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A to Z Challenge: Zenith Rising by Marilyn Campbell

As you probably already know by now, I put myself to the A to Z Challenge for blogging this past month.

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For these posts, I gave an I Love Romance Blog score, not an official review, for books currently on my shelf at home (I know readers must wonder what books inspires us as authors) or ones that were on my TBR list (what I wanted to read so bad I couldn’t stand it!). For each book, I gave the blurb, a few lines from the text, then why I liked the book or why I wanted to read it. And for fun, I gave a heart rating! ♥

This was my scoring system:

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I hope these A to Z Challenge suggestions helped you find a new favorite author, or further cemented your love for one, if that’s the case.

Let’s jump into our final book, shall we?

Zenith Rising by Marilyn Campbell

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Genre: Erotic Time Travel Romance

Blurb:

Maggie Harrison’s temp assignment sounds glamorous. As assistant to bestselling author Noah Nash, she’ll be staying in his penthouse suite at the legendary Davenport Hotel. However, Maggie is more interested in whether Noah will remember her from high school.Tales of ghosts and paranormal activity enticed Noah to set his next book in the Davenport, but his reason for hiring Maggie is entirely personal. He hopes the old spark can be fanned into a new flame. What happens between them is more like a raging wildfire.Their passionate reunion takes an even wilder turn when they’re suddenly transported to the Roaring Twenties, when the new hotel sparkled like champagne in a speakeasy…and several murders went unsolved. For Maggie and Noah to return home, they must prevent one of those deaths—but first they need to figure out which one.

A few choice lines from the book:

“So you’re saying fate had something to do with my being here today, with you.”

“It’s the only explanation that makes sense. I had an idea for a new book called Hotel Hellgate. One of those ‘you can check in but can’t check out’ stories.” He noted how she wrinkled her nose and laughed. “I take it you’re not a fan.”

“Sorry. It’s not you. It’s the genre.”

He shook his head. “Not a problem. I actually requested an assistant who wasn’t a huge fan. Anyway, after doing a lot of research about haunted hotels, I decided the Davenport had everything I was looking for but I had to wait five months to get a long-term reservation in this suite.”

“Yeah, I’ve heard they stay pretty booked up. Wait. Why this suite?”

“The founder, Robert Davenport, put a bullet through his brain here in 1930. At least that was the official ruling. The family always insisted foul play was involved. But this suite isn’t the only supposedly haunted place. There were a number of other unsolved deaths and disappearances in other parts of the hotel property. Plus there were thousands killed around here during the 1928 hurricane. And for a while during World War II this place was used as a hospital and not all the patients survived. In other words, if ghosts really do hang around, it seems probable this could be a good place to find them.”

“I’ve heard stories but I’m not sure I believe any of them.”

“I have no interest in proving or disproving those stories. I just figured it would make the perfect backdrop for mine. Anyway, when it got close to time for me to come here and get started, my assistant was too far along in her pregnancy to be away from her husband and home. I asked the hotel to send me five résumés to review. When I saw your name…” He remembered feeling his heart leap in his chest and excitement race through his bloodstream. “Well, I checked it out, confirmed you were the Maggie Harrison who helped me pass biology one year and told them to give you the job. If that’s not fate stepping in, I don’t know what else you could call it.”

“Synchronicity?”

He grinned. “Same difference. Point is, we were meant to get together again and I’m really looking forward to working with you. It’ll be like old times.” He was actually hoping it would be nothing like those days but that would have to be up to her.

“Okay, I’m sold. Only, can I ask one favor?”

His eyes widened. “Uh-oh. I seem to remember the last favor was a pretty big one.” That left me with a constant hard-on for an entire school year. “I’ve never been sure we came out even on that one.”

She gave him a little punch to his shoulder. “Smartass. This is a little request. Please don’t ever call me Sugarlips again.”

He grabbed her hand. “Only if you’ll stop punching me.”

“Deal,” she said with a giggle and gave him a quick peck on the mouth. Instantly she jerked away, looking more shocked than he felt. “I’m so sorry. I wasn’t…it just seemed…”

He leaned toward her, stopping an inch from her mouth and waited for her to retreat farther but she didn’t move. He could feel her breath exiting in tiny puffs from her parted lips. He lightly touched his lips to hers, giving her a chance to object but instead she sighed into his mouth. It was all the encouragement he needed. His mouth slanted over hers, urging her lips apart so he could taste the sweetness he remembered.

