Monday, December 5, 2011


A lover of history and all things Texan, let's give Celia Yeary a warm welcome. She's here today tell us about her heartwarming new release, The Stars at Night, a new Romantic story to fall in love with.

KAREN : Why don’t you start by telling the readers a little about yourself. 

CELIA: Currently, I live in Central Texas with my husband of many years. I wouldn't live anywhere else, at least not right now. During my working years, I taught high school students biology in a private military boarding school. That was the best thing that happened to me, outside the love of my family. I began writing in 2004, so I've climbed a very steep hill to get where I am today. Life is good, life is fun, life is full of adventures, and I try to portray that in my stories.

KAREN: Tell us about your story, The Stars at Night. What is the story about? What inspired you to write it? How much research went into writing the tale?

CELIA: The Stars at Night is the first contemporary novel I wrote. When I submitted it to a publisher, the editor wrote back--with a rejection--that while the story was good, it read like a textbook. Well, I only wrote science research papers before, so that was no surprise. I kept it safe for three years but dragged it out to see what I'd learned.

It's about a young woman who works and lives a fast-paced lifestyle in New York City. She has a five-year-old motherless nephew who has a father and grandmother in Texas. It seems logical to take him there, and if all worked out, they could gain custody of the child. But nothing goes right--nothing is as Kate thought it would be--and her plan completely falls apart.

I have no idea how I thought of this story. I did no research to speak of, since I'm so familiar with Texas.

Oh, yes, I did have to learn how a rider started a motorcycle. Since my husband had one years before, he helped me write that part.  

KAREN:  Jesse McCoy is the hero of the story. What is he like? When he first meets the heroine, Kate Norwood, what is his first impression? What are Jesse’s strengths and weaknesses?

CELIA: Jesse is a "man's man," a big, strong guy, but he has a very soft heart--very caring, and hopes to do his best for those he loves. Kate impresses him from the very minute he pulls her over for speeding. She takes his breath away, even though her hair resembles Pebbles', pulled up to the top of her head and sprouting out. 

 KAREN: Tell us about Kate. What is her first impression when she meets Jesse? What are her weaknesses and strengths?

CELIA: When Jesse pulls her over for speeding, she thinks of the posters the Marines use, with a big handsome guy in a uniform, pointing, saying...We Want YOU For the Marines...or something like that. She's soon knocked off her feet by his gentleness and loving heart.

Kate, also, wants to do what's right, and she chastises herself for thinking she could bring Nicky to Texas and leave him. She immediately realizes she may have to give up her high-flying life in NY to care for the child.

KAREN: What do you find most rewarding about writing?

CELIA: The satisfying feeling I get by doing something completely different from anything else I've ever done in my life. I was not born a writer, but it was there, in my head and in my heart, and once I began to type, the words and stories poured out!

KAREN: Do you have a favorite reference book or website?

CELIA: I use Google like crazy. "The Handbook of Texas On-line" is one of the best resources I have. My bookshelf contains a few books that I've run across which are about writing--"No More Rejections" by Alice Orr, "Hooked "by Les Edgerton, and the simple Strunk and White "Elements of Style."

KAREN: What are your current projects and works in progress?

CELIA: A story set in 1919 in North Texas, just as WWI ends. It's a romance, but it's also about starting over when everything you had was destroyed.  

KAREN: Tell the readers where they can find you: 

 My blog: 

The group blog I co-moderate with Caroline Clemmons:

My Facebook page:

KAREN: Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

CELIA: Try new authors. I tend to stick with those I know I'll enjoy, but when I bought a Kindle, I went a little crazy and bought a lot of books. Most were by authors I'd never heard of, but some were by authors I'd met on-line and I decided to try some of their books. Trust me...there is talent galore out there! Stretch your wings and try someone new.

BLURB FOR The Stars at Night:

Kate Norwood from New York arrives in Texas with her young motherless nephew, Nicky. She quickly decides the plan to relocate him with his grandmother is a mistake. With the help of Nicky’s uncle, Jesse McCoy, she learns the boy’s father is dead. Her boyfriend interferes with his own agenda for Kate, using lies, deceptions, and cruelty.

Jesse McCoy falls for Kate Norwood the minute he stops her on the outskirts of Sendera, Texas for speeding. He soon learns they share a family connection and a common problem. His goals become finding the proper home for his nephew, saving Kate from a devious man, and loving her for the remainder of his life. But will she give up her New York lifestyle to live a simple life in Texas?


Jesse stood almost toe to toe with Riley, with his hands casually inside his jacket pockets once again. He rocked back a bit on his heels and looked down his nose at the smaller man without lowering his head. "Who's your visitor, Riley? Who's in your bed?"

