Monday, November 4, 2013

Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Beyond Control (Karice Bolton)

Gabby Sullivan learns in college that some things are impossible to control, and whenever life has spun out of control bad things seem to happen. She promises herself that she’ll stay a safe distance from the top three culprits:
But some things are beyond control…
Gabby handles her mom’s death and brother’s sudden abandonment just about as well as anyone could at the age of twelve. Left feeling alone, she finishes high school, developing a bit of a wild streak, and lives like there’s no tomorrow. That is until an illness stops her in her tracks. Learning to control life around her becomes her comfort. With a visible scar that reminds her and the world that she beat the odds, it’s impossible for her to put everything behind her, no matter how hard she tries.

Right out of college she begins working at her family’s company and buries herself in the safety of the corporate world. No extra time, no life, no relationships. It’s safe to say she might be a little demanding and overly ambitious, but she’s got everything under control, just how she likes it.

Jason’s been trying to piece his life together after a personal tragedy, only it’s not working. He’s thrown himself into his work, but he’s only becoming angrier. He’ll never forgive himself and doesn’t expect anyone else to either.
When the back of his vehicle is clipped by an obnoxious limo driver he can’t wait to let the driver have it until he hears Gabby’s voice coming from inside the sedan. There’s something soothing about it, something familiar.

The moment she sees him, she knows her life will never be the same. But she doesn’t know why. He’s everything she said she never wanted. He’s cocky, arrogant, and infuriating. With his dazzling amber eyes, dark hair and chiseled features she can hardly remember where she’s going, let alone where she’s been and maybe that’s a good thing. She begins to let him show her what life could be, if she really lived it.
Neither wants their past to define their future, but sometimes destiny has something else in store. It’s only as their love grows and secrets are revealed that they realize a devastating connection from their past might actually tear them apart.

Karice Bolton lives in the Pacific Northwest and is a writer of Young Adult and New Adult books. She loves to read anything and everything. She also enjoys baking, skiing, and spending time with her wonderful husband and two English bulldogs.Books currently available:
*Beyond Love Series: Beyond Control (Book 1)
 Beyond Doubt and Beyond Reason coming soon
*The Witch Avenue Series: Lonely Souls (Book 1), Altered Souls (Book 2), Released Souls (Book 3) Shattered Souls (Book 4)
*The Watchers Trilogy: Awakening (Book 1), Legions (Book 2), Cataclysm (Book 3), Taken Novella (Watchers Prequel)
*The Camp
Karice would love if you stopped by her blog or FB page to find out the latest news on giveaways and upcoming releases, or you can just send her an email. She loves hearing from her readers and responds as soon as she can.

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What gave you the inspiration to write this book? 

First, I would just like to say thank you for allowing me to pop over on your blog during the Beyond Control tour. I’m really excited to be here. *waves*

My first thought for Beyond Control was fairly simple. I wanted a romance that dealt with pursuing lifelong dreams, and escaping from whatever might be dragging a person down, while beating the odds. 

I was really looking forward to writing a character, Gabby, who didn’t necessarily feel like she fit in where she thought she was ‘supposed to be’ right after college. She had dreams and aspirations beyond her daily job. While grateful to have that job, she knew there was something more. I wanted her journey to unfold alongside the romance so that the storylines could compliment one another. And I love baking! If you read the book, you’ll get some recipes at the end. 

Who is your favorite character in the book? 

That’s a tough one. I love Gabby and everything she’s been through and come out of. The health issues that plagued her didn’t define her, and I liked that about her. But I was over the moon with Jason’s loyalty toward Gabby. I also love Brandy.

Which came first, the title or the novel? 

I always seem to come up with the title first. But this time I’m pretty sure the novel was about a quarter of the way written when I settled on the title. 

What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

I can’t say because that would give some twists away.

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now? 

I’ve learned so much since my first novel, but I have so much more to learn and experience as I grow as a writer. I think that is why the writing process is so magical. It’s a place to always expand and experiment. I might be on my eleventh book, but I’m still enjoying the experience and newness of the process because each book is so different than the last.

What do you like most about the cover of the book? 

I love Phatpuppy’s cover art. On this cover, I love the gold tones and the sensual feel without being over the top. I can give her any idea and she just brings it to life.

What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2014?

I have so many! One that pops into mind is Under The Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen. The story sounds intriguing, and I am one of those who loves covers and the cover is really pretty.

What was your favorite book in 2013? 

The year isn’t even over, and I already have so many favorites! Even though it was released in 2012, I didn’t read Gone Girl until this year and really enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the latest in the Wicked Series, Something Wicked, by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush. Dog Songs by Mary Oliver is very touching too. I’m all over the place and love just about everything I read.

What’s up next for you? 

Beyond Doubt will be released in November, which is the second book in the Beyond Love Series. I can’t wait for that release because I’ve gotten so much love from my readers from the first one (Beyond Control). I also have a new fantasy series coming out in December. The first book, RecruitZ, is the first book in the Afterworld Series, and I’m really thrilled about that story. It’s nice to be able to work in more than one genre.

Is there anything that you would like to add?

Thanks again for having me on your blog and allowing me to say hi to all of your readers! Hope you all have a wonderful day and can curl in with a good book.

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