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Dancing in the White Room 

About the Book

Title: Dancing in the White Room
Genre: Contemporary women’s fiction
Author: Ute Carbone
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Dancing in the white room is slang for skiing or boarding in
deep powder snow. The dancer is PD Bell, one of the best extreme skiers on the planet.
Mallory Prescott, the woman who lives with him and loves him, is used to Bell’s exploits. A patrol
woman at Whiteface Mountain near Lake
Placid, New York, Mallory
is no stranger to risk. But this time Bell is taking
on the West Rib of Denali, highest and most dangerous mountain in North America. It’s a descent that has never been done, though
it’s been tried. Five years ago, Bell
had tried it. The attempt nearly killed him. Five years ago, he promised Mallory
he wouldn’t try it again.
Over the six weeks in which he’s gone, Mallory begins to question
her relationship with Bell.
Does he really love her? Is he in it for the duration? What has loving him cost
her? Mallory’s life choices are thrown into stark relief when her daughter Emily
takes a terrible fall. Together with her life-long friend Creech Creches, she must
work her way through a maze of uncharted territory at a hospital miles from home.
Dancing in the White Room is the story of the love we keep,
the price we pay for that love, and the forgiveness it takes to hold on to what
is precious.

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Interview with P.D. Bell

Tell us about yourself,
please.
I’m a skier, what some would call an extreme skier. There’s been
plenty written about me already, about my background growing up in a cabin with
my grandfather, about how many metals I won at the X-games, about how many movie
spots I’ve done. The truth is, I’m a lot more than that. I love to ski, true. I
can’t imagine life without it. But I also love my life, my daughter Emily, and my
girlfriend Mallory.
What is it that you want,
but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I want the West Rib. It’s a tough decent, on the West side of
Denali, that no skier has ever been able to conquer.
I plan on being the first. I’ve tried it before, and it got the best of me. I failed
and I don’t like failure. I want to win this one.
What’s your internal limitation?
Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need
to do during this story?
Denali is intimidating. I’ve
skied it before. I’ve done the West Rib before, too. Most people, they’d say I’m
fearless, but that’s not true. You’d have to be insane not to feel some fear when
facing down this slope. It isn’t fearlessness, but swallowing down those feelings
that makes it work. That’s the thing, you conquer those fears and what’s left is
something so totally awesome you can’t put words to it.
What inner doubt causes
you the most difficulty?
The thought of what happened last time I tried. I landed in the
hospital and it could have been worse–I could have gone over the precipice. But
I don’t dwell there, I can’t and won’t dwell there.
What’s your external complication?
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
Well, besides the mountain there’s Mallory. I know how she feels
about my going to Denali again. She’s made it clear
she hates the idea. Losing her is the worst thing that could happen to me.
Tell us about your significant
other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Mallory. I don’t know where to begin. She’s kind of perfect.
Not just physically, I mean, yeah, she’s perfect physically speaking. But she’s
so strong and smart and capable. I could never imagine being with anyone else.
What would that person
say about you?
Right now? She’d probably say I’m a jerk for taking up this challenge.
She’d call me stubborn and possessed. She might not be wrong about that. But then,
I think, deep down inside, she really does love me for who I am.
What is your family like?
Mallory and Em are my family. Then there’s my grandfather, Danny,
who’s tough as leather, but also the best man I know. My mom died when I was a kid
and he raised me. I never knew my father, or even who my father was. It doesn’t
matter, though. You make your own family. And I try to be the best father to my
little girl that I can possibly be.
What special skills do
you rely on?
Well, I guess my skills at skiing. I am pretty good at it. I
also like to build things. I built the cabin Mallo and I live in with Em. And a
lot of the furniture in the place. I love making furniture, it relaxes me.
If someone from your past
showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
I don’t know. I guess my father, because then I’d have to know
why he never claimed me as his kid. Though, really, he might have never even known
about me.
Are you happy with the
way your story ended? Why or why not?
Yes. I think I’ve finally figured out what’s important. And I
told Mallory I loved her–I’m not big on words, but I think she needed to hear how
important she is to me.

