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Hiya! – Stephanie Keyes – The Star Child

I’m delighted to say that I am sitting here today with Author Stephane Keyes and discussing her fabulous new debut novel The Star Child.

 

The Eighties Connection and The Star Child

Hello Lou and let me just say that I am so thrilled to be a guest on your wonderful blog. I’ve really enjoyed your posts!

I noticed that there were quite a few 80s references in The Star Child. Are you a child of the Eighties?
SK: Absolutely. I had a spiral perm, converse hi-tops, and watched MTV just like everyone else on my block. I also had leg warmers and leggings, although I would not feel comfortable donning them again as part of the recent resurrection of clothing from that era!

Kellen isn’t a child of the eighties, yet he is very into that time period. He makes quite a few comments about pop culture from that time frame. Why did you include that quirk in his personality?
SK: Ironically, it’s one that I share. I grew up listening to a lot of Jazz and Swing that my Grandmother played. When I was young I used to have nightmares and would be up in the middle of the night. I always knew that if I turned on a movie, and that type of music was playing, that it would be a safe, happy topic, and that I would probably forget the bad dream. Kellen had a very traumatic time as a child, so I knew that he would have the same characteristic. For Kellen, that was too much of a generational gap, so I chose the eighties, which I love.

Also, Kellen is a very old soul. He’s a romantic character that has never seemed to act his age. So it makes sense that he would be into things from another time.

What’s Kellen’s favorite band from the 80s?
SK: Everybody’s Mother.

Who are they? I’ve never heard of them before.
SK:Everybody’s Mother is a fictional punk bank that I incorporated into the story. I used to perform with a number of Jazz bands, singing and playing the saxophone, when I was younger. A friend of mine at the time joked that a great name for a band would be Everybody’s Mother. I had to include it. I keep checking every few years or so on Google to see if someone took that name, but they hadn’t the last time that I checked.

So your audience is Young Adults… Will the references be lost on your audience?
SK: Maybe, maybe not. The Young Adult audience is very bright, much sharper than I felt at their age. So I imagine they will be on their smartphones looking up anything that doesn’t immediately make sense. Plus, there are reruns of so many of these programs on television today, so many will have had some exposure – even if it’s just on advertisements.

Plus, I’m hoping that it will expose the audience to new music, new programming… Just like I listen to the Beatles and Clapton – they didn’t come out in my era but I became a fan.

 

ENTER TO WIN

Answer the three questions below correctly using the comments section below and you could win a B&N Gift Card! Only comments posted on December 20th are eligible.

  1. What was the name of the action television series that revolved around a secret agent whose main asset was his scientific knowledge and creative application of common household items?
  2. What actor played the starring role in the eighties television series Knight Rider?
  3. What album by the band The Police, did Demolition Man originally appear on before is was released as the title track for the movie?

(open to all and Stephanie will select the winner)

The Star Child is available on;

Amazon Kindle US http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006GADZ1Y
UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Star-Child-ebook/dp/B006GADZ1Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322888380&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble
Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/stephanie-keyes
Paperback
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-star-child-stephanie-keyes/1037031019ean=9780615566290&itm=2&usri=stephanie+keyes

About the author:

When Stephanie isn’t writing, she works full time as a Corporate Educator and Curriculum Designer. She holds a M.Ed. from Duquesne University and an undergraduate degree in Management information Systems from Robert Morris University. Stephanie is a clarinetist, saxophonist, and vocalist, and is always making music somewhere at sometime. She credits her loving husband of ten years and her two sons for the completion and publication of the Star Child.

Find out more about Stephanie at http://www.stephaniekeyes.com.
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Hiya! – Sophie and Dan – Sophie’s Turn (Nicky Wells)

I’m delighted to say that I am sitting here today with Sophie Penhalligan and Dan Hunter and they have agreed to give me an exclusive interview.  Just in case you hadn’t heard (where have you been?), Dan’s band TUSCQ is currently in the throes of a grand revival tour with sold-out gigs all over Europe, and Sophie is providing on-going and exclusive coverage of the tour for Read LondonHiya! is very lucky to have ‘caught’ Sophie and Dan in between gigs. 

