The Falling of Love Book Tour – Marisa Oldham

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I would like to welcome romance author Marisa Oldham to my blog. This is the first day of her book tour and I will be asking questions about her book The Falling of Love, as well as, thoughts behind her Dreamcast selection of characters.

Marisa, What inspired you to write The Falling of Love?

I’ve had Grace’s story in my head since I was about fifteen years old. I think growing up over the years, watching and experiencing how tragic love can be, was a huge inspiration to me.

Did you know from the beginning it was going to be a series? Yes. I actually did. If I hadn’t broken the story up the book would’ve been about 900 pages or more. I always knew what the beginning, middle and end of the story would be. It just works for it to be a series of 3.

What’s your favorite part of the book? The sweet love between Grace and Ian in the beginning really touches my heart, but I’ll admit, I love the drama towards the middle and end of the book. I think that THAT is what makes readers fall in love with this story and really tugs at their heartstrings.

What was the hardest part to write in the book? Ian’s changes and the turmoil he goes through. What I put Grace through. Sometimes I think I’m too hard on her character.

If you could have dinner with one character out of your book who would it be? Why that character? Ian – the simple answer, because he’s hot and even though he makes poor choices, when he’s himself, he’s amazingly loving and romantic. I wish what I wrote would magically appear before me in the form of my dream guy. I think where a lot of readers will really fall in love with Ian is in The Falling of Grace, book 2.

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Tell us about your Dreamcast and why you choose who you did?

Grace was easy to cast – she’s supposed to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. At first, I was thinking Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, but then my sister said that Candice Swanepoel was a better Grace. I agreed with her because Candice possesses an innocence while still looking like a sex goddess. That is Grace to me. I was lucky to find a photo of Candice when she was about Grace’s age in TFOL.

Ian was probably one of my most difficult to cast. He’s a cross between a young Axl Rose and Jared Leto. I was using Bartek Borowiec, a male model, for a long time, because for young Ian he was perfect, but he’s too feminine looking to be Ian. Jared Leto is more how I picture Ian at an older age. For now, he’ll have to do because there is no one else out there that looks like Ian.

Jaden is also hard to cast because he’s a mixture of guitar player Izzy Stradlin, Trent Reznor, Richard Fortus, and my friend and musician Paul Kenny. They all could pull off playing Jaden. I chose Izzy for this dream cast. I may choose one of the other gorgeous men for the TFOG dream cast.

Michelle is the most difficult of them all to cast because of her wild curls. I see her with the face of Miranda Kerr, but I’ve found very few photos of Miranda with curly hair. The other day my sister said that Megan Fox with curly hair would make a great Michelle, which is true, but for now, it will have to be Miranda Ker and you’ll just have to imagine her with wild curls.

James always looked like James Hetfield to me. So he was easy. I wonder how the lead singer of Metallica would feel about me casting him to play Grace’s overbearing brother? LOL.

Brandon and Bailey were easy to cast. I just looked for a beautiful, young redhead and a handsome young red-haired boy. I think they’re pretty perfect.

Micah is a little hard to find photos for because he’s covered in tattoos but rocks a 50’s greaser style. I managed to come up with a few different photos for him, but they’re all different men.

All the others in my dream cast were very easy to select. I knew what I was looking for when I was searching for Ian’s dad, John and his mother Rose. Eddie is even named after who I think he would look most like and that is Eddie Vedder. Can you tell I love rock n’ roll?

RLA: I would like to thank you for stopping past and I wish you all the best on your tour Marisa.
MO: Thank you for hosting me, it’s been a pleasure.

The Falling of Love is available on Amazon.

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Love vs. Career: Pre-Release Copies

I’m excited to be releasing my new interracial romance eBook Love vs. Career. I’ve gained so many followers over the months that I wanted to do something to say thank you. As a result, I’ve decided to give away twenty free pre-release copies to the first ones to respond during the week of July 15th. All you have to do is click here to email me or use info@rlynnarchie.com. In the subject field, put “Pre-Release Copy” and in the body please state if you would like a PDF, Mobi, ePub, or Kindle format. Take a look at the description below.

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Marissa Andrews thinks her life is on target after graduating from college summa cum laude and landing her first successful marketing job. She feels happy with her dream job, along with light-skinned, caramel hunk James, her older boyfriend “slash” boss. Things for her are not looking too shabby.

