Saturday, December 21, 2013

*BLOG TOUR* + Review and GIVEAWAY - "Tug Of War" by K. Larsen

SUPER FUN giveaway going on at the bottom of this post ;)
Be sure to enter!!

Impulsive, YES. Irresponsible, SURE. Necessary, PROBABLY. Going to end badly, most likely. Does any of that matter to me, no. I decided that I can't please everyone so this week my only goal is to please me. I’m a selfish cow but I can’t seem to help it. I’m Clara Lord. I own Bloodline’s Tattoo Parlor, have a filthy mouth, no filter and a really strong objection to bossy idiots, pet names and wealthy men.

You will hate me, love me or love to hate me but either way it doesn’t matter. Everything I touch turns to crap and it’s all my fault. See, I lived through hell. Then I escaped hell and carefully spent the next eight years crafting a perfect little life until Domini Napoli screwed it all up. Now nothings right. Everything’s wrong and all my secrets are coming out.



So, tell us a little bit about yourself…
Well, that’s a loaded question!
Hm, alright, I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt and daughter…normal.
I hate touching dirty dishes but don’t mind clean ones. I am not supermom. I am not super anything actually haha. My birthday is my favorite holiday and it lasts a full month at the very least- yes I throw myself a big ol’ birthday party to celebrate!
I am scared shitless of moths, #truestory, there is even a video on Facebook to document that compliments of my kids and husband chasing me around with a HUGE moth. Not cool.
I might have a slight addiction to goat cheese, chocolate and cheesecake and I really love chocolate martinis.
I have five books published and people have probably only heard of 1 or 2… I’m working on that.
Tug of War is book 1 in the Bloodlines series- all stand alone books tho- so no worries- Objective (book 2) will be out in April 2014 and I freakin’  LOVE IT.
I actually have a friend who committed the Puke and Throw scene from Tug of War- god bless him- was quite possibly one of the funniest things I’ve ever witnessed.
The Harp- is hands down my favorite bar in Boston. (Also, The Zoo cover band is real- check them out ya’ll cause I ADORE THEM.)
Music is my muse, I play viola, piano and used to sing a bit growing up. I try to incorporate music into my books. Music, reading and writing are all passions of mine.
I’m not actually as boring as this answer makes me out to be- or, maybe I am?

What inspired you to write “Tug Of War”?
I was so bored with whiney, pushover female leads. Little good girl virgins saving the bad boy! Bleh! So, I took it upon myself to write a character who was not like that. She is selfish and flawed to the tenth degree and I love that about her. She also admits all that and is owns it- another thing I love about her.

Can you relate to your characters, specifically Clara?
I can relate to them, Clara’s friends are witty and sarcastic but always there for her. They try to lead her in the right direction and offer her support. I have that in life with my friends.
Clara- yes. Of course I relate. Ha! Women put immense pressure on themselves to live up to this perfect wife, GF, mother etc. standard. She blows all that out of the water without being a deadbeat. I strive to just live my life the way I want to- to not hold on too tightly to what others think. To just follow your heart and your gut and own your mistakes. Hell – we all make them!

Can you send me Sawyers phone number? (worth a shot right?)
Yes, I can.
He is single and looking currently… but shh- don’t tell your hubs.
Hey guys, seriously, CALL -or- TEXT SAWYER!!, also.. its an entry into the rafflecopter below ;)

What’s the biggest compliment you could receive as an author?
I had the most wonderful comment posted to me on FB from a woman who read 30 Days/Committed, she said that the portrayal of the story touched her and really hit home and that I nailed the feelings and description of what the lead was going through.
It was touching, made me smile that I conveyed what I intended but sad that she’d experienced something like that. But the greatest compliment is when a reader says they ‘felt’ something. If my writing can invoke emotions- whether its hate, love, sadness, etc. then I’ve done my job!

Do you have any quirks that help you write? Music, snacks? What kind?
Music for sure- all the books have their own playlists on Spotify. Check them out! Outside of that not really. I like to stay in comfy clothes and write in my living room or at a diner and have lots of coffee.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Reading! Dessert! Umm… pedicures! Hahaha there are a lot I guess.

Any advice for aspiring authors?
Write. If  you have stuff bubbling around in your head- start noting it. I email myself ideas as they hit so I can go back and compile them all into a story!
Quick! First word (or few words) to come to your mind when you hear….

Clara beautiful bitch, witty
Sawyer SWOON, Tatted
Dominic Handsome, sophisticated, domineering
Tattoo Flowering vines covering a back
Wealthy Man decadence, luxury
Plot Twist – MY LIFE
Butterfly – swallowtail, gothic
Happily Ever After – Prince Charming and Cinderella

Thank you for taking the time out to answer these! “Tug of War” is, hands down, a new favorite of mine. I’m a total sucker for massive twists, and surprise endings, along with “out of the norm” story lines, and you, my dear, COMPLETLEY nailed each one of those!

"Tug of War" is an amazing out-of-the-norm story. If you're looking for an innocent girl, and an easy love story, this isn't it. This is real. It's not easy, it's heartbreaking sometimes, and everything falls into place at others. But it keeps you guessing until the very last second. 

Lets look at the characters:

Clara, a doesn't take shit from no one, bad ass, opinionated chick, who has an interesting life, and a devastating secret, who I completely adore because in many ways she mirrors myself. 

"I’m Clara Lord. I own Bloodline’s Tattoo Parlor, have a filthy mouth, no filter and a really strong objection to bossy idiots, pet names and wealthy men."
(and you my dear are officially my new book-soul-mate)

Then there's Sawyer, my new love, my new book boyfriend, my new favorite guy.. period. Sawyer has so much charisma, cares so deeply about Clara, and has woven himself into a very crucial part of her life.

"He kisses my head and I breathe a sigh of relief as the safety of Sawyer's arms washes over me. He knows all but one of my secrets. Hell, he's really the only person out there that even knows me anymore."

And then.. there's Dominic, the new guy, the rich guy, the guy who won't give up. I should note, that keeping in line with this out-of-the-norm story, that Dominic is an out-of-the-norm rich guy, in the sense that he is way more down to earth than he first comes off.. you'll see.

"The man doesn't give up easily and he sure knows how to keep my interested sparked, I'll give him that."

Now, add in Clara's two best friends, and you get the massive amount of humor involved in "Tug of War". 

" 'Cougars? Seriously, since when does thirty-two put you in cougar territory?' I chortle.
'When the boys hitting on you are a decade or more younger than you. Thats when,' she replies."

There's also another very special character, that MAKES this book what it is, but you'll have to read to find out more about her ;)

"Tug of War" kept me on my toes. It had twists I didn't see coming, and the ending is nothing like I have ever read before. Is it a love triangle? Yes, it is at times. Does it end badly?.. Well, don't they all? But does one MAJOR event bring the entirety of this story to its knees. Yes, 1000 times yes. 

You will keep guessing until the last page, and even then it's a half bitter sweet/half beautifuly happily-ever-after. I loved EVERY second of this book. I loved how it wasn't like the typical books I read, but it had every element that I want in a story. I adored the characters (AND I'm doing a super-mega-happy dance that Sawyer is getting his own book!!) Not only is the storyline amazing, but the writing is fantastic! I would highly HIGHLY recommend this book, and I can't wait to read more by K. Larsen.

Favorite Quote:

" 'When you touch me.. it dominates me. I feel an insatiable need to feel you. It's a reckless and demanding feeling. Like I can't control myself. Like I want you to decour me.' My voice is soft but steady. 'I've never felt so out of control.' "




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