Aug 19, 2013

Abel Blog Tour: Giveaway+ Author Interview

Author: Elizabeth Reyes
Publisher: Self-Published
Number of Pages: 316
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Here's the synopsis:
"Coming off the worst divorce in the history of marriages, Nellie Gamboa’s looking to let loose and make up for years of neglect. When months of building sexual tension between her and the young hot boxing stud, Abel Ayala, finally peak, she makes him an offer no man would refuse. 
No promises. No demands. Just pure unrestrained passion.
Abel’s training for the biggest fight of his career. He has no time for a social life, much less a relationship. So this arrangement couldn't be more perfect. A beautiful woman asking him to help her alleviate her neglected desires—no strings attached. What more can he ask for?
As the lines between lust and something much deeper, begin to blur, Abel finds himself in an even bigger fight. 
The fight to regain control of his now demanding heart."

Elizabeth Reyes definitely did it again when it comes to her 5th Street books. She creates a world that her readers can just get totally caught up in. She manages to create to create a unique story that make her character shine.

The characters in this book just made me smile like an idiot. Their chemistry was amazing and they just fit. They both were very realistic and I really enjoyed reading about them and their lives. 

Abel was a perfect alpha male. He was really intense when it came to Nellie safe-in the good way. He's also very good looking which is an added bonus...lucky Nellie :P. While is a total tough guy, he's still a very loving, kind hearted man and we got to see that. Towards the end of the book we really got to see the loving side of Abel and how fiercely he cares for his loved ones. It made me all teary...

Nellie is this extremely awesome chick. She's outgoing, beautiful, and just plain effing amazing. She has flaws like any other human being and we got to see that in this book and so I felt like a was watching a true story. She's been hurt not only by her ex-husband, but also her sister and yet she doesn't let that get in the way of her being happy and living her life to the fullest. 5 out of 5 stars for this character!
"It's true," he smiled, "not just in love, Nell, but hopeless, there's-no-helping-this-guy kind of in love with you."
The romance in this book was kick-ass. I loved how they just hit off right away and once again like it was in Noah this book perfectly depicts that love has NO age limit. They worked together extremely well and you could clearly see the love between the two. To be honest, I think this is the best Elizabeth Reyes has ever written when it comes to seeing the love and chemistry between two of her characters. It makes me want to sing a cheesy Hindi love song, because well...Hindi songs are the cheesiest and most romantic. 

Elizabeth Reyes did another amazing job with this book and I can't be happier to be able to read her books. Abel has to be my favorite out of the 5th Street boys..sorry Noah...I still love you too <3 . I can't wait to read more!!

*A copy of this book was provided by the author and the tour host in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

Purchase Links: Amazon l B&N l iBookstore

Author Bio
USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer to her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel Forever Mine (Moreno Brothers #1) in 2010 she has now published 9 full length novels total and fast at work on the next. The excitement her Moreno Brothers, 5th Street, and Fate series have garnered has far exceeded her wildest dreams. It is with as much excitement that she'll continue to put out books related to these series as well as introduce brand new ones very soon.
In 2014 she will take her next step in the exciting world of writing and publish her first traditionally published book with Simon & Schuster/Atria. But she will continue putting out self published books as well.

Author Link: Website I Facebook I Twitter I Goodreads I Pinterest

Author Interview

LB: You are a self-published author and you are just as popular as the authors with the whole market team that comes along with traditional publishing. How does that feel to have so many fans that love your books? 

ER: *Blushing* I wouldn't say I'm as popular as some of the BIG names but I'm flattered that you would think so. As for how does it feel to have fans that love my books? Absolutely amazing! I LOVE that when something silly or as trivial as a street named Romero in La Jolla and post on my wall my readers are equally as excited as I am. *sigh* My readers they are THE BEST!!!! <3 

On a side note. I am what is considered to be a Hybrid author now. Meaning while I will still continue to put out self published titles I have now also signed with a publisher. I have a brand new series unrelated to anything I already have out that will be traditionally published with Simon & Schuster / Atria called Desert Heat. The first book will be published May of 2014. I can't say too much about it yet only that it's a new family with several hot brothers. ;) But stay tuned more to come on this!

LB: Abel is your 10th book that you’ve finished writing. Does your writing process change, or does it stay along the same pattern? 

ER:Technically it's  my 11th. I've finished the one for Simon and Schuster as well. =D
I don't think my process, pattern has changed as much as improved. Like with everything in life the more you do something the better you get at it and so I feel that for sure my writing improves with every book I finish. Style and voice however I think will always be the same.  

