Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Promo: The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson

1.  Tell us about your latest release.

THE LOVE SCAM is the second of my Tropes Trilogy. It's the story of a rich, careless young man, Rake Tarbell, who wakes up in Venice with no money and no memory. Things go downhill from there. And it's the story of Claire Delaney, who is ostensibly sympathetic and helpful, but has hidden motives, and Rake is not her priority. And it's the story of Lillith, who IS Delaney's priority, and who may or may not be Rake's daughter. And it's the story of various sinister men in suits, who may or may not be out to shut Rake up, get rid of Delaney, and find out just what Lillith knows. Also, there may or may not be profanity. And tropes. And sex. And tropes. 

2.  Without giving away any spoilers, give us a hint about a favorite scene.

It would have to be one of the scenes where Rake throws up. That's not a spoiler; Rake throws up in the first chapter. And then again, later. Here's a life tip for readers: don't drink the canal water in Venice. 

3. What inspired you to become a writer?

I've always written. I was writing short stores when I was 13 and letting the other kids read them. After a while, the kids would wait for me by my locker with the magic words, "What happens next?" Behold, I was hooked! (And so were they, so it worked out all around.) It just never occurred to me to do anything else. It always seemed to me to be the greatest job in the world--and it is!

4. What is a typical writing day for you like?

It's pretty sweet (see above: greatest job in the world). I use the mornings for the business side of the...uh, business: answering speaking invitations, discussing contracts with my agent, discussing edits and PR with various publishers, responding to reader e-mails, mailing books to contest winners (I give away lots of freebies!), etc. After lunch, I edit whatever I wrote the day before, and I try to write at least two new chapters. I usually hang it up around 5 or 6, but if I'm on deadline or simply on a roll, I'll often write until 9 or 10 at night. Then I go to bed and it starts all over again the next day. 

5. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?

I'd be an RN! I've got such mad respect for nurses and I think their work is as fascinating as it is crucial. I'm awful at math and science, though, so it's probably just as well my writing took off. ;-)  

6. Do you have any interesting writing quirks or habits?

No. I am laughably dull. 

7. What has been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned as a published author?

That people think I run the Amazon shipping department. I've gotten 1-star reviews on Amazon because readers didn't like it when my book was late. I mean, I like to go the extra mile for my readers, but I'm not going to work for the shipping department. I'm just not. 

8. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

My husband was always 100% supportive. He's the one who encouraged me to quit my day job(s) so I could write full-time. I was pretty tentative back then, and wouldn't have made the jump at that time without his encouragement. 

9. Do you have any favorite authors that you like to read?

Do you have a minute? Because I've got plenty: Hilary Mantel, Dan Jones, Stephen King, Tina Brown, Joe Hill, Andrew Vacchss, Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, David Starkey, Mike Carey, Neil Gaiman, G.R.R.M., Ann Rule...when it comes to genres and writers, I'm pretty much all over the place. I haven't even talked about the Food Network celebs whose cookbooks I love to read. (*cough* Ina Garten *cough*) 

10. What other hobbies or interests do you have?

I collect egg cups! Which is as stimulating as it sounds. 

11. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next after this for you writing wise?

More tropes! The third book in the Trope Trilogy is "Truth, Lies, and Second Dates", and it's out December 15, 2020. It's about a pilot who is trying to solve the ten-year-old murder of her best friend, and the medical examiner she teams up with. 

I've also published several new shorts on Amazon, including short story sequels to UNDEAD AND DONE. You can check them out here ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07B2CWXXT/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i6) if you're inclined. And my Amazon author page, with my backlist, is here:  https://www.amazon.com/MaryJanice-Davidson/e/B001I9VW0E/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

12. How can readers connect with you online?

It's easy! You can find me on FB ( https://www.facebook.com/maryjanicedavidson/), Twitter (@MaryJaniceD), Instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/maryjanicedavidson/), Pinterest, and my website, maryjanicedavidson.org. You cannot escape me! 

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The Love Scam is a sweet and sassy romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson.

Rake Tarbell is in trouble. When the fabulously wealthy and carefree bachelor wakes up horribly hungover in Venice, it’s not something that would normally be a problem...except he has no idea how he got there from California. Or who stole his wallet. Or who emptied his bank account of millions. Or who in the world is Lillith, the charming little girl claiming to be his long lost daughter. For the first time in his life, Rake is on his own and throwing Benjamins around aren’t going to solve his problem. Now if only the gorgeous, fun, and free-spirited woman who brought Lillith into his life was willing to help the situation…

Claire Delaney finds Rake’s problems hilarious and is not in the least bit sorry of adding to them by bringing Lillith into the mix. A pretty Midwestern girl with a streak for mischief, Claire isn't the type to hang around with a guy like Rake. Even if he is drop-dead handsome and charming as all get-out. Even if he needs help and she has all the answers. But if this helps Lillith, she will go out of her way. And with a guy like Rake, she’s willing to bend her rules a bit for some fun.

But when adventure-filled days turn to romantic nights as they search for answers, and someone starts following them through the streets of Venice, Claire realizes she's playing more than just a game. And maybe, just maybe, she isn't willing to let go of Rake or Lillith just yet.

About the Author

MaryJanice Davidson has been credited with starting paranormal chick lit. She is the author of the Undead series and Me, Myself and Why? Her books have been listed on The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, and she lists her goals as “Working for world peace, figuring out how to make potstickers, and speaking at writer and reader conferences around the world.” She lives in Minnesota.

1 comment:

penney said...

Sounds very good, thank you for the review