Please welcome multi-published author, Meda White.
She’s here with her new release, Play with my Heart, and she’s giving away free books!
That’s right…free books, so read on, find out all about her and her books. Be sure to leave a comment with your email before 8/20/14 for a chance to win one of two books she’s generously giving away.
Meda White was born with Georgia clay running through her veins, and she continues to enjoy the Southern lifestyle with her husband and Collie.
She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and affiliate chapters: Southern Magic, Georgia Romance Writers, and Contemporary Romance Writers.
When not writing, you might find her singing harmony, attempting to play guitar, shooting zombie targets, quoting movie lines, traveling, teaching yoga, or explaining the meaning of her unusual first name.
Q & A with Meda
Do you have a pet?
We have a beautiful Collie named Lily White. She was a rescue and when I learned her name, I knew we had to have her. We always joked that if we had a daughter, we’d name her Lily to go with our last name, White. When she needs a bath, we call her Lily Off-White. (The second daughter was going to be called Snow.) 🙂
Our Lily does a few things that we find funny.
One of them is when we bring home dog food and poor it into the storage tub, she thinks the buffet is open and proceeds to chow down.
When we get water from the refrigerator, she likes to get between our legs. It’s very strange, but too cute to try to stop it.
Then, she stands on the highest point in the back yard to look down on her kingdom.
We call this her Mufasa spot.
Lastly, she’s a true Southern girl who enjoys sitting on the back deck, watching the sun set, and drinking an adult beverage.
We didn’t know we were rescuing a lush.
(Just kidding. No animals were harmed during this photo shoot.)
Favorite TV show growing up?
One of my favorite television shows from childhood was
The Incredible Hulk.
Do you remember the show starring Bill Bixby as David Banner and Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk?
It was on in the late 70’s and early 80’s and I was pretty young, but I remember the feelings that show invoked.
My mom thought it might scare me, but The Hulk wasn’t a monster to me, he was a hero.
When David Banner’s eyes turned green, I would wiggle in my seat, excited that Lou was about to kick some bad-guy booty.
(Plus, no romance writer I know complains about a muscle-bound guy with no shirt on, even if he is green.)
Then, when the sirens sounded and he had to run away so the po-po wouldn’t catch him, it broke my heart every time. Just hearing the theme music and watching Banner hitchhike still elicits deep loneliness and tugs at the old heartstrings. The theme is aptly named The Lonely Man.
Try not to get depressed if you watch this. You won’t like me when I’m angry.
Where does your novel take place?
I intended to write a small-town romance but it turns out my characters are jet-setters.
The book begins in Los Angeles.
Ian (hero) lives and works there—actors, but Liz (heroine) is there to visit her brother.
I have been to L.A. but it’s been a few years. One of my former roommates grew up there, so I was fortunate to go with her and have a native show me around.
A few pics from my trip
Later in the book, the action moves back to Georgia–more specifically to Southland, the Baker Family Estate not too far from Atlanta. This is the place where the magic happens. I’ve got more photos of Georgia than you want to look at because it’s my home state.
When things are at their peak and love can’t get any better for Liz and Ian, they go to his hometown of London, England. I’ve never been there, but I’ve got my fingers crossed that Hubba-luv is planning a fifteen year wedding anniversary trip to go. (He keeps threatening to take me to Panama City Beach. It’s a joke in our family because I’ve been there more times than I care to admit.)
The characters eventually return to Georgia where they find their HEA (Happily Ever After). The end is set in a fictional coastal town in South Georgia (so close to Florida that with the right wind, you could spit and have it land in another state). I originally made it Florida, but decided people who aren’t familiar with the area don’t really consider Florida as “The South”. Since my theme is Southern Romance, I made the choice to change it. Sadly, I fudge a bit on the actual coastal topography. The Georgia coast is pretty marshy, but I wanted my beach town to be beachy and not be an island. These are the joys of writing fiction.
My sister’s wedding on St. Simon’s Island
Thank you, Sophia, for having me on your blog.
I’ll share some information about my book and I’ll give away a prize to two commenters:
1. An eCopy of Play With My Heart
2. An eCopy of Fall Rush (my latest new adult novella).
Be sure to comment to win a copy!!
Southern musician and closet geek Liz Baker enjoys her quiet life. While in Los Angeles helping her brother with a house project, the simple life gets complicated when British television actor Ian Clarke walks into the picture.
Ian enjoys his celebrity status in Hollywood and is determined nothing and no one will get in the way of his plans for success on the big screen. He never counted on meeting a woman like Liz, but she’s the only one who can help him with a personal problem.
Forced into close quarters where priorities and cultures clash, an intense attraction catches them both by surprise. Secrets, old lovers and the paparazzi threaten their new dreams and a chance for love could be lost forever.
When they reached the front door of Danny’s house, Liz turned to Ian. “Thanks for the escort. Now, get back over there and enjoy your party. I hope I didn’t ruin it.”
“You couldn’t ruin anything if you tried.” Ian leaned in and kissed her cheek. It was warm.
“Next time, leave that shovel at home, ya here?” she said as a smile played at the corners of her full lips.
“One day, I’ll pay you a compliment and you’ll accept it.”
“You’re an actor. I might not believe anything that comes out of your mouth,” she said with a smirk and raised eyebrows.
He tsked. “So cynical. I wonder what made you that way?”
Liz tilted her head to one side and her smile broadened as she shrugged. Ian was caught in it, forgetting what he’d even said. There was something about her. Not one thing, but many little things, all of which added up to something really unexpected.
“I’ve always been this way. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said that. I didn’t mean to imply that you aren’t a good actor. I honestly don’t know. But I Googled you and you’ve been at it a long time, so I bet you’re pretty talented.”
“You Googled me?” Warmth spread through his chest and his own smile broadened. It was ridiculous to be so enamored by this Southern belle. Women searched for him online quite frequently, but he didn’t know those women. This one was standing a few feet away, breathing the same air. He was on the verge of asking her to dinner, but stopped himself just in time. If he couldn’t think of another option, she might be his caregiver and she definitely wouldn’t want to date him then.
More by Meda:
Q: What happens when a bartender helps a sorority girl find her courage while he protects her honor?
A: Fall Rush
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Thanks again for having me and enjoy the Fall!
Loved having you Meda!