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A visit with Candy Hearts Author Ally Hayes

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Today I get to introduce you to  my Wild Rose Press author/sistah Ally Hayes. Ally is one of the CandyHearts writers and I featured her blurb and excerpt yesterday. Today you get to know her a little better – and she’s a sweetheart! And don’t forget to enter the Wild Rose Press rafflecopter to win a Kindle Fire ( details at the end of the interview)

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Author Interview Questions:

Ally, The Writer:

  1. What drives you to write? Reading. I’ve always been both inspired by, and jealous of authors.
  1. What genre(s) of Romance do your write, and why? Relatable, romantic comedies. I always keep in mind that my friends will be reading my stories and strive to keep them entertained.
  1. What genre(s) of Romance do you read, and why? While I only write contemporary, I’m more open to other genres for my own reading. I tend to read certain genres at different times of the year. I love an epic historical during the winter months and can’t resist a good steamy story to take to the pool or beach in the summer.
  1. What’s your writing schedule? Do you write everyday? I do write most days, but allow myself ‘off’ days when it just isn’t feasible or coming to me easily. Some days I’m the boss, some days the characters order me around.
  1. Give us a glimpse of the surroundings where you write. Separate room? In the kitchen? At the dining room table? I write all my first drafts longhand in notebooks and just about anywhere from my desk, to outside and even in the car while I wait for one of my kids to finish a practice or lesson. When it comes time for typing and editing, I need the discipline of sitting at my desk in a space we added off our kitchen around the same time I began writing every day. It has 9 windows so I have plenty of light which is important to me. When I write at night (or early in the morning) I turn on every light in the house and drive everyone else crazy.
  1. Are you the kind of writer who needs total quiet to compose, or are you able to filter out the typical sounds of the day and use your tunnelvision? With three daughters I’ve learned to filter out sounds and create my own tunnelvision, but they’d say I hear everything. If I needed total silence I’d never get anything finished.
  1. Do you listen to music while you write, and if so, what kind? If not, why not? I don’t listen to music because I find lyrics distracting and too influential. I’ve tried instrumental, but it made me drowsy.
  1. How did you come up with the plotline/idea for your current WIP? Group texts have given me a few ideas over the last few years. Whenever a friend includes me in a conversation with others I don’t know, I always wonder who the unknown number is and try to figure them out by their responses. It’s been like a game and always interesting when I do discover their identity later. When I heard about the call for submission for the Candy Hearts Series I thought I could incorporate the theme and it took off from there.
  1. Which comes first for you – character or plot? And why? The plot comes first then the characters evolve. I’m not sure why. Hmm.
  1. What 3 words describes you, the writer? Focused. Frustrated. Funny.

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  1. Tell us one unusual thing about yourself – not related to writing!  I can’t sing. Really, can’t even fake it. My parents used to pay me to keep quiet on long car rides.
  2. Who was your first love and what age were you? I fell head-over-heels for the ‘bad boy’ when I was a 14 year-old freshman in high school.
  3. If you could relive one day, which one would it be? Think GROUNDHOG DAY, the movie for this one – you’ll have to live it over and over and…. The last day of spring break as a senior in college in Key West with my friends and boyfriend (who is now my husband). From breakfast on the beach to a sunset booze cruise and late night antics – it was perfect then and even more so in my head now as an adult with the responsibilities I didn’t have back then. 
  4. Do you like a guy in boxers, briefs, or commando? Boxers, without a doubt.
  5. If you had to give up one necessary-can’t-live-without-it beauty item, what would it be? If forced, I’d give up my eyeliner. I’d then have to explain why I look so tired. 
  6. What three words describes you, the person? Fun, energetic and caring.
  7. If you could sing a song with Jimmy Fallon, what would it be? This would be a dream come true. I’d love to sing anything from the 1980s with him, but singing (well, lip-synching, see #1 above) with him in character as Bruce Springsteen would be amazing. Maybe Glory Days?
  8. If you could hang out with any literary character from any book penned at any time line, who would it by, why, and what would you do together? Laura Ingalls Wilder because she started my love of reading and writing. We’d go stir up trouble with Nellie and the other kids.

