Thursday, 29 November 2012

Author + Book Spotlight (+Giveaway) - Color of Loneliness (Color, #1) by Madeleine Beckett

Color of Loneliness (Color, #1)
Myra Sommers, an attractive young copy editor living in Philadelphia, makes the tough decision to return to her family home in Nyssa, Oregon. A recent death leaves her with no remaining family, and she decides to heal and regroup there. Her decision to leave is solidified by recent revelations involving her cheating ex-boyfriend, Trent.

Myra parts ways with her only friend, Susie O’Connor, a zany woman who’s more than a little insane. In Nyssa, Myra finds little immediate comfort in her “new” home which is literally falling apart around her. She sinks into a deep depression, exacerbated by her feelings of loneliness and isolation in the small town.

News of Myra’s return takes no time to spread through Nyssa, and she quickly encounters several locals, some friendly, some not. Among the friendly faces is Jim, an elderly neighbor whom she begins to rely on for help and companionship. When she realizes that she’s going to have to hire someone to do repairs on her broken-down home, Jim gives her the name of a local contractor, Dylan Lawson, who has done work for him in the past.

When Myra calls Dylan for an estimate, she’s astounded by the contractor’s gruff, surly demeanor. But she trusts Jim and there are few other options in the small town.

Dylan can’t help but notice that Myra is young, single, and beautiful, which makes him suspicious of her real reason for calling him. The women in Nyssa pursue him relentlessly but he’s not in the least bit interested.

After Myra approves his estimate, Dylan begins the process of repairing her home. While he works, she begins writing a book; that is, when she’s not fielding insane calls from Susie who misses her like crazy.

Slowly, a reluctant friendship develops between the pair, followed by romantic feelings which neither of them can fight. However, their painful past experiences threaten to tear them apart. Can they move beyond their despair and open their hearts to love?

Interview with the Author - 

 Madeleine Beckett

Hi Madeleine! Welcome to the blog!

When did you start writing?

I only started writing two years ago, but I've wanted to be a writer literally for as long as I can remember. I grew up without a TV so my nose was constantly stuck in a book. I remember as a child I kept a notebook by my bedside and would jot down the story ideas that I had swimming in my head, but I had no idea what to do with them. 

A few years back, I was online reading some FanFiction when an author told me she was going to be running a one-shot contest and she encouraged me to enter it. I freaked out and told her I had no idea how to even begin to write a story. After calming me down, she told me to just give it a try and see what happens. So I did. And what I wrote was absolutely horrendous, but I immediately knew I had found my love and my calling. I have not stopped writing since.

Can you tell us a bit about ‘Color of Loneliness’ and your Inspiration for it? 

I originally wrote Color of Loneliness as a Twilight FanFiction. This man came to my mind. A broken man with a traumatic past who used anger to deal with every person and every situation in his life. Then I envisioned a woman just as equally broken but in a different way. Both of them suffered from severe loneliness - one due to circumstances out of her control; the other due to his own making. Then I thought about what would happen if I stuck these two broken people together. Could they fall in love? Could they help heal one another? Or were they both too broken?

Once I started working on the first few chapters, I knew I needed another character to bring some much-needed humor to the story. I looked at Stephenie Meyer's cast of characters and found that she didn't have a single one that was even close to what I was looking for. So that's when I created Susie. Her comic relief helped bring a balance to the story and helped lighten the heaviness. She was exactly what my story needed. 

What three words would you use to best describe ‘Color of Loneliness’? 

Gut-wrenching, gut-busting, gut check.

Can you tell us a bit about Myra Sommers, the main character in ‘Color of Loneliness’? 

Myra is a sweet, tenderhearted person who finds herself all alone in the world after she loses her last living relative. She’s also been terribly hurt in a previous relationship. Even though she’s had her heart broken and her trust in men shattered, she still wants to find someone that she can trust and connect with. She longs to be loved – to find a relationship like her parents and grandparents had. She’s never experienced love like that before. But she finally decides that for some reason that kind of love just wasn’t meant for her to ever experience.

Then she meets gruff contractor Dylan Lawson. Initially, she can’t stand the angry, hateful man. But for some reason, the more time she spends with him, the more she finds herself drawn to him. She knows she’s probably setting herself up for heartache, but she can’t seem to stop herself. 

Is ‘Color of Loneliness’ a standalone novel or will this be part of a series? 

It's the first of two books. The next and final book, Color of Forgiveness, will be published in January 2013.

Can you tell us about your other books? (If you have any) 

This is the first book that I've had the courage to publish. Woot!

Can you tell us what you’re working on at the moment? (If you are) 

I'm finishing up the editing of Color of Forgiveness right now. As far as writing goes, I plan on publishing more of my original work. I'm also still writing FanFiction and will continue to write FanFiction as long as I can. Hehehe. I love the stuff.  

Other than your own, what are your favourite books? 

Sempre by J.M. Darhower and Wallbanger by Alice Clayton. I read both of these stories on FanFiction while they were in the progress of writing them. I can remember waiting patiently for chapter updates and squealing every time I got a notification. 

My favorite Twilight FanFiction that has not been pulled for publishing is My Wounded Soldier by Counselor. 

Random Questions
-          what’s your favourite treat? 

Ding Dongs were my favorite treat until Hostess had to up and go out of business. Please someone buy that danged recipe and make a knockoff. They could call them Dang Dongs or Ding Dangs - I don't care as long as they taste the same. Sigh. I guess next in line would be either cherry Pop-tarts or Zero candy bars.

-          What’s your Favourite place to read/write?  

Strange as it may seem, McDonald's. I get up every day and lug my notebook and netbook with me and sit by a huge picture window. I always get my best inspiration watching people. There's a guy that comes in every day and gets a stack of napkins six inches tall. At first I thought he was stealing them but instead, he uses one or two and just throws the rest away. Weird little quirks like that fascinate me. Who knows, maybe a guy with a napkin fetish may work his way into my next book. ;) 

-          If you won the lottery what would you most look forward to spending money on? 

Definitely a new car. Right now I drive a hand-me-down 15-year-old minivan that has bullet holes in it. No lie. The poor thing has been through a lot. I'm ready to have a funeral for her and bid her adios.

-          If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

Italy. No question. In a heartbeat. As I'm typing this, my brain is in my bedroom packing my bags right now. ;)

Thanks so much to Madeleine for stopping by the blog and for making this giveaway possible ☺ 
1 lucky winner will receive an ecopy of 'The Color of Loneliness' 

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  1. Loved the interview. A great three words to describe the book. Makes me interested to read this book.

  2. I wasn't thrilled with the cover. But the interview turned me around and Macy is also interested in reading.

  3. Macy said, "momma will you tell Mrs. Sarah the raffle thingy don't work on this one too, so she can fix 'em both. I want to enter."

    Demanding little avid reader. LOL!!