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BLOG TOUR – AUTHOR INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: “Humbug” by Joanna Chambers

One of our FAVORITE authors here at Boys in our Books, Joanna Chambers, stops by today for an interview! We’re discussing her new holiday book, “Humbug”, and some other fun stuff!

GIVEAWAY:

Comment on today’s post and enter to win both Joanna Chamber’s “Humbug” AND her to-be-released story “Unnatural”. 

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YES! Joanna Chambers is IN THE HOUSE (no one says that anymore, huh?)…to talk to us about her new holiday release, “Humbug”.

Welcome Joanna! We’re thrilled to have you here!  

JC: And I’m thrilled to be here!

 

So, “Humbug”, wanna give us the quick and dirty about this story?

JC: Ok, the elevator pitch is that it’s a contemporary queer romance version of A Christmas Carol. My Scrooge is Quin Flint (skinflint, geddit?) a management consultant who specialises in outsourced redundancy exercises. Rob Paget (Bob Cratchit) is his hot, put-upon colleague. 

 

And it’s your first foreay into self-publishing, correct? What made you decide to self-pub this one in particular?

JC: I dipped my toe in the water with self pubbing last Christmas. I was part of an anthology organised by Josh Lanyon. However, Josh took care of pretty much everything so this is the first time I’ve done everything myself. The main driver for self-pubbing this story was timing, really. The schedule on Unnatural (released 24 Nov) was such that I knew I wasn’t going to have time to write Humbug till Sep/Oct – that’s far too close to publication to work with a publisher on an xmas story, so it was a choice between publishing it in 2016 with a publisher or self publishing it. I’m lucky that I have a number of online friends who self pub who gave me great advice and recommended editors, cover artists and formatters.

 

You have a few other stories releasing this and next month. You must have been busy writing this year. Tell us about the other projects?

JC: I’ve already mentioned Unnatural – that’s a spin off story from the Enlightenment trilogy – the story of Captain Iain Sinclair (who appears in Beguiled) and James Hart, a scientist and Iain’s childhood friend.

My other release is a story in Susan’s charity holiday antho, Wish Come True. My story is called Mr Perfect’s Christmas. It’s a contemporary NA antho and the other writers in it are phenomenal – I’m so happy to be part of it! Proceeds are going to  Lost-N-Found Youth, an Atlanta-based nonprofit corporation whose mission is to take homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths to age 26 off the street and transition them into more permanent housing

 

Are short stories any easier or harder to write than full length novels for you?

JC: In a word, yes. Lol! Much easier actually. I also find writing shorts quite energising in terms of getting myself ready for the next novel-length project

 

So, we’ll admit, a couple of us have already read “Unnatural” and LOVED it. James and Iain are amazing together! I know this is your “Humbug” tour stop, but can you tell us a little bit about the experience of writing “Unnatural”?

JC:  I decided early on to have a back and forth narrative because I love stories where –  as a reader – I discover things that put a new spin on what I’ve just read or am just about to read. But that’s kind of…um, not easy? I also really wrung my hands over the plot and character backstories. I wrote my story plan a whole bunch of times – 4 or 5 at least (and I plot in detail so that takes quite a while).  So yes, it was kind of intense and gruelling. But there were parts that were a pure pleasure to write – the game of hide & seek, the scene where James realises Iain prefers men, the butterflies scenes. Those were all really enjoyable to craft.

 

Ok, getting us back on track: are you a “HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!” type or are you a “BAH HUMBUG!” type? :)

JC: TOTALLY happy holidays! I adore Christmas (and to a lesser extent Hogmanay). My husband and kids do too. We have a host of family traditions we’ve created over the years that we faithfully follow.

 

And what’s next up for you? Any new releases in 2016 you can tell us about?

JC: I’ve signed contracts for a couple of novels that I’ll spend all of next year writing – but those won’t release till 2017 annoyingly. So the plan (hopefully) is to also put out something self-pubbed next year – maybe a couple of things, depending on how productive I am.

 

Thank you SO much for stopping by! You’re one of our favorites so we love having you here!

JC: And I love being here! Thank you for having me!

 

ABOUT HUMBUG:

Quin Flint is unimpressed when his gorgeous colleague, Rob Paget, asks for extra time off at Christmas. As far as Quin is concerned, Christmas is a giant waste of time. Quin’s on the fast track to partnership and the season of goodwill is just getting in the way of his next big project. But when Quin’s boss, Marley, confiscates his phone and makes him take an unscheduled day off, Quin finds himself being forced to confront his regrets, past and present, and think about the sort of future he really wants… and who he wants it with.

