Monday, September 11, 2017

#QandA ~ SECOND CHANCES by Marilyn Brant ​Lizzie Shane ~ @romancewriters @authorCassDean


Q&A with Marilyn Brant, Lizzie Shane, and Cassandra Dean:

Q: Can you give a one-sentence summary of your story?

A: Marilyn Brant: When a twenty-something magazine writer visits her favorite indie bookstore, she doesn't expect to meet the hunky man of her dreams...but she does, and something about their brief encounter sparks her imagination and leads to an unanticipated reunion. 

A: ​Lizzie Shane: In Something Old, Something New, when workaholic Nick returns home after over a decade to be the best man in an old friend's wedding, he is stunned to find the wedding planner is his high school sweetheart--and her daughter looks an awful lot like him...​

A: Cassandra Dean: It is really good. Heh. 
Proper answer: Ten years ago, the Earl of Edgington ruined Miss Sophia Hargrove...will she forgive him for a second chance at forever?

Q: Do you have a favorite snack that you like to munch on while writing? If so would you mind sharing what it is with us?

A: Marilyn Brant: I've been trying not to snack between meals and to simply drink lots of water instead...emphasis on the word *trying* - LOL. But I love chocolate in all forms. Even bad chocolate is good chocolate when I'm craving a taste. So, if I really need a boost while writing, I'll reach for a homemade (semi-healthy!) oatmeal brownie, a handful of chocolate-covered raisins, or a hot cup of cocoa.

A: ​Lizzie Shane:  I don't know if it qualifies as a snack, but Diet Coke is my writing addiction. Must. Have.  Other than that, I try to avoid keeping extra food around me while I'm writing because if my brain is inside the book I can go through an entire box of wheat thins (or an entire bag of jelly beans) without even realizing I'm eating.​

A: Cassandra Dean:  Not unless you count beer?
I tend to fit my writing in around Life and Other Annoyances, so there's no snacking as such. Water for hydration (and occasionally beer when I want to tear my hair out), but that's about it.

Q: When you are not busy writing wonderful stories to keep us lucky readers entertained, what do you like to do? Do you have a hobby? 

A: Marilyn Brant: I truly enjoy spending time with my husband and our son, going on long walks/drives with them or, when we can, taking trips together. Music has always been one of my favorite pastimes, though. I play piano and guitar (neither very well, but I'm enthusiastic) and I love to listen to all styles of music. I'm a big fan of eighties hair bands, Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, and songs of any era with a catchy beat. I sing with gleeful abandon in the car.

A: ​Lizzie Shane: I *love* travel.  Whether it's international or just around the block, I'm a huge fan of exploring new places.  I'm also (little known fact) a fairly decent swing dancer and have been known to occasionally take flying trapeze lessons. (Full disclosure: I am terrible at the trapeze.)

A: Cassandra Dean: I like to cook, hang out with friends and family, and I have a sewing machine that I keep meaning to use.

Q: Do you have a favorite background noise you like to having going while you write (TV, Music, kids playing)?

A: Marilyn Brant: hhh, I wish I could write with background noises but, alas, I need silence for both drafting and revising. It's one of the reasons I tend to write best late, late at night when everyone is asleep! ​

A: ​Lizzie Shane: I can't listen to music while I'm writing or the lyrics pass through my fingers and insert themselves into the middle of my sentences, but I do love having a buzz of conversation in the background that I can completely ignore.  I'm a big fan of taking my computer out to a lunch spot (with bottomless Diet Coke) and hunkering in the corner with my laptop, tuning everything out.​

A: Cassandra Dean: When I write at home, I'll often have TV playing in the background, even if I don't pay attention to it. When I'm out and about, I'll listen to music to drown out distracting noise. Some stories demand certain songs (I wrote Teach Me listing to 'Songs of Faith and Devotion by Depeche Mode' on repeat), but generally it's a mix of whatever I'm currently enjoying. I am slightlyobsessed with Hamilton: An American Musical at the moment, but I can't listen to that as I write as I get distracted by Lin-Manuel Miranda's amazing lyrics and find myself listening to the poetry of his words rather than writing!


Do you believe in second chances?

Romance Writers of America brings together seventeen of today's hottest authors in an anthology of never-before-published tales that reveal true love always deserves a happy ending.

Follow New York Times best-selling authors J. Kenner and Christina Lauren back to reader-favorite worlds.

New York Times bestseller Alyssa Day sprinkles djinn magic in her humorous paranormal romance, while Rachel Hauck brings the enchantment of the holidays in her New Year’s Eve contemporary love story.

And Liliana Hart delivers thrills and adventure in her characters’ search for the impossible. 

With characters who find love through tough situations, in an elegant 1800s ballroom, with an old friend who shows up when least expected, at a tender age when cliques and homework get in the way of relationships, or after a random encounter in an unlikely setting, Second Chances delivers romance to strike every reader’s fancy.

Plus tales from:Marilyn BrantKerri CarpenterCiCi CoughlinCassandra Dean, Tina FerraroRenee LukeAriella MoonBrandi Willis SchreiberLizzie Shane, Sharon SobelDamon Suede,
Tara Wyatt

Where to buy SECOND CHANCES:
Author Bios:

Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction, romantic comedy, and mystery. In 2013, she was named Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She loves Sherlock Holmes, travel, music, chocolate, and all things Jane Austen. Her Austen-inspired debut novel, ACCORDING TO JANE, won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award, and named it one of the 100 Best Romance Novels of All Time. Marilyn’s romantic women’s fiction has been included in the Doubleday Book Club, Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Guild, and Rhapsody Book Club. She's also written several romantic comedies, like ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE, as well as a coming-of-age mystery called THE ROAD TO YOU. Her latest releases are sexy contemporary romances in her “Mirabelle Harbor” series, set on the shores of Lake Michigan, near her home in the Chicago suburbs. For updates, visit her website: ;

3-Time RITA-Nominated and Golden Heart-winning contemporary romance author Lizzie Shane was born and raised in Alaska and still lives in the frozen north when she isn't indulging her travel addiction. After college, she worked in the entertainment industry for about fifteen seconds before deciding she'd rather write about love in the wilds of Hollywood than live it.  Now she uses the long winter nights in Alaska to create more happily-ever-afters. Lizzie also writes paranormal romance under the name Vivi Andrews.  For more about Lizzie & her books, visit

Cassandra Dean is a best-selling, multi-published author of historical and fantasy romance, and is a 2016 finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia’s coveted R*BY Award. Her latest novel, SILK & SCHOLAR, is book 4 of her popular Silk Series featuring law-loving peeps and their happily ever after. Her next novel will be the final book in the Silk Series, SILK & SCARLET, and she is working on a new series featuring husband-hunting sisters in Regency England as well as a novel where a thief meets his match in a determined lady. 
Cassandra is proud to call South Australia her home, where she regularly cheers on her AFL football team and creates her next tale. Visit Cassandra’s website at
Follow Cassandra on Facebook at and on Twitter @authorCassDean

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