Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Where do you get your ideas?

With: Monica Tillery

Congratulations to "Jo-Anne B.", the winner in Monica's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Anybody who’s written a book or two gets asked where her ideas come from. Great book ideas can come from anywhere, but I’m pretty sure a lot of authors are like me, and they find ideas in the people around them. Whether it’s someone you know, a celebrity, or strangers you pass on the street, authors are great at creating a story based on a short encounter or the smallest bit of information. 

If you read my last book, The Confection Connection, you’ll remember Lily Ashton, my heroine’s best friend. My new release, The Election Connection, is her book, and it’s a story near and dear to my heart. I have a cousin (by marriage) who married a soldier and found herself widowed while she was still a newlywed. Her story breaks my heart, and as I watch her move on with her life, I’m inspired. I’m inspired by the young woman who faced unfathomable grief so early in her life and in her marriage, yet is still open to life and love and everything good in this world. I wanted to give a character of mine her story as a way to honor her sacrifice and express my admiration. Now, nothing about my heroine in The Election Connection besides her unique status as a young widow is the same as my cousin’s. She’s not a model (she is a professional cheerleader, though), and she isn’t dating a congressman (that I know of, at least), but the spirit behind the story is the same. It takes someone strong and special to face life after tragedy with an open heart. 

The romance is pure fiction, but I am so glad to finally have a chance to honor her story and the memory of her husband with a book. It is with this spirit of admiration that I dedicate this book to Ashley Tillery Weeks, and in loving memory of her husband, Ari Daniel Brown-Weeks. 

Giveaway:
I’d love to give a digital copy to one reader! What about you? Do you have anyone like this in your life? Do you have a loved one in the armed forces? 

THE ELECTION CONNECTION

Model Lily Ashton's picture-perfect life isn't as flawless as it seems. After losing her soldier husband six years ago, Lily's carved a new life for herself by starting a nonprofit for war widows. There's no room in her busy schedule, or her heart, for a new love - which makes her the perfect date at fundraisers and parties for her pal, Congressman Ford Richardson.
Ford is focused on winning his bid for re-election, and when his opponent pummels him in the polls because he's not married, Ford's advisors give him a choice: find a fiancée or prepare to lose the election. Lily agrees to play the part, and they both vow to separate the election from their emotions. As they work together to keep their secret safe, their not-quite engagement starts to feel much more real than either is ready to admit.
With Lily's help, Ford may win the election, but can he win her heart?

Buy Links for The Election Connection:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Find Monica Tillery:
www.monicatillery.com
on Facebook: www.facebook.com/monicatilleryauthor
on Twitter: www.twitter.com/monicatillery
on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068528.Monica_Tillery

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST May 13th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


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9 comments:

  1. The Election Connection sounds sooooo good!

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    1. Thank you, Dena! And thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Lovely post. Your story was a reminder of how when all seems dark and irrevocably lost, light and love can shine anew. I can't wait to read The Election Connection, Monica. May you have many sales!

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  3. I feel very lucky that I don't know anyone like Lily nor do I have a loved one in the armed forces.

    I'm impressed that you wrote The Election Connection in order to honor your cousin. It must have been hard for you to write, but I'm sure having someone so important to you go through something so devastating helped you with the emotions needed to tell this story.

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  4. I forgot to leave my email address. It's joanne.boyko@yahoo.com.

    Sorry.

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  5. I feel very lucky that I don't know anyone like Lily nor do I have a loved one in the armed forces.

    I'm impressed that you wrote The Election Connection in order to honor your cousin. It must have been hard for you to write, but I'm sure having someone so important to you go through something so devastating helped you with the emotions needed to tell this story.

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  6. nope

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  7. I do not know anyone that has lost their spouse, but I do know a few that do have military spouses. THE ELECTION CONNECTION sounds like a book I would enjoy... I love seeing characters open themselves up for love again after such pain... thanks for sharing.

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