Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Where I Write by Liora Blake, author of Ready for Wild plus Giveaway

Where I Write by Liora Blake

When I was a kid, I always imagined that authors penned their novels in extravagant Pinterest-worthy offices—the sort of rooms that look like someone paid an interior designer way too much money to decorate it and the end-result appears far too organized for any actual work to ever occur in there. Usually there’s a big mahogany desk and shelves of perfectly arranged books, along with a few fancy and expensive rugs on the floor. Add in a roaring fireplace and a dog quietly snoozing nearby, and you have my idea of a “real” office, a place where all sorts of writing takes place. Unfortunately, where I write doesn’t look anything like that.

While I do have a home office, my desk is basically a repurposed folding table. All of the books I own are not displayed neatly on shelves, but instead they’re piled up in precarious towers on the floor. No fancy rugs, no fireplace. There is a dog, but he’s rarely quiet, even when he’s snoozing.

I suspect my office ended up this way because, truthfully, I hardly ever write in that room. I may occasionally work on some copyedits in my office, but when it comes to actual writing, I typically find myself either on the living room couch or nestled amongst the pillows on my bed. Both places allow plenty of room to spread out—leaving space not only for myself, but also for the notebooks, highlighters, iPad, snacks, and detailed storyboard cards that accompany me when I’m writing. Needless to say, this kind of space requirement probably explains why I don’t write at a local coffee shop or bakery, either. Because I’m pretty sure that taking over three tables with all of my stuff would earn me a few bitter looks from the other patrons. Not to mention that I’m easily distracted and all those people coming-and-going through the coffee shop always draws my attention away from doing any work. Blame it on being a writer, but I’m hopelessly interested in what makes people do what they do—even if that means I’m silently overanalyzing some stranger’s complicated drink order. That alone is probably why I’m destined to write from the comfort of my own home.

But despite the fact that my messy writing space certainly doesn’t look like what I’d always imagined—and it definitely isn’t Pinterest-worthy—it is perfect . . . for me. 

Ready for Wild
Liora Blake

Published by: Pocket Books
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Featuring Liora Blake’s signature “funny, endearing, and more than a little hot” (Library Journal) style, the third novel in the Grand Valley series features a rough-talking game warden going toe-to-toe with a TV star who unexpectedly turns his life upside down.
Braden Montgomery is certain about three things: one, luck is for suckers; two, time spent outdoors is what keeps him sane; and, three, when it comes to sharing his bed, there’s only one female he’s willing to put up with—his Chesapeake Bay retriever, Charley. Braden’s constructed his life on these beliefs, and he’s quite content with the status quo.
But when a moment of bad luck lands Braden toe-to-toe with a blonde bombshell with her own television show, his stubbornly structured reality begins to unravel.
As for Amber Regan, her brand has been built on camo, cut-offs, and cleavage. With her own hunting show on the foremost sports channel and enough social media followers to garner her plenty of endorsement deals, Amber’s come a long way from the tomboy in a small Texas town she once was. Unfortunately, ratings are down and her contract for next season is in limbo, so she’s in desperate need of a reboot to save her show—and filming a rough and tough archery elk hunt in Colorado might be the way to do just that. Too bad the local game warden grunts more than he speaks, seems determined to despise her—and makes her heart race in all the most inconvenient ways.

Author Bio:
Liora Blake is a contemporary romance author living in Colorado.
When she isn’t writing, she’s likely baking cookies she shouldn’t eat, inventing elaborate excuses to avoid going for a run, or asking the nice barista to sell her another quad-shot Americano.