June 25, 2013

Tour Stop + Giveaway: Consequences Series by Aleatha Romig

Welcome to our Aleatha Romig, 
blog stop!

I've been OBSESSED with Consequences and as the release of the third and final novel in the series, Convicted, is in the horizon, let's take a look at how it all began plus more fun stuff for y'all.

What inspired you to write Consequences?
I’d always wanted to write a book. It was a bucket list type thing. In 2008 my husband lost his job, it was in construction materials and the economy tanked! He began working a third shift job. Our two oldest children were off in college. Our youngest was going to bed about 8:30. That left a lot of alone time. 

I had this idea of a woman in a room... I decided to sit down and see where the story would take me. I didn’t write Consequences to publish. I wrote Consequences as therapy or escape from my life. I could totally manipulate and control the lives of these characters. It was more than I could do for myself.

What book are you reading now?
When I’m really into my writing, I don’t read. However, I asked to read an ARC of Safe Word by Teresa Mummert. So far... fun and HOT!

What was the hardest part of writing Consequences?
The hardest part was deciding how much detail to put in my manuscript. My original draft had more detail. It was so disturbing to my mother and sister-in-law that they couldn’t read the story. So, I decided to employ more of the “fade to black” technique. Honestly, I still have people who think my reading is too disturbing and others who want more detail. I’ve come to the conclusion; you can’t please everyone – so please yourself. 

What message or advice do you want to give your readers?
Step outside the box. My series is not defined by genre. I thought I was writing a psychological thriller/ romantic element. My agent said I wrote: Contemporary Dark Romance/ thriller. My point is: branch out... keep an open mind... enjoy... and remember, it is still fiction! As much as many of us would like to believe there is a real Anthony Rawlings, there isn’t. In fiction, we can explore situations we’d never attempt in reality... just enjoy!

What can readers look forward to in the future? 
After Convicted, I plan to do a “novella” called, Behind His Eyes. It will be The Consequences Series Reading Companion. It will have various Tony POV’s. I’m not rewriting the entire series, only specific scenes. I had one blogger ask for Tony’s POV before Consequences begins... while he’s watching Claire. Do you think anyone would be interested in that? 

Once the Consequences Series is complete, I have ideas for other stories. I guess we’ll need to see what the future brings! All I can say is, I’ve already experienced more through my writing than I EVER imagined. Not only have I received more recognition than I ever dreamed, I’ve met wonderful people! It’s true, sometimes Life is stranger than fiction!

How would you classify Consequences? 
I think I’ve invented my own genre: Contemporary Dark Romance / Psychological Thriller. Obviously, Consequences by its self isn’t a romance. However, since it is the relationship of Claire and Tony that propels the series, I’ve been told that makes the series a romance. Now, that said, I definitely believe it qualifies as DARK and PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER.

Do you expect your readers to view Tony as a villain or a hero?
I have NO expectations. I love receiving messages or reading reviews where people say he is both! When a reader says they HATED him, usually threatening some sort of bodily harm, and then turns around and says, they LOVE him, despite their better judgment, I believe I’ve done something special.

Consequences 1
August 4, 2011
Exlibris Corporation
Besieged by memories of a brutal abduction, Claire Nichols wakes in an unfamiliar bedroom, within a luxurious mansion. Her recollections have one common denominator, the man she just met, Anthony Rawlings. 

Unbeknownst to Claire, for a very long time, she has been within Anthony’s sights. Many of the pivotal events in her life occurred, due to his sinister manipulation. Every action has a consequence, and his actions result in their chance meeting. 

More than a psychological thriller, Consequences is a vivid story of one woman’s struggle to survive incomprehensible circumstances. Every aspect of her being suddenly depends upon the tall, wealthy, dark haired, dark eyed businessman. Anthony Rawlings is known to the world as prosperous, benevolent, and kind. Claire quickly learns that he can also be a menacing controlling captor. 

With few options but concession, Claire attempts to earn her freedom, while enduring a hellish existence that truly appears perfect. Persevering tests and trials, she struggles to retain her pure Midwest values and beliefs. Encouraged by memories of a loving upbringing, she gains strength in the simplest of joys: solitude in nature and good in the face of evil. 