 Thank you both for meeting me. I want to get to know you guys a little better if that’s ok?
Dan: 
Hey, you!  Sure that’s ok, we are delighted to be here.  Thanks for having us.  (Grins at Sophie)
Sophie:  Yes, thanks Lou.  It’s wonderful to meet you.  Although I have to confess that it feels odd, to me, to be the interviewee… I’m used to asking the questions, not answering them… I’ll do my best not to inter

Great!  Let’s start with Dan…  You are a member of the band TUSCQ, can you tell us a bit more about your band, when it started and who are the members in it?
Dan:
  We are the UK’s hottest rockers!  What… what is it?  (Turns to Sophie, who is suppressing giggles.)
Sophie:  Nothing, you are absolutely right.  It’s just so odd to hear you say that… with so much conviction.  No, no, really, it’s cool.  Please, continue!  (Still  giggling)
Dan:  Right, as I said, we are the UK’s hottest rockers.  And we’ve been rocking for a long, long time.  I would say… ooh… Fifteen odd years or so?  Maybe a bit more.  It’s hard to pin down a date because, well, the guys and I, we’ve known each other so long and played together forever… Anyway, let me introduce the band… even though they can’t all be here today.  There’s me, obviously.  Then there’s Darren Wilde, our aptly named guitarist.  Joe Eaden is our fabulous drummer.  And last but not least, we’ve got Mick, or Michael, Stewart on bass.  We met at school and things took off from there.  Not straightaway, as I said, it was long hard work.  We brought out our first album when this here lassie (her prods Sophie playfully on the shoulder) was only ten!
Sophie:  That makes it eighteen years, then, that you’ve been rocking out. 
Dan:  Stop teasing me!  I can do my maths, I was just…
Sophie:  … trying to hide your age?
Dan:  No!  I was just being non-specific.  Now let me talk, woman!  … Where was I?  Oh yes, our first album was called “Long Way To Go”.  It was well received but it didn’t exactly go platinum like some of our later stuff.  We didn’t mean it to be prophetic but it turned out that way, because we did have a long way to go.  Including a break up and then our reunion.  But we had a lot of fun along the way…

Sophie, let’s talk about you for a second.  You are a journalist living in London, is that the career you always wanted as a child?
Sophie:  I wanted to be a vet when I was a child.  Or a member of a lifeboat crew.  And an author.  I was always writing stories and books…  Which was fortunate, because I’m not very good with blood at all so I wouldn’t have made a good vet.  And I’m not the world’s best swimmer so I’d be useless on a lifeboat.  But writing, that’s something that comes naturally to me.  So in a roundabout kind of way, being a journalist is my dream career, even if I’d not envisaged it as such when I was little.

And it was your job, Sophie, that brought you to meet Tuscq for the first time, is that correct?
Dan:  No!  Oh no, I knew Sophie before she was a journalist.  Didn’t I, Soph?  I met her a long, long time ago… We had a very memorable night on the tour bus together…

A very memorable night… that sounds exciting?
Sophie:  (blushes)  Well… It wasn’t quite what it sounds like.  No, really, actually!  It was totally innocent!  (Playfully punches Dan, who is making little aside innuendos).  I was a huge Tuscq fan when I was a teenager.  And I had a big, massive, huge, enormous crush on Dan here.  Ok, ok, I admit it.  And so… well, I was fortunate enough to bump into them after a gig one time, a gig that hadn’t gone very well…
Dan:  (interjects jokingly):  I have no idea what you’re talking about.  All our gigs go well.  We were great!
Sophie:  I didn’t mean that… I meant, it hadn’t been very well promoted and there weren’t many people there.  So I got a chance to meet the band, and of course, I put my foot right in it by commenting on the few people there.  But they took it in their stride and invited me to come and see them in Edinburgh, a sell-out gig, or so they’d said.  Anyway, I was nineteen, I was unattached, I’d just been invited to go and see my favourite band by my favourite band… Of course I went.  I was awestruck!  This really was something else… And somehow I got there, and I got in and…
Dan:  …threw yourself at the gorgeous lead singer…
Sophie:  Ha ha, yes, gorgeous and very modest.  I tripped over a security fence and Dan here kindly caught me.  I should add that he had been looking for me…

Whoa, whoa, whoa… I’m getting some vibes here!  Are you two dating each other?
Sophie:  No.  No, absolutely not.  That was then.  This is totally professional.
Dan:  (somewhat more reluctant, it appears):  No.  Of course not.  That would be unprofessional.  Or something.

