Monday, December 16, 2013

Blog Tour: The Merchant of Venice Beach by Celia Bonaduce

Date Published: 8/1/2013
Contemporary Romance

The Rollicking Bun--Home of the Epic Scone--is the center of Suzanna Wolf's life. Part tea shop, part bookstore, part home, it's everything she's ever wanted right on the Venice Beach boardwalk, including partnership with her two best friends from high school, Eric and Fernando. But with thirty-three just around the corner, suddenly Suzanna wants something more--something strictly her own. Salsa lessons, especially with a gorgeous instructor, seem like a good start--a harmless secret, and just maybe the start of a fling. But before she knows it, Suzanna is learning steps she never imagined--and dancing her way into confusion.


1. What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Finding the time to write is probably the most exasperating part of the process for me. I travel around the country for work - I have a physically and mentally demanding job as a producer on HGTV’s House Hunters, so carving out time to work on a novel is hard to come by. The flip side of this is that my job is fascinating! I am always meeting interesting people and being thrown into unusual situations that are fodder for a new book – or the answer to a story point that has been stumping me.

2. What songs are most played on your Ipod?

I’m in love with Musicals! Currently listening to Wicked, Rent, The Jersey Boys, Chicago and Pippin. However, I never listen to music when I am writing. I often have to write in coffee shops and airports, but I prefer to write in a quiet room!

3. Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I belong to “Jody’s Pioneers” - a group of women writers who met about five years ago at writing seminar taught by NY Times best-seller Jody Thomas. We met as strangers and have become good friends who gently critique each other’s work and prop up each other’s morale when need be!

4. What book are you reading now?

I’m reading ALLEGIANT, the third book in the DIVERGENT trilogy by Veronica Roth. My niece, husband and I all like to read the same book at the same time, so we can discuss it, and this was the current selection for our “group read”. By myself, I am reading A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY by Joshilyn Jackson, one of my new favorite authors!

5. How did you start your writing career?

My parents were both TV writers, so writing is almost in my DNA. Both my mother and father passed along a love of reading, writing and story structure to my brothers and me.

6. Tell us about your next release.

In May 2014, the third book in THE VENICE BEACH ROMANCE SERIES called Much Ado About Mother will be released. I am super excited about this one! Suzanna, the heroine of the first book (The Merchant of Venice Beach) Erinn, the protagonist of the second book (A Comedy of Erinn) AND their mother, Virginia all band together in book three. Writing from the perspective of three characters was something new for me. I love all the new eccentrics that pop up in “Ado” – and I also got a kick out of bringing an important character from “Merchant” back into the mix. Apparently, neither Suzanna nor I was done with him.

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