Friday, November 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Interview, Review, Excerpts, & a Giveaway!

Book Info & Blurb:
New Adult / Romance
Date Published: 10/1/2013

Jessica Channing’s big city life should be more exciting than sixty-hour work weeks and popcorn nights with her girlfriends, but it’s not. She has worked hard fulfilling her role as a child prodigy and graduating college years before her peers. She’s the good girl, the brilliant girl.

Unfortunately, she’s also the dateless young woman.

That all changes with one phone call. Jess’s rigid, predictable life upends when she must visit a small, obscure town to deal with a relative’s death. This isn’t just any little speck of a town, though. Long lost memories come crashing down on Jess’s world when two men, the Blackard brothers, seem to lure her in.

Dylan is cover model handsome, and pursues Jess the minute she comes to town. Then there is tall, dark and gorgeous Carson, who hides his own secrets behind his hardened reserve.

For someone who has been governed by her own obsessive behaviors and fears, Jess lets her guard down and jumps at the opportunity to have an affair with a man she actually finds attractive for a change.\

There’s just one problem. Jess discovers that she can’t have a simple romantic fling because true passion does indeed come with some very big strings attached to it. She will have to own up to her own truths about love and face the two extraordinary men; both troubled in their own ways and both determined to have her.

This novel contains graphic sexual content and strong language. It is intended for mature readers. 439 pages

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Some Excerpts:
Excerpt 1:
Carson takes a couple long strides and is in my face before I can count to one. He has to lean over to be at my eye level. He places his hands on the counter on either side of me so I’m trapped. “He thinks you’re going to stay here for good. He thinks he has a chance with you. I want you to be honest with him and explain that you’ll be going back to your real life in New York.”
He moves so close to my face, I find myself staring back into his beautiful eyes that never leave mine. He is nothing like Dylan; I can see that in this moment. Carson is only three years older than his brother; however, he might as well be twenty years older. He carries a weight—a burden in him—that is marked by a serious, unwavering demeanor. I think a part of me remembers this about him and another part of me remembers trying to coax the fun side out of him. I know I have seen him laugh, the memory is there, buried with all the other fuzzy images, yet right now, I only see a man who is trying to look strong because there’s something that worries him.
If he’s trying to be intimidating and rouse my anxiety, it’s working. After a short stare-off between us, he moves back. My small victory is that he seems to be at a loss for words, too.

Excerpt 2:
I’m still daydreaming when he stops abruptly to pick up his toolbox and I bash right into his back. Perfect. Didn’t I already do this with Dylan?
Carson drops the box and turns around to catch me. “I’m sorry, did I do that?”
“No, it was me.” I rub my nose.
He’s holding me by the waist, pulling me into him, but it’s not a déjà vu of Dylan. Carson is something else—something I like very much—and I suspect that being torn between two men in my own imaginary, lovelorn world is a sign of my immaturity. At least, that would be the first thing my mother would say before she asks what they do for a living. My hands are wedged between us, resting against his hard abdomen.
Carson doesn’t let go, as if he’s thinking of something to say or thinking of pulling one of those fast Blackard kisses. “This could be awkward,” he says and releases his grip on me while his hands remain hovering by me.
I’m not sure if he’s having the same thought as me, that a kiss would be awkward since I’m going out with Dylan, or if it’s awkward because he sees me as some virginal geek and he’s never touched one in person before. It’s awkward because I’m over-thinking the whole scenario!

Excerpt 3:
Am I still so naïve and foolish that I cannot truly see the wonderful man in front of me who cares about me?
I place my hands on Dylan’s chest and feel his strong heartbeat underneath the thin T-shirt. He is so attractive that I begin to consider lewd thoughts to dismiss my earlier anger. Without deliberating further, I start taking off his T-shirt. He looks a little bewildered, but assists in removing his shirt. I rub my hands up and down his muscular torso and push him back towards the porch wall. Then Dylan watches as I unbutton my blouse. A wonton expression overcomes his face as I stand before him in my see-thru lace demi bra. I step out of my skirt and underwear and begin kissing him as I put my hand down his jeans, aggressively groping his hardness.
“Okay,” Dylan rasps and then he turns me around so my back is against the wall.
He unbuttons his jeans and pulls a condom from his wallet then hoists me up using his weight and the wall to brace me in place before he’s in me. I wrap my legs around his waist and move frantically with his thrusts.

My Review:
I received a copy of Fearsome for an honest review.

The smarts in all the things but love:
Jessica was raised by parents who showed little love and in Fearsome she struggles to find out what love really is.

Too Long:
Fearsome was too freaking long. It was a good read but seriously the same thing kept happening over and over and over and over again and again and it was honestly killing me to read. There were many times I was just reading and thinking “Didn’t I just read this in the last 10 chapters?” This book really needed to hurry up or be cut in half because it took way too long when she finally realizes who she actually likes.

Stuck in the middle with you:
Jessica is stuck in the middle of a brotherly rivalry between Carson and Dylan. Yes everyone love triangle that I promise you will end very obviously.

All in all:
I know this is a long book but this will be a short review because too many things could give this story away. I think Fearsomes’ story is great. I loved the characters and the problems and almost everything about the book except how things continued to repeat over and over again.

Author Interview!!!!
Today on the blogasphere I have amazing author S.A. Wolfe! 

