Essence by Mackenzie Lucas – Q&A and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. One randomly drawn commenter will receive a $50 Amazon/BN gift card. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Welcome, Mackenzie. Tell us about your latest release.

My current release is a sexy contemporary romance novel set in St. Augustine, Florida. Essence is the story of a spa owner and a golf pro who are fighting over a piece of land adjacent to the heroine’s spa. They’re two dogs after one bone. But at its heart, the story is an enemy-to-lovers story where healing old wounds allows two people burned by love to find passion and true love.

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?

I just sold a novella called Courting Cinderella to Soul Mate Publishing. I don’t have the release date yet, but it will be out sometime in 2014. And I have another novella (Under A Matchmaker’s Moon) coming out in an anthology in 2014.

What song would you choose for Karaoke?

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. It’s an oldy but goody. And I know a lot of the words.

Which Star Trek or Star Wars character are you most like?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard. I’m captain of my ship and of my destiny. ;0)

Who would you most like to be stranded with on a desert island with? Least? Why?

Oh, gosh. I have no clue. I’d like a survivalist with me. That way, maybe, we’d have a chance of staying alive. And there’s no one I’d least like to have with me. I’m pretty easy going and can get along with most people. Ah, no, I take that back. I wouldn’t like to be stranded with a cannibal.

2_3 Cover_EssenceAll Haven Jameson ever wanted was to own a little piece of paradise. Now, she does, having established a successful luxury spa in St. Augustine, Florida. But when the property next door is sold to a mega developer and his pro-golf celebrity brother who design trendy, bustling playgrounds for the rich and famous, she fears her dream could slip away. Confronted by her late husband’s infidelity, Haven learns everything she believed about her marriage was a lie; so she finally sets aside her grief and opens her heart to loving the widowed pro-golfer who is her biggest professional competition. In the end, Haven discovers that living a safe, loveless life is far worse than embracing passion and taking a chance on a man who’s vowed never to love again. And that, sometimes, no matter how high the risk, the best paradise of all can be found inside our own hearts.

About the Author: 2_3 AuthorPicMackenzie Lucas is a lover of story in any form. She’s an avid reader of genre fiction, she writes contemporary and paranormal romance, and she listens to an eclectic mix of music that spans from pop/rock to country to gospel. She loves a good story whether it’s an erotic short, a full-length romance novel, or the narrative slice-of-life found in country music. In any story, emotional integrity and authenticity are most important to her as well as a big dose of romping hot sexual tension. She enjoys smart-mouthed, sexy heroines, hunky alpha heroes who know how to take care of their women, and plot twists that surprise her, but most of all, she just wants to experience a satisfying emotional arc of a character falling in love and finding what he or she needs most in life.

Mac is a small-town country girl with a world-traveler’s soul. She grew up in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and she’s lived in Dublin, Ireland, within spitting distance of New York City in Long Island, and now in the Washington, D.C. area. She obtained her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Dickinson College and received her M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s currently an author, writing coach, a mother, and a wife.

With Mackenzie Lucas–whether you’re reading her light paranormal romance, her small-town-based contemporary romance, or her steamin’ hawt erotica–you’ll always get a story about connectedness, community, and emotional authenticity, and, at its core, love. No, and it doesn’t hurt that all her heroes are panty-melting gorgeous alphas and all their sexy, sensually aware heroines know how to stand up to them, give no quarter, and love them just as they are.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thanks for hosting me today! I look forward to getting to know your readers better. ;0)

  3. I’m looking forward to reading the book.

  4. HA, yes, no cannibals. Lovely interview, Mackenzie. And great good luck with the upcoming novellas. As a big fan of Essence, I’ll look forward to some new MAC for the Kindle.

  5. I never really saw Picard…need to fix that!

  6. Rita ~ Yes, I hope you enjoy Essence. Good luck with the giveaway drawing. And thanks for stopping by today!

  7. Thanks, Emelle! And thanks for stopping by the tour today. Yes, I’m working hard or new projects–both traditionally published and Indie published. So take a look at my website or on amazon under my author page to find my other titles. More coming soon! ;0)

  8. I think that version of Star Trek was my favorite (over the much older version). However, I’ve gotta say, I love the new Star Trek movies. They’ve done a great job at bringing the whole genre alive for a whole new generation. Picard is the captain of The Enterprise. ;0) Thanks for stopping by today and commenting, Trix. Good luck with the drawing!

  9. Fun interview

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  10. Great interview!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  11. Natasha & BN ~ Thanks for stopping by today to catch the interview. Good luck on the giveaway!

  12. Thanks again for hosting me today. I appreciated the opportunity to get to know your readers a little better! Have a great weekend!

  13. I love Star Trek, thanks for sharing!

  14. Elise-Maria Barton says:

    Great interview answers! You can’t go wrong w/Aretha’s anthem 😉

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