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Monday, 30 January 2012

A Warm Welcome to Margay Leah Justice
Descended from the same bloodline that spawned the likes of James Russell, Amy and Robert Lowell, Margay Leah Justice was fated to be a writer herself from a young age. But even before she knew that there was a name for what she was doing, she knew one thing: She had a deep and unconditional love for the written word. A love that would challenge her in times of need, abandon her in times of distress, and rediscover her in times of hope. Through her writing, Margay has learned to cope with every curve ball life has thrown her, including the challenges of single parenting, the harsh realities of living in a shelter, coping with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, and the roller coaster ride of dealing with a child who suffers from bipolar disorder. But along the way she has rediscovered the amazing power of words.
Margay currently lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters, two cats, and a myriad of characters who vie for her attention and demand that their own stories be told.

Here's the blurb from Sloane Wolf Book One in The Wolves of Destiny Falls
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For more than a hundred and fifty years, the gray wolf has failed to roam the hills of Massachusetts, leading to the belief that they are extinct. But with a spattering of sightings across the Berkshires, the legend of the gray wolf comes to fruition. The product of that legend, Micah Sloane will go to great lengths to protect his kind from the threat of outsiders, who seek to exploit the legend for their own interests. One thing he didn’t count on, however, was finding his soul mate in the company of such men.
   

From the first time she predicted a stranger’s imminent death when she was little more than a child, Shiloh Beck knew she was different. Wishing to cultivate her gift, her parents made the fateful decision to enroll her in a private school for paranormally gifted children. Unbeknownst to them, the school was just a front for a research facility simply called the Institute, whose secret board members weaned gifted children from their families to exploit their gifts. Shiloh has spent the better part of her life trying to escape the Institute and reunite with the family she was told had abandoned her.
 
 From their first meeting, Micah and Shiloh share a connection that goes beyond the normal to bond them in a way that love alone cannot. But before they can build a life together, they must deal with the fall-out when the legend of the wolves collides with the men behind the Institute.

Now Margay Reveals:
Who controls the story – you or your characters?
Although I like to think it’s me, the truth is it’s the characters – something I am reminded of whenever I try to get them to do something they balk at!

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your books?

Satisfaction. I always want them to be happy that they read my book, so I try to provide a satisfactory story for them.
 
What do you think are the main ingredients for a successful book?
Great characters, an intriguing story, even pace, and the ability to transport the reader into a new world for awhile.
What do you enjoy about writing romance?
I am a sucker for the HEA, so I love writing about the journeys characters take on their way to finding true love. Part of that is the fun of writing the scenes in which they discover that they have an attraction for each other. Whenever the sparks fly in the stories I write, you can be sure that I had great fun in writing them!

What do you like best and least about writing?
Everything. I just like the whole process of creating characters and stories and setting them in interesting places and seeing how they react to the drama I throw at them! Of course there are some aspects of writing I like more than others, but as a whole, I just love to write.
What can we look forward to from you in the near future?
I am currently working on a sequel to Sloane Wolf, a series about angels and demons, and a book about ghosts, curses and a psychic and how they all tie into a legend that binds two families together. Among other things.

How do you like to spend your free time?
I am an avid knitter and reader, so when I’m not writing, I’m either reading a book, or knitting something for one of my daughters.
Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions you wish to accomplish? What would you most like to accomplish this year?
I have always wanted to visit Paris and London. Though I don’t think it’s on the agenda for this year, it is still on my wish list of things to do in the future

  Finally, a juicy taste of Margay:


Shiloh nearly leapt off the sill as his hand touched her knee. It took every ounce of willpower she possessed to remain seated and appear undaunted by the gesture. “I am…much better now…thank you,” she said, becoming more unnerved by the presence of his hand by the minute.
Oh, this was not good, not good at all. The longer it remained there, the stronger her impulse to bolt became. Oh, no…

What was it about this man that rattled her so and with so little effort on his part? Sharing the same air with him was enough to send her pulses to the moon—and her mind somewhere else, something new for her. Being this attracted to a man was beyond her realm of experience. She didn’t know what to do with it—or about it. Should she do anything? Should she pretend indifference? And why wasn’t he so deeply affected? It wasn’t fair.

