Spotlight & Giveaway: Twisted by Emma Chase

Posted March 24th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 90 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase to HJ!

Spotlight&Giveaway

Hi Emma, Welcome to HJ!

What would you say are the defining characteristic of your Novels?

Emma CHumor, heartfelt moments, witty sexy characters.

5 best things about being an author…

1) Getting to take all the stories and characters that are always running around my head and share them with others.
2) Being able to write the kind of books I’d love to read.
3) Hearing from readers that my characters made them laugh or smile or brightened their day.
4) Being able to work from home (and in my pajamas).
5) That a dream I’ve had my whole life – being an author – has come true.

Let’s talk about your newest release: TWISTED

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here…

TWISTwisted is from Kate’s point-of-view and looks in on her & Drew’s relationship two years after the end of Tangled. I think the tagline and parts of the summary really say it best:
Old habits don’t die. Falling in love is easy, staying in love is harder. Sometimes you have to go back to where you started before you can move forward.

Please tell us about the characters in your book

The main characters, Kate Brooks and Drew Evans are investment bankers in New York City. Both are very passionate, intelligent and competitive. They’re also crazy about one another. Although they’re driven professionally, family is very important to both of them and they have a great group of loyal, funny friends.

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Kate comes off as very independent in Tangled – and she is, to a point. One of the themes in Twisted is how others see us isn’t always how we see ourselves. Because she’s always had a boyfriend – someone to lean on – Kate doesn’t necessarily think of herself as a strong woman, at least in the beginning of Twisted. That was surprising to me.

What scene did you most enjoy writing? Why?

I enjoyed writing the epilogue most of all. There are parts of Twisted that are more emotional and intense than Tangled. Although I believe a really good story – particularly a sequel – should have a balanced mix of angst and comedic relief, it was fun to return to the light, sexy banter in the epilogue that Drew and Kate are known for.

Kate doubts my sincerity. “Please. Don’t blow smoke up my ass, Drew.”
I smirk. “Trust me sweetheart—if I’m thinking about slipping something up your ass? It’s not gonna be smoke.”

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

Without giving too much away, a scene towards the end of the story was the hardest. I think it’s an author’s responsibility, when we break something, to put it back together again in an emotionally satisfying way. For me, this was a bit challenging to write and still retain the snappy, quick pace I like my books to have.
In real life, you have to deal with what happens after.
The fallout from the things you said, the consequences of the things you did, that almost destroyed it all. That still could. That’s why we watch movies like that—because real life is just never that easy.

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

“It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride.”
― John Ruskin

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2014?

Currently, I’m working on the manuscript for TIED, the fourth full length book in The Tangled Series. In addition to Twisted (Book #2), Tamed (Book #3) releases in July 2014 and then Tied in October 2014.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

I love chatting with readers!
Twitter @emmachse
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emma-Chase/203871846413267
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6551005.Emma_Chase
My email is info@emmachase.net

GIVEAWAY: 2 print copies of TWISTED

To enter Giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and post a comment to this Q: Personally, I’m a hopeless re-reader. I’ll wake up in the morning and feel like re-experiencing a favorite scene or favorite couple, even if it’s from a book I’ve read many times already. Do you re-read? If yes, do you usually reread the whole book or just certain excerpts/chapters?

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Excerpt:

And then Drew is holding my face in his hands, his thumbs moving back and forth across my skin. Suddenly tender. Worshipful.
Our foreheads press together and in the dim light I can see his eyes looking down, watching where he moves in and out of me.
And I look down too. It’s erotic. Sensual.
I push his hair back from his forehead.
And my voice is begging, “Tell me you love me.”
He doesn’t say it often. He prefers to show me. But I never get tired of hearing it. Because every time he actually says the words, I’m filled with same wonderment as the first time.
“I love you, Kate.”
His hands still hold my face. Both of us panting—moving faster—getting closer. It feels spiritual.
A holy communion.
Drew’s voice is hushed. Breathless. “Tell me you’ll never leave me.”
His eyes are soft now, liquid silver. Pleading for reassurance.
For all his audacity and over-confidence, I think there’s a part of him that’s still haunted by the week he thought I’d chosen Billy over him. I think that’s why he works so hard to prove how much he wants me.
To show me that I chose wisely.
I smile softly and look right into his eyes. “Never. I’ll never leave you, Drew.”

