29 March 2013

Blog Tour: The Practice Proposal (Suddenly Smitten #1) by Tracy March (Interview + Kindle Giveaway)

I'm so excited to have Tracy March at the blog today! Her debut novel, The Practice Proposal was released early this month by Entangled Publishing's Bliss imprint and it's been receiving raving reviews! Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite! You can follow the tour here.

Thanks for being here today Tracy :)

The Practice Proposal (Suddenly Smitten #1) by Tracy March.
Audience/Genre: Women/Contemporary Romance.
Publication: March 11th, 2012 by Bliss, an Entangled Publishing Imprint.
Liza Sutherland isn’t looking for love. Not from a charity-auction date she didn’t even bid on and especially not with Nationals first baseman Cole Collins, the guy she obsessed over as an awkward teenager. She won’t get involved with a notorious player, no matter how attractive Cole is.

Cole Collins is up for contract renegotiation, but after too many late-night parties, he’ll need some positive publicity before he can make the roster. His agent, Frank, pitches Liza as the perfect prop…only Cole didn’t account for Liza no longer being just a teenager with a crush. She’s gorgeous and smart and he’s instantly hooked.

When Frank makes Liza a deal she can’t refuse—a bet she will fall in love with Cole or a cool half mil goes to charity—the game is on. But neither bet on the real feelings that surface. Could a fake fling turn into an official forever?

How did the idea for The Practice Proposal first come about?

I’m an avid baseball fan. I watch a lot of pro baseball on TV and in person (if I’m lucky!)—especially Washington Nationals games. I started wondering if some of the very attractive, fit, rich, single players have a challenging time finding true love. Considering all the reasons women have to chase them—fame, money, glamorous lifestyle—how would one of those guys really determine if a girl was genuine and loved him for himself? This thought triggered the what-if questions that ultimately turned into the story in The Practice Proposal.

Describe The Practice Proposal in 3 words.

Heartwarming, flirty, fun!

Are any of your characters based on someone you know in real life?

No, but I know authors who advise people to beware of that! ☺ Cole Collins, the pro baseball player in The Practice Proposal, has some of the positive character traits of my favorite real-life baseball player, Michael Morse—sportsmanship, team spirit, love of the fans, and a quirky sense of humor. I’ve never met him in person, but he has tweeted me a couple of times!

What are some of your favorite books that you’ve read recently?

My love of reading is what got me interested in writing, yet now that I’m writing, I don’t get to read as much as I’d like. Even so, I still make time to read while I’m on my Nordic Track, and sometimes before I go to bed (if I can keep my eyes open!). I recently read The Taker by Alma Katsu and was blown away by its epic feel, its amazing characters, and its incredibly haunting story of eternal love, betrayal and atonement. I also read The Reckoning, the second book in the series, and I can’t wait for the final book to release.

Are you a quote person? If yes, please share one of your favorite quotes (from a book) with us!

Tana French is one of my favorite authors. She writes literary mystery, and this quote is from her incredible book, The Likeness. “I wanted to tell her that being loved is a talent too, that it takes as much guts and as much work as loving; that some people, for whatever reason, never learn the knack.”

In your mind, which actor/actress best resembles Cole and Liza?

I envision the super-hot Jessie Pavelka as Cole, and Minka Kelly as Liza.

If you could live in any city in the world, where would it be?

I don’t think I could pick one! I enjoy traveling to different cities, states, and countries. My dream would be to pick some wonderful places in Europe, South America, New Zealand, the United States and other magical places, and live there for a year or so, experiencing the culture and learning the language if it’s different. Then I’d move to the next place and start all over again! ☺

Any favorite movies/TV shows? Do you get any inspiration from them?

Like I mentioned before, I watch a lot of baseball (I have to restrain myself because there are so many games!), so I’ve gotten inspiration from that. I’ll watch The Bachelor or The Bachelorette if it’s in season. I’m always amazed and amused by what happens on those shows, and some of the characters might spark an idea for me. Otherwise, I don’t watch a lot of television. Once in a while, I’ll tune in to HGTV, but I have to be careful because I could watch House Hunters, Love It or List It, Property Brothers, and lots more shows on that network for hours! My husband and I enjoy watching TV series shows on Netflix. We’ve just finished watching the first season of Downton Abbey and we’re hooked!

Do you have any other book(s) you’re working on? If yes, please tell us a bit about them.

I write contemporary romance and romantic thrillers. My award-winning debut romantic thriller, Girl Three, releases in print and e-book on April 30th. Here’s the set up:
Bioethicist Jessica Croft, estranged daughter of a federal judge, has avoided the players, power, and passions of Washington, DC. But when her sister’s suspicious death is classified as natural, Jessie resolves to expose the murderer. Pursuing elite suspects on both sides of the stem-cell-research debate leads her to security consultant Michael Gillette, who knows more about her sister than he’ll admit.
Michael has a vested interest in Jessie’s plight. Her sister died on his watch—while he wasn’t watching. His plan to find her murderer becomes complicated when Jessie’s father hires him to protect Jessie, and his interest turns from professional—to romantic.
Jessie and Michael must unravel a mystery rife with political agendas and deceit. When confidential papers reveal a fertility scandal surrounding the enigmatic Girl Three, the two realize the danger of exposing the truth. Who is Girl Three? And will the murderer kill again to keep a secret?

I’m also working on the second book in the Suddenly Smitten series (that began with The Practice Proposal) and it’s scheduled for release this fall!

Thanks for inviting me to hang out with you and your readers today, Anjana. It’s been fun! Happy reading, everyone! ☺

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Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers influenced by her career in the pharmaceutical field, and her interest in science and politics. She also writes lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after.

Look for Tracy's contemporary romance debut, THE PRACTICE PROPOSAL, in March 2013, and her romantic thrillers, GIRL THREE, in April 2013, and A SHOT OF RED in spring 2014, all from Entangled Publishing.

Always up for travel and adventure, Tracy has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without Diet Coke and Cheez-Its.

Tracy lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her superhero husband who works for NASA. They recently spent two years living in Washington D.C., and enjoy visiting often—especially when the Nats are in town.

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  1. Hi Tracy! Congrats on your blog tour and new release. I love Downton Abbey and can't wait for the new season.
    I have to lookup Jessie Pavelka to see who he is. I loved Minka Kelly on Charlie's Angels. I don't think the tv execs gave it enough viewing time before they cancelled it.

  2. Hi Chele! My husband and I are hoping to stay a little bit behind with Downton Abby so we never have to wait for a new season to start. I hope you enjoy looking at Jessie Pavelka. He's eye candy, for sure! I never saw the latest version of Charlie's Angels, but I think Minka Kelly has the look I imagined for Liza. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

  3. Hi, Anjana! Thanks so much for havinging me here today! I hope you and your readers enjoy THE PRACTICE PROPOSAL! :)

  4. Aw I loved this one :) Tracy you're so right. Heartwarming, flirty and fun. You really had me smiling with it :)

    Nice interview ladies!

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