Friday, December 18, 2015

Get Lost in THIS LOVE OF MINE with Miranda Liasson

Help me welcome another of my Golden Heart sisters to the crew!  This is Miranda Liasson.  She and I were finalists together in 2013 - the Lucky13s.  And she was won!  It was her debut --THIS THING CALLED LOVE--Book 1 in the Mirror Lake series.  Her great cover is below.

Don't forget to comment for a chance to win Book 2 in her Mirror Lake series.  MIRANDA WILL KEEP THE DRAWING OPEN THROUGH SUNDAY!

Meet Miranda Liasson
Miranda Liasson loves to write stories about courageous but flawed characters who find love despite themselves, because there’s nothing like a great love story. And if there are a few laughs along the way, even better! She’s a former Golden Heart winner who writes lighthearted contemporary romance for Montlake Publishing and also writes series romance for Entangled Publishing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, three kids, and Posey, a rescue cat with attitude.



Let's talk about the second book in the Mirror Lake series THIS LOVE OF MINE.

The Story Blurb

Bridal shop owner Meg Halloran spends her days making other women’s wedding dreams come true—and her nights dreaming of her childhood crush, hometown heartthrob Dr. Benjamin Rushford. After a lifetime of wearing her heart on her sleeve, she’s done waiting. Meg’s ready to find love, with or without him. Moving on feels right—until Ben pops an unexpected question.
To win the open ER position in Mirror Lake, Ben has to convince the board that he’s settled and ready to put down roots. His latest stroke of genius? Asking Meg, the local good girl, to be his pretend girlfriend. With her by his side, he’s a shoo-in for the job. But he’s in over his head because, as much as he tries to deny it, Meg tempts him. And if she learns the truth about a secret that has shadowed and shaped his life, will she ever be able to forgive him?

Ooooh - sounds delicious!

