Monday, June 23, 2014

Review & Interview with the author of A Moral Dilemma


Think you would never date a married man? ... Think again! 

Rebecca Hardy isn't a naturally deceptive person, but it seems her boyfriend might be—and when she theatrically catches him cheating, she decides she’s had it with these modern-day men who can’t commit. She has even less regard for these immoral modern day women, who don’t hesitate to prey on men in committed relationships. What is wrong with them?! Don't they care that they're breaking hearts and destroying lives?! Rebecca, with her high morals and family values, would never even consider dating a married man. Which is why her friends are so shocked when Rebecca finds herself doing exactly that—albeit at the fervent request of that man’s very own wife, the notorious Isabella Coombs. 

At first, Rebecca likes to think of it as helping someone out—female camaraderie, and all that. But she doesn't expect Isabella’s husband to be quite so charming…or for things to go quite so far. 

And now, an interview with the author!!

Tell me about yourself, and your writing.
I was born and raised in London, a city which never ceases to inspire me. I’m a single mom to an amazing daughter, who also never ceases to inspire me. I love writing, and being a full time writer is my absolute dream.

How long have you been writing? How many published books do you have, and what genres?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, however ‘A Moral Dilemma’ is my debut novel.

Do you write in multiple genres or just one? If just one, do you ever consider straying outside your genre?
Well, my debut is a romantic comedy, and the one I’m working on now is also a romantic comedy. I love the idea of writing a ‘bonkathon’, Fifty Shades of Pink, or something like that…..but it would probably end up being a romantic comedy! I’m just a sucker for romance….and comedy.

Are you a plotter or do you write from the seat of your pants?
I usually plot a very lose guideline, but once I start writing, and the creative juices start to flow, then I’m gone with the wind, or ‘pen’ so to speak.

What is a typical writing day like for you?
I like to write at night, when it’s dead quiet. I usually read over the previous day’s work, editing and deleting chunks etc, then I write for a few hours.

Who do you love to read? Favorite authors, favorite books?
Whilst I do love to read romantic comedies, Sophie Kinsella, Lauren Weisberger and the likes,  I’m quiet an eclectic reader and also enjoy the work of Khaled Houssini. My favorite books include Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Bridget Jones Diary, and Chasing Harry Winston.

What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year?
I would love to have completed three books in the ‘Moral Dilemma’ series.

If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?
Oooooh! I would love to be able to control peoples, (..aka my boyfriends) mind. The fun I would have J

If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have?
Yikes. The thought of a ‘paranormal pet’ freaks me out a bit, so could I choose a really cute little mystical (..ish) kitten?

Tell us a little about your latest release.
A Moral Dilemma is my debut novel. It’s the story of Rebecca Hardy, a twenty-something Londoner, with somewhat idealistic views of love and relationships. She’s a very wholesome girl with two, not so wholesome, best female friends. The trio enjoys a great friendship, but are at odds over Rebecca’s decision to start dating a married man…at the request of the man’s own wife! It’s a very light hearted, fun read, but also challenges the perception that sometimes ‘things’ in life aren’t always black or white. No matter how morally wrong they may seem.

What is something that you absolutely can't live without? (Other than family members)

Chocolate! And lots of it!
Could you ever co author a book with someone? If so, who would you choose, and what would you write?
Hmmm, I honestly don’t know is the answer.

If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?
I would love to meet Audrey Hepburn. I wouldn’t so much ask, as I would observe. I’d want to see if it really was all just ‘acting’ or is it truly possible for a woman to be so perfect.

What are some of your other hobbies outside of writing?
I love cooking, travelling and going to the gym. And by ‘going to the gym’ I mean to the coffee shop there; they do the best carrot cake ever! Yummy.

If you were on the staff to have a book adapted to movie, what would you pick?
I’d pick mine! No really….I’d pick mine. Okay,…….I’d pick ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes.

What is a talent you wish you had, but don't?
I wish I could sing. Like, really well. I have this vision of my boyfriend and I having a picnic in the rural countryside, sitting on a checkered blanket beneath a beautiful old oak tree, he’s strumming on the guitar, and I’m singing with angelic dulcet tones. Tried it once; sounded like the cat was being strangled. He actually told me to “stop that bloody racket!” Charming.

Favorite color?

Weather: Hot or cold?

Favorite place to read?
In bed.

Favorite meal
British fish ‘n chips with mushy peas.

Favorite non-alcoholic drink.
Is this a trick question? A favorite ‘non-alcoholic’ drink? Red wine ;-)

If you could travel anywhere and do anything, no limits or money holding you back, where would you go?
I’d go on a massive shopping spree in New York, and then I’d go to Richard Branson’s Island for a month and read all the books on my kindle.

Review Rating: 4 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review: A Moral Dilemma is many parts humorous, witty and a fun romantic comedy!  Rebecca's character is quirky and she made this story so great! The situations she gets herself into, oh man a few times I had to cringe or just laugh out loud. The story has a good emphasis on friendships and there was a lot of ups and downs with Rebecca's friends. There's quite a bit going on in this book, but it definitely kept me turning the pages, wondering what was up and how things were going to play out. Overall, A Moral Dilemma is a good read filled with some laughter, frustration and a wild ride. 

Author Bio:

Luckily I was born and raised in a City I love living in: London, UK. And it’s just as well, as I can barely afford to go on a camping holiday much less move. I have a gorgeous 9yr old daughter, yeah, I’m a single mom, (judge me later), and I like to think of myself as a yummy mummy, when in reality I’m still working on shifting this damn cellulite of my ass. I do actually make it into the gym from time to time, but mainly to appreciate the…ahem …view :)
So what kinda stuff do I write?
Well, I write what I love reading, Romantic Comedy and the original kinda British ChickLit. I don’t do vampires, werewolves, or horror, because sheesh, I wanna sleep at night. In my bed. Not underneath it. So if you like Bridget Jones or Shopaholic, then you might dig my stuff.
My heroines are women in their late twenties / early thirties. My heroes are hot, cute and not too hunky. My stories are about life, love and friendship, with a few twists and turns and tons of fun. They’re not particularly deep, nor meaningful, they’re a lighthearted, easy read, that go well with a glass of wine and a few chocs, and just might make you laugh out loud

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  1. This sounds like a fabulous read. Thanks for the giveaway too.