Bonus round

I love the Actor’s Studio show on Bravo, so this is my version of it:

  1. Favorite sound – a baby’s laugh
  2. Least favorite sound – other people chewing gum
  3. Best song every written – One by U2
  4. Worst song ever written – Friday by Rebecca Black
  5. Favorite actor and actress – Jimmy Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence
  6. Who would you want to be for 1 day and why? ( It can be anyone living or dead) Beyonce. Just to see if she’s really as cool as she seems.
  7. What turns you on? Humor
  8. What turns you off? Self-absorbed people.
  9. Give me the worst 5 words ever heard on a first date ( here’s mine: “Is that your real hair?”) You can drive us, right
  10. What’s your version of a perfect day? -waking up on my own -no alarm clock or kids waking me- and having no agenda whatsoever.

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The Candy Hearts are Here!

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The first in the new series from The Wild Rose Press, The CANDY HEARTS have arrived. Join me in welcoming authors Ally Hayes and Emma Kaye  and Jana Richards today as they celebrate their additions to the series:  SECRET ADMIRER,  FOR YOU, and CHILL OUT.  And don’t forget: at the end of the release data there is a link to enter a RAFFLECOPTER to win a KINDLE FIRE courtesy of the Wild Rose Press! You gotta be in it to win it!

perf5.000x8.000.indd SECRET ADMIRER ( Ally Hayes)

Blurb:

Andi’s new to town and looking for a fresh start in the dating department. She’s attracted to the guy she sees each morning, but begins flirting via text with Garrett, a friend of her new co-workers. Despite many attempts and determination, she misses opportunities to introduce herself to Cute Coffee Shop Guy or actually meet Garrett in person. With Valentine’s Day approaching she succumbs to the sugar rush of Candy Hearts and when ‘Secret Admirer’ continues to appear in the messages, she takes it as a sign to decide which guy is her real Secret Admirer.

Excerpt:

I pulled my sporty hybrid into a spot right in front of the aptly named Fresh Start Café. The irony did not escape me. A loud overhead door chime announced my entrance. Though still not quite perky, I gave a weak smile to the few people who instinctively turned. I ordered a large cup to go and walked past the glass case of pastries toward the counter along the far wall offering the requisite sugars, creamers, stirrers, and lids. I only needed a lid, but that proved to be more challenging than I could’ve imagined. I struggled to secure it while avoiding a spill, but I couldn’t produce a seal.

“They are a bit tricky, but the upside is once they’re on, they’re on for good.”

Upon hearing a sexy, yet friendly, male voice, I looked up and blushed upon discovering the face matched the voice. He had medium length, messy, brown hair and soft blue eyes framed by amazing eyelashes. I caught myself staring and quickly looked away and resumed my mission with a renewed effort.

“Yes, snug I guess. You’re right.” Thankfully the lid made a satisfying pop at that moment indicating my victory in the lid battle. I quickly straightened, my hands shaking in time with my racing heart. I wasn’t expecting to meet a cute guy first thing in the morning.

The combination of surprise and attraction woke me better than any cup of French Roast could.

Buy Links:
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About the Author:

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As the mother of three girls, Ally finds creating drama for her characters an escape from the real drama in her own home. Originally from Boston, she now lives with her husband and family outside Chicago and writes when not driving to practices and games.

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(Read my review of SECRET ADMIRER here)

                                                            FOR YOU(Emma Kaye)

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Blurb:

It’s Valentine’s Day, and candy heart sayings mock Drew Engledown’s lonely state. He wants more in his life than work, but hasn’t met anyone he can imagine spending his life with. When he puts his own life at risk to save a friend, he’s sent back in time to Regency London and mistaken for a murdered earl. Has he been given a chance at love with the earl’s beautiful widow, or will he suffer the same fate as the previous lord?

