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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Blog Tour: "The Secret Life of Avery O'Dea" by Elise Marion (Interview/Giveaway)

Welcome to our virtual book tour stop of "The Secret Life of Avery O'Dea" by Elise Marion brought to you by Bottom Drawer Publications.

1. Tell us a little about yourself. 

I am a hardworking stay-at-home mother of two and full time author. While I spend most of my day writing, promoting my books, and taking care of home, I also love to read and am a huge movie lover. I also spend a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking up new recipes and even learning from the famous chefs on TV.

2. What does a typical writing day look for you? 

My life can be pretty hectic, which means I hardly ever have the same kind of day twice. I wish I could just write all day uninterrupted, but with one child to young for school at home with me, that's not going to happen. My day is balanced between my housewife/mom duties and my author duties. Some days, if I'm tired enough, I leave both those things for another day and pick up a book!

3. What inspired you to write "The Secret Life of Avery O'Dea"? 

None of us really want to admit it, but we are all intrigued by celebrities and their lives. We watch them in movies and on television and we form our own ideas about who they really are. We put them on pedestals and we demand greatness and when they don't deliver, we crucify them. We examine them in the tabloids and copy their fashion sense, some of us even wonder what it's like to be them, yet, on the barest of levels they are just like us. They are people who just happen to be famous (some for being talented, others not so much). My idea for this book was to get inside of that kind of life and write from the point of view of the characters who live it.

4. Tell us a little bit about "The Secret Life of Avery O'Dea and why readers should buy it? 

This story is about a starlet named Avery. She's the 'it' girl in Hollywood right now, having risen to fame after a starring role opposite the man who is now her beau, Ryan Sanders. The two are living what appears to be a charmed and perfect life. They are America's Sweethearts, the couple everyone roots for because they want to believe that relationships can last in Hollywood. Meanwhile, Avery and Ryan both have secrets that could ruin their public images forever, and have vowed to work together to keep each others little secrets under wraps. Enter Dominic Ramsey, a sexy photographer who is trying to make it big in the industry of art and fashion photography. Times are hard and he's broke, so he moonlights as a paparazzo to make easy money. He was successful for awhile but has now hit a rough patch. Good shots of celebrities doing scandalous things are hard to find and Dominic's at the end of his rope. When he stumbles across Avery in a grocery store with something shes' not supposed to have, he sees the moment as fate and snaps a picture. What happens next is a roller coaster ride that I think is both fun and sexy. Avery and Dom both find what they're looking for in each other, but Avery's image and the lies she's told stand in their way. I think that any readers who love a good Contemporary romance with a dash of spice and wit will enjoy this story. The characters are real and flawed, but likeable at the same time. Of all the books I've written, it was definitely one of the lightest and most fun. I think anyone who has read my other works and wishes to see a lighter side to what I do would enjoy it as well.

5. What was the hardest scene to write in "The Secret Life of Avery O'Dea"? 

I'll be honest and say there wasn't really a 'hard' scene. There were some instances of me having to go back and flush out more details in order to improve on the story, but this was one of the easier projects I've had this year. I really just sat down to write something fun and lighthearted and let myself really enjoy it.

6. How did you come up with the characters names? 

I have always liked the name Avery for a girl, even though I see it more typically on males. The O'Dea part comes from Avery's Scottish grandfather and I just thought it made an interesting stage name. Dominic is a name I also love and to me embodies everything this guy is. I just can't explain it, but if you've read the book you know ... the name just fits!

7. Did you learn anything from writing "The Secret Life of Avery O'Dea" and what was it? 

I think I learned that I was better at writing Contemporary romance than I thought I'd be. For a long time I avoided wring Contemporary without something else to jazz it up like a Paranormal or Suspense bend. With this story, the formula is so simple, yet I think this is what makes the story what it is. The simplicity of the story allows you to get to know the characters and feel for them. The most valuable thing I took away from writing this book, is that sometimes less is more.

8. What is up next for Elise Marion? 

As I'm winding down, approaching the end of 2012, I intend to take a break over the Holidays to sort of regroup. After that, I'm coming out ready to do some big things in 2013. Anyone who wants a complete list of my current and near-future projects can find it on the 'In Progress' page of my website.

9. Who are some of your favorite Authors? Out of all of your favorite Authors, if you could meet one, who would it be and why? 

I am a big fan of all the Historical Romance greats: Johanna Lindsey, Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn, Virginia Henley, Loretta Chase...but I also love a lot of classic authors like Alice Walker (The Color Purple) and Ralph Waldo Ellison (The Invisible Man). If I could meet any of them it'd have to be Alice Walker, because The Color Purple is my favorite book of all time.

