Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Book Tour: Unconventional Fling by Allyson Lindt Interview & Giveaway

Jade is in Nashville on her third week of a month-long business trip. She doesn't mind seeing a new city every week, but she's dragging after so many without a break. When a sexy stranger wants to share her breakfast table, she welcomes the change in scenery. The easy banter and teasing that dances behind the eyes of the handsome voice actor have her wondering if just this once, a one-night stand might be worth her time.

Brandon is tired of the playboy image that comes with his cult-celebrity status. When he meets a business woman with a travel schedule as hectic as his, she lights a spark deep inside. The problem is, he's hoping for something long-term, and she's hesitant to start anything that will become long-distance. With less than three days before they go their separate ways, Brandon has to show Jade there's more to them than just an unconventional fling.
Jade’s heart dropped into her shoes when she realized she’d reached the front of the line. What was she supposed to say? She shifted her weight from one foot to the other while the actors took pictures with the person who’d been in front of her. And then it was her turn.

Brandon’s eyes grew wide when she stepped forward, smile quickly spreading. “I didn’t know you were a fan.”

She couldn’t help returning the pleased look but made sure to tuck away most of her giddiness. “I didn’t realize you were famous.”

He grabbed a small poster off a nearby stack that sported the cartoon characters she figured were him and his cohorts. He scribbled something, holding it at an angle so the glare of the lights above kept her from reading it.

He nodded to his left. “Who’s your friend?”

She followed his gaze to Andie, who stood at the edge of the line, almost hopping with irritation. Jade’s smile faded to embarrassment. “That’s who I borrowed the pass from to stand in line.”

He grabbed another print. “I’m flattered. What’s your plan now that you’re here?”

“I hadn’t gotten that far,” she confessed.

He handed her a print and nodded at the now wide-eyed Andie. “For your new friend.” Then he handed her the second one. “For you. Don’t get them mixed up.”

Jade gave him one last smile. “Thanks.”

She trudged toward Andie, handing off the girl’s pass and the signed poster without another word, and then headed upstairs. So much for her brilliant plan to seduce the gorgeous stranger. Maybe she should just stay in her room the rest of the night.

When she pulled out her signed print and turned it over to read the inscription, her embarrassed heat shifted to something new.

  1. Where did you get the idea for the novel?
When I was younger, and had more disposable income, I loved to go to anime conventions (yup, I’m that kind of geek ;-) I happened to be in Nashville, TN one year for business and there was a convention that weekend that I extended my trip for. The entire English voice acting cast from a popular-at-the-time show hosted a series of panels, and one of the men just caught my attention and slid into my fantasies. So this is kind of a “what might have happened if…” story.

  1. Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
Titles are usually a pain for me to think up. This one just came to me. A one-night stand that takes place in the midst of an anime convention … it just had to be an Unconventional Fling. This is one of the few books I’ve had where the title has always been pretty much the same.

  1. Why did you pick this genre? What do you like about it?
Even before I could admit to myself that I wrote contemporary romance, I was drawn to it. Life is full of let downs and disappointments. Things don’t always go as planned. But in romance, regardless of the hardship or obstacles, the couple always gets a happily ever after. There’s something both sweet and refreshing about that. Plus, I’m a fan of the sexy times.

  1. Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
I’ve met so many incredible people since I’ve been actively pursuing writing. Other authors, readers, bloggers—I’ve made so many new friends. It’s exciting to know there are that many other people out there who I connect with, and it’s so much fun.

  1. What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
I’m a big fan of Richelle Mead’s Succubus series, but I’d never read anything else by her. People keep recommending I read The Vampire Academy books, and I’ve finally given in. All I can say is, why didn’t I pick these up sooner? I’m loving these books!

  1. What is your writing process?
I used to think I could be one of those people who gets an idea and then just sits and writes it into a full-blown story, but I’m not. I get a snippet of an idea—a character, a plot, a setting—and I toss it around in my head like the spin cycle on the washer until it makes enough sense to be a full-blown book. Then I write down the major plot points and … proceed to change half of it or more as I flesh the story out of it.

  1. At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say? 
Being at a book signing is one of those things I think would be absolutely awesome. I haven’t done it yet, but I’m told I have “an executive’s signature” (which means, I think, it’s illegible.) I’d like to think I’ll be witty, but we’ll have to see when I get there.

  1. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m pretty open about who I am and what I enjoy, so that’s a tough one. I know my coworkers would be surprised to learn what my penname is and what I write under the name Allyson Lindt, lol. Hrm… I don’t use an alarm clock. I’ve always been a morning person, so I wake up when I need to. Well, with the help of a little coffee, that is.

  1. How do you react to a bad review?
Oh, I’m a big baby about bad reviews. I read them, I pout, I spend way too much time figuring out what I could have done differently to make that reader happy. I always try and learn something from it, but I also know not everyone likes everything. So I eventually take what I can from the situation, file the rest away, and go write more stories.

  1. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
The day my first book was released, I watched Amazon like a hawk, waiting for that magic moment when my book would have its own ranking. That’s the closest thing I have to a real-time monitor for selling books. And I saw that number, and I eeped, and I told just about everyone who I thought cared, and I spend the rest of the day in a happy daze, including going out for a celebratory dinner that night with my Sweetie.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Allyson Lindt is a full-time geek and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She was lucky enough to marry her muse and soul mate. When they’re not spending way too much time gaming, they’re building new worlds together. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.

Find Allyson Lindt

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Allyson will be awarding a $10 Amazon gift card, and ecopies of her books Conflict of Interest, and Toeing the Line to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn host.
The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: 


  1. I actually think an anime convention would be fun. I enjoyed the interview thank you.


    1. Mary - anime conventions are sooo much fun. There's just an energy about the entire thing :D thanks for stopping by!

  2. I *love* playing the "what if" game! An ingenious way to begin writing a book lol. Kudos to u.

    1. Elise-Maria - it was a lot of fun imagining, that's for sure ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Alisia - the interview questions were a blast, and I love your blog!

  4. I enjoyed the interview and learning more about you.


    1. Rita - I'm glad you enjoyed it, and thanks so much for stopping by :)

  5. Great interview!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  6. Informative interview

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  7. This is totally going to the top of my To Read list!

    sotialazu at gmail dot com

  8. Lovely interview, Allyson. Good luck with Unconventional Fling I am sure it will do well for you because its such a compelling story.