Monday, June 2, 2014

"Tartan Deadlines" by Jamie Salisbury REVIEW AND AUTHOR INTERVIEW!

Title: Tartan Deadlines
Author: Jamie Salisbury
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 2014
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

Rae Spencer has found out all it takes is a nasty, good old fashioned divorce for family secrets and deception to come bubbling to the surface.
For Rory MacGregor, his life is an open book. He's never had time for a serious relationship. His multi-media corporation is his mistress.
Imagine his surprise when he finds himself falling for his recent hire from America . . . his mature, attractive magazine editor, Rae Spencer. Picture her confusion as she finds herself deeply attracted to her handsome, take-charge Scottish boss.
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can't fight love.

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 In the three short years since Jamie Salisbury began publishing her Romance stories, she has seen her books soar to #1 on Amazon. Her novella Tudor Rubato was a finalist in the 2012 RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) award, and the cover won for Best Contemporary Cover. Now in 2014, her novel Life and Lies has been nominated for a RONE in the Erotica category. She has expanded her audience to include several now published by Secret Cravings Publishing.
Her previous career in public relations has afforded her with a treasure trove of endless story ideas.

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Rae looked up from the computer screen to see a man of about forty standing in the doorway. His height was slightly below the doorframe. He was tall. Wearing blue jeans and an Irish fisherman's sweater with a pale blue shirt underneath, his dark brown hair contrasted off the sweater. Sable brown eyes observed her. His smile only increased his handsome good looks.
"You look good sitting there." He boomed in a loud Scottish brogue. "I'm Rory MacGregor and welcome to MacGregor Communications Mrs. Spencer."
Rae started to get up out of her chair, but her legs felt like jelly. She finally got hold of herself, stood and met him halfway.
"It's so good to finally meet you, Mr. MacGregor."
He extended his hand and took Rae's in a firm grip.
"And it's good to meet you as well. Please call me Rory. I don't believe in old fashioned formalities in the office."
"Well then Rory, please…call me Rae."
He sauntered into the office and sat down in one of the two leather and chrome chairs strategically placed in front of the glass and chrome desk.
"Very well how about if I introduce you properly to the staff? I can give you a run down on what everyone does. I know it'll boggle your mind for a week or two but you'll learn quickly."
"That sounds good." she replied, trying not to look at him too directly.
Damn Shawn! He hadn't told her Rory MacGregor was not only a younger man he had failed to let her know how handsome a man he was. Not that she was interested. A relationship with a man was the furthest thing from Rae's mind since all the nastiness with Duncan, the divorce…his girlfriend.

An Interview with the Author

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
I don't think I can recall when I didn't want to be a writer. I was writing when I was in elementary school. It wasn't however, until my family moved back to the U.S. after spending a number of years in Chile, that I really started to take my writing seriously. I had a phenomenal Creative Writing teacher in high school who encouraged me tremendously.

Do you have a particular method, routine, and or schedule you follow when you write?
Haha! I try to maintain a schedule. In the morning I like to do all my social media postings, answer emails, etc. - not that I don't do so throughout the day - but I like to get the bulk out of the way then. Afternoons and/or evenings are my writing times. Of course if the "muses" are talking then I listen and write when they command.

Of all of the characters you have written which do you feel is the most significant and why?
That's a loaded question! Actually, there are two - a couple. From my Tudor Dynasty series - Amadeus and Zara. They are both strong, real individuals. I have a new series, a spin off from the Tudor series debuting this summer, and I really, really love the two main characters, Daniel and Mary.

You write both historical and contemporary romance do you prefer one over the other?
I would have to say contemporary is easier to write - at least for me. I do love to write historical, but find myself writing contemporary time after time. I'm currently doing some research for a historical, but I don't see it being finished before 2015.

What was the inspiration for Tartan Deadlines?
I started Tartan Deadlines as a series (it still could go that way depending on how TD is received) Initially it was suppose to be about four sisters and their lives at a certain point.  Older women/younger men relationships, especially ones where the woman is a lot older are seldom written - if they are I am not aware of them. I saw a need.

Which character in Tartan Deadlines, major or minor, do you identify with the most and why?
Rae - I identify with her quite a bit. . .the older divorced woman, trying to start over, not wanting to settle for a life of book clubs and grandchildren. Rory I sort of based on a certain Scottish gentleman who was in my life when I wrote Tartan Deadlines.

Who is your favorite author and why?
There are so many I can't pin it down to just one! I love Isabelle Allende, Anne Rice, are two established authors I enjoy. Victoria Roberts, Sylvia Day, Shayla Black, the list goes on and on. I love the old classic authors as well.

What is the one book that you could read over and over, and what is it about that book that draws you in?
Hmmm -that's a loaded question! There are so many, but I would have to say To Kill A Mockingbird just because it is so well written. That and the fact it was the author's only published book.  Just amazes me.

I read that you enjoy travel, if you could spend a month anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
That's a two destination question. I would love to be able to go back to South America as an adult and visit places I saw as a teenager, but didn't appreciate. I've been back to the Inca ruins and Central America, but I would love to see Chile, where I lived again. I think I could spend a month just there. Buenos Aires, Rio and oh gosh, it goes on and on.
Now if I had a second month I would like to go to Northern Ireland, for personal reasons. I went many years ago, and had a unique experience. I would like to revisit to close old scars.


*I was given a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

When I grow up I want to be Rae!
At 60, Rae has just been through a nasty divorce from a man who not only left her for a much younger woman, but also systematically hid all of their liquid assets.  Rae takes a job opportunity in Edinburgh, Scotland not only to escape the bad memories of New York, but also because the move means she check something else off of her bucket list.  Her new job also comes with another perk, Rory MacGregor, her confident and handsome new boss.
I loved this book!  Rae is strong, confident and no matter what obstacles get in her way she finds a way to move forward.  Rory is not only successful and gorgeous, but he is also down to earth and has a way of seeing Rae for the woman she truly is, not the woman she was.  In turn, Rae and Rory forge a bond that is beautiful and steamy.  Jamie Salisbury creates two very real characters, the kind of people you would like to sit down with for a glass of wine and a deep conversation.
“Tartan Deadlines” is not my usual fare, but Salisbury is a magician with words and I was drawn in from the first sentence.  The story continues to develop to the very end and I just could not get enough.  I want more of Rae and Rory!
Happy Reading!

1 comment:

J R Salisbury said...

Thank you for having me!!

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