I'm absolutely delighted to welcome author Adrianne Lee to Fab Fantasy Fiction today. She's going to discuss YOU DON'T KNOW JACK the first book in her romantic suspense comedic series Jack B. Smart as well as her BIG SKY PIE SERIES. There's a FABulous giveaway with TWO possible winners. Adrianne, than you so much for joining us here today!
Adrianne, you are such a fabulous person and generous with your time. Thank you for joining us today. I know you’ve been writing, editing, and going over galleys like mad this month. Plus you must be prepping like crazy for Sunday, the game of games, when the Seahawks face off against the Broncos. So, I don’t want to keep you for too long, but I do hope that you’ll have a chance to relax a bit here at Fab Fantasy Fiction.
Emsy, First let me thank you for having me as your guest today. I’m so pleased that I had the opportunity to meet you during the DELICIOUS blog tour, and that the outcome was that we hit it off so well that we became friends. Unexpected, wonderful result. I’m grabbing a diet coke and an apple pie tartlet for the chat.
Oh, that sounds perfect Adrianne.
(EVW) Adrianne, one of the first books I read for review this fall was your first book in the BIG SKY PIE series, DELECTABLE. I know you mentioned that it will be coming out in print soon. Could you share a bit more about this book and the series?
(AL) DELECTABLE will be released in paperback on May 27, 2014 and I’m thrilled to be offering it to all of my readers who don’t own eReaders.
When I decided to write a series set in a pie shop, there was only one place that would do, my favorite place. Montana. And that’s how the name of the pie shop came to me. I swear, in some other life, I must have lived in Montana. It always makes me smile the second we cross the state borderline.
I wanted the Big Sky Pie books to be romantic as well as to have some humor. I always have some sort of family dynamics in my books, and it seemed to me that the pie shop should be born from some life-altering catalyst. And so it was. Quint McCoy, my hero, is a mess when DELECTABLE opens; he has pretty much ruined his life. He isn’t sure those he loves will ever forgive him, or if he can ever forgive himself. Callee McCoy is less concerned with forgiving him, than trusting him, and she hates that she still wants him.
The pie research is fun. My pies never turn out as pretty as the ones in my books or on my covers. The Art Department is doing an incredible job. I’m thrilled with the DELIGHTFUL cover (Big Sky Pie #3). And the DECADENT cover (Big Sky Pie #4) is a chocolate cream pie. I’ve only seen the mock up, but it’s great.
(EVW) As someone who devoured Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Agatha Christie books alongside romances as a child, my love for mysteries and romance novels has only grown through the years. While BIG SKY PIE is definitely a fun, contemporary romance series, you’re also known as an author of romantic suspense novels. Could you tell us a little about them?
(AL) An early interest in writing and books came when I played the card game Authors at a young age. It’s one of those games like Old Maid. All of the authors on the cards were men, all had long hair or wigs. But something about those cards resonated with me and has stayed with me forever. I didn’t read much until the last quarter of my senior year in high school. I read so slowly that I didn’t ever think to do it as a pastime. But thanks to that wonderful literature teacher, I started reading Charles Dickens’ stories, and then my mother introduced me to Agatha Christie. She was a rabid mystery reader. I started reading romances with Kathleen Woodiwiss. And when I finally started writing seriously, I ended up with a critique group who were all writing romance. I was writing mysteries, attempting to sell to Ellery Queen Mystery and Alfred Hitchcock magazines. Although, that never happened, I did end up writing Romantic/Suspense, combining my two favorite genres, and that’s how, eventually, I found success.
It seemed no matter what I tried to write, I always ended up writing women-in-jeopardy stories before anyone was calling them that. I love puzzles, so most of these R/S stories are what I call, sexy whodunits. I’m really excited that the next series I’m doing for my publisher will be romantic mysteries.
(EVW) I love JACK! Yes, that Jack. Your YOU DON’T KNOW JACK heroine- Jacqueline Bouvier Smart. What a great book with a sassy heroine, some mystery, and a ghost (it has it all). Could you tell us a little more about it and what’s next in the Jack B. Smart series? (I can’t wait!)
(AL) I’m so glad you love JACK!! I love Jack too. This series is very dear to me as it’s the book I wrote after losing my daughter to cervical cancer in 2009. I could not deal with anything dark and sadly, for me, that was the only thing editors were buying. Dark, darker, darkest. I was living dark. I needed something lighter. So, I made Jack fun. I’ve actually started the second book in the series, but had to quit when the contracts for the Big Sky Pie books were offered. The second Jack book is about a diet scam JACK B LEAN (working title), and takes Apollo and Jack on another adventure, along with her aunts, the Golden Oldies, and of course, the sexy Maddox brothers.
I really thought I’d laid the ghost to rest at the end of YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, but Lars appeared right as I started in and wouldn’t go away. Apparently he still has unfinished business and can’t crossover until he’s handled it. I’m actually glad. Lars is funny. He might even get a little more “visual” as the books go on.
