Tule Author Q&A: Nan Reinhardt covers girl gabs & grapes

Tule author Nan Reinhardt took a moment to discuss her new release, Meant to Be (the second installment in her Four Irish Brothers Winery series

How did Sean and Megan meet in grade school?
They met on the bus in fifth grade. He had his feet out in the aisle and she tripped over them as she got on the bus. From the book:

He could always depend on Megan to tell him the unvarnished truth—she’d been doing it since fifth grade when she told him his feet were too big for his body after she’d tripped over them on the school bus. Fortunately, he grew into his feet and into a friendship with Megan that had remained strong since that fateful day so many years ago.

 

Megan and her friend Samantha have “girl-talk breaks” occasionally. Does Megan have a lot of other female friends?
She does have good friends and they all show up when she gives a stag party for Samantha the night before Conor and Sam’s wedding. She is the mayor of the town she grew up in, so nearly everyone is her friend, but she’s grown especially close to Sam whom she was drawn to immediately when Sam fell in love with Conor.

 

If Sean wasn’t a lawyer, what would he be?
I think probably a winemaker—something he discovers about himself as he’s recuperating in River’s Edge. He loves learning about the winery and the vines and wine-making.

 

Which of his brothers is Sean closest to and why?
At this point, he closest to Conor because Conor reminds him so much of their father, and because Brendan and Aidan are far away and Conor is right there. Conor becomes his confident as he’s recuperating from the gunshot wound.

 

Was there a celebrity you pictured when you were writing Megan?
Funny you should ask that because I didn’t have a picture of Megan in my head when I wrote her in as a secondary character in A SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS. I did for Sean—unquestionably Michael Fassbender—his sexy, easy confidence is/was Sean all over the place. Then as I began writing their book, I saw a picture of Irish model, Louise O’Reilly on Instagram and there was Megan! She’s curvy and blond and just gorgeous. But I have to tell you the truth, the models on the cover of MEANT TO BE are truly Sean and Megan! The cover designer did an amazing job of finding people who fit exactly! I love it!

 

About the Author

Nan Reinhardt has been a copy editor and proofreader for over twenty-five years, and currently works mainly on fiction titles for a variety of clients, including Avon Books, St. Martin’s Press, Kensington Books, Tule Publishing, and Entangled Publishing, as well as for many indie authors.

Author Nan writes romantic fiction for women in their prime. Yeah, women still fall in love and have sex, even after they turn forty-five! Imagine! She is also a wife, a mom, a mother-in-law, and a grandmother. She’s been an antiques dealer, a bank teller, a stay-at-home mom, and a secretary.

She loves her career as a freelance editor, but writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. She can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t writing—she wrote her first romance novel at the age of ten, a love story between the most sophisticated person she knew at the time, her older sister (who was in high school and had a driver’s license!), and a member of Herman’s Hermits. If you remember who they are, you are Nan’s audience! She’s still writing romance, but now from the viewpoint of a wiser, slightly rumpled, post-menopausal woman who believes that love never ages, women only grow more interesting, and everybody needs a little sexy romance.


Tule Author Q&A: Joanne Walsh dishes on fashion & finer things in life

Tule author Joanne Walsh took a moment to talk about her new release, The Russian’s Pleasure Proposal, the second installment in her Greek Island Millionaires series.

Sergei is a music mogul. What kind of music did he strike gold with? Is that his favorite musical genre?
Sergei studied classic music and is a trained pianist, both of which stand him in good stead in his role as a composer. He was in his early twenties when he struck gold writing and producing electronic dance music, scoring a string of Europe-wide hits. When it comes to his own personal taste, he likes a good power-ballad, and he’s composing just that for Greece’s entry into the annual Euro Songfest. The song is to be performed by singer Despina Alexiou and, as readers will see, devious Despina is keen to get her claws into Sergei to further her career, even if that means kicking poor Hannah to the curb. The question is, will Sergei fall for Despina’s tricks?

 

What is Hannah’s personal style? Does it differ between business and pleasure?
Hannah is going through a 1950s-inspired phase, fashion-wise. This style suits her petite, curvy figure. She has different sectors in her wardrobe for business, pleasure and partying. So, at various times in the story, we see her looking quite smart and prim and Doris Day when she’s working for Ionian Villas, Pink-Ladies-out-of-Grease when she’s doing casual, and a bit of a Lana Turner-style blonde bombshell when she attends Frankie and Nik’s wedding and then, later, when she tries to turn Sergei’s head.

