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I’m very happy to welcome author Carmen Falcone, from Austin, Texas, USA, to my blog today. Carmen’s debut novel A VENGEFUL AFFAIR was published in July by Entangled Publishing. She’s come today especially to tell us about her novel.
Carmen, please tell us something about your new novel. What type of story is it?
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.
Did you find the story difficult or easy to write?
Let me put it this way; it seems easier after it’s done J I’ve started to write it at a difficult and exhilarating time in my life. I had a toddler and was just going back to school and work; I really didn’t have the time to write. But I couldn’t not do it.
Tell us something about your main characters.
Javier is a multilayered Alpha male; he’s damaged, sexy, and powerful. He’s used to getting things his way, and then BAM, Vivian comes around. She’s threatening to take from him all he’s worked so hard for. She’s a strong heroine, and the perfect match for Javier. They both have had their share of pain, and as they start to get to know each other, they have to learn how to overcome issues of their own.
What did you enjoy most about writing this story?
I enjoyed figuring out the twists and turns. I really love fast-paced romance novels, and wanted to make sure mine didn’t bore the reader. I hate to think you’ll start reading my book and will put it aside to read something else or get a cup of coffee. LOL. I want the reader to want to know what’s coming next.
Did your characters ever ‘speak’ to you?
All the time. I had a very rough outline of the story and let my characters lead me.
Now your book is written and out in the world. Do you miss living in that special world you created?
It’s bittersweet, really. It was hard to say good-bye to my characters because I felt so invested. At the same time, I’m incredibly lucky. The sales surpassed my expectations, and the feedback has also been lovely. Javier and Vivian will always have a special place in my heart because they story kept me going.
Thank you, Carmen, I really enjoyed interviewing you and found what you had to say very inspiring. I loved reading your novel and very much look forward to your next one.
Readers, Carmen has very kindly agreed to give away a free copy to one lucky commenter, so please leave a comment to be in with a chance to win a copy of A VENGEFUL AFFAIR.
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Below is my review for the book.
A VENGEFUL AFFAIR is the debut novel by Carmen Falcone, published by Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line.
Javier Rivera, a London-based business magnate, is intrigued to find the stunning receptionist Vivian Foster, snooping in his office after hours, pinching files. He suspects industrial espionage. However, there’s no time to verify Vivian’s credentials or check her motives. He has a plane to catch and a merger to sign. So he has no choice but to take Vivian along with him, using force if necessary. For Vivian, this isn’t so much about espionage as it is about justice. She hates Javier and blames him for the death of her best friend a few months earlier. The enforced companionship which takes them to Paris, Switzerland and back again, helps them to get to know each other better. They learn that things are not always as they seem on first appearances. Then there’s that attraction flaring between them. BTW the love scenes are smoking hot, so don’t say you weren’t warned.
A slickly written piece of romantic suspense which will grab you by the collar at the outset and won’t let you go until it’s finished with you. Vivian is a strong, witty heroine and I loved reading the dialogue in this novel, especially where she was involved. I had to read the whole book in one sitting, I just couldn’t put it down. If you love suspenseful, romantic fiction, you’ll enjoy this immensely. As for me, I’ll be looking out for Carmen Falcone’s next book.