Fan2Author Interview with Becky Monson!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00006]b2bConnie: Becky, before I start with the questions, how about you tell us a bit about your writing career so far?

Becky Monson: My writing career started when I was working in an office and I was basically the only person there. It was incredibly boring. So I decided I was going to write a book. That was long before Thirty-Two Going on Spinster came out and what the story started as, is not what it became. I wrote the story over many years, stopping to have a baby and then picking it up again. It wasn’t until I heard about a friend who was self-publishing and doing fabulously that I decided to really finish it. It’s been a crazy and fun rollercoaster ride over this past year and a half. I’ve loved it!

b2b: What was your favorite book as a child?

BM: I would have to say Charlotte’s Web. I really adored that book. Still do.

b2b: Is there a book you’re never tired of reading over and over?

BM: I can read Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella over and over again and never get sick of it. Also the Harry Potter series.

b2b: Do you like reading classics and is there one that you’re embarrassed to say you’ve never read?

BM: I used to love reading the classics, but it’s been a while. I’ve never read Gone With the Wind. I know, I’m ashamed. It’s on my to-read list, though! So hopefully soon!

b2b: Is there a book that you recently read that you wish you had written?

BM: Oh my gosh – have you read any of Penny Reid’s books? If you haven’t, go get them now. She is so fantastic. Smart, witty, romantic. Anytime I read her books I think, dang it! Why can’t I write like her? I tell her that I want to be like her when I grow up, only I’m five years older. She’s an author to watch, for sure.

b2b: What’s a movie adaptation of a book that you loved or that you wish it is made?

BM: Well, I would love to see Thirty-Two Going on Spinster made into a movie! I think it would be so fun! A book that was made into a movie that I loved was Austenland by Shannon Hale. It was almost better than the book… almost.

b2b: If you were given only one genre to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?

BM: Chick lit, of course! It’s by far my favorite genre. I love that it’s an escape and usually a happy one.

b2b: What was the last book that made you laugh out loud, and what was the last one that made you cry?

BM: The last book that made me laugh out loud was Jayne Denker’s Picture This, which is a super cute book. The last book I read that made me cry was I’m Still Here by Kathryn Biel. Such a fantastic read.

b2b: During a thunderstorm – stay inside or sit on porch watching the show?

BM: I stay inside. Mostly because my kiddos are scared of thunder and lightning. And although he won’t admit it, my husband is too.

b2b: Flannels or Silk?

BM: Flannels.  I like the comfort feeling of it.

b2b: Sports car or SUV?

BM: Well since I’m a mom of three, I can only choose the SUV. I don’t know if I would drive a sports car even after my children grow up. My husband, on the other hand…

b2b: Cats or Dogs?

BM: Cats. But my husband is allergic so we can’t have any animals, which is okay with three young kids – I don’t need to add to the chaos. But when they are older and more responsible, I think it will be sad for them.

b2b: Champagne or Beer?

BM: Neither – I’m a Diet Coke addict. I swear I’m quitting this week, though (I say that 32 Going on Spinsterevery week).

b2b: Movies or TV?

BM: I used to love TV, but the more I write, the less I watch. I do love going to the movies with my husband, that’s kind of our thing. Unless it’s a chick flick, then he’s out and I so I go with my girlfriends.

b2b: What’s your favorite TV show or movie?

BM: The only show I make time to watch is Downton Abbey. I avoided it for a while, but then my husband got me the first three seasons last Christmas and I watched them all in just over a week. I ignored everything! Such a great show, though. As far as movies go, my all-time favorite when I was younger was The Goonies. It actually still might be my favorite.

b2b: Becky, thanks so much for stopping by b2b and we wish you great success with your novels.

BM: Thanks for having me! xoxo

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GIVEAWAY!

If you are a fan of chick lit and novels that make you laugh out loud, leave a comment and you may win a copy of Becky Monson’s first novel, “Thirty-Two Going on Spinster” and her new novel, “Thirty-Three Going on Girlfriend.”

Author pic 1bw smallerAUTHOR BIO: By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her début novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last… but it probably won’t.
Author Links: 32GoingOnThirty / Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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@Outlander_Starz and @TallShipProds [Maril Davis] on Twitter!

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Here she is, answering Outlander fans’ questions!

Chat with brilliant Co-Executive Producer on Friday! Tweet questions with

Everyone ready for my live chat? Starting…..NOW!

Have you read all of the Outlander books/companion books? Has shared unpublished writings with you?

Yes and Yes.

Will you get a break before filming of season two starts or just go straight into it?

We will get a mini-break before we dive into Season two.

13 ep season 2? Thinking of splitting the book into 2 seasons?

No, Dragonfly will be one season, just like the first book.

Will you be returning to Doune for the next season?

Probably not, since we don’t go back to Castle Leoch in

Who among cast is most like the character they play?

