Hi My guest today is Elizabeth McKenna, author of Cera’s Place. Welcome to my blog Elizabeth.
RC, thanks for the opportunity! I think I’ve included everything you asked for.
RC Tell us a little bit about yourself
Elizabeth–I’m a technical writer for a large software company. I’m married to a wonderful man and have two teenage girls and an extremely sassy yellow lab.
RC– What genre do you write?
Elizabeth– So far I’ve written historical romance. After I finish my current story, Venice in the Moonlight, I am going to write a contemporary romance that I have an idea for.
RC– What is the title of your most recent published work? Where can we buy it?
Elizabeth–My debut novel is Cera’s Place. It is available in ebook/print through the major sellers (Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo, Diesel, Sony, Smashwords and Createspace). I also have a short story, available for free on my website, which eFiction magazine published last year.
RC- Do you have a favorite character in Cera’s Place? Who and why?
Elizabeth–I’m in love with Jake. He’s rugged, sensitive, and loyal. What more could a girl ask for? I modeled him after Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) in Lord of the Rings, one of my favorite books/movies.
RC – What is your current work in progress?
Elizabeth–I’m working on a historical romance, Venice in the Moonlight, set in 1753 during Casanova’s time. It’s a story of vengeance, forgiveness, and love and should be available later this year. Here is the description:
After her husband’s death, Marietta Gatti is banished from the family’s villa by her spiteful mother-in-law. With nowhere to go, she returns to Venice and her only kin – a father she hasn’t spoken to since her forced marriage.
Hoping to make amends, she is devastated to find he has died two months earlier. When his lover insists it was under suspicious circumstances, Marietta retraces her father’s last days only to learn someone may have wanted him dead.
When the prime suspect is the father of the man she is falling in love with, Marietta faces a heart-breaking decision. Should she risk her future happiness to avenge the death of a man she has despised for the past five years?
RC– What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Elizabeth–I have two teenagers who are very active in sports and school activities, so my husband and I spend a lot of time cheering them on. Besides that, I like to read and travel.
RC– What is your inspiration for writing?
Elizabeth–Several years ago, my children were studying different careers at school. They asked me if I liked my job and I said I would rather be writing fiction. They asked why I didn’t do that then. Instead of explaining about bills and mortgages, I started writing romance in my spare time. I felt it was important to show them that it was never too late to follow your dreams.
RC- Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
Elizabeth–Yes, because I really don’t like my given name. My pen name is a combination of my girls’ middle names: Erin Elizabeth and Morgan McKenna.
RC – Where can we find you?
Elizabeth—Here are my links-
Twitter ID: @ElizaMcKenna
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Author’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMcKennaAuthor
Cera’s Place Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CerasPlace
Goodreads Profile: http://www.goodreads.com/Elizabeth_McKenna
Purchase links for Cera’s Place:
Elizabeth McKenna is a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. She never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene).
She had always wanted to write fiction, so when a psychic told her she would write a book, Elizabeth felt obligated to give it a try. She combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write her first novel Cera’s Place. She recently released a short story titled The Gypsy Casts a Spell.
Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin (Packers, Brewers, and Badgers – oh my!) with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.
Cera’s Place Summary
In 1869, San Francisco saloon owner Cera Cassidy offers redemption to any woman looking for honest work. At Cera’s Place, men can get a decent hot meal with a whiskey, but if they want anything more, they have to take their desires elsewhere. One summer night, a distraught Chinese girl bursts through the swinging doors with a shocking tale of murder, kidnapping, and prostitution. Outraged, Cera vows to set things right.
Jake Tanner, a scarred ex-soldier haunted by the horrors of the Civil War, is on a mission to fulfill a friend’s dying wish. The trail has brought him to Cera’s door. Captivated by her Irish beauty, he wants to join her fight – but will she let him?
Elizabeth McKenna’s debut novel is a fast-paced adventure filled with memorable characters that will leave you wanting more. Get lost in a time gone by and fall in love today!
RC- It was a pleasure hosting you Elizabeth. I can’t wait to read Cera’s Place! Good lick