Welcome to Wicked Wednesday! The work week's halfway over and I'm sure you're all gearing up for a fabulous weekend. If you're looking for a great read to cozy up to on your days off, I've got just the one for you. To talk more about it, I'd like to welcome Author, Tammy Dennings Maggy to my place. Tammy and I had a chance to sit down and discuss her newest release, The Surrender of Julia, Now and Forever 3 (available in digital and paperback format) and some of the little known things that make her 'tick'. Without further ado, please welcome, Tammy Dennings Maggy.
Hi Tammy and thank you so much for taking time out of your hectic schedule to be here with us today. I'm anxious to get to your interview, but first, I'd like to show everyone your newest release, The Surrender of Julia, Now and Forever 3:
That is one incredible cover! For those who are just joining us, here's a little bit about your new book:
Release Date: December 28, 2013
Publisher: Sassy Vixen Publishing LLC
Heat Level: SEXTREME
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Categories: LGBT, bisexual, BDSM, spanking,
Fantasy, redemption, erotic,
Sexual pairings: M/F and F/F
L.A. artist phenom Julia Santos appeared to have it all. Her creativity was at its peak and she had her muse and model Jacob Hartley to thank for it. He brought the fire and raw sexuality back to her sculptures and into her bedroom, while her best friend and confidant Carmen gave her a sense of security she’d never felt before.
Afraid of her emerging desire to give herself over completely to Carmen as her submissive, Julia delved deeper into the hedonistic lifestyle she’d come to rely on to help her escape the horrors of her childhood. Her sexual encounters with men didn’t give her the comfort she craved, but led her down the path of self-destruction.
Her behavior caught the attention of the Goddess Fate and her Guardian Angel Daniel. Together they intervene and transport her to the realm between life and death called the Island. There she’s given a choice: stay and wait for her next rebirth, or go back and fight to be with the one who had been there for her through every lifetime.
Will she take the easy way out and leave all the pain behind, or will she choose the long and hard road in order to have her happily ever after with the Mistress of her dreams?
The only way to the beach seemed to be through the sliding doors on the other side of the bedroom. The sound of sea gulls reached her ears as she stepped out onto the deck. A bubbling hot tub sat to her left and to her right was an outdoor kitchen, complete with a grill pit and cushioned deck chairs. Directly in front of her stretched the pale sandy beach. The waves called to her and she practically ran through the sand to get to the point where the water gently lapped against her calves. Julia wiggled her toes into the sand, loving the feel of it slipping and sliding between them. “This is sheer Heaven.”
Then it hit her. The whole confrontation with Jacob and Mario in the condo replayed on fast forward in her mind. She remembered drinking way too much whiskey and then swallowing some pain killers. “Oh, my God! I just wanted to sleep. I didn’t want to die. This is why I’m here. I’m dead.” She sank to her knees in the surf and sobbed.
“Julia, you’re not dead.” A tall blond man stood before her on the beach. He looked to be in his late twenties, covered in tattoos and sporting multiple piercings. His eyes were what drew her right in. They were the blue green color of the ocean she sat in. His eyes made her feel immediately at ease.
He held out his hand to her. “Come on. We’ve a lot to talk about and I’m sure you’re full of questions for me too.”
“Where did you come from? I thought I was the only one here.” Julia took his hand and allowed him to help her get to her feet and out of the water. Goosebumps covered her body, but she wasn’t cold. “If I’m not dead, then how did I get here?”
He laughed. “I’ll answer all your questions, but first you have to give me a chance to do it before you fire off more.” He wrapped a large beach towel around her shoulders as they made their way back up toward her bungalow. “I’ve been waiting for you to wake up. I’m the Guardian assigned to watch over you and help you find your way back to the destiny chosen for you by The Three.”
She sat down on one of the deck chairs and beckoned to him to sit next to her. “Guardian? As in guardian angel?”
He nodded. “My name is Daniel. The Goddess Fate chose me to watch over you and several other people. One of them you know already, Jake Hartley.”
Julia’s eyes filled with tears. “I hurt him so badly. Is he okay? I mean he stormed out of our condo last night. I don’t know where he went.”
Daniel shook his head. “He was in a horrific accident on his bike. He slammed into the back of a semi—”
“No! He’s not dead. He can’t be.” Julia bolted out of her chair and barely reached the end of the deck before she threw up.
Daniel went immediately to her side, holding her hair out of the way until she stopped retching.
“I’m not going to sugar coat it for you, Julia. Jake’s fighting for his life right now. But you need to believe me when I tell you he’s in good hands. His father is my partner and right now he’s there with him and the rest of the family.”
“He wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for me. I did this to him.” Sobs tore through her body again. She’d never cried over anyone or anything before Jacob. All of it became more than she could take. “Please. Leave me here to die. Take care of him.”
WOW! is an understatement!
