Saturday, March 8, 2014

Blog Tour: Damaged by Nina D'Angelo

Title- Damaged
Series- Outlaws Series # 1
By- Nina D’Angelo
Expected Publication Date- February 28th, 2014 


Before Stephanie Carovella had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, she was damaged.

Stephanie Carovella has been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack which left her best friend dead, she has carefully built a protective wall around herself, but she knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her.
It’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close.
Dominic Delaney works hard and plays just as hard. He’s a love ‘em and leave ‘em guy who doesn’t believe in forever until Stephanie walks into Outlaws. She is wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell, yet, he’s drawn to her.
He needs to know the secrets behind her eyes. He can’t walk away.
A sexy, tattooed womanizer, Dominic Delaney’s everything Stephanie wants to avoid. She knows she should stay the hell away from him, but he makes her want to stop running.
Sometimes, even the Damaged deserve to fall in love. 

Character Bios

Stephanie Carovella

Stephanie been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack which left her best fiend dead, she’s carefully built a protective wall around herself. She knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her. That’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close.
So, she dates a boy she will never love and waits for the day when she has to walk away.

She’s been hell and back and she’s still standing. She has scars on the inside and the outside and she’s determined to kick the world in the ass.
She never lets anyone get close and doesn’t want to need anyone.

She just never counted on meeting Dominic Delaney.

Dominic Delaney

A sexy tattooed womanizer, Dominic works hard and plays just as hard. He’s more of a love em and leave em guy rather than a forever kind of guy.
Dominic is loyal to his family friends. He’d rather break his own heart than hurt any of them. He’s never given much to falling in love until recently. Lately he’s been restless and he can’t work out why. It’s almost like he’s searching for someone - that one girl who will capture his heart forever.
Then Stephanie walks into Outlaws.
In one single moment everything changes.
He knows Stephanie’s damaged. She’d wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell not just to his sanity but to his health. Yet, he’s drawn to her.
He knows his life’s never going to be the same again but he can’t walk away.

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This book is about Stephanie Caravello and Dominic Delaney. Stephanie is a severely damaged girl who has survived multiple traumas in her young life. From the time she was 8 until the present, bad things seem to always happen to her. As you would guess these multiple bad things have made her very cautious with her feelings and life in general, but she's able to mask what she is feeling by keeping a look of indifference on her face while inside she is a ball of hurt feelings and an over abundance of nerves waiting for the next horrible thing to happen to her.
Dominic Delaney is the hero of this book and he is the proud owner of the hottest night club in L.A. "OUTLAWS"
The first  time he sees Stephanie in his club he knows she is the one for him but he never approaches her, instead waits for her to come to him. After a month he decides to take the plunge and go to her.
What proceeds is one rocky road at times to getting the girl he loves and knows he can't live without.

Both of the main characters are in relationships when they first meet and although he breaks it off with his, she doesn't break it off with hers until a huge secret is revealed.
Also there are a lot if characters in this book and although I know you need them in a book I don't feel like they have relevance to this story. The books takes quite a few interesting turns but
the ending is abrupt, leaving an air of mystery that I imagine  will continue in book 2 of the series. I will recommend that you read Nowhere to Run and Nowhere to Hide before reading this book so you can understand the characters a little better. This is a roller coaster of a book so be prepare for the ride.

 About the Author

Nina D’Angelo is the best-selling author of the Stephanie Carovella series. Her first novel, Nowhere to Run was released in February 2013 and reached #86 on the Amazon Top 100. Her second novel, Nowhere to Hide was released in August 2013.
They are both available in Paperback and ebook format.
Damaged is the prequel to the Stephanie Carovella series and the first in the Outlaws series. Nina has already started working on Deadly Secrets, the third in the Stephanie Carovella series and Shattered, the second in the Outlaws series. Both are slated for a 2014 release.

Interview with Nina by The Brunette Librarian

1. So first off, I'm a librarian. :) Do you have any good library stories?

No really good library stories but I used to love spending my free periods in high school curled up in a corner of the library reading. I love libraries. I find them comforting.

I was in New York in December, I ended up going to the New York State Library. For anyone who has never been and loves libraries and books, this place is a must. The stained glass in the building is breath-taking beautiful but so are the vintage books that are display.

2. What is your writing style like?

I think I’m stronger with dialogue than I am with description. I also prefer fast paced writing rather than slower writing styles. I think I mainly write about topics I am passionate about and I like my stories to stand out and be original. I want to write a novel that isn’t like any others and also want it to stand out.

I’m also a big believer in characters that are flawed. I don’t want to write about perfect characters. Yes, I will have characters that are beauty or handsome but they will also be deeply flawed. Take Stephanie Carovella for example. There is a high emphasis on how beautiful she is, but she’s so completely damaged and flawed. She’s got demons that nobody should ever have and she has walls around her but she is a real character. She is flawed but to me she is perfect because she’s not one dimensional. She’s as real as she can be.

3. Who are some of your favorite authors? Favorite books or genre?

I read widely so there isn’t one genre I love more than the other. I am a big fan of crime though and fell in love with James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell’s novels from the moment I read them. They have strong characters and brilliant and twisted plots. With James Patterson you get to see things through the eyes of the killer and that’s what I love. I also like with Patricia Cornwell that she writes from behind the scenes and takes you to another place where forensics are concerned.

I’m also a sucker for a good romance, especially with Alpha males and real characters.

Favorite books would be Stephen King’s The Stand, James Patterson’ Kiss the girls and I have to admit I love anything by Kristen Ashley but the Rock Chick series is my favorite. I’m pretty certain Lee Nightgale is my perfect dream man.

4. Honestly, I loved Damaged. Great story and fantastic characters. I'm excited for what's to come next, can you give us some hints?

Thank you!!! I’m always slightly stunned when people love my novels and I was very nervous about writing Damaged. It’s my first hand at romance and it actually came about from readers asking me to write the backstory of Stephanie Carovella and Dominic Delaney.

Next up, I am in the process of editing Nowhere to Run. There are a lot of errors in the first Stephanie Carovella novel, which is unacceptable for me so I am doing a complete clean up and bringing a proofer in to clean up what I’ve missed. I also need to clean up Nowhere to Hide, as I have changed a character’s name.

While I’m juggling this, I am also planning at least two more novels this year. The plan is to start writing Shattered, which is the second in the Outlaws series and will be centered around Jaxon and you wil also meet a new character named Lexi.

I’m also planning to write the third in the Stephanie Carovella series called Deadly Secrets and if I can squeeze it in, I will start the first of the Callendor Studios series, which is tentatively called Lucky. So, as you can see I have a really busy year planned.

Shattered is another romance as is Lucky and Deadly Secrets is romantic suspense. I can’t wait to share them with everyone!!!

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