How did you come up with the idea for this story?
I’ve written in two other Kindle Worlds and discovered that series sell best. I knew I wanted to do a “mini-series” of my own in Mari Carr’s Wilder Irish Kindle World, so I did some brainstorming with my writing partner. We came up with the idea of a distant Irish cousin, Darragh O’Shea, who was something of a Lothario who dies and leaves his inheritance to three daughters, none of whom have ever met.
My first series was based around an eclectic bunch, friends turned family. I’ve had several requests for more from the Noland family, so the Noland Legacy Series was born. I’m writing Jack Sterling’s book now, and it’s been so fun to go back to where it all began for me. I love writing in a series, getting to know more about them all, and in this case, basically ‘the kids grew up’, so there is so much more to get to know about them.
Between now and the end of next year I plan to release at least eight novellas between the three Kindle Worlds I write in. I also have three ongoing series of my own that I have stories still to be written and released. I’m also working on a top secret series under another pen name which I hope to release in February of next year. It’s very different and very, very hot.
When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?
When I sit down to write a book, I usually have a general overview of the entire story in my head. I may not know all the twists and turns from Once upon a time to Happily ever after, but I have a good idea of who the characters are, the significant turning points, and the conflict. Every so often, one of my characters will take the story in an entirely unexpected direction which is a little scary and a lot exhilarating.
Usually, I have a scene or a small piece of information in my head. However, I am very much a ‘pantser’. I cannot plot, if I try it kills my creativity. Even with Wild Winter, I had Slade Rockers and Kori Dalton’s jobs. That’s all I started with. Then as I started getting to know the characters and writing the story, I saw Slade’s personality come to life as I was typing—totally not how I pictured him!
I used to be a pantser. I sat down and wrote whatever came into my head, but as I grew as a writer, my stories also grew, and then I started plotting. However, having said, that, I recently wrote a 75k book with only a blurb and I let the story unfold as I wrote. It was fun, and challenging, and every now and then I think it’s good to challenge myself like that. Magic can happen in the moment, and a story can take you in a direction you never thought possible when plotting.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
I am actually very excited. I have a new website in the works, one that is more manageable for me and that I can use without needing a PhD! www.amygregoryauthor.com will still be the address, but I’ll be blogging more, have more about the characters from the past and future ones, along with updates from our little farm.
You can find me EVERYWHERE, lol. Here are my links. Come check me out and if you want sneak peeks, etc, join my fun reader group. Newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Bookbub, Amazon, Website where you’ll find a free book. http://www.cathrynfox.com, Reader group. If you’re interested in joining we’d LOVE to have you. We have a lot of fun over there, and lots of special prizes and contests for my lovely FOXY ladies! FoxyFiction/
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Mari Carr’s Wild Irish Kindle World
Available only on Kindle
Mari Carr’s Wild Irish Kindle World
James Compton is a man of two worlds. For half the year, he’s Seth’s oldest boy, working with his family and the horses on Compass Ranch. The other half, he’s Jamie, a daring smokejumper on the West Yellowstone Squad. Those two halves make him feel whole, happy, satisfied. Until he meets his boss’s daughter, Ivy…
Ivy Wagner’s life should be complete. College degree in hand, she’s excited to embark on her career as a large-animal vet. Add in the attention of one very sexy James Compton, and her future should be all sunshine and steamy shared showers. However, a shattering loss in her past ensures Ivy will never date a smokejumper…no matter how perfect for her James may be.
As the couple grows closer, it’s clear they’re headed for a day of reckoning. Ivy can’t lose someone she loves to a raging wildfire, and James may be incapable of giving up a vital part of himself, of living half a life.
When James faces his own loss, the pair are forced to confront their individual demons. What will they willingly let go of…and what will they choose to fight for? I have no idea why Raelynn Walker is pretending to be her famous recording artist sister. I know it’s been five years since high school, but did she honestly think I wouldn’t recognize the shy twin? The one who couldn’t carry a tune if her life depended on it? The one I’d crushed on since…forever?
Whatever her reason, when she runs into Pat’s Irish Pub with a hoard of her sister’s fans hot on her heels, throws her arms around me and plants her luscious lips on mine…let’s just say that the universe opened and gave me what I’d waited forever for. I’ll give her a Wild Night in her sister’s shoes, if that’s what she wants, and as I expose her body—and her secrets—I’m going to make her sing in a way that will knock her sister’s platinum album right off the charts.
