The Next Big Thing

Welcome to The Next Big Thing
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My friend, author Katherine Lowry Logan recently tagged me for a blog hop entitled ‘The Next Big Thing’. The deal is: I answer a few questions about my current work-in-progress, then I invite other authors to do the same. Clive was tagged by Clive Eaton,

What is the working title of your next book?

The Blue Lute

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Well, back in 2000 when I was living in San Diego, CA, I had just moved into my very first solo apartment.  It was a building that used to be a hotel back in the 1920s and it had been renovated into an apartment complex.  There were SO many things that were still there from the original architecture, like real wooden crown molding, gallant arches, a secret dumbwaiter in the kitchen, a claw foot tub, and scrolled ironwork on the air vents. Being the storyteller and historian that  I am, I immediately thought about how cool it would be if I found something of the people that lived here before me.  My mind started cranking out an idea and I had to write down.
What genre does your book fall under?
Historical Romance – Time Travel
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Mr. Matthew Bomer from the TV series White Collar

  I was watching the tv show Monk back when it was still on and USA Network flashed a picture of Matt Bomer and the series White Collar. I gasped and shot out of my seat, yelling to my husband, “That’s Brandon!!”  My husband, as diligent a supporter that he is, knew I meant my book. I explained to him that I had this make believe image of who I thought Brandon Crowley would be and Matt’s picture pops up with a perfect likeness of him.  To this day, it still takes my breath away how much Matt resembles my imagination.  Even here, in this photograph, he’s carrying a guitar case, Brandon is a guitar player…. ahhh be still my heart.

And Diana Argon from Glee would make a perfect Lilly.  Smart, sensible, beautiful and very easily transformable into a 1920s flapper if the story calls for it.

                                                                                   

Last year Matt Bomer guest starred on Glee and I was so excited because that meant that my dream characters were together so I could have one beautiful picture of Brandon and Lilly side by side.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Brandon thought his life was perfect back in1928, but as he is whisked away to another time, he finds that what he thought was truth was instead a vicious lie created by the one he loved the most.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m hoping my current publisher, Black Lyon Publishing, will take this one on as well.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
YEARS.  I started it, stopped it and I’m still working on the finer details now.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I don’t like comparing myself to others. I’m unique and think my style stands alone.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always loved studying the 1920s and the gangster of the 1930s, so I knew I always wanted to write about that era.  I was so glad this is the story that found it’s way through.
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Much like Beneath the Wall, there are twists and turns in The Blue Lute that are unsuspected.  I really can’t wait for people to read this story.
Other NEXT BIG THINGS:
Please Visit some of my author friends who have completed the same questions.
If any other authors want to be tagged in this questionnaire, please contact me and I will add your link to this page.
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SUPER SEXY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

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I spent all night last night wondering how I should go about presenting the blog today – should I make it a biography? Should I only talk about my book? Should I emphasize love (ok lust) and sexiness?  Then it occurred to me, I can do all three and still be myself. And being true to myself is very important to me. I am unique and silly and I don’t need to conform to anyone’s previous interviews.  So without further adieu… Ladies and Gentlemen, Beneath the Wall has the pleasure of being one of the first 100 romantic novels that this man has graced the cover of.  He is strong, handsome and as sweet as can be.  He is the face and body of my Sgt. Mack Roberts – He is Jason Aaron Baca!

First of all, thank you so much for joining me on my blog and for becoming the face (and fine muscular arms) of Beneath the Wall.cover3

Jason – Thanks for inviting me to your blog Eryn.

 

Let’s go to the very beginning.  Were you always an athletic kid?  If so, what was your favorite sport?

 Jason – Yes, growing up I played all sports, but before long all of my friends and family knew I had a special gift in baseball. I played all through high school and college.

Do you have a favorite professional baseball team now?

Jason – Being from California, I’m a Giants’ fan, of course!

 

What was your first modeling job? And how did that segue into cover modeling?

