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Blog Tour Stop: The King – Review + Q&A with Tiffany Reisz

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Hey everyone!!

This is the book tour I was most expecting lately! It’s no secret my love for The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz. They take me way beyond my comfort zone and I love that!

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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this potent threesome can raise him to his rightful place as ruler of Manhattan’s kink kingdom.

Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side—handsomely paid in both bills and blackmail fodder—Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive apathy—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin. He plans to open the ultimate BDSM club­: a dungeon playground for New York’s A-list that’ll change the scene forever.

 

RATING: 5 Søren stars

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MY REVIEW:

Warning: The King is book 2 in the White Years books, but it’s The Original Sinners book 6. If you haven’t read the previous 5 books in the series, please do, because this post might contain spoilers for the story (although it doesn’t have spoilers for The King). Also, the parts in yellow in my review are quotes from The King.

Tiffany Reisz, you have completely ruined me! How am I supposed to live normally again after  your Original Sinners series? If I ever meet Tiffany I’ll have to kiss the ground she steps in (this is a Brazilian saying, I don’t know if you have it in English lol).

In each new book, Tiffany not only surprises me, but she blows me away in a complete way and every installment in this series adds even more the Sinners’ story, specially Nora, Søren and Kingsley’s story. I love knowing their past.

The Saint was absolutely perfect, but The King isn’t behind it. How Tiffany manages to fit the past so perfectly in the story we already know in the present/future is amazing to me! I will never ever doubt Tiffany again! I should have learned my lesson with the Saint!

The King, just like The Saint, starts in the present/future and it’s a story of the past, but this time told by Kinglsey. The story of how he became the king of the Underground Kinky Manhattan. How the 8th Circle began and how he became Kinglsey Edge.

When I read The Siren and when I started the Angel I didn’t like Kingsley that much, because I thought he was, in my first opinion, a jealous little bitch (sorry, Tiffany!). But then, the Angel happened and then The Prince and I started to like Kingsley a lot better. And then The Saint came and he charmed me, made me laugh and I loved his interactions with both Nora and Søren.

And now we have The King, which is a Kingsley Edge extravaganza! And I LOVED every part of it! Kingsley is funny, deep, intense and sexy as hell! But I admit I was jealous of Kingsley on Nora’s behalf (I never learn, because Nora isn’t jealous at all of Søren, she has all the certanty of his love for her and she is the most open-minded female character I know) and, because of the teasers I saw before reading the book, I was afraid. But now after this book there isn’t an ounce of jealousy in my body for any of the characters! Tiffany has done beautifully again and I’m finally getting some answers and more insight to that event…Yeap, that one that shall not be mentioned to some of you (some of my friends still can’t stand the fact that Fionn actually happened)!

We have more insight about Søren, Kingsley and even Nora. But surprisingly we get more insight in what’s been going on in Grace and Fionn’s lives as well. Differently from what I originally thought, this book doesn’t have any Nora direct interactions, and I was surprised to learn that when we see Kingsley in The Saint, despite their familiarity, it was only months after him and Søren had reconnected after Marie-Laure’s supposed death.

“I would play Ravel for you,” Søren said, his voice stiff and formal. “If that’s what it took.”

Kingsley’s eyes flew open.

“I’m not going to make you fuck me just so I’ll help your Virgin Queen. That’s her game, not mine.”


Kingsley and Søren were hilarious and although there was hardly any interactions with Nora I didn’t really miss her!! She was there all the time even when she wasn’t. We can see Søren really was in love with her and I can’t wait to see what comes next into their past!

“You…” Kingsley said. “You’re in love with her.”

Søren didn’t deny it. Kingsley respected him for that.

Honest was its own special brand of sadism.

“I am.”

Even though Kingsley is still much jealous of Nora (and I actually didn’t see his jealousy in The Saint, and he met her for real there. In The King, things happened a bit before it, so he must have been quite jealous during The Saint as well), he can’t help being intrigued by her. After all he dreamed, along with Søren, of having a girl exactly like her for them.

“Don’t hate her. You’ll want to hate her, and both know why. But try to keep your heart open.”

I want to see her reaction when she discovers Søren has slept with Kingsley and their first night together and, although it will break my heart, I really want to see what happens when (and how) she leaves Søren and goes to her mom’s. And then how she becomes The Mistress Nora we know. I think the leaving will take place in The Virgin, but the actual Mistress Nora will happen in The Queen and I’m waiting anxiously for them!

“I should meet our little princess,” Kingsley said.

“Not a princess, a queen.”

Oh, one of my favorite scenes is when Kingsley’s famous “Have you ever had sex in the back of a limo?” was born! It was HAWT! And it may have involved a sadist we know and love!

When Søren and Kingsley were teenagers, Søren was quite wild, not that he is ever tamed, but he has learned to control his impulses better and it’s like he needed King to happen in this life, so he could learn better and later train Nora. It all fits so perfect, you might think Tiffany wrote all this novels together, like in the same time.

“What’s so special about this girl you’re willing to commit felonies on her behalf?”

“Truth?”

“Truth,” Kingsley said.

“She reminds me of you.”

“That’s why you love her?” Kingsley asked hoping the answer was “yes”but knowing it wasn’t.

“That’s why I’m trying to help her.”

We can see here a very uncommon insecure side of Kingsley. Not only that, but we can see that Søren actually don’t love them the same way. He loves both of them, with the same intensity, Kingsley and Nora aren’t more loved than one another, but the way Søren treats them is quite different. He was much crueler to King when they were lovers as teens than he ever was to Nora, but I get now why Tiffany told me in my  The Saint’s blog tour interview about understanding why he treated Kingsley differently but he loved both of them with the same intensity.

And Kingsley recognizes Nora the moment he sees her. He recognizes his equal.

There was no way, none, not a chance in heaven, hell or the purgatory they were living in right now that girl was a submissive. Søren had fallen in love with a baby domme who had a sadistic streak in her as wide as her smile. This girl would have men at her feet all her life by her will or theirs and whether they liked it or not.

 

“You’re going to regret you ever met that girl. She’s a tiger in a kitten’s body.”

Søren smiled enigmatically. “I always liked cats.”

Kingsley only laughted. Time would tell what sort of beast Søren’s little kitten would grow intol. Whatever she turned into, Kingsley could already feel her claws in him.

 

I also loved how Søren really wants to be Kingsley’s friend. We can see he loves Kingsley beyond the physical aspect, specially because he isn’t, as he once said to King, into men. Just him. This new friendship based relationship was a great lesson for Kingsley, because I think he loved Søren, but so much of that love was attached to the physical part and the sex. It’s a bit like what Søren thought Nora in The Saint as well.

“I promise you this,” Søren whispered, “I will never turn my back on you. I will never leave you. I will never forsake you. As long as it’s in my power, I will be your friend, and I will be here for you whenever you need me.”

 

“I treasure the memory of what we had. And I pray we can have somehting even better, deeper now.”

“What?”

“Friendship. A real friendship.”

 

And we get to see how Kingsley actually pays this debt he has with Søren, and it was a great gesture on his part.

The King introduces us to a new character as well, Sam. The girl that works for Kingsley and who is a lesbian, and apparently imune to his charms. I say apparently because who really is imune to Kingsley? We all love Søren and his brooding intensity, but if I speak for myself that if I ever met Kingsley Edge on the streets, I’d jump him right there! Great looks and that sense of humor? Perfect match. I agree with Søren, Nora is very similar to King. We can see how similar when they are joking, they have the same sense of humor and that is something that Søren needs. Don’t get me wrong, Blondie has his own sadist sense of humor (that I greatly appreciate), but he broods too much.

