27 July 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Axel by Harper Sloan

Hello my lovelies!!

I have an exciting surprise for all of you today. Axel is coming to Ever After Romance Book Blog! Yup! You heard it right. He's bringing his usual hunky self along with Izzy and the rest of Security Corps. And if that isn't enough for you, Ms. Harper Sloan will be here for an exclusive interview about Axel and the gang and she has come bearing some awesome giveaways for all of you. 

First up, we're going to have Ms. Sloan's interview, which kindly answered some of the most inane questions from moi. I will also be posting my review for Axel. And if you scroll down at the bottom of page, you will find a Rafflecopter Giveaway where seven (that's right folks, seven) ebook copies of Axel will be given away along with a $10 Amazon giftcard.

I do hope you enjoy what we have in store for you today. And oh, don't hesitate to comment, gab or whatever about Axel, about Ms. Harper or whatever. I would love to hear from you guys!


~♥~ Interview with Ms. Harper Sloan ~♥~

What inspired you to write the story of Axel and Izzy?  

Axel.  He was the bones to the story.  Everything and everyone else just kind of followed.  I hadn’t actually planned on the story going in the direction it went.  The only think I knew was that Axel would be Axel.  I was driving home from carpool one day and he just popped in and wouldn’t leave.  The rest is…beautiful history! 

How difficult was it for you to incorporate domestic abuse into your story, emotionally and research-wise? 

VERY.  There were times when I was writing that I had to stop completely and regroup.  It was hard to physically put my mind in that place but even harder with the knowledge that it is a real situation for way too many people.  There were a few times that I had considered taking it all out.  There were even more times that I wanted to throw my computer across the room.  Emotionally it was heartbreaking, research wise it was difficult to take, but in the end I like to think I gave Izzy back something she had lost…something important that could maybe help someone else in her position.  It’s not pretty, and I know this…but it is unfortunately very real.
I know music played a big part in your writing process, and there were a lot of songs you mentioned at the beginning of the book, name your top five.  

Oh boy…only 5? 


Okay.  I think I can do that. 
1. Disturbed ‘Down with the Sickness’ because without that song there is no way in hell I would have been able to slip into psycho.  I like to refer that song as Brandon’s theme song.  
2. Maroon 5 ‘Sad’, it touched me.  The first time I heard that song all I could think about was Izzy.  And the version sang by Amber Carrington is haunting, so haunting.  
3. Incubus ‘I Miss You’, fitting and a kick ass song. 
4. Tim McMorris ‘Overwhelmed’, if you read the book—you get this.  J 
5. Coldplay ‘Fix You’, it’s everything that Axel and Izzy are…it is my book theme song.  

If Izzy were to sing one song to Axel, what would it be?

 Etta James ‘At Last’

Perfect. What about Axel? What song would Axel sing to Izzy? 

‘Baby Got Back’?? Just kidding!   Dave Matthews Band ‘Crash Into Me’, when I heard that song loop through on my iTunes while writing I just KNEW it was his song for Izzy.

Favorite scene/part of the book? 

Toss up.  Between the dock and Christmas.  Both.  But if I had to pick one of those it would be the dock scene.

Awesome choice. I love the dock scene as well. Is there a particular scene that as you read it now, you're thinking, ugh, I wish I did this or I wish she said this or he said that?

YES!  The ‘after smudge’ scene.  I wouldn’t change much…but there is ONE Izzy line that to this day makes even me mad as hell.

I love Maddox! (Sorry, Axel) Are we going to see a Maddox-Emmy tandem or you're still dreaming up the perfect heroine for him? Because you know,  I'm totally applying for the job. (Not joking here.)
HAHA!!!  I will admit, I have a BIG soft spot for Mad, and knowing his story…well—I have fallen hard for the silent giant.  But, YES!  Emmy is made for Maddox.  He doesn’t know it yet, but that man won’t be able to say no forever!  ;)

Great. Thank you, Harper for giving us a time out of your day to answer our questions. We're definitely looking forward to Cage and the rest of the boys. ;)

My pleasure. ;)

Fate hasn’t always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a down right bitch.
Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved.
For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband.
When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door.
Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated.
How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces?

Check out my review for Axel here!!

Purchase Axel on Amazon / Smashwords

About Harper Sloan

Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husbands chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!

Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.

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