After reading that, I'm sure you can't wait to get your hands on a copy of this book. So, let's get to the interview so you can get to know Tammy Dennings Maggy a little better:
Madison: I'd like to know what made you decide to write your book?
Tammy: This particular book came about because a certain character wouldn’t keep quiet. Julia Santos started out as a brief mention as back story for another character in the first book of my Now and Forever series. She got so loud in book two, I had to split the story up into two separate books. That’s how The Surrender of Julia (Now and Forever 3) was born.
Madison: Who are your favorite authors?
Tammy: My reading tastes are all over the place. Stephen King and Ann Rice are my top favorites, followed closely by James Patterson, JK Rowling, George R. R. Martin, and JRR Tolkien. I have many other books on my kindles now…including a few of yours!
Madison: Thank you so much...you're too sweet. I'm honored to be on your Kindle. Guess what...you're on mine, too! Okay, back to our interview.
Who is your inspiration to write your own work? Can you tell us more about it?
Tammy: I have to say the authors I’ve met over the last few years have inspired me the most. They’ve encouraged me to keep going even when I wanted to stop. It’s hard putting yourself and your work out there for people to like or slam. Some days it’s so disheartening I just want to crawl into bed and never write another word…or at least never share it with anyone. It’s my fellow author friends, readers and bloggers who keep me going. I watch them muddle through edits, reviews and a variety of other things with grace and dignity. I hope when I grow up I can be just like them!
Madison: You mean we HAVE to grow up? Damn. I'm not sure I can do that.
What gets on your nerves the most when reading a book by another author?
Tammy: The things that bug me the most are blatant editing and spelling mistakes. You’re always going to find a couple in a book, but when you have five or more per PAGE, that gets ridiculous. I recently had formatting issues with one of my books and it freaked me out. The paragraphs were all out of whack and the spacing between the lines wasn’t what I set it up to be. I found a fix for that and now I’m happy again. LOL
I wish I could go back to the time before I ever had to do rounds of edits with an editor. Now when I read for pleasure, I can’t help but pull out all the things I know my editor would point out. Sometimes it ruins the story for me for a bit.
Madison: Oh, I agree! But, I won;t get started on what gets on my nerves. Ha!
Do you prefer HEA or HFN endings in the books you read?
Tammy: I prefer the ending that’s supposed to be there. Not all stories are meant to have a happy ending. For all romances though you need a HEA or HFN as required by the rules of the genre. You know me. I love to break the rules and don’t mind it when the book I’m reading has an ending I didn’t expect or really want to see happen.
Madison: Again, I agree. The characters tell us what they want to do and forcing a HEA doesn't always work.
What about in yours? HEA or HFN?
Tammy: The Surrender of Julia has a HEA. It starts out with you knowing Julia is with the one she loves, but has unresolved issues preventing her from making that last step in their commitment to each other. Julia’s happily ever after actually comes when she’s able to forgive herself for her past and the mistakes she’s made along the way.
Madison: What are your hobbies? (pick one or list a few)
Tammy:Besides reading like a fiend, I love to knit and crochet. I also make decorated frames for my poetry. If I could cook and bake all the time I would be in absolute heaven. Nothing makes me happier than to put on a huge spread for friends and family.
Madison: What are you most grateful for this year?
Tammy: I’m grateful for my rock—my husband Liam. He came into my life when I was at my lowest point thinking I didn’t deserve to be happy. My heart was shattered beyond repair and yet he healed me. He gives me the love and support I’ve never had and always longed to find.
My friends and family also support me even though they don’t understand why I have to keep writing “smut.” LOL!
I’m most grateful for my core group of author buds. We laugh and cry together and support each other through all our ups and downs. Without them, I’d never pick up the pen to write down another scene.
Madison: I feel the same way about my husband. They'll never understand what they mean to us.
Since we know you love to cook, do you have a recipe you'd like to share with all of us?
Tammy: Since Tawny Savage shared my grandfather’s Harvey Wallbanger Cake with you all when she was here the last time, I thought I’d share an appetizer that’s my go to and the most requested from my coworkers and family.
Meat Covered Cheese Ball
2 small packages of cream cheese softened
8 scallions (green onions) chopped
1 tsp of Accent (seasoning that has MSG in it)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 to 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 small package of sliced pastrami, ham, or beef (I use pastrami) chopped to small pieces
Crackers: I use the BIG Wheat thins but you can use any firm cracker
Mix together the cream cheese, scallions, Accent, Worcestershire, shredded cheese and about a third of the chopped meat. Form it into a ball. Spread out the remaining meat on a flat surface and roll the ball of cheese through the meat, coating the entire thing.
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Thank you so much for being here, my friend. As always, I adore you and we always have so much fun when we're together! Good luck on your newest release and your many upcoming projects with Sassy Vixen Publishing!!
Below, I've listed the buy links and links to Tammy's website, etc. Happy Reading everyone and don't forget to leave a review after reading this incredible book. Stop back soon!!