“He invented brooding. He holds the patent on brooding. He gets royalties whenever anyone broods. You just haven’t seen him do it yet.”

 

If you ask me what is my favorite part of this book, I’ll have to say it was King and Sam’s interactions. I really like Sam and I can totally see her being friends with Nora as well. I also LOVED the limo scene (if you’ve read the book already, you know what I’m talking about) and the sleepover one! But I really loved how this book wasn’t solelly a King and Søren book, it had an actual story. It’s set in the past, but it goes in two different pasts sometimes, their teen years, and the years when they reconnected, Søren met Nora and the 8th Circle was created. The story of how the 8th Circle was born is filled with tension and some action and Sam is a crucial piece in it! She is another of the amazing characters Tiffany creates that we can’t help but love.

In The King we can understand a bit more about Søren’s sadism than in The Saint. At least for me it was like that. We know he is a sadist, he gets aroused by inflicting pain, but now we know how he learned to be the sadist he is in the present/future. How he learned to controll it.

“That boy was a king, which is why I took so much pleasure in making him kneel. […] There’s no honor in breaking someone already broken. There’s n o fun in it, either.”

And I also love how we can see Tiffany’s very own sense of humor through her characters.

Here she is being funny, because the new Pope is actually a Jesuit (I wen to school in a Jesuit school actually, like Søren and Kingsley, so I can understand not only the references, but Søren’s relationship with his faith and the Church. As  with Tiffany, Theology fascinates me):

“A Jesuit pope? It’ll never happen.”

In here, we can see a different side of Tiffany’s sense of humor. I loved how she incorporated

 “Among many other things, she told me I would have a son someday. […]”

“She said it would happen by the grace of God. Whatever that means.”

Very well played, Tiffany. I laughed at that and now I can understand why Søren laughed in the end of The Mistress when he is talking with Zach on the phone.

Here is one of the”funny Kingsley quotes”:

“My mother was a saint,” Kingsley said. “I’m the only bitch in the family.”

 

Tiffany has forever changed the way I see love and I catch myself sometimes thinking about them in random times, like when I’m on the bus. There’s just so much to think about him and Nora and Kingsley.

“Twenty years,” Kingsley said again. “All that time, Søren’s been the constant. Him and her.”

I can’t even imagine loving a person like they love each other. With no barries, just complety, unaltered love. That level of love is only able because of the level of trust they have in each other. And they understand each other, they don’t want to change the other. They know exactly who they are loving. That is such a privilegde to know, even if it’s only in fiction. Knowing a love like this is amazing, eye-opening and just amazing.

The founder of the Jesuits, Saint Ignacius de Loyola, have a saying, that is one of the mottoes of my old school, that goes like this “Love is the sharing of being and having”, and I belive that saying can define very well the way Søren loves Nora and Kingsley and they all love each other. It’s fullfiling and complete and a wonderful thing to see and read about!

No matter how deep I go to understand them, I can still go deeper and deeper and I absolutely love that! No other story has ever touched me like theirs. I’ve read some amazing, spectacular books. I’ve read almost 2000 books in my life and I have quite a few number of favorites, each of them different in their own way, but touching me like The Original Sinners is something very, very rare. So I thank you Tiffany, for ruining me. I can’t imagine living in a word that doesn’t have YOUR words for me to think about!

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Q&A

Beauty in the Beastly Books: I know that just like mothers with children, authors aren’t supposed to have a favorite character, but which Sinner do you enjoy most writing about and why?

Tiffany Reisz: Oh, I play favorites, I promise. I adore Søren. I can’t stand writing Wesley. So glad I don’t have to write Wes anymore. I love my big three, the UnHoly Trinity of Søren, Nora, and Kingsley. Anytime they’re in a scene together, it’s a blast to write.

 (We can see, because everytime they’re in a scene together I smile like an idiot! It’s a blast to read too!)

Beauty in the Beastly Books: What traits of yours do your Sinners inherit?

Tiffany Reisz: Nora has my sense of humor. Kingsley has my cynicism. Søren has my theological bent and my sadism. He and I both love messing with people’s heads.

 

Beauty in the Beastly Books: After the last White Years book (The Queen), do you plan to write more about Nora, Søren, King and the other Sinners?

Tiffany Reisz: At least once a year I’ll write the Original Sinners Christmas story. I’m working on that now. This is the 4th year I’ve written a Christmas story. And we’ll see what happens next. There might be novellas or a spin-off series. Stay tuned!

Beauty in the Beastly Books: I can honestly say this story is the most complex and eye-opening I’ve ever read! I’m an avid reader, with almost 2000 read books on my list and the Original Sinners are my all time favorite books! I love discussing them, and sometimes I go so deep analyzing some parts and characters that I think I might be getting way out of line with them. Did you ever know from the beginning the way things were going to go or did you change the direction of the story at some point? Like, have all that happened at The Mistress, for example, been planned to happen that way?

Tiffany Reisz: Thank you! I’m so happy to be among your favorite authors. I had ideas from the beginning but they morphed and changed as the series progressed. For example, after writing THE SIREN, I thought it would be fun to have Nora kidnapped or something and then Søren and Wes would have to work together to get her back. At the time I just thought maybe she’d be kidnapped by the IRA or some other organization and she’d have to charm her way out of the mess. But then a file thief showed up in THE ANGEL and someone I thought was dead turned out to be still alive in THE PRINCE and the kidnapper in THE MISTRESS wasn’t a stranger or a terrorist but someone very intimately connected to the Original Sinners.

 

Beauty in the Beastly Books: Writing a complex story like this must be already difficult, then going back and writing how it all began must be twice as difficult. When I finished the Red Years books (the last three in one day) and sent you an email (I’m still embarrassed by that lol), you told me all would make sense in the new books about the past. I have to admit I was skeptical, after all how could a book about their past shed light into all my doubts about their future? And I gotta say, as usual, you nailed it!! For me, it’s been thrilling to see how the characters met and became what they are today. So, what stories did you come up with first, the “original” present ones or the prequel ones? And which ones was the most “difficult” and satisfying to write?

Tiffany Reisz: I told you so! THE SIREN was obviously the first story I came up with. But after that I really wanted to write the book that would be THE SAINT, the story of how Nora and Søren met and fell in love when she was 15 and he a 29 year-old baby Jesuit priest. But the story that really got to me was Michael’s so he became the main focus of THE ANGEL. I wanted the PAST sections in THE PRINCE to be an entire book but my editor wasn’t too keen on that so it became part of THE PRINCE, not the entirety of it. THE PRINCE was supposed to be just Nora and Wes’s story in Kentucky but Kingsley stole the show as he is wont to do. They’ve all been hugely satisfying to write. I’m thrilled that my dream to be able to write all eight books is coming true. Only one book left to write, book eight, THE QUEEN, and that’s that!

Thank you so, so much, Tiffany for answering my questions and as usual your answers were so insightful and wonderful!!!

 

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Tiffany Reisz author pic 2014Tiffany Reisz lives with herf fiancé (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.

 When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).

 If she couldn’t write, she would die.

