Monday, January 19, 2015

Snowbound & Loving It

A Bell Harbor romance

Delaney Masterson isn’t looking for fame.

Yes, she has famous parents and a reality TV show, but she’s not the wild-child celebrity the paparazzi have painted her to be. Until…The Scandal. When an old boyfriend releases a private video, Delaney’s name becomes every comedian’s favorite punch line. To escape the media, she sneaks away to Bell Harbor, Michigan—during the worst winter in fifty years.

Adventure show cameraman Grant Connelly has stayed away from Bell Harbor—mostly by choice—but when a family obligation converges with a spontaneous career decision, it’s time to return home.

When bad weather, missing money, honky-tonk musicians, and Elvis impersonators throw Grant and Delaney together on an unexpected road trip, emotions get all shook up. They know only fools fall in love, but they can’t help falling. Still, Delaney has a secret that could tear them apart forever.

Can they weather the storm? Or will this romantic ride end at the Heartbreak Hotel?
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Bestselling author TRACY BROGAN writes fun, funny contemporary romance about ordinary people finding extraordinary love. She also writes lush historical romance full of damsels causing distress – and the occasional man in a kilt. A two-time Golden Heart nominee, and two-time winner of the Golden Quill award, Brogan was also nominated by Romance Writers of America® (RWA) for a prestigious RITA award for Best First Book in 2013, and has received the coveted Amazon Publishing Diamond Award for selling over one million copies. She lives in Michigan, the state shaped like a mitten, and is therefore prone to pointing the palm of her hand to show people where she’s from.

ANGI: How are you staying warm this winter?
TRACY: My home office has a fireplace and I have it on most of the time! But when I get really cold, all I have to do is sit on the couch and dogs show up and lay all over me. Their breath smells like tennis balls, but they do provide some heat!

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
TRACY: I have a 95 year old friend named Virgil who trained to be a pilot during World War 2. But just before he got his wings, the Army realized his father was Japanese and they demoted him to the 442nd, an all Japanese regiment. It went on to become a highly decorated group and who saw a lot of action and ultimately helped liberate Dachau. After the war, Virgil went on to become an engineer and has 25 patents to his name. But the best part is that he learned to tap dance – when he was 72! He has more energy than I do! I love his spirit.

ANGI: What’s your favorite part of LOVE ME SWEET?
TRACY: There are some characters in the story based (very loosely!) on a couple of honky-tonk musicians I met during a research trip to Memphis. They were sexy, and sassy, and sang totally inappropriate lyrics, but they were fun and inspired a few great scenes.

ANGI: What’s your favorite Benedict Cumberbatch character?
TRACY: It would have to be Kahn because I’m one of the few people on the planet who have never seen Sherlock! And in spite of thinking he’s adorable (and has the best name ever), I have no idea what else he’s been in. I’m more of a Hiddleston girl.

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
TRACY: I love his arc. He starts out being kind of a dude, not really thinking about anyone but himself, but he realizes pretty early in the story that he’s got to make some changes. He’s compelled to become a better man because of what he goes through with the heroine.

ANGI: Would you rather be in a Romantic Comedy or Action Adventure?
TRACY: Hands down, a romantic comedy. Laughing is the best way to pass the time for me. And I’d be pretty useless in an action-adventure anything. I’m clumsy and spineless.

ANGI: What's your most favorite thing to do in your state?
TRACY: Weather around here can be unpredictable, which is great when I’m trying to come up with a plot element and need my characters to huddle together under a blanked to keep warm. However, it also means that sunny days are not to be taken for granted. Gorgeous summer days mean lounging at the lake and Michigan has some of the best beaches. In LOVE ME SWEET, the heroine reads about them in Conde Nast and it’s what prompts her to head to Bell Harbor.

ANGI: Western boots or high heels?
TRACY: Ironically I’m breaking in my first (and probably last) set of cowboy boots right this minute. I bought them in San Antonio during the last RWA conference. And not too long ago my thirteen year old tried them on, clicked her heels together three times and said, “There’s no place like home on the range.”

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: I noticed on Facebook that you were breaking in a new pair of western boots from San Antonio. What was your favorite thing about visiting?
TRACY’S GOTTA ANSWER:  I loved San Antonio and Texas in general. I expected it to be more… deserty and cactusy. But it was beautiful. I flew in to Dallas and the fabulous Elizabeth Essex drove me across the state for a little hush-hush research trip. We stopped at a Butterfly Garden right in the middle of virtually nowhere. Well, to me it seemed like the middle of nowhere. By Texas geographical standards, it was probably someplace! Then we moseyed on to San Antonio. After buying a ceramic armadillo.

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Right now I’m working on a Christmas novella called JINGLE BELL HARBOR which will come out next fall, then I’m completely switching gears and finishing up a World War Two love story. This is one I’ve carried around in my head for a long time and I’m so excited to finish it and share it!

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TRACY WANTS TO KNOW: Grant and Delaney get snowbound during the worst Michigan winter in fifty years. So my question for you is, if you had to be (or got to be!) snowed in with one other person, real or fictional, living or not, who would you choose and why?


  1. I would pick my husband because he knows me best. We live in Canada so we get snowed in quite a bit....

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  2. Welcome back to GLIAS, Tracy. Great interview. I just spent Saturday with Elizabeth Essex...

    1. Elizabeth Essex is one of my favorite people!!

  3. I would pick Hawke from Nalini Singh changeling series. he is hot and a wolf he would be able to keep me entirely warm lol ;)

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    1. Good thinking. Someone who can whip up a fabulous meal with whatever is in the pantry!

  5. I would pick Josh Holloway from LOST. He is just too cute.


    1. Mmmmm, I love Josh Holloway!! Those eyes. Those dimples!!

  6. Since I'm experienced this a couple of times, I'll stick with my husband... he's used to my quirkiness.

  7. My husband. He's my best friend, my lover, my protector, and he can cook.

  8. My husband...he can cook, keep me warm, shovel and make me laugh (and not freak out!!)

  9. My husband - he can cook and he can fix things too. Plus, he is my best friend and true love.

  10. I'd choose my mom because we love chatting and she can cook for me lol

  11. My husband since we don't have enough time as just the two of us!