Guest Author Lily Bishop

Today our guest is Lily Bishop author of yesterday’s book review “No Strings Attached” check out the review here; http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-3j0

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Let’s find out more about Lily and her writing;

1) Where is your home town?

I grew up in Northeast Georgia (USA) in a small town with a population of around 600 at the time I lived there. Since then, I think it’s ballooned to 900. The town is near Athens, which is a college town, and about an hour northeast of Atlanta.

2) How long have you been writing?

I wrote soap opera vignettes for my classmates as early as elementary school, and remember telling everyone when I was in seventh grade that I would grow up to be an author. I wrote my first novel in high school, my second in college, and my third after I got married, before the kids came along. No Strings Attached is the first that I have chosen to publish.

3) Have you always written romance?

I cut my teeth on Harlequin and Silhouette back in the 80’s, when alpha males were truly alpha males. I re-read some of those now, and my first thought is what a jerk!!  Of the books I mentioned above, the third was women’s fiction. Mostly I stick with romance, but I toy with the idea of a straight mystery or suspense, without any bedroom scenes.

4) In “No Strings Attached” Laura and Fox meet at a conference in Las  Vegas, can you briefly tell the readers why they are both there?

Fox and Laura are both attending a conference for a hotel association. Fox is a long-time member as a consultant, and Laura also works for a hotel consulting company. She has been promised a promotion from administrative assistant job to a consultant position, and she is doing a presentation at the conference. However, early we learn that her promotion has been delayed, and may not happen at all.

5) When Fox first meets Laura it is at the Black Jack gambling tables.  What is the system that Laura is using to win money? It sounds tempting, would it really work?
Laura is using a modified card counting strategy that I purposefully kept vague. Her sister is a math wiz who developed the strategy, but Laura keeps screwing it up because she is so distracted by the hunky guy at her table. Her sister wins more than Laura does with the strategy.
6) Your book includes private jets, a yacht and luxury living, do you think it’s a winning formula for the romance genre?

I have mixed emotions about the whole “billionaire” trend in romances. Originally I was targeting this book for a “millionaire” line for a publisher, but that didn’t work out. It was fun researching some of the high-roller suites in Las Vegas for people who stay in suites larger than my house. We’ll learn later in the series that the money isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, but for now, it is what it is. I think the whole trend towards wealthy main characters plays into the fantasy-aspect of romance.

7) I loved Fox’s Mum Bonnie, will we be seeing more of her in the next book?

Yes, Bonnie will be making an appearance. Most of the main characters will be back, and we will see Fox and Laura’s wedding. We’ll spend time in Atlanta and return to the Bahamas, which figures prominently in the first book. Bonnie loves Laura, but she may not be as supportive of Lee’s budding romance. We’ll have to see.

8) What made you decide to self publish?

I developed this book originally for an e-book publisher, but they requested a revision. In my opinion, their revision request was vague, and I wasn’t sure what to do at that point. It took me a year to re-write it, but at that point I had decided I was re-writing it for me. The terms of their contract included no advance and a very small royalty percentage, and I decided I could do better on my own. I also knew that if they requested another revision I couldn’t go through with it. So I hired a free-lance editor and cover designer and away I went. Writing was my dream, and when I turned 44, I decided I would be published before I turned 45, one way or another. I released this book three months before I turned 45 and I haven’t looked back.

9) I for one can’t wait to read the next books in the series, do you have titles for them yet?

I struggle with titles. My second book is Lee’s story, and we learn more about Lee’s desire to start his own security company. He becomes a bodyguard for a politician, and it’s called Under His Protection – Book 2 in the City Lights Series. Book 3 right now is about Lindsey, and I’m not sure of the title yet. Lindsey is young and finishing her Master’s in the second book, and she doesn’t always do exactly what her sister wants. The third book may be No Stone Unturned, although I’m not committed to that yet. Sometimes the title comes when I get the cover in place. Originally I wanted all the books to start with “No”, but that didn’t work. I decided to tie the series together using the lights that are in the background of the first cover, and naming the series “City Lights”. I’ll use that same background for all three covers.

10)  Which one will you release first? Do you have an expected publication date for the clamouring fans?

I talked to my editor and plan to start sending her chapters of Under His Protection next week, so I am hoping for an early January release. Fingers crossed!! Revising and editing always takes longer than it should. I have a draft cover already, and it’s very exciting! Under His Protection is a bit more suspenseful/darker than the first, and the third may be even darker yet. My biggest concerns is that people will read them out of order. Although the stories stand alone, if you read the second you will know who the bad guy was in the first, and if the third comes together like I believe it will, there will be even more reveals that may spoil elements of the first two.

