Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Author Spotlight: L.E. Maguire

L.E. Maguire, author of the Hart of Seattle Series and the newly released Picture Perfect, is today's Jazzy World of E's Bookshelf Author Spotlight. Maguire released her first book, Starting Over in July 2013. It is the first book in the Hart of Seattle Series that centers around Ella Martin and Xavier Hart. She followed that up with the conclusion to the series, New Beginnings in December 2013. Maguire just released her new book, Picture Perfect in April. Today's will get to know L.E. Maguire a little more and find out about her books though the spotlight and interview with her. It's my pleasure to introduce to you, L.E. Maguire.
L.E. Maguire's Biography
L. E. Maguire is an independent author who is a born and bred Jersey Girl currently living below the Mason-Dixon line.

She is an avid reader with a passion for romance novels. When she's not reading, you can usually find her writing.

Starting Over (Hart of Seattle, #1) was her first published novel on July 27, 2013. Her second novel, New Beginnings (Hart of Seattle, #2), is the second and final in the Hart of Seattle series, and was published on December 31, 2013.

She also has a special love for photography, football (sharing an equal passion for both the NY Giants and the Seattle Seahawks), and all things vampire.

An Interview with L.E. Maguire
Congratulations on the release of your newest book, Picture Perfect, what can readers look forward to in this story?
Thank you! With Picture Perfect there is humor, love, heartbreak, and a strong bond of friendship between Ember and her best friend, Jake. Unlike my first two books, which were strictly contemporary romance, Picture Perfect would be categorized as a sexy romance within the contemporary romance genre. In other words, there’s sex. ;)

The Hart of Seattle series, Starting Over and New Beginnings, were you first two release. It follows the story of Ella Martin and Xavier Hart, and their whirlwind romance. what did you love most about writing these books?
Creating the whole fantasy world is exciting, and I really enjoyed doing that, as well as creating the characters and their personalities. With these books in particular, I got very attached to Xavier and Ella, mainly because they were my first literary couple.  

You released your first book, Starting Over in July 2013, has your approach to writing changed or evolved since then?
Most definitely, I think. But with writing there is always something to learn. I have taken a few more writing classes since I wrote Starting Over and I’ve become a member of the Romance Writers of America association, which offers conference workshops and online classes.

I’ve noticed that your female leads, Ella Martin and Ember Whitfield have a love of photography, similar to you. Does having a photographer's eye bring a different approach to storytelling for you?
Perhaps, just a bit. I have always had a tendency to write with detail, but I often look at my writing the way I would look at a beautiful landscape or the full moon glowing in the dark sky. I want my story to move me emotionally the way those beautiful sights do.

You did have a bit of a time gap between your last book, New Beginnings and Picture Perfect, in a book world where authors come out with books at a frequent rate, how important was it for you to take your time with Picture Perfect?
It was very important to me that I take my time. I’m not worried so much about quantity as I am quality. I want to be able to produce characters that are relatable, and I want the reader to be able to place themselves within the story and see what the characters see and feel the emotions that they are feeling, and for me, that takes time. Life also has a way of interrupting at times and it’s usually in the form of two small boys who are my grandsons, of which a third was born this past November.

This might be hard but of all the books you’ve written so far do you have a favorite?
That is hard, but if I had to choose, I would say New Beginnings is my favorite. Ella not only grows emotionally in the story, but a lot happens with Xavier and Ella as a couple.

My next questions tie into above, It is another tough one. If you had to pick your favorite male character from your books, who would you pick?
Xavier for sure. He’s your hot, fairly young and powerful CEO with alpha male tendencies, but he has a heart of gold and absolutely adores Ella.

What can we expect to see from you next?
I’m currently working on a book that involves a heavy metal band and two women photographers from a popular heavy metal magazine, who spend the summer touring with the band. I haven’t decided if this is going to be series yet, but the book I’m currently working on revolves around Randee and the lead singer of the band, Alec. Like Picture Perfect, this book would also be categorized as a sexy romance.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Stephenie Meyer, Nicole Edwards, Sylvia Day, Olivia Cunning, Kylie Scott, and my latest indie obsession, Tommy Crown.

What do you hope readers take away from your books?
Well, domestic violence has touched my immediate family, which I tied in to Starting Over as Ella having suffered years of being verbally abused by her ex-husband. So, one thing I hope they walk away with is knowing that matter how much you may have been hurt, you can find happiness, you can trust again, and you can have a healthy, loving relationship.

In 10 words or less can you tell readers who are new to you why they should read your books?
I write about real people in real life relationships.

Is there anything you would like to say to your fans and/or readers new to you?
Thank you!! I know there are a lot of choices out there in not only the romance genre but in the indie community, and I appreciate each and every one who has shown interest in my work and taken the time to read it.

Books by L.E. Maguire

Ella Martin was devastated by the events surrounding her divorce. Determined to start over, she relocates from New Jersey to Washington to be a photographer with her longtime friend, Renatta. Having been emotionally scarred by her ex-husband’s betrayal, Ella didn’t believe she would ever be able to trust another man again. Then she met Xavier Hart, a successful CEO of an investment firm. She soon discovers that she cannot resist the dangerously handsome Xavier. But her struggles with her intense jealousy and trust issues start to clash with his controlling tendencies. As their relationship develops, she discovers the reason for his controlling nature over her and his desperate need to keep her safe. When her ex-husband suddenly relocates to Washington, her past and present collide in a dangerous way.

Ella Martin, having overcome a devastating divorce, quickly found herself caught-up in a whirlwind romance with Xavier Hart, a charismatic and successful CEO of an investment firm.
As their romance quickly blossoms towards a more serious commitment, Ella tries to come to terms with her fear of getting hurt. While Ella struggles to realize if her love for Xavier is greater than her fear of another husband betraying her, her ex-husband, Stephen, is still deviously lurking in the background.
When Stephen gets involved with someone else, Xavier is not convinced that he no longer poses a danger to Ella. Xavier’s struggle with his need to keep Ella safe only intensifies.
When strange events surrounding Ella start to take place, Xavier believes his suspicions of Stephen are warranted, and he will do whatever it takes to keep Ella safe. But is Stephen really the one who is conspiring against them or is there another who is working maliciously to destroy them? The love story of Ella and Xavier that began in Starting Over concludes in New Beginnings.

Ember Whitfield was well on her way to living the life she always envisioned for herself. She received her degree in photography from a prestigious New York university. Her best friend, Jake, was her roommate and photo assistant. And after fleeing the tough competition of New York City for Seattle, she had high hopes of being able to obtain her dream as a professional photographer. But most importantly, Ember was perfectly single. And after having dumped her not-so-perfect, philandering boyfriend, Ember planned on staying perfectly single. But as Ember soon discovers, things don't always go as planned.

Ember’s assistant secretly enters her in a local contest, winning her a gallery showing. She's hopeful this will get her and her work quickly noticed. While out celebrating her impending show, Ember gets hit on by the most annoying, arrogant man, who is also the most attractive man she’s even seen. He’s tall, built, and ruggedly handsome. He's perfect, but he's also not part of her plan.

After landing a photo shoot for a popular fashion magazine, in strolls the up and coming male model, Evan Ryan James. The perfectly annoying, arrogant, gorgeous man from the bar. Evan had been immediately captivated by Ember, but after getting her heart broken by her former philandering boyfriend, Ember vowed she would never get involved with another model again. But Evan isn’t going to take no for an answer. He believes he found the perfect woman in Ember, and he is determined to make her see it. Just as Ember starts to let Evan in, both of their careers take off. Soon, their tenuous relationship is quickly put to the test when they are both pulled in different directions by the high demands of their jobs.

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