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Meet Carmen Falcone

 

ANNOUNCEMENT:  The winner of the book giveaway was Pat Posner.  Congratulations, Pat.  We will be in touch with you.

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.


GIVEAWAY!!!!

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.




 




Review

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.



Comments

  1. Thank you for the interview Maria and Carmen x

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    1. Mandy, great to see you over here, thanks for coming over...

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    2. Thank you Amanda! :) Have a great day!

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  2. Great interview, Maria and Carmen!

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  3. I really enjoyed the first chapter - I like a bit of danger with my romance!

    Great interview Maria and good luck with the novel, Carmen :o)

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    1. I have to agree with you Karen - romance fiction has a feelgood factor, but a bit of danger definitely adds spice.

      Thanks for stopping by....

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    2. Thank you so much, Karen! I agree! A little bit of danger goes a long way... ;)

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  4. Great interview. Very much enjoyed reading about the background to the writing of it! Love your new blog!
    Edith xxx
    http://inaroomofmyown.wordpress.com/

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    1. Hi Edith, I didn't know your web address. I'll be visiting you soon, thanks for your kind words about my blog and the interview. Carmen has been a terrific guest...

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    2. Thank you, Edith! I think this blog will be a huge success :) Go Maria!

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    1. Thank you Kath. And thanks for stopping by...

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    2. Thanks, Kath! Have a great day and good luck :)

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  6. Loved this - thank you Maria and Carmen! I enjoyed the first chapter of A Vengeful Affair :-) x

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    1. Lovely to see you here, Teresa. I have a copy of your book and I'll review it here very soon!

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    2. Thank you, Teresa. So glad you enjoyed it :)

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  7. Great interview, Maria and Carmen! I loved reading your answers, Carmen. And Maria is a good interviewer with awesome questions! A Vengeful Affair sounds like a wonderful read. I've just read the the review here A Vengeful Affair It sounds interesting and intriguing!

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    1. Thank you Nas. It's a terrific read, action all the way....

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    2. Thanks, Nas! It means a lot, coming from you :) xx

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  8. Awesome interview Maria ! The book sounds like a amazing read!

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    1. Hi Desere, I really hope you get to read this, I know you'd love it.

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  9. Hi Maria, loved the interview! Congrats for your first blog post. I'll be following :D

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    1. Thanks for the comment! Good luck :)

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    2. Tash, I'm delighted to see you over here. Thanks for you kind words. I look forward to seeing you over here again.

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  10. Congratulations on your blog, Maria and what a special first guest! And it is an amazing read! Looking forward to Carmen's next one.

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    1. Hi Annie, great to see you here :). You're another favourite writer of mine, so having you comment here is really special!

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  11. Congrats on the blog Maria. Looking forward to reading your new book Carmen. It looks like a great read.

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    1. Thank you, Princess Fiona! Ha! I love Shrek :D Good luck!

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    2. Thank you Fiona. Delighted to see you. I hope you get a chance to read this book, it's realy good.

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  12. Love the comment about the book seeming easier to write after it was done :0) So hear you on that.

    Great interview, Carmen.

    And I love the blog, Maria.

    xx

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    1. Hi Suzanne, great to see you over here. I love reading interviews with authors because as a writer, I really relate....

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  13. I relate to Carmen's comment about not being able to not write it - her book.

    On the book itself - having the vengeful Vivian fall for her the man who she thinks murdered her friend sounds like a big writing challenge. According to your review, Carmen seems to have pulled it off.

    (Btw - Good luck with this book blog.)

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    1. Hi Paul,

      I'm delighted that you came over. Thanks for your good wishes and hope to see you over here again soon.

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  14. I've just read the sample first chapter - and now I'm hooked, Carmen. I suspect the fast pacing reflects your busy real life... I admire anyone who can fit writing in with caring for a toddler, study AND work!
    All best with this gorgeous new blog, Maria.

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    1. I definitely agree with that Cherie, it seems to me that looking after the child is most difficult and what an achievement to write on top of that.

      I'm looking forward to your next book too, Cherie.

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  15. Great first chapter. I look forward to reading the book. Maria the interview was very interesting too.

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  16. Thank you, my unknown commenter - I've looked for you all over but can't find you......

    But I'm so glad you've come over.

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  17. Ooooh! Thrilled to be the winner. Thank you!

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  18. wow..i like the name javier,,i think he is very hottie guy,,
    nice to know you carmen,,^^
    thanks for the chance to win,,

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