Thursday, September 26, 2013

Straight Chatting from the Library: Leslie McKelvey

Leslie McKelvey, autthor of Accidental Affair, stopped by The Library to talk books as part of her virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. One lucky commenter on the tour will win a $50 Amazon gift card. You can see the other stops on the tour here: Remember, the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

Leslie, thanks for coming by. What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

The Giving Tree. The end always made me sad, but I read it over and over anyway. THAT’S what true love is about.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.

Action-packed romantic suspense that’ll hook you from page one.

What are you reading right now?

Right Place, Right Time, which is a sequel to Accidental Affair and stars Jack Vaughn’s best friend, Special Agent Bear Bristol. My publisher and I are in final edits before it goes to print. Hopefully, it’ll be released by the end of the year (YEA!)

E-Reader or print? and why?

I like both. I like to hold a book in my hands, feel the paper, turn the pages, and smell the ink. But you can’t beat an e-reader if you’re traveling or if the book isn’t available in print, which is happening more and more these days. I hope they don’t completely discontinue print books (oh, rue the day!).

One book at a time or multiples?

When I’m reading it’s one at a time. When I’m writing I can work on multiple books at once. I have a dozen completed manuscripts and more than that in various stages of production. I write until I run out of ideas, and if the block doesn’t pass after a day or two I’ll open an old manuscript and reread, see if that shakes anything loose. It usually works for me, but it makes me feel slightly schizophrenic.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)

When I was younger I would dog-ear (my sincerest apologies, Librarian Judith :-)), but now I bookmark. I have recognized the evil of my former ways and have done my best to make amends!

When do you do most of your reading?

Having a police officer hubby and three boys means I don’t have a lot of time to read, and I prefer not to be interrupted when I get into a story. Hence, I wait until everyone else is in bed before cracking open that book or e-reader. Helps that I’m a vampire….

Favorite genre?

I like many genres, but I guess romance would have to be my favorite. I know many people look down on “chick-lit” but I read to escape and get away from the world, not immerse myself in it. The only exception to that rule is military biographies, like Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor. EXCELLENT book.

Do you loan your books?

Absolutely! If I can get someone else interested in reading anything I’m there. I’m still working on my ten-year-old son who flatly says he doesn’t like to read. I tell him, “If you don’t like reading you’re doing it wrong.”

What would make you not finish a book?

A dull book, bad grammar or writing mechanics, or a lack of a plotline or believable characters will keep me from finishing a book. Being OCD I always like to finish what I start, but sometimes it’s just NOT possible. And, as I get older, I have to remind myself that life is too short for bad fiction.


Jack Vaughn is sure his life is over as he tumbles down the wooded hillside onto the deserted two-lane stretch of asphalt. Years of work ended with a single gunshot. Yet, it’s not over.

A good Samaritan stops to help him, despite the danger he poses to her.

Laine Wheeler knows better than to stop for strangers on the rural Montana highway near her home, but her conscience won’t allow her to leave an injured man behind.

What she doesn’t know is the man is an undercover ATF agent tasked with infiltrating a domestic terrorist group. His cover has been blown and helping him will put her life in danger.

Though there is an instant attraction, Jack knows that beginning a romantic relationship with Laine would be both unfair and unwise. Yet the farther they run, the harder it gets to ignore the feelings that are surging between them.


Leslie McKelvey has been writing since she learned to write, and her mother still stores boxes of handwritten stories in the attic. Leslie read her first romance at 12 and was hooked. When her high school Creative Writing teacher told her she needed to be a novelist, she decided to give it a try. Finally, at the ripe old age of...forty-something...her debut novel, Accidental Affair, made it into print through Black Velvet Seductions Publishing. The publisher has also contracted two more manuscripts, which will follow Accidental Affair shortly.

Leslie is a war-veteran who served with the U.S. Navy during the Gulf War, and she was among the first groups of women to work the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. During her five years tour she was stationed at NAS Miramar and was an F-14 Tomcat mechanic and plane captain. While in San Diego she spent time on the carriers USS Independence, USS Ranger, USS Lincoln, and the USS Nimitz. The final two years of her enlistment were spent on Guam and her squadron frequently deployed to Japan and the Middle East.

She learned everything she knows about firearms and tactics from her police officer husband, who is a weapons expert, range master, and firearms instructor for one of the most highly-respected law-enforcement agencies in the world (and one he wishes her NOT to disclose). He is her biggest supporter and her unpaid consultant on everything law-enforcement and weapons related. She has three boys who keep her very busy and contribute daily to her growing number of gray hairs. Her oldest son is a United States Marine and the younger two have vowed to follow in their brother’s footsteps (OOH RAH!). She spends her off-time (kidding...WHAT off-time?) reading, taking pictures, and sending lead down range (that's shooting, for those who are unfamiliar). One of her favorite scents is the smell of gunpowder in the morning....
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  1. Thank you for hosting me today! And for all those who leave a comment, don't forget your e-mail address so I may contact you if you are a winner. Best of luck!

  2. Thank you for the interview. I also like to hold a book in my hands, I'll never give up my print books.


    1. Yep, there's just something about a book! A Kindle doesn't have the same tactile quality.

      Best of luck!

  3. I like both formats, too!


    1. I don't know about you, but when I'm holding a book as opposed to an e-reader, I find myself more engrossed in what I'm reading. Maybe it's just me....

      Good luck in the drawing!

  4. AMEN...Life IS too short for bad fiction!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Yes, it is, but I still find myself compelled to finish a story, even a poorly told one. How weird is THAT?

      Best of luck to you!

  5. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

    1. Thank you, Natasha, for stopping by. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

      Good luck!

  6. From the first sentence, I was hooked!!!!! I have read many books with suspense and action, but none that captured me so quickly, but held my attention until the end.....which I was sad to reach! I wanted to keep reading and learning more about Jack and Laine, and Bear! Keep 'em coming Leslie, and I will keep promoting your book to everyone who tells me they like to read. :-D
    merm1969 (at) hotmail dot com

    1. Thanks, Miriam! I am SO glad you enjoyed it! I hope Bear's story is just as captivating for you.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!!

  7. Excellent ten words.


  8. Excellent ten words.


  9. Thanks, Mary! I have to admit, that was the hardest question to answer! I've never been good at synopses, and to do that in 10 words or less? It'd be easier finding teeth on a frog....

  10. Okay people.... I HAVE to say Accidental Affair is NOT a dull book. Once you start reading it, you aren't going to want to put it down.