Speaking of professional… What made you take this assignment Sophie, was it your idea?
Dan:  It was my idea, actually.  I set it up.  I contacted the editor of Read London… well, I had our manager do that, but basically we offered them exclusive coverage with syndication rights as long as Sophie was the reporter.
Sophie:  Yeah, that’s the long and short of it, to be honest.  One day I get this email from my editor, like:  COME AND SEE ME NOW… and it’s all a done deal.  It was take this assignment, or… well, OR.
Dan:  That makes it sound really awful.  (Turns to Sophie, looks at her with big innocent eyes)  You did want to do this assignment, didn’t you?
Sophie:  (clears her throat, blushes some more)  Of course.  I mean, who wouldn’t.  It just… It’s just… I was worried…
Dan:  What, that it would be a little awkward because we’d been on a couple of dates?

(jumps in immediately)  Dates?!?
Sophie:  (at the same time):  Shshshshshsh!  I was worried that it would be out of my comfort zone…
Dan:  (fakes concern, takes her hand):  Oh honey, I’m sorry.  I wouldn’t do anything to make you uncomfortable!
Sophie:  No, you $*!!?*” (makes undefinable noise).  I was worried that it would be out of my comfort zone by way of writing.  I wasn’t then a features writer, I didn’t even work in the entertainment section.  I was a news reporter, that’s quite different.  I wanted to do you justice, that’s all.

How does it feel travelling around with the most popular band of the current time? I bet you are the envy of all your friends, particularly Rachel and all females out there!
Sophie:  Oh God, it’s amazing!  I am just totally over the moon.  This is the chance of a life-time.  All these shows, and all the travelling, and seeing all the backstage preparations, the rehearsals… Seeing it all, really.  It’s just… I haven’t got enough words.  I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven.  And also it’s made me realise just how much hard work it all is.  You kind of think, yeah, a rock band, they’ve got it easy.  Not so, uh uh!  It’s physically and mentally completely exhausting. It’s not just playing… and there’s no ‘just’ about that but… what people don’t realise is the amount of stuff going on between gigs. Interviews with magazines, the press, local radio… lunches with various bigwigs (or smallwigs, as it may be) in the recording industry… rehearsals… writing the next album… it’s a mad manic whirl. I’m just in awe.
Dan:  Now, now, take it easy!  That makes it sound like hard work…  But seriously, Sophie has been wonderful.  It’s been a novel experience to have a tour ‘chronicler’, as it were, and we all felt just a teensy bit self-conscious to start with.  But while she’s obviously a huge fan, she’s also very unobtrusive.  Always has been!  (He winks at Sophie).  She blends in, she doesn’t ask annoying questions at the wrong time, she doesn’t disturb… she just kind of observes, and enjoys herself.  And then she comes out with these most amazing write-ups… Have you seen the Tuscq Chronicles?

Of course I have, I wait for every instalment!  Right, moving swiftly on… I know this is a question that the readers of Hiya! want to know … Dan, would you ever consider dating a fan!
Dan:  (shoots Sophie a surreptitious look)  Err…  Um… Well… Define ‘dating’?
Sophie:  (bursts out laughing):  Just say yes!
Dan:  (looking hurt):  I’ve got my professional standards, too, you know…(awkward pause with lots of meaningful looks exchanged until Lou changes the subject)

So what is next for you both?
Dan:  (deadpan)  Marriage.
Sophie:  What?!?

