Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Forever Blog Tour with Roxanne St. Claire + Giveaway


Meet Roxanne:
Roxanne St. Claire is a bestselling author of thirty novels of romance and suspense. A five-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for outstanding romantic fiction, her books have also won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense for two consecutive years, as well as the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Maggie, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, five Awards of Excellence, the Aspen Gold and many others

Prior to launching a full time career as a novelist in 2003, Roxanne spent most of her professional life as a marketing executive and public relations consultant. She is a graduate of UCLA, an active member of several national writing organizations, and a lecturer on a wide range of writing-related topics. She lives in Satellite Beach, Florida with her husband and their two teenagers, and if you know her, you call her Rocki.

Connect with Roxanne: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook | Blog

Thanks for having me here! Fun blog! I’ll be happy to answer your questions and if any more show up in the comments, I’ll pop in and out and answer just about anything! Ask away!

Jamie and Kati: Who is Roxanne St. Claire? (author, mother, gardener, international woman of mystery...)
Roxanne St. Claire: That’s funny because that is exactly what I am: author, mother, gardener, and, okay...not so much international or mysterious. Once upon a time I was a TV actress, then a PR executive, but today I am the author of thirty books of romance and suspense -- and hope to write 100 before I hang up my keyboard. I’m also a mother to two teenagers, and wife to a hot Italian guy who can cook like a dream. (I know, right? Not fair!) When I’m not writing, mothering, or eating my husband’s food, I’m growing plants. I live in Florida, come from a big family, watch The Bachelor as my guilty pleasure, and find funny people irresistible.

J&K: Tell us a bit about Barefoot In The Sand [no copying blurb :)]
RSC: Barefoot In The Sand is my first full length contemporary romance and the launch book for a “quadrilogy” set on a fictional island off the Gulf Coast of Florida in a sleepy little inlet known as Barefoot Bay. The books center around four woman who were friends in college and now, in their thirties, must all overcome something in their hearts or in their past in order to find true love. The heroine of Barefoot in the Sand, Lacey Armstrong, loses her home in a hurricane that hits Barefoot Bay and takes the disaster as an opportunity to build the small hotel she’s always wanted to own. Enter Clay Walker, who has to get the job to design and build Lacey’s resort in order to pick of the pieces of his life and faltering career. Clay is not only an extremely talented architect, he’s sexy, relentless, and younger than Lacey. But what really unsettles her is that he’s just as good at tearing down emotional walls as he is at designing physical ones.

Neither one expects their attraction to bloom into anything more than a good time and a great project, but he’s got designs on Lacey’s heart as well as her hotel...and Clay Walker is irresistible. (Heyyy, isn't Clay Walker a country singer?)

J&K: If Barefoot In The Sand were made into a movie, who would play the leads?
RSC: This question always stumps me! (It's just an excuse for us to put some eye candy in the post.) Lacey’s signature physical feature is long, curly strawberry blonde hair and I recently saw Sienna Miller with that color and thought of Lacey. I also like Amy Adams, though Lacey is 36, so Amy might be a little young. Nicole Kidman? I’m terrible at this!

For Clay Walker, let’s go with Bradley Cooper. I mean, why the heck not? You can’t go wrong!

J&K: Plotter or pantser?
RSC: Honestly, I do a hybrid version I like to call “plantzing.” I start writing from a very brief “story plan” that is no more than a page long, with key plot and turning points sketched out very loosely. I can see about three chapters ahead, and I will then do very rough outlines of the main plot points of the scenes in those chapters, then start writing. Usually after five or six chapters, I figure out my characters and have been known to go right back to the beginning and rewrite because now I really know who these people are, what they want, and what obstacles are in the way of their happiness and fulfillment. From there, I’ll write an extremely rough and ugly discovery draft, maybe 60,000 words, not fit for human consumption. That is, for argument’s sake, a 60,000 word synopsis. Then I go back to the beginning and start all over, keeping anywhere from zero to most of those words, writing the real draft with a much clearer understanding of the story.

I have all the respect in the world for people who know everything about their characters when they start...I am clueless. They have to reveal themselves to me layer by layer, page by page. It can be very painful, but if I start out thinking I know who they are, invariably I am wrong.

J&K: What can readers expect from you next?
RSC: Right now, I’m focused on celebrating the release of Barefoot in the Sand and am happy to report that Barefoot in the Rain is finished, in production, and scheduled for release in November 2012. In between those two, my first young adult novel, Don’t You Wish, will be released in hardcover from Random House/Delacorte Press. Another huge departure for a writer with almost all “romantic suspense” novels in my body of work, but I had an absolute blast writing for the teen audience (they are so much a part of my life!) and am planning to write another YA in 2013. Lots of good stuff ahead, I’m happy to say! (Best of luck on your foray into YA!)

Genre: Contemporary
Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Forever(April 24,2012)
When a hurricane roars through Lacey Armstrong’s home on the coast of Barefoot Bay, she decides all that’s left in the rubble is opportunity. A new hotel is just what Mimosa Key needs, and Lacey and her teenage daughter are due for a fresh start. And nothing, especially not a hot, younger architect, is going to distract Lacey from finally making her dreams a reality.

Love has already cost Clay Walker everything. And if he's going to have any chance of picking up the pieces of his life, he needs the job as Lacey Armstrong's architect. What's not in the plans is falling for the headstrong beauty. Her vision of the future is more appealing than anything he could have ever drafted for himself. Will Clay's designs on Lacey's heart be more than she can handle, or will she trust him to build something that will last forever?
Get Your Own Copy: Amazon(pb) | Kindle | B&N(pb) | Nook
Book Extras: Read an Excerpt | About the Series | Jamie's Review
Other Book in Series(click for excerpt):
coming soon

Roxanne's publisher is giving away three(3) copies of Barefoot In The Sand to three(3) lucky US readers. Here's how to get your own copy:
  • Leave a meaningful comment for Roxanne (thanks for the giveaway! doesn't count) about her books or ask her a question.
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form below. You must leave a comment. All other entries are optional.

A huge thank you to Roxanne and Forever Romance for the opportunity to host her during her tour. Another huge thank you to Forever Romance for the giveaway copies.

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