Genre Romance, Giveaways, Self-Published, Sid Love

Interview and Giveaway: Let It Go by Sid Love

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TNA: Hi, Sid, welcome to The Novel Approach. We’re glad to have you here with us today. Why don’t we start by having you tell us a bit about yourself?

Sid: I am Sid Love, a successful blogger, reader, an ex-reviewer, an author of M/M fiction and now, a virtual promotion business owner. As of today, I’ve got two published books – one under the DSP banner and the other self-published.

TNA: You began as a reviewer/blog owner, eventually making your way to becoming a published author, a trend that seems to be catching on in this genre. Had you always wanted to be a writer, or did that desire come after you’d been reading and reviewing for a while? When did you decide it was time to make the leap?

Sid: I have been writing since 2007 actually but I began to write for publishing in 2012. When I started my blog a year later, I didn’t know what to blog about other than my passion for books. So I started to share my views and opinions with others through this medium and before I knew it, I was getting requests for reviews, guest posting, interviews and whatnot. I still can’t believe how quickly The Blog of Sid Love grew back then.

TNA: With your second published novella, Let it Go, you decided to self-publish. How was this experience different for you than with your DSP published novella, Holding on to Hope? Do you see yourself only self-pubbing from now on?

Sid: Oh God! Self-publishing is not easy at all. There are so many things to do and so many decisions to make on your own. However, the different experience was definitely exciting. I am the sort of person who likes to learn new things and this area of self-publishing had always made me curious.

As far as my future plans are concerned with my books, it really depends on situations. I may self-publish some of my books. ;) Who knows?

TNA: For anyone reading this who might be an aspiring author just starting out, what sort of advice would you give them? Any words of wisdom you’ve learned and would like to pass on now that you’ve released your second book?

Sid: Believe in yourself and your capabilities. Also, having friends who support you helps as a motivation aspect.

TNA: Let’s talk a bit about Let it Go. Without giving away spoilers, tell us a little bit about the title and what it means to the storyline. Did you have the title planned before you wrote the book, or did that come after?

Sid: It’s funny, but I always have to have a title in my mind for a story before I even start writing it. So, the title did come first. It actually came from my inspiration for this book which was the Frozen song with the same name. Like Elsa in the movie, one of my MCs is living his life hiding a secret from everyone around him. So it’s his fight in this story to sort of liberate himself.

TNA: Tell us a bit about your MCs Damon and Virat. What makes them work together as a couple?

Sid: Damon O’Neil is an American lad who visits India for work purposes during the end of year holidays and ends up celebrating Christmas alone on the beaches of Goa, far away from his family. He meets Virat Panchal there, who is staying in the same hotel where Damon is. He finds himself attracted to the man immediately and has a heartbreak on knowing the guy is actually on a honeymoon with his wife!

I’d say both of my MCs are totally different from each other but they develop a level of understanding and respect for each other as the story progresses. Even with Damon’s crush at first sight, they start off as friends which gives them a base to build their further relationship on.

TNA: Would you like to share a short excerpt from the book with us?

Sid: Yes of course. Here’s a part from the story that I simply adore –

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let-it-go-cover2Blurb: “Everyone tells me to stay away from him. But if only I knew how to resist him…”

Goa isn’t supposed to be on Damon O’Neil’s list of places to stay while working in India. It’s merely a substitute for his planned trip to visit his sister in Paris for Christmas and the New Year. His boss had other ideas. He’s sent Damon to carry out urgent upgrades to the company’s offshore units and Damon can’t say no.

When Damon encounters an extra-spicy curry, a handsome Indian guy named Virat comes to his rescue. Damon is instantly smitten with his looks, and especially with his cute smile. But Damon soon realizes he is very much out of his league when Virat introduces his new wife.

However, there might just be a chance Virat isn’t all he pretends to be …

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Every morning, Damon hoped he’d wake up to find the man of his dreams in bed beside him. Attraction came easy to him but the fluttery feeling of love was what he searched for. His past relationships had never become serious enough that he’d wanted his boyfriend to stay the night and cuddle with him. There was no depth in those flings. Probably that was the reason those men never stayed too long in his life.

After having spent thirty years of his life searching for the right man, Damon had grown tired and had almost given up.

So when he woke up the next morning, he was surprised to experience that most awaited, out-of-the-world feeling deep inside his heart. His eyes opened to find a peacefully sleeping Virat next to him.

