Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Interview with romance author Liz Gavin

I have a special interview today with Liz Gavin as she does a virtual book tour for her new contemporary paranormal romance novel Luck of the Irish.

During her virtual book tour, Liz will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!

When Liz Gavin was in second grade - just a couple of years ago, really - her teacher told her mother the little girl should start a diary because she needed an outlet for her active and vivid imagination. She was a talkative child who would disrupt the class by engaging her colleagues in endless conversations. She loved telling them the stories her grandfather used to tell her.

Apparently, the teacher wasn’t a big fan of those stories, and Liz’s mother bought her a diary. She happily wrote on it for a couple of months. Unable to see the appeal of writing for her own enjoyment only, she gave up on it. She missed the audience her friends provided her in class. She went back to disturbing her dear teacher’s class.

Since then, she has become a hungry reader. She will read anything and everything she can get her hands on – from the classics to erotica. That’s how she has become a writer of erotica and romance, as well.

As a young adult, she participated in a student exchange program and lived in New Orleans for six months. She fell in love with the city and its wonderful inhabitants. NOLA will always hold a special spot in Liz Gavin’s heart. Nowadays, living in Brazil, Liz’s creativity has improved many times because it’s such a vibrant, gorgeous and sexy country.

Welcome to her world of hot Alpha males and naughty, independent women. Add a touch of the paranormal in the presence of some wicked souls and you’ll get the picture.

Please tell us a little bit about Luck of the Irish.
Keira Ashe’s parents are great but her mother has overprotected her for years. Now, this twenty-two-year-old Bostonian has graduated from college and can go on a trip she has been planning for years. She fears her shyness may get in the way of her enjoying what could be a life-altering adventure. However, Keira feels her luck is about to change when she meets gorgeous bartender Declan Slane.

Declan Slane is twenty-six and works at a hotel bar in Dublin. He hasn’t been very lucky in his love life so far. Also, he has got a troubled past he has chosen not to revisit in order to keep his sanity. Because he isn’t looking for a girlfriend, Declan isn’t very pleased to meet a certain breathtaking American who walks into his bar one afternoon.

Get a taste of adventure and heartache as Keira spreads her wings and matures while she gets to know her great-grandparents’ home country – Ireland. Hold your breath when she faces tough decisions and dangers. Root for Keira while she weighs up the consequences of making love for the first time. Bite your nails when she comes across unforeseen threats.

Liz Gavin’s second full-length novel is hard to put down just as it is hard to pinpoint its genre. She has woven an intricate web around her characters that will leave readers breathless. In the sizzling concoction, this talented new author poured heart-warming romance, heart-stopping suspense, and a dash of heart-searching paranormal. Take your pick. Regardless of the literary genre you might favor, Liz Gavin’s writing will take you to a whole different side of it.

Excerpt from Luck of the Irish:
When Declan opened his eyes again, he didn’t know how much time had passed. The house was deadly quiet. O’Hallon was nowhere to be seen. Sluggish, Declan crawled forward and sat up beside Keira. He could barely breathe, due to the effort to move and the loss of blood, but he pulled her lifeless body onto his lap and held her close. He hugged her tight against his chest. He buried his face in her hair, which was covered in blood, and cried like he hadn’t cried since he was a little boy. He felt like he was six again.

“Please, please, don’t leave me, Keira.”

His sobs filled the air. He balled his hands into fists, frustrated because Keira didn’t respond. He couldn’t face the evidence that she wasn’t able to answer him.

“This is my fault, too. He wouldn’t have killed you, if I had let you go with him.”

He sat there, rocking back and forth for a long time, hanging on to her as if he could bring her back by sheer power of will. The thought that she was gone forever caused such burning pain in his chest, much stronger than the one from the bullet. He couldn’t breathe.

“Please, don’t go. I can’t bear it if you leave me, too.”

What comes first, the plot or characters?
When I start writing the characters and the plot kind of come together but usually after a while the characters take over the story and control the plot.

What does your main character do that makes him/her special?
In Luck of the Irish Keira starts off as a shy, sometimes whiny, young woman. But grows throughout the story until she becomes strong-willed person and capable of overcoming the direst obstacles. Declan Slane on the other hand is this amazing man who can be supportive of her and encouraging at the same time. He’s also willing to put her needs ahead of his and will do anything to keep her safe. And have I mentioned he is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S? LOL

What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?
Gift me a night at The Clarence Hotel in Dublin just because I told them I’d like to know Bono and The Edge’s hotel.

How would you spend ten thousand bucks?
Traveling around Greece and Turkey in style.

Where do you get your best ideas?
Jogging or in the shower. (Honest!)

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Thanks for being here today, Liz!

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Anonymous said...

How was The Clarence? I was always curious about it myself...


Unknown said...

Sounds like a great read, thank you for the interesting interview!

Victoria Alexander said...

Really great post, I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing :)

Mai T. said...

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great read.

Anonymous said...

Sorry guys I can't find a way to reply to your comments individually. Thank you all for visiting and supporting today. I means the world to me! :D I wish you all could get the giveaway prize but since that's impossible - good luck all!
Now for the specific questions:
- Trix, The Clarence Hotel was a dream. It's right in the middle of bohemian Temple Bar. It's a gorgeous, elegant old building but the hotel is extremely comfortable. If you want to see more of it, I've posted some pictures in my blog a while back. Check the tab called Luck of the Irish - Inspirations. Here's the link https://lizgavin.wordpress.com/luck-of-the-irish/.
- Mai, names are quite important to me. I always go with a mix of how they sound and what they mean. For Luck of the Irish, I wanted Irish names even for Keira so I Googled some and then checked their meanings. I still have my notes from that research over two years ago. LOL Here's what I got: "Keira = the feminine form of Ciaran, from the Irish ‘ciar’ meaning “dark” and implies “dark hair and brown eyes.” St. Ciara was a distinguished seventh-century figure who established a monastery at Kilkeary in County Tipperary. It was the fourth most popular baby girl name in Ireland in 2003". Now enters the personal choice because I'm 1/4 Italian on my father's side of the family and LOVE all things Italian. I love the name 'Ciara', which means fair-skin or blonde and it's the opposite of 'Keira' but sounds very similar. That's why I made the decision because I wanted a contrast with her complexion and the meaning of her Irish name even though for me the name sounded like the Italian for 'blondie'. Does that make any sense to you?
Now, Declan comes "From Irish, "dag" = "good" and "lan" = "full" thus suggesting "full of goodness." St. Declan was the founder of a monastery at Ardmore in County Waterford and may have preached in Ireland before the arrival of St. Patrick. Many miracles are attributed to a rock on the beach at Ardmore known as St. Declan’s Stone. According to legend, on a trip back from Wales one of his disciples, Runanus, forgot Declan’s sacred bell. But a prayer from Declan and, miraculously, the stone carried the bell over the waves back to Waterford". First I found the names meaning and just HAD to use it because Declan Slane is FULL OF GOODNESS in so many ways... :) Later I found the story about St. Declan and the beach in County Waterford and included it in the book. Thanks for asking about the names though because they're really important to me and I don't get a chance to explain that often.

Anonymous said...

Thank YOU Lisa for having Luck of the Irish today on your beautiful blog. You're much appreciated!

James Robert said...

Hello and thanks again for the chance to win

Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting James and good luck with the giveaway!

Ally Swanson said...

Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great read, hope I'll have a chance to read it soon!

Ally Swanson said...

I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

Simon said...

Looks like an interesting book ;)

Ally Swanson said...

I have added this book to my TBR list and look forward to reading this book!

Ally Swanson said...

Excellent interview! Excited to read this book!

Unknown said...

I absolutely loved the interview. Thank you for sharing!