#AudioTour “The Ross Duology: Parallel Lies Book 1” by Georgia Rose

Audiobook Series Tour: The Ross Duology by Georgia Rose

Author: Georgia Rose

Narrator: Henri Merriam

Publisher: Three Shires Publishing

Released: Jan. 23, 2019

Series: The Ross Duology, Book 1

Length: 9 hours 20 minutes

Genre: Romantic Suspense

A woman with a hidden past. A new love on the horizon. Will the truth set her free or cost her everything?

Madeleine Ross has meticulously organized her world to leave no trace of her criminal past. After creating a new identity for herself, her only remaining connection to her previous life is the security work she does for a small-town insurance company. But when she starts falling for her handsome boss, Dan, she’s worried letting him in will expose secrets best kept locked away….

As their attraction grows stronger, Madeline’s attempts to keep Dan in the dark go horribly wrong when a dangerous ex emerges from her unsavory past. After her former flame gives her an offer she can’t refuse, she has one choice left: ditch her life as a thief to let Dan in or embrace her shady dealings to destroy her only shot at a happy future….

Parallel Lies is fast-paced romantic suspense. If you like troubled heroines, character-driven action, and powerful emotions, then you’ll love Georgia Rose’s thrilling novel.

Buy Parallel Lies to unlock a secret identity today!

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Georgia Rose is a product of rural England and the countryside setting is the theme running through her books. She loves strong characters and finds developing them incredibly satisfying.

Instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines and these can come from a fragment of conversation, via Georgia’s not so surreptitious people watching or most often from her overactive imagination.

Georgia’s busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog.

She loves afternoon tea, the way the word loquacious rolls off the tongue and she sincerely believes inanimate objects have feelings.

She does not care for clowns or kites and can’t understand why adding salt to caramel is seen as a good thing.

She also hates every photo ever taken of her…

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Q&A with Author Georgia Rose
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • I not only produce my own books but those of other authors too and while I was at the launch of a client’s book I was chatting to one of the guests who I knew to be an actor and it suddenly occurred to me she might be interested in narrating my books. I asked, she was and we took it from there. She lives in the next village to me and with the huge learning curve, for us both, she has taken the lion’s share and sourced the studio, sound guy and dealt with the mechanics of the whole thing, something I’m tremendously grateful for.
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • I haven’t considered that at all actually. I write in first person which I think lends itself particularly well to being read as you can really get into the character. But as there is something inherently lovely about being read to I’m sure all books can be enjoyed in audio.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • No, it never crossed my mind. I thought it would be prohibitively expensive so concentrated on the ebook and paperback versions.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process?
    • I decided to ask Henri to narrate Parallel Lies, rather than my trilogy, as that was a standalone, and I thought if it didn’t work out at least I was only in for one book. At the time I forgot readers were requesting a sequel and I was already trying to come up with the plot for that! So I ended up doing Loving Vengeance too. Henri and I had a couple of meetings to discuss the project and Henri read Parallel Lies first, which she loved, and I gave her a printed out version on A4 paper. She went off to record it then when Loving Vengeance was released we repeated the process.
  • Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • We discussed a couple of the characters and their accents but otherwise I left Henri alone to do with it what she wanted as she is far more experienced than I. Fortunately I am delighted with the result, although I was tremendously nervous when she first sent it to me!
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • No. People who know me tell me this or that character reminds them of whoever but they are wrong. I wouldn’t base a character on anyone although obviously all your writing is influenced by your surroundings and people you’ve met in your life in some way.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • I don’t! And I’ve really struggled for the last few years. However, I am feeling the enthusiasm again and thoroughly enjoying my current project even though it’s the start of a series. If I look at the whole thing it feels completely overwhelming so I don’t, I simply concentrate on putting one word in front of another and we’ll see where it goes from there.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I am not, although on the rare occasion when I have, a long solo road trip for example, I have loved it. I don’t have the opportunity to listen to books at the moment. I work from home and can’t listen when I’m doing that. Then when I walk the dog or drive anywhere it’s generally in silence as I need the quiet in my head to work on the stories I’m trying to write.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
    • I have never been in a reading slump so that’s not an issue. When I get in a writing slump though I start something new even though I know I shouldn’t. I abandoned a manuscript that is 75% complete at new year as it was getting difficult and delighted in opening up a new blank page instead.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • A standalone is all round easier to write (until those readers start demanding a sequel!) as the whole story is nicely packed into one book. The downside is that it’s harder to market. Writing a series can become unwieldy and I fear leaving one of those hanging threads behind in my race to the end. However, it is easier to market a series and readers do love being able to read one book after another in one they enjoy.

