Tule Publishing April 2020 Releases

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Tule Author Q&A: Laurie LeClair discusses small towns and spaghetti

Laurie LeClair stopped by to talk all about the second book in her Cupid’s Corner series, Picture Perfect Bride!

 

 

What was it like visiting the town of Cupid’s Corner again? Do you find it harder to write the first book in a series or the subsequent novels?

I loved going back to Cupid’s Corner! It’s my ideal small, hometown in New England. I was lucky enough to get to revisit favorite people and places. To me, it’s harder to write the first book in a series because I am building a brand new world – trying to describe what I see in my mind’s eye and convey that feel and tone. In the subsequent novels, I can build on that foundation and expand to other parts of that hometown feel. Readers tell me all the time how they love to go back and visit the town and characters. It’s heartwarming to hear that I’m creating something endearing for others to enjoy.

 

What was your favorite scene to write and why?

I have two favorite, pivotal scenes in Picture Perfect Bride, a second chance romance. 

The first is when the hero, Adam, won’t take no for an answer from Molly. He waits for her in the back of his pickup truck outside her photography business. Hours go by and night has fallen before she realizes it’s cold and drizzling out and his truck is still parked there. She finds him shivering under a tarp while waiting for her. It shows Molly how far Adam is willing to go for her to make up for their past. 

The second scene is when Molly, at Adam’s suggestion, helps tear down walls in the wedding venue remodel. By Molly doing something out of her comfort zone, she confronts her limiting beliefs about herself and discovers physical and emotional strengths she never knew she had.

 

If Adam cooked Molly a meal, what would it be?Salted Pasta

Adam would cook Molly spaghetti and meatballs. In the story, Molly orders that dish and Adam brings up a past joke about her cutting up her spaghetti. It’s an inside joke with my husband, who tells me to get the blender out because I cut up my spaghetti in small, bite-sized pieces! (It’s my little wink and nod in the story to my husband, Jim.)

 

 

What song would be in the soundtrack to Molly and Adam’s love story?

“Rewrite The Stars” sung by Zendaya and Zac Efron from the movie The Greatest Showman. Adam and Molly were high school sweethearts. Adam allowed what others thought of him to derail his relationship with Molly. Now, years later after being apart, Adam and Molly wonder if they could rewrite the stars.

 

What are you currently reading?

I have my Kindle loaded with lots of goodies right now! There’s so many great Tule titles! I always have a non-fiction book going. However, while writing, I don’t read fiction. I’ve been working on six books in various stages, so I’m overdue for a great read. Next up, I want to dive into The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. 

 

About the Author

Bestselling author Laurie LeClair writes romantic comedy, contemporary romance, and contemporary women’s fiction. Laurie’s habit of daydreaming has gotten her into a few scrapes and launched her to take up her dream of writing. Finally, she can put all those stories in her head to rest as she brings them to life on the page.

Laurie considers herself a New Texan (New England born and raised and now living in Texas). She lives in Central Texas with her husband, Jim, who thankfully indulges her love of chocolate and storytelling.


Tule Author Q&A: Debra Salonen talks house renovations!

Debra Salonen stopped by to talk all about the first book in her Property Sisters of Montana series, Montana Blueprint for Love!

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Where did you get the inspiration for this novel?

My husband and I had an opportunity to partner with our son and daughter to buy an elderly neighbor’s house when he moved to Maine to be with family. The house had slipped into disrepair after his wife died. We thought we could bring the home back to life and welcome a new family to our neighborhood—and make a little money in the process. What I enjoyed most about the job was the sense of accomplishment I felt at the end of the day seeing the visual results of my hard work. That’s not how it happens when you write novels for a living.

Here’s a picture of me in my work gear. I’m giving away a tool belt like the one I’m wearing in the photo along with a bunch of goodies to one of my newsletter followers next month (Sign up here!).

 

Have you ever worked to restore a house?

Yes. Too many to count, really, because my husband is a contractor. When we first married, we bought a house from my parents. They’d brought me home from the hospital to that house before they built their “big” house across the street (where I grew up). The old house had become a rental for many years. When we bought it, one room had been painted black (even the windows). I forgot to use that in BLUEPRINT. Darn it.  But I did use a lot of things that we encountered in the flip house mentioned above.

