Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Interview With Myra McEntire

I first met Myra when she chased me down the hall at church and said "Hey! I heard you're a writer! I'm a writer too!" Those fateful words began what is now one of my most treasured friendships. BUT, before we became close friends, we met one night at the local bookstore for coffee and writer talk, and I took a look at the first few chapters of HOURGLASS. You know that delicious little tingle you get up your spine when you start reading a book you realize is going to totally rock your socks off?

I got that tingle and in the years since then, through every revision and edit, I haven't lost it. HOURGLASS is funny, heart-wrenching, compelling, sizzling, and unexpected. The plot twists alone will break your brain in all the best ways. And the romance? Um ... YES. And I love that the time-travel is based in quantum physics and that the southern setting actually feels like the South I know. Here's a peek at HOURGLASS:

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?
Trust me. This is a fabulous debut you don't want to miss.When I invited Myra on the blog in honor of the release of HOURGLASS, she couldn't wait to take on the legendary Captain Jack.

Captain Jack

Myra McEntire

Now that you know who's who, it's time to reveal the cupcake of awesomesauce my hubby made for Myra's book. He outdid himself and made an incredible cupcake that both honors the title of her book and gives homage to the awesome time traveling that happens within its pages. Without further ado, I give you the cupcake of awesomesauce and Myra's interview with Captain Jack.

HOURGLASS cupcake of awesomesauce

1. Would you classify yourself as a pirate or a member of Her Majesty’s Royal navy? Why?

Oh I am such a pirate. My eyeliner is always down to my waist and my hair hasn’t seen a brush in years. I do, however, have good dental hygiene. Unless I’m on deadline.

2. You sound quite ... fetching. What’s your favorite thing to do in Tortuga?

Drin … shop for antiques. Especially coins.

3. Hands off my coins, love. Unless you'd like to bribe me with rum? I’m offering you free passage aboard my ship to anywhere in the world. Where shall we go?

Johnny … I mean … Jack? I’ll go anywhere you take me. I DID hear about a super spooky house in Collinsport, Maine. Supposedly this vampire lives there? And he looks a lot like you. But cleaner.

4. A cleaner version of me, eh? Give him a few swallows of rum and a night in Tortuga, and we'll fix that.  Who is the hero of your story most like: me (savvy, debonair, and unquestionably smooth with the ladies), the insufferably honorable Will Turner, or that deceptive little minx Elizabeth?

He’s insufferably honorable, he is, but his best friend is cut from the Jack Sparrow cloth. Might even dress like you occasionally. Partial to rum.

5. You can keep the hero. I'll take the friend. Rum? Or more rum?


6. You saucy minx, you! But I bet if you were aboard my ship, you'd learn to love rum as well. Which leads me to the age old question: Why is the rum always gone?

I’m going to blame the monkey.

7. Curse that blasted undead monkey! What’s the most piratish thing you’ve ever done?

That time I rode in a paddle boat? Either that or the time I bought a Tortuga rum cake in the Palm Beach airport for C.J. Redwine. (Also? I heard she has a thing for you. Might want to be careful.)

8. A paddle boat? For the sake of your sea cred, I hope you stole it and used it to transport said Tortuga rum cake across enemy lines. (And yes, she does rather have a thing for me, doesn't she? Not that I blame her, of course, but still, I'm keeping a weather eye on that one.) Are they rules? Or more like guidelines?


9. You DID steal that paddle boat, didn't you? I understand you’re a story-teller. Any undead monkeys in your stories?

There are some ducks in the book I’m working on now. They aren’t undead though. UNLESS …

10. Undead ducks? Darling, you're giving me nightmares. Any curses? Heartless monsters? Irritating women who insist on taking matters into their own hands?

There are dead people. And a snarky teen who can totally take matters into her own hands. And also kick your ass.

11. I believe you've just insulted my honor. *checks today's agenda* I'll avenge it sometime after "Drink a jug of rum" and "steal King George's lunch." One of my favorite words is “egregious.” Care to share one of yours, love?


12. Sounds like a particularly productive sneeze. Parlay? Or draw your sword?

I’d rather watch you draw yours.

13. Darling, you'll make me blush. And also? It's a date. You’ve got a crowd of cursed sailors and a nasty sea monster on your trail. How do you escape?

Well, I certainly don’t set the rum on fire.

14. Where have you been all my life? Bring your unbrushed, vodka-drinking, paddle-boat stealing self onto my boat and stay for a while. Romantic night in? Or adventure on the high seas?

