Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Author Interview and giveaway: Michele Summers

Today I am interviewing Michele Summers about her new book, Find my way home.

Welcome!

1. Tell me about yourself. 
I’m an interior designer by day and writer by night. And in between all that, I take care of my great son and daughter, cook meals for my family and clients and whenever I get the chance, play tennis for fun, release and exercise. I’m a professional multi-tasker and OCD list maker. (I make lists for my lists). I enjoy reading (of course), needlepointing, knitting and watching movies and sometimes do them all together. (note: multi-tasker above) I irritate friends and family alike, because my idea of relaxation is not very relaxing. I hate mornings, but get up early anyway and I love to sleep but hardly ever get enough. I love to travel whenever the opportunity arises. And I love creating fun characters and writing about a world I’d like to live in. 

2. Tell me about your new book, Find my way home...
Find My Way Home is the first in the Harmony Homecomings series. Bertie Anderson, wants nothing more than to move away from her small hometown and make it big as an interior designer. She’s three weeks away from reaching her goal when she’s given the challenge of redesigning the old Victorian in town she’s always dreamed about. But there’s a catch: she must finish in three months with a big bonus as her reward. Piece of cake, right? It would be if her client wasn’t bad boy Keith Morgan, retired tennis pro and single-dad-on-the-edge. 

Keith has moved to Harmony with a huge chip on his shoulder (along with a ton of guilt) to make a better life for himself and his ten-year old daughter. What he’s not prepared for is small town quirkiness, his aunt’s ultimatum to get married in three months, and his uncontrollable attraction to his maddening designer, Bertie. Sparks aplenty! And lots of laughs.

3. What inspired you to write the Harmony homecoming series?
 I worked as an interior designer in Miami for many years and always wondered what my career would’ve been like in a small town, where there’s not a lot of action (or any showrooms, for that matter). Frustrating, no doubt. But each of my heroes and heroines make their mark while enjoying a simpler, calmer small town way of life. They make it look fun and easy!

4. I have to ask, in the book we meet a couple and I was all, I would love their book! And now I saw that you are writing something about Marabelle. So this will happen? 
Oh yes, my friend. I’m so glad you picked up on delicious Nick and Marabelle. Their story will be the fourth in the series, but it was actually the first book I ever wrote! So, it holds a very special place in my heart. Nick is truly every girls’ dream and Marabelle is a spunky, smack-talking kindergarten teacher who also happens to be a tennis coach. Can’t wait for you to read all about them.

5. Back to Harmony. What is it that makes a small town so charming? 
For me, it’s the ”everybody knows your name” syndrome. Wherever you go, somebody not only knows you, but cares about you. Even though some of Harmony’s residents are nosy and obnoxious, they’re also lovable and well-meaning. Small towns are more personal and make the H & H feel at home. You’ll meet more of Harmony’s nosy-bodies in the next books in the series and they’ll make you laugh at their antics. 

6. What is coming next from you? 
Funny you should ask. ;-))) Not So New in Town is second in the series about Lucy Doolan who comes home to Harmony to help her step-sister on bed rest and thinks her life can’t suck anymore, until she runs into Brogan Reese, Harmony High’s football star, Homecoming King, Lucy’s mad crush and...her step-sister’s ex-boyfriend. 

Third in the series is about Katie McKnight, a location scout from California, who stumbles upon Harmony and spies the perfect house for the next teenage-horror-mini-series. Getting the homeowner, bad boy, Vance Kerner and best-selling author to agree poses problems. Lots of laughter, love and small town fun in these next two books.

And then there’s Marabelle and Nick’s story which I mentioned earlier and involves a bachelor’s auction with some really hot football players! It’s a good one! 


Thanks! Thank you for having me. This was such fun!

Thanks!

Giveaway
1 copy of Find my way home

1. US and Canada only
2. Ends July 26th
3. Just tell me if you are entering and you are in.
Also, be free to ask questions if you want :)

You can find Michele at:




36 comments:

  1. I grew up in a small town and couldn't wait to leave but now have fond memories and love to visit :) When my kids were younger they would walk downtown from Grandma's house and would be stopped by a store clerk and asked if they were one of the "Smith" girls kids. They always got a kick out of people knowing who their mom was without having met them before.

    Yes, please enter me in the giveaway!

