Thursday, February 7, 2013

Blog Tour! Nina D'Angelo - Nowhere to Run

I am proud to be a part of Nina D'Angelo's Blog Tour for her debut novel, Nowhere To Run.

Nina recently joined me for an interview.  Check it and my review out below.

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A dominatrix is murdered; her body displayed in a show of dominance. An actress is found dead beneath the Hollywood sign. There’s a murderer roaming the streets of Los Angeles and he’s having far too much fun to stop.
Stephanie Carovella is a woman of fire and ice. She left her career, her friends and her home town of LA but she couldn’t outrun the demons of her past. When she is lured back by the death of her best friend she enters a world where no one’s safe.
Can Stephanie find her friend’s killer or will she discover that she has nowhere to run?


Right from the very first word Nowhere to Run is an absolute roller coaster ride! 

Stephanie Carovella is an intriguing character.  At first you're not sure whether to love or hate her but as you learn more about her, you understand her more, understand why she does what she does and find yourself definitely on her side, and most likely to react the same way she had if it was you.   She's incredibly loyal and does everything she can to protect those she loves - and those characters are just as engaging.   

The women in the story are all gutsy, but all have a soft side.   The guys, well they are hot - the sort of guys you wished you could hang out with but  are sensitive as much as they are strong and  assertive.   Each character has their own little quirks, enough to make them loveable but not flawless.  The villains in the story were suitably hateable, but still with personalities that were well rounded enough to make you understand them, and at times feel sorry for them.

The storyline is fast paced, suspenseful and keeps you guessing.  I thought I had guessed who the serial killer was a number of times and was still surprised at the end.  The killer was interesting in the way they acted, killed and in their motivation.

All in all a wonderful debut novel and first of what I think is going to be an amazing series.   

5 Stars. 


Tell me about your latest book:
Nowhere to Run is my debut novel. It’s a story about obsession, passionate love, loss and murder. My main character, Stephanie Carovella, walked away from her life in Los Angeles – determined to put her past behind her. When her best friend is murdered, she returns – determine to find out who killed her and why. Her return to Los Angeles triggers a spate of murders, in which she is the common denominator.
Before long, Stephanie is drawn into a cat and mouse game, in which she must trap a killer before he claims her as his own.
What inspired you to write this story?
I never planned on writing a crime novel. If anyone told me when I was 16, I’d become a novelist I would have say yeah, I agree with that. If they’d told me that I’d write crime, I would have laughed my ass off.
I actually started writing Nowhere to Run by accident. I was playing around with storylines one Saturday night and nothing seemed to be working so I deleted everything I’d written and just cleared my mind and started writing. Before I knew it, I had written a prologue and then a few chapters –you get the gist.
The ideas for the novel just started to flowing after this. Everything just fell into place. I knew exactly what I wanted from the novel and I knew how I wanted it to flow.
Tell me a little about your Works in Progress:
I actually have three in progress. Two are on the backburner, because I can’t juggle three books at once. The main focus right now is Nowhere to Hide, which is book two in the Stephanie Carovella series. This book will see the return of all the central characters from book one, as well as the introduction of a minor character from Nowhere to Run. It will see Stephanie returning to University, studying to become a forensic profiler.

Life’s never really dull for Stephanie. In between trying to sort out her relationship woes, she will also be dealing with a copycat killer, who has learned from the best of them. And naturally, it won’t be long before he has her in his sights. In the background, there will be another killer watching and waiting – someone who wants to claim her as his own.
Once Nowhere to Hide is finished (I have it slated for an August release) then I will be working on The Live and Let Die/A Million to one series, which is a spin-off series of the Stephanie Carovella in the sense that it will feature some of the characters from the Stephanie Carovella series.
I also have a supernatural trilogy series in the works, but I am trying to hold that off.
For any new readers who would like to read your work, please tell me a little about your past books.  (could be beneficial if you have a series or if people might be interested in reading your earlier work)
Nowhere to Run is my debut novel. It’s part of a series though called the Stephanie Carovella series. I have about 15 novels so far planned for this series and about seven planned for the Live and Let Die/A million to one series.

