Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday!
10 – 4 Tuesday is a quick way to get to know an author and their latest release. I will ask our guest to share 10 things about themselves and their book and then 4 questions for fun 🙂 So let’s get started.
Our guest today is also offering up an e-copy of her book to one lucky commenter…so don’t forget to leave your email addy in with your comment to qualify!
Today I’d like to welcome Kathleen Ann Gallagher! She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book A Summer’s Journey. 🙂 …I just have to comment about your beautiful cover Kathleen….it’s so pretty. Love the colors and the images. No on to our interview…
Thanks for joining us for 10 – 4 Tuesday:)
Hi Christine! I’m happy to be here🙂
First the 10:
To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.
Although writing is my passion, nursing is my vocation. I work in an emergency room, and it’s been challenging, and rewarding, to be such an integral part of so many others’s daily struggles. I have a wonderful husband who always offers his support, and never complains about my crazy schedule. One of our favorite romantic getaways is Cape May, New Jersey, an old historic beach town where we take a step into the past, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Although my children are all grown with busy lives of their own, Chaz, our Shepherd mix, still dutifully stands guard at the house. We are also blessed with three adorable grandsons.
Other interests of mine include cooking, reading, and the theater. However, spending time with my family is most important to me. Even though my life is filled with work, family, etc., my mind continues to ponder the next story or concept for a new novel.
What’s genre (s) do you write?
I write contemporary romance.
Savannah Mason fought for independence since she was a young girl, smothered by a controlling father who insisted she take over his medical practice one day. Now, at the age of thirty, alienated from her father, the career minded journalist spends long hours at her job, hoping to take the spot as anchor.
On her darkest day twelve years ago, Savannah agreed to give her child up for adoption. She never even had the chance to hold her. On her daughter’s birthday, a chance encounter gives Savannah an opportunity to explore a corner of her heart she thought was lost forever.
The last thing Savannah wants is a relationship, especially one with a doctor who happens to have two young children.
Rob Sinclair, a cardiothoracic surgeon and NY Times best-selling author, needs a promo spot on the television show The News Stop. When Savannah gets the interview over a senior reporter, a door opens to her future. However, first she must face the sorrow of her past and cast away the agony of guilt before she’s free to accept love.
Rob’s commitment to climb the ladder of success and provide a good life for his two small children keeps him on the road. He’s determined to push forward despite the heartache of a broken marriage. His deepest fear is being an absent parent. When he meets Savannah Mason, desire and passion awaken his broken spirit. Will he ever be able to trust another woman?
Savannah and Rob’s strong attraction to one another is undeniable as they follow the path to a place where honesty, love and forgiveness, can bring them both home.
When a man who seems totally wrong for Savannah slowly weaves his way into her heart, will he accept her when he learns about her past?
Savannah and Rob’s attraction to one another is undeniable. As they follow the path to a place where honesty and forgiveness can bring them both home, will it be enough to heal the scars of the past and allow them another chance at love?
Are there any other genres that you write?
I also write paranormal and erotic romance.
Do you prefer to write at a certain time of day, or are you one of those lucky authors who can write wherever and whenever?
Since I work at my day job part-time, I have more time to pursue my writing. I find the morning the best time to write. I get up early and can’t wait to get to my computer.
What’s the easiest part of writing for you?
I’d say choosing the names for my characters is the easiest part of writing. Once I have the back-story for my characters, their names come to me. So far, the names fit perfectly.
I love choosing names as well. What was your favorite and least favorite part about writing this book?
My favorite is visiting the world inside of a television studio. Getting to know the characters, I realized even though some may think the people in the public eye escape the struggles the rest of us face, but we all have inner turmoil at some time in our lives.
My least favorite is how difficult it is to cut scenes out of your story. When I realize the story flows better without the extra fluff, I cut the apron strings.
Why should we read your book?
If you read A Summer’s Journey, you’ll learn how a chance encounter leads to a season of change. Sometimes the darkest moments enable you to open your eyes to the true meaning of your life.
What do you hope readers walk away with when they finish your book?
I’d be happy if my readers closed the book with hope in their hearts, and a sense of how a single moment in time can change everything.
