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Blog Tour w/ Review: Uncovering Camila by Vivian Winslow

Book: Uncovering Camila

Author: Vivian Winslow

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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Camila Cohen is a highly ambitious and driven third-year NYU law student who works as a part-time bartender to help pay her way through school. She prefers no-strings attached relationships, afraid that anything serious could get in the way of her goals. But when chef Eliseo Perez ditches her for a job in Miami, she realizes even a casual arrangement can leave you feeling burned. Just as Camila’s close to accepting a position at the high-powered law firm of Sullivan & Moore (more appropriately known by its initials, S & M), her uncle Arthur, the head of the Cohen Real Estate dynasty, makes a proposal that compels Camila to question the career path she’d always assumed would be right for her. As she attempts to balance her busy final year of law school with her bartending job, what should have been a random Tinder date for a hot hook-up leads to something unexpected. Meeting the incredibly brilliant and handsome Marshall James forces Camila to face her greatest fears and realize that creating a life for herself means making decisions that could potentially hurt the ones she loves.
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Amy’s Review:

4 Stars!!!!

I get so excited when I see a email from Vivian Winslow informing me of a new book. I have been following her since her first novella released and get excited to read her newest releases. All her books are about very strong and independent women. Women who take no shit from men and can do it without a man. I love women like that. Camila was no different. She had her life in motion and didn’t need a man to fill up her time. She was okay with how things were. That is until Marshall shows up.

Thanks to Camila’s cousin she meets Marshall. Tall, dark and handsome, he is smart as a whip and is the perfect match for Camila. There are a lot of ups and downs, moving forward and moving backwards but in the end it all comes together. And let’s not forget the amazing hot sex these two have. OMG! They are on fire together. HOT!

I loved seeing the Baron girls and Poppy included. I can never get enough of them and it’s always exciting to see a glimpse of how things are turning out for them and their families. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Author Bio


Elizabeth Ann Hayes writes Romance under the pen name Vivian Winslow. Elizabeth was born in San Diego, California but has spent most of her adult life as the consummate wanderer. Her nomadic life took her abroad to Paris, Madrid, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and São Paulo. After eleven moves across four continents over a span of seventeen years, her journey brought her back to New York City in 2011 where, despite the chaotic pace, she’s managed to make it home for herself and her family.
Since 2014, Elizabeth has published nine novellas in her Gilded Flower Trilogies as well as two installments of Wildflowers, a New Adult series of standalone novels. These contemporary romance books are female-driven with strong, beautiful and intelligent women as well as diverse characters, reflecting her own multi-cultural heritage.


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Camila turns her body to face Marshall. Lifting her hand, she runs a finger down the side of his face. He catches her hand and trails kisses around her palm. From there he runs his tongue up her index finger and sucks. He continues to suck on her fingers relentlessly, each one stirring her craving for sex even more than the last. She smiles to herself. This dare will be far easier than I thought.
She sits astride Marshall on the bench, careful not to tear her dress. “You sure about this?” He asks.
“Why do you ask?” Camila rubs his cock from outside his trousers. “You want to hear me say that I want to be with you?”
“Yeah, I do,” he replies before crushing his lips against Camila’s. Like last time, this kiss blows her away with its intensity, as he alternates between tender caresses and biting her bottom lip. Unlike last time, there’s an undercurrent of desperation behind it because they both know the weekend will end and their City lives will resume, where neither one will be able to touch the other. Somehow that prospect of it ending before it even begins drives them further into the moment, passion superseding all reason and doubt.
Camila doesn’t speak right away. She wants her kisses to speak her desire for her. For her tongue to find his and to stroke it the way he stroked her pussy that morning in her apartment. She brings her hands to his face, gripping him with the intensity of a lover who’s saying both hello and good-bye. It’s truly liberating to own this level of freedom with someone knowing that the present is all they have. She can feel his erection grow and press against her cunt, growing slicker with every kiss and lick against her lips. Camila draws his left hand under her dress so he can feel her desire.
Marshall moans into the next kiss, taking her deeper as he buries two fingers inside of Camila. She cries out silently, only a jagged breath shattering the stillness around them. Time has literally ceased to exist in this moment between the two lovers as they continue to climb toward their mutual pleasure. Camila lowers the zipper of his pants, freeing his cock. Marshall hisses as she begins to stroke him. What he wouldn’t give to feel himself inside her warm mouth right now. He groans as he bites down on Camila’s lips, remembering how it felt when she took him deep inside her. He starts to penetrate Camila faster. He wants to fuck her this way and so many others right here on this bench. How perfect and poetic to have someone like Camila on the Baron estate where he’d lost his virginity to Dahlia, the eldest of the twin daughters, all those years ago in the pool house. To bring such light to a place that represents so many memories from his past fills him with such a sense of peace he doesn’t want it to end.
Marshall takes out his fingers and licks them before putting them in Camila’s mouth. She sucks on them hard. The idea that these fingers were just inside her pussy drives her further into her lust. She lowers herself over his cock, prepared for how deep he would go and how far it would stretch her. This time her eyes are open, watching the look of pleasure on his face as she takes him fully.
His moan is louder than it should be, but neither of them cares. She rides him slowly this time, with greater purpose than before. Each time, she wants to feel him deep inside her, and he wants to savor it too. Marshall pulls Camila tight to him, burying his groans into her mouth, his kisses conveying a warmth and gratitude for tonight, for that morning in her apartment, and for feeling so fucking good at this moment.
He buries his face in her breasts as he continues to thrust into her. Her cries match his. Both are so close to coming, but neither of them is ready to. The reality after the fact will hit them both, and they want to push it away as long as they can. Marshall wraps his arms around her tighter, unable to edge any longer. “I’m going to come,” he whispers.
Camila nods as she rides him harder, lifting herself off, and slamming down so she feels it in her G-spot. She draws a deep breath, finally reaching that deep abyss as Marshall stops thrusting and lets himself go.
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Blog Tour W/Review: Blossoming Flower (A Wildflowers Novel) by Vivian Winslow

