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Monday, March 17, 2014

A 2 Book GIVEAWAY & An Interview with Emily A. Lawrence

Title: The Guardian Of My Soul

Release date: December 12, 2013

Author: Emily A. Lawrence

Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance

Blurb:
Start the Series with The Guardian of My Soul, Book 1 in the Soul’s Desire

Kristen Mancuso, daughter of a renowned fashion designer has everything her heart desires, and yet she’s still unhappy. After her father’s death, her mother’s overprotectiveness has prevented Kristen from choosing her own path in life, and she often feels as if she's a prisoner in her own home. Kristen thought her twenty-first birthday would magically bring her the freedom she craved. She was wrong.

When her mother hires Alec Warner to be her personal bodyguard, Kristen rebels against it, unaware of the true reasons why he’s needed and the very real danger threatening her safety. Having someone shadow her every move is the last thing she wants. Alec is handsome, intimidating and determined to stand between Kristen and anyone who would harm her.

Kristen doesn’t know what to do with Alec. She’s drawn to him, and while he is committed to his job, he refuses to allow her to control him the way she does with other men. Their relationship is volatile and explosive, yet they discover they have more in common than they ever dreamed. Together they face demons from their past and secrets which could tear them apart.

Alec and Kristen fight their attraction for one another, but that’s one battle where losing may very well give them everything their souls desire…

*Content Warning: intended for mature audiences 18+



Questions:

1.      How long have you been an author?
I’ve been writing stories for my own pleasure for many years but I’ve been a published author for a year now. I have the Weekend Getaways Series with Secret Cravings Publishing and the Soul’s Desire Series with Beau Coup Publishing.

2.      What is your favourite genre?
I write contemporary romance intended for mature audiences. I am a romantic at heart and I’ve always enjoyed reading a good romantic story. Now I get to write my own. But I’m also interested in paranormal romance. You see, I was born and live in Transylvania. Here we grew up with the legends and myths about supernatural creatures and I’ve always found them intriguing. I am thinking of writing something in this genre too sometime in the future.

3.      If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?
The Guardian Of My Soul – is my first full-length novel and the beginning of a series of books that are based on love, friendship, devotion, loss, fears, insecurities and many other traits that make it more complex and intriguing.

4.      What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?
I’ve learned a lot along the way because I had the most amazing people to guide me on this journey. I am a lot more relaxed now than I used to be, knowing that my stories are in good hands.

5.      Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
Currently I’m working on the sequel to Unforgettable Hearts.
Unforgettable Hearts is a love story, full of passion, friendship, sacrifice, devotion, but also fears and insecurities.
For nineteen-year-old Ellie Benton, having feelings for Tyler Stuart is nothing new. They’d been best friends ever since they were kids, but everything changed when she moved to New York with her family at age twelve. She missed the Californian sunshine and the peaceful Los Angeles neighborhood where she grew up, but above all she missed the copper-haired boy whom she hadn’t seen or spoken to in seven years. Somewhere over the years she fell for him—hard. Tyler was her hero, the man of her dreams, and she mourned his loss every single day. She often found herself wondering what he looked like, if he still remembered her, but the fact that she hadn’t heard from him in such a long time saddened her. Having no other choice, Ellie carried on with her life, but nothing could fill the void he’d left in her heart. Her need for affection pushed her into relationships with men who only ended up breaking her heart and making her feel insecure. Ellie was sad, disappointed, wondering if she’d ever be as happy as she’d been in her home town.
When an unexpected trip reunited her with Tyler and his family after seven long years, Ellie found herself unable to resist the strong pull she felt toward him, nor control the feelings she’d fought so hard to keep at bay. The problem with that? Tyler’s initial reaction at the sight of her was cold, making her question if he’d ever cared about her. She was wrong. Tyler did care about her, more than she’d ever dreamed possible. A series of events led her to discover a new side of Tyler, secrets that turned her soul inside out and brought her more joy than she’d ever experienced. But, as they embarked on a passionate relationship—just when she thought she’d finally found her happiness—demons from their past and present threatened to separate them.
Can their love overcome the obstacles they have to face?

6.      Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
I’m rather shy...until I get to know you better...then you can see the true me. I’m fun and I love a good laugh.

7.      Name your top three writing goals?
Be able to write full time, which is what I’m most passionate about, grow in the Amazon rank, and make the USA Today and New York Times list. But I think that’s probably what every writer wants. So, I’ll take one step at a time. For the moment I really enjoy my writing and all the amazing people I got to meet thanks to it.

Fun Questions -

1.      If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Warning label? Nah...I’m the sweetest person around! Hahaha

2.      If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do?
That would probably Ellie Benton, the heroine in Unforgettable Hearts. I put a little bit of myself in her and a part of the story is inspired by something I’ve lived long ago.

3.      What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?
Ha! Now that’s a piece of info I’d rather keep to myself haha. But I’m a romantic at heart. Naughty is not my thing. Unless I’m writing a book. ;)

4.      Finally, can you give us your contact links?

Sure, here’s where you can find me:

Excerpt  - The Guardian Of My Soul

“Be still,” he commanded. His voice was dark velvet, raspy with magic and sex. I stared into his eyes. I didn’t understand the sensations rioting through me. It was frightening. Alec’s jaw clenched. He made a noise—a growl—and suddenly his mouth crushed down on mine and plundered, taking me completely off guard. The kiss warmed me, his tongue tasting until I was panting, furious at myself for wanting more. I writhed against him trying to escape, but he was too strong and demanding. My struggles resulted in my breasts scrubbing across his hard chest, making my nipples feel swollen and heavy, betraying me. I stilled and he finally allowed me to breathe, but I was trapped in his arms.
Alec was breathing harshly, his eyes clashed with mine, then moved down to kiss my swollen lips one more time. I couldn’t handle it, so I jerked my face away. “I want more,” he groaned, releasing my right wrist. With gentle but firm movements he twisted my hair around his hand until I had no choice but to look at him. There was a heat in his eyes which belied the mildness and candor of his countenance. He had no right to appear so in control when my flesh was tight and achy and I needed...
Damn him! Mr. Confusing has done it again.
“Say you never want it to happen again,” he whispered a few inches away from my face, his eyes daring me.
“I...I never want it to happen again,” I replied in a peremptory whisper, ignoring the pulse of need pounding between my thighs.
“Liar...” He freed me from his grip and returned to his horse. He mounted him and then waited expectantly for me to follow him.
I was not sure why I did it, but I fulfilled his silent wish and got up on my horse, joining him. My mind, my emotions and my heart were in total disarray.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

I'd like to thank Emily for joining us. Today Emily has offered to give away a copy of The guardian of my soul, and another copy of Hot Dreams of a lonely soul - both ebooks to one lucky commenter.

Please leave a comment with your email address' and follow this blog for a chance to win it. 

Emily will announce her winner on Friday March 21.

Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~
http://www.jenniferlabelle.com




9 comments:

  1. The book sounds awesome, Emily. Love that cover! HUGS

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  2. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win it.
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  3. I can't tell if you got my comment or not.. so hope you did.. would love to read this book.. and would love to have it.. thanks for a chance to win..

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  4. Sounds good, I have to read the book now.

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  6. Thank you all for stopping by, and Jennifer for having me! :D Loretta Beasley, you are my winner. Please post your email so I can send you the book. Thank you!

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