Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Author's Den - Devon McKay

Welcome to The Author's Den author, Devon McKay, who is celebrating the release of her title, Staking a Claim!

Let's get to know Devon... 

Tell us a little about yourself.
Having lived in Alaska for 27 years, I have many exciting adventures I could share about the state. I was chased by moose, stalked by a bear, endured temperatures of forty below and once was even trapped in an avalanche. I loved every minute of it! After writing my first novel, Cowboy On The Run, I moved from the tough, frozen state and now call a small ranch in Ohio home with my loving husband, not so patient teenage son, three dogs, three cats, horde of long horned steers, flock of chickens, and a trio of pygmy goats. Though the farm life is slightly more laid back, I enjoy the slower pace of the country lifestyle and have more time to follow my dream of writing.

Please share an enticing tag line of your current work with us. 
What kind of fool makes a deal with a man called Wolf?

If your book were made into a movie, who would you want to play your main characters? 
For Sam, I’d choose Reese Witherspoon. I could see her easily portraying a workaholic, fact spewing kind of girl, who could become unraveled when out of her element. For Blake, John Corbett. He’d play the perfect rugged, outdoorsy Alaskan kind of man.

How do you come up with the titles of your books? 
Honestly, I have no idea. The titles just kind of come to me – usually at 3 am when I should be sleeping. When I wrote Cowboy On The Run, the title came first and I wrote the story around it. Staking A Claim was the complete opposite. 

What does your writing space look like? 
I have two and just tote my lap top back and forth. One’s at my barber shop. It’s just a little white desk, nothing fancy. The second one is at my house and it’s a little more….hmm. I’m trying to find the perfect word to describe the space…lived in. Yes, definitely lived in. Though my husband would probably say messy.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? 
That’s a tough one because I think a writer is always writing. If I’m not tapping away at my computer, I’m jotting something down on a pad of paper. However, I do enjoy making stained glass art pieces and painting. And my husband and I spend a lot of weekends at our cabin fishing and riding four wheelers. I also spend a lot of time with our three dogs, one of which is a five month old Chocolate Lab puppy who needs a lot of attention.

What is your favourite color? 
I like burgundy or a rich wine color, but I’m also drawn to warm colors, such as yellows and oranges.

What is your favourite pleasure food? 
Chocolate. Definitely chocolate.

What is your favourite season? 
Fall. I love everything about it. The bright, vibrant colors. The crisp morning air. The smell of burning leaves. Love it.

What is your favourite television show? 
I like shows that make me laugh. Modern Family. The Mindy Project.

What is your favourite movie? 
Young guns. I’ve seen the movie probably a hundred times, but still love it.

Who is your favourite actor? 
John Wayne.

What is your favourite song? 
Lie To Me by Johnny Lang.

What is your favourite comfort clothing attire? 
I’m a jammy kind of gal. I love my pj’s.

What books might we find on your bedside table?
I read just about anything I can get my hands on. However, at the moment, I’m into romance. I am currently reading a Nora Roberts book for the second time. 

Describe yourself in three words. 
Creative, artistic, and shy.

Let's learn about Staking a Claim...

What kind of fool makes a deal with a man called Wolf? 

Back Cover Blurb:
     For most people, seeing Alaska is a dream come true. For Miami Beach resident, Samantha Held, it is merely a job assignment. Creating an advertisement for vacationing in the state gets her one step closer to achieving her career goal—partnership in Kolinsky’s Advertisement Agency.
    Blake Langford is not willing to accept any exploitation of his beloved state, no matter how desirable the striking, southern blonde bombshell with fiery green eyes is, and he’s determined to sabotage Sam’s goal in every way. Falling in love with the enemy, however, was never part of the plan.

     Fuming, Sam held his gaze as she considered his offer. She couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to be dropped into her lap. She could learn everything she needed to know about Alaska and have a handsome, but overly protective, guide of the state to show her. Not to mention what his knowledge could do for the brochure.
     It would also mean more time in his temperamental company.
     Sam considered her options. She had gotten lucky finding Carlton Landing, but what about locating her elusive hotel? As proven last night, it was more than evident she couldn’t even read a map correctly. So, what real choice did she have?
     She pictured her new office…the view of the ocean…the partnership. She was willing to take the chance. Besides, she’d never been the kind of girl who shied away from a challenge. Hell, so far, her life had been a series of challenges.
     “It’s a deal.” Her voice came off cool and professional despite the quickening of her heartbeat. She offered her hand to shake on the agreement. “We haven’t officially met. Samantha Held. I go by Sam.”
     “Blake Langford.” He extended his, grasping her hand and repeating the name she already knew by heart. He held onto her grasp for a minute longer than necessary. “I go by Wolf.”
     Again, the breathtaking grin resurfaced, and an odd pulsation spiked through Sam, leaving her insides quivering like a bowl of gelatin as she second guessed her decision.

Available: September 30, 2015