 

If you could spend the day with “Diamond” Jim or Ruby who would you choose and what would you do?

Beaded Assorted-color Necklace Lot on ShelfInteresting question. What I’d really love is to sit in on a jewelry making session with Ruby and Bailey Zabrinski. I used to love to do crafts. My mom and mother-in-law were always doing needlework, knitting, quilting, or sewing projects. When I started writing, all my creative energy seemed to go into my books. Ruby channeled her creative energy to jewelry making to keep her sanity while working in a soul-crushing job. Bailey (my first Tule heroine in Montana Cowboy) is very supportive of local artisans and she sells Ruby’s pieces in her store. What I wouldn’t give to spend a day with these two creative women! Maybe they’d inspire me to start working with my hands again.

 

This is the first book in your new Property Sisters of Montana series. Do you find it more challenging to write the first book in a series or to write the subsequent novels?

I’ve written a number of connected series, including one with three sisters, and I learned early on that your storyline lives or dies by what you lay down in Book I, so I put a lot of thought into the family’s backstory and individual characters’ life experiences that bring them to the jumping off point of the book. But I LOVE writing about families. The psychology of birth order, the shared experiences that affect each child differently and shape their memories, and each child’s relationship with his or her parents intrigues me beyond words.

I recently lost a nephew who was my sister’s third child of five (the youngest died at birth). For reasons we’ll never know or understand completely, he went rogue—and not in a good way. His parents and siblings struggled over the years to help, to understand and, ultimately, to accept that he was on his own path. He would have turned 58 in August. I much, much prefer happy endings, which is probably why I write romance.

 

Pile of BooksWhat are you currently reading?

I typically lean toward women’s fiction, cozies or suspense when I’m writing. I just pre-ordered Book 4 in the Sydney Rose Parnell series by Barbara Nickless. I recently enjoyed a female Sherlockian first in series called Poison in Paddington by Samantha Silver and bought #2. I’m eagerly awaiting C.J. Carmichael’s new Bitter Root Mystery. Also I adored Barbara O’Neal’s touching story of two sisters called When We Believed in Mermaids. And I stayed up much too late last night to finish Suddenly Psychic by Elizabeth Hunter. It’s a very fun story with three best-friend heroines who are in their mid-forties.

 

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About the Author

Former award-winning newspaper journalist Debra Salonen is a nationally bestselling author with 26 published novels for Harlequin’s Superromance and American lines and one single title release for Harlequin Signature. Several of her titles were nominated for “Best Superromance,” including UNTIL HE MET RACHEL, which took home that honor in 2010. Debra was named Romantic Times Reviewer’s Career Achievement “Series Storyteller of the Year” in 2006. Debra lives in the foothills near Yosemite National Park in California with her husband and two dogs. Luckily, her two children and three grandchildren live close by to keep Debra connected to the real world.


Tule Author Q&A: Nicole Flockton discusses fake marriage and adorable kittens

Nicole Flockton stopped by to talk all about the second book in the multi-author Sweet Texas Secrets series, Sweet Texas Fire!

 

 

Where did you get the inspiration for this novel?

Being part of a continuity with Robyn and Monica was a lot of fun and we brainstormed ideas about our characters. Who they were and what their backstories would be. I knew I wanted to do an Australian heroine and I loved getting the youngest brother, Gage. A lot of who Charlotte is and things she likes is based on me and my experiences. I’m an ex-pat Aussie living in Houston. My husband’s job is in Oil & Gas and he’s a Health and Safety Analyst, so I played a little on that for Charlotte’s career. Being in Texas I knew Gage was going to have to high school play football. I decided that I wasn’t going to use the ‘injury wrecking his football career’ storyline that is done a lot. And he wasn’t going to be a quarterback. If you want to find out what position he played and why his football career went nowhere, you’ll have to pick up the book! LOL ;)

 

Black And White CatTell us about the adorable kitten on the cover, Oil Slick!

