Friday, 6 April 2012

Welcome to Talia Carmichael

I am thrilled to invite Talia Carmichael to my blog today. I love reading about authors who are excited by what they create.

Over to you, Talia

How did you get started writing?
Talia: From my love of reading. I love to read and always imagine after I finish a book about what other characters in the book I liked story would be like. In my head I would make up their stories eventually the ideas changed to my own characters and stories. I didn’t write it down these ideas but they keep filling my thoughts. It wasn’t until I was inspired by something that happened that I sat down and wrote what was in my thoughts.

Was there a particular author or book that made you decide you wanted to write in the genre?  If so, who or what was it?
Talia: I’ve read so many books in this genre and so many authors I can’t list them.
Where do you write? Does your environment have an impact on what or how you write?
Talia: I have a few places I write. I write in my office and I have a portable workstation. In both places I get lots done. I made them comfortable to make that happen. 
What do you love most about writing?  What do you hate about it?
Talia: Everything. From the first inkling of an idea to picking the names of characters, title and filling out the idea. Writing that first line then taking the journey with my characters. All of it excites me.
To me hate is a very strong word and because of that I can’t think of anything I hate about writing.
How did you come up with the title?
Talia: The title “After the Fall” came after I had the idea for the book. I thought abut what title would from my thoughts for the title was meeting someone who unexpectedly becomes part of your life. They become important to you but you won’t admit it. At least not until you realize that you have fell for them. Then you go forward After the Fall.

Can you tell us about your main character?
Talia: Leigh Masters is a bookstore owner who is having problems with the company he hired to renovate his store and apartment. Leigh doesn’t do relationships and is very outspoken when it comes to what he wants.
Malcolm Snipes is one of the owners of the company who is working with Leigh. He is used to being professional and knows when he wants something he goes after it. He knows Leigh is stubborn but he’s fine with getting around that attitude.

How did you develop your plot and characters?
Talia: The two parts came to me together. Well…not characters names but the idea of these two men coming together because of an inept handling of the renovation project. Once I had the idea I kept going over it in my mind, dreamt about it and talked over the opening chapter of the book to myself changing it and finding what worked. I got into the heads of my characters so I could know them. I like to know my characters as if I’m them before I write the first word. Once I had what I thought would work I sat down and wrote the first line of the story. By the time I did the characters and plot were firmly in my mind and both went from there. I let the plot flows as it would and each day after I wrote whatever words count I would think of that part and see if I needed changes and the flow. 

What are you working on at the moment?
Talia: Self-editing books in a few of my various series. I’m writing the first book in a new series. It’s fun getting to know new characters and building their town. 
To date, what has been the best advice or words of encouragement you've received?
Talia: The statement I got use as a motto came from a conversation I had with my big sis. When I told her what I was writing I was unsure if I could actually make it happen. My big sis is a smart lady and instead of saying I know you can or believe in you she asked me some pointed questions on why did I want to write. In the end I came to the statements below, which are my own words. I have it posted over wherever I write and read them everyday.

Talia Carmichael Motto:
If you love what you do then do it. Writing is about you and not about what anyone else thinks. Never let anyone stop you from doing what you love.
What are three things about you that would surprise your fans?
Talia: I love to cook and bake trying out recipes.
I’m a big geek and know the weirdest things.
I’m very shy and unless I know you well or get comfortable it’s hard for me to speak with people.
Where can we find you on the web?
Talia: Theses are places to find me.

By: Talia Carmichael
Total E Bound
Release. Date: April 9, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-85715-939-7
Genre: Contemporary
Series: The Right Choice - Book 1
Format: E-Book

Blurb: A renovation brings two men together who will find that unexpected meetings can bring about the most tempting of encounters. As the contractor works on getting the project in on time he also has his sights set on building something with the owner.
Leigh Masters is concerned the renovation of Masters Pages - his bookstore – will not be completed in time. He’s losing his cool. A call to find the contractor hired brings unexpected results. The man doing his project has run off. In his place Malcolm - his brother and the owner of the company - comes to see Leigh. The man makes Leigh feel off-kilter. He has his doubts about Malcolm’s assurances that the job will be done on time. As the renovation progresses he finds it hard to resist temptation of the man who is now in charge of renovating his bookstore. Malcolm knows what he’s doing but Leigh wants to shake up his quiet, calm persona to see what he has hidden underneath.