Her arms snaked around his neck and he pulled her into a full embrace, the way he had only once before but thought of countless times. His fingers traced the line of her neck and down her arm. She was all silk and heat, melting in his hands. She was no longer the pretty high school girl. She was one hundred percent woman now. But she was still Maggie.

He stroked her tongue with his and she sucked him deeper as she repositioned herself to be cradled in his arms. Her hands suddenly seemed to be all over him at once as though she didn’t know where she wanted to touch. He had wanted her as a horny teen. But that was nothing compared to the inferno of need she was raising in the man. His erection strained against his jeans and when her fingers brushed over it, he thought he would explode right then. He needed her to release the beast, hold it in her soft hands and take it into her body. But he also needed it to be her desire. His hand cupped her breast and found the puckered nipple. What more did he need?

Abruptly her hand covered his and held it still as her whole body stiffened. “Wait. This is crazy. Noah, please…”

It took a moment for his body to catch up with her words. It took several more seconds for him to take his hand off her breast and take a deep breath. “Do I need to apologize?” he asked quietly.

She closed her eyes and shook her head. “Absolutely not. That was my fault. I broke our rule.” As gracefully as she could, she eased away and returned to her own space on the couch without looking at him.

He gave her chin a gentle nudge with his crooked index finger. “Hey. C’mon, Sugarlips. Talk to me. Tell me it’s too fast. Or you’re committed elsewhere. Or even you never mix business and pleasure. But don’t try to convince me you weren’t caught up in that as much as I was. And by the way, the ‘no kissing’ rule was never a good one.”

She slowly raised her eyelids. “Okay. It’s way too fast. Mixing business with pleasure is a really bad idea. And the rule was a good one. It was necessary. And considering what just happened, it still is. I’m very happy to see you again but I’m here to do a job, not…”

He waited for her to finish saying what she was not here to do but she just left it hanging. Meanwhile he was hanging on the fact she did not say she was committed elsewhere. He had thought the memory of the pain she had caused him would be enough to stave off any lingering desire but apparently neither memories nor time could keep him from banging his head against the same old brick wall. “You’re right. It was all your fault.” He winked at her and got a raised fist warning in return. “You were also right about having a job to do. I was thinking we could go over what I expect from you and some of my work habits first.”

Her demeanor changed from friend to professional in an instant. “Perfect. I’ll just get my notebook.”

As she headed for her room he said, “Let’s talk over dinner. Would you prefer the restaurant or room service?”

She glanced back over her shoulder and arched one brow at him. “I think leaving this room for a few hours would be the wiser option. Then we can come back here and pretend the last fifteen minutes never happened.”

“Swell,” he mumbled to himself. “We’re back to pretending.”

My Score:

Ooh…love the tension here! 🙂

I adore any time travel romance story, and I couldn’t resist adding this one to my Wishlist when I saw it! Also, knowing it’s from Ellora’s Cave, I expected it to be sexy and I was right!

It sounds fascinating, with a touch of paranormal and mystery. And who doesn’t like the Roaring Twenties? I can’t wait to find out what kind of trouble Maggie and Noah get into! And I just love a second chance romance. 😉

I give this one five hearts, for what looks like a fun ride!

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By the way, this is book one of the Crystal Island Series.

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Well…that wraps up the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. This was a lot of fun! 🙂

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Stay tuned to the I Love Romance Blog for future posts about romantic relationships and romance novels! Feel free to follow my alternate blogs, Marie Lavender’s Books! and Writing in the Modern Age, where you can always catch past, present and future posts about writing, guest authors, new releases and other cool info! Check out my author website here to learn more about me and my books. You can also subscribe to my monthly newsletter here, to keep apprised of everything.

Have a wonderful rest of your April and an even better May! 😀

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A Character Interview with Eryn O’Malley from THE GANGSTER’S WOMAN plus a conversation with author Ginger Ring!

Today, we’re doing something a little different. If you remember, we interviewed Isobelle Cate’s character on November 10th and it was so fun that I thought we may as well make an occasional habit of it. I had the pleasure of meeting Ginger Ring, the author of The Gangster’s Woman, on my author journey and I asked her if she’d let me borrow one of her main characters, Eryn O’Malley, from the book. We’ll get a chance to talk to Ginger in a bit, but now we have on the stage…Eryn!

 

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Marie Lavender:  Hello, Eryn.  Please have a seat.