Ohh I love Oil Slick. She popped up in Monica’s book as the little kitty that Macy ran over. We all decided that Gage needed to have the cat. It was fun to come up with a different name than what Monica had given the cat, to make the kitty uniquely Gage’s. By renaming it, it really gave Gage a sense of ownership of the bundle of fur. Oil Slick was a lot of fun to write, and as I’m a cat lover it was easy to include her in the book. I may have squealed out loud when I saw the cover with Oil Slick on it.

 

 

 

Gage and Charlotte have to accept a fake marriage in the book. Would you have ever considered doing this?

Ohh that’s an interesting question. I’m not sure that I would have, even though I love the Marriage of Convenience trope and was so happy I could write it in this book. I really do love the idea of two strangers getting married for one reason, but then actually finding out that they really are soul mates.

 

Midsection of Woman Making Heart Shape With HandsWhat was your favorite scene to write and why?

Hmm can I say all of them? No? I have to choose one? Well, I think it would be the wedding scene. I may have watched a reality TV show set around a Las Vegas Wedding chapel at some stage and decided I needed to write a Vegas wedding. The wedding really suited who Gage and Charlotte are as people. It became a lot more personal than either one of them thought it was going to be, too. I also have a secret desire to renew my wedding vows in Vegas.

 

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Defending Zara by Susan Stoker.

 

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.

On her first school report her teacher noted “Nicole likes to tell her own stories”. It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book. Now with over 20 books published she hasn’t looked back.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.


Tule Author Q&A: C.R. Grissom talks body image and burritos

New Tule author C.R. Grissom stopped by to talk all about her debut new adult romance, Mouthful!

 

 

Welcome to Tule! What is one thing you can tell our readers that no one else knows about you?

I switched to digital format reading because of an injury. I’d been revisiting the Outlander series for the umpteenth read. By the time I reached the end of book six, I’d sprained the pinky finger of my right hand because the weight of those hardback tomes became too much. I didn’t want to stop reading, so I bought the series in digital format. Problem solved! Now I can’t imagine leaving the house without my entire bookshelf in my back pocket. But it all started with a book nerd injury.

 

Tacos With LimeWhat was your favorite scene to write and why?

I had such fun writing Caleb and Faith’s first date at Iguana’s. She felt unsure, but she still walked through the door. She’s nervous, waiting for Caleb to return with their food and then Everest sits down. He’s chock-full of confidence, charm, and loaded with audacity. There’s an instant sense of friendship that springs from their first conversation. Once Everest leaves, Caleb and Faith start to recognize the chemistry arcing between them while sharing a five-pound burritozilla.

 

Mouthful touches on teen and young adult body image issues in such a real and poignant way. What inspired you to write about this topic?

Young women are inundated by fashion magazines promoting a certain body type. As a result, far too many of us aren’t happy in our skin. Myself included. A conversation with my niece about my harsh inner critic had a profound impact on me and sparked the idea for a book about a girl struggling with negative body image. Faith is a compilation of all women who face the daily battle against perceived imperfections and her character arc reflects her journey towards body acceptance.

 

What song would be in the soundtrack to Faith and Caleb’s love story?

That’s a tough choice. Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are” best fits their relationship. But John Legend’s “All of Me” has the line about a smart mouth that reminds me of Faith.

 

What are you currently reading?

A Small Town Christmas by Nan Reinhardt. I just read the scene inside the winery where Sam tastes Conor Flaherty’s chambourcin wine for the first time. Now I want a glass! It’s a great read and I’m falling hard for these characters.  

 

 

 

About the Author

C.R. Grissom lives in San Jose, California—smack dab in the middle of Silicon Valley. She works for a high-tech company by day, and at night writes contemporary sports romance featuring young adults as they transition to college. Winner of the 2018 RWA Golden Heart Award in young adult romance for her first manuscript: Mouthful.


Tule Author Q&A: Michelle Pace discusses celebs and Alaska

Michelle Pace dropped in to dish on the second book in her True Alaskans series, Midnight Son!

 

Where did you get the inspiration for this novel?