Malcolm Snipes has worked alongside his brothers to build Snipes Construction, their family owned business. He strives to maintain their reputation of providing excellent work, on time projects and being a professional. He’s tired of picking up the messes of one of his irresponsible brothers. Except this time the call he gets from an irate client brings him in the path of a man who is fascinating. This time Malcolm won’t mind taking over the renovation since he can keep an eye on sharp-tongued and sexy Leigh Masters.

This renovation is about to become very interesting as they each wonder what happens after the fall…

Excerpt: Malcolm put his cell phone back in its case, eyes still on Leigh’s back. Although Malcolm had no clue what it was about this man that drew him, he would pursue it. After they’d finished the job. That only gave him an added incentive to get things done on time. Not that he needed it—he didn’t work any other way.

With that in mind, Malcolm finished moving the boxes. As he piled them in the dining area, he could feel Leigh watching him. A small grin curled his lips. Yep—he couldn’t wait to get this job completed and get to know Mr Masters better. His shaft hardened, very much in agreement with the idea. Malcolm placed the last box on the pile and turned to Leigh…and caught him watching him.

“Ready to show me the rest?”

Leigh nodded and got off the stool. Malcolm walked behind him, appreciating the curve of his ass. The constriction in his jeans got tighter. Malcolm stifled a groan. Yep—this project would be a test of his professionalism and control.

* * * *

Four weeks later, Malcolm wiped off his forehead and sat back on his heels. He glanced at the crown moulding he was putting up. It gave the store a classy look. Malcolm rolled his shoulders. He’d let the guys go for the night. They had been working hard, pushing to get stuff done.

“I said, that is not acceptable.” Leigh’s voice sounded from the counter not far from where Malcolm was working.

Malcolm recognised the tone as the one Leigh had used on him that first time. He turned his head and watched Leigh who was sitting behind the counter, on the phone. He was in a button-down, short-sleeved shirt the colour of his eyes. Without seeing the bottom half of his body, Malcolm would bet he was in some kind of slacks and loafers. Since he’d meet Leigh, Malcolm couldn’t remember ever seeing him in jeans, boots or sneakers. Leigh’s pants even had a perfect crease down the front.

“I’m opening in four weeks and you will have the display set-ups I ordered here as you promised. By next week.” Leigh hung up.

Malcolm strode over to him. Leigh glanced up. When he was in front of the counter, Malcolm leaned against it.

“At least you didn’t threaten him with your lawyer.”

“I reserve that for special occasions. Namely wayward contractors. And it worked. You’ve done a lot in the last few weeks. But I still I have my doubts you’ll be finished on time. At least using the lawyer card worked to get the work moving forward. It whipped you into shape. ” Leigh smirked.

“You’ve got a sharp tongue when you’re angry.”

“Then don’t make me angry,” Leigh retorted.

“I could think of a lot of things you could do with your tongue.” Malcolm watched Leigh’s lips as he said it.

They parted and his tongue swiped out, wetting them. Malcolm raised his gaze. Leigh’s blue eyes were intent. Malcolm debated for a moment whether he should do the professional thing and walk away. It was only four more weeks until he could ask Leigh out.

Malcolm wasn’t sure who moved first. He reached for Leigh, and Leigh seemed to launch himself out of his chair and onto his knees on the counter. Malcolm slid his hands over Leigh’s waist and pulled him across the marble surface.

Copyright © Talia Carmichael, 2012.
All Rights Reserved.

Bio: Talia Carmichael is a romantic who believes that family, no matter if it is by blood or those you choose as family, is integral to who you are. She is an author who writes sexy stories in a variety of genres. She believes in creating stories that encompass all that falling in love or lust entails, from the highs of that first blush of attraction to the lows of not knowing if you can make your coming together as a couple work, and then finally to the acceptance of the reality of making a life together. It's all about the journey.

Among her books you'll find contemporary, futuristic, fantasy, and paranormal settings with M/M themes that will have a happily-ever-after. Her books are passionate, intense, and real… to fill the craving. You can find out more about Talia at her website,  blog, and facebook

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