The Shucker’s Booktique

Hi Y’all, please give a warm round of applause to returning author J.C. McKenzie (cue applause!!) J.C. is one of the many wonderful authors contributing to The Wild Rose Press series of books, Lobster Cove. J.C. is here to talk about her new release, THE SHUCKER’S BOOKTIQUE.
(Be sure to read to the end of this post, where there is a link to J.C.’s Rafflecopter draw.)

The Shucker's Booktique

The Shucker’s Booktique

After her fiancé dumps her and her beloved Aunt Jenny goes missing, Willa Eklund travels to Lobster Cove with a broken heart to search for Jenny while running her bookstore. When a mysterious man visits the Shucker’s Booktique on a stormy night drenched in rain and covered in mud, Willa’s heart melts under his stormy gaze. She wants Lon and the answers he may have, but he also has a secret. Can Willa trust him?

Lon Devlin is a Tempest, a water sprite who can only take a human form during stormy nights. He rides the waves, lives by the tides, and nothing can hold him down, not even a beautiful woman. When he visits his mortal friend, he discovers she’s missing and her intriguing niece has taken her place. He wants Willa, but he also wants answers. What happened to Jenny?

J.C. has her own blog, The Carus Chronicles, where she asks her guest to answer various questions about themselves. I turned the table on J.C. this week, and asked her to answer a few of her own questions. Here are her answers….

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what are your interests, how did you start writing?
I grew up on the Haida Gwaii, a remote set of islands below Alaska, off the west coast of Canada. I love to play volleyball, drink coffee and make things up. I’ve been writing since I was seven, but only started writing seriously for publication about 3 or 4 years ago after I won a flash fiction writing contest. (Yes, we’ve shared a few volleyball stories.)

Tell us about your latest release.
THE SHUCKER’S BOOKTIQUE is a paranormal short story romance. I really enjoyed writing this story. It’s straight up romance, and because it’s a short story, I didn’t have to put my characters in a lot of unending conflict.

I love your book cover – almost missed the abs the first time. Who created it and how did you or they come up with the concept?
Debbie Taylor, from DCA Graphics has done all my covers and I absolutely love her. She takes my warped, convoluted ideas and somehow creates something that manages to tick all the boxes of what I wanted, yet come out even better than anything I envisioned. (I would totally buy this book because of that cover.)

If you were a box of cereal, what kind would you be and why?
I would be Reeses Puffs because I’m sweet (sometimes) and a little nutty.

Do you believe in Big Foot?
Heck yeah, I do. Sometimes there’s things even my wonderful, super awesome world of science can’t explain. So there’s no scientific evidence, and a mammal of that size should leave something behind, but whatever. I don’t care. I choose to believe there’s some sort of explanation for it all. Same goes for the Ogopogo in the Okanogan Lake. (I’ll believe as long as I don’t have to cross paths with him. Or maybe it’s a she?)

You’re a new addition to a crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
I would be hot pink. Just because.

If I came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for me?
I make really good beef enchiladas. If you’re vegetarian, we might have a problem. :-/ (Meat and potatoes in this house, no problem!)

Where do you recommend people go on their next vacation?
New Zealand. My husband is a kiwi and I lived there for two years. I love it there. Great weather, people, flora and fauna.

What’s your spirit animal?
It’s the wolf! I won’t get into the long sordid story, but I’ve been told from multiple people of different cultures that the wolf is my spirit guide. I was a lot younger when I first heard the “news” and I was disappointed. I had my heart set on the mountain lion because I thought they were fierce. I still do, but wolves have their own power, and represent wisdom. (Hmmm, those just so happen to be two of the main character’s animals in J.C.’s first book SHIFT HAPPENS)

If you could only wave a magic wand once and fix one problem in the world, what would it be and why?
Child abuse. The idea that someone could hurt those most vulnerable, loving and innocent makes my blood boil. (Sad but true.)

What is one misconception people have about you?
That I know what I’m doing. I don’t. I have no clue.

Well, I think you do! I think THE SHUCKER’S BOOKTIQUE is a wonderful story, and here’s proof to the reader’s that you know what you’re doing:

Thump! Thump! Thump!

No! She gasped. It couldn’t be. The banging on the front door of the booktique had to be a figment of her imagination. She couldn’t will Lon into existence. Why would he come back? Especially if he was involved. Unless…cold ice prickled up her spine…unless he needed to eliminate her to take care of loose ends.