Character Eryn O’Malley:  Hello.  Thank you for having me.

Marie:  Of course. We’re going to start out with some simple questions, all right?

Eryn: All right.

Marie:  What is your occupation?  Are you any good at it?  Do you like it?

Eryn: I’m a waitress. Am I any good at it? I guess so. Do I like it? It’s a job. With the depression on, we are lucky to have any work. It’s not easy but it’s a job.

Marie:  Forgive me. I didn’t mean to sound uncaring. I completely understand. 

So, tell us…what is your family like?

Eryn:  I have a beautiful daughter named Vivian and a brother named John.

Marie:  All right.

What did your childhood home look like?

Eryn:  I’m from Ireland and grew up in a loving family. When our parents died, my brother and I came to America.

Marie:  I’m so sorry to hear about your parents…:(

(Pauses.)

Let’s try a different question.

Do you have any hobbies?  What do you enjoy doing?

Eryn:  I garden and go to movies when I can. What do I enjoy doing? I love to dance and I work hard to pay for dance lessons for Vivian.

Marie:  You’re a good mom. 🙂

So…what is your greatest dream, Eryn?

Eryn:  To have a stable home and for Vivian to become the star she is.

Marie:  Okay.

What kind of person do you wish you could be?  What is stopping you?

Eryn: Law-abiding. What is stopping me? We need the money and I am always one step in front of the law and the outlaw, Ed Killian.

Marie:  Intriguing…I just know there’s a story there, but I sense you won’t tell me right now.

No problem. I respect your privacy.

All right, so I’m going to throw another random question at you now. 

Who was your first love?

Eryn:  Scott Killian.

Marie:  All right.

So, what’s the most terrible thing that ever happened to you?

Eryn:  When Scott was killed and I knew my daughter would grow up without her father.

Marie:  Oh, no! I’m so sorry to hear that! 😦

Let’s move on to something a bit lighter now, shall we?

[Eryn nods.]

What was your dream growing up? Did you achieve that dream? If so, in what ways was it not what you expected? If you never achieved the dream, why not?

Eryn: To be an actress. I wanted the excitement. Did I achieve that dream? No. Things changed. I had a daughter to raise.

Marie:  That’s understandable.

So, tell us…who is your role model, Eryn?

Eryn: My brother John.

Marie:  All right.

Let’s try something else. Well, you’ll probably think I’m digging for dirt on the next question. 

Is there someone you pretend to like but really dislike?

Eryn:  All the men that I have to pretend to like and let them kiss me before I drug them and take their money.

Marie:  Yikes! What a situation you’ve got yourself in. I hope you find a way out…

Let me ask you a different question.

What is your deepest desire?

Eryn:  To find a loving husband to take me away from everything. To be safe.

Marie:  I would say that’s not too much to ask.

So…

What is your greatest fear, Eryn?

Eryn: That Killian will find me and take my daughter.

 

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Marie: I  can certainly understand that worry.

Well, we’re out of time. Thank you for visiting us today, Eryn. It was so interesting getting to know you! 🙂

(Waves goodbye to her guest.)

Marie:  Now, let’s shift over and get the author’s perspective.  We have author Ginger Ring on the stage today. It’s so lovely to see you again, hon. I remember when you visited us on the I Love Romance Blog last year, and we covered the first book in your series. Hi again, Ginger!

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Ginger:  Hello!! Thank you for having me!

Marie:  My pleasure!

We just got to talk to the heroine of your story, Eryn. Quite an interesting character.  Can you tell us a little about her?

Ginger:  She was mentioned in the first book, The Gangster’s Kiss. Her brother was searching for her but never found her. When I started the second book, I really had no idea where she had gone. When I found out about a painting at an old gangster hideout in Madison, I went to see the photo. It was of a half-naked woman and it hung above the fireplace. I wondered who she was, why had she posed for the painting, and what had become of her. I had found Eryn.

Fascinating! Isn’t it interesting where the muse takes us?

So…what are your character’s greatest strengths?

Ginger:  She will do anything to survive. She never gives up.

Marie:  That’s certainly admirable!

Now, let’s take the opposition on that. What, do you feel, are Eryn’s greatest weaknesses?

Ginger:  Her innocence for falling for the wrong man.

Marie:  Well, it does happen sometimes…

Let’s try something else.

What are some of her favorite foods?

Ginger:  Sweets.

