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Christine Presents ~ The Evans Trilogy by Jennifer Collin

Please welcome The Evans Trilogy author of The Evans Trilogy.

Jennifer Collin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.

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The Evans Trilogy

by Jennifer Collin

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GENRE: Chick Lit

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INTERVIEW:

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series?

I never intended to launch my writing career with a trilogy, but as I was writing the first book, Set Me Free, the secondary characters began demanding their stories also be told. They were hard task-masters. Writing the trilogy was tough. Just like real children, I had to make sure I was giving each of my book babies an equal amount of attention. And just like real children, some days certain ones were well-behaved while the others played up. Some days scenes would pour out of me, and others were made up of clunky paragraphs that needed revisiting again and again. I love my book babies, but there were times when they were little monsters.

Despite it being tough, the best thing about writing a trilogy was getting to spend so much time with the characters and really enjoy them. I miss them now I’m finished, but blog tours are a great way of revisiting them.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

Now I’ve sorted out the Evans family, I’m working something completely different. It will be a contemporary romance stand-alone, with heart-warming humor rather than laugh-out-loud comedy. “Small smile-funny”, I call it. I can’t reveal too much, but I can tell you I’m working with Australian characters again. I’m also researching Medieval Europe.

 

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

I have a full-time day job, which I love, but it (combined with being a parent) zaps my energy and makes it difficult to fit writing in at the end of the day. I’d love to be more prolific and do more with the stories and ideas swirling around my head, but my writing time is so limited I can’t. Because I love the job, I’m terribly torn between it and my writing and I feel like one day I may need to choose one over the other, which breaks my heart. Unless someone figures out how to insert a few more hours into a day. Perhaps I just need Hermione Granger’s time turner…

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

Set Me Free, my first book, came out of my day job. At the time, I was working a lot with town planners and was interested in developments going up around my neighborhood. Developers are so readily vilified, I wanted to make one a good guy. Then the subsequent books, just fell out of that. The steampunk elements of Book Three, Bring Me Back, were inspired by a trip to New Zealand, to a town called Oamaru, which features in the book. There really is a Steampunk HQ in Oamaru, and I’d never heard of Steampunk before I stumbled across it. I was immediately captivated and had to include it in the story.

 

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I outline as much as I can, but I’m hopeless with attention to detail and terribly impatient. I work on my outline for as long as I can before I just need to start tapping away at my keyboard. I work with a rough outline that I revisit at the start of each chapter, but I do diverge from it, which means I’ve become a master at rewriting and weaving new elements into early chapters. There’s lots of back and forth in that first draft. Like my desk, it’s very messy.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I think I’d be Charlotte, the main character in Set Me Free. Driven, creative and protective of those she loves, Charlotte gives up everything to follow her sister, Emily, to a new city. Emily is struggling to establish herself as an artist, so Charlotte takes matters into her own hands and sets up an art gallery so Emily can sell her work. As a result, she launches her sister’s career.

I’d love to have the courage to thrown everything in like she did. I’m so much more cautious with my own career – as demonstrated by my reluctance to choose between my day job and writing.

Charlotte’s also a master swing dancer, able to do all kinds of crazy flips and lifts and I’d love to be thrown around a dance floor.

I also adore Annie, the heroine in Book Three of the Evans Trilogy, Bring Me Back. Annie has a tremendous amount of spunk. She’d be my best friend.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

As I was writing the novels, I had pictures of these actors on my noticeboard …

  • Amy Andrews will star as Charlotte Evans, with her lovely luscious auburn hair.
  • James McAvoy is her love interest Craig Carmichael, because he looks so good all suited up and clean cut.
  • Charlotte’s sister Emily is played by Amanda Seyfried, whose big green eyes suggest there’s an element of naivety within.
  • Charlotte’s best friend Ben is played by Malcom Freberg, who was a contestant on Survivor and gorgeous enough to be cast in The Bold and the Beautiful in 2013.
  • Charlotte’s brother Andy was to be played by Emile Hirsch, but his contract was discontinued during filming and he’s been replaced by Tom Hardy.
  • Annie, who joins the cast in the second book / movie, Open My Eyes, will be played by Emily Blunt.
  1. You mentioned Malcom from Survivor, is that your favorite reality show?

It sure is. I still love it, after all these years. I love how they’ve managed to change the formula ever so subtly to keep it interesting.

I’ve never really gone for talent shows like American Idol, or those shows that take you into people’s day to day lives. In Australia, we seem to be obsessed with competitive cooking shows and I’ve never really gone for those either.

Survivor and The Amazing Race are the only reality shows I watch.

