Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Welcome erotic romance author, Celeste Carrara...





Welcome to my blog, Celeste! I love your cover and this new book sounds great :) Wishing you all the best with the tour and sales. Let's get started with the questions...

1)   What is your writing routine?
My ideas come to me in dreams, as I’m driving my car, or they come from past experience. I have notes written everywhere! When I sit to put a story together, I gather up all the papers, and note pads filled with ideas, and try to make a cohesive story out of them. Everything is always hand written, and then I start writing with my laptop. This is almost a daily routine. At any given time, I am writing 2-3 different stories.

2)   Which is your favorite romance subgenre to read? To write?
My favorite romance subgenre to read, and write is paranormal. I know, no surprise there. It has always been a favorite of mine. I’m also a big fan of YA paranormal romance. People often find this shocking considering how explicit my scenes are in my own books. Sometimes I just like a sweet YA romance!

3)   What do you expect from an editor?
I am very lucky to have a fantastic editor. I rely on her for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. For the developmental things, I rely on my beta readers. They are the ones to tell me when a plot isn’t working, or if a character isn’t likeable. Don’t get me wrong my editor will let me know if something needs fixing when it comes to storyline, but I use her expertise in grammar to help me with my run on sentence problem!

4)   What are you working on right now?
Right now I am working on the next full-length novel in my Paranormal City          series. It will be book 5, and is titled Give Me Your Love. I expect to have this out sometime in the fall.

5)   Your biggest piece of advice to aspiring novelists?
Always use an editor! No matter how many times you review your story, you will always miss something. It’s usually the simple things, like spelling mistakes!

6) What was your favorite subject in school and why?

I hated school! I really did, but senior year I was able to pick an interesting Science alternative. It was forensics and I loved it!

7) What is your favorite dessert?
I’m not really a dessert person. But, when I do have a craving for something sweet, it’s always the same thing. Pillsbury white cake mix (I make cupcakes with it) and Pillsbury vanilla frosting. I’m a simple girl!

8) High heels, sneakers or flip flops?
Converse sneakers!!

      

Give Me Forever
by Celeste Carrara
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BLURB:

Serena, a twenty five year old newly turned vampire longs for a normal life. Daughter to the king of the Northeastern faction of vampires her life is anything but normal. Her actions are ruled by her duty to her people and her father's demands. Serena's father Sebastian is impossible to please no matter how hard Serena tries. Loyalty and fear keep her trapped in her life.

While tending to business for her father Serena meets Nick, a handsome young realtor whom she finds herself attracted to regardless of the fact that he is human. Even though she knows better she can't seem to stop herself from falling into his arms, and his bed. Nick gives her a glimpse into the normal life she wishes for but how long can she ignore their differences?

When humans start showing up drained of their blood with obvious vampire bites on their bodies Sebastian takes it as a direct challenge to his authority. Someone is gathering his enemies with intentions of stripping him of his title. The only two he can trust to aid him is his daughter Serena, and his assassin Alex. Little did he know that once the two meet all their lives would change forever. No one can change the course of fate. When destiny calls they try to fight it but neither Serena nor Alex can deny the pull of their souls yearning to be joined.

*Adult Material*


 EXCERPT:

With apprehension I answered, “Serena. My name is Serena, and no I don’t believe we’ve met before.” Unsure of what his reaction would be, I waited for his reply.

A look of realization flickered across his features. “I’m honored to meet you Serena.” He took my hand in his and kissed it gently. “I had no idea Sebastian’s daughter would be so exquisite.”

I remained silent, not knowing what to do. The knowledge of who I was would either make him want to get closer or run far away from me. Either way most men treaded very carefully around me and I knew my father was the reason.

“What brings you to a place like this, Serena? I wouldn’t imagine your father approving.” He spoke with a sexy grin that made me wish he would make a move on me.

“It’s my birthday! Besides, I’m actually here often. I’ve never seen you here before. Where you been hiding?” I asked with a flirtatious smile.

“I’ve been out of town for awhile and got back recently. Looks like I have perfect timing. Please tell me you’re here alone and that I’m just catching you after a feeding instead of a celebratory screw.”

Instinctively I moved closer to him, my eyes never leaving his. “I’m here painfully alone.” Our attraction hummed in the air as we stood locked in a heated stare.

Casually, Gage extended his hand out to move a strand of hair away from my face. “No one should be alone on their birthday.”
  
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Celeste Carrara is a self-published author of the erotic paranormal romance series Paranormal City. A stay at home wife and mother, Celeste never dreamed she would be so fortunate to be a full-time writer. She resides in New York City with her husband of over fifteen years and their two children. All of Carrara's books are based in her hometown, her favorite city Manhattan.

As a child she loved reading and used her writing of poetry as a way to escape her troubled childhood. Life got in the way, and her reading took a back seat to raising her kids. After her children became self-sufficient, and she had more time on her hands, her sister told her about a "hot new paranormal romance" she had to read. Celeste jumped in and returned to her love of reading. Always fascinated by all things paranormal, and a lover of romance, Celeste devoured every paranormal romance she could find. She has always liked her books with some spice so it came as no surprise she found erotic romance.

All this reading sparked the writer within. An idea for a story came to her one day and she decided to put it on paper. Soon, the ideas were flowing and she couldn't stop writing. With encouragement from her husband, and best friend, Celeste completed her first novel, Give Me Forever, and hasn't looked back. Currently she is working on more books of the Paranormal City series as well as stand-alone erotic romances.








Celeste will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:

Comments??

14 comments:

  1. Very good advice about editing. A great story deserves no less.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thank you & I can't agree with you more!!

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  2. Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog! The interview was so much fun :-)

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  3. Congratulations on your debut, Celeste! It's great that your hubby and friend both encouraged you. I'm also glad to hear that you have a proofreader/editor. Too many self-published authors don't use one and their work suffers. As a reader, I can't get through books that are poorly edited or have lots of grammatical and spelling errors.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you!

      When I first started out I thought I could do it all and boy was I wrong. I am not an editor! My biggest mistake & lesson learned while self publishing was not getting Give Me Forever professionally copy edited before putting it up for sale. I've talked in detail on my blog about why I did it and how wrong it was. My reviews when it first came out spoke volumes & I rereleased Give Me Forever after having it copy edited by a professional (Lindsay Murdock) in March 2013. Luckily my sales were all on Amazon & when the new edition went up, all previous customers were offered the new edition at no additional cost.

      My readers deserve the best product I can put out there & just because I self publish doesn't mean I should put out subpar work. If people are going to spend their hard earned money on an unknown new author like myself, then they deserve the best!

      As for my husband & friend, they are the best! They pick me up when I'm down and encourage me everyday! I'm very lucky to have them :-)

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  4. I'm a big fan of the paranormal, thank you for the excerpt.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome! I live for the paranormal lol ;-)

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  5. I really like the casual chemistry the two share in the excerpt! Makes me curious to see how their romance/relationship pans out!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Oh their relationship is, hmmm how can I put it...sizzling! ;-) But Serena has her share of hot hook ups & the night of her birthday is just the start!

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  6. I want to know who the hell Gage is! I can't wait to read this book. I'm starting it tonight!
    slinkydennis@yahoo.com

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    1. I love it! Glad to hear you are intrigued by Gage. FYI, he has his own book, it's book 2 of my series titled Give Me Your Trust. Hope you enjoy!

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  7. Thanks for the chance to win. I love these blog hops since I meet so many new-to-me authors.
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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  8. I've just downloaded iStripper, so I can watch the sexiest virtual strippers on my desktop.

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