Interview with Vivian Arend + Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Interview , The Danger Lover , The Latin Lover , Vivian Arend Posted on July 5, 2011 @ 6:00 am 15 comments
Please join us in welcoming Vivian Arend back to BLI today who is here to celebrate the release of Rising, Freestyle, the second novella in her Xtreme Adventures series which is available from Samhain today! Falling, Freestyle, the first story in the series released on November 30, 2010, is a sizzling hot story friends to lovers story, and the main characters are extreme alpine sports enthusiasts. Rising, Freestyle is Melanie Dixon and Derrick James’ love story and they are into extreme rock climbing.
Viv! Welcome back to Book Lovers Inc. thank you for joining us again today. 🙂
Viv: It’s great to be back!
Lea: Since you were here previously and talked about writing process etc. We wanted to cut to the chase and get the low down on your Xtreme Adventures series and Rising, Freestyle in particular, which I think can safely be described as a sizzling hot erotic romance. What can readers expect from Xtreme Adventures, specifically Rising, Freestyle?
Viv: As you mentioned, all the books in the series are set around an extreme sport. It’s not just a place for the adventures to happen, it’s a basis for a lot of the underlying issues the characters have to face as well. In this book, rock climbing in the past led to Melanie’s trauma. In the story, it’s a part of the healing process and loops through all the way to the happily ever after.

Now, I’ve had an advance reader of the book who said she was going to die reading it—she’s afraid of heights! But the wonderful thing I find about books is that I don’t have to know how to be a speedcar driver to enjoy a book with racing in it. And even when I take them out on a limb—you’ll be safely behind your ereader to enjoy the thrill.


Lea: Melanie Dixon is a seasoned climber who experienced a horrific fall. She has healed physically from her injuries and wants to climb again but is suffering post-traumatic anxiety attacks related to climbing again. I thought you did an excellent job of characterizing Melanie, her fear is paralysing but she is determined to conquer it. Can you tell us a little more about Melanie’s personal journey in Rising, Freestyle?

Viv: The biggest thing about Melanie’s story is that for her, like most of us, the progression out of a tough situation is two steps forward, one step back. No matter how determined we are to do something (learn something, face something) we can have awesome plans, try them out, and then fail. Melanie knows this is true, but discovers having someone beside her makes the failing, well, not always go away, but easier to face. Because having a hand to help her to her feet so she could try again makes the difference.
Lea: Derrick James is a handsome climbing instructor who Melanie has hired as a personal coach to help her regain her strength and confidence. This guy is hot for Melanie but hasn’t acted on his desire to be with her because of her emotional vulnerability. Derrick really is hero material for a variety of reasons, would you be willing to share a little more about him?
Viv: The thing I like most about Derrick is he’s totally comfortable in his own skin. Everything about him simply screams the kind of guy I’d want holding the other end of my safety line. Dependable, patient. OMG strong- inside and out. And then there’s the part of him that’s not so gentle—the take control and take ownership part. Yum. Contrasts like that are my favorite parts of heroes.

Lea: Falling, Freestyle is a contemporary erotic friends to lovers romance with a menage theme. Should readers expect more smoking hot ménage action in Rising, Freestyle? :))

Viv: Yes, and no. (Love being vague!) See, I don’t write to a formula. Xtreme Adventures is not a series of ménage books, it’s a series of romance stories within an extreme sports setting, with the appropriate heat for the situations and characters. Book one totally called for a complete ménage including a HEA for three. This book? Just as hot, in a whole new way. Ménage? Oh hell, yes, but maybe not how you expect.
Lea: You included definitions of various terms at the beginning of each chapter used in skiing in Falling, Freestyle and in Rising, Freestyle the terms are of course related to climbing. You seem to have an excellent understanding of these sports. Are you involved in extreme sports yourself Viv? I sensed there was a little bit of sexual innuendo involved in the term and description for each chapter. True or false? Lol
Viv: I loved doing those definitions openers! Yes, I enjoy those sports, and all the types of activities I plan on writing for the series. Love the outdoors. In terms of the innuendo—anyone who’s read my earlier books especially the Granite Lake Wolves series knows I love puns. This is simply another way to play with words, and yes, each chapter definition is a tease into what you can expect to read.
Lea: Athletes who are involved in extreme sports live a fast life, they are by nature daredevils who love the adrenaline rush of those double black diamond runs or the challenge of a treacherous climb. Do you think the danger that is inherent to this lifestyle amplifies the sensuality of your Xtreme novels?
Viv climbing…or rather hanging 😉

Viv: The kind of people who do the sports in real life definitely sets the tone for the type of characters that occupy the stories, which in turn makes for very appropriately sensual settings. Another thing to consider is that in many cases we’re talking about people who use their bodies as their tools—their equipment. This can make people more aware of the power of their own bodies and sex is another thing to enjoy whole-heartedly, same as attacking the ski slope or the side of a cliff.

Now, I have to add this. While the characters in these stories are athletes, the trained-conditioned body doesn’t make them better than us less active types. 😉 What I love is seeing a confident person of any size who knows they are attractive, because it’s not the body that ultimately makes us beautiful. Even people in great shape can feel they are unattractive—as Melanie does at the start of the book—and that’s all about the head games we play.
Stella: Will there be more books in this series?
Viv: There are at least two more books planned—but considering I’ve got whitewater kayaking, rafting, sky diving, hang gliding, surfing, scuba, wild caving… mountain biking… There’s the potential for a lot of fun for a while.
Stella: What can readers expect next from the desk of Vivian Arend?

