The President's Wife Blog Tour by Seelie Kay

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The President’s Wife 
by Seelie Kay
Seelie will be giving away  an ebook of The Garage Dweller to three lucky winners drawn via Rafflecopter. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Remember there is a chance every day to enter to win. You may find all the tour locations here
About The President’s Wife:  What happens when one of your best friends, the First Lady of the newly democratic Republic of Lodatia, appears to be an imposter? If you’re criminal defense attorney Julianna Constant, you pursue the truth like a rabid dog, then wage a battle to save your friend’s life.

When criminal defense attorney Julianna Constant travels to Washington, D.C. to join her former college roommate, Marella de la Aerelli, in celebrating her husband’s election as the first president of the newly democratic Republic of Lodatia, she is met with an unpleasant surprise. Her friend of almost 30 years not only looks unwell, she is cold and distant. After Julianna becomes convinced the woman is really an imposter, she attempts to expose the faux Marella by using a secret only she, Marella, and the sitting U.S. President share. In the process, Julianna helps to uncover an international conspiracy to seize control of the new country, using the president’s wife as a pawn in a dangerous and potentially deadly game. Will Marella be rescued before a coup takes place? Or will she become collateral damage in one tiny nation’s fight to be free?

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Excerpt: The state dinner at the White House was in full swing. Waiters were busy delivering food and pouring wine, as guests ate and chatted with others seated at their tables.

Julianna picked at her dinner, some sort of beef dish with quirky vegetables, and continued to study Lodatian President Georges and Mrs. Marella de la Aerelli, as they chatted quietly with the U.S. president and his wife. Marella barely looked up from her plate, and conversation with her hosts appeared to be minimal. God, that is so not the Marella I know. She hasn’t even acknowledged me and I sent her an email informing her that I would be here.

Julianna set her fork down on her plate and nudged her husband, Little River, Wisconsin Police Chief David Manders. “Something’s wrong.” Julianna whispered. “Marella looks wrong. Maybe she’s just tired after the campaign, but she looks sick. Too thin and too pale. And she isn’t smiling. Marella is always smiling, even when she feels like shit. And she hasn’t even looked at me. Why is she ignoring me? Something is not right. I can feel it.”

David looked at his wife and tried to hide his smile. “Jules, you find a conspiracy behind every door these days,” he said quietly. He looked around to ensure that the other four couples seated at their table were otherwise engaged. “I vote for tired, no, make that exhausted. My God, five months ago, she was a farm wife in Lodatia, now she’s been thrust into the international spotlight as the wife of the President. That would exhaust anyone. I know if you ran for president, it would have a negative impact on me.”

Julianna smirked. “If I became President, sir, it would have a negative impact on both of us.” David sighed and ran a hand through his short, silver hair. His piercing blue eyes gazed at his wife, his fondness apparent. “Well, instead of jumping to conclusions, let’s wait until the reception at the Lodatian Embassy. There are a lot of rules and protocols for visiting dignitaries. Maybe it just isn’t appropriate to buddy up to an old friend at a state dinner. Once you get up close and personal with Marella, you can get a better fix on things. That woman has been through the wringer, what with that opposition group trying to assassinate her husband not once, but twice. I imagine the stress of clinging to Lodatia’s newly formed democratic government is a kind of like hanging on to a cliff, knowing that if you fall, there will be no net to catch you. Cut her some slack and do not tell her she looks awful.”



About Seelie Kay:
Seelie Kay writes about lawyers in love, with a dash of kink.

Writing under a nom de plume, the former lawyer and journalist draws her stories from more than 30 years in the legal world. Seelie’s wicked pen has resulted in nine works of fiction, including the Kinky Briefs series, The Garage Dweller, A Touchdown to Remember, and The President’s Wife, as well as the romance anthology, Pieces of Us.

When not spinning her kinky tales, Seelie ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals. Currently she resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, WI, where she shares a home with her son and enjoys opera, the Green Bay Packers, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an occasional bottle of red wine.

Seelie is an MS warrior and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her message to those diagnosed with MS: Never give up. You define MS, it does not define you!

