LET'S WELCOME THE AUTHOR OF: Sweet Southern Trouble – Michele Summers

LET’S WELCOME

MICHELE SUMMERS 
AUTHOR OF:


Rad-Reader:  Was there anyone who was the inspiration behind the Marabelle character?

Michele:  Not particularly. I wish I could say there was, but she’s basically a figment of my imagination. Probably a combination of all the vertically challenged gals in the world with curly brown hair that had to always compete with the long-legged, straight-hair blondes who made it look so easy. ;-)

Rad-Reader:  When I was reading some reviews I noticed some people didn’t like Nick calling Marabelle “Tinkerbelle,” but I thought you had a perfect nickname for her personally as Tinkerbelle’s personality was also a spitfire and would get upset.  Was that the plan?

Michele:  It actually started out because he kept thinking she looked like a fairy or a cartoon character. Some of that mental dialogue probably got cut. But I like your assessment much better! Nick did recognize her zeal early on and deep down always appreciated it. Marabelle was tough and a little nickname or name-calling wasn’t going to derail her or knock her off her game. 

Rad-Reader:  When you started writing this book was it your intention to add the football players to the story?  Like going to her house for home cooked meals?

Michele: Yeah, sure! I mean what gal doesn’t want hunky football players showing up to her house and making her feel special? Right out of college, I remember hanging with a really outstanding group of guys and even though we never dated, they’d come over for meals and we’d hit the bars and parties together. I made more girlfriends with those gorgeous guys. Everyone wanted to be my friend just to meet my cute escorts. It’s heady stuff!

Rad-Reader:  Was it difficult to write the Marabelle character in that she was strong on the tennis court but not so much about her looks and family?

Michele:  Not really because I believe we all live with certain insecurities. It doesn’t mean we’re insecure in every aspect of our lives and neither was Marabelle. She knew her strengths and used them to her advantage. And she tried to show she didn’t care about her looks because she didn’t think she could win that competition. Sometimes we do that to ourselves. And sometimes it takes a great person like Nick to make us feel special.

Rad-Reader:  You also made her like to cook and cook very well, is that something you enjoy as well?

Michele:  Yup. I used to love to cook and I even made meals for people on the run as a side job, but I don’t cook as much anymore. My work and kids consume a lot of my attention and energy and I’ve had to learn to prioritize. My kids wish I’d cook the way I did, but I’m trying to teach them to take over the kitchen! 

Rad-Reader:  Coming from a guy’s perspective, I really did not like Ginger though, I understood the need for her character, how did you come up with her?

Michele:  Ginger is like every girl’s inner demon. Particularly if you’re insecure about how you look. I think we’ve all encountered a “Ginger” in our lives. Someone who seems to have it all and can make you feel insignificant or invisible. And I love a villain in a story to add conflict and doubt. Makes the HEA that much sweeter. 

Rad-Reader:  Do you ever come up with another story as you are writing the current story?  If so how do you stay on point?

Michele:  Hoo-boy. Yeah, that’s a tough one. Especially if you’re experiencing writer’s block and you want to move on. I try making notes with Ulysses or Evernote so I won’t forget ideas popping in my head. But I never stop writing my current story to start another one. I’m one of those people who must finish what I start no matter how painful the process. I’m weird that way. 

Rad-Reader:  How did you get into writing?

Michele:  Literally, I was bored to death after a hurricane in Miami had knocked out our power for two weeks. And since I’m not one for sitting around and doing nothing, I picked up a legal pad and started writing. I kept at it because again, that I-can’t-start-something-and-not-finish-it thing…it became a challenge to me. I wanted to see if I could really write an entire book.

Rad-Reader:  Was there anything special you did for yourself or the family when you got your first check as an author?

Michele:  Sh-h-h…not many people know this, but I had my eye on a beautiful ring I’d been lusting after for years and I finally bought it. It was my reward for all the long hours and hard work I’d put in on a crazy venture that had started on a whim.

