Sunday, October 20, 2013

Give Me Reason Blog Tour ~Guest Post & Review

Title: Give Me Reason
Author: Zoey Derrick
Series: The Reason Series (#1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Sept 24 2013
Vivienne Callahan has known only hardship. As if growing up with an alcoholic, drug addicted mother wasn’t traumatic enough, she’s escaped from her physically and verbally abusive boyfriend only to struggle every day to make ends meet as a waitress in a Minneapolis diner.
Along comes Mikah Blake, a handsome stranger who quickly takes an unexpected and persistent interest in her. On the surface, “Mr. Suit” seems to be Vivienne’s opposite: rich, well-fed, successful. As Vivienne will learn, Mikah is more than he seems, and for reasons unknown, he’s determined to be her knight in shining armor. But after having finally found her own two feet after years of abuse,  it’s difficult for her to accept Mikah’s help.
Will her body’s unexpected response to Mikah’s touch be reason enough to overcome her pride and traumatic past and learn to love and trust? Or will her past, refusing to be left behind, come back to claim her?

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My Review
I had read Give Me Reason twice. Give Me Reason is a really great romance novel that you wouldn't believe is fantasy. I was like, 'how is it fantasy?'. Well, we find out later on. Vivienne pushes Mikah away and does not accept his help. By the end of the novel, Vivienne still doesn't accept help from Mikah. She needs to learn to trust that he won't hurt her, but she is not ready for that.
5 stars

Author Info

It is from Glendale, Arizona that Zoey Derrick, a mortgage underwriter by day and romance and erotica novelist by night, writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.
Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.
Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.
The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.

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He’s looking down at me, making me feel small at five feet two inches. He has to be at least six feet tall. Broad shoulders. His suit today is gunmetal grey with blue or black pin striping—I can’t tell which. His shirt is a beautiful lavender color with a darker purple tie.
"How do you know I'm not an addict?" I ask, softly.
He smiles at me, warm, genuine. "Because, you've come to return the money I left you last night as a tip." My jaw falls open.
"How"—I swallow hard—"did you know?"
His smile fades a little. "Because, why else would you come down here?"
I close my mouth and look down at the floor. His ability to read me is really scary.
"Since you haven't eaten since last night, I'm going to take you to lunch."
I feel my face flush bright red, both in anger and complete irritation. "That is not why I'm here. I've survived for my entire life fending for myself, I don't need some rich hot shot business mogul buying me food." I reach into the pocket of my bag and pull the folded up paper from it. I thrust it towards him. He refuses to take it. Tears of frustration trickle down my cheeks. "Damn it Mikah, take it." I push it at him again and again he refuses. "I'm not a damn charity case. I don't need your money or your food."
The bell chimes. We’ve finally reached the skyway. As soon as the doors open, I drop the folded up paper with his money in it and bolt from the elevator, turning left, hoping and praying I can get away.
"Vivienne, stop." I hear him say behind me. I keep going, walking quickly but not running. Yet. I'm trying hard to not make a scene.
But he doesn’t seem to care about that. He catches me quickly, spins me around. I grab hold of his arm to catch my balance so I don't go sprawling onto the floor. 

Author's Guest Post
Writing Process….

I’m not convinced that I have one. Well not a solid one. I write a book from beginning to end - I really cant write one in pieces at a time.
In the past - with Finding Love’s Wings - I wrote out a scene that I ended up altering so much that I practically re-wrote it so this has taught me to get the story out in chronological order and then, if something doesn’t work right in a certain spot, it gets cut and a lot of times the context changes when I move it to its new home. Sometimes this can be a very obnoxious process because in a lot of cases, I have to change the many things that follow and refer back to that scene.
This is actually true in Give Me Hope - The Reason Series Book 2. There is a scene that originally appears towards the beginning that, thanks to the help of my editor, has been completely removed and moved to a different part of the book. The scene is vital so it could not be cut all together, which is something I have a tendency to do rather than move it all together. But, removing a scene usually means that it wasn’t right for the story or it dragged a little too long.
So I write, edit, write, edit some more, then format and finalize.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today. It’s been a lot of fun.

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