Monday, January 27, 2014

Interview & Giveaway!
ONE WEEK by Elisabeth Staab!

Simply Ali
is happy to welcome
Author Elisabeth Staab
and her latest release
One Week (HaleStorm)
Elisabeth Staab


Michael Hale’s company is in jeopardy. In the wake of his father’s death and transitioning to CEO, projects are circling the drain and that may cost him everything. Come to find out, the consultant hired to fix things is the “one who got away” many years ago. This time he’s playing for keeps, and he intends to win.


Elise Jackson swore she wouldn’t come near Michael Hale again. He sucker punched her professionally, and he broke her heart. Still, a job’s a job, and they can both be adults. But high emotion and late nights working lead to passion neither of them can deny.

They have one week. Can the two of them pull Michael’s company out of the fire and heal their old wounds?
Grab your copy of ONE WEEK here...
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“I should have looked for you.” He wrapped his arms around her and groaned aloud at the warmth and softness of her skin against his. The rough texture of her nipples against his chest, the dampness of her hair on his shoulder. “Just touching you makes me crazy. My God, Elise. I should have known. Fuck, I did know, and I ignored it. I’m so goddamned stupid.”

“You’re not stupid.”

“I am stupid.” Michael gripped her hips—fucking luscious, curvy hips—and ran his hands up that amazing hourglass arc in her waist and over her shoulders, reveling in the magic of Elise’s hands giving him the same treatment. “I’m stupid because I thought I could push you away all those years ago and I’d forget and find someone else who turned me on as much as your hand bumping my knee under a cubicle desk. Christ, I tried to tell myself it was all innocent, but I lived for every second.”

“Oh my God.” Elise’s eyes flew wide, her cheeks flushed in the low light of her bedroom. “I had no idea.”

“You must have, if you gathered up the nerve to kiss me.” He bent her back, one hand braced between her shoulders, the other gripping her ass, trailing kisses along her jaw. Their only-for-tonight agreement be damned, already he didn’t want to let her go.

“I hoped.” She gripped his shoulders, smiling. “If I’m being honest, all that accidentally bumping your knee wasn't so much an accident.”

Hi, Ali, thank you so much for having me on your blog!

Please tell us a bit about your latest release.

In a nutshell, One Week is a corporate romance and a reunion story. Depending on your lense, you could maybe call it enemies to lovers or friends to lovers. I think it’s a little of both.

Elise used to work for Michael as an intern, they kissed once, he freaked out and pushed her away. He also did something that harmed her career, and due to the kiss and all the awkward misunderstanding, the anger, the hurt, and yes, the attraction, lingered in the time after they walked away from each other. After Michael’s father dies and he’s left running the company with a heap of professional problems and personal baggage, she shows back up to help.

Do you find it harder to write a full-length novel or novellas?

I think every length of story has challenges. Long novels require telling a well-rounded story without getting run-on or boring, and rounding out the world with good secondary characters and secondary plotlines. I love writing multi-plot books like my Chronicles of Yavn series but weaving all those stories together are definitely a challenge. Shorter books are tough because the story has to be tight and the pacing has to be dead-on, and you have a shorter word-count in which to make your couple fall in love. On the other hand they can be written in a shorter time frame and you can focus more on the main couple, and that’s nice also. So there are pluses on both sides. Technically One Week is category length, it’s a short novel--a little under 50,000 words. The paperback is 240 pages, which is really exactly what I was shooting for when I wrote it. When I was editing Hunter by Night, my next vampire novel, that’s the length of story I was reading when I needed to take a sanity break from the intense re-writes. My friend Robin Covington is a master at this length of story. Something long enough to really get into but short enough I could read it in one-sitting and then get back to what I needed to do. So that’s what I tried to deliver, this go-round, with One Week.

When did you fall in love...with writing?

Hmm. I knew I was in love with writing about halfway through the first draft of King of Darkness. That was when I knew I loved the story so much, I knew I would finish, and fuck all the assholes who’d told me I wouldn’t, you know? But probably I’d been in love my whole life and didn’t know it. I was the kid in school who would go into the margins with my essay questions and get in trouble for writing poetry and stuff on the back of my notebook when I was supposed to be listening to my science lecture.

Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants writer?

Yes. LOL. I do both, but mostly these days I plot. I pansted King of Darkness, and got stuck halfway through the sequel. My friend Damon Suede sat me down and told me I could not under any circumstance continue that way or I was going to make myself crazy. So he made me plot the rest of Prince of Power, and I’ve plotted every book in some form or fashion ever since. It really helps you once you sell your first novel because you’re expected to submit summaries of the future books in the series before they’ve been written yet. Well how are you supposed to know what you’re going to write if you don’t plot? I’ll probably never be a writer who does those intense fifty-page outlines, but I at least always have some sort of roadmap.

Where do you do your best work?

I think that depends. Usually away from the house at a Starbucks, but I have three kids so I try not to be too particular. If I felt like I needed to be in the perfect environment before I could concentrate I wouldn’t get much done. That said, I do find it hard to write a love scene when my kids are staging an Angry Birds battle in the living room.

Will you be attending any conferences this year?

Yes! I love cons, I wish I could go to more. Unfortunately since my kids are little my husband has to miss work every time I go out of town, but I will definitely be at:

The New Jersey Liberty States Con on March 15 - Keynote Speaker, Sherrlyn Kenyon!
The RT Convention in New Orleans, May 13th - 18th
The Frederick Book Festival, June 27-28 in Frederick, Maryland
The Philly Author Fest, November 8th in King of Prussia, PA (this is going to be a huge signing I think, tons of big authors)

Who are your favorite literary characters? (Yours or someone else's)

Okay well I can’t pick my favorites of my own characters because I really love all my characters equally in different ways. Even the villains. Let’s see. Adrian from Nyrae Dawn’s Facade is one I have never gotten out of my head. I love Kingsley from Tiffany Reisz Original Sinner’s series. Sam from Mary Calmes’s A Matter of Time series is another favorite. Chase, from Amy Lane’s Chase in Shadow. Oh, and Candy from Lisa Burstein’s Chasing Candy. Very sassy. It’s a long list, really, but those are a few.

