Good morning. It’s Meet and Greet Monday!
With us today is Romance Author, Carly Fall.
Thank you for having me, Kacey. Has anyone told you how fabulous you are today? 😉
Aww, thank you, Carly! You’re the first to compliment me today. *g* You’re pretty fantastic yourself.
What do you like to do for fun and relax?
For fun, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family.
Tell us about your “big break” in the publishing world. Was there any one person who believed in your work first (besides yourself of course)? What did you do to celebrate your first contract?
My first books were self-published, and hitting that “publish” button was very exciting and satisfying. I do have books with a couple of different publishers, and my first signed contract resulted in some screaming and probably some freakish dancing. My husband was the one to push me into taking the first step of publishing.
What is the most devilish thing you’ve ever done? (ie: a prank)
By far, the most devilish thing I ever did took place in college. My room mate was afraid he was going bald. One of the radio stations in town was holding a contest to see who could come up with the best April Fools prank. I called in and told them about my room mates fear, and they called him and said they were from Rogaine, and he’d just won a years worth of product—he just needed to answer a few questions. When they called, he was asleep and not coherent whatsoever. They started asking him things like, “Do you have hair on your back? What about your legs?” He answered truthfully and honestly until the asked him if he had hair on his ass. Then he started to question everything. When he got to campus that day, it seemed that everyone had been listening to that radio station, and he was furious with me. I ended up winning a hundred dollars, and I bought a keg and we had a party, so he forgave me.
What are you a collector of? (ie: types of knick-knacks, purses, shoes, etc)
I suppose if I collect anything, it would be books. I’m not much of a collector.
Have you read any books that have made you cry?
Yes. Don’t ask me what they were though. LOL!
Have you ever thrown a book you’ve been reading against the wall because you couldn’t finish it?
Since I do most of my reading on my Kindle, I don’t throw it, although I have been very tempted. I have been known to violently curse when I can’t get through a book though, so if that’s the equivalent of throwing a book, then yes.
What is your favorite section in the current book you’re writing? (10 sentences)
This is an unedited excerpt from the sixth installment of the Six Saviors Series, The Dream Walker, that will be out October 2013:
Yes, he’d been a shit to deceive Lilly, but frankly, he was glad he did and he had no regrets. They shared something special in her dream, something that he would keep close to his heart and think about often. In her dream, they had bonded, shared a deep connection, but he supposed that was to be expected. Dreams are a private place, a place where people’s fears, hopes, loves and disappointments live and breathe. Sharing your thoughts and dreams with others was one thing, but to actually have another being experience your dreams with you . . . that was a whole different level of intimacy.
What book – print or e-book – is sitting at the top of your to be read pile that you are eager to read?
Right now my stack is empty except for the few I haven’t been able to finish. I’ve been too busy to actually sit down and read!!
What three words do you think best describe you?
Loyal. Loving. Scatterbrained
If you were given an all-expense paid, five day/night trip to anywhere, where would you go?
On a private yacht in the Caribbean.
Nature at its best…
Cabo San Lucas, where Chica Bella takes place, is a beautiful spot of the world. While visiting there last year, I was lucky to be able to do some very exiting activities, and incorporate them into Chica Bella.
One of the most amazing things we did while there was take a glass bottom boat out. Our driver was very knowledgeable of the area, and took us to places where we were able to see the beautiful marine life that Cabo houses. The fish were plentiful and so colorful! It was like watching a living, breathing rainbow come to life right before my eyes.
When we visited Cabo, it was toward the end of March. We talked to our captain about the possibility of seeing whales, and he didn’t know if we would be able to as they migrate at the end of March. He took us out past the El Arco Rocks, just in case.
I was hopeful that we would see whales, and I wasn’t disappointed. A huge whale breached the water just a few feet from us, its long dark back glistening under the sunlight. It was one of the most magnificent things I’d ever seen. A few minutes later, another whale surfaced, and this one had a baby with her. It was an up close and personal view of nature at her finest.
Whale watching did make it into Chica Bella, as did some hot romance, heartbreak and conflict. I hope you enjoy the book!
“Where were you?” she finally asked, her voice quiet.
He didn’t look at her, but he felt her body tense next to his. “Were you hurt?”
He shrugged, but then thought better of trying to blow off her questions. Maya had always said she wanted nothing but honesty from him, and he had been the one to offer this Q&A.
“I took some shrapnel in my chest, but it was all superficial.” He gazed down at her as she studied his chest as if she could see the wounds he was talking about.
“Did you kill?” she whispered, her stare never leaving his chest.
Dammit. This was the part he hated because she abhorred violence, but killing was his job. If he didn’t take out the bad guys, they would kill American soldiers, and he would be damned if that happened on his watch. “Yes.”
She closed her eyes for a moment.
“Did you think of me?”
“Oh, God, Maya.” He put his finger under her chin and turned her face to his. Her brown eyes sparkled with tears that made his heart feel as though it might quit beating. “Maya, it’s always you. It’s thinking of you that made me want to stay alive. It’s the thought of your smile, your face, your body pressed up against mine that kept me warm at night, the sound of your laughter that made me smile when I felt like I couldn’t smile again. Maya….”
He didn’t know what else to say, so he did what he had wanted to do since the day he left her almost a year ago. He brought his lips to hers.
Landon “Blackhawk” Walker is ready to get out of the Navy SEALs. He has seen and done enough, and can’t wait to get to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where three tasks await him: get back into civilian mode, take a boat out to the El Arco Rocks, and win back the heart of the woman he lost because of his career.
Maya Gonzalez has tired of the heartbreak that comes with Landon’s deployments year after year. When he walks back into her life, she cannot deny her heart, despite her reservations.
As they lose themselves in each other and the beauty of Cabo, their passion is rekindled once again, but Maya knows that one phone call means deployment for Landon, putting an end to their reunion, and possibly their relationship.
Author Bio & Links:
Carly Fall is a wife, a mother and a slave to Nicky the dog.
She loves to laugh, and thinks chocolate and wine should be considered their own food group. She also wishes Christmas happened twice a year.
When she isn’t spending time with her family or reading a good book, she can be found writing fantasy and contemporary romance.