Spotlight & Giveaway: So Right…with Mr. Wrong by Anna DePalo

Posted April 13th, 2021 by in Blog, Spotlight / 63 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Anna DePalo to HJ!
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Hi Anna and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, So Right…with Mr. Wrong!

 

To start off, can you please tell us a little bit about this book?:

So Right…with Mr. Wrong is the fourth and final book about The Serenghetti Brothers siblings (Second Chance with the CEO, Hollywood Baby Affair, and Power Play) but can definitely be read alone. Fashion designer Mia Serenghetti desperately needs a date for the biggest gala of the season. Her only option? Tech hotshot Damian Musil—whose family is the Serenghettis’ greatest rival in the construction business back home. Will they risk reputation and family to explore their intense connection? Falling for Mr. Wrong has never been so dangerous…nor felt so right. I love this title! 🙂
 

Please share your favorite lines or quote(s) from this book:

I love the way Mia and Damian banter. Take a look:

He pointed to his costume. “Call it my hero complex.”
Mia blew a breath, causing tendrils of hair to lift and resettle.
“If you’re Robin Hood, what does that make me? Maid Marion?” she asked frostily.
Knowing it would provoke her, he scanned her ruffled costume, which revealed both leg and cleavage. “You don’t look the part.”
“Exactly.”
“Too much fiery temper.”
She frowned, annoyance stamping her face, before she smoothed her brow. “I agree, and that’s why your offer would never work. I’ve got outfits in mind for the Ruby Ball, and, let me tell you, nothing about them says they’re right out of Sherwood Forest.”
“Let me guess. Instead you’re the femme fatale and your escort is—”
“Not you.”

 

What inspired this book?

I grew up with relatives who worked in the fashion industry, so I always thought it would be cool to write about a designer. Also, like the other Serenghetti books, this one is about family ties and finding yourself.

 

How did you ‘get to know’ your main characters? Did they ever surprise you?

I do a GMC (goal-motivation-conflict writeup) for each of my main characters before I start a book. That said, there are often surprises. Damian’s relationship with his widowed father, an immigrant who started his own construction company, evolved from first draft to final. At first Jakob was the bad guy, but then it all became more nuanced and complicated—as most family relationships are.

 

What was your favorite scene to write?

My favorite scene is the opening—where Mia and Damian run into each other in costume. Let’s just say, it’s clear from their outfit choices that these two are destined for each other even if they don’t know it.

 

What was the most difficult scene to write?

The hardest scenes to write were the ones between Mia and Damian meeting her family and then encountering his. There was a lot of character development and emotional exploration. It was difficult to get just right!

 

Would you say this book showcases your writing style or is it a departure for you?

This book showcases my typical writing style—namely, witty banter shading into rom-com. I hope readers enjoy!

 

What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

This is an enemies-to-lovers story involving rival families in the construction business. I hope readers can relate to a story about not always loving the “right” person.

 

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

I’m currently working on a novella.

 

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

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Excerpt from So Right…with Mr. Wrong:

Damian smiled at her. “How’s it going with Sam? Have you run him to ground yet?”
Must he be so annoying? “Hardly. He’s on a plane to Singapore.”
“And the airline’s departure gate closed before you got there?”
“Wouldn’t you love it if I said I barely avoided arrest trying to stop him from boarding?”
He flashed a grin. “Somehow I doubt that’s the kind of publicity you’re looking for.”
The waiter put her soda down on the counter, and she took a sip. “No publicity is bad publicity. Isn’t that what they say?”
“I like a woman who goes after what she wants. So what’s your backup plan?”
She eyed him. “What makes you think I have one?”
“Well, since I’m standing in front of you,” he drawled, “I figured you’d be considering contingency options.”
Damn him. “You?”
He nodded, leaving his beer untouched. “Me. As it happens, I now have a business reason to attend the Ruby Ball, and something tells me you have an extra ticket.”
“I’ll sell it to you.”

She wavered. He waited.
Desperation won out, even if she was still suspicious. “Why would you be interested in an event that’s all about high fashion?”
He quirked his lips, his expression rueful. “I’m not, but my client is. His wife was a model before they married. Now they’re ready to retire, if they find the right buyer for their business. I aim to be Mr. Right.”
Mia rolled her eyes. “So you’re going to trot out your date, the fashion designer.” Me.
He looked amused. “A bonus I wasn’t looking for.”
She figured it was a testament to her recent history with men that being referred to as an unexpected bonus didn’t faze her. And Damian was a Musil, after all—she should keep her expectations low.
“And as it happens, a bonus for you, too. My client’s daughter is covering the Ball because she’s employed by Brilliance magazine.”
Mia drew in a breath. He obviously knew she’d jump at the chance to make a connection at one of the foremost fashion magazines around. Damn it. Temptation had taken an irresistible turn.

