Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Promo + Interview - A Midsummer Night's Fling by Beth Matthews

Title: A Midsummer Night's Fling (Stage Kiss Series, #1)
Author: Beth Matthews
Pages: 400
Publisher: EDW Books
Release date: 4th July 2014
Blurb from Goodreads:
After dating her childhood sweetheart Max on and off for years, aspiring actress Nicola Charles is finally ready to move on. It’s time for her to focus on her stage career and stay away from Max–before he can break her heart again.
Max regrets hurting Nicola, but he wants another chance. So when his play loses its leading lady, giving Nicola the part seems like the perfect opportunity to win back his old flame.
But the course of true love—and a theater production—never do run smooth. As Max fights to reignite Nicola’s love, the onstage antics can’t rival the bedlam backstage: a neurotic cast, a prickly crew, and an evil diva of a director who’s got designs on Max.
As Nicola and Max battle to keep the drama onstage, Max can’t help wondering if their romance will end with the last performance. Or have the two of them finally captured what they’ve dreamed of all their lives? True Love.

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About the Author
Beth Matthews is a Southern California girl, born and raised. She’s a total geek, a movie buff, and a mediocre swing dancer. She lives in sunny SoCal with two of the neediest housecats on the planet. She also does freelance editing on the side if you’re an indie author looking for someone to read your books.

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When did you start writing? 

About sixth grade I wrote my first (very bad) novel, and I've written about a book a year or so ever since. Hopefully they've gotten better as the years have gone along. :) 

What makes you want to write? 

I like making up my own worlds and people. It's pretty fun when the story is flowing. 

Do you ever get writer's block and what do you do to get over it? 

Unfortunately, yes. Usually I have to take my laptop to a coffee shop and just sit for a few hours. That's how I finished something last year. I wasn't allowed to leave the coffee shop until it was DONE. The sun set and I was freezing but, by God, I finished that story. 

Do you have a special way of going about writing?

On my laptop and sometimes by hand in a writing notebook. 

What are your hobbies? 

I really love swing dancing. I'm competent at it, but not great. I won't step on my partner's toes but my sense of rhythm is a little lacking. 

How did you choose the character names for A Midsummer Night's Fling? 

I actually don't remember choosing. Nicola and Max just kind of told me those were their names when I started writing. 

Do you have any works in progress? 

Right now I'm polishing up a New Adult romance, Love's Last Call, for release later this year. It's about a dorky bouncer and the cocktail waitress he's sure is out of his league. If people want to learn more they can check out the book's info-page on my website. 

Who is your favorite character in A Midsummer Night's Fling? 

Well, of course I love the leads and I love their chemistry together, but one of the secondary characters snuck up on me too and became a real scene stealer. That was Lachlan, the hero's main rival in the theater company. Lachlan is really fun to write because he is snarky and sneaky and British and sexy as hell. Lachlan is going to get his own book at some point--he's just too much fun to write! 

How did you get the idea for A Midsummer Night's Fling? 

I've been in A Midsummer Night's Dream twice as an actor (once as a fairy and once as Hermia, the ultimate Shakespeare bimbo) and I met my boyfriend during one those productions. So, for various reasons, it's kind of my sentimental favorite of Shakespeare's plays. Reunited lovers is also one of my favorite tropes so, when I started brainstorming ideas for a contemporary, the idea of reunited lovers having to work together to play Titania and Oberon (the ultimate Shakespeare power couple) just got all of my creative juices flowing. 

What was your favorite part of writing A Midsummer Night's Fling? 

I really loved writing all of the banter between my hero and heroine. Writing two witty people who have chemistry together is one of my favorite parts of crafting my romantic comedies. 

What are you currently reading? 

I just finished re-reading Cotillion by Georgette Heyer. I love the hero Freddy and the ending of that book is so satisfying. 

What is your favorite book? 

Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. The hero Cazaril is so compassionate and witty. I reread that book at least once a year. 

Who is your favorite author? 

Probably Jennifer Crusie. Her classic books are so hilarious, and she writes fabulous banter. I waffle between Bet Me and Faking It as my two favorites of hers. 

What is your favorite film? 

I'm a movie buff, so this is a hard question. I guess I have to go with my sentimental favorite Star Wars: A New Hope. I've been crazy about that series since I was young. 

What is your favorite TV show? 

Murder, She Wrote. I used to watch it every day during the summer when I was little. These days I put it on when I'm doing editing or other mindless business stuff for my books. 

Quick-fire questions: 

Chocolate or ice cream? Chocolate ice cream! 
Paperback or ebook? Ebook. Although my Kindle sadly died just this weekend. :'( 
Dogs or cats? I've got two cats at home, but I'm not opposed to dogs. 
Go out or stay in? Stay in and snuggle with my man. 
Summer or winter? I live in SoCal so our summers get awful. But I love our rainy winters.