Monday, September 16, 2013

Interview and $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway with Tracy March

Tell us a little about your latest release.

Tempted in the Tropics is a sweet-and-sassy, enemies-to-lovers romance!

One super-sexy doctor…

One feisty pastry chef…

One conversation starts their feud.

But when they end up at a friend’s wedding in St. Lucia, will the sultry heat between them bring a temporary truce?

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

I don’t write with a theme or message in mind, yet I’ve found that often they emerge organically from my characters and the story. My editors and readers pick up on them, and it’s a lot of fun to learn what they’ve gleaned that I didn’t consciously realize was there! 

For instance, in Tempted in the Tropics, there’s a super-fun St. Lucian guy named Gerard who works at the resort where Paige and Lane stay. Readers have said they enjoyed the “bromance” between Gerard and Lane. Awesome, right? I didn’t even know they had one until it was on the page!

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Fifty Shades of Grey. Eeep! Whether readers liked the series or not, pretty much everyone knows about it, or are curious to find out. I’m not sure I could face my mother if I’d have written those books—maybe that’s why I write tamer romance!—but I’d imagine E.L. James has had a pretty exciting go of it. 

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

I am hands-down, no-question, without a doubt in love with Cole Collins, the super-sexy pro baseball player in The Practice Proposal, the first book in my Suddenly Smitten series. The answer to the next question will explain why.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

For sure! The swoony pro baseball player in The Practice Proposal was inspired by my real-life favorite MLB player. Does that count? (Please say yes!) During most Washington Nationals games, this inferno-hot player appeared on my TV or on the field (when I was lucky enough to be in the stands), just begging to jump into a romance novel. So I put him in one!

Only I didn’t have a contract for The Practice Proposal at the time. So I made him the star of a romantic thriller. He wouldn’t play baseball—he’d be a senate staffer who rode a BMW motorcycle to work—but he’d still be buff at 6’ 5” and 245. He’d still have that swagger, the longish dark hair, the sultry brown eyes, and the sexist mouth EVER. 

So I’m off and writing him into my thriller, when I get a contract for The Practice Proposal. *woot* But wait! Super-sexy baseball guy was now in a thriller and busy working on Capitol Hill! *bites nails* How could I write a baseball hero who wasn’t him…the guy who makes a blissfully happy married woman really love baseball? 

I considered totally changing the thriller hero, and giving the baseball hero his true physical characteristics. But then I realized, it was his heart I needed to bring to the character—his sportsmanship, his team spirit, his love of the fans, and his quirky sense of humor. So I made up an entirely new version of him and called him Cole Collins. He’s got the longish hair, but it’s blonde, and his eyes are sparkly-blue. He’s tall and broad and muscular, and gracefully agile, too. Oops…back up a second. Cole’s not entirely new. I gave him that melt-your-insides mouth. I figured, why shouldn’t two men have lips like that?

If you’re wondering who the mystery MLB player is, it’s Michael Morse, who now plays for the Baltimore Orioles. I dedicated The Practice Proposal to him and nearly hyperventilated when he tweeted me about it—twice!

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I wish I had more time to read! My love of reading is one of the reasons I started writing, but I had no idea how much writing would cut into my reading time. Now when I get a chance to get lost in a book, it’s a super-exciting treat for me. 

Tempted in the Tropics
Suddenly Smitten Series
Book 2
Tracy March

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing - Bliss
Date of Publication: September 9, 2013

ISBN: 9781622661626

Number of pages: 192

Cover Artist: Jessica Cantor

Amazon  BN  

Book Description:

The only thing they agree on is the sultry heat between them

Nothing’s more important to Paige Ellerbee than her struggling bakery, Sweet Bee’s. When Lane Anderson, the temporary new doctor hot enough to rival McDreamy, moves in next door, though, she’s sure things are looking up. Until he threatens her business in their first conversation.

