Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Book Tour [Review, Interview & Giveaway] ~ "Truth" by Aleatha Romig

Title: Truth (Consequences #2)
Author: Aleatha Romig
Release Date: November 2012
Tour organized by: Hardcover Therapy.
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Claire Nichols endured the CONSEQUENCES of Anthony Rawlings’ vendetta.

When she first arrived to his home, her goal was survival. Through strength and compartmentalization Claire captivated her captor. Her resilience in the face of his rule threatened Anthony’s well developed plan. Domination became desire and power turned to love.

Their passion and adoration in a world of opulence appeared perfect. Yet, reality was a roller coaster of emotion. Claire’s world teetered on the edge of sanity as Antony monitored her every move. When given the opportunity to flee, Claire drove away. A fateful decision which set a well laid plan into motion.

However, unbeknownst to either of them, there were others who saw past the perfect facade of Anthony Rawlings. There were others who saw the TRUTH. Conspiracy and unfulfilled promises result in an early prison release for Claire. Not just a release – a pardon. According to the law, her crime never happened!

Will it be that easy? Faced with freedom from her past... can Claire seize it? Can she build a new life, mend her broken spirit, become the woman she once was, and seek her own revenge? Or is it all a game? And does the game master have different plans?

How does Sophia Burke fit into the puzzle that is Tony and Claire? Will her presence affect the future of this well esteemed man? Can he dominate twice? Is that his goal?

TRUTH continues the tumultuous saga of CONSEQUENCES, introduces new players, and uncovers more intrigue. Aleatha Romig skillfully weaves past transgressions through current deception to create a fervent world of obsessed desire. In this reality can an all-consuming relationship survive?

When buried sins are discovered they threaten not only Tony and Claire’s future -- but their very lives! Will the TRUTH be revealed in time?

“In their figurative game of chess, Anthony Rawlings had Claire in check. Every move she made, he countered.”

Oh, my... and, what a game this is!

Honestly, when I signed up for this Tour, I seriously thought I'll have the time to recover (well, yes, I knew it won't be a walk in the park), and write a proper review. As it happens, I was wrong. In an effort not to give anything away, and be as vague as possible, I'll keep this short (and somewhat sweet).

If you've read "Consequences", you'll know what I'm talking about when I say that a book like that (a mindf*ck like that, more accurately) is not easy to find. It is simply brilliant. Brilliant enough to leave me obsessing with questions. Disturbing and unpredictable enough to make me doubt it's possible to top it. Once again, I was wrong. Aleatha Romig is a bloody genius!

There's a part of me that always suffers when a story doesn't immediately go the way I wanted it... needed it... to go. And, suffer I did. Every now and then, throughout most of this book. I should probably be used to it all by now. Still, this is one of those times when I actually feel torn - because I was so sure that I'll be... well, sure. Of anything. Now I don't even know if it's only because I need to finish "Convicted" before I give my final say, or is it that I'm still too dizzy from this damn roller coaster ride to think clearly.
Do I hate Tony? No. Do I like him? Um... yes. At times, I probably even liked him a bit too much. There goes my love for the tortured, broken heroes. Next thing you know, I'm jumping up and down wanting to see him get a HEA. But, that's just me...

"Truth" is amazing. Incredible. Confusing. Prepare for a mind blowing ride. It gives you the answers, but at the same time raises more questions, and you can never be sure what's waiting ahead. Emotions are all over the place. You'll love what you hated, hate what you loved... You'll want the bad to be good. And enjoy that the good turned just a little bit bad. And still things keep happening. New players are on the board. The game is far from over.

And, "Convicted" can't some soon enough!

*** Copy kindly provided by the Author, in exchange for an honest review ***

*** Interview ***

We're happy to welcome Aleatha Romig today. I'm sure you all have a lot of questions (I know I do!). Here's what Aleatha had to share with us... Hope you'll enjoy it!

Did anything inspire you to write “Consequences” and “Truth”? Or was it more random than anything?

