Friday, 28 October 2016

Author Interview - Alessandra Torre

Today I'm joined by New York Times Bestselling author Alessandra Torre. I've recently read and LOVED her sports romance novel Moonshot so I'm excited to share this interview with you!

Firstly a warm welcome to Erin's Choice, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your books?

Thank you for having me! A little about myself... let's see. I have written thirteen books, ranging from erotic romance to suspense. I blogged for for a year, and am working on a contemporary fiction novel now. I live in a tiny beach town in Florida, am married to a super-alpha, and have three dogs. When not writing, I love movies, reading, and spending time on the boat.

Can you give us a little background on the inspiration for Moonshot?

Sure! Moonshot was inspired by two things -- my love of summer baseball games (and men in baseball pants!) and my husband's history as a ballboy for the Minnesota Twins. I've heard so many stories of his time as a ball boy, and that was sort of my inspiration for writing Moonshot -- where a 17-year-old girl is a ballgirl for the NY Yankees. I loved the idea of a forbidden romance between a cocky superstar and a rebellious girl, one who didn't yield easily to his flirtation.  

Do you support a baseball team? If so, which?

I support several. :) I love the Yankees, and the Dodgers, and the Dallas Rangers.  

I really loved the story, it appealed to me on so many levels especially after attending my first baseball game recently - New Adult, Sports Romance with an added side of Suspense. If someone was picking this book up for the first time, how would you describe it for them?

It's a blend of several genres. It's a sports romance, but also a forbidden romance, and a second chance romance, PLUS there's a serial killer thrown in the mix, so it's got a lot going on. It's a standalone, all of my books are. A one-liner description of Moonshot would be...
Young love has to struggle fate, jealousy, and a serial killer -- all against the backdrop of Major League baseball.

If you could dreamcast Chase, what celebrity would he look like?

Probably Scott Eastwood. Or Jensen Ackles. :)  

One of the things that I ended up liking the most about this story was the suspense. I wasn't expecting it in the slightest and it kept me hooked throughout the story. How does Moonshot compare to your other work? And as a fan of this, what would you recommend I head for next?

Almost all of my novels have some thread of suspense in them. With Moonshot, it was an actual danger aspect, but with a lot of the others, it is more of a mystery - a piece of the puzzle that the reader is trying to figure out. As a reader, I hate to be bored by a plot, so I always try to add in some aspect that will keep the pages turning, and the readers glued to the story. 
After Moonshot, I'd suggest Black Lies or.. probably Sex Love Repeat. Neither of them have serial killers, but they have a mystery that you will LOVE trying to solve. :)  

Do you have a favourite character of your own? Would you swap places with them for a day?

My favorite character is Deanna Madden. I've written three books that star her (Girl in 6E, Do Not Disturb, and If You Dare). She's so freaking kickass, and I love being inside of her twisted head. Deanna is a recluse that obsessed over killing people. She works as a cam girl during the day, and has millions of fans -- she's like an internet superstar. I don't know if I would swap places with her.  I like popping in her head, but don't envy the demons she carries around. :) 

Who is your all time favourite author?

Probably Gillian Flynn. I also love JD Robb and Lisa Gardner.  

If you could swap places with a character (yours or otherwise) for a day, who would that character be?

Probably Summer from Hollywood Dirt. She's a country girl who collides with Hollywood's biggest star. I love the male character in that movie, and the setting of that book is so interesting. I would love to spend a day in that world. :)  

What inspired you to be an author?

Stephen King's book: On Writing. Prior to reading it, I had never even thought about writing. It was the stimulus to get me off of the reading couch and on the track to try and write my first novel.  

If you had one piece of advice for aspiring authors, what would it be?

Read On Writing by Stephen King. 
Save your money -- you will need some to invest in an editor, formatter and cover. 
Don't stress over every sentence. Just vomit the words out. You can clean and improve them later. 

Thanks so much for having me!

Click here to read my review of Moonshot.

