About the Book
Genre: Adult, New Adult,Conetemporary, Romance
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publication date: March 13, 2018
Savannah Drake would be thrilled about starting her final year of medical school if it weren’t for one thing: she has to spend a month working in the emergency room with cold, aloof Dr. Wesley Kent as her mentor. When her first day in the ER proves to be a humiliating disaster, Savannah is ready to swear off emergency medicine forever. Gradually, though, she finds that the unpredictable, emotional experience of caring for patients in the emergency room is affecting her far differently than she expected – and Dr. Kent turns out to be anything but the arrogant attending physician that she assumed him to be. But just when Savannah finally admits to herself that she is falling for Dr. Kent, she learns that things at the hospital are not all what they seem. Faced with a seemingly impossible choice, Savannah must decide between her future career and everything that she has come to care so much about.
About the Author
TJ Amberson hails from the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and nutty cocker spaniel. Her most recent novels include The Kingdom Of Nereth, Fusion, and Love at Lakewood Med. When she’s not writing, TJ can probably be found enjoying a hot chocolate, pretending to know how to garden, playing the piano, or surfing the Internet for cheap plane tickets.
Author Interview #1
1. If you could go to lunch with one of your characters from Love at Lakewood Med, who would you go with and why?
Savannah, of course! Her subtle sense of humor cracks me up, and I would love to hear more of her stories about the ups and downs of working in an emergency department.
2. If you could travel anywhere in the world for book research (expense covered for you by an anonymous donor), where would you go and why?
Oooo, this is an awesome question. Ultimately, I would choose to travel back to the UK in order to do more research and get more inspiration (aka sightseeing!) for books two and three of my young adult medieval historical fantasy trilogy. I am currently finishing book two of this trilogy, THE COUNCIL OF NERETH, and I’m excited to share the story with readers soon.
3. What does your writing process look like?
My writing process is quite variable. Some days, I’m totally in “the writing zone” and churn out a lot of words for a manuscript that’s in-process. Other days, I’m in an editing mood, and so I focus on polishing the manuscripts that are already completed. I try to allow myself that type of flexibility as much as possible, so the writing process never becomes a chore or something forced.
4. Where is your favorite place to write?
My favorite place to write is in my office at home. It’s quiet, and the view out the window is beautiful. But I’m always up for taking my laptop somewhere scenic!
5. If you could choose someone famous for your lead characters to star in Love at Lakewood Med as it is made into a movie, who would you choose and why?
Another awesome question!
For Savannah, I envision someone like Alexis Bledel from her Gilmore Girl Days in the role – she both looks the part and has the right personality:
As for who could portray Doctor Wesley Kent (swoon!), I actually had to think about this for a while. I could see someone like Ben Barnes in his post-Narnia days looking right for the role:
6. What is your current WIP? What can you tell us about it?
The first, as mentioned, is THE COUNCIL OF NERETH, book two of the Nereth Trilogy. It’s a YA medieval historical fantasy – I’m really looking forward to taking my readers back to the land of Nereth.
The second is a new romantic comedy, THE BEST MAN. I am having so much fun writing this lighthearted story!
The third is a YA paranormal romance, BETWEEN. I actually wrote it years ago, and now I have pulled it off the shelf and started the polishing process.
Author Interview #2
1. What does “a day in the life of TJ Amberson” look like?
A day in the life of TJ Amberson is hard to predict! Some days, I’m at home writing, doing laundry, walking the dog, and making a run to the grocery store. Other days, I am heading to my “real” job. And somewhere in there, I try to fit in yard work, riding my bike or working out on the elliptical, and helping my husband with home renovation projects (thank goodness, he knows what he’s doing!).
2. Who are some of your favorite authors? Do these authors inspire your own writing?
This question is a meaningful one to me. I’m deeply indebted to numerous authors for inspiring me both as a reader and as a writer over the years: L.M. Montgomery, Victor Hugo, Beverly Cleary, Jane Austen, Alexandre Dumas, Sophie Kinsella, Dan Brown, Charlotte Bronte, C.S. Lewis, Norton Juster, and Chris Van Allsburg, to name just a few. Since I was a child, a wide array of authors’ works have captivated and taught me, made me laugh and cry, and inspired my writing. And authors both new and old continue to entertain and enlighten me now.
3. What period of history interests you the most? Does this influence your own writing?
Cool question! I don’t think there’s one period of history that captivates me more than all others. So if I could go back in time somehow, I would be in trouble because I don’t think I could choose! Thankfully, as an author who loves writing in several genres and voices, I get the chance to explore many different time periods, cultures, and settings, which is about the best of all worlds!
