What to Read Wednesday

30 May

Welcome back for another round of What to Read Wednesday!  Today I’m thrilled to have author ANN MONTCLAIR joining us for her second visit.  She’s an interesting lady who writes some wonderful books.  So sit back and make yourself comfortable while you learn about Ann’s latest release ONE WET SUMMER. 

Thanks for returning Ann.  Please tell us a little bit about you the person, not the author. 🙂

Thanks for hosting me again, Christine.  Your readers might remember when I visited last December with my first published romance novel The Billionaire’s Bauble.  I am a wife, mom, college English professor, and romance writer.  I live in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.  I’m an avid hiker, cyclist, and gardener.  I love music and food, so I spend most evenings cooking while listening to my husband play his bass guitar to jam bands we both love. I like to dance, too.  A lot. And read.  I read several novels a week.

You always sound busy…but a fun kind of busy 🙂  If you could throw a party and only invite 5 guests, who would you ask?

I’d ask Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Jackie Collins, Sandra Brown, and Philippa Gregory.  Problem is, I don’t know any of them!

Oh, don’t worry, knowing your guests isn’t a requirment 🙂  What’s one talent you wish you had but don’t?

I wish I could play piano.  We had one for a few years, but I never learned.  My kids can play though. Hubby, too.  I’m surrounded by musicians.

I love the piano.  I don’t play but my daughter does and so did my mother.  What genre (s) do you write?

I write contemporary and historical romance.

What’s the first sentence and the last sentence of your book? 

You’ll have to buy ONE WET SUMMER if you want those precious gems! Seriously, my book is still in final edits when my blog entry for “What to Read Wednesday” was due.  I can tell you it opens at a pool and it ends with dancing.

Okay, that’s a good tease…I’ll take it.  LOL  Share the blurb from ONE WET SUMMER.

Maura Fields loves her uncomplicated, independent, single life, but things quickly change when a summer vacation opens the door to an unexpected world of passion and desire. Wealthy Savannah hotelier Ben Driscoll had his playboy lifestyle upended when his ex-wife died, entrusting him to care for their daughter—a child he sequesters and vows to protect from future heartache and disappointment. Can the wall Ben has built around his heart withstand the assault from the intriguing, beguiling Maura, or will it crumble, leaving him vulnerable to the undeniable attraction and unbridled need to make her his own?

Sounds like another great read Ann…and I love the cover.  Tell us what excites you the most about writing.

I love creating characters and following them to their happy ending.  I find each one unique, lovable, and instructive.  They teach me so much, and I love learning from them.

Please share an excerpt of your book!

“You better take your shirt off, too.” He set down his glass, and she helped him remove his saturated coat. “Oh, you have wine all over your back. Ben, I’ve ruined your beautiful suit.”

“No big deal. I was getting hot anyway.” He smiled wickedly. “If I can use your sink, I’ll wash it off and head back to my apartment. I have rooms right here at the hotel. I’m sure no one will notice a half-naked man roaming the halls, and if they do, too bad. I own the place, you know.”

They both laughed. Maura delighted in his easy going temperament, how he made her feel whatever she did, he’d like. She was sorry to see their date end this way, but accidents happen, and this one might have very well saved her from further impetuosity.

“You know where the bathroom is. Help yourself.”

He laid his suit coat on the table and started unbuttoning his shirt. Maura turned away, all of a sudden feeling bashful. How silly, she thought. I have already seen his chest. But that had been at the pool with loads of other people around. Now, they were all alone in her hotel room, only a few feet away from a suddenly imposing bed.

He must have recognized her gesture. “I’ll take care of this in your bathroom. Excuse me, please.”

He thoughtfully shut the door so she couldn’t be caught watching him.

She sunk onto the bed and shook her head self-derisively. “Way to wreck the mood,” she told herself and lay back to stare at the ceiling.

When his phone started beeping from his suit coat pocket, she ran to the table and hastily retrieved it, fearful the expensive phone might be damaged by the spilled wine. She wiped it with a tissue from the ornate box on the bedside table and sat down again on the white duvet. She must have hit the wrong button because a “new text message” alert flashed onto the touch-screen.

New message from Jessica.

Maura blinked hard once, twice, three times. Her stomach tightened apprehensively as she stared at the sender’s name. She wouldn’t read the message. She wasn’t a snoop. Jessica could be anyone, most probably a business associate or an employee, but before she could set the phone down on the bedside table, the message scrolled across the screen.