Lane just wants to practice medicine responsibly—not argue with the flighty bakery owner next door. But when he finds himself traveling down to the Caribbean to play guitar for Paige’s best friend’s wedding, suddenly the sight of the blonde in a bikini eclipses the fact they can’t agree on anything. And as their vacation romance grows, his reservations about starting something after getting burned by love are washed away like sand on the beach.

But once Paige and Lane land back home, will these polar opposites be able to forgive their feud and find lasting love?

Excerpt from Tempted in the Tropics by Tracy March

After getting her footing, Paige faced him. She tipped her head back beneath the cascading waterfall and ran her hands through her loose hair. The scene was like something from a glossy travel brochure where an irresistible yet unobtainable bikini-clad model seduced you into booking the most expensive vacation ever, hoping you’d possibly catch a glimpse of her while you were on your trip. 

Lane couldn’t fight his reaction to seeing Paige standing beneath the frothy flow. He took a deep breath and willed himself to stop reacting like a hormone-drunk teenager. She was definitely testing his self-control.

He stood riveted as the rushing water unexpectedly loosened the back tie of Paige’s bikini top. With her arms still raised, the strings fell to her sides, yet the tie around the back of her neck stayed secure. She seemed unaware as, through a glaze of glistening water, he saw the perfect, supple curves of her breasts peek below the loose fabric. A battle raged inside him. He should look away or warn her. Surely she didn’t know what was happening and she’d no doubt be embarrassed. But the pure male parts of him begged him to keep quiet.

“Paige,” he called, loudly enough for her to hear him above the cascade.

A split second later she shrieked, cupped her hands over her breasts, and jumped from beneath the waterfall, nearly losing her balance on the rocky surface of the pool. Lane steadied her.

She squeezed her eyes closed. “Please tell me you didn’t see my boobs.”

Lane tried not to laugh. “Did you just say boobs?”

She popped open her eyes. “Boobs, breasts, mammary glands…whatever the hell you doctors call them. Please tell me mine weren’t out there.”

“Turn around. I’ll tie you back up, even though that sounds a little kinky.”

She turned. “Stop teasing me—and avoiding the question. Tell me what you saw.”

He got to work on the tie. After it was secured and she’d fussed over straightening the triangles in front, she faced him.

“A man never peeks and tells.” He smiled slyly.

She slapped her hand over her mouth. “Oh crap. You did see them.” Her words were muffled, but he understood her just fine. She looked up at him, pleading with those big, golden-brown eyes.

“I liked what I saw,” he said. “But it wasn’t anything too private.”

She lowered her eyebrows.

He reached out and gently squeezed her shoulder. “I promise.”

Seeming somewhat satisfied, she lowered her hand from her mouth, but she kept biting her bottom lip. Thanks to her, he’d seen plenty of stimulating sights today, but that sexy lip-biting was what finally got him.

“Do we have a truce or not?” he asked.

She nodded. “You did save me from flashing my boobs to all of St. Lucia.”

He was the only one around, but he wasn’t going to argue. “So we can kiss and make up?” 

The cliché was out of his mouth before he even thought about its implications. Now he was the one in an awkward position. His pulse raced as he waited for her reaction.

She cocked her head and grinned slyly. “We can kiss…”

About the Author:

Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers influenced by her career in the pharmaceutical field, and her interest in science and politics. She also writes lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after.

Always up for travel and adventure, Tracy has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without Diet Coke and Cheez-Its.

Tracy lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her superhero husband who works for NASA. They recently spent two years living in Washington D.C., and enjoy visiting often—especially when the Nats are in town.

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Roxanne Rhoads said...

Thanks for the great interview and giveaway

Mirlou said...

Thank you for this giveaway.

Gayle Pace said...

What a generous giveaway and I liked the interview.

MCantu1019 said...

Liked the interview and the excerpt was really good.
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Tracy March said...

Thank you for hosting me here at The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom! Best of luck to everyone in the giveaway, and happy reading! :)

Tara said...

I want to read this!

Heather Wohltman said...

Sounds like a great book. Going to add it to my TBR list!