Thursday, January 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Battling the Best Man by Elley Arden

Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 1/27/2014
A Harmony Falls Novel Book 2 (The book stands alone.)

On the cusp of a brilliant Chicago medical career, Dr. Kory Flemming rarely gets vacation, but she can't say no to maid of honor duties in her best friend's wedding. Home town or not, being in Harmony Falls, Pennsylvania isn't easy, especially when the only man smart enough to trump Kory's high school academic achievements turns out to be a sexy, accomplished adult up to his old, flirtatious tricks.

Will Mitchell has been destined for success since the day he was born. After spending his formative years racking up academic honors, it was only natural for him to be named the chief operating officer of his family's thriving company. He has it all-more or less-so when the target of his high school infatuation turns up hot and haughty at his brother's wedding, Will decides he wants her, too.

Old conflict gives way to new attraction, taking Will and Kory by surprise, until a failed merger and family tragedy threaten both their professional goals. Can they put aside their rocky past and ignore their titillating present in order to work together to secure the future for the people they adore?



What is the hardest part of writing your books?

I have three children. All three birth stories are different. My first was a Cesarean section after hours of exhausting pushing. My second was literally pain-free—I joke that he literally fell out. My third was a nerve-wracking induction at 37 weeks. My books follow a similar path. Some seem to write themselves with little stress or aggravation to me. Others have me promising to never write again as soon as my contracts are fulfilled. Keeping the story from meandering into something that makes little sense is what scares me the most, and sometimes that fear is crippling. The hardest part of writing my books is continuing to write when I’m certain I’m writing nothing but trash.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

Anything off of Rosi Golan’s “The Drifter and the Gypsy” album would be an appropriate answer, but lately, I’ve been relying on iTunes Radio, particularly the Chill Out-Singer/Songwriter station. Love!

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I have a critique partner, who I credit with being my sanity in the early days of writing and submitting. Unfortunately, our schedules are very hectic now that we’re both dealing with multiple contracts, deadlines, and edits, so we don’t work together in a regular critiquing capacity anymore. As far as beta readers go, I have them, but I use them rarely. The pace at which I am writing makes it hard to involve others in the process—that job falls to my awesome editor, Tara.

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading an ARC of a hockey romance called Full Strength. It’s written by my talented friend, Katie Kenyhercz, and it will be available to everyone on February 17.

How did you start your writing career?

I was a non-fiction writer long before I started writing fiction. I spent the bulk of my non-fiction career writing and editing parenting-related content.

Ooh! My next release, Heal My Heart, is available March 10. It’s the final book in the Kemmons Brothers Baseball Series, so it features some great scenes with characters from the past books. The best part about this book isn’t necessarily the baseball team physician hero; it’s the female professional football league quarterback heroine. Who said men should be the only professional athletes in a sports romance? Not me!

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