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Monday, March 31, 2014

Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway: All My Restless Life to Live by Dee DeTarsio

Title: All My Restless Life to Live 
Author: Dee DeTarsio
Publication: April 29th 2013
Genre: Adult, Romance

Award-winning author Dee DeTarsio combines life’s darker side with humor and tenderness in a wonderfully charming look at love and the afterlife.

Life is a soap opera, especially for Elle Miller, who is a TV producer. (Ellen dropped the “n” in her name in hopes of finding a better ending for herself.) When her laptop crashes, she borrows her dead dad’s computer and gets way more than she bargained for.

As Elle tries to save her career with a storyline featuring a trip through Atlantis, she takes a trip to the Emmys, and finds herself in the middle of a romance between a real doctor and a hunk who just plays one on TV. Friends, family, and clues from “the other side” all help Elle figure out the difference between living the good life . . . and living a good life.

“I cant believe that Im really not that nervous,” I kept saying being takes. “Acting is so easy. Way easier than writing. Maybe I should be an actress.”
Liam just smirked at Tanya McGonya, who flipped him off with both middle fingers as her arms were folded across her chest.
“This is good for me to get in character and see what its like. I can write better drivel than Liam. Sorry.” I shot a quick look at him and covered my mouth.
Stop talking,” Liam ordered. “Start kissing.”
“Oh.” I guess I was nervous.
“You are doing great,” Brad whispered. He leaned down as his arms wrapped around me, pulling me and my Bra Vo in close.
“Where do I put my hands?” I asked, both palms against his bare chest. Please dont squeeze the Charmin.
“Over his coat, around his waist,” Liam said.
Brads smooth mouth kissed me, bending my head slightly so the camera could get an angle.
“Hold it,” Liam said. “Christ, move around a little.”
I couldnt move. I was just enjoying smelling Brad and feeling his breath on my upper lip, and really, really liking his two lips resting on mine.
Hair,” Liam directed. Brad started softly pushing back my hair. My hair was nothing special shoulder-length, that Tanya McGonya curled into a natural tousled look. In Brads fingers, it became an erogenous zone. He cupped his hand and pushed my hair behind my ear. He ran his finger and thumb over my ear, and massaged my lobe ever so gently, before getting back to the business of fondling my curls.
My heart was cartoon loud. I wouldnt have been surprised to hear a horn ahooga. Liam had us stop and start several more times for different angles.
And then I forgot where I was and started kissing Brad. I wasnt acting, I didnt know how. The music got louder, the light seemed to dim, and Brad kissed me back.

“And cut. Cut. Cut. Jesus.”

Author Bio:
Dee DeTarsio is a graduate of The Ohio State University and lives in southern California with her family. She did not teach herself to read at an early age or write stories by the time she was in kindergarten. She was still wetting the bed and playing in the can cupboard.

Tell us about All my Restless Life to Live:
I always wanted to be a soap opera writer. Even though an 8th grade career aptitude test indicated I would make an excellent farmers wife. Of course, I also wanted to marry one of my junior high crushes, Jim Flower . . . which would have made me Dee Flower! (I need to write that book someday.)

What do you find most challenging about the writing life?
Distractio . . .

Where do writing ideas come from?
I grew up in Ennui, Ohio, and only wish I had started taking notes earliersome of the funniest people I know are from the Midwest. I think it is constant fear of tornadoes or being trapped in a snowstorm that forges a delightful melancholy of the absurd. Plus, I come from a long line of teasers where NOTHING is sacred. Teasing is some complex form of hazing required to be a member of my family. And yes, when I was a teenager, my whole family totally made fun of me and my Scoliosis back brace (a la Joan Cusack, Sixteen Candles).

Are you a TV junkie?
I dont watch much TV at allonly when Im in the kitchen, family room, living room, bedroom, or on the treadmill. Its not like theres a TV in the bathroom or anything.

What do you do when youre not writing?
When Im not writing, Id like to say Im busy speaking (and cooking) fluent Italian, teaching yoga, and volunteering for the Peace Corps, but none of that would be true.

Read any good books recently?
Im a Virgo, (*shakes head sadly* at the other eleven inferior signs) and I run a tight ship on my kindle. I can only manage up to five books at a time on there, despite temptations, Im talking to you, buy-now-with-1-click button.

Side note: I am currently reading Dangerous Women, a brilliant cross-genre anthology, in hard back, borrowed from my nephew (meaning no Cheetos allowed).

Giveaway: This giveaway is for an ebook copy of All My Restless Life and is open internationally. This giveaway is sponsored by the author and/or Xpresso Book Tours. Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter. 

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