Erm… I meant, professionally!
Sophie:  (Jumps in before Dan can make any more off-the-wall comments)  Well… I’ll see this tour through to the end and then I guess I’ll return to the news desk at Read London.  It’s been so busy, I haven’t really had a chance to think about the future.
Dan:  After the tour, we will release a live album so be sure to look out for that in the shops… It’ll be ready for Christmas, and it’ll be amazing.  We’ve been in negotiations with a promoter in the States, so we might well go out there for another tour eventually.  And we’ve been writing songs for the next album…

I see you have a book in your handbag Sophie, may we ask what you are reading?
Sophie:  Oh, this… (grins widely)  This is my favourite book of all times.  It’s called Sophie’s Turn by Nicky Wells.  It’s the absolutely perfect modern day fairy tale about this girl who gets to date her favourite rock star.  The only problem is, she’s already engaged to this other bloke when the rock star finally proposes to her.  It’s just fantastic, it’s been making me laugh out loud, the things that this Sophie person gets up to.  I really recommend it!

Wow, guys, it’s been absolutely great but I can see your manager, Jack, making hurry-up gestures outside… I guess that’s all we have time for, and you’re off to the airport.  Thanks so much for stopping by here at Hiya, we are honoured.

Synopsis

Sophie’s Turn by Nicky Wells

Slapper.  Slut.  Adulteress.  These are hardly words that Sophie Penhalligan would normally use to describe herself.  Yet this is exactly how she is behaving, all things considered, even if she isn’t quite married to Tim yet.  And it’s all happening because her past is coming to tempt her!  Nine years ago, she met her teenage idol and rock star extraordinaire, Dan, up close and personal.  Well, almost.  Now Dan has crash-landed back in her life.  How could Tim ever stand a chance against the charming, handsome singer?  How could she?

Sophie, now twenty-eight and a budding newspaper journalist, is happily embroiled in a relationship with Tim, her boyfriend of two years.  Until recently, she was confident that Tim would eventually propose—probably as soon as he could get his act together.  But just as Tim’s persistent inaction is beginning to cast a cloud over their relationship, Dan’s sudden reappearance turns Sophie’s world upside down.  Thus unfolds a roller-coaster of events including an ill-fated trip to Paris with Tim, a night of unfulfilled romance with Dan, Sophie and Tim’s engagement party gate-crashed by Dan, and Sophie’s professional secondment to accompany Dan’s band on their revival tour—at Dan’s special request and very much against her will. 

And then, one fine day in Paris, Sophie suddenly finds herself engaged to Dan while her erstwhile fiancé Tim is…  well, doing whatever it is Tim does back in London.   What is she to do now?  Who wouldn’t give anything to meet their favorite star, let alone marry him? 

Find out how Sophie gets into this impossible situation, and how she turns it around, in Sophie’s Turn, the honest, funny and sometimes bittersweet story of one woman’s entanglement with a rock star. 

Review
This is a great book and very easy to read. You start the story half way through and then return back to the past and retrace Sophie’s steps when she met the Band and then her relationship with Tim. There are lots of very funny elements to this book and some great characters. A wonderful friendship between Sophie and her best friend Rachel. Packed full of heated highs but also some very sad lows that might have you reaching for a tissue. (Loved the ending) Nicky has written a perfect ChickLit book that easily stands up against the others available today in the shops. 

Order your copy via Amazon uk Sophie’s Turn

About Nicky Wells

Rock On! Nicky Wells writes fun and glamorous contemporary romance featuring a rock star and the girl next door.  She recently signed her work with U.S. publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing.  Nicky loves rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters.  When she’s not writing, Nicky is a wife, mother, and occasional teaching assistant.

Originally born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993, and currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and their two boys.  In a previous professional life, Nicky worked as a researcher and project manager for an international Human Resources research firm based in London and Washington, D.C.

Visit Nicky on her blog where you can find articles, interviews, radio interviews and, of course, an ongoing update on her work in progress, the second and third parts of the Rock Star Romance Trilogy.  You can also follow Nicky on Twitter and find her on Facebook.  Nicky is a featured author on the innovative reader/author project, loveahappyending.com and has joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Nicky also has author pages at Sapphire Star Publishing and, of course, Goodreads 

 

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Hiya! – Life Class – GILLI ALLAN

I am pleased to introduce Gilli Allan and her latest ebook release Life Class. I asked her the following questions.

