Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Welcome Author Carlene Love Flores - An Interview

Today here on Sorensen Shorts, we have author Calene Love Flores with her new release Sidewalk Flower, is this cover not just awesome, it's amazing, but then, Evernight Publishing always has awesome covers. But then, they have awesome authors come to think of it...there might be a connection there what do you think?

Buy links for the book will be added to the bottom of the post, and if you want to try to win an eBook copy of the wonderful book, be sure to answer this question “What is the best concert you've ever been to and why?” Be sure to include your email address.

Website: www.carlenelove.com 
Blog: www.carlenelove.com   
Twitter: @cloveflores
Facebook: Carlene Love Flores

The Interview ---

Welcome to my blog Carlene, lets give the readers an amazing interview ---

1) What genre do you write and why?

Carlene -  I write contemporary romance with a darker, edgier feel.  The gritty stuff is intriguing to me and most times when I sit down to write, that’s what comes out.

Laurie - I like darker and edgier and I am sure most readers do, it really takes us out of the ordinary into the splendid I think.

2) Are you aware of any themes that run through your stories? If so, what are they? 

Carlene - Sure, a theme I am drawn to is when characters have lost faith in people and the world and question whether they have what it takes to get it back.  I like to write stories that show you don’t have to be perfect to be spiritual and there is absolutely no shame in being sexy.

Laurie - That's a great theme, its the sort of story line that offers hope to the readers 

3) What would you like readers to take away from your stories?

Carlene - I’d like them to feel a touch of the intimacy that I've hopefully shared between them and the characters.

Laurie - As a fellow author, I have to say that I feel getting the readers to 'feel' the intimacy within a story line is very difficult, but I think you've done a great job of it.

4) What inspires your stories? 

Carlene - Well, this story in particular was inspired by a charity auction I won to meet and go backstage with one of my favorite bands.  The story itself is completely fictional but seeing what normal people the band and crew were behind the scenes was incredibly powerful for me.

Laurie - Now I'm jealous, I've never been backstage...it must have been awesome.

5) Will you be attending any book or writing conferences this year? If yes, which ones? Where and when?

Carlene - I hope to attend the Romance Writers of America’s national conference in Atlanta this coming July 2013.  I also stay active in my local writers association, the Washington DC Romance Writers (WRW).

Laurie - I had no idea you were so close to me. I live in West Virginia and Washington DC isn't that far from me. I also haven't attended a conference, but hope to do so soon.

6) What is your writing schedule like? 

Carlene - My daytime schedule allows me to write during the week for about four hours each day.  But the time I enjoy most is sneaking downstairs in the night after the house has gone to sleep.

Laurie - I had to giggle when I read the second part of your answer on this one. I often get up when the house is asleep just so I can have the 'me' time to write when a book has grabbed me and the scenes just keep flowing.

7) Do you have any other passions besides writing? If yes, what are they? Why?

Carlene - I absolutely love going to live music shows.  Instead of only taking camera pictures, I find a scrap of paper or napkin and doodle pics of the band as they play, scribbling pieces of their lyrics as they sing them.  I take it home and it’s a great memory to hold onto.

Laurie - I love music, and hearing it live is like nothing else.

8) What is your best memory?

Carlene - Definitely seeing hubby’s face when our son was born.  That’s one of those freeze-frame moments.

Laurie - Awwww...I love it.

9) What is your favorite comfort food?

Carlene - I’m a San Diego girl living on the east coast, and when I went home this summer, I ate rolled tacos at least four times a week.  They’re just not the same anywhere else.

Laurie - Rolled tacos...interesting.

12) What relaxes you?

Carlene - Candles, especially pine scented ones and blue lights.  I keep a white, artificial Christmas tree lit year round in my office with baby blue twinkly lights.

Laurie - A girl after my own heart, candles, year round Christmas trees...nothing better.

13) What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Carlene - Since it’s holiday time, I will freely admit to eating cans of the jellied cranberry sauce as a meal.  If they’d sell it year round, I’d eat it year round!

Laurie - There is nothing wrong with that...I love cranberries and they are absolutely full of antioxidants...LOL
14) What is your favorite way to promote your work? 

Carlene - I enjoy Twitter, Facebook, and blogging with the Waterworld Mermaids although this is the first time I’m promoting my own work so we’ll see how I do!  Honestly, I’d love to be able to physically say hello to people as well, shake hands, give hugs.  I’m a huge fan of attending San Diego Comic Con but that’s a bit dreamy of me ;)

Laurie - I have a Twitter account, but rarely use it and I fairly live on Facebook. Waterworld Mermaids sounds intriguing

15) Where is your favorite place to write? Why? 

