Saturday, September 21, 2013

Blog tour stop: Thirty and Half Excuse by Denise Grover Swank

I am super excited to take place in this blog tour.  This has to be my favorite series by Denise Grover Swank and Twenty Eight and Half Wishes was the first book I read by her and got me hooked on her writing.  I am happy to present the third book in this series...Thirty and a Half Excuse.  

Book Description
Life in Henryetta, Arkansas is turned upside down with the arrival of a televangelist, but it’s the death of a little old lady on Rose’s street that catches her attention. The Henryetta police deem her death natural causes, but Rose suspects foul play and so does an unlikely supporter–-the president of the Busy Body Club, her eighty-two year old neighbor Mildred.

But Rose is in the middle of opening her nursery with her sister Violet, who’s separated from her husband Mike, as well as stalling her boyfriend Joe’s family, rich socialites who are determined to meet her. Along with her multiple encounters with Fenton County’s new assistant DA, Mason Deveraux III, it’s just another day in the life of Rose Gardner–-chaos.

Add Thirty and Half Excuse to your Goodreads TBR list

You may purchase Thirty and Half Excuse at Amazon.

Who is Denise Grover Swank?

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period.  Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.)  Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks.  She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

I had the awesome chance of asking her a few questions and this is what she had to say....

What inspired you to write your first book?
I’d tried to write a complete novel many times before but never finished. In the fall of 2009, I heard about NaNoWriMo and decided it was now or never. So I semi-plotted out the book and started on the morning of November 1.  On November 30, I had 69,000 words and I completed the book on December 10. 
I’m so grateful for NaNoWriMo. It’s a fantastic motivator to fledgling writers. In fact, I’ve started a Facebook page for anyone participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo. I hope it’s encouraging and motivating, and it’s open to anyone if any of your readers would like to join.
What books/authors have most influenced your life most?
The Little House on the Prairie series when I was a kid. I loved that series and it made me want to write my own stories.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I don’t think I would. I agonized over several scenes and tweaked several right up to copy editing.  I used a lot of beta readers on Thirty and a Half Excuses, more than my norm. I let about twenty members of my street team beta read.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Wow.  It’s all hard, but I think it’s starting.  Staring at the empty page and that blinking cursor is intimidating. I have to come up with enough words to fill a book. I love writing and I’m so proud of the books I’ve written. I liken starting a book to standing on the edge of a swimming pool full of cold water and trying to make myself jump in.
While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
No, I can relate to them and some characters share characteristics like me, but I never feel like they are me. That being said, when I write, I’m in my character’s heads. I feel what they are feeling. When they hurt, I hurt.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Isla Fischer would make an excellent Rose.
What is your favorite positive saying?
I tell my beta readers and critique partners that friends don’t look stupid in print.
What is your favorite book and why?
I can’t say I have one. I love bits and pieces of lots of books.
You may find more information about Denise and her books on her websiteblogAuthor Facebook pageTwitter, and Author Goodreads Page

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