As I was editing True Gold, I knew I wanted to do an Andi and Boone follow up. I love ensemble casts, and I enjoyed the idea of playing with supporting characters, developing out their entire world we only got a slice of previously. I was thinking about the TV show Lost, and how we had an impression of the group dynamic, but how every character had episodes for a back story, enlightening the viewers on how each character ended up on that plane and therefore on that island. I really wanted to dig in to Boone’s origin story, but I will admit, when he first came to mind, I purposely kept things vague in True Gold, because I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted that to be. 

Andi was a surprisingly unsympathetic character to readers in True Gold. I had a soft spot for her anyway, but since she was so unpopular, and I always root for an underdog, I felt morally obligated to take care of her in Midnight Son, and sort her out for them in a very real, unflinching way. When we see the progression of her events, and how she ended up betraying her sister, so many things will make so much more sense and I have faith that this audience will see her differently. 

I love gray characters. No one is flawless and everyone is the hero in their own tale.

Additionally, I knew my “happy for now” ending with Connor and Delilah would demand resolution, and I was very excited to portray Con and Lie from an external viewpoint. I think we get to know characters so much better through another character’s observations.

 

If Midnight Son was turned into a movie, who would play your hero and heroine?

Tom Hardy would make a perfect Boone, he’s so expressive without words and effortlessly enthralling. Oliva Wilde would definitely be my Andi. She’s all eyes and attitude. She’d make a tough Alaskan woman.

 

Aurora Borealis

What kind of research did you have to do for this book?

As with True Gold, I did a lot of virtual location scouting. Luckily, I had a fantastic beta reader who lives in Anchorage (she also read the first book during its developmental stages), and she was incredibly helpful, calling me out on random moments that tasted off. I read up on childhood trauma and selective mutism, last year’s Alaskan earthquakes…as well as the Swan Lake fires on the Kenai Peninsula, which I needed to work into Midnight Son, since Connor’s place in True Gold was perilously close to where that went down last summer. There are several other topics that inspired me, but would spoil far too much to share here.

 

Did anything about your characters surprise you when you were writing?

I was surprised that Andi came off as angry to my betas sometimes, when she was simply a glib pragmatist, as far as I was concerned. I did my best to accommodate them, but she’s truly dry and deadpan in my mind’s eye. Boone didn’t surprise me much, as I’ve had a pretty solid idea about his inner voice since I ended book one. The details of his story — and how he ended up in True with the Campbells — evolved as I was writing Midnight Son, since I am a pantser (fly by the seat of my pants) by nature, not a planner. Writing a mostly mute hero was harder than expected, especially since dialogue is my forte, but being inside Boone’s head was a lot of fun.

 

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What are you currently reading?

I just finished Night Circus, a lush and amazing story by the talented Erin Morgenstern. I just started The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman, one of my go-to, favorite authors. It pulled me in from the first scene, and I’m always astounded by her ability to use of the third person omniscient so effectively and seamlessly.

 

 

About the Author

Raised in small town Iowa, Michelle Pace is an international best-selling, multi-genre author. After studying theater and vocal music and directing and performing in numerous productions, Michelle went on to earn degrees in both liberal arts and nursing. Determined to avoid shoveling snow, she relocated to the Lone Star State with her husband, author L.G. Pace III. Michelle is a mother of three, and she enjoys traveling, live music, and is an enthusiastic amateur beer connoisseur. Still most at home while entertaining an audience, her mission is to write gripping fiction, not fairy tales.



Tule Author Q&A: Shannon Stults talks writing and horses

Shannon Stults stopped by to talk all about the third book in her Willow Creek series, Risking It All!

 

Your story takes place at an equestrian center. Do you have a love for horses? What inspired you to choose this setting?

Just like Darby, I grew up on a farm with horses, and when I was a kid my family and I would go on trail rides all the time together. A few years ago while staying in a cabin in Tennessee, my sister and I went to an equestrian center and did a trail ride for the first time since we were little. It made me miss riding my own horses and the kind of strength and freedom that comes with it so much that I wanted to capture that in a book. Plus, there really is something sexy about a hero who can ride.

