November 16, 2013

Contemporary: Loving Link | Interview @TDHassettauthor #RLFblog

Loving Link 
TD Hassett, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Loving Link.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Length: 315 pages
Heat rating: hot
Tagline: Can two artists salvage true love out of the unexpected consequences of one night of passion?
Blurb: Link Jacks is done with women and determined to focus solely on music and rock-band Becket's upcoming album. He's been living as a marketing-prop bad-boy rock star for so long he doesn't remember who he really is anymore. Not until he meets Madison, the emotionally guarded and theoretically off-limits younger sister of his best friend's wife.
Madison just wants to get her fledgling tattoo career off the ground and stop relying on the generous charity of her wealthy brother-in-law to get by. She knows she should never get involved with the likes of Link but his presence is downright intoxicating. Her indiscretion will lead to an Internet sex video and media frenzy. Their one wild night of passion will have scandalous repercussions and force each of them to confront their inner fears and emotional demons.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Madison Clarke - tattoo artist, 23
Link Jacks - musician, 30

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
I got my start as a writer by accident. I wanted to try writing a story about inner city education but it turned into a romance novel with some pretty explicit love scenes. Once I had about 100 pages written I knew I had to finish it. I kept what I was working on very quiet, worried about what friends and family would say, fearing that old saw about everyone always says they are writing a book and blah, blah, blah. I took my manuscript and submitted it to a dozen publishers. Two came back with interest but only if I would change the book to 3rd person. I rewrote the story and submitted to several more publishers and finally two of them offered contract. I chose Liquid Silver Books and have appreciated the support they have provided me as a new author.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
All the time! I hope they don't get too mad at me. I often use the names of friends and family for characters and sometimes things they have done or said wind up as part of the backstory. Writers need something from real life to tether them to reality when floating in their story worlds and that's what adding some friends to my plots accomplishes for me.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
Isabel's Awakening
I have had some real gems that is for sure. The worst was working as a counter person at a dry cleaners; long shifts on your feet in a wretchedly hot building. I had trouble keeping that cheerful expression on my face all day. I spent may years working at a veterinary hospital and still love animals. Eventually I became a high school teacher which is a new adventure every day. You never know what the kids are going to say or do next and no two days are the same. I work a ton of hours after school so writing is very much a late night activity for me now.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I think everyone should read Isabel's Awakening - especially men! It is a combination of erotic love story, guide to great sex, light mystery, social commentary and fantasy so there is something for everyone. I've had several people who never touch romance novels read that book (because they know me and felt obligated, lol) and get hooked on the genre and nag me to get the follow up story out pronto. They really got into the love story and were taken by surprise by the plot complexities.

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with spinach and ricotta cheese.
I'm always ready for a nap!
When I'm alone, I read and watch really bad television.
If I had a halo it would be quite dented but not because I meant to be a sinner.
If I could have a super power I'd want to be able to become invisible on demand.

Books Coming Soon

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About the Author

T.D. Hassett, romance author, grew up certain that life should be like a romance novel; lots of passion, some incredible adventures and a guaranteed happily ever after. She earned a B.A. in history and a M.S. degree in clinical psychology before studying education. Ms. Hassett lives in Connecticut with her very patient husband and two young children. Her rambunctious family shares their home with 3 crazy cats and a darling golden retriever named Delilah. Her relatives make her feel like the only normal nut in the family tree inspires her writing.

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