Tuesday, October 7, 2014

WELCOME HEATHER THURMEIER AND THE WEDDING HOAX

 Hi Everyone,

I'm so thrilled to have Heather Thurmeier with us today. Heather has just released a charming novel called THE WEDDING HOAX. I thought it would be fun to get to know Heather a little and hear what inspires her writing.

Heather has brought along a wonderful bracelet she would like to giveaway to one lucky winner. You can enter her contest at the end of this interview.

Heather, thank you again for dropping by for a visit. To start off this interview, tell us three things about yourself that readers may not know about you.

1. My favorite color is sparkly dark purple.
2. I have a weakness for handbags and cozy sweaters.
3. I’m a serious reality TV junkie. If I get control of the remote, it’s almost always on a reality show.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? 

I think there was a part of me that knew from about elementary school on, but I didn’t actually embrace it until I was an adult. For a long time I wanted to write, but didn’t have an idea for a story. Once that story idea came to me, I decided to give it a try and I was instantly hooked! I haven’t stopped since.

What do you like best about being a writer? What do you like the least?

 I love the freedom to have my own schedule (within reason considering deadlines). I love having stories to tell that readers enjoy. And I love the creative outlet. I get to escape to another world when I sit down at my computer and it’s really fun. What I don’t like is that sometimes you have to have a really thick skin in this business. I’ve gotten really good with criticism really quickly and most of the time it doesn’t bother me, but every now and then, something stings. It’s those moments when I wonder if I’m in the right job or not. But I can’t imagine not writing so here I am with another book release to celebrate!

Criticism can really hit hard sometimes. A thick skin is a must. How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for a writing career? 

When I was 16, I met and fell in love with my husband. At 21 I left my country (Canada), my family and my friends to move away with my man to the USA. Years later, we are still married, still happy and have a wonderful life here. All of those things helped me to know that anything is possible, including writing a book and getting it published.

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be? 

Just keep writing. Go for it and keep going for it even when it gets tough.

What genre(s) do you write in? Why? 

I write romance—contemporary, new adult, and paranormal. I love giving my characters their happily ever after! However, I would one day like to write a mainstream adventure book! No plans just yet for that though.

Tells us about your newest book release, THE WEDDING HOAX. 



THE WEDDING HOAX is part of Entangled Publishing’s new Lovestruck line and I’m super excited about it! Here’s the quick blurb:

Wedding gown designer Daisy Willows is desperate for an influx of cash to cover her mother’s homecare bills. With subscriptions to his father’s wedding magazine plummeting, playboy Cole Benton needs to find a way to stimulate sales, and fast. But then a renowned bridal show expo owner offers to bail them out—if they rekindle their failed relationship and plan the fake wedding of the century. Except, with all the ring shopping and kissing upon request, they’re having a hard time remembering that their big white wedding is a big white lie…


I know you have brought along a blurb and an excerpt. I'll post those wonderful teasers below this interview. Here is an interesting question I would like to get your opinion on. Do you believe writers are born to write or learn to write? 

Both. I think there’s a little voice inside a writer that they’re born with. It’s that little voice that’s always whispering a story idea and pushing you to write it. But I also think that no matter how talented you are as a writer, there is always more to learn.

Now for a fun question. What is the theme song for THE WEDDING HOAX? 

As you wrote the story, what music did you go back to time and time again?  I’m really not much of a music person. I listen to it in the car but I can’t write to it. Every time I try, I end up singing along and no words actually get written.

Before you leave us, what is up next for you? 

Up next I’m not entirely sure. I’d love to write another contemporary romance. I also have plans to write the second book in my paranormal romance series Falling Stars. And I’d also love to start plotting that mainstream adventure idea I hope to write one day. I don’t know how I’m going to find time to complete all of those things, but I’ll try my best. 

Thank you so much for having me!!


It was my absolute pleasure, Heather. I can't wait to read THE WEDDING HOAX. I hope it sells off the shelves.

So as promised, here is the full book blurb for THE WEDDING HOAX


To save their companies, they’ll plan the fake wedding of the century...
Meet the bride...

