Monday, August 13, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway: Carmen Falcone (A Vengeful Affair)

Today I welcome the fascinating Carmen Falcone, author of A Vengeful Affair, which as I am preparing this post I am in the middle of and thoroughly enjoying.  My review will come later today, but for now grab your favorite beverage and enjoy the interview and make sure to enter the giveaway as well  Welcome Carmen!

Carmen: Dear friends at the Reading Room, thank you so much for having me over! I hope you’ll enjoy reading my answers as much as I enjoyed answering your questions.

What three things do you need in order to write? 
A clutter-free desktop, a bottle of water and time. J

What's your favorite season? 
Fall. I think fall carries an understated sensuality.

Describe your ideal reading space (no expense spared here).  
You are spoiling me! I’d love to take Nancy (that’s my Kindle’s name) to the beach. Somewhere in the French Polynesian, where I could read stretching out over a silk-covered lanai. God. This answer will make reading my Kindle on the tiled floor while my daughter takes a bath really depressing! J

Hey we have to read where we can. I've read my Kindle (which doesn't have a name, but I will have to remedy that) while making supper and sitting beside my sick kid in the bathroom (okay tmi, I know, but we were waiting it out one evening) so I'm with you that sounds dreamy. 

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? 
I would love to go to India.

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? 
I’ve always written. I suffered from a long writer’s block for a while, but I think it was just part of the process. I started to send submissions in 2008, but 2010 was when I realized I wanted to take the next step, so I enrolled in classes, honed my craft and began to learn more.

What's the first sentence of A Vengeful Affair? 
“Almost there. Vivian Foster took a deep breath and wrapped her fingers around the door handle, the steel a cold weight in her palm.” I love that because it sets the perfect tone of the book. There are times when Vivian thinks she’s that close to losing her mind, or getting her coveted revenge. And same goes for Javier: There are times when he thinks she’ll give in to their mutual attraction, or when he thinks he’s that close to figuring out who she really is.

Do you have a favorite line in A Vengeful Affair? 
Yes. I love Edouard’s “The beginning doesn’t dictate the end. You can have the end of your choosing.”

Tell us what A Vengeful Affair is about.  
A Vengeful Affair is a steamy romance about Vivian’s quest for revenge. She believes Javier killed her best friend, and since she doesn’t have enough evidence to lock him up, she wants to steal his billion-pound merger instead. However, he catches her in his office afterwards, and is adamant about keeping her close until he finds out who she really is. Though they are on opposite sides, the time they spend together makes it hard for them to ignore the sizzling attraction and the emotional bond they began to share, despite their best efforts not to.

Dish, who’s your favorite character? 
I love Edouard. I’ve been getting great feedback about him, and honestly it makes me happy readers like him too. He’s a secondary character that steals the scene whenever he’s in it. He’s an old gentleman, and he’s had a tough life despite his empire – he lost his wife and daughter. But he still has that spark in his eye, that serene wisdom you can only experience with age.

How did you feel when you finished A Vengeful Affair? 
Sad. I felt so invested, and I really enjoyed being in Vivian’s and Javier’s minds. It was hard to say good-bye.

For all of us impatient readers, what is up next for you? 
I’m just finishing a book about a feisty heroine who kidnaps the hero to prevent him from expelling a tribe of Brazilian Indians that are illegally occupying his land. Then I’ll get started on a lovely story of a spoiled, broke L.A. socialite and the rough Texan cowboy she gets mixed up with.

Thanks Carmen!

My pleasure. I really enjoyed answering your questions.
I love to connect with readers and writers.

Title: A Vengeful Affair
Author: Carmen Falcone
Genre: Category – Contemporary
Length: 230 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62266-956-1
Release Date: July 2012
Imprint: Indulgence

Rich people get away with murder every day, but Vivian Foster intends to make billionaire Javier Rivera pay for what he did to her best friend—and how better to destroy a money-grubbing bastard than to sabotage the merger that means everything to him.
Javier Rivera would never hurt a woman much less kill one. But when he catches a gorgeous corporate spy in his office, he knows he can’t let her go—not when even a hint of scandal could ruin his career. Until the merger is signed, he’ll keep her close, even if he has to shackle her to his wrist. Literally.
But the closer Javier gets to Vivian, the more he wants her, and the more time she spends with him, the less she believes he could ever be a killer. Now Vivian and Javier have to discover the truth…and Vivian has to win the trust of her worst enemy.

About Carmen Falcone

Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters and places beat doing Math homework any day. She traveled the world, achieved a B.A. in Tourism in her hometown in Brazil and was soon invited to work in the USA, where she met her Swiss husband. She'd always dreamed of becoming a published writer, and after her daughter was born, she revisited that dream of writing - this time, unwilling to give it up. She lives in Austin and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and three high energy pugs.
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