"This is absurd! Criminal, in fact. I'm calling the police right this minute and you'd better back off now, or you'll be sorry. None of this is your business."

"None of what?"

Riley pointed his finger again. "If you're not out of here in two seconds, I'll… I'll…"

"Why so defensive, Sanders? What's so frightening about us being here?"

Kate had been watching and listening to the conversation, but suddenly, she turned on her heel and stalked to the bedroom door. Without slowing down, she turned the knob and stormed in, slamming the door back to the wall.

Jesse took a couple of steps in that direction to peek in the room. A naked woman lay in Riley's bed, not even trying to hide beneath the sheet. The curvy blond lay on her side in a seductive pose. She grinned at Kate, and then actually chuckled low in her throat.

Kate spun about, nearly knocking Jesse over, and stalked back to Riley with her fists clenched. When she got close enough to him, she spread her feet, pulled back one fist, and cracked him in the jaw. He stumbled, almost fell from the blow, and grabbed his face with both hands. He yelped like a hurt puppy dog. "You crazy bitch! Get out of here!"

Jesse threw his head back and laughed out loud. He noticed Kate bent forward at the waist. She held her hand with the other, and had both clamped between her legs. She grimaced and attempted to stem the tears spilling over.

"Ahhh, sweetheart, come here," crooned Jesse. "Let me see your poor little hand. Let me kiss it for you. Honey, why didn't you slap him instead of using your fist?" He made a big show of holding her and caressing the back of her head with one hand while holding and kissing the hurt hand. "I'm proud of you, sweetheart. Good for you."

"He's a beast, Jesse. I hate him."

Riley seated himself in a chair and rubbed his jaw. Lowering his chin, he said, "Okay, so what do you want?"


 THANK YOU-- Celia      
KAREN: You're welcome. I wish you the best success. 


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


I'm so thrilled to have you here with us today.

Tell us: When you sit down to write, do you need a quiet place or do you write to music?

Linda Swift said... Best Blogger Tips

Celia, when I saw your post on a loop, I decided to pull my head out of packing boxes long enough to read it. What a nice respite! I have read "Stars" and it is one of my favorite of your books, and I have read them all. I agree that writing is fun. We do have the agony of creating as well as the ectasy (did I spell that right?)but we'll take both above all else, won't we?

Caroline Clemmons said... Best Blogger Tips

Celia, what a nice post. I love your writing, as you know. Isn't this a beautiful cover?

Karen Michelle, I love your photo with your little doggie. The photo always makes me smile.

Sherry Gloag said... Best Blogger Tips

I've read this book and love it. It's awesome. Good to catch up with you Celia. Great interview ladies.

Jerrie Alexander said... Best Blogger Tips

Great interview Karen and Celia! As a fellow Texan, I love to read romances set in our state. The excerpt certainly made me want to know more.

Congratulations and I wish you many sales.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Great interview, as always, Karen. You always ask the very best questions, and Celia, I always learn something about you every time I read one of your blog posts! LOL I love "Texas" stories since my family came to Oklahoma by way of Texas and I still feel that connection. I am anxious to read this one--I'm making a list of books I want and adding them to my kindle--that's my Christmas gift to ME. Really enjoyed the excerpt, Celia, and I know I'm going to love the book.

Nancy Jardine said... Best Blogger Tips

I agree with you, Celia, about the ease of buying books by authors you'd never heard of before. I'm just started on the kindle buying this year and I'm already branching out into sub-genres I would not have bought before.(Just because I was kind of stuck to buying historicals and contemporaries from Harlequin or supermarket shelves.)I'm now into paranormal and lots more western romances. Not read 'stars' yet but ...soon. Thanks for the blog today ladies!

StephB said... Best Blogger Tips

Celia & Karen,
Nice intereview. The Stars at Night sounds like a very character driven story that will tug on the heartstrings. Thanks for sharing, Celia.


Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Karen---When I write I need complete quiet. Any little thing distracts me--my husband walking into the room, a truck going by out on the road, squawking bluejays at the bird bath. I've tried music, but it just doesnt' work for me.
However, I do have a ten minute recording on my computer of the musical score to "Once Upon a Time in the West," by Japanese condutor--full ochestra--this must is so haunting, sad, gorgeous, thrilling, that when I hit a wall or just want to think, I pull that up, lean back in my desk chair, close my eyes, and listen. It's wonderful!

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

LINDA--my mantra has always been, do it if it's fun..or at least enjoyable. Of course that doesn't always work--there is that agony thing!
Thank you for reading "Stars," and the compliment.

