10 – 4 Tuesday

11 Sep

Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday!  This is a forum where we’ll feature either an author or someone in a position related to publishing, promoting or a service that is author related.  I will only be offering this forum on occasion, and if anyone wants to participate, email me to set up a date 🙂

For 10 – 4 Tuesday I will ask our guest to share 10 things about either their book or what service they offer and then 4 questions for fun 🙂  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to introduce you to author Lillian Grant!  She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4, and then an excerpt of her book Go With the Flo 🙂

Hi Lillian, thanks for joining us for 10 – 4  Tuesday 🙂

First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born in London but now call Australia home. My current nasal twang truly does hide something a lot worse. When I am not writing I play with numbers and tax law. However, writing is my first love and if I could I would spend my days sitting on a front porch overlooking the beach with a glass of whiskey in one hand a cigarette burning in an ashtray close by and bang away on a manual typewriter. Which is odd because I don’t like whiskey, don’t smoke and who types on a typewriter anymore? However I hold on to that rather outdated dream of what a real writer would be.

Love that image! I can so understand where you are coming from. What’s genre (s) do you write?

Erotic Romantic Comedy and Erotic Romantic Suspense

Please share the blurb from Go With the Flo.

When Florence notices her eccentric ex-boyfriend, Eddie, isn’t putting on his usual show in the front window on Friday night she decides to investigate.  She asks her best friend, Nelson Tyler, to help but he seems more interested in seducing Florence than in finding her personal flasher.

Florence has no idea when she embarks on the adventure she will accidentally shoot an undercover policeman, or that her actions will lead to Nelson’s kidnapping.  Now with two men missing she has no choice but to continue and thwart the plans of a psychotic soon to be divorcee.  She needs to rescue Nelson because life without him is unbearable, especially since she’s discovered his long sensitive fingers are far more erotic than scissorhands.

That’s an intriguing blurb Lillian:)  Tell us the moment when you it first sank in that you were an official author!

I think it was when I got the author copies of my first book emailed to me. Up to that point I was never really sure it was going to happen. Ashton Kutcher could have leapt out at any moment and said You’ve Been Punked.

I like your humor 🙂 What time of the day do you feel most motivated to write?

I used to write at night but now I find the mornings are most productive, provided something doesn’t distract me before I get started.

Sounds familiar to me! I’m the same way. Choose five words to describe your book.

Funny, flirty, scary, mysterious and sexy.

What was your favorite part about writing Go With the Flo?

I think my favourite part was coming up with all the ways that things just kept going wrong for my heroine, Florence. She really wants to prove to the world that she could be a private detective if she wanted but time after time it all goes horribly wrong and Nelson has to rescue her.

Do you find it more difficult to write characters, emotion, description or conflict?

Definitely description. I can write a whole chapter that appears to take place in a vacuum. I give the reader no idea about what the place looks, feels or smells like or even where my characters are.  As a reader I skip long passages of description which is why I have trouble writing them. However, because I know it is my weakness, I go back and layer in the detail on the first round of edits.

What inspired you to tell this story?

The movie Edward Scissorhands. I had an idea about a girl selling Avon door to door in the hopes of finding her own Edward. However I have a strange sense of humor so ex boyfriend Eddie the flasher was born, Florence’s inability not to interfere and her best friend Nelson who could just turn out to be the man with a penchant for leather and rubber she has always been looking for.

What’s your current WIP?

I just contracted a book with Liquid Silver Books called Hot Male which is book 3 in my Reigning Men Series. This one started out small and ended up bigger than Ben Hur. The story is about Irish stripper Michael Monaghan and has a tentative release date of 24th December.

One man. One sensual dance. One night only to prove his love.

Stripper Michael Monaghan can have any woman, except the one he wants. The one he let go. At seventeen, Maggie Riley was too innocent for him to corrupt.

Older, wiser, sexually cautious and happily in love with Sam Stephens, Maggie is determined to keep her distance and never make the mistake of asking Michael to seduce her again.  Sam is sick of Michael spying on them and will do anything to protect Maggie.

When Maggie’s nymphomaniac great aunt Maud skips off to Ireland with Michael’s uncle, he has the perfect excuse. She’s the only person Maud will listen to, and is the only hope of saving the errant Uncle Declan from his wife’s murderous fury.

Trouble is, Maggie won’t leave Sam behind and the three of them end up shivering in the coldest Dublin winter in years – in a house with only one bedroom. Sexual tension simmers but Sam would rather punch Michael than let him get close to either of them.

The arrival of Declan’s crazy gun toting wife ups the stakes.

