Tuesday, November 11, 2014

[Book Tour] Love Overcomes by Angela Schroeder #AuthorInterview

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Anaiah Press proudly presents
LOVE OVERCOMES by Angela Schroeder
a contemporary romantic novel available on November 4!

Single mother Arabella Mackenzie never imagined that going to California with her sister Clara would have such a huge impact on her life. Since the end of a disastrous relationship, Arabella has been wary of wanting or needing anyone other than her family. But when she meets hunky actor, Jeremy Fowlis, she begins to have feelings for a man for the first time since her three year old son was born. Now, she needs to try to overcome her past and learn to trust again. 

Jeremy is not used to women who don't want to date him, or at least show him off to their friends - he is an in-demand actor, after all. He is tired of the shallow, avaricious attention that he gets from the public, but when he meets intelligent, cautious Arabella, she doesn't even know his name. Arabella’s grounded beauty captivates him instantly, but, he is wary of getting involved with a single mother with a complicated past.  

Can Arabella and Jeremy both overcome their doubts and fears in order to find love? 

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About the Author:

Angela was born and raised in Iowa, in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing.

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Chapter One Excerpt
Shoving back a curl that had fallen into her face, Arabella neatly folded tiny T-shirts to place into her son’s little red Avengers suitcase. Quiet footfalls stopped in the doorway, and she glanced over her shoulder to see her older sister leaning lightly against the doorframe of Liam’s room.
“How’s it going? Are you two almost packed?” Clara asked.
“Almost.” She replied. “I’m just finishing up a few last things for Liam. Are you all ready?”
Clara shrugged her shoulders, glancing around the room as if one of the pieces of furniture might have the answer. She blew out a breath and her voice cracked when she finally spoke. “Yeah, I packed … Then I unpacked and repacked different stuff. I couldn’t really decide what I should wear out there.”
“I’m sure you’ll be fine.” Arabella smiled encouragingly.
Clara pursed her lips. “It’s an exciting opportunity.”
“Well, yeah. Not everyone gets their book turned into a movie.” A grin flashed across Arabella’s face. “So, they actually want Winnie to be there, too? Do they realize he really does eat everything? The studio will be empty before they know it.”
“They want to see the dog that inspired the book. The animal trainer asked if I could bring him.” Clara gave a slight shake of her head and a small smile. “I don’t even know why I have to be out there. I don’t know anything about movies.” She picked up a tiny pair of blue jeans, folded them, and handed them off to her sister.
“I’m sure they want to have your point of view. It makes sense. I read in some magazine that Kelly Martin was an on-set consultant when they made The Afterlife of Lizzie Monroe into a movie. Besides, it’s just a month.” Arabella considered her sister who was now nibbling on her bottom lip. She was glad, for Clara’s sake, that the flight to California was tomorrow. She knew a lot of the stress of the trip was just waiting for it to arrive.
“That was a really good movie. Of course, the book was better.” Clara smiled and visibly relaxed, clearly choosing to move on to a different subject. “We should take the DVD with us. We can watch it on the plane.”
Arabella nodded, her mouth scrunching up. “Have you seen Liam? I don’t know where he put No Hop. If I don’t take that ratty thing he will cry for days.”
“He’s at the farm house getting spoiled. But, I think I saw No Hop on the couch down in the living room. ”
The two of them walked out of Liam’s bedroom and down the stairs. Arabella paused in the living room to collect Liam’s beloved bunny, turned back, and chucked it expertly up the stairs. It plopped on the ground directly in front of the bedroom doors. Clara raised her eyebrows.
“Just want to be sure not to forget it later.” Arabella laughed. “Did you drop off the flower garden quilt to Mrs. Johnson?”
Clara nodded, “She said it was perfect for her granddaughter’s bedroom.”
“Of course it’s perfect. Everyone loves your quilts. How many orders do you have to work on while we’re in California?”
“Only two. I figure if I hand stitch the pieces together during my free time, I can have both the quilts ready to be sewn together when we get home.” They stepped out into the hot, sticky July air and Clara groaned. “Do you think it’s this humid in California?”
“Isn’t it humid everywhere in July? I doubt California is much different than Iowa when it comes to that.” They walked across the gravel drive toward the large farmhouse, leaving their little cottage behind. An enormous white dog bounded up to them, jumping to put his muddy paws on Clara’s shoulders. “There’s our super star. Where’s your side kick, little man?” Clara asked, rubbing the big dog’s ears. Arabella looked at the wet muck on Clara’s shirt and rolled her eyes heavenward.
“I sincerely hope they were not playing together.” Her eyes searched across the large yard until they landed on a tiny, three-year-old little boy covered in mud. A very audible sigh escaped her.
“Good luck with that.” Clara grinned. Arabella watched her sister walk off toward the house while she continued on to her little mud monster.
“Momma, I made a mud castle!” Liam’s white teeth were brilliant against the mud covering his face, and his blue eyes shone triumphantly.
“I see that. We need to get you cleaned up for dinner. Where’s Mema? You were supposed to be with her.”
His muddy hand grasped hers.
“Getting carrots.” He bounced as they walked toward the house. “Mema says I get to go on an airplane.” His voice went a little shrill as he spoke, and his legs bounced a little higher. “That’s true. But, first, you need a bath,” she laughed.
Arabella smiled down at her son. He was the one good thing that she had done in her life. 

