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Friday, October 21, 2011

Renee Vincent Features Romance Author Gabriella Edwards

Today it gives me great pleasure to introduce one of my best author friends. She and I first met at a local book signing event at Barnes & Noble and, right away, I fell in love with her spirited personality and beautiful smile. She was infectious to say the least and since then, I have laughed just about every day because of her quick wit and great eye-candy filled emails.

I remember how much I was intrigued by her, partly because she was signed and I, in turn, was looking to submit. I knew she'd have some great advice. And now, after what seemed like a long wait, her day has finally come to let the world read one of her romance stories.

She is a talented author and I am honored to promote her work here at Romance Books R Us. Please make welcome, Gabriella Edwards.

Tell us about yourself, Gabriella:
Where do I begin?  I’m the first generation American (youngest child) of Italian immigrant parents who thought the world of their children. They loved telling me they’d have to leave me here in the States when they went back to Italy—I’m still scarred by that.

What genres do you normally write in?
I usually write erotic romance, contemporary, paranormal and historical romance. I also write category under another name—nothing published…yet!  

When did you first sign with Red Sage?
November of last year was when I signed with Red Sage.  Until Emie was a finalist in LERA’s Rebecca.  Theresa Stevens was the final judge and she suggested a few changes wanting to see it again. I almost swallowed my lap top.

Tell us about your new release, Until Emie.
It’s kind of a coming of age story really. Emie needs to get Cut out of her system to move on. She’s been in love with him since she was 18 even earlier, but Cut’s denied his attraction for too long. She returns for her father’s wedding, and let’s just say their reunion isn’t what either expects.

Until Emie
Available at:  Red Sage | Kindle

Emie Sinclair-Douglas is ready to face her demons when she comes home for her father’s wedding. Getting Josiah, “Cut” Cutler out of her system may be harder than she thought, but she needs to move on, even if he’s not playing fair. Cut’s not above using sex to get the information he needs to clear his murdered brother’s name, and getting Emie in bed has been on his mind for seven long years. After giving in to their desire for each other, Emie realizes she can never get the man out of her soul, and Cut discovers he can’t save his brother’s reputation without risking his heart.

Exhaustion and, yes, longing washed over her, but Emie didn’t want to go there. For seven long years she had been running, hiding behind the fa├žade of glitzy party girl. Coming home was going to change that. This was her opportunity to prove to the world she hadn’t been wasting her time. She just hoped this bravado would hold until she sawhim… Cut.

Her cell phone vibrated against her side before she could dive further into the panic that meeting promised. Emie looked at the screen and sighed.

“Hi, Daddy.” This was only his tenth call. The man was nervous. After all, he was getting married this weekend—for the fourth time.

High-profile hardly scratched the surface of the occasion. The wedding was becoming the media event of the year, and her father was breaking under the pressure.

“Emie, have you landed yet?” Richard Sinclair-Douglas was never one to waste time on simple greetings, and he seemed pissed. Again.

She couldn’t resist teasing him. “I’m great, Dad, and how are you?” Still, sensing he needed humoring, she answered his original query. “Yes, I’m here. I’m picking up my bags now. I should be home in about an hour depending on traffic. Did you send a car?”

She barely registered his reply when a strong hand covered hers over the handle of her luggage. She glanced down and a charge of hot awareness shot through her. The thick scar winding its way from the index finger to streak a path under the palm belonged to only one man.

Shit, no! I’m not ready. Emie looked into the hard steel grey of the eyes she had never seemed to escape. Panic threatened her reason.

“You look disappointed to see me, Emie. I’m hurt.” Without asking, Cut took the phone from her.

“I’ve got her, Richard.” He ended the call with four words.

Snatching the phone back, she tried to rally her tottering control.

“What are you doing here, Cut?”

“Why, I’m here for you, princess.”

* * * *

What kind of hero is Cut?
Cut’s pretty no nonsense, alpha to the core. He’s not above using everything he has to get what he wants and when he decides it’s time to stake his claim, nothing will get in his way. He’s arrogant as hell, but he’s earned the right.
Was there someone famous he resembled when you wrote him? Or is he based off someone you personally know? OMG! I’m so happy you asked!  Thomas Jane!  Love him and he’s just the right color and build and tough man type…hubba!

What are your favorite hero traits that you cannot resist?
A man who loves so fully and genuinely, and who’s not afraid to show it. As I’ve mentioned before, when he knows what he wants, he doesn’t stop until he gets it/her!

As an author and essentially the “creator” of your hero, do you find yourself attached to him in a personal way? (Can you admit to loving him?)
Oh, I fall in love with all my heroes! I’m such a slut!

Does your heroine, Emie, take after you? 
Emie is definitely someone I’d love to be.  I think I might start out embedding my insecurities onto my heroines and then try to have them grow or push their boundaries to see where they end up.  I don’t have the courage to do that myself, but I’m working on it.

Did you mean to write her that way?
Not really.  I’m always amazed at how my characters seem to just pop out and evolve into the story

What else are you working on?
I once stood up at my RWA chapter meeting (after we were asked to introduce ourselves and tell what we write) and said I write premises.  LOL!
Seriously, I’m working on another erotic contemporary novella, a Presents wanna be, I like to call it, and I have an award winning paranormal I’d love to revise, edit and feel confident enough to submit before the year’s end, so…not much, really.

Places to find Gabriella Edwards:


Virginia C said...

Hi, ladies : ) Gabriella, I love your favorite hero traits! I look forward to reading your work. Best wishes for much success!

Tina Donahue said...

Cut sounds awesome. Whew. Congrats on your release!! May you have a billion sales. :)

Renee Vincent said...

Virginia, this is a book I've personally read and Gabriella does a great job! Loved this hot little number!

Tina, let me say from personal experience (since having read this book) that Cut is a cut above the rest! He makes a great romance hero and you will think about him for weeks on end!

Keri Stevens said...

Love the book, love the author, LOVE the photo of you two!

Renee Vincent said...

Thanks Keri!!! That was such a fun day!!

Linda Marie Dershem said...

The book was steamy and hot! Completely loved it. And Gabby's pretty awesome herself. ;)

Becke Davis said...

Woo hoo! Thanks for posting this, Renee! Cut is HAWT!! I've read UNTIL EMIE (you'll need a fan) and loved it. Now I'm waiting for more, more, more from the lovely Gabriella.

Hope to see you both soon!

Renee Vincent said...

thanks Linda and Becke for stopping by and commenting. You both said it right - UNTIL EMIE is a very hawt read! A "must read" hawt read if I do say so myself!

jean hart stewart said...

Love your hero already.. Lots of luck with your book...Jean

Liz said...

great interview ladies! sounds like a great book!

Renee Vincent said...

Thanks Jean and Liz for dropping by to meet my friend, Gabriella.

Gabriella Edwards said...

OMG! How do I love thee, Renee?! I also love the utter surprise of your doing this.

Ladies, thank you all for the wonderful comments. A few of you know that this hasn't been the greatest year for me personally and knowing I can count on this fabulous writing community to bring me back to life means the world to me.

Renee, you made my entire end of year!


Renee Vincent said...

You know I love you, Gabriella! And that I am here for you always. I'm so happy I brought some joy to your day! (((hugs)))

Psstt.....long live GB! (I wonder if Monica Burns will ever see this... hahaha)

Gabriella Edwards said...

HA! Indeed, GB is KING! Take that Mon!

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