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Meet author Molly V. Lovell

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Molly’s debut novel will be published on August 25th . Here she describes what it is about, her love of character, and how she fits writing into her already hectic life. Seems writing whilst watching TV works for her!

 

 

What is the title of your latest book?

 My latest novel is titled A Sibling’s Dilemma. It’s my first novel so I’m pretty excitedMolly 1 about it. A Sibling’s Dilemma is a contemporary romance novel about a private detective, Cassie, her sister, Ellie, and a CEO named Edric. Edric’s kid brother goes missing so he hires Cassie to find him. After Cassie finds Edric’s brother and earns his trust, Edric’s arch-rival hires her to infiltrate his company. Cassie agrees but knows that she’s not exactly the desk-job type so she gets her sister, Ellie, to work for Edric’s company as a mole. Ellie and Edric start to become friends and then she develops romantic feelings for him. It gets a little complicated, needless to say, since the only reason Ellie knows Edric is because she’s sent to spy on his company. I won’t say anymore because I don’t want to spoil things.

The book’s mostly about the characters—Ellie, Edric, and Cassie. They develop a lot during the story and their relationships with each other change.

 What are the most challenging aspects of being a writer? And the most rewarding?

 The most challenging aspect of being a writer, for me, is time budgeting. I’m a law student as well as an author. I spend probably about 40 hours a week doing legal things (attending class and studying in the school year and clerking at prosecution offices in the summer) and then I try to write an additional thirty hours a week and then I spend Molly 3about five hours a week marketing and such. I love writing and I need to actively make a point to budget work and family to make time for it. So far I’ve been rather successful. But that’s probably the most challenging part.

The most rewarding part is bringing my characters to life and telling a story. It may sound silly but Edric, Ellie, and Cassie sort of became real to me throughout this process of writing the book. It’s fun. Writing is a reward in and of itself.

 

What is your top tip for an aspiring writer?

 Make writing fun for you. If it becomes a chore, then you’re not going to want to write and your book either (a) won’t get finished, or (b) the book will reflect that you don’t enjoy making it. If you love your book, it’ll almost write itself. Sure, there are some times when it does feel like a chore (like editing can be tedious), but overall it should be fun for you to create your own story and get to know your characters.

I have a little routine when I write. It sounds odd but I like to write while I watch television with my husband. It’s become a nightly ritual so I look at writing as my way of unwinding through the day. I look forward to writing every night. Granted, multitasking isn’t for everyone but the main point is to make writing fun for you.

What are you working on at the moment?

Right now I’m working on another romance novel. I’m thinking that it’s going to be called “Mel and the Mob” but that title is subject to change. I wrote it before under a pseudonym a while ago but I’m re-writing it now because I want to totally change the plot and change some things about the characters. The protagonist, Mel, is a lawyer, actually. (Not the type of law I’m going into.) It’s going to involve lawyers, the mob, a pharmaceutical company, and a handsome chemist/CEO. It’s going to be a fun book; I love the characters. (In case you can’t tell from the umpteen million times I’ve mentioned characters, I have a thing about characters, haha!)

What do you like to read?

 Right now I spend most of my time reading court cases because of that whole law school thing I have going on. When I’m not reading legal stuff, I like to read contemporary romance novels (surprise, surprise). My favourite novel is A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Where can readers find you?

 I actually made a website! It’s mollyvlovell.com (easy to remember because my name is Molly V. Lovell). I’m also on Facebook, @MollyVictoriaLovell, Twitter, @MollyVLovell, and Instagram @Mollsie18.

My book will be available on Amazon come August 25.

Here’s my Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0746PHKR1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500933827&sr=8-1&keywords=a+sibling%27s+dilemma

Here’s my Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35714147-a-sibling-s-dilemma?from_search=true

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Meet Author Leigh Podgorski

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In my latest ‘meet the author’ interview Leigh Podgorski describes the many things, beyond just writing, that the modern author has to learn to be adept at. And all of that, for a lot of us, is on top of a hectic family and work life. It takes a special kind of dedication …

Leigh’s latest book was published in June by Solstice Publishing.

What is the title of your latest book?

WESTERN SONG. Western Song is a timeless love story filled with rich unique charactersLeigh 2 played out beneath the wide Wyoming sky about a bull riding rancher and his recently deceased best buddy’s Thai mail order bride As she learns the true power of freedom, he discovers he’s lost his heart.

What are the most challenging aspects of being a writer? And the most rewarding?

Unfortunately today the most challenging aspect is promoting and marketing. Things that once upon a time had nothing to do with “being a writer,” but today are the difference between whether a writer and more importantly a writer’s work will be read or left to wither and die away. The marketplace now is so vast—5.2 million books on Kindle, and counting to the tune of 1 million added per year. That’s a lot of noise to cut through. I always say the writing is the easy part.