About the book:

When spontaneous and carefree meets cautious and responsible, falling in love can get just a little Twisted

There are two kinds of people in this world: the ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. A planner. Cautious. Then I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself. He made it easy to leap with him.

Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after? So did I. But life is about choices, and Drew already made his. In fact, he tried to decide for the both of us—but you know that’s not my style. So I came back to Greenville, to spend some time alone . . . sort of.

Because old habits die hard, and sometimes you have to go back to where you began before you can move ahead again.

 

 

 

 

90 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Twisted by Emma Chase”

  1. Christine L.

    I don’t believe that I’ve re-read passages or any entire book since I was a teen and little kid (when my favorite stories were things like the Chronicles of Narnia and the Black Stallion series).

  2. Kelly C

    I love to re-read some of my favorite books. Occasionally, I will re-read just a chapter if I am trying to remember a specific scene.

  3. Liza Dequilla

    I reread really good books. I will not be contented on rereading just a chapter so I do the whole book again and again. It doesn’t hurt if it’s a good book right? 😉

  4. cherylsds

    I am an avid re-reader! Especially if it’s part of a series and the next book is coming out soon. I need to read ALL previous books in the series 😉

  5. mrsmac19

    I will reread sections or entire books if certain scenes are moving. I’ll also try to reread if it’s been a while between books in a series. Loved Tangled! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  6. Heather L

    I do re-read some of my favorite books but usually skip the slower scenes and focus on my favorite parts.

  7. Inga

    I read books over and over. Some I’ll go back and read the entire book, but most times I’ll go back to certain sections and reread them several times.

  8. Marife Samonte

    I love re-reading books. It makes me wanna understand and try to recreate the feelings that I encounter while reading it for the first time. I re-read the whole book, from cover to cover. 🙂

  9. Lori Ha

    I reread books when I have time especially if it’s been awhile since I’ve read them 🙂

  10. Amy R

    I do both, I have books I just need to reread and others I pull out and reread my favorite parts over and over.

  11. Tina Hammond

    I re-read all the time, especially the last books of a series when a new book comes out. It’s the whole book. Some of my series I’ve read 3-4 times (Anita Blake), and some books, I’ve read over a dozen times thru the years (Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged)

  12. Chanpreet

    Without a doubt, yes! Sometimes I’ll re-read just scenes and other times I’ll want the comfort of the entire book. It just depends on my mood.

  13. Christine

    I am definitely a re-reader and I read the whole book. I think even if I started just reading a scene, I would end up continuing the book 🙂

  14. DJ Sakata

    I do reread – sometimes the whole book, usually certain parts that connect up to later points

  15. LaLae Puntual

    i love to re-read! i usually re-read the whole book. especially when the sequel comes out. Thanks

  16. Erika

    I love rereading my favorite books and series! If I reread them I always reread the whole book and usually the whole series too (if a series). I have a handful of favorites I’m dying to reread now but my Kindle is full of new books too so it is hard to pick.

  17. Sharlene Wegner

    I actually just reread a whole book today that I finished yesterday. Sometimes I reread the Ahh parts before I put the book away or bring it back to the library. So I do both.

  18. kgagnon2013

    I love to reread favoite scenes! Sometimes I might scan the whole book but read favorite parts or parts I just want a refresher on. Thanks for the post and giveaway! =D

  19. joeysammyk

    I’m a big re-reader too! I usually re read the whole book. Thanks for the chance 🙂

  20. Kim Perry

    It depends. I will usually re-read an entire book, but sometimes I will just re-read a particular scene or chapter that was particularly memorable.

  21. Linda Brennan

    I’m a re-reader, too. Sometimes it’s a book – sometimes it’s passages from books. Just yesterday I re-read passages from several books. Thanks for the chance to win! I absolutely love this series!

  22. Zandalee

    I wish I had the time to re-read certain books. There are definitely books that make a big impression on me and I’d love nothing more to experience them again, but I’m too busy reading new books. 🙂 If I do get the urge to re-read something, it’s usually a particular scene or chapter.

