Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hanging out with Linda Kage and New Release Giveaway

I have a special treat for you today, Author Linda Kage is chatting with me about her Newest Release, The Best Mistake, and also hosting a Fantastic Giveaway.   Keep reading past the Interview for a Great Review and make sure to enter the Giveaway!!

A Tasty Read: Welcome Linda Kage.  So great to have you here today!


Linda Kage: Hi! Thanks so much for letting me stop by to visit. These muffins are mmmlmph...excellent. Thank you!

A Tasty Read: Thank you!  I am always proud of my Tasty Treats.

So, The Best Mistake has released today, do you want to tell us a bit about it??

Linda: Sure. The Best Mistake is my first shorty-short story. It's roughly 35,000 words...or in page years, that's 137. This story is what I'd call a true romantic comedy; I could actually envision Sandra Bullock playing in the movie of it!! So if you enjoy shows like While You Were Sleeping, Miss Congeniality, Two Weeks Notice, or Love Potion Number Nine, where the heroine is quirky, clumsy, yet lovable almost to the point of not being very realistic then I could see you maybe possibly getting into this book as well.

A Tasty Read: Well, I really enjoyed the story, but I'll get into that later. 

Linda, which do you enjoy writing more, Contemporary Romance or YA?
Linda: I find it's easier for me to pen contemporary adult romance, but I like them both equally for different reasons. My YA stories seem to be a little bit more in-depth and while they don't go as smoothly as an adult story, I feel a greater accomplishment after finishing them. In an adult story, I just sit back and enjoy the ride of creating it.

A Tasty Read: I have read a few of your books and enjoyed them all, so I guess you are doing something right!

 The Right to Remain Mine, released last month, can you tell us a bit about it?
Linda: To me, The Right to Remain Mine feels like a constant battle. The hero and heroine never seem to get along, even when they're, ahem, "getting along!" But that's the kind of relationship that gets their motors running. So if you're into those macho, big, tough, jerk cop heroes and heroines that can take their prickly attitudes and spit it right back, then that may be the story for you!

A Tasty Read: Sounds like I'll have to pick up that one next!

What's next for Linda Kage? Are you currently working on something and if so, can you tell us about it?

Linda: Oh, I'm always working on a couple of somethings. But I'm really excited for September to get here when my second YA story finally releases from Whiskey Creek Press. The Color of Grace was one of those difficult to write down stories that felt really rewarding after I finished it. I also finished a WIP I'm calling Farm Boys Have all the Fun. It's actually a prequel to an older story of mine called The Trouble with Tomboys. Fingers crossed I can sell it so I can share it with the world!

A Tasty Read: I'll keep them all crossed for you.  I for one enjoyed The Trouble with Tomboys and I'd love to read a prequel.

Is there any other genre of writing that you would like to try?


Linda: I'd like to try all of them...well, all the romance sub genres! If it doesn't have a romantic happily ever after, then I'm not interested. But I love to read historical, paranormal, suspenseful, erotic, you-name-it romance. So, I'd love to be able to write them as well. The only problem is, I have a bad feeling I'd suck with something that required too much research. I mean, seriously, have you ever noticed non-fiction research books rarely have romantic happily ever after endings. It's just so hard for me to get into them!

A Tasty Read: As the Giveaway Host, you have to choose the Giveaway question and then answer the questions yourself?

Linda: Okay, umm...giveaway question. Giveaway question. All right, I got one. Here goes. If you lived in a world where there was only chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry ice cream, which would you settle for? Me? I'd take all three and have myself a banana split sans the banana (I'm not such a banana fan). Thanks for having me here. I have an ice cream split calling my name.

A Tasty Read:  Thank you so much for hanging out today and for the Fantastic Giveaway!!  And for me...I'm a chocolate fan all the way, but I'm gonna have to throw some Peanut butter Cups in there!!

GIVEAWAY QUESTION:  Linda wants to know, in a world of ONLY Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry, which would you settle for?? 

Leave a comment to be entered to win an E-book Copy of The Best Mistake.  Please leave a valid EMAIL address so I can contact the winner.