1 Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
I don’t really plan anything out. I just start writing, then I develop a playlist that I listen to while writing.

2 One of your favorite quotes.
It is an Irish blessing
"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye."

3 Which authors have caught your interest lately? Why?
At the moment it is Wendy Knight, she creates magic. I love her urban fantasy. Her unicorns are amazing! I love that my daughter and I can read any of her books together.
I am also a huge fan of Kelly Martin. She has this dark inspirational thing going on in her books. There is always something there that needs to be faced and dealt with. I always hated cliffhangers until I read one of her books. I have to admit I enjoy knowing that there is going to be more. I even read a book about a “zombie” girl, she was not really a zombie at least not that whole brainless I want to eat your brains kind of zombie. I tend to stay away from that stuff but her book was amazing!

4 What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I’ve always wanted to write a fantasy. To create a world that is wonderful and enchanting. I think the reason is because of The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia. I loved being able to escape into those worlds. 

5 What’s the last movie you watched and loved?
The last movie I watched and loved is a tough one. I do not really watch a lot of new release movies, I hardly ever get to see something that is not geared towards children. The last movie that I loved was Daddy Long Legs with Fred Astaire. I didn’t grow up watching those older movies, I only watched White Christmas for the first time after my youngest was born. I fell in love with old movies and Daddy Long Legs is a wonderful story, I think it is beautifully done.

Flirting Questions 
1 Which actor or book character do you have a crush on?
Book character would be Ariston from Warrior Everlasting by Wendy Knight. He needs someone to love him. He is just hurt.

2 What’s your favorite body part of the opposite sex?
I love eyes. You can tell a lot about a person by looking in their eyes. A guy who has those tiny little crinkles from smiling and laughing around his eyes. Well that is just good looking.

3 What’s an absolute no-no in a relationship?
Talking down to the other person. I figure it this way, if I ask a guy to show me how to do something and he can tell me and show me how to do it without sounding condescending then that is a huge plus. The moment he starts talking to me like he is talking to a child is when I know it is not going to work.

4 If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be?
Ireland and then Scotland. Those places are beautiful and have so much history.

5 Do you believe in love at first sight?
I do, my mom fell in love with my dad the first time she saw him. They have the happiest and best marriage I have ever seen. I hope to find that someday.

Flirting Quickies: 

Facial hair or clean shaven?
Clean shaven

Planner or Panster?

Laptop or desktop?
Beach or mountains?
 Never been to a beach, I’d like to go at least once.
Winter or summer?

Cat or dog?
Both and a horse and lamb a calf. Can I have a huge farm?
Spotlight or In the Shadows?
In the shadows
City or Country?
Morning or night person?
Christmas or Halloween?
Optimist or pessimist?

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