Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Spooning Daisy **Interview & Giveaway**

Contemporary Romance (RomCom)
Date Published: June 7, 2016
Publisher:  Kensington (Lyrical Shine)

It’s a long way from Seattle to Otter Bite, Alaska. But if one woman can survive the trip-and the locals-she just might find what her heart has been searching for. Her mango chutney is exquisite; her blueberry sauce is to die for. But right now, Chef de Cuisine Daisy Moon is a woman without a kitchen-and without a fiancé. Unceremoniously dumped from her place of business and her relationship, Daisy sells her belongings, plus a few of her ex’s, and packs her bags. Maybe smashing all the china in her former restaurant was a bad move. Stripped of her Golden Spoon for “un-chef-like” conduct, she is now blacklisted all over Seattle. Her sole job offer is from Wild Man Lodge…in Otter Bite, Alaska. Too bad Daisy can’t even get out of Dodge without incident. By the time she boards a ship for Alaska, she’s got a trail of new troubles behind her, and suddenly Otter Bite is sounding pretty good. But the vessel turns into her own personal Titanic when a series of close encounters confirms her terrible taste in men-including one very good looking bad luck charm named Max Kendall. She vows to dedicate the rest of her days to chowders and brulée. Yet even Alaska isn’t far enough away to shake the memories of the sexy shipmate who rocked her cabin-and her world. Thank goodness she’s done with surprises-but they may not be done with her…


His laugh was immediate. Daisy realized how ridiculous her allegation was. Max Kendall's particular brand of woman didn't need lies to motivate her into his bed. His women were fun and adventurous and, unlike Daisy, didn't have impossible expectations.
   "I thought we were talking about you," he said with a dying chuckle. "But if you think you're helping the enemy..." With his good leg bearing the brunt of his weight, he rose from the bed. Grabbing the handles on his duffle bag, he slowly stepped toward the bathroom.
   "If the lights were dim and the music soft and the wine expensive." 
   Max turned at the door. "And?"
   "And what?"
   "I don't believe for one second that you, Daisy, would be undermined by lights, music, and wine."
   "And… if I thought you were...special."
   "And what makes a man special?"
   Daisy hesitated at the fork in her road. She could give Max an honest answer or… "Well, for one thing, he's very forgiving--"
   His eyes crinkled as his grin returned.
   "--And he would never use all the hot water just to prove some ridiculous point."
   "I guess I'm not the only one who has trouble giving a straight answer. See you when the water runs cold." The bathroom door clicked shut.
   "And he makes me smile," Daisy murmured, smiling.   
Thank you for this interview! And for promoting Spooning Daisy. 

Thank you for stopping by my blog today and chatting with me! 


How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?

I wrote my first book with crayons—I was six. It was about a boy and his donkey and I threw in a magical tree that disappeared and spoke. It got stellar reviews--my mom loved it. As a Gemini, I tend to have many interests, but writing has been a constant, even as I pursued a career in business. Way back in 2000 I was nominated for my first Golden Heart, so I’ve been in the writing trenches a long time. Spooning Daisy is my first published romance, but five (unpublished) romances came before it. Spooning Daisy is set in fictional Otter Bite, Alaska, modelled after the real Kachemak Bay village of Seldovia, a place I spent many summers during my 23 years living in Alaska. This is the first series I’ve written and I wasn’t sure how I’d like it (that Gemini influence again), but I’m really loving the location and the locals and I’m happy to be returning to Otter Bite with book 2 in the series, Embracing Felicity.

What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

I like books on philosophy because this influences both plot and characters. Everyone has core values that they rely on throughout their life, and these impact their behavior. I like my characters to have beliefs that then drive the plot. My characters aren’t perfect, but they’re doing the best they can. By the end of the book, they’re kinder and more compassionate which I think we all strive to be.

A few authors I enjoy: Kate Braestrup (Here If You Need Me); Jodi Picoult; Sara Gruen; Dana Stabenow; Marion Zimmer Bradley (Mists of Avalon); Richard Bach (Illusions); Pam Grout (E-Squared); Winston Churchill; Dorothy Cannell; Sandra Brown; Garrison Keillor, Wayne Dyer, Nora Roberts, Lillian Jackson Braun; James Herriot… Yikes! I could go on forever!

Any writing rituals?

I’m not sure if this qualifies as a ritual, but I always include this specific phrase in each of my books. “…like a red neon vacancy sign on a deserted midnight highway.”

And I always include animals (thank you, James Herriot).

What’s more important: characters or plot?

To the extent that characters drive plot, characters.

Any last thoughts for our readers?

With so many books competing for attention, I’m grateful to all who notice Spooning Daisy, and especially to the tour sites who make Daisy noticeable. Thank you and good luck with the giveaway.

Golden Heart nominee Maggie McConnell spent her childhood overseas as the daughter of US diplomats. Attending college in Illinois, she earned a BA in Art and an MBA while working at the local humane shelter. At 26, she packed her dog and cat into a Ford truck and drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska, where she spent 23 years exploring The Last Frontier in a single-engine Cessna. A vegan and animal rights advocate, Maggie provides a sanctuary on her Arizona ranch for all creatures great and small, but her immediate family includes dog Molly, cat Sara, horses Quinn and Teena, and an ever-growing dynasty of chipmunks. Every year, like the Gray Whale, Maggie returns to Alaska.

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