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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Macy Beckett


Hi Macy. Welcome to UTC, we are very excited to have you here today!

Why, thank you. I’m excited to be here!

Your book, SULTRY WITH A TWIST, is full of small town and southern charm. Did you collect all these southern expressions you use throughout the book, or where did they come from?

I grew up in the military, so I moved around a lot, but I’ve spent the majority of my adult years living in the South. Also, my mother’s “people” are from rural North Carolina, so I’ve been immersed in Southern expressions all my life.

Are you originally from the south? Have you been to Texas, and why did you choose that as your location?

I’m “from” everywhere, but yes, I have lived in Texas. In fact, I graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos. Why did I choose Texas as the setting for the Sultry Springs series? Because I **love** Texas—especially Austin. The Lone Star State holds a special place in my heart. I only moved away to be closer to my family.

Have you ever done the English assignment you mention in the book of writing a letter to yourself ten years in the future? If so, what did you say; and if you haven't, what would you tell yourself ten years from now?

Haha! I’m so glad you asked that. No, I’ve never completed that assignment myself, but I did make my students do it. (I was a junior high teacher in a previous life.) If I were writing a letter to myself ten years in the future, I’d say that I hoped I’ve learned to slow down and achieve more of a work-life balance. Yes, publishing is my dream, but those sweet kiddos of mine will only be little once. (If you can’t tell, I’m currently trying to spend less time on the computer and more time with my family.

Each character has something quirky they always do or say that identifies them, did you do that purposely?

Yep, that’s one of the character traits I identify during the outline process. Character sketches are a must for me since they’re the ones driving the plot.

Will Trey be next?

Yes! I’ve paired Trey with Luke’s long-lost little sister, Bobbi Gallagher, in A Shot of Sultry, which releases in March and is now available for pre-order. (Just sayin’.) I love Trey. He was so hilarious inside my head, and it was going to take a strong, saucy woman to bring him down. I’ve posted the first chapter of Trey’s book on my Facebook page, so make sure to swing by for a sneak-peek!

I have to admit your book made me a little hungry! LOL! What’s your favorite southern recipe?

Oh, no. Now you’re forcing me to admit that I’m a TERRIBLE cook. Trust me—you don’t want any recipes from my kitchen. I’ve had plenty of experience eating fine Southern meals, but I can’t make them myself.

The heroine is also a bartender. Maybe you could share with our readers how to make her special secret cocktail? Or share one of your own favorites?

Risa Cleveland, an author friend of mine, has been bugging me for months to create a martini called Sultry with a Twist, and I haven’t done it yet. But if I did, it would be tart and sweet and fruity, like a pomegranate martini but made with citrus flavors. I guess I need to get to work on that!

If you could describe your book or the Sultry Springs series in tweet, what would you say?

Hmm. Tweets are so constrictive—I’m more of a Facebook gal. But here goes: “The Sultry Springs series: hot and humorous small-town romance where first loves find second chances.”

Thanks so much for stopping by today, this was a lot of fun!

Thanks for letting me slip under the covers with you today. It was a pleasure!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Macy Beckett writes hot and humorous romances set in Sultry Springs, Texas: where first loves find second chances. Her debut novel, SULTRY WITH A TWIST, http://www.amazon.com/Sultry-Twist-Springs-Macy-Beckett/dp/1402270364 is now available in stores, and two more Sultry Springs romances will follow in 2013. Macy loves to hear from readers, so feel free to say hello on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMacyBeckett or via her website. http://macybeckett.com/


SULTRY WITH A TWIST
BY MACY BECKETT
(SULTRY SPRINGS # 1)
When Mae-June July Augustine hightailed it out of Sultry Springs, Texas, with her heart in pieces, she swore she'd never return. But nine years later, one thing stands between June and her dream of opening an upscale martini bar: a month of community service under the supervision of the devilishly sexy Luke Gallagher, her first love and ex-best friend. As lust turns to love, June must decide where she belongs: in the glorious anonymity of Austin or back in Sultry Springs with the man who intoxicates her like no other.
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21 comments:

Chrisbails said...

Great post. This book looks great, love the cover. Love 2nd chance romances. They are usually more mature and more together. I love the sound of the martini. Thanks for the great giveaway.
christinebails at yahoo dot com

Melissa Landers said...

Thanks, Chris--I love second chance love stories, too.

And thanks again to UTC for having me today. It's great to be here!

~Macy, posting under her secret identity because blogger is forcing her to do so.

Rebe said...

I've heard great things about this series. I love reunion romances, so this sounds like fun!

Leanna said...

Now that I live in Texas I love all the books that take place in Texas.

Beckey said...

Like reading about second chance too :)
Thanks for sharing the blog about the author and the book..
Beckey

Starla Young said...

I also have a love of Texas so I can't wait to read this. I also love second chances at romance. Thank you for the giveaway. jeepforme1923(at)yahoo(dot)com

Allison W said...

This sounds like a great new series! will add to my tbr list!

Mina said...

Macy, you maybe a terrible cook, but by the sounds of reviews and ratings you are a very gifted writer! Can't wait to read SWAT!!!
minadecaro at hotmail dot com

Nancy DeVault said...

Can't wait to read!

Barbara E. said...

I've always loved the second chance at love premise, so Sultry With a Twist sounds like great. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Melissa Landers said...

Aw, shucks, Mina. Thanks! ;)

~Macy/Melissa

Lauren M. said...

Ooh, a first in a series! I am looking forward to reading this! Thanks so much for the giveaway.

Gurlonthemove said...

Love the cover and the name, Can't wait to read! Thanks for the giveaway!
christiane_dude@hotmail.com

cutiephinphin said...

I've not read any of Macy's books but I'll be sure to check her out. I do love reading about 2nd chance romances since I've experienced it myself.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Christi Snow said...

How fun that you went to Texas State. My son hopes to attend there next year. I am really looking forward to reading your book....it sounds fabulous! smiles...

Joanne said...

Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. I love second chance love stories.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

erin said...

thanks for a fun post and congrats on the newest release! Thanks for the giveaway!

On the rafflecopter, I goofed.. my gfc name is erin, not eirn. Thanks!

efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

CMD said...

I grew up in a huge city in Asia & have spent all of two seconds in Texas (the parents lived in Dallas for a bit; I went to visit for the holidays and promptly broke my toe so I was confined to the house for the length of the visit!), so I'm looking forward to some small-town Southern charm! And I love second chance romances... even when I want to slap the H/h upside the head for having been wankers the first time around :)

Cheryl S. said...

This book sounds great! Love the cover :) Thank you for this amazing giveaway!
sandersknc@yahoo.com

Bren's Stitches said...

We were stationed in SC for a few yrs. We Loved driving up to NC we could. But have spent too much of my life in OK. Haha, We go to TX a lot to visit family there. I haven't read the book yet as your going to be a new author for me but the cover is great. I can get lost in it alone for awhile. :) And the book itself sounds REALLY good! xstitchdiva at att dot net

Texas Book Lover said...

I absolutely love the name of the town...if only there really was a town called that here in Texas I could drive to.

Did you get the idea for the assignment from the Brad Paisley song Letter To Me?