I believe it was more random. I had the “thought” of the opening scene of Consequences. Everything has grown from that. The characters have taken on lives and personalities of their own. I’ve loved watching them blossom!

Can you name some funny and/or random things that happened while you were writing “Truth”? (It can be something that happened in the story, or something that happened with your family. Anything at all!)

I wrote about six beginnings to Truth. That’s based on the Epilogue of Consequences. I took the story many different directions. It wasn’t until I came to terms with where I wanted the story to go that I was finally able to start truly writing. Once I did, Mr. Jeff told me that no one would like it. He said the readers would be upset. It wasn’t that I didn’t care—but, I can’t write that way. I have to write what I want to write.

I’ve learned that it isn’t possible to please EVERYONE. Therefore, I’ve decided to please myself. Funny thing—the ratings and reviews are fantastic for Truth.

Who is your inspiration?

I have met many authors who I consider inspirational; however, I’d say my grandmothers were my inspiration. That isn’t because they wrote books—they showed me, by example, how hard work and sincerity make a lasting impression.

Apart from writing novels, what else you do? Are you a full time writer, if yes, what do you when you're not writing? Have any hobbies or obsessions?

I’m not a full-time writer yet. I will be in three weeks. Currently, I have NO life outside of work and writing. That is my plan for the future—to have a life as well as an obsession. Writing is my obsession! I LOVE getting lost in my manuscript. I will sit down and suddenly five hours have passed. When I’m doing other things the manuscript and the characters will infiltrate my thoughts. It is the most addicting thing I’ve ever done!

I’d say if I’m not writing, working, or with family, I’m reading.

What is in your TBR pile?

OMG! It is a mile long! Currently, I’m reading the final book of the Sookie Stackhouse, Charlene Harris Series. I’ve read them all and feel obligated to know how it all ends. E.K. Blair’s Fading is on the top of my TBR list. I met her briefly at Book Bash. Her book has done remarkably well for her first novel. I’m looking forward to it! There are SO many more...I need to disappear for a month and lose myself to reading! That would be heaven.

Do you have any exciting stories about your latest novel Truth that you think will be of readers interest?

When I wrote Consequences, I did not plan on it being the beginning of a trilogy or a series. I thought it was a standalone book; however, my readers wanted to know what happened next. To be honest, so did I.

Tony and Claire wouldn’t leave me alone. I thought about them constantly. I needed to learn the TRUTH of their story. I mean, did Claire really love him? Did she only go on with their relationship because of Stockholm syndrome? What about Tony? Why would he do what he did at the end of Consequences? Were Claire’s consequences planned from the beginning? How do their ancestors fit into the story? I had SO many lingering questions...the only way to learn the answers was to sit down and write. I can just say...after surviving the Consequences—everyone NEEDS to learn the TRUTH!

Anything else you want to share?

The final book in the series is CONVICTED. I’m super excited about this installment. I kinda have a reputation as a “Mind F***”. I take that title seriously and quoting Tony, “I didn’t want to disappoint—public failure isn’t an option.”

Aleatha Romig is a bestselling author, who has been voted #1 "New Author to Read" on Goodreads July 2012 - Present! She was also #9 most followed author on Goodreads - July / August 3013.

Aleatha has lived most of her life in Indiana growing-up in Mishawaka, graduating from Indiana University, and currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty six years, they've raised three children. She works days as a dental hygienist but enjoys spending her nights writing. When not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include exercising, reading and creating heros/ anti-heros who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha enjoys traveling, especially when there is a beach involved. In 2011 she had the opportunity to visit Sydney, Australia to visit her daughter studying at the University of Wollongong. Her dream is to travel to places in her novels and around the world.

CONSEQUENCES, her first novel, was released August 2011 by Xlibris Publishing. October 2012 Ms. Romig rereleased CONSEQUENCES as an Indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012 and CONVICTED, the final installment of the Consequences Series, is scheduled for release in October of 2013!

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