Monday, 28 April 2014

Blog Tour + Interview + Giveaway - Eternal Mixture by Shevaun DeLucia

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Release date: 1st November 2013
Publisher: Words Written LLC

Book Description:

If you had the chance to start your life over, would you take it? 
If you were told you would live for eternity, would you embrace it? 
If a stranger told you he was your soul mate, would you believe it?

Raina Richmond has played it safe her entire life. She has never broken the rules. That is, until Brent Alexander walked straight into her life, causing havoc. Turning her world upside down. 

Brent is the new kid in town. He is every girl’s fantasy: adorable, charming, chiseled, and the typical boy Raina usually steers clear of. But there is just something about him she can’t seem to resist. Safe is no longer an option for her. For him, she breaks all the rules.

What she doesn’t realize is that he holds the key to her past, present, and future. Once he reveals the reasons behind their irrevocable connection, she will unlock the answers to all of her questions, and her life as she knows it will never be the same again.





Shevaun DeLucia lives in upstate New York with her husband, four children, and two dogs. As a stay-at-home mom while her children were young, she fell in love with reading. She indulged in the small moments that took her away from the reality of her loud, overly rambunctious household, bringing her into a world of fantasy. When reading wasn’t enough to satisfy her, she turned to writing, determined to create the perfect ending of her own.

When did you start writing?
I began writing at the age of 28. Yes I know, a little later in life, but once I started, I just couldn’t stop. I will be the first to admit that I am an addict, and my addiction of choice is writing! Lol.

What makes you want to write?

Writing is sort of a meditating tool for me. It calms me. I feel a sense of accomplishment and pride when looking back on the words I’ve just written, and it definitely taps into my creative side, forcing me to think outside of the box. There are moments of frustration though; stepping outside of my own thought process to think like someone else has been a challenge for me, in a good way.
Writing takes practice, as does everything. You should have seen my first book. Yikes! I locked it up and threw away the key! Regardless, I kept on going because I absolutely love to write. It’s good for the soul :)

Do you ever get writer's block and what do you do to get over it?

All the time! Actually I was just dealing with an episode of writer’s block, so instead of throwing my computer against the wall (joke), I switched modes and began on this guest post. So, what do I do to get over it? I step away! I get some air, do some laundry, clean, or just sit and watch some addicting reality TV. Lol. When I come back, I have a fresh outlook on the story ahead. There is no one way to handle writer’s block. Everyone deals a little differently, but the only suggestion I have is to jump back on the horse no matter what! Get back on that computer, or whatever you use, and just keep writing! You might be surprised at what you can accomplish with a fresh outlook in place.
Do you have a special way of going about writing?
Honestly, there is no rhyme or reason to the way I write. I haven’t yet drawn out any outlines or started with any brainstorming. I just begin typing, always starting at the beginning, and just let the words flow out of my fingertips.
I probably have a multitude of favorite writing spots: my dining room table, living room couch, bedroom, and my cozy chaise lounge. I never stick to just one place. I always switch around, depending on my mood and, of course, the loudness of my house. Having four rambunctious kids kind of forces me to move around. Lol.

What are your hobbies?

I love to read!! What a surprise, huh? Lol. When I’m not reading, I’m writing. And when I’m not writing, I’m cleaning. And when I’m not cleaning, I’m driving around cheerleaders! Phew! That doesn’t leave too much time open for anything else, at least until the summer breaks. Once a heat wave comes to NY (which feels like forever from now), I enjoy any outside activities that include the family!

How did you choose the character names for Eternal Mixture?

I honestly can’t remember where I heard the name Raina, but I know I loved it. Her name means “queen,” and I thought that fit her character perfectly. She has a sort of hidden power that she exudes unknowingly, and she’s completely unaware of her captive audience because of it.

When I thought of the name Brent, I thought of a sizzling hot mess of yumminess, and that definitely fits his character. He walks into a room and unknowingly demands all eyes on him. He has a sex appeal that girls are drawn to and boys are envious of.
With the Edmunds name, I actually researched names that were popular during the 1800s time period. I thought a good vintage name would work perfectly for him. The name exudes authority and projects earnestness, just as he does.
As far as the other characters—Maddie, Jenna, Bailey, and Jason—they just came to me as I was creating their characters.
Do you have any works in progress?
Yes! Eternal Mixture is the first installment of a three-book series. As of right now, I am working on book #2.

Who is your favorite character in Eternal Mixture?

I would have to say Brent, without a doubt! He’s hot, amazingly sweet, and full of charisma. But, most importantly, the way he handles Raina with such love, gentleness, and complete selflessness is absolutely divine. He adores her, he cherishes her, and he is utterly devoted to her in every way possible. Now, who wouldn’t die to have a boyfriend like that? Lol. 

Where did you get the idea for Eternal Mixture?
Believe it or not, grammar and I are not friends. So, I figured I would sign up for some college courses that could help improve my grammar as well as my writing. Unfortunately, the grammar improvement didn’t take, but there, in my short story English class, Eternal Mixture was created.
What was your favorite part of writing Eternal Mixture?

I would have to say when Brent reveals to Raina why they are soul mates. He explains to her the reason behind their irrevocable connection and the reason for their existence. Its breathtaking and intensely emotional, but most of all, it’s blanketed in the adoration and dedication that Brent holds for Raina. Beautiful is the only way to describe it.
The ending doesn’t fall too far behind. The way Brent and Raina bond themselves to each other is magical. A moment I wish I could have lived out for myself. I won’t say too much, though. I don’t want to spoil it!!
What are you currently reading? 
I am currently reading Letting Go by Maya Banks. I highly suggest it for the mature audience only.

What is your favorite book?  

Boy, I began with Twilight—yes, I was also Twilight-obsessed, lol—and I would have to say I’ve ended with Rush by Maya Banks. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire and One Week Boyfriend by Monica Murphy are also on my list. Honestly, there are so many, and they’re all awesome in their own little ways.

Who is your favorite author?  
I’ve been reading more adult romance lately, and hands down, Maya Banks is amazing! I cry, I laugh, and I get to experience moments that I would never have the guts to experience in real life through her books. As for YA authors, I would have to say Stephanie Meyer, Alyson Noel, Claudia Gray, and L.J Smith are some of the best. I can’t really just pick one; they’re all great!

 Quick-fire questions:
Chocolate or ice cream? Chocolate for sure!
Paperback or ebook? Paperback. I love seeing my bookshelf full with all my favorite authors :)
Dogs or cats? Dogs.
Go out or stay in? Hmmm … depends on my mood, but lately, stay in.
Summer or winter? SUMMER!!!

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