Release Week Blitz ~ HERE COMES THE BRIDE by Hoper Ramsay

by Hope Ramsay
Series: Chapel of Love, #3
On Sale: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $5.99 USD
Audio: $19.98 USD

There goes the groom . . .

For Professor Laurie Wilson, planning her wedding to longtime boyfriend Brandon Kopp has been a whirlwind. But somehow, between all the cake tastings and dress fittings, she never imagined being left at the altar. In the aftermath, she does what any sensible woman would—she swigs champagne and considers keying his car. Until someone knocks on her door with a much better idea for revenge.

Best man Andrew Lyndon thinks Laurie's better off without Brandon. But Laurie's father—and Andrew's boss—isn't going to accept anything less than a reconciliation. And he's made it Andrew's problem to solve. So Andrew decides to make Brandon jealous by setting Laurie up on a string of "dates." After a couple of weeks, Brandon will be begging Laurie to take him back. But Andrew's plan works a little too well because suddenly he's the one falling for Laurie—and planning a proposal of his own.

FBL ♥: Do you write detailed character profiles before writing, or do you find the characters come to life as you write? 
I write very detailed character profiles before starting. In fact, I’m kind of obsessed with that part of my process. I need to know what my hero and heroine have to learn before they can fall in love. Knowing that gives me what I need in order to tell the story, because I give them challenges that force them to face their weaknesses and to grow. I would be utterly lost if I had to find the character as I wrote. I honestly wouldn’t know their stories without all the prep work I do before even sitting down to write the first word.

FBL ♥: What do you like better: when you’ve just started writing a book or when you’ve just finished one, and why?
I actually like writing the middle best of all. At the beginning, even though I’ve done a lot of work to understand my characters, I still don’t quite know how they sound or speak. I have to write a while before I really hear their “voices,” inside my head. So starting a new book is probably the most difficult for me. The endings are very easy, because by that time I know exactly what’s going to happen. Endings are easy to draft, but usually need a lot of editing, because I tend to rush through them. The middle, however, is fun because there’s always one big event that happens in the middle of my books where all the characters (major and minor) come together for a big ordeal of some kind. This ordeal is usually very emotional or truly funny. The scene always twists the story into a new direction. And I just love writing that scene that happens in the middle of the book.

FBL ♥ : Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Almost all of my books come from the imagination, with one exception. My settings, although fictional, are based on real places. Shenandoah Falls is a fictionalized, and somewhat larger, version of a town named Berryville in Virginia. I’ve never lived in Berryville, although one of my friends lived there for a while. And Shenandoah Falls isn’t exactly in the same place as Berryville. It’s east of the Shenandoah River. There are also some external plot developments in some of the stories that come from newspaper accounts that spark my imagination.

FBL ♥ :What was the hardest thing to cut from your manuscript?
I don’t really have a lot of trouble cutting words. I’m a pretty ruthless self-editor, and I try, very hard, to leave the boring words out of my stories. And when I fail at this, my wonderful editor of many years, Alex Logan, will help me cut them by putting big red exes through the stuff that’s repetitive. She never fails to point out the boring parts. And I dutifully cut wherever she tells me to. I don’t think we’ve ever argued about a section that needed to come out. And we’ve worked on more than a dozen books together.

FBL ♥: If you were told that Here Comes the Bride was to become a movie, which actor and actress do you see in the lead roles? Supporting characters?
I think James Marsden (if he put on a pair of brown contact lenses) would capture Andrew Lyndon perfectly. He’s got that square jaw and killer cheekbone thing going for him. Laurie Wilson is definitely Poppy Montgomery. As for some of the supporting characters: Courtney Wallace, the wedding planner, is Zoey Deschanel, and Matt Lyndon, the hero’s cousin is a young Colin Farrill. Ryan Pierce, the local cop, looks like the first baseman of the Washington Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman. I’ve heard Ryan Zimmerman do commercials on local TV. He’s not much of an actor, although he’s a heck of a first baseman. So he’d be terrible delivering lines in a movie. But he’d look great!



