Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Donna K. Weaver's A Change of Plans

I LOVE doing interviews with authors, and this interview with Donna K. Weaver is no exception!
After the interview, keep scrolling down for the GIVEAWAY!

What a fun opportunity to have your book release as an audiobook! Please tell us a little about A Change of Plans: 

An elevator pitch would be: Lyn wants to move on. She just doesn't realize it will take pirates, shipwreck, and an intriguing surgeon to do it.

How long ago was this book released in print--it hasn't been too long, right?

It came out on June 1st this year.

How exciting to have the book now available in even more formats! So what was the process of going from print to audio? Did you get to choose the narrator or listen in or watch while some of it was being recorded?

My publisher is in the process of having all its titles made into audiobooks. I'm such a huge fan of the medium that I was thrilled to death when I found out. I didn't get to watch, but I did get to listen to the "audition" recording. I really liked it and am pleased with the final result. 

Have you listened it since it's been released?

Should I be embarrassed to say that I have? Twice. I listen to audiobooks while I work on other things, and it was good to listen during the time I was working on Torn Canvas, a companion novel for A Change of Plans (that's Jori's story and runs somewhat parallel to A Change of Plans, so it's important not to mix things up between the two). I imagine I could listen to it again while I work on edits from my publisher for the same reason.

What an innovative way to write and edit! Sounds logical to me, but even without that, I think it would be fun to listen to my book come alive like that in someone else's voice besides the one in my head! Tell us a little about yourself--I notice a beach on the cover. Are you a beach person?

I do love the beach. More importantly, I love the ocean. One of the reasons I chose to include a cruise in A Change of Plans was because I love them! In fact, my hubby and I are going on one with his brother and his wife this January for our anniversary. Eighteen days! Ten days at sea. *sigh*

I know what it's like living in the tropics, since my family lived in the Philippines for two years while I was growing up. There was a fun--well, fun for me to write--tropical storm that was deleted from the final book. I've lived through a typhoon and know how powerful they can be.

The cruise sounds like so much fun! The tropical storm, maybe not so much to experience, but sounds super interesting. Do you happen to have the deleted scene on your website?

My blog is also about running, so I always ask my authors what their favorite form of exercise is. What activity do you like best?

When I was younger, I used to really enjoy playing basketball. And I could hit a softball out of the park almost every time when I was in high school. My favorite thing now that I'm older is karate. I got my black belt a few years ago. It's a killer work out. I'm dealing with a couple of injuries right now (I hate getting old), but once I get them taken care of, I hope to get back to it. 

Karate, eh? I think I'll try to stay on your good side! What is your favorite thing about being an author?

Learning and creating. I've never wanted to be one of those old people who are set in their ways, refusing to try anything new. Plus, it's been so much fun finally giving voice to the stories in my head. If I'd had any idea just how much fun it would be, I'd have started this years ago.

Will there be a sequel or is this part of a series? What are you working on next?

As I mentioned earlier, my publisher has Torn Canvas. I'm also working on a short story about Lyn's best friend, Elle. Her romance is referred to in both A Change of Plans and Torn Canvas but the reader never gets to actually see it happen. In November, I'm going to be writing the story of Lyn's brother Marc--working title is Swing Vote. Eventually, I want to write the story of Braedon's niece Kate. Most of that one will be set in Ireland.

Wow! Sounds great! After writing about all of these characters and from all different angles, I bet they're starting to feel like family! Well, I wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing--and hearing--more from you! Thank you, Donna, for taking the time to be part of my blog!

Now for the GIVEAWAY!

Donna K. Weaver is so excited about the release of the audio book of her adventure romance A Change of Plans that she and her publisher, Rhemalda, are hosting a giveaway. 

And there can be two winners!

When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old, Colorado high school teacher wants to do is forget that her dead fiancĂ© was a cheating scumbag. Lyn plans a vacation diversion; fate provides Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship's make-believe world and temporary friendships, her emotions come alive. 

However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he's navigating, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship--on the very anniversary Lyn is on the cruise to forget. Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs from Braedon and what he has to offer.

It’s hard to avoid someone when stuck on the same ship, and the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions in American Samoa. Paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped and Lyn's fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.