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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

An Interview & A Teaser with Dilys J. Carnie...

First of all thank you, Jennifer for having me today. Here are a few questions that I have answered and I hope will help you all to get to know me a little better.

What do you do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing which when I’m on a deadline is very rare I like to go to the gym, I love doing Pilates and yoga I find it gives me an inner peace and de-stresses me.

Do you write an outline before starting a book or just write?
Usually I have an idea of what I’m going to write and I do a lot of research to begin with and I might jot a few things down but generally I like my characters to take me on their journey.

Is there an author or book that influenced you or your writing in any way growing up or as an adult?
I have always been a varied reader; and I loved reading Mills & Boon as a teenager. I guess if I had to pick a favorite author of the moment it would be Nora Roberts. My most favorite book ever is Charles Dickens Christmas Carol.

How do you market your book(s)?
It’s a learning process and I’m still learning. I do all the social networking, word of mouth and I find my blog draws a great deal of attention.   I have to say I found it much easier to write a book than market it.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
The worst part of writing is finishing your story sending it out and getting rejections after rejection it’s a real stinger on your confidence. I found that I would wake up several times a night just to check my in box. I had several rejections before Secret Cravings publishing picked up on my first manuscript…It was the greatest feeling in the world. Even now after writing eleven books I still stalk my email at the dead of night.

I know authors get asked this a lot but do you have any advice that you would give to aspiring writers?
Never give up, if you really want it use each rejection as a learning curve and always send your work in polished to the very core. Get a friend to look it over or a writing group it’s amazing what they see that you don’t.

When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?
When my dad was dying we had many discussions while I looked after him and one of those was all the things he had wanted to do in his life but hadn’t. When he died I did two things I became a vegetarian and I sat down and wrote my first story which came second in a writing competition. I had always loved to write and thought that I couldn’t do it, but for my dad and his regrets I pushed myself and I did it and I guess he’s looking down on me now and saying ‘I told you so’.

Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so, what is it?
At the moment I haven’t much time to read but I have plenty waiting on my TBR pile.

Can you tell us a little about your first publishing experience?
It was  baffling, confusing, exciting and I have loved every minute of it.

Do you think you may ever go into another genre?
Never say never I’m open to trying anything.

How much of you or people you know do you think make it into the characters in your novel(s)?
Oh my goodness, people I know, little bits of them features in all my books. Life is the greatest canvas board.

Why this genre(s)?
Easy I love happy endings.

What is the hardest part of writing in your opinion?
Promoting…argg it’s a nightmare.

Where do you see yourself at in five years—writing wise?
Still pounding the keys with a few best sellers…yes that would be nice.

What is the easiest part of writing in your opinion?

Can you tell us a few do’s and don’ts for aspiring authors?
Always send your work in absolutely to the letter in which the publishers require it. And edit, edit, edit. Most of all never give up on your dream.



When Rose’s past catches up with her will she survive? Jack will stop at nothing to make sure she does.

Rose Eagleton has never let anyone penetrate her tough exterior. She won’t allow herself to be hurt again, nor will she let anyone uncover the secrets of her past, which she has successfully hidden for years. But when she meets Jack Calloway he refuses to let her hide behind her shell. She’s confused about her feelings for this man who takes every opportunity to be close to her, to touch her, to make her feel. But she knows one thing for sure—she can’t let him become important to her.

Jack’s motto had always been ‘to protect’. An ex-Navy Seal who is now part owner of a security firm, he takes his work seriously. When he installs a security system in Rose’s club as a favor to her sister, he finds himself intrigued by the beautiful young woman who fights so hard to keep him at a distance. As he discovers the secrets she’s trying so desperately to hide, it becomes clear that her life is in danger. Can he break through her shell and provide her with the protection she needs but refuses to accept?

Content Warning: contains adult language and explicit sex

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance


“Honey girl, you look as if you’d rather be somewhere else.”
The familiar voice made her stomach clench and her heart race.
She cleared her throat, turning around. “I thought about changing my clothes. I’m not really all that comfortable in this type of attire.”
Jack’s dark eyes went over her from top to bottom, his perusal slow, until his eyes rested on hers. “That’d be a real pity, Rose, ’cause you look beautiful in that dress.”
“Yeah, right.” She laughed. “Is that a pick-up line, Jack?”
Even on her best day she thought she just looked ‘okay’, nothing out of this world, definitely not a beauty like Daisy and Jasmine. Rose thought that the beauty gene must have passed her by, because her two sisters were beautiful while she was merely passable.
The male species were okay, but she’d never found one that made her sigh and swoon. She was used to putting up a front, fighting her battles, but truth be told, she was embarrassed and felt uncomfortable in such close proximity with Jack.
He reached over, slipping his finger around a curl that the hairdresser had tonged into her straight hair, it was left loose while the rest of her hair was piled on top of her head. He twined it around his finger, doing it as if it were the most natural thing in the world.
She reached up, circling his wrist with her fingers, only they were too small, and it made her aware of just how large he was.
He gave her a questioning look. “You gonna try and throw me down the stairs or something?” His mouth twitched as his eyes twinkled with amusement.
She stared hard at him. She didn’t like to be touched. “If I have to.”
Rose was defiant; she knew for sure that no way in hell would she be able to do that. When he’d allowed her to kick his six and a half feet of muscled body out of her club she’d had to admit surprise. Rose thought a man like him would have been mortified by a female getting one over on him, but he hadn’t even lifted a finger to stop her.
He stepped back, and she held her breath when she felt his fingers touch her neck as he let go of her hair. Her insides did that shaking thing which had also happened the last time she saw him. He leaned back against the banister and shoved his hands into his trouser pockets.
“So why’d you laugh when I called you pretty?”
“Because I thought it was funny and a terrible pick-up line.”
He raised his eyebrows. “You think that was a pick-up line?”
“Wasn’t it?” She moved back, or tried to; she was already pushed against the window. He was so close, she had to look up to talk to him. The air seemed limited, and she blew out a breath to cool her very unattractive sweaty upper lip.
“No, it was the truth. You look beautiful.”
She tried to be casual by shrugging her shoulders, but she was standing in four-inch heels, and the movement unbalanced her—there was no way that was ever going to end well. She fell forward straight into his arms, her braless breasts squashed into his hard chest.
Immediately her nipples hardened, and she was shocked. She could feel her body enjoying the warmth of Jack Calloway before she realized he had his arms around her with his long fingers lying on the bare skin of her back. Jeezus, was that an electric shock whizzing down her arms to the tips of her toes?
She pushed back, looking up into those black eyes that were half closed. He, on the other hand, seemed perfectly unaffected by what had just happened. Although he wasn’t smiling as he had been, the facetiousness had disappeared. She frowned. Had she imagined that sizzle of awareness? No…the soles of her feet felt like a pincushion.
 “You are beautiful,” he insisted.

Best wishes,
~Jennifer Labelle~

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