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Blog Tour: Blind Date Bride by Arlene Hittle

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Nearly a decade ago, accountant Kari Parker shed 220 pounds of dead weight — her hulking, abusive college boyfriend. The last thing she wants in her life is another man — especially one as tall as a Windy City high rise. Yet when her best friend enters her in Romance TV’s “Get a Love Life” contest, another man is exactly what she gets. As much as she’d love to just say no, she can’t turn down the prize money that will allow her to help her parents save the restaurant they’ve run all her life. Sparks fly between Kari and her bogus groom, and as she and Damien share close quarters, intimate meals and — gulp — his bed, Kari doesn’t stand a chance of resisting his considerable charms. Even worse? She might not want to. But building a real future out of their sham marriage will be tougher than baking a wedding cake from scratch … with no flour … in a broken oven.

 

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arleneTHE AUTHOR

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Arlene Hittle is a Midwestern transplant who now makes her home in northern Arizona. She suffers from the well-documented Hittle family curse of being a Cubs fan but will root for the Diamondbacks until they run up against the Cubs. Longtime friends are amazed she writes books with sports in them, since she’s about as coordinated as a newborn giraffe and used to say marching band required more exertion than golf.

 

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Interview:

Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!

I was born and grew up in northern Indiana, went to college in Evansville, Ind., and Grantham, England (for a semester), and became a northern Arizonan in 1999. I live in the mountains of Arizona, where there are few cacti and plenty of snow (usually). Living in Indiana and Arizona gives me the distinct pleasure—or curse—of being a resident of the only two states where clocks never change for Daylight Savings Time.

 

Tell us about your book? How did it get started?

A radio news item, long since forgotten, sparked the idea for BLIND DATE BRIDE: The reluctant grand-prize winners of Romance TV’s “Get a Love Life” contest must marry without having met, and live together for 90 days to claim substantial prize money. Being a romance, they of course fall for one another.

I wrote a one-act play for my local theater group, in which the bride and groom’s friends (who entered them in the contest) cajole them to go through with the ceremony. However, I didn’t feel like I was done with the characters, so I decided to write the book to answer “what happens next”?

 

 

How do you create your characters?

I’ve tried filling out character worksheets that ask for everything from favorite colors/foods to their views on war/political leanings. Since I’m a reporter, I’ve also simply interviewed them. We “sit down” and I ask them a question and then free-write their responses until I feel I know who they are. Sometimes, just sitting down to write the story is the best way to get to know my characters. I often end up going back in revisions to rewrite and firm up their traits, but giving them free reign works for me.

 

What inspires and what got you started in writing?

As a child, I loved the “Little House” books. I think it was after reading them that I decided I wanted to tell stories for a living. It also helped that I started reading at age 4. My parents both read a lot—dad loved science fiction and mom was an English (and math) teacher. They were always reading, and I wanted to be like them.

 

Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

It’s such a writer cliché, but I do most of my writing at Starbucks. I get a lot more accomplished there than I do at home, where there’s always laundry to be done, a kitchen to putter in and three dogs ready to slobber on my laptop. Writing at the coffee shop is such a habit that nowadays, the simple smell of coffee puts me in the mood to write. I got even more writing done at Starbucks before they started offering free wifi. When I got in the habit of writing there, they didn’t. My productivity suffered.

 

How do you get your ideas for writing?

I find ideas everywhere. Something on the radio or TV news might spark my imagination. My March 2015 Turquoise Morning Press release, BREAKING ALL THE RULES, is based on a story I read on the Associated Press wire, about a new law in (I think) Oregon that required health care facilities to have an interpreter on staff for any and all languages patients speak. My thought: What if someone has a patient who refuses to speak anything but Klingon? The result: A by-the-book administrator at a mental health facility is forced to hire a Klingon interpreter—and the free-spirited guy she finds for the job is hell-bent on convincing her there’s more to life than following the rules.

One day, I walked past a guy tromping through the mall in high heels, a denim miniskirt and tank top that exposed his farmer’s tan. He was so clearly uncomfortable that my mind started racing: Maybe he was a frat boy who lost a bet. I haven’t written that one yet, but I might. It could be one of the guys on my fictional baseball team, the Arizona Condors, being hazed by his teammates…

 

 What do you like to read?

Romance, of course! Seriously. I belonged to a book club for years, but they kept picking such dark, depressing books that I had to stop reading. Give me a humorous contemporary romance by Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Victoria Dahl or Abigail Sharpe, or a historical by Christina Dodd, Ashlyn MacNamara, Alison DeLaine, Sara Ramsey or Valerie Bowman.

 

What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?

Stick with it. Persistence pays. You might not sell your first finished manuscript—or even your fifth. However, eventually something you submit will get in the right hands at the right time and voila. My other piece of advice: Never stop learning. Keep reading craft books and articles and try to apply their techniques. Your goal should be to make each book the best it can possibly be—and hopefully, to make each one better than the last.

 

The blurb:

 

Nearly a decade ago, accountant Kari Parker shed 220 pounds of dead weight — her hulking, abusive college boyfriend. The last thing she wants in her life is another man — especially one as tall as a Windy City high rise. Yet when her best friend enters her in Romance TV’s “Get a Love Life” contest, another man is exactly what she gets. As much as she’d love to just say no, she can’t turn down the prize money that will allow her to help her parents save the restaurant they’ve run all her life. Sparks fly between Kari and her bogus groom, and as she and Damien share close quarters, intimate meals and — gulp — his bed, Kari doesn’t stand a chance of resisting his considerable charms. Even worse? She might not want to. But building a real future out of their sham marriage will be tougher than baking a wedding cake from scratch … with no flour … in a broken oven.

 

Get it: Find BLIND DATE BRIDE at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo, and in print at CreateSpace or Amazon.

 

My Bio:

Arlene Hittle is a Midwestern transplant who now makes her home in northern Arizona. She suffers from the well-documented Hittle family curse of being a Cubs fan but will root for the Diamondbacks until they run up against the Cubs. Longtime friends are amazed she writes books with sports in them, since she’s about as coordinated as a newborn giraffe and used to say marching band required more exertion than golf. Find her at arlenehittle.com, on Twitter (@arlenehittle) or on Facebook (Arlene Hittle, Author).

 

Website: http://arlenehittle.com

 

Blog: http://arlenehittle.com/blog/

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArleneHittleAuthor

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArleneHittle

 

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/arlenehittle/

 

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Arlene-Hittle/e/B00G0LN974/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1419022085&sr=1-2-ent

 

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/arlenehittle

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7351500.Arlene_Hittle

 

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