Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ A Jar of Dreams by Clarissa Cartham

Please welcome Clarissa Cartham author of A Jar of Dreams.

Clarissa will be awarding $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

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A Jar of Dreams

by Clarissa Cartham

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

 

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always wanted to write but never really could find the time. I would have to credit my children for the inspiration to start writing. They knew I could tell stories on a whim and so kept nudging me as to when I would start writing a book.

 

 

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

Sometimes I dream them. But mostly they are inspired by true life incidents. For example A Jar of Dreams was created when I read an article about a homeless woman hiding in a man’s closet in Japan for a year. Of course, I then take charge of my story and the plot is fictitious.

 

 

  1. What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Language and Literature. My law degree also gets quite useful especially when I am writing about arrogant millionaires. My research skills have been my best asset and of course, my life experiences.

 

 

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

I am fun-loving and easy going and somehow that is not reflective in my bio. It sounds too… um… serious.

 

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

I have a contemporary romance scheduled to be released in January called The Yearning. It’s about two people who find each other while grieving for their lost spouses and learn to love all over again. I also have Captive 2 due soon after. It is a romantic thriller/adventure and second book to the Captive series about brides in captivity and a dashing hero willing to give his all in order to rescue her.

 

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

I would probably be Eric Tanner from A Jar of Dreams. He is handsome, smart and I love his resilience to survive despite losing his family. He’s not perfect but he is strong and will do what is necessary to live in the harsh world he comes from. I also admire his ability to love a woman for who she is and not what she is.

 

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

I start writing. I do have a general synopsis but I like to surprise myself with the intricate details in the plot.

 

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

I love gardening and I remember making Emma, my heroine from Winter’s End a gardener. I love to read as well. I basically read almost anything I can put my little fingers onto from scientific and art journals to life articles. And yes, I have discovered the knowledge do carry over to my characters. For example I once read on Helen Keller and this helped me shape Anne Mullen, my blind heroine from A Jar of Dreams.

 

 

 

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

My next project is titled Captive 2: Royal Heat. Like Captive 1, this is also about a woman held in captivity and it is up to the hero to save her. While Captive 1: Veiled Desires involved a female photographer captured during her trip to Kashmir, India, Captive 2 involves the enslavement of an Arabic princess and her rescue by Ethan Afridi, the King’s bodyguard and brother of Adam Afridi, the hero from Captive 1.

 

 

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

Any renovation or real estate show definitely! I love how people can take a run-down derelict and flip it into something beautiful. It takes skill, creativity and art to do that.

 

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

I find it challenging to write a series. I’ve found that to maintain the same theme, pace and ensure there is a smooth flow and continuation to the next book can be trying. It certainly takes more effort and skill than writing a stand alone. But ironically it is this challenge that makes writing a series more interesting.

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BLURB:

 

When Eric Tanner, an assassin, is targeted to be murdered by his former employer, he seeks refuge in the house of a blind woman, Anne Mullen.

 

Eric knows how to live in silence. He’s done it all his life. So when he discovers Anne is blind and living on her own, he thinks this would be his perfect hideout.

 

But then he makes the mistake of his life. He forms an attachment to her. And for a man in his profession, such attachments are a weakness. Now, he must do everything he can to protect Anne from the world he’s come from.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

He froze. She had returned to their discussion in the kitchen. Had he unsettled her again?

 

“Anne, if I said something-”

 

“No.” She shook her head. “You didn’t say anything. In fact, you said… did everything right. I took a chance when I invited you into my house. I was apprehensive as to whether I was doing the right thing. You see, I’ve never done this before. Invited a man, a stranger almost. I’m glad I did, Eric.”

 

The corner of his lips rose slightly. He leaned down towards her, looking directly into her eyes. He was so close; he could feel her nervous breath on his face. The warmth of her body tingled his skin. She was so achingly close that he needed everything in his power to restrain himself from taking her in his arms.

 

“Just don’t do it again,” he whispered. He tucked a cluster of her long golden tresses behind her ear. He let his fingers rest on her soft hair for a brief while as he mustered the courage to let them glide over the side of her face. He found none and straightened up again.

 

She deserved better, he thought. I have no right to confuse her and involve her in my messed up life.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Clarissa Cartharn is the author of romance novels such as Captive, Red Collar and the romance thriller/ suspense Jar series.

 

Once an English teacher, she embarked on a law profession before finally realizing it was writing she really wanted to pursue. After almost eight romance novels, each with eclectic themes ranging from a Cinderella re-telling to the barren war torn lands of Afghanistan, Clarissa is currently on a journey with her next novel titled The Yearning.

 

Website: http://clarissacartharn.wix.com/clarissacartharn

Blog: http://doodlenook.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ccartharn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClarissaCartharn

Buy links: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YHNOZVQ

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Clarissa will be awarding $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1470

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20 comments on “Christine Presents ~ A Jar of Dreams by Clarissa Cartham

  1. iamshortanote
    January 18, 2016

    Thank you for your giveaway. I am interested in reading your book. I like the concept of a blind woman and an assassin and the path they will take in resolving their problems.

  2. Goddess Fish Promotions
    January 18, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  3. nikolina84
    January 18, 2016

    Really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

  4. achristay
    January 18, 2016

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

  5. momjane
    January 18, 2016

    Enjoyed your comments. Glad you started writing, this sounds like a fascinating and sensitive story.

  6. Betty W
    January 18, 2016

    Thank you for the amazing excerpt and contest!

  7. Valerie Theberge
    January 18, 2016

    Nice Excerpt! I hope to read this book.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    v_theberge@hotmail.com

  8. Victoria
    January 18, 2016

    Loved the interview! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Eva Millien
    January 18, 2016

    Great interview and excerpt, sounds like a terrific read, thanks for sharing!

  10. Mai Tran
    January 18, 2016

    What was your recent ‘what the heck did just happen’ moment from a book?

    • Clarissa Cartharn
      January 21, 2016

      I was reading a romance by Helen Hardt titled Lady Alexandra’s lover and I have to say it has been one of the best romance eroticas I’ve read recently. Well to answer your question, when the story went from the adventures of the main character, Alexandra to the scenes of another character, Prudence and her erotic affairs. I thought I had missed something and had to flip back pages to check. But as I read on, I realized there were two parallel stories with a unifying end and a very interesting premise behind the Prudence character. That’s when I had my second ‘what the heck’ moment in that book.

  11. fiza
    January 18, 2016

    Aw, this sounds like such a sweet read…with an edge of course 😉

  12. abbie guerrero
    January 18, 2016

    Thank you so much for this chance!! This would be so awesome to win.

  13. Becky
    January 18, 2016

    Where do love to read the most?

    • Clarissa Cartharn
      January 21, 2016

      Probably on my lounge, where I can lay down, put my feet up and have a steaming cup of coffee by my side as I read. 🙂

  14. alexdisanti
    January 18, 2016

    Hi! I like the premise of your story. Plus you and I have something in common. I too chose to be a male character when asked that question. Best wishes!

  15. Clarissa Cartharn
    January 21, 2016

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments and thank you so much Christine Young for hosting me on your beautiful blog! 🙂

  16. Patrick Siu
    January 22, 2016

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  17. nikolina84
    January 29, 2016

    Happy to be a part of this tour, thank you for sharing!

  18. Ree Dee
    February 4, 2016

    I really enjoyed reading your interview. Thank you.

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