About Alessandra 

A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Alessandra Torre has written eleven novels, five of which have become #1 Erotic Bestsellers.
Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was a breakout hit, rising to the top of the ebook charts on Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses and garnered Torre her first print deal with Harlequin HQN. Less than twelve months later, Torre signed a second print deal, this time with Redhook (Hachette) for the Deanna Madden series, an erotic suspense series.
From her home on the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.
Torre has four books slated for release in 2016.

Click here to read my review of Moonshot.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Review of Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

The bit on the back...

Baseball shouldn't be a game of life and death...

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter 
of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase...he started out a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a God yet partied like a Devil.

I tried to stay away. I couldn't.
Then, the team started losing.
Women started dying.
And everything in my perfect world broke apart.

This summer we took went on a West Coast USA road trip and part of that included a 4 night stay in San Francisco. We bought tickets to see the San Francisco Giants play against the Atlanta Braves and it being my first baseball game I wasn't sure what to expect, I didn't even really know the rules and how it all worked! By the end I was completely taken in! I absolutely loved it and it was one of the highlights of our trip so, when I spotted this on Amazon I knew I had to read it. I am so glad I did because just like my first baseball game I absolutely loved it!

Moonshot is all about main characters Chase and Tyler. Tyler is a daddy's girl and a huge baseball fan - which is also because of her superstar father. When Chase Stern joins the team there is an instant and electrifying chemistry between Chase and Tyler and as the story unfolds Alessandra throws in some great and unexpected plot twists which are sure to keep you hooked on every page of this forbidden romance.

The story is in two halves. The first half is set in 2011, four years before the second half, and focuses on the beginning of the relationship between Chase and Tyler. I really enjoyed reading the first stretch of the story with Tyler as a young woman just finding her feet when it comes to boys and relationships. This part of her life is something everyone will be able to identify with in some way and the chemistry between the two characters, and the angst that the idea of their relationship needs to be kept a secret creates is electric! Misunderstanding leads the characters in separate directions and we rejoin them 4 years later when they come back into each others lives.

I thought I had this story all planned out, but no. The author has thrown in some great plot twists and the pace of this story is relentless. I flew through it finding myself hooked and with the added suspense of the drama surrounding the club I couldn't wait for the story to unfold!

Make sure you check out my interview with Alessandra later this week! 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Release Day Review! Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

The bit on the back...

Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. Even if she is spending it alone housesitting a spectacular Fifth Avenue apartment. What she didn’t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous–and mysterious–owner.

Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife’s death looming, he’s isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?

Ding ding ding!! Sarah Morgan's Christmas book boyfriend has arrived - her annual present to us all! Happy release day! A massive thank you to MIRA for the review copy of this title. I always look forward to a new book from Sarah Morgan and this is the third, highly anticipated book in her From Manhattan With Love series which is now a 6 book series! The first book, Paige's story, introduced readers to the three best friends Paige, Frankie and Eva. Frankie is the star of the second book and Eva comes into her own in book number 3 Miracle on 5th Avenue. Although I would definitely recommend you read each book in the series they can all be read stand alone.

So at this point, if you've read the first two books in this series, you will know Eva pretty well. She's a totally hopeless romantic, always striving to make everyone around her happy and find the goodness in everyone. She's a very compassionate and emotional character who wears her heart on her sleeve and isn't afraid to show how she feels about situations. She loves the family she's created for herself - Paige and Jake and Frankie and Matt. And she absolutely loves Christmas!

Lucas is the complete antithesis of Eva. He is anti-romance, anti-enjoyment, anti-family and anti-Christmas. As the story unfolds both Eva and the reader will come to understand why Lucas is as cynical as he is and how he has tried to cope with everything he's been through. Lucan and Eva find themselves duped into spending time together and when the New York winter hits hard they can't even escape one another. Their first meeting and circumstance in which they find themselves heighten the tension between the two characters right from the off - opposites do attract after all! They bounce off of one another and while Eva is in his home, she opens Lucas' eyes to what he is missing.