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Blog Tour Stop and Author Interview: Summer of Seventeen by Jane Harvey-Berrick

It’s no secret I’m one of Jane’s biggest fans, I absolutely love the way she has with words. She turns what we thougth were simple words into poetry, almost word porn for me LOL
I’m always happy to be a part of her blog tours and reveals and releases! This time I unfortunately couldn’t write a review, between classes and tests and blogging, I miscalculated my time and when I saw it was my day to post and I haven’t written it yet…But to make it up for you I had an AWESOME interview with her! She was generous as usual to answer my questions, so I hope you’ll liket it!
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It was supposed to be the endless summer of sand, sea, and surf.
Supposed to be.
But Nick Andrews life is crashing out of control. His girlfriend and his best friend have declared war, his sister’s constant interference in his life is driving him insane, and there are money problems that won’t go away.
Being seventeen isn’t supposed to be this hard.
When cool surfer Marcus arrives in town, Nick sees that there are easier ways to live. But with his life falling to pieces around him, it’s hard to know who to trust.
As the scorching heat of summer grows, events begin to unravel, reaching a shattering conclusion—and a summer he’ll never forget.
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“You have a great ass,” she whispered.

“Yeah?”

“Oh, yeah!”

“It’s all yours,” I challenged her. “You only gotta ask.”

“Maybe I won’t ask; maybe I’ll just grab a hold,” she laughed.

“Fine by me.”

As the trees thinned out, I could see people already laying out beach towels, and a couple of guys throwing a football. Some of them I knew, but there were several I didn’t. I thought maybe they went to Viera or Rockledge schools.

Yansi laid out two towels for us while Megan took charge of the food and Esther was eye-fucking one of the guys playing football.

I tugged off my t-shirt and plopped down next to Yansi. She was wearing some real short cut-off jeans that showed her butt cheeks, and a tank top that was cropped above her belly button. She looked incredible.

“How come you were allowed to leave the house like that?” I teased.

She smirked at me and pointed to her sweater.

“I tied this around my waist. Papi couldn’t tell the difference.”

“And your mom?”

Yansi laughed. “She just shook her head and said to tell you hi.”

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Today I have the honor of interviewing Jane Harvey-Berrick. Let’s welcome her to Beauty in the Beastly Books!
Beauty in the Beastly Books: Hey Jane, how are you today?
Jane Harvey-Berrick: Pretty good, thanks! Just got back from walking my little dog on the beach. And writing, of course!

Beauty in the Beastly Books: First let me congratulate you, once again, for going all Brazilian! I can’t wait to show Seb and Caro to all my Brazilian friends!!

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: Thank you! It’s so exciting! And the Brazilian readers have been so encouraging and friendly. I can’t wait to see what the Brazilian covers look like. But you’ll have to tell me what the translation is like – I’m sure Novo Século will do an amazing job.

I sure can’t wait to see how the translation will be!!!

Beauty in the Beastly Books: I know you wrote FSOG fanfiction (I LOVE them!)

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: Yep! The stories are still on fanfiction.net under the name ‘sunandsuf’. They’ve been translated into Spanish, but not Portuguese – yet LOL!

(I might just try to translate them, so, I will never look at Taylor the same way after reading your fics!)

 

Beauty in the Beastly Books: So, who is (or are) your inspiration when it comes to writing? What authors inspired you to start writing?

Jane Harvey-Berrick: I’ve always wanted to write. I used to think I wanted to be a journalist, but I prefer making things up. Perhaps I should have been a tabloid journalist!

Lots of things inspire me, not just other books or authors. People, the world around me, these things influence the books I write.

 

For me, Jane Austen wrote the perfect book – ‘Persuasion’. I know she didn’t even get to polish it before she died, so I’m sure she’d have made changes. But it’s about love second time around, when you’re older and wiser. It’s about the limited options for women, and about how the world changes you. It’s about the expectations of your friends and family, and the way the world judges you. It’s about making your own decisions and accepting the consequences of those decisions. It’s about love.

 OMG! Persuasion is my favorite ever Jane Austen book!! The story is so actual, it could be about characters in our modern world! I absolutely love it! Not to mention it’s a second-chance romance!!!

Beauty in the Beastly Books: First of all, how is your writing process? Do you write down everything and anything that comes to your mind or do you wait for the ideas to sit in?

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: Some stories start with a single idea; some start with a scene; some start with a character; some start with a title.

 I wrote a play about a man who’d been in the arBemy and been damaged by the things he saw. I had this idea of someone looking in a mirror and spitting at his reflection because he hated the person that he saw. The idea didn’t make it into the play, but I did use it in the book ‘At Your Beck & Call’ about a male escort.

Beauty in the Beastly Books: Do you always have a clear idea of the whole story, how it will unfold or does it, and the characters, ever surprise you along the way?

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: Characters are usually pretty clear from the beginning. Occasionally they change, but I usually have a clear idea of how they’ll behave and the direction of the story. Sometimes the things they say surprise me, and then I wonder, where on earth did that come from?

Beauty in the Beastly Books: Is there one of your characters that is a favorite? I gotta tell you, for me it’s pretty hard to choose between Seb, Daniel and Jordan!

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: No! You can’t ask me that! It would be like asking me to pick my favourite child! Nope, sorry! Can’t do it.

Sorry! Sorry! As a reader I can’t choose between my favorites (Seb, Daniel and Jordan), imagine you as their book mom!!! 😉

Beauty in the Beastly Books: Which of your stories do you like best? And why?

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: Same answer. I fall in love with my characters when I write them. Finishing a book is a mini bereavement and I go into a slight depression until I start writing the next one.

 I can only imagine! I hate to see the stories ending and knowing I will have to let go of them, even though they remain with me for so long!!!

Beauty in the Beastly Books: Even though I really like your male POVs (and I usually don’t like those), will you ever write a book based on woman POV alone again like TEOS and TEOC?

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: Thank you. One of the best compliments I had was from a male reader. He said something like most books written by women that had male POV didn’t sound right to him. But in my books, they did. I loved that!

 Oh, definitely! I’ve got a two book series that I’ve planned for next year that will be female POV. I didn’t set out to deliberately write several male POV books one after the other, it’s just the way it turned out – or rather the stories that came to me.

Beauty in the Beastly Books: Which of your books would you most like to see as a movie?

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: I think ‘Dangerous to Know & Love’ would make a great film. Definitely. I’ve even written a filmscript for that one, but so far Steven Spielberg isn’t returning my calls LOL.

 I was hoping you would say that!!! Even though I think TEOS and TEOC could be an epic, Oscar-worthy, movie, Dangerous to Know and Love is such a great story! It’s beautiful and deep and I would love to see my Daniel on the screens!!!

Beauty in the Beastly Books: How did you meet her hubby? Is he blond and surf type?

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: Ha, no! Not at all. We were both working for a children’s charity. He was walking down the stairs and I was walking up. He looked really fed up so I said something like, “It can’t be that bad! There must be something to smile about!” And then he smiled at me. That was it.

OK, I LOVE that! You NEED to use this in a story!!!!!

Beauty in the Beastly Books: Is he anything like the new book book? Does he ride a motorcycle or went to jail?

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: He used to have a motorbike, but not now. He loves old sports cars.

 

Beauty in the Beastly Books: Where does the inspiration for your male characters come from?

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: Everywhere. Nowhere. The world around me. My imagination.

 Beauty in the Beastly Books:I gotta tell you, I love how easy to relate your characters are. That is one of my favorite things about your books!

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: Thank you. I don’t want people to have to suspend disbelief when they read my stories. I don’t want them to think, ‘People never behave like that!’ I try to root everything in the real world.

I couldn’t agree more!!! I’ve been seeing so many “unreal” stories lately. Yes, it is fiction, but for me, even fiction needs to be relateable…

 You can create your own world in books, but it has to be consistent. I mean, I love paranormal. ‘Buffy’ is one of my all-time favourite programmes, but the way people behaved was ‘real’ within that world: human nature was still real.

 

Beauty in the Beastly Books: That and the way you turn words into living poetry, it’s simply amazing and I’m always highlightning quotes from your books!