Can you tell us a little bit about your current WIP?
My next book is set for release June 19 with Decadent Tease. Sun, Sand & Séances is a paranormal novella. It’s a story about ex-lovers who are both struggling with loss. They run into one another at a psychic fair in historic Cape May. They never dreamed of a weekend filled with spirits, memories, and a chance to rekindle the passion they once shared.
Now the 4:
Everything you write suddenly starts coming true and you want to use your powers for good…what would your next book be about?
What a dream come true! I’d write books that embody the magic that happens with a chain of good deeds. My characters would have to win their heart’s desire by offering an act of kindness and pass on the idea to their family and friends.
You’re stuck in a day that will repeat over and over, like the movie GROUNDHOG DAY. Which day would you pick to relive?
I’d pick the day my husband and I got married.
All the restaurants in the world are closing down because every government has determined it’s healthier to eat “home” cooking….you have 1 day before they all close….how many restaurants would you visit and name the top 3!
My first stop would be at The Washington Inn in Cape May, New Jersey. I’ve never tasted a better crème brulee. Since I’m already in Cape May, my next stop would be The Lobster House. I’d sit outside at the dock and enjoy a broiled seafood platter. To finish, I’d stop by Kohr’s and get a vanilla cone with a chocolate dip on top. You can never have too many desserts!
If you could compete on any game show—past or present—which one would you choose and why?
I used to watch Let’s Make a Deal with my father. I loved the costumes the audience members wore. I’d find a cool costume and join in the fun.
Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4 Kathleen Ann Gallagher! I enjoyed your answers and your book and your upcoming release both sound wonderful. Please share an excerpt from A SUMMER’S JOURNEY 🙂
And here’s the buy link for A Summer’s Journey https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-asummer039sjourney-1185381-148.html#.UX6JYxtw3fE.facebook
Savannah stood and slowly moved toward him. Her chest tightened with each step. As she approached him and admired his broad shoulders, it dawned on her he could be a candidate for People’s sexiest man alive. Control yourself.
“I’m happy here.” Savannah admitted. “I love it when the morning light shines on the water and it mimics fine pieces of crystal.”
Rob slowly approached her. The look in his eyes told her he had more than the view on his mind. Savannah turned away, afraid of what might happen next. Before she could stop him, they were too close for comfort. An electric energy surged between them. With one swift movement, Rob reached for her and gently placed his lips on hers. He cradled her head in his hands as if she was a precious jewel. The warmth of his touch sent shivers down her spine and the world stood still. When Rob’s hands moved slowly across her back, her body went limp and it took her to a level of arousal she never expected. It all happened so quickly, she didn’t have time to react. She found herself spellbound by the feel of his rock hard body pressed up against her chest. All of the emotions she’d kept inside emerged when Rob held her tight. When they finally parted, Savannah stood frozen in shock with her heart pounding and her ears ringing.
Rob’s expression made him look as if he broke the law. He quickly took a step back. “I don’t know what to say. I’m so sorry for my rude behavior.”
“You weren’t rude. I didn’t stop you.”
“I don’t know what got into me. You’re an amazing woman and I find you terribly attractive.” He stared deep into her eyes.
“Thank you.” Savannah looked down, still shocked, but flattered.
“I’d like to take you on a real date. Would that be possible? Is it against your ethics to date someone you’re working with?”
“There’s no rule against dating a guest on the show. I make my own rules.” Savannah could not believe her own words.
“That’s what I like about you. You’re not afraid of taking a risk. I could tell from the moment I met you, you were a strong, independent woman.”
Unanswered questions twirled around in Savannah’s mind. What am I doing making a date with a doctor and one with a family, no less. I must be crazy. Her mind told her to run from a relationship with a client, however, her body told her something completely different.
One random winner, US/ Canada/ International. Make a comment and you’ll be entered in the drawing for an e-book copy of A Summer’s Journey. Don’t forget to leave your email address in your comment.
So excited you joined me for 10 – Tuesday! Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book online 🙂
Here’s where you can find me. I love to make new friends! 🙂
My website. http://www.kathleenanngallagher.net/