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    1. Mary, I love that story. I remember when my hometown was much smaller and we had some of the same experiences. Thanks for posting.
      Michele Summers

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  2. Thank you for hosting me today. I had a great time with your questions. And I'm so happy you enjoyed Find My Way Home. Can't wait for you to read the next one.
    Michele Summers

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    1. I am glad to have you over, and I was happy to hear about Nick and M. The moment they stepped into that scene I was just all, damn, I need their story of how they met :)

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  3. Small town books are usu so much fun. (just saying hi, not entering giveaway)

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  4. Would love to read more about Keith and Bertie's story. Three months, huh? Sounds like a huge challenge and Keith won't make things easier either! Please enter me in! =)

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    1. Ann: Hope you get a chance to read Find My Way Home. Lots of laughs and excitement can happen in 3 months.
      Michele Summers

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  5. Small town books are ok but small towns are not. Hi btw :)

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  6. Interior design is always something I thought I would love to do - anything design related makes me happy:) I can't imagine how busy her days are working full time and writing at night though! I'm exhausted just thinking about it:)

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    1. Jenny: Interior Design is fun, but a great deal of hard work. Ah...the luxury of sleep, I can never get enough these days. I've always liked being busy but never thought I'd be this busy. Hope you get a chance to read Find My Way Home. Thanks for commenting!
      Michele Summers

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  7. Mommy Dearest had a degree in interior design but never used it. I do love small town romance where the whole town feels they need to interfere in one way or another.

    Yes I'm In. I'd love to win this book.

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    1. NoraA: Your mommy dearest sounds like a smart woman. ;-))) Interior Design is a lot of hard work. If you like an interfering small town...you're gonna love Find My Way Home! Thanks for commenting.

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  8. As I said on the review I love small town stories and this series sounds very promising. Thank you for the giveaway. I'm participating with my USA address.

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  9. This sounds like a cute book and loved the interview. I can see her being exhausted wearing so many hats!

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  10. I love small town romances although if you have big dreams and a career like interior design, a podunk town might not be the best place for that. Still it's a challenge and something that's worth exploring.

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    1. Braine TS: Yep, you hit the nail on the head. It's hard to make big dreams in design come true in a small town, and Bertie struggles with this very issue. But somehow she makes it work and has fun while she's at it. Hope you get a chance to read Find My Way Home. Thanks for commenting.

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  11. Being a working mom, I'm impressed with how you find time to write. Wish I could learn to do that. I'd love to win the book!

    aprilnu2003@yahoo.com

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    1. Shar Simms: Being a mom period is the hardest job in the world! And I'm the first to admit my role as mom suffers sometimes, but I was blessed with exceptionally sweet and well-behaved children. Keep doing what you do best! Hope you get a chance to read Find My Way Home. Thanks for commenting.

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  12. Count me in!

    I love, love, love small town settings in books, though I'm not sure if I'd like it in reality. Sometimes it's good to be anonymous. =)

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    1. Diana Leigh: ahem...I hear ya! Love the thrill of a big city and all it has to offer. Miss my days in Miami. le sigh. Hope you get a chance to read FMWH. Thanks for commenting.

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  13. This looks and sounds like a lot of fun :) I love small town romance b/c it's so different from what I know in real life :) Wouldn't want to live there but it's fun to visit! Congrats to Michele on the new release!!

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    1. Erin: Thanks! Yes, small towns are fun to visit especially in books, right? ;-) Hope you get to read FMWH. Thanks for commenting.

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  14. Small town romances are always so cute. Thanks for the interview!

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  15. Ohohoho, so with you on the OCDing :D Sounds like a lovely series, thanks for the fun interview!

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    1. Livia: Another fellow OCDer?? We are so irritating, aren't we? But then so are others who don't appreciate our thoroughness. ;-) Thanks for commenting and I hope you get to read FMWH.

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  16. Lovely interview! I'm glad that the book you were hoping for is on the way ;) I'll have to check this series out too, b/c I love small town settings.

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    1. Jessica: Yay! Hope you check it out and enjoy FMWH. This small town has a lot of spirit and spunk. Thanks for commenting.

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  17. I really do think I'm gonna need this one. Small towns and single daddies are two of my favorite things :)

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    1. Anna: A gal after my own heart. I love small towns and single daddies too! Something about their struggles and their vulnerability. Hope you enjoy FMWH. Thanks for commenting.

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  18. I really need to read this! I make lists for my lists too!

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    1. Kim: It's a necessity, right? All my lists need friends. ;-) Hope you enjoy FMWH and thanks for commenting.

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  19. You are a new to me author and I'd love to read Finding my way home.

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    1. Yay! That's music to my ears. I hope you enjoy FMWH! Thanks for commenting.

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  20. I am entering. This book sounds so good, and I'd love to read it. Thanks for having the giveaway.
    ayancey1974(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Anita: I hope you get to read FMWH and enjoy it! Thanks for commenting.

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