Saturday, October 5, 2013

Take It Off Series Blog Tour: Review, Author Interview, and Giveaway

Releases October 14th!

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My Review of Tease:

Rating: 4 stars!


These books are part of a series, but they are standalones and follow different characters. It's actually really nice, because I like that kind of closure, and I just adore happy endings. Honestly, I liked Torch, but it didn't do much for me. However, Tease took it up a notch, and I loved it! :)

In the beginning, our main character Harlow is out of options. It's either become a stripper, or lose her apartment and drop out of college. 

She chooses stripper. And realizes that she's not cut out to be one.

Harlow had a very colorful and sweet personality. She was a character that you could easily like and relate to. She was funny, sarcastic, and had a very personal quality to her that I found charming. She did what she had to do to survive and keep putting herself through school. It was hilarious reading about Harlow's "adventures" as a clumsy stripper who's had a great stroke of luck. It's her innocence and shy personality that attracts the men and women who have seen her perform. And it also attracts the eye of the very handsome bartender who is anything but safe for her.

He makes her feel wanted and loved and reckless. She can be herself with him; not Violet, the clumsy yet adorable stripper who likes to pretend she knows what she's doing up there on the stage. Cam sees past that, and he starts to care for the innocent and bright girl. Between the one failed surfing attempt to those motorcycle rides, Harlow and Cam fall in love. It wasn't insta-love, either. It was slow, and warm, and passionate. They teach each other how to open up to the wonderful possibilities love has to offer them. They challenge each other to live.
Pura vida. Live purely.
Although it's all happiness and sunshine, Cam is not the only one to have taken a liking to Harlow. Someone else has watched her as a stripper and wants a private audience. But the end result was not foreseen. 

Now, I enjoy a good romantic suspense book, but it has to be a nice balance between the two. And however much I adored these two and their relationship, I wanted more suspense. The "mystery" didn't show up until halfway through the book, and it was actually incredibly easy to figure out who the guy is (at least, for me it was). Other than that, I thought the plot was fairly unique in that the main character is the worst stripper in the history of strippers and the male love interest wasn't some douchebag womanizer who has just enough "redeemable" qualities to make you like him. (Okay, I may have slightly judged the synopsis. His cocky attitude and the fact that he rides a motorcycle had me pegging him as a "bad boy"). In any case, these characters and this story really surprised me, in a totally good way! :)


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Exclusive Author Interview!

Welcome to Part of that World, Cambria Hebert! It’s so great to have you here. :) I have quite a few questions, so let’s get started.

Thank you so much for having me here! I’m excited!!


What made you decide to step away from the paranormal and write New Adult? Or had you always planned on writing contemporary romances?
Great Question! Actually I never planned to just write paranormal. I love all different kinds of genre, in fact when I was only a reader (before I started writing) I barely ever read paranormal. I read romance by authors like Julie Garwood and Linda Lael Miller and Linda Howard. I also had a soft spot for books about FBI agent and Navy SEALS. Ha ha ha ha.
I actually didn't start reading paranormal until right before I started writing. I guess you could say that it was the paranormal that inspired me to start writing. I started having dreams about a particular character who was a werewolf (its an unpublished book of mine) and I decided to write it. I wrote that series and then I got the idea for the Heven and Hell series, so I wrote it.
I stuck with the H&H series for well over a year, I worked really hard on that series and when it was about over I started the Death Escorts – also a paranormal series.
I really enjoy the paranormal but it can be challenging at times, it requires a lot of world building. Contemporary really started to take off with readers and I wanted to stretch my wings a bit and try some other story lines that I had swimming around in my head so I gave the NA contemp a go. I really enjoy writing this genre as well. It’s a simpler kind of plot for me to write and its been a nice break from the paranormal.
But, I will be writing more paranormal in the future as well as contemporary. I just plan to follow the characters in my head and try new things. :)


Which kind of genre was more fun to write?
They are both equally fun to write. I really enjoy both.


How did you come up with the Take It Off series?
Well, I thought back to some of the books I read years ago and what I loved about them. I love a good love story with a little suspense, a little danger. And I got to thinking about what kind of romance like that I would like to write. It had been years since I read a good old romance so I decided to invent some. Lol.


Out of all of the characters in this series, who was your favorite to write about? Was there another character who gave you a lot of trouble?
I love all the characters in this series, they have all been really fun and different to write. I never quite know what any of them will say, lol. BUT *whispers* I do have a favorite. Out of all the characters in this series my most favorite is Nathan. He isn’t published yet. Nathan is the main character in TEXT, my novel that is releasing in November. In fact, TEXT is my most favorite novel in the Take It Off series so far. From the cover to the book itself it is my hands down favorite.
I wouldn't really say that any of the characters gave me trouble the book I had the most trouble with so far in this series was TEMPT. I had one idea in my head and knew where I wanted the story to go and the characters wanted something different, LOL. So we spent some time battling I guess over the plot. In the end the characters won. Ha ha.


Which couple was the most fun to write about?
Oh man…. I love every single couple. Holt and Katie. Cam and Harlow. Nash and Ava. Nathan and Honor (TEXT)….
I can’t choose. All of them are special to me. I DO have a soft spot for Nathan and Honor though.


Are you currently working on (or planning on writing) more paranormal books?
Yes! I have Borrowed, the next Death Escorts book in the works. It will be out in 2014. I also have an adult PNR book about a werewolf called BLANK coming out in 2014. If that goes well I may reach into the vault and pull out my unpublished werewolf series (its 4 books) and publish that. Also, at the end of Oct I am re-releasing WHITEOUT a shifter short story.


What’s next for you, as an author?
I plan to keep writing. I have several more Take It Off novels I want to put out. I also have a series about race car drivers I want to write, and the other paranormals I mentioned above. I just plan to keep on writing and I hope people will read it.


Can you give us a little teaser from book three? ;)
Of course! This is a Teaser from TEMPT (book 3 in the Take It Off series) It releases on Oct 14.

TEMPT

As I approached the gate, I couldn't help but be distracted by a man leaning against one of the nearby walls. He was reading a newspaper, holding it up in front of his face so all I could see were the two long-fingered hands holding the paper and his body from the waist down.
He wore a pair of beat-up jeans, really beat up. Like, with holes and hanging strings. The denim was faded in some spots and the fabric seemed thin and likely soft to the touch. His T-shirt looked as well-worn as his jeans, except it didn't have any holes in it. All I could see of it was gray and just the front hem was tucked into his waistband, exposing a tan leather belt.
The way he leaned against the wall, kind of slouching with one foot out farther than the other, drew attention to his shoes. The boots were the same color as his belt and they appeared sturdy and not nearly as used as his clothes.
couldn't tell you why I was so drawn to him. That was all I could see. He just looked like some regular (albeit lazy) guy waiting around for his plane to arrive. Although, he was reading the New York Times, which made me snort. He didn't really look like the kind of guy that would stand around reading that paper.
I snorted to myself again. He probably had a Penthouse just inside the paper and was really reading that.


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and answering my questions! :)

Thank you for having me, your questions were really great!

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About the Author


Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com

Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cambriahebert
Cambria’s website: http://www.cambriahebert.com

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GIVEAWAYS! :)