Welcome contemporary romance author, Melissa McClone...

1.)                What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a screenplay writer because I thought I could write better endings to the television shows and movies I watched. I also wanted to create a line of all-natural cosmetics, but my freshman year organic chemistry course changed my mind about that!

2.)                Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?

Tea (iced and unsweetened) is my favorite.

3.)                What genre do you typically read? Why?

I read sweet contemporary romance. I enjoy heartwarming stories that tug at my emotions, and that’s the genre I’ve found that does it best.

4.)                Share a favourite childhood memory.

When I was little, we had an artificial Christmas tree. My mom decided to set it up while my dad was at work, and she had my younger sister and I help. You had to stick the branches into color-coded holes. Sounds easy, right? Well, the three of us were on a mission to have it done before my dad got home from work. We were so focused and working quickly to put those branches in, none of us realized that my mom had put the center piece in the wrong way so the tree was upside down. We’d just finished when my dad walked in. It was so obvious when you stepped back and looked, but not of us had. Needless to say, lots of laughter and something we still joke about to this day.

5.)                Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes?

Books, of course. Disney and Star Wars, too. My husband would say I’m also addicted to totes, bags, purses, etc. What can I say? I need something to carry my books in!

6.)                What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?

Getting started. The first three chapters always take me the most time because I’m trying to get to know the characters and make sure their conflicts/motivations will work.

7.)                Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?

I try, but I don’t always succeed. I found this app called the Wordcount Dashboard that I use to tell me how many words I need to write. The app keeps me on track because it recalculates the word count needed each day based on what you’ve done to reach your deadline. Best $1.99 I’ve spent on a writing tool!

8.)                What are your thoughts on writing a book series?

I write series that are standalones (i.e. different couples in each story.) I love writing them because it lets me revisit characters and settings. I’ve found it hard to say goodbye to certain couples when I reach “The End” and this gives me a way of checking in again even though it’s very brief.

Media/Author Info
Author:  Melissa McClone
Bio:  USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone has published over forty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds, two goldfish and a few cats who think they rule the house. They do!
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 Melissa's Latest Release:

Keep your competition close…and your heart even closer.

When Nevada Parker travels to Marietta, Montana, she anticipates enough peace and quiet to finish her PhD dissertation. Cupidville turns out to be anything but quiet. In fact, it looks like Valentine’s Day—her least favorite holiday—exploded all over the small town.

Among the sea of red hearts, “Be Mine” signs, and pink, pink, pink, Nevada spots a flyer for a multi-day race called The Valentine Quest. The grand prize—a luxury tropical vacation—would be the perfect welcome-home gift for her brother who’s leaving the military.

Dustin Decker sure could use a break from giving city slickers sleigh rides. Even with a bum knee from his bull-riding days, the race’s grand prize is as good as his—until he realizes he needs a partner if he wants to win.

He makes a strategic pact with the prim, bookish Nevada. But with a kiss, their unlikely alliance turns into something more…and soon, racing isn’t the only thing on their minds. As the finish line nears, they must decide if the grand prize is worth more than what they’ve found together…or if one of them will walk away empty handed—and brokenhearted.

Buy Links:

Amazon US: http://a.co/4f06rtk

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-valentine-quest-melissa-mcclone/1125130255?ean=2940156877027

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