When will you be home? I can’t fall asleep without you.

Maura’s stomach clenched as did her fists. Tears stung her eyes, and she blinked hard, willing them away. Her jaw set, and she took a deep, ragged breath.

When Ben came out of the bathroom a minute later, his shirt was on, though it hung loose and open. It was damp and red in places as if he’d been in a fight and had tried to wash blood from it.

When he saw the look on Maura’s face, his grin faltered then faded. “What’s wrong, Maura? I meant it when I said I don’t care about the suit. Please don’t be angry at yourself. We had such a great time tonight…” He stopped midsentence, midway between the bathroom and Maura’s bed, perhaps perceiving something terrible had occurred. “Maura?”

She shot to her feet and thrust his phone out to him as if it were a poisonous snake.

Great snippet…I definitely want more.  Describe your hero in 5 words.

I’ll describe their essential qualities instead of their appearances. Ben Driscoll is accomplished, nurturing, private, dedicated, and sexy.

Now your heroine.

Maura Fields is pragmatic, curious, industrious, considerate, and athletic.

What’s the hardest part of the writing process for you?

The hardest part of writing is sitting down and doing it because I get very wrapped up and focused when I write.  Then the hardest part becomes turning it off.  I understand why some writers plot and then disappear into a room for three weeks.  I would love that: but I have a family and major responsibilities I can’t neglect.  Balancing everyday life and writing is a huge challenge for most writers.

The easiest?

The easiest part of the writing process is conjuring plot ideas.  I possess an active imagination that ponders what if… all day long.

We sound very similar Ann 🙂 What time of the day are you most productive in your writing?

Morning is go-time for me.  Once my son is off to school, my husband is in his office, and I’ve downed my coffee, I’m ready to craft.

What’s the easiest part of a book to write for you…the beginning, middle or end?

The beginning of the novel is the easiest part to write because I’ve totally imagined it.  I spend a lot of time prewriting, so that when it is time to start a new story, I know exactly what comes first.  Everything after that is likely plotted, but often the characters rebel against my plans and take their story in a new direction.

What are you working on now? 🙂

I am editing Good Things Come in Tall Packages (a sequel to One Wet Summer) which is being published by Musa this August.  I also have a romantic suspense in the hopper, and I’m revising a couple of Tudor romances as well.

You’re a busy lady…kudo’s to you!  Do you have one piece of advice you’d share with a newbie author?

Seize the day.  It has never been a better time to be a new writer.  With electronic publishing and unprecedented access to those in the know—writers, editors, agents, publishers—all blogging and sharing free, invaluable information every single day online, there is limitless help for the new author.  Find it, use it, enjoy it.

Perfect advice.  And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?

My website provides all the information you’ll need (including links to buy my books).

You can go straight to my publisher  for my newest novel or any of the usual online book buying sites.

Thank you so much Ann for joining me today!  I’m glad you returned and hope you’ll think about joining us again!

I appreciate your generosity, and I wish you all the best, Christine.


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44 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. Loralee Lillibridge

    May 30, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Good morning, Ann and Christine. Loved the interview.
    Ann, your book excerpt did a great job of piqueing my curiosity. Now I have to read it. Way to go! I wish you success with your writing career.
    Christine, another fun interview, as always. Thanks so much for a great start to my morning.

    • ChristineWarner

      May 30, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Good Morning Loralee, thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the interview 🙂

    • Ann Montclair

      May 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks, Loralee. I hope you enjoy the book!

  2. Tereasa Bellew

    May 30, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Great interview Christine. And congratulations Ann on another release! I enjoyed the excerpt and what especially the fun title! Your comment about hubby and his guitar hit very close to home; mine likes to play ‘a few tunes’ in the office as I’m trying to write. But it’s nice to be surrounded by music. Best wishes for many sales. : )

    • ChristineWarner

      May 30, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Glad you came by Tere….and I agree with you, Ann’s title grabs your attention and you have to read the blurb/excerpt based on that!

    • Ann Montclair

      May 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks, Tereasa. I love music and find hubby’s thrumming a boon to my process–MOST days. 😉

  3. Nikki Barrett

    May 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

    OMG! That excerpt left me hanging!!!

    Ann, your interview was so fun to read, and I love your party people invites LOL! Congratulations on your release and I’m going to have to go get it!

