Hello Lovies, and welcome to another Monday Meet the author. I am excited to introduce you to Grace Risata who is a new addition to the literary world. She is very excited to share her first novel, My Dirty Detour. Grace is happiest when reading, eating Portillos hot dogs, and patiently waiting for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
Let's get this show on the road!
Hello Grace, welcome to An Angell's Life. What is the current book you are promoting?
I'm currently promoting "My Dirty Detour: An alpha male mafia comedy romance." It came out on January 19 and I'm very excited about the response I've received. Several readers have told me that it made them laugh and I really appreciated hearing that. I think life can be very stressful sometimes and it makes me overjoyed to think that people I don't even know are enjoying my book.
Reader feedback is great, isn't it? Keeps us going when the writing world gets tough. What is your next project?
I'm about 100 pages into my next book. It has a totally different cast of characters from the first one. I was inspired by playing with my dog in the snow...and it led to a story idea that I'm just running with.
What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?
Don't let the negative reviews bother you. You have to take the constructive criticism and learn from it. If someone points out something they didn't like, use it as an opportunity to do better next time. I also made a word document with the best positive reviews, so I could re-read that after getting negative ones. It puts it into perspective that although some people don't like the book, other people did enjoy it.
Negative reviews can be a downer, especially when there isn't any clear criticism. That is a great way to keep from letting it get you down. Thanks for sharing.
Tell us something unique about you:
I name my characters after dogs that I've known and loved! Stella, Max, Pennie, and Bridget are all dogs that I've had. Rocky is sort of close to Rocco, and that's my cousin's dog.
Aww, I love dogs too! What a sweet tribute to your pets!
What one person from history would you like to meet and why?
I would have to choose Jesus because I think he would have the most important lessons to teach me. I would ask him how he could be so patient and tolerant. I would thank him for making the ultimate sacrifice.
Thank you so much for joining us today Grace. For those of you who are interested in learning more about Grace Risata, check out her website
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Here is a teaser of her debut novel My Dirty Detour:
A dominant leader flees the mafia, looking for a fresh start in a small town. He put all his effort into starting a business and resigned himself to a life without love. A neurotic germaphobe lives vicariously through the books she reads, preferring to play it safe in real life and hide behind her sarcastic remarks. “I am NOT that neurotic! I just have germ issues and I tend to over-analyze things. Sure, I second guess myself all the time and have a tendency to freak out over the small stuff. I’ll admit that I do ask a lot of “what if…?” questions. Fine. I’m neurotic.” One fateful day, the simple act of taking a wrong turn leads Violet right into Rocky’s life and completely turns it upside down. Accustomed to his orders being obeyed immediately and without question, Rocky doesn’t appreciate Violet challenging his authority at every opportunity. “I don’t like being told what to do. Especially when some arrogant tough guy thinks he can boss me around. I might have argued with him just to keep him close. He smelled like heaven. Although with a body like his, I knew he was no angel. Violet charmed her way into his heart with her quick wit and stubbornness, causing Rocky to fail at his many attempts to resist her. “He’d never met anyone like me before. I trash talk, curse like a sailor, and pretty much say whatever’s on my mind. Life is too short to pretend to be something that you’re not.” Rocky tries to keep his violent past hidden from Violet, but it suddenly catches up to him and he can no longer deny who he really is. Will Rocky turn his back on the life he built or stay and fight for what’s his? When Violet is faced with situations that rival anything she’s merely read about, will she be able to face her fears and work together with Rocky or will the truth tear them apart? “It’s one hell of a wild ride! Take a look inside the first few pages and I’ll tell you all about it.”
Follow the journey of Rocky and Violet as they take a dirty detour… Please note: As is often the case after “Boy Meets Girl” but before “Happily Ever After,” Steamy Bedroom Scenes will occur. Well….some of the steamy scenes actually take place outside the bedroom. You’ll have to read the book to find out more! This is a full length, stand-alone novel with no cliffhangers.
Sound intriguing? You can grab a copy for less than $1.00 on Amazon.