Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Nicole Flockton

I am thrilled to have, the irrepressible, Nicole Flockton here to talk about her debut contemporary novel Masquerade

After being humiliated by her fiancee, Sophie Franklyn has decided that getting involved with work colleagues and men in general isn’t for her. Now her focus is going to be on her career and her recent promotion. That is until at a New Year’s Eve masquerade ball, she meets a man that tempts her to question her choices.

Alex Scavoni is extremely dedicated to his job, so dedicated that his first marriage crumbled under the pressure of his dedication. Now he’s happily single, with a new job he’s excited to start. When he meets a masked Sophie at the ball, she fires desires in him he thought long dead. He spends a wonderful night with her, but wakes up alone.

The next time the two meet, it’s in the high pressure world of Emergency Room medicine where they must work side by side. While they deal with the stresses of the Emergency ward, they endeavor to keep their feelings for each other on a professional nature. When the desire that pushed them together that one night flares to life again, can they ignore them or will their one night together have consequences neither of them planned on?

Available at: Crimson Romance ebooks | Amazon | Kobo |iTunes


Welcome Nicole, glad to have you here.
Hi Gayle! Thanks for having me here!

I noticed in the excerpt on your website that Masquerade is set in Australia.
Yes the whole novel is set in my home town of Perth, Western Australia. The idea of the New Year’s Eve Masquerade ball came from a New Years Eve party they hold every year at the Casino, only this ball coincides with a tennis tournament that is held in Perth each year. Also the apartment building Sophie lives in is based on an apartment building built on by the Swan River. 

The setting of Masquerade is a hospital, and more specifically an emergency room. Is Masquerade a safe read for those who are squeamish about hospital settings?
I’m not a medical professional so I don’t go into the nitty gritty of medical procedures. So for those who are a little squeamish will be fine. No blood and guts anywhere to be seen!

Do you set aside a certain time of day for writing?
I try and write in the evenings but I think I need to re-evaluate my day schedule and try and do some in the morning as well. 

Do you have any qualities in common with the heroine or hero in Masquerade?
Now that’s a tough one because I don’t really think so. As I mentioned I’m not in the medical field. I wish the thing I did have in common was an apartment in the apartment building! LOL

I have heard from an "anonymous source" on twitter, that possums are considered a pest in Australia. What is your take on this? 
I believe that is true. I think there are people that do find them annoying, especially if they take up residence in your roof! I know a friend whose family has a holiday house about 3 hours south of Perth in a beach town called Dunsborough. They had families of possums living in an empty caravan, in the roof, they didn't seem bothered by them. They are cute to look at so as I didn't see possums often, seeing them was a bit of a novelty. If they constantly bothered me then I’d probably consider them a pest.

Also, rumor has it, from a "reliable source" on twitter, that there is a opossum in your backyard. Can you confirm or deny this rumor?
I can confirm this rumor as true! My dog Maya is an opossum hunter! Of course the opossum always win by acting dead and Maya get’s upset when they stop playing with her! I have seen one hiding under our deck one day. Again, possum hunter Maya was at work barking through the slates of the deck. I got the flashlight and saw this little creature hiding beneath the deck, I knew it wasn't our cat because he was inside. The possum was rather cute to look at! 
Nicole's dog Maya resting up for the hunt.
Any possum or opossum trivia is welcomed.
There are 23 different species of possums in Australia and we have one called the Sugar Glider. Plus some breeds have bushier, fuller tails than the very thin type of tail from US possum.
Thank you for stopping by, Nicole. Thank you also, for answering my possum questions. Do you want to ask the readers a question?

What would be your dream house and where would it be? 

Nicole is giving away a Swag Bag and a $5 Amazon Voucher, to one randomly chosen person who leaves a comment. Giveaway ends Oct 30 at 9 pm PST. Please leave a e-mail address.  #International Giveaway.

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  1. Nicole, congratulations on your new release. Waving madly at Gayle! Laughing at the possum talk - we talk possum often on Twitter. Gayle finds them absolutely fascinating. We had possums in our ceiling in a house in Brisbane and believe me, they're destructive wee beasts. And I use the Scottish word for 'little' with intent! Hope you sell a million, Nicole!

    1. Anna, you made my night. I did the happy possum dance, when I saw you stopped by, thank you.

  2. My dream house would be somewhere a lot warmer than where I live now, as long as it's not in the desert!! Maybe a tropical island?

    And I agree about possums! I remember soon after I learned how to drive I was picking my younger brother up from school, and in our neighborhood we saw what had to be the world's ugliest cat crossing the street. Only, it wasn't a cat, it was a possum with her babies on her back! As surburbanites, we were VERY excited! Those possums sure are mean, though.


    1. Hi Rebe, A tropical island is my dream location, as well. I would love to live on Nim's Island, have you seen that movie? I would have to have internet and possibly Gerald Butler. Thank you, for stopping by.

  3. Ohh, my dream house would have to be a house based on a stone castle. It would be placed somewhere a moderate climate in the world. Somewhere that gets both cold and hot, but not too much of either.

    1. A castle would be fabulous, as long as it was fully staffed. Love that you want moderate weather, me too. Thank you for stopping and commenting.

  4. My dream house will always be a farm house in a countryside, with a medium sized farm wherein we (with my family)can raise pigs, ducks, goats and other animals. Most specially, I want to personally design and build the house.

    1. Lory Lee, that sounds lovely. What kind of house would you design? A traditional farm house, or something different? Thanks for the comment.

  5. Hi Gayle!

    Thanks for having me!! I have to share, Maya is also now a 'rat' hunter. She was tormenting a rat the other night. All I hope is she scared the rat from coming back!!

    Hi Anna! As I said I've not seen them too much so I still see them as cute, not pesty!

    Hi Rebe, Ashley & Lory Lee - thanks for stopping by and ooh I love your ideas for dream houses! I do want something looking over the ocean/river in a place which has the perfect temperature year round.

    1. Hi Nicole,

      Well, a rat hunter is a handy thing, as long as she doesn't catch one and bring it in. Love that she is a couch dog, between hunts.

      I am enjoying everyone's dream house answers, they are all great settings for a romantic novel.

      Looking forward to reading Masquerade.

      Thank you.

  6. First of all, I want to say that while opossums look kind of scary, they are great for the environment. They eat rodents and other pests and are harmless to humans.

    If I could pick my dream house, I think I might put it somewhere in Southern California because the weather there seems pretty nice. I don't need a big house, but it would be nice to have an office with a view to a garden or a beach.

    1. I love opossums, and I think they are only a little scary when they hiss.

      Dream house on the Southern California coastline would be lovely. Perfect temperature all year long, and a quick trip to Disneyland and RWA.

  7. Thanks to everyone who commented. Ashley, you are Nicole's winner. I will be e-mailing you.


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