    • ChristineWarner

      May 30, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Thanks for dropping in Nikki….I agree with you about her excerpt…nicely done!

    • Ann Montclair

      May 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks, Nikki. It’d be a cool party if they came, right? Take care. 🙂

  4. Callie Hutton

    May 30, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Hi Ladies,

    Great interview, and I loved the excerpt. Best of luck with One Wet Summer, Ann. I know it will be a hit.

  5. Calisa Rhose

    May 30, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Hi Christine. Nice to see you back, Ann. Congrats on the new book! 🙂

  6. stevenloweryauthor

    May 30, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Hi Christine. Nice to meet you, Ann. Great interview and your new book sounds like an excellent read! I used to play bass-actively in several different bands (Not big scale) So cool-we share music around the house! Am sure you’ll have a good run with upcomming release. Happy Writing.

    • ChristineWarner

      May 30, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Hey Steven, glad you dropped by and met Ann and learned about her latest release!

    • Ann Montclair

      May 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      Musicians are the coolest people. Best of luck with you music, Steve. Thanks for your nice comments!

  7. Mirriam Smyth

    May 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

    This sounds like a great book, and the excerpt’s perfect for making me want to know more.

    I totally understood the hardest part about being a writer – getting wrapped up in writing then turning the writing flow off. It’s hard! Sometimes I feel like I’m writing all the time, on my laptop or my iTouch.

    Congrats on the new book, Ann 🙂 Christine, terrific interview!

    • ChristineWarner

      May 30, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Agreed Mirriam…sometimes it’s hard to get going and start writing…but then when you do, it’s hard to learn when to walk away for a bit.

      Thanks for coming by!

    • Ann Montclair

      May 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Dedication is great, but sometimes it can become overwhelming. Thanks for commenting, Miriam.

  8. Kristina Knight

    May 30, 2012 at 11:16 am

    This sounds like such a fun book! Thanks for sharing, Ann!

  9. Brenda

    May 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    This sounds like a fantastic read–and I love the cover!

    • Ann Montclair

      May 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      I love the cover, too. When I saw it, I said, “THERE’S Ben and Maura.” That was a terrific feeling. Thanks for your comment, Brenda.

    • ChristineWarner

      May 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Much agreed…her cover is wonderful!

  10. Cait

    May 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Great excerpt and interview thanks girls!

  11. Jenna Jaxon

    May 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Loved your interview, ladies. Ann, it sounds like we have a lot in common as writers, especially about plotting! I’m worst than a murderer, always plotting! Loved the excerpt for One Wet Summer. Bet the next scene was fun to write! Looking forward to seeing it on the virtual shelves soon. 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      May 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks for coming by Jenna….glad you enjoyed the interview 🙂

    • Ann Montclair

      May 31, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Jenna!

  12. Melissa Limoges

    May 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Very cool interview, ladies. The blurb and excerpt sounds good. I’ll mark on my TBR list. 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      May 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Glad you came by Melissa….I’ve added it to my list as well 🙂

  13. jannashay

    May 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Great interview. I always love your answers, Ann. One Wet Summer is next on my TBR list, and I can hardly wait to read it. I’m almost finished with the book I’m reading. I know One Wet Summer is going to join The Billionaire’s Bauble on my favorites list.

    • ChristineWarner

      May 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Glad you came by Janna…what a nice compliment to Ann’s writing style!

    • Ann Montclair

      May 31, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks, Janna. I loved Fair Play, too!

  14. Mae Clair

    May 31, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I’m late to the party but loved the interview. Great excerpt. This sounds like a winner for sure!

    • ChristineWarner

      May 31, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Glad you made it by Mae….I agree with you…One Wet Summer sounds like a winner 🙂

    • Ann Montclair

      May 31, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Oh, May, how sweet! Thanks for commenting.

  15. ChristineWarner

    May 31, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks for coming by Mae…and I agree with you about Ann’s book being a winner!

  16. Ann Montclair

    May 31, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Christine, I had a wonderful time. Thanks for hosting me. (((hugs)))

  17. C.K. Garner

    June 2, 2012 at 4:05 am

    I swear I hear you on the plotting–I start one tale and another is begging for attention! It’s always interesting to see when other authors find their creativity, A.M. vs P.M.. I look forward to reading your work! Nice interview, and thanks for hosting, Christine!


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