Monday, February 14, 2011

A Special Valentine's Day Interview

Happy Valentine's day y'all I hope you are all having fun with the people you love?I love this book cover so much I could not wait till Friday to unveil this interview besides the book(Bound to Love) came hot off the presses this morning. I cant remember how Sally and I first met all I know is when it comes to romance you can't get much better than my special valentine's guest Sally Clements, today I dare you to find anything weird about her covers, she is one lucky cover cookie.

Joanna: The cover gods have definitely been good to you, did you just get lucky with both of your covers or did you have to put your feet down nicely to demand excellence?
Sally: I was just incredibly lucky, Joanna! I filled out a sheet on things that featured in Catch Me A Catch which were probably a little wacky sounding - artisan chocolates, a chocolate oscar, transatlantic sailor, yacht, west of Ireland coastline, matchmaking festival - and the wonderful cover artist in The Wild Rose, Tamra Westberry really nailed the whole book with the cover with both chocolates and boats featuring large! And as my blog is Love and Chocolate, it seemed very apt for a first cover :)
With my new cover for my Valentine's Day release, Bound to Love, I somehow struck gold again! Another unusual list: this time featuring things like Ancient egyptian gold jewellery, British Museum, forbidding island, Eiffel tower, redhead with tendency to fling arms about while sleeping (yup! she does!). Different publisher, this time new English Romance publisher Embrace Books, and I was very excited when it was revealed that the covers would be done by The Cover Factory, who also do Salt Publishing's covers (Salt are Embrace's parent publisher).
Joanna: How does it feel to be an Irish writer with books marketed to the American public?
Sally: Well, I've lived in Ireland forever, but I'm actually half English and half Scottish, and I've lived in Singapore and Africa too, so I'm pretty international! I read and love mainly American authors, so for me it's a natural crossover to write to an international audience.

Joanna: How did you discover Embrace books? and what made you think they would be perfect for you?
Sally: A member of my crit group, the fabulous Minxes of Romance, told me about Embrace after they returned from the RNA summer party in 2010. I had a manuscript ready which was based in the British Museum and Paris, and thought it would be nice to publish a book set there with a UK publisher, so I sent it off (and was delighted to have it accepted!)

Joanna: You are a self acclaimed writing class junkie, what are some of the best ones you've attended?
Sally: Gosh, I could go on all day about writing classes. There are some absolutely fabulous ones out there. My favourite would have to be Laurie Schnebley Campbell's classes, she's so insightful and clever, and so encouraging! Other fantastic teachers are Margie Lawson, Shirley Jump, those gals who do Discovering Story Magic, and if you want to know all about editing, then Don McNair has a fantastic course he gives called 21 steps to fog free editing. I edited the first chapter of Catch Me A Catch in his course, then made my first sale - and I'm convinced what I learned from Don played a large part in that.
Joanna: What is the wackiest thing you have done in the name of book research?
Sally: That's a tricky one. I think it would have to be when I was researching one of my as yet unpublished crime novels, and was hassling my doctor sister along the lines of  "I know you've told me about how mummification works, but I really, really need to talk to your friend in the British Museum, can't I have her phone number?" (needless to say, she refused, but forwarded 'what if' emails!)

Joanna: Ibiza, St Tropez or backpacking in Thailand; were would you rather vacation?
Sally: I'm not one for lying in the sun, and I like luxury, so I reckon St Tropez. Wine, glaces, le shopping, what's not to like?

Joanna: For your last book promo you gave away Swarovski Crystals, do you have any interesting giveaways coming up on your blog?
Sally: I gave away some swarovski necklace/earrings on my blog the last time, because I make them for family and friends, and they always seem to go down well! I find because my blog is read by people from all over, I can't really send perishables, but now I have my first ever print book, I'll definitely be offering a few signed ones as giveaways over the next while! but today one lucky commenter will win a copy of Sally's first novel - Catch me a Catch
Jake Forrester, a controlled, self-reliant security expert  scarred by his father’s murder is pursuing his goal of an independent life, relying on himself and logic, until he’s forced to accept the help of an impulsive, spirited goldsmith who follows her instincts, wherever they may lead.
When Tempest MacKenzie witnesses a gorgeous stranger being bundled into a van, she tries to help him, but becomes tangled in a complex web of intrigue. Tempest finds stubborn Jake attractive, compelling and infuriating, his logic the complete antithesis of her reliance on her instincts. And Jake is fascinated and attracted to the feisty redhead.
As they spend time together trying to thwart a heist at the British Museum, the attraction between them flares out of control. The thief has a grudge against Jake, and danger stalks their every move. Will Jake learn to trust Tempest’s intuition, before it’s too late?
About Sally Clememts
Born into a family of voracious readers and consumed by the family affliction, it seemed the natural next step was to write. I started in school, mentally writing poetry while running around the hockey pitch. Nowadays, I keep my running to a minimum, and write instead. I write in two different genres, mystery and romance. The mystery feeds from my love of the unusual facets of life. My romance from my fascination with characters, and how they respond to each other.I live in Ireland, and when I’m not reading or writing, am usually to be found in traffic, driving ‘Mum’s taxi.’
My blog is at
Bound to love available from Amazon and usual resellers: Here's the Amazon link:
Catch me a catch available from Amazon, Wild Rose Press and usual resellers: Here's the Amazon link


  1. Hi Sally! Joanna's right. That is a gorgeous cover, and I love the catchy title too ;). Your travels sound amazing. Best wishes with all your writing!