This is Sarah Morgan at her best. A beautiful winter romance with it's fair share of funny moments, chemistry and great characters. If you've never picked up one of Sarah's books before then what are you waiting for?! I can't recommend this series enough! Sarah has got to be one of the queens of book boyfriends for me and Luke is definitely in the hall of fame!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Review of The One With The Wedding Dress (Bridesmaids 2) by Erin Lawless

The bit on the back...

Nora Dervan is ready for her Happy Ever After. With her darling Harry waiting at the altar, and all her family and friends around her. She is certain that her special day will not be forgotten/will be one to remember…

But with her four bridesmaids hiding more secrets, than bottles of champagne. Will her big day be remembered for all the right reasons?

Bea has barely gotten past the fact that her two best friends are dating, and now they’re engaged, whilst cupid’s arrow points in a forbidden direction for Cleo. She is so distracted by her off limits, hot new colleague that she has forgotten Daisy, who has been left dreading the singles table. There’s more romance in the cheesy pick- up lines than Sarah’s own marriage, which hasn’t turned out as she hoped it would be.

Firstly thank you to Harper Impulse for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. This is the second part in Erin's Bridesmaids series and is all about Nora's search for the perfect wedding dress.

We join the girls as they head off to the countryside in search of the wedding dress of Nora's dreams. Tensions are running high as disagreements and disapproval flow between Nora and her mum. Throw highly strung designers and a group of bridesmaids who all have their own discontent into the mix and the weekend away is shaping up to be explosive.

While the finding the dress is the main event in this part of the series there is a lot of focus on Bea, her relationship with Nora and her feelings towards the marriage and fellow bridesmaid Cleo. Bea has a big old chip on her shoulder as she's still not completely on board with her best friends being together. She's insecure about her friendship with Nora which stems back to Nora going off to university. Although Nora deals with some of those insecurities reassuringly the one thing that Bea can't help but feel is like she's being left behind.

There is a flashback scene at the end of this part which left me with a cliffhanger I didn't see coming at all! I cannot wait to read on to find out what's going to happen next!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Review of We Were on a Break by Lindsey Kelk

The bit on the back...

Is it a break? Or is it a blip?

‘You’ve just had a holiday,’ I pointed out, trying not to yawn. ‘Wasn’t that enough of a break?’

‘I don’t mean that kind of break.’

There’s nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out.

Friends and family all think they’re crazy; Liv throws herself into work – animals are so much simpler than humans – and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he’s dug.

But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other? Most importantly, do they want to?

Firstly thank you to Harper for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. I've been a fan of Lindsey's books since I first read I Heart New York years ago, so having the chance to read an early copy of her latest novel We Were on a Break was a privilege. You only have to read some of my reviews of her other novels to know that I LOVE her writing so you will know I was excited to start this!

The story is all about Liv and Adam when a proposal gone wrong ends with the pair taking an unexpected break from each other, their relationship and the lives they thought they had mapped out.

There are two things I love about Lindsey's writing. Firstly, her sense of humour and how it is injected into the characters and the narratives. The quips, one liners, self-deprecating characters and hilarious situations the characters find themselves in throughout this book will have you laughing from start to finish. Secondly is Lindsey's incredible knack for writing realistic, almost tangible characters that everyone will be able to identify with in some way.

I loved reading from both Liv and Adam's point of view throughout the book. I don't know if it was just because I'm a girl and can identify with Liv on that level, but I found myself thinking "oh, Adam what are you doing?" on more than one occasion throughout the book, sitting reading quietly then shaking my head at whatever miscommunication was currently unfolding. Not that that is to say all of the misunderstandings were Adam's fault! Liv and Adam try to contend with the minefield that has now become their relationship whilst also contending with their jobs and families which we all know are sometimes anything but simple!

