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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

One Night In Minneapolis Book Tour + Giveaway


Marine Major Skylar Landis doesn’t resemble the demure Catholic high school girl Vince Andersen once knew. They’d dated briefly until she patched things up with his nemesis, Ethan Standfeld. After school, she joined the Marines and they’d lost touch. 

Their ten year class reunion in Minneapolis brings Skylar face-to-face with Vince, awakening her memories of the past. She asks him to plan a hot, no-strings-attached hook-up to sustain her sexual fantasies while her intelligence unit is deployed to the Middle East. As their adventure unfolds, and he gives her exactly what she needs, Skylar wonders whether she can forget the man who put her desires first and asked for nothing in return. 

Interview: 


Thanks for hosting me today! Nice blog! I'm looking forward to meeting everyone on my blog tour for One Night in Minneapolis.


What inspired you to write this story? The City Nights series through Tirgearr Publishing has been growing for the past few years. I'm already a Tirgearr author so I received the initial call for submissions. The basic premise of the series is that two characters come together for 24 hours, or less, in any city in the world. My adopted hometown of Minneapolis was an easy choice! It's a great mix of culture, interests and scenery.

What was your favorite part to write? The confrontations. There are some instances where Skylar, who's a Marine Major, is disrespected. Also, she and Vince, her hot date/former high school classmate, disagree on the way Skylar is feeling about everything that's happening. I think it's fun to write scenes where people say the wrong thing, put their foot in their mouth, or get called on their bad.

What was the hardest part to write? The numerous love scenes – which are very explicit. I think most authors who write erotic romance will tell you they are challenging! You have to be creative about these otherwise they can seem like a daily shower – lather, rinse, repeat. Specifically to this story the story length had to come in around 20,000 words – so it's a novella. Things must happen fast and hot. You also have to remember the reader is trying to engage with these characters. This is a romance, not porn or gratuitous sex. The characters need an emotional connection and the reader must see the character motivations as highly plausible. Making sure I built those things quickly and kept reinforcing those emotions throughout the story was sometimes tough.

How did you come up with your characters?  I start by creating a name. I look at baby naming websites and choose something that suits the setting and the name's meaning needs to reflect something about that character. Then I look at google images for pictures of the character that seems to suit the name and by this time, my idea of who they are. I then decide on some basic traits – their profession, their age, what makes them tick, what are they after in life emotionally, what's their Achilles heel. Then I make sure the story hits those emotional triggers and satisfies them.

Do you have anything coming up and can you tell us about it? I'm working on a collection of short stories that isn't a romance. I'm really not sure where the piece is going – maybe in a Shutterfly book on my shelf or something bigger. At this point, I've got about 50 pages written that I'm pretty happy with but I've got a long way to go. I've also thought that Vince and Skylar have started something special, and I might pick up some aspect of their story and write more with these two.

Contest: I'm giving away a $15 Amazon gift card to one lucky person who comments on this or any of the blogs in the tour. Tell me what you like or don’t like about love scenes!

Thanks for hosting me today! I'll be back later.


Excerpt:


Skylar walked toward him, the picture of confidence and seduction in a black and
white sheath dress that clung to her curves. Her coppery-red hair rested on her right
shoulder.

Vince couldn’t wait to run his fingers through the thick, luxurious tresses and
over every inch of Ms. Landis.

She stood in front of him, a demure smile on her lips. “Vince. Finally.”

He took her hands, drawing her into an embrace. “Welcome home.”

“I can’t believe the day is finally here. We’re here.” Her voice held a gentle North
Carolina drawl she’d picked up after years living at the U.S. Marine Corps base
there.

When he kissed her cheek, citrus and spice scents grabbed his attention. He
whispered into her ear, “You look even more gorgeous than I imagined, and you
smell good enough to eat.”

“One can only hope.”

He winked at her. Though it had been ten years since they’d seen each other,
the intimate exchanges they’d had and the plans they’d made for this weekend
removed the usual dating preliminaries. He brushed the tip of his nose against hers.

Passion smoldered in her green eyes. She didn’t move from his embrace.

He kissed her lips softly, hoping to invoke the same desire unfurling in the pit of
his stomach. He noted a slowness in her breathing. Anticipation?

She brought her hand to the back of his head, and slowly moved her fingers in
the short hairs there.

Vince held her a little tighter. He teased her lips with the tip of his tongue, silently
inviting her to taste him. The sounds of shoppers quieted as only her soft moan
reached his ears. He kissed her with strengthening desire, but didn’t rush this first
time. Pent-up emotions made his body react like any red-blooded man’s would,
especially since she responded with equal passion. If he didn’t end the kiss soon,
anyone would be able to see the physical effect she’d had on him. Vince cupped her
cheek and gave her one more gentle kiss before stepping back.

He cleared his throat. “You’re lucky we’re in public.”



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Margie Church writes erotic romance novels with a strong suspense element, in keeping with her moniker: Romance with SASS (Suspense Angst Seductive Sizzle). Never expect the same thing twice in one of her books. She tackles subjects and conflicts that aren't typical in romances. Life is complicated. People are, too. Marrying those concepts makes her work fascinating to read. Margie was 2011 GLBT Author of the Year, and her book, Hard as Teak, was named 2011 GLBT Book of the Year at Loves Romances Café. She is well-known for her BDSM erotic romances as well.
Margie lives in Minnesota, is married, and has two children. Some of her passions are music, poetry, walking on moonlit nights, fishing, and making people laugh.

Keep up with Margie:
Loose Id:  http://www.loose-id.com/authors/erotic-romance-authors-l-p.html?cat=843

Giveaway: 

Margie Church will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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13 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me! I'll be back later to chat!

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  2. Thank you for the chance to win. Good luck with the tour!

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    1. you're welcome, Kim. I hope you enjoy the book.

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  3. What is your favorite book? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. Since you didn't ask whether it was one I wrote or one I read, I'll say my favorite book I read is the Prey series. My favorite book I wrote is probably Hard as Teak! And you?

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  4. Great post - I'll definitely be reading this one. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you, Victoria! I look forward to your review.

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  5. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win

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  6. Congrats on the book tour. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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