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Title: BLOSSOMING FLOWER (Wildflowers, #1)

Author: Vivian Winslow

Release Date: October 19, 2015

Genre: New-adult Contemporary romance

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In the wake of the collapse of her father’s business empire, Flor, the gorgeous twenty-one year-old daughter of disgraced former Brazillionaire Gustavo de Lima, is forced to forge her own path in life.

Flor decides that none of it—the private jets, the vacation homes and the luxury cars—were real. Or at least they really didn’t matter. The only thing that’s real for Flor is her love of horses and her desire to go to veterinary school.

Heading into her final year of college, Flor seeks out the help of an unlikely benefactor to secure a summer internship working with horses. Arriving at the secluded Belo Horizonte ranch, Flor is awed not only by the majestic beauty of the place, but also by handsome cowboy and skilled horse trainer, Collin Taylor. Yet nothing is quite as it appears on the surface.

When the hidden past is revealed, will love end up blossoming for Flor?
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Blog Tour: The Violet Trilogy by Vivian Winslow

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Author: Vivian Winslow
Genre: Erotic Romance
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Appearing in The Lily and Dahlia Trilogies of Vivian Winslow’s incredibly steamy Gilded Flower Series, Violet Rai, or Vi, is Lily and Dahlia Baron’s sharp-witted BFF, who is always up for a party and a hot guy. But, in The Dahlia Trilogy, there are hints that Vi’s world is quickly coming apart.

Wild Violet (Book 1): In this flashback story, Vi, the strikingly beautiful daughter of an Indian business magnate and English supermodel, is enjoying a privileged lifestyle in New York City while a college student at NYU. Yet, in her senior year, Vi learns that her strict and traditional father intends to force upon her an arranged marriage and a career working for his conglomerate in Dubai. When Vi is paired with sexy Spaniard, Andrés Costas, in her ballet class, not only does she find herself falling for him, but he introduces her to a shockingly different world—one that offers her the prospect of escaping her father’s plans, but at a price.

Hidden Violet (Book 2): With her hidden past about to be exposed, Vi turns to her longtime friend and confidant, Thomas Squires, for help. Yet, they may just risk exposing their feelings for each other in the process. When Lily’s engagement to Alejandro is threatened by ex-lover Gustavo, Vi is forced to come clean with her best friend and possibly destroy the lives of those she loves. Now that her secrets are no longer hidden, Vi faces the most difficult challenge yet—how to build a new life for herself outside of the shadows.

True Violet (Book 3): Things are heating up for Vi in Dubai, and it’s not just the desert climate. Vi is starting to come into her own—having the hottest sex of her life and poised to take over her father’s multinational conglomerate. Yet, her suspicions are confirmed when she uncovers a plot to destroy not just her but her best friends’ lives. With an unlikely ally, Vi seeks to ruin those behind the plot. Will Vi be able to have it all and find her lasting happiness in the arms of the man she loves?

* Each trilogy of The Gilded Flower Series may be read independently, though the background from the earlier trilogies may be helpful to the reader. The Lily Trilogy is the first in the series, followed by The Dahlia Trilogy and then The Violet Trilogy. The entire Gilded Flower Series is now available.

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Chapter 2

Sweat drips down Vi’s chest as they finish the barre work. Despite every window being open, there’s no respite from the heat for the dancers who pack in the two adjoining studios. Even in the summer, the class is full of people trying to keep up their skills for possible auditions, with the exception of Vi who does it because it’s one of the only times she’s able to feel happy and free. She takes in the mix of people as she gulps down her water—men and women, mostly in their twenties, although some teenagers who look like they could be ten years-old, the majority of them beautiful, and all of them with absolutely gorgeous dancer bodies. She tosses her water back into her bag and takes her place in front of the mirror.

“Today, half of you go there,” the instructor says in a thick French accent, making a slicing motion with his arm to divide the class and pointing to the other space. The dancers move obediently. Monsieur Renard appears to be about sixty-five and has perfectly coiffed silver hair that goes well with his perfect posture. Despite being dressed in pants and a collared shirt, he doesn’t have a drop of sweat on him. “The rest of you will be paired off. Pas de deux.”

