Tuesday, 21 May 2013

'Heating Up Hawaii' with Carmen Falcone (Wow, don't you just love that title?)

I'm really pleased to welcome Carmen Falcone here today - I've been dying to find out more about her and this great sounding book! So to kick off, here's an intro to the book.

Blurb - 

There is just one person standing between Penny Ashbrook's dream of opening her own PR business or being stuck at her job: the formidable Luc Leoni - her first lover, and the man who lets nothing and no-one get in his way. Seeing him after so long brings all the hidden emotions after a life altering break-up to surface. Pain, denial...and lust. 

Luc has made many sacrifices for his career, including Penny Ashbrook, the woman who set his aspirations back a year. But now she has returned and is more alluring than ever. After all these years, he thought a self-made billionaire like himself could master everything, but to resist the strong pull toward the one woman he can't have is an impossible task.

When this unlikely pair is reunited they will have to face the many challenges set in their way, especially an attraction that has only heightened with time and a deadline quickly approaching. Can their new bond surpass old—and new—fears?

Publisher: Breathless Press
Heat Rating: 3
Word Count: 38240
Release Date: May 3, 2013

And here is the lovely Carmen to tell us more!  Please make yourself comfortable and let the grilling commence with some quick fire questions…

If you had to sum up Heating Up Hawaii in 30 words or less what would you say? After a long separation, will Penny and Luc's sizzling attraction be enough to overcome their startling secrets?

Penny sounds quite a complex and determined character – what do you most like about her? I like that she’s real. She thought that by thirty she’d have a successful career and be married with kids. She was engaged to be married (not to Luc), but at the last minute she changed her mind because she realized her ex wasn’t the right guy for her. It didn’t matter how much she wanted him to be, or how much she wanted that life. That takes guts, and now she’s paying the price for it and trying to figure out the path to happiness.

Is there anything about her that frustrates you? Not anymore, now that she’s written. Lol.

Can you tell us a bit about Luc? Luc is a delicious Alpha male, who had a lot of responsibilities early in life. His history with Penny is unresolved, and working together will make them face the past.

And is he the type of guy you could fall for, or would you steer clear? Oh, I think I’d totally fall for him. Hopefully, so will the reader! ;)

What/who inspired you to write the story? There wasn’t an event or a person in particular. I just love the trope of the reunited lovers.

And what about the characters - are they a little bit you, people you know, or did they just leap out and grab you (metaphorically speaking of course!)? I can relate to them and their choices, but they kind of came out of nowhere and wouldn’t get out of my mind.

And we, sorry I, being naturally nosy would love to know a bit about you…
Favourite genre(s) to read and to write?
Contemporary and historical romance.

What part of writing do you enjoy most, coming up with the idea, planning, research, writing it or typing The End?! Sometimes, typing the end can be bittersweet. I think the writing itself is very rewarding, regardless of the hair pulling from time to time.

Sum up in 30 words or less what you want to be doing in 5 years’ time. Enjoying life, writing books, driving my husband and kids crazy, making money, and traveling.

Favourite thing to do when you’re not writing? Thinking about writing! ;)

Who/what inspired you to keep on writing until you got published? I ran into a friend from high school after many years of experiencing writer’s block. She asked me if I was still writing, and the fact that she remembered it after ten years or so, well, it made me revisit the idea and made me want to pursue it. It’s funny, but it really made me think.

Thanks so much for stopping by Carmen - this book is already on my TBR list.

If you want to know more about Carmen....

Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters and places beat doing Math homework any day. She traveled the world, achieved a B.A. in Tourism in her hometown in Brazil and was soon invited to work in the USA, where she met her Swiss husband. She'd always dreamed of becoming a published writer, and after her daughter was born, she revisited that dream of writing - this time, unwilling to give it up. She lives in Austin and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and three high energy pugs.


  1. Thanks so much for having me, Susie! :D

    1. You're welcome - great to have you here :-)

  2. I love your interrogation skills, Susie! I really enjoyed HUH - I totally fell for Luc. Congrats on the release again, Carmen. x

    1. Samantha, isn't she great? When I received the interview, I was like, wow how does she come up with all that? Lol!
      Thanks so much for popping over!

  3. Congratulations on the release Carmen! I have it on my TBR and would get to it...soon I hope!

    Thanks Susie for the interview!


    1. Thanks, Editors! :)

      Hope you're having a great day :)

  4. Lovely post girls! Heating up Hawaii is sitting on my Kindle - can't wait to read it. And I love that cover.

    1. Thanks, Tea! I'm almost done reading The Protea Boys ;)

  5. Thanks everyone for stopping by, and a massive thanks to Carmen - I'm saving this one for holiday reading :-)