Friday, December 18, 2015

Ho Ho Ho Harlequin Holiday Extravaganza - Sarah Morgan - Some Kind of Wonderful ** Two Giveaways **

Well its hard to believe we've reached the end of my annual holiday blog bash starring all my Harlequin authors and I've got a special treat for my finale. First I have an interview with Sarah Morgan about the 2nd in her Puffin Island novel,  Some Kind of Wonderful that comes out 12-29-15 bundled with Susan Mallory's The Ladies Man. Sarah is offering a copy of Maybe This Christmas from her last trilogy starring the O'Neil brothers. 
Plus Harlequin is topping the party off with a Huge giveaway, details below.
Thank you to my authors, to my readers and to some hopefully new friends who've found their way to the blog.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!!

Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 12/29/15
Length: 608 pp
Buy It: B&N/Amazon/Kobo/IndieBound

Sarah, Hi! Merry Christmas and, welcome back to the blog.
Tell everyone a little about your new upcoming release Some Kind of Wonderful.
Hi Debbie, so good to be back! Thank you for having me.
Some Kind of Wonderful is a lovers reunited/second chance story, and it’s the second book in my Puffin Island series (although each one stands alone). My heroine Brittany was just eighteen when she married Zach. When the marriage fell apart after ten days, she picked up the pieces and went off to college. Since then she’s travelled the world in her role as an archaeologist. She hasn’t seen Zach since he left her all those years ago, but when circumstances bring Brittany back to Puffin Island she discovers Zach is living there too. That’s the part where it all gets interesting!

Who was the most unpredictable character to write Zach or Brittany?
Without doubt it would be Zach. He is living down his bad boy past and on a small island where people have long memories, that isn’t an easy thing to do. He didn’t always behave the way I – or the inhabitants of Puffin Island – expected him to. 

Sarah I noticed you added a lot of facts about planes and archeology the trades of your two stars in your novel.
How important are the facts in your fiction?
I don’t think it’s the facts themselves that are important, but what is important is giving the reader the feeling that these characters know their jobs. It’s about adding color and authenticity to the story. So with Zach, who is a pilot, I want readers to feel that he knows what he’s doing and that if they stepped into that plane with him at the controls they’d be in safe hands. Obviously I’m not writing a manual on how to fly a plane (although I did read large chunks of one!). And with Brittany, who is an archaeologist, I wanted to convey the fact that she is an expert in her field and well regarded.

Sarah most folks know you live in Merry Olde England and yet your two full-length series are based in the US.
Do you come across the pond for novel research or do you let the internet do your navigation?
I come across the pond as often as I can but no research trip can give you all the details you need. Fortunately the internet is a fabulous research tool (how did we ever manage without it?). Right now I’m researching which apple trees would grow in a certain part of Maine and all the information for that is right at my fingertips. In the past I’ve used web cams to stare into nests of Puffins, and to check snow conditions in Vermont.

Speaking of living across the pond.
How often do you visit the US and is it just for book related stuff or do you play tourist while you're here too?
Both! I come as often as I can, which is usually two or three times a year and always try and see friends if I can. One of the many wonderful things about writing romance is the wonderful community of people. I’ve made so many friends through this job. We also visit as a family. We all love the US and have a long list of places we want to visit (look out – I might be landing at a place near you J )
Oh Sarah That is on my bucket list definitely ;)

Sarah fans met your Puffin Island characters first in a Harlequin Presents novel.
Will that be the same for your next series?
No, my new series Manhattan With Love will start with a novella called Midnight at Tiffany’s. It’s fun and shamelessly romantic and although the story focuses on Matilda and Chase, it showcases some of the characters who appear in later books. I really love this story.

So you’ve put to bed your latest novel.
Do you do anything special to celebrate?
I start the next one J Seriously, finishing a book is the best feeling. I often wish I could write more because I like the feeling of finishing so much. Ideally I would take some time off at the end of every book but honestly it rarely happens that way. I usually dive straight into the next one, partly because I love it and partly because I like to keep ahead so that if things happen (and don’t they always happen?) I can take time away if I need to.

Sarah we know you’re a fabulous writer but what do you like to read?
I read widely. I love mountains and will read books on mountaineering, also biographies. But my big love is romance. I write what I love to read.  I have so many favorite authors, but always on my bookshelf are Nora Roberts, Sarah Addison Allen, Jill Shalvis, Sarah MacLean, Nicola Cornick, Lisa Kleypas – the list is never ending.

You write wonderful contemporary romance.
Has your muse ever whispered in your ear to try another genre?
Yes, and I would never rule out that possibility for the future. I’ve always wanted to write a thriller and in fact I did get half way through a medical thriller a few years ago (I used to be a nurse) but I scared myself and had to write with the lights on J Not sure if I’d ever try again – maybe, but for now I’m focusing on contemporary romance.

This is the second in your Puffin Island trilogy but you’re already hard at work on a new series/trilogy.
What’s it all about?
My new series is called From Manhattan With Love, and will be out 2016 in both the US and the UK. It’s about three close friends, Paige, Frankie and Eva who are working for an events company in Manhattan. They share a beautiful brownstone in Brooklyn owned by Paige’s older brother and every day they make the trip into Manhattan for work. The series begins with Sleepless in Manhattan and things go wrong for them right from the start. It’s about handling change, having confidence in yourself and learning to take risks. This series contains all the elements readers tell me they love about my stories – friendship, community, a beautiful setting and, of course, romance!

Thanks Sarah, good luck with the new novel.
What do you and your family do for Christmas?
Christmas is all about spending time with family and that’s what we’ll be doing. It will be crazy busy and so much fun. Have a great Christmas Debbie, and thanks for having me back!

My Review of Some Kind of Wonderful
Sarah Morgan’s second in her Puffin Island series, Some Kind of Wonderful is a breath-stealing second chance romance. Reintroducing fans to her unpredictable, funny, intense and heartbreaking too young heroine and too damaged hero to appreciate the extraordinarily powerful love they accidentally discovered 10 years before.  And now brings them kicking and screaming back together, wringing every emotion out of them while kindly inviting her readers along for the ride. Her tight-knit, idyllic/meddling, wagon-circling, remote community is the perfect comedic/heartwarming backdrop and her unsinkable circle of friends is an impressive and genuine accessory. How this master storyteller handles the real travesty of abuse is the true standout in this profoundly emotional page-turner.
Archeologist Brittany Forrest has no problem digging up the past except when it comes to her decade-old, 10-day train-wreck of a marriage. When she comes home to Puffin Island Maine to regroup and recuperate after an injury, unfortunately her ex is the first person she sees but the last person she wants to because no matter how many times she says she’s over him, seeing him only proves she’s a liar.
Zach Flynn has many regrets in his reprobate past, but the biggest one is leaving his ex-wife to pick up the pieces of their five-minute marriage after walking out on her. He didn’t think he deserved her then and seeing her now he knows he still doesn't. But that doesn’t make his wanting her any less real.
Will being thrown together on a small island convince them that the second time’s a charm or show them once and for all how wrong for each other they really are?


USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice, in 2012 and 2013. She also won the RT Reviewers' Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their 'Top Pick' slot.

Sarah is giving away one print copy
Maybe This Christmas
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