Tuesday, May 29, 2018

DisABILITY and Romance? Meet AuthorTeri McGill #giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 6 comments

Teri McGill is one of my fellow Los Angeles RWA chapter members.(LARARWA)
 I wanted to know her better and I asked he to visit the blog. Teri, please tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Queens, New York and moved to warm and sunny Los Angeles in 1994, immediately following the Northridge earthquake. 
I taught mathematics to deaf high school students for thirty years, which explains some of the recurring characters and themes in my stories. I retired from teaching in 2012 and began working for Hot Tree Editing as a beta reader/proofread and started writing shortly after. When I am not at the computer, I enjoy working out, playing golf, creating mosaics, math tutoring, and watching sports. I also love road trips to wineries, especially Paso Robles and Temecula.
I love this picture. 

Teri, how did you decide on self-publishing?
As a relatively new author, I was advised to self-publish because of the fierce competition. I hired an editor, cover designer and formatter. My cover designer, with a lot of my input, found 3 gorgeous couples for my trilogy’s covers. My fourth and most recent book, a novella, was my first attempt at doing it all myself … cover, editing, proofreading, formatting … I did everything! All the royalties for this book went to charity so I didn’t want to spend any money. I think self-publishing is great. I would advise everyone to try it, as long as you accept the reality: self publishing means self promoting.

The first few emails I received from readers who loved my first two books really was an exciting event for me. I have deaf characters in my books and when a deaf reader expresses joy at seeing herself in my stories … THAT is exciting!

Do you wait for inspiration, or write on schedule? 
I don’t write on a schedule, so I must wait for inspiration or for the characters to speak to me. If they are silent, I take one to bed … the male main character of course, and I become the female. We snuggle, flirt, banter back and forth, etc. (I’m single, so it’s NOT as kinky as it sounds!) Conversations develop, dialogue starts to flow and I keep a notebook on the night stand so nothing is lost.

What's in progress?
I have several WIPs at the moment, including a scarred firefighter with PTSD and a hearing-impaired dance teacher who performs in a strip club.

My most recent passion is promoting more characters with diverse abilities in romance. Here is a Facebook Group I have started to promote this new venture.

Thanks, I joined. Our fellow LARARWA member, Lynne Marshall has a quadropelegic Hero. Tell her about this group, (In case she misses this blog post.)

Teri had five books and she is offering you, Dear Readers, a giveaway of the book of their choice.
Teri's books are available on all platforms. 

Signs of a Quiet Heart (My Heart is Yours - Book 1)
The link will take you to a page where you choose how you want to download the free book.

When Robbi  Bennett, special education teacher extraordinaire, decided to move from New York to California, it was for reasons beyond trading snowstorms for sunshine and surfing. Following the tragic death of her parents, and several doomed relationships, she craved a fresh start; an opportunity to reinvent herself.
Tyler D’Angelo, bad-boy biker and self-proclaimed man-whore, equates love with weakness. For decades, he has kept his heart on silent lockdown, but meeting Robbi turns his solitary life inside out as they are inexplicably drawn to each other.
Can love be strong enough to overcome a lifetime of fear?
(Note: Signs of a Quiet Heart ends with a cliffhanger involving secondary characters, which does not affect the romance. The mystery is solved in Book 2, Living for Two, with the assistance of several new characters. Both stories feature deaf and hard-of-hearing characters.)

Living for Two (My Heart is Yours - Book 2)

Geneva  St. John was not looking to fall in love; her shattered heart was barely recovering from her older sister’s death and coming to grips with almost losing her baby sister as well.
When she first laid eyes on Jayson  Delaney, bathed in sunlight and appearing so ethereal, it was immediately evident that he was destined to change her life. Unable to converse at first due to a language barrier, they soon discover that love is the purest form of communication between two souls.
Although Geneva’s sister is recovering nicely from surgery, she begins to exhibit strange, unsettling behaviors that only Jayson seems to be able to comprehend.
There are some people in our world who believe the power of love can transcend death.  What kind of miracle would it take to convince us all?

For over a decade, Tag Coleman has been struggling to exorcise his demons.
Constantly haunted by his first love’s death, he aches for a second chance at happiness, but guilt screams one undeniable fact: he does not deserve it. Can Tag’s shattered soul ever find forgiveness and allow him to love again?
Emery Lawson’s one and only goal is to uncover the truth surrounding a tragic accident that took her cousin’s life. She embarks on a journey to find the one person who could be responsible, with unexpected, life-altering results.
When your soulmate — the love of your life — is lost, what are the chances of ever finding another? Is it possible for a heart to be …
Lost and Found?
(Note: Book 3 can be read as a standalone, although characters from Books 1 & 2 make guest appearances.)

Light-Years from Hollywood (YA Novella)

LIGHT-YEARS FROM HOLLYWOOD, a YA romance novella, explores the darker side of high school.
What is life like when you don’t seem to fit in anywhere? A deaf boy and a homeless girl forge an unusual friendship, learning that acceptance and ultimately love truly conquers all.
Dylan: High school is supposed to be an adventurous four years of exploring the joys of youth and unlimited learning opportunities, right? What a crock! The gifted program is challenging enough without being the only deaf student on campus. I was content with my under-the-radar, nearly invisible existence until a beautiful, blue-eyed freshman sat next to me in Algebra. I had always preferred my loner status until she forced me to see what else life had to offer.
Nikki: I have kept my embarrassing secret for as long as I can remember. Dylan was the only person I ever shared it with, and to my surprise he never judged me. Instead, he was determined to save me even though unforeseen threats lurked around every corner.
(100% of the author’s royalties from this eBook will be donated to A Million Drops, which is a Los Angeles, California based non-profit organization making a difference in the lives of homeless, at-risk youth, and young adults.)
I know I want to read this one.  I'm entering your giveaway.  Thanks for being here, Teri You are one amazing lady.

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  1. Thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of your blog!

  2. Great interview and giveaway!! Shared on all my socials!!

  3. Great interview Terri. I am so proud of you!
    Great job!

  4. I have a niece that teaches hearing impared in California. She loves her students.Thanks for this opportunity.

  5. Great interview. Very proud of what you accomplished as a writer.


  6. Lovely interview . I love Teri's books and look forward to her next one.


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