I love the month of February for many many reasons and this week I’m especially loving it because my very close friend, Lilian Darcy‘s has a fantastic new release out, and it truly is ‘The Sweetest Thing‘! If you’ve not had a chance to pick it up yet, it’s on special right now for just $0.99 cents on Amazon.
Lilian is already working hard on her next book, the second novel in her River Bend trilogy set in Marietta, Montana, but I did get her to do a quick chat and Q&A with me about her books, career, and kufe as a writer.
Here’s what Lilian had to say!
What do you love most about being a writer?
Controlling the universe is always right up there. If I want it to rain in my book, it rains. If I want my heroine to wear pink, she obediently puts it on. My other favorites things are the writing friendships I’ve made – so warm and wonderful and precious.
What are you working on now?
I’m doing a kind of side-bar novella that tells readers more about Charlie, Sugar’s long-lost son from The Sweetest Thing. He’s a little moody and distracted when we meet him in The Sweetest Thing, even though he’s strongly affected by connecting with his birth mother and half-sister again. There’s a reason for the moodiness and distraction, and let’s just say it has something to do with a gorgeous Spanish girl he’s left behind in New York.
Name five items sitting on your desk right now.
A messy folder with papers spilling out of it. Another messy folder with papers spilling out of it. A messy pile of papers spilling onto one of the messy folders. You get the idea. Oh, that’s only three items? Okay, two more : my phone and a bottle of ant poison because we get plagues of tiny ants in the hot weather. You really don’t want to ever come to my office now, do you?
Title and author of the latest book you read?
Five minutes ago, literally, I finished C J Carmichael’s Good Together. Now, I know this is another story from Montana Born Books, so yes I’m a little biased, but I’m not just giving a shout-out to a friend. I absolutely adored this story. Often in romance and women’s fiction, the story starts when the heroine is just about over the bad stuff that happened with her ex in the past. In Good Together the bad stuff is just starting, and we follow Mattie’s journey through the dark times and into the light with page-turning eagerness. It’s such a real, gorgeous story, and for me very life-affirming. Yes, bad stuff happens in life, and even the ending of this book isn’t a perfect rosy miracle, but there’s such a celebration of love and life in it. You can tell how much I loved it.
What’s your astrological sign?
Aquarius. I have no idea what I’m supposed to be like as a person because of that. Watery?
Are you superstitious?
No, I’m conflicted. I don’t believe in superstitions, but act on them anyhow.
What does success mean to you?
The best thing is when people say they love my books. It’s the same feeling as when someone says something nice about my children. You just glow. And you believe it until you foolishly read the next one-star review on Amazon, which inevitably ends with the words, “…but at least I got it cheap/for free.”
Rock or country music?
Last song you listened to?
Whatever was on the car radio, which is tuned to a rock mix station.
What do you enjoy doing other than writing in your spare time?
Going to horse trial competitions with my daughter, who is working toward being a professional equestrian. We sleep in the horse trailer, cook on a camp stove, get very dirty and seem to walk about a hundred miles in a weekend, and when she’s riding, my heart is in my mouth – sometimes out of fear of the danger, sometimes just because I know how disappointed she’ll be if she has a bad dressage test or jump round. And yet I always have such a good time.
Thank you, Lilian! It’s always such a pleasure to chat with you and I’m loving your River Bend series so much, starting with your novella, Last Last Night and now, The Sweetest Thing.
Readers, if you haven’t taken advantage of this special $0.99 cents price, I urge you to do it today. The Sweetest Thing is so good, I have no doubt you’ll love it, too.
And to celebrate this exciting time with Lilian, I’ve got a fun giveaway for you. For a chance to win books, treats and all things sweet, leave a comment and tell me if you’ve read any of Lilian’s other books and if you have, which one(s) did you love most and why. But wait. There’s more fun in store! Besides this wonderful prize, I’m also going to give away 5 (FIVE) ebook downloads for The Sweetest Thing so there will be a total of six winners! So be sure you leave a comment and you could be one of the winners. 🙂 Contest will run until Monday night with winner announced on Tuesday. Good luck, and fingers crossed you will win!