A Very Special Charity Spotlight: A Intimate Look at Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton (guest post and giveaway)

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Winter Oranges cover

Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton
Published by Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist:  L.C. Chase

This title is part of the Love for the Holidays: A Charity Bundle Benefiting
the GLBT National Help Center collection. 
You can purchase it and learn more about the charity bundle here.

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is so happy to have  Marie Sexton here today to talk about the inspiration behind her Christmas novel, Winter Oranges.  Marie is sharing some of her photos from her Pinterest board and thoughts behind her characters.  Winter Oranges is one of Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Highly Recommended Novels.

Hello, everybody! This is Marie Sexton, and I’m thrilled to be here at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words today talking about my Christmas novel, Winter Oranges. I thought I’d share some photos that helped inspire the novel.

First things first: I started with the house. I originally planned to set the book in rural West Virginia, so I started out researching older homes. Later, I decided to move the story to Idaho, and I ended up making the house a “revival” built in the 1980s, which meant there was no “servant’s room” on the ground floor. I rearranged the entire dining room/kitchen setup, and added a Winter Oranges House Planspantry/mudroom. The other problem was, I kept picturing the garage on the left side of the property (the left when facing the house, that is). I tried over and over to flip that image in my mind, but it didn’t work. And why would the garage be on the family room side of the property rather than the mudroom side? It didn’t make sense. So I flipped the entire bottom floor. But for the most part, this is Jason’s house. (I’m sure he paid more than $1548 for it, though!)

The next step was the snow globe. Yes, I could have just made it up, but I wanted a photo. It needed to look old-fashioned and have a cottage. So I settled on this one:Winter Oranges_Snow Globe

Now, for the characters.

Winter Oranges_Tom HughesIn my brain, Ben looks like Tom Hughes, minus the bad boy attitude.

Ben’s clothes were based largely on this picture:Winter Oranges_civil war men

And Jason… well, I wasn’t entirely sure what Jason looked like. I was pretty sure he was blond, and I knew he was in his late 20s. That was good enough, until I got to a line where somebody says to him, “You look familiar.” Jason hates his semi-celebrity status, so rather than telling her who he really is, he says, “Some people say I look like [some other celebrity].” The problem was, who did he look like? I spent a stupid amount of time googling actors, but I finally decided on William Moseley.Winter Oranges_William Mosely

That’s it for my primary sources of inspiration, but for more pictures, check out my  Winter Oranges Pinterest Board. Have an image you’d like to add? Leave your Pinterest user name in the comments, and I’ll send you an invitation to add to the board.

And be sure to check out Winter Oranges! 20% of the proceeds go to the GLBT National Help Center.

About the Book

Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.

There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.

But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.

Winter Oranges is one of Riptide’s 2015 charity titles.

Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

Founded in 1996, the GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website:  “http://www.glbthotline.org/

HYPERLINK “http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/winter-orangeshttp://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/winter-oranges

About the Author

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along.

Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Connect with Marie:

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Winter Oranges, Marie Sexton is giving away two titles from her backlist and a $50 Amazon gift card! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 5, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  Happy Reading and Good luck!

25 thoughts on “A Very Special Charity Spotlight: A Intimate Look at Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton (guest post and giveaway)

  1. I enjoyed seeing your visual inspiration for the book. I can’t wait to read it. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your sources – very interesting. That $1548 probably would not even make the monthly payment on that house now. 😉

    jen(dot)f(at)mac(dot)com

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  3. Thanks very much to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words for hosting me today, and thank you to everybody who’s stopped by! Remember to leave your Pinterest user name in your comment if you have an image you’d like to add to my Winter Oranges Pinterest board. 🙂

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  4. Thanks so much to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words for having me here today. Also, thank you to everybody who’s stopped by. Don’t forget to check out my Winter Oranges Pinterest Board. Have an image you’d like to add? Leave your Pinterest user name in the comments, and I’ll send you an invitation to contribute to the board.

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  5. Thank you so much to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words for having me here today. Also, thank you to the readers who have stopped by. Don’t forget to check out my Winter Oranges Pinterest Board (there’s a link above, at the end of the post). Have an image you’d like to add? Leave your Pinterest user name in the comments, and I’ll send you an invitation to contribute to the board.

    (And this is my fourth time trying to leave this comment, so I apologize if you have a bunch of them waiting in a queue somewhere!) 🙂

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  6. Thank you so much to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words for having me here today.

    Also, thank you to the readers who have stopped by. Don’t forget to check out my Winter Oranges Pinterest Board (there’s a link above, at the end of the post). Have an image you’d like to add? Leave your Pinterest user name in the comments, and I’ll send you an invitation to contribute to the board.

    (And this is my fifth time trying to leave this comment. WordPress HATES ME! I apologize if you have a bunch of them waiting in a queue somewhere!) 🙂

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  7. Great Post! I enjoyed reading about your process of determining the details for your book! I especially enjoyed the page from the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog. I vaguely remember looking through one once to look at puppies!

    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  8. What a great post. It provided some intriguing insight.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  9. Haha, ohh! Nice, nice! I really do look forward to reading this. GAh! ❤ So many xmas stories to get started on! LOL… I really do love the fantasy sound to it. I wish there were more snow globe ones now! lol… It's awesome to see the research you put into it. 😀

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  10. So neat to see how the story developed and grew. Loved reading this behind the scenes post. Looking forward to reading this book!

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  11. Thank you for sharing how and what you researched and sharing these imagery with us.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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  12. Thank you for sharing the visual inspiration with us. I have read the book and I sure recognized the images. I’ll never look at a snowglobe the same way again.
    I loved the story. Very sweet with a bit of spice and all the magical Christmas ingredients.
    tankie44 at gmail dot com

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  13. I’ve picked up the bundle & am looking forward to reading it. I love Marie’s books! legacylandlisa (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. I didn’t realize how important visuals are to some authors. I’m not highly visual, so whenever readers talk about who they’d picture in the movie version, I’m always lost because I don’t picture anyone. Still, this was fun to see how it evolved for you.

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

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