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Interview and Giveaway: The If I Were Fire Blog Tour with Heloise West

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We’re so pleased to welcome author Heloise West to The Novel Approach today, on the tour for If I Were Fire. Enjoy her interview, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.

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WP: Do you buy a book because of the cover, the blurb, or something else?

HW: With ebooks and print books, it’s pretty much the same. Cover, blurb, and read a sample.

WP: What does ‘romance’ mean to you?

HW: My significant other and I travel when we can and most of the time, we go out of the country. Neither of speaks any other language but English. So though we’re surrounded by people in beautiful, exotic (to us) places, it is just him and me, depending on each other in a way we don’t have to at home. We’re our own bubble, bobbing along and taking in the sites with only each other to turn to. It’s exciting in a romantic way, as we’re alone yet together sharing an adventure.

WP: What is the most difficult part of writing for you?

HW: It’s not finding time and energy to write anymore as much as it’s getting anything else done these days. I am always glued to the laptop or a notebook or a research book. The weeds grow, the laundry piles higher, and I have popsicles and popcorn for lunch again.

WP: Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people.

HW: You know, I’m pretty boring. Most of the time, people are surprised when I tell them I’m an author, but you’re not looking for that answer, are you? I got nothin’.

WP: What are your current projects?

HW: I am finishing the sequel to Hitting Black Ice (Loose Id). It’s called Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses, and it’s out to betas. Another round of revisions and off it goes to my editor. Finally. There’s a Renaissance era romantic suspense that my editor asked for revisions on way back when, so that’s next. I’m working on a steampunk novella called Burning Sky and some of that WIP is on my blog.


If I Were Fire CoverBlurb: In 18th century Siena, Count Salvesto Masello has returned home to find the family villa and his father’s estate steeped deeply in debt. In order to save it, he has been selling off valuable family heirlooms, but he is running out of silverware. Somewhere in the villa his deceased father had hidden the art treasures that will pay the debt, but Salvesto can’t find them anywhere.

Amadeo Neruccio has been on the run from the vicious pimp, thief, and pawnbroker Guelfetto, but his toughs finally catch him and bring him to the cellar where Count Masello is selling off his silver. When the count learns what fate Guelfetto has in store for Amadeo, he intervenes and trades the last of his mother’s dowry for the young man’s freedom.

Salvesto had left home over ten years ago to live the life of adventure he craved. He had also hoped to leave his broken heart behind. When he rescues young Amadeo, he did not expect to find love again, or that his adventures had yet to end.

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Author BioAbout the Author: Heloise West, when not hunched over the keyboard plotting love and mahem, dreams about moving to a villa in Tuscany. She loves history, mysteries, and romance of all flavors. She travels and gardens with her partner of 10 years, and their home overflows with books, cats, art, and red wine.

Where to Find the Author: Dreamspinner || Blog || Facebook || Pinterest || Email



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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Hi, friends and fellow readers, welcome back to another preview of what we have coming up for you in the week ahead. We’ve got some really great exclusives to share with you, and I can’t wait, but for now, here’s just a taste of what you can expect!


Monday – Helping us kick off our week we have a few great features to offer today, the first being a cover reveal for Cardeno C.’s upcoming novel Jesse’s Diner

We’ll also have author JL Merrow with us today, on the promo tour for her new World War I era novel To Love a Traitor, a book I read and loved

Divine Magazine has also organized a blog hop in which The Novel Approach will be participating, and we’ll be offering a giveaway, so stay tuned for that

Tuesday – Author Courtney Lux joins us today on the tour for her newest release, Small Wonders

Heloise West will also be stopping by for a visit to chat about her new book, If I Were Fire

And, our final guest of the day is Brita Addams, who stops by to talk a little history

Wednesday – Today we welcome author Kage Alan as he tours the interwebs to introduce readers to his new novel, Falling Awake

We’ll also be hosting Cardeno C. again today, as the Perfect Imperfections audiobook blog tour stops by TNA

Thursday – Author Cheryl Headford is with us today to talk about her new Harmony Ink release, Hostage

Therese Woodson also joins us on the tour for her latest release, Betrothed: A Faery Tale

Friday – To close out another fantastic week, we’ll have author RJ Scott with us today on the tour for Texas Wedding, the book she promised readers when Marriage Equality went nationwide here in the US

Cardeno C. makes it a trifecta for the week and joins us again today on the tour for the audiobook release of Walk with Me

And finally, we’ll be featuring another edition of Flashback Friday. And this time, it’ll actually fall on Friday! Probably. No, it really will. :-D


And that does it for this week’s sneak peek. Until next time, happy reading!

5 Stars, Genre Romance, Heloise West, Loose Id, Reviewed by Lynn

Review: Hitting Black Ice by Heloise West

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Title: Hitting Black Ice

Author: Heloise West

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages

At a Glance: Don’t miss out on this one!

Blurb: ER physician’s assistant Hunter guards his heart carefully, but that doesn’t stop him from falling for Shawn, the front desk clerk. He keeps his distance from relationships for a reason, but just can’t help himself when it comes to Shawn.

Shawn is on the run from the law and love to protect himself and anyone else involved. One man is dead because of him, and his life now is simple and easily thrown into a bag at any hint of danger–until he meets Hunter and he no longer wants to run.

Forced into a hostage situation, buried passion explodes in the aftermath, and sex in the supply closet brings their hearts back to life. Tentatively, step by step, they begin to explore a relationship together until the past catches up with Shawn.


Review: This is my first time reading this author and it won’t be my last.

I really enjoyed this book. It had a little bit of everything: a budding romance, suspense, mystery, and a lot of action. From the beginning to the end, this story moved very quickly, barely letting the reader take a breath. I loved that.

As the blurb lets us know, Shawn is on the run from the law. He comes off as a bit of a loner, but when we find out his background we know why he is the way he is. Hunter, a physician’s assistant, has a major crush on Shawn. An ER ambush and hostage situation at the hospital where they both work leaves both men rattled. And inadvertently brings them together.

What I loved most about this book was the fast paced action. It. Never. Stopped. We have two main characters, both dealing with some pretty heavy baggage. Brought together in the most surreal way, they just can’t seem to get enough of each other. As the story moves along and we get to know what’s going on with both characters, especially Shawn, I had a whole lot of “holy shit” moments, definitely in a good way.

The storyline was fantastic, so well done that I had constant visuals as every scene played out in my head while reading. FBI agents, gangsters, murder, car chases, it’s all here. I loved every minute of it. The twists and turns in this book, along with the backstories of the characters, really made this a very intense read, for me anyway.

Now, while everything is going on around them, Hunter and Shawn are really trying to make a go of it, relationship-wise. When they do get together, it’s pretty hot and pleasantly satisfying to read. But they have a lot they’re dealing with, so the romance is definitely on the back burner for now. Do I think they’ll come out of this and get their HEA? I would like to think so. To me, they were just two guys who were dealt a crappy hand in life, ending up in a bad place through no fault of their own. They are so likable and sweet, I for one want them to come out on the other side together and happy.

The one character I loved to hate was Nick. Throughout the story, I wasn’t always sure what side of the fence he was on. He was a likable enough character to pique my interest and want to know more about him.

I was really glad to hear that the author is planning a sequel for Hitting Black Ice. I say this because the ending felt a little rushed and open ended to me. So, if you’re not a fan of not-so-closed-up endings, you may want to wait for the sequel. Either way, just don’t miss out on this one.

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