Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Timeless Sojourn: An Interview with Author Jamie Salisbury and a Giveaway!


Please join me in welcoming author Jamie Salisbury as she tours her book, Timeless Sojourn, the first book in her new series. Welcome Jamie!
 
Is writing a full-time career for you?

Yes, I am fortunate enough that my writing is my full-time job, and each day is treated as such. I spend my mornings sending and returning emails, going over what if any PR needs to be done and my upcoming schedule. The afternoon (and sometimes evenings) are spent writing.

Did you plan to be a writer or did it just happen?

I always knew I wanted to be a writer, and much of my previous careers entailed a great deal of writing. So it naturally led into my writing more and more manuscripts until I ended up where I’m at.

Will you share a short preview of Timeless Sojourn?

"It wasn't supposed to be like this!", has become the mantra in Anne Harrison's head since her recent divorce. She was too old to be here...to be single. Melancholy and unsure about anything Anne takes her long time friend Kat's advice and gets back to her roots...in Seattle. There she hopes to connect with that long ago girl from her childhood and find her confidence again.
Devilishly handsome, arrogant, and cocky Geoffrey Quinn is a man of success. He's also a man of layers and most people can't get past what he portrays. No one until Anne.
The last thing either of these people are looking for is a relationship. Anne finds Geoff highly irritating (and young!) at his best, while Geoffrey finds her magnetic and wise.
Seemingly unsuitable and unplanned attractions lights a fiery passion this duo never expected.
Will they take a chance on passion? If they do what happens when the blaze recedes? What will be left ashes or embers?
Is your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
It is based on real life. Which parts?  I’ll never tell!
What three words would best describe Geoffrey?
Smart, caring, cocky
Which character in Timeless Sojourn is the most difficult to part with?
It would have to be the main female character, Anne Harrison because there is so much of myself in her character. She is one character I actually found myself getting emotionally attached to.
What has been your greatest pleasure in writing this book?
To watch Anne, the female lead, grow and mature into herself at a very vulnerable time in her life. She went from being beaten down, unsure of what to do with herself or her life into the woman she had once been – only more mature – confident, self assured, savvy, smart.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Yes, Timeless Sojourn is the first of a series, although I’m not sure how many will spin off from here. I am currently working on the sequel. At least handwritten right now. Putting ideas, locations, etc. down.
What do you have in store next for your readers?
Probably the sequel to Tudor Rose, “The Last of the Wild Ones.” I’ve started working on it and depending on how it goes, I may have it out at the end of this year.
What has been your greatest pleasure or personal success as an author?
Probably something simple – like finding my first book, Perpetual Love on Amazon.
Is there any place and time in the world and in history that you would like to visit?
I’d probably like to go back to Henry VIII or Elizabeth I’s time. They were both strong personalities, especially Elizabeth, being a woman at that time.
Laptop, desktop or notebook and pen for writing?
Laptop at the moment – and I do use a notebook and pen for writing. I always have a notebook for each book for research, plot ideas, characters, scenes, etc.
Do you believe in writers block? Has it ever happened to you?
Yes, I certainly believe in writers block. It does happen and when it does I put whatever I’m working on that’s giving me writers block and work on something else. I always keep 2-3 manuscripts going at one time specifically to deal with that.
The Book
Recently divorced at a time when most women are enjoying their children being grown, Anne Harrison finds her life in chaos. At the urging of her forever-friend Kat, Anne moves back to Seattle, her childhood home, to get back her former confidence and make a fresh start. 

Confident, creative, and a successful businessman, Geoffrey Quinn has depths not immediately apparent to those who come into contact with that cocky, devilishly handsome exterior.  

The last thing either is looking for is a relationship. Anne finds Geoff highly irritating (and young!) at best, while Geoffrey finds her magnetic and wise. To his amusement, she futilely attempts to dismiss him each time they cross paths, and sparks fly.

Watch as this seemingly unsuitable, disparate duo lights a fiery, compelling attraction neither sees coming. But who will get burned?



The Giveaway  

Jamie will be giving away a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. The more you visit and comment, the more chances you have to win!


An Excerpt

Kat and I are just finishing up the dinner dishes and getting ready to sit and solve the problems of the world when the phone rings. Kat answers. “Of course, she’s right here. We just finished cleaning the kitchen.”

