#BIR2010 – Book Giveaway Weathered Too Young & Windswept Flame by Marcia Lynn McClure + Author Interview

One of my absolute favorite discoveries of 2010 is author Marcia Lynn McClure and her clean romance books! It didn’t take me long to read everything she’s written and I loved them all. I’ve been fortunate to have been able to correspond with and talk to Marcia on the phone and I adore her!

I sent Marcia a list of interview questions and she answered them all. So here we go with a fabulous interview with an author I love … Marcia Lynn McClure!

Interview:

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely the past! Late Victorian era or turn of the century (1899-1900), or the 1950s! Definitely the past!

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
(Other than my family?) My comic book collection (i.e. Calvin and Hobbes, Zits, Foxtrot), a working computer and printer, and my cds! If I had to pick one comic book it would have to be a Foxtrot collection…one cd…probably A Charlie Brown Christmas or Christmas with Connif!

What is one book everyone should read?
(Again—other than the obvious) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.

What is the last book you read?
Answering honestly—Hank the Cowdog! ADORED it!

What is the last movie you saw?
At the theater—Red…at home—The Young Victoria.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Sprinkling Happiness-Confection Girl!

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Reading minds.

When you were 12 years old what did you want to be when you grew up?
A wife and stay-at-home mom!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate Peanut Butter!

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
You mean besides the Savior or one of the prophets? Hmmm…I would have to go with Abraham Lincoln, Lord Alfred Tennyson or Elvis!

Which fictional character would you most like to meet?
Anne Shirley! Hands down!

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Bacon! Pancakes and Bacon, in truth!

How many books do you read a week/month?
At the risk of disappointing you…when one writes one doesn’t have much time to read. I only read about 1-2 novels a year. But I do read comic book collections, poetry and children’s books every day!

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
Ooooo! Impossible to narrow down! I’m very very very eclectic with my music tastes! BUT I would have to say that Christmas music is my favorite genre…and my second would be beautiful movie soundtrack scores like Pride and Prejudice (2005), Sabrina by John Williams, most anything by Rachel Portman…things like that. I love the 80’s stuff, Aaron Neville, the 50’s, 30’s and 40’s…so many! As for a favorite artist…hmmm…Brian Crain is my favorite pianist/composer, Rachel Portman and John Williams are my favorite movie score folks, I like Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Connick Jr….okay wait I’m getting carried away! See? You’ve hit a nerve here! As for favorite song…hmmm…again impossible to determine. My favorite hymns is probably I Stand All Amazed and Silent Night…favorite 80’s tunes are The Break Up Song by Greg Kihn and Big Country by Big Country…I LOVE I Love How You Love Me by the Paris Sisters…and Bird on a Wire by the Neville Brothers. Impossible to narrow down!

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
My computer! Ha ha! Seriously! I do find that I need more quiet than I used to need…and a little snack here and there helps keep me going! I often use background music, too…but not always. In fact, I wrote the entire book Saphyre Snow to two songs set on repeat…Tracks #9 and #15 on the Pride and Prejudice Soundtrack, Liz On Top of the World and Your Hands are Cold.

Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird! Totally! Anywhere between 4:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.

One food you would never eat?
Chocolate covered insects!

Pet Peeves?
People who treat other people rudely…dirty dishes in the left-hand sink…hair in the bathroom…grouchy people.

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms!

Favorite Cartoon?
Wow! Another hard one! Hmmm…when I was little it was probably Scooby Doo (the original one)…but now I’d have to go with vintage Disney or Looney Tunes!

If you could trade your life for that of a fictional character, who would that character be?
Anne Shirley!

If you could go back in time and meet one author, who would it be and why?
Lord Alfred Tennyson! He’s one of my favorite poets and I would love to see how his mind works!

What was the first book you read?
You mean like a novel? I’m sure I read tons of books (children’s books) growing up…but I read Gone With the Wind in 5th grade and it literally awed me!

If you could be a paranormal creature, what would you choose to be?
A paranormal creature? Do you mean like a mutant thing—or a ghost—or just someone with paranormal abilities? I think I would be a Ghost Whisperer!

If you could re-write the ending to a book written by someone else, what would it be?
Gone With the Wind!

