Serendipity Blog Tour: Carly Phillips Stops By!

Posted September 13, 2011 by Insane Hussein in Interview / 1 Comment

New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips presents the first in a delightful new series about a quaint upstate New York town where love, fate and fortune are intertwined

Faith Harrington was the classic girl of privilege–until her father was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme and then her marriage crashed and burned.

Now Faith is back in her hometown, hoping for a fresh start. But her father’s betrayal has rocked Serendipity—and not everyone is ready to welcome her with open arms. Then she runs into her teenage crush—the dark, brooding Ethan Barron. Ethan, no stranger to scandal himself, never imagined he’d own the mansion on the hill, much less ever again come face to face with Faith—the princess he once kissed senseless. The chance meeting reignites the electric charge between them.

Still, when Ethan hires her to redecorate what was once her childhood home, Faith is sure that getting involved with the town’s notorious bad boy will only lead to trouble. But her heart has other ideas. And so do the townspeople of Serendipity…



Hello everyone! We here at Insane Hussein Reviews are totally thrilled to have Carly Phillips, an amazing author and sweet lady, here to answer some questions as part of her Serendipity Blog Tour! These are some hard-hitting, thought-provoking questions, people!

In addition, Nicholas the Demon Bunneh is here to also interview the lovely Carly. Yes, that’s right. He is here!

Because Nicholas is with us today, this interview will take place as two parts of a whole. Well, here’s my part:

What would you be doing if you couldn’t write?

I’d probably be pretty miserable! There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing. Honestly.

What is the role of the storyteller?

A storyteller should bring a reader into a world, introduce them to characters and have them get immersed, lost, not want to leave, put down the book. The reader should forget they’re reading and get totally lost, feel like they know the characters and more want to be part of their lives! (Good question!)

Pick one fictional hero for a night of passion. Why him?

Really? You’re going to go there? Who am I kidding? Of course you are! Am I going to answer? Hmmm …. OK fine. Just read Table for Three by Lainey Reese. Give me Cade. He took one look at heroine and said, “she’s mine. I’m keeping her.” ‘Nuff said.

Can a broody hero become emo, and how do you determine that?

Hmm. Yes. He can. If the right heroine comes along, pushes the right buttons, makes him feel things he isn’t comfortable with, has never felt before, and if he wants to look out for her on a soul deep level, if she touches him inside … yeah. He can. And as a writer (well for me) I don’t know it until they’re together and reacting to each other. When it happens, it’s special.

Your favorite purple prose? (choose as many as you like)

I’m so bad at this … and honestly I sit down to dinner in my “real” non writer life, and people think it’s funny to spout it at me – they’ve never read a romance and they think they’re funny. So I think I blocked them out.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Vanilla with chocolate syrup (ice cream)
Chocolate (must be milk chocolate)
In other words I love chocolate … but I’m fussy

Coffee or tea?

Decaf coffee or herbal/decaf tea. Depends on my mood.
Hahaha. Nothing is simple with me.

Wine (or alcoholic drink) of choice?

I don’t drink (migraines) but if I did – beer. Yes seriously! I hate hard liquor.

What were you doing when you wrote your first published novel?

Uh .. writing? Kidding. Stay at home mom to a colicky baby girl!

What inspired you to write?

All the romance novels I was reading while at home with the colicky baby girl 😉

Captain Kirk or Mr. Spock?

Neither. (Beam me up, Scotty!)

How long have you been writing?

19 years!

How do you come up with series names, or does the publisher determine that?

I usually determine it! The series name usually comes after the book titles –
sometimes it’s town – Serendipity;
the business – the Hot Zone;
the last name – the Costas Sisters; Chandler Brothers
book titles – the Lucky series
You get the drift! 😉

What is a comfort re-read?

I’m not big on rereading – I’d much rather read new – I have to admit I was shocked when I learned how many people reread my books – so humbled. I have a keeper shelf of course! But not a big rereader.

Tell us about your pets. How long have you had them, what are their names, How did they come to be adopted by you? What are their personal quirks and tricks?

My favorite subject! Well let’s see. I must mention Buddy because I miss him and he’s never far from my mind. We lost him in January. Buddy was our wheaten terrier and he was 12 and a half when we had to make that awful decision. While we had Buddy, we got Bailey, another wheaten, this one a girl. She’s now 4. And a few months after Buddy passed, we got Brady, a Havanese boy. He’s 7 months old now. Buddy was THE dog of my heart, the one who knew what I wanted, when I wanted it, whose heart was in his eyes and just wanted to give love. Bailey is my quirky special girl. She’s coming into her own more and more now that Buddy is gone. I see her do things he used to do and it makes me realize how much she relied on him instead of learning things herself. And Brady … he’s such a little man. All personality, he struts when he walks. He’s still all puppy – and we’re in the middle of training. Buddy was a pet store dog but the breed we wanted even though it was spur of the moment. We went to see the movie Armageddon, saw him in the store that night and went back for him the next day. Bailey came from a breeder in upstate NY and Brady from a breeder in Queens, NY.

Thanks for answering my ques– *shoves J rudely to the side*

Helloooooo my lovely Carly! Demon Bunneh here, reporting live (delayed feed) from the Insane Hussein online bunneh cave. I am so happy to have you here, answering my in-depth questions!! *flutters ears*

Let’s begin…

I see you have no heroes named Nicholas, or any variation thereof. When will this oversight be corrected? Perhaps a manly man who cares for his woman? A… Man like me? *flutters ears*

I am so due for a character named Nicholas. Don’t you worry, Bunny Boy, there will be one in the future!

Will a heroine of yours ever own a pet Demon Bunneh named Nicholas? *flutters ears*

Aha! Anabelle in HOT STUFF owned a bunny! How shocking you didn’t know that! 😉

Will you, I mean, this heroine hand feed me carrots and scratch behind my ears? Sometimes I can’t reach just the spot.

I think your mistress isn’t treating you right if you have unscratched itches, my man! 😉 Of course the right woman will feed you and pet you and scratch those itches 😉

What hero do I remind you of? Is it Heathcliff? Mr. Darcy? *ahem*

Oh dear. Well I’m not sure … I’m not much into heavy literary (shh! that’s our secret). However Mary Jo Putney wrote about Nicholas the Demon Earl in one of her earlier books – he was a Gypsy – and so hot and sexy. The book was Thunder and Roses and I highly recommend it!

Those are all the questions. Thanks! And goodness, Bunny sure is conceited, isn’t he? LOL

The bunny deserves to be conceited. He’s a very special man! 😉

Yes, I am a very special man! *flutters ears* We must meet more like this, my– *shoves bunneh out of the way*

And back to our regularly scheduled program… As you can see, Nicholas is quite conceited. *cough*

In the spirit of Serendipity, Carly is also giving away 2 signed Limited Edition Romance Trading Cards of Serendipity to 2 lucky commenters! Please leave a comment with your email address in anti-spam format (youremail AT domain DOT com), favorite Carly book, or one of hers you’d love to start reading to enter! Ends 11:59PM (Eastern) September 30, 2011.

Again, a huge thanks to Carly for stopping by and be sure to check out Serendipity (B&N, Amazon).

Carly Phillips is the New York Times Bestselling author of over 30 romance novels with contemporary characters and plotlines that today’s readers identify with and enjoy. Carly is a stay at home mom of 2 daughters (now almost old enough to read her books!), one soft coated wheaten terrier and a brand new Havanese puppy. She’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. More information on Carly can be found at her webpage. Around the web you can also find Carly at: Twitter | Facebook | Blog

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  • I’m also giving away 2 signed Limited Edition Romance Trading Cards of Serendipity to 2 lucky commenters!