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: That’s really good to hear. I love playing with words, the way they sound. It’s important to me that the writing pleases me if I read it aloud.

 

Beauty in the Beastly Books: Do you have a favorite quote?

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: Yes. Sebastian’s letter to Caro.

I love you, I have always loved you, and wherever I go after this world, I will always love you. Sempre e per sempre.”

I LOVE that quote! I translated it to Portuguese and, even though Iusually  like the originals better than the translations, it sounded amazingly beautiful in my own language too!! Plus, in Portuguese the word “forever” (sempre in Italian) is actually “para sempre”.

Beauty in the Beastly Books: Now, I’d like to do a quickfire Q&A with you!

Favorite book? Persuasion, Jane Austin

Coke or pepsi? Neither. Tea or water!

Cats or dogs?  Dogs

Favorite movie? Point Break, the Keanu Reeves film. Changed my life!

Favorite color? Turquoise.

If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go? I’m going to Berlin tomorrow! I’d love to go to Japan.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Right here where I live now. I can hear the ocean at night.

Black or White? Black.

Light or Dark? Light.

And now…Baby Seb or Chief Hunter? Oooh! Young Seb in the morning, and Chief Hunter the rest of the day 😉

 I know my friend (and book twin) Audrey will love that one!!

Again, Jane, THANK YOU so much for this interview Jane! It means a lot to me and i just love interacting with authors such as you!

Jane Harvey-Berrick: Thank you! Great questions – really made me thing.

 

Congratulations on the New release of Summer of Seventeen and I can’t wait for more of your books!!!

 Jane Harvey-Berrick: Thanks, Carol. You’re a honey! Yep, more e-books coming to a screen near you soon!

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I started writing contemporary romance two years ago. Before that, I didn’t think I could write a sex scene. Turns out I can!My lucky number is 13 because I was born on the 13th and live near a haunted castle by the ocean. My number one past-time is watching hot surfers get changed into (and out of) their wetsuits.

My husband doesn’t read my books. My mother does.

Writing is my love, my hobby, my total addiction. All my characters are important to me and whisper their stories, even when I’ve finished writing their books. That’s why you’ll often find bonus chapters/out-takes from various books, because those voices just won’t be quiet.   



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Release Day Blitz: Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick

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Happy Release Day to Jane Harvey Berrick!!

My review of it is in the previous post if you want to check it!

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SYNOPSIS:

After eight years in prison, twenty-four year old Jordan Kane is the man everyone loves to hate.

Forced to return to his hometown while on parole, Jordan soon learns that this small town hasn’t changed since he was carted off to juvie all those years ago. He is the local pariah, shunned by everyone, including his own parents. But their hatred of him doesn’t even come close to the loathing he feels every time he looks in the mirror.

Working odd jobs for the preacher lady, Jordan bides his time before he can leave this backwards town. But can distance erase the memories that haunt him? Trapped in the prison of his own mind Jordan wonders if the pain of living will ever subside?

Torrey Delaney is new in town and certainly doesn’t behave in a way the locals believe a preacher’s daughter should. Her reputation for casual hook-ups and meaningless sex is the talk of the town. Add that to her budding friendship with the hardened ex-con handyman, and the good Reverend is less than thrilled with her estranged daughter’s path.

As friendship forms, is it possible for two damaged people who are afraid to love take their relationship to the next level? Can Torrey live with Jordan’s demons, and can Jordan break through Torrey’s walls? With the disapproval of a small town weighing heavily on them, will they find their place in the world? Can they struggle against the odds, or will their world be viciously shattered?

Is love a life sentence?

Due to scenes of a sexual nature, not recommended for under 18.

BUY THE BOOK:

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Q&A WITH JANE:

And yes, that Carol who threw the last question happens to be me 🙂 I love Jane, she is so sweet and humble and super cool!! Major fangirl moment to see my question here 🙂

Sarah Tree: What made you start writing in the first place?

I’ve always written. But I started writing fanfiction and then someone told me I should write my own books. That’s where I started.

Sheena Lumsden: How did you feel when your first book went live on Amazon?

Nervous. Excited. Like standing on a cliff and wondering if you were going to fly or fall.

What inspires you to write and when did you start to write?

Everything inspires me: places, people, conversations, things I see, just my own imagination.
Do you put parts of your own personality into your characters?

Yes. But I’m not going to tell you which! LOL
How long does it take you to write a book and send it to publish?

The longest I’ve taken to write a book is two years—Dazzled, but I wasn’t writing all the time. Usually it’s about 4-6 weeks for a first draft. But that’s total absorption, 7 days a week, to the point where my husband complains he’s forgotten what I look like. Then, I guess 2-3 months for second draft, editing, cover (by the very wonderful Hang Le), and formatting.
Do you have a favorite book?

Persuasion, by Jane Austen. No competition.
What author inspires you?

See above. Her dialogue was razor sharp. I also loved the Fifty Shades stories, even though it seems popular to slate them now. Forget all the bdsm stuff – it’s about being redeemed by love. What’s not to like?
Apart from writing what other activities do you enjoy doing?

Walking my dog, swimming, bodyboarding (but only in good weather these days), ogling surfers changing in the car park.

Out of all your characters in your books, who would you like to go out with on a date (male only)?

OMG! Seb could take me surfing, Daniel could sing to me, Miles could take me to a movie premiere… and Hallen could take me right here and now : )  Oooh, mustn’t forget Jordan—I’d like to give him a big hug, but I expect Torrey would wrestle me off him!

Sarah Tree: Who’s your favorite three authors?

In contemporary romance, A Meredith Walters, Devon Hartford, JD Dixon… Hmmm, after that, well, just loads!

How do you think up such great characters to write about?

Thank you! I’m not sure I can answer that. The plot usually comes rushing in with fully formed characters. They develop as I write but they just seem to land in my brain.

The male and female ones? Lol The male ones are always HOT too!!  hehehe

It’s so much fun writing about hot guys. Wish fulfillment, I expect. But I like adding little tidbits of humor, too. I like writing about relationships that challenge the norm. Someone told me that all my books are about second chances. I hadn’t realized that, but I think it’s true.

HShowdog Fanfiction: Who inspired Sebastian? Can I have his number?

I live by the ocean and there are a lot of hot surfers. (See fave hobby above) I didn’t realize how taboo the story would be to some people. But yes, there is a certain green-eyed beautiful guy who looks quite a lot like Seb. I’ll PM you with his number ; )
Do you give sex scenes a trial run to test logistics before you write them?

Of course!
Do your family/friends know you write and have they read your books?

My husband hasn’t read any of my books. My mother has. Some of my friends say they can’t because they KNOW me. I remind them… it’s f-i-c-t-i-o-n, but then again, there is a lil bit of me in every story…

Is there anyone who you don’t tell (and why)?

Most people in the village where I live think I’m just that person who walks her dog every day. They have no clue what I do. Only my close friends know what I do. It’s more interesting to be the person who lurks. I’m good at lurking.
Do you write full time or do you have another job?

I have the best job in the world – I write full time, and have done for a year now.
What did you use to do?

I worked for a sexual health charity, an art gallery, and I trained as a high school teacher. I used to run a drama group for kids, but that was for fun.
Tell me about your screenwriting- have you written anything we might have seen?,

Nothing for screen yet (although I’ve got several scripts for movies and TV knocking around), but I have a play that will be touring the UK later on this summer. It’s a serious story about an ex-soldier suffering from PTSD. I’ll have more details soon.
Who or what inspires you?

