Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Get Lost in a Story and Author Vickie L. King

Get Lost in a Story readers, I'm pleased to present Author Vickie L. King author of Carly's Rule!

About Carly's Rule 

Pastry Chef Carly Braddock only ever loved one man, Luke Donovan, who disappeared from her life years ago, breaking her heart and leaving her to wonder what happened to him.  When he walks into Sugar Plums, her bakery/cafe, and back into her life after all this time, she isn’t in a forgiving mood. 

Though he doesn’t know it, her experience with him shaped the other relationships in her life and led her to create a rule to protect her heart. What neither counts on is that the chemistry between them is still as fierce and tangible as it was all those years ago, and Carly doesn’t know until her heart is completely involved once again that Luke has kept an important part of his life from her. 

With so much baggage between them and so many bittersweet memories, can she break the rule she created to protect her heart in order to find a second chance for love?

Now let's learn about Vickie L. King

DONNELL:  Hi, Vickie, welcome to Get Lost in a Story.  I’ve often heard people say your books should be a Hallmark movie. What do you think.  Would Carly’s Rule make a good screenplay?

VICKIE: I’m flattered that people think of Hallmark when they think of Carly’s Rule. I’m big on emotion and character development. That said, Carly’s Rule is a reunion story. I think most readers of romance are open to stories where the couple were previously in love and haven’t seen each other for years. When they come back together in the story they’re usually carrying lots of emotional baggage. I love Hallmark movies, and for me, I like that tug on my emotions. I would like to think that Carly’s Rule would make a good Hallmark movie.

DONNELL:  You’re the producer of this high-budget film and agents are clamoring all over you to use their actor.  Who plays Luke?  And what actress plays Carly?

VICKIE:  Oh wow, now I really have to put my thinking cap on. I love anything Reese Witherspoon plays in. She’s so talented. I think she would make a good Carly. She may not look like the Carly in my head, but the personality is there, and that’s the most important thing. For Luke, maybe Bradley Cooper. I think he’d be a good Luke.

DONNELL:  Who was the most interesting character in this book?

VICKIE: Hmm. I would have to say Luke. He works in wood preservation now, but as a boy, he learned to whittle. He likes to bring wood back to life, whether it’s a rickety banister in a house or an old desk in a schoolroom in Montana. He can fix just about anything, but he can’t fix what is wrong between him and his twelve-year-old daughter.

DONNELL:  Is this book optimistic or pessimistic?

VICKIE:  Optimistic. Not only is it set in a beautiful small town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, every paragraph and page is a rocky step toward healing for Carly and for Luke as well. Even though they had a previous relationship, I believe a reader will want to travel the road with them to see if they find love and happiness and how they work out all their problems.

DONNELL:  Let’s talk about Vickie King.  What’s your favorite room in your house, and is it where you do your writing?

VICKIE:  My favorite room in my house would have to be my bedroom, and yes it’s where I do my writing. It’s spacious enough that I have a corner of my bedroom devoted to writing. I have all that I need in here—desk, laptop, printer, and I even have a Keurig set up at the end of my dresser, so that I can douse myself in caffeine. LOL. I used to have a room that was dedicated to the main computer and all my books. I had five floor to ceiling bookshelves, and that still wasn’t enough. Once the grandkids came along, my desk and writing got moved to the bedroom. The computer room is now a playroom with a small corner designated for our household computer. My books are now packed into Rubbermaid containers and stored in my closet and under my bed. I have one bookshelf left and it’s cram-packed. I mostly buy digital books, but I still love the feel and smell of a paper book.

DONNELL:  What’s in your refrigerator right now?

VICKIE:  Gosh, I actually need to go to the store. Yogurt, juice, condiments, several kinds of cheese, ham and turkey lunchmeat, oranges sliced up and stored in a ziplock bag or they won’t get eaten, tortillas, veggies that need cooked and probably some leftovers. The freezer is full, but that would require one of us cooking. We do a lot of fending for ourselves around here. 

DONNELL:  What book have you read that’s on your keeper shelf and that you’ll read over and over again?

VICKIE: My favorite book ever is Girl of the Limberlost by Jean Stratton Porter. I read it when I was about fourteen, and I have loved it ever since.

VICKIE:  Donnell, thanks so much for having me.  A-n-d I have big news.  Starting Tomorrow at midnight, Feb 28, 2014, Carly's Rule is part of Amazon's Daily Deal.  Deeply discounted, you can get Carly's Rule for $1.99.

VICKIE L. KING'S QUESTION FOR READERS:  I would love to give away two copies of Carly’s Rule. My question is what is their favorite romance book, and what is it about this book that makes it their favorite?  Both parts of the question must be answered. I’ll draw two names from the answers. Please ask them to list an e-mail, so I can get their address if a US residents wants a paper copy. They can choose digital if they want. Those outside the US will get a digital copy.

