Friday, August 30, 2013

Ivy Entwined Giveaway Candy Basket and Swag Bags

Laura Simcox is here to hold a GIVEAWAY, discuss writing out of season, and present her new release "Ivy Entwined." 

Let's give her a welcome and check out this interesting new novel. The giveaway rafflecopter is below her post.

Blurb: When Ivy Callahan returns to her hometown as mayor, she doesn’t expect much to have changed. But now her ex-fianc√© is the town planner, the biggest business is closed, and the only store interested in Celebration, NY is a Megamart. On top of it all, the liaison for the big, bad, box store is Marcus Weaver, her childhood crush. And he’s still as dangerously delectable as ever.

Marcus unwillingly spent his teens in Celebration with his vindictive, drunken uncle. As far as Marcus is concerned, the town’s only use is to cement his rise up the corporate ladder. He needs that Megamart opened, and Ivy is his ticket. But the sexy, stubborn mayor could also be his downfall.

As the unemployed townspeople put on the pressure, Ivy needs to do something. With a fresh downtown-renewal project in the works, Ivy could stop Marcus and his Megamart before they kill the town’s spirit. But with sparks flying between Ivy and Marcus, they each need to decide what’s more important: their careers or their hearts. 

Writing Out of Season
by Laura Simcox

I live in an old house.

It’s hard to keep cool in the summer and drafty in the winter. The weird little room that I have claimed as my office has three giant windows, which certainly help me stare off into space, slack jawed, when I need to pause while I’m writing.

Which is often.

 But when I’m too hot, I can’t concentrate. Early last summer,on a day when the bushes outside my window were already wilted in the morning sun, I tried valiantly not to fixate on them because I was supposed to be running a marathon.

 Or at least, my fingers were…since I was sprinting toward the finish of Ivy Entwined. I was cranky, a constant sweating glass of iced tea sitting next to my lap top. Why couldn’t there have been a blizzard outside my window just like there was outside Ivy’s window in my book?

Then a light bulb went on.


 For all intents and purposes I was living in my book, anyway. Well, except for showering and brushing my teeth. (And doing grocery shopping, preschool pick up and watching Curious George…but I digress.) So I could choose to be cold. I could shut the office door, stick a towel under it and let the wrought iron air grate in the floor blow cold air all over me.

 I could wear my favorite sweater. And in my head- in my town of Celebration, NY, it was December. I could decorate a Christmas tree. Go shopping. Eat pumpkin pie and go to a town Christmas festival. All from the comfort of my pleather chair with the cat claw slashes, and all during the second week of June.

 Once I realized that, the rest of my book flew out of my brain, down my arms, through my fingers and onto the screen. I had so much fun in Celebration that I was tempted to pull some nutcrackers out of a box and set them up on the fireplace mantle. 

It’s very entertaining to ‘write out of season’ and what’s making my nerdy author self jump for joy? I’m doing it again. The second ‘Something to Celebrate’ story begins in the spring time, and I’m writing it this fall.

 While the leaves fall off the trees, I’m going to wear some white flip-flops with flowers on them and as Halloween approaches, I will be obsessed with Easter candy. Little malted milk eggs, my fave. Cadbury eggs! Marshmallow ducks.

 Trick-or-Peeps, anyone?

 Wait, do they make Halloween Peeps? 

Sign me up, if so. 

So readers, what’s your favorite out of season or holiday to dream about

a Rafflecopter giveaway

After spending twenty years in professional theater as a costume designer, with a few of those years also spent as a college instructor, Laura abandoned the nomadic lifestyle to sit in a comfy pleather office chair at a beat up ginormous second hand oak desk and write. The result? Romance novels! 

Her favorite thing ever since she was, oh, about twelve. She writes contemporary, light novels and enjoys creating quirky characters and funny dialogue. Still, the love story is the focus and Laura has a huge soft spot for a sappy, happy ending. She lives in North Carolina with her husband (true love is real!) and her adorable, high energy four year old son who is currently obsessed with pirates. When not playing mamma pirate, she loves hearing from readers and you can find your favorite way to say hi via the social media buttons on her website:

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