I couldn’t be more excited to introduce a very good friend of mine—someone who is directly responsible for me being a published author. Shea McMaster lives in Anchorage, Alaska and we met during the three years I spent in that wonderful state. We grew up as writers together (although she was published first and ahead of her time in e-format!!) and pushed one another to excel. I’m so happy for her success and I know you’ll love her newest series of books: The Robinsons Series from Lyrical/Kensington. She’s here today to share Books 1 and 2 with us: Her Foreign Affair and Her Unexpected Affair --which releases TODAY!!
The softer, sweeter side of her alter ego Morgan O’Reilly, Shea McMaster lives for traditional romance. Join me in welcoming her to Get Lost in a Story!
THE STORY BLURBS
Her Foreign Affair
Twenty-two years ago, she ran out on the love of her life—and took a secret with her.
When Randi Jean Ferguson fell for Courtland Robinson while studying abroad in London, she was ready for a life of tea and crumpets. But when she discovered Court was being forced into a shotgun wedding, there was no way she could stay—or tell him she was also pregnant with his child. Now widowed, Randi is just starting to consider finding Court—when he shows up at her door. With his son. Randi’s not ready to reveal everything to Court, but if she doesn’t will both their children end up scarred?
The best thing to come out of Court’s unhappy marriage was his son. But he’s spent the last twenty-two years thinking about Randi, his California girl, his first—and only—love. Now a widower, he takes a chance he’s only fantasized about and seeks her out. At last he’ll solve his heart’s greatest mystery—but that won’t be the only surprise in store for him.
Her Unexpected Affair
This was a detour worth taking . . .
For as long as she can remember, Meilin Wu has had her life mapped out, and she's well down her chosen path--which had no warning signs about a tall, golden Brit who would bowl her over the night before her arranged marriage engagement became official. . .
Drew Robinson has nearly finished his formal education and is ready to face the world when he meets Meilin, an exquisite beauty with Chinese ancestry. He doesn't mind she's ten years older, and the fact she knows Mandarin only makes her that much more a perfect fit for his upcoming adventures in China. He just has to get her to dump her fiancé and convince her that a trip in China will only enhance her established design business.
Easy for a guy who's known for seeing sunshine wherever he goes. Right?
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AND NOW! A SUPER FUN Q&A WITH SHEA!
LIZ: What was your favorite book as a child?
SHEA: The Golden Shoes. I loved the story of the mother rabbit who delivered Easter Eggs. One year she was tasked with delivering a very special egg to a very sick child. The artwork was gorgeous and kept me checking it out of the school library
LIZ: How did you come up with the idea for this book?
SHEA: Book 1, Her Foreign Affair, was my nod to the secret baby theme. I got the idea after reading a Jennifer Greene book, Blame It On Paris. From there, it just grew. Especially when my publisher asked for two more books a couple weeks after it released last year.
LIZ: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
SHEA: Well, usually, before this past spring, I’d say knitting, crocheting, even a little quilting. This past 12 months has included the writing of two full length novels, a couple quilts, travel with elderly mother, then putting my gorgeous house up for sale and moving myself, husband, and dog into my mother’s house to keep an eye on her while we transition into moving out of Anchorage to be closer to my husband’s new job in Palmer, Alaska. So today, what I enjoy most is napping with my yellow lab, Neo! And reading. Lots and lots of reading.
LIZ: If you described your book in three words, which would you choose?
SHEA: Fun, sexy, romantic.
LIZ: Time for a mini blitz!
SHEA: Favorite color? Green
Song? Nights in White Satin
Movie? While You Were Sleeping
Summer or winter? Summer!
Morning or night? Summer nights
Rain or shine? Both
Sweet or salty? Both are best together
LIZ: Name three things on your desk right now.
SHEA: Lap top, Cordless phone, Tiger Balm Muscle Rub
LIZ: Do you have any favorite authors? How did they influence your writing?
SHEA: Wow. I can give a partial list, and not necessarily in this order: Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Greene, Jennifer Bernard, Jackie Ivie, Boone Brux, Maxine Mansfield, Tam Linsey, Lizbeth Selvig, Erin Nicholas, Jennifer Crusie/Bob Mayer, David Eddings, J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert Asprin, J. Morgan, Gail Delaney, and so, so many more! I know I’m forgetting at least two dozen or more who belong on this list. Each one brings a bit of wisdom, humor, or a twist that makes me either smile or stop and think for a moment. Rarely do I get pulled out of the story by mistakes or weird syntax. Their writing flows and draws me in so deep I feel as if I’m right there with the Characters. The stories stick with me, some for many, many years.
LIZ: Wow—I am so honored to be in that amazing list. The feeling is quite mutual, you know! Thank you!
LIZ: Where is your favorite place to write?
SHEA: I have an arm chair with a tiny desk and an ottoman that’s perfect for my dog to curl up on. He sleeps there, keeping me warm and I can get into the story for a few hours at a time. I do my best writing when sprinting with a buddy.
LIZ: What’s on your bucket list for this year?
SHEA: Actually sewing together the rows I gathered last year for the Row by Row Challenge for quilters nationwide (and Canada!). Most of my bucket dreams are super big ticket items. Have to gather a list of lower cost items to do!
LIZ HAS GOTTA ASK: What’s the most personal thing you’ve ever put in one of your books?
SHEA: Ahem. Sorry, NOT going there!!
LIZ: Oh, you. One day I'll get you . . .
DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS?
What is the wildest story you’ve heard about Alaska, and would you travel here just to see if it’s true? Or ask me and I’ll do my best to give you an answer.
I have an eBook copy of “Her Unexpected Affair” to one person. (I’ll need your email address to send.)
TODAY! June 21, 2016 Her Unexpected Affair
November 2016 Her Improper Affair
June 2015 Her Foreign Affair
November 2011 Rachel Dahlrumple