Unfortunately, everything praiseworthy does not always stay that way. And, when James’s freshly college graduated daughter Becky steps into the picture and starts working for her dad, with her comes nothing but trouble, topped off by a nasty attitude. The strong woman that Marissa is factors into a decision to walk away from a job that she loves because the drama isn’t worth it.

It is a move that brings unexpected consequences into her life. If there is one thing that she has learned from her partnership with James, it is that work and personal relationships entwined are bad karma, and definitely should not be combined. A golden rule that she vows to live by from here on out.

Only, one thing she does not know is that sexy green-eyed entrepreneur Roaman Stuart is about to make her acquaintance and put that promise to a test.

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~Read a Chapter Sample~

“Marissa, calm down!” James shouted trying to take control of the situation. She was pissed because the three main accounts she managed, he wanted handed over to his daughter Becky.

“Today is the day I’m either going to quit or lose my job. There’s no way in hell I’m letting those accounts go to your daughter! Do you realize all the time and energy I put into signing those companies? I’d be a fool to let them go — and let me throw in you’re the bigger fool for even suggesting such a thing!”

“Excuse me, but I am in the room. Don’t speak as though I am invisible!”

Marissa ignored Becky and continued her enraged explosion. “Look, I understand she’s your family, and how proud you are she graduated from college, but she doesn’t have the knowledge to keep these accounts afloat.”

“Marissa, I made this decision …”

She quickly cut him off. No way was Marissa interested in his explanation. “Your decision James? To what, ruin this company? She’s new to this profession and has much to learn. Give Becky some of my smaller accounts and let me mentor her so that she can learn the ropes.”

“Mentor? I don’t need mentoring. Listen sweetie, my dad is your boss, as well as CEO of this firm, so he can do what the hell he wishes! The fact that you’re sleeping with him means nothing, so turn yourself around, and retrieve the files he asked for, pronto!” Becky demanded.

Marissa wanted to knock the sarcastic smirk off of her hot pink stained lips. Marissa prided herself on being able to handle stressful situations, but this arrogant hussy made her blood boil. It took a lot of willpower to not grab a hold of Becky’s scrawny neck, and strangle the living hell out of her. She wanted to reason with James, but if he was going to allow his daughter to talk to her in such a disrespectful tone, then this was not the workplace in which she should stay. Marissa had graduated from Reuters, the top university of her field. Not only was she valedictorian of her class, but she graduated summa cum laude with a Masters in business and marketing. That alone made her heavily sought out with offers from multiple firms that wanted her on their team. Out of her top three job offers, it was James’s employer, Wayne Advertising and Marketing (WAM) that she decided to accept. At the time, James was only an executive director; however, he carried himself with dignity and ran the company respectively. WAM was highly sought out for its work and expertise. About two years after she became a part of the company, the founder, Mr. Wayne, decided it was time to semi-retire being he was getting up in age. James had been such an excellent protégé Mr. Wayne promoted him to CEO, a move that permitted James to oversee the agency in his absence.

“Becky, please step out and give Marissa and I a moment to talk.”

She eyed Marissa evilly as she slowly walked out the office. Her long, silky black weave with cherry red highlights swayed back and forth as she strolled out and closed the door behind her. Marissa knew her hair was fake because Becky changed the length and color just about every other month. Plain and simple, his daughter only worried about being a fashion whore. The sleeveless black mini dress she wore was not at all professional attire. It had a sexy dress quality with a triple-layered short skirt and a surplice neckline that displayed a sassy, stylish look. The dress was perfect for clubbing, not so much for the office.  As long as Becky looked sharp she knew that James wouldn’t say anything. He stepped in front of Marissa and held her waist as he looked down into her angry brown eyes. She was not the typical girl he dated because not only was she gorgeous from head to toe, but she had brains. He had dated many women of all different races, but this African American beauty had an influence on him that he thought was not possible again by any woman.

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Love vs. Career officially goes on sale July 26th, and will be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Writing Advice

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When I write I use my words as a communication source to express my ideas, turning those thoughts into novels or short stories. Writing for me is as natural as breathing and I do it because I love it.