 

BOOK INFO:
27268211Title: Humbug
Author: Joanna Chambers
Publisher: Self-pub
Release Date: November 19, 2015
Purchase Links: TBD

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. She spent over 20 years staring at blank sheets of paper and despairing of ever writing a single word. In between staring at blank sheets of paper, she studied law, met her husband and had two children. Whilst nursing her first child, she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna lives in Scotland with her family and finds time to write by eschewing sleep and popular culture.

http://joannachambers.com/

31 comments on “BLOG TOUR – AUTHOR INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: “Humbug” by Joanna Chambers

  1. Kim W
    November 18, 2015

    Congrats on the new releases!

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  2. Leigh (@leighblack)
    November 18, 2015

    Both of these look great! I’m so ready to ready holiday stories!

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  3. Toni
    November 18, 2015

    Thanks for the great interview! I’ve been looking forward to Unnatural and now I’m excited for Humbug too!

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  4. livrancourt
    November 18, 2015

    I’m so excited for all of these, Joanna! Happy Holidays!

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  5. Serena S.
    November 18, 2015

    Thanks for the interview! I look forward to your upcoming releases and good luck with self-publishing.

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  6. Shirley Ann Speakman
    November 18, 2015

    Congratulations on your new release the book sounds very good I have a weakness for all things Christmas especially Christmas themed books.

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  7. Jen CW
    November 18, 2015

    Congratulations on the new book! It sounds really good!

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  8. Sandy
    November 18, 2015

    Love “Christmas Carol” type stories (and pretty much any Christmastime stories!) – can’t wait for this one

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  9. jenf27
    November 18, 2015

    OMG – I am so excited to learn that Joanna Chambers has a new holiday book – and it is based on one of my classic favorites – A Christmas Carol. I will definitely be reading this one. And Unnatural, of course.

    I hope the self-publishing works out well!

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  10. susana
    November 18, 2015

    I love Joanna’s stories. I’ve been waiting for Captain Sinclair’s story since Seasons Pass… I’m so looking forward to reading it! <3

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  11. christinamcaul
    November 18, 2015

    I can’t wait for Humbug!

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  12. Angeles G.
    November 18, 2015

    I love the Enlightenment series. And now there are TWO new books by Joanna. Great!!

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    • BioB
      November 23, 2015

      CONGRATULATIONS Angeles! You’re the giveaway winner! We will contact you at the email address you provided with your comment.

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  13. Juliana
    November 18, 2015

    Thanks for the interview! And both books look fabulous!
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

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  14. Kate
    November 18, 2015

    Really excited about new work from Joanna. Could you include purchase links for Wish Come True also?

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  15. debby236
    November 18, 2015

    Sounds great! I would love to read more.

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  17. joannachambers
    November 18, 2015

    Thanks everyone – I’m excited about this one! And thanks for hosting me BIOB!

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  18. Sara Ball
    November 18, 2015

    Congrats on your new release! I’m looking forward to reading both of these :)

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  19. Kaetrin
    November 18, 2015

    I’m a sucker for a Christmas story. Looking forward to reading Humbug. (Enjoyed Unnatural too!).

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  20. Carolyn
    November 18, 2015

    I love the sound of these, and I’m ready for both! Thanks for the wonderful Q&A. :)

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  21. jupiterspot22
    November 18, 2015

    These look really good :)

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  22. Jenny B
    November 18, 2015

    I adore Christmas stories. Congratulations on self-publishing – a really big step many fear to take due to lack of knowledge.

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  23. Penumbra
    November 18, 2015

    Congrats on the new release and the cover of Humbug is lovely.

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  24. H.B.
    November 19, 2015

    Congrats on the new release! Thank you for the interview =)

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  25. Colette
    November 19, 2015

    I’m really looking forward to reading both of these. I’ve read the Enlightenment books. 💚

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  26. joannachambers
    November 19, 2015

    *beams* Thank you all for your kind words! And a quick shout out to Natasha Snow for the cover which I love.

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  27. Rachel C
    November 19, 2015

    “Humbug,” sounds lovely. Plus, the cover, by Natasha Snow, is gorgeous.

    Congrats on self-publishing. I wish you continued book success!!

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  28. bookdaze
    November 19, 2015

    I know this is a HUMBUG post, but I’m so looking forward to UNNATURAL!

    (Also buying HUMBUG though ;-)

    Li

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  29. juliesmall1959
    November 19, 2015

    A new author to me! Congratulations on both release’s! Going to check out Humbug now.

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