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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fever (A Songbird Series Novel) by Melissa Pearl: Interview & Giveaway

Singing in the shower takes on a whole new meaning in Melissa Pearl's first Contemporary Romance. 

Ella Simmons does not want to move across the country. But she is, because her boyfriend has persuaded her to join him at UChicago to finish out her college education. Never able to tell him no, she hops on a plane and makes the trek from LA expecting to adjust to life like she's often forced to, but things are not that simple when she hears a luscious voice singing over her shower wall. His deep, sexy tenor makes her weak in the knees, spreading fire through her limbs and making her question everything about her life and relationship.

Can one voice really have that much of an impact?

Cole Reynolds is on his way out. In his final year at UChicao, the only this he wants to do is finish school and get on with this life. But the sweet voice that interrupts his morning shower turns his world upside down. Compelled to find his shower songbird, he begins a search across campus. The only thing to distract him from this goal is his roommate's gorgeous girlfriend who's just arrived from LA - Ella Simmons.

Relationships are put to the ultimate test as future dreams are questioned and friendships are thrown on the line for love.

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 - True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them. Sign up for her newsletter at Newsletter subscription: http://eepurl.com/p3g8v

"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."


I would like to welcome Fever author, Melissa Pearl.  Thank you for stopping by.

What is your favorite part of the story, Fever? 

There are so many scenes in Fever that I just love, but probably the one that gives me tingles every time I picture it or read it and DEFINITELY when I wrote it…is the scene where Cole and Ella dance to the song Fever. LOVE that part.

How long did it take you to write Fever?

The 1st draft took me eight days. I’ve never flown through a story that fast before, but I have been dreaming about this story for a few years now and it was obviously desperate to get out :)

If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?

I had to answer this question the other day and I loved it so much, I thought I’d answer it again. Eric Shore from True Colors. He’s a tall surfer with a super hot bod, and who doesn’t want that on some steamy desert island!! Oh yeah, and he’s really good with outdoor stuff. His grandfather has taught him all these outdoor survival skills so he’s like an ace boy scout with a tan and rock hard abs to boot. I’d be one happy cast away with Eric by my side :)

If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?

Hmmmm - so many!! The two that come to mind first are Lucy Tate from The Fugitive Series. She’s such an amazing person and has overcome so much in her life. I think she’d make a great friend. The other is Jody Pritchett, one of Ella’s best friends in Fever. She’s just so bubbly and full of life. I really love her. She’d be so much fun to hang out with :) I can’t wait to write her story next year.

What is your favorite book that you wrote?

Hmmm - that’s a tough one. I love writing them all for different reasons. Probably the most fun I’ve had is The Fugitive Series and actually, Fever. I LOVED writing Fever. I adore music and being able to marry my two passions - music and story telling was such a treat.

What's your favorite book-turned movie?

I have SO many that I love. Ummm - but just going off the top of my head, probably Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, I thought the movie version of that was brilliant.

What is your typical day like? 

I get up around 5- 5.30am to clear my emails and check Facebook before my boys get up, then everything goes on hold while I get them ready for school. At 8am, they’re on the bus and I have until 11.30am before I pick up my three year old from the pre-school bus, so I work as hard and as fast as I can during that time. I usually have a few books on the go at a time and it’s staggered, so while I’m working the first draft on one, I’ll be marketing another, while the third is with my editor or critique readers. I try to plan really carefully so that I’m not wasting my time. I try really hard never to work in the evenings, so my 3.5 hours a day are pretty precious and I don’t like to waste them :) My husband is really amazing and will often give me a couple of extra hours on the weekend too.             

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  1. Thanks so much for having me on your blog today. I had so much fun answering your excellent questions :)

  2. You're welcome any time - I loved your answers!


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