If you could jump into any painting which one would it be?
Meeting on the Turret Stairs by Fredrick Burton!

If you could travel by hot air balloon, what would you fly over?
Oooo! I witnessed a terrible ballooning accident as a teenager—eight people falling to their deaths, including a woman who was 8 months pregnant. I would have to say, I would travel over a suburban park and no higher off the ground than 15 feet!

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
Hmmm. Difficult to say. Late Victorian era I think…on a farm…because that kind of hard work calls to me…the lifestyle, etc. I don’t know though…the 1950s were pretty wonderful, too!

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Are you kidding? Harry Potter! Ahhhhhhhhh!

Who is your favorite author?
Another tough one. Hmmm…novelist? If I’m going to be totally honest…I’d say Jill Tattersall or Victoria Holt.

Do you prefer to write on the computer or with paper?
I HAVE to have a computer! I could never write by hand. I have a slight tremor in my right hand and my writing becomes almost illegible after about two sentences! Even if I didn’t have the tremor…I would have to write on a computer! So much faster! I could never get it out of my mind and on to the paper fast enough otherwise!

Paranormal or Normal?
Normal…but paranormal intrigues me!

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be, male or female, doesn’t matter and why?
Hello? Venus!

What kind of book do you read when you get sick?
Non-taxing…comic books or children’s books.

What are your favorite comfort foods?
Milk chocolate chips with peanut butter, cake and milk, and bread.

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
Rodeo or Football!

If you could be any author, who would you like to be?
Hmm. I’ve never thought about that. I guess Victoria Holt!

Are you a loner or social butterfly?
I know everyone would categorize me as a social butterfly…but I like the privacy of my home and family most!

How do you react to a bad review?
A bad review—with a shrug of disappointment. A hateful, critical critique that hits below the belt—tears, frustration, astonishment, indignation and a day or two of totally loosing my motivation and ability to write!

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
A canary!

Thanks Marcia! I absolutely adore Marcia & her books!

Visit Marcia’s Website or Blog or Fansite.

2010 has been a great year for Marcia Lynn McClure books.  Marcia published 5 books & 3 ebooks:

Weathered Too Young:
Lark Lawrence was alone. In all the world there was no one who cared for her. Still, there were worse things than independence-and Lark had grown quite capable of providing for herself. Nevertheless, as winter loomed, she suddenly found herself with no means by which to afford food and shelter-destitute.
Yet, Tom Evans was a kind and compassionate man. When Lark Lawrence appeared on his porch, without pause he hired her to keep house and cook for himself and his cantankerous elder brother, Slater. And although Tom had befriend Lark first, it would be Slater Evans-handsome, brooding and twelve years Lark’s senior-who would unknowingly abduct her heart.
Still, Lark’s true age (which she concealed at first meeting the Evans brothers) was not the only truth she had kept from Slater and Tom Evans. Darker secrets lay imprisoned deep within her heart-and her past. However, it is that secrets are made to be found out-and Lark’s secrets revealed would soon couple with the arrival of a woman from Slater’s past to forever shatter her dreams of winning his love-or so it seemed. Would truth and passion mingle to capture Lark the love she’d never dared to hope for?

Windswept Flame:
Broken-irreparably broken. The violent deaths of her father and the young man she’d been engaged to marry, had irrevocably broken Cedar Dale’s heart. Her mother’s heart had been broken, as well-shattered by the loss of her own true love. Thus, pain and anguish-fear and despair-found Cedar Dale, and her mother Flora, returned to the small western town where life had once been happy and filled with hope. Perhaps there she and her mother would find some resemblance of truly living life-instead of merely existing.
Yet, the enduring of a broken heart-the fear it breeds-lingers in the soul. In the depths of her splintered self, Cedar wondered if she would ever know true warmth of being again. She was doubtful that she would. Until the day a chance meeting with a dream from her past caused a flicker of wonder to ignite in her bosom.
As a child, Cedar Dale had adored the handsome rancher’s son, Tom Evans-followed after him with the infatuated exuberance of a newborn calf. And when chance brought her face-to-face with the object of her childhood fascination once more, Cedar Dale began to believe that perhaps her fragmented heart could be healed-that perhaps life could be more than despair and pain.
Yet could Cedar truly hope to win the regard of such a man above men as was Tom Evans? A man kept occupied with hard work and ambition-a man so desperately sought after by seemingly every woman?

