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Debut Print Book: Can’t Buy  Me Love by MollyO’Keefe

Debut Print Book: Can’t Buy Me Love by MollyO’Keefe

I’ve had some concerns by readers who are primarily print readers that the coverage at Dear Author has been too focused on ebooks. When I asked the readers what they were interested in seeing, they responded that they would like to know more about print debut authors. We developed a little questionnaire and every Wednesday at 10:00 AM CST (as long as we have content) we’ll post the questionnaire answers along with links to the author’s site and a buy link to her book. I hope this helps people discovery new books.

Molly O’Keefe has several published books under her belt via the Harlequin Superromance line, but in the publishing world, a mass market debut is considered a debut title.

 

Can't Buy Me Love Molly O'Keefe

Name of debut release: Can’t Buy Me Love

Release date: 06/26/2012

Publisher: Bantam

2 sentence summary: A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Tara Jean Sweet knows that opportunity will never knock; she’ll have to seize it, so she agrees to play the part of a gold-digging fiancée to lure an old rancher’s estranged children home.

Luc, an ice hockey superstar sidelined by injuries, is the new owner of Crooked Creek ranch and Tara Jean’s boss and oh the sparks, they fly.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Characters: Tara Jean Sweet is a street-smart woman hiding from her dubious past

Luc Baker is a hockey player living in fear of a future without the sport that defines him

What makes this story different: I think for fans of contemporary romance there’s a good mix here of what we love – drama and angst, interesting characters and some sexy sex. I like those books that hit the sweet spot between emotional and smart – hopefully I’ve done that.

Is this a series?: The Crooked Creek Ranch

Why you wrote this book: There are two answers here. The first is that my agent worked really hard to convince me to push myself out of my comfort zone at Harlequin Superromance. I had two little kids and very little sleep and I was really happy with the work I was doing. But when my son hit kindergarten I realized I had some time and some extra brain cells that weren’t exhausted, so I gave it a shot. My first two attempts were rejected far and wide but Can’t Buy Me Love stuck.

As for the story – Sydney Crosby is a hero in Canadian Hockey. That overtime goal in the Gold Medal game in the Vancouver Olympics – amazing. I’m not even Canadian or really a huge hockey fan but he captured my imagination. And then suddenly he got that concussion and wnt hiatus and I thought – what happens to a guy who is so good so talented and he doesn’t have hockey anymore? The fact that the NHL, after some shocking and sad deaths, is starting to grapple with the concussion problem in hockey has been fascinating as well.

Why is this your first published book? How many did you write before? I feel like I’m cheating here. This isn’t actually my first book. I’ve written twenty books for Harlequin.

What’s your writing process? Drink coffee, check email and twitter and facebook, drink more coffee, tell myself to get to work. Work. Check emails. Think about dinner. Consider cleaning out the silverware drawer. Realize I have to get out of the house. Go to coffeeshop. Drink coffee. Work. Stop for the day and feel great about every single magical word I have written. On walk home realize it was all garbage and have to rewrite the whole scene. Dinner. Play with kids. Put kids to bed. Work. Feel great about every single magical word I have fixed. Go to bed. Wake up at three realizing it was all garbage and I have cut the whole scene and write a new scene. Cry a little.

Repeat.

Your next published book. Can’t Hurry Love and after that Crazy Thing Called Love

The last book you read that you loved. The Scorpio Races – WOW. Just gorgeous in every way.

The last book you read for research. Luckily (just so you all know, this is the lie I tell myself) writing contemporary romance, there isn’t a whole lot of research needed. For the hockey information in this series, I had great in depth conversations with my husband and a friend of ours who is a writer for The Hockey News. I then worked very hard to make the research and story fit – which isn’t always easy. I have huge HUGE respect for those historical authors who are so diligent about accuracy and detail.

The romance book character you most identify with. Oh my gosh – what a tricky question. I wish I could say Katniss or something equally cool. But sadly I am not much of an archer. And I would sit at the Cornicopia crying. Emily from the Emily of New Moon books – as a kid I read those books and felt like LM Montgomery had looked inside my soul. But these days, as a mom trying the best she can and sometimes failing I am going to have to go with Rachel from Dream A Little Dream. She’s tough, but gooey. Trying really hard in spite of it all…I just love her.

You can find out more about Molly O’Keefe’s books at her website: http://www.molly-okeefe.com/

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Debut Print Book: THE MARRYING KIND by Ken O’Neill

Debut Print Book: THE MARRYING KIND by Ken O’Neill

I’ve had some concerns by readers who are primarily print readers that the coverage at Dear Author has been too focused on ebooks. When I asked the readers what they were interested in seeing, they responded that they would like to know more about print debut authors. We developed a little questionnaire and every Wednesday at 10:00 AM CST (as long as we have content) we’ll post the questionnaire answers along with links to the author’s site and a buy link to her book. I hope this helps people discovery new books. Now, on to the answers.

The marrying kind ken o'neill

Name of debut release: THE MARRYING KIND

Release date: 06/19/2012

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

2 sentence summary: Gay wedding planner decides to stop working in the industry until he can get legally married too. Fine, until his sister announces her engagement.

Genre: comic, romance

Characters: Steven: writer for the Gay New York Times and the first person narrator of this novel.

Adam, Steven’s partner and the wedding planner who sets the action in motion.

Amanda, Adam’s sister she is involved with Steven’s brother Peter.

What makes this story different: I like to say it is the only thing funny about marriage inequality. No one want to be preached at. My book is funny and sweet but might leave people who don’t already support marriage equality with a changed point of view on the subject.

Why you wrote this book:
One day I was watching Oprah. She was having an over-the-top fantasy wedding on her show. As I watched the couple exchange vows, I started crying. Keening really. An extreme response considering these were strangers and it was TV.

But still I cried. I cried right through the commercials. And when Oprah returned she was joined by the wedding planner. He seemed gay to me. But he had a British accent so maybe he was just European. Suddenly it hit me that I was crying because I could not legally be married. Then as Oprah would say, I had an aha moment. What must it be like to be gay and be a wedding planner and not be able to get married?

I decided this would be my way to talk about the importance of equality. But it was important to me that I do it in a funny and entertaining way.

Now I think, if enough people find it and read it, my sweet little book could help change the world (or at least the USA)

If one person changes their mind on this issue because of my book, I will be very happy. But I’d be happier still if it changed a million minds. :)

Why is this your first published book? How many did you write before? It’s the first book I have ever written.

What’s your writing process? Fits and starts. Between other jobs. Trying to be more disciplined. Also try to keep going without editing the same section over and over. (Hard for me.)

Your next published book.

The last book you read that you loved. The Lacuna

The last book you read for research. I read a lot of coffee table type books on party planning for the character of Adam.

The romance book character you most identify with. Since I make reference to the novel in my book, I’m going with Scarlett O’Hara. She is determined, to say the least.

You can check out more about Ken O’Neill and his books at http://www.themarryingkind.org

Ken O'Neill

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