Rad-Reader:  Do you have a certain place you like to write or just anywhere, anytime you can?

Michele:  Because I stay busy with a day job and raising two kids like so many working moms, I tend to write whenever and wherever. I do have a designated place in my home that is nicely set up, but I get restless and tend to move around. I enjoy writing on my deck when weather permits and sometimes in bed when I feel lazy.

Rad-Reader:  Is you writing style one where you plan out everything or do you just start writing after you come up with an idea?

Michele:  I seriously hate this question. No, not the question, but my answer. I want to plan what I write; I truly do. I read about other more prolific authors who plot and outline and write like the wind, because they’ve plotted and outlined, and I yearn to be like them sooooooo much. But no matter how hard I try, I can’t plot or outline my book to save my life! I suck at it. I’ll spend hours, days, weeks trying to outline my story and it frustrates me to the point where I start to hate my story. So, I usually just dive in head first, stopping once in awhile to scribble something down so I’ll remember where I was going. 

Rad-Reader:  This book along with one of the Harmony Springs Books I read, I noticed that the lead female characters are working at overcoming the control or influence of parents is that something you are trying to help women with or am I just reading too much into the storylines?

Michele:  LOL! I guess you could say it has become my theme. I live(d) with not one, but two very controlling parents. And eight very controlling, Type-A siblings. And yeah, it’s something I struggle with on a daily basis…still. After marriage and two kids! It’s not as easy as we make it look in books to stand up to your parents or turn over that new leaf. Actually, some readers felt Katie, from Sweet Southern Bad Boy, took orders from her parents for too long and should’ve stood up to them much sooner. But Katie’s lack of courage was all mine. I know just how she felt.

Rad-Reader:  When you are getting ready to write a story do you have all of the characters in mind or just the lead characters?  If just the lead characters do the other characters just create themselves?  If so, do you ever say, “Nope you gotta go.”?

Michele:  I usually start a story with the lead characters definitely formed and even some of the secondary characters. Once I’ve written someone significant in, I don’t write them out. Because I write much slower (due to my lack of plotting; see answer above ;-) I tend to write and edit at the same time. Which simply means I’ve put a lot of time and effort into my characters. They’ve become part of the family and they’re staying put!

Rad-Reader:  Do you find it easier to write the lead female or the one female that doesn’t get the guy?

Michele:  Hmm, not sure about that one. I enjoy writing the best friend because she gets to say and do whatever she wants, without having to rethink her actions. Whereas the lead needs to always show growth and that can be difficult when all she wants to do is throw a baby fit and tell the guy to handle everything. ;-)

Rad-Reader:  How different is it to write the lead male character to be strong, but not to be an arrogant jerk?

Michele:  Very, very difficult. Let's put it this way, you’re never going to please everyone. My intention is not to write arrogant jerks, but according to some of my readers…I’ve done it more than once. Some readers felt Keith from Find My Way Home was too arrogant and yeah, he kinda was in the beginning, but he had a lot on his mind (like raising his daughter, quitting his tennis career and getting married). So with Brogan in Not So New In Town, I wanted to write a really super nice guy (cocky, but nice) but let me tell you, some readers did not like his stance on healthy eating and lifestyle. They thought he pushed his ways too much on Lucy.  Bottom line: if you write alpha males, they’re gonna be arrogant and that’s why we love them!



Rad-Reader:  With all of the cooking you had Marabelle doing have you ever thought about adding recipes to your books?

Michele:  YES!!! I love this idea and believe me I wish I’d thought of it sooner. In my next series, I hope to be adding recipes of some sort.

Rad-Reader:  I read somewhere that you said that technically this was the first book you wrote, but yet it is a book #4 in the series.  How did that happen?

Michele:  Funny you should ask…my publisher purchased the series from me, but at the time I hadn’t written Sweet Southern Trouble as part of series (because I was a newbie and didn’t know what that meant!) The second book I wrote was Find My Way Home and they made the decision to start with that one and end with Sweet Southern Trouble. And I think it was a smart move because I’ve certainly grown as a writer and made SST an even stronger book.

