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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Interview and Giveaway: Eyes Wide Open (Healing Hearts #2) by Renee Dyer


Adriana Monroe had her life planned out. She was going to marry Alex, have a house full of kids, and spend as much time as possible with their friends. But, life had other plans. Life stole Alex from her and Adriana grieved his loss so badly, when she had the chance to love again with Tucker Stavros, she couldn’t do it. She was broken and felt her love for Alex would break Tucker, too. So, she walked away.

Now, her heart is shattered and she’s mourning the loss of both men.

Tucker Stavros has lived his life looking for love. After losing his mom at a young age and being abandoned by his dad, the only love he’s known is from his Grams. His relationships have been disasters. He’s never felt that spark… until he met Adriana Monroe. Everything changed for him the second he saw her smile. He didn’t care that she was grieving. He didn’t care that she was broken. He saw himself in her lost eyes. He would have done anything to make her his. Just when he thought they were becoming something special, she walked out of his life, crushing his heart.

Now, he’s alone, afraid he’ll never find anyone that makes him feel the way he felt for her.

Tragedy strikes and Tucker and Adriana find themselves thrown together once more. Will she continue to protect him by staying away, or will she find that her heart will take what it wants? Will Tucker shy away from her, or will he run to her and show her why they belong together? Will they hide from each other, or will they walk into the unknown with their Eyes Wide Open knowing that in order to heal, you have to first be broken?

Thank you, Mrs. Dyer
From poetry through short stories to the full length novel. How it was the “journey” and what advantages it brought to your writing? 
Starting off writing poetry helped me to be able to put all my emotions onto paper first. My happiness, pain, sorrow, joy, tears and laughter went into those lines. When you can expose yourself so personally from the beginning, it only leaves room for growth. I knew I wanted to write stories for others to enjoy from a young age, but I needed to build the confidence. Writing the poetry for me helped me to gain the strength I needed to get to the short stories that eventually became full length novels.

What a good romance should have? 
A great story line with a full range of emotions. I want to feel like I’ve been transported into the book and like I’m one of the characters, going through the emotions, laughing, crying, fighting with them. Obviously, I want the sappy, make me swoon moments, but I love the angsty- will they-won’t they moments too. I love a book that picks me up and rings me out, leaving me feeling used up at the end of it.

How important is the “male perspective” for your romance stories plot and what do you do when you gain your husband’s eye rolling? 
For the Healing Hearts Series the “male perspective” is just as important as the female. To many of my readers it may be more important. They’ve fallen in love with Tucker so far and wanted to lynch me at the end of Waking Up. Although, that book was more Adri’s book, he took the hearts of my readers. I can’t blame them, when he talks to me (yes he talks to me-he’s in my head all the time), he says the sweetest things. When I tell my husband things like that, I definitely gain eye rolling from him. I gained eye rolling from him the night I was crying hysterically, yelling, “OMG, I’m so mean. I broke Tucker,” after writing a really sad scene. Luckily for me, he really does love me. I just smile sweetly and tell him I can’t help the things that come from my head when he looks at me like I’m losing it.

What it is your opinion about happy endings and cliffhangers in a romance and how much a writer should “torture” the readers? 
I love them both and here’s why… I’m a sucker for couples riding off into the sunset in love and getting that fairytale ending. It’s gives me the warm and fuzzies, makes me feel all is right in the world… as long as it fits the story. Love it when it’s a standalone or it’s ending a series. But, I personally love cliffhangers (please don’t throw things at me). My reason is, it makes my mind go crazy thinking of the possibilities. I’m the same way at the end of a tv series. I will follow an author’s page for months and months, picking up any little scrap they toss out. I get and stay so excited. I don’t always have time to go back and read that last book before the next one comes out, but what I do is skim it or read the last couple chapters to refresh my mind and BOOM-the excitement comes back full force. Cliffhangers wind me right up. Love them! I’ve never felt tortured by an author, but I know readers have. I hope to never put my readers in that scenario.

What Healing Hearts tell us about love? 
No matter how broken or damaged your heart is, it can always heal and find the person who compliments it.

For Adriana Monroe life couldn’t get any better. She has great friends, her photography business is booming and she married Alex, her childhood best friend. Life is perfect. It’s a fairy tale really. 

But one night changes everything for her. 
Suddenly she’s alone. She’s afraid to trust and afraid to love. Most of all she’s afraid she’s broken beyond repair. Nightmares torment and haunt her every time she closes her eyes. 

Will she ever be the same? 
For Tucker Stavros it looks to the outside world like things come easy for him. He’s gorgeous, rich, famous, has a hot girlfriend. Hell, he’s a movie star. If women aren’t trying to get with him then men are wishing they are him. What they don’t see is the broken child hiding behind the smiles he fakes for the cameras. They don’t see the man who wakes up drenched in sweat from his nightmares from a past he can’t escape. 

Betrayal sends him running. 
A chance encounter throws Tucker and Adriana together. They try to fight their attraction for each other. They feel they’re too broken for the other. 

Will they continue to suffer in the hell of dreamland separately or will they find that Waking Up to real life together can be so much sweeter?
About the author:
From a young age Renee Dyer had a love of writing, starting with a doodle pad at age four that soon turned into journals and later computer documents.  Poetry became short stories and short stories became a novel.  Although she's surrounded by males all day having three sons, a husband and a hyperactive chocolate lab, she still finds time to be all woman when she escapes into the fantasy of reading and writing romance.  That is, until she needs male perspective and garners eye rolling from her husband.

She's a true New Englander.  You'll find her screaming profanity at her TV while the Pats play and cuddling under blankets during the cold seasons (which is most of them) reading a good book.  To her snow is not a reason to shut things down, only a reason to slow down and admire the beauty.  Ask her questions and she'll answer them.  She's an open book, pun fully intended.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing! <3