Exclusive Interview with Author Sharon Kleve plus a Spotlight for THE CINDERELLA BODY CLUB

Today, we're doing something a little different. This is our fourth official guest author interview and our eleventh book spotlight on the MLB blog. We have author Sharon Kleve with us today. 


Hello, Sharon!  It’s such a pleasure to have you here. :)


Hello! Thanks so much for having me! 



My pleasure, of course! 
Oh, my! I see you brought your conspirators along with you. LOL. Welcome, ladies! 
Readers, it looks like we just got a wonderful surprise. Along with Sharon, we also have Jennifer Conner, Angela Ford and Amber Daulton on the blog today. What a full house, and I can't tell how excited I am to have you all here! Thank you for coming. How about we get started?
So, can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out and where can we get it?
http://www.amazon.com/Cinderella-Body-Club-Boxed-Set-ebook/dp/B00YG0K1HW/
Sharon:  Second Chance Cinderella

Raven St. James is a Phlebotomist in a prominent Portland, Oregon hospital. She is petite, with jet-back hair, green eyes, and extremely shy. She dreams of being like the nurses on the daytime hospital shows—perfect. Tall, blond, blue eyed, with big breasts.
Dr. Quinn Taylor admires Raven’s skill, and the caring she shows with her patients, but can’t get her attention. Until the day she winks at him.
Raven only has 24 hours in her Cinderella body. What will she do with it? Will she become the confident, strong, flirty girl she wants to be? Will she get the guy she’s always wanted? 


When did the book come out? Two weeks ago.



 

Jennifer:  Cinderella Had it Easy is story one from the a new romance series of the timeless Cinderella story re-imagined where four girlfriends make a wish on a locket. They all wish they were beautiful, and look like the girls they've always wanted to be. The belle of the ball. 

Cami works in the basement of a television station which airs history documentaries. With scars on her face that she acquired in a car accident as a child, Cami finds it easier to be by herself. She gets into a heated debate with the handsome new host of the show she’ll be working on. Is Lance the knight in shining armor who can drag Cami out of her safe zone? With no carriage and no helpful mice, she has to rely on the magic from her grandmother’s locket.

Cami only has 24 hours in her Cinderella body, what will she do with it? Will she keep hiding or can she learn how to live life? 


When did the books come out? Four weeks ago.

Where can you get them?
Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

Angela: My modern day Cinderella story is called Spellbound Cinderella. It shows the importance of raising self-esteem and boosting confidence for inner beauty. Four friends wish on a magical pendant to be that perfect girl. They wake in their 'Cinderella Bodies' and have only to midnight to make the most of it. The boost of confidence helps them realize their own inner beauty. 

When did the books come out?  Books to Go Now has recently released all 4 books in 2015 in this series; as well as the boxed set.


Where can you get them?

Amazon : Spellbound Cinderella - http://amzn.com/B00WQ90EFY
 
Cinderella Body Club Boxed Series – Amazon - http://amzn.com/B00WQ90EFY
 
They will also be available at Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.
 


Amber:  This series is about four best friends with self-esteem issues and learning how to overcome them. Most women can relate to feelings of inadequacy in beauty, jobs, their families and their love lives. The ladies of the Cinderella Body Club take it a bit overboard when they wish to look beautiful on a magic pendant. The trick is, the spell only lasts for one day. So they better make their wish count!
When did the books come out?  Books to Go Now has published all four books early in the 2015 year with Cinderella’s Enchanted Night concluding the series. 

Where can you get them? The best place to buy these awesome books in ebook edition is on Amazon. Print editions will be available soon on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  

Wow. This sounds great! I'm so excited about your new release! 
So, tell us...is there anything that prompted these stories? Something that inspired you?  
Sharon:  Jennifer Conner came up with the idea and then we ran with it. It was a really fun idea.
 
Jennifer:  Who doesn't like Cinderella? But I wanted to put a twist on it with where the girls 'think' they have changed. But... maybe not.