#1 Where did you get the idea for Fearsome?
I got the idea for the novel from being around women who have advanced degrees in the sciences and math (I'm not one of those women.). I wanted a smart, witty protagonist who is basically a social mutant when it comes to men.

The images of the hero and heroine germinated from a memory I have of two very beautiful people I saw at a science conference years ago in Berlin, Germany. A tall gorgeous man with unruly dark hair who was wearing a leather jacket sat in the audience, and I also noticed a very beautiful young woman across the large lecture hall. I thought about how these two could meet and fall in love. Obviously, I wasn't paying much attention to the lecture.

Fast forward, years later, I'm writing Fearsome, and I remember those two people, but this time I place the young woman in New York City and she's forced to go to a small town to meet the hunky guy. It all flowed from there.

#2 What's your favorite book and did that book influence Fearsome at all?
There wasn't one particular book that influenced Fearsome. I do know that all my years of reading thousands of books has influenced how and what I write. As a writer, I read for pleasure, but I'm also studying the craft with each novel I read.

I have read so many novels, even across genres, that it would be impossible to pick one favorite. Here's one of my recent Facebook posts and maybe that will sum it up:

Every writer is asked about the books they read when they were young and what they read now. The answer for me is "everything."

I have to be honest, I enjoyed Middlemarch by George Eliot and Lick by Kylie Scott.

How many people have mentioned Middlemarch and Lick in the same sentence? Probably not too many, but I think it's kind of awesome.

They are both worth reading!

#3 Is the main character Jessica like you in any way?
I think everyone at some point has self-doubt or some insecurities, so I have that in common with Jessica. Also, Jessica and I share a similar OCD behavior. If you've read the novel, then you know the number 70 Million is rather prominent. That's my number. Don't ask me why, but that dang number has been circulating through my brain for years and pops loudly in my head when I'm dealing with intense situations. At least I don't ramble numbers out loud like Jessica, but several readers have told me they have the same quirk!

#4 What made you decide to become a writer? Was there a specific moment you decided or was it a process?
Being a voracious reader as child made me think of becoming a writer, however, I never considered it seriously until I was in my twenties, and my husband kept pushing me to write a novel. So I did. That was years before I wrote Fearsome.

#5 Who in your life did you tell first about your idea for Fearsome?
I always bounce ideas off my husband before I start a novel, so he's always the first to know about anything I write.

#6 How did you go about writing Fearsome? Was it drafted or flying by the seed of your pants?
On writing Fearsome:
My writing process used to involve heavy plotting, sometimes 60-pages worth. No kidding. I've streamlined my process quite a bit now. I do my research up front and then build my character biographies. For Jessica, I had to study the software industry, ask my husband a lot of questions on how he does computer coding, and study the paintings and process of artist Lora Zombie. For Carson and Dylan, I pulled out research on furniture designers and hand-crafted furniture manufacturers.

Once I have visuals of characters and I've created partial histories for them, I start writing. I only bullet-list major plot points, twists, and reveals, otherwise, I write more like a "pantser." I know I'm going to have a happily-ever-after ending, but I don't know how I'm going to get there. Sometimes, as I'm writing, a new idea comes to me and that's where I start tweaking a character's back story or other feature that eventually becomes relevant to the story. There are times when a scene takes off, and I decide to take the characters in another direction for a while - that's the exciting part for me because it's almost as if the characters are leading me.

There's also the physical process of writing. When I start a new book, I have to work on the first draft every single day. That involves writing 4-8 hours per day to saturate my brain with the story, so I'm living, breathing, and sleeping with the characters talking in my head. That first draft is exciting and exhausting, and it takes me about three months. I may take a few days off here and there to do more research or organize my thoughts, but for the most part it's a marathon of writing. After that comes the revisions and heavy editing and that's where my beta readers come in and my professional editors.

So, for the first part, it's me and my solitary writing existence, ignoring my noisy family. After that, it's "all hands on deck" with beta readers, editors, and proofreaders going through my book, telling me what to change or fix. It's a lot of work.

#7 If you could describe Fearsome in a few words what would they be?
Fearsome is an intense romance with sexy, smart, quirky, witty characters that give us a great emotional ride with some very hot and steamy scenes.

#8 What do you hope people take from your story?
I hope people read Fearsome and leave with a happy feeling. I want readers to be happy about the characters resolving emotional conflicts, realizing that things aren't always as they seem on the surface, and that even stubborn people can come to their senses and see the truth and fall madly in love. I hope readers take other critical points from the story as well, especially about stigmas we have in our society about certain types of people. Without introducing spoilers, I'll leave it there and let the readers decide.

#9 After you completed Fearsome what was the first thing you did?
After I completed Fearsome, I probably took a nap since I'm severely sleep-deprived. Most likely, in my elation, I probably went into panic mode, too. It's a blur now, but I know I started worrying about everything that comes with the book such as the website, social media, promotion, and of course, writing the next novel that was already in my head.

#10 Are you planning on writing more books?
I will definitely keep writing more books. Fearsome is my first published novel, but I have boxes of unpublished full-length manuscripts, including a screenplay. I hope to have my next novel published within the next six months - I have to get back to my writing cave for that to happen!

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S.A. Wolfe
S. A. Wolfe lives with her wonderfully loud, opinionated children and husband. She is a voracious reader and passionate about writing, and when those two activities don’t keep her locked away in her room, she loves hiking mountains as much as she adores all the thrills New York City has to offer.


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