Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Unwrapping a Marriage by Reana Malori & Michel Prince

Please welcome Reana Malori & Michel Prince authors of Unwrapping a Marriage.

Reana Malori and Michel Prince will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Unwrapping a Marriage

by Reana Malori and Michel Prince

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

Michel-I was irritated with a certain book and how it ended and had a story that I didn’t know where it was going I had written down a few times. Then after being frustrated I kept going from the start of the book and it took off. Now I can’t shut the characters up and I love it. The stories are just as exciting to me as my readers because I have no idea what’s going to happen.

 

Reana – I loved reading from a very young age and once I discovered romance novels featuring black women, I devoured all that I could. At one point, I’d come to stalemate and the available books dwindled. It was at that time that I decided to share my stories with the world. I figured if I were searching for books that featured heroines that looked like me, and wasn’t having much luck, there had to be other women doing the same. Not only was it cathartic for me, but I viewed it as a way to help others as well.

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

 

Michel-Where don’t I get them is easier. It might be a half heard conversation, a strange breeze, a song or a weirdly shaped tree. And I always love a challenge. Although I don’t always submit for open calls, but I do like looking at the story ideas.

 

Reana – From the world around me. A song, a picture, an overheard conversation, or even just a funny situation that I’m in with my family. It’s always something new and different. Inspiration can come from anything, but I enjoy when the regular details of life generate ideas for a story.
What expertise did you bring to your writing?

 

Michel- I’m a history major which means I love research. Sometimes it’s a hindrance because I’ll go down a rabbit hole, but I love learning about things and tying it into my books whether they are contemporary or paranormal.

3. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
Michel-I’ve got a newer series about an NFL team that’s coming out and I have a really big Sci-fi book I’m working on as well as a paranormal that both are requiring major world building that keep me up at night.
Reana – I’m currently focused on the sequel to Weekend Fling, which is sorely overdue. I also have a four-part series that will focus on the everyday guy, the working man. They’re a little rough and tough, but they love their women something fierce. I’m very excited to bring their stories to life. Michel is stretching me and my skills and I’m really excited about our next story together that will be released in 2017.

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

 

Michel-That’s a hard one.

 

Reana – Adele Woolner from Escape to Heaven. She was a fighter. After everything she’d gone through, Adele found the strength to move on with her life and reinvent herself.

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

Michel- For Sterling I would say Morris Chestnut, Idris Elba or Taye Diggs, for Elizabeth Darby Stanchfield or Bryce Dallas Howard.

 

Reana – I like Michel’s ideas for the leading hero / heroine – those are great ideas.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

 

Michel-I do and it does help me for a few reasons. I need something to turn into my critique partner. I have to review hers and we each learn from each others mistakes and it helps us look for them in our work.

 

Reana – I do not, but I’ve heard they’re a very good resource for writers. I may try this one day, but haven’t yet.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

 

Michel-With my first book I had multiple Beta readers, some were friends but others were not. Each were loving the story and at that point I knew my characters connected to people in a deep way.

 

Reana – My husband encouraged me to submit my first book, which was self-published on Lulu.com. He encouraged me to get me work out to readers who would enjoy the type of stories I wanted to tell.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Michel-I don’t know if it’s advice so much as something that has been successful and help me grow as a writer and that was to take on writing challenges when they are presented. My two most popular series are based off of challenges. One was to write a hot dad for a father’s day anthology. The story ran long and was never in the anthology but it started the Growing Strong Series. The other challenge was to write a black cowboy and that spurred my best selling cowboy series The Long Ranch Series.

Worst advice, is again stuff said around me, but not to me directly. I’ve had a few people that tried to shape and mold me into something I’m not. I allowed it to a point, but what they wanted to make me do felt unnatural and actually halted my writing at points. It made me second guess who and what I was when I had a clear path to begin with.

For me take the challenges, but stay true to yourself.

 

Reana – The best advice given to me was from another author. She’d picked up that I was getting discouraged and called me to check on me. I’ll never forget. “Write what you love. When the stories are pressing on you, just get them out. Worry about the rest later. Always write for yourself first – if you love what you do, the readers will come.”

 

 

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

 

Michel-I just start writing, then I start a bible later to keep track of what I’m doing. Since I have multiple series it’s necessary. With this book we did have to plot since there were two writers.

 

Reana – I usually just start writing. Once an idea hits me, I let the characters lead me where they want the story to go. I’ll typically have a general idea of the characters and will make notes as things come to me, but otherwise I freeflow write.

  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?

Michel-Photography has shown up in a few of my books, my cross stitching hasn’t yet, but my cub scout days have resurfaced in this book.

 

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

Michel-No, I don’t, but I have books I’ll read again if I need to restart myself.

 

Reana – Yes, My Best Friend’s Girl, by Dorothy Koomson.

 

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

 

Michel- My second book in my Love by the Yard Series, Second and Short is coming out in December. You’ll get to meet offensive lineman Dalton Gresham as he spends his bye week on a lake in Wisconsin no longer plagued with the fake persona he has to put out to the world.

 

Reana – I’m currently focused on the sequel to Weekend Fling, which is sorely overdue. I also have a four-part series that will focus on the everyday guy, the working man. They’re a little rough and tough, but they love their women something fierce. I’m very excited to bring their stories to life. Michel is stretching me and my skills and I’m really excited about our next story together that will be released in 2017.

