Friday, November 14, 2014

Pitch Imperfect by Elise Alden: Author Interview and Giveaway

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share Pitch Imperfect by Elise Alden, a contemporary romance released last month from Carina Press. This interview post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.

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Pitch Imperfect by Elise Alden

Once-famous singer Anjuli Carver has returned to tiny Heaverlock Village alone and nearly broke. She’s poured every last penny into a rambling Victorian manor, hoping to start over. Trouble is, her money pit is falling to pieces and the only restoration architect for miles is Rob Douglas…her ex-fiancé. 

For eight years, Rob has regretted not telling Anjuli why he never answered her letters. Being left at the altar broke his heart, but being used for sex one night in London after the fact nearly drove him to the edge of sanity, and he’ll be damned if he allows Anjuli to wreak havoc on his life again. He’ll restore her manor, all right, and give her taste of her own medicine while he’s at it. 

But how long can revenge last when memories of their shared past keep rushing to the surface? 

Soon, Rob wants answers. Why did Anjuli leave the international spotlight to become a recluse in the Scottish Borderlands? And why does she refuse to sing? Anjuli wants nothing more than to be left alone with her grief, even as she struggles to keep her sexy fantasies about Rob in check. With gossipy villagers, interfering friends and more secrets between them than notes on a scale, Anjuli and Rob will need to find forgiveness in order to work together, then decide if they’re willing to risk it all on an encore performance.


What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?

I’m currently writing my next new adult novel, provisionally titled, Clueless, and the next book in the Scottish Borders series, Blown Away. I also write sci-fi and speculative romance under pen name Sienna Bronwyn. My sexy off second book in my sexy off-beat trilogy, Supernova Secret, will be released in May, 2015. The first book, Black Hole Bounty, is already available at the usual e-tailers.

Here’s the blurb:

Destiny is written in the stars? Maybe, but when you’re in a black hole you make your own damn destiny.

It’s not every day you get abducted by an alien general, but then, Jerusa Whichab isn’t having an average day. Earth is fading from view and she’s got a decision to make—cooperate with her despotic, yet unnervingly attractive captor or receive an injection of goo. General Toyeb can’t be trusted, and his body-healing, mind-blowing Theta waves leave her panting for more. But what choice does she have if she’s to stay alive?

None, if enemy bounty hunter Berwyck dal Korth has his way. Intent on capturing Jerusa, he performs a binding ritual to ensure she cannot escape him—a ritual with unforeseen side effects for both of them. Forced into hostile proximity, Berwyck and Jerusa battle to subdue their rising attraction, but will they conquer their desire—or succumb?

What song would you choose for Karaoke?

I had to smile at this question since I promised my husband I’d never sing Karaoke again. The last time I attempted Karaoke was on an almost empty ferry from Tokyo to Hokkaido before our children were born. The boat was almost empty and we’d found a small salon with a Karaoke machine. My husband did Skyline Pigeon and attracted two or three other passengers who smiled and clapped. Then it was my turn, and I tried to sing La Isla Bonita because I thought my tone deaf and squeaky voice could handle it. Never. Again. All of a sudden the ship started rocking back and forth, something was announced in Japanese and the three other people ran out of the room. We did too, and spent the night with life jackets on near the assembly point, on tenterhooks because we’d hit a typhoon and might have to ditch the ferry. So now I’m not allowed to do Karaoke.

Do you like to dance?

I love dancing! It’s one of my favourite pastimes. You name it I will give it a go, and my Chicken Dance is second to none. Rhythms that really get me going, though, are latin: salsa, meringue, cumbia. Salsa is my dance music of preference when I am feeling down or in need of an instant pick-me-up. I salsa when I am feeling happy or want to celebrate something. It’s the music I danced to when I received my first offer of publication from Carina Press, a few seconds after my daughters and I squealed and jumped up and down. Time was when I’d spend every Friday and Saturday night dancing until the salsa clubs closed in London, but now I live in rural Scotland and must content myself with cajoling my Scottish hubby to shake his stuff in the sitting room when I’m in the mood. FYI, whisky helps loosen stiff British hips.

Can you describe your dream home?

My dream home would have the elegance and spaciousness of an Edwardian manor with all the mod cons of a futuristic, high tech spaceship. Bonus points if it could take me on a whirl to the stars. It needn’t be large, but a big kitchen is a must. My husband and I are sociable people and we tend to throw big parties. Made from thick stone, my dream home would have wooden floors and lots of wall space for paintings and colourful art, and it would have to fit my grand piano. No space for the piano would be a deal-breaker, regardless of any galaxy-hopping capability. All the bedrooms would be en-suites, and as for the mod cons, it would be computerized so that my shopping list was always updated, a message sent to a supermarket that delivers so that we never have to go food shopping unless it’s to a deli. And as soon as I walked into the front door a panel would open up in the wall and out would come either a gin and tonic or a margarita.


Elise reads, writes and revels in romance, and is never happier than when caught up in a heart-thumping, sweat-your-socks-off tale—hers or somebody else’s. She loves creating stories about flawed characters, people for whom love isn’t simply a question of boy-meets-girl, but a gut wrenching journey of transformation.

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To find out more about Elise and her books, check out her website . Drop by and say hello on or tweet to her @elise_alden

Book purchase links: Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Barnes and Nobles | Kobo


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  1. I love the interview. I didn't know karaoke could cause a typhoon ;)

  2. I really enjoyed the interview. So nice get t know the author! I like you idea of a dream home sounds wonderful!

  3. i loved the most your idea of a dream home^^ so fabulous!

  4. Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway

  5. It was a great tour!


  6. what a great tour thank you so much :D