Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Edges by Kenzie Macallan @kenzie_macallan @GoddessFish

by Kenzie Macallan
GENRE: Contemporary Romance


Leigha Luccenzo is a strong, confident woman who has her life perfectly under control. But her nightmares have returned after a long absence. They are kept hidden from everyone. She comes home to find her apartment in shambles, the possible doing of her ex-lover Sydney. Layers of lies start to peel away. Her world begins to shift and unravel.

Dean is a hard edge man who has an appetite for beautiful women, fast bikes, and shattered souls. His secrets bind him, keeping him from any real relationship. They latch onto him from his past like locked chains. He sees behind Leigha’s armor. Convincing her he can help becomes his mission. He hopes she’s strong enough to handle what lies beneath, unlocking his guilt.

Through events out of her control, Leigha’s forced to face her demons.

As other people’s secrets get entangled in her own, she struggles to get to the meaning of her nightmare. Can Dean help her uncover her truth?


He put his hands down slowly, saying Leigha was out of her element. This isn’t what she could deal with right now.

“I think we need to slow down. There’s a lot going on.” The crack in her voice exposed her nerves. Her fingers twisted together.

He pushed his chair back and walked toward her in nothing but jeans and bare feet. He scooted her back from the table and knelt in front of her. He pushed her robe to the side, exposing her long legs. She leaned back and gripped the arms of the chair.

“I’ve lost too much and I’m not willing to lose any more. Life burned a hole in me and you filled it. You understand and listen to me without judgment. We have something I’m holding on to. I’ve never felt this way. Not even…” He swallowed his words, bowing his head. His fingers gripped onto her thighs.

She sat there stick-straight like a cornered animal with nowhere to go. His words struck her. She tried to hold onto her little bit of control. The only words missing from his speech were ‘I love you.’ She was thankful they weren’t said. She would be the one to decide what they became, but she couldn’t deny the hold he had on her.

His head came up as his eyes locked onto her. “I know you’re scared. I can see it in your eyes. I’ll give you time. Just meet me halfway.”

He got up and held out his hand. Without a word, she took his strong hand as the tether strengthened.

Interview with Kenzie Macallan

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Edges?

Leigha is a strong, confident woman who thinks she has it all figured out and under control. She hides her nightmares from those closest to her even as the nightmares eat away at her. Through a series of events out of her control, she begins to unravel. She realizes there is very little in life that we actually have control over. As she gets tangled in her own web, Dean appears, wanting to help her untangle and get to the bottom of her nightmares. She learns she might be able to rely on others instead of always being the pillar of strength for everyone else.

Dean is a strong and talented yet kind man. He sees Leigha through all her armor. He forces her to confront her nightmares and control issues. But her secrets and actions trigger guilt from his past he can’t seem to shake and has never shared with anyone. He has secrets of his own and he needs to come clean before it buries him.

Together they peel away the layers to find each other under the secrets, lies, and illusions. Trust and risk become the keys to unlocking what they can have together.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

The next and last book in this series focuses on Raquelle, the youngest sister. She’s a seductress, self-centered but very emotional.
She meets her match with an interesting family twist. The suspense continues and concludes in this book. The readers get answers to all the questions about their father’s cryptic message, the Russians, and more family secrets.

My future plans include continuing to write. Why give up the addiction now? I have a stand-alone contemporary romance that’s been tapping me on the shoulder. After that, I would like to write three books about Beck McKenzie, Peter Bryan, and Sean Knight. They are the three founders of MBK Global Security. Mac, from Truths, left MI6 to work for them. They each have very intriguing stories.

How long would you say it takes you to write a book?

It takes me about a year to write a book. Unfortunately, I can’t write full-time. It would be my dream to be able to make it a full-time job. My day job takes lot of my time. The other reason it takes to long is I’m a little bit of a perfectionist. The editing process takes a while and I feel it’s so crucial. I hope as time goes on, I become a faster writer and editor. My other problem, I really enjoy the process. My book goes through anywhere from six to seven edits.

