Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bookcation Event: The Elusive Wife by Callie Hutton (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Welcome back! Joining us on our BOOKCATION now is author, Callie Hutton, who has brought along a special guest - her Muse! Err...well, maybe not...She's probably basking in the sun somewhere but hopefully she'll join Callie later! ☺

When your muse takes a vacation

Ordinarily, my muse and I get along quite well. She arrived when I was quite young, actually. She wasn’t all that helpful during my school career when I had to write those exceptionally boring, and pointless, term papers. Except in my creative writing class when she really jumped front and center.

As a young child, she helped me tolerate long family car trips, where I was always squished in the middle of the back seat between older sister and younger brother. She also helped me fall asleep at night, when she would weave amazing stories where I was the star. Beautiful, smart, rich—all the things a little girl dreams of. 

During my various careers she either trudged with me to the office each day—when I worked for corporate communications at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City, or lapsed into a coma when I sold insurance. But she was always there at night time when my head hit the pillow and we continued with the story of my fabulous (read: pretend) life. 

About three years ago, we became BFF when I wrote my first book. God, I loved her. She arrived each morning, glowing with good health. We put our heads together and wonderful things spewed forth from my laptop. We high fived each other on a regular basis.

That lasted about six months. Then I noticed a change in her temperament. The only way to describe it is—grumpy. Sometimes she smiled and shone like a brilliant star, other times she groused about the lack of coffee and needing a nap. 

There were days she disappeared completely, but when she returned never gave me a clue where she’d been. Said it was a secret. Ha! Other times she hid in the back of my bedroom closet, arms crossed, and snarled at me, even though I warned her about deadlines. Bribery didn’t work very much either. Eventually, she would dust herself off, work like the devil to reach that deadline and then offer a smug smile.

The worse time, and it’s only happened once, my muse took a vacation. Days and days of the black hole as I stared at a blank computer screen, and wailed in agony for her to return. I called, texted, FB’d, tweeted, skyped. Nothing. She was gone. I pounded the keyboard, paced the room, wrote gibberish, then violently pushed the ‘delete’ button. 

She returned. With absolutely no explanation, and merely raised her eyebrows with disdain when I told her how much I missed her. She coolly brushed me aside and wrote up a storm. 

Come to think of it, she’d make a great heroine, but she refuses to let me write her.

Title: The Elusive Wife
Author:  Callie Hutton
Genre:  Historical Romance
Release Date:  May 2013
Imprint:  Scandalous
Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry, is trying to discreetly locate his unwanted and abandoned bride among London society to request an annulment. However, he doesn’t remember what she looks like because he was blind drunk at his arranged wedding and hasn’t seen her since.The fascinating Lady Olivia has captured the Earl’s attention. Newly arrived from the country to stay with her school friend for the Season, she is appalled to discover that her husband, Lord Coventry, doesn't even recognize her. She's not about to tell the arrogant arse that she is his wife. Instead, she flirts with him by night and has her modiste send her mounting bills to him by day.Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned… Too bad this woman finds her husband nearly irresistible.
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Callie Hutton’s Bio:

Callie has been making up stories since elementary school, and writing gave her a way to turn off the voices in her head. After having a number of articles and interviews published in newspapers and magazines, she took on what she’d always dreamed of. Writing that book. She currently has a number of both historical and contemporary romance books published.She currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband and adult children who move in and out with alarming regularity. Add three rescue dogs and the household is complete—and full. She enjoys hearing from her readers, and would love to have you visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

The Earl will gift a family heirloom charm bracelet of pearl and sterling silver to the individual who assists with the locations of The Elusive Wife.

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  1. Your muse does sound like a perfect heroine. LOL Maybe over time she'll cave and let you tell her story. Maybe while she was on vacation she met the perfect hero...hmmmm...I'm sensing a story here.

    Congrats on your release Callie...can't wait to read The Elusive Wife.

  2. Thanks Christine. Yes, there probably is a story there, if only she would cooperate. Glad you stopped by.

  3. Very funny! It sounds like you may need to attend muse counseling. Tweeted.

  4. HI Ella, Thanks for coming by. Yes, I think counselling may be in our future.

  5. Hi Callie. Your muse does sound like a handful. But she obviously accompanied you to this appearance. Nice post :) Loved the blurb. The Elusive Wife sounds delightful. Best of luck with the release.

  6. Thanks, Barbara, I appreciate your visit.

  7. You so made me laugh with this. My mush is a night owl. Why, she's napping now, while I troll the Internet. Mmm, time to go wake her up!

    So glad you and she mostly reach an understanding.

  8. Oh, and my *muse* sucks at typing and proofreading!

  9. Yeah...gotta love the musecation. :( I'm very familiar with it. But that charm is lovely and the cover exceptional! Good luck, Callie.

  10. Thanks ladies. Muses can be difficult at times, can't they?

  11. I love your muse, Callie she sounds exactly like mine who often goes on trips to Club Med without me. The Elusive Wife sounds awesome and has been added to be TBR pile. Congratulations.


  12. HI Hayson,

    Thanks for coming by. I guess most of us have trouble with that lady once in a while.

  13. I so enjoyed reading about your Muse and your book to boot! Such fun! Strange she won't let you write about Muse is something of a braggart, the hussy. ;)

  14. I loved the premise. I can't wait to read it.
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  15. sounds like a spicy read! looking forward to it. :)

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  16. I've worked in mental health for 5 years and have met a lot of interesting people however you're the first to mention a muse :) Cute story about your friend.
    You're a new author for me and your book sounds amazing. So send lots of thanks to your friend as well. I will be adding the book to my library.
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  17. Thanks ladies. I appreciate the visit and all the generous comments. For those of you who buy The Elusive Wife, I hope you enjoy it.


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