Author Daisy Prescott has just released her latest novel, Missionary Position, and is hosting a celebration party on Facebook. I’m a big fan of Daisy’s first two books:
And I’m very excited to see what she has in store for us with Missionary Position. I’ll be stopping by the release party from 9:45-10:00 Eastern time this evening, and I’ll be talking a bit about Exposure while I’m there. I’m searching for a steamy excerpt to share and there might even be an opportunity for an Exposure giveaway. I’d love to see you there so feel free to drop by: https://www.facebook.com/events/405594112911738/?ref=23
Looking forward to a good time with great friends!
Today’s post is a segment we like to call Random Fan and here are the rules:
Once a month Morgan and I will invite one of you to ask us three questions, but be prepared because we get to ask three of our own in return.
If you’d like to opt in, please leave a comment below and your name will be entered into consideration.
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This month’s Random Fan is Daisy Prescott, author of Geoducks Are For Lovers and Ready to Fall. Many thanks to Daisy for signing on for this experiment. If you’d like to know more about Daisy and her novels, be sure to visit her website: http://daisyprescott.com/
Morgan and Jennifer: We first met John Day in Geoducks Are For Lovers and then saw his story more fully explored in Ready to Fall. We’re curious to know if you had a thing for lumberjacks before writing your first book or was that something you discovered in the process of writing the story?
Daisy Prescott: Can I plead the Fifth? I’ve always loved the Monty Python song, but not sure if I have a fetish for lumberjacks. I think I have a thing for real men of the Pacific Northwest. It’s no secret that I lived on Whidbey and have spent time in the area my entire life. I’ve met real-life loggers, but none of them hold a candle to John Day.
John’s story surprised me. He had such a small supporting role in Geoducks. When I read through his parts in Geoducks before starting to write Ready to Fall, I was surprised how little we knew about him other than the plaid shirt, his logging job, and Quinn’s “Paul Bunyan” nickname. Yet readers loved him and begged for more. I read a lot about modern logging, forestry majors to make sure I got that stuff right, even if you don’t see it on the page.
I know I’m not the only one who has a thing for a rugged, bearded, alpha male in flannel.
Daisy Prescott: When writing “steamy times”, do you do personal research? lol I ask because Ready to Fall is all in John’s POV. My husband was a much appreciated research consultant on the book. 😉
*The Locklear’s glance surreptitiously at one another*
Morgan: For the most part…no. Although that’s not to say that working on a love scene hasn’t brought about an inspirational moment or two.
Jennifer: Let us just say that it usually becomes obvious to one partner when the other has been working on a particularly amorous chapter.
Morgan and Jennifer: Would you ever consider collaborating on a writing project with someone else? Or do you prefer to go solo?
Daisy Prescott: I came really close to co-writing a project with another author recently. Our schedules didn’t work out, but I’m open to the idea. My husband has been a part of my plotting sessions on all my writing projects. I love his input and couldn’t have done John’s story in male POV without it. Even if I’m writing solo, it’s a collaborative endeavor from plotting to working with beta readers. Each reader or editor leaves a mark on the story.
Daisy Prescott: As co-writers, what is your writing process? Do you plot or pants?
Morgan and Jennifer: That really depends on the story. So far, plot ideas have been either Morgan’s or Jennifer’s and not the result of brainstorming together. We do outline to a certain extent, but we also like to allow enough room for the characters to have their say. Sometimes, they take us on a journey we weren’t expecting to go on.
Once an idea has been brought forward, that person decides what kind of help or input they want from the partner. Sometimes one writes, while the other edits. Sometimes we write together. When that happens, we discuss scenes or chapters before writing and determine which one of us is more excited about tackling a particular portion of a story. The first draft is always written by one of us, and then we’ll go through that draft together to figure out what things could be added or amended. The second person will then take their pass at it, and then we’ll meet up again for a second edit.
Morgan and Jennifer: If you could live in any city for a year to research a setting, which one would it be? And what kind of book would you write as a result?
Daisy Prescott: Great question. For me it is impossible to write about a place I’ve never been. I need to know how it sounds and smells—things you can’t get from Google Maps. Luckily I’ve been blessed to travel. My next book takes place away from the familiar beaches and towns of Whidbey Island. Right now it takes place in three settings: Portland, Amsterdam and Ghana.
I’d love the chance to go back to Ghana for a year to live in the capitol of Accra and write. My husband and I visited there for a few weeks several years ago, so in addition to online research, I’ll be writing descriptions from memory. The book will be a contemporary adult romance with a few Out of Africa influences.
Daisy Prescott: Do you have a favorite genre to read/write that the other person dislikes? How do you balance that?
Morgan: I read a Men’s Adventure series called Death Lands. I have since college, and Jennifer has never shown any interest in reading it. Even so, I know it has greatly influenced my own style of writing, including the more erotic scenes. I think Jennifer reads more romance than I do, but I enjoy writing romance with her.