About the Writer

You have the length of
a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let’s see what you can
do.
Have pen. Will write.
Why did you choose to
write about this character?
Extreme skiers, or people who do things that are what most of
us would consider a little crazy, fascinate me. I love Bell, because it turns out he’s more than just
skiing.
Was there anything you
discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
How much he cares about Mallory. Early on, I figured him for
a guy who is a bit easy come, easy go when it comes to relationships. And that isn’t
true.
When you wrote about this
character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
Well, the story is told from Mallory’s point of view, so we see
Bell through her
eyes. The best of Bell
was how he reacted when she finally told him she was pregnant–the pregnancy was
an accident–he goes to their extra room and says, ‘we’ll paint it yellow.”
There’s no fuss, just this quiet acceptance that says, of course I’ll be there,
we’ll do this together. He also makes furniture, and he surprised Mallory with a
headboard for their bed, which was sweet.
Sad was how driven he is to do the dangerous things he does.
He is almost compelled to do them–and it seems as though he doesn’t take Mallory
or Emily into account when making those decisions.
Why do you write?
I wish I could answer that question. I think I just love telling
stories. And that, by living with the characters, I get to live all kinds of interesting
lives–as a professional skier in this case.
What do you want to write
next?
I have way, way too many ideas and partially finished things
in my WIP folder. Right now, I’m writing a part four for Anton and Lenora, a series
of historical novellas. Talk about other lives, this one lets me sail to China in the 19th
century. I also have another historical-set in Colorado
in the 1890’s, and a romantic comedy about a daytime TV star in New York. And I’d love to
write another ski story–this one featuring Creech, who is Mallory’s best friend
and ex-boyfriend in Dancing.
What other character from
this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
As I said, I’d love to write a story about Creech. He’s a ski
racing coach, which is kind of fascinating, and he needs a love interest. I have
some ideas and I think I might sit down and do this book in the near future.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I enjoy writing
them.

Author Bio

Ute (who pronounces her name Oooh-tah) Carbone is an award winning
author of women’s fiction, comedy, and romance. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, where she
spends her days walking, eating chocolate and dreaming up stories.

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Whisper of Time.

Today’s guest interview is with Gwynn Powell, from the book The Whisper of Time, by Ute Carbone. We’ll start with a bit about the book, look at an excerpt, and jump straight into the interview from there.

Book title: The Whisper of Time
Author: Ute Carbone
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Publisher: Whispers Publishing
Cover artist: Elaina
Length: 67 pages
Heat rating: Sweet/Sensual
Tagline: Love Beyond the Bonds of Time
Blurb: When fate offers Gwynn Powell a chance to start over,
she jumps at the chance. Laid off and living with a husband whose gambling problem
has eaten through a good part of their savings, Gwynn buys a farmhouse sight unseen,
leaving both her marriage and her old home behind.
But fate has more in mind for Gwynn than just a new home. The
farmhouse, tucked away in the Green Mountains of Vermont where even GPS can’t find
it, is also a step back in time. And Slate Peck, the farm’s caretaker and part owner,
is tied to Gwynn’s destiny in ways she never expected.
What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Gwynn Powell, 28, veterinarian, Slate Peck, 28, farmer

Interview with Gwynn
Powell

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
I love animals, which is why I became a vet. I have two pets
of my own, a dog and a cat. I like to seize the moment and I believe in living for
today.
What do you think is your strongest point? I’m pretty good at
“rolling with the punches” and turning to do whatever it is life hands me.
Do you have a weakness?
(If so, what do you think it is? What does your lover think it is? What does your
enemy think it is?)
I sometimes jump into things without thinking things through.
I’m pretty sure others would agree.
What drives you to do
the things you do? What makes you want to be the “good guy?”
I trust my gut. A lot. So I tend to go with it. I want to be
content in my life, I want that for the people I love also.
What’s your favorite guilty
pleasure?
Hmm, I really like baking. It’s something I’m new to and still
learning. I baked muffins the other day. Next up, I might try some bread. Sky’s
the limit!
If you didn’t know how
old you were how old would you be?
A lot older I guess. Sometimes I feel like I’ve been around for
the better part of forever.
A biography has been written
about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
The woman who found timeless love.
If money were not an object,
where would you most like to live?
Oh, I love where I’ve moved to. The farm in Vermont is a dream come true.
I wouldn’t want to be anywhere but right here.
What song would best describe
your life?
Hmm, probably “You and I will meet again” by Tom Petty.
If you were a tool, what
would people use you to do?
Let’s see… I would be mixer. A hand mixer used to blend things
together and make something delicious.
Picture yourself as a
store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be
sold there?
Oh, that one’s easy. I’d be an Agway, with lots of food and supplies
for pets and farm animals.
As a child, what was your
favorite thing about school?
I loved reading—my favorite books were about animals.
Tell us an embarrassing
story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant
other will do. ^_^
My cat, Miss Kitty, once jumped onto my head while I was driving
and nearly caused an accident.
If you came with a warning
label, what would it say?
Do not shake.
Please Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with mushrooms and peppers.
I’m always ready for anything!
When I’m alone, I tend to daydream a lot. I also talk to my
pets and the animals on the farm
.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m pretty tough when I need to be.
If I had a halo it would be silver and very sparkly.
If I could fly I’d do it.
I can never leave the farm because my heart (and love) is here.

About the Author

I’m a novelist and sometimes poet who lives in Southern New Hampshire. I’ve been married to the same great
guy for a lot of years. We have two grown sons. I love hiking, skiing, and generally
communing with nature. I’m a big fan of chocolate, theater, and really good stories.

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