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About Martha O'Sullivan
Martha O'Sullivan has loved reading romance novels for as long as she can remember. So much so that she would continue the story in her head long after the last chapter was read. Writing her own novels is the realization of a lifelong dream for this stay-at-home mom. She is the author of the Chances trilogy available now from Red Sage Publishing. She writes contemporary and erotic romances with traditional couples and happy endings. Her current work-in-progress in a Christmas novel set in Florida. A native Chicagoan, she lives her own happy ending in Tampa with her husband and two daughters.
My love affair with California began at the tender age of fifteen and continues today, three decades later. So it should come as no surprise that the book of my heart, which somehow turned into a trilogy, is set there.
Maybe it was the indescribable thrill of a Midwestern girl seeing the ocean for the first time (we have a lake in Chicago, but it's not the same). Or the sight of unapologetically bronzed coeds with movie-star teeth driving silver metallic convertibles and playing volleyball in the sand. Perhaps the towering palm trees swaying against the impossibly blue sky? But that was in Southern Cal; my Chances trilogy takes place in Lake Tahoe and San Francisco, hundreds of miles north.
I was an unassuming only child of the 70's, growing up in a place where a short, precious summer turned into a long, cold winter seemingly overnight. What else was I to do but read (thanks, Carolyn Keene)?
In high school, I often opted for the city bus because it stopped in front of the library. Just a branch, mind you, but they had loads of paperback books. And no matter the inventory du jour, I was drawn to the revolving wire rack of romance novels. Harlequin Presents, Danielle Steel and later on, Nora Roberts.
The books took me to places all over the world where effortlessly beautiful, wonderfully flawed heroines were swept off their feet by dynamic, irresistible heroes. I preferred the books to the afternoon soaps because I could imagine the characters in my mind’s eye. And if I found the ending disappointing or abrupt, I would simply continue the story in my head.
Writing such ideas down, however, took another thirty years.
In the interim, I went to college and met my own prince charming. And he took me to San Francisco on our honeymoon.
And, as cliché as it sounds, that’s where I left my heart. Well, part of it anyway. Because eight years and two babies later, he took me to Lake Tahoe for the very first time.
And my frisson with California moved even farther north.
I hope my books will take you there. And you’ll leave a little piece of yours behind too.
Also by Martha O'Sullivan:
In Second Chance (Chances trilogy book #1), star-crossed lovers Lindsay Foster and Brian Rembrandt keep the rugged, fawn-colored shores of Lake Tahoe blazing hot long after the summer sun has set. In Chance Encounter (Chances trilogy book #2), Delaney Richards and Mike Savoy heat up San Francisco’s chilly days and fog-cloaked nights with white-hot passion and pulse-pounding suspense. In Last Chance (Chances trilogy conclusion) the long-bridled desire of Moira Brody and Paul Webster melt the snowcapped Sierras into torrid puddles despite the single-digit temperatures of the Lake Tahoe winter.
The Chances trilogy by Martha O'Sullivan. Available at: marthaosullivan26.wix.com/marthaosullivan
An Interview with Martha O'Sullivan
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: What can you tell us about this sexy trilogy?
MO: My Chances trilogy is set in Lake Tahoe and San Francisco, my two favorite places. All three stories are about finding true love and trusting in it, even in the wake of unexpected and seemingly unsurmountable circumstances. Each of the six main characters (a couple per book) must take various leaps of faith to come full circle. The books are contemporary, light erotic love stories with a traditional couple and happily ever after endings.
HH: What do you like best about Delaney and why will readers identify with her?
MO: I think everyone can identify with the pain of a broken heart. Delaney was left at the altar and has thrown herself into her work to avoid dating and life in general. But drop-dead gorgeous Captain Mike Savoy won't have that. After much internal debate, she risks her heart again. But a clandestine past Delaney didn't know she had puts that love to the ultimate test. The only way to survive is to trust the same heart that betrayed her. And put her life in the hands of the man who now holds it.
HH: What do you like best about Mike and why will readers love him?
MO: Mike is your typical alpha hero--tall, dark, handsome, sexy, strong and successful. He is a man of his word and not one to give up--or give in. He's confident, but not arrogant or cocky. And once he realizes his heart has met its match, he won't let anything or anyone keep them apart. And he saves the day, of course.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this series?
MO: I started writing a love story that draws from my own life, in my favorite place and ended up with a trilogy! I learned a lot about myself and Lake Tahoe. I used to continue books in my head that I thought ended too soon. So it was high time I wrote my own.
HH: What do you think will most appeal to readers about this story this holiday season?
MO: These aren't Christmas-themed books, but they all have a happy ending. And Last Chance, the trilogy conclusion and November release, takes place amid the blinding blue sky and snow-capped peaks of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains. Winter at its best!
HH: How do you feel your own personal experiences influence your writing?
MO: My summers in Lake Tahoe, of course. And I was lucky to find the love of my life young and that it lasted. But the insufferable thought of losing that, the gut-wrenching pain of risking that and the unabated joy of getting it back is what I tried to convey.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
MO: I'm writing a Christmas book based in Florida.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
MO: I'm reading Whisper Falls by Toni Blake.
HH: What do you like best about this time of year?
MO: I live in Florida, so the heat finally breaks. As a native midwesterner it still seems like a novelty to me to hear Christmas music playing at the beach. I love being able to enjoy the Christmas lights without being cold. And the celebratory mood of the season.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
MO: Please visit my web site or any of the following links:
HH: Thank you!