Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Please welcome my guest, Isabella Macotte

Please welcome Romance Author Isabella Macotte.  

Isabella Macotte grew up in Chicago and now lives in the Midwest. Ever since she can remember, she was reading. Not just fiction but everything she could get her hands on. Science, romance, history and paranormal. Especially paranormal...anything scary, creepy, or gory, she loves it. From light paranormal elements to terrifying monsters, she'll make up a story to amaze or scare you.

Isabella Macotte writes the kind of romance she loves to read: a story with delicious dialogue, seductive encounters, a dash of the paranormal, and an irresistible hero you will never forget.

Passionate about books, Isabella keeps busy reading, writing and working in a library. But if a few moments remain at the end of the day, she spends them with a wonderful family and sweet bichon pup named Daisy. 

Thanks for joining me, Isabella.

Katherine, thank you so much for hosting me today!
You're welcome.  Let's get right to the interview.

 Tell us something about yourself both writing and not writing related.
       I’ve always been a big reader, but I’ve been serious about writing for around three years. I think after you read a lot of books, you naturally start telling stories in your head. Eventually they want to come out!
     Hobbies? Well…reading and writing. I also love science and reality TV. Over the past few years, I’ve joined an outdoors group. We’ve built shelters, fires, learned which plants are safe to eat, and how to filter water. Don’t know if I’d be able to live off the land but learning these skills has been fun.

     Why do you write in the genre/sub-genre that you do? 
     I love romance novels with a paranormal twist. I’ll read everything but especially enjoy a lighter tone. We all need to escape from our everyday world and what better way than a romantic fantasy world filled with a hunky hero and a strong heroine?

     Tell us about your current release in a couple of sentences.
     The Heart Gem is my current release. A historical romance novel set in England, the story incorporates paranormal elements, a heroine who plans to be a businesswoman, and a sexy hero who needs to wed to leave the Fae world behind.

Sounds great, Isabella.   Can you tell us a little about your next project?
     I’m keeping very busy writing Book 2 of The Artifacts of Love series, The Heart Compass. I’ve also completed a young adult novel, The Monster.
Anything else you’d like to share with us?
      Please stop by my website at 
      I’d love to hear from you!

 Now on to the blurb and excerpt for The Heart Gem.

In 1885, a proper Victorian woman's place was in the home. Convention never appealed to Hallie Pinefoy.

But plans for financial independence through a successful doll-making venture have one impediment. She's inherited a curiosity shop and a handsome business partner who's proving to be a delicious distraction.

When Bremen Tyler inherits a shop in coastal England, he breaks from the mystical Ancestral clan to live a normal life. The only way to guarantee a permanent break is to marry his Heart Match, a perfect soul mate. Bremen recognizes the captivating Hallie as his true love, but she isn't cooperating with his courtship.

If he can retrieve the stolen Heart Gem, an Artifact of Love, he can use it to prove their match. The surface of the Gem reflects the essence of a couple's future life, but the risks are great. More importantly, will Hallie realize true love doesn't need proof?

Hallie’s bottom shifted from Bremen’s lap onto the cold stone garden bench. Why was he stopping just when the moment was getting interesting? Then she heard the footsteps in the distance, rustling along the garden path. Her head still blissfully dazed, Bremen’s possessive hands moved to straighten the aquamarine gown’s bodice, which had drawn away completely from her breasts.

Clay’s face was an angry red, even in the dark night. She jumped at the intrusion and attempted to yank her hand out of Bremen’s, but his firm palm held on without releasing.

“Bremen Tyler, how dare you encroach on our relationship? Hallie and I have a long-established agreement among our families. You must honor this arrangement and withdraw your presence.” The shrillness of Clay’s voice reverberated through the grounds.

“I haven’t been informed of a promise or understanding. In fact, I have heard from the lady she is uncommitted. A state I’m determined to reverse.” Bremen’s deep voice was low and controlled.

“She would be committed to me if it were not for you. You are confusing her; she loves me but you are filling her head with promises and nonsense.”

“I have given Hallie neither false promises nor nonsense. She knows my true feelings.”

“She also knows my feelings and has said she will consider my offer.”

“If Hallie tells me it is you she wants, I’ll say no other word.”

“Hallie, tell him you will marry me. I believe my request was clear at supper,” Clay demanded.

“My love, make your wishes known, and we will visit the reverend directly,” Bremen countered.

Both men stared, waiting for a decision.
Wow, great blurb and excerpt.  Now that we are all intrigued here are the buy links:
     Thanks again for being my guest, Isabella.  :o)




  1. Good morning, Isabella. Thanks again for allowing me to interview you and for sharing the blurb and excerpt from THE HEART GEM.

    1. Thanks for having me, Katherine! Excited to be here.

  2. Hi Isabella,

    So glad there's going to be a second book in this series! Keep them coming for us.

  3. I didn't know you were an outdoors person, Isabella. I tend to like it only when I'm comfortable outside. I'll sit in the backyard on a chair when the weather feels good, and walk the dog a lot in all kinds of weather, but that's the extent of my love of the outdoors.

    I've already got your book in my TBR pile. It looks good.

    Morgan Mandel

  4. Good morning, Katherine and Isabella! The Heart Gem sounds so original and fun - I'm really looking forward to reading it.

  5. Hi Ladies...enjoyed the interview and learning more about you Isabella. I just love the cover of your book and the fact that this will be a series :)

    Congrats on your release :) I'm sure you are still smiling!

  6. Nice interview, ladies. Isabella (just love your name!) your book sounds exciting! That cover is lovely, too.

  7. Your interview reminded me of myself. I'm so obsessed with reading, I will read the backs of cereal boxes, soup cans, etc...
    The Heart Gem is now on my TBR list.

    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one who reads the backs of cereal boxes etc usually while I'm eating of course. :o)

    2. Sandra - So funny! I think we're twins when it comes to reading!

  8. Thanks so much, Katherine, for letting me visit! Loved spending time here on your beautiful website.

    1. You're very welcome, Isabella. I'm glad you had a good time. Congrats again on the release of THE HEART GEM. :o)

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  10. Isabella, great interview! I especially liked the tidbit that you belong to a outdoor group! Awesome!! I loved your book :-)) Best wishes on a long, fruitful career!!