Friday, October 27, 2017

Back to December by Heather McCoubrey Giveaway & Interview

Back to December

Back to December written by Heather McCoubrey
published by Heather McCoubrey find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads
About the book - from Goodreads: Thanks to an abusive mother and an absent father, Anna Blackhurst has only known the love of two people: her Gram and her best friend, Niki.
When Anna meets Cooper Reed in a smoky club, she’s immediately drawn to his good looks but isn’t prepared to open herself up to a relationship. As time passes, Anna finds herself falling in love with Cooper and she begins to rethink her future. Maybe, despite her childhood, she can have a happy-ever-after. But when her mother is in a terrible accident, she again sinks her claws into Anna and Anna’s world is thrown upside down. Despite Cooper’s unwavering support, Anna walks away only to regret it immediately. In order to heal, not only herself, but her broken relationship, Anna must stand up for herself and accept that the only way she's going to be happy is if she grabs ahold of it herself.  
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About the author: Heather McCoubrey is a native of Maine, but having moved all over the U.S. as a child, she doesn’t sound like one. She’s been writing since middle school when a teacher taught her she could create her own stories instead of just reading them. That year she had some of her first poems published in the school magazine and from there she graduated to writing a full-length novel in high school.
Heather is the self-published author of To Love Twice, Back to December, and Emily's Choice. She also contributed a short story for A Kind of Mad Courage: Short Stories about Mothers (S)mothers and Others anthology. All proceeds go to the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation for AI disorders.
Heather resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, three children, T. Rex the chihuahua, and Psycho Killer the outside cat. When she’s not being super-mom and wife, she ekes out time to write, watch football and MMA, practice her British accent, and dream of living on an island where it’s seventy-five degrees year-round.
Find Ms. McCoubrey here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads


1.      What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
For a couple of years now, I’ve been going to the RWA conferences. They are held in different places each year, but they are fun! I enjoy networking with other authors, meeting readers (even those who haven’t read my books), and attending the workshops and seminars.
2.      What is the first book that made you cry?
I have no clear memory of the first book that made me cry, but I’m sure it was one of the stolen Harlequin books from my grandmother’s stash.
3.      Does writing energize or exhaust you?
When I’m in the story and things are flowing well, I’m energized—to the point where I could stay up all night writing. I can’t really do that anymore—staying up all night to write—because I have three kids who are quite demanding of my time when they’re awake. No sneaking power naps to get through the day anymore, unfortunately.
When things aren’t going well in my story, it’s quite exhausting. Chasing my characters around and begging them to help, like chasing my almost three-year-old around, is exhausting.
4.      What is your writing Kryptonite?
My children. It’s pretty easy to lose focus and stop writing when they’re around or if they need anything.
5.      Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I did, and I do write under a pseudonym.

6.      Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I prefer to write stand-alone books, but I am in the process of writing a romantic suspense trilogy. It’s out of the box for me on both fronts—it’s my first romantic suspense story and my first series. Nothing like a double whammy.
7.      What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
I can’t think of any—I either like the book or I don’t. If I don’t, I don’t get another book by that author. I don’t have a lot of time to read, so I don’t waste my time on authors I don’t enjoy.
8.      What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I don’t know if it’s under-appreciated, but my favorite book is Wings of a Dove by Elaine Barbieri. It’s old, I think it was published in 1999, and I don’t remember the first time I read it, but I know it was a library loan—but their story stayed with me for years. I finally tracked it down after quite a bit of Google searching and bought a paper copy and a kindle copy. Allie & Delaney’s story will stick with you too!

9.      How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have a total of 14 books that are either half-finished, just started, or close to being ready for publishing. Some of them are years old, too.
10.  What did you edit out of this book?
Originally, Anna’s father was the abuser.
11.  If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I had all kinds of dreams as a child—I wanted to be a lawyer, an astronaut, a marine biologist, and an archaeologist. What I ended up doing was joining the military, and when I got out of the Air Force, I became an executive assistant. Then a stay-at-home mom. Mostly that’s what I do now—I write in my “spare” time. While I was in the Air Force, I was selected to be an augmentee for the security forces (military cops) and I really enjoyed it. So, if I wasn’t a writer, or a mom, I’d be a cop.
12.  Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Not that I’m aware of.
13.  What is your favorite childhood book?
I can’t pin it down to just one, so I’ll give you my top three: Anne of Green Gables, Pippi Longstocking, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond.




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  1. Thanks for hosting me on your blog today. I hope you enjoyed Anna & Cooper's story! xo

  2. Thank you for participating in the Back to December Blog Tour!