Pivot and Slip by Lilah Suzanne – Q&A and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Lilah will be awarding a $25 Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. A free download of an Interlude Press eBook title or an author/book swag pack (US ONLY) will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter at each stop during the tour.

Lilah, thanks so much for stopping by. So, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? How did you get started writing?

I first realized that writing might be something I was good at in the fourth grade when a journal I kept as a school assignment during a family vacation delighted my teacher so much that she made a point of telling my parents to encourage me (like I needed encouragement!) I started writing as something more than just for fun when I had an essay published in a magazine for AIDS activism when I was eleven.

What was the inspiration for your book?

I was initially intrigued by the idea of a love story between athletes as something that hasn’t been done a lot and the sort of opposites-attract notion of a yoga instructor falling for a boxer. But I also wanted to explore this idea of dreams and failures and what both of those things really mean.

What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?

I’ve been thinking about taking a stab at a superhero story, a hero’s journey with a twist sort of thing.

Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?

Not really. If it’s a good story, I’m in.

So, what are you working on right now? Got any releases planned, or still writing?

I’m actually just starting the editing process for my second book, “Spice.” It’s a romantic comedy about a sex-advice columnist who’s struggling a bit with his own love life. That will be out early next year.

Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions. Favorite color?

Blue

Favorite movie?

Ghostbusters

Book that inspired you to become an author?

I don’t know that any one book inspired me, but I was huge reader as a child and always had several books going at once! I feel like I’m constantly saying, “this was my favorite book when I was little!”

Alright, you have one superpower. What is it?

Flying, but safely. Like I don’t want to accidentally get caught up in a flock of migrating geese and seriously injure myself.

You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?

Walt Whitman
Maya Angelou
Beyonce

Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?

I think I’m a lot like Jack in that it’s sometimes easier for me to keep my hurt and failures locked up tight, like I need to keep them safe instead of dealing with them and moving on.

That’s all from me, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

Thank you for having me!

8_19 Cover_PivotAndSlipFormer Olympic hopeful Jack Douglas traded competitive swimming for professional yoga and never looked back. When handsome pro boxer Felix Montero mistakenly registers for his Yoga for Seniors class, Jack takes an active interest both in Felix’s struggles to manage stress and in his heart, and discovers along the way that he may have healing of his own to do.

Faced with the ghosts of his athletic aspirations, can Jack return to his old dream or carve out a new path, and will their budding romance survive the test of Felix’s next bout in the ring?

Enjoy an excerpt:

“I’m a boxer,” Felix said. Then his face twisted. “Or I was, anyway.”

Something flashed across Felix’s eyes, then, and Jack could see his jaw clamp tightly again, working and clenching. His breath came in shallow puffs through his flaring nostrils and he seemed visibly to be trying to calm himself.

Instinctively, Jack grasped Felix’s free hand and stretched it across the distance between them to set it gently against his own abdomen. Jack could feel soft tremors shaking through Felix’s fingers, the vibrations pulsing through Jack’s T-shirt. Felix’s eyes widened as Jack took a deep breath, filling his diaphragm and then his lungs, and let it out steadily.

“Breathe,” he instructed, and inhaled again, nodding when Felix started to follow along. They breathed together, a slow circuit in and out and in, and Jack could see how Felix seemed to be calming bit by bit with every exhalation, his shoulders and neck loosening, his hand going lax and stretching wide across Jack’s stomach from the bottom curve of his ribcage down to his belly button.

Jack focused on sending him a calming energy, passing it out from his body into Felix’s, until Felix’s eyes blinked closed and his mouth parted and Jack found himself completely thrown off by the thickness of Felix’s eyelashes and the plump curve of his mouth.

Jack’s breath hitched on an inhalation and Felix startled and opened his eyes, the ice pack falling to the ground with a soft thump. And when his hand flexed over Jack’s stomach and he dropped his gaze to Jack’s lips and back up, his eyes heavy-lidded and dark, the energy hummed and crackled between them.

About the Author:Lilah Suzanne has been writing actively since the sixth grade, when a literary magazine published her essay about an uncle who lost his life to AIDS. A freelance writer, she has also authored a children’s book and has a devoted following in the fan fiction community.

Lilah Suzanne on the web:

Website ~ Twitter: @lilahsuzanne ~ Pinterest ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads

Buy the book at Interlude Press.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Rita Wray says:

    I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

  3. Fun interview – thanks for the excerpt. I love sports stories and looking forward to reading this.

  4. Love the interview!

  5. The title’s interesting

  6. Lilah Suzanne says:

    Thanks so much! I really enjoyed the interview!

  7. Enjoyed the interview and look forward to your second book Spice and the super hero story you have planed 🙂 Also remember to keep your mouth closed when you using your super hero skill of flying, as having a mouth full of insects would not be very nice! LOL

  8. SHELLEY S says:

    GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

  9. I enjoyed the excerpt! This looks like a fantastic storyline!

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