Prism Book Alliance would like to thank ZA Maxfield for taking the time to talk with us today.
Title: Hell on Wheels
Author: ZA Maxfield
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance
Nash is the reliable one in the Holly family, the guy everyone counts on to keep things going. His genius twin brother is off at university, so Nash runs the family’s auto repair business and cares for his partially-paralyzed little sister while his crackpot father invents. His life seems mapped out for the foreseeable future, however much that might chafe.
So when Wolf’s Landing actor Spencer Kepler-Constantine lands in his life, Nash is ready for a diversion. Spencer is in the middle of a very painful, very public divorce and isn’t ready for a relationship—not that Nash wants one. But they both need a friend, especially one with benefits.
As they grow closer, Nash starts to see his family in a whole new light. Do they really need him so badly? Or does he simply need to be needed? Then Spencer’s ex reappears with a grand romantic gesture, and Nash has to figure out what he wants—and how to get it—before Spencer’s gone for good.
A happy hello and many thanks to Prism Book Alliance for inviting me to be here today to share my latest book release, Hell On Wheels. Brandilyn sent me a list of questions, and I hope to answer them here.
As everyone probably knows by now, one of my very favorite things is populating my books with intriguing side characters. Bast, Television Actor Spencer Kepler-Constantine’s personal assistant, and Tui “Tick” Makura, his bodyguard and cook, are some of my best characters ever. They were a blast to write.
Bast is a bit of a mother hen, and former rugby player Tui is a big softie at heart. Together, they form the backbone of Spencer’s “found” family. He’d be lost without them.
We are here today to talk about Hell on Wheels. What can you tell us about it?
With Hell On Wheels I got to go back to my Romantic Comedy roots. My last books were a mystery and a very sentimental, sometimes painful story about a veteran’s homecoming. I credit HoW for keeping my spirits up while I was visiting darker story lines.
Tell us more about the main character?
Nash Holly has lived all his life in Bluewater Bay. He’s a foreign car mechanic who grew up at Holly’s Haus of Imports, the family business. He’s father’s an inventor these days, so Nash runs the business pretty much by himself. He’s got a twin brother who is away in school and a much younger sister who was partially paralyzed in a car accident. He’s the family caretaker, they guy everyone counts on.
Hell on Wheels is part of the Bluewater Bay universe, a multi-author series. What can you tell us about it? How did it come about?
Oh, gosh. The Bluewater Bay series is the brainchild of L.A. Witt, and there are a whole bunchof authors participating. We’re each writing a standalone novel, or novella, and we’re putting our own spin on small town romance. The beauty of it is, while we try to make sure all the pieces interlock, each book definitely reflects the writing style of the person who wrote it.
It’s chaos, and fun, and I’m in very good company.
If you could breed a character who was a love child of three different media icons, who would you choose?
Sherlock Holmes, Thor, and Gary Sinise. I know only Gary Sinise is real.
I often have readers asking me what books to start with for various authors. What one book do you recommend first and why?
I’d have to say you should start with My Cowboy Heart or Hell On Wheels. MCH represents the more sentimental, softer and sometimes painful side of love, and HoW is quirky, character driven, and comedic. I don’t think a new ZAM reader could go wrong with either of those. Anyone have any other ideas? Leave a comment!
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
Right now I’m finishing up my Rainbow Awards reading, I just got done last night and today I’m making a spreadsheet. YES, I am Captain Procrastination, because it’s the very last day… *winces*
Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?
The short answer is, I don’t read reviews. That said, there are times when I let others read them and point out something they think is valuable. At the same time, I’m extremely grateful for them. They make a difference in the way my work gets listed (especially on Amazon.) So please leave reviews (good or not so good.) They help readers find new books to read.
Rapid Fire time:
- Train or Plane? Train
- Beach or Mountains? Beach
- Vodka or Tequila? I don’t drink, but Vodka
- Tea of Coffee? Coffee for caffeine. Tea for the sheer pleasure of it.
- Favorite Color? Red
- Coke or Pepsi? I don’t have a preference.
- Morning or night? Morning.
- Australia or England? This is hard. Australia, simply for the different stars.
What are you working on? What is next?
Right now I’m working on another cowboy book, My Cowboy Love Story, and I have several new and rereleases next year, including the long-awaited third book in The Hours series. Stay tuned…
About the Author:
Z. A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.
If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”
My Blog Tour giveaway plan is as follows:
1. Comment here for the chance to win an ebook. My assistant William will randomly pick a winner for each blog I visit, and that person will win an ebook of their choice from my backlist.
2. For the Hell On Wheels Tour Rafflecopter giveaway, I will be awarding one lucky reader with a 25.00 gift certificate for Amazon. The giveaway will conclude at midnight on December 8th, 2014 at which time we’ll choose a winner.
3. There are many ways to enter, and some can be done more than once. Give yourself lots of chances to win by following along the blog and commenting.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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