually reading about him doing it? Suppose readers are familiar with the story of a real MC member who did something similar? Did I portray the scene accurately (but still fictitiously, if that makes sense) to those people who know about the real-life event and did I write it with believability for the readers who aren’t aware. I have to add the similarities between real life and my characters are purely coincidental because I research for accuracy with club rules (and make some up of my own), and the biker lifestyle.

TRC: What are your thoughts on writing a series and ending an instalment with a major cliff hanger?

Kathryn: I enjoy reading a series because the characters become like family to me. If there’s a long time between releases, I dislike books with cliffhangers. It is being used too often nowadays and it becomes frustrating to have to wait for answers to major plot lines in book after book. It’s one thing to have the option of reading previous books in a series to get all the backstory. It’s another thing to HAVE to read upcoming books to get to the HEA (or HFN sometimes) in a couple’s story.

Misunderstood ends on a cliffhanger. It completely drained me and I was actually falling into a depression researching human trafficking and suicide and the effects of drugs and alcohol on a developing fetus. I got to a point where I had to stop. See, I suffer with major depression and insomnia and the story just kicked my butt really good. I’d pushed the deadline back because I saw I needed more time to tie up all the loose ends. But the day I wrote the last chapter to Misunderstood, I didn’t realize Spoon hadn’t been taken care of. Yes, I said it. My major cliffhanger was completely unintended. A few days after Misunderstood came out someone called me and told me about a review pointing out a warning to readers that it ended on a cliffhanger. I had to go back and reread the last scene and I was like…well, I can’t put what I said but it was laced with epitaphs. I’d already discussed the possibility of Misdeeds because of the HFN Misdeeds ended on and how unhappy it made readers. As a reader, I know how it feels to be unhappy and disappointed with an ending and completely annoyed with a cliffhanger. I decided to rectify it, sooner rather than later. Now, I have to write like mad to catch up to where I want to be with Misbehavior.

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

Kathryn: The characters definitely direct the writing. I’ll give you Kendall as an example. Every time I attempted to steer her in a way I thought she should go, her character veered in another direction and reminded me the setbacks she suffered within Misunderstood and Misdeeds happened in a very short period of time. She, as the character, wasn’t ready to go in the direction I thought she should. I rewrote several scenes in the book and directed her character the way I thought she needed to go. The scenes never worked out. Kendall wasn’t an easy character to deal with and she was even harder to write.

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writer’s fail in this endeavor?

Kathryn: I think writers must be willing to take risks with their characters and their storylines. Don’t water your writing down to have sympathetic characters because you think it’s the right thing to do. Characters should make readers either sympathize with them, understand them even if their actions and decisions aren’t the best, or detest them, plain and simple. Writers fail in pulling readers into the storyline along with their characters by not knowing their characters and telling us what’s going rather than showing us. A well-rounded character draws readers in because motivations are understood in every situation he or she may be in. If we don’t make a reader feel, see, hear, taste and experience a character’s world, then we’ve failed at our job.

TRC: Writer’s Block is a very real phenomenon. How do you handle the pressures and anxiety of writer’s block?

Kathryn: Writer’s Block is indeed a very real phenomenon and hits me when I’m under the most pressure. I try to keep writing. Sometimes, your best writing comes on your worst days. I didn’t have much writer’s block with Misled, but every book since, I’ve experienced it. It’s frustrating and it’s frightening. My uppermost thought is suppose ideas never return. Was this book just a one-time thing? Well, now (knock on wood), four times. It isn’t a good feeling and I haven’t gotten used to it. I’ve learned to step back for a day or two and, then, force myself back to it. Even if I have to throw away everything I write at the end of the door.

TRC: Many authors bounce ideas and information with other authors or friends and family. With whom do you bounce ideas?

