Wednesday, December 18, 2013

KIMMIE'S FAVORITES HOLIDAY BLOG BASH WITH DEBRA PARMLEY



HAPPY WEDNESDAY ALL! I HOPE YOU ALL ARE DOING WELL. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR COMING ON OVER HERE TO BOOK OBSESSED CHICKS AND HAVING A LOOK AT SOME OF MY FAVORITE LADIES AND THEIR BOOKS. 
TODAY WE HAVE THE SWEETEST LADY EVER, DEBRA PARMLEY. I MET HER AT LORI FOSTER'S RAGT IN JUNE AND ADORED HER RIGHT AWAY. SUCH A TALENTED LADY AND SO RESERVED. I THANK DEBRA FOR SHARING WITH US. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Debra Parmley at the RAGT signing. It was her Birthday

FOR THE HOLIDAY EVENT, I ASKED DEBRA WHICH ONE OF THE BOOKS SHE HAS WRITTEN IS HER FAVORITE, AND THIS IS WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY.


Historical romance is my favorite romance genre and within that genre my favorite of all my books is my newest, which is set in the 1920’s.  Trapping the Butterfly is set in 1926 in Hot Springs, AR and has gangsters and flappers.
This is a story I’d wanted to write for quite some time and it is the first story I sold on proposal, before the first page had ever been written. I’ve been drawn to the 1920’s for quite some time, but when I first started writing it wasn’t a time period that publishers were receptive to. So I was thrilled when my publisher said yes and immediately began to pour through the research files I had collected on the era and the setting.
The Arlington Hotel, where Bethany and her aunt and uncle are staying, is a grand old hotel, which still has the hot baths it was once famous for. I’ve stayed there twice and enjoyed “taking the baths” so it wasn’t a stretch for me to be able to close my eyes and see this story unfolding in front of me. Al Capone used to rent the entire fourth floor though there is no “official” record of the dates he stayed there.

Bethany is my youngest heroine and she’s also my favorite. She’s seventeen going on eighteen and getting ready to celebrate her birthday and to bob her hair and cut up her corsets before her controlling aunt and uncle catch wind of it. Three men have their eyes on Bethany. The detective who is investigating Al’s gang, the man her aunt and uncle want her to marry, and one of Al’s gang who intends to make her his moll. I had so much fun writing Trapping the Butterfly and waiting to see what would happen to Bethany and if she would manage to free herself or be trapped. I hope you will have as much fun reading this one.

Buy links for Trapping the Butterfly:
Amazon: Kindle
Barnes and Noble: Nook
Desert Breeze Publishing: epub
Not available on Sony



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20 comments:

  1. My mother was born in 1926, not in Arkansas but in New Mexico.
    When I think of the flapper era, the gangsters, I think of Bonnie & Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd -- the Charleston, the hats, the cigarettes in holders. It evokes a romantic time - altho I think it's more of a time we've romanticized.
    Still, I think Trapping the Butterfly will be a good and enjoyable read. It's going on my TBR list.

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  2. I think the only story I have read from that era is The Great Gatsby. The blurb has an interesting twist for Bethany. I love your cover! You have a merry Christmas!

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  3. I love historical romance also. Your book sounds wonderful!! Will be reading this one :)
    Merry Christmas!

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  4. Hi Debra! We met in June at RAGT I bought Dangerous Ties and I truly enjoyed it. I've never read a book from this era so I'm putting it on my TBR pile
    I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.

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  5. Historical romance is my fav romance subgenre. The 1920s is quite an unusual period, I don't think I've come across a book set in that time. I learnt a new word today "flapper" - I had to look it up.

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  6. Hi Donna! Ome of the things I am excited about with now being able to write stories set in the 1920's and have them picked up, is that the settings don't have to be Chicago, or typical of what everyone thinks of when they think of that era. It was a romantic time and it was happening all over! Women went through such changes in that time, with their dress and their behavior. It was an exciting time to be alive. I'll bet your mothers mother had some great stories from that time. Thank you for sharing! I hope you will enjoy reading about Bethany's adventures. :-) Debra

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  7. Thank you Ellen! My copy of the Great Gatsby fell apart, I'd read it so many times. Had it since high school. :-) This cover is my favorite so far. She captured Bethany perfectly. Merry Christmas!

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  8. Thank you Anna! I hope you enjoy reading about Bethany's adventures. Merry Christmas! :-) Debra

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  9. HI Lori! Of course I remember you! Waves and hugs! So glad you enjoyed Dangerous Ties. :-) I hope you will enjoy Trapping the Butterfly as much. :-) Wishing you a safe and happy holiday! Debra

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  10. Hi Linda! Isn't it fun learning new words and looking them up? I had a great time learning the "lingo" of the twenties. There were so many words for alcohol it was amazing. Historical romance is my favorite too and I'm thrilled publishers are now accepting stories set in the 1920's. I think we will see more of them now. I have another one to write once I finish the other two manuscripts I'm working on, so you will see more of them from me. ;-) Debra

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  11. Kimmie thank you for having me on your blog today and for such a lovely intro! I'm so blessed to have met you at Lori's RAGT where you immediately welcomed me into your wonderful group! So blessed. :-) Debra

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    1. Thank you Sandra! I've been very pleased with them. :-)

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  13. I am really intrigued by this story. I don't recall ever reading a book with gangsters in it. I added it to my to be read pile.

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    1. Thanks Skyla! There aren't many romances out with gangsters in them. :-) I hope you enjoy the story!

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    1. Thank you Sheri! This one is my favorite. :-)

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  15. Tami thanks! I love your enthusiasm. :-)

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  16. It's only taken me a day to figure out to post on response instead of new post. Oh my goodness I am sometimes a bit tech challenged. *Blush*

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