Today I have another fellow Wild Rose visiting with me. Charlotte O’Shay is here to tell us about today’s release of her new contemporary romance, and give us some background on her life as a writer. Like mine, Charlotte’s books are set in New York City.
Welcome Charlotte O’Shay. What can you tell my readers about yourself?
It’s a treat to visit you today especially because it’s RELEASE day for A Model Engagement, Book 2 in my City of Dreams series. You can get the book for half price today only through my publisher The Wild Rose Press. Click here for the buy link.
Now to tell you all a little about me,
I’m a friend, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a mom, a caregiver, a mother of dogs, a lawyer, a citizen, a New Yorker and yes! I am an author.
What interesting jobs have you had? How have those jobs affected your writing?
I’ve had some interesting jobs and some plain boring ones.
The job that most informed this particular story, A Model Engagement was the first job I had as a lawyer. I was an investigator for the City of New York. As part of an undercover operation, I wore a wire.
Without revealing spoilers about A Model Engagement I’ll say I remember everything about the gut clenching, heart stopping feeling of hoping and praying the subject of the investigation wouldn’t ‘make me’ or discover the wire.
What was the most interesting place you ever visited?
Although I still have a huge bucket list of places I’d like to go especially places in the states and Canada as well as Australia and New Zealand, I’ve been to some really cool spots. I have a nerdy map where I stick pins into the places I’ve been. Top of my list of favorite places are Italy and Ireland for the scenery, the history, the people, the culture, and the food!
I’m always happy to get back to the energy of the Big Apple though.
In my City of Dreams series (A Model Engagement is Book 2 of 3 standalone romances) my heroes and heroines come to New York to follow their dreams and end up finding the loves of their lives along the way.
How did you choose the genre you write in? Where do you get your ideas?
The genre chose me. I’ve read romance since I was a kid and although I mainly enjoy reading contemporary and historical romance, I’m constantly bombarded with ideas that fit a contemporary setting. A Model Engagement also has a dash of suspense
I get my ideas mostly from conversation, (some might call it gossip or eavesdropping) from the news, from one of the job or experiences I’ve had or someone I know has had. I usually take a situation or a problem and spin a what-if scenario from there.
Can you tell us about any upcoming books, series or writing plans?
The third book in this series is An Illicit Affair. Then there is a novella, a prequel to A Model Engagement about Connor’s sister Delia, a psychologist and her romance with her pilot husband, Gavin, as yet untitled, which has been poking at me.
After that I’m working on another three book contemporary series also set in and near NYC, Over You, Do Over and Over the Moon.
Do you have any websites, books, and blogs about writing that you would recommend?
There are many out there but in my opinion for writing there’s none better than Stephen King’s On Writing.
As for bloggers they are many, some great fun but for the business of writing Jane Friedman’s blog (JaneFriedman.com) is tops.
Is there anything special that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
First, thank you for reading!
Second, please post a review. Reviews are like caffeine, writers survive on them.
Third, sign up to my blog/website for updates about new releases. It’s the best way for me to reach you when a new book is out or I have a sale or a freebie.
Lacey Reed jumps at the chance for independence with a career in the big city. But her naivety and ambition blind her to the lure of a blackmailer.
With her savings gone she has nowhere to turn when she literally runs into financier Connor Devlin.
Though dazzled by Lacey, Connor sees the desperation she tries to hide. He hires her as his fake fiancée. Now Lacey has a job and he has a bandage for a family crisis.
When the blackmailer ups the ante, Lacey resolves to face him down— no matter what the consequences.
Does that mean Lacey will lose the only man who’s ever seen who she truly is?