1) You have your latest book coming out this month – Life Class tell us a about it?
LIFE CLASS is a story about art, life, love and learning lessons. The class meets once a week to draw the human figure. For four of those who attend, life hasn’t lived up to expectations. All have failed to achieve what they thought they wanted in life. Over the course of the book they gradually come to realise that it’s not just the naked model they need to study and understand. Their stories are very different, but they all have secrets they hide from the world and from themselves. By uncovering and coming to terms with the past, maybe they can move on to a different and unimagined future. Dory says she works in the sex trade, the clean-up end. She deals with the damage sex can cause. Her job has given her a jaundiced view of men, an attitude confirmed by the disintegration of her own relationship. She’s come back to her old home town and found a part-time job in the sexual health clinic. Her older sister, Fran, studied art as a young woman. She pushes Dory into enrolling for the life class which she herself attends. Dory wonders what she is doing here. The time seems right to pursue what she does really wants in life, if she can only work out what that is. Love doesn’t figure in her view of the future – she’s always been a clear eyed realist – yet she finds herself chasing a dream. Stefan is a single-minded loner, whose sole and overriding ambition is to make a living from his sculpture. But at the moment it’s a distant dream, He needs money now and finds a job as a part time art teacher. He has only taken it on in desperation, so it’s a blow to find the class regard his presence as an imposition. They seem to want their old teacher back. Love is an emotion he long ago closed off – it only leads to regret and shame – but it creeps up on him from more than one direction. Is it time to admit that letting others into his life is not defeat? Fran is a wife and a stay-at-home mother, without enough to keep her occupied. Of the two sisters, she’s always been the bossy one, the one who likes to organise everyone’s life for them. On a collision course with her mid-life crisis, Fran begins to crave the romance and excitement of her youth. A harmless crush, which leads nowhere, turns into a search for an old boyfriend. The on-line flirtation becomes scarily obsessive, putting everything she really loves at risk. Dominic is a damaged child who knows all about sex but nothing about love. Homeless and immature, he has been living a dangerous life. But if he can only find his mother perhaps he can make sense of his past. But perhaps it is a doomed quest and it’s time to look to the future? By accepting the help and love that’s on offer here and now, he has a chance to transform his life.

2)This is the second book you have self-published as an e-book. Why have you gone down this road?
I wrote many unfinished ‘novels’ as a young teenager. I bored my friends witless, I’m sure, by insisting on reading passages out to them in the break times of the girl’s grammar school I attended. An experience which wasn’t enhanced for them by the fact I couldn’t get through more than a few sentences without giggling and getting embarrassed by the rude bits. I was nothing like the bold, sassy teenagers of today! I worked in advertising, as an illustrator, and only started writing again – this time with the serious intention of finishing the book and getting it published – when I was at home with my three year old son, Tom. That book, Just Before Dawn, almost immediately found a newly established publisher. Called Love Stories, it was aiming to provide intelligent, unconventional, un-clichéd stories about love and relationships. My writing fitted this remit perfectly. After publishing my second novel, Desires & Dreams, Love Stories folded. It was unable to get the promotion, marketing and distribution to gain success for itself or its authors. It was a blow, but I reasoned that as I’d found my first publisher with very little trouble, I would be able to find another. Famous last words. The walls you need to climb to get a mainstream publishing deal grow higher and harder all the time. I know. I’ve beaten my head against them for long enough. This was why, after being given a Kindle for Christmas, 2010, I began to think about self-publishing. I am famously ‘untechnical’, and it was a very steep learning curve. But I managed it and I was published again. Briefly it felt good, but I soon realised that it is very hard to get sales if you’re not a ‘name’, or if your book doesn’t fit a sub-genre, easy to categorise and market. So, by late that summer, I was delighted to find an e-publisher, who wanted to take on my next book, LIFE CLASS. I signed a contract in the autumn, but by January this year they told me they’d stopped trading. This is why I self-published LIFE CLASS.

3) What is your process for writing? do you have any “must do” traditions? 
I don’t really have any traditions as such. Because I haven’t been mainstream published for many years it’s made me lazy, or should I say, unfocused, about my writing life. When I am in full flow, I write all day, every day. The discipline I have to impose is on the rest of my life – making sure I’ve done the shopping, changed the beds and washed the undies. But this only happens when the work in progress has ‘caught fire’. It can be a long and arduous journey until that point. During that period, which I describe as like carving a block of granite with a teaspoon, I have to make myself go into the study, sit down and put fingers to keyboard.

