Today I welcome Cd Brennan .She’s here to tell us about her new release WATERSHED and a little bit about herself. What an interesting mix, Irish spirit and the romance of OZ!
I like having guests; it’s kind of like having a party. Everyone comes to see what’s going on, hopefully leaves a message or two for Cd and comes back often to visit the blog later.
Thanks for joining us today Cd! And oh, how I’d love to share a glass of red wine with you right now!
And a huge thanks to you, Cristal, for having me. It is such a pleasure to stop by J
Watershedis my debut release – a romance of the Irish spirit set against the stunning backdrop of Queensland, Australia.
The story revels in those “first days”. It’s about the butterflies, about the wonderment and confusion– it’s about looking forward to seeing that person, just seeing them, even if it is only for a few minutes. It’s that time of your life that rarely can be repeated, all the great emotion and buzz that resonate in your gut when you know something is building, something inescapable, something that will change your life.
Watershed is the first book in a series of romance novels for adventuresome women, travellers and backpackers, or those who dream of leaving it all behind, leaving their comfort zone in exchange for life-changing experiences. And in those faraway places, we follow the heroine as she finds love where she roams. Like in many journeys, the heroine’s path is not only physical but spiritual as they grow and change in their new environment.
The heroine that stars in the following book of the series will make an appearance in the previous book as a secondary character, so there is a connection throughout.
2) Where do you get your ideas? For example Life experience, fantasies, experiences and fantasies of friends, etc.
Most definitely from life experience! I lived in Scotland for two years, Ireland for seven years (where I met my Australian husband), and Australia for over five years before settling my family back in Michigan this past year.
I have drawn on all of these adventures to write the series, and travel is the greatest inspiration behind each book. Jokingly, one of my girlfriends in Ireland said that the past fifteen years was mere research for the author I have become today. She’s probably right!
3) What do you find draws you most to write?
Now, it is a need. I have to write. That’s the only way I can describe it. When I think of not writing, I get really agitated, like an addiction!
Initially, I wrote Watershed as a challenge of sorts by a friend that I was helping with the editing of her own books. I was an editor first, then an author. But after Watershed, it became addictive, honestly. If I had the time, I’d love to get more than one book out a year. With a young family and other work, that’s how long it’s taking me! If only my 18-month old would sleep through the night…
4) What else do you have in the works?
Watershed is the first book in the Love Where You Roam series. The second book, A Stone’s Throw set in Scotland, is with my editor at Lyrical, and I am now writing the third book in the series, currently titled Dusting of Light, set in Alaska. The fourth and final book is set in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland but doesn’t have a title (or definite plot or characters or anything else!) yet. I chose the book to be last as Ireland still remains close to my heart.
5) How do you name your characters? Any special tricks?
Mostly, I take names from a location, and I have to say for my first book, the Irish names I chose were very traditional. Margaret Mary (Maggie) and Fergus, the baddie who comes into play. Both are about as Irish as you can get. Again, I used a very common Scottish name, Hamish, for my hero in the second book of the series, A Stone’s Throw. I also ask my friends who live in the native country for suggestions. I let them name the characters. Sure, they live there, they’re Scottish, Irish, Aussie or whatever – plus it makes me happy to let them be a part of it. For the current book I am writing set in Alaska, I still don’t have a name yet for the hero. Half Russian, half Inuit, he is an intense man, second in line as tribal Shaman for one of the small Aleutian Islands at the very end of the archipelago. I’m going to put it up for competition in a couple weeks on my FB page. Let others decide!
6) Do you own an ebook reader or read on an electronic device? If so, what?
Kindle – just basic, but I’d love to update to a Kindle HD, the new one. On the wish list, of course.
7) As a romance/erotica reader, what sort of stories do you personally prefer?
Honestly, I have no preference. I’ll read anything! Romance, thriller, memoir or poetry, I love to read. If you check out my Goodreads page, you will see that I am currently reading like eight books at the same time, everything from Charles Dickens to Uncle Walt, sprinkled with as much romance as I can get in.