Marie:  (Laughs.) I guess I can’t blame her there! 😉

So, what’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he or she has?

Ginger:  Her strength to love and work hard.

Marie:  Will readers like or dislike this character, and why?

Ginger:  I think they will like her. She does what she can and most will understand the struggles she has of raising a child alone.

Marie:  For sure!

So, now that we have a real taste of Eryn, we have a few questions for you as well as the author.

What first gave you the idea for The Gangster’s Woman?

Ginger:  It is the second story in a trilogy. They are all connected by the Gangster, Ed Killian.

Marie:  All right.

What is your writing style like? Are you a pantster or a plotter?

Ginger:  A little of both.

Marie:  Okay.

Now, I’m throwing this one in for our aspiring writers. Did you come across any specific challenges in writing The Gangster’s Woman or publishing it?  What would you do differently the next time?

Ginger: No, it was just tricky to mix real historical events with the story. What would I do differently the next time? Write faster. (Laughs.)

Marie:  (Chuckles.)  I know what you mean!  😉

Well, it was a such a pleasure having you here on the I Love Romance Blog!  And how apropos is that, considering what a great story The Gangster’s Woman appears to be.

Readers, you will just have to pick up a copy of this awesome book by Ginger Ring, a very talented author! 🙂

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Here is the blurb for The Gangster’s Woman:

Now that prohibition was over, FBI agent Michael Flynn hoped to enjoy the quiet life and a chance to finally concentrate on finding his best friend’s sister. He’d been in love with her since he first laid eyes on her picture. Unfortunately, the more he searched the more he realized she wasn’t just missing. Eryn was hiding from one of the most notorious gangsters around. One who wouldn’t rest until he knew she was dead.
Eryn O’Malley had been moving around for years, doing whatever legal, or illegal job she could find to survive. No time for romance or a normal life. A one night stand with a handsome man at the county fair seemed like just the ticket to escape for a moment from her troubled life. However, finding out he was a G-man wasn’t part of the plan. Now he was on her trail. Whether to arrest or rescue her, she wasn’t sure, and she couldn’t wait around to find out. If he caught her, would he forgive her checkered past or would he always think of her as the gangster’s woman?

Ginger is also offering us a great excerpt from the book!

He took a seat on the bed, crossed an ankle over the other, and rested his back against the cheap headboard. Interlocking his fingers behind his head, he observed the woman in his room. Her back was toward him as she poured the liquor in the glasses.
The woman could be a movie star or one of those girls in the magazines who held a soda pop in an ad. Tall and elegant, nice round ass, and slender calves and ankles. If she was indeed John’s sister and he slept with her, there would be hell to pay, but it would be worth every glorious second. A wolf call whistle left his lips.
Eryn turned, a glass in each hand, and a slight tilt to her head. “Now, what was that for?”
“Just enjoying the view.” He winked.
“Well, then I better get closer so you don’t strain your eyes.” She took a few steps closer and handed him his drink. Damn, she was a pistol. If he didn’t calm down soon, he’d be firing off a shot of a different kind.
Eryn strolled to the other side of the bed and joined him on it. Her slender legs crossed out in front of her. He swallowed and his fingers itched to slide down that silky skin.
“Cheers.” The click of her glass touched his and he forced his eyes from her legs to the graceful fingers holding her drink.
“Bottoms up.” He downed his in one sip. Eryn took two sips and licked the rim of her glass. This time a groan escaped his mouth and he took her glass and placed both of them on the bedside table.
“Don’t want another drink?” Eryn’s gaze dipped to her hands and then back to his face.
“No, I’d rather do this.” To hell with John, he was kissing his sister.
His fingers framed her face. Her skin soft as velvet and her full lips waiting to be kissed. They didn’t have long to wait. His mouth settled on hers. She tasted sweeter than candy. The hint of alcohol lingered and made for a stimulating mix. Nipping at her lower lip, Eryn moaned and threaded her fingers through his hair. Michael deepened the kiss and echoed her appreciation.
It killed him to break the contact, but he did. Her green eyes smoldered like emeralds in the dim room light. “Stay the night with me.”
“Aye, I will,” she whispered. Her response was in an accent and words so familiar to her brother’s. He could already feel the beating John would be giving him for making love to his sister, but it would be worth it.
Michael slid down the bed and drew her across his chest. Her auburn curls framed her heart-shaped face. Auburn curls? It finally dawned on him that she didn’t even know she had a niece that looked identical to her. Taking in a deep breath, he slid his fingers through her hair. “I always had a thing for redheads, but I’ve never slept with one.”
“Don’t worry. I’ll be gentle with you,” she ribbed.
He burst out laughing. “You are something else, doll.”
“You have no idea,” Eryn promised and lowered her lips to his.

