Saturday, 24 October 2015

BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT, AUTHOR INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Resurrecting Phoenix by Isabel Lucero

Title: Resurrecting Phoenix
Author: Isabel Lucero
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 24, 2015
Anniversaries are usually occasions worth celebrating, but when your fourth wedding anniversary is also the first anniversary of your husband’s death, you’ll only want to drink your sorrows away. And that’s exactly what Phoenix Nightingale does. 

In the small town of Breckshire Wyoming, everybody knows everybody, so when Evan Tyler walks into the same bar she’s drowning her grief in, Phoenix knows that he’s new in town. What she doesn’t know is that he’s just moved in a few houses down from her and is about to try his hardest to break through the wall she’s had up for a year. 
Phoenix has experienced a tragedy that nobody ever wants to experience. In the year following her husband’s death, she’s had what her parent’s considered embarrassing public meltdowns, and lost some friends along with her career. Just as she feels she’s at her very lowest, Evan barges into her life, forcing her to get out of the house and look at life a little differently. 
He vows to help her, encouraging her to rise from the ashes and live once again. Evan doesn’t know that just by being in her life, he’s bound to send her into a tailspin, because both of them are keeping things from each other, and Phoenix may not be strong enough to handle what she finds out. 
Will she pull him into the dark with her, or will he be able to resurrect Phoenix, freeing her from the depths of her depression, and show her that surviving isn’t the same as living? 
“It looks like you have freckles,” Evan says, touching a dot of paint on my face.  I give him a small smile and take a step back. He runs his hand through his hair, pushing the longer pieces back into place. I laugh when he looks back at me.  “You have a large dollop of paint on your forehead,” I laugh.  “What?” he asks, putting his hand to his forehead.  “How much paint did you have on the roller that a huge glob fell onto you? And how did you not feel that?” I say, still laughing.  “Find that funny, do you?” he says with a wicked gleam in his eye as he takes a step forward.  “Oh no. Don’t you dare!” I exclaim, moving back.  “What? I just want you to help me get it off.” He places a small paintbrush near the can of paint. “I don’t believe you,” I say, moving slowly away from him.  A huge grin breaks out on his face at the same time he lunges towards me. I let out a girly squeal as he grabs me and runs a paint coated finger across my cheek, under my eye.  “You have a streak of paint on your face,” he announces.  I pull away from him, my mouth open in shock. “I can’t believe you just did that,” I say, amusement clear in my voice.  I step past him and towards the paint can. Dipping my forefinger in the thick color, I turn around to look at him.  “I think we’re even,” he says, looking around the room for an escape route.  I wipe my finger across the skin under my other eye, and put my hands on my hips. “Fine. I’ll just finish painting your wall.”  Turning around, I bend down to pour some more paint into the tray. I can hear his slow and cautious steps coming towards me.  “So, we’re good?” he asks.  “Yep. Now, come help me.”  He bends down next to me and as soon as he does, I dip my hand into the paint, coating only my palm, and quickly touch his face and run it down his neck.  I’m up and running instantly.  “Oh, you’re gonna get it!” he calls.  “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” I screech, not knowing where to run.  I go towards the bathroom, laughing the hardest I have in a long time. Evan is behind me and turning me towards him with a pull on my arm. He then puts his own paint covered hand on my cheek.  As we stand in the dim hallway, our bodies touching and chests heaving, I look into his honey brown eyes, and then to his mouth. Our laughter dissipates into a silent staring contest. His lips are perfectly proportioned, both almost the same size. Not too full, but not too thin.  Feeling a little uncomfortable with where my mind is taking me, I speak up. “I guess we’re even now.” My voice is husky as I speak the words.  Those perfect lips quirk up on the side. “I guess so.”

Welcome Isabel Lucero to Novels In Heels.  Isabel is the author of Living in Sin, Unforgivable Sin, Sins & Mistrust, War, Resurrecting Phoenix and The Secrets We Keep.

We’ll start with some easy questions to get moving.

Is writing something that comes easy or naturally to you?

Yes, usually. Sometimes I'll struggle with a case of writer's block, but once I get past that, the words flow.

How long have you been writing? 

I started in the winter of 2013.

Is writing a full time career for you?

Yes, writing is what I do. I'm lucky to have that opportunity.

Are you an indie author or traditionally published?

I'm an indie. Well, I'm published in Germany. That's pretty cool.

What did you do before you began writing or published your first book?

I was focused on being home with my kids, and I did a little photography work.

What does writing bring to you?

It brings a sense of satisfaction. I love getting these stories out. I love my characters, and I love putting a smile on readers faces...or bringing them to tears for that matter.

What inspires you to write?

That's hard to answer. I don't know that there's any particular person that inspires me. I just love to do it. I want to create these worlds for people to escape into. So, I suppose I could say my readers.

Do you have a mentor that you turn to for help?

My husband writes, so we can talk and bounce ideas off each other. I'll ask his opinion on stuff sometimes, so it works out great that we live together.

What has been your favourite book to write to date and why?

My favorite book to write was Sins & Mistrust. It was also the easiest. I'm not sure why. Maybe because of the m/m and ménage action. It was all new and exciting.

Who is your favourite character in any of your books and why?

My favorite character? Wow. That's tough. Obviously I love them all. They all hold a little of me in them, but I guess I'd have to say Marc, but him and Lincoln together are my favorite duo! I love them both.

