Sunday, May 10, 2020

Mine All Mine by Christy Marchand

Today is a special day as it is Mother's Day. As special of this day it, it is very painful for me because it is the first Mother's Day since my mother passed. For years this day was spent with her at my side as well as with my sisters, usually on a cruise. So, for me, everything seems messed up or does it?

Yes, it is difficult; however, I find comfort honoring her by being the women she raised me to be. There is a better way to honor your mother, than to live with integrity, helping others, and being a mother and grandmother that can honor her legacy by setting an example. I thank God daily for my mother and for my father. On this special day, honor your mother.

Thank you for letting me get that off my chest. Now, on to something romantic and alluring. I introduce you to Christy Marchand and her book "Mine All Mine" which is available on Amazon. Take a look.

Mine All Mine Kindle Edition

When Tyler Hurst returns home to Baton Rouge after retiring from pro football, he isn't quite sure what to do with himself. He's worked hard to provide for his younger siblings but now they're all grown up and getting along just fine without his assistance. His beloved grandmother decides he needs a new challenge, and her petite neighbor, Eleanor Haley, just might fit the bill.

Tyler quickly figures out he doesn't know how to deal with the strong-willed, green eyed Eleanor, who unwittingly becomes the cause of his uncomfortably conflicting emotions. Eleanor is on a new path herself, and isn't going to be bossed around by domineering men anymore, even one as gorgeous as Tyler Hurst. With a newfound boldness she shows Tyler two can play his game.

But can Tyler and Eleanor reconcile their pasts and find what they are longing for the most?

"Mine All Mine" is a beautifully written romantic comedy that will make you laugh and cry, while showing the importance of family, honesty, love and finding yourself.

Product details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Marchand (March 28, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578662728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578662725
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Christy Marchand

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I am a Baton Rouge, LA native, and even though my husband and I moved to the foothills of the Ozarks a few years ago, my heart will always belong to Louisiana. That's why my novel, Mine All Mine, is set in Baton Rouge. I very much wanted to convey the feeling of my hometown and the value we place there on family.

My husband and I moved to northern Arkansas in 2010, and now I'm lucky enough to be able to work at home, alternating my time between writing and creating stained-glass art. We love traveling around the south and Midwest, participating in craft and art festivals, We have two children, four grandchildren, a yellow lab named Honey, a fat Pomeranian named Dixie, and two cats, Moaning Myrtle and Luna Lovegood.
What inspired you to author this book?

I've always loved a good romance with a strong hero and a spunky heroine, and a little crush I developed on a real-life football player many years ago helped my writing journey along (and it's okay - my husband didn't mind at all!). That player was Howie Long, and I fell in love with him a little bit the minute I read an interview in which he stated that the only person he was afraid of was his wife. I loved the idea that a six and a half foot tall man who epitomized toughness on the football field would defer to his wife in that affectionate way.

One of the central characters in Mine All Mine is Rosie, Ty's grandmother. Rosie is a wonderful character, and my dear mother-in-law, Jeanie Marchand, totally inspired her. We lost Jeanie two years ago, but she and her sneaky sweetness will live on forever in this book.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book's cover?

The house on the cover of Mine All Mine is central to the plot of my story, as it is the first bone of contention between my heroine, Eleanor Haley, and my hero, Tyler Hurst. I looked at hundreds of photographs of old homes until I found the one that spoke to me, and with a few tweaks and the help of a very talented Etsy artist, my cover was born. If you notice, the front door even has the stained glass magnolia panel that is mentioned in the book, and the lovely pink azaleas that are a southern mainstay.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

My husband has had the most influence on my personally, as he has always supports me completely no matter where my whimsy leads me. When I decided to retire and take my stained glass art on the road, he was on board without hesitation, earning the well-deserved title of Vice President of Logistics and Quality Control. When I'm writing, he buys Milk Duds and Blue Bell ice cream and keeps the coffee pot warmed up at all times. He is truly my hero.

Mega-talented authors such as Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Joann Ross have influenced me as a writer.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
I was working hard back in the late 1990s to become a traditionally published author of contemporary romance but, just about the time that things began to fall into place, 9/11 occurred, and my mom passed away shortly afterward. Both of those events were traumatic, but together they robbed me of my ability to lose myself in writing. That's when I turned back to stained-glass art. Fast forward to 2020, when my now-grown daughter expressed to me that she had mentioned my books to her book club group, and said that she wanted to share Mine All Mine with them. Publishing has changed immensely since the 1990s, and I decided to look into publishing my book independently. After dusting off the manuscript and making a few edits to bring it into current day, for example, my hero had a bag phone in the original manuscript! With the help of groups on Reddit, Facebook, and freelancers on Fiverr and Etsy, my twenty-year-old dream became a reality. I'm very proud that I can finally check "published author" off of my bucket list, and even happier that my book has been well received.
Tell your readers about your book.
What happens when a newly retired but restless professional football player moves back home to a slower-paced lifestyle and realizes his younger brothers and sisters are all grown up and don't need him to look after them anymore?
Tyler Hurst's grandmother, Rosie, is afraid he's going to drive them all crazy, so she decides to throw a little live grenade at him in the form of her brand new next-door neighbor.
Eleanor Hurst, an overworked and underappreciated associate attorney at a stuffy law firm, has been docile and obedient her entire life, right up until the day she rebels in a fit of fury and quits. Taking time off for the first time in her life, she's inventing a new and improved summertime version of herself, which absolutely includes not taking any guff from high handed bossy men anymore, even one as drop-dead handsome as Tyler Hurst.
Tyler has very strong opinions on what constitutes a suitable neighbor for his beloved grandmother, and a plain little woman who trespasses late at night and plants inebriated kisses on a porch column is not at all what he has in mind. And he doesn't even know she's an attorney yet, the lowest of low in his experience.
But Rosie thinks otherwise, and puts a plan into motion that results in stormy clashes of will and steamy sparks of desire, and ultimately, if she has her way, a happily ever for Tyler and Eleanor.
Who is your target audience, and why?
My target audience is every romance reader who loves a stubborn hero and an even more stubborn (stubborner?) heroine. I personally love books that make me laugh and re-read funny sections, and swoon and re-read swoony sections, and I hope that's what I've created.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
My husband and I met when I was 15 and he was 19, married at 19 and 23, have been married now for 42 years. We raised two fantastic children together, and he still makes me laugh more than anyone I've ever known. Sometimes I wonder how I could have been so lucky, because what in the world does a 15-year-old know about picking a good partner? We've raised two wonderful, well-adjusted children and now we're enjoying the delights of being grandparents.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
There are so many talented writers in the romance genre that I feel insecure touting anything that makes me unique. I do hope my humor comes across and that my settings and secondary characters draw my readers in and make them feel at home. I hope to always feature my home state in anything that I write because I'd like everyone to get a feeling of the special place that is Louisiana.