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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Blog Tour: "Rocked Under" by Cora Hawkes (Interview/Review/Giveaway)

Welcome to our virtual tour stop of "Rocked Under" by Cora Hawkes hosted by Flirty and Dirty Book Blog.  

1. Tell us 5 things about yourself that readers will not be able to find on the web. 

I'm not that interesting but here are 5 things that you won't find anywhere else:
I love driving — it relaxes me.
I'm getting married very soon!
I will NEVER say no to cake.
I don't have a thing for shoes but, I love boots!
I read myself to sleep every night.

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

I'm a night writer. It's rare that I get to write during the day and I wish I could but my days are way too hectic. I have four lively kids. If any of you have kids, you'll know exactly what I mean when I say that as soon as you tidy up after them, they're going behind you messing everything up again! So until they're all at school, day writing is a no-no and the bags under my eyes will remain.

3. Tell a little bit about "Rocked Under" and why readers should check it out? 

Rocked Under is the first part of a story about Emma and Scott. Emma has just moved to the US from England and she wants a fresh start. She's not looking for love and she certainly doesn't want it. Scott is the lead singer in a band. He has a reputation as a bad boy, sexy as hell, and he doesn't do commitment at all. Both of them have their own issues to deal with and Rocked Under explores how they struggle to overcome their demons for love. It's an intense, angst-ridden roller coaster that may effect the wellbeing of your Kindle. I saw one reviewer write that it should come with a warning label!

4. What inspired you to write "Rocked Under"? 

I had my inspiration back in December 2010 while I was at a gig and it just hit me. I started putting down notes immediately after the show and Emma and Scott's characters were born. I was writing something else at the time but it was forgotten about when I had the idea for RU. A little while later, I discovered that I was expecting again and my concentration flew straight out the window so RU was put aside and then picked up again last year.

5. What was the easiest and hardest scene to write in "Rocked Under"? 

Without a doubt, the easiest was the sex scene. The hardest was the last scene in chapter 28 — I can't say anything about that scene without giving away a huge spoiler.

6. Who designed the cover for "Rocked Under"? 

I did with a little help from my daughter.

7. Fun question: Who would you cast to play the characters of "Rocked Under"? 

Someone wrote a review on Goodreads and included a picture of Alexandra Daddrio for Emma and I think the reviewer pretty much nailed her. Scott is much harder to cast and I've searched through many pics looking for him but I can't. He's one of a kind! If I had to pick an actor to play his role it would probably be Alex Pettyfer with dark hair.

8. How do you deal with writer's block? 

Thankfully I haven't had writers block yet but if I do — and I'm sure I will one day — I'll be reading every article about it that the internet has to offer.

9. What is up next for Cora Hawkes? 

I'm working on Rocked 2 at the moment which will be available in August. I'm so excited about the story and I can't wait to share it with everyone. After that, I'm not sure. I have unfinished stories that I would like to finish. I'm constantly having new ideas for stories so we'll have to see what happens. 

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

I want to say a great big heartfelt THANK YOU! Thank you for reading a story from an unknown indie author. Thank you for all the positive reviews and stars! Thank you for all your support and messages. I love you guys and Emma and Scott's story wouldn't have had the reach its had without you! Book Lovin' Mamas — thank you for taking the time to talk with me!
Rocked Under
(Rocked #1)
by: Cora Hawkes
Publishing Date: 12/31/12
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: New Adult Romance
Source: Amazon (Kindle Edition)

