Saturday, June 15, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Do Over by A.L. Zaun

~ Synopsis ~

Life doesn’t look like it’s supposed to for Dani Ruiz, a hopeless romantic. After a painful and sudden break-up with Rick Marin, Dani hides away from reality, retreating to a world of fiction where she prefers book boyfriends over the hassles of a relationship.

Almost two years later, Dani’s friends are tired of watching her in a holding pattern, so they stage an intervention, forcing her back into the real world of dating.

Unexpectedly, Dani meets Liam Lucas, a down-to-earth firefighter. He might be the person to show her she’s still worth something. Dani’s hesitant to trust her heart with another man, but their instant and electric chemistry is something she can’t deny.

As Dani starts to believe that she’s found her real-life book boyfriend, Rick decides that he’ll go to any lengths to get her back. Seeing Rick as a changed man makes Dani question everything.

Can Dani trust her patched-up heart with Liam?
Or has Rick transformed into the man she’s always wanted?

Written from various points of views, The Do Over is a story of second chances and new beginnings.

~ Our Review ~
5 Star review by Heather
Holy Shit Balls was this book amazing!!!  I didn't want to put this book down. 

“I need to go to Kindle Rehab to find balance, but it's so hard when I'm Team Kindle, all the way.”

 Dani thinks she is living the perfect life with Rick. Until he decides to break her heart, because she is getting too serious. She turns to her kindle as a way of dealing with the heartbreak.  Finally after a year and a half her friends set up an intervention!! They want her to get out and start living again. She is afraid to trust another guy though.
“I love you.  I love falling asleep with you.  I love waking up next to you.  I love the way your eyes light up when you're reading your books.  I love the way you bite your lower lip when you're texting your friends about me.”
 Liam is the very hot and sexy firefighter she meets during her CPR class. He is interested in her from the get go. He soon realizes that she has her insecurities and he is constantly reassuring her that her he will not break her heart. Will he prove his love for her?
 “I had to love her more than I loved my dick.”
Enter the douchebag ex Rick who thinks he wants Dani back. He sees her again one night after a year and a half and regrets breaking her heart. He decides that night that he will do anything to get her back. What is he willing to do to get her back? Does he get her back?
“Part of the process was the journey, not always the destination.”
This book is Ah-FUCKING-mazing!!!! I am really excited for book 2. This is a must read. It is on my top 5 reads of the year :)  Well done AL Zahn!!!

     ~ Author interview ~
Do you remember how/when your interest in writing started?  I've always loved writing, primarily focused on journaling.  I remember a time when I was typing an entry and I thought it would be really cool if I could write my entry and it would be “out there” for whoever had to see it – this was before blogging. 

What were the challenges (research, psychological, and logistical) in bringing this story or characters to life? The biggest challenge I faced writing was time.  As a single mom and full-time employee who has a very demanding boss, I had to carve out the time. I basically considered sleep optional, and that's saying a lot because I love sleep. I existed on copious amounts of Diet Pepsi and chewed lots of Extra Sugar-Free gum.

What was the easiest part of writing THE DO OVER? I loved writing Rick.  Believe it or not, his voice was the first one I had in my head.  It probably had something to do with the fact that I've dated so many Rick's in my life.

What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write? Don’t forget to tell us why. :) I loved writing the funny scenes.  The easiest one to write was the intervention.  While a work of fiction, I have been accused of pretty much all of those things at one point or another.  I also had a blast writing the scene where the guys are out drinking and Liam is giving Rick the 101 on women. Rick and Maddy scenes were fun too because I worked out some of my own frustrations. Probably the most endearing for me was writing the epilogue. It was the hardest the write but toward the end, I felt Liam's words and his heart and that was the most touching—I think we all want our happy ever after.

What’s next for you writing wise that you can share with us?  I am continuing with Maddy and Rick's story.  It's Not Over is scheduled for release later this year. While many people disliked the dynamic duo, no one could deny their chemistry and how well they worked together.  Will Rick be the man to crack that thick wall around her heart and will Madison be the woman who brings Rick to his knees? Stay tuned.


~ Author Bio ~
A.L. Zaun graduated from Florida International University with a degree in English Literature a long time ago. A degree she didn’t use at all in her professional endeavors. She loves to read, write and take pictures. She walks around with her camera, and most importantly she has her e-reader available at all times. Healthcare Management by day, Mommy in the evening and most nights, you can find her sitting in front of her laptop with a bottle of Diet Pepsi, bringing the voices in her head to life on the pages of her debut novel, The Do Over.
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