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

For a very long time, since I was a teenager, Johnny Depp was the only one for me. In recent years, Robert Downey Jnr has knocked him off his pedestal. Ever since Tony Stark entered my life.
As far as actresses go, I’m loving Anne Hathaway at the moment. Ever since she flipped Emily Blunt the bird while riding a wrecking ball on Lip Sync Battle. I thought, there is one confident woman having fun with her friend, and I realized, despite her frizzy hair in The Princess Diaries, she’s actually super cool.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

To Kill a Mocking bird has been my favorite book for most of my life, ever since I read it in high school. But that changed when The Book Thief, by Marcus Zuzak was published ten years ago. That book is just magic to me. So many characters to love and break your heart. Such an intricately woven and intriguing story. *sigh.

As far as romantic comedy’s go though, Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie is my favorite. Again, because I adore the characters and the twist and turns of the story make it a fun ride.

BLURB:

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Book 1: Set me Free

Disastrous love life aside, Charlotte Evans is rather content with her life. Her quaint little art gallery is plodding along nicely, and her sister Emily’s artistic career is about to take off, thanks to her tireless promotion. She even gets to see her best friend every day and drink his delicious coffee in the café next door.
But when dastardly property developer Craig Carmichael comes along, threatening to demolish her gallery and take everything away, Charlotte has an unexpected fight on her hands. Not only is she battling to stop Craig’s development, she’s also struggling against the mysterious magnetic pull that has her on a collision course with Craig himself.
Craig Carmichael is fighting the Battle for Boundary Street on more than one front. The tenants of the building he wants to knock down are mounting a strong case against him and in a hot-headed moment he put his career on the line for a project that is threatening to fail. If the project doesn’t succeed he will lose everything, but for some reason he’s having trouble maintaining his focus.
As their worlds begin to unravel around them, anyone could win. It’s what they might lose that has Charlotte and Craig wondering what it is they really want.

Book 2: Open My Eyes

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Everything happens for a reason, they say. And sometimes the reason is you’re stupid and make bad decisions. Sleeping with her sister’s best friend is one of the dumbest things soon-to-be divorcee Emily Evans has ever done. But she’s determined to put it behind her and move on. She’s walked away from her cheating husband, managed to make a new friend, and found herself a real job and somewhere to live so she doesn’t have to couch-surf any more. Everything should be falling into place but for one problem – there are some mistakes from which you can’t move on.

Meanwhile, Ben Cameron is getting on with his life. After all, it’s the only thing to do once your heart has been stomped on by the woman of your dreams. Expanding his business and getting cosy with the girl next door are proving welcome distractions. He’s even happy to babysit his nephew, as long as he can to hand him back when he’s done! And thankfully, Emily Evans, the woman with the heavy boots, is avoiding him like the plague.

But Emily can’t avoid him forever, and when she drops a bombshell that turns Ben’s world upside-down, suddenly, getting on with his life takes on a whole new meaning.

Book 3: Bring Me Back

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Andy Evans is on the move. For six long, lonely years, he’s been running from his past, leaving his family and his life as a drug-addicted rock star far behind. His latest move takes him to the sleepy seaside town of Oamaru, New Zealand, to sell cigar-box guitars to tourists. The only running he’ll need to do will be training for the half-marathon in nearby Dunedin. But when Andy sets eyes on Steampunk HQ, Oamaru’s main tourist attraction, he realises his days of running might not be over, especially if a certain Steampunk fan from his past catches up with him.

Annie Martin is on the cusp of great success. Her career as a Steampunk academic is about to take off, as long as she can convince one disagreeable, New Zealand-based Professor to sign up to the anthology she’s putting together. Thankfully, Annie is a master at maintaining her poise and few people, no matter how nasty, can rattle her. Not any more. In fact, it’d been a good six years since anyone had gotten under her skin, after her best friend’s brother had vanished into thin air.

When Annie finds her future career on a collision course with her secret past, Andy Evans is the last person she expects to find tangled up in the mess. With a vengeful drug-dealer or two hot on his heels, and a vindictive academic determined to ruin her credibility, can Annie bring Andy back to his family before it’s too late? Annie and Andy are used to being alone, but if they don’t work together, there’ll be much more at stake than her livelihood and his sobriety.

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EXCERPTS:

Book 1 Set Me Free

The Evans Gallery was his last stop before he called it a day.

A little golden bell above the door tinkled daintily as he walked in. He noticed two things immediately: the intriguing painting on the wall to his right and the beguiling woman smiling lazily at him from behind a sleek-looking asymmetrical 1960s Danish-styled desk. Unsettled by the pair of slightly smoky grey eyes that came with the lazy smile, he moved directly toward the painting to take it in.

The canvas was large; it took up almost a quarter of the wall. The image was a view down a narrow alley corralled by stark grey skyscrapers that, thanks to the wash of the paint strokes, appeared to be crumbling. At the end of the alley, a small dog with a broken tail lay beside an old-fashioned dustbin, chewing a small, bright red ball.

‘Hi,’ welcomed the woman behind the counter. Her voice was as tired as her eyes and smile, but there was still something smouldering under the surface, like a combusting rain cloud. ‘Can I help you with anything in particular or would you just like to browse?’