Probably Stong, intelligent lady with a great sense of humor!

Even b4 being renewed were you planning on how to bring DIA to screen? Biggest challenges to this?

We definitely talked about it. Impossible not to talk about future books while breaking 1st season

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Are the actors as excited for Season 2 as we are? Perhaps they’re a wee bit knackered right at this moment.

We’re all tired, but also INCREDIBLY excited about Season Two!

Does also do scouting for locations? Do you go location hunting? They have been spectacular!

Yes he does and I do too. All the writers/producers scout locations for their blockdo the fans help keep you guys going? we know we’re a handful!

Yes, they do. The support is amazing and keeps us going on tough days.

My man is watching w/me. Did cast and crew significant others know the series before filming?

I would say most of the cast and crew had never heard of the books before they started working on the show

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Can you tell us if Sir Marcus MacRannoch was part of adaptation of book?

YES!We cast Frazer Hines in the role the man responsible for setting books in Scotland

how mini is a mini break?

Two weeks

Will you be joining Ron in a podcast during the season? love the podcasts.

I don’t know. He hasn’t asked! ;)

Are there different producers for each block? Though it was only the writers and directors.

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All of our writers are also Producers. so, a different writer/producer covers each block

How do you decide on directors?

We look at their past work and also interview them and get references

Sam isn’t a heroic romantic?

But, of course! However, Sam can blink…. :)

Is anyone keeping costumes? They’re sooo good!

No, probably not. However Terry told me I could have Claire’s coat with the fur trim…..;)

Did T Menzies read bits of both Frank & Jack in casting or did you cast on basis of his general brilliance? :)

The amazingly talented read both a Frank scene and a Jack scene for his audition

What character do you look forward to the most to cast from Dragonfly in Amber?

Probably Lord John and FERGUS!!!

What character do you think will be the hardest to cast in Season 2?

Brianna and Roger

Since you’re already got a huge studio in Scotland, will you be filming DIA there?

Yes, we will continue to use our studio as our home base

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*on bended knees* do any of you guys know why is not airing in the UK?!

No clue and it’s very sad. We feel HORRIBLE about it!

Have you given some thought into writing an ep?

Hahahahaha, NO.

Who makes you laugh the most?

They ALL make me laugh, but maybe a tie between and

Besides the coincidence of hair style, do you have other things in common with Claire?

LOL – Well some would accuse me of being ballsy and outspoken, so I guess there’s THAT coincidence as well! ;)

Were you a fan of the books before working on Outlander?

Um, YES! This was my passion project gave me books years ago. Loved them. Pitched them to Ron

Thanks for all the questions! Sorry I couldn’t answer them all.Will try go back to answer ones I missed! Until next time!

@grahammctavish and @ETCanada @showcasedotca on Twitter Today!

 

gmct ol@grahammctavish had a treat for his Hobbit and Outlander fans today as he put his fingers to the test and answered as many questions as he could get to. Here is only a small part that b2b caught and is bringing it to all of you! Enjoy this extremely talented man! 

Get those ?’s ready ….Rhenish at the ready….

 

Is McTavish even your real name?  

 

Absolutely and proud of it!

Do you have a family or clan tartan?

Yes, McTavish and my Grandmother was a Graham.

What is your clan motto?

Non Oblitus

Best thing about being Dougal?

Being entrusted with bringing him to life

Do you have fun playing a dwarf? 

Yes, a lot of fun, with some great people.

Do you like playing bad guys or good guys better?

All bad guys should have some good

What is the most demanding part of filming Outlander?

Getting a Latte up a mountain…

Best part about dwalin’s costume/make up?

Mohawk!

What have you enjoyed the most at Outlander-Set?

Scotland!

Is that actual wine or is the Rhenish on set just pink fizzy juice?

Gary insists it’s real

Describe Peter Jackson in one word

Hairy!

Has whiskey ever gotten you into trouble?

Too often….

Is there a place you’ve never been but that you really want to visit?

South America

Would you let Fili & Kili ‘babysit’ your daughter?

No

Same here for me and DH. Besides whisky, what’s a drink you favor?

Gin, tequila, rum, IPA, Wine etc

Who has the most retakes/bloopers?

We’ve all had our fair share!

Can really drink the boys under the table (or off the couch)

Both!

Thoroughly enjoying Will there be more of these adventures? 

Watch this space

How long is a day of filming?

It varies. Longest was 17hours on the Hobbit one day…

Which is scarier to run from? Smaug or Mark Hadlow? 

Mark is a VERY fast runner,….

Any acting plans after filming this season of Outlander? Or just R&R?

Announcement soon…

What’s your favorite part of the day?

The sound of a cork popping…

I always forgot to ask you WHAT you like to draw??

People

How much, if any, Gaelic did you know before Outlander?