Kathryn: Crystal Cuffley, who edits my books and designs the covers, my mother, a couple of beta reads, one of the writers I’m friends with, and a couple friends. Most of the time, I bounce the ideas around after I’ve already started or completed the first draft, the exception being Misdeeds. I bounced ideas around beforehand. The final copy is nothing near to any of the discussions.

TRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next five years?

Kathryn: In writing: writing a big historical, hitting a bestseller list at least once, and connecting with more readers

Personally: losing about 30 more pounds and getting a clean bill of health. I can’t think of anything else other than saving up for another vehicle before the one I have leaves me stranded.

TRC: What is something that few, if any people, know about you?

Kathryn: I don’t think many people know I have children, but I’m paranoid so I keep them off the radar most of the time.

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Kathryn: I’m currently working on Val’s and Zoann’s story, Misbehavior.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Kathryn: Every reader is important to me. I definitely want to pull in new readers, but I don’t want to ignore the readers I already have. No writer will ever satisfy every reader every time. Unintentional cliffhangers are within my power to rectify, though.

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food –French fries

Favorite Dessert –Molten chocolate cake

Favorite TV Show –Scandal

Last Movie You Saw –Maleficent

Favorite Song – Can’t name any in particular

Dark or Milk Chocolate –Milk Chocolate

Secret Celebrity Crush –Let’s say secret celebrity crushes. Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Kellan Lutz, and Johnny Depp. One of my newest celebrity crushes is Travis Lee Ferguson.

Last Vacation Destination –Vacation? What’s that? LOL. My next vacation destinations (hopefully) are Vegas, Dallas, NYC, Puerto Rico, and Paris. ←Not necessarily in that order. Oh, yeah, and Disneyworld.

Pet Peeve I can’t think of any right now! If I think of any, I’ll post it in the comment section.

TRC: Thank you Kathryn for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on all of your success and we wish you all the best.

Kathryn: Thank you and thank you for the interview. I enjoyed answering your questions.

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Something Like Normal (Something Like Normal #1) by Monica James-Review,Interview & Giveaway

SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL (Something Like Normal #1) by Monica James-Review, Interview and Giveaway

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Something Like Normal
Something Like Normal #1
by Monica James
Genre: New Adult, contemporary
Release Date: May 13, 2014

Something LIke Normal

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 13, 2014

Mia Lee has a secret…

A secret she’s kept hidden since she was eight years old, however, Mia will no longer allow that secret to define her.

An irrevocable decision has left Mia Lee a fugitive and on the run—a circumstance that should leave her weak and scared, yet Mia has never felt so alive.

Under the pseudonym of Paige Cassidy, Mia is ready to live the life she’s never had, and she’s determined not to allow her tainted past dictate her promising future.

Paige is on a Greyhound bus heading from L.A. to South Boston, Virginia, to start a new life. A life that includes finding her mother, who abandoned her at age three. But what she finds, is four people, who will change her life forever.

Yet no one can outrun their past…

Especially one filled with bitter memories, which refuse to remain hidden

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REVIEW: SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL is the first instalment in Monica James’s contemporary, new adult series of the same name. The focus of the series is on nineteen year old Mia Lee (aka Paige Cassidy) and the horror that has been her life.

Told from first person (Mia/Paige) POV, the storyline premise follows Paige as she runs from her past. Landing in South Boston, Virginia with only a few dollars and a backpack with little more, Paige will discover that sometimes family has nothing to do with the blood in your veins but the people you meet along the way.Much of the back story is told through flashbacks and nightmares.

Monica James pulls the reader into an emotional storyline where a young woman had to make a choice –a choice that haunts her sleep but a choice that had to be made. Meeting Quinn and Tristan Berkeley, Hank the motel operator and Tabitha (her new BFF), Paige learns what it means to be family-a family of misfits who are there when the world begins to spiral out of control.

There is a slight love triangle formula developing between Paige and the Berkeley brothers which amped up my anxiety with an already emotional and heartbreaking storyline. Tristan and Quinn’s family history is just a step up from Mia’s horrific past and Paige (Mia) will find a kindred soul mate in Quinn.

