Q&A with Elizabeth McKenna and Give@way

1. What is your favorite thing about the writing experience?
I'm a control freak and life is very hard for control freaks because you obviously can't control what happens in life. My favorite thing about writing is I can control what is going to happen next. In the worlds I make in my head, everything and everyone does what I tell them to do. It's a control freak's heaven.

2. Which character was more fun to write, Cera or Jake? Why?
Probably Jake because he's one of my male fantasies. I enjoyed my time with him. Cera is too close to my own personality and sometimes working with yourself isn't easy.

3. What made you pick a saloon as your setting?
I love a good western. I used to be addicted to Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.

4. What is your favorite scene from Cera's Place?
I think it would be when Cera and Jake first meet in the saloon. There's a lot of tension and misunderstanding, and a hint of the chemistry to come.

5. Where did your idea for this novel come from?
I started with the saloon theme and then started researching women business owners and prostitutes in the 19th century. I wanted a strong main character and the women I read about were fascinating. I don't know how others research, but it was like a spider web. One article lead me to another and then another, and the ideas fell into place.  My characters talk about things that actually happened in San Francisco around 1869. I tried to make the book as historically accurate as possible.

6. What book are you currently reading?
I just finished Dreamspell by Tamara Leigh. I'm still looking for my next read - I'm having trouble deciding what I'm in the mood for.

7. What's next for you?
I'm working on Venice in the Moonlight, set in 1753 - Casanova's time. Here's the description I've been using:
After her husband’s untimely death, Marietta Gatti is forced to leave the family’s villa by her spiteful mother-in-law. With nowhere to go, she returns to Venice only to find her estranged father has also passed away.  According to his friends, the once esteemed painter died distraught, drunk, and penniless. Upset by the gossip, Marietta retraces her father’s last days and discovers someone may have wanted him dead.  When the prime suspect is the father of the man she may be falling in love with, Marietta faces a heart-breaking decision.  Should she risk her future happiness to avenge the death of a man she has hated for the past five years?

8. If Cera's place were turned into a movie, which actors would you want cast as your main characters?
Jake is definitely Viggo Mortensen looking like he did in Lord of the Rings, long tangled hair and scruffy.  I've tried to figure out before who would be Cera. The best I can do is Amy Adams.  I know she more often plays ditsy women, but she showed a lot of strength and depth in The Fighter. She's an actress who doesn't seem aware of her good looks. She's self confident, but vulnerable. I think of Cera the same way. She's not trying to impress anyone. She's just trying to survive and help her friends.  

9. What did you have for breakfast this morning?
A protein bar. Ok, two protein bars. I was hungry.

10. What's your favorite television show?
The Closer - I seem to be drawn to tough women.

Author Bio:
Elizabeth McKenna is a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. She never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene).

She had always wanted to write fiction, so when a psychic told her she would write a book, Elizabeth felt obligated to give it a try. She combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write her first novel Cera's Place. She recently released a short story titled The Gypsy Casts a Spell.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin (Packers, Brewers, and Badgers - oh my!) with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and sassy Labrador. When she isn't writing, working, or being a mom, she's sleeping.

 Website: http://elizabethmckenna.com/
 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMcKennaAuthor
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Twitter: @ElizaMcKenna

San Francisco saloon owner Cera Cassidy offers redemption to any woman looking for honest work. At Cera’s Place, men can get a decent hot meal with a whiskey, but if they want anything more, they have to take their desires elsewhere. One summer night, a distraught Chinese girl bursts through the swinging doors with a shocking tale of murder, kidnapping, and prostitution. Outraged, Cera vows to set things right.

Jake Tanner, a scarred ex-soldier haunted by the horrors of the Civil War, is on a mission to fulfill a friend’s dying wish. The trail has brought him to Cera’s door. Captivated by her Irish beauty, he wants to join her fight – but will she let him?

One paperback or ebook of Cera's Place - winner's choice. Open to US and International, 18+ yrs old

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  1. I'd like the paperback please.

  2. Never been in this kind of giveaway before. Only one way to find out ...


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