Monday, October 22, 2012

Interview with Nicole Flockton + Giveaway (US/CA)

Today we would like to welcome debut author Nicole Flockton to the blog. Kati met Nicole at RWA in Anaheim and thought she was such an absolute blast to hang out with. Plus she's got a super cool accent. Nicole is sharing a bit about her book, MASQUERADE and giving away a fun little package of books and swag.
WELCOME TO THE BLOG NICOLE!!!

Meet Nicole:
On her very first school report her teacher said ‘Nicole likes to tell her own stories’.

It wasn’t until after the birth of her daughter and after having fun on the community board of eharlequin.com that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.

Nicole joined the fabulous Romance Writers of Australia and evenutally linked up with a great group of girls and formed “WINKGirls

The stories she writes are contemporary romances with either a medical setting or in the boardrooms of high powered business. Nicole enjoys taking two characters and creating unique situations for them.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and her two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.

Connect with Nicole: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter


Jamie and Kati: Hi Nicole! Welcome to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance.

J&K: Who is Nicole Flockton?
NF: Nicole Flockton is a pretty ordinary girl from the beautiful hometown of Perth Western Australia, but currently I’m residing in Houston TX. I’m a wife to the most amazing man, and mum to two pretty fabulous kids. I’m a reader and of course, a writer.

J&K: What is MASQUERADE about? {no copying blurb :)}
NF: Well darn you’re making me think! Okay, here goes “Amongst the mysterious appeal of a masquerade ball, two people connect and after spending one night together, their lives will never be the same again.” How’s that?

J&K: What makes Sophie and Alex perfect for each other?
NF: Because I said so? No, you don’t buy that? LOL Ok, here we go. Alex is perfect for Sophie because he sees the ‘real’ her. She’s from a wealthy family and Alex doesn’t let her wealth define the true person she is. What he sees is a caring soul who touches places he thought long closed off from emotions. Sophie is perfect for Alex because she challenges him to live again, even though she doesn’t realize it. She brings light to a darkness he was even aware had taken hold of him. Fate played her hand and even though they tried to fight it, fate wouldn’t let them win – only she would!

J&K: Which two authors would you write an anthology with and what would it be about? 
NF: I’d love to write an anthology with Nicola Marsh and Fiona Lowe. Both are Australian authors, Fiona won a RITA this year, and Nicola is an amazing writer. We all love Australian Rules Football, so we’d have to write about Football players.

J&K: What’s the one romance book everyone should read?
NF: Mine? LOL Wow that’s a tough one for me because, I’ve not read the Jane Austen classics which everyone would suggest. But I would have to say “Ain’t She Sweet” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a fantastic read.

J&K: If your book had a theme song, what would it be?
NF: It would have to be Masquerade Masks. There is so much than can be taken and used from masks. Secret lovers can have a liaison without anyone knowing.

J&K: What can readers expect from you next?
NF: I’m working on a proposal for two books of two of the characters in Masquerade. One I think will be a bit more angsty than this story so that will be a challenge to write. The other book I’m thinking will have a bit more humour in it. Well that’s my plan, of course, the characters will often tell me how they want their stories told.

Either/Or:
1. Alpha or Beta? Without a doubt - Alpha
2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Wallflower
3. Debutante or Spinster? Debutante
4. Virgin widow or Secret baby? Secret Baby
5. Titled peer or Working man? Working man
6. Love at first sight or Second chances? Both
7. Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Oh geez, man in uniform wins, but both have uniforms as such, but nothing sets the heart racing faster than a Man in Naval Whites!
8. Vampires or Shifters? Neither
9. Past, Present or Future? Present
10. Writing or Reading? Both
11. Paperbacks or e-books? Both
12. Plotter or Pantser? Oh total Pantser
13. Author’s choice: Have you ever taken a step outside of your comfort zone and done something out of the ordinary that has led to a rewarding time in your life?

J&K: Thanks Nicole for stopping by!

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MASQUERADE:
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 161 pages
Publisher: Crimson Romance (October 22, 2012)

After being humiliated by her fiancĂ©e, Sophie Franklyn has decided that getting involved with work colleagues and men in general isn’t for her. Now her focus is going to be on her career and her recent promotion. That is until at a New Year’s Eve masquerade ball, she meets a man that tempts her to question her choices.

Alex Scavoni is extremely dedicated to his job, so dedicated that his first marriage crumbled under the pressure of his dedication. Now he’s happily single, with a new job he’s excited to start. When he meets a masked Sophie at the ball, she fires desires in him he thought long dead. He spends a wonderful night with her, but wakes up alone.

The next time the two meet, it’s in the high pressure world of Emergency Room medicine where they must work side by side. While they deal with the stresses of the Emergency ward, they endeavor to keep their feelings for each other on a professional nature. When the desire that pushed them together that one night flares to life again, can they ignore them or will their one night together have consequences neither of them planned on?
Get Your Own Copy: Crimson Romance | Kindle | iBooks
Book Extras: Read an Excerpt

Woo-hoo! Giveaway time. Nicole is giving away a fun little package for one(1) lucky US/CA reader: a masquerade mask, a Swag Bag and a couple of signed books. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment answering Nicole's question: Have you ever taken a step outside of your comfort zone and done something out of the ordinary that has led to a rewarding time in your life?
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form below. You must leave a comment. All other entries are optional.
A huge thanks to Nicole for stopping by to share her debut book as well as donating the giveaway prize
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