Spotlight & Giveaway: Flirting with Forever by Molly Cannon

Posted April 29th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 38 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome romance author Molly Cannon to HJ!

Spotlight&Giveaway

Hi Molly, Welcome to HJ!

Thanks! I’m happy to be here

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title of the book should be? Why?

molly cannonOh, that’s hard. How about TWO FOR THE ROAD? I married at a very young age and my husband has been by my side the entire time. It’s been a long, rewarding, fun-filled journey and we’re still toddling along waiting to see what’s around the next curve in the road. And I love Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney.

Would you rather…be invisible or be able to read minds? Why?

Invisible! How cool would that be to walk around without being seen? Can I fly, too? Invisible and flying would be best-soaring over the treetops, landing beside people who never suspect your there.

Let’s talk about your newest release: Flirting with Forever

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here…

FWFSomething old, something new…It’s about getting a second chance for true love. I adore second chance stories, and the idea that two people who mess up the first time around have a chance to get it right, makes it even better.

Please tell us about the characters in your book

Flying is Theo Jacobson’s passion. Soaring above the clouds, he’s on to the next adventure . . . and to the next woman. So when he comes home to Everson, Texas for his big brother’s wedding, it’s nothing but a pit stop. He’ll act as best man, cover the family business while the happy couple honeymoons, and be on his way before the champagne goes flat. But all that changes when he comes face-to-face with the wedding planner—the very same woman who broke his heart without a backward glance years ago.

Irene Cornwell started I Do I Do with a wing and a prayer. Now, with two weddings under her belt, it’s a piece of cake . . . until Theo lands back in town. Just seeing his twinkling blue eyes and infuriatingly sexy smile turns her world upside down. For the sake of her business, she proposes an uneasy truce. But when the wedding is over—all bets are off!

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Not really. I already knew both of them fairly well from the previous books, but having them interact with each other was so much fun!

What scene did you most enjoy writing? Why?

The scene where Irene talks to Theo about building her parade float tickled me. It’s one of the first times in the book that their interaction isn’t focused on their past.

“We need to talk about the parade float. That’s the reason I agreed to lunch.”
“So, it actually is a business lunch? Forget Dutch, then. In that case you can pay for the whole thing.”
“That’s no problem. Now, what experience do you have with building floats?”
“I can’t say I have any. I rode in a parade once with my high school baseball team if that helps.”
She pulled out some business cards from her purse and handed them to Theo. “Here. You can talk to these people. They have floats every year.”
He sifted through the stack. “Okay, let’s see here. Binyon’s Lumber, Romeo’s Pizza, The Posey Pot. Lord, this looks like every business in town.”
“Just about, but when you talk to these people be diplomatic. This is a very competitive, cut-throat event, so they won’t be giving away any of their trade secrets.”
“Cut-throat? Great. What am I getting myself into?”
“First prize gets bragging rights for the entire year.”
“Well, who wouldn’t cut a few throats for that?”
“Make fun if you like, but the Fourth of July parade Penelope Bottoms Grand Prize trophy is a big deal around here, and I plan to win it this year.”
“Listen to you. Who is Penelope Bottoms?”
“She was the first official queen of the parade back in the 1950s. She personally presented the trophy to the winning float until her death in 2002. But her legend lives on in the quest for the trophy each year.”
Bertie showed up at the table and delivered their food. “I didn’t mean to eavesdrop, but I heard you say you think you can win the Penelope trophy this year. Now I don’t mean to rain on your parade, so to speak, but we’ve won it for the last three years.” She stopped and pointed to the four foot trophy that sat behind the diner’s lunch counter. “Ain’t it pretty? Anyway, our float will be more elaborate than ever. Nell’s already working on the costumes and special effects. But good luck, Irene. You go ahead and give it your best shot, darlin’. It’ll be real nice to have some new blood in the arena.” Confident as the reigning owner of the award, she grinned and waltzed away.
Irene slapped the table. “Oh, they are going down. Three years is too long for the same place to win. It’s time for a new grand prize winner. It’ll boost the morale of the town folks if a new float is declared champion. And it might as well be mine.”
Theo grinned. “I like this side of you, Ree. Full of spit and vinegar. I hate to break into your dreams of future glory, but if we can get back to the real world for a minute. I have another full day working on your shelves before I start on the storage closet tomorrow. Then I promise I’ll get to work researching parade floats.”
She leaned across the table pinning him with the determined gleam in her eye. “Not just parade floats, Theo, but floats that can win the Penelope Bottoms Fourth of July Grand Prize Trophy. Now eat your lunch.”

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

The fire scene was difficult because our house burned down about twenty years ago. You don’t get over the burnt smells, or the panic, or the overwhelming feeling of powerlessness.

