Sunday, October 19, 2014

Me, My Shelf, and I Blog Tour, Interview & Giveaway: Wish Upon A Star (Jim Cangany)

Wish Upon A Star
North Star Trilogy #3
Author: Jim Cangany
Release Date: October 17, 2014

Annie and E.J. are on top of the world. Her concert world tour as Cassandra Lawrence was a smashing success and they've just announced their engagement to the world. Now that they're settled in at Annie's Northern California estate, it's time to relax and enjoy life. Until E.J. gets a call from her with news that's as devastating as it is unbelievable.Annie has breast cancer.Their love is tested in unimaginable ways as chemotherapy robs Annie of her health and her hair, but not hope. She holds on to the hope of beating the cancer and marrying the man she loves. While the key for Annie is to hold onto that hope, their future together may be lost forever unless E.J. can learn to let go. For its not until he can learn to forgive himself and let go of the guilt that haunts him that he can truly move forward and be the man Annie needs him to be.
Will the chemotherapy, mastectomy and radiation be enough to help Annie beat the cancer? Will E.J. face down the demons that haunt his past in time to save their love? Will they ever get that happily ever after Annie so desperately wants? While trust and faith in each other has gotten them this far, they'll need one more thing to make it to their finish line--hope.
** .50 From Every WISH UPON A STAR sale will be donated To the Avon Foundation and its Breast Cancer Crusade during the month of October** 

A lifelong resident of the State of Indiana, Jim Cangany is proud to call himself a Hoosier. The youngest of eight children, he grew up in a household full of books and people. Thanks to the influence of his older siblings, Jim gravitated toward fantasy and sci-fi when looking for something to read. He wrote his first story at age fourteen. A school project, The Magic Coin was a fantasy that involved a king, some bad guys, and, not surprisingly, a magical token.These days, Jim writes romance on the sweet end. If you ask him what is a guy like him is doing writing romance, he'll reply, "Those are the stories in my head." A believer that the world has enough doom and gloom, he likes stories with a happy ending, regardless of genre. He lives in Indianapolis with his wonderful wife Nancy and his two sons, Seamus and Aidan.

What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

My wife's bout with breast cancer in 2009. When her treatment, successful by the way, was over, I wanted something good come from my experiences as her caregiver. For me, the way to make that happen was to write a story about it.

Who is your favorite character in the book?

I really enjoyed writing Staci. She was a new character to the North Star Trilogy and I had a lot of fun writing a teenager.

Which came first, the title or the novel?

As the final book of the trilogy, I had the story in mind, but have to admit I had the title before I actually started writing the book.

What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

Wow, that's hard. I think I would have to go with the cancer treatment scenes, especially the scene when Annie is getting ready for her mastectomy. It is very close to what actually happened when my wife went through mastectomy. The guilt and feelings of worthlessness I dealt with when my wife went through that procedure were almost incapacitating. It was just as hard to face those emotions related to not being to be able to do anything for her a second time. 

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

Have patience. It's easy to get in a rush to get your manuscript into the hands of others, but you need to give it, and yourself, time, until it's just right.

What do you like most about the cover of the book?

The fact that Annie and E.J. are holding hands. If there was ever a time that they needed to stick together, it's during this story.

What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2015?

My writer friend Linda Morris has a small-town baseball romance called High Heat coming out next summer. That's going to be a lot of fun to read! 

What was your favorite book in 2014?

I really loved Scratch by Rhonda Helms. Some of the themes she explored, like depression and survivor guilt, were very powerful.

What’s up next for you?

I have a contemporary romance involving a small college women's basketball team that my agent is shopping. For now it's called On the Rebound. My hope is to have it published to coincide with the start of the 2015 college basketball season. 

Is there anything that you would like to add?

First off, thanks for having me! Second, in observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I'm donating a portion of the royalty from each sale of Wish Upon a Star through the end of October to the Avon Foundation For Women's Breast Cancer Crusade. It's a great way for me to contribute to a cause that is very close to my heart.

Must be 13+ To Enter | Open Internationally
1 Winner will get a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for having me today, Beth. I appreciate it!