Carlene - In my dark bedroom underneath a blanket cave I’ve just constructed.  I think I just love the night that much.

Laurie - A night owl...I can respect that since I do a lot of my own writing fat night too. There is just something about the night.

16) What was your favorite vacation?

Carlene - A couple years ago, hubby, kiddo and I went home to San Diego and attended all four days of Comic-Con.  It was amazing!  The convention center is located right there on the harbor so even if you’re stuck standing in a gargantuan line, you’ve got all that beautiful scenery to stare at.  Plus it never fails, a troop of guys dressed as the 300 Spartans will pass by.  This particular trip was so special because I got to sit in on Andy Whitfield’s last Spartacus panel. 

Laurie - OMG, what woman on earth wouldn't want to watch 300 men troop by dressed as Spartans, Oh i think I would have fainted.

17) If you had another career, what was it? 

Carlene - There was a time when I was a phlebotomist and I have to say it was a very cool job.  If I ever wrote about vampires, I’d know how to describe the popping feeling when entering a vein.

Laurie -  Oh I hate having blood drawn...lol

18) If you could have one wish, what would it be?

Carlene - For everyone to remember to Be Here, Now.

Laurie - I like that.

19) If you could describe yourself in only one word, what would it be?

Carlene - Lucky.

Laurie - Good one...I love it.

20) Are you a cat or dog person? Do you have any pets and if so, please tell us about them.

Carlene - I am an animal person.  My most recent pet is a white, gray and black hamster named Darling Depeche Mouse, named after a Sherrilyn Kenyon character and my favorite band.   I also have a pug, a bulldog, a black cat and two guinea pigs.

Laurie - And here I thought I would be the only one in the world with such a wide variety of animals in my home...LOL

21) What is the one thing you most want to do that you haven’t yet?

Carlene - Travel to England.  What kind of Depeche Mode Devotee am I if I never visit Basildon?!

Laurie - I've lived in England, when I was a young girl, my father was stationed there with the Air Force, and I can remember it being so completely awesome that I want to also visit it as an adult.

22) When the zombies take over, what will you do? 

Carlene - Feed them.  I’m a horrible cook and zombies may be the only species who might appreciate my concoctions.

Laurie - This made me laugh hard...I'm a good cook, or at least that's what I have been told, so I would be barricading myself in the house hiding from the zombies...LOL

23) Please tell us about your most recent release and where we can purchase it.

Carlene - Sure!  Sidewalk Flower is about a jaded musician’s assistant torn between the worlds of her selfish, rock star best friend and his handsome, humble cousin from Tennessee.  Released on January 11, 2013, by Evernight Publishing, it is available through Evernight Publishing, Amazon for Kindle, All Romance E-books, and BookStrand.

Laurie - It sounds wonderful.

24) Please give us your urls and your publisher’s url.


25) Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers? Please do so here. 

Carlene - I’d like to thank them with all my heart for stopping by, taking a moment to spend with us and encourage them to let me know what they think about the book! Oh, and enjoy a live show for me wherever they are ;)

Laurie -  Thank you very much for stopping in and sharing so much with us today. I wish you luck with your wonderful new release.

Ok everyone, here are the buy links for Carlene's book, now don't forget to answer this question in the comments section “What is the best concert you’ve ever been to and why?” to qualify to try to win an eBook copy of Sidewalk Flower.

Buy Links ---

Evernight Buy link-- http://www.evernightpublishing.com/sidewalk-flower-by-carlene-love-flores/
Amazon Buy link-- http://www.amazon.com/Sidewalk-Flower-Pointe-Novel-ebook/dp/B00AZR275O/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1357905030&sr=8-16&keywords=Sidewalk+Flower
All Romance E-books Buy link-- https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sidewalkflower-1041391-148.html
BookStrand Buy link-- http://www.bookstrand.com/term-search?term=Sidewalk+Flower


Carlene Love said...

Hi there! Laurie, thank you so much for doing this interview with me. It was lots of fun. I am so excited to be giving away a copy of Sidewalk Flower because I can't wait to hear your readers answers to the concert question. Good luck!

Carlene Love said...

Hi again ;) I wanted to add that you have until tomorrow night (1/16) at 11 pm eastern time to enter to win. Open to international readers as well! Don't you love the digital age? I do! Don't forget I'll need your email address to send your complimentary copy if you're the winner.