Ooh…sexy! 😉

Purchase Links:

Universal Amazon link:  http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00VBZQE6C

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gangsters-woman-ginger-ring/1121745401

CreateSpace:  https://www.createspace.com/5423263

About Ginger Ring

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Ginger Ring is an eclectic, hat-loving Midwestern girl with a weakness for cheese, dark chocolate, and the Green Bay Packers. She loves reading, playing with her cats, watching great movies, and has a quirky sense of humor. Publishing a book has been a life-long dream of hers and she is excited to share her romantic stories with you. Her heroines are classy, sassy and in search of love and adventure. When Ginger isn’t tracking down old gangster haunts or stopping at historical landmarks, you can find her on the backwaters of the Mississippi River fishing with her husband.
Ginger’s Books:

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And, if you want to know how to connect with the amazing Ginger Ring, here are some of her author links:

Website/Blog:  http://gingerring.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/romancewritergingerring

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/GingerRings

Amazon Author Page:   http://www.amazon.com/Ginger-Ring/e/B00FOXTYYG/

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/118019623261583234943/posts

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7325608.Ginger_Ring

Publisher:  http://www.beaucoupllcpublishing.com/ginger-ring/

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/Gingernovel/

Once again, I want to thank both of our guests, Eryn O’Malley, the female main character of The Gangster’s Woman, and Ginger Ring, the brilliant author of the novel, for stopping by!  It was so much fun to have you here! 🙂

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A Character Interview with Grace Sullivan from THE GANGSTER’S KISS plus a conversation with author Ginger Ring!

Today, we’re doing something a little different. If you remember, we interviewed Linda L. Picl’s character on September 8th and it was so fun that I thought we may as well make an occasional habit of it.  I had the pleasure of recently meeting Ginger Ring, the author of The Gangster’s Kiss, and I asked her if she’d let me borrow one of her main characters, Grace Sullivan, from the book.  We’ll get a chance to talk to Ginger in a bit, but now we have on the stage…Grace Sullivan!

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Marie Lavender:  Hello, Grace.  Please have a seat.

Grace Sullivan:  Hello.  Thank you.  It’s a pleasure to be here.

Marie:  We’re going to start out with some simple questions, okay?

Character Grace:  Sure.

Marie:  So, Grace, what is your occupation?  Are you any good at it?  Do you like it?

Grace:   I worked for my father at his law office. He was a prominent judge here in Hayward County. It wasn’t the bee’s knees by any account but there isn’t too much to do here. I did learn a lot and hopefully it will help me with whatever I decide to do in the future.

Marie:  Oh, okay.  Great!  So, what is your family like?

Grace:    It is just my brother Daniel and I now that my father has recently passed.

Marie:  So sorry to hear about your father, Grace.  What did your childhood home look like?

Grace:  I still live in the family home. It is out in the country and used to be part of a big farm. The house feels empty now, but then it has felt that way since my mother passed many years ago.

Marie:  Do you have any hobbies?  What do you enjoy doing?

Grace:   I enjoy gardening, reading, and cooking. I use to play the piano but that was years ago. My new friend John, well, actually he is my bodyguard but he is such a handsome fella, I can’t help but like him…John has been teaching me a few new things. I’ve learned how to drive a car, shoot a gun, and drink moonshine. It is quite scandalous but I can’t help it. John has inspired me to do, and try, a lot of new things.

Marie:  Wow.  What is your greatest dream, Grace?

Grace:  To leave Hayward County. It is a big world out there and I want to see it. I also want to meet the man of my dreams and have a family. Lately I’ve begun to wonder if John is the man for me. Even if he isn’t, I still want him to take me away from here.

Marie:  I do understand the need to see the world.  

So, what kind of person do you wish you could be?  What is stopping you?

Grace:  I wish I was more confident. It is 1928, women have so many more opportunities now but I still feel like a shy violet. Since meeting John, I am getting braver and eager to be the best that I can be. I want to leave this place and pursue my dreams, but I worry about leaving my brother.

Marie:  I understand.

I’m going to throw another random question at you now.  Who was your first love?

