FAQ Interview with Elle Aycart + Giveaway

Filed in Elle Aycart , featured , Giveaways , Guest Post , Interview , The Latin Lover Posted on July 25, 2012 @ 7:00 am 20 comments

I am very happy to welcome back to BLI contemporary romance author Elle Aycart, whose novels are so steamy you’ll need a fan not to burst out in flames! She stops by today to answer some of my and the fans most burning questions about her new release Heavy Issues and her smashing debut novel More Than Meets the Ink, which I loved (as you can see in my review here). Please give her the warmest welcome and you could also win a copy of her new novel, yay! 😀 

Q: Do we get to see characters from More than Meets the Ink in Heavy Issues?

A: Yes, you get to see almost all the crew from More than Meets the Ink. James and Tate who are about to get married, brazen Elle (Tate’s sister) who is in charge of organizing the bachelorette party, Jack (Mr. Silent), James’s younger brother Max (the male whore with the Hollywood looks who clearly needs an intervention lol) and every one from Rosita’s, Tate’s restaurant.

Q: Christy’s issues with food are heavy (hence one interpretation of the title). You conveyed her struggles, fears and anxiety fantasticaly and that made me wonder whether you were speaking from experience, or if you knew anybody who was battling eating disorders or if you had just done some extensive research to portray this side of Christy’s life truthfully?

A: Compulsive/emotional eating is a disease I’m familiar with because it runs rampant in my family and among many of my friends. It’s my experience that faced with anxiety men usually turn to alcohol. Not women; women turn to food. Bad thing is, comfort eating isn’t considered a disease by many, but a character defect. So, those suffering from it end up ashamed of themselves, ashamed of their inability to control something that the rest of the population don’t seem to have a problem with.

Q: What is on the soundtrack of Heavy Issues?

A: Oh that one is easy; I listened to Eminem all the time while I was writing Heavy Issues. The new album and some of the older ones. And I got a kick out of it, because Christy loved rap, while Cole, diehard fan of Metallica, hated it. Which in turn is ironic, because if you listen to Eminem’s lyrics, you’ll see he has as many women issues as Cole does lol.

Q: Your novels are full of sex scenes, does writing sex scenes come naturally to you or are they challenging? Do you blush when writing them or these part are the parts which are flowing the most smoothly from the whole story?

A: Thinking about the sex scenes comes naturally, getting them down on paper is much more challenging ;-). And yeah, I absolutely blush when writing them, especially while writing those in Heavy Issues, because let’s face it, Cole doesn’t mince words and in what concerns sex, he’s a wrecking ball.

Q: In both your novels ink and tattoos are mentioned: do you/your husband have any? what’s your fascination with it, what started it? If you don’t have one yet, are you planning on getting one? if so, what will it be?

A: I looove tattoos, they are just the shit 😉 Tattoos make for very powerful statements and men with tattoos are in my opinion very sexy. I don’t have any tattoos though, nor does my husband. I keep saying that that’s because I haven’t yet found the proper design, but I think I’m just plain chicken.

Q: What’s next? Is it Max’s story?

A: Heavy Issues had a couple of subplots that were dropped by the publishing house because they considered the book to be too long. One of those subplots was about Mike, Cole’s foreman. As Mike’s story happens at the same time with Cole and Christy’s, I thought it should go next. Then, after I’m done with Mike, it’ll be time for Max to bite the dust 😉

Q: What happens when you run out of brothers? Will it be the end of Alden then?

A: Not to worry, between James’s work associates, Christy’s posse, and Tate’s sister, we have Alden for a while.

Q: Did you make up the town of Alden?

A: Yes, I made up the town of Alden. And I’ll let your readers in a secret; I have never been in Boston. Or in Florida for that matter.

Q: Are the Bowen brothers based on real men you know?

A: I don’t think they are. Maybe there is a bit of some men I know in them, but generally speaking I like to let my imagination fly when I create my male characters. Every man I write is in a way my dream man.

Q: Which heroine are you most like – Tate or Christy?

A: Christy, definitely. They are both flawed in their own ways, but Christy’s thought processing and insecurities are closer to me than Tate’s balls-to-the-wall, I-don’t-need-help-from-anyone attitude.

