Thursday, February 2, 2017

Valentine's Day Countdown Blitz Day 4: Teapots & Treachery by Donna K. Weaver

Award-winning author, wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, karate black belt, and online gamer girl.

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A Savage Ghost
Lia Savage reluctantly puts her dream of opening a dessert boutique on hold to help her dad remodel a castle he’s inherited in Washington State. Soon, a specter targets her younger sister.

Lia enlists the help of strapping Coop Montgomery, the head gardener and her former crush. As they search together for a way to rid the castle of its ghost, the romance she used to dream about with Coop kindles.

But Lia’s gentle giant means to stay in Washington while she’s determined to return to California. She must find the courage to face both the ghost and her future.

With Coop. Or without him.

Waves of Deceit
Twenty-six-year-old Shelby Nash wants to break free of her controlling, billionaire father. With the completion of one more project for his company, she can branch out on her own. However, her ex-boyfriend’s been appointed as the new lead architect. She has to find a way to protect her heart from him while avoiding whoever’s making anonymous threats.

Wade Masters did a poor job handling the news about the identity of his girlfriend’s father. Shelby walked out of his life without another word. Finally, four years later, Wade has a chance to win her back. As long as whoever’s targeted her doesn’t get her first.

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Q & A with the Author:

Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?

As I mentioned, I have ten grandchildren and enjoy spending time with them. I look forward to having a "Grandma" day each month, once we move into our new home. I also love to play online video games. My current favorite is League of Legends. I've found that while traditional sports (baseball, football, etc.) bore me stupid, I <3 watching esports and would love to go to the League of Legends finals some day.

When did you first realize you were an author?

When I knew I wanted to keep doing this.

Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? 

I'm on the board of directors for iWriteNetwork, an organization focused on education for writers. I've learned a lot myself but have also enjoyed sharing some of the things I've learned with others.

Something that encouraged you?

When people tell me one of my books made them cry. I wouldn't normally call myself a mean person, but it feels so good to know that I've managed, through my story, to connect with a reader so powerfully through emotion. I'm all about emotion.

What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?

I wish I was a faster writer. I'm better than I was at the beginning, but I wish I could get the stories in my mind out faster in a form that's ready for publication. It's still a bit of a torturous process for me as I try to shape and mold my tales.

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?)

That people are good. and that the world is full of love and compassion.

What are your thoughts/feelings on ebook vs. print book?

I love my ebooks and I love my paperbooks, but I adore audiobooks. I appreciate, especially now that we're packing up our house in preparation for a move, how little space the digital books take. I also have limited time to actually sit down and read. That's one of the reasons I love audiobooks so much. I can read (listen) while I'm in the shower or shopping or cleaning the house. In 2016, I read 106 books, most of the audiobooks.

How many books do you have out?  Are you planning a specific number altogether, either in this series or separately?
·  There's the Safe Harbors series (most of the  stories have a different main character)
o A Change of Plans #1 (Lyn North is the main character)
o Hope's Watch #1.5 (her best friend Elle Reinhardt's story)
o Torn Canvas #2 (about Lyn's friend Jori Virtanen)
o A Season of Change #2.5 (Jori's story continues a bit and introduces the story of Lyn's brother Marc)
o Works in Progress
§ Swing Vote #3 (Marc North)
§ Safe Harbors #3.5 (Lyn's brother-in-law Ethan Walters--a novella that will pull the Second Chances 101 characters into the Safe Harbors series. 
§ Safe Harbors #4 (Kate Armstrong)
§ It could grow beyond that, depending upon time.
·  Second Chances 101 is book #5 in the Ripple Effect Romance Novella series.
·  Teapots & Treachery--an romantic suspense anthology, which includes A Savage Ghost and Waves of Deceit
Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?

My characters are not necessary based on real people but rather on things that might have happened to me, people I've known, or things I've read about. For example, in A Change of Plans, I may not have actually been outside during a tropical storm, but I lived in the Philippines for two years growing up, and we were hit dead on by a Typhoon. 

What are your future projects?

As I mentioned above, I have several stories planned for the Safe Harbors series. I'm also editing my Orthedale duology portal fantasy series. My other project is with three other authors--a Victorian Time Travel four-book series. 

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