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Happy Release Day to Helen Lacey, Date With Destiny & Giveaway!

Congratulations and Happy Release Day to author Helen Lacey and her latest DATE WITH DESTINY!

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Let's do a fast quiz and see Helen's answers!

1.      Introduce us to Helen Lacey in 140 characters like a tweet...

I write romances for Harlequin Special Edition and my latest book is Date With Destiny

 

2.      What inspired you to be a writer?

I penned my first book when I was seven years old, so I guess I was born to be a writer. I love creating characters and seeing them come to life on the page. I travelled a lot as a child and loved writing down details of people I met and places I saw.

 

3.      How did you chose your genre?

I’d been a keen reader all my childhood, loving books like Anne Of Green Gables and Little Women – I knew I wanted to be a writer and wrote stories about horses and pony mad teenage girls. But when I was twelve I read my first Mills & Boon novel and from then knew I wanted to write romance. I read every M&B I could get my hands on, and bigger Single Title books by authors like Danielle Steel and Barbara Taylor Bradford. But I always went back to reading my favourite Mills & Boon/Harlequin stories. I started reading Special Edition about ten years ago and just loved the line – the realistic heroes and heroines and the strong sense of family and community in each book made me feel like these characters could be people I know…from then I knew they were the kind of stories I wanted to write.

 

4.What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?

This story was an idea in my head way back when I wrote my first published book, Made for Marriage. I wanted to do an enemies-to-lovers/second-chance-at-love kind of story with a bit of a twist. Because these two characters really were destined to be together….they just had the timing wrong the first time around. And since I like pushing the boundaries with tough, real-life issues such as adoption, infidelity, loss of a child, unplanned pregnancy as I’ve done in my other books for Special Edition, in Date With Destiny I had a chance to tackle a character with PTSD.

  1. How did you come up with the title?

Actually my husband came up with it. My editor asked me to think of a few and when I sent the list that’s the one we all agreed on. And it really does tell the story of these two characters.

Date With Destiny

 Financier Grace Preston did fourteen-hour days in New York City. She didn't do small towns in Australia. Not since she'd fled almost twenty years ago. But when a personal trauma sent her home-with a secret she couldn't reveal-the last person she needed was her first love.

 Local cop Cameron Jakowski had loved Grace for most of his life. But he wanted marriage and family and she didn't. He was small town, while she was big city-and lived half a world away. But for now she was right here-a walking, talking temptation. One he managed to avoid...until he made one mistake. He kissed her. And reawakened the passion that could change their lives...forever.

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Was it fate...or a labor of love? Find out as Grace Preston comes face-to-face once again with teenage crush Cameron Jakowski in author Helen Lacey's fourth book for Harlequin Special Edition, Date with Destiny...
What would you do if you come face-to-face with a teenage crush after many years away?

24 comments:

  1. Wonderful interview, Helen and Nas! I love books with tough, real-life issues that take you on those emotional roller-coaster rides! Date with Destiny sounds great!

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    1. Hi Maria - I think if the issue is hard to resolve the happy-ever-after is so much sweeter. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Great interview ladies! I love those 2nd chance stories when the couple gets time to finally get it right! :)

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    1. Hi Jemi - me too! Great to see you here :)

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  3. How interesting! You always have the best interviews here, Nas! As far as a teenage crush, I'm married to mine, almost 30 years now!

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    1. Hi Shelly - how lovely that you married him. I love happy endings :)

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  4. Date with Destiny sounds brilliant, Helen. I did see my high-school crush at a reunion a while back and walked up and said "I had a crush on you all through high-school." Left him speechless. Very funny!

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    1. Hi Jennifer - I'm not sure what I'd do if faced with my high school crush. Probably say "thanks for not liking me back or I might not have found my hubby" - thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. Really nice interview. My hubby also helps me with names and such when I get stuck:)

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  6. Hi tfwalsh - it's great to have someone to bounce things off, isn't it. Thanks for stopping by today :)

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  7. Congratulations to Helen on the new book! It's nice to hear about her journey. Wishing her all the best!

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    1. Hi Karen - thanks so much for dropping by :)

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  8. Helen I'd love to know, of the two covers of your latest book, which one is your favourite?

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    1. Hi Maria - Hmmmm...I think the North American SE edition...that's the one that works off the details I give about the characters. And they we redesigned for the August releases which is cool. But I do like the Cherish duo too...she's very pretty. And he's hot :)

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  9. Love those rekindling stories!
    It would be nice to talk with one of my old crushes, but we are married with kids now, and old ourselves! (which gives me an idea for a great story! better write it down!)

    ps - you are always so sweet to comment at my blog! thank you so much! I was wondering if by chance you might be interested in reviewing Pop Travel? it has a romantic sub plot... just thought I'd ask, don't want to impose!

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    1. Hi Tara - and you married your crush too. How lovely. And a story idea is not surprising...good luck with it :) Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Hi Tara!

      I would love to. My email- nas_dean@ymail.com

      Nas

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  10. I'm impressed that your husband came up with the title. Kudos to him! It's a good one!

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    1. Hi Sherry - he's pretty clever :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Thanks for having Helen here today, Nas. LOVED the post. I'm such an Anne of Green Gables fan! Maybe it's the red hair. ;-) Helen's work looks fabulous. :D

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  12. Hi Morgan - always great to meet another Anne Shirley fan! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  13. I love that last line in the description and the cover is gorgeous.

    Happy release day to Helen.

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  14. Hi Medeia - I love the cover too....I feel very blessed that Harlequin do such great covers. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  15. Congratulations to Karen Lange. Please email me at nas_dean@ymail.com or contact Helen via her website. You've been chosen the winner of this contest.

    Thanks to all my friends for coming along!

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