Friday, January 25, 2013

Black Lion Tours Presents: Alaina Claiborne Book Tour-Interview and Giveaway

Hello fellow readers! Today I'm happy to be hosting a stop on the Alaina Claiborne Book Tour. Read on to learn more about the book, and read an interview with author M.K. Mclintock. In addition to the tour wide giveaway listed below, there is also a giveaway for an e-book copy as a part of this stop on the tour. All you have to do to be entered to win is leave a comment on this post! Be sure to follow along with the rest of the tour and enter the tour wide giveaway as well.

How far would you go to avenge your family and save the one you love?

In nineteenth-century England, Alaina Claiborne had a loving family, a cherished friend, and devoted servants. She spent her days riding across the grassy hills of the English countryside, joyful and at peace.

Then tragedy strikes and her world is forever changed. Searching for those responsible is her only focus . . . until she meets Tristan.

Tristan Sheffield, a man of many talents, searches out those who don’t want to be found. His past is filled with secrets and deeds he would rather leave deeply buried. However, when his life unexpectedly entwines with Alaina's, he soon discovers they share more than a mutual desire to catch a murderer.

On their hunt for a man driven by greed, Tristan and Alaina find that love is the greatest weapon against evil, and they'll stop at nothing to survive.

Available now at Amazon  

Interview With M.K Mclintock:

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer? 
I’ve always enjoyed writing, whether it was short stories and poems in school or speeches for competition—I just enjoyed the research and the stories. The desire grew little by little until I realized the next step was to finish a book and publish it. It felt like a natural path to take.

Where did the inspiration for Alaina Claiborne come from?
Honestly, there wasn’t “inspiration” for this book, I just sat down one day and began writing the story. Usually the character develops first, often out of nowhere specific, and if I like that character, and they’re someone I’d like to know more about, I’ll write their story.

Who is your favorite author?
I don’t have just one, but Kathleen E. Woodiwiss usually tops the list. Anyone who can write a book I want to read over and over deserves to be at the top of my list. Edward Rutherford and Johanna Lindsey are at the top of the list too.

Do you have writing routine? A special pen, a certain type of music, time limits?
My routine has changed since I published my first book because prior to that I had no routine. I wrote only when the mood struck or I had the time. Now I make it a point to write as often as my schedule permits. Early morning hours are always best for me. I enjoy listening to music as I write, but what music depends upon the story or scene I’m writing. I always have my stack of notes, an extra notepad, pens, highlighters, and research material close by, flowers on the desk . . . oh and chocolate—always a good supply of high-quality chocolate.

Do you enjoy edits/rewrites?
I didn’t always. My editor has helped me to see the joy that can come from edits, but the most rewarding part of it, is seeing the book come together and realizing all that hard work will pay off.

What prompted you to write historical fiction/romance rather than any other genre?
I’m somewhat old-fashioned and have often imagined, even wished, that I had lived a century or two (or three) ago. Historical fiction just felt like a natural fit. Give me a horse, a wagon, and a take away technology, and I’d be on board.

Do you think you'll ever try your hand at a different genre? If so, which one are you leaning toward?
Historical romance will always be my preferred genre, but I’ve been toying with the idea of a mystery/thriller series. I can’t say when it would happen, but it’s a definite possibility.

Which character was your favorite to write and why?
I tend to have a soft spot for the hero in whatever book I’m working on at the time. I like strong heroes, but I also prefer they have some flaws—perfection is so boring. In this story though, I’ve become attached to Alaina, for her strength, her perseverance, and her ability to smile even after the worst has happened.

How do you come up with your character names?
Sometimes the names are just there in my mind—no method to it. When that doesn’t happen, I rely on baby name lists. I try to find names that fit not only the characters, but also the time period, the culture, region, etc. The names always serve a purpose, even if I’m the only one who realizes it.

Please tell us a little bit about your journey to publication.
A rocky and winding, uphill slope with a few stumbles along the way. It’s definitely been rewarding, but I’ve learned a lot, and still have a lot to learn. With the help of other authors, and an amazing editor who challenges me to discover more and more about myself as a writer, I’ve managed to get to a point where I can now see a long future as an author.

What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer?
For me, it’s focusing on book edits when I want to be writing the next book.

What is the most enjoyable part of being a writer? 
All of it.

