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Monday, March 8, 2010

Interview & GIVEAWAY with author Mary Margret Daughtridge

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Mary Margret Daughtridge! She took time out of her busy schedule to answer some interview questions for me.  So let's get started!

First of all thank you for joining us on My Overstuffed Bookshelf!
Thanks for inviting me, Amy. 
  1. Can you tell us a little about your books?
    I write what I love to read: contemporaries with Alpha heroes in which the plot centers on developing the love story rather than mystery or suspense. 
    SEALed with a Ring takes a Navy SEAL and mixes him with the CEO of a large car dealership in a marriage of convenience dictated by the needs of relatives whose desires must come first. It’s not long before Davy and JJ have plenty of desire of their own, but the question is: are they ever going to want to be married, and what’s going to happen when they find out they are both getting more than they bargained for? 
  1. Which characters were the easiest to write about? The hardest?
    Secondary characters are often the easiest. They just show up and worm their way into the story—sometimes with no input from me. The other men in the heroine’s life, her former-rake grandfather and Ham, the Vietnam vet handyman were that way. And Blount, JJ’s other boyfriend—he was a hoot to write! 
    Davy and JJ were the hardest. They didn’t want to get married, and since they are both smart and independent, they could think of lots of ways to avoid it, even though the plot demanded it. Also, I like three-dimensional characters, so they are (I think) admirable, but far from perfect. But I really love them, and I don’t want anyone to think badly of them, so I kind of want to protect them, which can make it hard for me as an author to let them reveal themselves. You can see my own motivations get a little twisty. 
  1. When you first started writing, did a certain author(s) inspire you to write?
    Absolutely. Susan Elizabeth Phillips with her funny, sweet, but unrepentantly alpha heroes, and pure romance-romance plots is my hero. I wanted more contemporaries along the lines of hers, so I decided to write some. 
  1. Can you tell us a little about what your next book is about?
    A Navy SEAL finds a baby aboard a CIA plane, and turns to a small town doctor for help hiding it. The doctor is determined to protect the baby—she’s just not sure who the baby needs to be protected from so she’s keeping a close eye on both baby and SEAL. 
  1. Next up are 5 random favorites:
    • Color: That’s easy: aqua blue. My other favorite is peach. And my other, other favorite would be lime green, and another favorite is any shade of yellow, or red, or really any shade of blue or orange—are you sensing a pattern here?  
    • Drink: Champagne. I’ve never been known to turn down a glass.
    • Music: I’m pretty eclectic, however, I’m infallibly moved by choral music.
    • Book: It would be hard to choose, but for sheer staying power on the keeper shelf Frederica by Georgette Heyer would have to win. I have a copy on my nightstand right this minute.
    • Food: Are you kidding? I can’t think of but two foods that aren’t favorites: raspberries and…um…Okay, only one.
  1. When you sit down to write, what are 3 things that you must have?
    Coffee. It also helps to have some ideas, LOL! And time. I envy writers who can squeeze in an hour here and there. I’m not one of them. 
  1. I am a fly on your wall for a day.  What do I get to see in your life?
    Oh you poor thing! I’m afraid a fly would die of boredom watching me sit at a computer. In fact it would probably pester me, just to make something happen. And then I would have to kill it. Unless it was a telepathic fly in which case it might think watching me explore imaginary people’s heads and hearts (and sex lives) fascinating—but, I’ve got to warn both you and the fly, most of my friends would rather just read the book. 
  1. Do you have any websites that fans can keep up with you and your books?
    I’m on Facebook with my name misspelled because I can’t figure out how to change it. Look for Mary Margret Daughtirdge. And I have a website, http://marymargretdaughtridge.com/, but if you type it into Google, it will ask if you meant Mary Margaret Daughtridge. You didn’t. Twitter? No Twitter yet. I’m too ADHD as it is. 
    Thank you so much for joining us! Feel free to stop by anytime and say hi!
It’s been great fun! I’ll hang around in case any of your readers have questions of their own, or comments I can respond to. 


She’s got it all…except the one thing she needs most
Smart, successful businesswoman JJ Caruthers has a year to land a husband or lose the empire she’s worked so hard to build. With time running out, romance is not an option, and a military husband who is always on the road begins to look like the perfect solution… 
He’s a wounded hero with an agenda of his own
Even with the scars of battle, Navy SEAL medic Davy Graziano is gorgeous enough to land any woman he wants, and he’s never wanted to be tied down. Now Davy has ulterior motives for accepting JJ’s outrageous proposal of marriage, but he only has so long to figure out what JJ doesn’t want him to know…
Mary Margret Daughtridge has been a grade school teacher, speech therapist, family educator, biofeedback therapist, and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist. She is a member of Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Romancing the Military Soul, and is a sought-after judge in writing contests. She resides in Greensboro, North Carolina. For more information, please visit http://marymargretdaughtridge.com/.   

