Sunday, May 15, 2011

Featured Spotlight Interview with Celia Yeary

This week my guest author is Celia Yeary. Celia resides in Texas and spends most of her time writing. She usually writes women’s fiction and romance and is a multi-published author.  Visit Celia’s webpage at Celia also has a blog which she updates often at
I recently had the pleasure of reading her newest book called Texas True, which is also the second book in her Cameron Sisters Series book, for Coffee Time Romance and More.  I can not go into detail here about the review I wrote for that story as it is still going through edits and won’t be published for another week or two.  But, what I will say is that Celia is a darn good storyteller.  

Hope you will enjoy this interview. 

Who is your favorite character from a book?
Oddly, my own novels center on the female protagonist, but when I think of favorite characters in books, a male protagonist comes to mind every time.

To find favorite novels and characters, I always return to LaVyrle Spencer's novels, written in the 80's and re-released now with new covers. I adore all her stories and have a collection of every one she wrote. My #1 Favorite? The Hellion, written in 1985. "The hero is Tommy Lee, the all-time hellraiser of Russellville, Alabama, he had three marriages behind him and a string of fast cars and women. The townsfolk said he'd never change. But Rachel knew differently…"
It doesn't get much better than the reuniting of sophisticated Rachel and Tommy Lee, after a couple of decades of mistakes and heartache. See? I have goose bumps, just thinking of this story.

What can you tell us about your current release?

The Cameron Sisters-Book II: Texas True is my current release. True Lee Cameron is the younger daughter of a wealthy Texas rancher/oilman. I consider this novel the best of the previous "Texas" books, all related and connected, but each one a stand-alone story.

In the novel, True moves from her world as a pampered younger daughter to marriage to an experienced man ten years her senior, who manages an oil field for her brother-in-law. When she learns he has deceived her, she grows up fast and takes matters into her own hands. From a comfortable home in Austin, she follows him to the oil camp and learns to live in a tent, returns to Austin without him, and finally gets her wish—the ranch home he'd vaguely promised. She also teaches him the ways of true love.

As I mentioned in the introduction I just finished reading Texas True and really enjoyed it. Could you please share a short excerpt with us today?

Sure! I would love to.

At last, they had time for each other, and while not precisely alone, he guessed True considered it so. She motioned for Sam to sit on her cot beside her. Reluctantly, he did and felt childish sitting beside her as the children had sat by him.

She removed her boots and stockings and wiggled her bare toes out in front of her.

     "Ohhh, that feels good. I've been running around all day. It's nice to be able to sit alone like this, don't you think, Sam?"

     He knew what she was doing and she was good at it. But he needed to return to the rig site and make sure everything was running well. He was lying to himself, but there was not much
point in staying here any longer. The children slept close by, after all.

     True whispered to him, "Would you kiss me, Sam? Just a kiss? And maybe hold me a little? I've missed you very much."

     Against his better judgment, he placed his arm around her waist and pulled her close, and with the other hand, tipped her chin up so he might give her that little kiss. Mistake. Her scent and warmth instantly set him on fire. He kept her mouth in place as he ravaged it with his tongue, teeth, and lips. With the other hand, he cupped her soft, full breast from the side.

     Slowly turning in his arms, True leaned into him and began tugging his shirt from his pants. As soon as she could move her hands under the shirt, she placed her palms flat on his ribs
and brought them around and up his back. His skin turned hot where she smoothed the corded muscles of his shoulders. Sliding her hands up, she neatly and efficiently pushed his shirt off his back. Mumbling against his mouth, she instructed in a low, husky voice, "Let me get this off your arms."

     Startled, he came to his senses and hissed through clenched teeth, "Whoa, whoa. What are you doing? Stop, True. The children."

     Speaking softly and quietly into his ear, she explained that an earthquake would not awaken them. "When they fall asleep, they don't move, and you would be hard pressed to wake them up. I assure you, they won't hear a thing. Please, Sam, make love to me?"

     Oh, well, why the hell not, he thought, through the red haze in his brain.
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What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

This question made me laugh. Why? Because the most surprising thing I learned was that I could do it! I'd never written anything, having spent my adult years earning degrees and teaching high school biology, and raising our own children. But on a whim, I began to write a story, and it turned out complete and finished, with another one already churning in my mind.

Of course, I then had to return to the beginning and learn about POV, scenes changes, Show Don't Tell, passive writing, and more dialogue/less narrative. And do massive amounts of re-writes.

Do you hear from your readers? What are the most common questions they ask?

Oh, I do hear from readers, which much of the time is as good as any five star review. Questions?
"Which bookstore do I find your books?"
"What is an ebook? Is it a real book?"
"When is your next book out?"
"Can I get your book in a print? I don't like eBooks."
"Are you going to write a story about (fill in the blank)?"
Readers often become enamored with some other character and wish they knew what happened to him/her. 

What do you think makes a good story?

Definitely the characters. Most reviewers speak of the hero and heroine the most. I have learned that I'd better have a heroine readers will love, care about, cheer for, and cry with—or I won't have a story worth spit. (excuse my language)The same is true for the hero, although I believe readers will allow a hero to be more flawed than the heroine. Okay, I can do that. I love to create a hero that has internal problems and flaws so that I can redeem him.   

What book are you reading now?

I read more than one book at a time, one in each room. The bedside book is Maggie Toussaint's On the Nickel, A Cleopatra Jones Mystery, the second in her series. Actually, I'm on the last chapter. The living room book is A Historical Collection by Victory Tales Press (The authors: Karen Michelle Nutt, Kate Kindle, Miriam Newman, and Cheryl Pierson.)

If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?

I have a series now—those I call my "Texas Books," although the first two are with one publisher, and the second two are The Cameron Sisters: Books I and II. The four complete
a family saga in Nineteenth Century Texas.

Readers like a series, and I love to write them. If I wrote another series, I'd probably take two related characters from the previous Texas novels. It may sound goofy, but I have a complete genealogy chart made with the beginning Cameron parents, their three children, etc. I think I can count about ten characters in that chart that would make a series. However, the next series will be into the Twentieth Century—1900-1905, maybe. Hmmm, I need to think about this a little more.

What makes you happy?

It doesn't take much to make me happy. That's why I'm answering this question and saved it for last. I'm probably happiest when I'm in my own home with my husband—of several decades—and I'm in the midst of writing, editing, or posting blogs. He's in his office on the other side of the house, and I'm comforted that he's happy here with me, too.

Even though we have traveled Europe numerous times, cruised, toured the US, Mexico, and Canada, I still prefer staying home. Maybe I appreciate my home more because I've seen how so many others live.

There is a major thing that makes me very happy—that is a child somewhere who gets a permanent home with real parents. The world is filled with orphans or throw-away children, and if I could change one thing in this world, it would be to give every lost child a permanent home. (Note: Novels Texas Blue, Texas Promise, and Texas True each has a child or two who are in need of a home. I can't get away from that.)

Thank you so much for sharing a bit of yourself and your books here with us today.  It really makes me happy when I can find out a little more about my favorite authors and share with other readers, too.

BUY LINKS for both Texas Promise and Texas True:
Desert Breeze Publishing
Barnes and Noble
The Cameron Sisters Book Two: Texas TrueThe Cameron Sisters Book One: Texas PromiseCelia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas

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