Sunday, January 4, 2015

Tour Kick Off - Heartnapped by @daydreamingj

Contemporary / Interracial Romance
Date Published: July 9, 2014

Jayla Simmons never imagined herself working in a place like Vice, but what's a girl to do when she has a child to support all on her own? Her disdain for the place isn't limited to her occupation. Her boss, Carter Rossi, has had a strange fixation on her since she started dancing at Vice, and though she's reluctant to admit it, she's drawn to him as well. Carter Rossi is tired of the cat and mouse game he's been playing with Jayla's since the day she walked into his club. The son of Don Antonio Rossi has been denied few things in life, and Jayla Simmons will be no exception. He'll have her by any means necessary.

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
- I definitely see writing as my career. I'm a firm believer that people are happiest in their line of work when they make a career  out of doing what they love, and so, I'm just taking my own advice. Honestly though, I would write even if I viewed it as “just a hobby.” It's just so much fun for me to lose myself in these crazy ideas inside my head. I remember spending hours banging away at my keyboard before I ever made a dime from my writing, so I feel extremely blessed to be able to call this my career now.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
- The hardest part of my writing process is letting a story be. What I mean by that is that it's sometimes hard for me to allow a story to develop freely without having to beat down the urge to stifle my creativity based on what I'm worried others might think about a plot twist, a  character, a controversial topic addressed, a particular word used, or whatever. I constantly have to remind myself that telling a story honestly is far more important than  telling a story that everyone will approve of.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
- I feel like my fellow authors indirectly help me to improve my writing, because every time I read a really great story, it challenges me to up my game, to delve a little bit deeper and push the limits of my storytelling ability.

#4 – What is next for your writing?
- I want to go in so many different directions with my writing. Readers can expect everything from Historical to Fantasy from me in the near future. I don't plan on shackling myself to a single genre, but certain things will always hold true in every story I tell. There will always be some kind of romantic element present (typical girl, what can I say?), My characters will always be of varying backgrounds (that's the way the world is after all) , and my stories will always be highly character driven. As for my next project, I'll be putting out the next three books in the Rossi Mafia Series during the early part of this year. Readers can keep up with my new releases by signing up for my mailing list on my website

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
- I definitely have a reading addiction. I just started reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and I'm loving it!

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet: Headstrong Jayla is about to learn that there are a few things in life that can't be outrun; love and fate are among them.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? - Mp3 all the way!

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?- Vanilla. I'm one of about 20 people on the face of the planet who can't stand the taste of chocolate.

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?- Both! Potatoes are that food for me. You know that one food you could eat everyday for the rest of your life and be completely satisfied. I like them fried, baked, mashed, etc.

#4 – Comedy or Drama?- That's a tough one, but I think I'll go with Drama since it tends to keep me on the edge of my seat.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?-  Nicholas Sparks. I read The Notebook twelve times.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?- Definitely fantasy. It's so much more fun to create your own reality.

#7 – Call or Text?- Text. It's easier to multitask that way.

#8 – Public School or Home School?- Public School. There are so many amazing people watching opportunities there, and my people watching usually leads to story ideas.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate- Coffee is one of my many addictions.

#10 – eBook or Paperback?- eBook. Same story but at a better price, and anyone that knows me will tell you that I'm frugal Fran.

I grew up in a tiny town with lots of room for my imagination to grow, and never outgrew my love for playing make believe. I developed my love for storytelling when I was very young, and used it as a way to escape and explain the world around me. That storytelling ability has grown and evolved a lot since then and taken me many different places. I'm having fun following where it leads me. I've been writing since I was a child; seriously, my mom has the crayon illustrated short stories to prove it. My writing has been mostly private since the end of my UIL creative writing days circa 1998. The writing bug bit me again when I was a freshman in high school, and I finally had the guts to publish my first e-book, Purple Hearts, in July of 2013! Now, I'm hooked, and determined to make a career out of this little passion of mine. My writing style is very direct with a little bit of humor. Alpha males are my guilty pleasure, but don't expect my female main characters to be passive damsels in distress. Every girl needs a little spark to her to keep the guys on their toes, right? I write mostly interracial/paranormal romance, but I've been toying with contemporary and historical romance plots as well. In short, I'm a dreamer by nature and an artist by trade. I endeavor to take my readers on a different journey with every new story I write.

January 5 - My Reading Addiction - Interview
January 6 - Indie Authors You Want to Read - Excerpt
January 7 - Obsessed By Books - Review
January 8 - Smile Somebody Loves You - Excerpt
January 9 - The British Bookworm - Excerpt
January 10 - Eskimo Princess - Excerpt
January 11 - Chosen By You Book Club - Excerpt
January 12 - A Life Through Books - Review
January 13 - Musings From an Addicted Reader - Review
January 14 - Twin Opinions - Review
January 15 - Book Junkie Mom - Excerpt

January 16 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

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