Vi searches the room for a partner. This isn’t what she signed up for today. She likes M. Renard’s class because he demands perfection and complete control from his dancers. Every position, hip movement and alignment always has to be just right. It forces her to focus, to allow her thoughts and self-doubt to melt away and for those ninety minutes to just be. But it’s too late to leave. She doesn’t back down from a challenge.

Mademoiselle Rai,” M. Renard points to her. “Why are you not with someone? Or is your partner invisible?” He chuckles and turns to talk to the pianist.

She smiles back and with her hands on her hips says, “Seems no one finds me worthy to be his partner. Perhaps you would like to be my partner, Monsieur Renard.”

He smiles and laughs, revealing yellow teeth stained from cigarettes and coffee. “Mademoiselle Rai, if I were younger, I would have you for a partner and you would not forget that experience.” He approaches her and says, eyeing her up and down, “Malheureusement, my youth is gone and the women along with it.” Not taking his eyes off Vi, he reaches out toward the right with his arm and snaps his fingers. “Monsieur Costas. Dance with Mademoiselle Rai. You are both beautiful. You will fit well together.”

Pointing to the girl who was originally paired with him, M. Renard instructs her, “You go dance with the others.”

Vi glances over at her new partner gliding toward her, ignoring the dirty look from the female dancer.

As soon as he reaches her, he places his hands on her waist and says, “You’re the lucky one who gets to dance with me today.”

She chuckles as she moves her feet and arms into fifth position. “The same can be said of you, Monsieur Costas.”

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Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job and her incurable wanderlust. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years.

New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of fashion, the arts and especially food. If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her eating at the newest restaurant in her beloved Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach.

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The Vi Trilogy of The Gilded Flower Series (Books 7-9) by Vivian Winslow

This is the third part to The Gilded Flower Series.

My reviews for The Gilded Flower Trilogy (The Gilded Flower Series Books 1-3)

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The Vi Trilogy of The Gilded Flower Series (Books 7-9)

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Wild Violet is the first installment of The Vi Trilogy of the Gilded Flower Series. Appearing in The Lily and Dahlia Trilogies of the Gilded Flower Series, Violet Rai, or Vi, is Lily and Dahlia Baron’s sharp-witted BFF, who is always up for a party and a hot guy. But, in The Dahlia Trilogy, there are hints that Vi’s world is quickly coming apart, and her dark secret is about to be exposed.

In this flashback story, Vi, the strikingly beautiful daughter of an Indian business magnate and English supermodel, is enjoying a privileged lifestyle in New York City while a college student at NYU. Yet, in her senior year, Vi learns that her strict and traditional father intends to force upon her an arranged marriage and a career working for his conglomerate in Dubai. When Vi is paired with sexy Spaniard, Andrés Costas, in her ballet class, not only does she find herself falling for him, but he introduces her to a shockingly different world—one that offers her the prospect of escaping her father’s plans, but at a price.

Review:

5 STARS!!

OMG! I was so excited to get this first book, but forced myself to wait until I had all 3 books so I could continuously read through without having to die waiting. I’m glad I did. I didn’t know what to expect coming into this first book. I knew Vi was up to something. It was hinted at through the other 6 books. I couldn’t wait to find out what it was. It wasn’t what I thought it was but it was still surprising. Vi’s story with her father. I felt so bad for her to have to deal with him. But then there was Andres. OMFG! Can we say sexy. I couldn’t get enough of him but the ending left me a bit sad. I wasn’t sure what to expect next. I want Vi to have her HEA. Though this is not the one I expected, after getting to know him I would be OK with it. 🙂

 

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With her hidden past about to be exposed, Vi turns to her longtime friend and confidant, Thomas Squires, for help. Yet, they may just risk exposing their feelings for each other in the process. When Lily’s engagement to Alejandro is threatened by ex-lover Gustavo, Vi is forced to come clean with her best friend and possibly destroy the lives of those she loves. Now that her secrets are no longer hidden, Vi faces the most difficult challenge yet—how to build a new life for herself outside of the shadows.

Review:

5 STARS!!

Thomas oh Thomas. You get to know Thomas during Dahlia’s trilogy. Though he is a tough one at first to fall in love with you soon do. Of course after he acts like an ass. Thomas truly loves Vi. He’s loved her for a long time but never made a move. We get a bit more into their relationship with Hidden Violet. We also get some more of Andres too. I’m a little lost on who I want Vi to end up with. I love them both and can’t pick between them. The private moment between Vi and Thomas not only for real but during her imagination … WOW! That was hot and it was about time. We also get more of Lily and Dahlia. There of course is some drama which I wont go into details but it was crazy. By the end of Hidden Violet I didn’t know what to think and had no freaking clue where Vivian Winslow was going with this story. Have to head to the next one so I can find out. Eeek!!!

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In this final installment of The Gilded Flower Series, shocking secrets are revealed and the long-buried truth comes out.

Things are heating up for Vi in Dubai, and it’s not just the desert climate. Vi is starting to come into her own—having the hottest sex of her life and poised to take over her father’s multinational conglomerate. Yet, her suspicions are confirmed when she uncovers a plot to destroy not just her but her best friends’ lives. With an unlikely ally, Vi seeks to ruin those behind the plot. Will Vi be able to have it all and find her lasting happiness in the arms of the man she loves?

