Thursday, October 29, 2009

Writer with Sizzle: Viola Estrella

Please welcome Viola Estrella! Today is the official release day for her sizzling paranormal romance, Bewitching You. To celebrate, she’s going to be giving away a free eBook copy to one lucky commenter, so be sure to give her some love.

Lia: What is your favorite thing about being a romance writer?

Viola: So many things. Falling in love with the story and with the characters. Having Aha! moments that draw me back into the story. Writing scenes that move me. That feeling of accomplishment when I write “The End.” And I’m slowly becoming a fan of revisions. So much depth and richness can be added when you go back and give it that extra oomph.

Lia: Have you ever cried or laughed out loud while writing a scene?

Viola: Yes! This book, in particular, had me laughing and crying in a few different scenes. Even the secondary characters go through an emotional roller coaster ride. Bewitching You was definitely a book of my heart. It’s always a good feeling when I’m journeying along with my characters, putting them through hell, then fighting with them, for them, to reach the happily ever after.

Lia: What was your hero’s lowest moment? His best moment?

Viola: My hero, Gray, has quite a few low moments in Bewitching You. He has a series of unfortunate events happen to him toward the beginning of the book that force him to look at his life, or his “life plan” a little differently. These events, hopefully, make the reader appreciate when his character transitions. There are certain spots where we can really see him changing. Here’s one of them.

Excerpt (the first kiss):

Wind gusted in and blew her hair off her shoulders. One piece stuck to her moist cheek so Gray swept it behind her ear.

“What are you doing?” she asked again, her eyes wide in what seemed like fear.

“Are you afraid of me, Sofia?” Had he been that awful to her?

“Of course not.” She blinked once. “That’s silly.”

Her tone wasn’t convincing. Carefully, Gray cupped her cheek. Her skin was soft, speckled lightly with freckles. Beautiful in a way he hadn’t noticed before.

A wary sigh heaved up her chest. Then she leaned into his hand and pulled in her bottom lip only to release it, wet and inviting.

Just one kiss.

Gray brushed his thumb over her lips, desperately wanting to erase every bad notion she had of him. What was it that made him want to be more to her than a cold-hearted jerk?

So much more.

Another gust of wind blew in, and she closed her eyes. Before she could open them again, Gray tilted her head up and molded his mouth to hers. She gasped slightly, but didn’t pull away. Her lips were supple and sweet to the taste. Like in his dreams, but better.

This was real.

He wasn’t going to wake up and find her gone. To make sure, he grasped her waist and held her close. Faint whimpers muffled against his lips. He almost drew back, but her fingertips running up his arms gave him permission to continue.

Eager for more, he slid his tongue into her mouth and felt her hips push up against his growing erection. She curved into him. Her hands glided over his shoulders and clasped onto his neck, nudging him down. Did she want him to take her? Now? Here?

He was a free to do whatever he wanted with whomever he wanted. For some reason, he only wanted to be here in this moment with this woman. From the way she was luring him toward the mattress, she desired more than just one kiss.

Gray wouldn’t refuse her. He wrapped one arm around her for support. The other arm braced against the bed as he lowered her, kissing her thoroughly all the while. He wouldn’t disappoint her like he had already.

This time, he wouldn’t give her anything less than his best.

Lia: Love it! Thanks for being a Writer with Sizzle, Viola!

Viola: Thanks for having me on, Lia!

Lia: To find out more about Viola’s writing you can visit her at her cyberspace home:

Bewitching You is available as an eBook and in paperback. You can find it at Or online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Books A Million.


Carol L. said...

Hi Viola,
I was just over at Mama Writers and that's how I found you here. I love this excerpt. So I'll keep m fingers crossed. :) Congrats on your release and I wish you much success Viola.
Carol L.

Amber Skyze said...

Congrats on the release, Vi! Love the excerpt. Looking forward to reading the book.

Paris said...

Congratulations on the new release!Loved the excerpt and the trailer;-)

Beth Caudill said...

Congrats on the release. Good luck with sales.

Cari Quinn said...

Great interview! So happy your release day is finally here, Viola! I'm off to pick up Bewitching You!

Viola Estrella said...

Carol, Amber, Paris, Beth, and Cari, thanks so much for the congrats! So glad you stopped in!

Helen Hardt said...

I'm really looking forward to this one!

Viola Estrella said...

Thanks, Helen!

Lia Slater said...

Hi everyone! Keep the comments coming over the weekend. The winner of Bewitching You will be announced on Monday. Good luck! And have a fun Halloween weekend.

Jason Barret said...

Congratulations on your release Viola! Your book sounds great. I can really relate to your answer about laughing out loud and feeling your character's emotions. When I'm writing they seem to become my best friends and I'm happy or sad depending what their going through.

Jana Richards said...

Terrific excerpt Viola! Even though it was just a kiss, I was feeling the heat!


Viola Estrella said...

Hi Jason,
It's a journey, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by!

Viola Estrella said...

Thanks Jana! I'm glad you liked the excerpt!

Mary Ricksen said...

congrats n the release and good luck sweetie!!

Sell a million, make lots of money and no matter what be proud of what you have done.

Viola Estrella said...

Thanks Mary! I will do my damndest to sell a million. :-)

Viola Estrella said...

Congrats on winning Bewitching You, Carol L!! Please email me at and I'll send it on over.