Hope Ramsay is a USA Today bestselling author of heartwarming contemporary romances.  Her books have won critical acclaim and publishing awards. She is married to a good ol' Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her Southern heroes. She has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Virginia where, when she's not writing, she's knitting or playing her forty-year-old Martin guitar.


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Release Day Blitz~ Q & A When The Scoundrel Sins by Anna Harrington

When the Scoundrel Sins
Anna Harrington
On Sale: August 29, 2017
Series: Capturing the Carlisles: Book 2
Publisher: Forever
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99 USD
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Six years ago, a childish prank perpetrated by the reckless Quinton Carlisle ruined Annabelle Greene's reputation and any chance she had at securing a successful marriage.  Incensed, she moved to her beloved estate on the Scottish border and has reveled in the solitude...until now when the contents of a family will are revealed.  Suddenly, Belle's single status may cost her the only home she's ever known.  Now, with her only marital prospect a horribly greedy and completely undesirable man, Belle knows just the person to rescue her-the one person who owes her for his bad behavior...

There's nothing Quinn Carlisle wants more than to get out from his older brother's shadow and make a name for himself abroad. So when a mysterious letter arrives, promising adventure, he rushes to the Scottish border...only to find that Belle laid a trap for him.  The awkward, shy bluestocking whom he so enjoyed tormenting is gone, replaced by a graceful, elegant woman who ignites a desire in him he can't resist.  Can Quinn help her save her home-and win her heart in the process? 

FBL ♥: Do you write detailed character profiles before writing, or do you find the characters come to life as you write?
 I don’t do detailed profiles as such, but I do have a pretty good overall idea of the characters before I start writing. I’ll know hair and eye color for the physical traits, and I’ll have very detailed motivations for them stemming from their backstory. But I usually let the rest come naturally as the book unfolds, then go back and layer in the specific details once the first draft is finished. Characters seem to reveal themselves to me more once I know the settings in which they’ll move and the emotions that grip them.

FBL ♥: What do you like better: when you’ve just started writing a book or when you’ve just finished one, and why?
I love having the first rough draft done, because then I get to dig into the revisions, which are my favorite part of writing. For me, it’s like baking Christmas cookies – the first draft is simply making up the big ball of dough, but the revisions are when I get to mold the specific shapes. (The joy comes when the book is released and I get to share all that hard work with others, hoping they find the stories delicious!)

FBL ♥ : Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
For once, none of the events or characters are based on real life. BUT in the library scene, there’s a very personal description of why Belle loves books, and *that* came straight from my own heart:  “She loved books. Oh, how could anyone not? The way they smelled of pulp and rainy afternoons, the soft scratch of the paper beneath her fingertip as she turned the pages, all the wonderful knowledge and adventures held within their covers just waiting to be discovered—she loved everything about them. But most of all, she loved the way they had always brought her comfort. Given the choice between sneaking off to read a book, where she could let her imagination run wild and believe anything was possible, and being forced to be polite even as people cut her directly to her face, well, she’d gladly choose a book any day.”

FBL ♥: What books are on your nightstand, waiting to be read?
Too many! If the stack ever falls over, I might never be found! J Right now, I’m reading His Ballerina Bride by Teri Wilson and set to read Georgian London: Into the Streets, The Lady Meets Her Match by Gina Conkle, and Calling It by Jen Doyle (on my ereader).

FBL ♥: If When The Scoundrel Sins had a theme song, what would it be? That’s an easy one. “Home” by Phillip Phillips… “Settle down, it'll all be clear / Don't pay no mind to the demons / They fill you with fear / The trouble it might drag you down / If you get lost, you can always be found / Just know you’re not alone / 'Cause I’m going to make this place your home.” The entire book is about the importance of home, of having that one place where you feel safe and loved, and the joy of finding it with the one you love.

Anna Harrington fell in love with historical romances--and all those dashing Regency heroes--while living in
London, where she studied literature and theatre. She loves to travel, fly airplanes, and hike, and when she isn't busy writing her next novel, she loves fussing over her roses in her garden.


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