‘Can you tell me anything about this piece?’ he asked, unwisely. She stood up to join him, swinging her hips as she walked, subtly but hypnotically. This might turn out to be the hardest conversation of them all; particularly given he was struggling to keep his eyes on her face and off those swinging hips. He looked up. Nope, no respite there.

Book 2 Open My Eyes

‘What the hell is she doing here?’

Ben Cameron froze mid-swipe of the café table in front of him. He focussed on the cloth in his hand. It had been some time since he’d heard her voice. Two long months of convincing himself she didn’t matter any more. But now, the sound of her huffing and puffing behind him brought everything back in a flash flood of frustration.

He straightened and turned towards her slowly. ‘Hello, Emily,’ he said.

Her hands were on her hips and she was glaring at Cassie behind the espresso machine. Memories best forgotten returned. He pushed them aside, wanting – needing – to see her differently.

Her long dress swirled around her slightly fuller figure. Her hair hung loose, a new fringe framing her face perfectly. Yes, outwardly different, but there was something all too familiar about the rush of his blood and the ache in his chest. He steeled himself, mustering some indignation of his own, while her sea-green eyes moved between him and Cassie.

When she didn’t return the greeting, he checked to see if her foot was tapping.

Book 3 Bring Me Back

‘You’ll be able to play that one day if you keep practising,’ David told him when he set the guitar down.

‘Do you think so?’

‘I do.’

‘I think my mum’s here,’ Genjii said, looking towards the door that led to the shopfront.

‘Is she? I didn’t hear the bell.’

‘She came in while you were playing.’

Guitar case in hand, Genjii led David through to the front of the shop. On the other side of the door, he stopped unexpectedly, and David crashed into him.

‘I guess it’s not your mum,’ David murmured, taking in the woman staring at the row of cigar box guitars on the wall. Another Steampunk freak, come to check out Oamaru’s famous HQ. David’s heart began to pick up speed. A handful of them had wandered in since he’d been in the shop and they’d put him on edge every time.

From behind at least, this one wore her Steampunk well; the corset cinching her waist rounded her hips nicely. Her long skirts brushed the floor. Unlike the others, who’d always seemed uncomfortable in their costumes, this one looked like she belonged in Victorian England. This one stirred memories of the Steampunk freak he’d left in his past, the one he didn’t want to see again. He shook his head and reminded himself the probability was low. Six months. He was only here for six months.

Then the woman turned around.

David’s heart stopped. His heart, which hammered constantly these days, even when he wasn’t running or remembering, just stopped beating. The rumble of his thoughts, the white noise he was never able to clear, fell into silence.

The woman froze, staring at him, brow gradually puckering. David knew he was staring back, but he was unable to tear his eyes away. It felt like minutes passed, but it must have been only seconds, before she stepped towards him.

‘Andy?’ she said. It came out in a gasp. Her chest rose and fell in short bursts, and the colour drained from her face. She swallowed. ‘Is it you?’

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jennifer Collin writes quirky, and sometimes gritty, love stories about ordinary people dealing with what life throws at them.

She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, two noisy children and a cantankerous cat.

She used to party, but now her idea of a good time is an uninterrupted sleep. These days, her characters do her partying for her, and she doesn’t necessarily let them sleep.

Links

http://www.jennifercollin.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7105090.Jennifer_Collin

myBook.to/setmefree (Amazon buy links)

https://www.facebook.com/JenniferCollinAuthorPage?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/CollinJennifer

 

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Jennifer Collin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1293

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12 comments on “Christine Presents ~ The Evans Trilogy by Jennifer Collin

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    October 23, 2015

    Thank you for hosting

  2. Rita Wray
    October 23, 2015

    I liked the interview.

    • Jennifer Collin
      October 23, 2015

      Thanks Rita 🙂

  3. Eva Millien
    October 23, 2015

    Great interview, sounds like a great trilogy, thanks for sharing!

    • Jennifer Collin
      October 23, 2015

      Thanks Eva 🙂

  4. Mai Tran
    October 23, 2015

    Would you rather vacation in Hawaii or Alaska, and why?

    • Jennifer Collin
      October 23, 2015

      I have both places on my bucket list. But if I had to choose between the two, I’d choose Hawaii simply because it’s closer to Australia and not so far to fly. I’ll do Alaska one day as part of a big North American trip, rather than just a quick vacation.

  5. Jennifer Collin
    October 23, 2015

    Thanks for having me, Christine. The post looks lovely.

  6. achristay
    October 23, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  7. Betty W
    October 23, 2015

    Great interview!

  8. Victoria
    October 23, 2015

    Great excerpts – thanks for sharing!

  9. Ree Dee
    December 14, 2015

    I enjoyed the interview and the excerpts. Thank you. I can’t wait to read more.

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