 

Sergei’s got a good sense of humor. Can he laugh at himself?
Sergei’s humor is witty and dry. It makes him very attractive to women and has helped him out of many a sticky moment. He doesn’t take himself too seriously either.  His childhood in Moscow was tough and he experienced at first-hand how cruel people can be. Grateful that he got a second chance at a better future, he prefers to smile his way through life than frown.

 

There are a lot of wealthy men in the Greek islands. How does Sergei impress his ladies… or is he known by his reputation?
Sergei does have something of reputation for being a player—the tabloids have dubbed him the Russian Rake. He’s got an abundance of good looks, charisma, success and wealth, which have women falling at his feet. Those things plus his infamous cocktails—his speciality being an Arctic Kiss, which is a double shot of chilled vodka topped up with champagne.

But when the story opens, we find him seriously questioning his relationships with women, grasping he needs to change and be more sincere if he’s ever to find lasting love. However, a leopard doesn’t change his spots overnight, and when Sergei realizes Hannah could be the girl for him, he has to do some work on himself; dig deep and do whatever it takes to offer this lovely but vulnerable woman the patience, kindness and love she deserves.

 

Has Hannah traveled much in her life? If so, what is her favorite destination other than Greece?
Hannah hasn’t traveled at all before arriving in Greece. Her early life was difficult, being raised by a single mom who didn’t have much money and let herself become bitter about how Hannah’s father left them when she was pregnant. So, coming to Kathos is a huge turning point in Hannah’s life, her opportunity to get away from home and create an adult existence for herself, get a good job and a place to live, and maybe a nice boyfriend will follow. However, if she can make things work with Sergei, she’ll be on the cusp of an even bigger adventure, where the world will be at her feet and ready for her to explore.

About the author

 

Joanne Walsh became hooked on romance when her grandma gave her a copy of Gone with the Wind for her birthday. The teachers at her strict girls’ school didn’t approve of a ten-year-old reading such a ‘racy’ novel and confiscated it. But Joanne still became a voracious romance reader and, later, an editor for one of the world’s leading women’s fiction publishers, where she could do two of her favorite things: work with her beloved alpha-male heroes and spend time in the USA. These days, Joanne lives in the south of England and divides her time between freelance editing, writing and spending time with her very own real-life alpha…


Tule Author Q&A: Audrey Wick opens ‘Market’ with Texas BBQ Brothers

Tule author Audrey Wick took a moment to talk about On the Market, the first book in The Texas BBQ Brothers series, which takes place in Last Stand, Texas. 

 

What is the most OCD thing in city girl Valerie’s daily routine?

Valerie is methodical in her job and daily life, and she always needs a beverage in hand. Readers will find her sipping on something in several scenes of On the Market.

 

 

 

 

What is the one item on the Hut’s menu that is Hutch’s favorite?

Hutch, like most Last Stand locals, is a sucker for the brisket. I’ve even included a recipe for a make-at-home variety for readers who buy the book! It’s one of several original recipes featured at the end of the novel.

 

 

 

 

What would be Valerie and Hutch’s song?
Hutch might suggest BARBEQUE by Robert Earl Keen. Valerie would probably just laugh at that choice, but she’d go along with it. The couple have a playful relationship.

 

 

How is Hutch different from his brother Cole? 
Hutch, as the older brother, takes a more traditional approach to running The Hut. Cole, the younger brother and pitmaster, wants to modernize. He gets restless at the grill, so he experiments with renovation ideas and even tries grilling vegetables, which Hutch abhors. Still, the brothers do get a little statewide media attention that strokes both their egos, but readers will have to learn more by reading both brothers’ books, On the Market and Off the Market (which releases Aug. 13).

 

What are you currently reading?
Elmer Kelton’s The Time it Never Rained is a novel I should have read years ago, but I’m only now getting to it. Kelton is an underappreciated western writer who nails Texas setting and characterization.

 

 

 

About the Author
Audrey Wick is a full-time English professor at Blinn College in Texas. Her writing has appeared in college textbooks published by Cengage Learning and W. W. Norton as well as in The Houston ChronicleThe Chicago TribuneThe Orlando Sentinel, and various literary journals. Audrey believes the secret to happiness includes lifelong learning and good stories. But travel and coffee help. She has journeyed to over twenty countries—and sipped coffee at every one.


Tule Author Q&A: Kelsey McKnight takes us inside ‘Ruins’

Tule Author Kelsey McKnight took some time to discuss the ruminations behind What Happens in the Ruins (Book #2 of her What Happens series).