The man was tucked in the sheets while fully dressed, with his right arm resting under his head. His kissable lips were parted to let a soft snoring sound out. Damon became conscious of his proximity to the man’s face when Virat’s hot breath hit his lips. It teased him in a way that his semi-hard cock reacted instantly and at that juncture he was wide awake.

Afraid.

He was so afraid to even move a muscle. Damon looked at his face, studying every skin, every curve of his chiseled features. Virat was so gorgeous, like no one he’d ever seen. His heartbeat picked up and without even realizing it, he inched his face toward him. His gaze was fixed only on Virat’s lips. Damon had grown desperate to get a taste of his mouth.

It’s not right, his mind reasoned, though the lust overpowered every sense in his body. If I kiss him now, I’ll be taking advantage of him.

Their noses touched, their breaths mingled and Damon stayed still for a moment comprehending his actions. He only had to push his chin up and their lips would finally connect. But even though Virat was so close to him now, he’d always been too far to reach. He was hitched to a beautiful woman.

Damon rolled away off the bed and stood up, staring at the sleeping figure. He felt dirty as soon as he thought of what he’d been about to do. The feelings he had for Virat had definitely grown stronger after last night, but he’d insulted those feelings by acting on his desperation.

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TNA: What are you working on now? Do you have any works-in-progress you’d like to talk about?

Sid: I am working on multiple projects at the moment. Two novel-length stories that have been WIPs for a year now LOL (not enough hours in a day, I tell you!). So, I better not speak about them. However, I am currently working on a short story based on the May-December theme. At this point of time, I am very excited to finish it.

TNA: Thanks so much for being here with us today, Sid. Where can we find you on the internet?

Sid: You can find me on: Facebook | Twitter | email

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THE GIVEAWAY:THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Carole Cummings, EM Lynley, Ines Johnson, Jaime Reese, John Inman, Morticia Knight, Shae Connor, Sid Love

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend filled with plenty of good reading. We have a great week in store for you: more reviews, guests, giveaways, and who knows what else? We’ve learned to expect the unexpected too. :)

Here’s what we have on tap in the week ahead:

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MondayShae Connor kicks off our week with a guest post and giveaway on the Unfortunate Son blog tour

TuesdayMorticia Knight drops in with an exclusive excerpt and giveaway today on the Copping an Attitude (Sin City: Book Two) tour

WednesdayCarole Cummings is back with more Genre Talk. Her guest today is DSPP author John Inman, who’ll be discussing the Horror genre

ThursdaySid Love joins us today with an interview on his Let it Go blog tour

Friday – We’ll be participating in the cover reveal for Jaime Reese’s new novel A Restored Man today

We’ll also be hosting EM Lynley on her Dirty Dining blog tour

Saturday – Finally, to end our week, author Ines Johnson is back with an exclusive excerpt and giveaway of her novel The Pleasure Hound (Book Three)

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And that does it for this time around, friends. Until next week, happy reading!

 

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Dreamspinner Press, Sid Love

A Release Day Review And Giveaway Of Sid Love’s “Holding on To Hope”



Title: Holding on to Hope

Author: Sid Love

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 68 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Bradley Parker has waited twenty years for Mr. Right, and on Valentine’s Day, he finally finds him. It’s love at first sight, and Brad even loses his virginity to the man of his dreams. But when he wakes up the next morning unable to remember anything—even what the man looked like—his best friend, Leslie, is convinced he imagined the whole thing. Brad knows he didn’t make up the best night of his life, but he has no idea of the danger he’s putting himself in as he struggles to recall the details of his perfect man. His search may lead him to parts of New York City he never dreamed existed and a war being waged in the shadows.


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Review: Brad is twenty years old and he has been saving himself for “the one”. He has always wanted Mr. Right, not Mr. Right Now, and on Valentine’s Day he seems to have found him. I say seems to have found him, because Brad can only remember bits and pieces of his first night with his lover. That’s right; he can’t remember his name, face or even where they “did the deed”. If it weren’t for small snippets of memory, or the pain he has going on down south, Brad might be convinced that he had dreamed the whole thing.

Enlisting the help of his best friend Leslie, they go in search of Brad’s mysterious lover. They start with Ian, a friend and fellow student, since he had hosted the party at the club where Brad met Mr. Mysterious. Brad describes what he can remember to Ian, even the weird pendant that Brad remembers the man wearing, but their hopes are dashed when Ian reveals his own pendant, and they realize they are no closer to finding the man than when they started.

