Friday, August 22, 2014

Review Wrap Up: Hate to Love You by @elise_alden #giveaway

New Adult Contemporary Romance

Date Published: June 2, 2014
Despite my slutty reputation, I was technically a virgin at eighteen. But it turns out all those sex-ed teachers aren’t just trying to scare you. The faint positive on the budget pregnancy test sent me spinning, moments before I was supposed to meet my snooty sister’s new fiancé.
Shaking hands with upper-crusty James was like downing a triple shot of vodka. Dizzy with desire, confused by my body’s reaction, and shocked by the possessiveness flashing in his eyes, I deceived him that night and told the world at their wedding reception.
The truth?
I slept with my sister’s fiancé. Hot and sweaty, all night long in a room so dark he couldn’t tell I wasn’t her.
The lie?
Said fiancé is the father of my child. The one I signed over my rights to just before he was born.
That was seven years ago.
It’s time to come clean.

95,000 words

This book has a current Amazon Rating of 4.5*'s.
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Reviews From this Tour
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August 12 - LeAnn's Book Reviews
August 13 - Book Geek
August 14 - Deluged With Books
August 16 - 556 Book Chicks
August 22 - iEquals Alissa with Interview

Elise reads, writes and revels in romance, and is never happier than when caught up in a heart-thumping, sweat-your-socks-off tale—hers or somebody else’s. She loves creating stories about flawed characters, people for whom love isn’t simply a question of boy-meets-girl, but a gut wrenching journey of transformation. 


#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Most definitely! I handed in my notice at my day job a few months ago and I should be a full-time writer from September 1st. Gulp! 

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
The hardest part was self-editing before I submitted Hate to Love You to Carina Press. I loved getting the story down, writing the first drafts and allowing my characters to speak to me. But I’d never written a book before and although I studied all the writing manuals I could get my hands on, I was insecure about whether my story was coherent—and don’t get me started on punctuation. I live in hope that the semi-colon fairy will one day sprinkle some of her special dust on my fingers, but until then I’ll rely on my editor, Kerri Buckley, to set me straight.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
Helen Bleck, a fantastic editor who freelances for Canongate Publishing, UK. Helen read my manuscript and made some very insightful comments, but the most important one was that she “loved it”. Her positive response to Paisely and James’s story, and her confidence in my voice and writing ability spurred me to improve my story and tighten my writing.

#4 – What is next for your writing?
On 20th October, 2014, Carina Press is releasing my adult contemporary, Pitch Imperfect. It’s the first in a series of five stand-alone yet interconnected novels set in the Scottish Borders. I’m currently outlining my next new adult and hope to have it published in 2015. Under pen name Sienna Bronwyn I write science fiction and speculative romance, and my first novel, Black Hole Bounty, is a unique tale of passion and discovery. It’s out on the 19th August, with Secret Cravings Publishing, and should be available on Amazon and other retailers a week after that.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I love reading, although these days I don’t have as much time to indulge myself. At the moment I am on holiday, and one page into a book recommended to me by another author, called Squirm, by NAME. It’s meant to be a hilarious parody of tentacle romance, and nothing pleases me more than humour in a romance so I have high hopes for this one.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:

One truth. One lie. Two people divided by the past, forever connected by one unforgettable night of passion.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? Neither!

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla all the way. I can add any flavor I want or keep it simple. Perfection.

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? I’m a mish-mash short of woman.

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Comedy, but if you can give me both I am forever yours.

#5 – iPhone or Droid? Hate them both at the moment.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy, with a heavy dose of gritty realism.

#7 – Call or Text? Call, 9 out of 10 times. I’m old-fashioned that way.

#8 – Summer or Winter? Anybody who knows me understands that I need to hibernate in winter and take long siestas in the summer. I’m more productive in the Spring and Autumn.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Coffee from freshly ground Brazilian beans.

#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBook for instant gratification, ease and practicality, paperback because I love the smell and texture of the printed page.

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