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Monday, 29 September 2014

The Monday Muse & Give-Away with Guest Author ~ Almost Wrecked by Crystal Firsdon

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  Almost Wrecked 


Crystal Firsdon


Book Blurb

1 creep. 2 bodyguards. 3 men who change Molly’s life forever. 

Guitar player Molly Davis is taunted with disturbing gifts by some creep she hopes like heck is a harmless, misguided fan. The owner of the bar where her band plays isn’t taking any chances, however, and hires Gabe Cooper and Caleb “Ram” Ramsey to stand guard over Molly and the rest of the band. 

Cooper is all business and doesn’t mess with Molly’s emotions. She can handle that. Ram is a different story. He’s gorgeous, has a good heart, and is sometimes infuriating. He doesn’t take Molly’s crap, giving him the potential to be the first man to shove his way through her stubbornness and into her life. 

But a violent attack proves the creep isn’t going away. And that almost wrecks everything.


Book Genre:

Women’s Fiction/ Contemporary Romance


Author Bio:

Crystal Firsdon is a former high school teacher, turned stay-at-home mom, turned part time substitute teacher and school volunteer. Of course she loves to read, but any book she picks up must have romance! Crystal lives in Michigan with her husband and children.


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Book Excerpt:

I unplugged my guitar and set it in its case, then grabbed the towel I always brought and wiped the sweat off my face and neck. Some guy yelled out a semi-lewd yet oddly flattering comment about my ass as I stood up, so I cracked a smile and half-waved. If I wasn’t already so hot I’m sure they would’ve seen my face turn red. The air conditioning in Brett’s Bar was fighting a losing battle thanks to August’s high heat and humidity and the couple hundred customers, many of whom had been dancing.
Since turning the big three-oh a couple weeks earlier, vocal appreciation of my backside didn’t bother me like it did ten years ago, but it still made me blush. It was nice to know that all the hours I’d put into running, yoga, lifting weights, and dancing wasn’t wasted.
But man, good thing whoever yelled that couldn’t smell me.
“The Song Wreckers, baby, yeah!”
I smiled bigger. Song Wreckers fans were the best. They had to have been roasting hot, and we were done playing our three sets, but they still cheered for us as if it were starting—rather than quitting—time.
“Good Lord,” Katie, my best friend and lead singer said, “It’s hotter ‘n hell in here.”
Fanning my face with my hand, I asked the rest of the band, “You guys wanna sit outside for a few before packing up?”
I needed fresh air and a cool breeze, but wasn’t going to stand in the back alley by myself while everyone else did all the work.
Courtney set down her violin case. “I could use a few minutes outside.” She looked at her husband, Josh. “You coming?”
“Yeah. I’ll grab some waters.” Josh set his drum sticks across his snare and headed toward the bar, while Katie yanked the curtain aside that ran along the back of the stage so we could hop down.
Once off the stage we took the few steps to open the door that led into the back alley where we all parked. Our footsteps crunched on the gravel as we each found a spot against the wall to lean, away from the Dumpster and our cars. The humidity was high, but the breeze was strong enough to feel somewhat refreshing, even with the smell of garbage twenty feet away. I lifted my ponytail to let the air cool my neck.
None of us four girls talked. After being in a loud bar for the past few hours, the quiet was a welcome change.
Josh walked out and handed each of us a cold bottled water. I rubbed mine on the front and back of my neck before opening it and guzzling half the bottle.
He walked toward his wife, and because he was wearing heavy boots, the crunch of gravel practically echoed.
“God, that’s a creepy sound,” I said. “Especially late at night with no one else around.”
Our bass player Heather hummed the “Doo-doot, doo-doot” of the Jaws theme song, then said, “Seriously, Molly. We’ve been parking in this alley for years. Nothing scary has ever happened back here.”



2 lucky winners will receive 1 ebook copy of Almost Wrecked PLUS a $10 iTunes gift card!