Stacy is a dedicated assistant and realtor at Blue Ridge Realty in the small town of Hamilton, where she’s been nursing a crush on her playboy boss and best friend, Ryan, for nearly two years. When an accidental kiss is called a mistake, Stacy knows it’s time to move on. Literally.
When Ryan learns that his best friend has suddenly moved to Baltimore without telling him, he’ll stop at nothing to get her back. Now Stacy must decide if the man she loves is a man she can trust with her heart.
Dawson MacKay plans to open a pub with his brother, but he has a lot to learn. Taking a job for three months at Pat’s Irish Pub seems like the perfect place to acquire the finer points of running a business. The first couple months pass without a hitch—the pay is good, the information invaluable, and women hit on him every night. However, nursing a broken heart, he doesn’t take a single woman up on her offer. Then an auburn-haired beauty falls into his arms, and his world is turned upside down.
For as long as she can remember, Sophie O’Neill has always wanted to be a reporter. Digging deep and finding the truth is her passion. But then her boss sends her on the most challenging assignment yet. Determined to finish the story, she jumps in feetfirst only to find herself at the center of a nightmare. She loves being a reporter…until the story is about her.
Thrown together, Sophie and Dawson are held hostage to the whims of destiny. And though neither believes in love at first sight, they find themselves falling hard and fast for one another. But time is running out. And the nightmare stalking Sophie is closer than either of them realizes.
Maureen Higgins is on a mission to spread her wings in the US of A. Pen pals with Laura MacKay since grade five, she’s always dreamed of the places her friend told her about. And new experiences. When Laura mentions her cousin Andy is in charge of an Irish pub in Baltimore, it sounds like just the opportunity she’s been waiting for. She boards on the first plane she can get a super-saver fare on. It takes every bit of her savings, but surely her friend’s cousin will hire her. He’s practically family, after all. But when she meets him outside Pat’s Irish Pub, nothing about the tall man with arctic-blue eyes makes her think of a relation.
Andy MacKay’s dream has always been to open his own pub and restaurant. The kind proprietors of Pat’s Irish Pub three thousand miles away from his home in Cedar Valley, are willing to take him on for a few months and let him learn the business. It’s all going well when a five-foot-nothing Maureen from Ireland shows up expecting him to hire her. Her red-gold hair and sparkling green eyes captivate him, but he doesn’t have the authority to hire and fire. And she doesn’t have the funds to make it on her own in America. Or working papers… Out of sheer kindness he invites her to stay with him. Innocent. Helping a friend of his cousin…and lying to himself. He needs to get her on a plane asap or his attraction for this feisty Colleen is going to lead him where he is not ready to go. There will be time for relationships later, after his business is up and running.
But why can’t he convince his libido and his heart to wait? Not if she keeps looking at him like he’s the last scoop of creamy ice cream on the hottest day in summer…
Slade Rockers’s career wasn’t supposed to be over so soon—he was supposed to go out on top. But fate had other plans. Despite a bruised ego, he goes back home, back to the only other job he’d ever had, and turns to the people he’s always cared for, the Collins’ He cherishes the Irish pub and the family who owns it. He throws himself back into tending bar, letting the jokes and laughter heal him. Until his longtime friend makes him accept a blind date.
Kori Dalton is a fan of beauty. She’s surrounded by it working side by side with her cousin who owns Dalton Floral. But one flower order from a sexy bartender is all it took to turn her world upside down. He picked up the bouquet she’d made and left Kori breathless and still waiting for her own prince charming. If Mr. Tall and Handsome would have been a one-time meeting she’d have been fine. But her come-to-life fantasy man becomes a regular at their store, knocking her completely off her axis.
EmKay Connor – Finding Wild:
Everything Kate Merriman believes about herself, her family and her place in life changes in an instant.
After Kate receives an unexpected letter from an attorney announcing a surprise inheritance, she discovers secrets hidden for more than two decades. The people lying to her also claim to love her. Desperate to resolve a past she now realizes was filled with lies and navigate a future filled with unknowns, she travels to Baltimore to receive her inheritance and, hopefully, in the process discover who she really is.
Manfred “Mac” MacFarland learned early in life that family can have many meanings and interpretations. When he was young, Patrick Collins and his loud, affectionate Irish clan welcomed Mac and his two fathers into their circle without a single side-eyed glance or disapproving sniff. Now Mac has a chance to help Kate learn the same lesson – that love is what defines a family, not blood.