Wednesday, January 30, 2013

!Welcome award winning author Kelly Moran!

Sandy - Thank you for being a guest on Coffee Talk today, Kelly. Let’s start with a little about yourself away from the keyboard. Tell us about your family, pets, hobbies and such.
Kelly –  Okay, I'll just lay out my official bio.
Kelly's been known to say that she gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her, and that there's always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself.
She began her writing career in the Indie market, becoming the recipient of an Editor's Choice Award, a Finalist in the 2008 Best Book Awards, and a Finalist in the 2009 Indie
Excellence Awards before moving into traditional publishing. Her books not only have honors from the top review sites, but from NY Times bestsellers too. She is a respected reviewer and a Romance Writers of America member.
Kelly's interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don't tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, Darren, three sons, Logan, Evan, & Ethan, and her black lab, Willow. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well.

Sandy – How can our readers contact you?
Kelly – LOL. Everywhere!

Sandy – I’m so intrigued by your new release THE DRAKE HOUSE. We’d love to read the blurb.
Kelly – Well, okay! Here you go...
In her dreams, a ghost demands to be heard...
Once plagued by mysterious nightmares, Trisha Eaton always chalked them up to childish nuisances--until they return with a vengeance. Something about the Drake house next door haunts her, and now her night terrors and sleepwalking seem to be luring her to something dark. After a series of strange events, Trisha turns to Nick Mackey. As the new deputy in town, Nick wants to forget his traumatic past. His undeniable attraction for Trisha has him wondering if a shot at a normal life is possible. But Trisha has somehow struck a nerve in their small, superstitious town, and a long-buried secret threatens to surface again. A secret that someone will kill to keep veiled. Answers only lead to more questions in a case where nothing makes sense, but one chilling fact remains...some nightmares are all too real.

Sandy - To me there’s nothing spookier than a good ghost story. What inspired you to write it? Have you had any personal experience with the paranormal?
Kelly – Funny story. So some friends and I used to visit reportedly haunted places. We were walking on this rural gravel road, surrounded by dense woods, heading to an abandoned house, when I feel myself being stopped by something I couldn't see. The next thing I know, the flashlight is flying from my hand and across the path. Then I hear this voice whisper in my ear, but no one physically there to speak it. Needless to say we booked it outta there, but it inspired this book.

 Sandy – Your heroine deals with nightmares and sleepwalking. Are these problems you've experienced or did it require research?
Kelly – Both. I have nightmares often and occasionally sleepwalk. I did need a lot of research as well to make it believable to my plot.

Sandy – If THE DRAKE HOUSE was made into a movie, who would you like to play the roles of your main characters, Trisha and Nick?
Kelly – Oh wow. Hm. Anne Hathaway as Trisha, her serious acting side. Nick needs to be dark and broody. Don't know on him. Maybe James McAvoy?

Sandy – How about a sample of what our readers have to look forward to.
Kelly –
                Her voice was inviting when she wasn’t mad at him. Like hot cocoa on a frigid day.
                “You should smile more often,” he claimed quietly, glancing ahead at the orchard approaching.
                She halted abruptly and tilted her head as if contemplating how to respond. “I smile all the time,” she said. No hint of irritation now.
                Clearing his throat, he said, “I meant at me. You should smile like that more often at me.”
                He couldn’t believe he said it. There was a very long awkward silence as she studied him, brown eyes widened. Talk about feeling like an idiot. Finally, she let out a laugh, smooth and rich from someone so small. She wove her arm through his affectionately like he’d seen her do with others and kept walking.
                “Give me a reason to smile and I just might.”
                “I’ll take it into consideration,” he mumbled. He already had. From the first moment he walked into her house tonight, he’d been considering her. Before, really, but why argue semantics.

Sandy – Where can our readers get a copy of THE DRAKE HOUSE?
Kelly – Amazon or B&N

~Let's have a look at this terrific trailer~

Sandy – It’s been an honor to interview you Kelly. Thank you for coming by.
Kelly – Thanks for having me! I'll give away a FREE eBook to one commenter. xo


  1. Thanks so much for having me, Sandy! I'll keep popping by to answer questions. xo

    1. annestratton12@yahoo.comJanuary 31, 2013 at 2:04 AM

      I loved reading about your book, Kelly. The trailer sets the tone perfectly. Will I be able to get to sleep after reading a few chapters or will the ghosts haunt me?

    2. LOL. Hi Anne! This, to me, is a light mystery with ghost elements.xo

  2. Love the cover of your book, Kelly. I also enjoyed the excerpt. I love reading the man's point of view in a romance. :)

  3. Hi Christine. Funny you say that. I'm much more comfortable writing in the hero's head. Arial Burnz from WRP did the cover. I love it too!

  4. hannah_duckett@hotmail.comJanuary 31, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    The book sounds fantastic Kelly and i'm loving the cover so dark and mysterious

    1. Looking forward to reading this book. Your samples sold me. Sound very interesting!

  5. I'm watching your trailer with the wind howling gale force outside my window( I kid you not) and it's very spooky here. The book sounds quite scary, too. But since I know it's a love story it'll be a great read!

    1. Thanks, Nancy. Light mystery, light ghost element, heavy romance. I hope you like it!

  6. The book sounds really good. Thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway!

  7. Hi Kelly, great interview.
    Love the the tag the trailer!
    Looks like a great read. Congratulations.

  8. Terrific interview ladies!

    Kelly, I love your blurb and your cover is gorgeous. I love a good ghost story :)

  9. enjoyed the interview ladies, and the blurb was intriguing. i really like the cover. Wish Kelly all the best. thanks for the chance

  10. And the winner is... Gayle. You'll get an email soon. Thanks so much guys, especially Sandy for having me. xo

    1. Thank you so much, Kelly. I look forward to reading it. :-) Thank you Sandy, for the great blog.

  11. I'm late, but I don't need another copy so that's all good. I loved that scene you took the excerpt from, Kelly! So do you recall what that voice whispered to you? Can you share with us?

    1. Honestly, I don't know. It was in another language, and very hoarsely whispered. My friends were disappointed too. Sorry.

  12. Thanks for all your great comments, ladies and gentlemen. This was a terrific post. Congratulations Gayle, you're going to love it!!!