Feature, Giveaway & Interview w/ author Zara Keane

Feature, Giveaway & Interview w/ author Zara Keane

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Giveaway and Book feature are below the interview.

Interview questions from Babs Book Bistro

Babs….When did you know you wanted to write?
I knew I wanted to write stories from the time I could hold a crayon, but I didn’t start writing romance until university. For a long while, I was Queen of the First Three Chapters—great at starting new writing projects and even better at abandoning them. :D

That changed during NaNoWriMo in 2009. By the end of the month, I had a 65,000-word rough manuscript with a beginning, a middle, and—most crucially—an end. Once I finished that story, it all sort of fell into place. I developed a writing routine, stuck to it, and wrote like crazy for the next few years.

Babs…..What would you like your readers to get out of your books?
Ideally, I’d like my readers to have a laugh and enjoy a few hours in Ireland. ☺ While Ballybeg is fictitious, it’s based on the towns of Cobh, Kinsale, and Clonakilty in County Cork. All other places I send my characters to are real — Cork City, Doolin, the Burren, Lisdoonvarna, and so on. Ireland and the Irish are steeped in a unique history and culture and I use these aspects to flavor my stories.

Babs…..Do you have a current project in the works?
Yes! I’m writing a series of romances set in a fictitious Irish town named Ballybeg. Love and Shenanigans is the first story in the series. I’m currently working on the second draft of Love and Leprechauns, the second full-length Ballybeg novel. I’m also tidying up Love and Blarney, a Ballybeg novella.

Babs…..Do you have a ritual when you are writing? ie coffee, music, food etc
I tend to start each writing session with a cup of coffee. Once I’ve activated Freedom to block out the internet and social media distractions, I fire up Scrivener and get to work.
As I have three small kids, my writing time is squeezed in around their needs, so I have to make the most of my writing sessions.

Babs…..Hobbies outside of writing?
I’m a self-confessed board game geek. I own a ridiculous number of games, especially ones of strategy. I also love learning foreign languages and visiting new countries. Although I was born and grew up in Ireland, I’ve moved a few times since leaving university. I’m currently based in Switzerland.

Babs….What book or books are you currently reading?
I usually juggle an e-book and an audiobook. Here’s what I’m reading at the moment:
E-book: ‘When We Met’ by Susan Mallery
Audiobook: ‘The Son’ by Jo Nesbo

Babs….If you could be one character from one of your books who would it be?
Fiona from Love and Shenanigans is probably the heroine most like me, so it’s a toss up between Olivia from Love and Leprechauns and Clio from the as-yet-untitled Ballybeg Book 4. I admire Olivia’s dry wit and tendency to say exactly what she thinks. In Clio’s case, I’d only like to be her for a day. She’s a grifter with a sense of adventure and a scant regard for rules. It might be fun to be in her shoes for a little while. :D

Babs…Favorite drink?
Caipirinha.

Babs…..What is your favorite ice cream?
Chocolate.

Babs….What is your favorite food?
Anything with rice.

Babs…Anything else you would like to add? ( links to any blogs/sites to follow etc)
I love to tweet! If you’d like to follow me on Twitter, I’m @zara_keane.
For more information on my books, please check out my website: http://zarakeane.com

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions and being a guest on the blog.
Thanks so much for having me!

Bio: Zara Keane grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but spent her summers in a small town very similar to the fictitious Ballybeg.
She currently lives in Switzerland with her family. When she’s not writing or wrestling small people, she drinks far too much coffee, and tries – with occasional success – to resist the siren call of Swiss chocolate.
Love and Shenanigans (Ballybeg, #1) — 1 June 2014
Vows in Vegas…
Three days before leaving Ireland on the adventure of a lifetime, Fiona Byrne returns to her small Irish hometown to attend the family wedding from hell. When she discovers the drunken vows she exchanged with the groom during a wild Las Vegas trip eight years previously mean they’re legally married, her future plans ricochet out of control. Can she untangle herself from the man who broke her heart so long ago? Does she even want to?
…True Love in Ballybeg.
Gavin Maguire’s life is low on drama, high on stability, and free of pets. But Gavin hadn’t reckoned on Fiona blasting back into his life and crashing his wedding. In the space of twenty-four hours, he loses a fiancée and a job, and gains a wife and a labradoodle. Can he salvage his bland-but-stable life? More importantly, can he resist losing his heart to Fiona all over again?
Link to excerpt: http://zarakeane.com/?page_id=83

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BLURB:
Vows in Vegas…True Love in Ireland.
Three days before leaving Ireland on the adventure of a lifetime, Fiona Byrne returns to her small Irish hometown to attend the family wedding from hell. When she discovers the drunken vows she exchanged with the groom during a wild Las Vegas trip eight years previously mean they’re legally married, her future plans ricochet out of control. Can she untangle herself from the man who broke her heart so long ago? Does she even want to?

Gavin Maguire’s life is low on drama, high on stability, and free of pets. But Gavin hadn’t reckoned on Fiona blasting back into his life and crashing his wedding. In the space of twenty-four hours, he loses a fiancée and a job, and gains a wife and a labradoodle. Can he salvage his bland-but-stable life? More importantly, can he resist losing his heart to Fiona all over again?
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