[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Elley! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Elley Arden] Optimistic, Idealistic, Sensitive, Emotional, and Creative
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Marrying the Wrong Man?
[Elley Arden] Marrying the Wrong Man is a story about second chances and redemption. It’s the happy ending for a couple of people who made some bad decisions and walked away from what they wanted and needed all along. These are flawed characters. Big flaws. The hero is an alcoholic. The heroine was a cheater. She left town on the heels of her scandalous behavior. Years later, they are in many ways—important ways—different people, but one thing remains the same. They still love each other. But can they trust each other, especially when the heroine returns to Harmony Falls with the hero’s little girl?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your favorite scene?
[Elley Arden] Sure! This scene captures the playful passion between Morgan and Charlie:
He flashed a not-so-innocent smile, and—zap!—something hot and strong laced the air between them.
She must’ve felt it, too, because she stepped back. “I should go. Help Corbin and Hannah.”
She was going to pretend like nothing happened there, too.
“Hold on.” He grabbed her wrist, and she froze. “This is not working for me.”
“What isn’t?” she whispered.
He let her go and stepped back into his office, crooking his finger. “Come in here and close the door.”
Her eyes rounded, but then her lips twitched. “Ask me nicely.”
Morgan followed him into the office, but she kept her back glued to the closed door. “Charlie, I want you … ”
He raised a hand to cut her off. “I like that sentence.”
She gave him a cocky look. “There was more to that sentence.”
“There doesn’t need to be.” He stepped forward, touching the tips of his boots to the tips of her shiny black shoes, and then he leaned in until their bodies brushed. “I can’t pretend like nothing is happening.”
“Me neither.” She wrapped her arms around him and covered his mouth with hers.
Immediately, the door shook on a knock, and they broke apart. “Chef, the produce delivery guy is here.”
“I’ll be right there,” Charlie called.
“Okay. Should I call Morgan? She’s late.”
Morgan covered her mouth as Charlie smirked and tucked a hand between her legs, slowly drawing his thumb over her core with firm pressure.
He barely held in a chuckle. “Nope. I’m sure she’s coming.”
“You are so bad,” she whispered.
He bobbed his eyebrows and kissed her again.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with the story?
[Elley Arden] The hardest part of writing Marrying the Wrong Man was getting past the backstories of both characters. There was a lot of dishonesty and immaturity to work through. I worried readers wouldn’t be as forgiving as I apparently was. But, real people have serious flaws, so why shouldn’t characters?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Elley Arden] It’s pathetic, but I can’t and won’t leave home without my iPhone. I would turn around and go get it if I ever forgot it. Thankfully, it’s always by my side. It’s like an extra limb. See, I told you. Pathetic.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s your favorite snack when you’re working on a deadline?
[Elley Arden] Oh! Chocolate is my favorite deadline snack, which would partially explain why in the last year while publishing eight books I’ve gained an obscene amount of weight.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Elley Arden] On my desk right now, you will find a can of Martha Stewart Sharkey Gray interior paint, a clothes iron, and a framed inspirational quote of Mother Teresa. It’s an interesting collection of things, because I rarely use my desk for writing. I mostly write at my dining table.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Elley Arden] Hmm. This is hard! *thinks, thinks, think, thinks, thinks* If I could trade places with anyone for just one day, I’d be … *thinks, thinks, thinks, thinks, thinks* You know what? I’d pass on that opportunity. I really would. I love my life, and I could never willing lose a day of it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week. Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?
[Elley Arden] I’d choose the ability to teleport myself to anyplace I wanted to go, and I’d spend the week spontaneously traveling without the drama of security checks and jet lag.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Elley Arden] My daughter got me into Divergent and the rest of that series. It’s normally not my thing, but I’m hooked (and more than a little in love with Four). I’m also enjoying reading and discussing the books with her. It’s definitely a bonding activity.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Elley Arden] Readers can “at” me on Twitter @elleywrites, and they can leave comments on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elley-Arden-Author/540667649278016), but I also love connecting by good old-fashioned email, which is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second chances don’t come around often, especially not in a town known for its scandals, and almost definitely not with the one that got away, but Morgan and Charlie get theirs in Elley Arden’s latest Harmony Falls novel, MARRYING THE WRONG MAN. Will they take the chance and make it work? This is a story that’ll tug at the reader’s heartstrings!
Want to learn more about MARRYING THE WRONG MAN? Be sure to check out this exclusive interview with Elley Arden!
Title: MARRYING THE WRONG MAN
Author: Elley Arden
Author Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 12th, 2014
Word Count: 50,000 words
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Format: Digital eBook
Synopsis: Morgan Parrish returns to Harmony Falls after her spectacle of an almost wedding and her father’s colossal fall from grace. She’s broke and infamous. But that’s nothing compared to the secret she’s been keeping.
Life is finally on the upswing for Charlie Cramer. He’s sober and chef of Chargrilled Bistro. But his peace is shattered, when the woman he loves—the woman who left him—shows up in town with shocking cargo: the baby he’d begged her to keep and raise with him.
When fate steps in and Morgan takes a job working in Charlie’s bistro, things heat up—in and out of the kitchen. Can they learn to trust each other enough to love again? And is that love enough to keep them up when everyone else is trying to tear them down?
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Other books in the Harmony Falls series:
BATTLING THE BEST MAN:
CRASHING THE CONGRESSMAN’S WEDDING:
About Elley Arden:
Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.
Elley writes provocative, emotional, contemporary romances, where Mr. Not-My-Type ends up being Mr. Right.
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