    • Leslie Miner

      I’m not a re-reader. I have thought about it, but then remember how many books are on my TBR. : ) Thank you for the chance to win Twisted. I loved, loved, loved Tangled.

  23. Tracy Werner

    I am definitely a re-reader. It’s like visiting old friends. Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. Laurie G

    I don’t normally reread a book. I have too many unread books. However, occasionally I will accidentally buy a book that I’ve already read. I do reread the whole book if I liked it the first time. I do skim over some of the words the second time around. Rarely I have intentionally reread a book that I loved.

  25. Christine Kochanowski

    I do re-read my favorites completely, some I re-read at the same time of year, every year. I also will re-read a whole series by skimming or re-reading favorite chapters to remember what happened if a new book comes out. Some times authors wait to long to release the next book and I’ve forgotten to much, lately though I’ve found so many good authors I don’t bother buying the new books if I can’t remember most of the past stories.

  26. Tawnya Bentley

    Yes, I love to re-read, especially if my TBR pile seems to be stuck in a rut. And I’ll reread the whole book, even if I was really wanting to read a section.

  27. Kathleen O

    I don’t re-read a lot of books, because I have so many books I have to read for the first time.. But there has been a few books I have re-read, like a Nora Roberts book or two.

  28. Robin the Book Nerd

    I re read my favorite classics like Gone with the Wind, Fahrenheit 451, Little Women etc. I will also re read a book if it is part of a series and the next installment just came out.

  29. Jennifer Zorko

    I re-read all the time. Sometimes I will be reading a book that reminds me of something else that I have read and I just need to run and get the book out and read. It depends on my mood. Sometimes it is just certain passages other times it is the entire book. Thank you for the chance. This book looks like one that I can read over and over and over again.

  30. Demitra

    The only book I can remember I have reread is Pride and Prejudice but yes I like to re read certain excerpts of my favorite books.

  31. Maria Malaveci

    I don’t re-read honestly because I have so many books that I am wanting to read, that I want to read them before I re-read anything, and I keep adding, and adding to my to read everyday!

  32. Leanna

    I reread all the time, you should see my book closet (the linen closet houses most of my books). When I reread I will read the whole book, but I may go skip a boring part.

  33. Cari White

    I’ve re-read fav authors books, but not in a few years. Nora Roberts, I mean, Hello, I’ve re-read all of her books. Susan Mallery’s books, I’ve re-read a lot of hers. But I’ve gotten to where there needs to be a number of years in between, because I’ve found a lot of new authors to read!

  34. Elizabeth Quinones

    When I reread books I always get a different feeling then I did the first time I read it.

  35. Krysten M

    I definitely reread. I usually skim the whole book and read the whole of my favorite scenes

  36. Michelle M

    I love rereading fav books. Sometime I’ll remember a certain scene and go read that, too. I’m in the middle of rereading Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley. LOVE it.

  37. Tess H

    Yes! I re-read the entire book when the next book in the series is released (e.g. now that Twisted is released, I’ll re-read Tangled and then read Twisted straight after) Some of my fav re-reads are FSOG, The Sea of Tranquility, The Fault in Our Stars, Silver Linings Playbook and Inside Out series by Lisa Renee Jones and Shattered Hearts series by Cassia Leo. Thanks for the giveaway! I absolutely love Drew!!! 😉

  38. Margaret

    I don’t reread too often – I have such a backlog of books that it’s hard to find the time. There are a couple of books that I’ll go back to and read selected passages every now and then…

  39. txgrll

    It depends on the book and how much I enjoyed it. There are certain books I like to reread every year.

  40. Allison W

    I do reread, and I reread the whole book. Often if its a favorite series of mine, then I may even read the whole series of books before it just to prepare! time consuming, but worth it 🙂

  41. dihuffer

    I’m not a re-reader. If I go back to read a book, I can remember everything about it and it takes the fun out of reading. So, I read one and move on. 🙂

  42. cahmmerritt

    I usually re-read the first books in a series that I LOVE when the next book in the series comes out… I most always read the book last released when the newest comes out, but sometimes the whole previously released books in the series.

    It is rare for me to reread a book just because… usually it involves a series…

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