I am delighted to be joined today by author G. K Derosa for both an interview and a review of her book - Magic Bound. Here's a little bio about Derosa.
USA Today Bestselling Author, G.K. De Rosa has always had a passion for all things fantasy and romance. Growing up, she loved to read, devouring books in a single sitting. She attended Catholic school where reading and writing were an intense part of the curriculum, and she credits her amazing teachers for instilling in her a love of storytelling. As an adult, her favorite books were always young adult novels and she remains a self-proclaimed fifteen year-old at heart. When she’s not reading, writing or watching way too many TV shows, she’s traveling and eating around the world with her family. G.K. DeRosa currently lives in South Florida with her real life Prince Charming, their baby son and their fur baby, Nico, the German shepherd.
And onto the interview:
What kind of books do you read for pleasure?
Basically the same ones that I write. I love young adult novels especially urban fantasy/paranormal romance but also dystopian and even contemporary. The Hunger Games is probably my favorite series of all time. And I’m not afraid to admit it – I loved Twilight too!
What kind of writer are you: plan or not?
I’m definitely not a planner. I’m a total pantser – I like to fly by the seat of my pants, or should I say my characters’. I like to let my characters lead the way and see where they take me. I do a very brief outline but tend to deviate almost always. It’s more fun that way!
What book/character of yours is your favourtie?
There are so many that I love that it’s really hard to say. Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games is one of my favorites. I’ve read that series about three times. I also love Rose from Vampire Academy. Can you tell what kind of books I like?
If you had the chance to write anywhere, where would you choose?
On the beach in Bora Bora! I went there for my honeymoon before I started writing and I think it would be the most idyllic setting. I love being outside and by the beach so that would be my dream.
Do you prefer to type or hand write?
Definitely type. I don’t know what I would do without backspace and delete!
Do you have a writing playlist? Or do you prefer silence? Silence, though I don't mind a few birds chirping in the trees outside.
I tend to do better in silence. If I had music playing I’d be singing along to all the songs. Birds chirping or any sort of sounds of nature would be okay, but they have to be the real ones, not a pre-recorded version.
Do you have any hobbies?
Travel and food are my other passions in life. We spend all of our money traveling the world. If I had an unlimited source of income I would travel and write all around the world and eat… I love to cook and I enjoy trying international cuisines.
Dying isn’t the worst thing that could happen at seventeen, right?
Growing up on the streets of New York City, I imagined my death probably about a thousand times. Getting hit by a stray bullet, ticking off an angry drunk, or even stepping off the sidewalk too quickly and getting run over by a yellow cab. But this… this was something I would never have imagined, not in a million years.
I’m Aria Negrescu, and my name is pretty much the only thing in my life that turned out to be true. I was the poor little orphan girl who grew up bouncing around from foster home to foster home, each worse than the one before.
But all of that changed one night when I met him.
Now an unstoppable hunter wants to kill me, and if I’m going to survive I have to discover who I really am. And that means trusting a mysterious stranger I know nothing about. A whole supernatural world exists right under my nose, and I’m about to become a part of it. Whether I like it or not.
If you loved the magic of Beautiful Creatures and the epic romance of The Vampire Diaries then you’ll get hooked on Magic Bound, the spellbinding first book in The Hybrid Trilogy.
Buy Magic Bound today and stay up way past your bedtime tonight!
My review: 5 stars
I loved this book! From the first page I was wanting to know more about Aria. Her voice leapt from the page and pulled me into her story. Starting with her sudden surprise of a college acceptance to a fully paid for ride, and an apartment to go with it, what could be the catch? Because of course there is one and now Aria is thrown into the world of supernatural beings and having to accept a whole new backstory about her entire life. It was amazingly written and Aria was completely down to earth. I loved everything about it and it's going to be one of those trilogies that you have to see through to the end. Derosa is a new author for me, but one I will be following closely. Highly recommended for those who love fantasy, supernatural and a down to earth approach.
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