Rad-Reader:  If your book was made into a movie who would you have play…

Marabelle:  Miranda Lambert

Nick:  Jesse Palmer


Michele:  This is always fun. But I’d have to say:

Marabelle:  Emma Stone 
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/330944272601897742/

Nick:  Scott Eastwood or 
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a young Brett Favre. 
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Rad-Reader:  What song best describes your two main characters or your book as a whole?
 In Case You Didn't You - Brett Young

Michele:  Kind of hard to pick just one song, but I like the one you chose by Brett Young.

Also... Everything  -  Michael Buble 


And... The Boys of Fall  -  Kenny Chesney. 
Both great for different reasons.


Rad-Reader:  Did you grow up in a small town where everyone knew your business?

Michele:  I grew up in NC, but not in a town as small as Harmony. Regardless, everyone knew my business because I came from a freakishly large family and we definitely stood out!


CALLING ALL PLAYERS

Rad-Reader:  What is your favorite sport?

Michele:  To play? I love tennis and enjoy watching it as well, especially when my kids are competing. To watch? Hands down: college basketball, specifically UNC Tar Heel basketball. I’m Tar Heel born and bred and when I die, I’m Tar Heel dead! #goHeels #UNC1
FASHION & GLAM
Rad-Reader:  Do you even like fashion or have your children/daughters dress a certain way when going out?
Rad-Reader:  I know with our first three my wife seemed to sweat it.  With our late in life daughter who is now 16, neither of us sweats it anymore.  We pick our fights. :) 

Michele:  I LOVE fashion! Jewelry, cosmetics, shoes, handbags…you get the picture. In my next life, I’m going to be a fashion designer, right after professional dancer.
;-)) And yes, I make my 15-year-old daughter adhere to certain standards. She has embraced the schlumpy, large T-shirt over jeans or gym shorts, which I’m not thrilled about, but it beats the alternative of revealing too much skin and dressing beyond her years. She knows what’s allowed and what isn’t, and she knows when to be dressed appropriately for church and family functions. Luckily, I didn’t have to battle three girls before her…thank goodness!


Rad-Reader:  What is your next project and when is it coming out?

Michele:  Presently, I’m writing a fun new series set in Miami about a family of brothers, all professional athletes in different sports, all strong-willed, stubborn and damaged in some way by the sins of their father. And all coming up against their biggest challenge: protecting their hearts from the women who butt heads and lock lips with them and who keep tempting them to fall hopelessly in love. Look for the Silver Starrs series in late 2017.


Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers buy your books?

Michele:  All the retail outlets: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. 



Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers find you on the Web?


Michele:  They can stop by my website: www.michelesummers.com and sign up for my newsletter in order to keep up with all the upcoming new releases, etc.  

They can also follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MicheleSummersAuthor/notifications/


Instagram: michele_summers_author 


Michele,
Thank you so much for being with us it has been a great pleasure working with you and Jessica.  This has been an effortless project. Thanks for everything.  Come back anytime and use our Shout Out page for authors. You are now a 1 Rad-Reader Misfit.
Pat & Char

HERE TOMORROW 7 PM PST. MICHELE SUMMERS: AUTHOR OF:: Sweet Southern Trouble see excerpts & trailer & other works

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What happens when a sassy kindergarten teacher stands up to the hottest bachelor to hit the Raleigh area in forever?
NFL head coach Nick Frasier needs to coach his young team to a championship and needs to downplay his playboy image. What he doesn't need his a fairy girl with a smart mouth and a propensity for fighting dogging his every move. And he really doesn't need to be the juiciest piece of meat up on the auction block.
Marabelle Fairchild has her work cut out for her in order to earn a permanent teaching position. Her future success depends on convincing the hunkalicious Nick Frasier to participate in the bachelor auction. Easy-peasy, right? Wrong.
How do two head-strong, independent people learn to live and love without killing each other in the process?


