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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Friday Fun- Meet author Louisa Masters!

Good Morning, everyone! Please help me welcome, LOUISA MASTERS to the blog. This is the first time I've had the pleasure of her being my guest here ....But with a cover like this one, I think she needs to come back more often! *grin* (That is a hot cover, Louisa!)
Anyway, the first time I read the blurb for INTER-OFFICE RELATIONS, I put the book on my TBR list. 
You can visit Louisa anytime at her website http://louisamasters.com/
So without further ado, let's get to know Louisa a little better. Don't forget: Leave a comment for a chance to win and be sure in include your email addy so we can contact you:)

Thanks for being here today, Louisa!

Where is your favorite place to write?
I wish I could say I have a tidy desk where I sit in an ergonomic chair, but the truth is my apartment is so small there's no room for a desk. My options are the kitchen table or the couch, and sadly, my favorite is the couch. I put my feet up, settle the laptop in my—hehe—lap, and thrash things out. It actually led to disaster in 2010, what I call the Great Computer Crash.  I tripped on the power cord and the laptop crashed to the floor. Because I don't do things in half-measures, the hard drive shattered and I lost nearly everything. Thank heaven for back-ups!
What is the most difficult for you to write: Characters, conflict, emotions?
Emotions. I always go back and end up adding them in. My problem is that I find it so much easier to tell than show.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes and no. I believe you can meet someone and instantly have a connection, a spark, and that it can grow into love, but I think you actually need to spend time with a person before love can grow.
How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?
I would never put real people in a book. Erm. Well, not the entire person. Maybe just a couple of character traits. That's what I tell my family, anyway.
What was the best advice you were given leading you to getting published?
Persevere. And I hated it. I was convinced that it was the suckiest, crappest advice ever. I mean, how is that going to make me a better writer? How is it going to make publishers like my story?
Now it's the single piece of advice that I attribute my publication to. Rejection hurts. It made me want to curl into a ball and pull the covers over my head every time I got a "no, thanks." But I persevered. I reviewed and revised my story a thousand times. I kept on going, even when I just wanted to scrap the whole @$^&&#$% thing. And in the end, it got published. (wheee!)
Tell us a little about your WIP.
I'm currently working on an as-yet-untitled short about one of the characters in One Night in a Bar, which is due for release from Total-e-Bound mid-2012. Mandy is Karen from ONiaB's best friend, and when she recognizes former rock star Blake Hawley at the local watering hole, she fulfils a fantasy and propositions him: one hot night of sex. He turns her down. Drunk chicks aren't his style. But he gives her his number and a promise that he won't turn her down when she's sober.
You can read more about One Night in a Bar at my site, www.louisamasters.com, and I'll post updates on my WIP as I have them.
What is your favorite time of year?
Summer. Long days, vacation time, warm weather. Clothes are more comfortable, food tastes better. I can write outside. Spend time at the beach. Mmmm.
 Tropical or European vacation?
Well, seeing how much I love summer... Plus, I honestly believe that vacation is for relaxing, and the one time I was in Europe, I was up early every morning for a full day of sightseeing. So, definitely a tropical vacation.
Blurb:
With her resignation submitted, Jeannie Price has one last task she's itching to perform before leaving her job. After months of sitting next to hot, sexy colleague Tim Harding, it’s time to turn fantasy into reality with a scorching invitation to collaborate on matters of the flesh in Conference Room B. Then she can walk away without regrets.

Tim’s dreams of wild, sweaty sex with Jeannie come true when he accepts her offer, but he's stunned to learn she doesn't want to see him again after their steamy tryst. She may be trying to brush him off as just one more item on her To-Do List, but he’s determined to convince her there’s nothing taboo about inter-office relations.

You can read an excerpt on my site, or buy Inter-Office Relations at any of these retailers:
Big thanks to Jennifer for being an awesome host! Leave a comment and go in the running  to win a title from Jennifer's backlist—you have until midnight on the 1st January.

11 comments:

  1. Great interview ladies. Total commiserations on the hard drive crash and shatter last year Louisa! Yikes! I keep following you in hope I'll win your book since my book budget is depleted at the moment. lol Here's hoping this will be my lucky day! Have a great tour!

    *waves* Hi Jenn!

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  2. Love the story about the computer crashing. Literally.

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  3. Great interview and the new release looks...well...YUMMY!

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  4. Ah, Louisa, a writer after my own heart. The computer incident is so totally something that would happen to me. LOL. The story sounds hot, hot--just what we need for a winter's eve. Great post, ladies.

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  5. I love the premise for One Night in a Bar. I think I know people who've lived that book...not moi!
    Stephanie Queen

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  6. I can so sympathize with the whole computer crashing thing. Except I didn't have a current back up. Ouch. The book sounds great and quite tropical (steamy and hot) perfect for a winter's day. Do you write one story at a time or do you write more than one?

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  7. Your cover is hot! No way we could do a picture like that of me! I also sit with my laptop in my lap. Actually I have a rocking chair with a rocking foot rest. I bought the set for my mom years ago.

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  8. Love the blurb! And the cover! It's definitely going on my wishlist! Thanks! Happy New Year!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark@yahoo.com

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  9. Thanks so much, Louisa, for visiting today. And thanks, Ladies!!! -- for stopping by. Good luck to all of you in the drawing:)

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  10. Hi ladies! Sorry it's taken me so long to visit, I'm in Australia and spent the day at the beach working on my tan!
    Calisa, you actually won the giveaway over at Emma Lai's blog - I guess you didn't get my email. I'll try resending.
    The Great Computer Crash of 2010 actually changed the course of One Night in a Bar. I lost about 2000 words that hadn't been saved yet. When I tried to recreate them, they changed!
    Linda, I have three WIPs at the moment. I'm hoping to finish one by the end of January! I try to keep my site updated with news...hmm should probably do that!
    Mary, I want your chair!
    And once again ginormous thanks to Jennifer for having me!

    Louisa
    xxx

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  11. eenie-meenie-minie-moe...congratulations, Roxy!
    I'll email you for details.

    Louisa
    xxx

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