I owe it all 2

have u ever been injured on set?

A few stitches here and there but nothing too bad, touch wood.

Hi. what is the strangest thing a role required u to do?

If I told you you wouldn’t believe me!

Can I call you Scottish Santa?

Depends if you’ve been naughty or nice….

I would love to continue but time to rest my fingers. Hope U enjoyed it, and hope you enjoy the show!…. .

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@Outlander_Starz & @lotteverbeek1 on Twitter Today!

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@lotteverbeek1 had a treat for her fans today as she tried to answer as many questions as she could get to. Here is only a small part that b2b caught and is bringing it to all of you! Enjoy getting to know the actress and the character!

Hi everyone! lets :-)

What inspires you about Gellis?

Great question! she is just always full of surprises, even for me :-)

How many languages do you speak?

5 Dutch, English, French, Italian, German. Oh and outlandish makes it 6 :-)

What is your favorite characteristic of Geillis?

Can i pick 2? Playfulness and Passion

Which episode are you currently filming?

I am wrapped! but they just started the last block (= 2 eps)

Do you relate to your chr in anyway?

Relate to geillis in a lot of ways. though she prolly goes a bit further and crosses more lines than i do!

Is it hard to think “Dutch” at times? You must mainly be speaking/thinking in English…

I am rarely aware of switching languages, have been doing foreign films since i graduated, 6 years ago!

What’s next for you until Outlander season 2 begins production? Theater, movie, vacation?

Am so lucky!! already shot another film and two more to come. jay!

What was your favorite costume to wear?

Let’s see. there was ‘the monkey jacket’ ‘the moth’, ‘the raven’… cant choose!!

Did you get to collaborate with Terry for your costumes?

Absolutely! she is amazing caus i am just as stubborn as like to wear things my own way :-O)

What historical person would you like to have a drink with?

Jeanne d’Arc

If you were a real witch, what would you use your power for?

I would fly. potentially on a broom.

Does it take a long time to put on your Geilis costumes? Are they very heavy? They look like they are…

There is a team to help us get dressed but the wearing we have to do ourselves. jeans are more comfy..

What characteristics do you share/differ with Dougal and Geillis?

Passion, drive, belief for sure. am personally less lethal though :-)

Thanks everyone for all the support for greeting, meeting you in the chat! watch ep 3 tom!!!!

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Spotlight on Nina Rowan and …

… A Daring Hearts Series!

nr asisA Study in Seduction (#1) 

BOOK BLURB: A Heart Divided

Blessed with an uncanny gift for mathematics, the lovely Lydia Kellaway can solve the most complex puzzles. The one thing she can’t figure out? How to manage the most infuriating man she’s ever encountered.

A Passion Multiplied

Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood, has purchased a one-of-a-kind locket from a pawnshop, unaware of the priceless sentiment it holds for Lydia. The gentlemanly thing to do would be to simply return it. But Lydia sparks a desire that has Alexander curious to see just how bold this brilliant beauty will be…

A Love Unequaled

What begins as a playful wager quickly escalates into a contest of the minds, a clash of the wills—and a battle of the sexes—as their fiery attraction grows. Even a genius like Lydia can’t account for the feelings Alexander arouses with his smile, or the fire he ignites with his touch. But when a dark family secret is suddenly thrown into the equation, it just might divide them forever.

REVIEW: What a wonderful début novel this is!

Nina Rowan must have had a blast writing this one. I certainly did reading it. Only a handful of authors out there are willing to gift their readers with strong, smart, complex and intellectual heroines such as Lydia. This woman with her brilliant mind adds a very unusual ‘equation’ to this well told story and I reveled in her wit and charm from page one.

As for Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood, I honestly couldn’t have found anyone better suited to her even if I wrote the story myself [said she wistfully!].

Ms. Rowan paced the story perfectly so we would enjoy the relationship she built between Lydia and Alexander, and watching them get closer to each other was a lot fun.
I truly enjoyed everything in this story, from prose to plot; characters and historical aspect of the story; all of it was well researched and thought out. Whole heartedly recommend it!

nr apfpA Passion for Pleasure (#2) 

BOOK BLURB: Prelude to a Kiss

A brilliant pianist and notorious rake, Sebastian Hall indulges his passion for music and women with equal aplomb. But now that his elder brother has married, his father insists he pursue a more respectable path and find a suitable wife.

Music to Her Ears

As a girl, Clara Whitmore quietly loved her piano teacher from afar. Yet her youthful crush cannot compare to the powerful desire she feels when she unexpectedly meets Sebastian again. Perhaps the man who once dominated her dreams could be the husband she has hoped for—and save her from the fate she most fears.