Review:

5 STARS!!

Finally the last one. I really hate to see this series end. I love these 3 girls.. Oh and all the men. 😉 True Violet was a complete shocker. I mean really, how could you do this to me Vivian Winslow? I liked Samir but we are talking about Thomas and Andres.. Why oh why?! Everything that played out in this last installment was crazy. I didn’t see any of this coming. All shockers. Well played … well played.. I’m sitting here having a hard time getting my thoughts together. I’m happy for Lily and Dahlia. These girls deserve all the happiness they can get. I can’t even put down what I really want to say about Vi and a certain someone because it will give everything away. Ugh.

This series is a must read. Every book is different and definitely worth the read. Each girl with their different personalities and different lives. You can’t go wrong.

About Vivian Winslow

Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years. New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of shopping, the arts and especially food. If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her indulging in pizza on the Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach.

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Release Day: True Violet by Vivian Winslow

True Violet by Vivian Winslow
The Violet Trilogy #3
 
The Gilded Flower Series #9
 
Genre: Erotic Romance
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In this final
installment of The Gilded Flower Series, shocking secrets are revealed and the
long-buried truth comes out.
Things are
heating up for Vi in Dubai, and it’s not just the desert climate. Vi is
starting to come into her own—having the hottest sex of her life and poised to take
over her father’s multinational conglomerate. Yet, her suspicions are confirmed
when she uncovers a plot to destroy not just her but her best friends’ lives.
With an unlikely ally, Vi seeks to ruin those behind the plot. Will Vi be able
to have it all and find her lasting happiness in the arms of the man she loves?

 

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Chapter 26
Relief spreads over Vi during breakfast as she politely engages in conversations with other
division heads. It’s the last day, and her father’s closing remarks, scheduled
after the breakfast, will mark the end. Despite the beautiful beach setting,
the week has been long and tiring. She arrived in Muscat believing she could
predict her future—well, at least the next month. But now, thanks to her father,
it’s all turned upside down. She faces a monumental decision that will impact
her life, and it’s not something she anticipated when she agreed to move to
Dubai. She begins to bite her thumbnail nervously as Azahr invites their father
to the podium to speak.
The theme of the conference was about divergent economic growth across global economies, which
really meant how to ensure the continued success of Rai Industries. The senior
Rai goes on about this, expertly discussing and even countering some of the
claims made by the economists who spoke during the conference. He does it
admirably, showing how sharp he remains at seventy.

Toward the end of his speech, he takes a turn Vi doesn’t see coming. She had asked him to give
her a week to think over his offer, but clearly his grunt meant a ‘no’, not
‘yes’.
            “Now, before I close, I want to thank my son, Azahr, for all his hard work in
coordinating this conference, and also for his years of loyalty to Rai
Industries. I want him to know that his allegiance has brought pride to me and
our family.”
            The audience erupts in restrained applause.
            Her father holds up his hands to indicate he isn’t finished. “I expect you all have
also had the pleasure of meeting my charming daughter, Violet, this week. It
was important to me that you have a chance to get to know her.”
            Suddenly all eyes in the room focus on Vi. She straightens and forces a reserved smile.
This isn’t what she agreed to, but obviously this is her father’s way of saying
there’s only one answer. Why did she ever expect him to actually listen to her?
            “Over the next few months, Violet will be transitioning to take over as CEO of Rai
Industries.”
            Vi can feel her stomach tense. Her palms begin to sweat, and she quickly looks
over at the Exit sign, gauging how long it will take for her to get out. This
isn’t what she asked for, nor is it what she wanted. No, she wanted a position
in Rai Industries, not any one in particular, just something that would give
her closer access to her brother, to put her suspicions to rest.
            Now, the game has changed. Not only will Azahr be out for blood, but her father has
exposed her to the scrutiny of her colleagues and anyone else who may want to
find out more about the mysterious, illegitimate Rai daughter. She mentioned
this to him over lunch when he first proposed this idea. His response echoed
Samir’s. She was ultimately untouchable. Personal judgments be damned. Vi would
be secure. But at what price?
            She gulps for air, trying to quell the chaos of emotions that are raging through
her, uncertain of how to proceed. Her mind is in a fog. Her usual philosophy of
following where the universe is pointing her seems to be failing her when it
appears to be her father acting as her master.
            Vi squeezes her hands together, digging her nails into her palms to calm herself.
When she hears her name again, she looks over at her father who is motioning
for her to join him. Beside him, Azahr looks like he’s about to have a stroke.
            Her father moves the microphone closer to her. To Vi’s surprise, her words come out
more composed and articulate than she would’ve expected.
            “Thank you, Father,” she says, nodding toward him. Then looking out onto the faces of
the people who soon will consider her their boss, she says, “Thank you to all
of you. I understand that it may take time to place your trust in me to fill
the rather large shoes of my father.” Vi looks at Samir quickly. “I do not
intend to replace him, because it would be impossible. Rather, I hope to
continue his tireless work and devotion to Rai Industries and see it achieve
his vision of success and growth in the coming years. My father and I have
discussed what that means, and we agree that diversifying Rai’s portfolio as
well as investing in the people of India will be the best course for our
future.” She reaches out and takes her father’s hand. Together, they raise
their hands in a sign of victory, a camera flash momentarily blinding them.
            Azahr walks out, wading through the throng of people coming up to congratulate Vi and
her father.
            As soon as Samir approaches, she smiles at him and shakes his hand.
            “So last night was an interview of sorts,” he says.
            She shrugs. “Nothing was certain. I asked for time to decide, but he obviously had
made up his mind.”
            “And you? Have you made up your mind?” His tone suggests hope.
            Vi cocks her head and smiles. “Perhaps. When I do, you’ll be the first to know.”