Readers. Their feedback is more important than they realize. Also, I was in London for the veterans Remembrance Day parade last November. I met a lot of soldiers and ex-soldiers. Their stories were incredibly inspiring.
What is your biggest ambition as a writer?,

To always feel like I’ve written to my best ability and that each book brings something different. Oh yeah, and to have one turned into a cooool movie!
What are you working on right now?

At Your Beck & Call. It’s about a male escort – I’m at second draft stage.
Who is your favorite character you’ve created?

Great question! Impossible to answer. It’s usually the one I’m working on, but then I go back and re-read my books and fall in love with those characters again. It sounds ridiculous, but they’re family. I can’t choose one. Can’t. I’m very fond of ‘Hulk’ in Lifers even though he only has a minor role.
What scenes are you most excited about seeing come to life in the movie of Fifty Shades of Grey?

Ooh, another great question. Well, the first time Ana sees Christian. I want that gut-churning feeling. And I’ll be very curious to see how they deal with the first sex scene. I want to see Christian prowl. I want to see the predator in him, as well as the lover. Oh yeah!

Lisa J. Ashmore: I’m aware that you are a British novelist but most of your books are in an American voice. Was that difficult and how did you overcome it?

Surprisingly it wasn’t difficult, although I still include Britishisms without realizing it. My fabulous beta reader ruthlessly cuts them out!

When I’m reading your novels I find that you are so descriptive in your locale that I feel like I’m really there. Have you actually traveled to all these places?

I spent two months living in Minnesota when I was 21, but no – most of the places I haven’t visited. That’s where the research comes in. Someone asked me if I’d been a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan because of the way I’d written that section in The Education of Caroline. I was VERY proud of that.

I see on the social networks how readers see Sebastian and Daniel. I would love to know how you picture them. Have you worked from a muse, and if so, give me pictures please!

HA HA HA! I’ve seen a lot of pix that readers have put together and some come VERY close. But no, I don’t have a muse. It’s all in my head. Is that scary?

Shirley Wilkinson: Are you prophetic? On re-reading the prologue of Exposure, and the story that follows it, that question has popped into my mind. Your story seems so, up to date with all the current news we are reading.

Exposure is a thriller. I wrote it when the gold markets were going crazy and the American debt was up to $13 trillion. But the whole of the first chapter was a REAL conversation that I overheard on a train. Told you I lurked! I have no supernatural powers that I know of—except for lurking (see above).

Do you find your, non English MMCs easier characters to write for?

If I throw in a Britishism, my beta will find it. It hasn’t made much difference, I don’t think. Miles and Clare are English, Hallen (At Your Beck & Call) is Canadian, Jordan is from Texas, Torrey is from Boston and Seb is from San Diego. It’s the character that’s important, but I need to find their ‘voice’, too.

If you could make one of your books available as a talking book, which one would choose? And who would you like as the reader. ? That’s two questions, I know:-).

Oooh! Good questions! Either Dazzled or Lifers because they’ve both got two narrators and I think that would be really good to listen to. For Dazzled it would have to be Rob Pattinson (well, why not?!) and Martine McCutcheon; for Lifers Tatum Channing or Matthew McConaughey and Scarlet Johansson.

Dina Farndon Eidinger: Do you HEAR the characters in your head when writing?

Yes. When I’m out walking, a piece of dialogue pops into my mind. I always carry a notebook because there’s nothing worse than forgetting a great line!

Do you let them guide the story, or do you write how you WANT it to happen?

Mostly I have the plot worked out, but sometimes the characters kick my ass and tell me to do it THEIR way.
Why did you decide to do 50 shades fan fic?

I’d never written adult fiction and FSOG inspired me. Then one of the fanfic readers told me I should write some original stories—so I did. Fanfic is great training for a writer. People can be very snooty about it, but there are some brilliant writers on there.
Do you meet people and discover a CHARACTER in them?

Not usually a whole person, but I do take certain characteristics from them. Several friends have ended up in my books. And my outlaws—I mean in-laws! They just don’t know it : )
If one of your books could be a movie, which one would you pick and why?

Dangerous to Know & Love because it covers a subject that doesn’t get mentioned much.
When writing some of the more difficult scenes, do you get as emotional as we do when we read it? For example, Seb’s scene when he got hurt?

Definitely. I typed through tears on several occasions in that section, and again recently for a scene toward the end of At Your Beck & Call. The characters become very real to me.
Do you get nervous or anxious right before one of your books release?

Hell, yeah! My friends get tired of talking me down from the ledge.

Does it bother you if you get a negative review?

I’d love to say no, but that’s a big fat lie. Yet another ledge my friends have to talk me down from. You put your heart and soul into these stories and then c-r-a-s-h. It’s hard. It must be worse if you’re an actor, because it’s not just your work, but your face and voice, too.

What has surprised you and upset you the most about your success so far?

I like that you think I’m successful! I guess the biggest surprise is that really is an international experience. I get messages from all over the world, which is amazing.

I get upset when people do mean stuff, like give me a one-star review, even before my book has been published and I know for a fact that they haven’t read it. Why would anyone do that? I don’t understand.

Cori Pitts: What made you decide to go with independent publishing?

E-books have made it possible. Traditional publishing can’t compete with the fast turn-around of e-books. Plus, I love LOVE being able to be involved with the cover design, web design etc. With a publisher, I’d be a lot less involved. Shame, isn’t it?
How long did you write before you were first published?

Well, I wrote a lot of marketing copy in previous jobs, and literacy guides for teachers, too. But then I went straight from fanfic to e-books. If I was waiting for a traditional publisher, I’d still be waiting.
What advice would you offer to aspiring writers?

Write every day. And fanfic is a great place to do your practice—plus you get really fast feedback on scenes/plots/dialogue that works.

Dorota Wróbel: Those familiar with your FSoG FF know that you are very capable (better even than ELJ I’d say) of writing a great story of the billionaire-in-the-making (including the ‘behind the scenes’ of making his fortune – something totally overlooked and almost never mentioned in the romance / erotica books) – yet your original characters are usually sort of ‘your neighbourly every day’ persons (at least on the surface). Have you ever thought of writing your own story about a ‘flamboyant’ character such as a billionaire, an artist or maybe an eccentric aristocrat?

Never say never, but so far that’s not the storyline that’s inspired me. Besides, ELJ, Raine Miller and Sylvia Day have done that so well, I’m not sure I’d have anything to add. But maybe…one day!

Oh, and the book I’m working on now At Your Beck & Call, the main character, Hallen, is an inspiring artist as well as an escort.

Carol Sales: I am curious about your writing process too…How does a story come to your mind and if you immediately put it down on paper or just the idea, or if you let it sink in your head more? And how the stories you do choose to put to life are chosen over other stories you might have thought about?

I have about a dozen book ideas noted down. Usually a title and a plot outline with the main characters. I get frustrated that I don’t have enough time or hours in the day to write them all. I tend to pick the one that shouts the loudest, but I have been known to pause a book half way through because something else grabbed me the throat until I wrote it down.

ABOUT JANE:

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI started writing contemporary romance two years ago. Before that, I didn’t think I could write a sex scene. Turns out I can!
My lucky number is 13 because I was born on the 13th and live near a haunted castle by the ocean. My number one past-time is watching hot surfers get changed into (and out of) their wetsuits.
My husband doesn’t read my books. My mother does.
Writing is my love, my hobby, my total addiction. All my characters are important to me and whisper their stories, even when I’ve finished writing their books. That’s why you’ll often find bonus chapters/out-takes from various books, because those voices just won’t be quiet.

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Blog Tour Stop: Unbearable by Shantel Tessier

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One more post! Finally my stop for the Blog Tour of Unbearable buy the sweet Shantel Tessier!