When her husband’s heir lays claim to all she once owned, Lady Engledown is left nearly destitute. So she doesn’t know whether to be relieved or angry when the earl returns but claims he’s not her husband. Could he be telling the truth, or is he toying with her? She doesn’t know what to think of this man who is so different from the husband she never loved. Can they find happiness together, or will this man she comes to love leave her worse off than before?

 

Excerpt:

She took a delicate sip of the chilled liquid when they paused near the doors to the terrace. They were closed against the cool night, but a draft kept the over-warm air of the crowded ballroom at bay.

He pulled at his cravat, something he’d done repeatedly throughout the night, and let out his breath in a gush. “That’s better. It’s hot as an oven in here.”

She placed a hand over his to get him to release his collar. “We’ll stay but a few more hours. You may untie your cravat the moment we are out of sight within our carriage. Until then, please refrain from disrobing in public.”

He grinned and pulled her closer to his side than was seemly. “You’re just dying to get me naked, I see.”

She gasped. Heat flooded her face. “I meant no such thing. I—”

Drew laughed. “Sorry, sorry. I couldn’t resist. Modern humor.”

She flipped open her fan, waving it before her face in an attempt to hide a bit of the blush that had surely turned her face a brilliant shade of red. For a moment, she’d thought him capable of reading her mind, for thoughts of him naked had indeed entered her head.

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About the Author:emmakaye

Emma Kaye is married to her high school sweetheart and has two beautiful kids that she spends an insane amount of time driving around New Jersey. Before ballet and Scouts entered her life, she decided to try writing one of those romances she loved to read and discovered a new passion. She’s been writing ever since. Add in a hyper dog and an extremely patient cat and she’s living her own happily ever after while making her characters work hard to reach theirs.

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                                     CHILL OUT (Jana Richards)

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Blurb:

Renata Cabral needs to hide for the weekend. Her cousin’s Valentine’s Day wedding means she’ll face embarrassing questions from her large, extended family. Questions like “Why aren’t you married yet?”  Since the breakup of her last relationship, she’s not ready to answer that question. She invents a work-related excuse and escapes to a friend’s lakeside cottage.

Noah Brownlee has been hiding for two years. But now he’s ready to come home and mend his broken relationship with his brother. When a friend offers the use of his lakeside cottage, Noah arrives in the middle of a blizzard with his English Mastiff, only to find the place is already occupied. With her big brown eyes and quirky sense of humor, Renata stirs feelings he thought long dead.

As the blizzard rages, the candy hearts predict love. Can Valentine’s Day work its magic between them?

Excerpt 

“Dylan wasn’t just my brother, he was my best friend, and in some ways, he was like a father. When our mother died, he petitioned the court to make him my legal guardian so I wouldn’t have to go into care. He made sure I studied, pushed me to apply to med school, helped me with expenses.”

“He sounds like a wonderful big brother.”

His lips curved in a sad smile and Renata’s heart ached for him. “He was, and I know he’s going to be an amazing father. I want this animosity between us to end. I want my brother back.” His voice cracked. “But I’m not sure he feels the same way. I said some ugly things…”

“Perhaps, with the baby coming, he wants to mend the rift between you as much as you do.” She hoped she was right.

“Maybe. I’ll find out tomorrow. I’m going to phone Dylan and try to arrange a meeting.”

“It’ll work out. You’ll see.”

He leaned toward her, the corners of his eyes wrinkling with his smile. “I appreciate the pep rally.”

“Well, I was a cheerleader in high school. Rah, Rah.”

He laughed softly, then cupped her face with his hand, his thumb idly stroking her cheek. Her breath hitched at his tender touch. “Thank you for making this easier for me, Renata.”

He leaned in and her heart pounded in anticipation of his kiss. When his lips touched hers, a firestorm of longing ignited inside her. She strained toward him, needing his kiss, needing to heal his pain. His lips parted against hers, and she opened her mouth eagerly, reveling in his taste as his tongue danced with hers. The world faded away, and nothing existed for her except this man and all the tenderness she felt for him. It felt so right to kiss him, so perfectly, completely right.

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Author Bio:

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When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.

In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com

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