Susie Warren has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her new book, Ruthless Perfection. As part of her tour Susie will be giving away a $50 Amazon gift card via Rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for more information.
Now enjoy this interview with Susie.
Who is (are) your favorite author(s)?
I love trying new authors so often I’ll chose a novel based on the premise and not just the author’s name. But in particular I like Jane Porter for her fast-paced stories, Christina Tetreault for her emotional impact and Bella Andre for her interesting families and captivating male characters.
What is your favorite indulgence (food, spa treatment or other)?
My favorite indulgence is traveling. I’m very much a creature of habit – I wake up at the same time, drink the same coffee, approach my work day with the same routines. So a couple of times a year, I like to get out of my predictable life and go somewhere completely different. While traveling, I’ll indulge in walks along the beach, gourmet restaurants, and museum visits etc…
What was the inspiration for Ruthless Perfection?
For Ruthless Perfection, I came across a beautiful coffee table book with images from the Carrara Marble Quarries in a local bookstore. The images were so captivating that I purchased the book and began to consider telling a story with the marble quarries as the setting. I spent time researching the history of the marble quarries and the background for the characters naturally evolved. There are so many beautiful works of art created out of marble that it seemed like a natural extension to carry that over to seeking perfection. I knew I wanted to weave in a character’s struggle with the issue of seeking perfection and how that would impact falling in love.
What do you like most about your heroine, Isabel Neri?
I like that she willing to stand up to her family, deciding to take an unconventional path. Her tight-knit Italian family wanted her to work in nursing as it was a safe choice that would guarantee her a job. After a serious accident and following everyone’s rules, Isabel decided to follow her own ambitions and becomes a filmmaker. The story opens as she is traveling to Martha’s Vineyard and needs to convince a reclusive billionaire to allow her to film in his marble quarry in Carrara, Italy.
What’s next for you?
The second novel in this series, The Exiled Jeweler, is coming out in December. It tells the story of Isabel Neri’s cousin. Emilia Berceto is shy heiress to a jewelry empire and captures the attention of a celebrated business entrepreneur when she attends a gala at his mansion in Los Angeles. Images secretly captured of her partially nude are released to the tabloids and her overly protective family sends her far away.
A filmmaker wanting to honor her family’s legacy approaches a reclusive billionaire for help
Isabel Neri’s innocence captures the attention of a well-known Italian marble mogul, Marc Santoro, when she approaches him against her family’s wishes. Wanting to honor her disgraced grandfather, Isabel needs Marc’s permission to produce a film about the Carrara marble industry.
Faced with honoring an old family obligation, Marc allows Isabel to travel to Italy with him but seeks to limit her exposure to his family’s tragic past. Isabel discovers the untold story and challenges Marc to reveal the truth. She is forced to expose her own secret as their desire sparks out of control.
Isabel felt a moment of panic as she watched the driver make a swift exit. She carefully walked up the stone path that led to the front door, being careful not to catch her black Manolo Blahnik heels in the stones.
The front door swung open and Isabel felt the oxygen leave her body. She wasn’t prepared for seeing Marc Santoro in the flesh again. She could feel his gaze rake over her in appraisal, apparently sizing her up. He looked every inch the wealthy business owner: he was dressed in an expertly tailored gray shirt with slightly darker gray trousers that were pressed to exactness. He was even more striking than she remembered, and she reminded herself to just breathe and focus on her pitch.
It was his intensity that she responded to; he seemed to be absorbing everything about her. Isabel hid her expression as she acknowledged to herself that while he may appreciate her outward appearance, he wouldn’t appreciate her damaged body.
Would he remember meeting her before?
She forced herself to reach out and offer her hand. As his warm fingers enveloped hers, she felt a spark of attraction travel through her body. She immediately pulled back, but not before she saw his eyes darken.
He merely smiled at her reaction, saying, “So you are not just a figment of Alberto’s imagination.” Guiding her inside, he added, “I was beginning to doubt that the old man had any relatives interested in the marble trade.”
Isabel felt her spine stiffen. Was he questioning her family’s loyalty?
“My grandfather speaks very highly of you,” Isabel said as she took in the luxurious setting, trying to get her bearings.
His voice was cool and didn’t give her any clue if he welcomed her visit. “It isn’t often that Alberto Neri asks for a favor.”
Author Bio and Links:
Susie Warren writes contemporary romance. Besides being an avid reader, she spends much of her free time crafting intense and complex stories about falling in love. When she is not writing, Susie works as an administrator in a small, independent school while caring for three teenagers and keeping tabs on her inventor husband. With the launching of her first book, The Forgotten Heiress, she has slowly begun to navigate the social media realm.
Susie loves to hear from readers and responds to each email and Facebook post. Please reach out to her via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Susie-Warren/647556668647832 or Twitter @susiecwarren
For more information on her upcoming releases, new excerpts and other related postings, or to sign up for free promotions, please visit www.susiewarren.com
Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N09UD32
Susie will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. To be included in the drawing follow this link to Susie’s Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway
Be sure you follow Susie’s tour and leave comments at each stop. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The complete list of tour dates can be found on the Goddess Fish website: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/11/vbt-ruthless-perfection-by-susie-warren.html