 
 
About Vivian 
 
 

Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California.
Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world
every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job. She currently lives in New
York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is
grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years. New York
is the perfect city to indulge her love of shopping, the arts and especially
food. If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids,
you’ll most likely find her indulging in pizza on the Lower East Side or having
a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a
California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of
flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach.

Author Interview: Vivian Winslow

Author Interview with Vivian Winslow

IMG_0828~What are you currently working on?

The final installment of the Vi Trilogy of my Gilded Flower Series entitled, True Violet. Vi’s Trilogy has been fun to write since she was the character with the carefully guarded secrets and a penchant for random hook-ups. The title conveys how her evolution throughout the series has brought her to the point of having to show her true self to the world. While she’s always been strong and confident, Vi has kept a part of herself hidden away, afraid of being hurt. It stems from her complex relationship with her father. She undergoes a process of healing and encounters a few opportunities for growth and to develop into her true self. Hence the title. : )

 ~Who is your favorite author?

Ugh. That’s like asking me who my favorite child is. I like a variety authors for different reasons. Erica Jong writes honestly, and her prose is razor sharp. Edith Wharton captures the setting and complexities of relationships in a most subtle yet effective way. Those are just two, although I could go on . . . .

~What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Do not fear the editing process. It is your friend and will make you a better writer. Criticism can be difficult to take, but it’s essential because writing is not a craft that can be honed after one project. It may take multiple efforts before you hit your stride, and you won’t find it unless you keep writing. You don’t become an author because you aspire for outward acceptance and praise. You do it because there’s a drive to share a story that won’t loosen its grip until you do it. It can be true creative freedom. Embrace it and, in the darkest moments, when you’re ready to give up, remember the initial joy that comes from the creative process and start again.

~Which of your characters is your Book Boyfriend? Why?

I love pretty much all the main men in The Gilded Flower Series. So picking one, again, is like choosing a preferred child. Even my dysfunctional men like Gustavo, are charming, and well, have those incredible gifts in the sack. But if compelled, I would have to say Alejandro. He’s a true Alpha in every sense of the world. He’s driven, intense, sensitive, and doesn’t stray from getting what he wants. That said, he’s also considerate and thoughtful, which I think makes for a well-rounded, ideal individual.

~Are you an organized author or scattered?

Hyper organized. I’m rather type-A.

~Do you plot out your story or write as it goes?

Ha. Despite being organized, I don’t plot out my story. I have some vague sense of how I want the story to play out, but more often than not, my characters and stories evolve in ways I don’t anticipate. So I’ve found, at least in the case of The Gilded Flower Series, that it’s best to let it flow.

Of course, there’s the trap of writing myself into a corner that has happened a couple of times. I’ve written a few scenes that I ended up cutting because I didn’t like how they shaped the story.

~Which one of your characters is your absolute favorite? Why?

You really like asking me about my favorite child. I love my central characters a lot. Lily, Dahlia, and Vi all go through incredible transformations through their stories. I’m proud of each of them.

~Which one is your least favorite? Why?

None. Even when my characters are misbehaving, like Gustavo or Poppy, I am grateful to them. They give the other characters opportunities for growth. In the end, we can never hate those who force us to become better people.

~Do you have writers’ block and how do you work around it?

Writers’ block is an occupational hazard. I encountered it twelve pages into Black Dahlia. Anyone who’s read it will know why. I’ve learned to just sit with it, watch a movie, read a book, or bake. All of those activities calm me and give my mind enough space to work on whatever the problem is. Usually after a day or two, or maybe in week in the case of Black Dahlia, I can free myself to write again.

~Do you work on 1 story at a time or multiples?

One only. My mind is cluttered with enough things already as a stay-at-home mom with two busy children. I couldn’t handle that. I do, however, play around with storylines for different books. For instance, I’m plotting another story in the Gilded Flower Series as I write Vi’s trilogy.

~If you could go back in time what is one thing you would tell your teenage self?

It will all work out. And stop worrying so much about boys. They really aren’t worth it.

~Do you believe in love at first sight?

I believe it’s possible. It happened once, and it felt like a lightning bolt shooting through me. And then it led to the worst heartbreak. I think that the risk of it is that it leads to expectations and colors your view of the other person. I truly believe that lasting love grows and develops over time through mutual respect and gratitude. I try to have all my characters experience a variety love connections in order to find who the right person is for them.

