Blog Guest Post: Introducing Lee-Ann Graff Vinson, author of the scintillating romance Callie's Fate
When I stop to admire the cover of Callie's Fate, which is often for obvious reasons you can see here, I know for sure this book is going to be something sexy! I love the way it begins in a non-cliched manner. A group of old fashioned sorts seem to have determined that a romance should not begin with a heroine being married. I'm glad author Lee-Ann has stretched the boundaries and taken risks with this one, and it looks like it's going to be a great story. Thank you, Lee-Ann, for creating a fresh, original story and refusing to write romance with the same old same old!
Why did you decide to become a novelist?
I don’t think I decided, it was decided for me. My enjoyment for writing is just something that’s always been. When I realized I might actually have a talent for creating stories people would be interested in reading, I was pregnant with my first child, at least four feet wide (or felt like I was) and soon to be a stay-at-home mom. So, the question was, “How serious am I about a career in writing?” This was quickly followed by, “Will I be any good?” I figured if I could give birth, I could probably handle the pain of the dreaded rejection letter. I stared fate right in the eye and said “pretty please?” Along came Gypsy Shadow Publishing, and my first e-book came screaming onto the screen in October 2010, all 4,700 words of her.
I am so with you on that. There is something about gestating that really stimulates the creative process. After all, we are creating life. It only seems natural that great things and great ideas should occur at this time.
Tell us about your latest book.
When Callie takes the red-eye home to surprise her husband for their anniversary, she finds the surprise is on her. She watches as a blonde tart in six-inch heels teeters out from her home and toward a cherry-red Mustang, which is parked in her spot.
Enraged, Callie does the only thing she can do. She drives to her favorite coffee house, scrolls through divorce lawyers who claim to eat cheating husbands for breakfast, and cries. Her only consolation is Christian, a Marine, whom she befriended on a chat site almost a year earlier.
While waiting for her marriage to end, Callie agrees to finally meet Christian in person. She has always been a woman in control, but the mere touch of this man has her begging for more. Christian is only too happy to oblige, leaving Callie agreeing with the motto ‘The Few and The Proud’. She has never experienced a man who could make her see stars, but Christian does his duty, and does it well.
Unhappy circumstances bring them together. A week of sexual bliss makes it impossible for them to part, leaving them to wonder how they can, once again, test the hands of fate
Who is your greatest inspiration? Why?
That would have to be the women out there who can balance their careers with their families and still smile at the end of each day. Keeping a clean house, always being on time (or early) for appointments, never running out of the important groceries, these are things I used to be good at. Heck, I excelled at them. Now? Not so much. I could use about four more hours in each day and another day in the week to fit in all the things I have going on (and I don’t even work outside the home!) As well, I think my children sucked out the brain cells that control my organizational skills, as they seem to have disappeared as well. Having said that, I wouldn’t give them up for anything in the world. They are my heart and soul, and yes, my inspiration.
Two words for you, Supermom. Gingko Biloba. It's the only way I can remember to wash my hair after having four children. To have a novel published, and raise a family, is absolutely amazing. Big props to you and I cannot wait to read your book.
Where can readers pick up a copy of your book?
‘Callie’s Fate’ is available through Gypsy Shadow Publishing. It can also be found at Amazon.com, Bookstrand, OmniLit and Smashwords.
Thank you so much, Lee-Ann, for stopping by and sharing your time with us at The Visionary Lounge. We look forward to a lot more great books from you in the future.
And while you're in the mood for art, check out the News and Events section for the latest on a book signing on Thursday, December 15th, at Barnes and Noble in San Jose. Buy two or more books and receive a free T-shirt and some swag. The author signed books will make great Christmas gifts, and the tee will be a great gift for you! Hope to see you there!
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