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Author Q&A with Ina Carter | CRIMSON SNOW Book Tour | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents Contemporary Romance

                                          Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for CRIMSON SNOW by Ina Carter and stops...

                                         

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for CRIMSON SNOW by Ina Carter and stops at Readeropolis with an author interview. The contemporary romance is available now. 

Ina Carter will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.



Crimson Snow

by Ina Carter


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GENRE: Contemporary Romance


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BLURB:


The Greeks had seven words for LOVE. I felt all of them for ONE MAN…


My name is Lauren, and I was a stolen baby.


They found me in a trailer park in rural Texas when I was eight years old. My childhood wasn’t perfect, but then I had Kevin. He was my everything…


When they returned me to my biological parents, we were torn apart. 


My new family desperately tried to fix me, make me forget him… My father kept me on a short leash and controlled every aspect of my life. The one thought keeping me afloat was to find Kevin, but he vanished without a trace.


I searched for him for twelve years, but the man I found was not the boy I lost. He is a college baseball star, tattooed, moody, and dark… And he hates me.


Can Kevin help me defeat my demons, or does he have too many of his own?


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NOTE: The book is on sale for $0.99.


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EXCERPT:


“The Greeks had seven words for Love, Laurie. And somehow, I know I’ll experience all of them with you… Philautia is the only selfish love and for a long time I didn’t love myself. When I doubted myself, I remembered you, and how you used to look at me. To you, I was a giant, someone who could move mountains and conquer dragons. Even now, you look at me the same way, and I feel stronger in your hands, and want to be a better man…”


He was telling me things that were making my heart hammer in my chest, but at the same time, his fingers were burning fire on my skin, because with every button he undid, he caressed the skin underneath. Kevin was seducing me with his words, and I was melting under his fingers.


“When we were kids, my love for you was Philia – a brotherly love, that innocent feeling you have for a friend. It might have been platonic, but just because you are small doesn’t mean your capacity to love is less. In fact, a child’s love is unbridled, unconditional, the purest form of emotion I can think of… And you and I will always have that… To this day, I feel Philia for you, and I always will.” 


Kevin then leaned and placed a kiss over his name on my chest, leaving an imprint more permanent than the engraving on my skin. 


“Philia, baby, is also the love of the mind, and it is what makes us feel safe in each other’s presence. With you, I am not afraid to share any of my struggles, and you freed me. I carried so much pain internally, but you took it away…” 


Then Kevin took my face between his palms and kissed my cheek, in the same gentle way as the young boy of my childhood did when I was sad – he always kissed the tears away.



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AUTHOR Interview:



Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? 

My book is a New Adult contemporary romance, but I believe not only younger readers can relate to this story. Crimson Snow follows the two main characters since they were young children, and it is a book about complicated family relationships, overcoming childhood trauma, and more than anything Love. It is an inspirational story that anyone can relate to, no matter what their age. I spent a lot of time developing my characters, and even an adult audience will appreciate that there is a deep look into human emotions.


How did you come up with the title of your book?

The title for Crimson Snow came from the first chapter in the book. It’s a game my two heroes played as kids, and it is a continuous theme throughout the story. Here is the reference for the title: 

“It was late spring, in my first year of elementary school. My half-brother Kevin and I were huddled behind the school gym - our usual hiding spot to eat our lunches. 

“Why are you crying?” Kevin lifted my chin to look into my puffy, red eyes. I sniffled loudly, showing him the crumpled paper in my hand. 

“My letters are all wrong. I try to make them straight, but then Mrs. Collins always uses the red pen over them and tells me mine were crooked. Then she puts the sticker with the sad kitten on the bottom. Vinnie says the sticker means you are stupid…Mama tells me it don’t matter, because I ain't going to courage…” 

“You mean college? Don’t listen to Ma, Julie – you ain’t going to be like her. You are smart. Give me that paper.” He grabbed it from my hand. Then he started ripping it to small bits and gathering the fragments in his left palm. And he was smiling. 

“Do you like Christmas, Jules?” he grinned, his toothless smile a little warped. His green eyes lit up. They did remind me of the twinkling lights that Mr. Berg put on the window of the convenience store around Christmas time. 

“I love Christmas. It’s my birthday!” I couldn’t help but grin, too. My birthday was two months away, and I’ve been trying to learn my numbers, so I could count the days. I already knew how to count to 100. 

“You know what we don’t have on Christmas?” Kevin asked. 

“Sometimes, we don’t get presents because we were no good…” My lifted spirits dampened, thinking of daddy’s scowl when he told me I made Santa mad.

