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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Only Between Us Release Day Blitz

Only Between Us by Mila Ferrera
Publication date: September 3rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Last semester, Romy escaped from an abusive relationship with the guy she’d thought was the man of her dreams. This semester she’s putting herself back together, determined to reclaim her passion for art and for life. When she signs up for a painting class at the local art co-op, the possibility of passion becomes very real -- in the form of her teacher, Caleb. Both mysterious and seriously hot, Caleb bares his soul on his canvases, and Romy’s fascinated by what she sees.

Caleb is just trying to keep his head above water. Caring for his traumatized, unstable sister is getting harder every day, and his paintings are so dark and bleak that no one is buying. Teaching classes at the co-op is no longer enough, and now he’s going to have to sell more than just his art to the wealthy, sex-starved women in his classes. But when Romy comes along, she makes everything more complicated. She sees the truth in his paintings -- a truth no one else has realized, until now.

Romy and Caleb might have a real shot together -- one that could heal them both. But when ghosts from their pasts re-emerge, determined to keep them apart, will they be strong enough to hold on to each other?


Excerpt from Romy’s perspective:
“I’m here.” It’s all I can think to say. “You can tell me to leave if you want, but otherwise, I’m here.”

            He pulls his hand from mine. “You don’t want to do that.”

            “Like I don’t want to look at your paintings?” I tease.

            The corner of his mouth twitches. “Where did you come from, Romy? And why now? You’re making things more complicated.”

            My smile freezes. “I am? I-I didn’t mean to.”

            He turns to me, twisted locks of damp, dark hair skimming his cheeks. “I know you didn’t mean to. But you’re doing it all the same. Every minute you stand here makes things harder to figure out.”

            “What are you talking about?”

            His eyes squeeze shut. “Nothing. Never mind.”

            “Do you want me to leave, Caleb?” I search his expression, trying to figure out what’s going on for him.

            He opens his eyes. Stares at me. “I don’t think it’s fair to ask you to stay.”

            “Why?” I shiver as his gaze traces along my collarbone and slides up to my face.

            “Because I’m a mess.”

            “And that means you deserve to be alone?”

            He flinches, like everything inside him is raw and tender, like the slightest touch or word can hurt him. “I don’t know what it means. I’m just giving you an escape hatch. And I’m suggesting you take it.”Only

            We are inches apart. Outside, there’s a clap of thunder so loud that I feel it beneath my feet. The lights flicker. Caleb’s gaze meets mine. I lay my palm on his cheek, his stubble rough against my skin. He seems like a wounded animal tonight, shrinking from anything that might hurt him, but as my fingers brush the hair at his temples, he lets out a long breath.

            Then, mirroring my movements, he puts his hand on the side of my face. His thumb skims my cheekbone. “What are you doing?” he whispers.

            “I’m not sure. What are you doing?”
“I have no idea.”

Interview Questions:
1.      What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
By far, my favorite scene to write was the one that inspired the cover. Because of the chapter structure, the reader gets both Romy’s (at the beginning) and Caleb’s (as things get wild) perspectives, and because it’s their first KISS. It’s a very intense scene, and one in which both characters completely let themselves go. I love that kind of scene.

2.      Who’s your favorite character to write and why?
Caleb. He’s got all this stuff going on inside of him, but he struggles to express himself with words, especially when things get emotional (he pours all of that into his paintings). And yet, sometimes he says really insightful stuff that leaves Romy, who’s training to be a therapist, kind of stunned. He’s just a very interesting character to me, who’s been through stuff that’s really made him question his worth and strength. Of course, Romy helps him figure it out J

3.      Is there a character / characters in your books you particularly identify with?
Probably Romy and Jude in this particular book, since I know how scary it is when you first start seeing clients—you want so badly to do right by them, and are afraid of getting it wrong somehow and inadvertently harming the person. Romy really struggles with this—even with Caleb, who’s not her client.

4.      What are you working on next?
EVERYTHING BETWEEN US, another standalone contemporary romance, comes out 11/5/13. It features Caleb’s best friend, Daniel, who is also an artist. It’s on Goodreads! Daniel’s a very different character from Caleb. In his own words: “Caleb bares his soul on his canvases. I bare everything but.”

5.      Any series plans?
I will never write a romance series that features the same couple over and over again. I think I’d get bored of writing all that breaking up and making up, so I only write standalone novels with HEAs. That’s what makes me happiest!

Mila Ferrera lives in New England, where she has a family and a job and does various normal, everyday things, all while plotting novels in her head. She has a passion for writing new adult/adult romance featuring psychological twists and tortured heroes. Her own psychology internship involved plenty of consultation, but alas, no sexy Swedish doctors, and her decision to make one up is what sparked her self-publishing adventures. She's the author of SPIRAL (available now), ONLY BETWEEN US (9/3/13), and EVERYTHING BETWEEN US (11/5/13).

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