The give-away starts September 29th and ends October 13th

To enter:

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Author Interview:

Hi Crystal and welcome to my blog

Firstly can you tell us about yourself?
I’m pushing forty, but still consider myself twenty-nine. I hate the question What do you do for a living? because I have no idea what that is. I used to be a teacher, but was a stay-at-home mom for longer than I taught. Now I substitute teach at my kids’ school part-time, and am president of the PTO and that’s like another part-time job—except I don’t get paid. I feel like I run around like a chicken with its head cut off half the time, wondering how I’m going to get everything done. I often sacrifice my writing time (which I can only do when I’m home alone in the day) for other stuff. One day, I’m going to get it together. Probably.

How long have you been writing?
In my head—forever. In reality—about four years.

Are you working on anything new right now and can you tell us more?
I’m desperately trying to finish the sequel to Almost Wrecked. The working title is Almost Ordinary, and it picks up where book one left off. I have several other manuscripts outlined and started, however I’m not allowing myself to work on any of them until Almost Ordinary is submitted to my publisher.

Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
 Just write.  Even if you feel what you’re writing isn’t any good, write anyway. You can fix anything later, or you can use the ideas in another piece.  It’s better to get too much on the page and have to refine and cut, than to have a piece that feels incomplete.

When working on your current novel, were there any moments when you thought:- OMG  what am I doing with this plot line? Or:  Who are these people I created? etc…
With the sequel, I had always planned to kill of this one character. But when I tried to write it, I just couldn’t do it. I firmly believe readers want this specific character, and, as a reader, killing that character off would probably make me mad enough to put the book down for good. Now I can’t believe I ever planned on killing the poor guy/gal.

Do you like to write while listening to music and if so, does your book have particular playlist you’d like to share?
I have to write in silence and solitude. However, Almost Wrecked and Almost Ordinary revolve around country music so I have a kick-ass playlist that I always listen to when I work out or am driving by myself that pumps me up: Miranda Lambert, the Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Pink, Jane Dear Girls, Pistol Annies, Gretchen Wilson, Ashton Shepherd, Taylor Swift, etc. Twangy, female empowerment, revenge, love songs really helped me shape The Song Wreckers, the band in Almost Wrecked.

Which type of book do you prefer to read?
           a. ebook
            b. paperback
            c. hardback
            d. Non – I listen to audiobooks

I only read ebooks, and have for four or five years now. I tried an audiobook once. I kept hitting the pause button and saying the words how I would’ve said them. It was annoying and too time consuming! I only read a paper book when I get called to Jury Duty every other summer of odd numbered years. Even then, I don’t have time to finish the book and return it to the library on my way home.

Are you a morning person or a night owl or an inbetweener?
I am definitely a morning person, after I’ve had my coffee.  In fact, today was a late start day for my kids’ school. By the time the bus picked them up at 9:30, I had showered and gotten ready, dusted, vacuumed, done some laundry, and even scrubbed my upstairs shower until it sparkled.

What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
The self-doubt. It’s horrible! Sometimes I feel as if every word I write is complete garbage. Luckily I have two people who I can always let read my work and their enthusiasm gives me the boost I need to keep writing. Thank you Mom and Nancy!

Are you a:
a.      Laptop Writer
b.      Desktop Writer
c.       iPad Writer
d.      Pen and Paper Writer

Laptop all the way! I call my laptop my third child.

Can you tell us why you think we’d love to read your novel?
The characters are flawed, open, honest, funny, and struggling—in other words… they’re real! The story is fun and a bit scary, and doesn’t focus on the main character’s, Molly’s, main problem.  Molly lives her life despite the trouble she finds herself in, and when she makes mistakes they don’t necessarily define her. Almost Wrecked will keep you guessing and has turns you won’t see coming!


Many thanks to Crystal for being here and sharing her novel, herself and a give-away with us!

I'm back tomorrow with 2 new posts for you, so join me if you can.

1 comment:

  1. I have only just found your blog on google + but I am happy I did! This is a great post, and most of all I liked the interview because we got to hear from the author themselves. Looking forward to future posts :)

    Check out my review and giveaway: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/09/waiting-for-dusk-book-review-giveaway.html


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