Wednesday, November 4, 2015

It's Like the Full Moon by Glorie Townson!



It's IWSG time! We post about our writerly insecurities every first Wednesday of the month. Come join us here! Our awesome co-hosts for the November 4 posting of the IWSG will be Stephen Tremp, Karen Walker, Denise Covey, and Tyrean Martinson! 

Anyway--instead of sharing my insecurities or triumphs this month, I am offering my space to another IWSG member---Glorie Townson! Scroll down for a short interview on her new release, It's Like The Full Moon!



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Title: It's Like the Full Moon
Series: Sayings Series 1 Author: Glorie Townson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reading Level: Adult
Content Rating: PG-13
Formats: paperback and ebook
Pages: 235
Words:57,000
Rebecca has just turned thirty. She’s happy living a perfectly comfortable and predictable life. She’s even ready to marry her long-time boyfriend whenever he finally gets around to asking her. But all that changes when her best friend whisks her away to Italy for a much-needed vacation.
In the midst of site seeing and finally letting loose, Rebecca manages to catch the eye of a young English tourist; but doesn’t let it go to her head. By the time she’s back in the States and back in the arms of her long-time beau, Rebecca has already forgotten about Peter, Paten, Paul…whatever his name was, that is until he shows up at her brother’s cabin in the woods.
A life of normalcy, routine, and stability gets turned upside down as Rebecca decides whether or not she’s truly ready to get married. And if so, who is the one she’s really meant to be with?

1. Where did the inspiration for It's Like The Full Moon come from?
There are two answers to this question. First, I started writing this book because I wanted to prove to myself that I could. I’d only recently began to have a real appreciation for romance as a genre and thought, what better way to pay homage than to pen my own tale of love in a modern world. Second, since my romance reading experiences were limited and still developing, I looked to films of the genre that have stuck with me. After reading the blurb and diving in to the first few chapters, the influences of A Room with a View, Moonstruck, and How to Make an American Quilt become quite evident. 

2. What do you enjoy the most about writing romance? 
 It’s funny that you ask that because I didn’t really like the process of writing romance at first. For this project I had to invoke a long dormant muse by the name of Glorie to help me through this process, and for that reason, she’s given the author credit. 
For so long I’ve dwell in the realm of the speculative, writing mostly paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi. When I started to write It’s Like the Full Moon, none of my usual techniques worked and I became frustrated. After a while though, I began to accept that that plotter needed to let go a bit and my muse to revel in all the drama I’m usually trying to avoid. From that point forward, I enjoyed just letting the story flow into its simplistic end. 

3. Tell me a little bit about your heroine, Rebecca. 
 Rebecca is a bit more Toi that Glorie except for one small detail, she’s a true girly girl. She’s the type of heroine you don’t expect much from at first but then you see how she’s capable of change and unyielding strength. Even if you don’t grow to love her, you have to respect her. 
I like that Rebecca is soft spoken and practical, and that she only really lets loose when circumstances are beyond her control. Ultimately, she’s the heroine of this installment because it doesn’t take long to realize that she’s a binder in the making. When one character, whose role is to hold the family together, is removed from the scene, it’s Rebecca who becomes the familial and friendly glue.

4. I know this book is the first in The Sayings Series. How do you think the next story will take off from this one?
 The fact that this story has spawned a series is still a bit of a shock to me. The idea of the Sayings as a series came from beta readers demanding the stories of the other characters be told or developed more. With the way this one ends, there are so many places the next one could start off; I’ve already made up my mind how to proceed, but I can’t tell you that now. I will however give you a hint. One character who seems to be all alone won’t stay that way, while other characters who seem to be settling down will just be starting their adventure.

5. What does romance mean to you?
For the longest time I thought romance was all the relationship drama I didn’t have time for. Then one day I realized that while there are some universal themes of romance, that romance can be many different things to different people. Part of the challenge I posed to myself was to write a love triangle that was believable because so many others I’d experienced seemed fake or rushed. 
But on a personal note, to Glorie, romance is all the crazy things we do in the name of love because sometimes simple and easy doesn’t get the job done. Romance is the catalyst to passion, and I truly hope readers discover the passion within themselves, for the significant others in their lives, after seeing how Rebecca finds hers. 




This book is currently available for Pre-order as an ebook through Amazon.com and as a paperback direct from the author. Be sure to pre-order your copy at its reduced introductory rate and save your receipt number to earn extra entries into Glorie's cool giveaway
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Glorie Townson is more than just a pen name for the author, Toi Thomas; she's an entirely different personality. Glorie is the softer side of Toi, who puts down her comic books and picks up a volume of Robert Frost poems. Like Toi, Glorie is happily married to her wonderfully supportive husband, and together they share a home with their pet turtle, Betty. This is Glorie's first publication, but she's already feeling the inspiration to pen another tale, to which she'll gladly share with the world. 


I hope you've enjoyed this stop on the 
It's Like the Full Moon Tour and will consider
supporting the Thunderclap to announce the 
official release of this book. 
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The giveaways for this tour will include:
a $5 gift card, signed and personalized 
digital sneak peek, and something for everyone.

19 comments:

  1. I love voting for stuff!! ^_^

    Great concept, I love it! This sounds like an adventure. :D
    Wishing good things for this!

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    1. Thanks for your participation. Hope you check out and enjoy the rest of the tour.

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  2. Thank you so much, Michelle for hosting my new book on your blog today.

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  3. Great interview!

    Best wishes,
    Diane IWSG #92

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  4. Ooh! Fun and engaging. I think sometimes we do have to do things, just to prove we can.

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    1. Thanks. It wasn't easy, but I think I like it now.

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    1. Thanks. It's a realistic story, but there is a small hint of humor.

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  6. Neat to hear the backstory behind the book and the author. I found it interesting that Toi switched genres and the challenges involved in that. Cheers - Ellen

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    1. That must have been a challenge, but a fun one! I know it's received wisdom to stick to one genre, but really? Where's the fun in that?

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    2. I agree. I've made a point not to rock the boat and challenge the system, but switching genres has been an eye-opener for me and I'm so glad I did it.

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  7. I voted!
    Congratulations Toi!
    Everything of the best with the book!

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  8. A love triangle would have challenges, but I imagine fun to a certain degree.

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    1. Yes fun, but also frustrating. It's hard to write characters doing things I'd never do myself, but that's part of the point. No one ever thinks they'll be caught in a love triangle.

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