Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Twisted Luck by

Please welcome  author of Twisted Luck.

Mia Downing will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Twisted Luck

by Mia Downing

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GENRE:   Paranormal erotic romance

 

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I started writing in fourth grade when I read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien, and I was upset with the ending of the story. The rats just…left. I had no clue how they got to the valley and what happened to them, and it drove me nuts. So I got out a notebook and started writing. I remember my teacher, Mrs. Foster, commenting on how much I’d written and being so proud of me. She’d called me a “future author.” She’d be really excited to know I’m a published author now. I really liked her.

 

  1. What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I bring a vivid imagination and a lot of writing practice along with a love of torturing my characters. I started writing seriously in 1998, but I’d written all of my life. I joined RWA and started learning the craft. I won a bunch of non-published author contests, garnered a phone call rejection from Harlequin, but I still evaded a publishing contract.

 

Then a friend started a technical writing business, and I got paid to write books and articles on everything from belly dancing to poodles. Imagine that? After a few years, I began editing for a small publishing company. I think the combination of learning to write concisely plus fixing other author’s manuscripts have helped me to really hone my craft. When I submitted my first book, Exceeding Boundaries, my editor loved it and it was the beginning of a new journey.

 

 

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

Well, I don’t live on bacon. I have some readers who believe this is true. Sometimes I have salad with the bacon. Or meatloaf under the bacon.

 

Seriously, I am pretty boring. We have a small farm with a horse, a puppy, 2 cats, a guinea pig, and a bearded dragon. We used to have cows and chickens but we’ve downsized. I have had a multitude of jobs that range from catering, being a chef, teaching horseback riding, and being an aide for the elderly. I love to knit, paint, work with my horse, and read in my spare time. I don’t like to cook as the people I live with are really picky. When you consider the realm of what I CAN cook, it’s pretty disheartening.

 

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

I don’t belong to a critique group, but I do think they are important, especially to new authors. I don’t write linear (in order) so there are very few people who can figure out what the heck is going on in my stories when I need the help the most. I do have a few people who I can bounce ideas with, and I have loyal beta readers for when I’m done.

 

I think critique groups are important because there are so many people out there who think writing is easy and anyone can publish a book. It’s not easy. There is a lot to learn about conflict, motivation, and goals and how these factor into the characters and the storyline. I can’t say I’m perfect at these things, but given my background as an editor, I’m pretty solid on figuring it out for my own stories. But in the beginning, I wasn’t, and that’s why it took me a long time to get published.

 

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

Write what you know. It’s the best advice because some authors don’t research enough. For example, most horse books drive me insane since I’m a horse professional. When the unknown black stallion and hero race up to the heroine, I always cringe. Unless the heroine is psychic, she’s got a 33% chance of guessing it’s a mare, gelding, or stallion. She’d have to look underneath or behind to see, and it’s not always obvious. I’m always willing to cut an author some slack, but there are times it’s just not possible.

 

However, if an author limits themselves to what they know, the book world would be boring. That would cut out all of the fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal and historical books. All that would be left is contemporary, and most of us couldn’t bring you 99% of the stories out there.

 

My advice is to write what you know OR to research what you don’t know. Ask professionals and see if they’ll read parts of your book for authentication.

 

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

I start writing. If I had to outline, I’d never write it because I’d get bored. A lot of times, a book idea is triggered by a song. I’ll hear it and “see” a scene or hear dialogue like it’s part of a movie. As I write more, I learn more surprises about the characters and begin to form a plot. I usually start to build goals, motivations, and conflict for the characters so it helps me to direct the scenes that turn up in my head.

 

I don’t write the book in order, either. I’ll skip around and usually write the ending before even getting to the middle. Then I go back and connect the front to the back. The great thing is usually my books don’t have a saggy middle!

 

  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?

Of course! For Twisted Luck, my love of art and painting carried over into the storyline. Both Olivia and Leo paint. In my real life, I do decorative painting and did quite a tidy side business when the economy was better. So being able to share my love of painting and art was really neat. Also, I used to do catering and be a chef, so having Leo learn to cook was really fun.

 

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

I’ve started 2 different projects and both are very different. The first is the sequel to Twisted Luck and features Annie, Olivia’s friend. It picks up a few weeks after the close of Twisted Luck. There are more demons involved, and the reader will learn more about Leo’s fate. It should be a lot of fun!

 

The second I have is a really kinky cowboy story that I absolutely love. The heroine is bratty yet funny, and the hero swears he’s not going to give in until she pushes him one step too far. I started writing it when I needed something funnier to work on. The characters’ are still conflicted and have depth, but they are having fun getting to their happily ever after!

 

 

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

 

The black moment for Twisted Luck takes place when the night before Olivia’s mother’s wedding to Samuel (Leo’s demon father). Olivia appeals to Leo one last time to save her mother. She expects him to at least say he’ll try, but instead, he offers her something totally different in return. Her heart breaks as she realizes all is lost, and she’ll have to go over his head. She’s just not sure if what she has planned will work.

