Meet The Author, April Moran

Enjoy getting to know, April Moran:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing. 

Steamy. Romantic. Intense.

Your book, Taming Ivy. was released August 10, 2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

Ivy did not seem prepared for war after all. One little skirmish and she folded with astonishing haste. Her wide eyes reminded him of a panicked doe, a wounded shimmer in the aqua depths. Her bottom lip visibly trembled. Incredibly, infuriatingly, Sebastian wanted to press his mouth to hers to tame its lush quiver. Damn, he’d forfeit his soul to taste the skin of that delicate collarbone, the nape of her neck, the soft underside of her breast…soothing the hurt he just inflicted.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a best seller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Write forever and never have a best seller, but in doing so, give readers an escape they love.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Oh, the small town and travel option for sure! I love to travel but coming home is always awesome.

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

Amusement park. My favorite place to visit is Disney World!

And how about Ireland or Australia?

Ireland! Planning on going there in 2019…it’s my dream vacation!

Who is your favorite band from the 90s (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

Stone Temple Pilots

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

Foo Fighters, Van Halen are old favorites, but I’m liking Kaleo (they are new band from Iceland) and Highly Suspect from the East Coast. Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather)- the man is unappreciated genius. And I believe we will always talk about The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?

The Goldbergs. I love it because of the 80’s themes they incorporated into every episode. And I watch and rewatch Seinfeld all the time.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Two books, actually. One is the second book in the Taming Series which is Nicholas and Grace’s story. And working on a contemporary romance too that begins with the heroine and the hero falling into love when they are in high school, separated by circumstances and clashing with one another again years later.

Who is your favorite author, and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

Oh gosh…I have so many favorites. But I think I would love to ask Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone with the Wind, how many rewrites of that famous scene did it take before she finally decided “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” was perfect?

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains? Mountains–but that’s because I live near the beach and see it all the time.

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice cream (butter pecan)

Chocolate or Sour Candy?  Chocolate

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Um, can neither be my answer? Lol

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happily Ever Afters are the best!

Beer or wine?  Wine. And I’m not picky about it! Red, white, merlot, pinot, zin…it’s all good.

Flying or driving?  Flying

Hemingway or Twain? Twain

You’re stranded on a desert island, and you can take two things with you, as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

Sunscreen and books. And my husband and our dog, Blue.  I would bring my daughter too, but her own husband would be so sad without her and she would miss him lol.

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house, or meet at their place of royalty?

Queen Elizabeth I. We’d share a decanter of wine at the Royal Palace. I’d ask her, if she could change one thing, would she change her decision to behead the Earl of Essex for treason or grant him a pardon since she loved him so much?

You can wish for one thing and one thing only (not world peace and no more wishes). What’s it gonna be?

The end of animal abuse and cruelty.

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April has been writing stories since she was in elementary school. She still has those old notebooks, and for a giggle might let you read them. Her style has evolved since then, but a belief in the power of romance never changed. Her fans will always find a happy ending at the end of her novels – after their favorite characters endure great angst, of course! April lives on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Married for 30 years to her high school sweetheart, they have one beautiful daughter and an awesome son-in-law. April is adored by a goofy German Shepherd, tolerated by a sassy Quarter Horse and suffers a rock-n-roll addiction. When not writing about romance, she and her husband attend concerts and plan entirely too many trips to Disney World with the family.

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Meet The Author, Mercedes Siler

There’s nothing like a little romance to get the heart beating. Please welcome, Mercedes Siler:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.

Edgy, honest, thoughtfully rebellious.

Your short story, “The Girl in the Front of the Room” is set to release on 9/28/2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

The guy stands in front of me, watching me as I sign onto the register. “I went to school with you,” he says, cool and sure. “You’re River Stevens.”

“Yeah?” I look him in the eye before scanning his items. Most everyone is nice and forgiving of the girl I was. Some people smirk at me, seeing me as just a slightly overweight grocery store supervisor, a big step down from queen bee. Maybe they expected me to marry well and stay on top. Maybe they love to see me serving them. But in the end, I don’t really care about them anyway. All I care about is paying bills and saving money to buy my own house where I don’t have to worry about my mama filling my little girl’s head with nonsense about what it means to be a girl.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Write forever. Otherwise I’d probably go completely bananas.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Small town and travel. 

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

Amusement park.

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Australia seems amazing. But maybe not in Summer.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

Sublime. With Cake as a very close second.

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

I really like Kings of Leon. But I think the bands with the best staying power are the ones with songs you can blast in the car and get everyone to sing along to.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I am just publishing the first in a short story serial. And getting my first novel polished to publish at the beginning of the year.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

It’s super hard to pick a favorite author, because I read for the stories, not the author. But Jane Yolen has never failed me and her books are so diverse that if I had to only read her work I would probably not get bored.

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Ocean.

Yogurt or ice cream?  Frozen Yogurt, otherwise ice cream.

M&M’s or Skittles?  Skittles. Unless I can choose peanut M&M’s.

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Jimmy Fallon.

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happily ever afters. Always. That’s why I like romance.

Beer or wine?  Wine if it’s sweet, otherwise beer.

Flying or driving?  Driving.

Hemingway or Twain?  Twain.

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you, as well as two people. What and who are you bringing? 

Can I take two of my kids and bring my husband and the other kid? If not, I would probably bring a tennis ball, a lighter, my sister, and bff.

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?

Does Mr. Rogers count? I would love to sit and talk with him about little things. And definitely on the Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood set.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be?

Money. Lots and lots of money.

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