How about a foot rub and a nap? I have kids, Jack. By any chance do you “manny”?

15. Let me make one thing perfectly clear. I am NO ONE'S "manny." Unless ... you don't happen to have a spare ship lying around, do you? My personal motto is: Take what you want, give nothing back. What’s yours?

1. Do not engage The Crazy. 2. Do not BE The Crazy.

Thank you, Myra, for such an entertaining interview! To learn more about Myra, visit her site. To purchase your copy of HOURGLASS, go here.

Of course, the fun isn't over yet! Myra is offering a signed copy of HOURGLASS to one lucky commenter. Contest is open to North American entries. Contest is open until 8 pm Sunday, June 19th. To enter, fill out the following form and don't forget to leave a comment at the bottom of the post. Also, VOTE in the poll on the sidebar to help choose Myra McEntire's Top Five post for next week's SUPER AWESOME GIVEAWAY! :) Good luck!


  1. I am really looking forward to this book! Thanks for the interview!

  2. awesome interview! thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Fingers crossed! I have read nothing but PRAISE for this book!

  4. I'm staring at the computer and laughing. My kids think I'm nuts, but you two are hilarious. Where have you been all my life?

  5. I am SO looking forward to reading this book! and i love the captain jack interview. hilarious!!

    kristina shields

  6. Awesome interview and great giveaway! Much appreciated!!

    Mickey @ imabookshark

  7. This is going to be SUCH an awesome book! I've been hyping myself up for it! Got it on my Kindle, but I'd do a serious happy dance to get a signed hard copy!!!

    Looove me some Cap'n Jack! :)


  8. Aw, now I want this book even more, if that's even possible. Oh, why, oh, why didn't Borders have it out yesterday??? Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy! :D

  9. This is the most hilarious and entertaining author interview I've read in quite a while! Made me laugh out loud :D

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  10. Love "awesomesauce"-iness reviews and interviews like this one!!!


  11. Cool contest! Not entering, since I'm going to download Hourglass as soon as I finish the book I'm reading now.

    Thanks for the interview, Jack and Myra!

  12. JSMORRIS-I always love your interviews they are so funny! Love Jack. CAN't wait to read Hourglass!

  13. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

    Myra you are absolutely adorable :)

  14. I love the cupcake! I doesn't even look like a cupcake. I keep scrolling up just to get another look at it. Your husband is seriously talented.

  15. Thanks for the interview and the contest! <3 Myra

  16. Wow. What an advert for the new Pirates movie. I'm so in the mood now.

    And Myra, I'm a big fan of your comic voice on Twitter. I hope to see some clever stuff in HOURGLASS, humorous or not. No pressure!

    *tosses yellow rose petals and galleons your way*

  17. Hilarious! Plus, the poll is obviously going to be for the undead ducks!

  18. Fantastic interview! I've been looking forward to this release for a while. Congrats on the debut, Myra!!

  19. Loved the interview. And the ingenious cuppy-cake. ^_^ Any personal friend of CJ's is an author I -definitely- want to read. I'm looking forward (and backward?) to getting my hands on this one. ;D

    ~Angela Blount

  20. Thanks for the interview! I can't wait to read this book!

  21. I didn't enter because I already have a signed copy of the book. AND IT'S PERSONAL!

    And if any of you are getting the wise idea to become a pirate and steal my book, be warned that I can turn ANYTHING into a weapon. Even toilet paper. And I am never far from a can of Raid. And I have plenty of desert around to bury the body. Cops don't scare me.

    That's how much I love this book. And Myra.

  22. Great interview! Can't wait to read this book! Sounds awesome! Tickled that Jack stopped by - you know how big a fan I am. BTW, did you ever get the pic of him I sent via Ronna? Wasn't it delicious?

  23. Marlo - I did get it! It was uber delicious. =)

  24. Can't wait to read this book!

  25. That's so awesome that you know each other. I'd so love to win. I'm dying to read this.

  26. C'mon people, more votes for "Places To NEVER Visit if You Time Travel to 1653"! I'd like to see how that'll come out...

  27. LOL, Myra's hilarious :D

  28. One of my favorite interviews! And.I very much <3 that cupcake, too

  29. That cupcake is awesome. Loved the interview and thanks a lot for the awesome giveaway! Myra rocks C:

  30. I just finished hard to put down that I made my children take a nap so I could finish it!!!! Thanks for the best read in a long while!


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