November 4, 2013

E-Book Giveaway, by Author Katie O'Boyle

Welcome to Cheryl’s place! I’m thrilled to have here.

Please tell us a little about yourself.
Great to be here, Cheryl! I was born in Seneca Falls, which is the Birthplace of Women’s Rights, and I really value women finding their own voice and supporting each other. I still live in the Finger Lakes, and I love the area in every season. One of my favorite things is having lunch with friends on the beautiful lakeside porches in the Finger Lakes. I cherish the sharing and laughter with friends and loved ones. It’s no accident that my romance series is called “Lakeside Porches.”

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?
I love taking long walks in the fresh air with my camera in hand. It reminds me to see the beauty in everything from fat pumpkins to snow decorating fire hydrants to spring blossoms to summer rainstorms.

Any advice for new writers just starting out?
It’s so important to trust in your own voice and believe in your talent!

Tell us about your latest release? 
Stepping Up To Love is getting strong reviews across the web. Texas Book Nook gave it 5 stars and said, "There was a deep subject matter in this book and the way O'Boyle handled it was very well done. [Manda] was equal parts wounded and strong. Now Joel, Joel is completely Swoon-worthy. I loved the way he handled the situation and how he was her saving grace and protector. Their connection was believable and unfolded naturally."

Here’s a quick summary: Stepping Up To Love is a college-town story with a recovery twist. When her boss catches her using the spa shower at The Manse, junior accountant and graduating college senior Manda Doughty comes clean about the alcoholic drinking that has led her into a disastrous relationship with a predatory professor. Joel, who is a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and also a trustee of the college, is faced with more problems than a beautiful naked woman in his shower. While he’d rather make love all night with funny, brainy Manda, Joel knows his desire for her has no future if Manda cannot stay sober, grow up, and face her problems squarely. While Manda immerses herself in AA, Joel uncovers harassment and embezzlement that threaten the existence of the college his ancestors founded. Can he fix the problems at the college without exposing Manda to public humiliation? Can Manda clean up her mess and trust the love she feels for Joel? The odds may not be in their favor, but miracles happen in twelve-step recovery programs for those who are willing to change their lives and open their hearts.

Please share an excerpt of your book!
Halfway through the shampoo, she heard him tap on the frosted glass door and slip some clothes onto the hook in the dressing area. “I owe you, Remy,” she said over the noise of the shower.
“Shhh!” he commanded. “I know nothing!” he declared and hummed his way back through the locker room.
The bubble of laughter that rose in Manda turned into a flood of tears. She let them flow and mix with the hundred-degree simulated rainwater pouring from the ceiling.
Finally warm, and thoroughly clean, shampooed, conditioned, citrus-scented, and far less achy than she’d been, Manda turned off the water and drew back the linen curtain dividing the shower stall from the dressing area, and screamed. Standing at the glass door was the big boss. Remy’s boss. Her boss's boss. She wasn’t sure, but Joel Cushman was probably everybody’s boss.
“Geez, Joel, I thought you were a pervert!” she yelled at him. I can’t believe I just called Mr. Cushman “Joel.” I am in so much trouble here.
“Manda? What—?” His voice cracked like an adolescent.
Manda stifled a laugh. His eyes were drinking in her body as though he couldn’t believe what she’d been hiding under her baggy clothes. Drink your fill now, Joel, because I am off men for life.
“I thought you were a criminal. What are you doing in the shower at seven fifteen in the morning? And stop batting that curtain around.”
Manda tried desperately to grab hold of the linen shower curtain, flapping this way and that in the current created by the open door. “Do you mind?” she scolded him.
Giving up on the curtain, she crossed her arms and turned her back on him. He probably likes that view, too. “Could you hand me a towel, please, or get out of here?” Why am I yelling at the boss? Seriously dumb, Manda.
He was silent now, which was worse. What is he doing, standing there, looking at me? Panic overtook anger, and she turned back to look at him.
He had dropped the admiring once-over, and she saw he was taking a second look at her purpling bruises. Silently, he handed her a towel from the top of the stack and looked her in the eye.
Manda wondered if he could read the shame and fear clouding her vision.
Joel cleared his throat and ordered, “In my office. Five minutes. Dressed.”

What’s your current WIP?
 Book two of the Lakeside Porches romances features Justin and Gianessa who were introduced in book one, and it includes Manda and Joel’s wedding in the rose garden. I’m working on book three (Gwen and Peter’s love story) with updates from all the heroes and heroines to date.

Where can we find Stepping Up To Love?

Where can we find Katie O’Boyle?

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  1. Cheryl, great to be here! Wow, your red background really woke me up-- better than coffee! :-) Thanks a million for hosting us Soul Mate authors this month.

  2. Great scene, Kate. How can you not read on after that?

    1. Hope you enjoy Joel and Manda's story! Also hope to see more of you at LCRW-- meeting, holiday party, etc.!!

  3. Wonderful excerpt. Certainly makes me want more.

    1. Hope you win the giveaway, Karen, and enjoy Joel and Manda's story.

      All the best with your new release. :-)

  4. Looks like a great story. I'd definitely keep reading!

    1. Carla, I hope you enjoy the book! Joel and Manda are so dear to my heart. Your name is fascinating-- I'm sure there's a story there?

  5. Enjoyed reading the ARC of Stepping Up to Love. Highly recommend it!

    1. So good to hear, Joanne. Thanks for the reviews!! :-)

  6. Hey, Kate, great interview as always! As you know, I thought Stepping Up to Love was the best, and I hope this encourages more readers to give it a try. Good luck!

    1. Hey Roz. Right back at you for Bob at the Lake-- a great read, and I look forward to the sequel. Would be happy to read/comment as you go along :-)

  7. Lovely interview, Katie, and very compelling book. I wish you all the best! And go Seneca Falls! All women should love that place!

    1. Thanks for the Seneca Falls plug!! I don't know where I'd be without that reinforcement as a child and young woman :-) It's such a pleasure knowing you and your work.

  8. Kate, Your interview is almost as compelling as your books. I loved getting a little closer peek into... Kate!

  9. Fantastic excerpt. We definitely got to see, um, more of your shero. :) And woohoo, Seneca Falls!