Interview with RITA finalist Maisey Yates – & giveaway!

Welcome to my RITA® award celebration! Hosted by the Romance Writers of America®, the RITAs celebrate outstanding romance novels and novellas. I’m so thrilled to be a finalist in the Romance Novella category, and I’ve asked my fellow RITA® finalists to come tell you more about themselves and their books. I hope you meet some new favorite authors!

Today we welcome Maisey Yates!

USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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1. Which of your books has been nominated for a RITA, and in what category?
Imagine Me and You in the novella category

2. How do your hero and heroine meet, and what are their first impressions of each other?
Jace and Sam met in high school, and they had a pretty immediate connection. Both of them felt like outsiders. On Jace’s part though, there was a little bit of insta lust. 😉

3. What are their best and worst characteristics?
Jace is a neat freak, which is great in some ways…and bad in others. Samantha is impulsive and enthusiastic, which can also work out well for her…and then go very badly other times.

4. Where is this book set, and what makes the setting special?
This book is set in Bend, Oregon, though it mostly takes place on Jace’s ranch. I love the chance to set anything in Oregon, because it’s where I live and I love it!

5. Is this the first time you’ve been a RITA finalist? If not, what books have previously finaled?
This is my first time! I was such a sap when I got the call…I definitely cried!

6. Have you read any of the other books that are finalists in your category? If so, which ones?
I haven’t, but I’m in awe of the company I find myself in. I know Jane Porter’s Montana Born books are fantastic!

7. What was the first thing you did when you found out you were a RITA finalist?
I finished texting Megan Crane (Caitlin Crews) who I had abandoned mid-text to answer the phone call informing me that I was a finalist. Then I shouted the news to my husband, who had been loitering nearby to hear the phone call. Then I called my mom and dad. Then I came back to my texts to see that Megan’s book was a finalist in short contemporary! It was an exiting morning. 😉

8. Do you write in genres other than the one you finaled in? If not, are there any genres you would love to write in?
I also write long contemporary (I didn’t enter any books in that category this year!) and short contemporary. I love to read Historical, but I don’t want to write it. It’s my escape!

9. If you win the RITA, who’s the first person you’ll thank in your speech, and why?
Probably my husband. He’s the man. Without him, no books would get written and my house would be a mess.

Speed-dating round

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
I was just in Cascade Locks, Oregon and it was GORGEOUS

If you were stuck on a desert island, what ONE book would you want with you?
Having Her by Jackie Ashenden. I’ve read it 4-5 times and I love it each time.

If you could bring one of your heroes to life for a day, who would you choose?
Probably Cade from Unbroken. And I would feed him pie because he needs pie.

Which of your characters is most similar to you?
I would say Paige from Her Little White Lie or Clara from One Night in Paradise

If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream career?
I would be the next winner of American Idol. I’m extremely practical.

What kind of dessert are you hoping they’ll serve at the award ceremony?
Something intensely chocolate. A torte or something.

What’s the best compliment a reader could give you?
I love it when I make people cry. But I also love it when someone tells me I made them laugh during a really trying time.

How would you describe your books?
My category romances are dark with spots of humor, while my single titles are funny with some emotional gut punches. I’m never ALL dark or all light.

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Imagine Me and You by USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates
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Giveaway!

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Win RITA® Award-nominated romance novellas!

Hey, friends! I hope those of you in the U.S. had a lovely Fourth of July weekend. It’s one of my favorite holidays. Since my husband’s British, it’s the one day of the year I can brag about beating him at something. 😉

This is a HUGELY exciting month for me – and I hope for you, too! On July 21 I’m revealing the cover of Tempting the Player, then later this month I’m going to the Romance Writers of America conference in San Antonio, where I’ll be taking part in my first book signing event. I hope I meet lots of you there!

But before all that happens, I’m featuring some of my favorite authors on this site – and they’re giving you a chance to win their RITA-nominated novellas. Whoop whoop!

RITA romance novella giveaway

If you visited my blog in March, you might remember me screaming for joy when I found out I’m a finalist for a Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award. My Christmas novella, Mine Under the Mistletoe, is a finalist in the Romance Novella category. For the next two weeks, my fellow finalists will be stopping by to answer my nosy questions and giving you a chance to win their novellas.

The giveaway starts today. You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below. But first, a quick intro to the novellas you could win!

The Bridesmaid by Julia London
Defending Truth by Shannon McNear (win the anthology A Pioneer Christmas)
How to Marry a Highlander by Katharine Ashe
How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox
Imagine Me and You by Maisey Yates
Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham (win the anthology All I’m Asking For)
Take Me, Cowboy by Jane Porter
Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey
Too Fast to Fall by Victoria Dahl in Be Mine

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