Irene’s eyes felt glued shut, but the sound of siren’s grew louder and closer. She finally sat up in bed, deciding she wasn’t dreaming. The air burned her lungs, and she coughed as she climbed off the bed and stumbled to the door. It wasn’t hot to the touch, but she could smell smoke and the acrid odor filled her nose and throat.
She ran to the bathroom and wet a towel, placing it over her head before making her way down the hallway and to the kitchen. She stopped long enough to grab her purse from the counter despite all the warnings not to gather valuables in case of a house fire. The nightmare she’d face replacing everything in her purse was too much to consider and it was sitting right in front of her. Then she opened the door leading out to the back patio and was horrified to see flames leaping from her roof. Oh, God. Her heart was pounding and she couldn’t get a deep breath. She heard the sirens, but she couldn’t think straight. Were they coming here? Did she need to call for help?
Panicked, she ran around to the front of the house, her bare feet sliding on the thick grass. Then she remembered Charlie. Was he inside? She’d gone to straight to bed when she got home and hadn’t heard him come in.
“Charlie!” she screamed. She ran around to his bedroom and tried to get close to the window, but a hedge of large bushes blocked the way. She found a rock and hurled it against the window pane. It bounced ineffectively off the double paned glass and fell to the ground. “Charlie. Are you in there? Answer me, Charlie.” She could hear the fire truck getting closer, but she didn’t know if she could wait. The whole roof was in flames now.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book were optioned for a movie?

I always have trouble with these, but for this book I choose Evangeline Lilly as Irene and Tom Welling as Theo.

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Forgive even if you can’t forget. Being stuck in the past is unhealthy!

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2014?

Currently, I’m working on the start of a new series. Details are still being developed, so stay tuned for more soon! As for more releases, my first book AIN’T MISBEHAVING, will be bundled with some other authors and come out as a box set in June. And my short story in the Christmas anthology A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER will be released in print in September.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

www.mollycannon.com

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Excerpt:

She hadn’t bothered with a bathing suit.
Irene floated in her swimming pool, letting the hot Texas sun lull her into a lethargic daydream state. She closed her eyes and listened idly to the chirping birds and the chattering squirrels. Peace and quiet.
Exactly what she needed.
No one could see her way up here at her hillside home. The front of the house looked down on the small town of Everson. She could stand on her front porch and watch the traffic move through the streets, but the back of her house was completely private, backing up to an undeveloped area of small hills and trees. No, she was quite safely out of view, drifting languidly in her own private world.
The rumbling sound of a small plane overhead disturbed her tranquility. As she shaded her eyes it flew closer and then buzzed directly overhead. She made no attempt to cover herself. In fact she was tempted to sit up and wave. She had never been known for her modesty, and if some bozo pilot was out for a joy ride he might as well enjoy a cheap thrill. But she didn’t react at all, instead deciding she wasn’t going to let the uninvited visitor ruin her day. She watched as the plane tilted its wings, in a way of a greeting it seemed, and then circled around heading in the direction of the small airfield on the outskirts of town.
In a flash she realized exactly who was flying that noisy, intrusive airplane. Theo Jacobson. She knew he was coming back to town. According to his brother Jake, he was due back in town for the wedding sometime this week. It was just like him to make a splashy return, arriving like some winged warrior mocking her from on high.
Good, she thought defiantly. Let him have a good look. He should get an undisguised eyeful of the woman he hadn’t wanted all those years ago. The woman he hadn’t bothered to acknowledge since. He broke her heart and never looked back. A big fluffy cloud wafted by, momentarily covering the sun. She trailed a hand through the relaxing water, but it suddenly felt too cold. She slipped off the float and pulled herself from the pool. A terry cloth robe lay draped across a lounge chair, and she picked it up, wrapping it around her chilly body. With one more look at the now empty blue sky, she opened the back door and went inside her house.

 

 

 

 

38 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Flirting with Forever by Molly Cannon”

  1. Lori Meehan

    I’ve been married for 20years and if I could do one thing over it would not to of had a wedding. It’s so much money for one day out of the rest of your life. Put it to better use.
    Compromise is my relationship advice.

  2. BethRe

    Compromise and don’t worry about the little stuff.
    Keep dating each other keep putting your relationship first

  3. barbara hopkins

    Marriage takes a great deal of work on both parties, it cannot be one sided. The advice my parents gave me were these few things, * Never go to bed angry at each other, it just makes things worse. * Never lie to each other, there is no honor in lying, and it only causes trust to be lost. * Love is a treasure, treat it as such. * Never fight over money, you will never have enough of it no matter how hard you try to, problems arise instead of fighting about them, sit down and come up with a plan together, after all marriage is a long and wonderful journey, if you remember just a few simple rules to follow, the journey will be one to last a lifetime.

  4. Cathy Phillips

    I would elope if I had it to do over.

    For a long and happy marriage, be best friends, respect each other, never go to bed angry, compromise, keep a sense of humor, never put each other down or say something you will later regret, be loyal to your partner, and don’t cheat with someone else. Those things served me and my DH well for 39-1/2 years before he died from cancer last year.