Before she could let herself dwell on it anymore, she blurted, “If anyone asks after the fact, I dumped you.”
Paradoxically, mild amusement stamped Damian features, and then he quirked a brow. “Should we shake hands on it?”
He was playing her, using his bargaining skills. But she knew some of her own. “The can-can girl and the villain?”
He laughed, not missing her allusion to their recent encounter at the costume party. “Sounds like the name of—”
“—a low-budget movie.” A disaster flick, hers. With the subtitle Mia Runs Out of Options.

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Book Info:

Will their fake relationship…
inflame their families’ feud?
Fashion designer Mia Serenghetti desperately needs a date for the biggest gala of the season. Her only option? The smoldering tech hotshot Damian Musil—whose family is the Serenghettis’ greatest rival in the construction business back home. When the unexpected heat between them proves anything but make-believe, will they risk reputation and family to explore their intense connection? Falling for Mr. Wrong has never been so dangerous…nor felt so right.

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Meet the Author:

Anna DePalo is the USA Today best-selling author of sexy, humorous contemporary romances published in over twenty countries. Her books have won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, the OCC/RWA Book Buyer’s Best, the NJRW Golden Leaf and the NECRWA Readers’ Choice. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Novelists, Inc. Raised bilingual in Brooklyn by her Italian parents, she attended Harvard and practiced intellectual property law but now calls writing her passion. She lives with her husband, son and daughter in New York.
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63 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: So Right…with Mr. Wrong by Anna DePalo”

  1. Nicole (Nicky) Ortiz

    Never been. There are some places I would love to see hopefully one day!
    Thanks for the chance!

  2. Jeanna Massman

    My class traveled from Iowa to New York City and Washington D.C. just before graduation!

  3. Mary Preston

    New York City is on my travel wish list. I think it would be an exciting city to visit.

  4. Diana Tidlund

    Lmao. I was born there. My father was stationed there in the 60’s. Then we moved to Massachusetts where I grew up ( we went back and forth from Massachusetts to New York and Puerto Rico where my family was from ) but grew up going there yearly

  5. Janine

    I was born in New York state and been back to visit many times. But I have never been to New York City and would love to go one day.

  6. laurieg72

    I went on a HS Senior class trip to NYC and Washington DC. Coming from a small city of 12K it was an eye opening, somewhat scary experience! We were approached by people constantly asking for money. So much noise, traffic, people overwhelming!
    I did enjoy seeing the iconic sights but really looked forward to leaving! I have no desire to go back.

    My niece lived there for 10 years. She was robbed, scammed, had bed bugs over and over again, bad landlords… She’s now in Vegas and loves it there.

  7. Jennifer Shiflett

    I have always wanted to visit. There are so many things to do & see there. Shows, restaurants, landmarks. I’d love to see Ellis Island, too.

  8. Sonia

    I have never been but I would love to visit because of the city and all the things there is to experience like watching a Broadway show:)

  9. Kim

    I’ve never visited NYC before, but I really want to. I want to visit Central Park, Times Square, the three or four story Macy’s if it’s still there. I just want to soak it all in.

  10. Pammie R.

    We lived in Ft. Monmouth, NJ while my dad was in the army. It’s across the bay from NYC. We left there when I was 9 months old so I have no memories of the area.

  11. Karina Angeles

    I’d love to visit. The lights, the people, the pizza. I can’t wait to see the rush of people in the subway and visit popular monuments.

  12. Janie McGaugh

    I’ve been on the ground at JFK to change flights. I’d love to visit long enough to see some Broadway musicals, but I’m not really interested otherwise.

  13. Ellen C.

    Love visiting NYC. We have relatives there, so I have seen some sights. Hopefully we’ll get to travel there soon.

  14. Anita H.

    No I’ve never been to NYC, I hope to visit someday! Times square, Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, so many places I want to visit!!!

  15. Nina Lewis

    I’ve never been & I’d love to go. Maybe at Christmas when it looks just magical! 🙂

  16. abqnancy

    Yes, I been there many times. I love the city. You can find anything and everything in New York City

  17. Venetia Botker

    My mom was a high school teacher and her high school choir took a bus trip every year to NYC and all the teachers and community were invited as well, so I went 8 years in a row with my parents and my Grandma. We saw about six Broadway plays and the Rockettes every year (all planned out for us — very convenient) and some of the sights too. Plus we got to shop a little. The bus trip up was fun too because everyone would bring food and pass it up and down the aisles the whole time while the choir sang songs. SO MUCH FUN! This happened a LOOOOOONG time ago — eons ago when I was in high school. So I really miss it and would lve to go back again and see the WTC memorial as well. I remember walking on the first level of the World Trade Center to this day, looking at all the flags first on the outside and all the food-court-type restaurants on the inside. So sad to think it’s no longer there…

  18. Arlena Ellis

    I would like to go to New york to see 5th avenue and the stores, Times square, and the statue of liberty.

  19. Anna DePalo

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