 

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Tuesday Talk with… author Danielle Van Alst

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Danielle Van Alst

Thank you for spending a little time with us here on the blog today, Danielle!

Where are you from?

A galaxy far, far away

Married with children, pets, or annoying roommates?

I’m single because I like sweatpants and staying home.

Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?

Hybrid.

How long have you been a writer?

Since the day I could hold a pencil and make scribbles on paper.

Are you a full-time writer or do you also work outside the home?

Full-time writer, worrier, and self-doubter because that’s all part of the job description.

How long did it take you to write your first book?

About six months.

Pantser or Plotter?

A little bit of both. For my novels and children’s books I’m definitely a plotter but, for my poetry, I’m totally a pantser.

What has been your biggest challenge in your writing journey?

Two things, the first challenge would be dealing with parlaying self-doubt about my work. The second biggest challenge would be trying to find honest and competent people to work with during the publishing process.

I know you’ve written children’s books, poetry, and historical romance. Did I miss any?

I also write short stories and horror.

Do you prefer writing in one genre over the others?

I enjoy writing in all genres. I want to write all the stories!

What’s your favorite genre to read?

That’s a tough question! I guess my answer would have to be that if it has pages and words written on them, then I’ll read it!

What are you reading now?

I am currently reading Transcription by Kate Atkinson and I’m loving it! It’s a historical fiction novel that deals with WWII espionage and betrayal.

Favorite author?

Choosing a favorite author is like choosing a favorite child! I enjoy so many but, if I had to pick, my top authors are Dorothy Parker, Karen White, Susanna Kearsley, Paula Brackston, Bill Bryson, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Some authors need complete silence to write. How about you?

Yes, complete and total silence. I need quiet to plot all the murder and mayhem in my next book!

Where do you get the most writing done?

At my desk.

Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it?

I could totally live without it. If I could go back in time to before social media even existed I would do so in a heartbeat. I’m only on it out of sheer necessity for my work.

When you take off the author-hat, what do you do for fun?

I like to read, do graphic design, watch vintage film, dabble in photography, and I practice certain forms of mysticism.

Where do you see yourself, or where would you like to be… in five years?

I hope to have several more books out in the coming years and to keep growing my author platform. I also plan on opening a publishing company to help independent authors turn their dreams of being published into a reality and help them avoid some of the pitfalls I’ve encountered along the way.

What’s the inspiration behind your latest release?

My latest release is my historical fiction/romance book Fateful Voyage. The inspiration for the book is my fascination with fate and destiny and how two very different lives can collide together in a chance meeting. I think it’s interesting how there are billions of people on this planet yet, we only have meaningful relationships with very few people. It’s almost like those lives were meant to intersect…like it was written in the stars and that’s what makes those particular relationships extra special.

Who’s your favorite character?

My favorite character in the book is Kay because she is modeled after someone near and dear to my heart. Kay is the doting mom-figure in the book and is constantly watchful over Gwen. I love how protective and nurturing she is and how watchful she is over Gwen’s wellbeing. Kay is a loving, caring, kind, and compassionate soul, and even though she can be a worrier at times, that is what makes her so enduring. Her love for Gwen is so intense that she will do anything to keep her safe.

What’s your next project or release?

My next project is a historical fiction/drama all about the witch trials in colonial America. It delves into the dark past of the witch hunts and looks into the psychological and sociological reasons for the mass hysteria that took so many innocent lives. It’s set to be release in late spring or early summer so keep your eyes peeled!

Blurb for the upcoming book: The Hunted

A Community Under Siege

Beginning in January 1692, Salem Village in colonial Massachusetts witnessed the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft in early America. Villagers–mainly young women–suffered from unseen torments that caused them to writhe, shriek, and contort their bodies, complaining of pins stuck into their flesh and of being haunted by specters. Believing that they suffered from assaults by an invisible spirit, the community began a hunt to track down those responsible for the demonic work. The resulting Salem Witch Trials, culminating in the execution of 19 villagers, persists as one of the most mysterious and fascinating events in American history. This is their story.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Never let anything strip you of your passion for writing. This is a tough crazy-making business and there will be times when you want to throw in the towel. But, at the end of the day, you have to remember your love for the craft. There is always going to be constant noise about what you should and should not be doing as an author…ignore it! Do what feels right to you. There is no right or wrong way to write. If you have talent and patience and determination then that’s all you need.

Love that advice! Thanks for stopping by, D! Don’t be a stranger! Continued success to you!