Kerri said...

Fantastic interview, ladies! My absolute favorite answer was about the zombies! Carlene - you are so funny. You need to watch The Walking Dead. I don't know that you could feed ALL of those zombies. Ha-ha! ;-)

My favorite concert ever was a No Doubt concert when I was 16. (But don't enter me in the drawing because I already have Carlene's book!)

Carlene Love said...

Hi Kerri! I DO watch The Walking Dead and that would be about a gazillion too many zombies for me to feed. I love No Doubt live. Did you happen to see them when they toured with Paramore and the Sounds? That was soooo good. Thanks for stopping by!

Rebecca Hart said...

Great interview and the release looks steamy. :) Adding to my TBR pile.

My favorite concert -- that's a touch one, but I'm going to go with my first Tori Amos concert at SPAC (outdoor seating). What a blast!! Good friends and good music.

ashlynn monroe said...

Wow this looks awesome! Great post!

Author Nikki Prince said...

I love this cover. Your right, EP has some great covers!

Fantastic interview I loved it.

The best concert I've been to was Muse. It was fantastic as all the songs are great and the lead singer is sexy! Went in 2009!

Rebecca Hart said...

oOo MUSE -- Really liking them lately. Good stuff!

Sandra Bunino said...

Fantastic interview! You'll love the RWA Conf. I had the opportunity to attend last year. My favorite concert was last summer's Brothers of the Sun tour with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.
xoxo ~S

KJ said...

Great interview. Looks like I have another book to add to my "to be read" pile.


KaceyHammell said...

Great interview. Looks like a great story too. Added to my tbr list.

I LOVE tacos. Wish my hips could take eating them 4 times a week. *g*

Carlene Love said...

Hi Rebecca! Thank you so much for stopping by! Honored to be in that pile! Hehehe.

Being a Depeche Mode girl, they mostly do indoor arenas. So I love switching it up and hitting some of the outdoor venues.
I bet Tori was awesome! Cheers!

Carlene Love said...

"Wow this looks awesome! Great post!" Thank you Ashlynn! Laurie did a fantastic job. I loved her questions. It's dawning on me pretty quickly how fabulous the Evernight Family is :) Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by!

Carlene Love said...

Hi Nikki! Welcome! Yeah, I keep catching myself wanting to force Sour Cherry Designs to spill the beans on the cover models...just so I can send them cookies, I prmomise!

Oh! Muse! I secretly wish they would tour with Depeche Mode. How hot would that be? I can only imagine how awesome Muse is live. Glad you've been...sounds like it's time for another show! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Carlene Love said...

Hi Sandra! Thanks! I was wondering if any Evernight family would be attending RWA this year. I missed last year but went to the one in New York. Hope to make it back again.
"Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw"
That's all you had to say. Holy moly what a hot show that must have been! I went to a country fest this summer in San Diego and while the musical acts were wonderful, the rodeo grounds were filled with country cuties. ;) Thank you so much for saying hi!

Carlene Love said...

Hi KJ, thank you so much! Hey, I can't even tell you how crazy cool it is to even be put on someone's TBR pile. I don't even care if it's a gazillion books full! It's still cool! Thank you for coming by and saying hi!

Carlene Love said...

Hi Kacey!
Oh, you eat those tacos my friend. That's why we put stuff like lettuce and tomatoes on them! They're good for us ;)
Thank you so much for your kind words about the story. And for stopping by to say hi.
...now I want tacos again...

Dana said...

Squee!!! I am so excited for you Carlene!! Love this interview!! And ladies, my sister here does not disappoint! You will love the book when you read it!! And sadly, I have only ever been to one concert in my almost 31 years, and was not a memorable event for me :-/. Love you Carlene!!!!!!! Oh and I have the book already so I don't need to be entered. ;-)

Dana said...

Mmmm rolled tacos. Finger lickin mmm mmm good!

Doris O'connor said...

What a fabulous interview! Great to learn more about you :-)

Carlene Love said...

I love little sisters...especially mine! She's a keeper. Thank you for coming by Dana! I did not know you've only been to one concert and it was a dud. I will find you a show to go to in your area. I'm on it right now! Love you.

Carlene Love said...

Hi Doris! Thank you so much. Yours was one of the first Evernight books I ever read last year and this means a lot coming from you. Cheers!

Carlene Love said...

Huge thanks to everyone who stopped by, to Laurie for being such a fabulous hostess and CONGRATULATIONS to Rebecca! You are the winner of the e-book giveaway. Cheers!