His goal in sight, Anthony’s calculated agenda encounters an unforeseen detour. He becomes captivated by Claire’s beauty, resilience, and determination. The interaction of these two compelling characters instigates strong emotions: fear, anger, love, and lust. Claire and Anthony’s tumultuous journey flows into uncharted waters of intrigue and passion. 

Utilizing vivid detail, this 167,000-word novel unfolds like a movie, before the eyes of its readers. From the opening criminal abduction, through twists and turns, to the unlikely romantic thrills, the suspense climaxes as Anthony’s motivation becomes evident. 

Anthony and Claire must decide if they will stay true to one another, or allow preceding actions to result in justifiable Consequences.

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Plus read our previous interview with Aleatha and Claire Nichols-Rawlings!

“For the sake of clarity, since that seemed to be a problem in the past, you are aware that your indebtedness to me can only be determined paid by me?”

Claire swallowed. This is what she anticipated, smiling she nodded, yes.

His voice, strong and authoritative, “I prefer verbal confirmation.”

“I am aware that you are the only one who can decide when my debt is paid in full.” The calmness of her voice surprised even Claire. She said a silent prayer that he wouldn’t notice her hands balled into fists with her nails biting into her own palms. If she concentrated, she could remember to relax her hands. But at this moment, her concentration was needed elsewhere.

“You are also aware that your duties require you to be available to me whenever, wherever, and however I demand?” His dark eyes never faltered, staring directly at her, yet his body language looked relaxed, arrogant. He was definitely a man willing to push Claire to the brink. It was like watching a poker game, pushing the odds. Would there be a payoff? Or would someone blink?

“I am aware.”

“You’re aware that you must at all times obey my rules?” Anthony’s eyes penetrated.

“I’m aware that I must do as I’m told.” The words hurt her throat but sounded easily spoken. She was not going to let him fluster her. And damn, she didn’t need that skin on her palms anyway. Her smile remained steady and undaunted.

Anthony remained silent for an extended period of time, watching Claire. Finally, he spoke, “Very well.” He stood. Claire expected some kind of directive. Instead, he walked toward the door.

“Wait.” She proclaimed. He turned to look at her, displaying astonishment at her command. She immediately realized her words overstepped her bounds, but she couldn’t go on locked alone in the suite. Her tone softened. “I’m sorry, but may I leave this suite?”

“As long as we are certain on the terms of our agreement and you follow the rules and orders given, I see no problem with you roaming the house.” He reached for the door handle. “It is rather large. I’ll be working from home tomorrow. Your services will be utilized then, so be prepared for my call. When I have a chance, I’ll give you a tour of the house and define your limitations. I think it is best that you do not roam tonight. I don’t want you getting lost.” She heard the beep as he grabbed the lever.

“Anthony? I don’t have any...duties tonight?” Her voice began to fail her. She sounded less like the strong, lighthearted woman she desperately tried to project and more like a child.

“I have recently arrived from a series of meetings in Europe and am quite tired. I’m glad to know we have a mutual understanding. Good night, Claire.” “Good night, Anthony.”

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Aleatha Romig voted #1 "New Author to Read" on Goodreads, July, August, September, and October 2012! She 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 husband of twenty six years, they've raised three children. She works days as a dental hygienist but enjoys spending her nights writing. She also likes to spend time with her family, friends and patients. Her pastimes include exercising, reading and writing.

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.

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1 comment:

  1. Great interview. OO Got my new kindle the last one broke and I was 35% into Consequences!! Aleatha your writing is addictive but oooo what you do to my head when I am reading Consequences. I don't know if I am stressed or growling at Anthony's behavior and waving the female flag. I don't mean growling in a good way, lol! You most certainly stepped outside the box in writing a character that is so removed from what I would class as a Team guy that I want to love. But I keep reading......and then Anthony does it again....but I keep reading.... a most unusual read. Definitely outside the box. I can't say I like Anthony...I mean...I can't. But you have me turning the pages. do crazy things to me when I am reading Consequences....yet I keep reading :) Well done! In a psycho character kind of way. Yeah, very hard for me to express Anthony at the moment. I keep cringing when I want to be grinning at his behavior. He knows how to break a woman.



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