Jennifer: Reading is something we’ve both enjoyed since we began dating, so many times we do pass books back and forth to one another. We also read several books together each year and I think this act helps to balance out our differences.
Morgan is right, I’ve never read one of his Death Lands books, and probably never will. It’s not an enticing idea to me. Morgan also tends to read more reference books than I do, and I’m good with letting him summarize it all for me. I’m still recovering from my time in college (when I was buried in Accounting, Finance and Economics textbooks)and am mostly very content with losing myself in fiction.
Our thanks once again to Daisy for stopping by our blog. If you’re looking for intelligent, witty and sweet romances set within the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest, do yourself a huge favor and give Daisy’s novels a go. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
When you fall, you fall hard…
Readers first fell in love with John Day as the hot next-door neighbor in Romantic Comedy Best Seller Geoducks Are for Lovers. Tall, dark, and handsome is an understatement. With the beard, a dog named Babe, and his ever present plaid shirt, John is a modern lumberjack in more ways than one.
Lurking beneath the flannel and beard could be the heart of a romantic. Or is John a wolf in flannel clothing?
After his favorite neighbor rents out her cabin for the winter, John finds himself playing fireman and tour guide to Diane Watson, a beautiful brunette with her own messy past and recent battle scars. When an ex shows up unexpectedly, their lives will be changed forever.
Will he be ready to fall in love? Or will he fall back into his old, flirty ways?
Hold onto your heart… and get ready to fall for John Day.
Last summer, I read and reviewed Daisy Prescott’s debut novel, Geoducks Are For Lovers. It was a book I adored for several reasons. Among them were the two main characters, Maggie and Gil, and their sweet love story. I also enjoyed the ensemble cast of friends visiting Maggie at her home on Whidbey Island, Washington. The group of college friends enjoyed a rare weekend in each other’s company, recalling good times spent together and creating new memories to carry their friendships further into the future. I loved the great care Daisy took in constructing this group of characters and bringing them all to life.
So when I heard she was working on a follow-up story, I was eager to see what was next. And this is where the author surprised me.
Daisy took a calculated risk with Ready to Fall when she chose to focus the story on just one of the ensemble characters featured in her first book. It is now winter on Whidbey and nearly everyone has returned to their lives away from the island. The only one left is John Day, Maggie’s neighbor, who always has and always will call the island his home. I sat down to read Ready to Fall, knowing I would miss Maggie and Gil’s love story, and I wondered just how much I would be able to connect with John.
My concerns were quickly put to rest.
Not only has Daisy brilliantly crafted and evolved John Day’s life story, she also introduces another set of new and interesting characters for him to interact with. Some have known John Day all his life, but one, Diane Watson, is a newcomer to Whidbey Island who rents Maggie’s house for the winter and captures John’s attention from the moment they meet. The chemistry between John and Diane is clear from the beginning, but the two are recovering from romances gone awry and agree to be friends who “date without dating.”
As the winter transitions into spring and their friendship blossoms, they learn more about one another’s lives. It becomes more difficult for John to dismiss the idea of being romantically involved with Diane. The only question is whether or not they are both ready to renege on their pact.
“What?” She played innocent. “I was talking about boats. You said you had a small boat.”
“My boat is just the right size and gets the job done.”
Her eyes wandered up and down my frame before settling back on my face. “I’ve no doubt. When will I get to see this boat?”
“We’re still talking about fishing, right?”
I didn’t believe her.
She set down her food and stretched out on the blanket. I played with a piece of grass as I rested my elbows on my knees and looked down at her. With her eyes closed and her hair loose from her ponytail, her typical guarded sadness disappeared. Left was her natural beauty, the softness of her cheeks, dark lashes against light skin, rose-colored lips parted and welcoming. She should be kissed. Kissed thoroughly.
Our brief kiss from Port Townsend flashed through my memory. I hadn’t given her an opportunity to respond. As strong as the urge was to give her another opportunity, I hesitated. Today wasn’t the day.
Dark eyes met mine. I’d been caught staring.
“What are you thinking about?” she asked, shielding her eyes from the sun to look at me.
On the surface, John Day appears to be your typical lumberjack next door. He loves his home on the island and enjoys being a bachelor, but as his relationship with Diane deepens, the complexities of John’s life rise to the surface and they make for a fascinating read. Make no mistake, I thought the sun rose and set on sexy Gil Morrow in Geoducks Are For Lovers, but I have been utterly swept away by John Day in Ready to Fall. As such I enthusiastically give this story a five star rating and encourage you to put this book on your list of Must Reads immediately.
Daisy Prescott graciously provided me with an ARC of Ready to Fall in exchange for an honest review. It was the first book I read after finishing Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard, and take it from a longtime fan girl of The Professor, it was a lovely way to move forward.
The novel’s release date is set for December 17 and I encourage you to visit Daisy’s website to keep up with the latest news on its availability.
Enjoy and Take Care,