Monday, May 2, 2016

Author Interview: Learning to Love by Felice Stevens #giveaway

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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Felice Stevens author of Learning to Love

Hi Felice, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I write part-time. I work full time as an attorney, practicing civil service law, labor law and employment discrimination law.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I’m a total pantser; I start with two characters and see where they take me.

Which writers inspire you?

I have several favorite authors who inspire me to write my best and always push hard. They are Josh Lanyon, Cardeno C and Mary Calmes. I love their books because they are wonderfully written, always have interesting characters and leave me feeling happy after I’ve finished.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Getting started!!

What are your thoughts on writing a book series?

I love series because I hate letting go of characters. Lol.

Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

My favorite authors are Josh Lanyon, Cardeno C, and Mary Calmes.

Who designed your book cover/s?

Reese Dante designs al my self published books. I love her work.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

For me it doesn’t, but other people tell me it does, so I try to have the best cover possible.

What’s your views on social media for marketing?

Exhausting but necessary

Which social network worked best for you?

Facebook by far.

In what formats is your book available?

My books are available in all formats.

So, what have you written? Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included)

Rescued

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1SVKAqS
ARe: http://bit.ly/1WXekt8
B&N: http://bit.ly/YSu2df
iBooks: http://apple.co/22mb8Hw
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1S6OkXN

The Breakfast Club Series
Beyond the Surface, Book 1


Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1MPImrX
ARe: http://bit.ly/1PMdRUF
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1QVh1Gm
iBooks: http://apple.co/22mb8Hw

Betting on Forever, Book 2
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1Px4utJ
All Romance: http://bit.ly/1MykS7o
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1mflmsh
iBooks: http://apple.co/22mb8Hw

Second to None, Book 3

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1PXUBTM
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-secondtonone-1973875-145.html
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/second-to-none-felice-stevens/1123330322?ean=2940157913489
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/second-to-none-21
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/second-to-none/id1078818650?mt=11

What Lies Between Us, Book 4

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1T5Ix6W
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-whatliesbetweenus-1984431-149.html
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-lies-between-us-felice-stevens/1123424271?ean=2940158024986
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/what-lies-between-us-1
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/what-lies-between-us/id1083792771?mt=11

Memories Series
Memories of the Heart, Book 1


Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1MSZed4
ARe: http://bit.ly/1ReSjis
B&N: http://bit.ly/1QJVUXS
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1RCgOJG
iBooks: http://apple.co/22mb8Hw

One Step Further, Book 2

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1l2Fm0D
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-onestepfurther-1955333-145.html
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-step-further-felice-stevens/1122269639?ean=9781514862230
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/one-step-further-3
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/one-step-further/id1071075723?mt=11

The Greatest Gift, Book 3

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1HV34XD
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1RapQgV
ARe: http://bit.ly/1Y4HUrV
iBooks: http://apple.co/1XYM6i9
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1OUZDjd

Through Hell and Back Series
A Walk Through Fire, Book 1


Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1MzpSbM
aRe: http://bit.ly/1MT33io
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1UZSoJ8
B&N: http://bit.ly/1Odz5sY
iBooks: http://apple.co/22mb8Hw

After the Fire, Book 2

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1WXcd8w
ARe: http://bit.ly/1j5pZDk
B&N: http://bit.ly/1Odzcom
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1PjTr6i
iBooks: http://apple.co/22mb8Hw

Embrace the Fire, Book 3

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1PMaflN
ARe: http://bit.ly/1SVQMz4
B&N: http://bit.ly/1j5ramu
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1NIxnhg
iBooks: http://apple.co/22mb8Hw


AboutTheBook

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TITLE: Learing To Love

AUTHOR: Felice Stevens

COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante

LENGTH: 150 Pages

RELEASE DATE: May 2, 2016

BLURB: After ten years away from home, bad boy caterer Gideon Marks has a lot to prove. Getting the holiday catering job at his childhood synagogue is the first step in demonstrating to everyone he didn’t turn out to be the failure they predicted. What he doesn’t count on is Rabbi Jonah Fine, his high school nemesis and secret crush, stirring up old feelings Gideon thought long gone and secrets he’s buried deep for years.

An unexpectedly passionate encounter shocks Gideon, but he pushes Jonah away, convinced he isn’t good enough to be in a relationship and would never be accepted by Jonah’s father. But Jonah hangs tough—he won’t allow Gideon to hide or run away from life again. And when it comes to love, Gideon learns the most important lessons aren’t always taught in school.



 Excerpt   


“You realize we always talk about me, but I know nothing about you and what you’ve done for the past ten years.” I stood at my kitchen counter and after debating a moment, grabbed the flour. Not that I wanted to show off, but having Jonah here to cook for was an unexpected treat, and I might as well make him some biscuits to go along with the omelet. “What happened when you went to law school? Why did you really leave?” I turned on the oven to preheat it for the biscuits.

I poured the flour into a bowl, mixed in baking soda, baking powder, and salt, then crumbled the shortening mixture with my fingers, all the while waiting to hear about Jonah’s life. He lay stretched out on my sofa, as supremely comfortable as a cat in a patch of sunlight, and with a pang I wished this could be any normal Saturday for us—me making breakfast in the kitchen while chatting with Jonah.

He turned over on his stomach as I finished the dough and floured the marble slab I’d splurged on. I’d done this for so many years it was all second nature now and I could concentrate on Jonah.

“Like I said before, I hated it. I’m not a competitive person by nature; I never needed to be the best or number one.” He laid his cheek on his hands and stared off into space. “But I’d been dating someone, and we started getting into silly arguments about summer jobs and where we’d like to apply.”

I’d never imagined myself the jealous type, and realistically I understood Jonah was no virgin, but if the painful twist in my stomach at the thought of anyone else touching or kissing Jonah was any indication, I was in deep shit.

“Oh?” My voice remained neutral, but I was busy kneading the life out of the poor dough. Since it had never done anything personally to me, I willed myself to calm the hell down and set about rolling it out for the biscuits. “Were you two that serious?”

“Ben and I? Not really. He thought so and wanted more, but I made it clear from the beginning I wasn’t going to fall in love with him. I cared for him deeply and felt badly I couldn’t give him what he wanted.”

“What was that?” I jammed the biscuit cutter into the dough with sharp angry jabs.

“My heart.”

My hand stilled on the biscuit cutter, and I looked over at him. He met my gaze unflinchingly, and I could feel the heat rise in my face.

“Why not?” I had to ask.

Jonah stood and joined me in the kitchen, hemming me in against the counter. I admit to not putting up too much resistance, but it still took me by surprise.

“I was keeping it for when I met you again.” He cupped my cheek in his hand. “No matter what I would’ve ended up doing with my life, Gideon, finding you was always part of my plan.”

What could I say to that? Jonah’s words rolled around in my head like brilliantly colored marbles, setting off a kaleidoscope of emotions that scared the hell out of me.

I sidestepped out of his embrace, muttering, “I have to get these biscuits in the oven,” and grabbed the cookie sheet. My back was to Jonah, shielding my badly shaking hands gripping the pan. I placed the biscuit dough on the sheet and slid it into the oven. The familiarity of being in my kitchen and cooking balanced me, and I was grateful that Jonah, most likely having sensed my unease, had returned to the living room and his place on the sofa. Once he left the kitchen I found it easier to breathe.



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AuthorBio

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My character have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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1 comment:

  1. I love Felice's stories...they are written so well

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