Under the Covers with Cherie Le Clare

Welcome to Under the Covers with Lynne or I should say welcome back! It's nice to see you again. I’ll scoot over *pats mattress* Let’s get comfortable.  First important question. Silk, satin, cotton, flannel. What is your sheet of choice and why?

Silk sheets sound sexy, though I confess I’ve never tried them.

Oh, then let's try some! You can tell me what you think later. ; ) It’s a slumber party! Calories don’t count. What snacks will we be munching on at midnight?

Chocolate and coconut marshmallows and salted cashews.

Oh, I’m up for chocolate any time! When playing truth or dare, would you pick truth or dare?


Okay truth then. Tell us something not very many people know.

I hate wearing pyjamas.

Oh, I see. ; ) What are you usually wearing at three o’clock in the morning?

A nightie.

Let's get down to business. How would you describe your writing style?

That’s a good question. I’d love to know how my readers describe it. Anyone willing to answer this for me?

You heard the woman, if you've read an Ms. Le Clare's books. How would you describe her style? I'd say provocative but sweet. Cherie, what surprised you the most about the publishing process?

The length of time it took to publish my first novel FRENCH KISS. I was under the impression that epublishing was much quicker than print, but it still took almost 2 years. Perhaps that was because it is published in both print and digital. KIWI KISS, published only in digital, has been a much quicker process.

A lot of writing is hurry up and wait. Who is your favorite character in your novels?

I identify with both the heroines and the heroes. I love them all, and hope the readers will, too.

What’s your typical writing day like?

A bit messy at present.  I’m very undisciplined and will have to give myself a serious talking-to very soon. It’s on my ever-growing list of things-to-do. LOL

LOL I know the feeling. If you could have lunch with one writer, who would it be?

Nicholas Evans, because ‘The Horse Whisperer’ is one of my favorite novels. I identified with his character, Grace, as I had a serious accident at about the same age. I’d like to tell him what an authentic job he did with portraying Grace. Connecting with a reader’s emotions is what writing is all about, and he did this for me. I’d like the chance to thank him. The movie was wonderful, too.

What is your favorite part of being a romance writer?

I get to fall in love as many times as I wish without hurting my husband’s feelings.

Oh, that is a benefit! Least favorite?

Like many other jobs it’s darn hard work at times. And getting rejected is the absolute pits.

I agree! As a romance writer, you’re thinking about romance more than the average person. What would you consider a romantic date?

An al fresco picnic with good food and adoring company.

If you could take that date anywhere in the world, where would it be?

On a tropical, private beach.

Sounds ideal! What is your favorite season?

Autumn = Cool nights and sun-mellow days.

What is a movie you could watch over and over?


I love that movie! What is your favorite alcoholic drink?

Gin and tonic

That's one I've never tried before. We'll have to make some while we watch Chocolat! If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’d like to live anywhere that’s closer to my soon-to-be born grandson, so I could give him heaps of cuddles every day.

Oh, that's sweet. Okay, back down to business. Tell us about your newest release.

KIWI KISS is the second book in the series set in World War Two. Mac MacDonald arrives in New Zealand on a US battleship and meets Ruby Miller, a runaway bride! Both are wary of further emotional entanglements until tragedy draws them closer.

Excerpt: Temptation. Her mouth dried. She twisted her hands together in her lap. Why had no-one mentioned the other word for craving what you shouldn’t?


Ruby’s heart thumped as she stared unseeingly at the screen, clenching and unclenching her hands, breathing in Mac’s masculine scent, sensing his touch in every pore of her skin.

A gun fired on-screen, startling her. Mac glanced across, but she daren’t meet his eyes. He may be able to cope with casual, friendly, demonstrations of affection, but she could not. Each kiss, and every touch, was like an appetizer, enticing her taste buds to sample the main course.

He draped an arm around her shoulder, to comfort her perhaps, as a roaring battle played out on the screen. She suppressed a groan of despair, her hollowed core aching to experience the pleasure of a hearty meal.

The lights blazed for the interval, and she blinked, shifting in her seat as other patrons stirred restlessly around them.

A boy, dressed in a white overall and matching hat, paused in the aisle. His tray, supported by a strap around his neck, displayed a tempting array of chocolate-dipped ice creams, bags of boiled sweets, and candy bars.

“Hungry?” Mac glanced at Ruby, withdrawing his arm to find his wallet.

She met his gaze. “It’s hard to resist something sweet.”

“What would you like?” Mac drew out some change.

What I can’t have.

Excellent excerpt! Do you have anything in the works?

I’m working on a third historical in the vintage era.

Great! Thanks so much for sharing with us. Where can readers find you and your books?



Cherie Le Clare said...

TRhank you for hosting me, Lynne.

Oops, I've just noticed I made an error in my blurb of KIWI KISS. Any commenter who tells me what that is will be in the draw to win a free copy!

P.L. Parker said...

No-one - doesn't need a hyphen

Cherie Le Clare said...

That's true, but that's in the excerpt, not the blurb. Try again:)

Cherie Le Clare said...

Go to www.thewildrosepress.com and click on the cover of KIWI KISS to find the answer.

TiceB said...

You call your sailor hero a soldier?

Cherie Le Clare said...

That's another that had slipped past me - thank you for pointing that out, TiceB. I hadn't picked up on that one.
But that's in the "official blurb" not the one displayed in this interview. The answer lies in comparing details of the two blurbs to find the error on this blog.
You're welcome to try again:)

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

You have the wrong last name for your hero....and THAT took me a long while to find out! His last name, according to the blurb at TWRP is Mackenzie.

Sounds like a great book, btw.


Julianne said...

The character's last name is different from one to the other.
Sounds interesting though!


Amy said...

Great post...I thought I had the mistake, but guess not! :-)

Lilly Gayle said...

Mac's last name isn't MacDonald. And World War Two is usually written as World War II. (or at least it is in the states...) But I probably wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't asked. The story sounds terrific, btw!

Cherie Le Clare said...

Well done Lilly, Julieanne and Anna. You're in the draw.

Cherie Le Clare said...

Glad you enjoyed this post, Amy:)

rbooth43 said...
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rbooth43 said...

Please disregard last comment, here's the correct one:
World War Two usually is written World War II and the hero is Mac Mackenzie instead of MacDonald. Your book should like a great read.

Tyree Connor said...

lol - fancy having an error in the name. I'm with Anna - not easy to pick up because the last name isn't important until you get to know the character.

Great marketing for your book - love the look of it!

Cherie Le Clare said...

It was a toughie, this quest to spot the error:)

I'll draw a winner soon.

Lyn said...

I didn't spot the error either! Good luck with Kiwi Kiss, Cherie - such a beautiful cover.

violetember said...

Hi Cherie

His name is Mac MacKenzie, not Mac Mcdonald.


Cherie Le Clare said...

Thank you Lyn. The cover artist did a great job, I agree:)

Cherie Le Clare said...

CONGRATULATIONS to Anna Kathryn Lanier. You have won a copy of KIWI KISS.

Thank you to all commenters for your participation:)