Thursday, October 13, 2011

According to Plan Blog Tour by Madison J. Edwards - Interview, review and giveaway!

Welcome to my stop at the According to Plan Virtual Ebook Tour! My stop includes review of According to Plan, interview with the author Madison J. Edwards and a iveaway. Three-in-one! The Virtual Ebook Tour is organized by Sizzling PR and by the author.

Author: Madison J. Edwards

Title: According to Plan
Release date: 24th of July 2011
Published by: Sapphire Nights Books
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Erotic Romance
Pages: 163 in PDF
Source: Ebook received from the author and from Sizzling PR for reviewing

Summary from Goodreads:

What do you do when things don’t go According to Plan? For starters, you trick, deceive, and lie to the very person who ruined your best laid plans.
Welcome to the world of Shelby Stewart, P.I., who’s been hired to find Harrison Grant. To complicate matters further, her ex-partner, ex-lover, ex-everything Tank shows up looking for Harrison as well, albeit for a very different reason. Harry is the prime suspect in the grisly murder of a call girl, Lulu, in L.A.

That wouldn’t be so bad, but Tank plans on staying at Shelby’s house, and makes it obvious he’s quite willing to help her heat the sheets, again. Shelby knows that sex with Tank is dangerous, fast, and sometimes a little dirty. Now is not the time to become side-tracked. Besides, this job could launch her company into a whole new stratosphere, so it’s imperative she remain focused.

Frustration becomes Shelby’s newest partner as she makes plans to out maneuver Tank in their parallel quest. Tank, on the other hand, is always one step ahead of the game—and is not what, or who, Shelby thought.

My review:

According to Plan was a good and easy read. Besides that, if you love romance and don't mind reading erotic, this is a book you should definitely read. I liked the characters and the plot was also solid. It was the first published work of Madison J. Edwards which I read and I did not have to be disappointed. It was a nice surprise.

Regarding the plot:

It was a story about P. I. Shelby who gets a case of a missing person. Since the client is a wealthy family, Shelby takes the case and starts digging. The more she digs, the weirder the story gets. She gets a feeling that she is mislead. At the same time Shelby’s ex shows up. Tank is a gorgeous guy who left Shelby from one day to another telling Shelby that he has met another woman. When Shelby and Tank meet again, things get even more complicated and dangerous. One thing is clear, there is a sizzling attraction between two of them and that cannot be ignored.

The plot had a good mystery story combined with the romance. I liked that, it gave meat to the bones.

Regarding the characters:

I really liked the characters and I think that author did a very good job with all of them, both main characters and supportive characters and with good guys and bad guys. Shelby was sassy and feisty and still, there was a tender feminine side in her, which made her vulnerable when it came to love. Tank balanced her well with his persistence. Polly was sweet; it’s a kind of best friend everybody would love to have.

There were though couple of characters which were brought in and which purpose I did not understand - especially Tank’s mother. I thought that there will be another back story developing from mother-son relationship, but no.


According to Plan by Madison J. Edwards was well-written and solid reading. It had mystery, romance, interesting and believable characters. I would definitely recommend it.

5 Flowers!
4 stars out of 5

Author Bio:

The Prairie dust is in my blood, but no longer on my shoes.

Madison grew up around ranchers and farmers and always assumed she’d become a farmer’s wife, raise the requisite four boys, and make sure there was always enough pie at community social functions. Imagine her surprise when she found herself married to an Air Force pilot, moving around the country every two years on the government’s ticket and her family of four boys was decreased by two.

With hubby deployed all over the world, Madison quickly became father and mother and soon discovered, with two active, thriving, can find trouble anywhere boys, that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Ask her sons. Don’t mess with the Mama.

Her sons are grown with families of their own and Madison finally pursued her dream, which was to put fingers to keyboard and write a book. On January 25, 2011 that dream was realized with the sale of According to Plan.

Madison resides in London, Ontario with her husband and two very spoiled Scottish Fold cats. She is a member of the Romance Writers of Ontario, Toronto Romance Writers and Passionate Ink.

Author of According to Plan, Madison J. Edwards was so kind to give an interview to Me and Reading. Interview will be as usual in three parts, first part about the author, second art about writing and published work and third part about the favorites.

