Today I have Elyse Mady, author of Something So Right, on the blog for an interview. Enjoy!
What was the first romance book you remember reading and loving? Which one made you want to start writing romance?
I honestly don’t remember. My mom didn’t read them, although my grandmother did. I seem to remember them being very pink and very vapid and the love scenes could have been written in Greek, for all the real-world experience my 13 year old self had. Then I started reading Harlequin Presents. I loved the English settings and the fabulous wealth of it all. Penny Jordan was one of the authors I read and reread. I remember that much. My first novel was a Presents. It was rejected. I am happy to report that it now languishes on a floppy disk, hopefully never to see light of day.
Never say never! :)
Do you ever fall a little bit in love with your romantic leads? Does your husband ever get jealous of the heroes you write?
Of course I do. You have to love the characters or how can you bring them to life convincingly? I like decent men. The men in my life have, almost to a person, been honest, forthright men who admire and respect women and have a great sense of humour. And I’m not just talking romantically. My father, my brother, my male friends. I know a lot of really fantastic men. So it’s hardly surprising that those are the men I model my characters after and that I write about. Each of the men I write about has something I find attractive and usually the hard body and the killer smile are towards the bottom of that list, hard as that may be to believe.
As for the spousal jealousy thing, his only real concern is that I’m giving away his best, ahem, moves during the romance bits. I’ve assured him that all names (and moves) have been changed to protect the innocent.
If you could cast your leads for Something So Right in a Hollywood movie, who would they be?
Rachel McAdams for Lily Carver. Tahmoh Pennikett for Sam Denning.
And since they’re both Canadian, they’ll pronounce it a-bowt, and not as rumour continues to insist, a-boot :)
Awesome choices! I love Rachel McAdams and she is fabulous at any role.
When you have down time what type of books do you love reading? In the past year which books were your favorites?
I read a lot of historical fiction. You can see that on my Goodreads book list. I also read a lot of non-fiction, which is a bit of a busman’s holiday, since a lot of research is required for my historical books but I do love research, so it’s hardly a hardship. I also enjoy science fiction, contemporary romance, mysteries and screenplays.
Heck, I think it would be fairest to say that if it’s printed, I’ll probably try tackling it at some point. I’m in a long term relationship with the written word! :)
I hear ya, and even if it's digital printed it can't hide from me!
If you could spend a day with one author alive or dead who would it be and what is one question you are dying to ask?
Dead or alive? Stephen King for the ‘not’ dead (although given his usual subject matter, that might be up for some debate). He’s such an interesting writer and his books have become so much more than just ‘genre’ fiction over the past 40 years. A day of brain-pickage would be wonderful.
Then for the ‘dead’, I think I’d have to choose Raymond Chandler. His detective stories are timeless. His essay, “The Simple Art of Murder” is such an incisive analysis of a genre which, like romance, is often dismissed as fluffy. Of course, I’d probably have to aim for a day when he wasn’t fall down drunk but if I can overcome the whole dead for fifty years thing, that shouldn’t be too difficult, either!
I know that neither of these authors might, at first blush, seem like a natural choice for a romance author, but I believe that good writing is good writing no matter where it’s found.
Publisher: Carina Press
eBook: 161 Pages
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
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From Goodreads. After having her heart broken, Lily Carver ran north to manage an upscale resort—and back to her longtime friend Sam Denning. Though she's well aware of how hot Sam's become, she refuses to risk her heart again. No matter how incredible his kisses make her feel…
Sam's been in love—and lust—with Lily since the summer they met. When he finally shows her how much he wants her, Lily can't resist his seduction. But Sam's a forever kind of guy and she's only interested in short, painless relationships.
Lily thinks she can protect both their hearts with a short affair to let their passion run its course, something where they both know the rules and can explore the sparks between them without getting burned. But their best-laid plans are put to the test by their undeniable attraction—and by a secret Sam's been keeping from Lily that could ruin everything.
Review by Kate
SOMETHING SO RIGHT, by Elyse Mady, is a romance and passion-packed story of letting go of the past and finding a place to belong. Lily Carver grew up wealthy but her best friend in the world Sam Denning was from the poorer part of town. Through the years they stayed in touch but the romance that planted its seed all those years ago is in full bloom after Lily divorces her abusive husband and Sam makes his intentions know. Lily doesn't want the perfect relationship Sam would offer so she propositions him for a short affair that makes both of their heads spin and leaves their future hanging in the balance.
I really enjoyed this book. Mady created dynamic characters that made you root for them until the very end. I really felt for Lily who had been severely messed up by her former husband. And Sam wove his way into my heart even more because he was extremely patient with her at her worst. The chemistry between these two was OUT OF CONTROL hot and steamy. Mady truly has a talent for creating awesome love scenes that play out very passionately.
Overall, this was a fantastic short read. Once you open it and experience the wonderful chemistry between Sam and Lily I guarantee you won't be able to stop reading!
- Daily Giveaway: Leave a comment with your email address and your choice of book you would like to win. Winner will receive an ebook of either The Debutante’s Dilemma, Learning Curves or Something So Right. Open internationally! Click the covers below for more info on each book.
- Tour Giveaway: The second give-away is a grand prize pack of a a gorgeous hardcover photography book about Muskoka history, a beautiful set of Group of Seven mugs, a set of note cards and some Canadian maple syrup! Comments from each tour stop also act as an entry into this grand prize give-away. Open US/Canada. See full contest rules here.
Check out the rest of the tour for more awesome stops and a more chances to win!
Monday, October 17th - Kate, I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read
Tuesday, October 18th - Grace, Books Like Breathing
Wednesday, October 19th - Rowena, Book Binge
Thursday, October 20th - Sophia, Fiction Vixen
Friday, October 21st - Cindy, Oodles of Books
Monday, October 24th - Loretta, Between the Pages
Tuesday, October 25th - Evie, Bookish
Wednesday, October 26th - Jodie, Riverina Romantics
Thursday, October 27th - Julie, A Tale of Many Reviews
Friday, October 28th - Alyssa, Hesperia Loves Books
Monday, October 31st - Janie, Colloquium
Tuesday, November 1st - Mandy, The Journey and Musings of a Single Country Girl and Her Cat
Wednesday, November 2nd - Hikari, Imaginary Reads
Thursday, November 3rd - Shannon, Cocktails and Books
Friday, November 4th - Stella, Ex Libris
Tuesday, November 8th -Grand prize announcement on Elyse Mady’s blog!