Tinker Bell got one thing right: she may be small, but she sure had guts.


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“This is who she wants me to be.”
He let the clothes fall on the disheveled mound he had created. “But it’s not you. Why come here and pretend to be something you’re not?”
“Because when you live in the palace, you serve only the evil queen.” Marabelle watched Nick struggle to keep his scowl in place, but he lost the battle, and a huge smile cracked open on his face.
Marabelle tried biting back her own smile and then she wailed, “This is so not funny. You almost gave me a heart attack down there.”
“I could say the same.” He looked pointedly at her knit suit. “I never thought I’d say this, but frumpy Marabelle is better than creepy Marabelle.”




Katie McKnight loves her job. Not really. But Katie loves her dad and this job means everything to him. Which is why she's scouting for the perfect house to film a mini-series…and that house happens to be in Harmony, NC. Now if only Katie can convince the grouchy, disheveled but totally hunky owner his home is perfect for the next teen craze, she’ll be in business.
Bestselling author, Vance Kerner has lost his mind along with his loafers and the notes to his next novel, under dirty dishes in his kitchen. Since babysitting his brother’s three kids, Vance hasn’t found a moments peace. So when California Katie knocks on his door, Vance doesn’t stop to ask questions. He simply yanks her inside and puts her in charge.
Katie agrees to babysit, if Vance allows her film crew access to his property. Vance agrees to keep an open mind as long as he gets the peace he needs to write.
But having Katie underfoot is anything but peaceful. And Vance is finding less and less time to write and more and more time to watch Katie weave a lovely spell on all the Kerners...especially him.

Can these two opposites find a common ground and the love they both deserve?








COMING FRIDAY 7 PM PST. MICHELE SUMMERS: AUTHOR OF: Sweet Southern Trouble see excerpt & Trailers & other works

COMING FRIDAY
7 PM PST.
MICHELE SUMMERS
AUTHOR OF:


What happens when a sassy kindergarten teacher stands up to the hottest bachelor to hit the Raleigh area in forever?
NFL head coach Nick Frasier needs to coach his young team to a championship and needs to downplay his playboy image. What he doesn't need his a fairy girl with a smart mouth and a propensity for fighting dogging his every move. And he really doesn't need to be the juiciest piece of meat up on the auction block.
Marabelle Fairchild has her work cut out for her in order to earn a permanent teaching position. Her future success depends on convincing the hunkalicious Nick Frasier to participate in the bachelor auction. Easy-peasy, right? Wrong.
How do two head-strong, independent people learn to live and love without killing each other in the process?


He slid into the booth next to Marabelle, draping his arm around her shoulder, wearing a badass grin. “I think a hello kiss is in order. I am your fiancĂ©.”
Yeah, right. “We don’t need to pretend in front of Paula. She knows the whole sordid story,” Marabelle said, trying for cool when she felt anything but.
In the dimly lit bar, he stood out like a beacon in the night, casting a harsh light on the Birkenstock, tie-dye wearing, granola-eating, geeky crowd.
He dipped his head closer. “Good. Then Paula won’t mind if we practice.” Before she had time to object, his lips captured hers. His kisses were like warm, salty French fries. She couldn’t stop with just one.








Katie McKnight loves her job. Not really. But Katie loves her dad and this job means everything to him. Which is why she's scouting for the perfect house to film a mini-series…and that house happens to be in Harmony, NC. Now if only Katie can convince the grouchy, disheveled but totally hunky owner his home is perfect for the next teen craze, she’ll be in business.
Bestselling author, Vance Kerner has lost his mind along with his loafers and the notes to his next novel, under dirty dishes in his kitchen. Since babysitting his brother’s three kids, Vance hasn’t found a moment's peace. So when California Katie knocks on his door, Vance doesn’t stop to ask questions. He simply yanks her inside and puts her in charge.
Katie agrees to babysit if Vance allows her film crew access to his property. Vance agrees to keep an open mind as long as he gets the peace he needs to write.
But having Katie underfoot is anything but peaceful. And Vance is finding less and less time to write and more and more time to watch Katie weave a lovely spell on all the Kerners...especially him.
Can these two opposites find a common ground and the love they both deserve?



