Thursday, 25 April 2013

Location, Location, Location

Hi Everyone, today it is my great pleasure to host fellow Liquid Silver Books author Christy GissendanerChristy is going to share her new release Having Cake along with some of the places she gets her inspirations.

Location, Location, Location
It’s true in real estate, but the same also applies to writing fiction. A strong sense of location can help carry a novel. Whether it’s Regency England or sunny San Francisco, where an author bases their tale lends a lot to a story.
For me, I find myself visiting (and often revisiting) my personal favorite locations. Atlanta and Vegas are two settings I often use. For my latest work, Having Cake, I decided to use Gatlinburg. It’s a location I’ve recently started vacationing in and it couldn’t be more perfect for my “love in a hot tub” story.

If you’ve ever visited the Smoky Mountains, you’ll appreciate my enjoyment. With quaint retail shops and nature galore, Gatlinburg is a mecca for tourists who enjoy the quieter side of life. But be forewarned…the twisting, narrow mountain roads are not for the faint of heart!
I’ve visited many cities in Tennessee. Memphis and Nashville are great, but the slow pace of Smoky living never fails to please me. Ole Smoky Moonshine, where you can get free tastes of white lightnin’ and the delectable candy shops are must-see stops while you’re in town. Meg, the heroine in Having Cake, owns a candy store with taffy as her specialty. Her career was inspired by the mountain taffy, which you can see being pulled daily in downtown Gatlinburg. It’s a special treat, one my boys love to watch. It’s sticky as all get-out, but oh so yummy.

And how can you forget the hot tubs? There is nothing better than ending the evening with a quick dip in an outdoor hot tub, overlooking the mountain vista. And if you choose to enjoy it with two sexy men (like Meg), that’s entirely up to you!


Christy Gissendaner is a romantic comedy author and believes that laughter and love should go hand in hand. She lives in Alabama with her husband and three sons and is always hard at work on her next novel. In her spare time, Christy loves blackjack, karaoke, and anything resembling a vacation!

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Tuesday, 9 April 2013


Hi everyone, I would like to introduce my great friend Maggie Nash. We go back a long way and it’s exciting to have her as my very first guest. Maggie is going to share with us, Reading in all the Best Places. She also has a new book Kinky Bet coming out very soon.


By Maggie Nash

Thank you so much for inviting me here today Layne.  I’m always hard to shut up, as you know…hahaha…so when you asked me to drop by how could I refuse?

I’m talking about a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. Reading in crazy places.

Photo by Paul Bence and shared under the Creative Commons License.

There are so many different places you can read. That’s the great thing about it. All you need is a book or a reading device, and enough light.  I’ve heard of people reading at the top of trees, in lifts, in church, in the bathroom, and even “shock horror”, while driving.  Some of the strangest places I’ve seen people reading include that one time when a committee I was on decided to go out to dinner. We didn’t know each other well at the time, but after we sat down and were getting acquainted, one of the committee members pulled out a book from her handbag, turned her back on the rest of us and started reading it.  To say we were gobsmacked is an understatement! 

Okay, I can understand being so involved in a book that I have to keep reading it, no matter what, so maybe I shouldn’t be so harsh. There was that time that I was driving home from work and kept opening the book to read it when I was stopped at traffic lights. I got beeped so many times that day!  Don’t do that at home folks! In my defence, I had been working night shift and reading the book at work and I was in a brain fog from lack of sleep!

So go on folks – tell me your secrets. What crazy places have you been caught reading?

One lucky commenter will be chosen to win an advanced copy of my April 29 release “Kinky Bet” – so go ahead and spill!

(I have to thank the very lovely Lami Mentzas for the topic. When I sent out a call for ideas she responded almost immediately. What a great topic – thanks Lami! Where else do you get a blog topic from but on Facebook?)

I’m Maggie Nash and I write romance novels. Some of them are suspenseful, some are pretty hot, and some of them are a little bit kinky, but what they all have in common is a fun, romantic ending.

I started writing more by accident than design when one day I ran out of books to read so I started writing one myself. And boy am I glad I did, because writing has become a huge part of my life.

I live with my family on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales in Australia. You can find me most days having a cappuccino at the beach!