My review of it will come later, but check out the playlist, dream cast,     profilewebsite interview, excerpts and the GIVEAWAY!!

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SYNOPSIS:

Grief.
How do you survive the loss of a mother you thought didn’t love you…until it was too late?

Forgiveness.
How do you forgive the person who hurt you the most?

Fear.
How do you survive the person who won’t let you go?

Jealousy.
How can your heart continue to trust the person you thought you knew?

Betrayal.
How many secrets are too many?

Lust.
How can you say no, when your body screams yes?

Passion.
How can you deny a love that has no boundaries?

Slade and Samantha’s story continues…

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Add Unbearable to yout TBR on Goodreads

BOOK TRAILERS:

Unbearable:

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 Undescribable (book 1):

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DREAM CAST:

Unbearable Dream

PLAYLIST:

Unbearable playlist

About the Author:

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Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, and their three year old little princess. She considers herself extremely lucky to be a stay at home wife and mother. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends her time with family and friends.

Find more about Shantel!

I have the honor to call Shantel my friend and not only is she a great writer, but she is a sweetie!! Show her some love:

@Shantel_Tessier

www.facebook.com/pages/Shantel-Tessier-Author/408437342580536

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7086716.Shantel_Tessier

 

BUY LINKS:

 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

     What inspired you to write the Undescribable series?

I have had a book idea in my mind for quite a while. This past Christmas when everyone was trying to figure out what they wanted to do for their New Year’s resolution. I told myself I was going to take that step to making it happen. I have always loved to read and it just felt like it was the right time for me to write my own book. Now here I am a year later and releasing the second book in the series. I couldn’t be happier.

What books have most influenced your life most?

I don’t think I can narrow it down. Every book I have read has had an impact to my life in some way. Some leave me in tears and others leave me smiling and laughing. You either compare your life to what you just read, or it makes you feel grateful for the life you have.

  What author has influenced you the most?

There are several; Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, Teresa Mummert, J. Sterling and many more. I follow them all on Facebook and they are always thanking their readers, showing their gratitude. I want to be that way. I want to show my readers that not only did I write a novel, but that this novel will be nothing without them. The readers are what makes this journey worth all the ups and downs.

     When did your desire to write start?

When I was young. My grandma still has little stories that I wrote back when I was a kid. I love to read, I could read a book a day. So many books have stuck with me throughout the years. I wanted to touch readers like I have been touched. When I started writing Undescribable it was a small idea, that idea has become a dream. That dream has become a reality. I couldn’t be happier to continue Slade and Samantha’s story in Unbearable.

  What can readers look forward to in the future?

I am currently working on the third and final book of the Undescribable series. I plan to have it released spring of 2014. I know as a reader, I hate having to wait forever for the next book in a series. So, I am going to try my hardest to get Slade and Samantha’s final story out there quickly.

 If you could be a superhero, what supernatural power would you choose?

    To live without sleep. Being a mother and wife, there are not enough hours in the day. Trying to write, clean house, cook dinner and spend the time with my family. There is never enough time for everything or everybody.

Which is your favorite movie?

I love to go to the movies. I can watch anything from chick flicks, to horror, to action. Doesn’t matter. Just give me a Coca Cola Icee and some popcorn, I’m good to go.

  What kind of music do you like?

I listen to everything from country, Rock, or dubstep. I am just not a big fan of rap.

 What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?

   Not everyone is going to like your book. That’s okay. Don’t be afraid to write what you want because you are afraid of the feedback you may receive. Nothing feels better than getting a review that makes you cry when a reader tells you how much they loved your book. I promise all the tears you will shed and all the doubt you have will be worth it.

 Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?

I want to thank Casey at Hardcover Therapy and everyone else who has wanted to help me out with this Blog Tour. And all the readers who have messaged me how much they loved Undescribable and can’t wait for Unbearable to be released. The support from all of you has been overwhelming and I am truly grateful. It has warmed my heart knowing readers are as excited as I am about this story that I have put my heart into. Thank you. I hope that you all have a chance to read Samantha and Slade’s story. Feel free to contact me, I would love to hear from all of you. ❤

 

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4 signed paperback of Undescribable & Unbearable

5 swag packs

1- Kindle paperwhite (US only)

1- $100 Amazon gift card for International.

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XOXO

Carol

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Blog Tour Stop (and Giveaway): Undescribable by Shantel Tessier

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Well, I was very, very stressed out because I wrote this post twice today and some bug was up with WordPress and instead of saving the post it was deleting the content…don’t ask LOL

So now here it is, more than 12 hours later, but finally here! Third time is a charm. 😉

I’m very honored to be a part of the Undescribable Blog Tour! I met Shantel through Facebook and I’m proud to be a part of her street team. She is awesome and her book is just like her!

I gotta say I cried when I saw that Sex and the Books were quoted on her Acknowledgements as well as her street team! I wish all the success in the word for her and her books and I hope all of you like Slade and Sam’s story as much as I do! Let this Blog Tour begin!

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My Rating: 4.5 HUGE sexy stars

Book Synopsis:

Samantha Hall needs a fresh start.

Broken hearted and alone in a new city, Samantha begins to build a new life for herself while working as a bartender. Focusing on her new friends and rebuilding her broken life, Samantha is content.

Until she meets him – attorney by day and a cocky, foul mouth playboy by night.

All girls want Slade Long, but not one has ever been able to keep his attention for long. Having a different woman in his bed every night is how he prefers it-no emotion, no connection.

Until he meets her – an angel with the sweetest voice he has ever heard and the most enticing green eyes. Samantha makes him second guess his actions and has him wanting something he didn’t know existed. How can a man who has never been in love, be so sure? Can real love happen this fast?

Burned by her past, Samantha struggles to keep up with the overwhelming passion she feels for Slade. She knows that he will be nothing but trouble to her already fragile heart, but how long can she continue to deny the love that she feels for him?

Will Samantha let Slade prove his love is real, or will she push him away?

She thought she knew love……

He thought he never wanted love…..

Together they will show each other what they can’t live without.

My Review:

Since the very first teaser of Undescribable I read, which happened to be the first chapter that Shantel sent me, I was HOOKED!

 

OMG, guys, Slade is a HOT male. I love his cockiness and the fact that he can be jerk-ish, but still has a heart. And what a…heart! LOL

Slade doesn’t do relationships, but with Samantha, or Angel as he call her (*swoons*) , it felt only natural to be in love with her. They fight like cats, but the attraction Sam feels for him is undeniable.

Slade is a layer by day and then he becomes a party boy at night, he doesn’t apologize for wanting sex and fun and he doesn’t hide who he is. But Sam has been burned by “love” not only by past relationships, but also by her mother, so for her is not easy to believe in love. She lives in the real world and not in fairy tales. The only problem is that the real world she knows is nothing but an illusion of real and she needs Slade to show her how to really live!

Slade…oh Slade! The sexy, foul-mouthed (I loooove his dirty mouth, it’s sexy as hell), bad-boy layer. He never had a girlfriend, so for him is difficult to deal with all he starts feeling for Sam, he’s jealous, possessive, violent…but he is also sweet, loving, caring and a great book boyfriend!!!
Slade first met Sam through the telephone and her voice just got him hooked. He couldn’t forget the sweet voice. But when he meets the body attached to the voice he is doomed. And he can’t stop acting stupid around his Angel, it’s funny and sweet!
When giving a chance to fate, Sam starts to open herself more and she is a great girl! I love her rantings, drinking (Wet Pussies – OMG, I laughed so hard at this drink’s name), love for football, fashion and her friends.