Angela:  I love the classic Cinderella story! The chance to write a modern day Cinderella romance about a girl who believed to be a ‘Plain-Jane’ with no shot at getting her hero’s attention inspired me to help show that we need to believe in ourselves. And with a boost of self-confidence we can let others see the real us.  

Amber:  I love stories for the underdogs. And these Cinderella wanna-bes know what it’s like to be at the bottom rung of the dating social ladder with their Princes high up top.   
   
That's great!
So, when did you know you wanted to write?  Or has it always been a pastime of yours?   
 
Sharon:  I started writing in 2010. It had never crossed my mind before that. Now I have 30 books including a couple cookbooks.
 
Jennifer:  It's always been a pastime. I wrote fan fiction as a teen. About 10 years ago when I became serious about writing, I wanted to find something I was passionate about that didn't cost anything but time. I had stories in my brain that needed to go on paper (or screens in the modern world I guess :))
 
Angela:  I have always wanted to write…to create a story to share. I love to escape into a great read and I hope I can take my readers there.
Amber:  I’ve known since I was twelve that I’ve wanted to write. All it took was smuggling a Harlequin romance book out of my mom’s bedroom and my future was set.  

LOL. I know exactly what you mean, ladies. 
 
Do you have any favorite authors?
Sharon:  Janet Evanovich. I love Stephanie Plum. Janet makes me laugh and I can’t put her books down. I’d love for someone to say that about my books someday.
 
Jennifer:  Diana Gabaldon is my writing goddess. I'm a HUGE fan geek and her books have been an obsession for the last 20 years. I am over the moon happy with the amazing miniseries on TV now.
 
Angela:  I have so many! To name a few…Danielle Steele, Jane Austin, Stephen King and my newest fav…Sharon Kleve.
 
Amber:  I certainly do! A few of my favorites are Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Sabrina Laurens and Maggie Shayne. 
I'm obsessed with Outlander as well, Jennifer.
Do any of you write in a specific place? Time of day?  
Sharon:  I have a full-time job so I fit it in at every spare moment I have because it’s important to me.
 
Jennifer:  Unfortunately, it's when I can fit in time. With also being a book publisher, I have very little time to write. But, you have find time.

Angela:  I’ve written everywhere! Every room in my house…on the deck…in the backyard…on the beach…in the doctor’s waiting room and probably a few place in between. I have written at all times of the day but my favorite time is at night when it is quiet and peaceful and my family is asleep. 
 
Amber:  I write at all hours of the day and night, and I usually stay locked up in my office. I need a change of environment every few months so I move to the living room or bedroom for a few weeks before I move back to the office for a few more months. It’s an endless cycle. 
  
All right.
Are there any words you'd like to impart to fellow writers? Any advice?


Sharon:   Sit down and write…  
 
Jennifer:   Don't just be a writer, anyone can write; be an author. A good one. Join a critique group, take feedback and criticism. Believe me, if you don't get it before, you will get it from the readers and reviewers who have keyboard courage.


Writing is the best. Enjoy your journey and write what you love.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?

I think taking advantage of ALL the free social media sites is a MUST. Besides Facebook and Twitter, make sure your Amazon Author page is up to date. I have had good luck with the Goodreads giveaways. Blog hops. FB parties. Fan pages. Readers love stuff. Just giving away a free ebook is not going to cut it anymore. Make sure your giveaways are affordable (to you) and be careful of overseas shipping to readers. I've known authors who have spent $30 to ship a paperback to Europe.

Quote:  I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things that I am afraid of. - Joss Whedon
Angela:  Never quit! Write! Write! Write!   
Amber:  Writing is the easy part and it’s only half of the work. Handling rejections and bad reviews with finesse is a must, taking care of marketing and publicity demands is a handful but a requirement, and writing your next book while dealing with everything else is cause to bring out the vodka. But ‘tis the life of an author. You gotta love it, and I do with all my heart.


