Cara Covington has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her book, Love Under Two Outcasts. As part of her book tour, Cara will be awarding a $25 Bookstrand GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for more information.
Describe a day in your life as a writer.
I treat writing like a 9 to 5 job…and sometimes, like a 9 to 9 job. I’m at my desk by 9, ready to get to work after my devotionals. Then, I write in 30 minute to 1 hour sessions, getting up in between because I have to move. I also have to keep in mind that I need to touch base with my street team through the day, and make myself available a few times a week on social media.
Sometimes, I get distracted, but I really do try to remember that readers are waiting for my next book.
How do you reward yourself when you complete a new book?
I give myself at least an hour, and once in a while an entire day to bask in the sense of accomplishment. And then I get right back to work on the next novel. I can’t help myself!
What do you like most about your heroine in Love Under Two Outcasts?
Charlotta is a savvy, intelligent, and together heroine who yet, has one area in her life in which she is incredible vulnerable. She doesn’t dwell on it, and yet, she knows herself well enough that she understands she has some emotional baggage that she is going to have to deal with. And she does, and she’s there for her men, too.
What inspired your series Lusty, TX?
I had been fortunate enough to be invited to write two historical novels for a limited series my publisher created, called “The Lost Collection”. I’d never written anything historical, but I am a bit of a history buff, and so I a gratefully accepted. There were only two stipulations: these ménages had to take place in the United States between 1870 and 1890; and I had to use a new pen name.
When I was nearly done the second book, I spoke to my publisher and asked what she thought the next trend might be. She replied that small town American romance was very popular. I had an “ah ha” moment, and I asked if she would be interested in a contemporary series, where the characters were descendants of my historical novels. She loved the idea! I thought I might be lucky enough to write 6 books; including the two historical novels, and with the release of A Very Lusty New Year on January 23rd, there are 25 books in the Lusty, Texas universe – and I am working on # 26!
What’s next for you?
For the foreseeable future, I’m going to continue to give my readers what they want. Lusty, Texas has come to mean a lot to a lot of people. So, since they want to keep reading, I’ll keep writing.
Charlotta Carmichael is mostly not ashamed of the way she paid for her college degree. Mostly. As an exotic dancer at a gentlemen’s club, she earned enough to get her degree in psychology.
But sometimes the scorn she’s suffered in the past comes back to haunt her. She fears a similar reaction from Jesse and Barry Benedict. Will they still think she’s good enough for them if she tells them the truth?
Jesse and Barry know all about past mistakes and regret. Feeling like outcasts, they left their Montana home and headed to Lusty, hoping to make a new start. Once they understand that Charlotta is their soul mate, they confess their sins of the past—because they want their relationship to have a solid foundation.
As Jesse and Barry rush to save Charlotta from a stalker, they all soon learn that moving on is easier said than done—and requires a bigger leap of faith than they’d ever imagined.
The sound of high heels on the marble floor echoed in the reception area. Jesse realized belatedly the feminine footsteps were coming their way.
“Gentlemen, I apologize for keeping you waiting.”
Jesse knew the voice from the two telephone conversations he’d had with the doctor. He looked up—and had the surreal sensation that in that instant, with that simple tilt of his head, his entire life had just changed. One quick glance over at Barry, and he knew his twin was experiencing his own personal epiphany.
Jesse got to his feet, his gaze taking in her piled high blonde hair, soft grey eyes, and the way her beige silk blouse and trim brown skirt displayed her made-for-sin body.
He met her gaze, pleased when he read in hers that he and his brother weren’t the only ones to get gob smacked with a flood of pheromones.
She’d extended her hand and Jesse wasted no time in clasping it in his. The zing of electricity shot straight to his groin, and it took supreme will to keep his wood from tenting his jeans.
“I’m Jesse. And you have no need to apologize, ma’am. We’re here at your service.” He saw the double entendre hit its mark and liked the humor he read in her eyes.
And then he appreciated her ability to give as well as she got, when she said, “Well in that case, please follow me to someplace a little more private.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Morgan Ashbury, also writing as Cara Covington, has been a writer since she was first able to pick up a pen. In the beginning it was a hobby, a way to create a world of her own, and who could resist the allure of that? Then as she grew and matured, life got in the way, as life often does. She got married and had three children, and worked in the field of accounting, for that was the practical thing to do and the children did need to be fed. And all the time she was being practical, she would squirrel herself away on quiet Sunday afternoons, and write.
Most children are raised knowing the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. Morgan’s children also learned the Paper Rule: thou shalt not throw out any paper that has thy mother’s words upon it.
Believing in tradition, Morgan ensured that her children’s children learned this rule, too.
Life threw Morgan a curve when, in 2002, she underwent emergency triple bypass surgery. Second chances are to be cherished, and with the encouragement and support of her husband, Morgan decided to use hers to do what she’d always dreamed of doing—writing full time.
Morgan has always loved writing romance. It is the one genre that can incorporate every other genre within its pulsating heart. Romance showcases all that humankind can aspire to be. And, she admits, she’s a sucker for a happy ending.
Morgan’s favorite hobbies are reading, cooking, and traveling—though she would rather you didn’t mention that last one to her husband. She has too much fun teasing him about having become a “Traveling Fool” of late.
Morgan lives in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, with a mysterious cat, an eight pound Morkie dog who thinks he’s a German shepherd, and her husband of forty-two years, David.
Morgan’s books at Siren-Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/morgan-ashbury
Cara’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cara-Covington/616302148428229
Cara will be awarding a $25 Bookstrand GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. To be entered in her drawing follow this link to Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway
And be sure you follow Cara’s tour and leave comments at each stop. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found on the Goddess Fish website: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/12/nbtm-tour-love-under-two-outcasts-by.html