4) Where do you get your inspiration from?
It’s different for different books. I am definitely not one of those writers whose brains are teeming with stories just waiting to be released. Inspiration, if it happens, is very welcome. The seed that began my book, TORN, was something I saw on a car journey. We passed a lane leading from the road we were travelling on down to a narrow village centre. I had just enough time to register the scene and then it was gone. It struck me that those villagers must have been pleased that the main road was rerouted. I then wondered how the people who lived along the road which presumably had been upgraded into the bypass felt about it. I went on to reflect that life is never simple or black and white. Other real experiences from different times in my own life then fed into the developing story – an altercation on Streatham High Road; a party I went to and its aftermath; an incident recounted to me by a friend who had taken her young child walking on a local hillside. When I write I will always use real experiences, if they fit, but nothing ever remains exactly as it really happened. These re-imagined episodes begin to form a skeleton in my mind’s eye, around which I can begin to weave a story. LIFE CLASS was a title waiting for a book. I myself attended art college and – after I got over the initial embarrassment – I enjoyed the life drawing classes very much. I stopped when I left college and went on, eventually, to work as an advertising illustrator. It was only when I was married and at home with my baby son, I resumed going to evening life classes. As soon as Tom was old enough to go to the college crèche, I changed to a day time class. And I’ve continued ever since. I won’t tell you how old Tom is now, but he’s not a baby. So the book had a long gestation. When I started to seriously think about developing the story, I considered the people I knew. I lighted upon a good friend of mine who did a very interesting and sometimes amusing job. I knew she would be happy to help me with my research. If I gave the heroine of my story a job like my friend’s, she would be coming into contact with people – maybe people she knew – at very vulnerable, embarrassing and possibly life-changing moments. More than that, she might make perfectly reasonable assumptions about those people, assumptions which could colour her view of them and give her an ethical dilemma. This was the crucial seed which turned on the ‘what if’ part of my brain. Life Class grew from those two elements – the job and the weekly class. Of course, from then on, other remembered incidents and experiences from my own life were absorbed into the story which, once I’d begun it, mixed into the cocktail, along with a generous helping of imagination.

5) What has been your favourite read of the last 12 months?
I read a great deal, and picking out a favourite is difficult. I prefer to read outside of my own genre. It’s more relaxing and enjoyable because I can switch off my inner editor. So – I think I’ll plump for C J Sansom’s, Heartstone. Sansom writes crime fiction set in the reign of Henry VIII. His hero is a lawyer, called Shardlake. C J Sansom must be good, because I don’t usually read historical fiction. But I wait in eager anticipation for the next book in his series.

6) When did you realise you could write books others would enjoy reading?
I didn’t. But once I’d begun that first serious attempt to write a book for publication – Just Before Dawn – I enjoyed the process so much, and fell so totally in love with my story, I felt sure others would love it too. It was the only book which came really easily. That experience was one I have never repeated. It was as if I had a hotline to the fiction fairy. All I needed to do was open the channel and the story fed down onto the page from goodness knows where. I wish I could find the route to the fiction fairy every time I write a book!

To find out more information regarding LIFE CLASS and also Gilli’s other book see links below:

LIFE CLASS:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007XWFURQ

TORN: http://www.amazon.co.uk/TORN-ebook/dp/B004UVR81Y  

http://www.gilliallan.blogspot.com/ 
http://famousfiveplus.blogspot.com/
http://britishromancefiction.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1182311866

twitter: @gilliallan
http://www.goodreads.com/friend/i?i=LTM2MDEyNzM2MTk6MzY3

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Hiya! – The Portage Panthers – Taking Charge (Mandy Baggot)

I’m delighted to say that I am sitting with Portage Panthers ice hockey team and they have agreed to give me an exclusive interview!