This all excellent advice! I want to thank you for stopping by!  This was my first time hosting a group interview, and it was a blast! :)

Readers, here are the blurbs for The Cinderella Body Club Series.


Cinderella Had it Easy by Jennifer Conner 



www.amazon.com/Cinderella-Easy-Body-Club-Book-ebook/dp/B00V46VQQG





Cami works in the basement of a television station which airs history documentaries. With scars on her face that she acquired in a car accident as a child, Cami finds it easier to be by herself. She gets into a heated debate with the handsome new host of the show she’ll be working on. Is Lance the knight in shining armor who can drag Cami out of her safe zone? With no carriage and no helpful mice, she has to rely on the magic from her grandmother’s locket. 

Cami only has 24 hours in her Cinderella body, what will she do with it? Will she keep hiding or can she learn how to live life? 



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Spellbound Cinderella by Angela Ford



http://www.amazon.com/Spellbound-Cinderella-Body-Club-Book-ebook/dp/B00WQ90EFY/

 



Tess Andrews lacked self-confidence. She believed she was ‘Plain-Jane’. Her last date ended before it began when he asked if she’d set him up with one of her model clients. Tess owned a small employment agency. Some of her clients were models, which only made her insecurities worse. 
Internationally-famous model photographer, Parker Walsh, always left Tess speechless and in a rush to run and hide. She attempts to spark up a conversation but with no success. Her business dealings were even dealt with through his assistant. 
Her savior—Girls Night; once a week Tess got together with her friends who were all in similar situations with no luck in love. One night they wished on a magical pendant to be that perfect girl they would like to see in the mirror. They wake up in their ‘Cinderella Bodies’ – sexy and better looking but they only have until midnight to make 
the most of it..Her ‘Cinderella Body’ boosts her confidence to invite Parker to lunch. He surprises her with an 
invite to his charity fashion show. Tess has everything for her magical night – her Prince, the dress, the shoes but she worries when the clock strikes twelve if he’ll like the ‘real’ her. 





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Second Chance Cinderella by Sharon Kleve 



http://www.amazon.com/Second-Chance-Cinderella-Body-Club-ebook/dp/B00X02N2MS/




Raven St. James is a Phlebotomist in a prominent Portland, Oregon hospital. She is petite, with jet-back hair, green eyes, and extremely shy. She dreams of being like the nurses on the daytime hospital shows—perfect. Tall, blond, blue eyed, with big breasts.

Dr. Quinn Taylor admires Raven’s skill, and the caring she shows with her patients, but can’t get her attention. Until the day she winks at him.
Raven only has 24 hours in her Cinderella body. What will she do with it? Will she become the confident, strong, flirty girl she wants to be? Will she get the guy she’s always wanted? Quinn.



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Cinderella's Enchanted Night by Amber Daulton 



http://www.amazon.com/Cinderellas-Enchanted-Night-Cinderella-Body-ebook/dp/B00Y1DAIKE/





Annalise Gallagher wanted Elijah Burleigh. Plain and simple. She’d watched him from afar for months, her friends called her ‘his own personal stalker’, and then she made a wish on a magic pendant for a full-body makeover. Transformed into the gorgeous knockout she always wanted to be, she asked Elijah out on a date and wore a haute couture gown straight from Paris to his friend’s wedding.

With just twenty-four hours on the clock, her enchanted night faded into the morning hours and everything crashed down around her. Annalise harbored a shameful secret and Elijah demanded the truth with the veil of magic gone.
The truth, however, could destroy her fragile confidence and push him away forever. 

Don't forget to pick up a copy of this awesome boxed set!

Universal Purchase Link:  http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00YG0K1HW


Author Bios

About Sharon Kleve

Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.
Sharon is a multi-published author of paranormal and contemporary romance. She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about
romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.
One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.
When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.
 