Where to find Elle: Website / Goodreads

Heavy Issues by Elle Aycart

Book #2 in the Bowen Brothers series

Steering clear of relationships has never been difficult for demolitions expert Cole Bowen, but now, with his brother’s engagement sending the female population into full-blown hysterics and the town of Alden’s month-long festivities helping along, he finds himself in hell. When he discovers Alden’s new resident and the object of all his wet dreams, Christine Sheridan, has sworn off relationships and is going to hire a gigolo to get professionally laid, he decides to kill two birds with one stone.

Christy is so not drinking again. Thanks to José Cuervo she has her friends signing her up for stud conventions and Cole frigging Bowen offering sex in exchange of fake dates, which is so out of the question it isn’t even funny. She knows the domineering man will push her boundaries, and after battling all her life with self-esteem issues, she isn’t ready for that. Too bad he won’t take no for an answer.

Cole is determined to strip away all of her defenses but refuses to lower his ever-present walls, so when Christy realizes she wants more, she’s left with only two options; walk away or crack his shield and risk her heart in the process.

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Elle has generously offered an ebook copy of Heavy Issues to one lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a question for Elle, or tell us: if you were a compulsive/emotional eater what food would be the death of you? 
(Mine would be French fries and desserts I just wouldn’t be able to stop)

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave a valid email when placing your comment so we can inform you if you win.

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, 4 August 2012; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

 For a second chance to win a copy of Heavy Issues enter here at Ex Libris.

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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  • Sarah July 25, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Oooooh boy, would have to be cookies. Crispy chocolaty ones specifically. They are my 5 PM weakness while I’m waiting for hubby to get home for dinner!

  • Michele H July 25, 2012 at 10:09 am

    My weakness is chocolate or anything with cheese. Whenever I want a snack that’s what my body craves, but not necessarily what it gets… 😉

  • Kelly M July 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

    This is an easy one……Chip and Dip! I could live on that alone!!! Love your books and could totally relate to Christy in so many ways!

    • Elle Aycart July 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Kelly,
      I’m happy you like my books, and thank you for letting me know.
      Elle Aycart

  • Angie July 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Will you continue to bring back characters from past books into future books? I am looking forward to reading your books!

    • Elle Aycart July 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Angie,
      Yes, I plan to write about Max, Elle and Jack, all characters you know from More Than Meets The Ink. And I’ll write about Christy’s friends too 🙂

  • erinf1 July 25, 2012 at 11:46 am

    This is the first I’ve heard of this series and I’m sooo glad that you spotlightted Elle!!! Definitely running over to amazon to check out book1!

    My weakness would be french fries and chicken nuggets… I never go to McD’s except in rare occasions 🙂

  • Stephanie K. July 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Any type of pasta would be the death of me.

  • JenM July 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I loved More Than Meets the Ink. I’m so excited that the second book is out. As for compulsive eating, my weaknesses are chocolate chip cookies and brownies (oh, and chocolate milkshakes LOL). I work out solely to be able to eat them.

  • Elle Aycart July 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Hi everyone,
    Thanks for reading the interview and leaving a comment. I’ll just jump in and say anything with chocolate is the death of me 😉
    Elle Aycart

  • Kerry July 26, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Cheetos – OMG Cheetos and chocolate – I know ick, but thats my go to – DH gives me grief – Cheetos LOL – I am excited to read this series!!


    kerryjcj AT verizon DOT net

  • Maria pronounced Mariah July 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I would eat dark chocolate of just about any variety; cookies, brownies, candie. The darker the better!

    This is a new series for me and it sounds terrific!
    Thanks so much!
    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  • Tamsyn July 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

    My would be nuts, cashew nuts, almonds, peanuts, the lot! Oh, and also potato chips! :o)

  • Yadira A. July 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Mine would be French fries and ice cream… it’s that salty and sweet combination that gets me every time.

    I am definitely adding this story to my wishlist! Can’t wait to get to know just how crude this Cole really is:)


  • Victoria Zumbrum July 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Chocolate and Mocha Frappuchinos.

  • Carin W July 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I have issues with emotional eating and I head for chocolate, I try to stay clear of it but it always finds me. Carin

  • Laura July 28, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    It would definitely have to be chocolate, whatever it was! Cookies or candy or cake…I’d take any of them! Thanks for the giveaway – the books sound great!

  • bn100 July 29, 2012 at 1:23 am

    I think it’d be ice cream.

  • Jen B. July 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I would definitely have to say chocolate. I have a real weak spot for it and do sometimes overindulge.

  • LisaC August 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Another chocolate lover here. Salty chips run a close second. Thanks for the chance to win.

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