My guest on Familiarise Friday is author Toni Lynn Cloutier who has been on an extended blog tour for her novel The Patriot Girl .
Toni Lynn is also an author of Word Puzzles and games - things I love doing when time permits - but so far have never met anyone who creates them. I just might have been doing some puzzles Toni Lynn has made and didn't know she was the person who put them together.
She's here today as a contemporary romance author, though, and has been game to answer some questions so that we can get to know her a little bit.
There's also a fantastic prize on offer in her GIVEAWAY so read on for those details.
Describe yourself using only 6 words. Honest, content, self-taught, happy, petite, funny
Where are you from? A small New England town. (Sounds lovely.)
Where are you currently living? Still in the same town in Rhode Island
What’s your main occupation just now? Stay at home mom.
What makes you happy? During a storm when the power goes out and my son, husband, and I sit and talk and laugh. We pause and watch the pouring rain or listen to the thunder as the lightning flashes and catches our attention. Then we continue to talk until the power returns and life begins as usual.
You've been granted a whole week where you can choose every single thing you want to do. What would that be? I pretty much do whatever I want now! Now if money was no object, then we can talk! (Mine would be a whole lot different!)
What’s your favourite reading material? Non-fiction reference books. I love to learn and teach myself new things.(I can empathise with that, Toni Lynn. I seem to be reading a lot more non- fiction research reading just now, and find little time is left for fiction which I used to devour.)
You’re going to begin a new hobby. What would it be? Actually, I just started counted cross-stitch again and remembered how much I enjoyed it. So it really has become a new hobby these days.( That's great. I used to do a lot of crossstitch when my kids were little and loved the relaxation I got from it- but that was well before I started writing.)
Who, or what, is the love of your life? My husband has and always will be the love of my life. We met when I was nineteen and have been together ever since. I knew the first time I set eyes on him that he was the one.
What is your biggest goal for 2013? To complete book two of The Patriot Girl. I know people are looking forward to reading Jesse’s story. I’ve written two novels and a short story since TPG so now I have to buckle down and finish this. (It's not always easy to get back into the groove if other projects fall in between. At least that's what has happened with me.)
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Great answers, Toni Lynn. Now we know you a little better, we'll find out a bit about The Patriot Girl.
MaKayla Adams has always been curious about the wild side of life. Making love with her late husband wasn’t exciting, and she never could understand the big deal…until hunky nightclub owner Dustin James hires her as a public relations consultant. His touch arouses feelings she’s never known, and his kiss tempts her to cross the line between business and pleasure.
Dustin doesn’t remember the car accident that put him in a coma three years ago, but since his recovery, he’s pushed his own needs aside to be a single father to his young daughter. When MaKayla offers to help publicize his country nightclub, however, she ignites deeper feelings he can’t ignore.
But there is more than mutual attraction between MaKayla and Dustin—there is a shared past connected to her husband’s death. Will the truth bring them together or tear them apart?
She tilted her head toward his touch. “We do have an unusual chemistry, but anything more between us would complicate things.”
“In what ways?”
“Alex wouldn’t understand. Not to mention Paul’s parents.”
“What about what MaKayla wants?”
A loaded question she didn’t know how to answer. She wanted what she couldn’t have—not to be alone, the noises in her backyard to go away, a husband to spoil, and another child to mother.
“It doesn’t matter what I want. What matters is doing the right thing.”
“Even if it means being unhappy? When was the last time you did something for MaKayla without worrying about consequences?” He rolled his tongue and smiled.
“There was liquor involved. Otherwise, I never would have growled at you.”
She shrugged. “Because it’s inappropriate.”
He cupped her cheeks between his palms. “I find you sexy as hell and I’m going to kiss you. The time to stop me would be right now.”
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Thank you for visiting Familiarise Friday, Toni Lynn. My very best wishes for great success during your tour for The Patriot Girl.