Monday, July 21, 2014

Interview with Catherine Hemmerling and Joan Avery, authors of Tempting Her Reluctant Viscount and Love's Justice - Win Prizes!

 
Title: Tempting Her Reluctant Viscount
Author: Catherine Hemmerling
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Pages: 225
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ebook

 A pretend courtship…a real scandal

 London 1814 Hope Stuckeley has lusted after the handsome and charismatic Michael Ashmore, the Viscount Lichfield, for ages—never mind that she’s never actually spoken to him. When the two join forces to investigate a London stock market scandal, pretending he is courting her gives her the chance to prove she’s more than the bookworm he takes her for. After years of service as a soldier and newly titled as a viscount, actual marriage and settling down are the last things on confirmed bachelor Michael’s mind. But when their investigation puts the delectable Hope in danger, discovering the truth about the scandal could jeopardize the future he didn’t know he wanted.

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Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Catherine Hemmerling.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

A: Well, I have only recently become a published author, but I have been a writer for over 20 years. I was a technical writer for many of the largest software companies over the years and while I enjoyed it and was very gratified by my career, I always had the dream of becoming a fiction writer nagging at me. It is nice to have silenced that voice. It was becoming annoying.

Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A: This book is the third in a series of romantic mysteries. All the books in the series are based on an actual historic event that happens in England during the Regency period. This book is centered around the Du Bourg hoax. A stock market scam which netted the perpetrators over one million pounds. The main heroine (Hope) and the hero (Michael) work together to solve the crime and mix a little romance in with the intrigue. I wrote this series to explore how women in a time period not conducive to personal exploration could have found a way to become more than what they seemed. Hope is the perfect example of this. She was born with an uncanny way with numbers. In a day and age where that skill would have been relegated to just household accounts, I have created a world in which she can do so much more.

Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

A: Staying true to the time period, even while trying to break Hope out of her proper shell. So much of her growing had to be internal, because her outward actions had to remain true to the age in which she lived or she could have been deemed “ruined” and “unmarriageable”. It was a fun little puzzle. Hopefully I pulled it off.

Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

A: I don’t have a press kit. But it has come up twice now with this release (but not with my previous two), so I need to seriously look into creating one. My website (catherinehemmerling.com) has my information, my blog, and my upcoming events page. You can also read excerpts of all my currently released books. That’s the best I can do for now. ;o)

Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

A: Aside from the blog tours and interviews like this, I haven’t had any public appearances. My books are strictly e-books, so a book signing is difficult. However, I have printed publicity postcards that I can sign at an event. I am hoping to set some appearances up in the next few months. I also have been asked to turn one of my books into a play for a local theater. I cannot wait!

Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A: I do have an agent, Kathryn Green. She is amazing and I don’t think I would be published now if not for her. I highly recommend getting an agent. These days, it is difficult to get your book in front of a publisher without representation. Check out the current Guide to Literary Agents. It is a great resource!

Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

A: We blitz the media the day the book officially releases and for a month afterward. You can visit Pump Up Your Books to see more information on my publicity tour. Or you can visit my website under Tour Events.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A: Yes, I have a contract for five books in total. So there are at least two more on the way. I hope to get the series extended even further. Fingers crossed!
  
Q: Thank you for your interview, catherine.  Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?

A: The best place to find me is on Facebook or on my own website. You can find my book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and most anywhere e-books are sold. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them!

Catherine Hemmerling has spent most of her career as a technical writer in the software industry, but in the last few years has realized her dream of becoming a novelist. Every day she pinches herself to make sure her new life is real. Living with her family in the hills of southern California, Ms. Hemmerling spends her days devising plot twists, agonizing over titles, and making a lot of new imaginary friends; and loves it.
Her latest book is the historical romance, Tempting the Reluctant Viscount. For More Information
 
Title: Love's Justice
Author: Joan Avery
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Pages: 215
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ebook

He holds her fate in his hands… London, 1879

American heiress, Victoria Wentworth has spent her life blithely ignoring her father’s wishes…until he enters her into an unwanted marriage contract with a despicable man. She has two choices: marry the bounder or fight the archaic English laws in court. Her only hope is Hugh Worth, the Earl Montgomery and Lord Chancellor of the Exchequer: her judge and jury. Society paints him as stern and subdued, yet fair. Society didn’t warn her that beneath his somber façade beats a passionate heart and soul. Hugh finds himself irresistibly, inexplicably, drawn to the spirited American, despite himself and his better judgment. As the inconvenient heiress takes on the fight against the very foundation of his life and career, another battle wages in his once cold heart. Everything about her is inappropriate, illogical, and unexpected. Yet, she is a woman he could admire. A woman of intelligence and beliefs that challenge the existing world. But she is forbidden.

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Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Joan Avery.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

A: Years ago, after I finished college, I applied for a job in the mailroom of a major advertising agency.  The personnel director suggested I was over-qualified for the job and suggested a secretarial position instead.  I had worked as a secretary during college and was quite frankly, terrible at it. I replied that I didn’t want a secretarial positon and that the mailroom was a better place if I wanted to be promoted into a position that I might be good at. I guess I impressed her enough to get a position as a trainee in the broadcast department. The first woman to do so. I spent the next fifteen years working my way up until I was a writer/producer of TV and Radio commercials for national advertisers. When I made the decision to leave advertising to stay home with my children, I sought a new creative outlet.  Amidst crying babies and diaper changing I had found pleasure in historical romances.  In a famous ‘I can write one of these’ moments I started to write one.  While I never sold the first one, I did get some encouragement from an agent and sold the second one I wrote to Harper Collins over 30 years ago now.

Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A: I wanted to set a book in England as part of a trilogy about three English brothers who marry three American women.  Victorian England was in the throes of dealing with the rights of women in society, which is an issue very close to my heart.  At the time women, once they married, lost all their wealth and property to their husbands.  The women had no legal standing to prevent this.  While this seems archaic to us today it had the backing of Queen Victoria herself.  For a wealthy American woman of that time it was almost impossible to accept. This is the dilemma my heroine faces.   


Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

A: Keeping it as historically accurate as possible.  There are a lot of real people in the book (Mark Twain for example) and I was particularly concerned that I represent them and their views correctly.

Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

A: I’m sorry I have no press kit.

Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

A: While I have done so in the past, with this book I have no plans to do this.

Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A:  Yes, I have had a very supportive agent for several years now.  Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC

Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

A:  My publisher, Entangled, is very savvy on marketing and I always follow their lead on such things.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A:  Yes, the third book of the trilogy will be out in November.

  
Q: Thank you for your interview, joan.  Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?

A:  Sure, it’s been my pleasure.  My website is joanavery.com and the book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites. 
Joan Avery was an award-winning writer/producer at a major national advertising agency for over fifteen years before she retired to raise a family and write. Joan has been blessed with a daughter, two sons and two stepsons. She and her husband now have five grandchildren. Although she has lived in the Detroit area her entire life she has traveled extensively for both work and leisure. She and her husband, an attorney, have visited many fascinating parts of the world. Joan feels her travels enrich her writing. THE WORTH BROTHERS TRILOGY takes place in three of her favorite places.
Her latest book is the historical romance, Love's Justice For More Information

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