Friday, May 30, 2014

Have a cocktail with Mickey J. Corrigan

Today I have Mickey J. Corrigan on the blog. When I read Whisky Sour Noir, I knew she was going to be an auto-buy author for me. She writes gritty, edgy heroines and you know I love flawed characters, non-traditional relationships and stories that break the rules. Mickey's stories are a perfect fit. They'll make you slightly uncomfortable, but the words flow across the page so well, you can't stop reading. So now you know how I feel about her stories. 

What's amazing about today, you can discover her for yourself. Pick up a copy of Mai Tai Guy- FREE! today at the Wild Rose Press!

So now let's meet Mickey.

When did you decide to become an author?

When I was in graduate school, I worked on a project and my advisor suggested I turn it into a textbook. I had no idea what I was in for! The book took more than a year to complete, then another to publish. But I was really proud of that book and immediately wrote another, this time for mass market readers. The second book was picked up by Doubleday. Then there was no going back. I was hooked.

I switched from nonfiction to poetry, wrote some short fiction of the literary variety, then more recently began writing fiction for romance publishers, a genre new to me. I'm enjoying it. E-books are fast, the editors I've worked with are terrific, and the cover designers are amazing. And I love romance readers, they are so responsive.

When did you first, without hesitation, call yourself a writer?

I was a nutritionist and wrote about nutrition for years. After my first book came out, I still called myself a nutritionist. Once I had a job with the title of writer (at Harvard School of Public Health), I finally began to refer to myself as a writer.

What tips would you give a new writer?

            1. Start small. Write short memoir pieces, poems, flash fiction, very short stories. Do not start with a novel. You need to find your voice and sharpen your craft before you take on such an immense project. So many writers begin with a 1000-page novel, then end up dropping out. It's better for your writing ego to complete shorter work and see it published than to bury yourself in a project that overwhelms you.
            2. Join a writers group. It helps to get feedback, support and guidance.
            3. Be serious. Take time and make time. Writing has to be a priority if you are to take it seriously.
            4. When you are ready, don't be afraid to submit. Be tough. Take those rejections as badges of honor. You're a real writer now! A no is simply an encouragement to keep submitting. Eventually, you will find your audience.

What are your current projects?

The Wild Rose Press is publishing my series The Hard Stuff. Each novella in the series focuses on a tough woman in a tough situation who falls for a man—and not the best man in her current circumstances. These stories all take place in Dusky Beach, a seedy little Florida town. These are kickass women. They have spunk and sass. Their romances are unusual. These are not nice girls pursued by men with champagne love. Not at all. I would have to say The Hard Stuff is gritty romance. But funny, and very real.

The Wild Rose Press just released a Free Read for the series called Mai Tai Guy. You can grab it on the website.

Also, the delightful Australian publisher Bottom Drawer Publications is going to release my zany novella with the most insane title. F*ck Normal is the story of a marriage on the rocks, and it explores the ways a disillusioned couple delves into their private fantasies after they drift apart. It is crazy. Totally crazy.

Do you write under a pen name?

My real name is Virginia Aronson. Mickey J. Corrigan is the pen name I adopted a few years ago for my first romance novella. I think it suits me better than my real name. I'm Irish-American and more of a Mickey than a Virginia!!

Now let's find out some fun stuff.

Do you have a favorite quote?

I love quotes and I have them all over the walls of my office. This is a good one: Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.—Mike Tyson (He ought to know.)

What is your favorite drink?

Mickey's books are full of wild women drinking like madwomen. I have a low tolerance myself and stick to a glass of good red wine (I love Malbec and Syrah) or a bottle of dark beer. I'm much more wimpy than my protagonists.

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?

Beware, contents may explode without warning (Irish temper)!

Who's more fun, bad boys or perfect gentlemen?

Gentlemen make wonderful husbands. Bad boys make you feel alive.

What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?

            Q: Since you have been writing books for decades and have not achieved illustrious fame and massive fortune, why do you insist on writing more books?
            A: Because I love it.

You can find Mickey--

On her website --

Don't forget to grab Mai Tai Guy FREE!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Homemade donuts...almost

So my boys wanted donuts.

I started with a can a refrigerator biscuits. (the regular smaller can. Not the jumbo)

I rolled the biscuit into about a 3 inch round. about a half inch thick. 
Popped out a center with the edge of a melonballer so that my donuts had a hole.

Fried them for about a minute or so on each side until they were golden.

placed them on a paper towel to absorb some of the oil.

rolled them in powder sugar.

fried the holes.

my family LOVED them!

super easy and one can of the small refrigerator biscuits made ten donuts.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Betrayed Vows - It's Finally Here!

More years than I want to say ago, I saw a program on prison marriages. The women were blushing brides
that will never know the intimate touch of their husband. The grooms were thrilled to know that their life of confinement had a sliver of light and normalcy. All was right in the world. How well did the brides know the grooms? As well as can be expected with phone calls and a two hour visit once per week. So here is where my story took root. What happens when the prisoner is paroled? The relationship was built on separation. What if the wife preferred it that way....

Everything in Gretchen Booker’s life was as she wanted it. A husband on her terms. Companionship without physical contact. That’s why she married a lifer. Who would’ve thought it would all come to an end after only ten years?

Life on the outside is not as Landon Booker expected. But how can he make a future for himself beyond prison walls when the woman who is supposed to love him wants to see him sent back to the penitentiary.

Crystal Evans isn’t a home wrecker. Landon needs a friend…someone who can help protect him from his conspiring wife. Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan.

Yet vows betrayed leave all three with something to lose—Crystal her heart, Landon his freedom, and Gretchen the life she had before.

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“This smells like heaven.”

Landon Booker glanced over his shoulder to his cellmate.

Jesse inhaled deeply, sucking a piece of paper flush against his nose and mouth. “My old lady walks around for a day with my letter in her panties before she mails it.”

Landon laughed at his friend. “A pleasure, I’m sure, but one to keep for yourself.”

Jesse lay down on the bottom bunk and balanced the letter on his face. “Trude’s coming up today. How about your old lady? She gonna make it?”

“I hope so.” Landon closed the envelope containing an anniversary card but didn’t seal it. “Ten years this Friday.” He’d made plenty of mistakes in his life. Making prison his residence had been the biggest. Placing a personal ad that found Gretchen had been the best. Ten years together in every way except one; the state penitentiary didn’t allow conjugal visits.

“Ten years.” Jesse shook his head in disbelief. “Long time to go without gettin’ laid.” He leaned up on his elbow. “You sure you don’t wanna sniff.” He held the letter out. “You’re serving life, dude, just like me. Better take what you can get.”

“Jesse, I’m not visiting with my wife after I’ve scratched and sniffed your letter.” He stood, leaving the card on the metal shelf bolted to the wall of their eight by twelve prison cell. “Visiting isn’t for a couple of hours. Want to play chess?”

Jesse tucked the letter safely under his pillow before joining Landon. “Maybe I’ll beat you today.”

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Party Starts Tomorrow Morning

Betrayed Vows is finally here. Do you know it has been an entire YEAR since I had a book release. I'm giddy with excitement to finally have something new to share with you.

Available now on Amazon!

Stop by tomorrow for the launch then join me on a month long tour!

May 2 My Blog
May 4 - Join me at Melissa Snark's blog
May 5 I'll be with the lovely Angela Hayes
May 7 I'll be with Karen Blake Hall
May 9 I'll be with Marie Tuhart
May 12 I'll be with Anita Philmar
May 16 I'll be with Katie O'Sullivan
may 21 I'll be with Kayden Claremont

Schedule coming soon for
Darah Lace
Mia Downing
Nona Raines