Title: Planning for Love, Book 2 in the Love, California Style series
Author: Ellen Butler
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: January 26, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Successful, California party planner, Poppy Reagan, surprises her latest boyfriend on Valentine’s Day by catching him and a twenty-something in an R-rated version of ride the cowboy. After exacting revenge, Poppy decides it’s time to quit the bad boys and take her personal life seriously. With the help of her best friend, she maps out a plan to find a good-looking, successful man to become her life partner. Stoically, she heads into the deep end of the internet dating pool only to find herself embroiled in one bad date after another. She finally draws the line on dot com dating after a pot-smoking, washout offers to takes her to Taco Bell for dinner.
Handsome doctor, Adam Patterson, who started out as Poppy’s rebound-vacation-fling-guy has become a good friend and confidant. He attempts to convince her to give up on the local dating pool and come out to Ohio to test the relationship waters. Poppy is fervently against moving or carrying on a long distance relationship, but Adam’s pull on her heart convinces her to meet on middle ground. Will Adam convince her to try out life in America’s Heartland?
Welcome Ellen! So lovely to invite one of my fellow agency authors to my blog - love the sound of your new book and have added it to my To Be Read list - let's kick off with my questions!
Hi Rachel, I just wanted to say thank you for having me on your blog. I love reaching out to readers across the pond!
1.) What is your favourite thing about yourself?
My sense of humour always keeps me moving forward even when life seems to be going to hell in a hand basket.
2.) What do you wish you’d known before you started writing?
How much rejection there is in this line of work. You get it from agents, publishers, editors and readers. It’s something I’ve learned to live with, but my first couple of rejections from agents…ouch. Now it’s just part of the job. It still hurts, but it’s easier to put it behind me and move on.
3.) Share a romantic moment in your life.
I think it was our 10th Wedding Anniversary. Unbeknownst to me, my husband arranged for my mom to come to town and take care of the kids while we had a little weekend getaway that included a couples massage, romantic dinner and a stay at a lovely Bed & Breakfast.
4.) Is there one subject you’d never write about as an author? What is it?
I don’t think I’d be able to write erotica. It’s just not my thing.
5.) Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Write what you’re passionate about. If the author is detached from their subject, or characters, or plotline it comes out in the writing.
6.) If you could be the original author for any book, what would it be? Why?
Harry Potter! A young adult classic was created in my lifetime and it will continue through the lifetimes of my great-grandchildren and beyond. I adore the world JK Rowling created and as a mother, I love to dream about being able to wave my magic wand to clean the dinner dishes. Oh, and duh, cha-ching! That lady is rolling in it!
7.) What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
Why nothing. I was a little angel…can’t you see my halo? LOL. Seriously, I was a pretty responsible kid. I didn’t become a trouble maker until college, and those secrets remain locked up tight between me and my cohorts in crime.
8.) If I came to your house for dinner what would you prepare for me? Why?
Marinated Steak. First, because you’d be coming to America, and we like our steak in the States. Second, I can really rock the grill. Oh, I’d also pick us out a great bottle of wine. And I’d probably make us some apple or cherry pie for dessert, because I can make a mean pie. So, when are you coming to visit, Rachel?
Love to! Mark me in your diary ;)
Ellen Butler in 140 characters or less: author, mother, wife, shoe lover, chocoholic, fashion fan, sarcastic wit, autumn enthusiast, dancer, book worm, and good-time devotee.
Ellen Butler lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, and is new to novel writing. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy, and her history includes a long list of writing and editing for dry but illuminating professional newsletters, and windy papers on public policy. The leap to novel writing was simply a creative outlet for Ellen’s over active and romantic imagination to run wild.
Heart of Design is her third release in 9 months. You can find her first two releases, Poplar Place and Second Chance Christmas at Amazon and other major eBook retailers. Professionally, she belongs to the Virginia Writer’s Club, the Northern Virginia Writer’s Club, and is a founding member of the Tempting Romance blog. When she’s not writing, Ellen is either, running around after her children, decorating a neighbor’s house, or holed up in her favorite lounge chair reading. Ellen is an admitted chocoholic and confesses to a penchant for shoe shopping. Book club questions for Ellen’s novels can be found on her website.