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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Unlikely Allies by C.C. Koen

Unlikely Allies

by C.C. Koen


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What happens when a single mom’s four-year-old daughter falls in love with Mr. Right and she doesn’t?

Maggie Tyson’s rule: no bad boys. Her incarcerated ex-husband broke her of that attraction. Needing to escape his threats and the scrutiny of the people in her hometown, Maggie relocates to New York City. Determined to not make the same mistakes, she has a mile-long list of dos and don’ts. Unfortunately, her daughter, Cecily, doesn’t like to follow them. When Cecily wanders away from her and right into Rick Stone’s office, Maggie knows he’s the exact type she’s been trying to avoid. Can she resist him or will she succumb to his willful charm?

Rick Stone’s rule: bed them don’t wed them. Running a multi-billion dollar business doesn’t leave him with much time to do anything else, particularly with an overbearing grandfather breathing down his neck. But when a man works hard, he needs to play even harder. Voted America’s most eligible bachelor, Rick doesn’t have any problems getting women into his bed—except one.

Two auburn beauties stumble into his life.
One will break his heart.
The other—heal it.
Will he love or leave them?


Excerpt:

“This place is packed. Why’d you pick it?”

Lodged in her brain for several weeks now, Mr. Stone’s guttural tenor replayed in her daydreams and in her sleep. She inched around performing a mental countdown from ten to zero, which helped cool her off when Cece pushed her buttons, and by some miracle she hoped would work in this instance too.

A steel gray oxford, no tie, and slim-fit pants with the same sheen as his button-down vest produced an unnatural reaction. Her tongue rolled to the roof of her mouth and withheld the groan his arousing professional attire and fresh-air scent planted in her head.

“Uh…” Mr. Stone narrowed his eyes at Matt and clamped a hand on his shoulder. His flushed face resembled the cherry red that often tinted joggers’ cheeks. “Buddy, you didn’t tell me Maggie would be here. Thought you said this was a business lunch.” He waved a folder and tossed it on the table.

Matt’s grin flashed toward her and then to his friend. “You do realize she’s cooking, right?”

Just then Mr. Stone’s gaze drifted across her chest, becoming transfixed for a while on the crisscrossed fork, spoon, and knife emblem at her left breast and then darted up to her face. If possible, his skin reddened even more as he dropped onto the wooden stool, an impact that scraped the chair back a few inches, rocking him into Matt’s shoulder.

“Let’s order. I’m starved.” An elbow shot given to his buddy, Matt knocked Mr. Stone’s bent arm off the edge of the table and pointed to the menu. “Pick something, fast. I need to get to dessert before it’s all gone.”

Using a similar mocking tone like Matt had earlier, Mr. Stone scanned the room while he spoke. “You realize we’re in a restaurant that has loads of food.”

She got a chuckle out of the amusing banter. Normally, she and Kat rubbed each other the wrong way. It was good to see the ribbing happening to someone else for a change.

“No, smart ass. Maggie’s extra special, sweet treat. There’s a limited amount.”

The menu forgotten and dropped onto the table, Mr. Stone set his chin in his hand and repositioned his arm where it had been before Matt knocked it down. In a seductive murmur he asked, “What sinful goodies do you have for me, Maggie?” Extended across the counter, his hand cupped hers from underneath and gripped it like a beggar pleading for anything and everything she could give.



Can you tell us a little about yourself?
C.C. Koen writes contemporary romance with a twist. An avid reader who enjoys mystery and suspense, her stories will never be what you expect. Determined to find adventure in her dreams and life, she enjoys skydiving, sailing and any activity that challenges her. Teacher by day, romance writer at night produce an active imagination that comes to life in her writing.

What was your favourite book as a child?
Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Read or watch TV

Writing
When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I became a writer by accident. My first novel, Intensity came to me as a fantasy while I was driving to work one day. Driving can be boring and my mind often wanders. I have to admit the original story was very different from the finished tale. I wrote an article about the experience at Savvy Authors titled, Take Your Time, but Hurry Up! A Newbie Author Selfie
Intensity was published October 2014.

Are you a planner or a pantser?
I’m an obsessive planner and can’t resist jotting ideas down. However, I do it mostly because I don’t want to forget an idea. I like to keep an open mind and explore where the story will go and how it will develop while typing the manuscript. I’m a true believer in instinct. The characters often take on a life of their own and it is amazing to experience the plot through their eyes. Writing is not always about where the author planned to take it. There is quite a bit of gut feeling involved. At least it is that way for me.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
I hired an editor way too soon, revised many times, and continued to throw money away on the revisions. I hired an editor after the first draft (STUPID!)

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?
I don’t know that it was the toughest, but it was very realistic. Learn the craft!

What has been the best compliment?
Bloggers’ positive reviews and when a reader emails to tell you how much they enjoyed the story. That’s the best motivation.

What sort of writing environment do you create? I.e. music or not? Pen and paper or laptop/PC?
When I write, my typical day involves sitting on the couch with the TV or music playing and my laptop. I cannot sit at a desk like most writers. I have back, shoulder, and neck issues, so I have to be in a lounging position in order to work on the computer. If I don't then I suffer from a lot of pain, which does not help the creative process.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I’m so appreciative of their support and the fact they took a chance on a no-name like me and read my stories. Thank you!

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C.C. Koen Author Bio

C.C. Koen writes contemporary romance with a twist. An avid reader who enjoys mystery and suspense, her stories will never be what you expect. Determined to find adventure in her dreams and life, she enjoys skydiving, sailing and any activity that challenges her. Teacher by day, romance writer at night produce an active imagination that comes to life in her writing.

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14 comments:

  1. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

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    1. I do read reviews and at times it is difficult to accept the bad. However, I'm also very realistic. A reader's connection is very personal. Even my favorite authors have written stories I've not liked, but that doesn't turn me off. I love reading and enjoy the escape it provides. I have to accept that some readers will respond positively and connect with my stories and some will not. It isn't anything personal. I write because I enjoy the challenge. I won't publish a story that I don't enjoy and connect with, therefore, I'm proud of my accomplishments and each book I publish.

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  2. Thank you for participating in the Unlikely Allies tour. I appreciate the posts.

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    1. Our pleasure - good luck with the rest of your tour :)

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  3. Adorable cover! Great excerpt~thank you for sharing!

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  4. Sounds intriguing and entertaining, will have to read soon. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. Great interview! Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and the interview. Can't wait to read this book!

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  7. Congrats on the new release.

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