Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Money Can't Buy Love Virtual Book Tour
Connie Briscoe has been a full-time published author for more than 17 years. Her work has hit the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.
Visit her online at http://conniebriscoe.com/.
At age thirty-eight, instead of socializing with Baltimore’s A-list, Lenora Stone photographs them for Baltimore Scene, a glossy magazine filled with beautiful people who, unlike Lenora, never have to worry about car trouble and overdue bills. Lately even things with her boyfriend Gerald haven’t been right. They’ve been together for three years but he can’t seem to ask the one question she’s been waiting to hear.
Then just when she thinks things can’t get worse, Lenora wins the jackpot in the Maryland lottery. In a heartbeat, all her dreams become possible. She quits her job and indulges her every desire—starting with a shiny, silver BMW and a million-dollar mansion. Gerald is finally ready to put a ring on her finger, and the city’s most exclusive women’s group is dying for her to join.
Yet as her life starts to come together, the things Lenora holds dear begin to fall apart. Has her world really changed for the better, or does fortune come with a heavy price?
Tell us about MONEY CAN’T BUY LOVE.
Lenora Stone, thirty-eight-years-old, is a photographer for Baltimore Scene, a glossy magazine filled with beautiful people who, unlike Lenora, never have to worry about car trouble and overdue bills. As much as Lenora would love to slam the door on her overbearing boss,quitting isn't an option. She's barely making her mortgage payments and, though her condo might not be a palace, it's hers. Even things with her boyfriend Gerald haven't been right. They've been together for three years but he can't seem to ask the one question she's been waiting for.
But Lenora’s luck is about to change...
Just when she thinks things can't get worse, she wins the jackpot in the Maryland lottery and meets the man of her dreams. But has her world really changed for the better, or does fortune come with a heavy price?
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
Given the current tough economic times, I asked myself what might an insecure woman do if she suddenly won millions of dollars and met her ideal man. Would she smarten up and gain more confidence? Or would she blow it all?
Who are your main character(s)?
Lenora Stone, of course, her boyfriend Gerald, her good friends Monica and Alise, and her beautiful but domineering boss Dawna. And then there’s Raymond, who appears to be every woman’s dream come true. He’s the catalyst who sets everything in motion after Lenora wins her fortune, until it all erupts at the end.
Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?
Lenora because she’s vulnerable, stubborn, at times exasperating. You’ll want to throw your Louboutins at her if you’re fortunate enough to have a pair. Or maybe not, given how expensive they are. Still, I also think Lenora is very interesting, complex, and never boring.
I also liked working with Raymond. He’s the kind of man who lures in lots of vulnerable women who think they can be the one to finally tame him.
Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this novel?
A moderate amount. I purposely base my novels in locations that are familiar so that I won’t have to do too much research. I had to research the Maryland lottery and what happens when you win big since that has never actually happened to me, unfortunately!
What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading MONEY CAN’T BUY LOVE?
I primarily want my reader to be entertained with a good read. Anything more than that is a bonus.
Okay, a not-so-fun question. How important are reviews to you as a writer?
The good reviews are extremely important. The bad ones not so much. I’d be happy to have them buried someplace where no one could ever find them.
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