Christine Young

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

Christine Presents ~ Spooning Daisy by Maggie McConnell

Please welcome Maggie McConnell author of Spooning Daisy.

Maggie McConnell will be offering 1) Nordstrom “Daisy” vegan leather clutch, 2) Nordstrom turtle pin, or 3) Rebecca Minkoff star pendant/necklace to 3 randomly drawn winners (US only; international winners will receive a $25 Amazon/BN GC).

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Spooning Daisy

by Maggie McConnell

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GENRE:   contemporary romance (romantic comedy)

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INTERVIEW:

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

What expertise did you bring to your writing?

 

Otter Bite, Alaska, the setting for Spooning Daisy, is inspired by Seldovia, Alaska, a small village on the shores of Kachemak Bay where I spent many summers while I was living in Alaska. It’s such a quaint, beautiful, unique town that it would almost be wrong not to write about it. As far as expertise, I’ve done many of the things my characters do, such as piloting small planes and boating, and we’ll leave it at that! Suffice to say, I write from experience. J

 

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

 

Here are a few fun tidbits… When I was attending college, I volunteered at the local humane shelter. Every two weeks for about two years, I appeared on an ABC-affiliated children’s television show called Cactus Pete’s Funny Company with a dog or cat needing a forever home. I’ve been a blonde (my natural color), a brunette, and a redhead. I can operate a John Deere tractor. After I earned my masters, I owned a women’s weight-lifting gym.

 

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

 

I will continue to use Otter Bite as the setting for future romances. Embracing Felicity is next up. And I’m working on a women’s fiction series, inspired by my ranch, set in the fictional town of Juniper Verde, Arizona.

 

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

 

Amy Adams (think Leap Year) is sooo Daisy; Hugh Jackman (think Australia) is sooo Max.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

I’ve been in my current critique group for about 5 years and I’m very happy. Only three of us, and we write in different genres, but we’re all capable writers so everyone can contribute equally. They’ve helped me in my plotting, ie, when something doesn’t make sense, or when things need clarification. I was in a larger group before this, with a wide range of writing abilities, and I felt I was always giving more than I was getting. While it wasn’t a hindrance, exactly, it was taking time with little benefit.

 

 

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

 

I have a basic idea and a beginning, then start writing. At the end of a chapter, I usually know what I want to happen in the next chapter, but that’s as far as I plan.

 

  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 research and learning, and I’m a PBS fanatic, and not just Masterpiece Theatre (of Downton Abbey fame). I love Nova, Frontline, Nature, and the list goes on. No wonder, Daisy knows Roman Emperors and Max can quote Seneca. I’m an animal lover with quite a bit of knowledge and experience so I always have at least one animal character in my stories. Also, I was raised overseas and travel quite a bit so, for authenticity, I often use settings where I’ve visited or lived.

 

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

 

The book I read again and again is Illusions by Richard Bach. No matter how many times I read it, I find something new. Close second is The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It’s like going home.

 

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

 

Not only started, but almost finished. Embracing Felicity is a return to Otter Bite where 35-year-old part-Alutiiq Felicity lives on Bobrovie (a Russian word—there’s that pesky research) Spit and has a curio shop named FLuke 11-9 (more research). Enter Ian MacIntyre and his 10-year-old daughter Emily. Ian is an oilman whom we met along with Emily in Spooning Daisy. Now he and Emily are back in Otter Bite for the summer, but what’s Ian up to? Looking for the next drilling site where it otter not be? Not on Felicity’s watch! Throw in the legend of Sedna, a 200-year-old mermaid, and it’s romcom with mystery and environmental undertones.

 

Anyone wanting to read the first chapter can visit my website, MaggieMcConnellRomance.com . Or, if you sign up for my Once in a Blue Moon newsletter, I’ll be sending out the first three chapters to subscribers.

 

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

 

Laura Linney. So many great character roles. She flies under the radar and delivers powerful, intelligent performances. She feels like every woman’s best friend.

 

My heart will always belong to Tom Selleck. My head, Richard Dreyfuss.

 

 

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

 

The Amazing Race! I was rooting for Team Fun (Becca and Floyd), but Floyd had heatstroke on the last episode and they couldn’t finish that leg and were eliminated. So now Logan and London, maybe Tara and Joey. Tough call. I’m thinking of ordering the early seasons that I’ve missed before I found this reality gem.

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU for the interview!

 

 

BLURB:

 

Her mango chutney is exquisite; her blueberry sauce to die for. But Chef de Cuisine Daisy Moon is a woman without a kitchen after a “bit of trouble” at her last job. Now blacklisted from Seattle to San Francisco, Daisy’s sole job offer is from Wild Man Lodge in Otter Bite, Alaska, where the end of the road is just her beginning.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

Max cocked his head at her. No siree, Bob. Daisy Moon was not easy. She was like a 1500 piece puzzle, where all the pieces are really tiny, and similar in shape and color, but are nonetheless different, and it would take weeks, maybe even months, just to get the edges put together.

 

“Don’t look so surprised,” she said. “I know I’m not exactly laid back. Okay, maybe that’s being kind,” she responded to Max’s smile. “But I’m an incredible cook. And a really good speller. Not to mention having a humongous vocabulary. I came in fourth in the national spelling bee championship when I was fourteen.”

 

Without meaning to, Max pictured Daisy at fourteen, in a prim white blouse and a demure plaid skirt with her hair tied back in a ribbon, triumphantly spelling words like…concupiscence.

 

“Do I know what men want, or what?” Now Daisy smiled…at herself.

 

Taking the cue, Max leaned into her and spoke sincerely, but resisted the urge to cup her hand.

“Somewhere there is a man who wants a pretty redhead who’s difficult and a great cook with a really humongous vocabulary who can spell…and next time it won’t be a cross-dressing felon.”

 

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Golden Heart nominee Maggie McConnell spent her childhood overseas as the daughter of US diplomats. Attending college in Illinois, she earned a BA in Art and an MBA while working at the local humane shelter. At 26, she packed her dog and cat into a Ford truck and drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska, where she spent 23 years exploring The Last Frontier in a single-engine Cessna. A vegan and animal rights advocate, Maggie provides a sanctuary on her Arizona ranch for all creatures great and small, but her immediate family includes dog Molly, cat Sara, horses Quinn and Teena, and an ever-growing dynasty of chipmunks. Every year, like the Gray Whale, Maggie returns to Alaska.

 

Website:

http://MaggieMcConnellRomance.com

 

Facebook Author Page:

https://www.facebook.com/MaggieMcConnellRomance/

 

Amazon Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Spooning-Daisy-Otter-Bite-Romance-ebook/dp/B015VA3O10

 

Barnes & Noble Buy Link:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spooning-daisy-maggie-mcconnell/1122713766?ean=9781601836861

 

Kobo Buy Link:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/spooning-daisy

 

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

 

Maggie McConnell will be offering 1) Nordstrom “Daisy” vegan leather clutch, 2) Nordstrom turtle pin, or 3) Rebecca Minkoff star pendant/necklace to 3 randomly drawn winners (US only; international winners will receive a $25 Amazon/BN GC).

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f2281

 

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6 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Spooning Daisy by Maggie McConnell

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Nikolina84
    May 25, 2017

    I really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me so thank you for the reveal!

  3. achristay
    May 25, 2017

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

  4. Victoria
    May 25, 2017

    Great interview 🙂

  5. Nikolina84
    May 27, 2017

    Shared on G+ to help spread the word, have a great day! 🙂

  6. Ally Swanson
    May 30, 2017

    Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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