Author Q&A: Joanna Chambers + Giveaway!

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Hello, book lovers! I’m Joanna Chambers and this is the blog tour for Tribute Act, my new romance which is book #8 in the Riptide’s Cornwall-set Porthkennack series. I’ll be sharing thoughts on writing my first full length contemporary, writing Christmas songs as an extreme form of authorly procrastination and my love of men with sad eyes. Please join me for a chance to win a copy of the book and a $25 Riptide gift card!

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Please welcome Joanna Chambers to The Blogger Girls! Tell us a little about yourself, why did you start writing?

Hi, it’s great to be here – thanks for inviting me!

I pretty much always wanted to write. My first writing endeavour was to try out for my writing badge in Brownies (UK version of girl scouts for little girls) but Brown Owl (troop leader) said my story wasn’t up to the mark! I was 7 years old – my first one-star review! That experience put me off for a while, lol, but the itch was always there. I made a real proper go of it after I had my first child. Something just clicked at that point 😊  

Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?

Oh, from all over – I have a constant flow of ideas – the challenge for me is deciding which ones to take forward. I have finite writing time and I’m not a particularly fast or prolific writer. I’m best known for my historicals and a lot of my ideas come from tiny snippets I’ve read – little serendipitous facts that I come across and that intrigue me. Also situational stuff. For example, when I signed up to write A Gathering Storm, my first Porthkennack book, I picked a character to write about (Sir Edward Fitzwilliam) that meant I had to set the book in the 1850s. I ended up researching that period in lot of detail and a lot of the plot was driven by the events and news of 1850-52.   

Why the Porthkennack series? How did you get involved with this series?

Sarah Lyons asked me and when she told me Alex Beecroft had created the universe and written a detailed story bible, I was in – that was even before I knew who the other authors were. Also, it’s set in Cornwall which is an amazing setting.

Is it hard writing in part of a series with other authors even though the stories are standalone?

I imagine it could be, but honestly, Alex’s bible was so thorough, that it was fine.

Now for the story, tells us a little about it in three sentences or less. 

Nathan and Mack meet at a nightclub and hook up for the night. They part in the morning, but less than a day later, they meet again when Mack turns unexpectedly in Porthkennack. Nathan’s a fixer by nature and when he learns more about Mack’s history, he desperately wants to fix things for him, but to do that, he has to overcome Mack’s fear of intimacy.

How does it differ from the other stories in the series?

It’s probably a bit more standalone than some of the other stories in the series as the main characters are all new characters.

And lastly, what else do you have coming out soon or what are you currently working on?

I’ve been plate-spinning a few drafts recently but my new year’s resolution was to put everything else aside and work on my main project, which is a pair of werewolf books with historical settings. I’m wildly in love with this project right now!

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About Tribute Act

Nathan Bridges hadn’t intended to settle down in his hometown of Porthkennack—he just ended up staying after saving the family business from ruin. The truth is, Nathan can’t stop himself from stepping in when problems arise. He’s a fixer, the man everyone turns to. But even fixers can’t solve everything.

When Nathan’s sister needs an organ transplant, it’s his stepbrother, Mack, who the family turns to as Rosie’s only potential living donor. Nathan’s curiosity about the stepbrother he’s never met turns to shock when he realises that Mack is his latest—and hottest ever—one-night stand.

Nathan and Mack agree to forget their single night together, but that’s easier said than done. When Mack moves in to Nathan’s place to recuperate after surgery, it’s not just the sexual tension between them that keeps growing. Against all the odds, and despite Mack’s wariness of intimacy, the two men grow close enough that Nathan begins to wonder what it would take to mend the rift that’s kept Mack and his father estranged for over a decade . . . and whether Mack might consider staying with Nathan in Porthkennack for good.

Available at: Riptide Publishing & Amazon

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About the Porthkennack Series

Welcome to Porthkennack, a charming Cornish seaside town with a long and sometimes sinister history. Legend says King Arthur’s Black Knight built the fort on the headland here, and it’s a certainty that the town was founded on the proceeds of smuggling, piracy on the high seas, and the deliberate wrecking of cargo ships on the rocky shore. Nowadays it draws in the tourists with sunshine and surfing, but locals know that the ghosts of its Gothic past are never far below the surface.

This collaborative story world is brought to you by five award-winning, best-selling British LGBTQ romance authors: Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, and JL Merrow. Follow Porthkennack and its inhabitants through the centuries and through the full rainbow spectrum with historical and contemporary stand-alone titles.

Available at: Riptide Publishing & Amazon

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About Joanna Chambers

Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. In between studying, finding a proper grown up job, getting married and having kids, she spent many hours staring at blank sheets of paper and chewing pens. That changed when she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna’s muse likes red wine, coffee and won’t let Joanna clean the house or watch television.

Find out more about Joanna on her WebsiteFacebookTwitter or Goodreads.

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To celebrate the release of Tribute Act, one lucky winner will receive an ecopy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 20, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Good luck!

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22 thoughts on “Author Q&A: Joanna Chambers + Giveaway!

  1. jodi marinich

    thanks for the chance..congrats
    jmarinich33 at aol dot com

  2. Cornelia

    Sounds like a great series.
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  3. Susana Perez

    Thank you for the interesting interview (I’m sure your story for the Brownies was great… all starts are difficult). I love this series and your books, so this one is a win-win for me
    susanaperez7140(at)Gmail(dot)com

  4. Alex

    Looking forward to reading this. Thanks!

  5. H.B.

    Thank you for the interview!
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  6. Jennifer

    Sounds good!
    jlshannon74 at gmail.com

  7. Thanks for a little insight about your writing. This book sounds so good.
    heath0043 at gmail dot com

  8. lisa

    Thanks for the interview!
    legacylandlisa at gmail dot com

  9. Trix

    Such a fun interview!

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  10. Thanks for the interview, Joanna. I love your historicals. ❤
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  11. congrats on the new release

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  12. Carolyn

    Always happy to see a new Joanna Chambers book out in the world! I didn’t know that Alex Beecroft had created this world for all the authors to inhabit. Cool.

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

  13. Amanda Whitley

    sounds awesome! awhitley2272 at gmail dot com

  14. Congratulations on the new release. Love the cover!
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  15. Nikolina84

    I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!
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  16. Toni

    I love this series and I’m looking forward to reading this book. Also historical werewolf books sound really interesting! violet817(at)aol(dot)com

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  18. Courtney Bassett

    The book sounds great – thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Jack S

    Thanks for the chance! Congrats on the new book, it looks interesting!

  20. Thanks for the Q&A. Congrats on the new release!
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  21. Purple Reader

    Congrats, Johanna, and thanks for the interview. I liked your historical contribution to this series; and with its intense family dynamics, this sounds like another great addition. – Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  22. Great cover – drew me in and fit right in with the intriguing blurb and rest of the series.
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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