Viv: Quick answer- three series starting up over the next while, two contemporary and one paranormal.

August– Bandicoot Cove, an exclusive Aussie resort, opens and myself and two Aussie friends have written a set of three novellas to heat up the end of summer. My book, Paradise Found, and a free short read will be out August 23, with the next two books Sept 6 (Tropical Sin by Lexxie Couper) and 23 (Island Idyll by Jess Dee).
September– Arwhoooo! Book 1 in the Takini Wolves releases. It’s a spin-off novel from my popular Granite Lake Wolves novella series. Look for it September 13.
November– the re-release of the expanded Six Pack Ranch books begins. Rocky Mountain Heat is out on the 15, with Rocky Mountain Haven following in January of 2012 and a brand new book Rocky Mountain Desire in March. These are contemporary cowboys, with a high heat level.
You can find more information, including excerpts for all these at my website.
Stella: Now can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read your X-treme Adventures?
-heart pounding excitement from the safety of your reading location.
-happy ever afters that work for the characters and will make you smile
-hot sensual levels, without the gritty icky stuff 😉

Stella: Can you summarize Rising, Freestyle for us twitterstyle (140 characters or less)?

Viv: You know what? I tried. But when it takes over 40 thousand words to tell the story, it’s tough enough cutting it to the length of a blurb! You’re killing me here. Words are my tool…I like to use more of them, not less! But how about this:
“falling in love with another person is sometimes easier than falling in love with yourself & people who truly care will give until it hurts.”
Viv, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us today! And, congratulations on the release of Rising, Freestyle, it’s a great read!
Viv: Thank you so much for having me!
You can find out more about Viv and her books at her

Website  –  Blog  –  Twitter  –  and Facebook account


Vivian has generously offered an ebook copy (winner’s choice of ebook format) of Falling, Freestyle, the 1st book in the Xtreme Adventures series to 3 lucky commenters!

All you have to do is leave a question/comment to Viv.
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

Giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, 16 July 2011 and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!


About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Booklover1335 July 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Hi Viv,

    I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED Rising, Freestyle. Congrats on another great book, and am so glad that there are a few more books to come in this series.

    Great Interview, and loved the Twitter question 🙂

    p.s. please don't enter me in the giveaway as I already have the books.

  • Ju Dimello July 5, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Hi Viv ! Great to meet you. Loved the photo of you hanging, erm, climbing 🙂 !

    Thanks for the giveaway..and count me in : judimello AT gmail DOT com

  • StacieDM July 5, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Happy Release Day Viv!

    I really think I will enjoy this series. I'm very excited for all of your new upcoming series too. The anthology with your Australian story got my attention. I'm already a huge fan of everyone in the anthology so I'm sure I will love it. Good luck with the new book!

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  • IreneRJ July 5, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Great interview I love the sound of this series. As I am totally bone idle I like to read about extreme sports rather than do them lol.

  • Estella July 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I enjoy sport themed books!

    Do you get any say on your covers? They are very nice.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • Linda July 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Getting an adrenalin rush from reading is probably the most I can handle! I can't imagine doing any extreme sport (me=wimp!) but I can sure dream about it.

  • Shannon July 5, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Sounds like a great way to exercise through reading. =)
    tiredwkids at live dot com

  • Viv Arend July 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Booklover: so glad you enjoyed it!

    Ju: Ha! Yeah, I was hanging that time, not really climbing. Checkout the shoes- dead giveaway.

    Thanks, Stacie- the antho is very unique in that we also overlap characters. Lots of fun to work together with my friends like that.

    Irene, li dans Shannon – armchair athletics have their place, and this is one of them!

    Estella: I get to submit a cover form for the art, letting thte artist know what the characters look like and etc, and at Samhain I do get some say in the covers, but I try to let the artists do the work. I can write, they can design. Most of my covers have been done by Angela Waters, and I love her style.

  • Tore July 6, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Hi, Viv. What other books have you wrote? I would love to read this book. Please enter me in contest.

  • Beverly July 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Nice post! I am not entering because I have read this great book! I just wanted to stop and say hey to Viv – great books!

  • Jen B. July 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I am going to try rock climbing for the first time in August. I am a little nervous but don't tell my kids. If I am nervous they won't go! That's a great picture of you hanging. Gulp. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • JenM July 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Outside Magazine is one of my favorites so I love the ides of romances that utilize the extreme sports theme. I'm a big fan of Viv's books. I definitely need to start this series.

    Jen at delux dot com

  • Alison July 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I've always wanted to go rock climbing, but I'm afraid of height and I don't want what happened in Rising Freestyle to happen to me, but the books sounds really good.


  • June M. July 9, 2011 at 1:16 am

    This series of books sounds great. I don't know much about extreme sports because I am WAY to clumsy to try them. Not to mention I am extremely scared of heights! Thank you for sharing and for the wonderful giveaway.

    GFC follower: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  • Pamk July 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    love your other series and this one sounds fantastic too. Can't wait to read it.
    GFC follower
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

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