January 31, 2013

Mainstream: Celtic Destinies @kissastarling #RLFblog

Clarissa: Celtic Destinies

Kissa Starling, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Clarissa: Book One in the Celtic Destinies Series.
Genre: Mainstream
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Cover artist: Shirley Burnett
Length: 31,676
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: Reuniting ghost lovers proves to be the easy task. How will she ever find her own true destiny?
Clarissa has traveled halfway around the world to Scotland hoping to escape her sordid past and begin anew. What she finds is two unruly children, a single father who travels, a elderly cook and a couple of ghosts who demand to be reunited. It's hard to figure out who plans to give her the most trouble- the children or the ghost of a kind long since passed. Will it all be worth it in the end and what must Clarissa do to obtain her own happiness?
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Clarissa Randolph is an ex-stripper turned nanny. She is in her late twenties.
William Kirkland is in his late thirties. He is a business man and lord of his castle. He has recently become Clarissa's boss since she is nanny to his two children, Gregory and Sally.


Oddly enough a misty rainbow extended toward Clarissa’s destination. My
pot of gold. No time for daydreaming. There would be plenty of time for exploration
on her days off. She’d have to face the music, or in this case– the children. It kind of
worried her, the number of nannies those two had scared off.
She gathered up her meager belongings and persevered toward her
appointment. Two children waited for her, a boy and girl. They were brother and
sister, those two, and she’d heard they had terrorized five governesses in the past
six months. How hard could it be to handle young children? She would find out
soon enough. Clarissa inhaled, held it for at least a minute, and then released.
Ahead in the distance a man approached on the most magnificent
Percheron. The horse and rider stopped before her and the man dismounted. His
massive form blocked out the sun before her. She imagined reaching out to touch
his shoulder–length sandy hair. He spoke with a mesmerizing Scottish accent.
Clarissa smiled.


Tell us about your story's world. What is it like in this period or place?

Scotland is the setting and one I love oh so much. I am really into genealogy and a few years ago I went all the way back to the 1600's for both my family and my husband's. His family is from Scotland and part of mine from Ireland. We both love anything medieval. I can only imagine going there one day and seeing the castles, moors and hills where our ancestors loved, laughed and played.

Which character in your current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?

I believe it may be Daisy. She is the master's cook/housekeeper. She isn't a main character in this book, but she will appear in all of the series books. She's eccentric and different and she may possibly have a story of her own one day!

Why do you write?

It's the only way I've found to effectively get the voices out of my head. Ha, ha. I am partially kidding. The characters do talk to me once I begin their stories. I had one character invade my dreams for several nights until I understood she didn't want her sexual business out there for the whole world to see. She wasn't that type of girl! I rewrote a few scenes and the result worked perfectly. Now I'm more apt to listen when they talk.

When you're not writing, what would we find you doing?

I love to be outdoors. My dog loves it too so we do a lot of walking. Usually we let my husband come along too. I go to the movies a lot, drive-ins are my favorite. There's nothing like tailgating and then watching them slip the film onto those huge reels. (They let me come in and watch.) I love driving down roads when I don't know where they go. I find the best shortcuts that way. If my day includes reading, writing, spending time with the hubby and cuddling with my cat it's a good day.

What other jobs have you held besides writing?

I have to laugh at this question because answering what jobs I haven't held would be easier. Let's see how many I can remember- cashier at a children's clothing store, cashier at the mall, waitress, hostess, cook, dishwasher, worked at a truck stop, cashier at a convenient store, gas attendant, babysitter, telemarketer for carpet, magazines and donations, housekeeper at a motel, custodian, cafeteria worker, substitute teacher, afterschool teacher, tutor, maid, I pressed shirts and sewed on buttons at a drycleaner, I put together plastic car parts by the garbage bag full, assistant teacher, counselor, survey taker, house sitter, I transported people to doctor's appointments, I sold Mary Kay for a few years, and I remember several lemonade stands along the way!

What are you currently reading for fun? Anything for research?

I love research! Love it, love it. I often find myself researching above and beyond my topic when I should have already started writing. When I wrote PS - I Love You, I spent hours watching videos of Woodstock. Oh, the music back then.... Right now I am into zombies and I'm reading a lot of zombie books. I collect cookbooks and always have one on the bedside table to be read. My research library is what some might say is extensive.

What's the best gift you ever received?

This one is easy, a screen for my bedroom window. I enjoy leaving the windows open and sleeping with fresh air coming in, even in the winter. Alas my house has no screens on the windows. My husband went to Home Depot to buy me one and they told him they don't make them in that size. One day I came home from work to find one screen on my bedroom windows and a smiling husband with many cuts on his hands. He spent the entire day making me a custom screen to fit. It melted my heart.

If you could time travel what era would be your first stop?

I would go into the future to 3000. I know a lot about my ancestors and things they did in the past and while I'd love to meet them in person I'd like to meet some of my descendants even more. What happens to my great, great grand-daughter? Is she the first female president? What is she driving? Eating? Doing for fun? Does she wonder about me? And most importantly, does she need my help? I love being there for family.

I am continually working on learning to play the guitar. I have short arms so I use a child's size guitar to learn on. My father can play anything with strings and I am so jealous because I love music. He is teaching me. We've started over several times. I tend to quit when my fingers get sore. I'll get there. Banjos are so cool.

Experience the many sides of Kissa Starling

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with everything except anchovies (which I've never attempted to eat!) Onions and sausage are my favorite.
I'm always ready for a road trip.
When I'm alone, I wonder where everyone is.
You'd never be able to tell, but I was born up north. My deep southern accent masks it.
If I had a halo it would be sparkly with ribbons hanging down.
If I could speak Spanish fluently I'd go live in South America for a while.
I can never stop buying books because well, I'd die!

Previous Books

The Lifestyle Series:
Robert's Story
Chalan's Story
Rick's Story
Carl's Story
Aidan's Story
Swing Pointe
All I Ever Wanted
Toy Box
The Untrained Housewife
Angel's Wish
Candy Kisses
Sweet Kisses & Lesbian Wishes
Cracker Cowgirl
I have several short stories in print anthologies as well.

I also have a few books out by my alter ego K. Starling who only writes sweet romance.
The Last Waltz
I Should Have Kissed You
Sweet Tea Maggie

Books Coming Soon

I have a short story, Pinky, coming in the Serving Him anthology from Cleis Press in March. http://amzn.com/1573449253/
Luciano's Story, book 6 in the Lifestyle Series, will be released this year at Red Rose Publishing- http://redrosepublishing.com/books/product_info.php?products_id=1296
Classical Rules has been contracted by Sapphire Publishing and is set to be released in the Uniforms Optional anthology sometime this spring. I don't have a link for that one yet.
I plan on submitting several more short stories this year and I'm working on a full length novel as well. (my first!!!)
I'd love to give away a pdf copy of Clarissa to one lucky reader.
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  1. I love your last Complete the Sentence. I can never stop buying books and adding to my TBR list either :-)


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