The secondary characters (Tabitha, Quinn, Tristan, Hank) play a major role throughout the story and become one another’s sole source of comfort and support. The world building brings the abhorrent face of abuse, betrayal, neglect and addiction –front and center-in a storyline that will tug at your heart and your soul.

Monica James writes a seductive story about one woman finding solace and support from the unlikeliest of people and places. SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL is a provocative, emotional, intense and passionate storyline; the back story is gritty, abrasive and startling; and the present is traumatic and profound. You will not walk away untouched.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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TRC: Hi Monica and welcome to The Reading Cafe. Congratulations on the release of SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL and the success of your I, Surrender series.

We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

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Monica JamesMonica: Well, I am a humbled girl from Australia, who is incredibly grateful to be doing an interview with someone halfway across the world. I studied Philosophy and Literature at University and I loved it. I loved reading the philosophies of Aristotle, Plato and Nietzsche because their writings are simply beautiful. So I guess in a way, these philosophers inspired me to follow my dream, and take a chance to start writing seriously.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Monica: Life inspired, and still inspires me to write. I never really had a moment where I was like, ‘Yes, I want to be a writer.’ I just loved being able to express myself onto paper, as writing came so naturally to me. It started out jotting down simple phrases, quotes, thoughts, and then it extended into poems and short stories. Then it just exploded and went from there. I love being able to tell a story, and share my vision with everyone who reads my work.

TRC: When not writing, what do you do to relax?

Monica: I love hanging out with my pets. And of course, reading.

Something LIke NormalTRC: SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL is the first release in your latest contemporary, new adult series. Would you please tell us something about the premise?

Monica: Something like Normal is a manuscript I hold very close to my heart. This book was a very challenging, taxing project to write, but I loved every minute of it. I wanted to write a different story, and challenge myself as a writer, and also, challenge my readers. Some readers may find the context a little dark, but that’s what I love about this series. Every chapter challenges me, and also pushes me to write outside my comfort zone, which I love. The premise is simple: my characters just want to find their piece of normalcy in a not so normal world.

TRC: Are any of the characters or the premise based in reality or a combination of reality and fiction?

Monica: Honestly, I had to do a lot of research for this book. I wanted it to be as accurate as possible, and also, I wanted it to be confronting. It is mainly fiction; however, the characters are loosely based on people I know.

TRC: How many books do you have planned for the series?

Monica: There are 4 books in this series, and they all follow the same characters throughout each book. These characters have a lot of secrets, and I really wanted to ensure I didn’t rush anyone’s past, especially Mia’s and Quinn’s.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics, background) did you encounter writing this particular story and series?

Monica: Heaps. This story involves certain situations and topics which I have never personally encountered before. I wanted to make the story as real, and as raw as possible. Everything that you read was researched, and double checked, to ensure that what you are reading is factual.

TRC: SURRENDERED-the final book in your I Surrender trilogy will be released in July 2014. Will you give us any hints or clues about the premise?

Monica: It was actually very sad writing, Surrendered. I have become very attached to these characters, and wrapping up their stories was hard. I did cry a few times LOL Hints- hmm, let’s just say Jasper White is gonna make you swoon!

TRC: Have you considered a spinoff or novella series when the trilogy is complete?

Monica: Yes, I have. If the fans want it, then I’ll see what I can do ;)

I Surrender seriesTRC: We have read where you have re-written the first two books –I Surrender and Surrender to Me-in your I Surrender series. Has the premise changed from the original storylines such that reading the new release will be confusing to previous readers?

 

Click HERE for our reviews of I, Surrender and Surrender to Me.

Monica: Not at all. When I say they are rewritten, this means the flow of the storyline has been rewritten. The actual plot itself has remained the same. A few scenes have been added, so think of these as bonus scenes.

TRC: What are your thoughts on writing a series and ending an instalment with a major cliff hanger?