Sharon's Author Links:









About Jennifer Conner

Jennifer Conner is a best-selling Northwest author who has over sixty short stories and books in ebook, print, and audiobooks. She writes in Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, and Erotica.

She has hit Amazon's top fifty authors ranking and her books have been #1 in sales.

Her novel, Shot in the Dark, was a finalist in the Emerald City Opener, Cleveland, and Toronto RWA contests.

Jennifer is an Associate Publisher for the indie e-book publisher, Books to Go Now who resides in the Seattle area. They pride themselves in helping new authors get their foot in the door with well-edited manuscripts, professional covers, and platforms uploads.

She lives in a hundred year old house that she grew up in. Her semi-small town holds an interesting mix of resident hillbillies, yuppies and Navy Seals. And of course Seattle, only a few miles away, is the birthplace of Starbucks so coffee is always on the check list. She blows glass beads with a blow torch, (which relieves a lot of stress and people don't bother you) and is a huge fan of musicals.

Jennifer's Author Links: 






About Angela Ford




Angela Ford originates from Nova Scotia…Canada’s Ocean Playground!

Her love of the ocean and sunsets are always in her heart and give her inspiration. Her love for words keeps her turning the page. She is never without a book, whether she’s reading or writing. Now residing in Ontario, Angela works in Finance – numbers by daywords by night. Her dedication to volunteer and involvement with cyber safety seminars gave her an Award of Distinction and sparked the idea for her first book Closure – suspense with a dash of romance that hit the best- selling Action/Adventure and Women’s Fiction. Angela continued this FBI suspense with Forbidden  and will deliver the final of the series in 2015. She also writes contemporary romance, sometimes sweet…sometimes spicy and sometimes with a dash of suspense. UnforgettableKiss  delivers a spicy romance with a dash of suspense. BlindTasting of The Love List series and TheChristmas Wreath of the Forever Christmas series are sweet reads. 2015 kicked off with a new Romantic Suspense Surrender .
Between two jobs, being a mom with a home always filled with young adults and rather interesting stories; she is lucky to have one very patient and understanding man. But it is the furry family members who rule the house – a Puggle (Pug/Beagle), a new Chug puppy (Pug/Chihuahua) and two loveable cats. Every possible quiet moment she finds, she treasures and just writes about the moments to come. Angela is an avid reader of romance, a member of the RWA, KOD (Kiss of Death – Suspense Chapter) and Mississauga Writers Group. You can follow her at BTGN www.bookstogonow.com or visit her website/blog Romantic Escapes at http://www.angelafordauthor.com to connect with her on her social network sites. She loves to hear from her readers – they keep her smiling! 

Angela's Author Links:

 




About Amber Daulton

Writing is the fruit to happiness. 
Amber Daulton lives her life by that one belief even though she normally isn't so Zen. 
Author of five novellas—Forever Winter, A Hero's HeartLightning over Bennett Ranch, Mistletoe in the City and Cinderella’s Enchanted Night—she published her first book in 2012 and hopes to publish countless more in the future. 
She lives in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina with her punk-rocker husband and their five crazy kitties. Writing takes up most of her time, aside from her day job in the retail industry. As a fan of contemporary, paranormal and historical novels alike, she can't get enough of feisty heroines and alpha heroes. Her mind is a wonderland of romance and adventure, laughter and awesome ways of kicking a guy when he's down. She probably wouldn't be too sane without her computer and notebooks. After all, what's a girl to do when there are people jabbering away in her head and it's hard to shut them up? Write! Nothing else works.
 

Amber's Author Links: 







 
I'd like to thank all these talented ladies again for stopping by! Give a shout out to Sharon Kleve, Jennifer Conner, Angela Ford and Amber Daulton!  
And check out The Cinderella Body Club anthology! 
http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00YG0K1HW


It sounds amazing.  :)

Comments

  1. Hi Marie,

    Thank you for such a warm welcome. We are very happy to be here.
    Sharon

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  2. Thank you, Marie!!

    What a fun interview!

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