Field Rules by Carla Luna / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @casacullen


What happens in the field, stays in the field. Or does it?

After the disastrous way her first archaeological dig ended, graduate student Olivia Sanchez abandoned her dreams of working in the field. Now, thanks to a last-minute teaching opportunity in Cyprus, she’ll get another chance to explore ancient history firsthand. This time, failure isn’t an option.

But digging up the past takes on a whole new meaning when she’s forced to team up with her ex, shovel bum Rick Langston. 

For years, Rick has proven his archaeological skills all over the Mediterranean. But with no graduate degree—and a habit of attracting trouble—his reputation could use a little rehab. All he has to do is play by the rules while he’s in Cyprus and he’ll secure a coveted recommendation for his next job. Until Olivia resurfaces like a cursed relic from the past.

Given that their last fling nearly led to their academic ruin, Olivia and Rick can’t afford to repeat their past mistakes. But as they work together under the scorching Mediterranean sun, the heat between them proves impossible to ignore.





Which character would you like to be in this book?

I’d like to be Dusty Danforth, the archaeological illustrator who becomes good friends with Olivia (the main character in Field Rules). Not only is Dusty a skilled artist—a trait I desperately wish I shared—but her parents are famous Egyptologists, so she grew up spending summers on her parents’ digs and got to travel all over the Middle East. 

Do you always take a book/erader wherever you go?

Yes, I usually toss my ereader or a paperback in a tote bag whenever I’m on the go. If I forget to bring either one, then I resort to reading on my phone!

Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

Since Carla isn’t a very common name, I don’t see it that often in books. So, if someone wants to use it, I’m fine being the hero or the villain (or just a quirky side-character!).

Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?

When it comes to romance, I love writing series. It’s so much fun to give side characters their own stories, or to bring back the main characters in a later book. As I reader, I tend to gravitate toward series books in romance, though my interest sometimes wanes if the series goes on for longer than 5 or 6 novels. For other genres, I prefer standalones; occasionally, I’ll commit to a big fantasy series, but only after all the books have been published. I don’t do well with cliff-hangers!

Where can I find you when you are reading?

In the summer, I love to read on my back patio, with a cold drink by my side. Once the weather turns chilly, I curl up on my couch with my Siberian cat and read by the fire.

Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

When I’m not reading or writing, I’m usually at my day job. I work at a spice emporium in a small town in Wisconsin. The job is a lot of fun because we get to talk to customers about food and recipes, and we get to try all kinds of spices for free. On my days off, I like taking long walks, baking, and doing puzzles.

Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?

It’s definitely a challenge! If nothing else, I usually peek at the window display!

What are you most proud of?

I’m going to cheat and list three things, in order of importance: 1) my two awesome kids, who are now adults; 2) my past career as an archaeologist, when I travelled all over the world and had adventures; 3) my current career as a published romance author, because I love sharing my stories with readers.

What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

I love the feeling of actually holding a book that I wrote, with my name on the cover. No matter how many times I open a box of my own books, it’s still very exciting!

What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Writing can be a tough, lonely business, so it’s essential to find a supportive writing community! There are different ways to do this—online through forums, writers’ groups, and social media; by going to in-person conferences and meetings, or through online critique groups. I’ve found friends through Facebook groups that focus on indie publishing and romance; I also belong to the Contemporary Romance Writers’ group, and the Chicago-North Romance Writers.

Thank you


About the author 

Carla Luna writes contemporary romance with a dollop of humor and a pinch of spice. A former archaeologist, she still dreams of traveling to far-off places and channels that wanderlust into the settings of her stories. When she’s not writing, she works in a spice emporium where she gets paid to discuss food and share her favorite recipes. Her passions include Broadway musicals, baking, whimsical office supplies, and pop culture podcasts. Though she has roots in Los Angeles and Victoria, B.C., she currently resides in Wisconsin with her family and her spoiled Siberian cat.


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