Monica: LOL I know many readers hate them, but I feel they are needed to keep the readers coming back for more. Personally, as a reader, the more powerful and devastating an ending, the more chance I have at remembering the story. I love eagerly awaiting the next book in a series I love, because it’s like Christmas morning when I get my hands on it!

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

Monica: If only I had a say! It’s 100% the characters. I cannot tell you how many times I have sat down in front of my laptop with a clear vision in my head, and then by the end of it, it reads like a totally different story. Some characters are louder and more obnoxious than others LOL, but I do try and stay true to them, and even though their decisions are sometimes questioned by readers, there is a reason why they are doing it.

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writer’s fail in this endeavor?

Monica: This is a really good question. There is only one rule I religiously follow when writing, and that is, write what you know. Your readers are intelligent, and they will know if you’re trying to write about something you’re not comfortable with. I am not talking about subject matter, because like I mentioned, Something like Normal was a project out of my comfort zone. I’m referring to writing style, words, flow etc…

An honest, raw piece of literature which showcases your talent, I believe, is what makes a successful story. If you want to write about something totally foreign to you, just make sure you have done your homework.

TRC: Writer’s Block is a very real phenomenon. How do you handle the pressures and anxiety of writer’s block?

Monica: I usually take a breather for a few days. I watch movies, read, and listen to music, that kind of thing. The more pressure put on oneself, I believe, the worse it gets. Writing should be expressive, not structured and controlled.

TRC: Many authors bounce ideas and information with other authors or friends and family. With whom do you bounce ideas?

Monica: I am a very private writer, and I actually only use one other person to bounce my ideas off, and that is my friend, and fellow author, Lisa Edward.

TRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next five years?

Monica: Well, I am honoured to be an Amazon bestselling author, so I guess the next step would be reaching for the stars.

TRC: What is something that few, if any people, know about you?

Monica: I am terrified of Air Blown Inflatable Characters

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Monica: Book 2 of the Something like Normal series, and a standalone.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Monica: I wanted to give a shout out to my ever supportive, forever loyal readers- You guys mean everything to me. Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am now. It’s because of your enthusiasm and loyalty that I am able to do what I love, and for that, I will forever be grateful to each and every one of you. And the only way I can repay you, is to continue writing stories I hope you will love.

Thanks for this. It was fun x

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food Pizza

Favorite Dessert Pancakes

Favorite TV Show Dexter and Supernatural

Last Movie You Saw The Lego Movie

Favorite Musical Group 30 Seconds to Mars

Dark or Milk Chocolate Dark

Secret Celebrity Crush Animal (yes, the character from The Muppets)

Last Vacation Destination USA (I miss you guys ☹)

Pet Peeve Dog ears in books!

TRC: Thank you Monica for taking the time to answer our questions. It is always fun to meet the author. Congratulations on the release of SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL and the upcoming release of SURRENDERED.

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The Highlander’s Reluctant Bride by Cathy MacRae-Review, Interview and Giveaway

The Highlander’s Reluctant Bride by Cathy MacRae-Review, Interview and Giveaway

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The Highlander’s Reluctant Bride
by Cathy MacRae
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Genre: Highlander, historical, romance

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THE HIGHLANDER’S RELUCTANT BRIDE (Highlander’s Bride #2) by Cathy MacRae

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 15, 2014

Determined to keep the Macrory clan holdings out of the clutches of the Lord of the Isles and marauding pirates, King Robert II sends his man, Lord Ranald Scott, to hold Scaurness Castle. There, Laird Macrory lies dying, awaiting word from his son who is missing on the battlefields of France. If the son is not found before the old laird dies, Ranald will take over as laird–and marry Laird Macrory’s headstrong daughter.

Lady Caitriona sees no reason she cannot rule the clan in her brother’s stead, and is bitterly disappointed with the king’s decision to send a man to oversee the castle and its people. Not only is Ranald Scott only distantly related to the Macrory clan, but he was her childhood nemesis. She has little trust or like for him.