Daisy Willows is a wedding dress designer who longs for her own happily-ever-after. In the meantime, she’s struggling to keep her business going even as she covers her mom’s increasing medical expenses. So when a bridal show expo owner offers to help her out, she can hardly say no. And all it takes is Daisy pretending she’s back with her playboy ex. And that they’re engaged...
Meet the groom...

Cole Benton works for his father’s bridal magazine, which is on the verge of downsizing. All he really wants is a crack at an outdoor lifestyle magazine, and if he has to fake-marry Daisy to make it happen, he’s definitely in. Now Daisy and Cole are playing up their fake engagement, shopping for rings, and even kissing upon request. All of which is makes it a whole lot harder to remember that their big white wedding is a big white lie...


Excerpt for THE WEDDING HOAX. Enjoy!!


Cole adjusted himself in the boutique chair as Daisy came out in yet another stunning dress. He didn’t think it was possible to be attracted to a woman in a wedding gown, but apparently it was.

And it was maddening.
Damn it. He didn’t want to be any more attracted to Daisy than he already was. At this point, he wanted her to walk down the aisle in a white garbage bag so he didn’t have to see the shape of her curves, teasing him about what he couldn’t have but also couldn’t stop thinking about.

Nor could he stop imagining those undergarments she’d mentioned to the women at the bridal show. Was Daisy wearing something sexy under all that white lace and satin, too? A push-up bra? A thong?

He sat forward and leaned his elbows on his knees, ignoring the ache in his groin at the thought of Daisy in a thong. He didn’t even have to use his imagination. An image
of her lying on her stomach across his bed came to mind. Her skin had been smooth under his fingertips as he traced the lace of her thong to where it disappeared between two luscious hills of milky-white flesh. She’d shivered beneath his touch when he’d caressed the tiny crease where her bottom met the backs of her thighs. And when he’d playfully smacked her ass, the apples of her cheeks weren’t the only spot on her body to blush as she’d rolled away from him, giggling and smiling seductively.

If he’d realized that would be one of his last moments with Daisy, he would have savored it more, prolonged his own enjoyment to push hers further. What he wouldn’t give to see that spark in her eyes when she was on the cusp of going over the edge again. Or the pink tinge in her cheeks as his tongue tasted her.

“Cole!” Daisy’s voice was sharp, piercing his thoughts and shattering the nice memory he was currently enjoying more than the present moment.

“That one is nice,” Cole said on instinct, forcing himself to focus on the dress she wore instead of what she might be wearing underneath it. This dress was similar to the others— sleeveless, white, satin and beads, and expertly hand-stitched. He’d never really given Daisy a lot of credit for her work before, but he should have. She was a master of her craft.

She put her hands on her hips. “That’s what you said about every dress so far. Are you even paying attention?”

No.

“I’m trying to, but you know how I feel about shopping.” He laid his head back and rubbed his eyes hard, hoping to erase the memory of Daisy’s thong from his brain long enough to get through this torture without a raging hard-on.

“How could I forget? You’re worse than taking a child shopping. At least with a kid you can give them a snack or a toy to keep them busy.”

“I could go for a snack.” He shrugged.


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AND as promised above, here is the lovely bracelet Heather is giving away to one lucky winner. Good luck everyone and don't forget to check out her other wonderful novels. 





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5 comments :

Heather Thurmeier said...

Thank you so much for having me, Nancy. I had a lot of fun answering your interview questions.

Nancy Weeks said...

Hi Heather! Happy release week! I really can't wait to read this new story. It sounds adorable. It was a joy having you today. I wish all the best with The Wedding Hoax.

Kathleen Shaputis said...

Hi, Heather and Nancy - what a fun interview and I love the sparkly dark purple. Now that's an imaginative color. The new book sounds delightful and I will be purchasing a copy!

Nancy Weeks said...

Hi Kathleen!
I agree with you. It's a great cover. Don't you wish we could see Cole finish what he is obviously starting...LOL! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Joanna Lloyd said...

Congratulations on your new release, Heather...loved the excerpt! Great interview, ladies.