Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Countdown Blitz Day 14: Strike a Match by Lindzee Armstrong

"Lindzee Armstrong is the #1 bestselling author of the No Match for Love series and Sunset Plains Romance series. She's always had a soft spot for love stories. In third grade, she started secretly reading romance novels, hiding the covers so no one would know (because hello, embarrassing!), and dreaming of her own Prince Charming.

She finally met her true love while at college, where she studied history education. They are now happily married and raising twin boys in the Rocky Mountains.

Like any true romantic, Lindzee loves chick flicks, ice cream, and chocolate. She believes in sigh-worthy kisses and happily ever afters, and loves expressing that through her writing."

Connect with the Author here: 

When Kate’s abusive husband dies in a house fire, she only feels relief. Eighteen months later, she’s ready to sweep up the fragments of her past and venture back into dating—but this time with the help of a professional matchmaking company. Surely Toujour can succeed where Kate has always failed and find her the perfect man.

Taylor is a firefighter who’s tired of dousing infernos in his personal life. Exhausted from a string of dysfunctional relationships, he turns to Toujour at the prodding of a friend, hoping for an easier path to love. The last thing he expects is to be matched with Kate, the intriguing widow he met on the night her house burned. The problem is, she’s determined to leave behind any connection to that awful night—and Taylor is a very overwhelming connection.

Past relationship fears and old habits threaten to tear them apart before they’ve even begun. Can the ashes of their pasts hold their happily ever after?

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Q & A with the Author:

1.                     Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing? With a full-time writing career, a husband, five-year-old twin boys, church responsibilities, household chores and tasks, and everything else life throws at me, I don’t have time for much else. J I’ve recently returned to playing the piano, which has been a great stress release tool. I LOVE anything dealing with stories, so I watch a lot of TV series on Netflix in my down time. I enjoy baking (but never cooking) so I do that when I can as well. And of course I read a lot for fun. J

2.                     When did you first realize you were an author? I literally don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to do this. My mom says that around kindergarten or first grade, I started telling people I would be a writer, a teacher, and a mom when I grew up. (I graduated in history education and did my student teaching at a high school, so I’ve stayed true to my word.) I started getting serious about writing around third grade. That’s about when I wrote my first novel. It was probably around 150 pages, so it was really long for a kid!

3.                     Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you? I was always an excellent student, and for about five or six years, that was my life and writing took a back seat. I loved academia and for a while thought I might get a Ph.D. and become a professor. But then I met my husband and my goals changed. J

4.                     What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it? Oddly enough, it’s creativity. My children are very demanding (as are everyone’s), and I’m incredibly busy (as are most moms). I returned to writing when they were about seven months old, and published my first book when they were three years old. Being a mom is emotionally rewarding but mentally exhausting, and I often feel like my well is dry and I have no ideas left in me. I read a lot of books, watch a lot of TV (nothing sparks creativity like other stories), and try to schedule down time to combat it.

5.                     What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?) I love showing that there are two sides to every story. I love writing characters that are flawed and human, and giving readers a different perspective on something.

6.                     What are your thoughts/feelings on ebook vs. print book? eBooks are amazing. Print books are amazing. Books are books. J I’ve gone almost entirely to ebook myself. My kids, especially when they were little, would let me read on my Kindle without complaint, but rip print books out of my hands and toss them across the room. I also don’t have room for any more print books!

7.                     How many books do you have out?  Are you planning a specific number altogether, either in this series or separately? I’ve published 11 books. I have two series and a few stand alones, and I don’t have a specific number of books planned for either series. Since each book is a romance about a different couple, the series could really go on indefinitely. As for how many books I plan to write…how many can one author publish in a career? J I’ve got a lot of years and a lot of books ahead of me.

8.                     Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life? It depends. Chasing Someday is very autobiographical. It’s about three women who struggle with infertility, and I wrote a part of my soul into each of those characters. Almost everything that happens in that book I have personal experience with. My other books aren’t nearly as autobiographical. I’ve been to Paris, which the characters visit in Mix ‘N Match. I have identical twins, and the MC in First Love, Second Choice is an identical twin. The Sunset Plains Romance series is based on a small town in Oklahoma of which I have many fond memories. But overall, the majority of my books aren’t based on anything specific.

9.                     What are your future projects? I’m currently working on the next book in my No Match for Love series, Match Me If You Can. I’ve also got plans for more in the Sunset Plains series and for a new series that I’m keeping quiet right now. J I’m releasing 4 novels this year so there’s a lot coming up!

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