Thursday, March 15, 2018

Q & A with Kimberley O'Malley

Today, I’m happy to have Kimberly O’Malley visiting. Kimberly is the author of the Windsor Falls series which includes Coming Home, Taking Chances, and Second Chances. The fourth book in the series is on its way. She was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us.

What is your favorite genre to read?
I ask readers this all the time, and I love the ones who yell ‘I read everything.’ I’d love to say I’m the same, but that would be a lie. I read mostly contemporary. My second love is Romantic Suspense, which I’d love to write sometime.

Do you have any favorite quotes?
From the late, great Bob Marley, “Don’t worry about a thing. ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.” I am surrounded by anxious people in my life, and I am just not hard-wired that way. Life is way too short to waste it worrying about things that will probably never happen.

Do you listen to music when you're writing?
Sadly, I’m too old to listen to music and write. I have to write in silence, although I write in my dining room, with a husband who works from home. You can imagine how that works. Right now, I can hear the washer and dryer, my dog Molly is staring at me because she is convinced I still have some banana left, and my husband is on a conference call. Neither of us have doors to our office. The silence thing is a bit of a stretch.

Do you have any phobias?
Doesn’t everyone? When I say I hate snakes, I don’t just mean a little. I. Hate. Snakes. I am terrified of them. I cannot look at pictures of them without nightmares. And now I live in the South, where apparently, they are everywhere. Snakes and I avoid each other at all costs. It works for both of us.

What traits make a good character for a romance novel?
My favorite romance novels mirror real life, just with a guaranteed HEA. Same for characters. I like flawed characters: commitment phobic, carrying a few extra pounds, a bit battered from their upbringing, etc. Perfect characters who prance through novels without a singe issue and seem like they have a wind machine that follows them blowing out their hair frankly bore me. Give me a character who grows, evolves throughout the book anytime.

What is the hardest thing about being an author?
Only one? My top would have to be time management.  I work full time night shifts in an ER. I’m married with two teenagers. I am a soccer Mom. Then, I get to be a writer. Finding the time to have uninterrupted writing is the bane of my existence. Plus, I can’t be sleep-deprived. Did I mention I work nights?

What are you reading right now?
One of my favorite things in the whole world is to find a new-to-me author. My latest is Noelle Adams. In the past two days, I have read the first two of her three Brother’s Best Friend novels. They are fast-paced and sassy with great sex scenes and a secondary cast that leaves you wanting more.

Kimberley O’Malley is a recent transplant to Charlotte, North Carolina from the frozen North. She is learning to say y’all but draws the line at sweet tea. Sarcasm is an art form in her world. When not writing, she is a full-time nurse and part-time soccer Mom, but not necessarily in that order. She shares her life with an amazing husband of more than twenty years, two teenagers, and one very sweet Shetland Sheepdog, Molly.

Here’s a little about her books. Check them out! Available on Amazon

Coming Home
Dr. Elizabeth Abbott Fitzgerald has spent the last ten years of her life running; from tragedy, from family, from love. But now her mother’s failing health calls her home to Windsor Falls, North Carolina; to the place where her past awaits. Sam Bishop can’t believe his eyes when the love of his life returns after ten long years. All he wants is to clear his conscience and get back the family he lost when Connor, his best friend and Elizabeth’s husband died tragically. Could it really be true that time heals all wounds?

Taking Chances
Katie Fitzgerald learned the hard way about love. She vowed to never get involved with a doctor at work, and when she did, he broke her heart. Older and wiser, Katie is serious about not getting hurt again. Dr. Flynn Reynolds, staff cardiologist at Windsor Falls Memorial, just might be the man to change her mind. Attraction explodes between the two from their very first meeting. But Katie is determined to protect her heart. Will Flynn convince her to take another chance?

Second Chances
Dr. Charlotte Avery is the newest resident of Windsor Falls, North Carolina. Just back from the war-ravaged plains of Africa, Charlie only wants to settle into her new life and reconnect with Elizabeth Fitzgerald, her best friend from residency. What she doesn't expect, or need, is the instant attraction she feels for Elizabeth's brother-in-law, Brendan Fitzgerald. A single Dad, Brendan isn't interested in anything that will complicate his life. Will either be open to a second chance?

Friday, March 9, 2018

Excerpt from Dead in a Pickup

I have been working on the next Leah Norwood mystery. I really got behind in February. I’m only a little over 15,000 words. I was hoping to be close to 30,000 by now. March has to be more productive!