It really depends on what I’m working on, but I know when I’m writing Scottish romance, looking through images of the fantastic places my characters could go really helps jog my creativity and set the scene. I also like to talk through ideas with my real life best friend and writing buddy Sarah Fischer or even my editor Sinclair Sawhney. Sometimes just vocalizing what you’re stuck on makes all the difference.

What is Sorcha’s most prized piece of vintage clothing?

Well, telling her top vintage find would definitely spoil some things for people who haven’t read the book. Her second favorite item is a green velvet number. Here’s how she describes it in the book:

“The emerald-green velvet was immaculate, a sweetheart neckline showing enough décolletage to be provocative, but not vulgar enough for my mum to tell me to put on a scarf and head for the nearest church for confession. There were long, tight sleeves and the fabric of the bodice bunched to one side, highlighting my waistline. The hem poofed out a bit to my knees and I twirled to give the skirt some movement and a voice in the back of my mind whispered that Danny would love it.”

What was Danny’s first tattoo and why?
His first was a “sgian dubh,” a traditional Scottish dagger, that spans the length of his forearm. He gets a new tattoo for every place he travels and for important times in his life. It just makes sense his first would be for his home country!

Does Sorcha have a sweet tooth? What is her favorite splurge?
Does champagne count? She always has a bottle ready to pop for any reason. For real desserts, she adores chocolate, especially if strawberries are involved.

If Sorcha and Danny had a playlist — what would be on it and why?
Sorcha would pick Danny Boy for obvious reasons, but it’s not a song they would typically listen to!

-The Only Exception by Paramore – This song is all about having your heart broken and still opening your heart up to love. Also, Danny and Sorcha are major fans.

-Misguided Ghosts by Paramore – This song is about trying to find yourself when everything is lost and it doesn’t seem like there’s any way out of the darkness. Since the tragedy that changes her life, Sorcha’s been running from the past.

-Under the Water by Dirty Heads – This song embodies Sorcha’s feelings about how Danny is always there for her. No matter how bad things are, he’s always there to keep her from losing herself completely.

-You’ll Never Walk Alone by Dropkick Murphys – Danny is Irish on his mother’s side, and grew up with a foot in each country. This song is telling the listener that even when it seems too hard, you just have to keep going and have the belief things will get better. It seems like a song Danny would pick just for Sorcha.

 

About the Author

From Scottish lairds to billionaire businessmen, Kelsey McKnight will ignite your soul, no matter what century it lives in.

Kelsey is a university-educated historian from southern New Jersey. She has married her great loves of romance, history, and literature to create her own tales of dashing heroes, sultry bad boys, and lovable heroines who have their own stories to tell. They will take you through the ballrooms of Victorian London, to the hills of the Scottish Highlands, and into New York City penthouses, all at the flip of a page.

When she’s not writing, Kelsey can be found reading, drinking too much coffee, spending time with her family, and working for two separate nonprofit organizations.


Tule Author Q&A: Michelle Pace unlocks the mystery of ‘True Gold’

New Tule author Michelle Pace took the time to talk about her new release, True Gold.

 

Why did you choose to set True Gold in Alaska?

My husband was watching several reality shows set in Alaska while we were wrapping up our last series, Carved Hearts. I’ve always been obsessed with Alaska (I even considered attending college there when I was in high school).  I love researching, which makes me a mega author nerd. I have a long time reader who lives in Alaska and was willing to beta read for me, so it was time to set something there.

 

What is Connor and Lilah’s song? Has it changed over the years?

Come on Get Higher by Matt Nathanson was released about the right time, and that song suits them.  The more things change with Connor and Delilah, the more they stay the same. The same applies to their song, it’s just more poignant now than it was when they were young and blissfully in love.

 

Check out Michelle’s True Gold playlist on Spotify.

 

 


Michelle names Jason Momoa and Angelica Celaya as her muses for Connor and Lilah.

 

Writing mothers often takes a pinch of sentimentality: How did you come up with the character LuAnn?
I love strong women, and come from a long line of them. I hope my daughters will say the same someday. I don’t do ingénues, so Lu was bound to be a tough as nails character from inception. My mother and Lu don’t have much in common on paper, (my Mom is an academic and an introvert – Lu…not so much). However, like LuAnn, my Mom set a powerful example for my sisters and I. She supported four kids with virtually no help at all, and frankly, she didn’t need any.

 

There are three main characters who can pilot floatplanes. How did you research the logistics?

I watched a lot of documentaries and read as much as I could actually process and understand. The rest I just tried to keep simple and vague, so I didn’t put my foot in my mouth.

 

 

 

There’s a whodunnit element in True Gold. Did you start writing it beginning to end or end to beginning?