This brings me to marketing guru and best-selling author, Seth Godin. He’s been called the “the ultimate entrepreneur for the Information Age” and in an article I recently read, he generously offers nineteen pieces of advice for aspiring writers.

The top three were really solid suggestions so I’ve listed them below:

1. Lower your expectations. The happiest authors are the ones that don’t expect much.

2. The best time to start promoting your book is three years before it comes out. Three years to build a reputation, build a permission asset, build a blog, build a following, build credibility and build the connections you’ll need later.

(I think this is good advice, however speaking only for myself, this one is unrealistic to me because I’m not that patient.)

3. Pay for an editor. Not just to fix the typos, but to actually make your ramblings into something that people will choose to read.

(If your budget does not allow for an editor then you should really make good use of your spelling and grammar check.)

Hope some of the tips helps some. Have a great day.

R. Lynn

Website:  www.rlynnarchie.com

The Falling of Love by Marisa Oldham (Book Review)

Spring is in full effect, and because of that I’ve made it a necessity to refill my library. From time to time, you will see books pop up that I will be adding to my “Interesting Books to Read” list. Today I start off with romance novel, The Falling of Love (The Falling Series) by Marisa Oldham.

BOOK REVIEW

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The Falling of Love by Marissa Oldham

The story starts out with teenagers Grace Hathaway and Ian Taylor, a miss matched couple as seen by their high school peers. Grace is a gentle beauty who’s sweet and on the cheerleading squad where newcomer Ian is the new “rocker” boy in school, and not kindly welcomed. Regardless of what everyone’s thinks the two grow to love each other very much.

Their feelings for each other are bottomless, and you would think that it would soar high from there, but it doesn’t, and that’s because there are undisclosed family circumstances that Ian has found hard to share with Grace. When she’s finally informed of his troubles, she sheds new light onto his problem and finds a solution that makes their days happy again. Sadly, it’s short lived due to their nonstop longing desire. An emotional pull that interrupts their fairytale world, and forces them to delve into adulthood sooner than later.

From there it only plummets downhill due to a new location and Ian’s constant tug of war. On one hand, he has Grace, the love of his life whom he declares he would do anything for; but then, on the other hand, he’s fighting an enormous battle for another love that he’s finding difficult to end.

The story contains a lot of in-depth situations that will pull at your heart. There are also other noteworthy characters that play significant roles throughout the plot. I find it to be an enjoyable read, and an emotional wrenching love story that will be hard to put down.

Her book is available on Amazon. Please visit her website, http://authormarisaoldham.bravesites.com/the-falling-of-love,  to find out more about her novel and other locations where it can be purchased.

Enjoy your weekend,

R. Lynn

Website:  www.rlynnarchie.com

G’s Charismatic Bunch – The Dishwasher Debacle (Series #5)

Sorry for missing last week’s issue, but I hope you enjoy today’s posting of The Dishwasher Debacle.

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Gessica, Tami, Demi, Anna and Bronwyn, had decided to order in lunch since it was raining outside. And, it was during lunch that Gessica heard the story of Bronwyn’s dishwasher incident.

“So you never used a dishwasher before you started working here?” Gessica asked.

“No. I’m the dishwasher at home,” replied Bronwyn.

“G, shut up, let her continue,” Demi stated between bites as she chowed down on her grilled chicken salad.

“I was about to do that, and what did I tell you about telling me to shut up? You shut up,” Gessica barked and twisted up her lips.

“You would never know you two are friends the way you carry on,” said Anna.

“Ah, is it okay to continue girls?” Bronwyn asked as she eyed them back and forth.

“Yup, go ahead,” Gessica said, her attention turned back to Bronwyn.

“Go ahead, Bronwyn, we’re done,” Demi stressed as she shoved another forkful of spinach into her mouth.

Satisfied, Bronwyn continued on, “As I was saying, I never worked a dishwasher before, but I wanted to help out even though it wasn’t my turn yet to do kitchen duty. I told Tami that I would take care of making sure the dishwasher was run and emptied.”

“I was leaving early that day, so I appreciated her offer to help and explained where the tablets were for the dishwasher,” Tami explained. “Huny, I felt partly responsible because I didn’t know it was your first time working one, and I also had forgotten that the container was empty.”