Thanks to Danielle from Sourcebooks I have 2 copies of Sealed with a Ring to giveaway. That means 2 winners!!!!!
Here are the rules:

1.  You must be a follower of my blog.
2.  Leave a comment with your email address.
3.  You must live in the USA or Canada only. No PO Boxes.

Contest will end on 3/11/2010 with the winner announced on 3/12/2010.


Blogger Cleverly Inked said...

Her up coming book sounds good. Great interview

March 8, 2010 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Virginia C said...

Hi, Mary Margret & Amy! "Sealed With A Ring" sounds like a great "let the sparks fly where they may" romance! Strawberries with your champagne... : )

U.S. Resident, Follower, Subscriber

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March 8, 2010 at 6:54 AM  
Blogger tetewa said...

I'm a follower, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

March 8, 2010 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Mary Margret said...

Good luck everyone on winning a book!

Virginia, I love strawberries and champagne! Maybe I should put them in a seduction scene sometime?

March 8, 2010 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Patti said...

*sigh* I'm a sucker for a marriage of convenience plotline! This sounds good - thanks for the giveaway Amy and Mary Margret!

March 8, 2010 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger Amy J - Book Addict said...

Thank you so much for joining us Mary! You are such a sweet and wonderful author!

March 8, 2010 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Book Addict Girl said...

OOOH, this sounds interesting! I'm a follower. Please enter me!


March 8, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

I follow...

deborah150 at hotmail.com

March 8, 2010 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger rubynreba said...

Great interview. I am a follower and would love to be entered. Thanks.

March 8, 2010 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger misskallie2000 said...

Great interview. Thanks for introducing me to Mary Margret Daughtridge. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

I am a follower


misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

March 8, 2010 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Sandy Jay said...

This sounds interesting. Mary Margret, you're a new-to-me author and I'm putting your books on my wish list.

I'm a follower.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

March 8, 2010 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger xxsquigglesxx said...

Please enter me!


March 8, 2010 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Marianna said...

Sounds like a good book~

I'm a follower

patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

March 8, 2010 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Lorielle said...

I loved the interview, she seems really sweet! I am a follower. :) Lorielle11 AT gmail DOT com

March 8, 2010 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Mary Margret said...

Okay y'all, it took me a while to get the hang of navigating this blog. If you're not good at that kind of thing either, you might not have realized if you click on the picture of the cover where it says "You might also like," you will be able to read Amy's review. She gave SEALed with a Ring FIVE flames. FIVE.
She characterized Davy, my hero, as a "lovable jerk" which I had to laugh at because it is absolutely true! :-)
Making him real and believable while showing the reader his good heart was tremendously fun.
Thanks Amy for the kind words, and for letting me get to know some of your readers.

March 8, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger CallMeKayla said...

Please enter me, I would love to win. Thank you.


March 8, 2010 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Martha Lawson said...

You are a new to me author. I love finding them!! Your books look wonderful - I love reading about Seals!!Ihope I'm lucky enough to win this one. I will be putting you on the to buy list!!

I follow

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

March 8, 2010 at 7:58 PM  
OpenID Myra said...

Great giveaway! I would love to win this book.

I am a follower


March 9, 2010 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Anita Yancey said...

Sounds really good. I'd love to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks!

I am a follower!


March 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger justpeachy36 said...


Please enter me in the giveaway.

March 9, 2010 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger denise said...

Great interview. Enter me.

March 10, 2010 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Tierney O'Malley said...

Oh, I would love to meet Mary Margaret so I can ask her a few questions myself. Hi, Mary Margaret. My name is Tierney O'Malley, published author and one of the smallest fish in the sea of writing world. Congratulations on your new book.:)

March 10, 2010 at 6:35 PM  
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March 11, 2010 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger BookFreak said...

SORRRY! I mest up my email. So I shall repeat:

I love army men. Sexy! or an ass, either or.


There, thats better.

March 11, 2010 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger jellybelly82158 said...

Great interview.
I am a Google Friend Follower
Email Subscriber
Twitter follower
Live in the USA

March 11, 2010 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

Sounds like a good read - please count me in!
I follow in GFC.
Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

March 11, 2010 at 8:12 PM  

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