Thursday, October 28, 2021

*Book Tour & Giveaway* Finding Camille by CL Donley-GUEST POST


Finding Camille

by C.L. Donley

Genre: Historical BWWM Interracial Romance

It's ten years after the end of WWII when Camille Winters accepts a position as the only colored secretary in the office at Hargrove and Chase, an advertising agency on Madison Avenue in the mid-1950's. When the owner and senior partner Kenneth Hargrove takes a professional liking to Camille after seeing her potential, Camille thinks she's finally found her niche, vindicated after pursuing her career rather than settling down. Mr. Hargrove uses his influence to find an old acquaintance from the war as a favor to Camille. But instead of the gesture bringing closure, the ghosts from the past suddenly come back to haunt her, putting her hard-won successful career in jeopardy.

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C.L. Donley is a future New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of multicultural and interracial romance, who believes romance novels that are impossible to put down are the only kind that should exist! Armed with a B.A. in English and M.A. in Writing, she is new to the romance game, having written her first novel, Amara's Calling, after discovering the romance genre in September 2017. Donley writes in a style she calls "romantic realism" that is sophisticated yet simple, grounded yet unaplogetically escapist, and character-driven rather than plot-driven. This style creates a unique, modern reading experience ideal for book club discussions, personal epiphanies, satisfying re-reads, and the occasional spiraling reviewer! Love it or hate it, fans and critics alike can't deny her talent, and always find themselves coming back for more!

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Where were you born/grew up at? I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but then later moved to Nashville, TN and lived there for about 20 years. Now I’m in Fort Worth, and I love it! I started my writing career here, and Texas just represents new beginnings for me, overall. And it’s only a few hours from where I grew up, which means I’m reunited with a lot of my favorite restaurants from back in the day, haha.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? I consider writing a gift for me. I just always knew how to write, and was always confident in my ability and point of view. I always noticed that I was uncommonly good at it for my peer group, at every age. But I was never super jazzed about it as a career path. My major was music business in college-- for about a semester, haha. I realized pretty quickly that there was nothing about it that engaged me and I needed to find a major that wasn’t going to cause me to flunk out. And so, English it was! Even when I found a lot of validation and community as an English major, I didn’t necessarily know what I wanted to do. I spent my 20’s going from job to job, trying various career paths and using my gift very seldom. So I guess I’ve always been a writer, but if it wasn’t for self-publishing, I wouldn’t be able to call myself an author.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book? The inspiration for the concept was sort of a mix between a YouTube video my husband was telling me about, an old story about two strangers writing letters during the war, and then later Mad Men, when I started really developing the story and trying to come up for a setting. When I realized the dates were quite a bit off, I actually used that limitation to develop the story even further until it became what it became. It’s a little different from my other books, being a historical romance—my first. I didn’t want to do historical of any kind because the time period tends to take over the book and authors feel obligated to sort of make it a character, so that people can visualize and that just seemed like a lot of extra work to me, lol. Spoiler alert: it is. But I think it’s worth it and it really adds depth to the story. Without the time period, the plot couldn’t really exist so I really like what the historical element brought out in the narrative. I hope everyone else also likes that, lol.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must-read. I have to give myself a pat on the back for my release timing, because when you open it from the first page, and see that a large portion of the book is letters back and forth from the characters, I can’t think of a more appropriate hot cocoa/pumpkin spiced whatever moment to sit back and read! If you’ve never read me before, I think this is a pretty good book to get your feet wet and see if it’s your jam or not. It’s unconventional, character-driven, subtle, smart and, of course, steamy!

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1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed the guest post and Finding Camille sounds like a great read and the cover is pretty! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a great day!