No. Crazy thoughts, Willa. He could’ve taken care of her the night before. No, her heart hammered against her chest for a different reason. But it didn’t matter. The knocking on the door wouldn’t, couldn’t be him.

Thump! Thump! Thump!

Could it? She clutched her hot mug in both hands and turned toward the doorway leading to the bookstore. From the kitchen in the back room, she had a clear view through the store to the front door, but not who stood on the other side.

“Willa!” Lon growled. “Wake up and let me in!”

Willa gasped and almost dropped her cup. The tea sloshed around and some spilled over her hands. It burned, but she didn’t move. She couldn’t breathe. Somehow the air got trapped inside her throat. Why was he here? What did he want?

Oh God, let it be me!

Love it!

And for those of you that also love it, THE SHUCKER’S BOOKTIQUE can be found at:
AMAZON
WILD ROSE PRESS

JC McKenzie

JC McKenzie

while J.C. can be found at the following places:
Website: http://www.jcmckenzie.ca
Blog: http://www.jcmckenzie.blogspot.ca
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/j.c.mckenzie.author
Twitter Page: http://www.twitter.com/JC_McKenzie
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/jcmckenzie
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JCMcKenzie

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Heavy Netting with Nicki Greenwood

Today I welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author Nicki Greenwood with her new release, HEAVY NETTING.

He’s all wrong for Lobster Cove … but he might be just right for her.

He’s all wrong for Lobster Cove … but he might be just right for her.

HEAVY NETTING is a short contemporary romance written for The Wild Rose Press’s new LOBSTER COVE series…an ongoing, cross-genre series of interconnecting books based in the small seaside town of Lobster Cove, Maine.

Before we get to the book Nicki, tell us a little about yourself.
I graduated SUNY Morrisville with a degree in Natural Resources. I write stories of romantic adventure, and combine that with a love of the environment that comes through in each of my books. I’ve been writing professionally since 2010, and currently have three books in print with more on the way, including HEAVY NETTING, which releases today…September 1st!
I live in upstate New York with my husband, son, and assorted pets. When not writing, I enjoy the arts, gardening, interior decorating, and trips to the local Renaissance Faire. (If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it!
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Congratulations on the new release. And I’ve never been, so I will keep that in mind!

Do you have a process for coming up with character names and book titles?
Actually, no, but what a great question! Characters generally “tell” me their names in an organic fashion. Book titles seem to pop up out of the blue when I’m in the middle of another project, so I write them down for future use. For some reason, I can’t write without a title. *grin*

I love this title! Admittedly, I was going to play around a bit with it when I wrote this blog (hee-hee-hee), but sensibility prevailed.

Would you mind sharing an excerpt from HEAVY NETTING?

All right, Jenna,” he said. “Tell you what. I’m gonna be there about four o’clock. If you want to meet me there and talk Lobster Cove, I’ll be all ears. If not, no pressure.”

She giggled. Giggled. Like a teenager going to her first concert with a cute boy. Mortified, and now convinced that her cheeks were as red as a stop sign, she backed away. “I’ll keep it in mind. See you later, Mister Cudahy.”

His grin sent a flutter through her midsection. “Bran.”

“Okay. Bran.” She waved goodbye, then hurried off down the street with her groceries and would-be-truant oranges.

As she walked, she sensed his gaze on her, and she beamed, flattered and flustered, and for once, feeling beautiful.

Love it! How was it writing for this new line of books?
It was a fun and fresh challenge to write this book, and I’m excited to be a part of a series with such great authors.

So a couple of quick questions if you don’t mind.
What would be your desert island book or movie?
Movie, Charlotte? Would one have electricity on a desert island? Gosh, that might be tempting to have a private island! But I digress…Give me a blank book and a pen! I think I’d go a little crazy without being allowed to write.
Good point about the electricity. But my island would have to have it, or where would I keep my cola?

How about favorite meal?
Veal francaise, hands down. Yummy!

And do you have a pet peeve?
I try to keep them to a minimum (good for you!) but it always gets my goat when I see someone being disrespectful to another human being. Also, I’m frustrated by people who are careless about the environment.

Well, now that you’ve told us a bit about your book and yourself, where can my readers buy HEAVY NETTING, or find out more info?

WILD ROSE BUY LINK (click here)
Nicki Greenwood

Email: nicki@nickigreenwood.com
Website: http://www.nickigreenwood.com
Blog: http://nickigreenwood.blogspot.com
Facebook: Nicki.Greenwood.Author
Twitter: nickigreenwood

Thank you for stopping by Nicki, and best of luck with HEAVY NETTING