(EVW) Adrianne, I first got to know you while we worked together on your stop at FFF during the DELICIOUS book tour, yours and mine first virtual tour. Working with you and watching all my other friends on FB and Twitter, I’m so aware that as writers you also need to be social media mavens to get the word out about your books. Could you tell us a little more about how this writer’s role has evolved (and how do you have time to write)? How can your fans help out? Do you have (or plan for) a Street Team?
(AL) I am not a fast writer and all of the social media required on a daily basis just to keep your name out there really cuts into my day and into my writing. I need an assistant for that stuff, but can’t afford one. Maybe one day. I don’t know even know what a street team is, but from what I’ve been told, I probably do need one. So, if anyone wants to volunteer and can give me a clue as to what exactly I should look for in street team members, I’m listening.
(EVW) Could you share what author(s) influenced you most growing up? What’s on your bookshelf now?
(AL) Well, as I’ve previously said, I started reading late in life. Agatha Christie and Charles Dickens influenced me a lot on some levels, because when I started writing, my mom asked why all of my characters had British names. I really loved Phyllis Whitney’s gothic stories, too. That romantic suspense element. My first Romantic/Suspense Endless Fear is a modern gothic along those lines. Creepy, isolated house, a heroine who believes she may have murdered her mother, but is suffering amnesia, a sexy, dark hero, a lurking killer, a really messed up family.
Adrianne, thank you so much for joining us today! In conclusion, could you let us know about what you’re offering for the Jack B. Smart giveaway and what question you’d like answered by those who enter?
I’m going to give a couple of lucky people a copy of DELECTABLE and DELICIOUS for their eReaders. That’s right. Two winners, two books each. Just answer this simple question: Have you ever been to Montana?
Adrianne, thank you for your continued generosity. I'm going to add two copies of the featured book YOU DON'T KNOW JACK to the giveaway, so two winners are going to walk away with three wonderful books by Adrianne Lee!
Thank you, Emsy.
Jack B Smart Series Book One
Publication Date: August 15, 2013
JACQUELINE BOUVIÉR SMART has sworn off men and murder. But when she stumbles over a dead body and into the arms of her irresistible former lover, and then gets her best friend accused of murder, she has no choice. Jack B Smart pulls on her big girl stilettos and, with the unsolicited help of three gun packing old broads and one disgruntled ghost, sets out to find the real killer. But will the killer find her first?
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Adrianne Lee lives with her husband of many, many years on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State in a pole barn building her husband transformed into an upstairs apartment with a shop below for his hot rods. Adrianne creates her stories on her laptop, in her recliner with her adopted cat, Spooky, curled between her calves, snoozing. Over thirty years of summer vacationing in the Flat Head Lake area near Kalispell and Glacier Park has given her a love for all things Montana.
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Delectable: Big Sky Pie #1
Forever Yours (Grand Central Publishing)
Montana real estate agent Quint McCoy will tell you that the most important thing is location, location, location. It's a lesson he learns all too well when he goes incommunicado for a four-week fishing trip to Alaska. While he's away, his mother Molly turns his office into the pie shop she has always dreamed of, Big Sky Pie. But that's not the only surprise in store for him.
On her way out of town, Callee McCoy only wants to say a fond farewell to her beloved mother-in-law. But Molly soon persuades Callee to stay and lend a hand at the new shop, even if it means heating up the kitchen with her soon-to-be ex. As Callee and Quint rediscover their recipe for love, they realize that some couples are so sinfully good together that one delectable taste is never enough . . .
Forever Yours (Grand Central Publishing)
Workaholic Nick Taziano is the proud owner of a successful marketing company in Montana. But his career takes a backseat when he learns his dad plans to remarry his ex. Nick fears she'll break his heart . . . again. And he doesn't like being reunited with her obnoxious daughter-until the all-grown-up beauty kisses him at the engagement party. The kiss might be a mistake, but once he tastes Jane's lips, nothing-not even her famous blueberry pie-compares.
A promising chef at Big Sky Pie, Jane Wilson never, ever wanted to see Nick Taziano again, but he's just been hired to do the pie shop's marketing. How's a girl supposed to bake the best pastries in town when he's a constant reminder of their steamy chemistry? His chocolate eyes and sexy dimples heat up the kitchen-and every part of her body. Jane has no room for a man in her life, yet sometimes the most delicious dishes don't follow the recipe . . .
Forever Yours (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication date: March 4, 2014BAD BOYS ARE HER WEAKNESS
Ice Erickksen has "one-night stand" written all over him. Once he's finished shooting the Big Sky Pie reality show, this hot-as-hell TV producer is going to hightail it out of Montana and return to his glamorous life in L.A. But Ice gets into hot water when one of the goodies in the pie shop-a delightful blonde with marriage on her mind-burns up the camera lens.
Andrea Lovette, the manager of the shop, always picks the bad boys. But after her divorce, she's determined to find the good, family man that her two young sons deserve. Although Andrea's body sizzles whenever Ice is near, she knows in her heart that he's not marriage material. Then why does the bad boy still seem like such a good idea?
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