Friday, January 31, 2014

Essence by Mackenzie Lucas: Interview and Excerpt


 


INTERVIEW

Welcome!  Thanks for this chance to get to know a little about you! Appreciate you stopping by.  Do you ever wish you were someone else?

 

No. I’m pretty happy with my own life and the direction I’m headed. It’s important to know who you are and to value your gifts, talents, and abilities. I believe we’re all created unique and individual. I’ve always had a strong sense of who I am and I try to stay true to that as much as possible. I march to my own beat as much as I can. If others agree, that’s good. If not, at least I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to do in life. Now if you ask me if there are times I wished for better circumstances (more money, better vacations, etc.), then I’d say, absolutely yes.

 

What did you do on your last birthday?

 

I live in Maryland. I didn’t always live here. I was born and raised in land-locked Southwestern Pennsylvania. So when I moved to Maryland after college, I discovered Maryland Blue Crabs. Sigh. I adore picking crabs. So it’s my favorite thing to do on my birthday, since my birthday falls in August during the dog days of summer.

 

Do you have any tattoos?  Where? When did you get it/them? Where are they on your body?

 

No. Not yet. I vowed when I turned forty-five, I’d get my first tattoo. That was last year. I didn’t get around to it. However, I know (I think) where I want to get a tattoo--on my shoulder or on the top of my foot. And I’ve been collecting ideas for the type of tattoo I want in Pinterest. So one day soon, I’m going to do it. And my hero’s or heroine’s usually have a tattoo. Especially in my paranormal stories. I’m currently working on a contemporary romance where the hero is a rock star--and, baby, does he have a tattoo! Can’t wait for you to meet him.

 

What are you working on right now?

 

Right now, I’m currently editing my most recent full-length contemporary romance novel called Every Heart Sings--the hero is a sexy rock star who wants to reinvent his creative direction. I’m also writing an anthology piece that should be out next year about a matchmaker who must find a wife for her old ex. It’s called Under A Matchmaker’s Moon. The theme for the upcoming anthology is “the moon.” It’s really fun.



Essence

by Mackenzie Lucas

 
BLURB:
 

All Haven Jameson ever wanted was to own a little piece of paradise. Now, she does, having established a successful luxury spa in St. Augustine, Florida. But when the property next door is sold to a mega developer and his pro-golf celebrity brother who design trendy, bustling playgrounds for the rich and famous, she fears her dream could slip away. Confronted by her late husband’s infidelity, Haven learns everything she believed about her marriage was a lie; so she finally sets aside her grief and opens her heart to loving the widowed pro-golfer who is her biggest professional competition. In the end, Haven discovers that living a safe, loveless life is far worse than embracing passion and taking a chance on a man who’s vowed never to love again. And that, sometimes, no matter how high the risk, the best paradise of all can be found inside our own hearts.
 


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EXCERPT
 
“I will not let some greedy land developer ruin everything I’ve worked so hard to build.” Haven Jameson slapped the palm of her hand flat onto her desk with a loud thwack. “Owww.”
 
She rubbed her stinging hand.
 
Failure wasn’t an option. Sure, it was always a present danger as she forged her way to the top, struggling to establish Essence here in St. Augustine. She’d had plenty of sleepless nights while trying to make a success of her upscale boutique spa chain.
 
A month ago, the St. Augustine location opened to a raging success and received accolades from the highest society clients who’d she’d given complimentary stays during opening week.
 
“Unfortunately, Haven, I don’t think you’ll have much say over who buys the land,” Sally, Haven’s business partner and best friend, said, sitting across the desk from her. “Imogen Carmichael will have the last word. She usually does. She sold you this plot of land. And for some reason, I sure as heck can’t figure out, she held on to the adjacent tract. She could have sold you the whole parcel at the same time, but she didn’t. I don’t know what goes on in that woman’s mind. She seems a little off-kilter to me.”
 
“Don’t be mean, Sally. She’s a little eccentric for a woman in her late fifties, but not crazy.”
 
“Me? Mean? Never. I’m not the one who waits for a successful, luxury, full-service spa to open next door before I announce I’m offering a prime piece of real estate adjoining it for sale. She could ruin us. We’ve sunk so much time and money into this location. What happens if she sells to a developer who wants to put in a boardwalk and a Ferris wheel? Or she decides the offer from Joe’s Wacky Used Car World is right?” 
 
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
 
Mackenzie Lucas is a lover of story in any form. She’s an avid reader of genre fiction, she writes contemporary and paranormal romance, and she listens to an eclectic mix of music that spans from pop/rock to country to gospel. She loves a good story whether it’s an erotic short, a full-length romance novel, or the narrative slice-of-life found in country music. In any story, emotional integrity and authenticity are most important to her as well as a big dose of romping hot sexual tension. She enjoys smart-mouthed, sexy heroines, hunky alpha heroes who know how to take care of their women, and plot twists that surprise her, but most of all, she just wants to experience a satisfying emotional arc of a character falling in love and finding what he or she needs most in life.
 
Mac is a small-town country girl with a world-traveler’s soul. She grew up in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and she’s lived in Dublin, Ireland, within spitting distance of New York City in Long Island, and now in the Washington, D.C. area. She obtained her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Dickinson College and received her M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s currently an author, writing coach, a mother, and a wife.
 
With Mackenzie Lucas--whether you’re reading her light paranormal romance, her small-town-based contemporary romance, or her steamin’ hawt erotica--you’ll always get a story about connectedness, community, and emotional authenticity, and, at its core, love. No, and it doesn’t hurt that all her heroes are panty-melting gorgeous alphas and all their sexy, sensually aware heroines know how to stand up to them, give no quarter, and love them just as they are.
 
 
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12 comments:

Mackenzie Lucas said...

Laurie ~ Thanks for hosting me today. I appreciate the chance for your readers to get to know me and my work a little better.

So, jumping off the first interview question, what would you do or be if you could hit reset and do/be anyone/anything else?

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Fe Adamsonn said...

I am your fan Mackenzie Lucas! Keep it up.

Military spouse

Mackenzie Lucas said...

Fe Adamsonn, thank you so much! I need great fans. Keep reading! Good luck with the giveaway drawing.

168d7130-34d4-11e2-91ad-000bcdcb5194 said...

I'm pretty chicken when it comes to tattoos...

vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

Mackenzie Lucas said...

Ha, I understand that, vitajex. But they look so awesome. I got addicted to Ink Master last season. It is truly and art. And I have a teenage son who is ink crazy ... he doesn't have any yet, but he loves ink.

Thanks for stopping by to comment!

Eva Millien said...

Thanks for sharing the great interview and the great excerpt! Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com

Mackenzie Lucas said...

Eva ~ Thanks for stopping by and the kind words! Have a great weekend. ;0)

Wes Hovorka said...

I like everything about this stop.

Rita said...

Nice interview and excerpt, thank you.

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Elise-Maria Barton said...

Lovely interview, thx for sharing

opalbaker said...

I am a chicken when it comes to getting tattoos,maybe,I will conquer this fear.Great interview and thanks.