Contact Links.
I love to hear from readers. They may contact me at VLWKING@AOL.COM or on facebook at They may follow me on Twitter

Thanks for being our guest, Vickie!


Lara Lacombe said...

Welcome to the blog, Vickie! I wish I could pick just one romance book as a favorite, but it's just too hard! :)

Mary Preston said...


I think my all time favourite romance book would have to be WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Memorable characters & an all consuming love. Time for a re-read I think.



Vickie said...

Thanks for having me!

Vickie said...

Mary, great book! I'm right there with you on the memorable characters and an all consuming love. Thank you for stopping by.

May said...

I have to say Anne of Green Gables. It is because the book is fun even without the romance. Anne us a great heroine.

Vickie said...

Anne of Green Gables is one of my all time favorites, too. Yes, Anne was a great heroine. Very spunky and spirited.

Donnell Ann Bell said...

Welcome to GLIAS, and congrats on the Daily Deal tomorrow. I'm with Lara, so many. Let me think about this one! xxoo

Vickie said...

The previous facebook address I gave isn't working. Here is a corrected one:
Plus, we are having a big event tomorrow on my facebook page with prizes because Carly's Rule will be an Amazon Daily Deal for Kindle at $1.99 all day on Friday, February 28th.

Vickie said...
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Vickie said...

Thanks, Donnell. I'm excited about the Daily Deal tomorrow. We have lots of prizes to give away on my facebook page.
I listed my favorite book, but choosing my favorite romance book is much more difficult.

Elizabeth Sinclair said...

Having been Vickie critique partner for more years than either of us want to reveal, I've never read any of her work that I haven't fallen in love with. However, that CARLY'S RULE is her first sale just pleased me no end. It's a beautiful reunion story and those are my favorites. She handles emotion like few authors can. Good luck with the Daily Deal tomorrow, Vickie.

Eve Gaddy said...

Loved Carly's Rule, Vickie! I have too many favorites to pick just one, but Mary Stewart is still and always will be one of my favorite authors. This Rough Magic, Airs Above the Ground, Nine Coaches Waiting, Madam Will You Talk. And all the others.:) I like her heroines, who are strong women even as they struggle. And her heroes are to die for! Who can forget Raoul once you've read Nine Coaches Waiting?

Laurie I said...

My favorite romance book thus far is Pride and Prejudice. You have to love how two people who initially didn't care for one another learned to put aside their pride and their prejudice, came to appreciate each other, and fell in love. I also love second chance love stories....yours sounds wonderful!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Liglesias3 [at] gmail [dot] com

Vickie said...

Thank you. I appreciate that. Want to list your favorite romance and why? :-)

Vickie said...

Love strong heroines! Thanks, Eve. Hope to see you on my FB tomorrow for the giveaways.

Vickie said...

Laurie, yes Pride and Prejudice is a great story. I like to watch them work out their problems, too. Hope you can make it to the event tomorrow.

Loralee said...

Vickie, congratulations on the debut of CARLY'S RULE. Loved the characters and their story and I look forward to reading your next book. As to a favorite book, I admit it's usually the one I'm reading at the time. As a child, I loved National Velvet, Black Beauty. Any book about horses will always be close to my heart. The first romance I read and loved was The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. My list has grown since then. I love finding new authors to read and add to my list.

Vickie said...

Loralee, thanks for stopping by. I know several people whose favorite book was The Flame and the Flower. I also love to find new authors.

Laurie I said...

Sounds like fun....I'll be there.

bn100 said...

pride and prejudice for the characters

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

There is no way I can pick just ONE favorite book, but one that I love is:
YOURS UNTIL DAWN by Teresa Medeiros

It's a historical romance with a wounded war hero who is now blind and fights against anyone who tries to help him. He secludes himself with only his servants as he fumbles through what's left of his life. Then his brother hires a 'nurse' to help him deal with the blindness and the battle of wills begins. ;)

I rarely re-read books, but I have with this one. I'm a sucker for a wounded warrior and books that are full of emotions.

Marcy Shuler

Vickie said...

The winners of the books are Mary Preston and BN100 and they have been sent e-mails. Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me at Get Lost in a Story. Congratulations to the two winners.

Vickie said...

I know what you mean, Marcy. I'm have a soft spot in my heart for a wounded warrior, too. Thank you for stopping by.

Donnell Ann Bell said...

Wow, Vickie, you are on top of things. Thank you so much everyone for stopping by and don't forget to spread the word about Vickie L. King's DEAL OF THE DAY February 28, 2014 on Amazon for Carly's Rule!

Judith Arnold said...

Congrats on your debut, Vickie. The book sounds wonderful!