I actually did write Live and Let Die/A Million to one before Nowhere to Run but it needs to be retweaked, reworked and rewritten.
Do you have a favourite writing snack?
I’m not really a fan of eating while I write. In fact, I’m renown for forgetting to eat. But I live on coffee. It fuels me. As long as I have coffee and good music, I’m set.
If a movie was made about your book, who would be in your ideal cast?
You know I’ve been thinking about this lately and it’s already been determined that Chris Pine would have to be Jase Devlin.
I haven’t worked out the rest of the characters yet, but stay tuned.
Do you have a character you’ve enjoyed writing the most?
As I write, it changes but Jake Carlisle has definitely become a favourite for a number of reasons. He’s sexy as hell, protective and just fun to write. He’s an Alpha male and you know he’s not going to take shit from his woman, no matter how tough she thinks she is. But he also doesn’t want a shy wallflower either. He wants someone who will stand up to him. Someone, who is not afraid to get their hands dirty and fight for what is hers.
He’s the hero type.
What do you do for fun when you’re not writing?
I love to read. I could curl up with a book anywhere and just chill out to relax. If I’m not reading, I’m researching for novels or thinking about ideas. I tend to be very tuned into writing. Writing to me is fun.

But I also love to travel. I’ve been all over the world and I usually do something crazy while I’m travelling. The last time I was overseas, I jumped out of a helicopter, and went paragliding off the Austrian Alps.
I also am a huge fan of photography and love taking photos. My photography has appeared in magazines.
What sort of books do you like to read?
Honestly? Anything and everything!!! I read romance. I read YA. I read crime. If someone hands me a book and it sounds interesting, I’ll read it. I also love biographies. I’m currently reading anything by Kristen Ashley, who is the Queen of Alpha Males and strong-headed women.
Do you have any advice for people wanting to write their own book?
Start writing and never stop. Write every day. It doesn’t have to be your novel. It can be a blog entry, a journey entry – anything – but keep writing. I try and write at least 1000 words a day. Even if it’s random.
And read. Read widely and read everything you can get your hands on. Reading helps widen your horizons. It lets you know what’s out there and it tightens your writing.
Also join writing groups. Once I started joining writing groups, my whole world changed. Other writers are the best people in the world to connect with. They get you. They’ve been where you are, they’re on the same journey and you will get a mountain of advice from them.
And lastly, believe in yourself. If you think you have a novel in you, then try. What do you have to lose? Nothing. If you don’t try, then you will never know.
What parts of the writing process do you love and hate the most?
I don’t think there’s a process of writing I actually hate. I love researching for my novel. I’m currently knee-deep is serial killers my copycat killer can imitate. It’s fascinating. Some of it’s sickening, but the research is necessary to ensure my details are accurate.
I love the writing, obviously. To me, that’s the best part of it. Putting my headphones on and tuning out to the rest of the world. It’s what I was born to do.
Like I said, there’s no real process I hate. Hell, I even love editing. That comes from the fact I’m a perfectionist. I tweak and retweak constantly until the novel is perfect.
If I had to say something I hated, it would be the assumptions people have about writing. People who aren’t in the writing industry often don’t know how much work goes into it. Writing a novel is about rewrites, promotion and marketing, edits, cover designs, formatting and managing time to make everything perfect.

About Nina D'Angelo

Nina D’Angelo is a freelance writer and photographer. After graduating from Deakin University in 2005, with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and Public Relations, Nina briefly worked in P.R. Not satisfied with her profession, she returned to freelance writing. Since graduation from University, she has written her own TV series, produced a music show for three seasons, worked for several music magazines and her photography was published in Aqua Pulse.

In 2012, she decided to take the plunge into the fiction world and started writing her debut novel, Nowhere to Run. Nowhere to Run is the first novel in the Stephanie Carovella series. Its release date is February 14th 2013.
Nina has already started working on her second novel – and the second in the Stephanie Carovella series. Nowhere to Hide is slated for an August release. Nina also plans on releasing her third novel in December 2013, which will be part of the Live and Let Die series.

To find out more about Nina D’Angelo, please see below:
Twitter: @janinedangelo


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    Great interview