Sunday, May 1, 2016

Just The Way You Are by Anita Louise Interview & Review

About Anita Louise
 

Anita’s husband comes from a large and loving family of nine children, and they were the inspiration for the Adler Family Series.

She’s always been an avid reader of love stories, and her passion for romance found another outlet when she discovered how much fun it was to write about her own smart and sexy heroes and heroines.

She's an ardent and devoted student of personal development. Weaving in life changing principles that empower and inspire readers is an important aspect of all of her books.

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Interview

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

This is always an interesting question, and my answer can vary with the person asking. Since we’re speaking in the context of me as the author of romance novels, I’ll first say that I’ve always been a romantic. Even as a child, I loved the stories of fair maidens and knights in shining armor, or damsels in distress who were saved by the handsome prince.

At times in my life I feel like I’ve been both the damsel and the fair maiden. I’ve successfully come through the distress of an abusive marriage, and now am married to my loving and handsome prince. I’ve lived in very comfortable surroundings with more than enough. I’ve also been a single Mom who lost her home and struggled to keep food on the table for herself and her children.

Everything that’s happened in my life has made me who I am today. I love people. I love life, and I’m grateful for every experience along the way.

2. Your husband comes from a large family. Did you use your experiences with that to mix with your story?

Of course! Experiences with my husband’s siblings and parents definitely factored into my writing. The children in both my husband’s and the Adler family are affected by the child’s position in the family (oldest, youngest, etc.), and that certainly influences who that child becomes as an adult. Also, it’s no coincidence that there are twins in the Adler family, as my hubby has twins in his family too (although only one set of twins versus two sets for the Adlers). Also, a lot of my own personal experiences seem to find their way into the stories.

3. You are an avid reader yourself. Which romance novels are your absolute favorites?

My favorite book of all times is Gone With the Wind. I must admit sometimes I wanted to take Scarlett O’Hara by the shoulders and ask her, “What in the world are you thinking, girl?” Also, I’ve read the entire Sullivan Series by Bella Andre. She’s the writer who inspired me to write about my husband’s big family, and I loved the super-hot love scenes in her books. Hopefully, my readers will receive similar enjoyment from my books.

4. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Have fun! When you enjoy what you do, I think it shows in your work. I write almost every day—not because I have to, but because I want to. It also helps to remember the old parable about the tortoise and the hare. Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time to write a novel, and it takes time for readers to find you and like your work. Have faith. Be patient and be consistently persistent.

5. What is your favorite quote and why?

“No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” This comes from the Desiderata and is mentioned in my books. Life is full of ups and downs, and I sincerely believe that how we handle what happens to us in our lives is way more important than the actual occurrences. We always have the power to choose how we respond to any and all situations. I believe we grow from our challenges and the great things that happen in life are our just rewards.

6. If you could choose favorite 3 love couples from books or movies who would that be and why?

Scarlett & Rhett – Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I loved Scarlett’s strength and endurance throughout all her trials. Rhett Butler was her perfect match in every way. The book didn’t necessarily have the perfect happy ending that I prefer, but Scarlett’s’ final words made me believe that somehow, someway, they would end up together. “Tara! Home. I’ll go home. And I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all ... tomorrow is another day.”

Gabe & Megan – Can’t Help Falling In Love by Bella Andre

Since I was a single mother myself, I relate to Megan. Plus I love her adorable daughter, Summer. Gabe is handsome, strong and sexy as hell. The chemistry between him and Megan is almost hotter than the fires he puts out in his job.

Richard & Elise – Somewhere In Time (the movie)

Love never dies could be the theme of this movie. I enjoy books and movies like this with a supernatural twist.

8. Which country is still on your wish list to visit?

Italy for sure. The female lead in the book I’m working on right now is from Naples, Italy. I’d love to see in person the country of Gina Giamanti’s birth (Should I Stay or Should I Go ~Connor & Gina). Besides, you can’t get much more romantic than a gondola ride in Venice, can you?

9. Can you tell us the most romantic thing that your husband has ever done for you?

There have been several. For our first anniversary, he surprised me with a trip to Las Vegas. I’d never been there before and he knew I wanted to go. Our anniversary is in early November, and I expected it to be much warmer there than in chilly Michigan where we live. I was shocked when we got to Vegas only to find snow falling from the sky! It did get sunny and warm a few days later. Naturally, we had a wonderful and romantic trip.

10. If you could talk to any writer (dead or alive) who would that be and what would you ask?

I’d love to talk to some of the successful writers I enjoy reading—Bella Andre, Jill Shalvis and Susan Elizabeth Phillips just to name a few. I’d likely ask them for advice on how I might be able to improve my writing and attract more readers.

11. Can you tell us your plans for the future?

My first goal is to finish the Adler series. Then I’m thinking about a few different subgenres—romance with the supernatural twist, bridal stories, and possibly young adult romance.

Book review

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Review by Anniek

Aaron is a part of a very big family. He is a successful writer and speaker. He and his siblings are very close. They are celebrating the long and happy marriage of their parents when Jane walks into the house together with the youngest of the family, Connor. Aaron feels a connection right away. He can't stop watching her but is also thinking about the fact she came in with his brother. When Jane is ready to leave he walks her to the door and watches her drive away.

Jane is dumbfounded when she finds out that Connor is related to Aaron. She has watched him as a speaker and has read every book he has ever written. Jane always had a secret crush on Aaron. He is the most beautiful man she has ever laid eyes on. She thought that they had a connection once but is disappointed when he doesn't recognize her. She can't wait to drive back home but the road isn't easy to drive on. Jane gets into an accident and wakes up in the hospital with Aaron by her side. Aaron found her and when he finds out she has no family or friends nearby he takes Jane home with him to take care of her.

Aaron has been married before but his failed marriage has left some scars. His ex-wife was not right for him, but he tried to make it work. Aaron has no intention of falling in love again but he can't ignore the way Jane makes him feel. Will she be able to take down his walls?

In Just The Way You Are Anita Louise writes about a song by Billy Joel. When I looked up the lyrics there is one part that especially stands out because of its connection to the story:

"I wouldn't leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times; I'll take the bad times
I'll take you just the way you are".

This book showed me that if true love finds you it will complete you once again. Love will take you Just The Way You Are.

If you've ever read a book by Bella Andre and you loved her stories then you should really read Anita Louise's novels as well. I am sure that just like me you will have a lot of trouble putting her books down.

Giveaway
 

Since the holidays are coming up we want to give you something great to read. One very lucky winner will win a kindle copy of all three books by Anita Louise.
 
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7 comments:

  1. interesting blurb

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  2. This sounds like a lovely series!

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  3. I love reading about big families and your books sound great.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  4. These sound like books I would enjoy.

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  5. These sound like books I would enjoy.

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