We have seen Pamela Ford at some other book blogs we love, so we are glad she's stopped by today to talk about her novels from "The Continental Breakfast Club" series: Over Easy and Fresh Brewed. She even has a set of both to give away! The third book in this series, Honey Glazed, is coming out later this year.
Pamela Ford is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of plot - and often lots of laughter.
After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam merrily set off to earn a living, searching for that perfect career as she became a graphic designer, print buyer, pantyhose sales rep, public relations specialist, copywriter, freelance writer - and finally author.
Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best, the Laurel Wreath, and a gold medal IPPY in the Independent Book Publisher Awards. She is a National Readers' Choice Awards finalist, a Kindle Book Awards finalist, a Maggie Awards for Published Novelists finalist, and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Wisconsin where she is working on her next novel. Visit Pamela at her website, Facebook, and Twitter. (Bio courtesy of Pamela's website.)
Allie Parker's had enough. Just because she's a dog groomer, her overachieving family of doctors and lawyers treats her like a child. She's convinced that a successful husband is all she needs to change their attitudes.
So when she and her friends come up with a brilliant new way to meet eligible men, Allie squeezes into her sister's stylish clothes and sneaks into continental breakfast at an upscale hotel to find herself the perfect guy.
Before Allie has taken her last bite of syrup-laden waffle, she's met the man of her dreams. But what she doesn't know is that he's a jewel thief who mistakenly thinks she's his contact—and so does everyone else who's after his stash of diamonds.
Suddenly Allie's world is crazily upended. And as she scrambles to prove her innocence and get back to her old life, she discovers happily ever after sneaks up when you least expect it.
Breanna Mitchell is on her way to a relaxing vacation at the ocean. Maybe she'll even have a beachside fling to help her get over a recent breakup. But when a tropical storm makes her destination hotel uninhabitable, a chance encounter at continental breakfast delivers a fabulous option—with a catch.
She and her friends can stay at a privately-owned, three-story oceanfront home—if she pretends to be the girlfriend of the owner's heartbreaker grandson, Ethan. Since he won't even be there, how hard could it be?
Everything is going swimmingly until Bree drinks too much wine and regales the family with romantic tales about her relationship with Ethan. His adorable brother Adam gets suspicious. His marriage-minded grandma gets engagement fever. The beautiful woman next door gets teary-eyed.
And then, Ethan unexpectedly arrives. Suddenly Bree is about to get everything she's ever wished for—but is it what she really wants?
**Both synopses are from Pamela's website.**
Describe your writing in three words.
Fresh, funny, fast-paced
What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
A blogger said in her review that “Over Easy would make such an adorable rom-com movie.” I hadn’t pictured the book as a movie prior to reading that review, but I was very flattered!
What is one piece of advice you'd like to share with aspiring novelists?
Learn the craft. Completing a book gets easier when you understand goal, motivation and conflict; turning points; the black moment; and character arcs—and utilize them in your writing. This is a great book: GMC: Goal, Motivation & Conflict by Debra Dixon.
If you could cast Over Easy and Fresh Brewed as movies, who would you choose for the lead roles?
Oh, this is tough. . .and subject to change! Here goes: Allie—Zoey Deschanel, Bree—Emma Stone, Meagan—Rachel McAdams, Jax—Ryan Reynolds, Adam—Ryan Gosling
If you could live anywhere in the world, besides where you’re currently living, where would it be, and why?
There are so many tempting places! I ski—so it probably wouldn’t be somewhere that’s warm all year round. I think I would choose the Seattle area because it has moderate temperatures, mountains (to ski in!), Puget Sound, Lake Washington, is close to the ocean, and just a quick hop to Hawaii.
Who is your current celebrity crush?
Matt Damon’s always my guy. Handsome, interesting, makes great movies, and in real life he gives back—donating time and money to several charities. He’s a founder of water.org which works to improve access to safe, clean water for people around the world. Hard not to love a guy who cares and shares.
Thanks to Pamela for visiting with us and sharing her books with our readers!
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