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YOU GUYS! Debut author Tracey Livesay is here to talk about her book, THE TYCOON’S SOCIALITE BRIDE, and she’s arrived with visuals AND a fabulous giveaway. Are y’all in the right place or WHAT? Welcome, Tracey, and congratulations on becoming a published author! 

Tracey Livesay: My Process and Casting my Characters

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here today to talk about my debut novel, The Tycoon’s Socialite Bride. I read my first romance novel when I was 11 years old and it quickly became a lifelong addiction. The fact that I’m now a published romance author is a dream come true. I can barely contain myself. But I’ll try.

Okay, deep breath in, serious author face on.  😉

I’m a very visual person. When I read, I like to visualize the scene in my mind, like a movie. I’m also one of those readers who prefer to see people on the cover. I like to picture what the hero and heroine should look like.  I have friends who prefer images, or pec porn. You know what I mean by “pec porn,” right? No head, but a seriously manscaped chest and abs. Anyway, those friends always say, “Use your imagination.” But I don’t want to. I think of books as an author’s vision. And I’m not just saying that because I’m an author.  J  I’ve always thought that way. I want to read the story they want to share. In movie terms, it’d be like watching Titanic and imagining someone else’s face instead of Leonardo DiCaprio’s. (Please feel free to insert your favorite movie and actor here. Not everyone digs Leo.)

So before I start a novel, I “cast” my hero and heroine. Sometimes, I already have an actor or actress in mind. Other times, I’ll take the physical characteristics and research online until I find two pictures that perfectly capture my characters. I make a nice mash-up and then save it to my computer as my desktop background. That way, they’re always on my mind.

For this book, I based Marcus off the actor Chad Connell. Since I don’t want to get Sarah in trouble J here’s a link to his IMDb page. For Pamela, I immediately thought of Salli Richardson-Whitfield, best known from the TV show Eureka. Here’s a link to her IMDb page. Imagining the two of them together made writing this book a pleasure.

What about you? Do you like to know who the author casts in her story or do you prefer to use your own imagination? Tell me why. Maybe you can convert me. 😉

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The Tycoon_s Socialite BrideThe Tycoon’s Socialite Bride

To avenge his mother’s mistreatment at the hands of her upper-crust employer, self-made real estate tycoon Marcus Pearson needs entree into their exclusive world. When D.C. socialite Pamela Harrington comes to him for help, Marcus realizes the golden admission ticket he’s been seeking has suddenly fallen into his lap.

Pamela will do anything to save her favorite cause, even agree to a marriage of convenience. The altruistic “it-girl” isn’t worried about the pretend passion with Marcus turning real; she’s sworn off powerful, driven men who use her for her family’s connections.

So she’ll deny the way her pulse races with one look from his crystalline blue eyes. And he’ll ignore the way his body throbs with each kiss from her full lips. Because there’s no way he’ll lose his blue-collar heart to the blue-blooded beauty.

About the Author

On any given day…

I can work hard to save my family’s ranch only to have the formidably attractive owner of the neighboring spread make me an offer I can’t refuse.   Our marriage of convenience will join our properties, but can it join our hearts, as well?

I hurry to my appointment uptown, only to crash into a tall, dark, polished stranger who takes me to dinner in apology.  I am stunned to learn that he is not a local businessmen but a member of the royal family of a small European country.  Will I leave everything behind to rule by my handsome prince’s side?

I can share a bottle of wine with my successful and sinfully gorgeous boss, during the last night of a long business trip.  A beautiful sunset makes it the perfect place to give into our long denied desires.  Was it only a vacation fling or do we have enough to last a lifetime?

I write powerful and passionate romantic fiction.  I believe in alpha heroes, intelligent heroines and happily ever after.  Obstacles may threaten my couples’ happiness, but true love will always prevail.



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