Monday, April 22, 2019

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Lead The Way by Brittany Carter @AuthorCarter @XpressoTours

Lead The Way
Brittany Carter
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: April 22nd 2019
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Fresh off the high of college graduation, Melody James is back in her Podunk town. She needs a job, but first, she’ll spend a lazy summer with no agenda at all.

But life’s got other plans for Melody, ones she’d sooner ignore. When the next-door neighbor passes away, his son returns home to take care of his affairs. Thane Cohen hasn’t been home in ten years. The last time he was, someone accused him of murdering Melody’s parents. Now, after major efforts to recover his self-worth and start a construction company, Thane wonders if enough time has passed for him to clear his once good name.

At the time of the murders, Melody was the only person who didn’t believe Thane was responsible. But how could she even suggest otherwise when just about everyone in town was convinced of Thane’s guilt? Her brothers would never allow it. With nothing to lose before, Thane packed up and left, leaving the town and Melody behind. Now that he’s back, rekindling an old flame in Melody and proving his innocence are critical.

When several car windshields get broken and fires start unexpectedly, the world inside their little town is tossed upside down. With Melody’s brother against her, and Thane fighting every attempt she makes at breaking down his walls, Melody’s push for answers leads her to a frightening conclusion. Thane may actually know more about her parents’ death than she was lead to believe. Can she trust him, or has everyone else been right about him all along? Only time will tell if she can let love lead the way.

*Author previously wrote under the name, Alla Kar

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Interview With Author Brittany Carter

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal

The people closet to me knows that my life motto is “No Mama Llama Drama.” A llama is definitely my spirit animal.

How many hours a day do you put into your writing?

Before I had my son I would have said at least three hours a day outside of work. Now, I most definitely do not get to write every day. With working full-time it’s a weekend kind of thing for me. My amazing husband takes my son off my hands and lets me do my thing. I would say on a good weekend I get four or five hours devoted to it.

Do you read your book reviews? If yes, do they affect what you write in the future?

I read reviews on Amazon all the time. However, I have learned through my previous self-published works not to look at Goodreads. There can be some hateful comments on there. I take my critiques to heart because I do want to have a career as an author, and I want to write things from my heart but also realistic and something that my readers will enjoy.

Do you leave hidden messages in your books that only a few people will find?

Not usually. I do use somethings that happen in my everyday life occasionally and people close to me know where I got it.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Lead The Way?

Sure. My two main characters Melody and Thane are completely different.

Melody is a southern girl with charm, and she’s a go-getter. She sees the best in people and some may call her gullible, but she sticks to her guns and does what will make Melody happy. Even though she’s lost both parents, she is an optimist.

Thane is southern, quiet, broody and a man’s man. You’ll probably never read one of my books that doesn’t have a man’s man in it. He had a rough life with his father, and was ostracized in their small town because he was accused of killing Melody’s parents.

He is definitely an alpha, but genuine and a hard worker and totally swoon worthy.

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

I haven’t had the go-ahead yet to announce my next deal. I’ll leave you with … cowboy anyone?

Do you allow yourself a certain number of hours to write or do you write as long as the words come? 

Depends on the day if I’m being honest. If I have the time alone I will write until the words stop, and other times I have to cut it short because of … well, life as a full-time working mom with a family.

Do you have a certain number of words or pages you write per day? 

Nope. Sometimes I’ll give myself a goal for the day or week, but it doesn’t always work out that way!

What inspires you to write?

I think it’s always been inside of me. My grandma is a story-teller that she passed down to my dad. When I was in third grade I asked for an electric typewriter and I loved it. I also wrote in a diary every day, and got an award in elementary for my book “The Cactus Ate My Homework.”

But it wasn’t until college that I discovered my love for writing and romance. It’s my passion to write, and because of the pure joy I get when doing it, I have to make time to do it. It makes me too happy not to.

Would you rather

Read fiction or non-fiction

Read series or stand-alone?
Stand-alone, I get tired of the same characters.

Read Science fiction or horror
Science fiction. I hate being scared.

Read Stephen King or Dean Koontz
 I do not like scary books or movies, but I will read Stephen King just because he is one talented guy.  The Green Mile is one of my favorite books/movies.

Read the book or watch the movie
Read the book, it’s always better.

Read an ebook or paperback
I’ll read either or, but there is something about having your own book in your hands.

Be trapped alone for one month in a library with no computer or a room with a computer and Wi-Fi only
A month is a long time without any human contact. I’d get tired of the internet, so I’d say the library. The time would go by quicker for me because I could lose myself in a book easily.

Do a cross-country book store tour or blog tour online

In reality the blog tour online would be easier since I have a young son, but honestly, I would love to do a cross-country book tour. That would be amazing. 

Author Bio:

Brittany Booker Carter previously writing as Alla Kar. I'm a Christian, lover or romance, a wife and mother to a wild-child!



Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour! :)