What is the main thought or feeling that you hope readers of this book will walk away from it with?
Alaina is a survivor, and one of her most remarkable traits is her ability to adapt and endure. I hope readers see that in her.

When you're not writing, what are your other hobbies/passions?
I like to keep busy. When I’m not writing, I’m often outdoors hiking, swimming, walking along the river, or taking photographs. I enjoy baking, reading, and finding new projects around the house. I’m also a bit of a workaholic.

Are you working on any new projects?
Always! I’m currently writing the third book in my Montana Gallagher Series, “Gallagher’s Choice.”

Quick Fire round:

Coke or Pepsi?
Water (I don’t drink soda)

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Rainy winter days or blazing hot summer days?
Rainy winter days!

Hard Copy or e-book?
Definitely hard copy.

Favorite book?
Choose one? Not going to happen.

Last book you read?
At the time of this interview—“Rocky Mountain Christmas” by William J. Johnstone

What's a quote that inspires you?
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

What's your favorite comfort food?
Beef stew and cornbread

Enjoy Excerpts from Alaina Claiborne
(Excerpts may or may not be in the order in which they appear, and may differ slightly from the final book.)
Excerpt One: 

The moon shone brightly through the clouds of the dark night, and fatigue soon encouraged she lay her head down on his shoulder, falling into a deep slumber. She felt safe in his embrace and nothing seemed to disturb her. Her senses became aware of his strong arms wrapping a little tighter around her. She felt the carriage bounce as they hit a rut in the road, but she enjoyed his comforting warmth too much to let it disturb her. Then she became cold and her eyes opened, watching as her body rolled down a hill, but no sound escaped her though she frantically sought a way to breathe. She felt those strong arms push her toward the broken door as the carriage continued to roll. Somehow she landed on earth, coldness seeping through her clothes. Her head ached, but the source of the other pain remained elusive.
A bush. She had landed in a bush and the branches hurt, but not as much as the pain inside of her. What’s happening? She fought her way to the ground and then stopped moving. Silence shrouded the night. 
Excerpt Two: 

Across the acres, darkness enveloped another, her surroundings illuminated by the flickering flame of a lamp. Alaina moved around in the attic, searching through trunks of the items that had come from her mother’s cottage in Ireland. It was difficult to see so many memories that reminded her of her parents, but she also found it calmed her. She had avoided these things since they had been delivered years ago, but now her fears became secondary. She hoped that something from her parents’ past would shed light on what was happening in the present.           
      Alaina rummaged through a trunk of some of her mother’s clothes, pulling them out and smelling them, hoping for a faint whiff of the soft rose scent her mother used to wear. There was something lingering around the old clothes, and it took Alaina back to a time when she was a little girl. Nevertheless, the memory ended there. She paused for a moment, as if the scent reminded her of something else besides her mother. She subsequently released the memory when she saw the bottom of the trunk was not as deep as it should have been. She pulled out the remaining dress and ran her fingers along the bottom and edges. She next looked on the outside of the trunk. Nearly six inches of extra space remained near the bottom on the inside.
Alaina felt along the inside edges and became excited when she found a gap. Slowly reaching her fingers into the hole, she simultaneously pushed down on the other edge for leverage and surprised herself when the bottom tilted to reveal the extra space beneath. Removing the thin board, she set it aside and gasped when she turned back to the trunk.
“Oh, Mother. What did you do?”

Book Information
Release Date: January 7th, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Formats: Paperback and Kindle
Publisher: Trappers Peak Publishing

The Author
MK McClintock is an over-worked entrepreneur, baker of decadent desserts and all things chocolate, photographer of beautiful places, and most importantly, a writer.

She dreams of a time when life was simpler, the land rougher, and the journey more rewarding. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, McClintock calls Montana home.

McClintock is a member of Romance Writers of America, Montana Romance Writers, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and Women Writing the West.

  Tour Giveaway
Three Winners!
1-$25 Amazon Gift Card
2 Autographed copies of "Alaina Claiborne"  

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MK said...

Thank you for having me at your blog today Melissa!

kimbacaffeinate said...

OoO I love the cover and sound of this Melissa thanks for sharing this and the interview

Melissas Midnight Musings said...

@MK: Thanks so much for the chance to be on the tour!

@Kimba: I'm glad you liked it! :)