Love Strikes a Chord

Risking scandal, ruin, and their own reputations, Sebastian and Clara enter into a marriage of convenience. But the pair soon discovers that their undeniable attraction is anything but convenient. Swept up in a crescendo of desire, Sebastian and Clara take each other to new heights of ecstasy—until secrets from the past threaten to doom the duet forever. Now Sebastian will have to change his tune—and prove his love is true.

REVIEW: This second book in Nina Rowan’s Daring Hearts series, we are treated to Alexander’s brother Sebastian’s happily ever after and once more Ms. Rowan gifts us with a very ‘lyrical’ character such as Sebastian.

Sebastian Hall was a gifted pianist as well as well known womanizer, once upon a time, but those days are now gone and he must figure out how to appease his father and find himself a bride and at the same time help Alexander locate the plans for a machine that he’d like to build. Enter Clara Whitmore, a widow with a possible plan that just might solve both their dilemmas.

She is a mother that is willing to sacrifice everything for getting her son back from her own father who took the position of her son, thinking her unfit to raise him. She misses him dreadfully and needs a plan to get him back. Enter Sebastian, her former piano teacher who she had a crush on since she was sixteen.

Together, these two will forge a bond in matrimony, friendship and passion in order to face their past and create a future together.

This story has it all, from intrigue, romance, mystery and characters as real as you and I. I’m beginning to like this authors way of telling interesting and complex stories very, very much.

nr ttnbm‘Twas the Night Before Mischief (#2.5) 

BOOK BLURB: When Penelope Darlington is persuaded to elope with a most unsuitable suitor, she wastes no time. With visions of passion and adventure dancing in her head, she steals away in the middle of the night, just before her father’s Christmas feast.

Fearing for his daughter’s reputation, Henry Darlington begs Darius Hall, the Earl of Rushton’s daring yet discreet son, to bring Penelope home. When Darius finally catches up to Penelope, he is shocked. She’s not the silly little girl he expected, but a beautiful woman with a sharp mind and an allure that cannot be ignored.

Now forced to kidnap Penelope in order to bring her home, Darius and his new charge spend the next several days—and nights—in very close quarters. Penelope wanted passion and adventure, but she never could have imagined the pleasures Darius can provide…

REVIEW: This was my first time reading and reviewing this author and I read this little novella over the holidays, but I’m sharing it here again with those of you that missed it last December.

At a first glance, this might sound like a predictable story, but the further you go into it, the more you realize that not to be the case. It is one of those love stories that involves two people who have a total misconception of one another, yet both are attracted to the other.

I thoroughly enjoyed the journey they took to finally come together. I can’t recommend this one enough for the simple reason that this hero may as well have been my husband. It made me chuckle all the way through. It really is true that opposites attract, and I can vouch for that!

nr adodA Dream of Desire (#3) 

BOOK BLURB: No Distance Can Keep Them Apart.

For most her life, Lady Talia Hall has been dreaming of the day James Forester will take her in his arms and kiss her with unrestrained passion. Tired of waiting, Talia decides to take drastic measures to make James see her as more than his best friend’s little sister. But her bold plan goes awry when the scoundrel informs her that he is leaving London—and her—for a life of adventure traveling the world. Crushed, Talia throws herself into her reform work and vows never again to let her foolish heart get the better of her.

But even halfway across the world, James can’t stop thinking of the beautiful Talia, her bold declaration . . . or her brazen kiss. And when James learns that Talia’s reform work has thrown her into the path of danger and scandal, nothing can keep him from returning to London. But a broken heart is not easily put back together, and old habits die hard. Talia and James must learn that trusting in true love is the greatest adventure of all…

REVIEW: In the third book of this series we watch Talia, Alexander’s sister, get her heart broken by the only man she ever loved, James Forester, Baron Castleford, and put back together by the same man, many years later.

Damn but there’s so much I liked in this book, I’m not sure where to start! In spite of this being a romance novel, this little gem of a story encompasses a lot of historical detail about reformation of a juvenile prison system in England, to which our heroine dedicates her time and resources as well as her love for those less fortunate.

I also loved the characterization of the hero. He was a typical Beta hero that by the end of the book was all Alpha and I loved his whole nature, his explorer side as well as his outlook on the society in general.

Talia was another strong and capable heroine that I’m used to by now from Ms. Rowan. Her heroines are not just beautiful but smart, tenacious and very witty.

The romance was slow, sweet and subtle; characters were rich in-depth and the plot fast paced and engaging.  This whole series was a pleasant surprise from the first book to the last. I highly recommend you read it.

As someone who cherishes her time, I’ve become a bit of a cynic when it comes to ‘new to me authors’ [especially début authors], and that’s why I try to buy books that are novellas.  I started this series with ‘Twas the Night Before Mischief, a #2.5 in the series, and just knew I’d like all the others that were coming up. You can do the same. It’s still only $1.99 so go forth and check it out!

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copies provided by the publisher