 

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?
    Michel-Actor I do love Idris Elba and Brad Pitt in general because they both have the ability to play such different characters from one movie to the next so I respect them for that. Actress- Angelina Jolie and Maggie Smith for the same reason. Any actor/actress that can make me have a visceral reaction in one character and laugh with the next are talented and I respect that.

 

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?
    Michel-There are a lot of black moments in this book since we start out with a couple set on divorce. It’s almost as if we spin off the dark moments. For Elizabeth anytime Sterling’s phone buzzes she’s in a dark moment because he’s got two seconds to decide what’s more important. With Sterling when he sees his wife smile for anyone but him it’s the same gut reaction.

 

Reana – I’ll agree with Michel on this. There are quite a few dark moments on this book when the reader knows that Sterling and Elizabeth are pulling away from each other. When he tends to fly off to god knows where for business, or when they are both tempted by other people and make emotional connections. Those are the things that are hardest on a marriage.

 

  1. What is your favorite reality show?
    Michel-90 Day Fiance would be my guilty pleasure when it comes to reality TV.

 

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BLURB:

 

What do you do when the love that once set you free, feels like it’s holding you prisoner?

Sterling and Elizabeth Jackson have built a life most would envy. A beautiful home, two wonderful children and a very comfortable lifestyle. Yet something is tearing them apart. With divorce looming, they are trying to make it through the holiday season for their family.

With clashing schedules, demands from employers and two busy kids, the former lovers have managed to stay out of each other’s orbit, at least for a while. But Fate, or maybe their well-meaning family, has set them up on a collision course.

Past memories bubble up to the surface and there’s nothing to stem the flow. What once was amazing has turned hurtful and full of pain. But is that the real story? Is it too late for a couple who once lived and breathed for each other to find their way back?

There’s a thin line between love and hate. Will Sterling and Elizabeth be able to mend a love that seems broken and lost, or will the final pull on the holiday ribbon unwrap their last chance to save their marriage.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

Pulling herself together as the memory faded, Beth put on a pair of fuzzy pajama bottoms and an old t-shirt from college. With her hair already in a ponytail, she was ready for bed. When she opened the closet door, the sound of a shower caught her, quickly followed by steam. The glass of their shower door was misted over but she could still make out Sterling’s dark form inside. His hands were locked together with his fingers splayed. Catching water in his palms, then bringing them over his head to rinse the soap from his skin, his back arched. Beth’s core clenched. How long had it been since he’d touched her? Since she’d been touched at all? Her eyes traveled down his body making out the smudged form through the glass. If the old adage about the first husband being all about good looks, then he hit it on all levels. Traces of white trailed along his dark skin from the soap and she leaned against the doorjamb to watch the show. He wouldn’t be thinking she was ogling him and technically, he was still her husband.

 

She shifted and moved away when her hand grazed the extra flesh of her stomach. No wonder he wasn’t groping at her. She wasn’t the same young woman he’d met all those years ago. Life changed her. No, she’d allowed herself to change and as a result, it changed his attraction to her. After the divorce was final, if she ever wanted to be touched again, something would need to be done.

 

The shower turned off. She pulled away from the bathroom door and crawled into her side of the bed. Facing away from the en suite bathroom, she buried her face in her pillow and wondered when the man of her dreams had begun to despise the sight of her.

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Reana Malori

 

Reana Malori writes Contemporary novels focusing on Multicultural / Interracial Romance. She firmly believes that love in all its forms should be celebrated and her stories reflect that belief. She hopes to weave stories that pull the reader into her world and helps them to share in her universe, even if only for a short time.

An avid reader since the age of 14, she decided to pursue her passion in 2009 and released her first novella, To Love a Marine. Since then, she has released more than 20 books, to include Weekend Fling, Escape to Heaven, Closer to You and Finding Faith.

When she is not writing, you can most often find her enjoying a good book as she is, first and foremost, a romance reader. Reana currently resides in Montclair, Virginia with her husband and two sons who keep her busy laughing, having fun, and making sure she doesn’t take herself too seriously.

 

 

Michel Prince

 

Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes new adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.

With characters yelling “It’s my turn damn it!!!” She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.

 

 

Facebook

 

Reana https://www.facebook.com/Reana.Malori.Author/?fref=ts

 

Michel https://www.facebook.com/MichelPrinceBooks/

 

Video

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNpZIXERUl4

 

Buy links:

 

Barnes and Noble- http://bit.ly/2bNQVpE

Amazon- http://amzn.to/2atkRrQ

 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/654741

 

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/unwrapping-a-marriage

 

 

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

 

Reana Malori and Michel Prince will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1967

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7 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Unwrapping a Marriage by Reana Malori & Michel Prince

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Lisa Brown
    November 22, 2016

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  3. achristay
    November 22, 2016

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

  4. Reana Malori (@ReanaMalori)
    November 22, 2016

    Thanks so much for having us!

  5. Eva Millien
    November 22, 2016

    Enjoyed the interview and excerpt, sounds like a fantastic read! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Victoria
    November 22, 2016

    Great post – I’m looking forward to reading this one!

  7. Mai Tran
    November 23, 2016

    If you could have played a part in a classic movie, which part would have been perfect for you and why?

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