Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Author, author... Heating Up Hawaii

Welcome Carmen, so great to have you here with us.  Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hi! Thanks so much for having me over your blog :) *waves enthusiastically*

I’m a contemporary romance author trying to make it in this world. I’m Brazilian by birth, have lived in the U.S. for ten years and am a global citizen by heart. I’m married, have one spunky daughter and three energetic pugs.

Do real life events find their way into your stories?

Sometimes, but I change a lot of things.

Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?

Family members, never. Have I used some people as inspiration? *feigns innocent smile* Maybe! My lips are sealed ;) 

Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?

It’s always something different. The characters sometimes come out of nowhere, sometimes from a newspaper article or someone I met at the store. It’s crazy, really.

When do you write?  Early morning? During the day sometime or all day?  After the kids go to bed?

Lately, early morning has been working for me.


How do you feel about marketing your book?

Oh God. It’s so complicated these days. No one can tolerate an author who makes it about herself all the time, so we have to be careful. My strategy is to be part of a network of writers so I’ll give and receive support, and take it from there.

What social sites do you feel work best for marketing?

Twitter and Facebook. It’s just so easy to RT something on Twitter or to join a conversation. And FB is great to share news, links and to maintain the author page.

Do you like to pitch stories to your publisher or do you wait until you have written the story and have a final manuscript to turn in?

I like to send proposals out when I have a good part of the book at least figured out in my head.

Is there any other genre that you would love to try writing?  If so, what is it?

I love romantic suspense, but I don’t have the time I’d need for research right now. Maybe one day… ;)

Do you always/ever see yourself as the heroine/hero when you write a story?

Sometimes, even though I’m really not that interesting, lol. But yeah I need to connect with my main characters and walk in their shoes to be able to deliver that to the reader. The closer I am to them, the better.


Now just for fun, I have a few personal questions, 

Favorite 5

1) Favorite Male Actor  - Ryan Gosling.
2) Favorite vehicle – I know it sounds pathetic, but a tricked out van would be nice!
3) Favorite way to relax – A long, hot shower
4) Favorite ice cream – Cookies and cream!
5) Favorite outfit – I love maxi dresses.

And for a bonus:  If you could pick any place in the world to live, besides where you are now, where would it be?  (Of course, without the hindrance of jobs or money needed)

Paris :)


Where can our readers find you?? 

Twitter     Facebook     Website     Blog 

 Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?

I have a sexy contemporary novella out,

Heating Up Hawaii

There is just one person standing between Penny Ashbrook's dream of opening her own PR business or being stuck at her job: the formidable Luc Leoni - her first lover, and the man who lets nothing and no-one get in his way. Seeing him after so long brings all the hidden emotions after a life altering break-up to surface. Pain, denial...and lust.

Luc has made many sacrifices for his career, including Penny Ashbrook, the woman who set his aspirations back a year. But now she has returned and is more alluring than ever. After all these years, he thought a self-made billionaire like himself could master everything, but to resist the strong pull toward the one woman he can't have is an impossible task.

When this unlikely pair is reunited they will have to face the many challenges set in their way, especially an attraction that has only heightened with time and a deadline quickly approaching. Can their new bond surpass old—and new—fears?

BUY: Amazon | Breathless Press


Only a few more months. Penny Ashbrook pressed her folded arms on the metal rail of the rooftop bar. She looked at the pallet of orange, yellow and pink colors dipping into the background as the sun set behind the Dallas skyline. A few more months, and she'd be debt free - and not just monetarily.

Although each day would stretch into the length of a decade, she knew she could handle it. Hell, hadn't she done just that for the past six months? She'd kept her head high and chin up even though her boss's passive aggressiveness often drove her crazy. She'd pretended not to listen when small-minded coworkers whispered behind her back. At thirty, wasn't she too old to be the talk of the office?

With a sigh, she stood straight and squared her shoulders. The much-awaited networking happy hour was not the place for a therapy session. She glanced around her. A sea of people occupied the large outdoor area. Elegantly attired men and women sought new contacts and hot leads while munching on caviar hors d'oeuvres and overpriced liquor.

She decided to stare at the blinding sun one more time, in hopes of extracting enough energy to walk around and get moving. After all, her client list wouldn't just materialize in front of her, would it? She'd had to fight hard and strong to get where she wanted to be.

"Penny, I've just run into an old friend of yours," her boss, Charles Dawn, told her while his fingers lightly touched her elbow. He prompted her to turn toward him and the tall, broad-shouldered man standing next to him.

Penny flashed her signature smile and squinted to get a sharper view of the man in front of her. An oversized palm tree shadowed him.

She guessed he was at least six feet two, which put her at a disadvantage at only five feet six. His dark gray designer suit looked tailor-made to fit the planes of his large chest, and good God, legs that went on and on.

Old friend? She couldn't remember having friends that looked this intimidating—old or current. If she was honest with herself, the few friends she had, all vanished like dust after she'd called off her wedding.

But this man... He took a step in her direction, the setting sun illuminating his face as he moved out of the shade. She glanced at him like her eyes were old-fashioned camera lenses, capturing his features in slow motion and adjusting to his figure. His lips, sensual and rich like his clothes, twitched. As soon as her gaze collided with his, her heart skipped a beat for a few seconds only to resume and pound its way out of her beige linen dress.

Luc Leoni.

It couldn't be, could it? To see him again after all these years.

Oh but it was...

Penny stared into his two-colored eyes—one lighter than a clear blue sky and the other reminiscent of murky seas. Yes, even they were ambiguous.

"Luc." She cleared her throat, and noticed a couple of fine lines around his mismatched pair.

"Penelope." Luc's velvety voice was like a warm caress. His French accent alone lured women to drop their underwear by his bedside. His deep pronunciation of her name hadn't changed... Pen-ay-looh-paay.

Penny stiffened her back, offered him a professional handshake under Charles Dawn's ambitious grin. Although she wished she could kick Luc Leoni where he deserved, she had to swallow her resentment and go along with it.

Luc took her hand in his larger one, and heat coiled low in her stomach. But instead of a professional handshake, he pulled her closer with a swift movement and leaned down. He kissed her on one cheek, his warm lips brushing gently on her skin. The whisper of a touch between his stubbled chin and her other cheek belted a wire of electricity into her system.

Penny smelled his earthy masculine cologne, where rich woodsy notes blended with a light citrus. Luc Leoni was a fantastic gift wrapping for an unworthy product.

He stepped back.

This can't be my imagination... The hot breeze ruffled a few lustrous black strands of his hair, warning her that it was all too real.
"What a small world," Charles said. "I did fail to ask where you two know each other from."


Carmen thank you so much for visiting today.  I can't wait to read Heating Up Hawaii!  Please be sure to stop by any time !

Until next time, happy reading !!



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