1. Tell us about your newest release.
First, I’d like to thank Romance Reviews Today for helping me celebrate the release of my debut novel, Under Her Spell, a lighthearted contemporary romance. This is a very exciting time for me and I’m so glad to be sharing my news here today.
Below is the book’s cover blurb.
When a series of failed relationships and business ventures have Monica Jackson doubting her self-worth, she turns to spell casting to attract positive energy and the opportunities needed to achieve her goals. But can Monica’s belief in spells restore her belief in herself?
Monica creates a spell to find her soul mate, and one to ensure the success of her new romantic event planning company, Enhance Your Romance. Monica is confident she has found her niche until divorce lawyer Reed Walker opens a practice next door to her office. The anti-marriage slogan plastered on his office window, and his down-on-love clients, quickly prove detrimental to Monica’s business. When his arrival appears to trigger a string of bad luck, Monica fears one of her spells sent negative energy into the universe and it has returned to her threefold. Although Reed is beyond sexy, and she admires his self-confidence, she’ll do whatever it takes to get the universe back on her side, and Reed out of her life. No way is she losing another business.
Reed finds himself attracted to Monica’s beauty and her optimism. His job and his parents’ divorce have made him a pessimist, especially when it comes to love. However, he soon finds that Monica’s pro-love attitude is rubbing off on him, causing him to lose his edge. If Reed doesn’t distance himself from Monica, he’ll likely destroy his reputation as a pit bull divorce lawyer.
Can Monica and Reed look past what they might be losing to realize the love they have found?
2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?
One of my favorite scenes is when unbeknownst to Reed, Monica plans a romantic event for him per his mother’s request. The event falls apart, and so does Monica. This brings Monica and Reed closer together and they make love for the first time.
3. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?
That I still work as an event planner after writing about all the pain and frustration poor Monica endures because of her job. Just kidding. I think. I was surprised to learn how much I enjoyed researching spell casting. Outside of watching the movie Practical Magic, I knew little about the concept of spell casting and that the basis for it really is belief in your goal and focusing your energy on making something happen.
4. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
Lawrence Sanders, author of the McNally series. He was so influential in my becoming a writer I’ve dedicated an entire post to him on my blog tour.
5. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
My family has been extremely supportive. My husband has always believed in my writing and never once told me to give up, even when I asked if I could. My mom has read every one of my books. She’s great at catching inconsistencies and grammar issues. My sisters are very supportive on Facebook and you’ll likely see them commenting on my blogs throughout this tour. And my dad constantly praises my perseverance, and that I never gave up on my dream.
6. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
I’m obsessed with Ancestry.com. I’ve been researching my ancestors since visiting Ireland in 2007 with my parents and cousin. I’ve traced several lines forward and I’ve gone to Ireland twice to visit me rellies. I’ve also been helping some Irish friends research their ancestors who came to America. I’ve often found myself so involved in my research that I look at the clock to discover it’s 2 A.M.
7. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
My next book from Crimson Romance, Identity Crisis, comes out in March 2013. It’s a romantic suspense and completely different than my typical lighthearted romances. I’ve always been intrigued by the witness protection program and art forgery, so when a story idea popped in my head one day, I ran with it. I’m also currently querying a women’s fiction book set in Paris. Hopefully I’ll have exciting news about that book in the near future.
8. How can readers connect with you online?
Thanks so much for asking. Please stop by and visit me at any of the below locations on the web. Also, please check out the upcoming stops on my blog tour, October 22-November 21, at Eliza Daly’s Blog Tour . I’ll be giving away a variety of gifts, such as e-books, writing journals, Amazon or B & N gift certificates, and chocolate on Halloween. If you comment on 5 or more of my 20 blog stops, and are a Facebook fan, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win one of two $25 Amazon or B & N gift certificates at the end of my blog tour.
Eliza Daly’s first attempt at creative writing was in fourth grade. She and her friends were huge Charlie’s Angels fans and she would sit in her bedroom at night writing scripts for them to act out at recess the following day. She was Kelly Garrett. Fast forward to the present, she’s still writing stories about beautiful women who always get their men. The journey from fourth grade script writer to published author wasn’t an easy one, but it was always an adventure and the final destination was well worth it.
When Eliza isn’t traveling for her job as an event planner, or tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland, she’s at home in Milwaukee working on her next novel, bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley and Frankie.
Eliza is giving away e-copies of UNDER HER SPELL to two lucky posters! Make a comment and you'll be entered in the drawing.