Sam and Michael are both needed to protect Maggie, while Maggie realizes she will do anything to keep her men safe. The afternoon’s events will change their lives forever. Will Michael stop running from commitment and finally face his feelings?  Can Maggie accept her desire for a relationship her frigid mother would never approve of? Is Sam ready to share to please the woman he loves?

Will loving this Hot Male prove satisfying for both Maggie and Sam?

Congrats on your upcoming release Lillian! Enjoyed the blurb.

Now the 4:

If you had the chance to be any animal for the day, which one would you choose and why?

My pet dog because it has no fear of deadlines and nothing to do but lay flat on its back and soak up the sun.

If you wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?

You Have Got to be Kidding! And it would probably be part of a series called, No Way?

LOL…love it! If you had to give up one of your senses, which one would you choose and why?

Taste. If I couldn’t taste anything food would be less appealing and losing weight would be a dream.

I like the way you think! Now this is a 2 parter, so get ready. 🙂  What’s your favorite color?  Okay, now let’s say Crayola contacts you and asks you to come up with a fun name for your color of choice.  What would you choose?

Purple. Splodge.

Thanks for  sharing your 10 and your 4 Lillian.  I’d love it if you’d share an excerpt from Go With the Flo.

Florence Spring trudged down another empty street. A bag full of lipstick, foundation, eye shadow, and all manner of items designed to make a girl of the nineties a sight to behold, swung from her shoulder. The tote banged against her hip, aggravating an already aching bruise. Even though drizzle soaked her face, she resisted the urge to wipe it off. She knew it was her duty to represent the products she sold to the best of her ability. The handbook for sales 101 read, better to appear damp, than smudged.

This wasn’t how she’d envisioned life as an Avon representative. Where was her dark castle? Her mysterious hero? When would she find a beautiful man with a penchant for leather and rubber? She joined up to find her Edward Scissorhands. The closest she’d come was his porno alter ego, Edward Penishands.

If Eddie Cain wiggled his dick in his front room window one more time as she walked past, she would take the gold-handled nail scissors, on special this week for two dollars with any order over twenty dollars, and snip the little worm off. Bad enough she’d gone out with him once—once, and only once. The relationship had been doomed from the start. After his mother died, Eddie became most odd. Their one date had confirmed her belief that he was strange.

Snuggled together upstairs at the back of the number forty-six bus, he had whispered that he would like to handcuff her to his bed and whip her with a riding crop. She hadn’t even had a chance to answer before he let out a low moan and spontaneously ejaculated, leaving a noticeable stain on the front of his gray gabardine pants. She’d graciously lent him her jacket to carry in front of him as they climbed from the bus and entered the movie theatre. When he unzipped his fly and pulled the worm free at the first on-screen kiss, she excused herself and fled. She never did ask for her jacket back. It was her favorite too, genuine faux leather and fur. Never mind. She doubted even the dry cleaners would have been able to get the spunk stain out.

Cautiously, she approached number ninety-two Stoffer Street. The curtains hung open, however the front window stood bare. Eddie appeared to be out. She checked her watch. Bang on time. Eight p.m. as usual. She passed by every Friday night. He lived on the most direct route from her allotted sales patch to Nelson’s house. Eddie always waited for her. This time of the year he was usually silhouetted by the living room light. He’d never missed an opportunity to wiggle his wanger at her before. As much as she hated to admit it, she missed the little bugger; the wanger, not Eddie. She needed a good laugh after the dismal sales she usually mustered and Eddie always managed to add some element of humor to the whole sordid show. If only he learned to do the comedy act without the nudity he could take his show on the road. Of course, he could take it on the road with the striptease if he wanted to appeal to a whole other audience.

Truth be told, seeing him semi-naked once a week was, she suspected, the closest either of them had come to dating lately. If only she could find her prince charming, all dark, mysterious and quiet. She had a thing for silent movies. Everyone knew men of few words were sexy. You could imagine all sorts going on in their heads. Plans to show you the world, slay dragons, and win your heart. No one wanted to deal with the truth of them wondering if your boobs were real or if you had tissues stuffed in your bra, or calculating how long it would take them to wrestle you out of your underwear.

So excited you joined me for 10 – 4 Tuesday!  Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book online 🙂





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50 responses to “10 – 4 Tuesday

  1. Lillian Grant

    September 11, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Thank you so much for letting me lose on your blog.

    Best wishes

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 6:55 am

      Hey Lillian, I’m glad you’re here! Thanks so much for agreeing to visit.

  2. R.T. Wolfe

    September 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

    As a fellow lover of both words and numbers…best of luck to you with your new release!
    -R.T. Wolfe
    Black Creek Burning, September 24

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 8:00 am

      Thank you so much for coming bt R.T. 🙂

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks RT. Gees a girl goes to bed and see what happens. The internet explodes with comments.