  2. Hi Sally,

    It's a beautiful cover! All the best!

  3. Nice to meet you Sally. Your book sounds amazing. I was thrilled that you mentioned a member of my writing group, Margie Lawson. It pays to take classes and how great it is that you could connect in Ireland with someone here in Colorado, USA. All the best with your novels. Thank you Joanna for hosting Sally.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  4. Hi Rula! thanks so much! It's lovely to be here!

  5. Hi Nas - yes, I love the cover too! it's so her, I think the cover fairies were smiling for me there!

  6. Hi Nancy! Oh lucky you, having Margie close by all the time! She's an inspiration! Thanks so much for visiting! I'll be picking a winner in the next couple of days!

  7. Thanks for a fab interview Joanna St James!! I wish Sally Clements all the best with her books!! I love the blurb to Bound to Love - it's an action romance - kind of like Romancing the Stone film which I thoroughly loved!!! But best is that this scrumptious romance features my favourite place - the British Museum so it gets a HUGE thumbs up from moi!!! The name Tempest is gorgeous too!!! Have a great Valentine's!! Take care

  8. Excellent interview and review, Joanna. I enjoyed meeting Sally. Her books sound wonderful. I especially like mystery.

    May you both have a wonderful Valentine's Day!
    Ann Best, Author @ Long Journey Home

  9. Fantastic Cover....

    All the best with your new book Sally.

    Hi, Joanna...

    Enjoying the gorgeous weather over there?


  10. Great post, Joanna and Sally.

    And huge congratulations, Sally.


  11. This is a very cool cover. Living in Ireland one has to appreciate lots of green. contrast with a blue sky and I love it! It's great to meet you Sally and best wishes for your success.

  12. Joanna, great interview with Sally! Sally, enjoyed reading all about you:). Love the cover!

  13. Wow, great interview Joanna! Glad to see you're busy about the blogosphere again!

  14. Great interview. And wonderful covers. Good luck with your new release. Thanks for the interview, Joanna.

  15. This is so crazy - yesterday I read another interview with an Irish author marketing to Americans! (Carol Oates "Shades of Atlantis") Well, I'm glad to be an American because they sound like fabulous reads. And I was just at the British Museum yesterday, so that part of the story definitely piques my interest. Thanks for the interview!

  16. I love both covers. Catch me a Catch is so.... catchy.

  17. Great covers and great interview!

  18. I love hearing about the things writers do in the name of research! Sometimes I wonder how we don't all end up on government watchlists, the questions we ask!

  19. Golly, lots of comments! Lovely to meet you all everyone! Will be doing my pick tomorrow, so remember to pop in and see if you've won!

  20. Yay for Sally! I love her covers - they're gorgeous!

  21. Joanna, you have an award waiting at my blog!

  22. Lovely covers, especially the one with chocolate, lol...All the best!

  23. Firstly, hi Joanna. So great to see you back. I loved the previous post with Angelina Rain (what a great name). I'd have to cover it in brown paper if I had that sizzling book!

    Loved this interview with Sally Clements. These books sound fascinating. Just hearing her talk about them told me so much. So a big thanks to you both. The covers are definitely edible!


  24. Great interview, Joanna! Sounds intriguing, and that's a smashing cover.

  25. Great interview, love the covers!

  26. Great interview!! I'll have to check these out for sure.

    nice to "meet" you. I'm assuming by your background you got to move to france?? I spent a summer there, loved it.

    Swinging by from the blogfest, and following now too so I don't miss any of the good stuff.
    The Survival Mama

  27. I put all of the commenters names into a hat and pulled out Ann Best!
    Please email me your email, Ann and I'll forward you a e-book copy of Catch Me A Catch.
    Click on the 'contact me' on my website to leave me a message!

  28. Many a cover I disregard, but I'd do a double take on these two. Very good. :)

  29. I am so late coming to this. (I've been in the edit cave...)

    I think the cover gods have been kind to me but Sally's covers really rock. They are gorgeous!

  30. Hi Jo, I hope all is well with you.
    Sending you some virtual hugs. :O)

  31. Just checking in, hope you're okay--you've been quiet lately!

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