Passion Creek by Avery Flynn
Blurb:Uptight history professor Sam Layton may have the abs of a movie action hero, but he stopped believing in the joy of adventure a long time ago. However, when a one-night stand with a tattooed bombshell leads to a treasure map for the long-buried Rebecca’s Bounty, the call to action is too strong to ignore.
All Las Vegas cocktail waitress Josie Winarsky wants to do is paint. But when she lands smack dab in the middle in a mob plot, she has to push aside her dreams to find a treasure in Dry Creek, Nebraska and save her family from harm. With Sam at her side and a Vegas loan shark on her tail, the treasure she finds turn out to be much more valuable than emeralds and rubies.
This book is intended for Adults 18+
1. Tell us a little about yourself: Do you write full time? How’d you get started?
I do write full time, but unfortunately I spend about 40 percent of my day writing about teeth. Yeah ... trust me you don’t want to know. What can I tell you about me? Well I’m a bit of a smart ass (shocker, I know), I am addicted to coffee and in my humble, if obviously correct, opinion Oreos are the best food every invented.
2. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a total plotter. I like to work things out in my head and on paper before I start writing. It makes it so much easier to sneak in the clues to solving the mystery if I know who did it before I get to the last chapter. That said, I’d love to be a pantser if I could, but spontaneity is not one of my fine qualities.
3. Do you find it difficult to maintain the arc between the three stories in the Layton Family series, or does the connection between the characters helps to tell the story?
I see the Layton Series as stand-alone books, so that makes it easier for me in the planning stages. There are character overlaps - there’s no way I could keep Glenda out of a book - but I want readers to be able to pick up any of the Layton books and not miss out on something because they haven’t gotten a chance to read the others yet. The series is planned for four books telling each one of the Layton siblings’ stories with each book set in a different season so if you read the books in order, it starts in the summer with Claire and Jake, moves into fall with Hank and Beth, continues into winter with Sam and Josie and will finish up in the spring with Chris and ... Oh, I can’t give that away yet!
4. What do you think readers will find appealing about Sam Layton and Josie Winarsky? What makes them likeable? What makes us cringe?
What is not to like about Sam? He’s the black sheep of the Layton clan because he’s the normal one who would rather eat glass than be the center of attention. He’s smart, teaches a class about Midwestern feminists and has abs that make women weep. Of course, he’s not without his faults: he’s stubborn, quick to judge and can be completely uptight - but that’s why Josie is such a good fit for him. Josie is brash, bold and not afraid to poke at the grumpy bear. I just love Josie. The girl would be great to have at your table on girls’ night.
5. What’s the hardest thing about starting a new book? What’s the easiest?
The ecstasy of a new idea. I’m telling you it is like a cold beer on a hot day it feels so good. That is my favorite part of starting a new book. The hardest has to be stopping myself from diving right into the story without planning a bit first to make sure it’s going to turn out just like I want.
6. Who’s your favorite author (any genre)? Got any great book suggestions for end of summer vacation reading?
My favorite author as of this moment is Tana French. She is an Irish mystery author and she is fabulous. She’s is on my must buy hardcover list. Go read her books, you will not regret it.
7. What’s your philosophy on book covers: scorch the ink right off the page, or weave a little mystery into its contents?
I’m going to return to my days as a cub reporter to answer this one. I asked my editor how long an article should be and the advice he gave me really could apply to book covers: It should be like a woman’s skirt - long enough to cover what needs to be covered and short enough to make it interesting.
8. What do you do when you’re not writing?
I read alot. My goal this year is 100 books and I’ve hit the halfway point, so I’m a bit behind.
9. What are the Waterworld Mermaids?
The Waterworld Mermmaids (www.waterworldmermaids.com) are a group of Washington Romance Writers author who I’m lucky enough to be a part of. They are such a fun group of people. There are 13 of us and we all blog on the site, do book reviews, have giveaways, write free read stories and more. My favorite feature is called Guy Day and that’s when one of the mermaids interviews a guy to get their perspective on things. I was forced to interview a group of Marines when it was my turn for Guy Day - oh the horror. :)
10. And in honor of your Friday Man Wars: Superman or Batman? Matt Damon or Jeremy Renner? Sean Connery or Daniel Craig? Vampire Eric or Werewolf Alcide? Robocop or Iron Man?
Fun! Batman without a doubt.
Matt Damon or Jeremy Renner? That is not fair. I pick both. :)
Daniel Craig in a heartbeat.
Eric, Eric, Eric (damn, I thought if I said his name three times he had to appear).
Iron Man - but only if it’s Robert Downey Jr. and we’re off for a long vacation on a private island.
11.How can readers keep up with you (Web site, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)?
Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Evernight Publishing released the first two books in her Layton Family series, Temptation Creek and Seduction Creek. The third book in the series, Passion Creek, is scheduled for release on Aug. 31.
Find out more about Avery on her blog (www.averyflynn.com), follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/averyflynn), like her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avery-Flynn/177161972329973) or friend her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/avery.flynn.7). Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she’ll be your best friend for life.
Avery Flynn is a pseudonym for the author who, at least for now, prefers to remain behind the scenes. She believes having Avery as her alter ego is a very good thing because, as she says, “Pen name Avery is way cooler than me. Her favorite color is hot pink. She drinks single malt scotch on the rocks. She loves the Argentinean tango and stays at Iceland’s Ice Hotel.”
Author Avery has been writing since she was a child and her father gave her a baby blue Brother typewriter. She couldn’t read but nonetheless wrote numerous stories about her stuffed animals in gibberish. She hasn’t stopped since, though she maintains that her spelling has gotten much better and she now prefers to write in English.
Today she’s enjoying her own happily ever after with her dashing husband, three crazy kids and two arthritic dogs. She dreams of one day having a floor-to-ceiling library à laBeauty and the Beast and is working to perfect the coffee IV drip.
Tour Starts September 4th!!
The author is giving away a HUGE prize pack! Digital copy of Passion Creek, Signed paperback copies of Temptation Creek and Seduction Creek, 1 I heart Dry Creek, Nebraska T-shirt, 1 I heart Dry Creek, Nebraska keychain, 1 $100 Amazon gift card To pick the name of a character in Avery Flynn’s next book
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