Friday, December 20, 2013

#BookBlitz, #CharacterIntro, #AuthorTalk and #Giveaway--> Exception by Patty Maximini

Book & Author Details:
Title and Author: Exception  by Patty Maximini
Publication date: November 2nd 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

When all hope for moving on from a life filled with pain and abuse was gone, Emily Watson closed herself off to the world, packed her bags, and moved across the country in search of a new life. What she found was a career she adored and friends she loved. It wasn’t a full and complete life, but it was definitely better than what she knew before.

When all hope for being loved and accepted

for who he was instead of what he had was gone, Taylor Carter decided that trusting people outside of his family wasn’t really smart and would only lead to disappointment. With his world turned upside down, his life became about his work, and every new relationship was meaningless and superficial. He was safe and definitely content but never truly happy.

When all hope for staying awake during a long day was gone, Emily and Taylor found themselves at the same coffee cart. Little did they know then that the worst coffee they’d ever had would forever change their lives.

When hopeless people are blinded by an endless pain, when contentment and safety feel like the best options, and when love seems impossible, they may just find an exception.

Excerpt:

“You’re Emily, right?” the woman asked. “Emily Watson?”
The confused frown on Emily’s face deepened, but her sweet tone didn’t waver. “Yes, can I help you with something?”
“Not really, but I’ll have your drink ready in a sec,” Annabelle informed her with a smile.
Once more Emily was baffled. “Okay, but shouldn’t I order and pay first?”
Annabelle giggled and shook her head, fixing a lid on top of a venti paper cup and placing it in front of Emily. “It’s been taken care of.”
Emily eyed the woman in confusion and opened her mouth to ask what she meant, but Annabelle continued with the explanation she was looking for. “Your drop dead gorgeous friend just left. Apparently he knew you’d come here. Before he paid for it he marked the cup himself and left clear instructions on how you liked your coffee,” she said, a swooning expression on her face.
Emily’s eyes instantly dropped to the cup. Her lips curled into a broad smile, proving to herself that, where Taylor was concerned, she was not in charge of her own face. She thanked Annabelle who winked at her, and made her way to the sofa by the window.
Removing the protective sleeve, Emily read the words scribbled in black ink. 
Emily A. Watson
“The Usual”
A whole lot of bold coffee + some skinny milk + a drizzle of cinnamon
I told you me knowing your order might come in handy, enjoy! See you soon, T.


Meet the Characters:


Taylor Carter could be described as the quintessential good guy with a temper. He’s caring, thoughtful, loyal and sweet to those allowed into his defenses. He’s the type of man that would go to the ends of the Earth and take extreme measures to protect those he loves. The problem is that he doesn’t allow himself to love very often. His past has shown him that people can’t be trusted, especially when you have what most people don’t. Therefore, he keeps mostly to himself.
Tay is 30 years-old, tall (6’2’’) and bulky, with chocolate brown hair and eyes. The strong, angular planes of his face are accentuated by a perfectly manicured stubble anda nice, big smile, one that grows whenever he’s looking at Emily. He’s a Canadian, but for the past decade he has alternated between living in the US and England. He has a PhD degree in fine arts with an emphasis on photography and modern art. Good coffee is at the very top of the list of things he can’t live without. His middle name is Ryan, but that’s something very few people know.

Emily Anne Watson is a woman with a broken past. Of all the things a person is exposed to in life, pain and heartache have been the ones she experienced the most. Those experiences have made her wary of people and scared of human contact in general. She hates being touched and having strange people surrounding her. Her safe haven is the tight nit group of friends that have become a family to her. They are the ones that can make her break out of her shell and show her true self. Despite all of that, she never allowed herself to become bitter and always strives to be a little sweeter than required.
Ems is 28 years-old, on the shorter side (5’2’’), petite, and hasblack hair and deep blue eyes. In all accounts, she’s beautiful. She grew up in California, but after some pretty traumatic experiences, she moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where she currently lives. She works as a book reviewer for a prominent lifestyle blog, and heads a study group and book club to some Yale students. Her favorite dessert is cheesecake, which was the inspiration to the nickname her two best friends gave her. She has a passion for all things Jane Austen and taught herself how to play the piano, something she doesn’t get to do much.