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

Caroline--is it a beautiful cover,isn't it? The hero and heroine sit on the porch often at night--on the steps but the artist couldn't find anything like that. I just wanted a porch, so we took the one with rocking chairs--which I'd love to have.

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

Sherry! Thank you for reading it! Coming from a UK citizen, I do appreciate it.

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Jerrie--I appreciate your stopping by!

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

CHERYL--Karen does have a wonderful blog and her interviews are done so well.
By the time you get that Kindle, your list will be longer than Santa's!
Thank you for coming by...

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

Nancy--I agree. The ereaders have made many of us try new books. It's the ease of buying, and having all those lists right there in front of you.
But I miss browsing in the library and my favorite Half-Price Book Store--I make a point to going there at least once a month--or more.
Thanks for your comment.

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Steph! You've been quiet the last couple of days. My, you are one of the busiest, most hard-working authors/mommy/wife I know.
So, thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Maggie Toussaint said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm a google-nut too! I can hardly remember the days when we had to go to the library or visit a place to get a true feel for it.

I adore your Texas books, Celia.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Good Morning Readers! Thanks for joining Celia today. Doesn't her story sound fantastic!

I'm glad we distracted you. (hee hee)

Thanks so much-- my doggy is Jack and he's my writing buddy. He's a sweetheart. I agree, Celia's book cover is beautiful. :)

Thank you for letting us know how much you enjoyed Celia's book.

You'll have to let us know how you enjoyed the tale. :)

You're a sweetie. Thanks for always being supportive. :)

I have a Kindle, too. I agree with you and Celia, I've chosen different genres and authors I had not tried before. :)

Hey Stephanie,
Thanks for popping in to say hi!

Nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

Great excerpt as usual Celia. I love your feisty heroines. Poor thing, she really hurt her hand didn't see. Yeah, wink, I bet that kiss leads to something else. Awesome.


Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

It's hard to keep up with you Karen. I love the title, The Stars At Night--just like I love the song. The story sounds so heart warming. And, BTW, I can't believe anything of yours could ever be rejected. I'm sure I'm going to love this story.

Mona Risk said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Celia, I have trouble keeping up with your news books, or newly published. You're so prolific, and each is better than the previous. I have so many of them on my sony or Kindle for PC. The Stars at Night --what a lovely title--sounds like a winner.

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

MAGGIE--I know. Google is a joy! I spend way too much time there when I'm searching for something.When I read your "I adore your Texas books" on the blue part of the blog, I thought I saw another word--I gasped!

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

NANCY--what good is a heroine if she's not fiesty?I do have a couple, though, who weren't really fiesty--too staid and prim, but both learned how to stand up for herself and talk back to a hero who needed a good put down.

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

Sarah--oh, my ms have been rejected plenty of times. Only one got picked up first rattle out of the box, and it was my very first submission ever. After that...everything was rejected at least once...what happened?

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

MONA--I can't believe you'd have all these--I'm not that good of a friend to do that! I appreciate your support so much.
Isn't this fun? I have a ball almost every day.

Paula Martin said... Best Blogger Tips

Stars is already on my Kindle, Celia, waiting for when I have some time to read i.e. in a couple of weeks time while I'm on my flight to Florida!

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Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

Paula--you're flying to Florida??? Even I can't get to time, this year. How exciting. Be sure to tell me all about it when you get home.
Thanks so much for getting some of my books...especially this one...I'm having a hard time getting readers interested...and it has such great reviews!

Mackenzie Crowne said... Best Blogger Tips

Celia, Gorgeous cover! My ereader opened me up to so much talent I never knew existed. My problem is finding the time to read them all, but that's a problem I'll take any day.

LK Hunsaker said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like another great read, Celia! And I agree about trying new authors. :-)

Katherine said... Best Blogger Tips

Celia, I like your advice about trying new authors. I try to encourage everyone to give an unknown a try, maybe because I am one. LOL. Great blurb and excerpt. I love your cover.

Diane Craver said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Celia,
I definitely want to read this new book of yours. I'm glad you took the manuscript out and revised it. It sounds wonderful and I enjoyed the excerpt. When I get a chance to read it, I'll be sure to write a review. Thanks for sharing with your fans and hopefully, lots of new readers.

Your blog is beautiful!

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

Diane--thank're a good friend. I hope you do like it!

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

Katherine--thanks! I was in a rut with my reading material. The Kindle has really made it easy to find new authors.It's so much fun.

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

LK--thank you. Glad to see you here.

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

Mackenzie--I agree--having too many books to read is really a blessing! Oh, but we can never have too many, can we?