Monday, November 30, 2015

Meet the Author: Welcome Alice Orr #MondayBlogs

Happy Monday! This Monday I am featuring an interview with romantic suspense author, Alice Orr,
who has a new Christmas novella available.

She talks about writing as well as her husband of 43 years. And she even sent me a photograph of them back in the day! Weren't they a cute couple!!!
Question: It’s raining men. What kind of men?
That’s an easy one because I really love my husband Jonathan and my other answers will tell you why. I’m not saying we don’t squabble because we definitely do. Ask our neighbors. We are a couple with what a wise friend of mine calls “juice.” We’ve been married a long time – forty-three years this past September. I asked Jonathan the other night if he’d ever been bored. “Definitely not” was his answer. I feel the same. Which is why that man-rain would have to be pouring down guys that keep me interested the way my Handsome Jonny does. So why not just hang onto him?

When did I first realize I wanted to be a writer?
What truly counts is when I first was able to admit to myself I wanted to be a writer. Before that I kept it to myself even from myself. I figured it wasn’t possible so why hope for it and be disappointed with my life. Jonathan and I were living in Albany, New York when he asked me a question nobody had ever cared to ask before. “If you could do any kind of work in the world what would it be?” I remember that I broke down and cried. Then I told him I would be a writer. I expected him to be polite but not encouraging. I was wrong. He not only he encouraged me – he believed in me – long before I believed in myself. Everything that has happened since in my writing career began that autumn afternoon.

How do I de-stress?
This is a really good question for busy people in our busy world. This answer also has to do with Jonathan. We are both busy people. I’m a writer of course and up to my ears almost every day with everything that requires. Jonathan and I also run a contracting company – Orr and Orr Contracting LLC. We renovate and remodel mostly wealthy people’s places – right now on Park Avenue in Manhattan. That is definitely not our personal world but bless those folk for giving us work. At the end of the day the two of us are pretty much done-for stamina wise. So we retire to what Jonathan calls the Blue Beach. In other word atop the blue comforter on our big bed. We have supper there. We share the experiences of our day there. We watch TV there. Binge watch more and more lately. Because I love good storytelling and so does Jonathan who has always been the romantic hero of all my stories.

What do I hate to do most?
An easy one. I hate to WASH DISHES. You might say “Get a dishwasher” but we have a dishwasher. One that is way too big for two people. We don’t want to use all that hot water every day for our few pots and dishes. So we use the dishwasher for kitchen storage. We’re city folk after all and have to utilize every empty nook and cranny. But that doesn’t get those pesky dishes clean. You guessed it. Jonathan does the dishes. Our deal is as follows. I keep my hand off the dirty dishes and he keeps his hands off the cooking. Each person should do what he or she is good at and that man absolutely cannot cook. Thank heaven I can.

When somebody sends me flowers what should that bouquet be?
Only Jonathan gives me flowers and he could answer this easily. Don’t send me roses. I am a practical person and roses die too quickly. Even with sugar or plant food in the water and frequent spritzing too – those lovely blossoms of theirs fall over and fade faster than fast. I like my bouquets to stick around. So my choice is always whatever is seasonal. Right now in the fall I love colorful fall flowers – yellows and tones of rust and dark red. The kind they set out in green buckets in front of my favorite neighborhood florist shop. I’ve made certain Jonathan knows exactly where it is.

About Alice:

"Alice Orr is a brilliant writer who has a Number One bestseller hidden in her pocket. I look forward to more of her work," says one Amazon reviewer. I say “Thanks!” I love to write. Especially romantic suspense novels and blog posts. I’ve been a workshop leader, book editor and literary agent. Now I live my dream of writing full-time. I’ve published thirteen novels and four novellas – both traditionally and independently – plus a memoir so far. I wrote my nonfiction book, No More Rejections, as a gift to the writers' community I cherish. A revised edition is now in progress. Amazon says, "This book has it all." About my romantic suspense, Amazon says, "Alice Orr turns up the heat." Most of all, I like to hear from readers. Visit my website at www.aliceorrbooks.com. I have two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and I live with my husband Jonathan in New York City.
 

A VACANCY AT THE INN
Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series Christmas Novella
Luke & Bethany’s Story by Alice Orr

On a cold December day Bethany Miller and her son Michael arrive in Riverton.

She grew up on Riverton Hill in remote upstate New York where her complicated family still lives. She moved away to escape all of that and more. Now she’s back because of complications in her present life with what is best for her son. She hopes the Miller family will be a Christmas blessing for Michael. She’s less hopeful about what this homecoming will be for her.

The last thing Bethany wants is further complication. That means the last person she needs to see is Luke Kalli staring down at her from the roof of Miller’s Inn. They shared a glorious connection before she fled from here. The power of that encounter and the deep feelings she experienced came at a tumultuous moment in her life. They were yet another strong reason to leave Riverton Hill on Riverton Road and never return – until today. She has no idea this place will put her son in peril.


A Vacancy at the Inn is the first Novella of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series featuring the Kalli family and now the Miller family too in stories of Romance and Danger. A Wrong Way Home is Book 1 of the series. A Year of Summer Shadows is Book 2.  A Villain for Vanessa will be Book 3 – coming soon.
All titles are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B000APC22E.




Thursday, November 26, 2015

Taking Time for Gratitude #Thanksgiving 2015



Gobble 'till you wobble. I think that's me today. I shared Thanksgiving with a group of friends who are empty-nesters like me. I made sweep pea salad, potato salad, fruity salad, peach cobbler and the best of all, a pecan pie, which turned out so good. It was the first one I had made in a few years and I must say it was delicious. Patricia Bradley baked a ham. OMG, I love baked ham. Needless to say, it was a great Thanksgiving dinner.

Besides eating, one of the important things we should take time for today is gratitude. There is so much strife in the world and terrible things happening so unexpectedly to innocent people, we must be grateful for our safety and well being today. I'm very grateful for my health and that my family is doing well. I live in a small town that tends to be quiet and peaceful. It only takes me a couple of minutes to get to the shopping centers, downtown, the post office, the library, and movie theater. I don't have to wait in traffic jams and I'm very thankful for that. :) 

We were blessed here with beautiful fall weather today, too. 

I am happy that I am busy. Actually, I work seven days a week now. My part-time day job has grown so that I'm working twice as many hours as I was this time last year. And when I'm not at that job, I'm at the job here. Writing. I recently signed a three-book contract with Kensington so I am working on Book 2 and I love these characters. Plus I have other short projects I'd love to do and a historical to finish up. I went part-time in order to write, well, I'm definitely getting to write now. LOL! But telling stories is what I love doing and I am thankful that I have this time to work at something I enjoy after spending the last few years working at jobs I didn't like. 

I'm looking forward to the Christmas season. Mostly I do my shopping online and I'm hoping to get the Black Friday deal on Supernatural Season 10. I lucked up last year as 9 sold out in 2 minutes. Also thinking about getting Walking Dead season 1 for my son. He needs to get hooked. I don't know if I can watch the season finale this week. Not with the wall coming down. They do the best cliff-hangers! 

Okay, so I have actually done a blog post. Due to my work load, I don't have a lot of time for social media. I am going to make an effort to have some guest bloggers on here as well as chatting myself from time to time. Alice Orr will be my guest this Monday.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! If you're wobbling, let me know!