I’ve always been a sucker for a cold case, and was inspired by the D.B. Cooper caper.I knew that I wanted to toy with unfolding some old mystery, but being a pantser and not a planner, I wrote beginning to end. I’m sure my notes looked like the idea board of a conspiracy theorist.

 

 

What are you currently reading?
I’m usually reading one book and listening to another book on audible. Right now, I’m listening to NOS4A2 by Joe Hill for the second time, and I’m reading a wonderful book by Charles Sheehan-Miles called Winter Flower.

 

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: L.M. Connolly’s ‘Hearts’ go on

Tule author L.M. Connolly takes the time to chat about Captive Hearts, the second installment in her Hearts on Fire series, that releases on Monday, July 1.

What is Ethan’s secret to being a great negotiator?
Patience and knowledge. He learns about his opposition, and then uses it for leverage. He also takes into account what the other side wants. If he can deliver that, he will.

Book One: Racing Hearts took us to Italy and now we’re in London with Ethan and Scarlett. Where will Hearts on Fire take us next?
We’re in Texas! Houston, to be precise. I love Texas and Houston is a vibrant, exciting city.

What are three things Scarlett always travels with?
Her phone, her hair tongs and her core make-up collection.


What is one thing Ethan wishes he could say to his family, but never does?

“Leave me alone.” His father is manipulating, and his late mother abandoned him when he was a baby. But his father continues to interfere with everything he does.

What are you currently reading?
“The Secret History of Georgian London: How the Wages of Sin Shaped the Capital” by Dan Cruickshank. It’s a fascinating read!

 

About the Author
I write. That’s what I do. And I love a happy ending, especially a well-deserved one.
I started writing in the historical romance genre, and I still love writing stories about those characters.

I write contemporary romance, too, about people you might know, or know of. Stories of passionate men and women who care for each other, set in places I’ve visited, like Houston, Florence, Rome and London.

But I branched out into paranormal romance and discovered a new world of Talents-shape-shifters (ever wonder where all those dragons went? They never left!), vampires, Sorcerers (a race of people with very special gifts) and others, as well as humans, who are not underestimated in my stories.

I’ve won awards and competitions, and topped the odd best-selling list, but that’s not why I write. I do it because I’ve always done it, though my career as a market analyst and then as a stay at home mum. I love to write.

I also make and fill doll’s houses, so I suppose I’m all about the worlds of the imagination, and trying to make them real. I live in the UK, but I try to get over to the US when I can, to visit friends and to attend conventions. If I could choose a city to live in, it would probably be Manchester or Paris. I know, strange choices! Or Florence. Or New York. Or all four!


Tule Author Q&A: Megan Ryder rides into Redemption Ranch

Tule author Megan Ryder looks some time to talk about her first in installment in her Redemption Ranch series, A Cowboy’s Salvation.

Your heroine Tara is an interior designer. Do you imagine that she was interested in design as a child or found it later in life?
Tara’s mom was a quilter and involved in art projects when she was growing up and Tara, by default, got involved in art as she grew up. She fell into interior design as a way to feed her creative side and, subconsciously as a way to connect with her mom, although I’m not sure she realized it. It also was a way to bring some color into her life and control her space when she felt out of control.

 

What was West’s favorite thing to do with his mentor, the late Mr. Rawlings?
He loved spending time with Douglas, riding or fishing. West was a very quiet man and so was Douglas and spending time together, not talking, was probably his favorite thing. They didn’t need to say anything but just spending time together was the best they could do.

 

Who is more stubborn: West or Tara?
That’s a toss-up. They both are pretty stubborn for what they believe in but they learn to adjust for each other because they love each other. But at the beginning, that was the biggest conflict – because they’re both pretty darn stubborn. West always considered himself as stubborn as the Granite that the town was made of and he thought Tara was as changing as the wind but he found Tara to be a relentless as the winter wind. So, I think they’re a perfect match.

 

Is there anything in particular that inspired you to have Tara based out of San Francisco?
I love the architecture of the Queen Anne homes in San Francisco and thought Tara would be draw to a place there, especially living there and designing there. I think the homey quality and the historic quality would appeal to her, even though her ex-husband was so not like that.

 

 

What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading the KGI Series by Maya Banks. I love connected series about brothers/families, whether they’re blood related or connected in other ways.

 

About the Author
Ever since Megan Ryder discovered Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught while sneaking around the “forbidden” romance section of the library one day after school, she has been voraciously devouring romance novels of all types. Now a romance author in her own right, Megan pens sexy contemporary novels all about family and hot lovin’ with the boy next door. She lives in Connecticut, spending her days as a technical writer and her spare time divided between her addiction to knitting and reading.


