Thursday, October 24, 2013

Blog Tour *GIVEAWAY* Author Interview - Being With You by Hazel St. James

Title – Being With You (Redemption Series 2)
Author – Hazel St. James
Genre – Contemporary Romance

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How much is too much for a battered soul to handle? Tristan Hart is determined to get his life back together, without anyone holding his hand. Being bipolar doesn’t mean he has to be dependent on others, and he’s going to prove that come hell or high water. As he works one foot in front of the other, something keeps pulling him backwards. There are days he feels close to knowing what is holding him down, but then it slips away with his next breath.

With all these crosses to bear, he doesn’t feel worthy of affection and works hard at keeping an emotional distance between himself and those around him. Fate throws him a curve ball when he finds himself needing help from an unlikely source and his life tips upside down…yet again.

How many times can Tristan hit rock bottom before it’s too much? Has fate paved his road to redemption alone, or is there someone else that is meant to be by his side?

Fighting For You (Redemption Series 1)

Tristan Hart is just getting started out in the world, when he is handed a severe blow that breaks down every barrier he has ever erected. What gets left behind is a twenty-four year old tortured soul, searching for the road to redemption. 
Peyton Bauer is a natural born nurturer that wants nothing more than to care for those in her life. She carries her own past that she keeps carefully hidden from everyone. Peyton and Tristan are thrown together by fate and the attraction between them is instant. 
Tristan sees his recovery as slow going, but even still, he is ignoring a part of himself that often times appears in his dreams. Those dreams hold so much more than Tristan is willing to acknowledge and it holds him back. 
Tristan and Peyton struggle to find a happy medium for themselves as the relationship heats up. Tristan is left with a difficult decision that he doesn’t want to make.
How far will they go to hang on to something doomed to fail? Will Tristan’s life make strides in the right direction, or does his lack of foresight cause his world to come crumbling down?

Hazel is a contemporary romance author from the Midwest. She incorporates some sensual BDSM themes, as well as many different facets of "vanilla" relationships. Her diverse background in a plethora of fields, from journalism, literature, graphic design, computer science, accounting, veterinarian medicine and even chemistry have given Hazel a diverse background on many facets of the very things that she writes about. She recently became a full-time author, giving up her day job to focus on her writing. And loving every minute of it! Hazel LOVES, LOVES, LOVES to hear from her fans! She is always willing to talk about whatever is on your mind!

Author Interview with Hazel St. James for Being With You.

Welcome Hazel, I am so excited to have you here at Just One More Romance. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down for an interview with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

Thank you for having me!  I am a mother of two from a rural town in Minnesota, and am happily married to my Alpha Male Hero.  We lead a fairly simple life, and spend as much time as we can being a normal family (well, not sure what normal really is…LOL)  I grew up on a farm, and have a tendency to “play” in the mud a lot.  I dabble in a little bit of everything in my day, from writing romance, bartending, retail sales, farm work, you name it!!

I can’t wait to read your new book Being With You. Can you describe the book in 30 words or less? 

Being With You is the continuation of Tristan’s story…he is working to put himself back together, mind, body and soul.  His love interests get deeply complicated and he has some hard decisions to make.

Where did you draw your inspiration for this story? 

The muse for this story is Justin Coale.  He is the very essence of the main character, Tristan Hart.  A lot of the details in the story are a combination of things that have happened to him, as well as some of my previous experiences with mental illness.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 

When all these characters in my head were screaming for me to let them out!!!  My head was so full…I needed an outlet!

What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?

Tina Reber…..Love Unscripted and Love Unrehearsed  They are still my go to novels when I need a pick me up

What do you do while you write? Do you listen to music, watch TV, eat snacks, etc.? 

Listen to classical music… I have twenty different playlists.  I also live on caffeine water when I am writing.  Keeps me going. 

Tell us 3 surprising things about yourself.
1.  I’m an adrenaline junkie
2.  I am terrified of bats.  Like to the point if I see one, I will pass out
3.  I have a herd of prize winning rabbits

What’s the last movie you watched and loved?

TWILIGHT!!!  LOL  Otherwise, I don’t get to watch TV or movies, so nothing recent

What’s your idea of a perfect date?

Campfire, case of beer, starry night sky, my alpha man next to me

If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be?

Duluth, MN.  I love that city.  It is so beautiful and romantic up there in the fall when the leaves are changing!

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes…that and then some

Top three things on your bucket list:
1.  Skydiving
2.  Visiting Australia
3.  Getting to co-write a book with Jamie Maguire 

Boxers or Briefs?   Boxer Briefs

Alpha or Beta?   Alpha!!!!!

Brains or Muscles?  If I had to pick, brains.  But, muscles is close….

Planner or Wing it?  WING IT!!!!

Favorite feel good drink?    Absolute Vodka Sour with Lime

Vanilla or chocolate?  Chocolate

Laptop or desktop?  Desktop

Beach or mountains?  Beach

Winter or summer?  SUMMMEEEEEERRRRRR!!!!  I hate snow!

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us interview you Hazel and I look forward to having you back again on Just One More Romance.