Her disappointment turns to panic when the king’s plan is completely revealed and she realizes she must wed Ranald. Pirates, treachery, and a 4-year-old girl stand between her and Ranald’s chance at happiness. What will it take for them to learn to trust each other and find the love they both deserve?

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REVIEW: THE HIGHLANDER’S RELUCTANT BRIDE is the second instalment in Cathy MacRae’s Highlander historical romance series. This is Lord Ranald Scott and Lady Riona Macrory’s story. Following the death of Laird Macrory, King Robert sends Ranald to Scaurness Castle to secure and assume the position of Laird. To establish ownership, Ranald is ordered to marry Lady Macrory and is not surprised when she denies any claim of marriage. The two have a prior history that goes back a number of years.

The premise focuses on the building relationship between Ranald and Riona as well as defending the castle from would be claimants-a one time friend of the former Laird: and the head of the Laird’s guards. When treachery and treason is suspected Ranald must ensure his position of authority or lose control of the castle and the men.

The relationship between Ranald and Riona began as children but neither had seen one another in years. Their attraction to one another is immediate although both deny feelings or their emotions. But Riona hides a secret that she believes will push Ranald away and in doing so will discover that her past has come back to claim what he believes belongs to him. When Riona chooses her past over her present Ranald knows that the future he promised was never going to happen.

The world building continues with the inclusion of Laird Eaden Scott (Ranald’s brother) from the first storyline. With the backdrop of Scottish castles and the salt water ocean you can feel the moisture and dew on the misty shores. The secondary characters include family, friends and enemies all carefully placed who reveal bits and pieces about the history of the family and the guards.

Cathy MacRae pulls the reader into a romantic storyline of struggle, betrayal, heartbreak and love. The Highlander storylines are always a favorite genre for many romance readers and THE HIGHLANDER’S RELUCTANT BRIDE is the perfect romance read for love in the afternoon.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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TRC: Hi Cathy and welcome to The Reading Café. Congratulations on the recent release of THE HIGHLANDER’S RELUCTANT BRIDE.

Cathy: Thank you so much! It’s great to be here today. The Highlander’s Reluctant Bride is just shy of its two month birthday.

Cathy MacRaeTRC: We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

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Cathy: Well, like other writers, I love to read and cannot remember a time when I didn’t have a book in my hand- two or three in my desk at school as a kid, books in my car (before ereaders) for downtime while kids were at one practice or another. When I decided to start writing Scottish historical romance, a fellow writer challenged me to enter a writing competition, and the genre has stuck with me. I love it! And, really, it’s not hard to appreciate men in kilts. **J I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Scotland two years ago and will definitely go again!

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Cathy: My local writing group was my first support group. **J My current critique group is awesome and of course, there are numerous authors in my genre whose stories I love.

TRC: THE HIGHLANDER’S RELUCTANT BRIDE is the March 2014 and second release in your historical Highlander Brides series. Would you please tell us something about the premise?

Cathy: It is a stand alone book, but if you read the first one, you would recognize the hero in this book, Ranald, as the brother of the hero in The Highlander’s Accidental Bride.The Highlander's Reluctant Bride

In The Highlander’s Reluctant Bride, King Robert II has received an urgent request from Laird Macrory to send someone to help hold Scaurness Castle, a strategic site overlooking the Firth of Clyde. Both the Lord of the Isles and marauding pirates would love to claim it for their own.*

The king sends Ranald and sets three mandates. First, secure the castle in the name of the king. Second, take over as laird if the old laird dies before his son can be found and returned from France’s battlefields. The third mandate hinges on the second. To strengthen his claim on the Macrory clan (he is distantly related), he must marry the old laird’s headstrong daughter. Unfortunately, Ranald remembers her as an annoying child he didn’t like very much. Their story revolves around their early dislike of each other as well as a few unexpected obstacles they must overcome in order for them to learn to trust and then love one another.