Right when you think all is getting settled in the story, something happens and we’re sucked into an emotional rollecoaster, but a worthy one for sure! I felt so bad for Sam and I can’t even imagine her pain towards the end of the story! I laughed a lot while reading Undescribable, but I also cried a lot, there were sad and emotional moments in the story, but all is worthy as I already said!
The story is told between Slade and Sam’s POVs and I liked the fact that we can see what pass in both of their minds. We can see Slade’s side of things and Sam’s side as well. Sometimes this can confuse the reader and it doesn’t work, but it’s not the case with this book. It was perfect to tell their story!

Undescribable is Shantel’s debut novel and I really can’t describe its greatness! This is a story about love, second chances and opening yourself for new experiences and life itself. And it also has Slade…Just Slade would have been enough for you to read this book, but Slade with a good story in the mix? You really can’t miss it!!!

I keep mentioning Slade, but the leading female in this book is just as great! Samantha is real and relatable and you can’t help liking her too! The other characters are also great! I love the fact that Slade’s mom is one of the girls!! I really can’t wait to see more of Slade’s best friend Josh. My heart broke for him, because he is suffering from being burned by love as well. I just hope Courtney (Sam’s best friend) can mend his broken heart!

 
The next book in this series can’t come soon enough!!!

Here are the Book’s Dreamcast and Playlist:

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Here are the links to buy Undescribable (don’t miss out!):

Paperback

Amazon Kindle
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
Kobo Store

 

Let me introduce you to the lovely, sweet and cool lady responsible for this amazing book. This is Shantel:

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Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, and their three year old  little princess. She considers herself extremely lucky to be a stay at home wife and mother. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends her time with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview Time!! Please welcome the book mama of my newest book boyfriend, the awesome author of Undescribable, Shantel Tessier! Show her lots of love on her FB page!!

What inspired you to write Undescribable?

I have had a book idea in my mind for quite a while. This past Christmas when everyone was trying to figure out what they wanted to do for their New Year’s resolution. I told myself I was going to take that step to making it happen. I have always loved to read and it just felt like it was the right time for me to write my own book.

What books have most influenced your life most?

I don’t think I can narrow it down. Every book I have read has had an impact to my life in some way. Some leave me in tears and others leave me smiling and laughing. You either compare your life to what you just read, or it makes you feel grateful for the life you have.

What author has influenced you the most?

There are several; Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, Teresa Mummert, J. Sterling and many more. I follow them all on Facebook and they are always thanking their readers, showing their gratitude. I want to be that way. I want to show my readers that not only did I write a novel, but that this novel will be nothing without them. The readers are what makes this journey worth all the ups and downs.

When did your desire to write start?

When I was young. My grandma still has little stories that I wrote back when I was a kid. I love to read, I could read a book a day. So many books have stuck with me throughout the years. I wanted to touch readers like I have been touched. When I started writing Undescribable it was a small idea, that idea has become a dream. That dream is becoming a reality. I couldn’t be happier for the world to meet Slade and Samantha. I hope that everyone loves them as much as I do.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Never give up! This has not been an easy journey. I have had days where I cried and just wanted to give up and days where I smiled so hard my cheeks hurt. The closer I get to self-publishing, the more freak outs I have had. It is a roller coaster ride, but it is worth it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. The only person that can hold you back is yourself.

What can readers look forward to in the future?

I am already halfway through writing book two in the Undescribable series. I want to have it out before the New Year. I know as a reader, I hate having to wait forever for the next book in a series. So, I am going to try my hardest to get the rest of this series out there soon.

Who or what inspires you?

Music. I have to listen to it while I’m writing.

If you could be a superhero, what supernatural power would you choose?

To live without sleep. Being a mother and wife, there are not enough hours in the day. Trying to write, clean house, cook dinner and spend the time with my family. There is never enough time for everything or everybody.

Which is your favorite movie?

I love to go to the movies. I can watch anything from chick flicks, to horror, to action. Doesn’t matter. Just give me a Coca Cola Icee and some popcorn, I’m good to go.

What kind of music do you like?

I listen to everything from country, Rock, or dubstep. I am just not a big fan of rap.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?

Not everyone is going to like your book. That’s okay. Don’t be afraid to write what you want because you are afraid of the feedback you may receive. So far I am hearing great things from my readers who have received ARC’s of Undescribable. Nothing feels better than getting a review that makes you cry when a reader tells you how much they loved your book. I promise all the tears you will shed and all the doubt you have will be worth it.

Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?

I want to thank Casey at Hardcover Therapy and everyone else who has wanted to help me out with this Blog Tour. And all the readers who have messaged me how they can’t wait for Undescribable to be released. The support from all of you has been overwhelming and I am truly grateful. It has warmed my heart knowing readers are as excited as I am about this story that I have put my heart into. Thank you. I hope that you all have a chance to read Samantha and Slade’s story. Feel free to contact me, I would love to hear from all of you. ❤

And now last but certainly not least, here is the GIVEAWAY !! Since there’s something up with WordPress, I can’t post the Rafflecopter’s widget here, so here is the link to the giveaway, it’ll direct you to Sex and the Books FB page and enter to win!!!

Thank you all for stopping here at Sex and the Books for this Blog Tour and also a HUGE thank you to Casey from Hardcover Therapy for making this Blog Tour happen!

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Carol

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Blog Tour: Consequences by Aleatha Romig

I’m so excited that today Sex and the Books is hosting the Blog Tour for Consequences! As many of you already know, Aleatha Romig is my number 1 favorite author and I’m so grateful for my friend Elmarie for recommending her books to me!!(:* Elmarie).

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Here is a little teaser from Consequences (if you haven’t read them yet, please hurry, along with its sequel, Truth, Consequences is my all time favorite book!!):

Claire floated in that place before consciousness. She had difficulty distinguishing reality from fantasy, unsure of what she was feeling. The epiphany came with the realization, she was –feeling. It had been so long since she felt anything. She felt warm, safe, and secure. Her mind tried to convince her it was a dream, but she remembered feeling that way before she fell asleep. She questioned herself, is this real? Her soft skin rolled on the silky sheets and felt radiating warmth. Hesitantly, she opened her eyes. Right in front of her, close enough to touch, was Tony’s firm broad chest. Again, the questions, is he really here? He usually left her bed before she woke. Why is he still here? Now as Claire rolled onto her back and saw the beautiful ornate ceiling she wondered, Where is here? This isn’t my room.

With a rich raspy tone, he greeted her, “Good morning, Claire.”

If you want to check out my review of Consequences, here is the link: https://beautyandthebeastlybooks.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/review-consequences-by-aleatha-romig/

Today we would like to welcome the fantastic Aleatha Romig to the blog!  Thanks so much for being here today!

Author Interview:

What inspired you to write Consequences?

I’d always wanted to write a book.  It was a bucket list type thing.  In 2008 my husband lost his job, it was in construction materials and the economy tanked! He began working a third shift job.  Our two oldest children were off in college.  Our youngest was going to bed about 8:30.  That left a lot of alone time.

I had this idea of a woman in a room… I decided to sit down and see where the story would take me.  I didn’t write Consequences to publish.  I wrote Consequences as therapy or escape from my life.  I could totally manipulate and control the lives of these characters.  It was more than I could do for myself.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I think I do.  I think I have a certain flow and sentence structure.  Beyond that, I need to know where I’m going.  For all of my books, I’ve written the beginning and the end.  Then I let the middle fill itself in.  I’ve tried to write without knowing the end, it doesn’t work.  The fun part is letting the characters and story dictate the middle!

What books have most influenced your life most?