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Madison J. Edwards!

Part I

MR: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?

MJE: I am a woman, who upon reaching a certain age, decided to start checking things off her bucket list. So I’ve been teaching myself to play the piano, replaced my broken guitar, and decided to write a book.

MR: What inspired you to want to become writer?

MJE: My husband has been telling me for years to write, and I’ve always known I would, but until I started I wasn’t ready and I wasn’t ready until I started. (?) It’s kind of like saying “Wherever I go, there I am.” When I finally put fingers to keyboard it was because in my heart I knew it was time.

MR: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?

MJE: Please don’t take this as egotistical, but even as a child I was horribly practical, and I’ve never wanted to be anyone but myself. I’ve never fawned over celebrities, or famous people. When I thought about what my future would be like, it was always as a stay-at-home mom with four boys. That dream fell flatter than a lead balloon. I work outside the home, and have two boys.

MR: What brought you to writing? When did the idea of writing your first book formed?

MJE: I have a co-worker (he is in my dedication as the ‘impetus that started me on this journey’) and sometimes at coffee we’d discuss ideas he has for screenplays and books he’d like to write. One day he forwarded me an e-mail, a small scene of something he was working on. As I read the scene, I envisioned a secondary sub plot – behind the scenes – and sent it to him. I remember thinking at the time, ‘I could do this’.

The idea for my first book evolved with my writing skills. The first draft of According to Plan is as far from the finished product as Miami is from New York.

MR: What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have any hobbies?

MJE: I read and we have friends and family over a lot, so we play games and cards.

MR: What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer for you?

MJE: Finding time to write. Because I work outside the home my only writing time is after work and weekends. However, I have grandchildren, a husband, and friends who still like me and would like to see me. :) I also take night classes, host a writing group once a week, and have meetings once a month with our RWA chapter. Mix into these appointments, shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc. – I struggle to find time to write consistently.

MR:  If you wouldn’t be a writer, what would you be and do?

MJE: I would be exactly who I am right now. I work in the Human Resources Branch of our local police service, and it’s a great job.

MR: Who or what is your Muse?

MJE: I don’t know. It’s definitely female. She’s rather coy, infinitely sensual with a surprisingly shy side. She loves tall, dark males with blue, blue eyes and strong features. Although she comes across as quiet, she has a razor sharp wit and will cut your legs out from under you with one word. She’s awesome.

MR: Did you ever experience writer’s block when the writing process just wasn’t moving ahead?

MJE: Yes. Great big elephant in the room. I stared at my computer for weeks and stalled by playing mindless games on a social network that shall remain nameless…

Part II

Let’s talk about books!

MR: You have several published works. Would you briefly give us an overview how many published books do you have and what are these about?

MJE: I have one full length book out in print and digital – According to Plan, and three short novellas, digital release only. I’ll talk about the three short stories.

Our publisher put out a call for ‘Naughty Stories’, wanting to push the erotic envelope, so I thought – what the heck? and wrote The Proposal. I thought it was pretty erotic until I read other short stories out there and realized I was tame compared to them.

The Perfect Secretary stemmed from me deciding to test my boundaries and go beyond my personal comfort zone. The sales for this short story astonished me. I received many requests for more of Sheila and Troy, so I penned The Invitation.

MR: What went through your mind when the first book you wrote was published?

MJE: Absolutely surreal. At times it doesn’t even seem like it’s mine. I have this book I can hold in my hands, and the words in it came from me. The feeling is very hard to describe.

MR: How do you write? Do you sketch a plot first, create characters first and then starting to write?

MJE: I am a pantser – hard core. I’ve tried creating a story arc, timeline, or plot out the chapters but for some reason this stymies me. My stories are in my head and play out like a movie, all the major points in the story are in me, all I have to do is fill in between.

MR: What do you think is the most important thing while writing?

MJE: Remember to use all the five senses. Crawl inside your characters body. See what they see. Smell what they smell. Hear their thoughts. Why would they do this, or say that. Become your character. Example. If you’re hero is over six feet tall, he’d see a lot of the tops of people’s heads. He’d have to duck to get into vehicles. Maybe he’s allergic to nuts, so he’d obsess about the ingredients in foods, avoid touching the top of a bar counter in case they had peanuts on it. Know who your character is, inside and out.