What I would really love, though, is to have more time to read all my Lyrical sister’s books. There are so many that I have on my TBR list, and all the girls are so supportive– if only I didn’t need to sleep!
8) What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
A glass of red wine almost every night. I write with it and relax by it after a long day with work and with the two little devils that are my sons.
9) Any vacation or appearance plans this year?
I just set the date for my Book Launch Party on June 29th for Watershed. I had it printed along with the eBook, so a local bookshop, Local Flavor, is going to help me with the launch. Since I am in northern Michigan, we are going to wait until the weekend before the 4th to get the summer crowds in. I live in a small town of about 2000 in the winter that doubles in the summer.
There will be nibbles, wine, a giveaway, a short reading by myself (ugh, I may have a couple glasses of wine before that), my Aussie husband is going to dress up as the jackaroo Gray from Watershed and greet folk at the door with a G’day. If you are in the Boyne City area, everyone is welcome! All details are under the Events page on my website www.cdbrennan.com
10)What would your readers by very surprised to learn about you?
I am also an Acquisitions and Content Editor for a small romance publisher. But that’s all I’m going to give away as I’m trying to keep the two separate. A person would think both jobs as an editor and author would complement each other totally, but in fact, they are very different disciplines. I do draw from my editing experience to help write, but really it slows me down. I wish I wouldn’t go over one sentence ten times before I move ahead. That plus the kids, makes me a very slow writer, indeed!
For details on WATERSHED please visit www.cdbrennan.com
Love Where You Roam – Contemporary Romance Series
Debut Release – Book 1: Watershed – March 4, 2013
She left home to find herself…and found love along the way.
Maggie isn’t looking for love on her backpacking trip through Australia. She’s got enough man troubles back in Ireland. Australia is her escape, a place of adventure where she can create memories to last a lifetime.
But some memories won’t be left behind.
Gray is ready to quit hiring backpackers to help with the work on his remote Queensland cattle station when Maggie turns up. She’s just passing through, but the connection they forge during the long nights herding cattle won’t be so easily cast aside.
CONTENT WARNING: A strong-willed Irish heroine, a stubborn Australian hero, and oceans of difference to bridge for love.
“In Ireland we have the Banshee.” Maggie broke Gray’s daydreaming with a start. “She is the omen of death and the messenger from the Otherworld.”
She continued in a whisper. “Often she appears an old hag. Folklore says she may also appear as a stunningly beautiful woman.” Maggie raised her brow at him, her eyes twinkling with fun.
Gray threw his head back and laughed, and she joined him. There was no shaking her. He decided he wasn’t going to best Maggie, and for the first time in a long time he was content with that.
He shifted so she had to settle against him. He heard her sigh as he wrapped his arm around her. They sat watching the fire, listening to the sounds of the bush settle for the night. It was peaceful and, Gray had to admit, romantic. He smiled, fulfilled after a long day’s hard work, some good bush tucker and a beautiful woman by his side. He had almost worked up enough courage to kiss her when she shivered, wrapping her arms around herself.
“I’m going to sleep.” Pulling off her trainers, she climbed into her swag. “Goodnight.”
Having traveled and lived all over the world, Cd Brennan now talks with a strange accent, a mix of distant terminology, a blend of culturally cute but confusing euphemisms that leaves everyone looking at her with a blank stare. Luckily, her Australian husband (who she met in Ireland) and her two Aussie/Yankee sons have no problem understanding her – well, except for the word “NO”.
Now settled back “home” in Michigan, she enjoys reliving her glory days by writing about them. She considers the last fifteen years abroad the perfect research for her Love Where You Roam series; matchmaking women and men from different cultures, even different hemispheres, helping them find their true one across oceans of difference.
As destiny plays a hand in all the stories, Cd Brennan truly believes that what is for you, won’t pass you by. She hopes to inspire others to get out there: “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” [Mark Twain] And of course, fall in love.
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