A warm welcome to author Lorelie Brown joining us today to talk about her new release “Far From Home”.
Welcome Lorelie 🙂
Hi! I’m Lorelie Brown, and I write books. I write a decent amount of them, but considering my word count per hour when I’m actually concentrating, it seems like I don’t write as many as I should. So where does my time go? I’m distractible. So very, very distractible. (Squirrel!)
Here’s my top five:
Golf! I started playing just last year, as a matter of fact. I went with my guy to the driving range and I was annoyed at something, so I asked to give it a whack. I wanted the release of hitting something. It turned out I’m not half bad at hitting little white balls. I’m not getting a spot on the LPGA anytime soon (I shot a 126 last weekend! Hah!) but there’s a certain joy in sinking a chip from 35 feet away. And I got a birdie on that hole! I live north of Chicago, and it gets really, super cold here, so when the weather finally turns nice and the golf courses are calling? My laptop lays abandoned.
Knitting! See now, remember those super cold winters? Woolly things are awesome for those. So really, it’s a family service when I knit. That’s what I tell myself, at least. I knit a lot of shawls. I buy a lot of yarn. Probably more than I need to. I realize that in admitting this I’m kinda admitting that it’s not only the nice golf weather that distracts me. I’m just hoping my editor doesn’t notice. *whistles as I sneak away*
My kids. I have three sons, aged 15, 13 and nine. Is it just me, or does every kid added feel like an exponential increase in the work involved? It’s not just addition, it’s multiplication. But they’re insanely awesome boys. My 15 year old is into guitar and practices for hours. He’s determined to make a living with it some day. (I’m a romance writer. Who am I to tell him not to follow his dreams?) My 13 year old middle boy is insanely smart. He’s in middle school, but he’ll be bussing to the local high school for geometry every day this upcoming year. Plus he plays the flute. Plus he has the profile of a Disney Princess. It’s unfair. My 9 year old is a ball of love and light. He’s the kid who knows all the names of everyone in the neighborhood – even the grownups.
Washi tape & planners. I had a Carpe Diem planner, and I’ve recently bought a Create 365 Happy Planner. I have a whole box of washi tape & stickers. The hour I spend every Sunday decorating my upcoming week is me time. I deserve me time, right? My planners help me focus and feel in control.
Romance novels. This one is a duh, right? I love romance novels. Ninety percent of my reading is romance. I just finished Lord Savage by Mia Gabriel. (Which is the pen name of an already best seller historical romance author. Wut? Who is it???) It’s set in 1907, it’s first person, and it’s the most class-bending, subversive thing I’ve read in forever. It was so much fun. Fair warning though: it does NOT end with a HEA. Surprised me. I’m doing you a favor by warning you. So now you’re going to love me forever, right?
About Far From Home
My name is Rachel. I’m straight . . . I think. I also have a mountain of student loans and a smart mouth. I wasn’t serious when I told Pari Sadashiv I’d marry her. It was only party banter! Except Pari needs a green card, and she’s willing to give me a breather from drowning in debt.
My off-the-cuff idea might not be so terrible. We get along as friends. She’s really romantically cautious, which I find heartbreaking. She deserves someone to laugh with. She’s kind. And calm. And gorgeous. A couple of years with her actually sounds pretty good. If some of Pari’s kindness and calm rubs off on me, that’d be a bonus, because I’m a mess—anorexia is not a pretty word—and my little ways of keeping control of myself, of the world, aren’t working anymore.
And if I slip up, Pari will see my cracks. Then I’ll crack. Which means I gotta get out, quick, before I fall in love with my wife.
About Lorelie Brown
After a seminomadic childhood throughout California, Lorelie Brown spent high school in Orange County before joining the US Army. After traveling the world from South Korea to Italy, she now lives north of Chicago. She writes her Pacific Blue series of hot surfers in order to channel some warmth.
Lorelie has three active sons, two yappy dogs, and a cat who cusses her out on a regular basis for not petting him enough.
In her immense free time (hah!) Lorelie cowrites award-winning contemporary erotic romance under the name Katie Porter. You can find out more about the Vegas Top Guns and Command Force Alpha series at www.KatiePorterBooks.com or at @MsKatiePorter. You can also contact Lorelie on Twitter @LorelieBrown.
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To celebrate the release of Far From Home, Lorelie is giving away a ring! That’s right, a size 7 ring, similar to the one Pari buys for Rachel in the book. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 6, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!