Which brings me to the second part of your question: What is the most rewarding part of writing. To this I have often answered: Writing is the best high I have ever had. No substance exists that can fly you as high as writing can. You can create whole new worlds, universes and the creatures who dwell within; you can create love and sorrow—and you can grow the love and heal the sorrow. You can bring back characters from the dead, and kill off the bad guys. You are the creator of your world.

 What is your top tip for an aspiring writer?

Write. Write every day. Write even when you don’t feel like it. Write.

 What are you working on at the moment?

Promoting Western Song. I’m also looking at several new projects and deciding which one to tackle first, one is a Mystery/Romance set in a Broadway Theatre in 1949; the other could become a Mystery/Series that begins in the Philippines; and the third book would be the continuation of my STONE QUEST series about a psychic tracker and his nemesis a black magician.

 What do you like to read?

I love a good mystery with well-written complex characters like Elizabeth George writes; literary fiction such as Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett; great horror—Steven King, Anne Rice; family sagas: Susan Howatch; historical fiction. I’ve always devoured anything that Joyce Carole Oates has written. Basically, I like depth, complexity, rich characters—make me weep, make me laugh, carry me off to another time, place, another world.

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www.facebook.com/leighpodgorskiwriter

https://www.facebook.com/WStheNovel/

http://www.VioletHillsProductions.com

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Summer Solstice Reading

Welcome to another #SundayBlogShare.

It’s not the summer solstice yet – that’s still a couple of days off. But maybe it’s time to think about what to read if the day proves hot and sunny, and no one has any energy for anything more than to take a gentle snooze and read a story in a shady corner of the garden. Or, more likely in the UK, it’s pouring with rain, the barbecue has been cancelled, and you have to stay indoors, possibly with the heating on – so why not read something, and forget about the weather?

During the past few years I have written two short stories specifically for Solstice Publishing summer solstice anthologies. A Midsummer Day’s Dream, based on Shakespeare’s play with not quite the same title, appears in the anthology Let’s Have Fun Volume three. It will also be reproduced in my collection of short, Shakespeare themed stories, Cast Off, which will be published later in the summer. That story takes place on a hot sultry day, in contrast to the torrential rain that is the back drop to my other short story, Love in Waiting.

Love in Waiting appears in the anthology, Summer Thrills Summer Chills. It is also available from Amazon books as a stand-alone e-book for around £/$1.00. Here’s a taster.

Excerpt:

Love in WaitingCaro smiled when she heard the nurse’s voice fade away as she reached the doctors’ office. She turned back to the bed. Soon there would be a large cluster of medics and nurses in the little room but, for a few precious moments, it was just her and Ian.

“I don’t believe in miracles,” she told her husband. “I can’t stand Joyce. I’m sorry the solstice has been a complete wash out for the druids. I’m worried about the blocked drain back home. My hair’s a mess and I look like an anorexic scarecrow. But speaking personally, my love, today has been worth all the worry and waiting. Today is the best day of my life.”

Blurb:

Caro’s husband has been in a coma for months after a road accident. He had always intended to read James Joyce’s Ulysses, but never found the time. In desperation Caro starts reading it aloud at his bedside. But will it be enough to bring him round?

Links:

Love in Waiting: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00ZPJZNJO 

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Let’s Have fun 3 anthology

http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01HBU1RQM

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http://www.solsticepublishing.com

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A short YA read for Sunday.

Happy ‘Everybody Reads YA’ #SundayBlogShare. Today I am sharing an excerpt from Sleeping First LoveBeauty. This is a short story that combines fairy tales, fantasy, hospital drama, and a teenage girl’s first feelings of love. The story can be bought as a stand alone e-book, and is also one of the stories in the anthology First Love, published by Summer Solstice.

Excerpt:

It seemed a funny idea of a quest to me, and Mum never got round to telling me this story, or teaching me to read properly. She got sick and died, and all I had left to remember her by was a head full of fairy tales and the recollection of her scent: l’air du temps, according to the label I eventually learnt to read. The scent still clung faintly to her dresses and a coat that Dad had hidden in the back of my wardrobe when Sukie moved in. Sometimes I would sit in my wardrobe and pull the door close, just to breath in the memories of a happier, safer, time.

Blurb:
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Dawn has been in a coma for a year and is visited in hospital every day by her devoted father, occasionally by the ghost of her dead mother, and once by her vicious stepmother. Unable to move a muscle she monitors their coming and going and relives the events that lead to her accident. She yearns to wake up and live like a teenager again, but nothing so far has been able to rouse her from her deep, deep sleep. Then, on her fourteenth birthday she is visited by a mysterious delivery boy with a strange package.