“No, It’s not about the presents. We don’t have snow on Christmas. Not here in our part of Texas. Haven’t you seen on TV – everyone is jolly and singing around the Christmas trees, and it’s always snowing outside the window. I kept thinking it’s magic falling from the sky. Maybe God gives his Christmas blessing to us in every snowflake…. and …. maybe this is why we ain't always happy, Jules… we don’t have the snow…” 

Then, Kevin lifted his hand and threw up in the air the paper shreds. They twirled like real snowflakes. At least it’s how I saw them - fragile, almost transparent, with little blue and red strains of color. I was afraid to reach and touch them, telling myself I didn’t want them to melt. Afraid that maybe the magic would disappear… I was not sure I liked the red streaks marring the pure white snow. It was like God cried bloody tears for us. I was about to tell Kevin that, but he leapt and grabbed one snowflake before all of them landed on the yellowing grass at our feet. He held it in his palm. He came closer to me and hunkered down to look into my eyes. Then he opened his hand. “Look, Jules!” he whispered. As afraid as I was, I peeked at the “ice crystal” he was holding. There was a word on that “snowflake,” and it was in blue ink. The carefully written straight letters of the only one word I knew how to write well.  JULIE. 

“How?” I looked at Kevin mesmerized. 

“Magic, Jules. I told you!”


Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?

I have a second college degree in Graphic Design, and I designed all my book covers, website, and marketing materials. My readers might notice that I have two different book covers for the eBook and paperback of Crimson Snow. I designed both and did a survey amongst my friends and followers, and everyone liked the cover with the girl (the paperback). It is more intricate and sets the mood for what kind of story Crimson Snow is. The problem with that cover was that when you minimize it to thumbnail size on a computer screen, all the details blend and the book doesn’t draw the eye. This is why, for the eBook version of my novel, I am using the cover with the heart because it’s more eye-catching and simple. 


Who is your favorite character from your book, and why?

My favorite character is Kevin. In my opinion, he is a different type of romantic hero, and more like the men, I respect in my personal life. He is an astute, intelligent, and deep philosophical thinker. He values family above all and is serious when it comes to romantic relationships. Even his baseball career is a product of his desire to overcome his childhood trauma and channel his anger into the sport he loves. Kevin is not perfect, and the pain he suffered throughout his life left deep scars, but he is not broken or damaged. His hard exterior is simply a shield, hiding an inherently good man's sensitive and gentle soul.


How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you? 

The villain in my book is Lauren’s father – Robert Wilcox. He is rich, entitled, and a prime example of a narcissist who likes to control and manipulate everyone around him. I am sad to say, but I’ve also met too many men of his type who left deep scars. 


What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

Jeez. That is a good one! This year travel was impossible due to COVID, so for the book, I am currently writing (follow up on Crimson Snow), I spent days “exploring” Moscow and Florida through virtual tours and street view “drives” on Google maps. 

The strangest thing I ever researched was for one movie script I wrote a year ago. It was a murder mystery drama about a female serial killer. I was seriously worried the FBI might knock on my door and ask if I am plotting multiple murders since I researched all sorts of poisons and ways to kill a person without leaving evidence. 😉 


Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

In my spare time, I like to cook, and I am pretty inventive in the kitchen. I experiment with ingredients and recipes, and the results are mostly successful 😉 During my “international cuisine” period, my kids went to bed hungry more nights than not, but my husband was a brave soul and tried all of my “exotic dishes.” 

He is not thrilled by my latest “hobby,” which is mixing my own fragrances from organic essential oils. He is not a fan of strong odors, and those concentrated scents do linger in the house for days. I read somewhere that our sense of smell is so powerful that we are 100 times more likely to remember something we smell than something we see, hear, or touch. There is so much truth in that statement, and to this day, I remember the “smell” of summer nights at my grandma’s house, and have a memory of a specific fragrance attached to my parents or my children. It would be great if I manage to recreate at least one of those scents before my husband bans my experiments.  


How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

You can find more about my upcoming books or subscribe to my mailing list on my website www.inacarter.com. I am also responding to reader’s questions on social media, so feel free to ask me anything. Twitter: @inacarterbooks ; FB: https://www.facebook.com/ina.carter.3591 



What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

For a new independent author without a big publisher behind me, the best thing my readers can do to help is to leave honest reviews for my books on Amazon and Goodreads. Your feedback not only helps other readers decide whether to buy the book, but a higher review count improves the visibility of my books on Amazon. 

The other thing that will help the success of my books is to spread the word. If you like my novels, please share on social media with your friends and family! I designed my book covers to be more stylistic and tastefully done (no bare-chested man here), so they do look good on a bookshelf and make a great present for the holiday season! 😉 



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Ina Carter has always been an avid reader. She discovered her love for writing at an early age when her first poem was published in a literary magazine at age twelve. As a lifetime collector of inspirational stories, Ina believes that love is the most powerful force in the Universe. She writes in multiple genres – romantic comedies, contemporary and paranormal. Ina lives in Southern California with her husband, two kids, and one very temperamental cat. You can find more about Ina and future book releases at www.InaCarter.com.


Twitter: @inacarterbooks

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ina.carter.3591

Amazon purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088KQKNZJ




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GIVEAWAY:


Ina Carter will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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6 comments

  1. Thank you for hosting me on your blog!

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    1. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader: https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/

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  2. I really liked the excerpt and look forward to reading more.

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