  5. marcyshuler

    When planning: Do whatever you want that makes you happy. It’s your day.

    On the wedding day: Slow down and enjoy the day. Don’t worry about the small things or you’ll miss the big picture…you’re marrying the love of your life!

  6. April B

    Advice on planning a wedding…elope! Planning a wedding is so stressful and exhausting. If I could go back in time, my husband and I would have eloped and had a very private, romantic ceremony on a beach.

  7. Taswmom

    My youngest child just got married, and no, it doesn’t seem to get easier to me to plan a wedding. As far as tips, the sealer that married my son and his wife gave them this advice: when one of them is low, or having a hard time, that is when the other needs to step up and give their whole 100%. If you’ve heard or read the poem, Footsteps in the Sand, where the person asked his Savior, why, when I was at my lowest, is there only one set of footprints? To which The Lord responded, “That is when I carried you.” And if we strive to be there for our spouse, the way The Lord is there for us, we can’t help but be stronger together.

  8. conniefischer

    I think that young women think that their wedding day has to be PERFECT. There is no such thing. There are bound to be little blips and I can promise them that those will be the little details that they remember years down the road and LAUGH about!

    I have been married to my best friend for 47 years and can honestly say that the biggest thing to keep a marriage together is to never stop talking to each other. Share your thoughts and feelings with one another. My husband is my best friend and we spend our days laughing. Life is good and I pray we are blessed with at least another 47 years together.

  9. Amy Rickman

    I got married at the courthouse 21yrs ago and I wish I would have been able to have a small traditional wedding with close friends and family. On relationship advise I would say it’s good for each party to have time to themselves, pick a time even if it’s once a month and do something for yourself.

  10. Texas Book Lover

    Save your money and elope and have a great honeymoon!

    Communication and honesty and you don’t have to be joined at the hip. Give each other some space it works wonders!

  11. jcp

    spend money on a house, paying off debt, and premarital counseling then get married at the courthouse (call ahead and see if there’s a free day where you don’t have to pay the officant (usually once a month in my county). The license can be expensive enough, depending on the county)

  12. Sue C

    I would say just plan an enjoyable event. Don’t worry about every little thing. Always talk to each other. Never go to bed angry,

  13. mrsmac19

    My advice would be that the couple should be sure that they’re getting married because they want to make a lifelong commitment and not simply to have a big party. I’ve seen too many couples make that mistake. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  14. Glenda

    Communication is the most important thing in a relationship. You have to be good friends and be able to talk about things or the marriage will never work.

  15. Nicole Potter (@NiiArt)

    Oh, so many things when you’re planning a wedding! Take on small projects at a time, or do a little bit everyday – like decorations or invitations. Buy one of those nice wedding planning books, that let’s you write in vendor info and has a nice breakdown of what to do when (catering, dress alterations, etc.) and gives a good explanation of what to look for when shopping around (what type of DJs are good, what to ask caterers). And the biggest thing is NOT to stress about it! If you do little bits at a time, way in advance, it keeps your peace of mind and lets you focus on what’s important! 🙂

  16. Jen B

    My cousin got married a few years ago on a small budget, and she and her husband had a wonderful wedding the family still talks about. You don’t need to spend a fortune on one day.

  17. Christine K

    I think for the wedding you should keep it small, just have the people you care about (include close family even if you don’t care about them), also keep in mind that the way you treat people will affect their thoughts of you for a very long time (don’t hurt one siblings feelings because you asked the other two and a FRIEND to be in the wedding party, also remember the bride/groom should involve the others siblings). No matter what people say this day is not all about you, you are making a promise to each other and the people there want to help you on that day and every day after if they care about you also.

    To stay happy and avoid divorce remember/remind yourself every day that you love this person and want to be with them, that way when they annoy you or you have a fight you can let it slide, don’t keep score, kiss each other often, be honest, always remember you have to stick together even if you don’t agree with them you have to have their back, and most important be happy everyday even if it’s just in the small things.

  18. Cyn S.

    Instead of spending a fortune on one single day of your life… scale it down… save the money to spend on the downpayment on a house. The house could last you a lifetime.

  19. Kate I.

    Though I’m divorced now, I never regretted skipping the formal wedding and reception. We had a tiny ceremony at the county clerk-recorder’s office with only both set of parents, my grandmother, and my BFF (witness) in attendance. As to relationship advice, I’ve been single so long that I’m not qualified to suggest anything other than what NOT to do!! Make sure each of you is on the same page, don’t work too many jobs in an effort to bring in enough money to cover all the stuff the two of you didn’t really need lest he get lonely and bored and strike up other relationships.

  20. Sharlene Wegner

    I got married 23 years ago & it is working so far! As for the wedding, I think simple is better. Less stress, less $ spent, (less wedding guests! LOL!) We had a brunch buffet with a DJ & I don’t regret a thing.

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