  3. christinaow

    September 11, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Hi Lillian,

    this book sounds naughty and interesting. Best of luck!

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 8:01 am

      Exactly my thoughs Christina! lol Thanks for coming by 🙂

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks Christina. It was a fun write and I hope it is a fun read.

  4. Diane Burton

    September 11, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I like this format, Christine. What a great way to get to know Lillian. Best wishes for Go With the Flow.

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Diane, I appreciate it 🙂 And so glad you could drop in and meet Lillian 🙂

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Thank you, Diane 🙂

  5. jerridrennen

    September 11, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Hi, Lillian! I’m so with you on writing characters in a vacuum. Who cares where they are.LOL

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

      LOL…so glad you dropped in Jerri 🙂

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Hi Jerri

      Description is so over rated 🙂

  6. Ceri Hebert

    September 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Great interview and excerpt!!

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Glad you enjoyed both Ceri 🙂

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Hey Ceri, I am glad you enjoyed it. Being interviewed by Christine was loads of fun.

  7. Calisa Rhose

    September 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

    LOL I’m still chuckling. Great interview ladies! I can write my characters into a vacuum too, Lillian. I’m constantly having to fill in blanks in my own writing. I remember reading a lot of pirate historicals years ago and they were the only books I DIDN’T skip pages of purple or descriptive prose in. All other books became novellas by the time I finished skimming to the good parts. I thoroughly enjoyed your blurb and the excerpt…laughable!

    Thanks for another great intro, Christine! 😀

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Thanks for coming by Calisa…loved reading your comment 🙂

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Calisa, I love people that find me amusing. Although my husband wishes they wouldn’t because it just encourages me. Thank you for the chuckle. 🙂

  8. kristinaknightauthor

    September 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Lillian, love that cover! And the excerpt is so fun – good luck with the book! Christine, great interview, as always!

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Thanks Kristi…so glad you enjoyed the interview and hopefully found a new author to enjoy!

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Hey Krisina. It is a pretty spiffy cover isn’t it. Who doesn’t like a dark smoldering guy?

      Thanks for the comment.

  9. Rosanna Leo

    September 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I would totally buy purple splodge crayons. Congrats Lillian on this book, and the next one sounds delicious too!

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

      So glad you came by Rosanna…and I’m with you…purple splodge is a great color name…I might even consider buying a paint color by that name! lol

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Rosanna. I will get on to Crayola stat.

  10. Jessica Subject

    September 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Sounds like a fun read! And love the way you interview. All the best!

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Awww…thanks so much Jessica! So glad you stopped in!

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Jessica.

  11. Sharon Cullen

    September 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

    The blurb sounds so intriguing and I love your answer about the crayon.

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

      LOL…I liked her answer too! I can really see it as a paint color. Thanks for coming by Sharon 🙂

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Hey Sharon. Thank you. I did wonder if the whole Edward Scissorhands and the porno alter ego would work…but hey sometimes you just have to roll with the punches.

  12. Jennifer Lowery

    September 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Love the title! Captures the tone of your book! Sounds like a fun read with fun characters! Can’t wait to read it!!

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

      So glad you dropped in Jennifer….thank you 🙂

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks Jennifer. The title is the hardest part of a book for me. Now I am stuck coming up with names for a sequel…if I ever get myself organised enough to write it.

  13. D'Ann Lindun

    September 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    The Irish story sounds fab! Good luck with your books!

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      So glad you came by D’Ann…thank you 🙂

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Hi D’Ann. The Irish book is huge but writing it was the most fun I ever had with my clothes on.

  14. Nancy Jardine

    September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Nice work! The Irish trio might set a few curtains twitching in the neighbourhood! Good wishes to you!

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Enjoyed your comment Nancy…so glad you came by 🙂

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks Nancy. And hey I love to see curtains twitching 🙂

  15. Callie Hutton

    September 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Good interview, and the excerpt sounds great. Best of luck with your book.

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you, Callie. I am glad you enjoyed the interview.

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      So glad you stopped in Callie 🙂

  16. Melissa Limoges

    September 11, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Very nice interview, ladies. Great excerpt!

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks Melissa. Christine is a most gracious host.

    • ChristineWarner

      September 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Melissa 🙂

  17. ChristineWarner

    September 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    THANK YOU so much for sitting in the hot seat Lillian and answering my questions. I had a great time and hope to have you back on What to Read Wednesday again 🙂 Best of luck with your book!!!!

  18. Ally Broadfield

    September 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Fabulous interview, ladies! Can’t wait to read Go with the Flow.

    • Lillian Grant

      September 11, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks Ally 🙂


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