Monday, July 16, 2012

Impromptu Monday Visit from #author @suzannelilly New #Book Release!

Help me in welcoming the wonderful Suzanne Lilly, fellow Turquoise Morning Press author, to my blog this Monday morning. She has a new book out and would love it if you'd check it out!

What book(s) most influenced you as a writer?
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I read this years ago, and the way he wove all the details together into one seamless story left me in awe. I only hope that someday I will be that talented as a writer.

What book do you read over and over again?
Chocolat by Joanne Harris. I’m telling you, her writing is lyrical, and every time I read this book or the sequel, The Girl With No Shadow, I’m completely drawn into her world.

Tuesday Trio-
1)      Movie- Shadows in the Sun. It’s about a writer who travels to Italy and falls in love with a woman, her family, and the country. Another fabulous one, (because I can’t choose just one,) is Letters to Juliet. Again, it’s in Italy, it’s about writing, and falling in love.
2)      Music- This is going to show my age, but I’m a Beatles fan. I still listen to their music in my car.
3)      Decadent Dessert- Chocolate Volcano Cake. My daughter-in-law makes the best in the world!

What’s the most interesting or bizarre bit of trivia you’ve learned from researching for a novel?
While writing a novel about the gold rush in California, I learned that a gold nugget weighing 160 pounds was found in 1854 at Carson Hill in Calaveras County. That amount of gold would be worth almost $5,000,000 today!

Novel on your Nightstand:
Who/what are you currently reading?
Crush, by Dani LaBue.

Whom would you cast as your Hero & Heroine if your book became a movie?
Jennifer Lawrence from Hunger Games would make an awesome Mariah Davis.
Taylor Kitsch from John Carter is my Kevin Creamer.

Shades of the Future, by Suzanne Lilly available July 15, 2012.

What would you give to see the future? Would you make your dreams come true? Would you change the things you didn’t like?

Mariah Davis loves animals, running, and her hunk of a boyfriend, Kevin Creamer. Everything looks bright for her until the day she finds a pair of sunglasses that allow her to see the future.
When she glimpses a disaster looming, she tries to avoid it but fails. She has a car accident that lands her in a wheelchair, smashing her hopes for a running scholarship to the veterinary program at Ohio State University. She pushes Kevin away, thinking he’ll want to end their relationship now that she can’t walk.
Will she ever learn to trust and love again? She could search for an answer in the sunglasses. But she’s afraid what they reveal might destroy her.

Here’s a short excerpt from Chapter 1

Mariah scooted closer to the inside of the booth to read the digital display. As she slid across the red vinyl seat, something poked into her thigh.
“Hey, somebody left a pair sunglasses here.” She picked them up, rubbing her leg where the frame had made a dent in her skin.
“Those are nice,” Hayley commented between fries.
“These aren’t random sunglasses. These are Dita Aviators.” Mariah turned them over, checking the thin metal frame to make sure she hadn’t bent it. She held them up to the overhead light. The lenses were clean and unscratched. “Plus, they’re like brand new.”
“Let me see them.” Hayley took the glasses out of her friend’s hands and started to put them on.
“Give them back,” Mariah told her. “Your hands are all greasy and cheesy. Not to mention saliva-y.”
Hayley laughed and handed the aviators back across the table to Mariah. “When I have clean hands, I’ll try them on. They’ll look good on me.”
“You think? How do they look on me?” She put them on and a warm tingle of fun washed through her veins.

A word or two from Suzanne about what she's up to this month-

I’ll be on blog tour during the month of July, celebrating with a giveaway of a pair of designer sunglasses to one lucky commenter. I’ll be posting the schedule with dates and blogs on my author website,, and my TeacherWriter blog, Follow me and comment each day to increase your chances of winning!


Margaret said...

Great interview, Suzanne! Shades is on my Kindle! Now if only I could add a few more hours to the day...I don't suppose you have some sunglasses that could do that, do you?

Unknown said...

Awesome interview! I loved A Prayer for Owen Meany too. Shades of the Future sounds FABULOUS! I'm off to get a Kindle copy! :)

Suzanne Lilly said...

I'm glad you asked that, Margaret, because at the end of July, I'm giving away a pair of designer sunglasses from to one lucky commenter on this blog tour. Thanks for stopping by, and you too, Evelyn! Thanks for having me on the blog today, Taryn!

Ashley Maker said...

Really enjoyed reading the interview, and I'm so happy to finally have a copy of Shades of the Future! :-) Currently on Chapter 3 and loving it so far.

Suzanne Lilly said...

Thanks for buying it and reading it, Ashley! I had to remove the last comment because I noticed a typo right after I posted it. That's one more argument in favor of careful proofreading. :-)

Suzanne Lilly said...

Taryn, thank you one more time for having me on your blog! I totally appreciate it!

Taryn Raye said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by to visit and Suzanne, thank you for being here. I'm also eagerly looking forward to time when I can delve into all the new Honey Creek books. I agree with Margaret- we need more hours in the day! (or those sunglasses!)

Unknown said...

Sorry for jumping on late, but I want to check out your blog tour and the new places you're interviewing. Have a girlfriend who writes for Turquoise Press so I want to support them as well. Taryn, your book sounds so fun. What a great story concept! I'll catch you at the next site.

Diane Burton said...

Very nice interview--great excerpt. Makes me want to read more.

Suzanne Lilly said...

Thanks for coming by, Harley and Diane. Taryn, when you find those extra hours in the day, will you share them with us? :-)