MR: Where did you get the idea for your last book According to Plan from? How was the book born?

MJE: I wanted a heroine who was feisty and savvy. I thought of various occupations and liked the idea of a Private Investigator. With this job she could enter into a lot of different arenas, and we’d see her different characteristics in a fun way.

MR: Which character do you love most in According to Plan? Which characters and in which books can you mostly relate to?

MJE: Oh no. That’s like asking a mother which child does she like best. I like all of them. I relate the most with Polly. Her sass and in your face style is more like me than any of the others.

MR: I’m aware that your books are pure fiction, but I’d still like to ask: are any of the characters inspired by real persons? Do you base your fiction on some experiences you have had and people you have met?

MJE: Pure fiction through and through.

MR: What was the best summer read for you this summer? Why?

MJE: I picked up the book ‘Raziel’ and enjoyed it so much I bought the sequel ‘Fallen’. This world of angels, fallen or otherwise, and the world created by Kristina Douglas caught my imagination. An unexpected enjoyable read.

MR: I must ask you about new book to be published. What will it be about? Anything you can tell us already?

MJE: I am working on a time travel – Craven Desires. It’s about a woman, Eve, who is flung back in time to Scotland 1611. Craven, the requisite handsome Laird, believes she’s his wife Evelyn. The ultimate question is – who came first – Evelyn or Eve? Kind of like the chicken or the egg. Would Eve exist if she hadn’t gone back?

Part III – Favorites

Who is your favorite author? – Karen Marie Moning
What is your favorite book or series? Highlander Series by KMM – Immortal Highlander followed closely by Kiss of the Highlander. My second favorite series was fan fiction written by Pamela Aiden – three books that followed Mr. Darcy and paralleled Pride and Prejudice.
What is your favorite book blog you follow? I have different blogs feed into Facebook, and will check them out if a title catches my fancy.
What is your favorite song? A Little More Country by Easton Corbin
What is your favorite season? Spring
What is your favorite food? Steak
What is your favorite car? Hard top Mercedes convertible - black
What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite movie? Lost in Austen, Pride and Prejudice a close second.
What is your favorite time of the day? Evening, right after supper
What is your favorite weather? Clear, sunny skies.

Thank you so much, Madison, for finding time to the interview! I really appreciate it!

And now... to the giveaway!

The author has been so kind to let Me and Reading organize a giveaway!!
One person will win an ecopy of According to Plan.

Giveaway details:
Giveaway runs from 13-31 of October.
You need to be follower of Me and Reading.
Leave a comment with your email address and follower name and that's it!
Winner will be announced on the 1st or 2nd of November.
Good luck and start commenting to win!

Next stop is going to be already tomorrow, on the 14th of October at Books-n-Kisses . Hav fun following the According to Plan Blog Tour!

Happy reading!


  1. GFC: Arianne Cruz
    email: cruz042 at csusm dot edu

    thank u for the giveaway! the book sounds interesting!

  2. Oh, Inga - you caught me on the mother-in-law. I had such plans for her and the horrible relationship she had with Tank. I plain ran out of time. However, here's a teaser, I'm working on a sequel, and I promise the mother/son relationship will be fully explained.

    That was a 'my bad' thing to do - first time writer boo boo. :)


    Some Things Are Meant to be Naughty

  3. This book has been on my TBR list for a while. I love a good second chance at love story and something with some mystery adds to my wanting to read it. THank you for the chance to win a copy.

    GFC: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  4. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Email: mysticsandmoonbeams(at)hotmail(dot)com
    GFC: Darcus

  5. Madison, it seemed intriguing! :) I am looking forward to your next published works! And thanks again for the interview, good book and leaving a comment!

  6. Arianne, June and Darcus, thanks for coming by and participating in the giveaway!


  7. email follower: emilykaiser24(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

    Emily xx
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  8. Thanks for the great interview and review. Sounds like a really good book. I follow through GFC

  9. I would love to win this, sounds amazing

    GFC follower



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