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“I can’t dance,” she blurted. It was a trauma from her teenage years, when her prom date had gone so far as to mock her, saying dancing was an indication of how sexual a person was and she was clearly frigid. After that slap down, she’d never set a toe out on any dance floor ever again.
“Everyone can dance.” Ben said it as easily as if he’d said everyone eats or everyone farts. “It’s terrific stress relief. Just fake it.” 
How far did she have to go to spell this out? She planted her feet and stood her ground. “You don’t understand. I was a wallflower in high school. I never danced. I only dance at home under the most private of circumstances.” And even then her cats tended to hide under the bed. “I’m completely missing the dancing gene. I suck. A klutz. I’ll totally embarrass—”
He laughed.
She almost stomped a foot, for lack of any other way to get him to listen. “Did you hear what I just said?”
Before she could finish her sentence, he grabbed her by the hand and strode out to the dance floor with her in tow.
“I don’t expect this night could get any worse than it is now. Just follow me.”
Before she could protest, he wrapped his arms around her waist and held her securely. Under any other circumstance, she would have thought she’d died and gone to heaven. But as it was, her hell was only just beginning.
“What possessed you to tell them we’re taking ballroom dance lessons?”
He spun her around and caught her expertly. As if she weren’t dizzy enough from his nearness, his hot body, and dammit, his amazing dance moves. She managed to calm down enough to look him in the eye.
He was still smiling. Not just any old smile, either. One that was big and wide and reached all the way to his eyes. It was a tragedy. Because it said, with every bit of its radiance, that beyond a doubt, Ben Rushford loved to dance. Little crinkles surrounded the corners of his eyes, giving him a mature, sexy look that made Meg want to settle her hands on his cheeks and pull him closer and kiss those lines and every other blessed part of his too-handsome face.
“Stop worrying so much,” he said, boogying down to the beat. “Do you realize what you’ve done?”
“No, but I know what I’m about to do. Embarrass us both on this dance floor.”
He shook her gently. She loved the feel of his hands on her, firm and sure. Hands that knew exactly what they were doing. And she wanted them roaming over every other part of her body right now.
“Meggie, you saved my ass. You reassured Donaldson. You showed you love our town. In other words, you made me look good and I’m so grateful to you for that.”
She scanned his eyes. They held honesty and sincerity in their chocolate-colored depths. And something more. A desire to make her feel better, to take away her discomfort. That unabashedly touched her more than any compliment he could give her. Before she could process all that, the music tempo changed to a hot Havana beat.
“Okay, baby, here we go. Hold on tight!” Ben’s face lit up with clear glee as he spun and twirled, tipped and swayed, keeping a hard and fast grip on her at all times.
He put his hands on her hips and had her mimic his own movements.
Terror threatened to freeze her limbs but she couldn’t not do . . . something. Maybe it was the fact that she felt responsible for doing whatever she could to help him get this job. But maybe it was the look of pure joy on Ben’s face that mesmerized her, made her feel giddy and . . . happy. Yes, happy in a way that made her throw herself into the dancing with reckless abandon for the first time in her life. She shook, she shimmied, she did wild and crazy things like swung and swayed and twisted. The disastrous evening seemed far away, and she was enveloped in Ben’s smile, his confident touch, and his cocky swagger as he clearly loved every move.
He drew her near and said into her ear, “Hang on for the finale, sweetheart.” Before she could respond, he pushed her until she flew away from him, then when their arms were fully outstretched and they were holding on only by their fingertips, he reeled her slowly back in until their bodies were touching, hips swaying together in a rhythm fueled by the erotic beat of the music.
As he flung her out one final time, she lost balance a little and cast out an arm to compensate. She stumbled, clutching at him to avoid falling. That was when she heard the rip.
The first sensation was relief—she could finally breathe. But that was followed quickly by terror as she realized the entire seam along the backside of her dress had ripped wide open, and the entire restaurant was about to catch a full and unobstructed view of her ass.
She spun and backed up against Ben’s body, plastering herself flat against him.
“Wow, Meggie,” Ben said as she ground into his crotch. “I never realized dancing got you so hot.”
She twisted her neck around far enough to send him the stink eye. Then she clutched at him for dear life.
“Do not move away from me,” she managed.
“Sure, no problem. Are you . . . flirting with me? Because if you are, I’m all in.” As she pushed against him, he wrapped his hands around her upper arms, a move which normally would have caused goose bumps to course up and down their lengths.
She scootched up against his chest and put her mouth near his ear. “Listen to me carefully. I’m only going to say this once. I am not flirting with you. My dress tore and . . .”
He stilled suddenly. “And what?” he asked.
“And I always wear undies. I never go anywhere without them. Except maybe for today.”
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A LIGHTING ROUND OF Q&A WITH MIRANDA LIASSON

NAN: How often do you get lost in a story?

MIRANDA: I have been getting lost in stories since I was old enough to read. My mom used to take me to the library in our small town often, and the head librarian there was very kind and patient. She was always making suggestions about good books and holding books for me, and exposed me to many wonderful books I never would have read. She looked out for me! I read everything, from fairy tales to literary classics to every beat-up Barbara Cartland paperback I could get my hands on.
How wonderful!

NAN:     What’s your favorite movie of all time?

MIRANDA:   The summer of 1980, The Empire Strikes Back came out. I was a teenager, working at a gas station, filling up cars (yes, before self serve!), washing windshields, and checking oil. I was also suffering a broken heart. I saw Empire with my girlfriends and found myself so captivated with Leia and Han Solo, I saw the movie three more times that summer (twice by myself!) Oh, the power of a handsome scoundrel! Leia was a kick-butt woman character—I mean, she was a kick-butt Princess, how much better can that get! who could dish it out to Han as fast as he could dish it back—and they had chemistry out the wazoo.  
And that kiss! That wonderful, amazing scene where he says There aren’t enough scoundrels in your life and she says I happen to like nice men and he says I’m a nice man and then she says No, you’re not. I imbibed that! Totally lapped it up and came back for more.  




You must be excited that the next Star Wars is bringing back Hans!

  NAN:     Is writing or story-telling easier for you?