 Jason – My first modeling job I stumbled upon during the filming of I Know What You Did Last Summer where I’d been a double for one of the main actors in the movie. The on location photographer initially invited me off to the side to take a few snap shots of me. He then realized that I was sort of a natural at posing. I didn’t fall into the being a romance cover model, I found out that part on my own.

 

You basically have to act a part when becoming a character in a book. So when you go in for a photo shoot give us an example of how you get into “character”?

Jason – It all depends on the character and how much information they provide about this character. Most of the time I’m stone face, expressionless but with a very confident look. When it comes to these shoots, the more I do them, the more confident I become.

 

What kinds of bodywork do you do before a shoot to make those muscles pop?

Jason – Tons of it. If a shoot is at 1pm I make sure to be in my health club at 11am sharp to burn in the muscles as much as possible. I realize that I have to look my best on that day so that the publishers and authors will get what they paid for. I only expect the best from myself on that day. I normally don’t eat before the shoot as I don’t want to have a full belly. I want to look lean and mean.

 

Since Beneath the Wall is a historical fiction and many other books you pose for are as well, do you, personally, have a favorite era or one you’d rather live in other than now?

 Jason – No I don’t have a personal favorite. Great question though! All of the themes I’ve done are fun for me. Whatever they tell me they want to do, I mentally prepare myself for.

 

In Beneath the Wall the hero you portray, Mack Roberts’, favorite car is a 1965 candy apple red Mustang. Do you have a favorite car or motorcycle?

Jason – The funny thing is, I drive a red mustang! What are the odds of that? It is a favorite of mine. I’m not much of a motorcycle guy especially after flying off one and breaking my arm in high school.

jasonmustangThat is incredible!! I had no idea you and Mack shared that love!  What a coincidence!  P.S. ladies – how many of you are actually looking at the car?  HA!

 

We all have lazy moments, even super busy people like you and me… What is your ideal lazy day?

Jason – I haven’t had a lazy day in ages! Maybe that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I will have to tell you what an ideal one is: when I get one!

 

Thank you again for joining me today, Jason!  Let’s leave the readers with one last question:

If you could have any other profession other than the one you have, what would you do and why?

Jason – Well then I’d be a professional baseball player of course! The first ½ of my life I had it engrained in my head that that was what I was destined to do. It exists only in my imagination today.

 

And, if I haven’t said it enough, Thank you for bringing Mack and Beneath the Wall to life! This journey has been a dream come true!!

Jason – Well thank you very much! It has been quite enjoyable being your character Mack. And to add to your giveaway Eryn, I’d like to add a signed Model Card to give to the winner!

Oh thank you Jason! The readers will definitely like that!  And what a good way to segue into the drawing I have planned for this week.

If you would like to WIN a FREE and SIGNED printed copy of BENEATH THE WALL – then leave a comment below – either today, February 14th, 2013 or February 15th and I will pick the winner Saturday morning 9AM CST, February 16th, 2013!

*everyone gets counted once except for Valentine’s Day where you will get twice.  So please don’t leave multiple comments.  I would greatly appreciate it!

Extensive Questions

First, I want to thank Clive Eaton for ‘nominating’ me for a Liebster Award. I don’t know where this blog chain started, but here are the requirements: I have to list 11 random facts about me, then answer 11 questions asked by the person who nominated me (that would be Clive). I then nominate 11 bloggers to follow on from me and come up with 11 new questions (cannot use the same ones I was asked or the ones I asked). I post the award on my blog and it goes on – hopefully bringing new readers to our blogs. So, let’s get started: 

Eleven facts about me

1) One of my husband’s nicknames for me is Hobbit, because I’m a mere five feet tall.

2) I consider myself ambidextrous. I write and eat with my right hand but do everything else with my left better – like bowl. I’ve even trained myself to write with the left legibly just in case anything happens to my right hand.

3) The first movie I remember seeing in the movie theater was Return of the Jedi, when I was eight. I went with my dad and got lost on the way back from the bathroom, and sat on another guy’s lap for a second before I realized my father was two rows up more. Talk about embarrassing.