Here’s a little excerpt:
Normally, I don’t mind staying late. I love my store, my employees, and my customers. Scents and Sensibilities belongs to my two best friends and me. Gabe Weston, Olivia Graham, and I meet in collage. Gabe and Olivia married and moved back to Gabe’s home town. With no other prospects, I followed. I fell in love with Reed Hill but was working a dead-end job. Olivia was bored at hers, and Gabe had just been handed the reigns to his family’s manufacturing business. One night of a little too much wine and our dream store was born. Olivia is a chemist. She mixes and designs our fragrances, Gabe’s company produces them, and I sell them. For the last couple of years, we have turned a nice profit, and we were all happy.
But tonight I was anxious to leave. I hadn’t seen Griggs for almost two weeks. During the shutdown of the Cantono’s drug operation in December, the involvement of one of the local police captains had come to light. Raymond Hunter was still in prison, but his arrest had left a hole in the police department. Griggs had quickly replaced him with an officer by the name of Megan Ross. She was smart, competent, and willing but lacked any real experience as a detective. Griggs had to spend a lot of time training her. She had been thrown into the deep in end on her first case which had been the murder of a distant cousin of mine. That was the case that had brought Griggs back into my life.
Hunter had been the mastermind behind the drug operation, but he wasn’t the only police officer involved. It had taken Griggs several months to weed out the rest which had left his department short-staffed.
If that had been the only thing in our way, Griggs and I would have found time to get together, but at the end of March, the flu arrived in town. It was late for a flu epidemic so everyone was surprised and unprepared. It started in the schools but quickly spread. Emma, who has three young children, had to take off the whole first week of April. Normally, that wouldn’t have been a problem as one of my other employees could have stepped in, but Myra, who is a retired teacher, had been helping out at the high school because so many were out sick. Our other option for help was Oliva, but two of her boys had caught the flu as well. Kara and I were the only two left standing. Working a lot of hours didn’t really leave me much time for dating.
Just about the time, my employees returned to work. The flu made its way to the police and fire departments. Having emergency services short-staff was not anything anyone wanted. Griggs stepped in when Megan went down, and several other officers clocked a lot of overtime.
My phone rang as I walked into the backroom of the store. My heart sank when I saw it was Griggs. He wouldn’t be calling unless he had to cancel. With a quiet sigh, I answered.
“I’m sorry,” he said immediately. His deep, smoky voice sent a shiver down my spine – the good kind of shiver.
“It’s okay,” I replied as I sat in the chair behind my desk.
“No. It’s not,” he said sharply, “but I can’t do anything about it. I just found David in the bathroom throwing up.”
David Reddish is the other captain on the Reed Hill force. He’s in his late fifties, attractive, and has a crush on Myra. He is also one of the most competent officers I have ever met as well as being a really good guy.
“Yep. He wasn’t even going to tell me.”
“He knows you need the time off.”
“Yeah, but…”
“It’s okay. I understand.”
“I’m really sorry, Leah.”
“I know.”
“Listen, Megan is supposed to be back tomorrow. I’ll brief her in the morning, and then we can grab some lunch. Do you think you could get the afternoon off? We can make a day of it.”
I leaned back in the chair with a silly grin on my face. “I think I can arrange that.”
“Great.” I could hear the smile in his voice. “I’ll call you in the morning.”

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Oscar Fun

I don't see very many movies so I couldn't complete this trivia quiz without help. How will you do?

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Happy March!

The daffodils are just starting to bloom in our yard. I can feel spring in the air!

February was a crazy month. I celebrated my fifth anniversary as an author. I had a lot of fun. I hope those of you who participated in some of the events and giveaways had a good time as well.

My day job also was very busy in February. Between all the things I was doing with my anniversary month and the crazy pace at work, I got behind on my writing. I hoping March will be a productive month. 😃

Below is a list of the winners of the various giveaways. I still haven’t heard from a couple of you so if you haven’t responded to my email, please do so by March 10th.

eCopy of The Holton Series & a $10 gift card – Peggy
$10 Amazon gift card – Marty
$10 Amazon gift card – Suzannah
Paperback copy of Convince Me – Julie
eCopy of Convince Me & a $10 gift card – Lynn
eCopy of both Convince Me and Notice Me – Julie
$10 Amazon gift card – Peggy
Paperback copy of Notice Me – Marty
$10 Amazon gift card – Lynn
Holton Series Bookmark and Magnet – Angie
Dead in a Dumpster Gift Pack – Bn100
$10 Amazon Gift Card – Jenny
Lost Great Dane Gift Pack – Peggy
$20 Amazon Gift Card – Peggy