Ian, Brad and Leslie decide to head out for coffee before going back to the club to see if anyone can point Brad in the right direction. Instead of finding answers, Brad finds himself deeply embedded in a battle that he knew nothing about. It will take the help of Leslie, Ian and Mr. Mysterious, to get Brad out of the mess he has been dragged into.

When Brad goes missing, a battle that has been brewing for a long time will finally be fought, and the outcome will determine Brad’s future—whether he is aware of it or not. When we finally meets Mr. Mysterious, there are some shocking revelations that could make or break any chance for their happiness.

I was quickly enthralled by this story. I was happily shocked as the story developed, and by the secret of who Brad’s lover was. I can’t say too much in this review because I don’t want to give away the storyline, but Sid Love did a good job of exposing the twist. There were some hints given, and I wasn’t totally shocked when the twist was revealed, but then there was a pretty cool twist inside the twist, and I loved it. With this being the author’s first published story, I thought it was wonderful. I would love to see more from him, especially if it was more of Brad and his Mr. Mysterious. I would highly recommend this short story, and I am looking forward to whatever comes next.








You can buy Holding on to Hope here:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sid Love grew up in one of busiest cities in the world, Mumbai, listening to the excerpts of Indian epics from his father every night. While it served as an inspiration back in time, he has always had an ambitious mind. In 2007, when he had just turned sixteen, he decided that he would make his lifelong dream come true—to become a well-known, respected author some day.

Ask him and he would refuse to accept that he is obsessed with books. Or movies. Or TV shows. Addicted may even be the right word. He is a die-hard fan of Jane Austen’s romance novels and loves to reread them time and again.

You can find him on Facebook or tweet him anytime or simply e-mail him.

The Giveaway: 5 E-copies of the book and a $25 Amazon GC!

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Jayson James, Jena Wade, JL Merrow, Keira Andrews, Nikka Michaels, Sid Love, Sneak Peek, Stevie Gonzalez

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week



Welcome back, everyone, I hope you’ve had a fantastic week. We’ve got lots of great guests, giveaways, and reviews coming up in the week ahead and hope you’ll all stop in to see what each of our special guests has in store.

Here’s what’s on deck in the week ahead!

MondayJL Merrow drops in today on Riptide Publishing’s It’s All Geek to Me Blog Tour, and there’ll be a giveaway, too.

TuesdayJena Wade is here to talk a little bit about her new book Lumber & Law, and she’ll be giving away an e-copy of the book.

WednesdayKeira Andrews skates through on her Cold War Blog Tour to talk about the sport of figure skating, as well as offering a giveaway of the e-book.

ThursdayStevie Gonzalez stops in with exclusive excerpts from his series The Adventures of Astropilots Stern and Moreno, and he’s also offering an e-book giveaway of the first book, Framed on Titan.

FridaySid Love isn’t only a blog owner, but he’s also a published author now, and he’ll be our guest at TNA today to promote his Valentine’s Day romance, Holding on to Hope.

SaturdayNikka Michaels is back to promote her new release Room Service, so stay tuned for her visit.

SundayJayson James rounds out the week with a guest post about his newest book Drifting, and he’s also giving away an e-copy of the book.

Until next week, happy reading!

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Dreamspinner Press, Sid Love

And Now, Sid Love’s Big Reveal…


TITLE: Holding on to Hope

AUTHOR: Sid Love

PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press

RELEASE DATE: 14th February, 2014

LENGTH: 68 Pages

COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond

BLURB: Bradley Parker has waited twenty years for Mr. Right, and on Valentine’s Day, he finally finds him. It’s love at first sight, and Brad even loses his virginity to the man of his dreams. But when he wakes up the next morning unable to remember anything—even what the man looked like—his best friend, Leslie, is convinced he imagined the whole thing. Brad knows he didn’t make up the best night of his life, but he has no idea of the danger he’s putting himself in as he struggles to recall the details of his perfect man. His search may lead him to parts of New York City he never dreamed existed and a war being waged in the shadows.

Now available for Pre-Order HERE.

AUTHOR BIO: Sid Love grew up in one of the busiest cities in the world, Mumbai, listening to the excerpts of Indian epics from his father every night. While it served as an inspiration back in time, he has always had an ambitious mind. In 2007, when he had just turned sixteen, he decided that he would make his lifelong dream come true—to become a well-known, respected author some day.

Ask him and he would refuse to accept that he is obsessed with books. Or movies. Or TV shows. Addicted may even be the right word. He is a die-hard fan of Jane Austen’s romance novels and loves to reread them time and again.

You can find him on Facebook or tweet him anytime, or simply e-mail.

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