 

  • What is your favorite reality show?

I don’t know if Alaska: The Last Frontier is considered a reality show but we love it. My family is Yankee redneck in origin (I’m probably the most civilized) and so it appeases a lot of those tendencies. I just think those people are crazy for living in Alaska without an inside toilet. No way am I going to crap outside in zero degrees. I did that as a kid when we went snowmobiling at a rustic camp. Trust me…it’s not living the American dream.

 

I also love The Bachelor though I don’t get to watch it regularly. The women are so catty and it’s just so much drama that it’s perfection. I think I love The Bachelorette house interactions more because the guys are like, “Yo, let’s drink and party.”

BLURB:

 

When I told him to go to hell, I never realized it would be a trip for two.

 

All I wanted was luck—the good kind. I’d lost my job, a jerk hacked my bank account, and I caught my best friend screwing my fiancé. When stood up by my Internet date in a bar, I met the perfect man—tall, dark, and handsome in the most expensive suit. He was out of my league, but I didn’t want forever.

 

I barely remember the words he whispered under the veil of sin and seduction. I didn’t believe in Satan, God, Heaven or Hell. I thought he was kidding. A figment. A dream.

 

I was wrong. With one, breathless yes, my fate was sealed.

 

Businessman by day, demon by night, Leo Weston now owns my soul in exchange for good luck. Time is ticking as he works to secure my mother’s soul, too. Somehow, I have to take him down despite him being so damned gorgeous, glib, and devious. Will my gift of twisted luck be enough to save her and protect my heart?

 

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EXCERPT:

 

“What would you give, Olivia, to have your revenge?” he asked.

 

“I don’t want revenge.” But honestly…I’d sell my soul for some good luck.

 

“What did you say?”

 

I frowned. “I don’t want revenge?”

 

“No, the other.”

 

“I don’t recall saying that out loud.”

 

He leaned closer and practically whispered, “Say it anyway.”

 

I licked my lips, unable to tear my gaze from his chocolaty one. “I—” I licked my lips again. “I’d sell my soul for good luck.”

 

“Would you?” He leaned forward on his elbows, interested and eager for my answer.

 

“Would you?” I countered, shocked by his words and that I’d even contemplate this to begin with. People didn’t sell their souls. I didn’t believe in God, Satan, hell, or heaven. When I was little, God hadn’t helped my mother or me when we’d needed him most. I sure as hell didn’t see any help on this horizon.

 

“I already did. Paid the piper, too.” Blatant honesty and sadness quirked in a slight smile.

 

Now I sat a little taller. Had this guy been through hell and back? No way could someone fake that look, the one of cold despair. I knew it too well. I had seen it on my mother’s eyes, viewed it in the mirror when I gazed at myself. I had thought Mr. Perfect hot and out of my league, but this…maybe this soft admission put him square in my playing field.

 

 

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Mia Downing started creating heroes at age four, but her heroes back then rode ponies to the rescue and only kissed her on the cheek. Today, Mia’s heroes still rescue those in need, but the price of their toys and the expertise of their seduction leads to a whole lot more. When Mia isn’t busy creating new stories for her readers she fills in as an underwear model for a prestigious lingerie company. She also lives in New England with her family, and enjoys horses and knitting.

Fun facts: Mia can juggle (poorly,) create balloon animals and face paint. She was the hit entertainment of two family parties. No clown suits were involved.

Find Mia on the Web!

http://www.MiaDowning.com

 

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Mia-Downing/e/B0093T9208

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mia-Downing-Author/124693507716461

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5754711.Mia_Downing

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/miadowning007

 

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/miadowning007/boards/

 

 

Pre-order Links:

Amazon:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Luck-Mia-Downing-ebook/dp/B01N38NBOL

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/twisted-luck-mia-downing/1125579293

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/twisted-luck-1

 

GoodReads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33974541-twisted-luck

 

The book is on sale for only $0.99.

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Mia Downing will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f2197

 

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9 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Twisted Luck by

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. miadowning007
    April 11, 2017

    Thank you for hosting me, Christine! I have to go to the part time job, but I’ll be back this afternoon to chat or answer any questions.

  3. alexankarr1
    April 11, 2017

    I’d forgotten how great Mrs Frisby & the Rats of NIMH was. Now I want to re-read it, and maybe Mia’s Mrs Frisby fanfic too. (And Twisted Luck sounds pretty great, also!)

    • miadowning007
      April 11, 2017

      It was an awesome book! I hated that I didn’t get to see them move to the valley. I have no clue if there was a sequel actually written, but mine rocked. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Lisa Brown
    April 11, 2017

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

  5. achristay
    April 11, 2017

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

    • miadowning007
      April 11, 2017

      Thank you! So far, so good. Goddess Fish is very professional and wonderful to work with.

  6. Victoria
    April 11, 2017

    Great interview, thanks for sharing 🙂

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