Falling in love isn't always easy or pleasant. The intense and angst-filled story of Emma and Scott is a painful, gut-wrenching and exhausting portrayal of how hard it can be to let go... Picking up the pieces and starting again in the US, Emma enrols in college with her cousin, Ashley. She is finally free to do what she wants and live how she chooses, and no man will ever rule her decisions or emotions again. That is, until Scott Mason walks on stage... Intense bad boy Scott is the lead singer of a popular local rock band. A ladies’ man and Ashley's long-time friend, Scott holds an instant fascination for Emma — she finds herself drawn to him, even though he represents everything she hates and needs to stay away from in a guy. He treats females like he does a cigarette — light it, use it, and lose it. For her cousin's sake, Emma makes an effort to get along with Scott, but she soon discovers that there is more to him than first appears, making him even more dangerous in her eyes. Behind the façade of friendship, jealousy, obsession, fear and insecurity fester — an internal battle rages as she fights her attraction and does everything she can to stop history from repeating itself. One thing she knows for sure is that if she breaks her rule, it may destroy her. Warning: Contains mature content — recommended age 17+
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My Review:
When I was contacted for Cora Hawkes Virtual Book Tour....I said to myself....HECK YES...and I had already purchased a copy since I was kind of stalking...Cora Hawkes website to find out when the book would release.  I saw the book on Goodreads one day and read the synopsis and knew it was up my alley.

First off...let me get this into my review first.  The male character is not a cheater in this book.  I repeat...he is not a cheater.  Unfortunately, he would be considered a ladies man. He ends up having a girl over every night....but may I also say....he has had it rough and the truth comes out towards the end, what was really going on with him.  I repeat again, he is not a cheater.  How can he cheat when he is never with a character?  Just saying....

I really thought at one point I was going to go through the book and beat the living crap out of both characters and I never, ever feel that way over any characters when I'm reading.  I should know by now that New Adult Romance is a genre that makes me love and hate characters.  

Here's a short take on "Rocked Under" - 
Emma has moved to the states to get away from her past and start new.  She ends up moving in with her cousin, Ash, who has a friend/neighbor upstairs from them, who is a HE.  
Scott is the lead singer to the rock band group, From Under, and he is every girl's dream come true.  
When Emma meets Scott at the local club his band plays at, instant attraction starts.  Although, Emma has been warned about Scott's tactics with girls and Scott has be warned by Ash to not get involved with her cousin.  Now here starts the part where emotions go haywire for both characters.  
Emma is fighting her feelings for Scott and Scott is just confused by Emma.  
Bring on the emotional roller coaster of Emma and Scott and you will want to several times go through the book and knock some sense into both of these characters.'re probably thinking that I hate this book, but that's not the case.  I love a book that makes me angry, happy, and sad all at once.  When a book makes me cry and makes me blubber like a baby...then I know I'll be daydreaming about this book until the second book comes out in August.  

I loved the angst and the sexual tension in this book.  
Emma had her issues with what happened in her past and Scott has his relationship issue where he never stayed with the same girl once...but for some reason both of these characters clicked with each other.  Scott had his reasons and so did Emma.  

If you love the new adult romance genre, love tattooed bad boys, rock bands, and your emotions going like crazy...then you'll enjoy "Rocked Under".  

And don't come back and hate me after you finish reading it and loving it and find out the next book is not out until August.  
I read this book in less than two days and now I'm anxiously waiting for the 2nd book.  I really hope Cora doesn't make me hate Scott.  He did kind of tick me off every once in awhile in this book, but at the end, he stole my heart.  Oh boy...did he steal my heart.  
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Cora Hawkes lives in England with her man and their four children. She thinks the kindle is the greatest invention ever, and hers is mostly filled with paranormal and fantasy romances. Favourite books are Kresley Cole's IAD series, Jennifer Armentrout's Covenant series and Heather killough-Walden's The Chosen Soul series.
Apart from family-time, reading and writing -- she LOVES music and going to gigs. She hates soaps and rarely watches TV but loves The Vampire Diaries, True Blood and Gossip Girl.

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Unknown said...

I absolutely loved this BOOK! Can not wait for the 2nd. book :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! Fingers crosed!! :)

Kamla L. said...

Great interview and review! I have been a big Adult Historical and Paranormal junkie forever. I've only recently starting delving into Contemporary Romance and really like what I've been reading about Rock Under via the tour. It sounds like a sexy and emotionally riveting read. Thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

I can't wait to read! It sounds great!!

jessiel said...

I loved this book! I would like to thank you for the time & work you put into these blogs. I have been introduced to many new authors & some great books to read.

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