~Name one of your pet peeves?

Being nagged.

~If you were a genie, what wish would you absolutely not grant?

To hurt another person.

~Favorite drink? Alcoholic or not.

Dry martini.

~What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

My family.

~What is one thing no one knows about you?

I speak three languages, four if you want to count English.

~If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Silence all the A-holes who spew out their toxic energy at people on New York streets. With one flick of a finger, they would lose their voices until they calmed down.

~If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Oh man, that’s difficult. I’d have to say chocolate. You can pretty much put it on anything ; ).

~What’s your favorite fast food chain?

In-N-Out Burger. Being from Southern California, I can’t stay away whenever I visit.

~If you had a warning label what would it say?

No filter. Piss off at your own risk.

~What is one thing you will never do again?

Shots of tequila and mezcal.

~What was your first job?

I worked in a library. Being surrounded by books all day was heaven on earth.

~Who is one person you would like to meet for coffee?

Erica Jong for sure. Her book, Fear of Flying, is one of the most honest works I’ve ever read. It is about a woman who struggles to find her place in the world and her search for personal and sexual freedom, and has served as a mouthpiece for generations of women.

I would ask her how long it took for her to deal with critics and find peace in her life as both a woman and a writer.

~What is your favorite TV show?

I’m coming into this late, but I have to say Game of Thrones. It’s a visually stunning show with well-written, intertwining stories. The women get to be strong and in their power. And don’t get me started on all the beautiful characters. The men!

~What is your favorite movie?

I appreciate all kinds of movies, from classics to dystopian. If a favorite is one I could watch often, then I’d say Heartbreakers with Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt. For a comedy, there’s actually a deeper message, which is about love and redemption.

~Do you take the “personality” quizzes, like on Buzzfeed/Facebook?

I’m definitely a sucker for a few of them. My favorite ones are the quizzes that tell you what you were in a past life. I think I’ve been an inventor. Ha.

~What is your favorite/ go to cuss word?

F$*#ing hell

~Favorite quote?

All experience is an enrichment rather than an impoverishment- Eudora Welty

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New Release: Hidden Violet by Vivian Winslow

 

HIDDEN VIOLET

Vivian Winslow

The Vi Trilogy, #2
The Gilded Flower Series, #8
Genre: Erotic Romance



SYNOPSIS

With her hidden past about to be exposed, Vi turns to her

longtime friend and confidant, Thomas Squires, for help. Yet, they may just
risk exposing their feelings for each other in the process. When Lily’s engagement
to Alejandro is threatened by ex-lover Gustavo, Vi is forced to come clean with
her best friend and possibly destroy the lives of those she loves. Now that her
secrets are no longer hidden, Vi faces the most difficult challenge yet—how to
build a new life for herself outside of the shadows.


 
 
EXCERPT
 
Chapter 29
Vi takes a few
deep breaths. She never prepared herself for the moment when she’d have to
confess everything to her friends. Keeping secrets seemed natural for her, a
form of self-protection, at least that’s how she saw it. As her life began to
unravel, she couldn’t help but wonder if she had lived more openly, more
honestly, whether she would’ve been able to avoid the trap that comes with
leading a double life. What she didn’t foresee is that the price you pay for
living such a life is that you cheat yourself and those who love you out of
knowing you fully. Yet Vi can’t regret any of this. It’s done. All she can do
now is seek forgiveness.
“I don’t know
where to begin,” she says, leaning her arms on her legs, looking sincerely at
Lily.
“Begin with how
you got started in the business,” Lily says firmly.
“I knew a guy who
did it.”
“That’s too vague.
What’s his name?”
“Andrés Costas.”
“Wait, I know that
name,” Dahlia interjects.
Vi nods, “I’m sure
you do.”
Lily pauses. “You
were at NYU?”
Vi nods. “He was
in a dance class I was taking the summer before senior year.”
“And he just said,
‘hey you wanna be my pimp?’” Lily replies sarcastically.
Vi gives her a
warning look. “Not like that. I never pimped him out. We started hanging out
for a while. You might even say we dated.”
“You had a secret
boyfriend?” Dahlia asks.
“Boyfriend is a
stretch. We couldn’t be exclusive, but we kind of were. I wasn’t seeing anybody
while we were together.”
“How long was
that?” Lily grills.
“About six
months.” Vi looks up at the ceiling, realizing how bad it all sounds when she’s
saying it out loud. “But it wasn’t like we were dating like you and Jack were.
We just hung out at my place, or went out occasionally to some local bar. It
was easy and nice to have a friend.”
“And have you had
any boyfriends since?”
“That’s
irrelevant.” Vi grows defensive. “It has no bearing on what’s going on now.”
“I beg to differ,”
Lily argues. “You’re supposed to reveal what you’ve been keeping from me.”
“No boyfriends,”
Vi says flatly.
“Except Thomas,”
Dahlia butts in.
Her friend gives
her a warning look.
“What about
Thomas?” Lily asks curiously.
“Nothing!” Vi
replies, becoming frustrated by the turn in the conversation. “Aren’t we
supposed to be discussing other things?”
“Thomas is someone
else we only learned about this year.”
“And you’ve known
each other a long time,” Dahlia adds. “He’s so in love with you, he doesn’t
even bother hiding it when I bring it up.”
“You talk about me
to him?” Vi is incredulous.
Dahlia shrugs her
shoulder and feigns innocence. “Just briefly. I can tell the way you get all
flushed and excited when he comes up that you feel something too.”
Vi shakes her
head. “It’s not the same. We’ve known one another since we were young. That’s
all. It would never work between us.”
“Why not?”
Vi runs her
fingers along the armrest of her chair. “We’ve seen each other at our worst.”
Lily and Dahlia
both begin to speak, but Vi holds up her finger. “Wait. I know some say that’s
a good thing, but for us, it’s why we’d fail. I’m too jaded, and war broke him.
I’m not going to fool myself into thinking our love could save us.”
“Oh my god, you
just said it!” Dahlia squeals.
Vi looks away. “It
was merely an expression.”
Lily scoffs.
“Lying to yourself isn’t going to make the feelings go away.”
“That’s enough about Thomas. Let’s move on,” Vi tells them.