 

 

This is a gorgeous second chance romance. What drew you to this trope?

I actually didn’t used to like second chance romances very much because I always felt like you came into it with half the story already told. I wanted to write one where readers could see how the characters fell in love from the start instead of just being told that they were in love and watching them remember that love years later. That’s why I ended up using the flashbacks in each of the books in this series, so that readers could see and feel firsthand how it all started, not just the second take.

 

 

Where do you like to get most of your writing done?

I write all over the place. My living room sofa, my bed, even at work if I’ve got a spare minute. Doesn’t really matter where I am as long as it’s quiet and I’m in the zone. My dream is to one day have a space with a desk and a view that is dedicated solely to the writing like this one I found on Pinterest, but if I’m honest I’d probably still be writing wherever I felt like it.

 

 

 

If Caleb cooked Darby a romantic meal, what would it be?

Caleb is the kind to go all out to show someone he cares. So I think Caleb would try to impress her with something like a homemade, romantic candlelit dinner of parmesan and herb crusted beef tenderloin with a red wine sauce.

 

 

What are you currently reading?

I just got a bunch of cute romances for Christmas (Would Like To Meet by Rachel Winters, The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez, etc.), but I’m also trying to tackle some of the classics I already own and have yet to read. So I’m currently doing this thing where I have to read one classic before I can start another romance. I just finished Helen Hoang’s The Bride Test and am in the middle of Moby Dick right now. The back and forth between genres has been an interesting experience, to say the least.

 

About the Author

A small-town Georgia girl, Shannon finds no greater joy than stepping into the lives and worlds created by the written word. Despite a severe aversion to reading as a child, Shannon has since found a passion for literature that she’s nurtured with incessant reading and a Bachelor’s degree in English. It’s this passion that lets her bring her own imagination to life. Living in Athens, Ga with her sister and their four-legged furry friends, she is almost always in the middle of a book, working on her own stories, or traveling to seek inspiration in the world around her.


Tule Author Q&A: Tavi Wayne discusses psychology and astrology

Debut author Tavi Wayne took some time to discuss her new romantic release, Degrees in Love!

 

Education is very important to Laney. Was Psychology always her major (if yes, then how did she know it was her calling)?

Psychology was always her major.  She’d pretty much known she wanted to be a psychologist since she found out what different psychologists do. Given her difficult upbringing, she always had empathy for others who needed support.  So, she initially trained as a counseling psychologist. Ultimately, she left counseling practice to go into college teaching and research, thinking she could reach a wider population.

 

What gave Tie the idea for his first book? Person Writing on Paper Using Yellow and Black Pen

He never intended to become an author.  He was such a voracious reader and hard worker he never figured he’d have time to write.  But his conversations with people who had little to no experience in finances, economics, or even general business made him realize that people needed a lot of these things laid out, with a sense of humor, in layman’s terms.  How could he not step in and fill the gap?

 

How does Laney make the big decisions in her life?

Laney is very deliberate, so she takes her time.  Her head often battles with her heart or her intuition.  Despite her academic training and scientific mind, however, she ultimately leads with her heart.

 

Does Tie believe in astrology? What is his sign? Image result for pisces astrology

No, Tie doesn’t believe in astrology.  He barely has faith in forecasts by erudite economists!  He is a Pisces with some elements of Aquarius. My mother-in-law happens to be an astrologist and she informs me that, given Tie’s birth year, he’d be likely to be very friendly, emotional, and perhaps stubborn.  Pisces are also thought to be romantic, sensitive to criticism, and fearful of the past returning to haunt them. These characteristics do generally capture some of Tie’s personality.

 

What are you currently reading?

As a college professor, I’m bound to read a lot of non-fiction, academic material.  Right now I’m preparing for a class called Eating Behavior, so I’m reading a lot of books about the science of eating, food culture, and food politics.  Nothing sexy!

 

About the Author

Tavi Wayne is an educator and a lifelong learner. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son. She has been writing stories since she was six (under another name). She adores writing tales of romance. She also enjoys reading, good company, beaches, moon rises and sunsets, and good food.