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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Q&A and Giveaway: Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

Three Little Words
Susan Mallery

Isabel Carlisle thinks she's cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another...man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she'll pursue her real dreams. At least, that's the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again....


Seeing Isabel all grown up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can't take his eyes-or his lips-off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool's Gold forever-if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same....


Today I have an awesome Q&A that was done with author Susan Mallery to share with you, along with a really great gift bag!!  I'm a bit jealous of ya'll!!  Good luck!


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Q&A #2 with Susan Mallery
for
THREE LITTLE WORDS

1.      In any way, are your female heroines an extension of yourself?

All of my heroines are women I’d want as friends – after all, I spend months with them in my head, so I have to like them – but they are not me. I write four or five books every year, and it would get pretty boring to write about the same woman over and over again. But I certainly do relate to each of them, and if I’ve done my job, readers will, as well.

2.      What’s next for the town of Fool’s Gold?

The Fool’s Gold Cookbook will be released the end of August, and I’ve written a short Fool’s Gold novella for the cookbook, which you won’t find anywhere else. So not only do you get 150 pretty amazing recipes, but you get a love story, as well.

Then, on September 24, CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET will be released. I adore writing Christmas romances, and this one was especially fun because the heroine, Noelle Perkins, has opened a Christmas store in downtown Fool’s Gold. The only problem is, they’re getting a lot of snow this year in the Sierra Nevadas, and her seasonal employees would rather ski than work. She’s stunned when Gabriel Boylan offers to lend a hand. Why would the sexy Army doctor want to spend his free time on leave working in her store? Gabriel is at a crossroads in his life. He has to decide whether to re-enlist, or to try to build a life beyond the Army. Working at The Christmas Attic – with beautiful Noelle – could just help him decide.

3.      On August 27, you’ll release your Fool’s Gold Cookbook with more than 150 recipes to complement your wildly popular Fool’s Gold series. Where do you get your interest in cooking?

I’ve never enjoyed spending hours in the kitchen. Like many women, I’m too busy for that! But I do enjoy eating delicious meals made with fresh ingredients, and I think preparing a meal for my family is one of the most loving things I can do to nurture them. In the Fool’s Gold Cookbook, you’ll find recipes that are pretty easy even for the reluctant cook, and that don’t take hours. They’re organized by season, then further broken down into everyday dishes and some for special occasions. The cookbook is really beautiful, with lots of full-color photos. I’m excited that it will be out in time for the holiday shopping season because I think it will make a wonderful Christmas gift.

If you pre-order it, be sure to hold onto your receipt because on August 12, I’ll launch a pre-order contest for the cookbook on my website, www.susanmallery.com. I’m giving away a KitchenAid mixer!

4.      For the Fool’s Gold romances, you have invented a detailed history of the town and deep backgrounds for the characters, even down to the town book store owner. How does this help you delve deeper into your writing?

I want to create the sense for readers that Fool’s Gold is a real place, so I provide them with lots of bonus content at www.foolsgoldca.com. There, we have a map of the town, a history, a list of local festivals, a who’s who character chart, and plenty of between-the-books updates on what’s happening in the characters’ lives. If you’re a Fool’s Gold fan, you should visit the website to see all the new stuff we have there. I promise, it will enrich your reading experience. For example…

Fool’s Gold has a very colorful (fictional) history, going back to pre-Columbian times. A group of Mayan women migrated north and established a matriarchal society along the shores of what is now Lake Ciara in Fool’s Gold. They were sick of all the virgin sacrifices, so they left. The Máa-zib tribe is the name we came up with, with the help of a Mayan-English dictionary. “Máa-zib” is a very rough translation/bastardization of “no boys,” after the words have been mangled by centuries and distance. The Máa-zib culture has a pretty fun impact on Fool’s Gold today. When the series started, there was a man shortage in Fool’s Gold. Was that because of an ancient Mayan curse? Who knows? Last year, a hero was ceremoniously “sacrificed” at the Máa-zib festival. And next year, six-year-old Future Warriors of the Máa-zib, Fool’s Gold’s twist on Scouts, will warm readers’ hearts.


5.      You’re known for writing novels that always have a happy ending, no matter the turmoil the characters face along the way. What is the reason behind this? Would you ever consider writing a book without a happy ending?

No. Never. I don’t like to read books with unhappy endings, and I would never consider writing one. When I write a book, I invest my heart in the characters. If I left them in a bad place, they would haunt me for the rest of my life.

Life’s too short to read unhappy books.




New York Times and USA Today bestselling author SUSAN MALLERY is known for emotionally complex stories told with charm and wit. With a keen eye for human nature, she breathes life into characters on the page and was recently honored with a prestigious National Readers’ Choice Award. Susan has lived all over the United States, including a childhood in the suburbs of Los Angeles, graduate school in the hills of Pennsylvania and several years in Texas. These days, she makes her home in Seattle, Washington. She’s there for the coffee, not the weather.

Find Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com She’s also very active on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads, and has been known to invite her fans to help her name characters and brainstorm aspects of her books.







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THREE LITTLE WORDS

By Susan Mallery

Harlequin HQN; August 2013
$7.99 U.S./$9.99 CAN.; 384 pages
                                                        ISBN-13: 978-0-373-77778-5


Bridal kit giveaway is US only.  Winner will be picked Sept 3, 2013.  Winner has 48 hours to respond to winning notification, or a new winner will be picked.  


18 comments:

  1. Informative interview

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  2. I'm with you, Susan...I think life is too short to read unhappy books. All of the news on TV and in newspapers and a lot in our neighborhoods is negative for the most part. Reading romances are my positive solace, my relaxation, my staycation...and I sleep better at night for having read something from a romance. You must keep on writing your wonderful stories, and I'll keep on buying and reading them. jdh2690@gmail.com

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  3. Life is too short to read unhappy books! I definitely agree with that philosophy. Thanks for the interview, especially the link to the Fool's Gold website. I love learning all the fun little details about hte setting and characters that don't make it into the books.

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  4. The cookbook was amazing! I read it this afternoon and loved it. Will be making recipes out of it tomorrow :) Looking forward to the Christmas story. I love those!

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  5. I only like books with HEA or at least HFN endings. Real life way to often gives us unhappy moments to add to them by not getting our HEAs in books :)

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  6. I also agree with Susan! I read for the HEA. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

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  7. I love a HEA, it just makes me feel all gooey inside :) Thanks for coming by!

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  8. I've read some that were not, and I just feel a bit lost after all is said and done. So yep, I'm definitely in line for the HEAs :) Good luck on the giveaway!

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  9. I need you to lend me your cooking creativity and awesomeness - I just don't have it! I am so jealous of you. Thanks for checking out the post!!

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  10. I agree too! Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my post. Good luck on the giveaway :)

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  11. Ugh, I swear, I can't even watch the news any more - it is beyond depressing. I'm with you, I'll stick to the romances :)

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  12. shared shared and shared :)

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  13. lol If only I was creative enough to come up with my own recipes. I usually pull from pinterest and give those a try. I make so many flub ups though it's ridiculous. lol

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  14. I mostly read books with happy endings. Every now and then, I don't just to remind myself why I really like the happy ending. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

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  15. I love happy endings too! I love Susan Mallery's books!
    donna harris

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  16. Stephanie FredrickAugust 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    I agree books just aren't the same without a HEA. Its the icing on an incredible story. Love your books and what a fun giveaway.

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  17. Thank you!! :)

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