Thursday, May 17, 2018

Waking to Black by V.H. Luis - Book Tour and Giveaway



About the Book

He shattered my defenses, and I was fragile to begin with…

The first time I saw Adam Black, I was between the arms of a criminal, a gun to my throat and even then, I knew I was staring at the most dangerous man in the room.

Maybe it was his confident, cerulean eyes, or the sex appeal radiating from his pores like heat waves on a scorching day, but by proximity alone he made my vision blur and my heart stammer.

The day I was nearly killed in a bank hold-up, I began to live—because of him.

Now, I’m praying for the first time in years, hoping the scars of my past, the secrets I keep, don’t interfere with my future…





Excerpt

I close my eyes and bend my knees—or at least I think I am. I’m finding it hard to breathe, and the room is spinning. I must not be moving fast enough because the next thing I know, the man with the big gun grabs me and shoves the cold tip of the barrel against my neck.

This is how it ends? A pang of regret stabs deep within my belly. I wonder who will feed my cat when I’m gone, and the pathetic nature of that last thought is sobering. I haven’t accomplished much in the last twenty-four years. My eyes begin to water, and my vision clouds.

“Hey, take it easy,” a much calmer voice calls out from behind me.

I try to focus on the deep tenor of this stranger, who to my shock is defying a man with a gun, but my senses aren’t cooperating.

Using me as a shield, my captor spins me and I get a blurry first look at my would-be hero. Through pooling tears, I see he’s dressed in an expensive black suit, a crisp white shirt, and a solid black tie. He has hair the color of dark coffee, and because he defies the order to hug the floor, I notice he’s tall. His sapphire eyes lock on mine, urging me to breathe, and for a split-second I forget I’m in the arms of a lunatic because it’s this stranger’s gaze holding me hostage.


Though his hands are in the air, like everyone else’s, he seems to be humoring the robber rather than obeying him out of fear. And while not armed, his calm demeanor is more threatening than the creep jamming a gun against my throat. It’s as if under the façade of composure something dark and dangerous lingers—the insight makes me tremble.

Interview

1. Tell us about your book, what inspired it.

Waking to Black is a steamy character-driven romance. However, the heroine and hero of this story Evelyn Snowe and Adam Black are both in different ways damaged. I like the concept of writing about people who have to work towards finding peace and happiness because that is a real struggle in life for many people. My father was one of those people and his struggles in part inspired me to write this story.

2. Where’s your favorite place to write?

My room without-a-doubt. My desk is set up exactly how I like it and I appreciate being able to write in the privacy of my bedroom with music blasting in my ear. I’ve tried other more serene settings and everything around me ends up distracting me.

3. What are you working on next?

I’m currently finalizing the edits/rewrites for Fading to Black (Uninhibited #2), since it is due to be released August 2018. I’m excited to offer the continuation of Evelyn and Adam’s love affair.

4. Do you have a favorite quote?

I have a few actually, though I’ll go with the one I think I use most often. I like William Shakespeare’s “This above all: to thine own self be true,” because that is solid advice. If you want to be appreciated for what you can offer, if you want to accomplish anything and be happy, you must be true to yourself.

5. What do you do when you are not writing?

I’m usually reading or spending time with my beautiful son. I used to love playing video games, especially role-playing games which often have richly developed plots weaved into game-play. However, I’ve found that to accomplish my dream of publishing and still have time for my son, I need to focus my attention. So, lately I’ve been busy reading, writing, and being a mommy.

6. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Truthfully, I find myself so early on in this endeavor it’s hard to offer much advice. I think any person who puts themselves out there to be critiqued by others has to have thick-skin. Some people will love what you write and often enough they will go out of their way to tell you how much something you have written has affected them positively. The truth of course can be said in the reverse. You need to be confident in what you are producing and advocate for your characters and story. An audience exists for what you are writing, you just have to find that audience. Remember to always be positive and confident.

7. Any last words?

It’s been a sincere pleasure to answer these questions and have the opportunity to talk about my debut novel. I hope readers will take a chance on Waking to Black (Uninhibited #1), since Evelyn and Adam’s story is not only steamy, but meaningful. Again, thank you so much for having me!

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About the Author

V.H. Luis is the author of the Black Series, an erotic romance trilogy that follows the love affair of Evelyn Snowe and Adam Black. Her debut book WAKING to Black, will be released in 2018, and the subsequent sequels FADING to Black, and SURRENDERING to Black, will follow shortly thereafter.

Welcome to my internet haven!
I’m a born and bred Miami Girl—and proud of it! I would wear shorts and flip-flops every day of the week if I could. Growing up in Miami, surrounded by my parent’s heritage has made me proud of my Cuban ancestry. Cafecito and a guava pastry for breakfast? Yes, please! Salsa music while I tidy the house? Of course.
If I’m not busy scribbling notes about the story pounding out of my head, I’m painting, listening to music, or spending time with the love of my life—my son. If I decide to travel, I bring the whole family (in-laws included), or at least I try to, because life is too short not to spend it with family; one of the many lessons my father taught me.

My website:  https://vhluis.com/

Giveaway
V.H. Luis will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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