                                                             


Michele Summers writes smart romances with spunky heroines, hunky heroes and wacky characters, with sigh-worthy emotion and a satisfying happily ever after. She never tires of creating fictional towns with lovable but flawed characters. When not writing, Michele loves her career as an interior designer and works with clients in NC and Miami where she lived for over 20 years. These days she stays busy herding her college freshman and high school sophomore and spends a lot of time watching them compete in tennis.
       Presently she resides in NC where she grew up with her family, but still misses sunny South Florida, swaying palm trees and wearing open-toed shoes…everyday!

Gunmetal Gray (Gray Man #6)

GUNMETAL GRAY                                          MARK GREANEY

After five years on the run Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert?
Court's high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese. Fitzroy was contracted to find Fan Jiang, a former member of an ultra-secret computer warfare unit responsible for testing China's own security systems. And it seems Fan may have been too good at his job because China wants him dead.
The first two kill teams Fitzroy sent to find Fan have disappeared and the Chinese have decided to supervise the next operation. What they don't know is that Gentry's mission is to find Fan first and get whatever intel he has to the US.
After that, all he has to do is get out alive...
PAT'S REVIEW

This is apparently the sixth book in the series but the first one I am reading. Court Gentry is with the CIA and he is in China after a man who is an expert in cyber, computer systems of China. Many people are after him and people are also after Gentry. The book opens up with action and intrigue and does not stop until the end. Court is not only wanting to get Fan but also an old friend who saved his life at one time named Fitzroy, the problem is doing all of this without being killed himself. I found this to be well written and gives you the perspective from Fan, Gentry, and even his handler with the CIA and the person who gave the go-ahead for the operation and why he would even put the women in charge of Court just so he could have something over her head on a future date. There many things going on with this story but it all works for a very interesting and fast paced story. a very good book. The characters are good as well. I got this book from Netgalley. com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com 


Only You (Bachelor Brotherhood #1)

ONLY YOU                                                        DENISE GROVER SWANK

Romance isn't an option for Holly Greenwood. With her wedding planner career on the line she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor . . .

Ex-Marine Kevin Vandemeer craves normalcy. Instead, he has a broken-down old house in need of a match and some gasoline, a meddling family, and the uncanny ability to attract the world's craziest women. At least that last one he can fix: he and his buddies have made a pact to swear off women, and this includes his sweetly sexy new neighbor.

After one hot night that looks a whole lot like a disaster in the light of day, Kevin and Holly are about to learn that true love doesn't play by the rules . . .
 

PAT'S REVIEW

This is a cute funny story that opens up with Ex- Marine Kevin Vandemeer coming home only to find that his sister found him the most god-awful, run down, you can fix it up and flip it home in the city. Looking for peace and quiet, he is now looking at who knows what. But his sister says it’s a steal. He is thinking he got taken to the cleaners and wants to know how much she made off this deal with his money while he was out fighting which right now is better than what he is looking at. That is until he sees the neighbor come home. She is Holly Greenwood who is a wedding planner and right now that is not looking very promising. Being a wedding planner is all she has ever wanted to be and she needs to stay focused on that and not on the new guy next door. But like any good neighbor, she takes him homemade cookies as a welcome present only to have her foot go through the front porch and lose her shoe in the process. Things go back and forth until one night when they decide to spend the night together and now neither can get the other one out of their head. That is until she finds out she has been working for Kevin’s mom all along and when his mother finds out that she is dating her son Holly does not match up. That is until Kevin finds out and gives his two cents and this all comes out at a party which adds to the celebration. Now can it all be fixed? Read this fun story and find out. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com 

Gone Too Deep (Search and Rescue #3)

GONE TOO DEEP                                            KATIE RUGGLE

In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder...