4) I love musicals. From Annie to the Vietnam War drama Miss Saigon, I have a good most of them memorized and will sing them loudly and often!

5) Miss Saigon was actually the story that revved my story-juices to write Beneath the Wall. I couldn’t get Kim and Chris’ child Tam out of my mind after seeing the play on Broadway. I wondered what happened to the child afterwards and somehow my own, unique story came forth.

6) I am 3/4th Irish and the rest is a mix of a lot of French (both Canadian and European French) with a touch German and English, according to Ancestry.com. I spent last summer tracing my father’s side of the family – something I knew very little about. My uncle claims my grandfather even traced our lineage back to the Versailles court during the reign of King Louis XVI, but I’m not sure if that is just a story or not.

7) I’ve met my fair share of celebs. The last I counted I’ve spoken to 26 different movie/tv/or

Eryn and Dean Cain 11/22/96 NYC

Eryn and Dean Cain 11/22/96 NYC

music stars. Some of my favorite meetings were, Dean Cain (twice and a private phone call this past fall), Susan Sarandon, Sandra Bullock, and Rod Stewart – the funniest story of them all.

8) I love to paint, draw, sketch & play around with my camera. Being creative is second nature to me that it almost seems weird if I don’t have a blank piece of paper and a pen with me at all times.

9) I consider myself an amateur gardener.

Last year's garden, during my book release party

Last year’s garden, during my book release party

I haven’t quite reached master gardener yet, but I’m working on it. I definitely have a green thumb.

10) I’m never satisfied with the answer: No. I always have to push beyond it until it’s a definite grounded No and even then, I can’t get whatever it is out of my mind until I succeed.

11) I’ve never been outside the United States. I hate to say it, but I’m afraid of traveling over seas. The long plane ride, the strange illnesses, being trapped in a foreign country just scare me.  Maybe some day I’ll get across the oceans, but I might have to be heavily drugged.

Now to answer Clive’s 11 questions:

1) Let’s start with an easy music question. What is your favourite all time album, and why?

Easy? This is a tough one, Clive! I love so many – I have 6,000 songs on my iPod. I’m going to go with Fireflies by Faith Hill though because it is the most poignant one in my history. I saw Faith and her husband Tim McGraw perform together while this album was out, I listened to it all during my pregnancy with my son and the song Fireflies is the lullaby I’ve sang to him all his little life.  So it is a very special album in our house.

2) You have a hot-air balloon with ten famous people in it (all currently living). The balloon is rapidly heading towards the entrance of a volcano – which would result in death for all on-board. With just nine on-board, the balloon would head to safety. Which famous person would you sacrifice, and which famous person would you save above all others, and WHY?

Good one! I would definitely save my Dean Cain. But then again he played Superman and since this is a fantasy maybe he’d have his powers back, he’d save me and then we could fly off together… too far?? J. Now who would I toss out…Eminem, he’s nothing but a punk and is never appreciative of the awards he receives. He just seems very disrespectful.

3) Marmite, Love or Hate?:

I know what Marmite is but I’ve never tasted it, so I really can’t comment on it. I will always try something once though.

4) You are invited to a hypothetical dinner party with three other guests (dead or alive) – Who would you choose, and why?

I’m making this a ladies tea party instead 🙂

Jackie Kennedy Onassis – my favorite First Lady, she’d be gracious, poised and we could talk about our favorite books.

Vivien Leigh – because she was Scarlett O’Hara, my all time favorite movie character and I’d love to hear all the inside gossip on the film and all the others she created when she was alive.

And my grandmother Anna St. Jean – she’s still alive but has Alzheimer’s and doesn’t remember much. I would love to have her back for one more conversation where she is well and able to communicate like she used to. I love you Cracky.

My beautiful grandmother and I at our last meeting in Florida.

My beautiful grandmother and I at our last meeting in Florida.

5) If you could change one thing about this World, what would it be?

It would definitely be to stop all the fighting, death and destruction in the world. There is too much and hearing about children being captured or killed is just beyond fathoming and doesn’t need to happen.

