This next year, I am thrilled to be partnering with Tina for a pop-up author signing at RT 2017 in Atlanta. (Time and date TBA) She writes contemporary romantic fiction, grew up in one of my favorite cities in the whole world--New Orleans-- and has kicked ass, fighting stage 3 cancer--I admire and love her so much and know you will , too!
So, getting started--let's find out a little about Tina...WELCOME Tina!!
TINA: Thank you Amanda for inviting me to be part of your exciting blog. I love talking about my books, in particular the latest story of my Second Chance Novel series, each of which can be read as stand-alones.
Amanda: Tell us a bit about the series and your other books.
TINA: What inspired me to write the novella, Hunt for Christmas, are the lovely memories I have from when I was reporter covering the Bayou Christmas boat parades in South Louisiana. Those boat parades touched all of my senses! There were the beautiful multi-colored lights reflecting off of the still bayou water; the cheerful music greeting people on the banks who sat on lawn chairs or on blankets waving to the boats that passed by; the excited voices on board the boats as they held a warm, fragrant mug of hot chocolate or seasoned bowl of gumbo as stories were shared of Christmas memories. I loved it all both onboard one of the boats and from the banks. I always wanted to write a romance including those memories and got the chance when I was invited by the remarkable author, Barbara Devlin, to join the Under the Kissing Bough Christmas collection. I knew exactly where I wanted to set the story- in the bayou community where the other Second Chance novels were set. I also knew that I wanted to include the Christmas boat parades to share the remarkable feelings I enjoyed when I participated in them!
TINA:I am a stage 3 breast cancer survivor. In my journey to fight the deadly disease, I found Elli's journey. I used my fears, emotions, triumphs and those of the people fighting cancer alongside of me, to create Elli's story when Elli redefines her life after cancer in that wonderful, difficult, joyful, fearful time after the treatment ends.
Note: Tina wants you to know that all of the author proceeds for Elli will be donated to help women who are fighting breast cancer with important needs that is unmet by other means. Find out more at: www.tinadesalvo.com
Amanda: We're a week before Christmas, what is one of your favorite holiday traditions?
Amanda: That makes my mouth water just reading about it! What fun! It has been wonderful getting to k now more about you! Where can readers find out more and connect with you?
HOLIDAY FUN!! CAN YOU NAME THE ISLAND VILLAGE TINA MENTIONED IN HER NEW HOLIDAY BOOK?
One person-chosen at random-- leaving a comment will receive eBook copies of the first two novels in the Second Chance series--Elli and Jewel!
*CONTEST OPEN UNTIL DEC.20. AND WINNER NOTIFIED DIRECTLY FROM AMANDA MCINTYRE TO ARRANGE DELIVERY! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!