Grace:  I’ve never been in love, but the feelings that I have for John are different than I’ve ever experienced before. I know he may have done some things illegal, but I feel like he is the only one I can trust. Horsefeathers, I think I am falling in love with the man.

Marie:  Wow, I can’t wait to read this book!  

So, Grace, what’s the most terrible thing that ever happened to you?

Grace:   I witnessed a murder. It was horrible, not just one guy was killed but three! I didn’t know what to do. I ran and called the cops but they weren’t much help. The mob has all the cops on the take these days.

Marie:  Oh, no!  That’s horrible.  I’m so sorry you had to see that.  Now I know why you have a bodyguard.  Well, let’s move on to something a bit lighter.

What was your dream growing up? Did you achieve that dream? If so, in what ways was it not what you expected? If you never achieved the dream, why not?

Grace:  Well, ever since I read about Zelda Fitzgerald, I wanted to be a flapper. I even ran away to St. Paul, thinking I could be a singer at some swank club. That didn’t turn out too well. I got a job as a waitress but when things went wrong, I was on the first train back home.

Even if that would have worked out, I don’t think that would be the life for me. I will always be just a small town girl. I would love to cook for people and maybe open a restaurant. I want to fall in love, get married, and have a family of my own. Lately, I always picture John in that dream with me, but don’t tell him that. Why the man has half the ladies in town mooing over him already, including me.

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Marie:   So, who is your role model?

Grace:  My mother. She was always elegant. Never worn pants, always a dress and her pearls. She was very active in town with the church, school, and helping out veterans from the Great War.

Marie:  Grace, you’ll probably think I’m digging for dirt on the next question…Is there someone you pretend to like but really dislike?

Grace:  I don’t really dislike anyone, but those Anderson sisters flirt too much with John. Why, just the other day they stopped by to give him some of their Apple Pie Elixir. It’s pure moonshine. Don’t they know it is illegal to make alcohol during prohibition and pass it off as medicine?

Marie:  (Laughs.) Sorry, I know you meant that seriously.  What is your deepest desire?

Grace:  I have several. For my brother to get out of the mess he has gotten himself into with the gangsters. He offered them safe haven in Hayward County for a piece of the action. Daniel is in too deep and I am so frightened for him.

I want that murderer Killian to leave me alone and finally, to leave Hayward County with John.

Marie:  I do understand, Grace.   So, what is your greatest fear?

Grace:  That I will lose my brother and John and there isn’t anything that I can do about it.

Marie:  I’m sorry, Grace.  I hope it gets better.

Well, thank you for visiting us today. I wish you so much happiness in life. (Waves goodbye to Grace.)

Now, let’s shift over and get the author’s perspective.  We have Ginger Ring on the stage today. Hi, Ginger!

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Author Ginger Ring:  Hi.  Thank you for having me here.

My pleasure!  We just got to talk to the heroine of your story, Grace. Quite an interesting character.  Can you tell us a little about her?

Ginger:  Grace is a very intriguing character. I named her after my grandmother Grace. She was always elegant and I don’t ever remember seeing her dressed in pants. The character Grace is another matter. She is all over the place. The story takes place in 1928. There were a lot of changes for women, but being from a small town she didn’t feel like she had a lot of options. Grace dreams of being a big city girl, takes off, and after witnessing a crime, she ends up running back home. She is flighty, flirty, and is totally unprepared for meeting a handsome, tall Irishman named John O’Malley.

Marie:  Oh, wow!  He sounds like my kind of hero. So, what are your character’s greatest strengths?

Ginger:  The character John is a little unusual compared to most heroes in today’s stories. He isn’t a bad boy, he is basically about the nicest person you would ever want to meet. As time goes on, he realizes that he wants to do more than help Grace; he is falling for her. He fears for her safety and tries to teach her things so if something happens to him, she will know how to survive. I think Grace’s biggest strength is that once she makes up her mind about something, she will do anything to make it happen.

Marie:  What, do you feel, are her greatest weaknesses?

Ginger:  I feel that Grace is stronger than she thinks she is and it has taken meeting John to realize her strengths.

Marie:  What are some of her favorite foods?

Ginger:  Grace loves to cook and bake so she loves all kinds of foods.

Marie:  Oh, me too!

What’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he or she has?

Ginger:  I don’t think Grace realizes her potential and strength.

Marie: Will readers like or dislike this character, and why?