Geoffrey she mouths to me, handing me the phone.

“Hey, how are you? I asked.

“Great, thanks. I was wondering if you’d like to come over for dinner Friday night. I grill a mean steak.”

“That sounds great, Geoffrey. Can I bring anything, oh, and what time?” I smile at the thought of that killer body slaving over a grill.

“How about if I pick you up at seven, and bring something for dessert, if you don’t mind.”

“That sounds great. I’ll see you Friday.”

I hang up the phone and Kat is standing there with a huge grin on her face.

“You’re going to have dinner at Geoffrey Quinn’s?” she cackles. “You do know he’s falling hook, line and sinker, don’t you? He never invites women to his place.”

“Enough already, Kat! Geoff is young enough to be my son. We simply enjoy each other’s company.” I replied, hoping to shut her up.

“Oh no, Anne, he’s taken with you and you are quite smitten with him, although you’d be the last to admit it. Don’t play the age game crap with me because I know better.” She’s still smiling like a match maker as I turn away, my face warm from blushing.


The Author

Jamie Salisbury cannot imagine a time when she did not write. A skill that has served her well throughout her professional career. Public relations in and around the entertainment industry, photography, editing, and special event planning all elevated her passion for writing. 

An avid reader of histories, biographies, and romance, it's only natural that part of the products of her pen are historical romances featuring characters so authentic they spring forth from the page and shake the reader's hand. Many of her teen years were spent in Chile, but she and her family were forced out of the country when the political climate demanded it.

Taking the plunge to take her writing professional came as a result of a series of foot surgeries that left her with a lot of time on her hands. Unable to walk great distances at the time, she started writing as a way to pass the time. Her experiences of how dramatically her life had changed at first. Then the new world of e-publishing inspired her to digitally publish her first novel, Perpetual Love, rather than relegate it to the dreaded drawer. She couldn't be happier with her decision to grab the publishing industry by the shoulders and force it to pay attention to all she has to offer.

Two more novels have followed: Blood Lust and Tudor Rose, with more to follow soon.
Jamie now lives outside of Atlanta, but the love for travel has never abandoned her. Adventure, exploration, and intrigue permeate her prose to the core.

In those few moments of the day when she's not writing or thinking about writing, she finds knitting a way to relax and unwind. Other interests include photography, equestrianism, reading, and of course traveling.

Jamie hopes her writing will entertain, enlighten, and inspire others to pick up the pen and pursue their own dreams. She loves to be contacted by readers, writers, and history buffs. 



Twitter:  @JamieRSalisbury



17 comments:

  1. I look forward to reading this. :)

    Becky01x(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Thanks for having me! I look forward to stopping by during the day and answering readers comments and questions.

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  3. Rebecca - I hope you do get a chance to read Timeless Sojourn!

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  4. Hellooooo :D
    Loved, loved, loved this book! I just can't say that enough :P
    Ahh laptop or notebook? Both xD I'm the same, I obviously prefer typing up my work, because as we've talked about before, my mind works faster than my hands, and luckily, I type fast xD
    Writing with a pen and paper, I normally have paper scattered around me because I'm writing one thing, think of another and have to write it down before going back to what I was writing. Can be frustrating at times :P
    Hugs

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  5. Natalie--so you liked the book? :) With that kind of recommendation how can we not all want to read it!

    Jamie--congrats on the book. It really does sound great and cocky or not, Geoffrey doesn't sound half bad. :) Thank you for visiting with all of us today!

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  6. Jamie,
    Congratulations on a great story. I loved Timeless Sojourn. Also just finished Perpetual Love and loved that one too. Looking forward to much more!

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  7. Natalie!
    Thank you! And congrats on your new release! Exciting isn't it?
    Yes typing is better because my I type fast and sometimes my brain is speeding along with ideas.
    Hugs and cheers!

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  8. MK -
    Geoffrey turns out to be so much more than what he let's people see. . .but gotta love his cockiness!

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  9. I haven't read it yet, but I will. I just love the cover, it's great.
    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. Congratulations on the release!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. Ican hardly wait to read this story. Glad there will more stories.

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  12. MomJane -
    Thank you! Yes, I am working out the plot line(s) and characters on paper right now trying to decide Anne and Geoffrey's future. . .all good!

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  13. Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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