Monday, 27 May 2013

Book Tour: Magic Moment by Angela Adams; Interview + Giveaway






Magic Moment
Author: Angela Adams
Format: E-book & Paperback (262 pages) Publisher: Crimson Romance Publish Date: October 2012
When the FBI brings Laura Roberts - a quiet, reserved bookkeeper - in for questioning regarding activities at the warehouse where she works, an uneasy Laura resigns her job - only to be attacked by thugs.
Chase Donovan intends to spend a few peaceful days on his boat getting his head together - and finds a woman being assaulted by two men who say his father told them to do it.
Chase doesn’t want to believe his father could hurt anyone. Laura doesn’t understand why she’s a target. Can they learn to work together to discover the truth - before someone dies?
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Excerpt

In a local diner, two FBI agents insist Laura come with them to FBI headquarters.  As she tries to convince the agents they have the wrong person, Chase approaches.

 Chase Donovan had joined the fracas. Dressed in jeans and a black leather jacket, he was tall and athletic, in his mid-thirties, with a wavy mixture of light, nearly blond, and medium brown hair.  

He was also her boss’s son.  

A bewildered expression covered Chase’s handsome, chiseled features. He stood so close that as Laura jerked from Phillips’ hold, her elbow nearly whacked Chase in the stomach.  

Saunders identified himself to Chase. “We need Miss Roberts at headquarters to answer a few questions.”

 “I’d like to see some I.D.,” Chase said firmly.  

Saunders arched a dark, hairy eyebrow. “And you are?” “Chase Donovan.” He rested a hand lightly on her shoulder. Laura stiffened at his touch, unaccustomed to Chase putting a hand on her, even if in a protective manner.   

 “Laura works for my father,” Chase said. “If I don’t see some identification, she’s not going anywhere with you.” To prove his point, his hand moved downward and his fingers wrapped gently around her forearm.

Chase also worked for his father, although what his role was within the business was generally debatable among the clientele. This was so embarrassing. In the three years Laura had worked as Dick Donovan’s bookkeeper, her conversations with his son had been work related or cordial exchanges about the weather. If there was any chance of the floor opening up and swallowing her, she considered now the perfect time.



Interview

Share 4 fun facts about yourself!
I am a Baseball fan, especially of my hometown team, Philadelphia Phillies.
I collect snow globes.
I got my first library card when I was six-years-old.
I’m a big coffee drinker.

Do you have any rituals for when you’re writing?

A fresh pot of coffee handy, and the radio on in the background.  During Baseball season, I’m listening to a Phillies’ game or someone talking about a Phillies’ game.   If it’s not baseball season, I’m listening to Frank Sinatra.

How did you pick your title?
Not very scientific, or romantic.  I needed a title right away.  I heard someone say, “Magic Moment,” on the radio and typed it.  I always thought I would change it, but Crimson liked it.

Can you tell us a little more about Magic Moment?
I had the idea for a hero who goes through life believing he has to be the type of person others want him to be, rather than the person he wants to be. Chase Donovan is a man who grew up torn between a self-centered, unprincipled father and compassionate, selfless mother.
Then, a colleague of mine, who is married with children, said she wished that she didn’t have to work.  She felt she hadn’t spent enough time with her children. She said she would be happy just being a volunteer lunch mom at her daughters’ school and going to PTA meetings.       
That’s how I thought of the character of Laura Roberts, a woman who never aspired for a high-power career, but a simple, unpretentious life as a wife and mother.
The idea of bringing the FBI into their lives, and sending the couple on the run, I needed those twists and turns.  The most successful romances, the most interesting storylines, were the ones littered with suspense.

What inspired you to start writing?
English/Composition, now known in schools as Language Arts, was always my favorite subject.  I’ve written stories since I was a child.  I would handwrite stories and the only person who would read them was my grandmother.  Finally, she bought me a typewriter

What books have inspired you the most in your life?
My grandmother gave me a book, when I was maybe 12 or 13, titled Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith.  Published in the 1960s and set in pre-depression era New York.  The heroine, Annie McGairy Brown, comes to New York to be with her law student husband, Carl.  They have little money, no friends, and are pretty much ostracized from their families for getting married so young.  She also gets pregnant.  Annie is a strong person who faces every challenge thrown her way with a positive disposition and confident outlook. 
Although this book was written over fifty years ago, Annie is exactly the type of heroine a writer wants to write and a reader wants to read no matter what the time period. 

About the Author

Angela Adams writes and reviews contemporary romances. Her work has appeared in Romance at Heart, Oysters and Chocolate, and The Long and Short Reviews. In December 2011, Whimsical Publications published an anthology, Winter Wonders. Ms. Adams’ short story “Burgers and Hot Chocolate,” was among the collection.Angela is a member of Romance Writers of America and its online chapter, From the Heart Romance Writers.
Author Links: Website  
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Giveaway

Angela will be giving away a £25 B&N gift card to one lucky commenter on the tour. To enter, just leave a comment, with your e-mail. You can follow the tour and comment, tour dates can be found here. Good luck!





22 comments:

  1. LOL Love the way you got your title. How funny. Guess that's one of those things you have to be careful about. I remember another author who got theirs that way. They put something so random and it got used. ::snort:: The book sounds great! I'm so glad I stopped by b/c I hadn't heard of it before. It's on my wishlist now though :)

    Thanks!

    ~Anna
    herding cats & burning soup

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Anna. As I typed in "Magic Moment" on the manuscript's cover page,I was so sure a publisher would want to change the title. But, the editor at Crimson was convinced the title really echoed the premise of the book. I appreciate you checking out the post and leaving a comment.

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  2. Thank you, Cerian, for hosting "Magic Moment" today! I look forward to replying to your readers' comments.

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    1. You're welcome! I'm happy to host :)

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  3. You collect snow globes? How many do you have? Are they on display? Do you have a snow globe room? How interesting.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. I keep my snow globes in a curio. Some globes I've had since grade school. Looking over at the curio now, I'm doing a fast count and there's several dozen. My favorites are the Christmas globes, and the ones with wolves. Thank you, Catherine, for stopping by and leaving a comment. It's always great to hear from you!

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  4. Loved the excerpt. This really sounds like a fascinating romance/mystery.

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    1. Thanks so much, MomJane, for stopping by, reading, and leaving a comment. I appreciate hearing from you!

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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    1. You're very welcome, Janhvi. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  6. Sounds like a compelling story. Thank you for the excerpt.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. It's always good to hear from you!

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  7. GOOD LUCK WITH THE BOOK TOUR AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and for your good wishes!

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  8. Nice inspiration

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. bn100, you always stop by with your thoughts, and I'm grateful. Thanks so much.

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  9. You know...Joy in the Morning actually sounds familiar...I wonder If ive read it lol...must have been in pre-goodreads days

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Andra Lyn, thank you for following the tour. Aside from being a book, "Joy in the Morning" was made into a movie. One dreary, wet day last summer, while channel surfing, I caught part of the movie on one of the cable channels. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!

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  10. This looks so great! Thanks for sharing with us! I adore that cover as well.
    Books like this make me wonder whether the author had any influence from friends and family while writing it.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

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    1. I agree with you, Meghan. Crimson did a wonderful job with the cover. Along with how my colleague influenced Laura, Magic Lake Island -- where Chase docks his boat -- is a modeled after the small town in Vermont where I went to college. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

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