The Pirate Ruse:
Abducted! Forcibly taken from her home in New Orleans , Cristabel Albay found herself a prisoner aboard an enemy ship—and soon thereafter, transferred into the vile hands of blood-thirsty pirates! War waged between the newly liberated United States and King George. Still, Cristabel would soon discover that British sailors were the very least of her worries—for the pirate captain, Bully Booth, owned no loyalty—no sympathy for those he captured.

Yet hope was not entirely lost—for where there was found one crew of pirates—there was ever found another. Though Cristabel Albay would never have dreamed that she may find fortune in being captured by one pirate captain only to be taken by another—she did! Bully Booth took no man alive—let no woman live long. But the pirate Navarrone was known for his clemency. Thus, Cristabel’s hope in knowing her life’s continuance was restored.

Nonetheless, as Cristabel’s heart began to yearn for the affections of her handsome, beguiling captor—she wondered if Captain Navarrone had only saved her life to execute her poor heart!

Romantic Vignettes: The Anthology of Premiere Novellas
Contains 3 Short Stories:
The Unobtainable One
THE CHILD WAS STRAWBERRY-SWEET AND LOVING…BUT THE MAN WAS FORBIDDEN FRUIT.

Annette Jordan had accepted the unavoidable reality that she must toil as a governess to provide for herself. Thankfully, her charge was a joy—a vision of youthful beauty, owning a spirit of delight.

But it was Annette’s employer, Lord Gareth Barrett, who proved to be the trial—for she soon found herself living in the all-too-cliché governess’ dream of having fallen desperately in love with the man who provided her wages.

The child loved her—but could she endure watching hopelessly as the beautiful woman from a neighboring property won Lord Barrett’s affections?

The General’s Ambition:
SHE HAD BEEN SELECTED TO MARRY AND BEAR THE PROGENY OF THE SON…

Seemingly over night, Renee Millings found herself orphaned and married to the indescribably handsome, but ever frowning, Roque Montan. His father, The General, was obsessively determined that his lineage would continue posthaste—with or without consent of his son’s new bride.

But when Roque reveals the existence of a sworn oath that will obstruct his father’s ambition, will the villainous General conspire to insure the future of his coveted progeny to be borne by Renee himself? Will Renee find the only means of escape from the odious General to be that of his late wife—death? Or will the son find no tolerance for his father’s diabolic plotting concerning the woman Roque legally terms his wife?

Indebted Deliverance:
SNOWBOUND AND ISOLATED…SHE HAD NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO ENDURE THE WINTER IN THE COMPANIONSHIP OF THE BRUTAL RACE TREVELIAN…

Chalyce LaSalle had been grateful to the handsome recluse, Race Trevelian, when he had delivered her from certain tragedy one frigid winter day. He was addictively attractive, powerful and intriguing—and there was something else about him—an air of secreted internal torture. Yet, as the brutal character of her emancipator began to manifest, Chalyce commenced in wondering whether the fate she now faced would be any less insufferable than the one from which he had delivered her.

Still, his very essence beckoned hers. She was drawn to him and her soul whispered that his mind needed deliverance as desperately as she had needed rescue that cold, winter’s noon.

The Rogue Knight
An aristocratic birthright and the luxurious comforts of profound wealth did nothing to comfort Fontaine Pratina following the death of her beloved parents. After two years in the guardianship of her mother’s arrogant and selfish sister, Carileena Wetherton, Fontaine’s only moments of joy and peace were found in the company of the loyal servants of Pratina Manor. Only in the kitchens and servant’s quarters of her grand domicile did Fontaine find friendship, laughter and affection.
Always, the life of a wealthy orphan destined to inherit loomed before her—a dark cloud of hopeless, shallow, snobbish people…a life of aristocracy, void of simple joys—and of love. Still, it was her lot—her birthright and she saw no way of escaping it.
One brutal, cold winter’s night a battered stranger appeared at the kitchen servant’s entrance, however, seeking shelter and help. He gave only his first name, Knight…and suddenly, Fontaine found herself experiencing fleeting moments of joy in life. For Knight was handsome, powerful…the very stuff of the legends of days of old. Though a servant’s class was his, he was proud, strong and even his name seemed to portray his persona absolutely. He distracted Fontaine from her dull, hopeless existence.
Yet, there were devilish secrets—strategies cached by her greedy aunt and not even the handsome and powerful Knight could save her from them. Or could he? And if he did—would the truth force Fontaine to forfeit her Knight, her heart’s desire…the man she loved—in order to survive?

The Tide of the Mermaid Tears (E-Book)
Excerpt…
She took two more steps and paused—squeezed her eyes tightly shut andEmber gasped as she looked forward up the shore to see a man struggling in the water. He was coughing—spitting water from his mouth as he crawled from the water and onto the sand. As he collapsed face-down on the shore, Ember lifted her skirt and ran toward the man, dropping to her knees beside him.
“Sir?” she cried, nudging one broad shoulder. The man was stripped of his shirt—dressed only in a pair of trousers—no shoes…
Ember shook her head, rolling her eyes at her own foolishness.
“Sir?” she called again, nudging his broad shoulder once more. The man lay on his stomach—his face turned away from her. “Are you dead, sir?” she asked. Placing a hand to his back, she sighed with relief as she felt he yet breathed.
“Sir?” she said, clambering over the man’s broad torso.
The man coughed. His eyes opened—his deep blue eyes, so shaded by thick, wet lashes that Ember wondered how it was he could see beyond them.
“Sir?” Ember ventured.
He coughed, asking, “Where am I?”
“On the seashore, sir,” Ember answered.

A Better Reason to Fall in Love (E-Book)
Excerpt…
“Boom chicka wow wow!” Emmy whispered.
“Absolutely!” Tabby breathed as she watched Jagger Brodie saunter past.
She envied Jocelyn for a moment, knowing he was most likely on his way to drop something off on Jocelyn’s desk—or to speak with her. Jocelyn got to talk with Jagger almost every day, whereas Tabby was lucky if he dropped graphics changes off to her once a week.
“Ba boom chicka wow wow!” Emmy whispered again.
“He’s sporting a red tie today! Ooo! The power tie! He must be feeling confident.”
Tabby smiled, amused and yet simultaneously amazed at Emmy’s observation. She’d noticed the red tie, too. “There’s a big marketing meeting this afternoon,” she told Emmy. “I heard he’s presenting some hard-nose material.”
“Then that explains it,” Emmy said, smiling. “Mr. Brodie’s about to rock the company’s world!”
“He already rocks mine…every time he walks by,” Tabby whispered.

Released Last Week!
Take a Walk With Me (Ebook)
“Grandma?” Cozy called as she closed the front door behind her. She inhaled a deep breath—bathing in the warm, inviting scent of banana nut bread baking in the oven. “Grandma? Are you in here?”
“Cozy!” her grandma called in a loud whisper. “I’m in the kitchen. Hurry!”
Cozy frowned—her heart leapt as worry consumed her for a moment. Yet, as she hurried to the kitchen to find her grandma kneeling at the window that faced the new neighbors yard, and peering out with a pair of binoculars, she exhaled a sigh of relief.
“Grandma! You’re still spying on him?” she giggled.
“Get down! They’ll see us! Get down!” Dottie ordered in a whisper, waving one hand in a gesture that Cozy should duck.
Giggling with amusement at her grandma’s latest antics, Cozy dropped to her hands and knees and crawled toward the window.
“Who’ll see us?” she asked.
“Here,” Dottie whispered, pausing only long enough to reach for a second set of binoculars sitting on the nearby counter. “These are for you.” She smiled at Cozy—winked as a grin of mischief spread over her face. “And now…may I present the entertainment for this evening…Mr. Buckly hunk of burning love Bryant…and company.”

Wow what a great year for Marcia Lynn McClure books!  To celebrate I’m giving away 2 of her 2010 releases: Weathered Too Young & Windswept Flame. (A copy of The Pirate Ruse will be included in my grand prize Best of 2010 Giveaway that opens Dec 17th).

If you would like to try out a Marcia Lynn McClure book you can receive a free ebook copy of The Rogue Knight by signing up for her newsletter!

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