If your friends were asked to describe you in one word what would it be?


Is there an author that makes you go all "fangirl?" Have you met the author, if so, what was it like?

I like to think I’m usually pretty laid back, but I think I got kinda gushy-flirty when I met Tiffany Reisz last year. A little birdie told her I was a fan and she appeared behind me at my signing table with a signed copy of 12 Shades of Surrender and I’m pretty sure many high-pitched noises came out of my throat. I also met J.R. Ward way back before I was ever published and I think she said “Hi” and I smiled, and handed her my book, and that was pretty much it. Couldn’t talk. Ward and Lara Adrian made me fall in love with romance and changed my life as I know it so meeting her was extremely special (so much that I couldn’t speak, apparently).

If you could co-write with another author who would it be and why?

Ooooh… I’m not sure. There are many authors whose work I admire and I’d love to do a collaboration project sometime. I also know that personalities come out when people write together and a lot of trust is required, and some writing styles don’t mesh together. In a perfect world, maybe Tiffany Reisz because I love the lyrical quality of her voice and way she puts together a story, or Robin Covington because she writes these sexy, emotional, fast-paced stories that really hit home. I think if I were to collaborate with someone I’d want it to be someone who I felt had strengths I didn’t, so I could learn. Alice Clayton, because she’s so fucking funny. I manage to throw humor into my writing but she manages slapstick and in romance that’s a real gift.

What is the one story you wish you’d written? Why?

In a way, none, because I try not to think like that, but Amy Lane’s Chase in Shadow touched me deeply. Now, really, I couldn’t ever write that kind of book I don’t think. I sobbed through the whole thing and the raw emotions she very bravely explored got so dark a flashlight and miner’s helmet wouldn’t have helped me. It’s definitely not a book for everyone. I was like, in bed for a day after I read it. I’m exaggerating, but that book really wrung me out. So while I don’t wish I had written that book, I’d like to write with the kind of fear and ballsyness it must have taken to write that book, if that makes sense. I think Chuck Wendig did a post recently about writing while you’re scared shitless. I always thought it would be easy until I tried. ;)

The world is under attack and you are forced to run for your life. You only have room for one book in your survival kit, what book do you take?

My wedding album. And my cell phone, which has a Kindle app. ;-) (I’m a terrible cheater.)

What is your favorite thing to do outside of writing?

Reading and spending time with my family (ideally, both at the same time).

Favorite color

Favorite food
Paella (this answer changes weekly)
Boots or heels
Yes, please.
eReader or Print
Yes, please. LOL. Actually I’m really fond of reading on my phone or iPad these days because I’m on the go so much and it’s just way easier. Plus, my husband got tired of buying me new bookshelves every birthday and holiday. Still, nothing replaces a print book and I have my special shelves of autographed copies like everybody.
Social Media: Love it or Hate it?
Mostly I love it, I love connecting with readers.
Beer, Liquor or Wine
Bring it on
Favorite place to get it on besides the bedroom
Sofa? Kitchen floor? Roof?
Come on, it’s like picking a favorite Jelly Belly.
Favorite TV Show
While Collar, and The Voice
Favorite Book series (besides your own)
The Original Sinners
Pj’s or Lingerie
Neither, when I can get away with it.
Vampires vs. Shifters
Favorite Genre
I try to read a little of everything, but I think paranormal and contemporary are my faves. Which makes sense since that’s what I write. I go on a YA bender now and again, when I need a good cry. Boy, that stuff can really knock you flat (in the good way).
About the Author
Elisabeth Staab started hunting mutant hedgehogs back in 1842… Oops, wrong bio… Elisabeth Staab digs coffee, saucy stories, and sexy things that go bump in the night. Once, she ate dinner in a jail and liked it. She lives in the Washington DC area with her incredible family and does her best to juggle life while ignoring the laundry.

Learn more about Elisabeth here...
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Timitra said...

I haven't read it but it has definitely peaked my interest.

Heather said...

It was a fantastic book! Definitely check it out! Hot!

Sharon Stogner said...

congrats on the success of One Week!

Rita said...

I haven't read it but have added it to my read list.

Mary Preston said...

It does sound like a great read & look forward to catching up with it.

erin said...

I haven't read this book either but it sounds very intriguing :) I love 2nd chances romance! Congrats to Elizabeth on the new release! Thanks for sharing!

Elisabeth Staab said...

Many thanks to everyone for stopping by and checking out One Week today! And thank you to Ali for interviewing me!

bn100 said...

Not yet, but sounds good

Di said...

haven't read it yet, but I do like business based romances

Anita Yancey said...

I haven't read it yet, and my interest is peaked. I added it to my TBR list.

BookLady said...

I have not read it yet, but I have added it to my TBR list.

tracie2667 said...

I have purchased this book and look forward to reading it

Sonia Ferreira said...

I've read ONE WEEK and loved it. It's a very nice and romantic love story that I recommend to anyone that enjoys the genre. I hope to see again Michael and Elise in the next book.

books4me said...

I haven't read it yet but it sounds like a great read!


TerrieLynn61 said...

No I haven't read it yet. Yes my interest has been piqued and I can't wait to read it.

Victoria said...

Haven't read it but looks like I will :). Thank you.