Friday, February 24, 2012

The Best Mistake book review, author interview, and giveaway....

The Best Mistake
   The Best Mistake
    by Linda Kage
   available March 14, 2012

  Deri "The Mistake" Crandall wants nothing more than the love and acceptance from a family. After her mother dies, she finally discovers who her father is—except he and his family aren't exactly everything she's dreamed of. Not about to let a little thing like that bother her, she strives her hardest to fit in. Though honest to a fault, she even lies to gain their affection. But who could have predicted the one man with whom she immediately clicks is the very millionaire her grandfather orders her to betray? 

Cole Harrety’s life is all about work and ignoring play, until a petite, curvy bundle of quirky woman literally tumbles into his lap. From the moment he loses a staring contest with her, he knows Deri is exactly what's been missing from his mundane life and no other woman will ever compete with her. 

With a web of deception already woven, can their new bond survive a shattered trust?

My review:

Great contemporary romance book!! I read it in one sitting. I was so interested in finding out what would happen between Deri and Cole that I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. Linda does an excellent job of getting her readers caught up in an abundance of emotions. At certain points I was laughing, angry, and even saddened by the story line. I couldn't wait to see what the two of them would do next. If you like romance, you won't want to miss The Big Mistake.

About the Author:

She lives in Kansas with her husband and two-year-old daughter.
She works in a library as her day  job.

Author Interview:

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Hmm, I'll let you know when I do!!  Okay, okay, truth is I knew I wanted to be an author in the first grade when my teacher praised some really cheesy poem I wrote. I completed my first full-length story when I was seventeen, but it sucked eggs, so we won't go into that. Then I was offered my first contract when I was twenty-eight, and I held my first book in my hands when I was thirty.  Of course, I'd just given birth, like, four days before that, so I was all drugged up from pain-killers and don't remember a whole lot of seeing my first book!  All of those moments have been big "I just might be a writer now" moments for me.

What books have most influenced your life?

I started out reading The Baby-sitters Club books, so they've been very influential to me.  They actually got me into reading.  When I was in high school, my sisters were talking about authors like Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, and LaVyrle Spencer.  The first adult romance book I ever read was by Sandra Brown.  From that moment on, I was a confirmed romance junkie and could barely stand to read anything else.

What book or books are you reading now?

Oh, where to start! The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter, Irish Rising by Marie Rose Dufour, Between the Lines by Ivy Bateman, Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow, Stripped by Tori St. Claire, Archangel's Blade by Nalini Sighn, and many many more!

What are your current projects?

I'm all excited about Farm Boys Have All the Fun.  It's a full-length contemporary romance story that's actually a prequel to The Trouble with Tomboys (which came out in 2010). I wrote 'the end' in mid-February and it still seems to be nagging me. Usually, after I finish a story, all the voices in my head (okay, not literally--that's just a figure of speech!!) quiet down, pacified once I make it to The End and I can go work on something else.  But this one keeps dragging me back and re-reading to change little things here and there.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Endings are my biggest obstacle.  There are just so many ways you can go with a story once you get so far into it.  The challenge is to find the perfect conclusion for that tale.

And finally,

Do you have any advise for other readers?

If you really love it, never give up!  If you keep at it, keep working, you will improve and you will find some kind of success!

A big thanks to Linda Kage for the pdf. copy of The Best Mistake and to answering my interview
questions. Linda has also so graciously offered one of my readers a pdj. copy
of their very own to read over and over again. Trust me, once won't be enough!!!

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