4. How many books have you written and in what genres?
My first published novel, THE KINGDOM OF NERETH, is a young adult medieval historical fantasy – I am in the process of finishing its sequel, THE COUNCIL OF NERETH, which I am very excited to publish at the end of this year, and then the final novel of the trilogy should be out in 2019. My second published novel, FUSION, is a contemporary, YA lite sci-fi action story, which is one of my favorites! My third published book was LOVE AT LAKEWOOD MED, a contemporary romantic comedy that centers around an emergency department. Meanwhile, I’m working on another romantic comedy, THE BEST MAN, and I’m polishing a manuscript that I wrote years ago, a YA paranormal romance, BETWEEN.
5. How important are the names of the characters in your novels? How do you choose the names for your characters? Do you have any name resources you would recommend?
For me, characters’ names are extremely important – I think that a name conveys so much about the “feel” of a character! I enjoy the process of choosing names, even though it can be an arduous task at times! I first research names that are appropriate for the novel’s setting and time period. I then do research to make sure that the name isn’t too common and that there isn’t already a famous person or character with the same name. I also like to make sure that the characters’ names in a book start with different letters of the alphabet, to add subtle variety.
6. When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?
When I’m not wearing my author hat, I might be pretending to know how to garden, working in the emergency department, riding my bike, or hoping to find cheap plane tickets on the Internet.
Footsteps approach fast. An instant later, the drunk guy is ripped off of me by a person who is wearing dark scrubs. I collapse to the floor, shaking from adrenaline. Havoc continues directly above where I’m cowering. I crawl away from the stretcher and stagger to my feet. Turning around, I am met by the sight of Doctor Kent pinning the drunk guy down on the stretcher.
Next to me, Doctor Kent remains all business. He moves to my right side and carefully lifts me to a sitting position. The next thing I know, he has slung my arm over his shoulder, picked me up, and begun to carry me. At first, I’m too shell-shocked to do anything. But as I get rocked by the steady motion of his steps, weariness overcomes me, and I drop my aching head against his chest.
Guest Post #1: Balance
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Balance. How do we keep balance? This is a recurring theme in writing as in life, and I’m often asked something along the lines of how I keep sane as a writer, how I balance writing with the rest of my life, how I keep the creative juices flowing, etc.
These are great questions.
And, I realized long ago, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. What works well for one person may not work at all for another. So for whatever it’s worth, here are my thoughts on the topic:
I have found that allowing flexibility has been key for me. Some days, I am in the writing “zone” and can churn out tons of words on a manuscript that’s in-process. On other days, I am simply not in a “write new stuff” type of mood. And there are even occasional days when I don’t have the inclination to do anything writing-related.
For me, accepting instead of fighting this variability has kept the writing process fun and fresh, rather than making it a chore. On days when I’m in the “zone,” I go with it! On days when I don’t have creative juices flowing, I still stay productive by editing manuscripts, or doing book promotion and advertising. And on those occasional days when I want to step away from all things writing, I allow myself to do so. Granted, there are times when deadlines are looming – and there are times in life when you just have to hike up your britches and get ‘er done, whether you’re in the mood or not. But I surprisingly get more written, and better words written – and I get more done overall – when I allow myself to mix it up and step away when I need to, rather than trying to force creativity when it’s at a standstill.
Whatever your answer for finding balance, the key, of course, is making sure that you do what you need to do so writing remains a joy. Because that is what it’s all about.
Guest Post #2: Social Media
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I thought I’d talk briefly about a topic that comes up a lot – not surprisingly, since it’s relevant to just about everyone: social media. As someone who entered the social media scene on the later end of things, I’m certainly no expert. But it doesn’t take an expert to recognize that social media has significant pros and cons. Nor does it take an expert to recognize that social media is now a mainstay in our culture, for good and bad.
This duality of social media holds true in the writing world. How grateful I am for social media, which has allowed me the wonderful opportunity to be in touch with my readers, as well as to advertise, network, and support other authors. Both for my independently published and traditionally published novels, social media has allowed me to share my love for reading and writing with audiences that I never would have reached otherwise.
My main social media tools are Facebook and my author website. (I’m just not cool enough to also do Instagram, Twitter, and whatever the latest social media thing is!)
Of course, almost everything has a downside. And social media is a glaring example. Great reviews and likes on social media have become essential to an author’s success, although this is not necessarily fair or right or accurate. And authors certainly are not superhuman – they can be negatively impacted by what is said online. In many respects, social media is “a necessary evil” for authors.
But I am thankful for social media, despite its shortcomings and significant flaws, because it has opened doors that I would never have been able to access otherwise.
Most importantly, though, I extend my immense thanks to my readers – the people who have supported me on social media. Your support is what really makes the difference. Your positive reviews, your heartwarming comments, and your ongoing enthusiasm means everything. Thank you, thank you!
Guest Post #3: Love
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