There are many books I’ve loved.  Gone with the Wind is my all-time favorite.  I also enjoy thrillers; John Grisham brought me back to reading when my children were young.  I like the older Patterson’s and enjoy Greg Isles.  I also have started to find more erotic romances, and admit to liking those too.  These have all been entertainment, a means of escape!  Your question is “influence” the only book I can say has “influenced” me is the Bible – best seller of all time!

What author has influenced you the most?

I belong to the Indiana Romance Writers Association.  In our local chapter there are many talented writers, and I’ve learned and been influenced by these woman in many ways.  Most of them have much more experience than I.  Their willingness to share and encourage has been invaluable.

In a long distance, no direct influence kind of way, I will say E.L. James.  Not because I found Fifty Shades amazing… it was good.  But, she opened the door to “different books” hitting the mainstream.  Consequences Series isn’t erotic; however, it is dark.  I breach subjects that previously were taboo.  I’m not sure that my series would have received the acceptance it has, pre Fifty Shades.

What was the hardest part of writing Consequences?

The hardest part was deciding how much detail to put in my manuscript. My original draft had more detail.  It was so disturbing to my mother and sister-in-law that they couldn’t read the story.  So, I decided to employ more of the “fade to black” technique.  Honestly, I still have people who think my reading is too disturbing and others who want more detail.  I’ve come to the conclusion; you can’t please everyone – so please yourself.

How did you come up with the storyline for Consequences?

I had the “vision” or “thought” of the opening scene.  I didn’t know any more, but wanted to learn more.  That’s how it started…

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Two bits of advice:  #1 Write for your own enjoyment.  If you don’t like what you write, neither will anyone else.  If your words make you smile or cry, it will do the same for others.  And in the same vein, don’t let your style be dictated by the rules and limitations of others.  I was told on multiple occasions, “You can’t do that.” What I hear excessively from readers is, “I love that your books are different.”  Had I listened to what I was told, on how I had to fit into a mold, they wouldn’t be different.

#2 IF you plan to write a series, know that when you start.  Building from a single book is much more difficult!  (I plan to follow that advice in the future)

What message or advice do you want to give your readers?

Step outside the box.  My series is not defined by genre.  I thought I was writing a psychological thriller/ romantic element.  My agent said I wrote:  Contemporary Dark Romance/ thriller.  My point is: branch out… keep an open mind… enjoy… and remember, it is still fiction! As much as many of us would like to believe there is a real Anthony Rawlings, there isn’t.  In fiction, we can explore situations we’d never attempt in reality… just enjoy!

What were the challenges in bringing Consequences to life?

I was and am so inexperienced.  Consequences was published in August of 2011 by a self-publishing publisher.  In October 2012 I rereleased Consequences completely Indie.  Just last week I entered an agreement with a copy editor.  I’d had Consequences and Truth line-edited… and as many have pointed out, there are still mistakes.  Being self-published I’m not accustomed to having someone tell me “consider deleting” or “consider re-wording” or anything else…  I’m excited and scared.

The truth is, I believe I have wonderful stories and want to do anything and everything to bring the best version to the world.  To date Consequences has sold almost 50,000 copies! That amazes me!

What can readers look forward to in the future?

After Convicted, I plan to do a “novella” called, Behind His Eyes. It will be The Consequences Series Reading Companion.  It will have various Tony POV’s.  I’m not rewriting the entire series, only specific scenes.  I had one blogger ask for Tony’s POV before Consequences begins… while he’s watching Claire. Do you think anyone would be interested in that?

Once the Consequences Series is complete, I have ideas for other stories.  I guess we’ll need to see what the future brings!  All I can say is, I’ve already experienced more through my writing than I EVER imagined.  Not only have I received more recognition than I ever dreamed, I’ve met wonderful people!  It’s true, sometimes Life is stranger than fiction!

Ok the first thing I have to ask (because I know it’s all I’ve thought about How did Consequences come to you?

I believe I watch too many strange television shows, like Criminal Minds or have read too many strange books, but one day the opening scene: Claire locked in the room came to me. I decided to write it down and find out how she got there… and if she’d get out.

Now I have read Consequences and Truth and am totally Team Tony! But are you Team Tony ?

I love Tony. I love Claire and all my characters. If I have to be Team someone, I’d say I’m team Claire.

If I admitted to being Team Tony or Team Harry or Team Phil it could give something away… and I’m not doing that!

How would you classify Consequences? I mean its not exactly romance when people ask me how to best describe it I say it’s kinds sorta like the TV show Revenge (which is my current addiction)

I think I’ve invented my own genre: Contemporary Dark Romance / Psychological Thriller.  Obviously, Consequences by its self isn’t a romance. However, since it is the relationship of Claire and Tony that propels the series, I’ve been told that makes the series a romance. Now, that said, I definitely believe it qualifies as DARK and PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER.

Did you have any specific people inspire your characters physical attributes?

My husband! (lol)  No, I honestly made my characters up, their physical characteristics and their personalities. Then, one night after I’d completed Consequences, I was watching True Blood with a friend. Alcide, Joe Magellano, came on.  Another character asked him how tall he was, Alcide replied, “Six four – six six.” I was like , OMG, he’s Tony!!

Do you expect your readers to view Tony as a villain or a hero?

I have NO expectations. I love receiving messages or reading reviews where people say he is both! When a reader says they HATED him, usually threatening some sort of bodily harm, and then turns around and says, they LOVE him, despite their better judgment, I believe I’ve done something special.

Are you getting many invoices for your readers’ therapy for completely messing with their mind? Ha ha ok that was only a joke! But what’s the craziest thing one of your readers has said about Consequences?

lol! No invoices because I don’t give out my address! I’ve been threatened! I think I could get some great “group” rates! There is a wonderful “Consequences Series Group Therapy and Hugs” group on  Goodreads! Once you’ve completed both Consequences and Truth (because there are many spoilers) I suggest you go visit!  There are 3 Tony POV’s on there, too.

I’ve received so many messages and had so many reviews, I can’t possibly zero in on one crazy thing! But, I will say, I’ve started laughing out loud while reading some of my readers’ comments! I’m so thankful my readers share their thoughts with me. It seems as though I evoke a little emotion!

Thank you for having me on your blog!  I’ve enjoyed it! ~Aleatha

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Author Bio:

Aleatha Romig voted #1 “New Author to Read” on Goodreads, July 2012 through now! She is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writer’s of America. She has lived most of her life in Indiana, growing-up in Mishawaka, graduating from Indiana University, and currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her husband of twenty six years, they’ve raised three children. She works days as a dental hygienist and enjoys spending her nights writing. She also likes to spend time with her family, friends and patients. Her pastimes include exercising, reading and writing. Aleatha enjoys traveling, especially when there is a beach involved. In 2011 she had the opportunity to visit Sydney, Australia to visit her daughter studying at the University of Wollongong. Her dream is to travel to places in her novels and around the world. CONSEQUENCES, her first novel was released in August 2011 and has sold over 20,000 copies. TRUTH, the sequel was released October 2012 and has surpassed 10,000 copies in less than 3 months! Aleatha originally published through self publisher Xlibris a subsidiarity of Author’s Solution/ Penguin Publishing. In October of 2012 she re-published on her own, a true Indie Author. Later that month she published Truth through Romig Works. Aleatha is happy to be represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

Author Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AleathaRomig

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5131072.Aleatha_Romig

Website/Blog: http://aleatharomig.blogspot.com/

Kindle Link: http://www.amazon.com/Consequences-ebook/dp/B009VPQW7K/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1368193342&sr=1-1&keywords=consequences+romig

I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Aleatha for bring us such an amazing story and another HUGE thank you to Hardcover Therapy, for bring us this blog tour!

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