Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Masquerade: Oddly Suited, a young-adult romance anthology from The Insecure Writer’s Support Group which is coming out on 30th April 2019!
I’m excited to interview one of my favorite authors, Jennifer Lane who has a new story in this anthology. So here we go!
Hi Jennifer. Were you a reader when you were a child? If so, What books turned you into a reader?
I was a voracious reader as a child. Some favorites I remember are From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Gift of Magic, and The Rats of NIMH (which may have sparked my interest in a mental health career!)
No wonder we’re such good friends. The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was one of my favorites, too! Name some authors who have influenced you. (You have certainly influenced me!)
Pamela Clare, Colleen Hoover, Elle Kennedy, Jojo Moyes
What inspires your stories? Ex. Real life, music, news stories?
I have many story inspirations, including my work as a psychologist (witnessing the indomitable human spirit healing from trauma) and movies (my psychological thriller Twin Sacrifice combines themes from the movies The Illusionist, Mumford, and Mystic River). I also like to weave observations from my funny friends and family into my stories.
Twin Sacrifice is one of my all time favorites. Those characters still haunt me and I admit… I want to know how they’re doing! If you could choose a theme song for your books, which song would represent each book or series?
All of my books explore how love can support and heal two people who have endured too much pain in life. One song demonstrating this theme is “Lay It All On Me” by Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtejRvpwscY)
Okay I have to know, what books are planned for the future?
I have an idea brewing for a romance between coaches from rival universities.
Tell me about your story, Behind the Catcher’s Mask
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group has provided so much encouragement for my writing. When I learned the theme for IWSG’s next short story anthology: young adult romance featuring a masquerade/mask theme, an image implanted in my mind:
Smoldering blue eyes staring from behind his baseball catcher’s mask.
This vision guided my story, Behind the Catcher’s Mask:
Who can help her through a meltdown on the pitcher’s mound?
Fast-pitch softball is Andie Wilson’s life. She’s a fierce pitcher hoping to score a college scholarship, and she hates the annoying distraction of cocky baseball players crashing her high-school charity game. But she doesn’t anticipate the impact of one baseball player: Colt Turner. As Colt stares at her through his catcher’s mask, his steadfast gaze may be just what she needs to guide her through a crisis. And Colt may need Andie, too—to cope with the secret hiding behind his mask.
Thank you for being here, Jennifer!
Psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane invites you to her world of romance, sports, and suspense! By day she’s a therapist, and by night she’s a writer—she can’t decide which is more fun. Jen lives in Ohio and parlays her college swimming and volleyball experience into earnest characters striving for more in love and life.
About the Anthology
Title: Masquerade: Oddly Suited
Release date: April 30th, 2019
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
Genres: Young Adult Fiction: Romance – General / Paranormal / Contemporary
Print ISBN: 9781939844644
EBook ISBN: 9781939844651
Find love at the ball…
Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?
Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…
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Oddly Suited, LG Keltner
The silliest situations may be oddly suited for romance.
Behind the Catcher’s Mask, Jennifer Lane
Who can help her through a meltdown on the pitcher’s mound?
The Dark Charade, CD Gallant-King
The new girl in town falls in love for a mysterious boy who is maybe, probably, most definitely, a vampire.
The Cog Prince, Elizabeth Mueller
Falling in love, saving the day, and a masque—oh my! Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince?
A Diver’s Ball, Angela Brown
You can be anything you want in the online world of Cumulus. A human. An elf. A powerful beast mutation from your wildest imagination. But can you be in love?
Flower of Ronda, Myles Christensen
What if life’s price of servanthood could be changed?
Fearless Heart, Deborah Solice
Is he a figment of her imagination conjured to keep her sane, or is he something else…something more?
Charleston Masquerade, Carrie-Anne Brownian
Can two worlds come together and find love?
Sea of Sorrows, Anstice Brown
What could a shapeshifting siren know about love?
Remedy, Chelsea Marie Ballard
Everything is against Remy and Rudy, but on the night of the Masquerade Ball, they must choose: each other or their lives?
You can find out more about the authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited here.
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Visit the other blog tour hosts below to find out more about the stories and authors featured in Masquerade: Oddly Suited.
- Mon 18th March: Spotlight @ The Story of a Writer
- Fri 22nd March: Guest post by Anstice Brown @ Nicki Elson’s Not-So-Deep Thoughts
- Sun 24th March: Interview with Jennifer Lane @ Nancee Cain, Romance with a Serrated Edge
- Tues 26th March: Guest post by Angela Brown @ Blog of Author J Lenni Dorner
- Wed 27th March: Debut author spotlight with Chelsea Marie Ballard & Anstice Brown @ Operation Awesome
- Fri 29th March: Spotlight @ April Blogging from A-Z Challenge
- Mon 1st April: Interview with Deborah Solice @ Dusting the Soul
- Thurs 4th April: Spotlight @ Elements of Emaginette
- Fri 5th April: Guest post by C.D Gallant-King @ Writer’s Gambit
- Mon 8th April: Interview with Elizabeth Mueller @ Just Jemi
- Fri 12th April: Guest post by Carrie-Anne Brownian @ Jennifer Lane’s Blog
- Mon 15th April: Guest post by Chelsea Marie Ballard @ My Pet Blog
- Tues 16th April: Guest post by Myles Christensen @ Quiet Fury Books
- Mon 22nd April: Interview with all the authors @ Alex J. Cavanaugh
- Sat 4th May: Interview with L.G Keltner @ The Cynical Sailor & His Salty Sidekick