Zackary Clark is one of Emily’s best friends. He’s a single child of very traditional parents, who cut off all contact with him when he admitted to being gay at age 18. Since then he’s been on his own, counting only on his lifelong friend, Jody, and his aunt and uncle, May and Ben, who live in Vermont. He’s a pediatric surgeon and the heart of Emily’s group of friends.  He’s very protective of Emily and has taken upon himself the job of protecting her from those that mean her harm. He’s tall and thin, with coppery hair and green eyes.


Jody Francis O’Connellis Emily’s other best friendand easily the glue that keeps the group together. She has no filter, none whatsoever, which makes her such a genuine person and a lot of fun to hang out with. Her parents died in a car crash, leaving her the family restaurant, Old Joe’s, to take care of. She’s been engaged to Bradley for five years and living with him for one, but as of right now, they have no plans of getting married. In a perfect match to her outlandish personality, she’s got red hair, big boobs and all the right curves.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18103157-exception?ac=1

Purchase:
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AUTHOR BIO:

Words have always been a passion of mine. I’ve always loved to read them, write them and learn them in other languages. Last year, I’ve decided to take that passion and turn it into a book, the result was Exception, my very first novel due this October.

Whenever I’m not sitting behind my computer, I’m either enjoying the company of my dear hubby, Alex, and our four four-legged babies or reading. I’m a firm believer in long hand written letters, love of any kind and good stories.

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The author's 10 points every aspiring author should know and her story of how she got the inspiration to write Exception. Here it goes. :)

10 Things I Think Every Aspiring Author Should Know

1- The easiest part of being an author is writing a book.

2- Make as many friends in the writing community as you possibly can. Only authors understand the rollercoaster that publishing a book is, and at one point you’ll need the support.

3- Reviews are only other people’s opinions. Don’t freak out over them.

4- The more you check your reviews on Goodreads the crazier you’ll get. Be careful.

5- You need a good editor. It doesn’t matter if you know grammar like the back of your hand; your book needs a professional set of editing eyes.

6- Look for critique partners whose opinions you respect and trust their feedback. It’s better to hear from them that the scene you thought was awesome really isn’t, than from readers.

7- Read books written by authors you judge to be better than you.They will challenge you to better yourself.

8- Not everyone will like your book, that’s a fact. So be grateful for those that do and don’t get upset by the ones that don’t.

9- It takes time and perseverance to make it. Be patient.

10- It’s only worth it if you have fun, so write for yourself first.

Behind the Scenes:

The behind the scenes to creating Exception could be described as an orderlychaos, which is a weird contradiction. However, that’s the best way to describe it because I write out of order using three different notebooks and a white board to organize my ideas, with a lot of music playing and a cat that is constantly trying to climb on the keyboard. It’s a wonderful mess!
My inspiration for the story came one rainy afternoon as I was driving home from the grocery store. I had Nickelback’s “Don’t Ever Let it End” playing on the radio and all of the sudden this scene came to my mind. It was so beautiful, emotional and I got so excited by it that I had to stop the car and record it on my phone, so I wouldn’t forget. I spent that night writing what is now chapter 20 and that’s how the story and the characters were born.
I’m admittedly a person of habits and routines, and writing is not an exception to that. Writing only happens if I have a mug of tea in hand and my butt sitting on my chair. I write sitting at my dining table, and though all of my chairs are the same, there’s this one that is my chair. For some reason, I find it more comfortable than the others, and whenever my husband changes its location, I always have to go around sitting in all of them until I find it, or no writing will be done. 

Buying Links:
--Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1494212153/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=1494212153&link_code=as3&tag=njksworofboo-20
--B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/exception-patty-maximini/1117350027?ean=2940148870326

Blitz-wide giveaway
(Open internationally):
--20x ebook copies of Exception

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