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Apr 3, 2014

Author Feature + Giveaway: Bianca Giovanni

Title: Revealed (Vice, Virtue, & Video, #1)
Author: Bianca Giovanni
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release date: January 13, 2014
Age group: Adult
Genre: Erotic Romance

From the author of some of the highest rated Erotic Romance on Smashwords comes this first look into a world of love, friendship...and porn.

James Laird and Lola Caraway have been next door neighbors and best friends since elementary school. James was always the ultimate player, and after graduation moves to LA and finds his place as a rising star in the porn industry. Lola, three years younger, is a studious overachiever and on track for graduation and success in college.

Lola knows about and accepts James and his debauchery; it’s never been a secret between the two friends. However, a hometown visit prompts James to face his evolving feelings for her, especially after his conservative family discovers his true profession and she comes to his rescue. Not wanting to seduce the innocent Lola, he returns to California, where he sets his sights on becoming a superstar in the industry.

While Lola is visiting James from college, they dance around their attraction to each other. After Lola admits she’s never had an orgasm, James offers to be her hands-on teacher. A lifetime of friendship with a manwhore tells Lola that she should not get attached to James as a lover, as tempting as his offer may be. Can she please her body while still protecting her heart?
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Title: Captured (Vice, Virtue, & Video, #2)
Author: Bianca Giovanni
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Expected publication: April 15, 2014
Age group: Adult
Genre: Erotic Romance

Lifelong best friends James Laird and Lola Caraway are reunited when Lola moves to LA after college. Lola is starting her new life, new job, and a new romance with a successful lawyer—a relationship which forces James to question the nature of his feelings for Lola.

Meanwhile James’ agent has him making BDSM films, though to him it’s all an act. Unfortunately, these films have brought him the attention of hardcore producer Eva Satana, who wants James to be a ruthless Dominant—for real—in her brutal and extreme scenes. James soon finds himself caught in a contract he cannot break and compelled by threats to the girl who’s stood by him through everything.

James can’t stand the thought of anyone else with his sweet, virginal best friend. But they are just friends…aren’t they? Can their friendship survive so much desire and deception?

Their decisions will decide who will be free and who will be captured.

What element of a story do you feel is the most important and necessary in most, if not all, novels? Why?

When you think back on your favorite book/movie/TV show, what do you remember most? Is it a sudden plot twist? Is it an incredible setting or location? Or is it the characters in the story that leave the most lasting impression? For me, a thoroughly developed character can be the most memorable element of any story.

Traditionally, romance is a genre with a pretty strict set of guidelines for plot and character, much like a recipe. Big, buff, vaguely dangerous bad boy meets wide-eyed innocent heroine, there’s undeniable attraction, sparks fly, steamy boning ensues, obstacles threaten to tear them apart, it looks like all hope is lost, but then they manage to get back together and…happily ever after. My favorite books are the ones that operate within the traditional parameters, but create something wholly unique through great characters. Sure, at the end of the day, we’ve still got a dozen cupcakes, but some of them have sprinkles, or chocolate chips, or coconut, or creamy filling. ;)

A fully realized hero/heroine is crucial for pulling us into a story. Maybe the guy is a brooding bad boy, maybe the girl is youthfully naïve, but why? How did they get that way? Backstory adds depth and can help us find something to identify with—regardless of whether the story is contemporary or set in a sci-fi dystopian future. I’ve read books where I cried right along with the characters when something bad happened, and those are the books that stuck with me. If we can connect with the characters, we’re right there with them through the course of the story, sharing their emotions and hoping for their perfect HEA.

Backstory can also be excellent for motivation. If the character gets thrown into a trying situation, backstory can explain why they take one action and not another. Nothing is worse than when we’re left thinking, “Why the hell would she do that?” Having solid motivations for each decision makes for a more interesting and believable plot.

Let’s not forget the supporting cast. Character development doesn’t have to begin and end with the leading man and leading lady. Best friends, co-workers, family members and even exes all bring richness to the world of a story, and sometimes a few clever lines can set the stage for the rest of the book.

When it comes to storytelling, character rules. We fall in love with our literary heroes and heroines, and we even love to hate those dastardly villains. You don’t see people at Comic Con cosplaying plot lines. Characters connect with us, and they’re the foundation for some of the best books, movies and TV shows out there.

About the author:

Bianca Giovanni was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She grew up with a single mother and Italian grandmother, who was an avid reader. She has had a love of writing since childhood, but self-published her first short stories in 2012. Bianca’s strong female characters and witty dialogue have struck a chord with readers and lead to her popularity on self-publishing platforms.

In 2013, Bianca signed with Omnific Publishing to bring the Vice, Virtue, & Video series to readers. The series contains First Dance (free introductory short story), Revealed (book #1), Letting Go (book #1.5), and four more novels to be released in 2014.

She currently resides in Denver, Colorado, where she can often be found jotting down story ideas in a notebook.

Connect with Bianca Giovanni: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway details:

  1. One entry per household.
  2. There will be one (1) winner.
  3. You must be 18 years or older.
  4. Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.
  5. Giveaway ends on Friday, April 11, 2014.
  6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter.
  7. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond.
  8. Good luck!

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