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Danielle is a multi-talented writer who has published in three genres

 

Children

Poetry

Historical Fiction

Stop by her Amazon Author Page today for book links, and don’t forget to follow her on social media!

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Tuesday Talk with… author Abbie Johnson Taylor

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Abbie J TaylorNesie’s Place welcomes author Abbie Johnson Taylor to the blog today!

Thanks for visiting with us today, Abbie. Tell us, where are you from?

Thanks for having me! I currently live in Sheridan, Wyoming, but I was born in New York City in 1961. Since then, my family has lived in Boulder, Colorado, and Tucson, Arizona, before settling here in Sheridan in 1973. I went away to school in the 1980’s but returned and have lived here ever since.

Married with children, pets, or annoying roommates?

I was married in September of 2005. Three months later, my husband suffered the first of two strokes that paralyzed his left side. I cared for him at home until he passed in 2012. My memoir, My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds, tells our story.

Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?

Most of my books are self-published, but That’s Life: New and Selected Poems was published by Finishing Line Press.

How long have you been a writer?

I started in 2000, so I’ve been at it for eighteen years.

Did you plan to become a writer?

Not originally. After graduating from college in the 1980’s, I studied music therapy, completing two years of coursework which included nine hours of practicum followed by a six-month internship before becoming registered. I worked with senior citizens in nursing homes and other facilities before taking an interest in writing.

What inspires or motivates you?

I’m inspired by anything from current events to life events. After reading a newspaper article about a protest against the war with Iraq in 2003 and having an interesting encounter with a police officer, I started writing We Shall Overcome. The Red Dress, my novel in progress, was inspired by a story I heard during a memoir writing workshop.

How long did it take you to write your first book?

It took me two years to write We Shall Overcome and another two years to publish it. My wedding and subsequent care-giving took center stage for a couple of years.

Pantser or Plotter?

I’m a little of both. I won’t start a story unless I know how it’s going to end, but I let the plot and characters take me where they will.

Have you ever taken the NaNoWriMo Challenge?

No, and I probably won’t. I don’t like the pressure of writing so many words in thirty days. I want to take my time.

What’s your favorite genre to write or do you only write in one genre?

I don’t have a favorite genre. I enjoy writing fiction, poetry, and memoirs.

What’s your favorite genre to read?

I like memoirs, romance, and some general and historical fiction if it doesn’t contain too many descriptions of violence or sex.

What hobbies do you enjoy when not writing?

I sing in a women’s choral group and participate in water exercise classes at the YMCA. I also work out at home with the help of audio exercise programs.

Where do you get the most writing done?

I do most of my writing at home in my office, but occasionally, I sit in my recliner in the living room or at my kitchen table or in my back yard during the spring, summer, and fall months when the weather is favorable.

Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it?

I use Facebook and have a blog, but that’s it. The rest I could and do live without.

What’s the inspiration behind your latest release, and please share an excerpt with us.

My Ideal Partner is the story of how I met and married my husband, then cared for him after he suffered two strokes until he passed.

EXCERPT

In September of 2005, Abbie Johnson married Bill Taylor. She was in her mid-forties, and he was nineteen years older. Three months later, Bill suffered the first of two strokes that paralyzed his left side and confined him to a wheelchair. Abbie Johnson Taylor, once a registered music therapist, uses prose and poetry to tell the story of how she met and married her husband, then cared for him for six years despite her visual impairment. At first, there was a glimmer of hope that Bill would walk again, but when therapists gave up on him seven months after his second stroke, Taylor resigned herself to being a permanent family caregiver.

She discusses learning to dress him and transfer him from one place to another, sitting up with him at night when he couldn’t urinate or move his bowels, and dealing with doctors and bureaucrats to obtain necessary equipment and services. There were happy times like when she played the piano or guitar and sang his favorite songs, or when they went out to eat or to a concert. She also explains how she purchased a wheelchair accessible van and found people to drive it so they wouldn’t always depend on the local para-transit service’s limited hours. In the end, she describes the painful decision she and Bill made to move him to a nursing home when he became too weak for her to care for him in September of 2012. He seemed to give up on life and passed away a month later.

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What’s your next project or release?

As I said earlier, I am working on a novel entitled The Red Dress. It’s the story of how such a garment affects three generations of women.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Do a lot of reading, especially in the genre you wish to write. Try to write every day, even if it’s just a journal entry or email message. Hone your craft by attending workshops, joining writing groups, and reading books and magazines on writing.

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Many thanks to Abbie for spending time with us today here on the blog. Check out her book, My Ideal Partner—How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds, available on Amazon.

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Also by Abbie Johnson Taylor

How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

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We Shall Overcome (Paperback)

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