How do you connect with your characters?

It's not hard to connect with the characters. Like I said, they're all kind of like me or people close to me. 

How do you connect with your readers?

I try to talk to my readers as much as possible. The Facebook algorithms on my like page kind of prevent me from reaching too many people, but I try to make time to message people, ask questions in statuses, get opinions on things. It's important to have some sort of relationship with your readers.

What research do you do to write the stories you write?  How in depth is your research?

It depends on the story. I usually just google everything. I look up articles, or job descriptions, anything that pertains to what I'm writing. I've even asked people in certain positions about things, just to get it right.

How do your ideas begin?

Sometimes from a dream, sometimes I'll just hear something and it'll spark an idea. It's different with each book.

What do you consider your “big break” in the writing world?

My biggest break was Living in Sin. Somehow every "big" blog heard about it and posted about it. It got me tons of readers. I'll always be thankful for that.

How do you feel writing sexy, erotic scenes?  Do you write them with experience or lots of research?

The erotic scenes are fairly easy. If there's a lot, then it might get hard making sure you aren't repeating the same scene or something. I don't really have to research them. Haha. I guess that would be experience.

What do you do when you are looking to have a bit of fun?

For fun, I enjoy our bi-weekly poker nights. Friends, drinks, and laughs.

What is your favourite colour?

I have a hard time picking a favorite color, because it all depends on what it's for. I'm weird like that.

What book are you reading now?

I'm about to start The Ground Rules: Rewritten.

What are three quirky facts about you?

Quirky facts? When I eat Reese's cups, I eat the outer edge, then peel off the chocolate and eat that before eating the peanut butter. Haha. When I adjust the volume on the TV, I have to have it on an even number, unless it's 25, 35, etc. I don't know why. I can't think of another one.

Have you ever wanted to give up writing half way through a book?

No, I always feel the need to finish, but that's because I always enjoy the book I'm writing.

What other stories can we look forward to seeing from you?  Can you give us any synopsis?

I'm working on something right now. Something I think people will be excited for. I'm not releasing too much information yet, because I'm still pretty early on in it. But, I'll announce more in the future.

How much of your books are real – how much a fiction?

My books are mostly fiction. Some of the scenes may be based on real life, but not too many.

What books have most influenced your life?

The only book I can think of that really made me think about life was The Edge of Never.

Do you ever get writer’s block?  How do you get through writers block?

Yes. It depends. Sometimes I can just sit there and listen to music and I'll get some motivation, other times I have to stop writing and maybe read or just take a break and get back to it later.

Do you believe in Insta-love?  Why?

No, I'm not a fan or believer in it. Insta-lust maybe, but I think you need some time to fall in love with someone and truly know who they are.

What is the weirdest request you have received from your fans?

A signed photo of myself. That was weird and was not a request that was fulfilled.

What has been the most romantic date you have been on and with whom?

I've been with my husband for half my life. We were married when I was seventeen, so any date with him has been my most romantic experience. The one that comes to mind first was our sixth anniversary. We were living in Japan and had a pretty great date night that night.

Do you write under a pen name?  How many pen names do you have? 

Yes, Isabel Lucero is my only pen name, but it's my middle and maiden name, so it's still technically my name.

Have you ever acted out a scene in your book with your partner?

Haha. Yeah, before it was a scene in my book.

Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?

Hmm. Jim Morrison. He would be interesting to talk to.

What are the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

All the work that goes into it after you're done writing it.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Be yourself and don't do anything to impress anyone else.

What is your greatest achievement in life?

This may be cliché, but my children. They are the most amazing people. I'm proud to be their mother. And I had my first when I was very young and living away from family. I was able to handle everything with little to no help from anyone besides my husband. My second was born out of the country, and I didn't have family to help me then either. 

Moving along to a few different questions….

Are the experiences in the story based on someone you know or events in your own life?

Phoenix's story? This isn't based on me or anyone I know. My mother lost her husband, so I kind of know the grief she went through, however, she didn't struggle as much as Phoenix did. 

What is one dirty, sexy secret you can share with us?

I don't really have a dirty secret. I know that's not fun, but like I said, I've been married for almost twelve years. Haha. My sexy stories aren't really dirty secrets.

What is your one sexual fantasy?  Have you accomplished it?

I've accomplished almost all my fantasies. :) The one I haven't, I won't talk about, because y'all would judge me. Haha!

If you had a choice would you choose – flogger, blindfold, handcuffs, restraints, rope, whips, cane?

Hmm...I'd have to say flogger.
Isabel Lucero is the author of the romantic suspense novel The Secrets That We Keep and the bestselling erotic romance books Living in Sin, Unforgivable Sin, and Sins & Mistrust; books one, two, and three in The Escort Series. She also penned the crime drama, WAR. 
She was born in a small town in New Mexico and was lucky enough to escape and travel the world thanks to her husband's career in the Air Force. She's been married for eleven years to the love of her life and Jr. High School sweetheart. Together they have two of the best and most beautiful kids in the world. 
Isabel's love for reading is anything but new, she's been reading since before she was a teenager. 
She’s a multi-genre author, tackling genres such as romantic suspense, erotic romance, crime drama, and contemporary romance. 
She currently lives overseas and is constantly coming up with new book ideas, so keep an eye open for new stories coming your way. Isabel loves connecting with her readers and fans of books in general. You can find her on her personal website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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