George Holloway has spent his life alone, exploring the treacherous beauty of the Colorado Rockies. He's the best survival expert Search and Rescue has, which makes him the obvious choice to lead Ellie Price through deadly terrain to find her missing father. There's just one problem-Ellie's everything George isn't. She's a city girl, charming, gregarious, delicate, small. And when she looks up at him with those big, dark eyes, he swears he would tear the world apart to keep her safe.

With a killer on the loose, he may have no choice.

Ellie's determined to find her father no matter the cost. But as she and her gorgeous mountain of a guide fight their way through an unforgiving wilderness, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous man in search of revenge. And they are now his prey...

PAT'S REVIEW


Ellie Price is a city girl and enjoys her life in the city. Until one day it is interrupted by a phone call from her father saying that they are after him and he needs to go to the cabin. Not knowing who they are she finds out that he has not been in the hospital for months which also means he is not taking his medication. Now trying to remember where the cabin is will be a problem since she has not been there since she was ten. After speaking with her mother she decides to go to Colorado and look for her father. This now puts you into where the last book left off where the people in this small Rocky Mountain community are still trying to figure out who killed the person they found in the lake during a training exercise. Once she makes in town she is introduced to George and after some persuasion, he agrees to take her to her father’s cabin. First off let me say many questions are answered about the mystery. Second, there are some surprises about who had done some of the deeds one of the people I was surprised by. Which was actually good. I will say overall the hike and the story between Ellie and George are great. The author takes these two characters one huge in George, one small in Ellie and it works, but it is so much more that it is difficult for me to put in words or I would be giving away so much of the story. I think I liked this one better than the other ones and I am sure I have said that each time I have done a review. A very good book with very characters and a good storyline. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us atwww.1rad-readerreviews.com 


A Sky Full of Stars (The Shaughnessy Brothers #5)

A SKY FULL OF STARS                                  SAMANTHA CHASE

WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
Brilliant astrophysicist Dr. Owen Shaughnessy feels more connected to the cosmos than to people. He's great with calculations, but when he leads a team of scientists to study a famous meteor shower, he doesn't factor in his free-spirited artist assistant Brooke Matthews.

LOVE CAN DAZZLE YOU
Polar opposites in personality, the friction between them threatens to derail the project. But the beauty and mystery of the night sky draw Owen and Brooke together―and she's going to surprise him in ways the stars never could.

PAT'S REVIEW


This is the fifth book in the series and this one is about Owen Shaughnessy an astrophysicist, he is introduced to an artist named Brooke Mathews she is the niece of his mentor and the day of introduction Owen is tongue tied he cannot believe her beauty. Brooke an artist shows him some of her work of nighttime sky with stars and asks if she could go with him on his class to Red Rock Canyon in Nevada to observe the meteor shower and to work as his organizer to free up his time. He is upset with this idea like he needs help and feels like she would be a distraction. Even more, he is thinking about canceling the whole thing altogether. After talking to his mentor he realizes that he can’t even tell Brooke his answer and wants her uncle to do it. When he thinks that, that would be a bad idea this puts the two of them closer together to the point that she ends up going home with him. This is the first time that you see a side of Owen that you have not seen in any of the other books and when he gets into an argument with his twin he leaves the home with Brooke. He, of course, decides to take Brooke camping out in Red Rock before the class since she had never camped, and when they get back there is a problem with her uncle. You find out a lot about Brooke in this book and for the most part, you find out more about Owen as well. Especially when he decides to get a tattoo. They, of course, break up and do get back together that is always the beauty of these books along with the advice from their father. What I liked is the different twist with the ending that made this a unique story just for Owen. I really liked this one and not just because of the desert though it is great at night to see the stars. This was a very good book. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

LET'S WELCOME THE AUTHOR OF: Sweet Southern Trouble – Michele Summers

LET’S WELCOME MICHELE SUMMERS  AUTHOR OF: Rad-Reader:  Was there anyone who was the inspiration behind the Marabelle cha...