Right Now by Marie Hall will be available September 15th!
Sometimes in life….
Things were supposed to get better when Ryan met Lili. I was supposed to move on, get a life… but I’m stuck and lost. Things with my father are not good. There are demons in our closet, big ones. Ones I want to kill him for, I’m seeing a shrink, I’m trying to get better… but my life feels out of control, like I’m a raft adrift on the sea. I don’t know where to look, how to get anchored again, and then I meet Zoe Stone. Something about her draws me out of my rut, makes me laugh for real, smile, and for the first time in years I want to be more. But what will she think when she discovers who I really am?
…all we have…
When Alexander Donovan, aka The Golden Adonis, walks into my tattoo parlor, I know I’ll do anything to make that man mine. There’s an instant connection, a need to know more about him. Everything about him. But there’s also a mystery surrounding the guy, when people look at him they only see the man that laughs, that cracks jokes and makes the world think that everything’s okay, but I see the truth… I see the darkness that lurks so deep inside few would ever recognize it. I want to help him, I want to be with him, now I just have to make him trust me enough to let me in.
Is Right Now.
Whoa! Marie Hall does it again! I loved the first book, A Moment, in this series and book 2 delivers just as satisfying of a story! See my review for A Moment here! (and BONUS, it’s free on amazon right now! I’m not sure for how long, but you should go get it so when Right Now comes out you’ll be ready!!)
We met Alex in book one and I liked him from the start. He was a good friend and cousin, so I was pumped about him getting his own story. Zoe is super cool, I’d totally want to be her friend in real life. (She’d most likely roll her eyes at me! Haha) This book deals with the same issues as book one but from Alex’s POV. Now that his cousin is in a better place, Alex doesn’t have anyone to take care of and is having to face his own demons. Just like in book one, these tough situations are handled perfectly and I was just blown away by the depths of emotions this book made me experience. I really liked how Zoe knew Alex from years before…it reminded me of how in A Moment Ryan and Lili pass each other years before they actually meet. Also, Marie writes these incredibly sexy guys that are so strong, but equally strong female characters who help save them. I just LOVE that.
“Her voice had guided me back, her touch made me whole. I was never going to give her up. She was my drug and I was an addict. This was my woman, and in her arms I’d found myself again.” –Alex
My Alex and Zoe-
Bonus- I got to do an author interview with Marie Hall! How lucky am I?!? check it out-
List five adjectives to describe yourself.
Goofy. Daydreamer. Caring. Slightly neurotic. :p People watcher.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was awful. A story that will never see the light of day. As to what inspired it, when I first came into writing I was a massive fan of highlander romances. But since I don’t like doing the proper homework needed to write a historical, I decided to make him a time traveling Scot who was cursed by a gypsy witch because he’d broken her heart and was sent to modern day America as a slightly balding, heavy set man. It was a riff on Beauty and the Beast. Even back then I was obsessed with fairy tales. :p I wrote that story nearly 15 years ago. And promptly shoved it into a drawer after I finished. It was a 500 page monstrosity, obviously I didn’t have the first clue how to write a proper plot. But, the bug was born from that story and I then went on to write more books and haven’t looked back since.
What made you want to write a new adult series instead of paranormal?
To look at my backlist, you’d think I was mostly a paranormal writer. In fact, I’ve written several contemporary romances over the year, I just hadn’t published any of them until A Moment. My fans know me as a paranormal writer and publishing a contemporary romance (even though it’s been something I’ve wanted to do for over a decade) terrified me. What if my readers thought I was a traitor for “ditching” paranormal (which I have no plan to do ever, since I really enjoy writing about monsters). My other big concern was would anyone even find my New Adult books? The market is so glutted with new author bringing out college romances. Up until A Moment, I was strictly a published paranormal author. I’d always heard that unless you were a Nora Roberts or Stephanie Meyer, trying to crossover to new genres could be a death knell. But Ryan and Alex were so important to me, I knew theirs was the first story I would publish, because I had to tell it.
Your books in the Moments series handle really tough subjects, how do you handle all those emotions while writing?
I’ve experienced many of those emotions in my life. It’s not hard for me to channel absolute terror, or self-loathing, or fear. I’ve been through cancer, had a child land in NICU the first few weeks of his life, seen the devastating effect first hand of what rape does to a person… I’ve lived with those emotions for so long that it was almost cathartic to set them to paper. To put them out there and finally let them go.
In what type of atmosphere do you prefer to write?
Absolute quiet. I get crazy distracted. I try not to, but it’s very difficult for me to focus around sound. My ideal writing place is in a garden during sunrise. It’s very inspiring to me and the time I best think.
Are there any songs you listened to on repeat while writing Right Now?
Not a one. I had a soundtrack going on in my head during A Moment. Silver Springs, obviously. Nutcase by Alice in Chains. Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift, Shellsuite by Chad Valley, Are you gonna kiss me or not by Thompson Square, Use Somebody by Kings of Leon, The unwinding cable car by Anberlin, Make War by Tedashi, Back at one by Brian McKnight. I mean you can literally track which scene I’m writing by which song. But when I tried to turn on the radio for Right Now, I found that I just knew Alex too well to need the inspiration. By that point it almost felt like I was writing a bibliography and not a romance because Alex was as real to me as my own sister.
What made you choose Austin, Texas as the location for the Moments series? Have you been there? If so, do you have a favorite restaurant/landmark/activity there? (As a proud Texan, I loved the setting! woohoo!)
I’m Panamanian and most of my family who’ve come from Panama has settled in Texas somewhere. Many of them are in Central, Texas. But a few years ago my husband and I (thanks to him being military) were stationed in San Antonio, TX. (Which I LOVE by the way, GO SPURS GO) and whenever we’d drive up to visit my family in Killeen, we’d have to pass through Austin. I just love that city. And while I’ve never personally been there except driving down the freeway, it just felt right. University of Texas is my husband’s favorite college town so I adopted it as my own and the fact that the city is so obviously proud of their weirdness just made it the perfect choice.
In your downtime from writing, what do you do to relax and have fun?
We live in Hawaii now. We go to the beach! :p But I’m also a HUGE Disney fanatic and now that they’ve built a Disney resort here, we love to just go hang out there on the weekends, eat lunch, and people watch. I love to just study people, see how different cultures interact and socialize. I think if I hadn’t been writing, I might have eventually become an anthropologist. The study of people and cultures fascinates me.
Who are your favorite authors? What’s your favorite book/series?
Umm… do we have enough time? LOL. Well, I grew up on Johanna Lindsey (thanks to my grandma whose closet was full of them, it’s how I first discovered romances). Then I saw a new genre spring up, paranormal romances and I inhaled anything and everything Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon. Eventually I got turned onto Karen Marie Moning and Kresley Cole’s IAD series. I’m equally as fanatic about the NA genre. I love Tammara Webber and Jessica Sorenson, Samantha Young and let’s not forget the Queen Colleen Hoover. Yeah, little known fact, most writers are readers too and I’m a definite fan girl.
Do you have any tattoos or peircings that Zoe would be proud of?
I’ve got a pretty huge hummingbird on my back shoulder and a cross on top of my foot. My nose is pierced and so is my cartilage. So I think Zoe and I could hang. I’m also planning another tattoo in the very near future.
If you could be any mythical creature, which would you want to be?
A mermaid, of course!
What’s your favorite quote? (book, movie, famous person)
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou Since I’m all about writing very emotional characters, I love that quote.
Coffee or tea?
Tea, absolutely. Why do you think Ryan loves his chamomile? *grin*
**I recieved this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review