I’m very pleased to be able to welcome Nicole Flockton, author of the contemporary romance Masquerade, to the blog today. She graciously answered a few questions and as part of the SupaGurl Tour, there’s a seriously awesome giveaway, so scroll down below my interview and enter! If you’re having trouble loading the Rafflecopter form, they’ve suggested clearing your browser’s cache – they’re having some sort of issue.
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Publication Date: October 22, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
After being humiliated by her fiancée, Sophie Franklyn has decided that getting involved with work colleagues and men in general isn’t for her. Now her focus is going to be on her career and her recent promotion. That is until at a New Year’s Eve masquerade ball, she meets a man that tempts her to question her choices.
Alex Scavoni is extremely dedicated to his job, so dedicated that his first marriage crumbled under the pressure of his dedication. Now he’s happily single, with a new job he’s excited to start. When he meets a masked Sophie at the ball, she fires desires in him he thought long dead. He spends a wonderful night with her, but wakes up alone.
The next time the two meet, it’s in the high pressure world of Emergency Room medicine where they must work side by side. While they deal with the stresses of the Emergency ward, they endeavor to keep their feelings for each other on a professional nature. When the desire that pushed them together that one night flares to life again, can they ignore them or will their one night together have consequences neither of them planned on?
B: Nicole, it’s wonderful to have you here today!
Nicole: Thanks for having me here!
I always love to ask my guests, if you hadn’t been a writer, did you ever have great plans to be anything else (or are you doing another superjob)?
Nicole: No I never did. I think I kind of fell into writing and once and I had fallen there was no going back. I do currently work remotely for my job in Australia. It was the job I had before we relocated to Houston. My bosses were very open to the whole idea of me still doing my duties, just not in person!
Was there an author or authors who inspired you or a certain favorite book when you were young that make you think you wanted to do this?
Nicole: There was a book that I loved, it was called “The Second Mrs Adams” by Sandra Marton. The heroine had amnesia and I just loved how they found their way back to each other. It’s a story that has stuck with me and I knew, when I decided to write a book, that I wanted to create a story just like that. One that stayed with the reader years after they’d read it.
If I peeked on your shelves now, what would I find? How about an even more dangerous question – if I made you pick 5 books to take to a desert island, which would they be?
Nicole: What you would find is bookshelves full of Harlequin books from Presents, to Sweet, to Desire to Medical. But you’d also find the odd young adult as well as historical as well as romantic comedy. As to what I would take – wow that is a tough one. Well I’d of course take the book I referred to above, “The Second Mrs Adams”. I’d also take “Fortunes” by Vera Cowie. It’s a book written in the ‘80’s (yes showing my age here! LOL). Umm oh geez, “Ain’t She Sweet” b y Susan Elizabeth Phillips, “Bet Me” by Jennifer Cruise and “Marriage on the Rebound” by Michelle Reid. I picked some long books so I wouldn’t be out of books too quickly. LOL
Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre or category? Young Adult and New Adult is heating up, is that something you’d be interested in?
Nicole: I think New Adult may be something I’d look into. I’ve always had this idea of a sports hero in the recesses of my mind – way back in the recesses. So one day I may play around with that.
What are you working on now?
Nicole: I’m working on doing two books that feature characters from Masquerade. As I was editing both these characters kind of tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Umm hey, you going to tell MY story?”. So it’s nice to revisit these characters again.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk to me today, I appreciate it very much!
Nicole: Thank you for having me and I hope you and your readers enjoy my book!
Nicole is an Australian living in Houston, Texas. When she’s not chasing the kids or the dog, she is writing romances where she can escape to a world she can control. She writes contemporary romances where you could find yourself in the chaos of a hospital emergency ward or in the high powered boardroom of a powerful, yet sexy, executive.