 

Hi have Mickey, Henrik, Brad and Cole Ryan, plus their current manager Robyn Matthers. Robyn, you are only caretaking the management of the team, why is that?
Robyn: My dad’s the real manager but he’s sick right now. He had a massive heart attack a little while ago and I’ve come over from the UK to make sure he’s doing OK.
Mickey: We’re helping too! We’re doing everything she says in training, well most of the time.
Brad: We’re all supporting Robyn anyway we can. Eddie’s a great guy.
Henrik: He go red from shouting too much – gets stressed.
Cole: We’ve been told he’s responding to treatment though and once he has his operation he’ll be as good as new.
Henrik: Will he still shout too loud?
Robyn: It’s a heart bypass Henrik, not a personality transplant, he’ll probably shout louder.

How is your father bearing up? Guessing he has the support of you and Nancy to perk him up – does he try to steer the team from his hospital bed?!?
Robyn: I haven’t quite decided whetherNancy’s a good influence or not but you bet he tries to steer things! He’s supposed to be resting and keeping his blood pressure down but he doesn’t like losing control so he gives me his opinion whether I need it or not.
Cole: Sounds like someone else I know.
Mickey: Whoa! Someone’s going to be up for extra drills for saying that!

How do you guys feel about have a “chick” manage you?
Brad: I’ve got no problem with it. Robyn knows ice hockey. She’s been playing it since she was three and she’s better than most of the guys I know.
Mickey: Except me.
Henrik: And me. I am better.
Robyn: You are not.
Henrik: I win big medals where I come from.
Mickey: And where is that exactly?
Cole: Robyn’s heart and soul is with the Portage Panthers. The manager of the team has to have that passion for the game and for the team as a unit. It doesn’t matter what sex they are.
Henrik: And she always wear boy clothes anyway. Do you not have dress?

Guessing locker rooms are slightly different at the moment – any crazy moments you want to tell us about?
Robyn: The guys have this big thing about me seeing them naked. I have no idea why, it isn’t like I find any of them attractive.
Mickey: Except me.
Henrik: And me.
Brad: Robyn and I used to date back in high school but this is ice hockey, there are professional sporting boundaries.
Cole: You want me to tell Louise about the shower gel don’t you?
Mickey: You mean ‘Exfoliation’? The bright purple one?
Henrik: Smell like department store.

You recently have a new signing to your team in the shape of Cole. What is it like to join a smaller team Cole and what made you come here?
Mickey: Here we go man, time to tell the nice lady just how much better than the rest of us you are!
Cole: That isn’t true!
Mickey: I’m only kidding. Cole used to play for Chicago Wolves, Robyn tells everyone.
Brad: The Wolves are a team in the American Hockey League – they’re a division above us.
Henrik: You think I get trial for them?
Robyn: No Henrik! You belong with the Panthers!
Cole: I moved to Portage fromChicago, got a new job here and I’m glad to be in the Panthers, we get on great.
Mickey: Most of the time.

Where do you guys think the Panthers can go in the future with hard work?
Mickey: Let the captain answer this one.
Brad: We’re a bit short on numbers at the moment. We lost some players to clubs with more money, other players had to give up hockey to take overtime at work but the squad now are dedicated to making the team the best it can be. We want to be the best for Eddie…and for Robyn.
Robyn: Er, at the moment we’re just trying to keep off the bottom of the table and avoid relegation this season. Then next year, who knows? Maybe we’ll be up there for the play-offs.

What other hobbies do you guys have outside of hockey?
Mickey: I spend the weekends avoiding wedding dress shops mainly.
Henrik: I like to dance with girls. 
Cole: Apparently now I live here I have to barbecue every spare second I get or shoot turkeys.
Brad: It’s mainly hockey but I like to go out to dinner, listen to music, have fun down by the lake with someone special you know.
Mickey: Ooo someone special – how come we haven’t met her?
Robyn: I like to fix cars and watch monster trucks.
Mickey: And she reads motor manuals. How freaking weird is that?
Cole: ActuallyNancypassed her some romance novels the other day and she’s actually nosing into them. The author, Mandy Baggot, has a new book coming out today! It’s called Taking Charge and it’s not just about romance, there’s even ice hockey in it.
Mickey: Am I in it? I am legendary.
Henrik: Is there sexy bits?

