Please welcome the fabulous Samantha Darling !!!
Hi Samantha, so great to have you here with us. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Thank you so much for having me here today! Sure, well I live in the UK with my husband, three year old identical twin boys and our two Bedlington Terriers. I’m a mental health nurse by day but my passion is really with writing. I’ve always loved reading and putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys) and Revenge in Rio is my debut book!
Do real life events find their way into your stories?
Umm, not so much with Revenge in Rio but I’d certainly use them in the future in the right story if it needed it.
Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?
No, I try and keep them separate wherever possible - real life and storyland.
Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?
It’s always something different. It could be anything! To be honest, I’m not even sure when the idea for RIR came from. I saw a clip of Fast and Furious Five, which is set in Rio and gradually the story came together piece by piece. I’m such a panster it’s unreal and sometimes VERY annoying!
When do you write? Early morning? During the day sometime or all day? After the kids go to bed?
Usually evening time once the boys have gone to bed, dinners been cooked, dishes washed, house tidied. It doesn’t leave me long but I try and get an hour in before bed.
How do you feel about marketing your book?
Good question. With the way that the book/publishing world is moving, self promotion seems to be a BIG thing. I feel a bit anxious about marketing and promoting my book in fear that I may over do it and start to annoy people! J (Please just shout at me if that happens!)
What social sites do you feel work best for marketing?
I like both Facebook and Twitter. I think Facebook is my favourite but I am also enjoying the ‘short and sweet’ approach with Twitter and how interactive it can be.
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 haven’t had the chance of pitching yet but yes I would definitely be up for pitching and hearing the publisher’s thoughts if the opportunity came up.
Is there any other genre that you would love to try writing? If so, what is it?
I love romance first and foremost but I would also like to try my hand at a paranormal type story.
Do you always/ever see yourself as the heroine/hero when you write a story?
No I wouldn’t say so. However, I would like to think that my heroine’s are strong women and take that little trait from me J
Just for fun, I have a few personal questions, Excellent, lets do it!
1) Favorite Male Actor - Hmm, that’s a tough one. I like John Travolta for acting. I think he is so talented. But eye-candy wise….Gerard Butler, Johnny Depp, Vin Diesel, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, shall I go on….LOL.
2) Favorite vehicle – I suffer terribly with travel sickness but if I drive I’m okay, so probably just the car!
3) Favorite way to relax – This sounds very boring but once the house is quiet in the evenings I just lay on the settee and read or watch a film with hubby. But if time, money etc wasn’t an object….Hmm, maybe on a beautiful sunny island, tropical waters lapping at my feet, book in hand….
4) Favorite ice cream – Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie – YUM!
5) Favorite outfit – I’m a jeans and top kinda gal but if I’m going out I love a nice LBD.
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)
Hmm, toughie. I’d probably love a nice villa in Euope somewhere, with a huge swimming pool and vineyard for a garden! Maybe Italy, Greece or Portugal….the possibilities!
Where can our readers find you??
Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?
Yes! Revenge in Rio is my debut book published by Beachwalk Press and I’m so excited to share it with the world!
Revenge in Rio by Samantha Darling
Calculated revenge, unexpected passion…
Business magnate Luca Venancio is returning to Rio to pay his respects to his late brother, and to seduce his once fiancée, Daniella, back into his bed. Five years ago she left him without so much as a word, shunning him and the rich life he could offer in exchange for his younger, reckless brother. Now Luca wants revenge—seduce her and dump her, that's all he intends to do.
Blackmailed into a violent farce of a marriage, Daniella had no choice but to comply to protect Luca's life, even though it meant never being able to see him again. Years later, a twist of fate reunites them, throwing her plans of fleeing Rio out of the window and the love of her life straight back in.
Luca's flawless plan soon becomes complicated when he discovers Daniella is expecting his brother's child. It becomes even more complicated when old passions return. Can he actually go through with seducing her, bedding her, and then discarding her?
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“I will get out here,” Daniella said, reaching for the door handle.
“No, keep driving,” Luca ordered, glaring at the chauffeur and pressing the central lock button.
Although he hadn’t been back to the house, he clearly remembered where his brother had lived. It had been his parents’ home and he had grown up there. He would never forget the decrepit building that had desperately needed restoring. Paint had chipped and flaked off of the dreary walls, and the rooms were so small they felt claustrophobic. He had spent many nights sitting on the roof listening to faint arguments between his parents, whilst he dreamed of a better life.
“You don’t think I at least deserve an explanation? Some minor clarification as to why you just left me in the dark?” Luca stared at her intently and she opened and then quickly closed her mouth again, biting down on her bottom lip until it darkened to a deeper tone of pink.
He kept his eyes on her, not even blinking, as he looked her up and down. She was a shadow of the vibrant girl he remembered; the Daniella he had known five years ago. Sitting beside him now she was scared, the fear was wild in her eyes, and she was clearly malnourished, evident from the black sack of a dress, which hung off her delicate frame.
“When did you last eat something?” It was more of a demand than a question.
“Excuse me?” He finally had her attention.
“You heard me. When did you last eat something?”
“That’s none of your business.” She pulled the cardigan tighter around her midriff and turned away from him.
“I’m concerned. You look ill.”
“Well, I’m not. I’m…I’m…” He watched as she stumbled for her words. “I’m just grieving, okay?”
Fair enough, she may have been grieving for the last twenty-four hours. It was bound to have been a grueling short space of time for her to comprehend Miguel’s death and have the customary quick funeral. But what about before Miguel’s death? The circles under her eyes and fading blue marks across her jaw were old; her skin and hair were dull and lifeless and told a story. They sat in silence as the chauffeur strategically maneuvered the Bentley through the favela’s never-ending maze of winding roads, passing makeshift house upon house, small street markets, and gangs on each corner. Luca’s eyes fixed on the house in front of them when the car eased to a halt a few meters away from their destination, and he recognized it instantly as his childhood home.
Reaching for the door, Daniella pulled on it a couple of times before he pressed the central locking release.
She looked over her shoulder and whispered, “You really have to go now.”
He had given in far too easily years ago, this time he was a different man; a man who always got what he wanted, however cruel and ruthless he had to be. He had to remember that. Love had left him weak and feeble. It had taken time to gather himself and learn to never let emotions take over. Work was his haven, a place for him to focus and throw himself and his energy into. He would prove to Daniella that she had made the wrong choice.
Placing a hand on her shoulder, Luca’s fingers brushed against her dark curls and the nape of her neck. “I’m not going anywhere this time.” He leaned closer, his gaze fixed on her mouth. “I’ve come for something and I intend to get it.”
One last thing before we let you leave us today :) Do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share? I like to cook and am always looking for new recipes to try and share.
I’m not the worlds best cook, but I do do a couple of nice dishes….Shepherds pie and Paella! I have a little step-by-step run down for each on my blog….
My mum is a brilliant cook and she tried this cake the other weekend for my boys birthday party. It went down a treat with everyone!
Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2013/07/now-booking-tasty-virtual-book-tour-for.html
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