Valentine’s Day Promotional Event. Review: Measure for Measure and Interview with E.M. Denning

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It is clear from the writing of this novel that the author has a clear passion and understanding of love and romance but she adds her own kind of twists and turns that you even expect in a romance novel.

Millie is a famous author, her latest novel being Measure For Measure, she draws the attention of many who come to her book signings and other promotional events, but she also draws the attention of her very own stalker that takes things too far from the very beginning of the book, having no trouble murdering in the name of his love for Millie.

Then there is Millie’s true love Ryker who she walked away from three years prior with the thoughts of saving her heart from further pain, but did she really? Through a turn of tragic events Millie and Ryker are forced to reunite with Ryker’s intention of protecting and keeping Millie alive while their cop best friend Mick tries to find Millie’s stalker before it is too late for them all.

Millie and Ryker soon discover that the past cannot just be forgotten and that the power of love and passion is still there after all this time, as they fight not only each other but themselves to stay sane as they try to catch a killer while protecting their hearts at the same time.

This books has the stalkers identity kept secret until the author is ready for the readers to know, but hints are dropped along the way, but it is who you least except it to be and the reader sits back going I did not see that one coming.

The author clearly has a passion for writing romance and it is clear to see in her book, each scene is set out clearly showing the love and passion between the hero and the heroine. With the real hero turning out the be the heroine at the end of the day. The author has not created the women in this story to need men to survive, the women are strong independent career driven women who underneath have passion and sex appeal for the man their heart desires.

Millie the main character does not want to hide away, she does not want to see those she loves getting hurt to protect her. She wants to stand and fight for herself and those she loves against those that want to bring her down or take her away from reality because of their sick twisted mind and version of reality believing that the novel written is about his love for the main character was real.

It is clear the author has done her research into both the victim and stalkers mind to be able to write the thought processes of both these roles in her book. She clearly wants her readers to be able to understand both points of view, to really get inside the mind of someone so sick and twisted who could murder without a thought behind it. But at the same time, she does it in a way that does not turn the book into a thriller instead of a romance.

I loved the book and would gladly read more of this authors works, I hope we can do more work with this author in the future

~Bronwyn

 

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Interview 

For the record, please state your name.

M. Denning. Em is fine, too.

 

What inspired you to become a writer?

First, my grade four teacher and a creative writing assignment that had me writing my first poem. A year later, my first Dean Koontz novel. I wanted to grow up and write books just like his. I grew up and I write books and they’re not just like his, but I’m pretty okay with that.

What social media do you use to contact with your fans?

Facebook primarily. But I’m also on Twitter and Tumblr and I have a website.

What is your username on the different social media platforms? (do you want this information to be published)

E. M. Denning. I’m easy to spot.

How long have you been writing for?

I’ve been writing since I was ten. I spent my teens and early twenties writing poetry. In 2011 I made the leap to novels but wouldn’t write anything worth publishing until 2014.

What’s your writing style like?

I go easy on the description and I’ve heard that I’m pretty funny. I’d like to think that I have a nice, smooth, easy to read style.

What’s your favorite genre to write/read in and why?

Romance and most of its sub-genres. I can’t help it. I live and breathe love stories. When I’m not writing them I’m reading them.

What’s your least favorite genre to write/read in and why?

Paranormal Romance, especially shifter romances. I just can’t get into them. I don’t even know why. Vampires are okay-ish, sometimes, if written really well, but mostly I can’t get into the genre.

Some writers have something playing in the background, do you and what?

It depends. Sometimes I play Tompkins Square Park by Mumford and Sons on repeat for hours on end. I have a thing for Nightcore songs on youtube and have several different playlists. Lately my Fall Out Boy Nightcore playlist has been my favorite.

What’s the inspiration behind your books?

Love. I adore love stories. Love inspires me. I can’t think of anything else that inspires my books. Sure, my plots and characters are all different, and other things might be going on in the book, but the thing that I always think of first is the love story.

If you could do it all over again, would you change anything about your books?

No. I don’t think so. I worked hard on all my books and they were all written at different places in my life and ability and with every book I write I learn more. I wouldn’t want to change that.

Is there anything you found particularly challenging about writing?

For the longest time finishing things was my biggest problem. I’d get only so far into a book before becoming discouraged or stuck. Then one book turned into three and one novella turned into three and the more things I finished the easier it became. My old habit still scares me sometimes and I’ll find myself, once in a while, worrying that I’ll stop being able to finish things, but then I sit back down and keep working.

Who are your cover designers?

JC Clarke has designed all of my beautiful covers.

What books/authors have influenced your writing?

Every book I read influences me. Whether it be a perfectly executed plot twist, a line of dialogue, an emotional scene, or just the perfect combination of words strung together to make a beautiful sentence. But if I had to pick actual books and authors, first Dean Koontz, simply because he made me want to write novels in the first place. More recently Unteachable by Leah Raeder. The writing is just so freaking good and I can’t help but wishing I could write more like that sometimes.

What is your take on fanfiction?

I don’t read it and I’ve never written it, but it sounds like a lot of fun.

What advice would you give any newbie author or anyone that wants to pick up writing?

Write things. Write badly. Write in as many different genres as you can think of. Finish things. You’ll learn more about yourself as a person and a writer if you finish what you start. You’ll learn where you’re strengths are, what your weaknesses are. You’ll see weird themes pop up in your writing. Don’t worry about writing well just yet, just worry about writing. Writing well comes with practice and you’ll never improve if you never let yourself write badly. Not everything you write is going to be published, so don’t worry if your story isn’t quite what you thought it would be. That’s what the rewrite is for.

What challenges have you found as an author?

Marketing is the hardest part, honestly. There’s a lot of really talented people out there, so getting noticed can be difficult.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

Oy boy. Go for the jugular. Well…I was drunk and don’t really remember my most embarrassing moment. Yes, we’ll go with that.
What is your bucket list?

I want to write a lot of books. I want to go to Scotland and Ireland and Greece. I’m not an adrenaline junkie, so there will be no cliff jumping or sky diving. Going to a concert would be pretty cool, especially if it were a Mumford and Sons concert.

What was your childhood like?

Good. Quiet. We went on a few really good, really long camping trips. There was the trip to Disney World that every parent tries to take their kids on. Heat stroke sucked though. I had it pretty easy, actually. It was good.

As a child, what was your dream career?

I’ve never wanted to be anything else. It’s always been author or bust.

What about your adult life?

I love my life. My husband is my biggest supporter, without reading a word of my writing. I love that he works so I can stay home and write. I also love that he never asks me about my writing, so it’s my own thing. I love my kids. They’re sweet and sassy and yeah, they fight like the dickens now, but they’re awesome. They’re my reason for everything. My cats are pretty cool, too, when they’re not fighting in the middle of the night.

What do you love/hate about being a writer?

I love writing. I love creating worlds and stories and people and I love watching two people fall all over themselves over another human being. I hate that it’s so all consuming for me sometimes. I sometimes feel like I write too much and do not enough other things, but then I get back to writing and forget to feel like that.

How did you get your big break as an author?

Paper Gold Publishing has been my big break. Signing with them was a dream come true.

Tell us a little about yourself. Perhaps something not many people know about? Can you share with us the best way to contact you and where to find your work? This is where you have the floor.

Oh boy. This is the part I hate. I’m never sure what to tell people about myself. I play guitar, very little, and very rustily, but I’m completely self taught in what little I do know. I have a beautiful Washburn acoustic that I’ll never ever part with and if I could never write again, I think I’d be okay if I could sit and play my guitar.

The best way to find me is Facebook. People can either contact my author profile or my author page.

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