“Well I don’t blame you for that, it was my bright idea to use the dish liquid. Tami had left, and no one was around to help, I should have waited, but you know I don’t have any patience. I didn’t think it would be a big ordeal to swap it with liquid dish detergent, but of course, I was wrong.”

“So what did you do?” Gessica asked.

“Oh, you are going to love this!” Demi chuckled.

“I only put in a little and started it; I mean, it’s for dishes, right? It was supposed to wash, I was going to empty it, and it would have been done. But oh, I can’t get that lucky.”

“Are you serious?! “Oh my gosh; this is too funny,” Gessica stated.

 “Unfortunately yes.” By the look on her face, it was apparent that the sordid memory had scratched the surface of her brain.

“Okay, okay, this is starting to get good. Go ahead girl, you have my full attention,” Gessica excitedly exclaimed while her hands rubbed together like two sticks trying to start a fire. “Details girlfriend, I want to hear everything.”

Anna decided to add her two cents into the conversation. “Well, I had to run out at lunch, and when I got back, I went to the kitchen to heat up my lunch. Only, what I found instead was a floor of bubbles. I’m talking bubbles galore, like rub a dub, dub, it’s time to throw my butt in the tub,” she laughed.

“Same here, I also had just walked into the office and heard Anna hollering for help; that’s when I went sprinting towards the kitchen. There were tons of suds spewing out of the dishwasher. It was like it was bleeding bubbles. Do you know how to say massive? Believe me it was that and more, and I’m not exaggerating. Bronwyn ran back when I did, so it’s us and Anna trudging through this white sea of suds,” Demi explained.

“I think we all panicked, but Bronwyn decided to run the rinse cycle, and we had never been through anything like this before, so we stupidly agreed like idiots,” laughed Anna.

“I don’t know what we were thinking, honestly I don’t. It was like throwing a match on gasoline and watching it blow up. The bubbles kept coming, and coming, and oozing out like there was no tomorrow. We probably threw every kitchen towel we had down on the floor, and we followed that with rolls of paper towels trying to absorb those darn suds. All along I was praying that nothing seeped down on the floor below us,” said Demi.

“It was my fault and I was so embarrassed that it happened in the first place. It took us a while, but we finally managed to clear the floor and we could, at last, see our feet again. I was grateful for their help, and told them I would take care of the repair process to get the dishwasher back to normal again,” Bronwyn stated.

“So how did you do that?”

“I had to call the management office to alert them. The building’s engineer explained what I needed to do.”

“Ahh, okay,” Gessica nodded.

“All I could think of was damn, this is going to take up my whole freaking day. I ruined everyone’s shoes, including my own and the dishes were still dirty. Hell, I had to remove them all, so that I could take out the dishwasher racks. Then I had to hand wash and thoroughly dry the entire inside of the dishwasher. I didn’t need anyone to cuss me out because I did an excellent job of that myself. Anyway, the engineer explained that I needed to break down the surfactant of dish soap detergent.”

“And how do you do that?” Gessica asked with raised eyebrows.

“He suggested that I use ½ cup of vinegar poured directly on the bottom of the dishwasher.”

“Umm, okay, sounds logical enough.”

“Why are you asking so many questions?” Demi remarked.

“Because I can, and…!”

“You two are nuts; I’m telling you, nobody would ever guess you’re friends,” Anna said as she shook her head at their bickering.

“I don’t care about the questions because I asked plenty myself. I just wanted the situation fixed,” Bronwyn explained. I even burnt myself on the heating coil forgetting that the bastard was still hot as hell.” ”

“Anyhow, I sprinkled a layer of salt over the vinegar and started the dishwasher. I repeated that process twice before the bubbles were finally gone. Demi was a sweetheart, though. She ran out and bought a container of tablets. I popped one of those babies in with the dishes and things were rocking and rolling again. I tell you, I hope I never go through anything on that level again.”

Gessica playfully bumped into Bronwyn with her shoulder and said, “Bronwyn, you’re so stupee, only you could do something that crazy, but that’s why I love your crazy butt. However, you should be glad it happened before I was hired because I would have given you a hard time for weeks on end,” she laughed.

“Yes G, I’m very thankful for that one,” she smiled.

Lunch was over, and as the women collected their utensils and dishes they teasingly made fun of Bronwyn on her dish liquid debacle, but as always, it was all in fun among friends.

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Have a great weekend!

R. Lynn

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