Tule Author Q&A: Joanne Walsh’s new Greek hero heats up

Tule author Joanne Walsh took some time to give us inside information on her new release, The Greek’s Bedroom Bargain.

We have to ask, have you ever been to Greece?
I’ve visited Greece many times.  I’m fond of all the southern European countries around the Mediterranean and Aegean, but it’s the Greek Islands that hold a special place in my heart.

Each island has its own unique character, and I love island-hopping by ferry to discover pretty whitewashed towns and villages tumbling down hills and mountainsides to the azure sea, and meeting the locals who are always hospitable and ready to share their culture, traditions and history—and serve their yummy cuisine. The best times have been when I’ve sat with friends and a gin and tonic on an idyllic, peaceful beach, watching a magnificently fiery sunset, or occasionally, when I’ve danced until dawn and then been treated to the equally unmissable sight of the sunrise on a pearl-gray-misted horizon.

I treasure the vacations I’ve spent in Greece, and it’s a joy and a privilege to share my memories with readers, weaving the sights, sounds and experiences garnered on those trips into the Greek Island Millionaires trilogy.

What about Kathos made your heroine Frankie pick it for the spot to heal her heart?
Frankie’s looking to find peace and answers. Her marriage has broken down in a hurtful way and all but taken the life she had in England with it. Her mom has an old schoolfriend, Alison Angelis, who settled on Kathos thirty years ago, marrying a Greek man and setting up a rescue shelter for the numerous feral animals that populate the island. It seems like the perfect time for Frankie to take the summer off, go stay with Alison, help out in the shelter, lick her wounds and think about next steps. She’s not looking for another relationship, but soon Nik Kontarinis, millionaire entrepreneur and a volunteer captain at the local firehouse, strides into her life. Although Nik makes it clear he’d like a fling with Frankie, she’s determined not to get involved…until it dawns on her that if she wants to make real the idea she has about staying on Kathos and starting over, she’s going to need him and…well, you can find out how that works out in The Greek’s Bedroom Bargain!

What inspired your hero Nik to become a volunteer firefighter?
Nik’s the kind of guy you want to have around in a crisis. He’s a natural leader, good at taking charge and keeping his cool, and he has strong desire to give back to the community that has nurtured him since he was orphaned as a baby after an earthquake struck Kathos in which his parents were killed.  He’s fit and works out loads (Frankie is left dry-mouthed by his muscular physique!), so firefighting is another physical challenge he relishes.

But there’s another reason behind Nik’s drive to be a first responder. He carries a good deal of guilt about Marco, his adoptive younger brother, who disappeared when he was a toddler while the teenaged Nik was supposed to be minding him. Nik and his other two brothers, Sergei and Dimitri, have never stopped searching and holding out hope that, someday, Marco will be found alive and well. Fighting fires and saving people and places helps Nik to manage how he feels about Marco’s absence.

Greece is known for great food. Does Nik have a dish he’s mastered?

When Nik first meets Frankie, he’s used to having food cooked for him—he owns two bar-restaurants and a nightclub and he knows all the best tavernas on Kathos. But once he gets to settle down, he becomes a dab hand in the kitchen, as readers will see in The Millionaire’s Marriage Proposal, book three of the trilogy, when he throws a party to celebrate his brother Sergei’s song-writing success, treating his guests to his signature dish: Lamb Kleftiko, in which a leg of lamb is sealed and roasted for five-and-a-half hours with lemon, garlic and herbs, and potatoes to soak up the delicious juices. This he serves with a Greek salad of tomatoes, cucumber, onion, greens, and black Kalamata olives tossed in a mint yoghurt dressing.  Teleios(perfect)!

What are you currently reading?
An Orphan’s Wish by Molly Green, which is set in England during the Second World War. Molly is a member of the writers’ group I also belong to. I love historical romance fiction, and Molly is a wonderful storyteller—she has a real gift for penning vivid characters and heart-warming plotlines full of twists and turns that bring the wartime period beautifully but honestly to life.

 

About the Author
Joanne Walsh became hooked on romance when her grandma gave her a copy of Gone with the Wind for her birthday. The teachers at her strict girls’ school didn’t approve of a ten-year-old reading such a ‘racy’ novel and confiscated it. But Joanne still became a voracious romance reader and, later, an editor for one of the world’s leading women’s fiction publishers, where she could do two of her favorite things: work with her beloved alpha-male heroes and spend time in the USA. These days, Joanne lives in the south of England and divides her time between freelance editing, writing and spending time with her very own real-life alpha…