TRC: How many books do you have planned for the series? Can each of the books be read as a stand alone?

Cathy: I currently have two more in queue for the series, with a couple more possible. Each will be a stand alone, but of course it is fun to recognize characters as they weave in and out of each other’s stories.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, historical, logistics,background) did you encounter writing this particular story and series?

Cathy: The logistics of the time period are always challenging. There is the basic clan feuding to build around, but I want to include some of the issues of the time. Who was king? What were his policies? Did he support the highland clans or intrigue to keep them fighting each other? What were other notable wars/treaties/upheavals going on at this time?

TRC: Do you believe that fictional historical storylines should adhere to the ‘real history’ of the time period in the book(s)?

Cathy: To a degree, yes. I’d be happy reading something that was not historically accurate as long as the author was clear about it from the beginning.

TRC: What are your thoughts on writing a series and ending an installment with a major cliff hanger?

Cathy: I like my cliff hangers inside the book. **J There is a lot to be said about enticing readers to eagerly anticipate the next installment, but I don’t know if I’d write that way or not. I’m happier with an emotionally satisfying ending.

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

Cathy: One of my favorite things about writing is I’m never quite sure how the story will progress. The characters definitely direct the story for me.

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writer’s fail in this endeavor?

Cathy: I think a good writer must engage the reader’s empathy for the hero and heroine and keep them true to their character. If a writer changes the heroor heroine’s reaction to a situation (except for an expected character change as the story progresses), the story will lose its believability. Characters with real, understandable flaws are wonderful. I think books are better with a hero and heroine who are just as fallible in the book as people would be in real life. I want to believe, no matter what happens in a person’s life, there can be a HEA.

TRC: Writer’s Block is a very real phenomenon. How do you handle the pressures and anxiety of writer’s block?

Cathy: Usually, when writer’s block is staring me in the face, I have written a character into an unbelievable situation. It might take some rereading of the story up to that point to see where it went wrong. Occasionally I just jump to another chapter and keep writing. I can usually backtrack and fix the ‘dead spot’ later.

TRC: Many authors bounce ideas and information with other authors or friends and family. With whom do you bounce ideas?

Cathy: My DH loves to hear my plots and is great at helping me find information. He usually does the first edits on my chapters. I often bounce ideas with my critique group, too. They are a HUGE help!

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Cathy: In The Highlander’s Reluctant Bride, a 4-year-old named Gilda is introduced. My next book is her story- twelve years later, of course. It is called The Highlander’s Tempestuous Bride.

TRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next five years?

Cathy: I am entering the arena of self-publication and career as a full-time author. I’m not sure I have time for anything else, lol! But if I do, I would love to take another trip to Scotland.

TRC: What is something that few, if any people, know about you?

Cathy: A few people know I worked as a tour guide at George Dickel Distillery for about a year recently. I absolutely loved the job! I met people from all over the world and learned a lot of amazing things, both about whisky and life in general.I suppose if I hadn’t moved, I’d still be there.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Cathy: Writing is such fun for me. I love interacting with readers, too. Readers can find me at my Website on Facebook or my author page at Cathy MacRae Author.

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food- shrimp

Favorite Dessert- anything chocolate or ice cream (preferably Ben & Jerry’s
cookie dough)

Favorite TV Show- NCIS

Last Movie You Saw- Robin Hood with Russell Crowe

Favorite Musical Group- The John Scofield Trio (funky jazz)

Dark or Milk Chocolate- Milk chocolate

Secret Celebrity Crush- George Clooney

Last Vacation Destination- Eureka Springs, AK

Pet Peeve- poor grammar

TRC: Thank you Cathy for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on the release of THE HIGHLANDER’S RELUCTANT BRIDE. We
wish you all the best.

Cathy: Thank you for having me here today! I’m so glad to get a chance to chat with you!

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