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The Character Most Likely – Amanda Quick
Author Guest / May 4, 2022

With her new book WHEN SHE DREAMS out, we here at Fresh Fiction thought it would be a fun way for readers to get to know her characters better (from her many many fab books) to play a little game we call “The Character Most Likely“. I love this because it satisfies my romance nerd self AND because I love Amanda Quick’s books. If you’re new to her Burning Cove series – it takes place during the 1930s and has a wonderful mix of romance and mystery.   Most likely to successfully masquerade as somebody else to get information? ANSWER: Sam Sage (WHEN SHE DREAMS).  Hey, he’s a profession private investigator.  He knows how to do this stuff. Most likely to slip in and out of a locked room undetected? ANSWER: Simon Cage (THE LADY HAS A PAST). He’s got a psychic vibe. Most likely to have a plan blow up in their face? ANSWER: Maggie Lodge (WHEN SHE DREAMS).  She’s the overly-enthusiastic type. Most likely talk their way out of a sticky situation? ANSWER: Luther Pell (THE BURNING COVE series).  He’s got connections.  All he has to do is pick up the phone. Most likely to fall in love…

Cerise DeLand | 20 Questions: LADY, BEHAVE
Author Guest / May 4, 2022

1–What is the title of your latest release? LADY, BEHAVE, Book 2 in the Naughty Ladies series 2–What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book? A stunning Irish lady with a sharp tongue finds a beau who falls for her despite her shady Irish family! 3–How did you decide where your book was going to take place? I decided to write a romantic comedy trilogy about sisters who had tiny flaws in their characters and who wished to reform…even if they couldn’t. 4–Would you hang out with your heroine in real life? YES! You would want to hang out with Adelaide Devereaux, too, because she sees people for who they really are…and tells others the truth about them. Always. 5–What are three words that describe your hero? Needs to laugh! 6–What’s something you learned while writing this book? Some people have the innate ability to survive life in prison without much hardship. 7–Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done? I do a sift and winnow type of writing. I write one chapter or scene and the next day, I edit that, then go forward to #2. On third day I return to #2 and…

Ann H. Gabhart | Title Challenge: WHEN THE MEADOW BLOOMS
Author Guest / May 4, 2022

Hi, I’m Ann H. Gabhart. So fun to be here to share about my new book WHEN THE MEADOW BLOOMS. Doesn’t that title make you think of how flowers bring new hope each spring? The people in my story need that new hope. This title challenge turned out to be a true challenge, but a fun one as I came up with words to share about my characters and more about my story. So here goes. W – Ways. WHEN THE MEADOW BLOOMS is a story of ways to keep believing when hard things happen. As the story begins, Calla, fourteen, and her sister, Sienna, nine, are in an orphanage while their mother, Rose, is being treated for tuberculosis at a sanatorium. Calla never stops praying for a way for their family to be together again.  H – Home. Is there a word that brings more warm thoughts and memories to mind? When their mother became ill, Calla and Sienna had to go to the Home for Girls, a place that never felt like home at all. Will Meadowland be their dreamed for home? E – Efforts. Every time Sienna gets in trouble at the orphanage, Calla wants to find…

Claudia Gray Interview – Jane Austen and Murder
Author Guest , Interviews / May 4, 2022

Miranda Owen: As soon as I read the description for THE MURDER OF MR. WICKHAM, I was immediately intrigued. I love Jane Austen, and I love mysteries. What inspired you to write this book?    Claudia Gray: Make no mistake – I am a huge PD James fan – but when I first read Death Comes to Pemberley a decade ago, I couldn’t imagine why she cast Denny as the victim. Has anyone ever worried about what happened to Denny? Wickham was right there, being awful, surrounded by people who had very strong motives to loathe the guy. Eventually I decided, maybe I should stop wishing this very good book would be something it isn’t. If I think some novelist should kill off Mr. Wickham, then I’m going to do it myself.    MO: I love the idea of playing around with characters from a classic novel and putting them in different circumstances and mixing characters from different works by the same author. Is this something you’d do again with a different author? Like Charles Dickens? Do you think you stayed true to the essence of the characters while giving them a new spin?    CG: My hope is that…

Isabel Canas Interview – Gothic Delights
Author Guest , Interviews / May 4, 2022

First of all – I love the cover for your book THE HACIENDA. It seems to capture the mood based on the book’s description. Your book is described as “Mexican Gothic” and “supernatural suspense”. What does that mean to you? How would you describe that for readers? THE HACIENDA is a genre-bending novel that combines elements of historical, horror, thriller, paranormal, and fantasy, tying it all together with a dash of romance. I believe the term “supernatural suspense” signals to readers what kind of experience awaits them between the covers: a suspenseful, terrifying tale of ghosts, witchcraft, and things that go bump in the night. Mexican Gothic is both a comp title (as in, THE HACIENDA will appeal to readers of the novel Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia) and, I believe, a genre in and of itself with ample room to grow! So many things about Mexican culture and history lend themselves beautifully to the Gothic as a genre: ghosts, tempestuous colonial histories, long-buried secrets, buildings that are hundreds of years old, the cultural predominance of and tension between Catholicism and traditional religious beliefs, and the skeletal iconography of holidays such as the Day of the Dead. I eagerly await…