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Release Day: Wild Violet : The Vi Trilogy #1 (The Gilded Flower Series #7) by Vivian Winslow

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WILD VIOLET by Vivian Winslow
The Vi Trilogy, #1
The Gilded Flower Series, #7
Genre: Erotic Romance

Synopsis

Wild Violet is the first installment of The Vi Trilogy of the Gilded Flower Series. Appearing in The Lily and Dahlia Trilogies of the Gilded Flower Series, Violet Rai, or Vi, is Lily and Dahlia Baron’s sharp-witted BFF, who is always up for a party and a hot guy. But, in The Dahlia Trilogy, there are hints that Vi’s world is quickly coming apart, and her dark secret is about to be exposed.

In this flashback story, Vi, the strikingly beautiful daughter of an Indian business magnate and English supermodel, is enjoying a privileged lifestyle in New York City while a college student at NYU. Yet, in her senior year, Vi learns that her strict and traditional father intends to force upon her an arranged marriage and a career working for his conglomerate in Dubai. When Vi is paired with sexy Spaniard, Andrés Costas, in her ballet class, not only does she find herself falling for him, but he introduces her to a shockingly different world—one that offers her the prospect of escaping her father’s plans, but at a price.

Excerpt

Chapter 2

Sweat drips down Vi’s chest as they finish the barre work. Despite every window being open, there’s no respite from the heat for the dancers who pack in the two adjoining studios. Even in the summer, the class is full of people trying to keep up their skills for possible auditions, with the exception of Vi who does it because it’s one of the only times she’s able to feel happy and free. She takes in the mix of people as she gulps down her water—men and women, mostly in their twenties, although some teenagers who look like they could be ten years-old, the majority of them beautiful, and all of them with absolutely gorgeous dancer bodies. She tosses her water back into her bag and takes her place in front of the mirror.

“Today, half of you go there,” the instructor says in a thick French accent, making a slicing motion with his arm to divide the class and pointing to the other space. The dancers move obediently. Monsieur Renard appears to be about sixty-five and has perfectly coiffed silver hair that goes well with his perfect posture. Despite being dressed in pants and a collared shirt, he doesn’t have a drop of sweat on him. “The rest of you will be paired off. Pas de deux.”

Vi searches the room for a partner. This isn’t what she signed up for today. She likes M. Renard’s class because he demands perfection and complete control from his dancers. Every position, hip movement and alignment always has to be just right. It forces her to focus, to allow her thoughts and self-doubt to melt away and for those ninety minutes to just be. But it’s too late to leave. She doesn’t back down from a challenge.

“Mademoiselle Rai,” M. Renard points to her. “Why are you not with someone? Or is your partner invisible?” He chuckles and turns to talk to the pianist.

She smiles back and with her hands on her hips says, “Seems no one finds me worthy to be his partner. Perhaps you would like to be my partner, Monsieur Renard.”

He smiles and laughs, revealing yellow teeth stained from cigarettes and coffee. “Mademoiselle Rai, if I were younger, I would have you for a partner and you would not forget that experience.” He approaches her and says, eyeing her up and down, “Malheureusement, my youth is gone and the women along with it.” Not taking his eyes off Vi, he reaches out toward the right with his arm and snaps his fingers. “Monsieur Costas. Dance with Mademoiselle Rai. You are both beautiful. You will fit well together.”

Pointing to the girl who was originally paired with him, M. Renard instructs her, “You go dance with the others.”

Vi glances over at her new partner gliding toward her, ignoring the dirty look from the female dancer.

As soon as he reaches her, he places his hands on her waist and says, “You’re the lucky one who gets to dance with me today.”

She chuckles as she moves her feet and arms into fifth position. “The same can be said of you, Monsieur Costas.”

