Marlowe Girls Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway

The Fate of a Marlowe Girl

When twenty-four-year-old Tiffany escapes her sister Kammy’s too wild Cancun bachelorette party, she finds herself in a bar with the unwanted attention of a gorgeous local named Luke.
Luke may be charming but Tiffany is leaving in two days and doesn’t need any complications. But complications are exactly what she gets when the cops show up to raid Kammy’s party. When Kammy is arrested, Tiffany agrees to have dinner with Luke, so he’ll help her get Kammy out of jail. Kammy’s arrest forces her to spend an extra day in Cancun, meaning she’ll miss a crucial meeting, and as an accountant in tax season, she is already drowning in work. Not to mention, every second she spends with Luke makes it harder to leave. With Luke, Tiffany is almost ready to forget about work.
Will the airport be their final goodbye?

 

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The Other Marlowe Girl

When twenty-four-year-old dance school drop out Kammy Marlowe is evicted by her mother, she goes to her favorite bar. She finds an unlikely friend in the blunt eye candy, Enrique. But Kammy knows there is no way she and Enrique have a shot because he’s her brother-in-law’s brother and has been privy to her wild past.

Enrique swears he’s only interested in the person she is today, but their relationship is tested when her ex-husband’s drug dealer attacks her, looking for money. With no options and a money hungry drug dealer on her back, Kammy accepts a position as a dancer at a strip club. But when Enrique shows up at the club, their relationship is over. With no reason to stay in Texas anymore, Kammy auditions for the Bolshevik Ballet and gets the opportunity to go to Russia. Only Enrique is determined to stop her.

Will she give up the chance of a lifetime to stay with the man she still loves?

 

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Author Beth Fred

Meet Beth Fred! That’s me! I’m a full time ELF keeper and part time writer/blogger/writing instructor. I’m represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. I like my tea hot, my romance sweet, and my guys chivalrous. Real men hold open doors, refer to you as ma’am, make promises they keep, and aren’t afraid to profess their undying love. It’s not breakfast if there aren’t carbs(at least, not in the South). Fajitas, carnitas, and churros are just few of my favorite things. Bet you can’t guess where I’m from 😉 Wanna know more about me? You can find that here:

 

 

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Interview

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Yes, it’s Romeo & Juliet meets a military cover up, and it’s called A Missing Peace.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Twilight, although I’m sure that’s the most overused answer you hear. I had wanted to be a writer for a long time and just couldn’t find my place. It didn’t stick, but after I watched Twilight, I fell in love with YA and it stuck. I found clean romance later. I love both.

Which authors have influence you most how?
Well, Stephanie Meyer is an obvious answer when you think about my last answer. I’m a fan of her writing style, but writers like Lizzy Ford who is an indie best seller and Nova Ren Suma have made a serious impact on me. Lizzy writes sweet love stories. They’re all self-published and she does well. She’s encouraged me to go for what I want even if it’s in a non-traditional route. In a lot of ways, Nova has been like a mentor.
Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….

Twilight.
If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?
First, I would thank God for having that much time to myself! Then I would write, revise, edit, and format like a maniac.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
Silence. I need to be able to hear my thoughts and my characters interact. But I’m usually writing to the soundtrack of a squealing/screaming baby.

What do you think of book trailers?
Well, there is no statistical evidence that they sell books, but they can be fun. And it’s a good way to get your book out there, if you can make it memorable and keep it low budget.

Something your readers would never guess about you?
Once upon a time, I hated reading! I’d never read a really fun book, jut a lot of heavy stuff for discussion. After Twilight I went on a mission to find more books I loved. So the girl who reviewed 52 books in a year twice, was once a reluctant reader.

Favorite place you’ve been and/or would like to go?
My husband and I love to travel. I would say I love DC and Niagara equally, but I think Niagara was better because Emil was with me. I went to DC alone when I was younger.

Where do you write?
At the kitchen table while my baby plays in her fence, it’s the only way I can see her.

If you were President for a day,what is the first thing you would do?
Forgive all student loans. It would stimulate the economy and make life better for people, but also because knowledge shouldn’t be for sell.

Favorite/most influential teacher?
I had a couple of teachers in middle school who were after me to write. They recognized I had a talent before I did, and I’m thankful for that. I also had the chance to study with Nova Ren Suma last year, and she was an amazing writing teacher. Her feedback gave me things to think about to make my book stronger without being harsh or overly critical. She’s been around to answer questions since the class ended too. And she’s an amazing writer. It was a great experience.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Which scene or characters were the most difficult for you to write and why?
Okay, so I love lots of scenes in this book, particular the one where Kammy and Enrique run into each other at the club. It’s dramatic. But I had such a hard time writing this book in the beginning, because people loved Luke and Tiffany, myself included. People wanted to see more of Luke and Tiffany and so did I. So the original draft of this did not have enough conflict, and it read almost like fan-fic about Luke and Tiffany. I tossed it and started over. I love the result!

How do you go about revising/editing?
Woa! Can I just say I hate revising/editing. I really do. It’s like the root canal of the writing world. I write the book. If it’s longer, I wait a month print it and re-write it. If it’s shorter, I read through it, correct what I find, and send it to my CP. I make suggested changes and may have another person read it. After that it goes to an editor. I make more corrections and if I still have doubts, I’ll let the editor take a second look.

What is the last thing you bought?
A fitted tank top and sweater that my husband picked out

Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?
Maybe, but if they did, they’d never know it. I change the backstory enough that it’s not noticeable to anyone else. But when you’re a writer what you know is that character goes beyond backstory. What someone did on their 6th birthday doesn’t annoy you. It’s their personality you may find fault with. And more than one backstory can lead to the same place.

Do your characters really talk to you?
I wouldn’t say they talk to me. It’s more like they talk to each other, interact with each other. It’s almost like watching a movie only I can see. It can be annoying.

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  1. Thank you so much for a chance at winning in your awesome giveaway!!