 

Links:

First Love Anthologyhttp://bookgoodies.com/a/B01BH43NXS

 Sleeping Beauty:   http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01CKKNG7Q

myBook.to/TheSleepingBeauty

 

 

So who is this Valentine Bloke?

St Valentine – the chap responsible for expensive bouquets, sickly milk chocolate treats, bunch-of-flowerscheesy cards, and a positive smorgasbord of romance themed publications. Not to mention, sulks and hurt silences in the households where his special day has been forgotten by that ‘significant other.’

Yes, everybody knows the 14th February is Valentine’s Day. Would it surprise you to know that Valentine himself had nothing to do with the passion for protestations of romantic love on this day?

Would it surprise you further to know that  there were possibly two St Valentines? One a Roman priest turned Christian who was martyred in AD269. The other the Bishop of Terni who was also martyred. His feast day is February 14th – and that provides the likely link of the name to our celebrations in subsequent centuries.

14th February was traditionally associated with the beginning of the mating season for birds. In the middles ages it also became the day when young lovers would exchange tokens of their affection. (Well we all know about the birds and the bees and where that leads, so this link seems fairly obvious!)

Solstice Publishing, like many other publishers, produces anthologies of Valentine’s Day themed stories each year at about this time – check out their website: http://www.solsticepublishing.com for the latest one, as well as past issues. I have written stories for two of the anthologies in recent years, and these are now available as stand alone short stories. They are less fattening than chocolate, don’t fade like roses and, at under a £/$1.00, cost less than your average card. Yum.

Links:

Chains of Magic – http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00YYKOOLS  

myBook.to/ChainsOfMagic

Sleeping Beauty – http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01CKKNG7Q

myBook.to/TheSleepingBeauty

 

Happy Everybody Reads YA

Hello and welcome to another ‘Happy Everybody Reads YA’ #SundayBlogShare.

Today I’m sharing an excerpt from Chains of Magic, a short story that appears in The Food of Love – an anthology released by Solstice Publishing in time for Valentine’s Day in 2015. The Food of Love contains 10 short stories that are suitable for adult and YA readers. Moreover, each story is linked to a particular recipe – hence the title.

Excerpt:

Brabantio hesitated before entering his office. He had felt helpless to argue. DesdemonaChains of magic could be very persuasive when she wanted to be and, in truth, he really loved sticky fig pudding. He would have been lost without her to sort the dinner arrangements. But was it what his wife would have agreed to? Would she herself have sat down with a black man, however noble? And would she have allowed her unmarried daughter to sit next to one? He doubted it. Oh dear, what troubles had he unleashed upon himself? He was sure no good was going to come of such a break from custom. His daughter would be doomed to spinsterhood, and he would be the laughing stock of Venice.

Blurb:

A few years ago I started on a project to imagine the life and thoughts of some of Shakespeare’s heroines when they are off stage. This story about Desdemona’s plans to woo and win Othello through food – and anything else it takes – is part of this project.

Links:

http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00YYKOOLS  

myBook.to/ChainsOfMagic

Happy Everybody Reads YA.

Welcome to another ‘Happy Everybody reads YA’ #SundayBlogShare.

Today I’m thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day and sharing an excerpt from a story in the anthology published last year by Summer Solstice called First Love. This is an anthology of stories that capture “that magic moment for a teen. The realisation that the person you’ve liked is a little more than a friend. Chance meetings. Old friendships. Even a social media post. These can all lead to that first love.”

In one of the stories, Sleeping Beauty, that first moment comes as an out of body experience!

Excerpt:

Suddenly the boy shot up and joined hands with Mum above the bed. They both smiled at sleeping beautyme.  “Good luck, my darling,” said my mother as she blew me a kiss. “See you!” said the boy, putting both thumbs in the air. Then they both faded away through the wall of the ward.  Dad shook himself as if coming out of a trance. He looked at the nurse.  “Am I dreaming, or is my daughter really back with us? And what has happened to that funny delivery boy, or whatever he was. Bursting in like that, and then just disappearing?” “It’s not a dream,” said the nurse, shaking herself too. “Just look at her cheeks—all pink and glowing, and it’s not the ventilator doing it for her any more. It must be something to do with that boy. What do you think is in the box he left?”

Links:

First Love

 

First Love contains eight short stories and is available as an e-book or a print copy.

 http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01BH43NXS

Sleeping Beauty is available as a stand-alone story, but only as an e-book.

http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01CKKNG7Q

myBook.to/TheSleepingBeauty