Thursday, May 26, 2016

Interview w/ Liz Talley-- naps, man candy & NYC fun?

Hey Guys! We've got Liz Talley joining us today! Yall give her a big welcome and hit those comments!

Morning Liz! Welcome to herding cats! How are things going over there? 
Well, to be honest, I’m worn out. Not from the excitement of Charmingly Yours releasing, but from May. I’m a mom. May is hell. LOL. But I’m so happy to be here with y’all today.
::snort:: Can I say that even though mine are all kittehs? Naps for all, yeah? lol Alright. If you had just 10 seconds to cause a major case of *grabby hands* over Charmingly Yours what would you tell someone? 
Hmm…Let’s go with “Small town girl gets lucky in NYC…and finds love” #mustreadthissummer
Works for me! *contemplates quickie trip to NYC* Can you tell us some fun behind the scenes facts about Charmingly Yours

  • My favorite scene is the stairway striptease. Rosemary’s trying to be daring, and she and Sal take off one piece of clothing each flight up in the five story walk up. Have I done that before? Hmm….
  • My favorite secondary character – Gilda – popped out from nowhere while I was writing. I had Rosemary struggling to get a sewing machine up those same stairs and BAM! Gilda. I also didn’t know Gilda slept with Obi Wan Kenobi. She spilled that. She’s a great (and surprising) character.
  • Rosemary once placed second in a wet t-shirt contest during spring break. No one knows about it. Shhh.

Gilda sounds like a hoot! Alright, what's the first thing that pops into your head about Rosemary? What about Sal?
Rosemary – totally Southern; Sal - trapped
Oh me too! Yay for Southern girls! *taps fingers* Lets talk food for a second--mainly because I've been up for ages and still not had breakfast and I'm starving! lol-- If these two were going to fix the perfect meal for each other what would they each whip up for one another?
Rosemary would likely fix Sal a traditional Southern meal – I’m thinking chicken and dumplings, purple-hull peas, cornbread and fresh-sliced tomatoes. And finish it off with blackberry cobbler and bluebell ice cream. 
Sal would fix an old-family recipe. Something very Italian. Maybe he’d do it in his pajama bottoms and bare feet. Rosemary could help him and while the sauce is thickening, the plot could be thickening. Or something thickening. Sounds dirty and fun, huh? LOL.
Bwaha I am ALL on board with Sal's cooking techniques. What was it about these two that gave you a little flutter?
I like that Sal recognizes something he needs in Rosemary. She stills him, and he finds her deliciously refreshing. And I love their first kiss on the streets of NYC. It’s almost gentle, as if he recognizes exactly what she needs. Sal’s a pretty sweet guy underneath his sexy Italian swagger.
Aw they sound sweet together. Now to heat things up a little....Favorite Man Candy?

Oh, I’ve always been partial to Henry Cavill in his Tudors days and what’s not to love about Sam Heughan in Outlander? Yeah, I have a hot historical man fetish. 

I'm...okay with this fetish, Liz! lol Favorite New York attraction?

Empire State Building (I know. Totally tourist, but there’s so much romance attached. An Affair to Remember (sigh), Sleepless in Seattle, Charmingly Yours (like how I slid that in?))
::snort:: Nicely done. Nicely done. lol Weirdest thing in your purse right now?

Tennis ball (I have a Labrador retriever)
Best "wrong turn" ever?

Walking in the French Quarter and ended up in Marigny – lovely architecture and vibe.
Worst thing you've ever had in your mouth?

Ugh. Probably lots of things. My mother said I liked to eat dead bugs lying on window sills as a toddler. I think she should have dusted better. Her fault.
What adventure would you love to go on?

I want to go on an African safari. Photo safari, of course.
Oh that could be very fun! Before you head out! What's up next for you?
In September, the second book in the Morning Glory series releases with Perfectly Charming, the story of Jess and the Doogie Howser of Morning Glory High School. It’s set on a Florida beach so it’s totally flip flop appropriate. 
Currently I’m writing Eden’s story and that one will be set in New Orleans and feature a speak easy, drag queens and a sexy single dad. I don’t have a release date on that one, but I’m hoping for early 2017.
How exciting! And yay for flip flops. :D Thanks so much for dropping in, Liz!
And thank you for having me. I love to visit new sites and this one is such fun!

For Rosemary Reynolds, life in tiny Morning Glory, Mississippi, is just like the fabric store she runs: it seems she’s always waiting around for someone else to make the first stitch. Then a dear childhood friend passes away, leaving behind a gift that sends Rosemary on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Despite her mother’s protests, Rosemary heads to New York City for a stay in her cousin’s trendy Soho loft. On her first day in town, a wrong turn leads her to Little Italy…and into the arms of handsome, outgoing Sal Genovese. Sal’s mother wants him to marry a longtime family friend, but to him, Rosemary is a breath of fresh country air, and he’s happy to show her a good time. Soon, Rosemary is swept up in a world she thought only existed in movies. To turn a two-week fling into a forever thing, she and Sal will have to make every moment count.

From the time she learned to read, Liz had a fascination with books.  As a child she read Little Golden Books instead of napping.  And, oh, the first time she read a romance – The Thornbirds – she was hooked.  She ate up the SuperRomances on the shelves of her aunt’s used bookstore, borrowed her grandmother’s Boons and Mills Medical Romances (loved those nurses’ caps) and snuck her dad’s westerns so she could read the “romantic parts” (which lasted about a page).  She inhales books, no doubt about it. Of course, it never occurred to her to write a book until her college roommate said, “You read so many of those things, why don’t you write one?”  The idea stuck and in 2010 her first book debuted. Now instead of reading romances, she’s writing them.

She loves strawberries, fishing, retail therapy and is a Virgo.  Liz married her high school sweetheart and has two smart, beautiful boys.  When not writing contemporary romances, she can be found working in the flowerbed or doing laundry.

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