Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Author, author... Happy Book Birthday to Constance Phillips and Resurrecting Harry !!!

Please welcome Constance Phillips to our humble abode !!!

Hi Constance, can you tell us a little about yourself?

I live in Ohio with my husband, daughter, and four canine kids. My son, now on his own, is planning a wedding, reconfirming that romance still lives and breathes. 

When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, my husband and I spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future…if we can find a sidecar big enough for the pups.


What did you want to be when you were growing up or did you always want to be a writer?

Always a writer. I tried to do that ‘get a job to pay the bills’ route in college and studying Sociology. I ended up getting married before I finished my degree and have done the ‘day job’ thing over the years, but writing was ALWAYS the career of choice.

When did you first start writing?

I was in my early teens when I started writing my first book.

What is a typical writing day like for you? 

If it’s a day I’ve dedicated to writing, I try to have my blog posted and social media fun set aside by nine am. I then completely focus on writing until I take a lunch break (Usually between eleven and twelve). I then hit the computer again for a two to three hour writing session before tending to ‘business of writing’ chores.

Do you have any specific routine you follow or specific items you need with you when you write?

My drink (Coffee in the AM, Diet Coke after lunch), some music, and sometimes a munchy snack like pretzels or chips

What is your favorite part of writing?  Is there anything you don’t like about being a writer?

Creating a new story is my favorite part. For me, it’s all about the discovery, learning about my hero and heroine and creating their romantic tale.

Least favorite, the waiting. And, there is a lot of waiting in writing.

What is your favorite length of book to write?  (Short story, novella, full length novel) Why?

Before last year, I would have said full-length, single title novel. But in 2013 I wrote a novella and a short story and really enjoyed the process. The thing I like about single title is that I can incorporate a sub-plot.

How does your family feel about your writing and you being an author?

My entire family is very supportive of me and enjoy it. Well, except for the days that I lock myself in my office for hours and hours and they don’t get to see me .

Is there a to-be-read waiting on your bedside table?

My kindle is FULL of to-be-reads.  At the moment, I’m writing toward a deadline, so the books will have to wait about a week and half before I decide what’s up next. It will really depend on my mood when I turn the kindle on.

Just for fun, I have a few personal questions, 

Favorite 5

1)  Favorite Holiday  -- Christmas!

2) Favorite Drink – non alcohol – Diet Coke, alcohol -- Margaritas

3) Favorite Author – Sherrilyn Kenyon

4) Favorite Book – (you’re really going to make me pick?!) I’m going to say Acheron at the moment, but it’s subject to change.

5) Favorite Animal – I’m a dog person!

And for a bonus:  What is a typical mood for you?  And is your mood different when you’re writing?

I like to think I’m generally in a good mood. Although, I can be quick to anger (probably my worst fault.) I can also let stress build up.

My writing definitely effects my mood, when I’m working on a black-moment, I can become a weepy mess. I also tend to get a little euphoric when writing the happily-ever-after.

Where can our readers find you?? 



Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?

“Birthday” Book: Resurrecting Harry
[Crescent Moon Press]

In order to save Bess from self-destruction, Harry Houdini puts his afterlife on the line by entering a wager with purgatory’s keeper. He gives Harry a younger face and body, and a new name: Erich Welch.

Bess clings to his promise to deliver a coded message from beyond the grave, determined to provide the bridge for him to cross, even if that means befriending her husband's sworn enemy.

Erich needs to help Bess over her loss and put her on the road to healing, but will any good come from resurrecting Harry? 


Buy links:   Amazon POD    Amazon Kindle   B&N    ARe   

Local in her area, tv commercial:  http://youtu.be/2ug8N3EFsKo
Current Release: All That’s Unspoken [Turquoise Morning Press] http://www.theromancereviews.com/mypageprofile.php?location=CMPhillips

Coming in May: One Lucky Night (w/ Aria Kane, Ana Blaze, Grace Teague, Melinda Dozier)

Coming in August: The Ultimate Catch [Whiskey Creek Press]
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 One last thing before we let you leave us today, do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share?  I like to cook and am always looking for new recipes to try and share but it's totally up to you.

I know we’re spotlighting Resurrecting Harry, But I do have a recipe for the Peppermint Hot Cocoa that is “seen” in All That’s Unspoken. 
Hailey's Hot Cocoa (All That's Unspoken)
Making hot cocoa from scratch is one of those things that has been "made easier" by little white envelopes of instant powder.  But Hailey (From All That's Unspoken) knows that some things in life are better when we put forth a little effort, and that's especially true for a cup of instant heaven.  It has the power to soothe a heartache, warm a body and heart, and chase away the monsters from a little girl's dream.
Even though, when pressed, Hailey kept her secret ingredient from Nate, she has decided to share it with all of you here.
Peppermint Hot Cocoa
1/4 cup cream
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp. cocoa
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels
A dash or two of peppermint oil (depending on taste) or replace 1/2 of the semi-sweet chocolate for chocolate mints.
Toppings:  marshmallows or whip cream and broken candy cane chips
Add cream, sugar, milk and peppermint oil to a small sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
Remove from the heat and add cocoa, morsels and chocolate mints (If didn't use peppermint oil) to the saucepan.
Whisk until everything is melted and smooth. 
Pour into mugs and top with marshmallows or whip cream and then add pieces of a broken candy cane.
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There will be 2 separate giveaways for this tour
1st - $25 Amazon GC + Swag Pack provided by Constance Phillips
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2nd  -    Kindle 6” ereader w/offers and 3 books + a swag pack, provided by Constance Phillips, Shawna Romkey and Jody A Kessler for their joint “Book Birthday”
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