Monday, May 20, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - Kissing Fire by A.M. Hargrove

Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 4/15/2013

Preston Mitchell has many secrets. As an undercover DEA agent, he’s lived a life of danger and obscurity. A relationship was never a consideration...until the lovely Avery Middleton stumbles into his life.

To the outsider, Avery has it all...wealth, family, connections and a great job. But on the 
inside, she’s miserable. With a selfish mother driving her to the brink of insanity, a kooky neighbor that has zany plans for her to become a sumo wrestler, and a social life that’s in the toilet, Avery decides her only salvation is to get the hell out of town and start a new life. So she moves across the country and right into the path of hot and sexy, Preston.

Unfortunately, Avery ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time and is now 
running for her life. Preston is determined to protect her but she suddenly finds herself irresistibly captivated by him. There’s only one problem. Preston’s covert missions have created a load of mental baggage resulting in an impenetrable wall around him that no one can break through. But Avery rocks Preston’s world because she is nothing like anyone he’s ever met and something extraordinary begins to develop between them. Can their love survive in this world, where danger, intrigue and deception lurk on every corner?

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

Absolutely! I worked in management for a large pharmaceutical company, but they were taken over by another company three years ago. I looked at that as my opportunity to do a complete career change and here I am. I love this job I call writing…of course, I don’t look at it as a job, because I enjoy it so much. And here’s the thing—I work harder and longer than I ever have before!

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Oh gosh! I think it was everything. I didn’t know a darn thing about self publishing. I learned everything the hard way and did everything bass-ackwards! And when I wrote my first book, Survival, I didn’t know when to end the darn thing. I laugh now, because if one of my friends hadn’t suggested I stop writing, I would still be working on that book!  It would be longer than the entire Game of Thrones series, LOL.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

Yes. Initially, it was a good friend of mine that kept encouraging me. She thought I had what it took. She’s a publicist in the traditional world of books and kept urging me to move forward. I’m glad she did because I’m not sure I would have done it without her.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I’m getting ready to publish reEmergent, the last installment of the Guardians of Vesturon series. It’s my YA/NA series that I started with and I’m also currently writing Tragically Flawed, another contemporary romance. That should be out sometime in August.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

I just downloaded Michelle Leighton’s Until I Break and can’t wait to sink my teeth into it. YES! I’m addicted to reading, but unfortunately I find that now, since I’m writing so much, my reading time has become much more limited. Boo!

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:

#HOT DEA Agent saves damsel in distress from evil drug cartel while a kooky neighbor does her best to spice things up with her crazy antics. 

I hope I didn’t exceed 120 characters!

This or That?

#1 - iPod or Mp3? 

iPod all the way.

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate—total addict here.

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?

Mashed with butter.

#4 – Comedy or Drama?

Do I have to pick? I’m 50/50!

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?

Funny you should ask. I’m Nick all the way. He’s a personal friend. I used to work with him ;-)

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?

Depends…love them both.

#7 – Call or Text?

Text and I drive my hubs cray cray.

#8 – Public School or Home School?

I see the benefits of both…I think it depends on the child and school district.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate

Dayam…you know how to hurt a girl! Mocha, how’s that? 

#10 – eBook or Paperback?

eBook—I’m so spoiled. I love having all my books in one spot. But I do love my signed copies… J

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life.  So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase.  Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had ├╝ber quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head.  Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window.   She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.
 Boss:  Hello
 A.M.:  Boss, is that you?
 Boss:  Why yes, A. M., who else would be answering my phone?
 A.M.:  Er... right.  Well, I'm calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate.
 Boss:  Why ever would I want to do that?
 A.M.:  Because I quit!
 A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.
 A.M.:  Hi hubs, can you pick me up at Starbucks?
 Hubs:  Sure... Having some car trouble?
 A.M.:  Not at all.  I don't have a car to have trouble with because I just quit my job.
 Hubs:  WHAT?!
 A.M.:  It's time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist.
 So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a young adult paranormal romance author of self-published ebooks.  Her series, The Guardians of Vesturon, centers around a family of six siblings and is a mix of humor, mystery, suspense and of course, love.  Survival and Resurrection are her first and second full length novels in the series and Beginnings is the prequel novella.  Her third installment, Determinant, will be released on June 30, 2012.  (It didn’t happen exactly like that, but you get the idea!)


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1 comment:

  1. I haven't read a book by Anne that I didn't love. Kissing Fire was a laugh riot!

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway:)

    laura thomas