Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Smart Blondes

Today's special guest is Sonia Koso. Sonia grew up in the eccentricity-filled piney woods of North East Texas.  She has been writing since an early age and considers it her first love. After receiving a B.A. in English Writing, her life took a drastic turn and she went to law school. Sonia practiced law for over a decade but was drawn back to writing in 2012. Sonia's stories feature strong women, good-looking guys, legal dilemmas and a dose of humor.  Smart Blondes borrows many characters from her childhood as well as her legal career.


Sonia does most of her writing at her condo in Austin’s hip SOCO district. It’s in walking distance from landmarks including Lady Bird Lake, the Continental Club, and the Congress Avenue Bat Bridge. When not writing, Sonia divides her time between the live music of Austin and the sunshine of Boca Raton. She loves Tex-Mex food, blue water, cocktails and good friends. Sonia often dreams of a man who can do his own laundry and a walk-in closet with a chandelier…but not necessarily in that order.  


AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR


Are you a romantic?
Hell yeah! What’s life without romance?

Do you listen to music when you're writing? 
I do listen to music and, specifically, the kind of music that I think my characters would like. For example, Deane Linley from Smart Blondes likes Nina Simone and Florence and the Machine.

Do you ever read your stories out loud?
All the time. I find that this the best way to edit and the only way to achieve natural dialogue.

What are your future ambitions?
In addition to my evil plans for world domination, I want to continue writing and learn to spend more time on fun and less on work.

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?

Smart Blondes will be released in July. It’s women’s fiction/contemporary romance with a few legal issues thrown in. The main character, Carrie Pryce, has no idea that her charming, sexy husband is carrying on with another woman…until she returns home unexpectedly, mistakes the sounds of passion for a home-invasion robbery, and accidently shoots him in one of his well-toned buttocks. Shocked and crushed, Carrie drives all night to her quirky hometown and collapses in a near-catatonic state.

A crew of ladies spanning three generations realize it’s up to them to help Carrie get her life out of the ditch. Known as the “Presbyterian Mafia,” these are not sweet old gals. They have a book club that never reads, a garden club that doesn’t garden, and a bible study class that gossips about the Methodists. They’re known around town for antics including catfights, car chases and Voodoo rituals. The women enlist Carrie’s former childhood best friend Portia (now a lawyer) and her flamboyant cousin Eric (recently returned from New York) in their effort. 

While navigating the shark-infested waters of reconciliation or divorce and managing a hair-color disaster, Carrie meets Rhett Richards. He’s a handsome, salt-of-the-earth guy who works in the oil fields and can make women think un-Christian thoughts just by wearing a pair of wranglers. The mutual attraction quickly becomes hotter than the handles on the gates of hell. When a long-forgotten prenuptial agreement surfaces, it appears that Carrie will walk away from her marriage with next to nothing. Carrie’s friends, family, and Rhett soon help her realize that living and loving well may be the best revenge.





ABOUT THE BOOK


Austin socialite Carrie Pryce has no clue her criminally charming husband is carrying on with another woman until she returns home unexpectedly, mistakes the sounds of passion for a home-invasion robbery and accidently shoots him in the backside. Stunned, Carrie drives all night to her quirky hometown and collapses in a near-catatonic state.

A crew of ladies spanning three generations realize it’s up to them to help Carrie get her life out of the ditch. Known as the “Presbyterian Mafia,” these are not sweet old gals. They have a book club that never reads, a garden club that doesn’t garden, and a bible study class that gossips about the Methodists. They’re known around town for antics including catfights, car chases and Voodoo rituals. The women enlist Carrie’s former childhood best friend Portia (now a lawyer) and her flamboyant cousin Eric (recently returned from New York) in their effort. 

While dealing with the after-effects of her imprudent gunplay and managing a hair color disaster, Carrie meets Rhett Richards. He’s an attractive oil field worker who can make women think un-Christian thoughts by the mere act of wearing a pair of tight wranglers. Carrie soon learns that hometowns can be the perfect places to bury old scandals and create new ones.




AN EXCERPT



“Baby, put the gun down,” Jake said in a tone of voice one would use with a naughty three year old. “It’s…it’s not what you think.”

Carrie froze. She couldn’t have lowered her arms if she tried. As she scanned the room, she saw the remnants of a well-planned romantic event including champagne, massage oil, and discarded lingerie.

Jake was slowly moving away from the defiled kitchen island and found a potholder to shield his now deflating manhood.

“I wanted to tell you for a while,” Jake started. “I hate that you had to find out about it this way.” Carrie recognized this as his salesman tone of voice—over-articulated, round tones that were completely full of shit.

“This has been going on for a while?” Carrie asked.  Jake looked down and then nodded his head.

He exhaled slowly and gazed downward, his default action before saying something awful. “We’ve been having problems...I’ve tried, but the excitement is gone.”

Excitement? Carrie immediately knew this was man code for I want to trade you in for a new one.  She’d seen it many times but never thought it would happen to her. The phrase I’ve tried but the excitement is gone would run through her head in a relentless loop a thousand times.

“I need to be on my own for a while,” Jake continued in round tones. “With you and Kayley around, I can’t figure any of this out.  I can’t be a grown man. I need fewer responsibilities…”

“You want me and Kayley to leave so you can figure out how to be a grown man? Jesus H. Christ!” Carrie screamed it more than speaking it. She couldn’t help herself.

“Maybe you need to get a few things,” Jake began, “And I’ll call the Driskill Hotel and get you a suite. We’ll talk in a day or two after we both cool down.”

“Let me get this straight. I walk in on you like this… and you think I need to leave?” She firmed up her grip on the tiny Kel-Tec pistol. “I’m not leaving this house, this room or even that damn Aga!” It was an out-of-body experience. She wasn’t sure why she did it but Carrie fired the pistol at the stove.

 There was bang followed by a ping and a whoosh and Jake’s scream.  The bullet hit the front of the Aga, ricocheted off the cast iron and bounced into Jake’s naked butt cheek.



CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR




 
Readers can enter for a chance to win Sephora gift cards or a Vera Bradley tote if you "like" her Facebook page at ww.facebook.com/sonia.koso. This is in addition to the prize you can win in the Rafflecopter giveaway below.


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12 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

p.m.terrell said...

Thank you for joining us here today. Your book sounds wonderful. Best of luck with your book tour.

Anonymous said...

It's a really fun excerpt!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting!

Z Pierson said...

If you want a feel for life in a small town in Texas and romance, this is the book for you!!

Theresa said...

Sounds like a great book!

Sonia Koso said...

The Smart Blondes are, above all, Southern Ladies. In the next couple of days, I'm giving away a copy of the ebook to the person who posts the most humorous Southern saying on my Facebook page. www.facebook.com/soniakoso.

bn100 said...

fun interview

David Smith said...

I enjoyed the outline of the book the best

David Smith said...

I enjoyed the outline of the book the best.

Mary Preston said...

A great excerpt.

collenga said...

Love the interview and excerpt!