6) Do you believe intelligent life exist beyond this planet? Please explain the reason behind your answer, whether it be yes, or no.

Yes, I do. I don’t think they are little green men, but I don’t think that Earth is the only planet in the whole universe that has life on it.  We just have to find it.

7) You could be given the answer to one question, yet unanswered by mankind, what would that question be?

Where exactly is Heaven and Hell?

8) If a famous author said they wanted to use, on the front cover of their book, a quote from you about one of their books – Who would be the author, which book would you review, and what would be your one line quote?

It would be Jude Deveraux. I’ve read and loved her since I was a teen and absolutely look to her as a pseudo-mentor. I’d choose her fantastic novel Sweet Liar. “Jude Deveraux at her very best! You’ll fall in love with Michael and feel Samantha’s pain, become their friend and yearn to read more about the love they shared together.”

9) Your favourite musician/band has agreed to play three songs to you and a small group of friends. Who would you choose, and what three songs would you want them to play?

I’m going to go with Garth Brooks on this one. He’s an awesome songwriter, singer and entertainer. You feel the words he sings not just hear them.  And he’d have to play Shameless, Thunder Rolls and Friends in Low Places.

10) You’ve been offered a VIP package to a sporting event. Which famous sporting event would you most like to see, and who would you want to see win it?

The Olympics, Men’s swimming and since Michael Phelps won’t be competing I’d like Ryan Lochte or Nathan Adrian to win. Really I don’t care who would win, just as long as I can watch their long, muscular bodies, swimming through ripples of waves and water… uh hem – excuse me there for a moment!

11) Which book do you wish you had written, and why?

Gone with the Wind. It was popular right from the start, was made into a huge Hollywood movie, won Oscars and is still talked about 75 years later!

Now my questions for your blog

1)    If you could be a Rockstar, Astronaut, or Pro-Baseball player which would you be and why?

2)    What does your perfect night alone entail?

3)    If you had the right to eliminate any sport from the face of the earth, what would it be?

4)    If you go back and change any event, either in your personal life or in history, what would it be and why?

5)    How do you chose the names in your books? What factors do you take into effect?

6)    Name your top 3 favorite movies or books, if you don’t watch movies (it can’t be one of your own)

7)    What song title best describes your life?

8)    What genre, other than the one you write, would you like to try?

9)    What is your go-to curse word?

10) Name one person – alive or dead, famous or not, that you admire and why?

11) A special education teacher, a bachelor pharmaceutical engineer with a formula ready to take to market that will cure cancer, a 45 yr. old mother of two and you are on a leaky boat only big enough to hold two people.  Including yourself, who would you chose to survive with and why?

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Thirteen’s a Charm

I had the pleasure of meeting a fantastic author a couple of weeks ago on Twitter.  Her name is Kathy Lawry Logan and if paths are supposed to cross then I am so happy hers crossed with mine.  From the moment I read her info blurb: Marathoner & Author of historical & romantic suspense. THE RUBY BROOCH is an Amazon time travel bestseller I knew I had a fast friendHistorical, romance suspense and time travel! Uhh, that’s everything I like to read all summed up in one list.  That afternoon I picked up her lovely book and spent several nights in a row reading until the wee hours of morning.  It was a incredible book!! Here was my formal review: amzn.to/14DBMhk.  The funniest part of reading her work though, was how much her story and voice was like my own books, yet we had never met before.  Don’t get me wrong, we’re not like twins but there are some similarities that made us both scratch our heads a bit.

Unprompted, Ms. Logan bought Beneath the Wall and read it in the same I read hers – unable to put it down. I was so humbled and delighted to find her review of my baby this morning.

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I don’t feel worthy of such beautiful words, especially when her book was beyond wonderful in my mind. Thank you so much Kathy! I’m so glad we found each other in the scattered and rapid-paced world of Twitter.  May we stick together for a long time!

You can follow me on Twitter @erynalicia and Kathy @KathyLLogan

If you would like to read more about or purchase The Ruby Brooch

visit Kathy’s blog with her several links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble…etc.