LB: Which character from the 5th Street series was your favorite to write about? Which was the hardest to write about? 

ER:I don't think I'll ever be able to choose a favorite in any of my series. I think maybe the easiest is a better way to look at it. Easy meaning the story just flowed from beginning to end with the twists showing up unexpectedly as usual but steadily. VS The stories that come to me and I suddenly hit a wall until bam! It comes to me. Sometimes tougher subjects or subjects that need to be dealt with more delicately are a bit harder to write. So I'd have to say Abel's story came to me very easily while Gio's tougher subject was a bit harder to tackle. Did I enjoy writing them equally? Absolutely.

LB: We’ve all come to see Abel as the older, mature, more responsible person trying to make it big in his career. Nellie is a woman who has been hurt by another man. Was it hard to write about a couple who want to stick to a solely physical relationship? 

ER: *wicked smirk* Being the evil writer that I am it was actually fun writing these two. When one or more of my stubborn characters decide they will not fall in love it's SO fun proving them wrong and having them react. =D 

LB: All your books so far have been contemporary romance. Do you ever see yourself writing any other genre? 

ER: My crazy mind never stops working. I have so many different stories in my head in a few different genres like paranormal and even mystery thrillers. I'd LOVE to get around to writing them a eventually but before I do that I have a few new things I'd like to try in my contemporary romances. 

LB: When you look at all your books over again is there anything you would rewrite/do differently? 

ER: The only thing I'm ever tempted to do when I revisit is write out scenes that were never seen just mentioned. Like for example in Sweet Sofie *Spoiler Alert!* It's mentioned that one of her brothers goes and speaks with Brandon and then that Alex and Brandon have an altercation on New Year's Eve. Also I've written the Forever Mine mini prequel but I'd like to touch more on Sarah and Sydney's past. Fortunately with the Fate series I just may get to all that.     

LB:  Many of us readers would love to have one of your characters next to us, are any of your characters based on your dream guy or someone you would love to have next to you? 

ER: I love alpha males. I've always loved reading about them so naturally when I decided to write a book my MMC took on those same qualities. I still smile when Angel is referred to as a baby alpha. So yes everything dreamy written into my guys personalities is a product of my "dream guy." But of course for the sake of drama a bit over the top. Makes them that much more exciting.  

LB: So far all your male characters have had a very protective streak in them, is Abel the same? (Honestly, I feel like he’d be worse-in a good way of course) Why is this? 

ER: Oh goodness. Maybe it's because he is a self proclaimed and unashamed mamma's boy AND because he grew up being the man of the house. But YES he is very protective and while he tries to be indifferent to all my evil attempts to rattle him, even "Aweless Ayala" has a breaking point  

LB: Are there any other books coming out soon that we can all expect? If yes, what can you tell us about them? 

ER: Breaking Brandon (Fate #2) should be out end of the year. It's what I'm currently working on. My traditionally published book Desert Heat is due out May 13, 2014. Between these two I just may have a top secret surprise. But that's all I'll say for now. ;)
LB: Now here comes the most clichéd question ever-and for a good reason! What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

ER: Well my very cliché answer to that is if writing is truly your passion then never EVER give up. Secondly I'd say is arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible. Do your homework. There are a TON of resources online but there are different ways to go about this so decide which is best for you. I get this question so much I've added it to my FAQ page in my blog. There I address this and give more advice along with links to some other authors in the biz who have also posted and blogged very excellently on this subject.  

My Character Casting
Abel - 5th street

Elizabeth is offering up (10) winners, signed copies of their choice of book, from her backlist which includes Abel as well.  The giveaway is open internationally. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST 08/25/2013.
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  1. hi.i loved the interview and elizabeth of course but the giveaway doesn't seem to work. thanks

    1. Sorry about that! The html code got mixed up but it should be all set now!

      Let me know if it still doesn't work! Good luck!


  2. LOVED this interview!!

  3. dania paulson merrifieldAugust 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    thanks for the great interview with my FAVORITE was nice getting into the head of someone who writes so compellingly.

    1. Anytime! If there are any other authors you would love to see interviewed I will certainly do my best!!

  4. Replies
    1. Thank you so much!! I had so many questions I had such a hard time asking only 10. :)

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    1. It's amazing! Hope you get to read it soon! Make sure you enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy!

  6. I LOVED the interview it was brilliant :)

  7. I adore Elizabeth Reyes and I love her books! So excited!