Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bonus material! Interview with Marisa Tanner, heroine of Risking Ruin

Y'all, the awesome Joss Radillo has an *exclusive interview* with Marisa Tanner up on her blog...

http://chapterfive.wix.com/chapter5

Check it out for bonus material.

And... Joss is giving away two direct-to-Kindle copies of Risking Ruin.

What are you waiting for?

Find out what's going on in Marisa's head before Borrowing Trouble releases on August 18th!






Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Inspiration - Meet Bert - Hot Memphis restauranteur

Trip Brannon's best friend is Bert.  Trip and Bert go way back to childhood and together they own Pig & Barley, a low country farm-to-table restaurant in downtown Memphis.

I've had this idea of Bert in my head for a long time and tonight stumbled upon a picture of a guy that just *is* Bert.  Not really, but, damn, yes, this is what Bert looks like in my head.

Met Bert and Trip in Risking Ruin -- A sexy chick-lit novel, only 99c in July!

And get to know him more in Borrowing Trouble, out next month!  Add it to your TBR list today!

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Want to get your hands on Borrowing Trouble ahead of its August release?

ARC requests are open to bloggers and Goodreads members for "Borrowing Trouble," the newest sexy chick-lit novel iMae Wood's Give Me Memphis series.

Juggling a new boyfriend who is constantly MIA for work, his mom who likes her just a little too much, a best friend whose husband might be sneaking around, and a busy career saving clients from sexual harassment lawsuits is pulling Marisa Tanner apart at the seams. 
Being with Trip is good, but is it real? Will he bail on her like her past boyfriends or for once in his life will Trip be able to maintain focus longer than the time it takes to close a business deal? 

A follow-up to Risking RuinBorrowing Trouble maintains Mae Wood’s distinctive style of smart and sexy chick lit.


** Must be willing to accept copy of book in exchange for an honest review by September 1, 2015**
** Review copies will be sent directly to Kindle accounts.**






Friday, July 3, 2015

Author inspiration - The Rockefellers and me


When I read chick-lit or romances that involve billionaires, 
many times the family doesn't seem real to me.    

I write about the Brannon family, a fictional family in Memphis, Tennessee that's based on old cotton money.  I want them to be real and not a fantasy.

So, what's my insight?  What's my inspiration in creating the Brannon family?

Mainly, the Rockefeller family.  
I was a live-in nanny for a branch of the Rockefeller family one summer. 

No, no Nanny Diaries type novel from me.  The Rockefeller family was lovely to me in every way.

But, F. Scott Fitzgerald is right:
"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me."


Money is not a thought in the same way it is for the rest of us.  In my experience, the stereotype of old money holds.  I dated several men with significant trust funds (and even one with a title).  People with generational money tend not to be as showy.  They drive nice cards, have nice homes, but it isn't about impressing anyone.  It's about what they like and what they want.  Their lineage along carries significance.  Doors open for them without request.  There isn't the same need to make and impression as those who are still striving to join the "right" clubs, be invited to the "right" parties, or get their kids into the "right" schools.

Oftentimes the very rich depicted in novels don't reflect the people whose compounds I was in and out of, whose seaplanes ferried me and children around to house parties, and who allowed me to burn out the clutch on a new Volvo without batting an eye.   I tried to be faithful to my experience with generational wealth in creating the Brannon family.

The biggest difference for me was in the treatments of things.  Things were meant to be used.  And if things broke, they were fixed without complaint.  For example, the matriarch of the family was surprised I couldn't drive a manual transmission, so she decided to spend a day teaching me.  We climbed into her new Volvo.  She could have had any car in the world, but a Volvo sedan fit her needs.  She patiently talked me through the steps and I ground the clutch, driving through back roads around the family's compound. I felt horrible.  I knew I might be damaging the car and knew repairs would eat into my generous paycheck.  Over my profuse apologies, she told me to stop.  Stop apologizing and drive.  She sat patiently and let me figure it out, offering kind guidance when I needed it and not caring that someone would later be tasked with taking the car in for repairs (thankfully not within my job duties) and that she'd write a check.  

I'll write more about my time with the Rockefellers and how that's influenced the world I've created in the Give Me Memphis series.   One quirky way -- In the series, one of Trip Brannon's random and short-lived business ventures is a mushroom farm.   One of the sons in the family owned a mushroom farm. It seemed like an odd choice for me, a girl whose family had found success through professional degrees, but when you grow up in a world with few limits, being a mushroom farmer is just as valid a life choice as any other career.

What do you want to know about my summer with the Rockefellers? Comment or email me and I'll respond in a later post.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Borrowing Trouble - Up on Goodreads! Give Me Memphis #2

Borrowing Trouble is up on Goodreads!


Add it to your to-be-read list!



Here's the blurb:


Juggling a new boyfriend who is constantly MIA for work, his mom who likes her just a little too much, a best friend whose husband might be sneaking around, and a busy career saving clients from sexual harassment lawsuits is pulling Marisa Tanner apart at the seams. 


Being with Trip is good, but is it real? Will he bail on her like her past boyfriends or for once in his life will Trip be able to maintain focus longer than the time it takes to close a business deal?  

A follow-up to Risking Ruin, Borrowing Trouble continues Mae Wood’s distinctive style of smart and sexy chick lit.

Look for Borrowing Trouble in early August!

If you are a blogger and would like an ARC to review, please email me.