What is your favorite childhood book?

I love Janet Taylor Lisle’s book Afternoon of Elves. It’s not so much from my childhood as much as it’s a great book for children grade three and up. Here’s a brief description.

No fourth grader trusts Sara-Kate Connolly. Her boots are dirty, her clothes are weird, and she’s so maladjusted that the school had to hold her back a grade. But Hillary is her next-door neighbor, and can’t say no when the unusual loner invites her over to play. In Sara-Kate’s overgrown backyard, Hillary will find proof of a world of magic—the kind that can only blossom between true friends. 

Among the rusted car parts and wild plants, a miniature village has sprung up. It has tiny houses made from string, sticks, and maple leaves; a well with a bottle cap for a bucket; and even a little playground with a Popsicle-stick Ferris wheel. But there’s absolutely no sign of who built this miniature world. To Sara-Kate, the answer is clear—only elves could be responsible for something so enchanted. As she and Hillary watch for their elusive new friends, they learn that friendship, like magic, springs up where you least expect it.

I love the imagination in this book as well as the message. In an age where bullying is so prevalent, this book is ageless and timeless. It gets to the heart of acceptance and the bridge of imagination.

If you could spend the day with one of the characters from Truths who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do.

I have a very artistic side to me. I take photos of flowers, paint portraits in oil of mostly children, and now I write. One thing I have not been able to take time to learn is sculpture. I would spend the day with Marabella. We would go to her studio. I would learn how to take a piece of clay and turn it into a 3-D image using my hands. I’m sure I would do horribly at first. But I have this thing called perseverance. I love a good challenge.

What was the hardest scene from Edges to write?

There’s a scene where Leigha must confront her mother about a lie she has discovered and not from her mother. I don’t want to give away the surprise by telling the readers about the lie. What’s poignant in this scene is when a child must confront their parent about something that affects both of their lives and the family dynamic. Most people have such interesting views about their parents, as if they can do no wrong. When we discover the truth, it changes our thinking about who they are and who we are as humans who are not perfect. Leigha realizes she has a lot more in common with her mother than she thought. She also has a better understanding of her father and why he acted the way he did toward her.

What made you want to become a writer?

I traveled a lot when I was younger and had all these stories in my head. I finally got to a point where they needed to come out and be put into words. The characters wanted to be heard. They had issues that needed to be resolved and truths that needed to come out. So I finally sat down to write them. Once you open Pandora’s box, the floodgates never shut. I have many stories that keep coming to me. I haven’t looked back and I love it.

 Just for fun

(a Favorite song: Shawn Mendes There’s Nothing Holding Me Back (I think this should be everyone’s mantra. Just do it. It also has a great beat.)

(b Favorite book: CJ Roberts Epilogue (The Dark Duet Book 3) This book broke my heart.

(c Favorite movie: Rain Man starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise
 (I love the originality of the story and the acting is superb.)

(d Favorite tv show: Suits (I think secretly would have liked to have become a lawyer.)

(e Favorite Food: Anything Italian or Hibachi

(f Favorite drink: Oban or Macallan- single malt scotch

(g Favorite website: DSW – I love shoes!

Thanks so much for visiting with us today!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kenzie lives with her husband in New England. She has been fortunate enough to travel all over the world to places like Africa, Greece, Switzerland, Holland, France, England and, of course, Scotland. Edinburgh is one of her favorite places. Creativity seems to be part of her soul as she paints portraits, takes photographs, and bakes. They have all added to her overactive imagination especially writing about strong women and alpha men. She looks forward to adding to her adventures and yours through secrets, strength, and passion.

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James Robert said...

Congrats on the tour and thanks so much for the excerpt and giveaway.

Kenzie Macallan said...

Thank you for having me today!

Bernie Wallace said...

Good luck with your book tour. This looks like a fun read. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com