 

Thank you all so much for your time. It has been wonderful to meet you all!

 

 

To find out more about Mandy and her Publisher Sapphire Publishing, please feel free to click the following links!

Links to Amazon UK  Mandy Baggot

Links to Amazon US http://tiny.cc/e1chdw
 

 

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Hiya! – Millie and Rob – Millie and the Amercian Wedding (Anna Bell)

 

I’m delighted to say that I am sitting here today with  Millie Talbot and Rob Prentis and they have agreed to give me an exclusive interview.

 

Thank you both for meeting me. I want to get to know you guys a little better if that’s ok?

M – Yes of course Lou, it’s nice to meet you.   
R – (nervously) It’s a pleasure to be here.

So how did it feel to get an invite to your friend Kristen’s wedding over in New York?

M– Well I haven’t been over to America in a long time, in fact since I spent a year out there at university. And to be honest I wasn’t thrilled to go back. (looks over at Rob)
R – I actually live in New York anyway. So for me it was just around the corner.

So did you both meet at the wedding or did you know each other before?

R – Millie and I go way back.

M –
Yes, we um, well we dated back in college. Kristen and Joel, the bride and groom introduced us.

R – But you had introduced the bride and groom to each other.

M – Yes I did (blushes) it’s a long story.

How well did you know the other Bridesmaids Millie before the wedding?

M – Well there were seven of us bridesmaids, so it was a big wedding party. I’d met Kristen’s sister Audrey before, but not the others. Luckily Tara, one of the other bridesmaids and me got on like a house on fire. In fact she’s planning to visit me in a couple of months, as we got on that well. Then there was Collette who was the Maid of Honour, well let’s just say she didn’t like me very much.

R – I think I can verify that fact.

M – (laughs) yes, but let’s not talk about her… 

So many funny things seem to happen when you are around Millie, do you ever feel that your life would make a fabulous RomCom movie!!

M – All my friends always say that. When I start telling them a story they always roll their eyes and tell me that it could only happen to me.

R – I think when we were at college people used to think you were making that stuff up, but you were always falling over and doing stupid stuff by accident. (they look at each other laughing)

Do you have any words of wisdom to the Happy Couple Kristen and Joel?

R – They need to remember to be as honest as possible with each other, and keep talking. Communication really is the key to a happy marriage.

M – Ooh spot the marketing exec. Well to be honest I don’t know if I’m the best person to give them advice – but I know they’ve had their ups and downs as a couple (Rob shoots her a look) but they’re perfect for each other. I do agree with Rob though, they need to keep talking to each other, and not bottle things up.

Is there any hot gossip that you can share that the other wedding Guests may not know?

R – Well one of the bridal party is expecting a baby.

M – I didn’t know you knew about that!

R – Ha – I had my suspicions. You’ve just confirmed it!

M – I’m such a rubbish secret keeper. But I’m sure she must be well into her second trimester now, so it’s probably ok to say that Rachel and Brad  are expecting a baby. And they’re getting married.

R – Wow, I can’t believe I didn’t know that they were getting married. Poor Tyler.

M – I wouldn’t worry about Tyler I think he’ll be just fine. (Grins).

Will either of you be going to any more American Weddings together?

R – Well I don’t know about another Wedding, but we’ll be at a Christening in a few months.

M – Yes, an American christening, let’s just say there was a honeymoon baby!

 

Synopsis

Millie accidentally accepts an invitation to be a bridesmaid at an American Wedding in New York. It’s Millie’s worst nightmare. Not only has she slept with the groom, but her ex boyfriend (the one that got away) is the best man and he’s married.

As her friend, Kristen, gets ready for the best day of her life, Millie gears up for the worst week of hers.

Buy ‘Millie and the American Wedding’ for Kindle now  

AmazonUK:

Millie and the American Wedding

AmazonUS: http://amzn.to/yteivS

Read my full review of this fab book http://tiny.cc/64qwn 

A little bit about Anna Bell (links to Authors website)

She is a Wannabe Chick Lit Author. Half way through writing her 3rd novel which we will hear more about later in 2012 when the first draft is finished! Anna has already written two novels The Thailand Fling (unpublished) and Millie and the American Wedding

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