MIRANDA:   I seem to think the best on paper. Ask me to actually tell a story or a joke out loud and I’m sunk. Weird, huh?
Me too.

NAN:    What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?

MIRANDA:   I love smart, sassy heroines and guys who have a heart of gold that maybe can’t be seen immediately because they’re dealing with other problems. But once they get over their issues, they are true blue honest-to-goodness fabulous guys who love with all their heart.
Nice.

NAN:     What is your favorite tradition from your childhood that you would love to pass on or did pass on to your children?


MIRANDA:   My mother was Polish American and she passed down to us the tradition of Polish Christmas Eve. Originally, we’re told there were twelve courses, one for each apostle. But we “only” have eight. It’s an elaborate affair with many traditional foods that we’ve kept intact. The meal begins with whiskey shots! The first year I brought my now-husband to dinner, he was shocked, because even the littlest of the kids gets a taste! (Talk about corrupting kids early :)
 It’s kind of amazing, because my mother is gone, my brother and sister-in-law’s kids are grown and some of them married, and our spouses from different backgrounds but we all gather every year and make and embrace this amazing meal. My mom would be so proud. It’s a lot of work!
One thing we don’t do is put hay on the table. My mom said that when she was a little kid, the table caught fire! Yikes!
Sounds fabulous!!  (Everything except the whiskey shots!)

NAN'S GOTTA ASK:   What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?

MIRANDA'S  GOTTA ANSWER:   Thank you! This is the first year I’ve been published, and I’ve had three books release. I really appreciate the support and kind comments!
Ahhh - that's lovely.

FIND MIRANDA LIASSON:
Miranda loves to hear from readers! Find her at:
Contact: mirandaliasson@gmail.com
Twitter: @mirandaliasson

MIRANDA WANTS TO KNOW--Did a movie or book impact you like The Empire Strikes Back affected me? Please share!

COMMENTERS -- MIRANDA  is giving away a signed copy of This Love of Mine (North America only).

32 comments:

  1. Nan, just wanted to say thanks so much for having me today! And happy holidays, everyone!

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  2. I really enjoyed the interview. Your mom sounds like a riot! What great holiday memories!

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  3. I really enjoyed the interview. Your mom sounds like a riot! What great holiday memories!

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  4. Hi Sheri--my mom was a riot! My mother in law told me something you and I know very well--you never stop missing your mom, no matter how old you are! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Welcome Miranda! So glad you could visit the crew!! I think it was the Ring Trilogy. (My brother bought it for me one Christmas) I had never read any adult fantasy. It lead me to Science Fiction that I devoured like candy! The world of possibilities!

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  6. Enjoyed the interview, Miranda and Nan. I'm a huge Star Wars fan! The movie I watch every Christmas morning, though, is Camelot, the musical, the one with Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave. I cry at the end every single time.

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    1. Hi Sandy! I need to put Camelot on my list! How did I get to be this old and never see that??? Happy holidays and thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Great interview and great book! Loved Meg and Ben's story and the other crazy characters you included as well. I loved Star Wars too! But one of the best romantic movies for me is Never Been Kissed with Drew Barrymore. The ending of that movie in the stadium as the clock winds down and she waits for her man is killer! Then you think he isn't going to show and THEN he does and kisses her. Best ending ever. And her character puts herself out on a limb for love. What romances are all about.
    Thanks for sharing your Christmas tradition too. Sounds great!

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    1. Oh, I love that movie too! I forgot about the ending...I'll have to watch it when I come up for air from edits. Putting that on my list! Thanks for stopping, AE :)

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  8. Quigley Down Under. As damaged as those characters were, and the courage they showed when they got creative in order to get their Happy Ever After...and Tom Selleck has been my secret crush for most of my life!

    LOVED your excerpt, Miranda! Great sense of humor!!! Merry Christmas!

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  9. Hi Leslie! I never saw that one either! (Oh now, now I have a movie TBR list to join the enormous book one I have!)

