I’m delighted to welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author Toni Lynn Cloutier here today for an interview and a look at her contemporary romance, The Patriot Girl. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win in Toni Lynn’s giveaway!
Hi Toni Lynn, so glad to have you here today. Tell us a little about The Patriot Girl:
Thanks so much for having me, Babette. THE PATRIOT GIRL is about a woman who falls in love with the man she blames for killing her husband.
Blurb: MaKayla Adams has always been curious about the wild side of life. Making love with her late husband wasn’t exciting, and she never could understand the big deal…until hunky nightclub owner Dustin James hires her as a public relations consultant. His touch arouses feelings she’s never known, and his kiss tempts her to cross the line between business and pleasure.
Dustin doesn’t remember the car accident that put him in a coma three years ago, but since his recovery, he’s pushed his own needs aside to be a single father to his young daughter. When MaKayla offers to help publicize his country nightclub, however, she ignites deeper feelings he can’t ignore.
But there is more than mutual attraction between MaKayla and Dustin—there is a shared past connected to her husband’s death. Will the truth bring them together or tear them apart?
What are you working on now?
Currently, I am working on book 2 of the No Bulls series. If you’ve read The Patriot Girl, this next book is his best friend’s story.
Do you have a favorite time of day for writing?
I enjoy writing in the morning. After I check mail and Facebook while having my cup of tea, I begin to write until I either have to work or have an appointment, or have to pick up my son. I usually won’t write mid day. At night if I get into the swing of writing, I can work for several hours.
How do you balance writing and everyday life?
I live a very stress-free life. I have one child, and an easygoing husband. I have so much free time to write. However, I wish I were always in the mood to sit at the computer.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
I haven’t visited many places, but I’d have to say my favorite vacation so far has been Niagara Falls. It was the only time I actually felt like I was on vacation. We didn’t have to get into the car and drive someplace. There was no rushing from park to park as with Disney. The sound of the water was so relaxing. When we walked, there was no rushing to get to a certain place. I absolutely LOVED IT! We stayed in New York, but walked to the Canadian side. My son was drilled by security on our way back. One question they asked him was, “What do you call these people you’re with?” My poor eight year old (at the time) was nervous and said, “Um, mom and dad.” The man looked at us, nodded, and then let us go. A memory none of us will ever forget!
What is your favorite food to cook or eat?
I love Italian food.
What do you like to read?
Non-fiction or reference books. I am not a big reader, but when I do read fiction, it’s always contemporary.
Do you listen to music while you write?
No. I can’t listen to music without singing, which is why I can’t listen while I’m in bed.
Who first introduced you to the love of reading?
LOL… I wouldn’t call it “love” of reading. I’d barely call it “like”! Honestly! My best friend hooked me into reading Daniel Steel back in my twenties. I was hooked. After my first puzzle book was published, I loved seeing the cover and wanted to come up with another book idea. While sitting on the floor organizing paperwork, I came up with a thought: What if a woman fell in love with the man she blamed for killing her husband? I had no idea how to write a book so I went to the library and found three Harlequin Blaze novels (because they were the shortest reads). Had I known there were books like those out there I might have been an avid reader. I’d finally found books that held my attention. Now, as a “doer,” I still would rather write than read. Just as I’d rather “play” basketball than watch it on TV.
Do you write under any other name(s)?
Yes. I have a short m/m erotic romance published under a pseudonym. See website for more detail: www.reneeashleywilliams.com.
What don’t most people know about you but you would like to share?
I have two educational word search puzzle books published. If you or your children enjoy word search puzzles, there are several on my website www.tonilynncloutier.com you can download and print them for FREE!
These are few of my favorite things:
1. Sitting with my husband and son just talking and laughing.
2. Cleaning and rearranging furniture while listening to country music.
3. Candy – My niece once said, “Auntie, you’re the only grown up I know who eats candy like a kid.” Still do and I don’t believe that will ever change. Right now I’m on a kick with Flaming Hot Cheetos. Sadly, they are only available in the small bags in ONE local location! L
She tilted her head toward his touch. “We do have an unusual chemistry, but anything more between us would complicate things.”
“In what ways?”
“Alex wouldn’t understand. Not to mention Paul’s parents.”
“What about what MaKayla wants?”
A loaded question she didn’t know how to answer. She wanted what she couldn’t have—not to be alone, the noises in her backyard to go away, a husband to spoil, and another child to mother.
“It doesn’t matter what I want. What matters is doing the right thing.”
“Even if it means being unhappy? When was the last time you did something for MaKayla without worrying about consequences?” He rolled his tongue and smiled.
“There was liquor involved. Otherwise, I never would have growled at you.”
She shrugged. “Because it’s inappropriate.”
He cupped her cheeks between his palms. “I find you sexy as hell and I’m going to kiss you. The time to stop me would be right now.”
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Bio: Toni Lynn Cloutier has a loving husband and is a stay-at-home mom to their teenage son and four year old cat. They reside in a small town in Rhode Island. She is the author of two educational word search puzzle books. When she’s not writing or listening to country music while cleaning and rearranging furniture, she’s at a ZUMBA class. You can learn more about her and her work at www.tonilynncloutier.com.
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