10. Do you have anything specific you want to tell your readers? 

I just want to thank them for being so good to me. I started my journey as an author a little over one year ago, unsure of how I'd be received. The following grows steadily and I interact with people everyday who appreciate what I do. They are my motivation, my reminder to keep going when I'm having a particularly bad day. I write for them.
The Secret Life of O'Dea
by: Elise Marion
Publishing Date: 8/31/12
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchase at Bottom Drawer Publications
Ready my Review HERE

A famous actress with secrets. A photographer moonlighting as a paparazzo. A few shutter clicks and their lives will never be the same again.
When a daring photographer catches "America's Sweetheart", Avery O'Dea, in a lie, the picture threatens to expose the truth of Avery's relationship with her boyfriend and co-star, Ryan Sanders, to the world. When her carefully constructed world is starting to collapse around her, Avery realizes just how tired she is of the elaborate cover-ups. It’s a burden she no longer wishes to bear.
When she locks eyes with handsome Dominic Ramsay at a gallery showcasing his photographic work, she is shocked to recognize him as the paparazzo that set her world on fire with a single photo.
Avery longs for more from life: passion, love and the freedom to live her as she pleases. 

The Secret Life of Avery O’Dea is a contemporary romance novella of 28,000 words. It tells a story of an actress who has been playing a part permanently since she’s graduated from kid’s roles to her first mature role in a love story. The benefit of her being portrayed as “America’s Sweetheart”, and a champion of the vegan lifestyle, is starting to wear thin for Avery. The lies, the subterfuge, the lack of a real love life are getting her down.
After a particularly hard week, Avery decides she is in need of comfort food and ventures to the Pink Dot, dressed down and with a cap pulled low over her signature red hair, to get her idea of heaven - Haagan Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond ice cream. It doesn’t hurt that a gorgeous blond is checking her out, making her feel like an ordinary girl again.
Dominic Ramsay is busy gearing up for what he hopes will be the start of his art photography career with his first showing of his work in a gallery within the week. In the meantime, to pay those pesky bills, he has taken the job of a paparazzo. It’s something he hates doing but his distaste for the work is overshadowed by the lack of food in his fridge and the near undrivability of his car. In the back of his mind also are the scathing words of his recent model ex-girlfriend as she walked out his door.
After a particularly gruelling and unproductive day cruising celebrity haunts on Sunset, he calls it a day and enters the Pink Dot to pick up some essentials with what little cash he has on him. He spies a gorgeous girl and checks her out ... then it dawns on him who she is.
... An actress with secrets and a paparazzo in the right place at the right time ...
Avery walks away from the unexpected encounter raging at the paparazzo and scared that one of her secrets, little as it may seem, will be the catalyst for her constructed life to fall down around her.
Dominic walks away, covered in watermelon and with a broken camera, with the view that Avery is a spoiled bitch and just like everybody else in the industry. When he finds the picture that will pay his bills for a while he has no hesitation in selling it.
Little do they know that the encounter will have long term repercussions for both of them. Avery is forced to double her efforts to keep her lies hidden now that one of her secrets has been exposed, and when her publicist suggests attending an art exhibition with her on- screen and supposedly off-screen boyfriend, Ryan Sanders, they come face to face again.
Will their opinions of each other change now that each sees a different side to the other, especially since the initial spark of attraction has not gone away?

Buying Details:

The list price for the book is $3.99 however the book will be discounted for the duration of the blog tour.
To celebrate the start of the tour, the book will be free for every “LIKE” on our Facebook page for 1 day only on November 6. For the remainder of the tour the book will be $2.39 (a discount of 40%) 

Elise Marion is a lover of books and has a special place in her heart for sweet and sensual romance. Writing about love across all walks of life is her passion, as is reaching people through the written word. Elise writes across a range of genres including Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance and Paranormal Romance.
The army wife and stay-at-home mother of two spends most of her time taking care of her children. Her second job is writing stories about characters that readers can fall in love with. When the Texas native isn’t caring for her family or writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, singing loudly, or cooking up something new in the kitchen.

A little about Bottom Drawer Publications:
Bottom Drawer Publications is a new publishing house that specialises in romantic and erotic romance fiction across a range of genres and with both het and gay characters. Our genres include: Contemporary, Historical, Literary/Drama, Alternative Lifestyles, Paranormal/Sci-fi/Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller and Steampunk.
Our books are available for sale on our website as well as over 8 booksellers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstores, All Romance and a range of others. All of your reading devices are covered.
We are always on the lookout for fresh and interesting manuscripts within these genres, and from time to time will put out calls for anthology submissions.
Vist our website, for our new release information and our writing submission guidelines. 

Now here's your chance to win 1 of 4 ebooks of "The Secret Life of Avery O'Dea" or 10 50% discount vouchers to shop in Bottom Drawer Publications Bookstore.
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Also make sure to stop at the other tour stops along the way:


I always love visiting the Book Lovin' Mamas. Thanks for having me on the blog today to talk about The Secret Life of Avery O'Dea. :)

laurie said...

my celeberty crush is hugh jackman!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for participating in our blog tour, we very much appreciate it.

Laurie, that's a good one. Hugh is a hottie for sure! I have lots of celebrity crushes....there are just so many hot men walking the red carpet. :) I think my favorite, though, is Johnny Deep.

Unknown said...

Great interview. The book sounds like a must read. Adding it to my tbr list. Thank you so much for sharing.

Beckey said...

Wonderful interview & post, thanks for sharing
Favorite celebrate crush, I would have to say Johnny Dep

Unknown said...

My crush has always been Sam Elliot his voice is just SEXY as hell....

Thanks so much for doing this giveaway and I love following this blog!!!

Foretta said...

Bruce Willis... even older he is hot! LOL

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