Thank you for inviting me to stop by your blog. I love your questions. Readers can find me on my blog at lilybishop.com, at www.facebook.com/AuthorLilyBishop, and on Twitter @bishoplily.
No Strings Attached
Amazon US (print and digital): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D0UN0T0
Amazon UK (print and digital):http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00D0UN0T0
Thanks Lily, I’m so glad we met and we were able to have this opportunity to find out more about yourself and your writing.

Romancing September author Lizzie Lamb (Day 16)

Day 16 on our Romancing September Across the World Tour and today we welcome author Lizzie Lamb to the blog with her book “Tall, Dark and Kilted”. Later you can join Lizzie over in Georgia with Stephanie, when they discuss writing romance today’s society.

Lizzie Lamb authorLet’s find out more about Lizzie and her book;

1) Where is your home town?

Leicester, UK. Recently, the remains of King Richard III were located and exhumed in a Leicester City car park after lying there since 1485!!

2) How long have you been writing?

I’ve been scribbling away since childhood. But my latest venture started in 2006 when I left the teaching profession to concentrate on my writing.

 Has is always been romance?

Romance and historical novels, but most recently rom coms, inspired by Jilly Cooper and Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones).

3) Your book cover is lovely and tantalising, who designed it?

I designed it using the Create Space template. My husband spent HOURS sifting through Shutterstock, Dreamstime etc for the right image before I settled on this one (from Dreamstime).

4) With its title, “Tall Dark and Kilted” can only be in Scotland, had you always wanted to set a book here?

I was born in Scotland and love anything to do with its history and romance, so it was a natural choice for me to set my first novel there. My second novel which is due out this autumn is set in Norfolk, England. But I’m returning to Scotland for number three and four.

5) Does our Scottish Laird Ruairi march around in his kilt all day or does it come out on special occasions only?

Ruairi owns several kilts in different versions of the Urquhart tartan – ancient Urquhart, hunting Urquhart and so on. He also has quite a few old kilts which have been ripped on thorns and thistles, mended and consigned to work wear. When estate work demands him to walk through the long grass or when he goes deer stalking he would wear combat pants to protect him from the midges!! Te He!

6) What does he wear under his kilt? (Sorry readers, I just had to ask!)

In true, Scottish fashion he usually goes commando. However, should the occasion warrant it, he would wear Calvin’s beneath his plaid. It the now famous window seat chapter of Tall, Dark and Kilted, the reader learns exactly what the gorgeous Ruairi wears under his kilt.

Old joke: Is there anything worn under your kilt, sir? Answer – No, it’s all in perfect working order. Ha ha!

7) Fliss practices Holistic therapy, did you deliberately want to mix “New” and “Old” in your book?

YES! She leaves behind the raucous lifestyle of Notting Hill and Pimlico and settles for the gentler pace of Kinloch Mara. There she can practice the more ‘yen’ side of holistic therapy, help people relax and unwind – and find out who she really is.

8) You’ve added humour to your book too, can you tell us a little of what to look for that will make us giggle?

Most people have said that they’ve enjoyed the sparky dialogue between Fliss and Ruairi. My favourite moment is when Ruairi’s sisters’ antics on the London Underground are revealed (via a YouTube video). We see them performing a sword dance to Scotland the Brave and then stripping down to thongs and hold up stockings to execute a pole dance to the Pussy Cat Doll’s Don’t You Wish Your Girlfriend Was Hot Like Me? Oh My! That sound pretty memorable!

9) You are a Founder member of The New Romantics 4, can you tell us more about this?

Certainly.

The catalyst for forming the NR4 was an inspiring lunch with a well known indie author (Amanda Grange) who encouraged us to stop waiting for agents to nail a publishing deal and to go it alone. We reached the conclusion we had nothing to fear other than fear itself and set off on the road to self publication summer 2012. Along with three other authors in  The New Romantics 4 (all members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme) I published my debut novel on Amazon as a paperback and kindle download.  Last autumn we held red carpet road shows where we read extracts from our novels over fizz and canapés, and then signed and sold copies of our books. We have plans to repeat this experience again in November 2013 – including one gig in London !! Woo Hoo. I’ll certainly look out for that.

10) What is the new title of your next book? When will it be published?

My second novel is called BOOT CAMP BRIDE and is currently with a copy editor. I expect it to be ready by the end of October 2013 and available on Amazon in November.

Tall Dark and KiltedFind Lizzie’s book here on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Thank you Lizzie, I’m beginning to feel part of your book already without having read it, it’s characters are enticing me in.