If you're a fan of a fun, humour filled rom-com then buy this now!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Release Day! Comfort & Joy by Cathy Bramey

Happy publication day Cathy! I can't wait to start this Christmassy short story, read more about it below!

The bit on the back...

It’s been a busy year for Verity Bloom at the Plumberry School of Comfort Food, but Christmas Eve is finally here. With delicious treats all wrapped up and the ingredients packed away, Verity is looking forward to a relaxing few days with her new boyfriend.

Good food, family and friends – it’s a simple recipe for true comfort and joy, and all Verity’s friends in the village are full of excitement about the holidays too.

But the weather has other plans in store… Relentless rain leads to a power cut that spells disaster for many of Plumberry’s residents. It’s starting to look like this year’s celebrations could be a total washout.

With dreams of a perfect Christmas dashed, will the last of the festive cheer be swept away in the downpour? Or can the cookery school create a Christmas miracle for everyone Verity holds dear?

Publisher: Transworld Digital

Release Day: TODAY!!

Monday, 10 October 2016

Release Day - A Winter's Wish by Alice Ross

Happy publication day to Alice Ross! Check out the 3rd book in her Countryside Dreams series A Winter's Wish!

The bit on the back...

Tis the season to be jolly…isn’t it?
Amelia is at breaking point. She’s just lost her job and Doug, the love of her life, still hasn’t broken up with his girlfriend. Surely a trip to the quiet countryside is just what she needs?
Phil is about to leave beautiful Buttersley for the other side of the world! The sunny shores of Australia will mean a new life with his girlfriend, but something is holding him back…
Ella has never felt this way before – Jake O’Donnell is the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen. And the more time she spends babysitting his kids, the more her feelings grow!
Stan should be happy. He loves his wife and their adorable baby girl more than anything! So why, when everything’s finally going right, are they arguing more than ever?
One thing’s for sure, even when Buttersley’s first snowflakes begin to fall, it’s never too cold for love to blossom…

Publisher: Carina UK

Release Date: TODAY!!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Release Day - The Singalong Society for Singletons by Katey Lovell!

Happy Publication day to my lovely friend Katey on the publication of her debut full length novel! This release comes after her much loved Meet Cute series.

The bit on the back...

Monique and Issy are teachers, housemates and lovers of musicals! Their Friday night routine consists of snacks, wine and the Frozen DVD. So when Monique’s boyfriend moves to America for a year and her sister Hope moves in because of her own relationship woes, Friday nights get a new name… ‘The Singalong Society for Singletons’!
It’s a chance to get together, sing along to their favourite tracks from the best-loved West End shows, and forget the worries of work, relationships and love (or lack of it). But when Issy shares the details of their little group further afield, they get some unexpected new members who might just change their opinions on singledom for good….

Publisher: HarperImpulse
Release Date: TODAY!!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Release Day! All I Want for Christmas by Jenny Hale

Happy publication day to my lovely friend and one of my favourite authors Jenny Hale! Read more about her latest release All I Want for Christmas here!

The bit on the back...

Christmas comes once a year . . . But true love comes once in a lifetime. 

Snowflakes are falling, there’s carol singing on every corner, and Leah Evans is preparing for a family Christmas at her grandmother’s majestic plantation house in Virginia. It won’t be the same now that her beloved Nan is gone, but when Leah discovers she has inherited the mansion, she knows she can give her daughter Sadie the childhood of her dreams. 

But there’s a catch. Leah must split the house with a man called David Forester. Leah hasn’t heard that name in a long time. Not since they were kids, when Davey was always there to catch her. 

Now David is all grown up. He’s gorgeous, successful, and certain of one thing: Leah should sell him her half of the house. 

They can’t agree, but as they share memories over wine by the log fire, Leah notices a fluttering in her stomach. And by the look in his eyes, he’s starting to feel it too. 

Will it be Leah or David who must give up their dreams? Or, with a little bit of Christmas magic, will they finally understand Nan’s advice to them both about living life without regrets … and take a chance on true love?