Ginger:  Grace is very flighty. I know at that age I sure was, so I hope people will identify with her and relate to the way she feels she needs to react to certain situations. Right, or wrong, she does what she feels she needs to do to survive.

I do admire that!

Well, now that we have a real taste of Grace Sullivan, we have a few questions for you as well as the author.

What first gave you the idea for The Gangster’s Kiss?

Ginger:  I don’t remember what initially gave me the idea for the story, but I love history and this is basically the history of the area in which I live. It is hard to find a place here that wasn’t robbed, slept at, or visited by gangsters in the era. I had visited Al Capone’s Hideout, north of here several times, the first time when I was eighteen. It is the place that John first sees Mr. Capone. I just recently visited another popular gangster hideout this week that will be featured in the second book, The Gangster’s Woman. All these places come with secret tunnels, ghost stories, and tall tales that have been passed down from the owners. I like to mix them all together and hopefully come up with something interesting that readers will enjoy.

Marie:  Wow, that’s great!  A woman after my own heart.  I write historical romance as well.

So, what is your writing style like? Are you a pantster or a plotter?

Ginger:  This was my first full length book so I tried to plot most of it out but once I sit down, all bets are off. I also drive a lot for work so I spend a lot of time in the vehicle sorting things out in my head.

Marie:  I hear you on that.  I can be anywhere when I’m organizing a book in my head.

So, I’m throwing this one in for our aspiring writers. Did you come across any specific challenges in writing The Gangster’s Kiss or getting it published?  What would you do differently the next time?

Ginger:   The only problem I have come across is finding my target audience and marketing. I am very shy so I really struggle with getting myself out there. It’s been hard to get people to read my book but once they do, I usually get a message saying that they couldn’t put it down and really enjoyed it. I recently started a group with another author of 1920’s books and we are trying to reach the audience that already loves books from this era and will hopefully carry their enthusiasm for the story into the masses.

Marie: Wow, that’s great that you could pair together for such a venture.

Well, it was a such a pleasure having you here on the I Love Romance Blog.  And how apropos is that, considering what a great love story The Gangster’s Kiss appears to be.  Readers, you will just have to pick up a copy of this awesome book by Ginger Ring, a rising star! 

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Here is the blurb for The Gangster’s Kiss:

John O’Malley’s sister is missing. All the clues of her disappearance lead to Hayward County, Wisconsin and the crooks and questionable sheriff that reside there. Pretending to be one of them, John takes a job as bodyguard for the sheriff’s beautiful sister, Grace. It seems like the perfect way to investigate their crimes and corruption, but when someone threatens to kill Grace, the job proves harder than he thought. Is she an innocent witness to a crime, or just as guilty as everyone else?

Grace Sullivan just wanted a normal life: find a good man, get married and have a family. She has had enough of looking the other way while her brother hides behind his sheriff’s badge to conduct shady dealings. Hiring a gangster named John to watch her is the final straw. When a face from the past threatens her life, she is forced to put her life in John’s hands, but as time goes on, all she really wants is to be in the gangster’s arms.

Purchase Links:

Amazon Kindle U.S. and paperback:  http://www.amazon.com/Gangsters-Kiss-Love-Dangerous-Thing-ebook/dp/B00LZFHEXA/ 

Universal Amazon link:  http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00LZFHEXA 

About Ginger Ring:

Ginger Ring is an eclectic, Midwestern girl with a weakness for cheese, dark chocolate, and the Green Bay Packers. She loves reading, playing with her cats, watching great movies, and has a quirky sense of humor. Publishing a book has been a lifelong dream of hers and she is excited to share her romantic stories with you. Her heroines are classy, sassy and in search of love and adventure. When Ginger isn’t tracking down old gangster haunts or stopping at historical landmarks, you can find her on the backwaters of the Mississippi River fishing with her husband.

Ginger’s Books:

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And, if you want to know how to connect with the amazing Ginger Ring, here are some of her author links:

Amazon author page:

http://amzn.to/1fslijd

Webpage and blog:

http://gingerring.com/

Facebook writer page:

https://www.facebook.com/romancewritergingerring

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/GingerRings

Pinterest:

http://www.pinterest.com/Gingernovel/

Once again, I want to thank both of our guests, Grace Sullivan, the female main character of The Gangster’s Kiss, and Ginger Ring, the brilliant author of the novel, for stopping by!  It was so fun to have you here!  🙂

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