Still confused, she gave him a weak smile, intent on backing up her previous claim with the gesture. She feared it failed miserably. When Micah returned her smile and lifted his hand from her knee, she felt precisely one second of relief before he shook her world again by caressing her face in parting. She stumbled back against the frame of the window, her lips parting on a startled breath as a lightning bolt shot through her at his touch. Something flickered in his eyes at her reaction—pain, perhaps—and he retracted his hand, balling it into a fist as he turned away from her, preparing to depart.

In an instant, she realized her mistake. Along with it came the knowledge she couldn’t let him go away angry or upset. After everything he and his family had done for her, she owed him that much. She grabbed him by the shirtfront to stop him, and a shock of awareness shot from her hand directly into his heart, just beneath it. She could see it in the gaze he leveled on her then, could hear it in his breath trapped within his lungs, feel it in the missed beat of his heart. But then, all sense abandoned her, and her heart skipped a beat as he held her hand firmly to his chest with one of his own and lifted the other to her head, anchoring it against the window frame. Slowly, his eyes never straying from hers, he leaned across the space separating them. His lips brushed hers, like a whisper, before he withdrew, tilted his head to the side, and advanced again. This time the kiss was fuller, penetrating her every defense, both physical and emotional, but still not long enough for her. He retreated once again after a fraction of time and hovered before her, scarcely an inch away. Watching her. Waiting.

Her heart beating a frantic tempo now, Shiloh abandoned all of her reservations and her good sense to swoop in for a more vigorous kiss. So vigorous, in fact, she knocked him off his perch through the open window. Only quick reflexes honed to perfection at the Institute prevented her from tumbling after him.

Bracing herself against the sill, she leaned out the window as far as she was able and watched his descent from the slanted roof to the ground below. She lost sight of him the moment he slid beyond the reach of the light from her window. But then she heard him land with a thud —and a howl—on the ground in front of the back porch when he failed to catch himself on the roof edge. She clasped a hand over her mouth to silence her reaction and waited. When he didn’t rouse right away, panic shot through her and she leaned out another few inches.

“Micah? Are you okay?”

“Fine,” he answered after a few moments, appearing beyond the overhang of the roof as if to prove it to her. “Nothing hurt but what’s left of my pride.”

Relief coursed through her at his statement, and she allowed herself the laugh she’d literally held back before. Her mirth was cut short, however, by his next words.

“Hey, Shiloh! We’ve got to stop falling for each other like this.”

His laughter followed her as she ducked back into the room. She could still hear it even after she closed the window, though not as well. Oh, Lord. She rested against the cool pane of glass and touched her still-tingling lips with shaky fingers. Was she? Falling for him? Was that what this crazy-mad feeling inside of her was?
The question plagued her long into the night.
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Thank you, Margay, for being with us today.It has been great to meet you!

10 comments:

  1. Hi Margay,

    I enjoyed the excerpt. Your story sounds intriguing. I lived in MA for about 19 years and it's where I met my hero, my second husband, Joe. :-)

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  2. Hi Margay,

    I enjoyed the excerpt. Your story sounds intriguing. I lived in MA for about 19 years and it's where I met my hero, my second husband, Joe. :-)

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  3. Thank you for hosting Margay on your blog today. Sloane Wolf is an awesome read and glad for Margay to have an opportunity to showcase her book.

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    1. Thanks so much for your support! You made it all possible!

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  4. Hi,

    Apologies for the off-topic comment, but I couldn't find a contact email for you.

    I recently put out an ebook of my writing, called The New Death and others. It's a collection of short pieces, mostly dark fantasy.

    I was wondering if you'd be interested in doing a review on your blog.

    If so, please email me: news@apolitical.info. Let me know what file format is easiest for you, and I'll send you a free copy.

    You can download a sample from the ebook's page on Smashwords:

    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/92126

    I'm also happy to do interviews, guest posts, or giveaways. Just let me know what you'd prefer.

    Yours,
    James.

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    1. Check out Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem for more info.

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  5. Great interview. I think I've said this to Margay before, but I like to see books set in Massachusetts; especially one like this. We have such great history that it's wonderful to see it used in fiction.

    Wishing you the best with this one, Margay.

    Cheryl

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    1. Aw, thanks, Cheryl! I really appreciate how supportive you've been to me. And I agree - MA is bursting with history and I'd love to see more books set here!

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  6. Thank you for having me, Megan! I enjoyed it.

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  7. Marion, that's wonderful! I love hearing stories like that (how you met your husband), and I'm happy that you liked my excerpt!

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