December 03, 2012

Interview/Giveaway with author Cate Lord! (18+)

WINNER: Jolene and Family!

Jessica Devlin isn't looking for love. Heartbroken after being dumped by her unfaithful ex-fianc, she's determined to have a fabulous time during her vacation in England where she'll be maid-of-honor at her cousin's wedding. After working overtime as beauty editor of Orlando's O Tart magazine, avoiding dating, and putting on ten pounds, Jess is ready to toss her past like an empty lipstick tube and party like a single gal.

But when she steps into the church on her cousin's wedding day, she sees the one man who could sabotage her plan--James-Bond-gorgeous Nick Mondinello. She's never forgotten the London marketing exec who held her in his arms after her beloved grandfather's funeral two years ago. Ambitious, and lusted after by women everywhere, Nick is completely wrong for guarded, Plain Jane Jess.

Could Spy Man Nick ever fall for her? Nope. Not unless Jess is one lucky girl.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your latest/upcoming release.

I’ve been writing since I was a child. I read a lot when I was young and credit books for giving me a very wild, rich imagination.  Under my real name, Catherine Kean, I’m known for my lush, award-winning medieval romances. Cate Lord is my contemporary pseudonym, and Lucky Girl is my latest novel—a fun, flirty romantic comedy released by Entangled Publishing.

2. When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer? What was the very first thing you ever wrote?

As far back as I can remember, I wanted to write stories. My mom has a story about a family of ducks that I wrote and illustrated when I was little; she keeps it safely tucked away. I don’t remember that particular literary masterpiece, but it must have impressed my mom for her to have saved it for so long.

3. Do you read reviews of your books? What do you do when you read a not-so-nice one?

I do read reviews of my books. It’s wonderfully thrilling when readers “get” my characters and stories and write glowing five star reviews. I appreciate those lovely write-ups very much; they’re great encouragement for my Muse. I read the not-so-glowing reviews, too, and see if there’s a common thread to the comments, which I will keep in mind for future novels. I try not to stress over negative reviews. Every writer gets them, even New York Times best-selling authors.

4. How did you come up with the idea of Lucky Girl?

I wrote Lucky Girl in honor of a year I spent studying in England—the year I met the tall, charming, witty Brit who became my husband. I lived with my uncle and aunt In Hertfordshire and took the train every day to London to take classes; on the weekends, I went to pubs and partied with an amazing group of friends I met through my English cousins. It was an incredible year full of lots of different, life-changing experiences, and in turn I tried to make Lucky Girl a journey of personal discovery for Jessica Devlin, the heroine. She’s a heartbroken American beauty editor who flies to England for a cousin’s wedding and ends up running into the one man she thought she’d never see again, the one man she dreaded ever seeing again—James-Bond-gorgeous marketing exec Nick Mondinello.

5. What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?

I love to see movies or watch TV series with my family. My daughter has a knack for finding good things for us to watch, including Monk, Once Upon a Time, Pushing Daisies, and Dr. Who.

6. Describe yourself in 3 words.

Introverted, creative, and loyal.

7. What do you normally like to read when not writing?

I prefer to read fiction, especially romance novels of all genres. I’m reading a lot of Young Adult books at the moment. I have an idea for a YA novel that has the potential to be a series, and my 17-year-old daughter likes the idea of co-authoring a book with me. I’m looking forward to the fresh creative challenge of the YA genre—as well as writing more historical and contemporary romances.

8. Who would you cast for a movie/TV series as your main characters if given the chance?

I’d love to see Zooey Deschanel or Anne Hathaway play the role of Jess. The hero? Hmm. I’d say Daniel Craig or the oh-so-dashing Gerard Butler.

This or That

Cat or Dog? Cat
Ice cream or Sorbet? Ice Cream
Heels or flats? Flats
Knives or sword? Sword
Coffee or Tea? Both
Iced tea or hot tea? Hot tea
Snow or rain? Snow
Movies at home or Movie Theater? Movies at home
Soda or Juice? Juice
Twitter or Facebook? Facebook
Actual book or eReader? Actual book
Actual book or Audiobook? Actual book
Spring or Summer? Summer
Fall or winter? Winter
Long Sleeves or Short Sleeves? Short sleeves
Young Adult or New Adult? Young Adult
Vampires or Werewolves? Neither
Ghost or Zombies? Ghost
Action movies or Chick flicks? Both
Horror movies or Mystery movies? Mystery movies
Mountain views or Ocean views? Ocean views

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  1. this looks like a great read!


  2. I now have this urge to travel across the pond and meet handsome men from London :) Can't wait to give this book a read!

  3. Hell, jarkin33! :) If you have the chance to travel to England, GO!!! You will love it. :) Thanks so much for your kind words about my book, and for commenting. :)

  4. Thanks so much to Good Choice Reading for having me here today! :) The interview was a lot of fun. :)

  5. mmm... hot british guys- yes please!
    Also, your movie casting sounds lovely- I <3 Zooey Deschanel and Anne Hathaway.

  6. This sounds like a really fun read! And I love the interview!

  7. Aw, it's cute that you met your husband while you were working on your book :) It looks like a good book! I'm excited~

  8. I almost had a chance to visit London a few months back for a wedding... I just couldn't find the money for the tickets.

    I love romance novels that take place on foreign shores.

  9. I was totally going to have a girl crush on you Cate until you chose cats over dogs! LOL This book sounds great. I cannot wait for it to be released. I must go put it on a wish list so I don't forget!

    Thanks so much for sharing and the giveaway. Happy Holidays to you and your family.


  10. I can't wait to read this, sounds like something I would love!!!

  11. Hi, KMichelle! :) Thanks for the lovely comment about my book! :) I hope you will get the chance to read Jess and Nick's fun, sexy adventure. Have a great holiday!

  12. Hi, Kirsten! :) Sounds like you and I both adore British hotties! :) I'm glad you like my movie casting. That really would be a dream come true for me, to see LUCKY GIRL made into a movie. :) Thanks so much for commenting, and have a wonderful holiday.

  13. Hi, Kimberly! :) Jess and Nick's romantic adventure is definitely fun, sexy, and a little crazy, too. :) Thanks for your kind words about my interview. Happy holidays!

  14. Hello, Angela! :) Thanks for the lovely compliment. :) I hope you'll get a chance to read Jess and Nick's story, and it was great to "meet" you! :) Have a wonderful holiday.

  15. Hi, NoraA! Aww. :( I'm sorry you weren't able to go to London, but I totally understand about the expense. Sometimes the ticket prices are just insane--especially if you want to travel in the summer, when the weather is nicest over there. :) I shall cross my fingers for you that another chance to fly across the pond will come your way. Take care, and best wishes.

  16. Hi, Marlena! Your comment made me chuckle--while I was trying to swallow a mouthful of coffee. Not a pretty sight! :) Yes, I'm definitely a cat person; I have two rescue kitties who own me and demand my attention 24/7--but I love them bunches. Happy holidays to you, too. :)

  17. Hello, Jolene! :) Thanks for your lovely comment. :) Jess and Nick are definitely worth the read--and I guarantee there will be a few laughs along the way. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

  18. What a fun interview! I love how she came up with the concept and how she met her husband in London. So cute:) Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. What is the first story you remember writing?

  20. Nice interview and casting choices.

  21. Sounds like a fun read!

    Do you have another book in the works?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. It sounds like your year in England was an exciting time and it's wonderful that it inspired your story.


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