Seelie can be reached at www.seeliekay.com, www.seeliekay.blogspot.com,  Twitter or Facebook. Author links: www.seeliekay.com www.seeliekay.blogspot.com Twitter: @SeelieKay https://twitter.com/SeelieKay Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seelie.kay.77 Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Seelie-Kay/e/B074RDRWNZ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1517848564&sr=1-2-ent
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And I am excited that Seelie agreed to let me interview her!

Mary: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write?

Seelie: I write erotic and contemporary romance.

Mary: What prompted you to write in the genre/s you do?

Seelie: They are what I am most comfortable with, and also the ones I think permit me to be entertaining.

Mary: What genres do you enjoy reading?

Seelie: I read almost everything, but I love murder mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels. I also read a lot of romance.

Mary: How long have you been writing?

Seelie: Literally since I could hold a crayon. Apparently, I was quite fond of writing, “Dear Mom: I think you are mean…” letters when I was a child.

Mary: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?

Seelie: My parents. They were both teachers and former journalists. They took every opportunity to encourage me to write.

Mary: What gets your creative juices flowing?

Seelie: It doesn’t take much. A conversation, a news story, an encounter at the grocery store…any one of them might inspire a story.

Mary: What do you have for breakfast?

Seelie: Whatever I can find in the kitchen. I tend to grab and go. I am always happy when there is a muffin around, but I am not averse to grabbing a boiled egg, frozen waffle, or breakfast sandwich. I long for the day when I can simply push a button and order Eggs Benedict!

Mary: What do you wear when you are writing?

Seelie: I am a total soccer mom. Shorts and tees most of the year!

Mary: Where do you do most of your writing?

Seelie: In my loft. It has lots of windows and a skylight. It’s a great place to “survey my kingdom!”

Mary: Who would you love most to meet 'in person' and why?

Seelie: I think Ben Franklin and I would find each other highly entertaining!

Mary: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?

Seelie: Time travel to Paris and flit from p√Ętisserie to p√Ętisserie. Seriously, I would probably bake or garden.

Mary: What are you working on now?

Seelie: A novel about former law school classmates shafted by love who join together to seek revenge.

Mary: If you could be anything other than a human, what would you be and why?

Seelie: I’d be a butterfly, flitting from flower to flower.

Mary: Imagine your fairy godmother were to wave her magic wand and bestow a million dollars upon your bank account. What would you do with the money and why?

Seelie: I’d use half to set up a family trust for my siblings and children for emergencies, and the other half to set up a charitable trust to benefit MS research, veterans, and childhood hunger. Sorry, I’m a lawyer. This is how I think!

Mary: What books have you had published? And tell us a little bit about them, please.

Seelie: I have published five books in the Kinky Briefs series, each a collection of 10 sizzling shorts stories about lawyers in love, with a dash of kink. I have also published three novellas, The Garage Dweller (based a true story—finding a kid living in my garage), A Touchdown to Remember, and The President’s Wife. The President’s Daughter will come out in December.

Mary: If you could be anyone or anything that you wanted, who or what would you be?

Seelie: A writer. I love what I do.

Mary: What has brought you the greatest joy in seeing your dream of publishing fulfilled?

Seelie: Holding the book in your hand is a pretty amazing experience!

Mary: If you were to wake one morning unable to write ever again, describe how you think you would react.

Seelie: I would be devastated, at first, then I’d go back to school and become a pastry chef.

Mary: What is your philosophy of writing?

Seelie: Dogged determination until the wee hours; take a break and have a cookie then get back to it; write when the mood hits.

If it doesn’t flow easily, chances are, you’re headed in the wrong direction.

Mary: Finally, name the one thing in life you do not at this moment possess, but wish to have with all your heart. How would you go about making your wish come true?

Seelie: I have always wanted to run a cooking school for disadvantaged and disabled children. Still trying to figure out how to get there.

Mary: How do you like your fans to contact you?

Seelie:
www.seeliekay.com
Twitter: @SeelieKay https://twitter.com/SeelieKay
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seelie.kay.77

Thank you, Seelie, I hope you join us again sometime.

Comments

Seelie Kay said…
Thanks so much for hosting The President's Wife today. My little conspiracy story was written in celebration of America's 242nd Independence Day as a reminder that not everyone is free. Enjoy!
stanalei said…
Great to get to know you better, Seelie. Fun interview. Wishing you best of luck on your new book and the blog tour!

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