Backlist Bash: Nora Snowdon

Moving right along! Please welcome NORA SNOWDON and her paranormal romantic comedy Love at First Sniff.

SHR: What makes this particular book your favorite?

NS: Love at First Sniff was my first published book and my first foray into the paranormal genre.  I’d been leery about paranormal as I figured there were “rules” you had to follow. (like how do they become werewolves? transitioning into their other forms and history) Once I realized I could make it all up, writing paranormal became a lot of fun. I enjoyed using my alpha border collie as a role model for my werewolf behavior and bonded quickly with my imaginary canine buddies. When the brother of the hero got captured and neutered by the SPCA while in wolf form I figured maybe this was destined to be a comedy.


SHR: Who published it? When?

NS: It was published by Rebel Ink Press in March of 2012. Then in June Rebel Ink published my romantic comedy, Sew Happy Together. Soon after Crimson Romance contracted my paranormal/romance, Arsonists Anonymous which came out in August and I have one more, The Spanish Acquisition, coming out from them in December of this year. 

Somehow Love at First Sniff seemed to get lost in the massive rush to publication.


SHR: Tell us a little about what you went through to get it published.

NS: I’d written Love at First Sniff a few of years ago, but when I pitched it to a few New York publishers they complained about the length (27,000 words) and that it wasn’t dark and dangerous. I tried marketing it as chick lit, but then that was considered a dead genre. (they still seem to publish chick lit, they just refer to it as women’s contemporary or women’s fiction…) When I decided to try e-publishing, Love at First Sniff was the first story I sent out to test the waters. I was thrilled when Rebel Ink Press responded and at how fast the turnaround was from contract to available for sale. And working with Rebel Ink has been fun—the RIP team are quick, responsive and very supportive.

 SHR: On writing in general: What’s the hardest part for you? Why?

NS: I love finding out my plot and characters as I go along but unfortunately since I don’t plot I often write myself into corners. This can lead to really unexpected twists, but sometimes I have to delete a bunch and try a different direction. I hate that.

SHR: Unrelated: What’s your favorite color?

NS: Burgundy. (especially in a nice wine glass late at night…)


ABOUT LOVE AT FIRST SNIFF:

GENRE:

Paranormal Romantic Comedy

BLURB:

Rosie has met the man of her dreams… Or could it really be her nightmares? After fabulous sex, he suddenly disappears. He re-enters her life in time for her to discover he’s being forced into a shotgun wedding.

Lucas finds in Rosie everything he’s ever wanted in a mate. Only problem is, she’s human. His werewolf parents want him to marry a nice girl with a fur coat, but the woman they’ve chosen is a bitch in more ways than one. When his fiancée Annabelle accidently bites Rosie she is thrown into a whole new fuzzy lifestyle.

If Lucas can just downplay the negative aspects of being a werewolf – fleas, the desire to chase motorcycles, and Uncle Harold – maybe he can convince Rosie that Annabelle’s bite is actually a good thing. Now that she too is a werewolf, they can be together.

Can Lucas win back the love of his life? Can Rosie love a man who moonlights as a wolf? A sexy comedy that will have you howling…

EXCERPT:

 

What do you get when you fall in love with a hot werewolf? Well, it ain’t all steak dinners and playing fetch…

After limping three blocks in her heels, Rosie gave up and took them off. The sidewalk was disgusting, but at least she wouldn’t be wounded for the next few days, unless she stepped on glass.

God, what a fool! First, he stalked her. Then he ran out on her right after sex. That should’ve set her libido on caution. Then they ran into the other woman – or was she the other woman – and she still didn’t get a clue. Probably if he’d walked into the club that first night with a big red stamp on his forehead saying player she still would’ve fallen for him. Obviously she was a sucker for whatever that stupid cologne was. And she didn’t even check out his medicine cabinet to find out the name of her Kryptonite. Maybe she should wear nose plugs in public for her own protection.

Rosie tried walking on the grass for a bit, but the wet leaves felt slimy, like walking on slugs. Yuck! What next? Was she going to get set upon by a wild pack of dingoes? Not that she knew what they were, but it seemed whatever came next would be equally bizarre and annoying.

What a stupid day. From just being dumped she’d quickly progressed to a woman about to be dumped because her one night stand had gotten his previous girlfriend pregnant and was about to be forced into a shotgun wedding. Wow.

At least she wasn’t crying. She was still too damn mad at herself. And maybe in shock. Listening to Lucas and the other guy arguing had ripped right through her. But then as they continued, she found her brain latching on to the absurdity of it all. There she was being so virtuous while Eva slept her way through the phone book – including the yellow pages – then in one fell swoop she manages to eclipse her friend in sleaziness. Well go big, or go home. Rosie limped up the steps to her apartment and amended the statement. Go big, then go home.

WHERE TO GET IT:

AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE | ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS | BOOKSTRAND

 MORE ON NORA:

BLOG | FACEBOOK

And be sure to check out REBEL INK PRESS!

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