Chapter 3 

“Come have coffee with me,” he says as Vi enters the stairwell. He’s leaning against the wall of the landing, dressed in torn, loose fitting jeans and a half-tucked, casual white button down, with two buttons undone. His beauty can only be regarded as perfectly masculine with dark, chiseled features and lean, ripped muscles. In fact, his entire body is muscle, which is to be expected for a dancer. Yet, there’s an ethereal quality to the man standing before her, the way he walks and carries himself. Vi’s never met anyone like him, which intrigues her. However, he’s so aware of his looks and the effect he has on others that it makes her ambivalent to his charms.

“Too hot for coffee,” she replies quickly as she begins her descent. He follows her down the stairwell and out onto Broadway.

“You can have it iced.”

“No thank you, I’m not interested in having coffee.” The reply is half-hearted because a part of her is curious. Of course she can imagine herself sleeping with him. The image of him taking her on the studio floor had flashed through her mind when his hand brushed her inner thigh as she moved into attitude. It sent a shockwave through her that she couldn’t forget.

“Then we’ll get water. I’ve seen you drink that.”

Vi shakes her head and stops walking. Turning to him she says, “Persistence isn’t a charming quality. It’s creepy and borders on stalking. You should make a woman feel respected, not just desired.”

He grins and puts his hands into his pockets. “So I take it that’s a no to any beverage.”

“You learn fast,” she says, hailing a taxi. Vi knows if she stays near him any longer, she might just sleep with him. One more glance at his fine form confirms that.

He holds the door open for her. “Maybe next time.”

She can sense from his smile that he’s not any easy person to resist, and who is she to pass up what could be an incredibly memorable fuck? It just has to be the way she prefers—on her terms.

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About Vivian Winslow

Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years. New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of shopping, the arts and especially food. If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her indulging in pizza on the Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach.

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Review: Tiger Lily (Gilded Flower #3) by Vivian Winslow

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Weary from battling a hostile takeover attempt of her family’s company, Lily seeks a distraction in Todd, an erstwhile bartender with a large trust fund and magical tongue. Meanwhile, a connection seems to be developing between Lily and Alejandro, a wealthy and gorgeous Cuban-American, whose brother, Rodrigo, is dating Lily’s twin sister, Dahlia. When Alejandro unexpectedly rebuffs Lily one night, she is deeply dismayed. But, after seeing Alejandro’s picture with a gorgeous Latina model in the gossip pages, Lily thinks it wasn’t just a misunderstanding. When the sisters and brothers reunite in Aspen for a ski weekend, will Lily’s heart remain frozen or will the fire between her and Alejandro rekindle and melt away the ice?

Amy’s Review:

5 STARS!!!!!

Oh My God! I thought Calla Lily was shocking but this one is by far the BEST out of all three. I loved loved loved Tiger Lily. Amazing book. I am so glad Lily got back at Gustavo. The parts with Todd… Can we say HOT. Holy Hell I couldn’t get enough of him. But the part that made me so happy and want to jump for joy was Alejandro. The one part I felt heart broken for her. I didn’t understand why he said no anymore than she did. I was so lost and confused because I was rooting for him since Calla Lily. But then… Then came the talk that turned everything around. I wanted to squeal with excitement for her and him. My only disappointment was there wasn’t a lot of time with them. I would have loved a few more chapters of them together.

Now Dahlia.. I can not wait for her books to come out. I HAVE to know what her secret is. I read the prologue at the end of Tiger Lily and I am seriously worried because it says she married someone but it wasn’t Rodrigo. I’m excited to see what happens with her.

I would love to see how things are going for Lily and Alejandro so maybe Vivan Winslow will think about a book that ties up both trilogy’s. One that tells us how they each are doing months or years later.

This is a trilogy that I would definitely recommend and have already.

 

About the Author

Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years. New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of shopping, the arts and especially food. If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her indulging in pizza on the Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach.

Review: Calla Lily (Gilded Flower #2) by Vivian Winslow

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Having experienced a profound personal and sexual awakening during her solo honeymoon to Brazil, New York socialite Lily Baron rushes back to New York upon hearing the news that her father has fallen ill. Now, Lily must take the helm of the Baron Media empire and fend off a high-stakes hostile takeover attempt. With the fate of the company hanging in the balance, will Lily be able to resist the advances of the luring, unwanted suitor in the boardroom as well as the bedroom? Things get steamy in this highly anticipated sequel to Gilded Lily.

Amy’s Review:

5 STARS!!!!!

OMG! I didn’t expect anything that happened in Calla Lily. First she becomes the acting CEO. Then she has an amazing night with Todd from Gilded Lilly. Yea you remember him. Todd with the magic mouth that asked for her to “At least take care of him” before she ran out. And it was HOT! But the kicker…. The kicker is when Gustavo comes back into the picture. After the way things ended in book one I didn’t expect to see him in book two. I thought he was done and over with. Well he wasn’t but he is now.. That was a shocker I wasn’t expecting and actually had to read the scene twice to make sure I wasn’t missing something. What a dick!! And then there was Alejandro. Can we say another HOT man thrown into the book. I think Vivian Winslow was trying to turn us into sluts making us fall in love with so many different men. I will say I wished Lily would of went for Alejandro. Maybe in the next book.

About the Author

Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years. New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of shopping, the arts and especially food. If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her indulging in pizza on the Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach.