Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Author Interview with Claudia Y. Burgoa & Excerpt of Getting By

I hope you enjoy this excerpt and author interview that I have for you today! Getting By is the first book in a four book NA series. The second book will be released later this year.☺

Genre: NA contemporary
Publisher: Literally Alpaca Illustrations, LLC
Publication Date: February 18th, 2014
Pre-order: Amazon
Find it on Goodreads

Goodreads description:

When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.

Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations.
Nights meant sleep and dreams—my archenemies. The Crowley to my Dean Winchester, the Green Goblin to my Spider-man, the list of superheroes and their opposites was long, and so became the analogies I used on a daily basis. My lack of sleep began with Dad and his conditions for me to continue my art. Then came my parents' deaths. Those took a toll on me because I mixed dreams with realities and hopes. Not once did I have a nightmare, all of them were sweet and real. Seeing Mom and Dad on those nights filled my gut with nails, and my head pounded with the reminder that they were gone the next morning. Those had been merely fantasies that would never become a reality.
For the past three months I had been evading sleep and working overtime, over the overtime. The dreams of elevators, trips to sophisticated-secluded spots after a week of work and delicious nights with a man who I was required to forget in order to move on, came daily—nightly. They not only hit me with vengeance, but they came tangled with what humans liked to call hope. The urge to crawl inside myself to avoid the need of his touch, kisses and whatever it was that we had not long ago, consumed me. If I had the powers to morph into an animal, it’d be a sea turtle and I’d stay inside my shell for the next hundred years. Past the stage of melancholy and into the real world, I pushed my body outside of the bed and into the shower, where I got ready to face the Clements and the house next door.

Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogsWhile managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story. Claudia writes romance, sci-fi, and fantasy. She has published two novels: Where Life Takes You and Getting By. Claudia is currently working on Standing By, the second book in the Knight series. For 2014, Claudia plans to released three, perhaps four novels.

Which three words would you use to describe Getting By?

Witty, romance, family.

What makes Jake and Emma’s story a great one to read?

I try to bring some character traits to Emma that we see in real life but aren’t portrayed on a regular basis. They share not only their own personalities but open the door to their world, we get a glimpse of an entire family and their dynamic.

If Getting By was turned into a movie, who are some actors/actresses you think would be good fits for the cast?

Jake/Mitch ~ Stephen Amell
Liam ~ Matt Lanter
Emma ~ Emma Stone
Ed Knight ~ Daniel Craig
Rachel Knight ~ Meryl Streep
Gabriela ~ Arianna Grande
Cade ~ Jared Padalecki

What is your favorite thing about writing New Adult?

They characters are old enough to do things, but young enough to dare taking risks an adult doesn’t take anymore.

Out of all the books you've written, is there one that was tougher to write than all the rest?

Where Life Takes You, because getting inside of the mc’s biggest trauma tore me some. Though between you and me, each time you read a sad scene there is a 99% chance I cried while writing it.

Now, onto a fun round of This or That:

Coffee or tea? Tea

Night or day? Night

Twitter or Facebook? Twitter

Country or city? Country

Thank you for answering my questions!

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