**Giveaway will run until Friday March 16th, US and Canada Residents Only

**Congratulations to BookAttict for being the winner of Linda's New Release, The Best Mistake.  I will be forwarding your email address to Linda and she will be in contact with you.**

The Best Mistake
Linda Kage
Released March 14th, 2012
139 Pages
The Wild Rose Press
Source: Gifted by Author

 Deri "The Mistake" Crandall wants nothing more than the love and acceptance from a family. After her mother dies, she finally discovers who her father is—except he and his family aren't exactly everything she's dreamed of. Not about to let a little thing like that bother her, she strives her hardest to fit in. Though honest to a fault, she even lies to gain their affection. But who could have predicted the one man with whom she immediately clicks is the very millionaire her grandfather orders her to betray?

Cole Harrety’s life is all about work and ignoring play, until a petite, curvy bundle of quirky woman literally tumbles into his lap. From the moment he loses a staring contest with her, he knows Deri is exactly what's been missing from his mundane life and no other woman will ever compete with her.

With a web of deception already woven, can their new bond survive a shattered trust?

I really enjoyed this quick read more than I thought I would.  I usually don't enjoy short, quicky romances because I feel some authors don't give me enough to convince me that the Hero and Heroine have made any kind of connection, or they rush the end, so that we are left wondering, "But What??".  

That is SO not the case with The Best Mistake, the new release from Linda Kage.  As she mentioned in the earlier interview that she is reminded of a Romantic Comedy with this book, and I really could see this myself.

The heroine is completely likable from page one, I found myself cracking up because we have all been in her shoes.  And then when she meet the Hero.....I absolutely adored the way they meet and what happens after that.  It was like being swept up in a fairytale.  I wanted to know what would happen between these two, and when the "thing" between them would come out, and what would happen when it did.  I may have even cried a bit, and for a short story to make me cry...well that just doesn't happen.

And our Hero, Cole Harrety....can I say...Yes Please!!

My recommendation would be to Definitely Purchase this book today.   It will leave you feeling light-hearted and just plain Happy....who couldn't use that in their life? Or, enter the giveaway...take a chance!!  I added the link to Wild Rose Press just in case!!

About the Author

I grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now I live in Kansas with my husband, daughter, and our nine cuckoo clocks. My life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part my world, and I'm so happy to finally share some of my stories with other romance lovers.

I'm a member of Romance Writers of America and a local chapter, Midwest Romance Writers, who meets monthly in the Kansas City area. I’ve been through a writing correspondence class in children’s literature from The Institute of Children's Literarture, and then I continued my writing lessons by majoring in English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University.


Linda Kage said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for hosting me here today!! And thank you for the kind review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story.

jen shields said...

Lisa, after raving about the heroine I'm dying to read this book. It's so easy to love the guys, but a truly special lady is hard to find.

Seems like our author, Linda Kage, also has good ice cream taste! I haven't had a banana split in forever, but I think I'd drive cross-country to get one right now.

franlori said...

Just finished The Right to Remain Mine last night and loved it!! Can't wait to read this one! I'd pick vanilla with a little strawberry mixed in and wouldn't consider it settling.

Linda Kage said...

Hi Jen! And today is a great day for a banana split too. It's extra warm (for this time of year) where I'm at. Great ice cream weather.

OMG, you've read The Right to Remain Mine?? That is so weird to meet people who've actually read one of my stories...and I haven't begged them to read it! I'm glad you liked it. And mixing ice cream flavors is best, isn't it?

Marie Rose Dufour said...

This book has all the things I like. One is a book by Linda Kage. I can't rave enough about The Right to Remain Mine. I read it in one sitting. And two, I love Sandra Bullock movies, so I know I will love this book. The excerpt is great. Can't wait to read it.

Marie Rose Dufour said...

Oh, I'm a strawberry girl all the way.

library addict said...

Looking forward to reading this one.

BookAttict said...

I'd definitely choose vanilla -- (with some hot fudge and fresh strawberries)!

elizabeth @ bookattict . com

krg said...

Great review, I am looking forward to reading this book. If I only had a choice of one flavor I would most definitely have to choose Chocolate!

Anonymous said...

Chocolate and vanilla!! Thanks for the chance! This looks like a fun read! Hallhome at hotmail dot com. :)

Tore said...

I would really love to read this book. Please enter me in contest.