    BTW, I've got your Christmas novella and Nan's Savannah Christmas Wish all cranked up and ready to go on my kindle...when the craziness is over, I'm going to settle down and enjoy them (heavy sigh, wish it were today).

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  10. A movie that I can watch over and over again is Ever After... love the fairy tale with a strong heroine! Enjoyed reading the Q&A! Thanks for sharing! greenshamrock at cox dot net :) Happy Holidays!

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    1. I love Ever After. This is the second Drew Barrymore movie people have mentioned (See Never Been Kissed above)! Thanks Colleen for stopping by and happy holidays to you too!

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  11. My kids and I watched Christmas Vacation every year when they were young. Even now every time I watch it it brings back great memories.
    This Love of Mine sounds like a fabulous read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Our family is like that with Love Actually! Thanks so much and happy holidays!

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    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  13. Hi Miranda, I enjoyed hearing about your Christmas traditions. It's great when the family carries them onto the next generation. THIS LOVE OF MINE was a fun book to read. Waiting on more from you. Merry Christmas.

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  14. Merry Christmas, Barb! Thanks for coming by.

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  15. Oh, it sounds WONDERFUL, Miranda! I can hardly wait to read it! Movie that had the biggest impact on me- CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, I became a speech pathologist a few years later- minored in audiology and American Sign Language.

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  16. Sarah! Hi! I remember Marlee Matlin, didn't she get Best Actress for that role? Amazing how films and books can influence us. They are very powerful. Hope you have a great holiday--thanks for stopping in!

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  17. Jane Eyre. I first read it as a tween. And then again and again at different stages of my life. Each time, coming away with new insights. I recently listened to an interview with Cary Fukunaga on Fresh Air and he was talking about writing and directing the movie version of Jane Eyre. Fascinating discussion about the identity and essence of Jane and Rochester. Now I have to find time to watch this movie :-)

    Merry Christmas, Miranda! I loved reading about your holiday traditions and I can't wait to read the second book in the Mirror Lake series.

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  18. Hi Krista! The thing I love about reading a literary classic at different times in your life is that it always impacts you in new and different ways--I bet you feel that with Jane Eyre. These books are so rich that you can't help but find new insights each time through. I hope you do watch the movie version and happy holidays!

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  19. Loved this interview, Nan and Miranda! And that excerpt--huge smile on my face right now--brava, Miranda! :D Oh gosh, tough question…one of the first that pops into my mind is STEALING BEAUTY. It's one of Liv Tyler's earliest roles and takes place in Tuscany. It gorgeously captures first love and loss and heartbreak, plus the cinematography is breathtaking!!! Punched me right in the feels! <3

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  20. Darcy! I haven't heard of Stealing Beauty--another movie for my TBW pile (to be watched :). Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. Arriving late to the party, but so glad I did! Love your interview & especially your excerpt, Miranda! Meg and Ben sounds like awesome characters. I remember a friend going to see Star Wars and coming back to tell us all about it. Since I was a pre-teen living on a farm next to a very small town without a movie theater (and without much hope of seeing the movie until I moved to the big city), her spoilers were much appreciated. My, how different things are today! I would not be happy with a friend revealing info about a movie as cool as that.

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  22. Hi Jacqui! I was telling my eighteen year old son what life was like without VHS tapes or DVD's...how we could never watch something over and over. If you didn't live nearby anything, you didn't have the opportunity to "wait for the DVD." Thanks for sharing and hope you have lovely holidays!

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  23. I don't know about a movie impacting me, but I love "You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan! I can never watch it enough!!

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    1. Hi Linda! A classic. Happy holidays, thanks for sharing!

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  24. I wanted to thank Nan again for having me and everyone for stopping by and sharing.

    The winner of a copy of This Love of Mine (picked through random.org) is Linda! Linda, email me at mirandaliasson.com and I'll arrange to send it to you.

    Happy holidays, everyone!

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    1. You are so welcome Miranda! It was great having you here!

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  25. I meant to write email me at mirandaliasson@gmail.com! Sorry about that! (Although if you go through the contact tab on my website, it goes to the same place!)

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