G Alessandra gave to:
Hot & Spicy: de La Cruz Saga
This book is an awesome read…full of adventure, culture and very, very sexy. The author helps the reader to understand the hispanic culture; incorporates family values and the dynamics of two people falling in love while experiencing how to work together to run a family business and live to unite. Awesome read.(less)
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Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
What is the working title of your book?
Hot & Forbidden is about two of the cousins falling in love.
The forbidden is always enticing. How do Nicolas and Daniella
deal with their forbidden love? Why is their love forbidden?
How can they overcome the obstacles without losing their love?
La familia has a secret. Can this be the key that will set their love free?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
It is part of my De La Cruz series. It’s the second book in the series. It all began
with a dream. I dreamed my story over and over again. I decided to write this
novel after several weeks of dreaming about all of these characters.
I started brainstorming and organizing it into outlines. I developed
each character’s personalities, interests, and personal love story.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
OMG, this every author’s dream, lol.
Jose Enrique De La Cruz - Eduardo Verastegui
Nicolas De La Cruz - William Levy
Ricardo De La Cruz - Chris Hemsworth
Alejandro Andres De la Cruz - Francis Cura
Christian Arturo De La Cruz – Gabriel Soto
Sebastian Antonio De La Cruz – Aaron Diaz
Francisco Javier De La Cruz – Chris Evans
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The bachelor fights the deadly Mexican cartel encountering
tantalizing ecstasy, action, danger and suspense.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My books will be self-published.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
My first draft of my manuscript took one year. I also was compelled to
write the cousins story since their stories interlocked. Hot & Spicy is
the first book of a twelve book series. The other eleven books were also
written concurrently and are three quarters completed. Well the
second book Hot & Forbidden is complete and I’m working on the third
book, Hot & Enchanting.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I would compare my books to the Lora Leigh cousin series.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
To be honest I dreamed this story over and over for several
weeks until I realized it was a story and characters living in
my dreams. I bought my laptop and started to write.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The first novel is Hot & Spicy. This novel is about Jose Enrique De La Cruz.
He is the eldest of the thirteen cousins. The saga takes place in California.
Each novel is about one of cousin’s unique love story. The Mexican traditions
are strong in the De La Cruz family and the cousins struggle to honor their customs.
The De La Cruz family encounters conflict and threats from the Mexican cartel.
The cousins fight to stay true to their integrity and beliefs in their
struggle with the Mexican cartel. The family is assisted by the Navy Seals, FBI,
and other government agencies. They must overcome heartaches and
obstacles before achieving their happy ending. These novels are written in Spanglish
(very, very light Spanglish). The glossary is located in the back of the book.
I believe it is an enjoyable and easy method to learn a few basic Spanish words.
Here are my links-
Nolichuck, TJ’s Wild Frontier Adventure by Jackson Keene is an amazing exciting adventure of a young man named Thomas James Cockrell, called TJ.
TJ is in high school and living the hardest time of his life. He’s in that awkward teenage years, lacks self-confidence, and has no interest in school. His only passion at the moment is drama class and plays.
He has the typical issues at school of being harassed and bullied by the bigger and more popular kids. His misery is compounded by his parents’ divorce, and his beloved sister, Natalie moving away to another city with his mother. TJ feels lost.
The adventure and life changing experience transpires when TJ discovers a green mystical book in his father’s desk. His father’s desk drawers are usually locked up, but on that special day, the drawer was unlocked. TJ’s curiosity won and he opens the drawer to look inside.
This is a very entertaining, exciting and enlightening story of the rite of passage of a young man. The amazing learning experiences and maturity gained by TJ in his adventure. This is a great book for young adults. A good read.
We had the pleasure of also having an interview from author Jackson Keene.
Jackson can you tell us when and why did you start writing?
I’ve had the “itch” to write for 20 years. I finally woke up one day and realized that I’d be an old man if I didn’t start soon! I wrote plays and short stories as a kid, and have had several ideas for novels over the years, but never jump-started my writing in a serious fashion until NOLICHUCK came along.
What inspired you to write Nolichuck?
NOLICHUCK was a combination of many things stewing around inside. I was born and lived in Tennessee as a kid, and knew some of its history. Like TJ, the main character of our story, I had to constantly fight off bullies in school. I always loved history, but wanted to write about periods of history that are less written and less celebrated than the great events — a look at common people living everyday lives, so to speak. Davy Crockett was a childhood hero, and I wondered what it was like for him as a teenager. Of course, I originally planned to be a history professor, so naturally one of my characters HAD to be that. I was never the star athlete in high school, so I emphasize with TJ’s disappointments in sports. Above all, I wanted a story that would deal realistically with the hard life issues that far too many young adults face today: Bullying, divorced families, struggling with grades, not making the “team”, not part of the most popular cliques, mean teachers, boredom, unhappiness, few close friends, lack of meaningful communication with either parent, etc.
What is the hardest part of writing Nolichuck?
For me, developing strong characters and creating believable dialogue was the hardest part. Coming up with an imaginative plot with subplots is fairly easy, but fleshing it out with people and interaction that really captures the reader’s attention is what it’s all about.
Where is your favorite place to write?
In our den with its fireplace, the comfy couch (where I can catnap now and then), and my personal office set up is where I can fully concentrate on thinking and writing. Although, truth be told, some of my best ideas and plot revisions come to me just as I’m drifting off to sleep at night. I keep a notepad and pen next to the bed to capture “brainstorms” when they come.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
The next book in the YA series is: Reds! TJ’s Wacky War Adventure.
Thank you for your visit and your interview. It’s a pleasure to learn about your writing habits and skills. I know that your readers will enjoy to learn that your next book is in progress. Warm wishes.LINKS TO NOLICHUCK http://www.trebleheartbooks.com/WDKeene1.html http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12964375-nolichuck-tj-s-wild-frontier-adventure http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nolichuck-tjs-wild-frontier-adventure-jackson-keene/1105860532?ean=9781936127504 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Nolichuck