Publisher: Bookouture

Release Day: TODAY!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Review of The Single Girl's To Do List by Lindsey Kelk

The bit on the back...

Rachel Summers loves a to-do list:

• Boyfriend
• Flat
• Great job

NOT on the list:

• Being dumped

Best friends Emelie and Matthew ride to her rescue with an entirely new kind of list – The Single Girl’s To-Do List. Rachel doesn’t know it, but it will take her on all kinds of wild adventures – and get her in some romantic pickles too. And then it won't be a case of what but who she decides to tick off…

• Mr. bendy yoga instructor
• Mr. teenage sweetheart
• Mr. persistent ex
• Mr. deeply unsuitable

The Single Girl’s To-Do List gives Rachel the perfect heartbreak cure – and proves love is out there if you’re willing to take a chance.

I have loved every single book of Lindsey's I've read. I've read and re-read the I Heart and Tess Brookes series'. This has been on my kindle for a while and I only recently got around to reading it because I wanted to read it before Always the Bridesmaid, which I've also had on my kindle since release day! On my recent holiday I started this and the streak of loving every one of Lindsey's books continued.

The Single Girl's To Do list is all about recently single Rachel Summers. Just when she thinks her life is on track for settling into adulthood she finds herself boyfriendless and everything she thought she knew about her life is all up in the air. And what else would a girl who loves lists do, than make a to do list?

Rachel and her best friends devise a plan to help her get over her break up by creating a list of things for single girls to do from simple changes to life adventures. The fact that the list was drunkenly written on a pub napkin might give you some insight to how the story is going to unfold! Emelie and Matthew help Rachel work her way through her list pulling out all the stops to get their friend back to her normal self. The list itself provides much of the hilarity throughout the book however each character, their quick quips and view of situations made the book for me.

Reading one of Lindsey's books, for me, is like talking to an old friend you've not spoke to for a while. It's instantly easy to lose yourself in Lindsey's sharp wit and great writing. I love her sense of humour and often find myself laughing out loud at brilliant one liners. In this book there is also a cameo from the I Heart series - Jenny Lopez! Only the best fictional best friend ever! If you've not read any of Lindsey's books before then what are you waiting on? This is a great stand alone title and it's definitely a keeper!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Review of Wildflower Bay Pt 1 by Rachael Lucas

The bit on the back...

Isla's got the designer clothes and dream job as head stylist at the most exclusive salon in Edinburgh. The fact that she's been so single-minded in this quest that she's forgotten to have a life has completely passed her by - until disaster strikes.

With her flaky flat mate AWOL and even her reliable old dad a bit distracted, Isla is out of options.
Forced into a corner, she heads to the remote island of Auchenmor to help out her aunt who is in desperate need of an extra pair of hands at her salon.

Finn is thirty-five and reality has just hit him hard. Now his best friends are about to have a baby and everything is changing. When into his life walks Isla . . .

This is the first part in Rachael Lucas' latest release. It's serialised in three parts which you can buy separately and you can now also buy all three parts in the full novel Wildflower Bay.

The story is all about hairdressser Isla and the gorgeous Finn. Isla's the queen of designer clothes, at the height of her glowing career and living the dream. Until, like the blurb says, disaster strikes! And disaster it is Isla finds everything she thought she'd accomplished taken away from her in an instant and is subbed in to cover for her aunt on the island of Auchenmor when she meets impossibly handsome Finn!

Isla is a little bit stand off-ish, used to her high flying life in the capital and struggling to come to terms with the come down. I can't wait to see how her character develops throughout the story but can tell that only good things are to come. Also, hello again to Finn! If you've read Sealed With a Kiss you might recognise him!

There are so many things to like about this series opener but one of my favourite things is the Scottish setting! More often than not I read books set in the USA or in England and reading about Edinburgh and the fictional Auchenmor was very refreshing! If you're a fan of Cathy Bramley then you should definitely check out this series and Rachael's other work.