Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Getting By: A Knight's Tale I" by Claudia Y. Burgoa

Getting By
(A Knight's Tale Book 1)
by Claudia Y. Burgoa

Getting By has just been released. This book blitz and giveaway is brought is brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours. Please make sure you visit the other participating blogs as well.

When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s - her childhood friend - wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of "getting by".
Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park - a city close to San Francisco - might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson, for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight, or hide week of celebrations.

Nights meant sleep and dreams - my archenemies. The Crowley to my Dean Winchester, the Green Goblin to my Spider-man, the list of superheroes and their opposites was long, and so became the analogies I used on a daily basis. My lack of sleep began with Dad and his conditions for me to continue my art. Then came my parents' deaths. Those took a toll on me because I mixed dreams with realities and hopes. Not once did I have a nightmare, all of them were sweet and real. Seeing Mom and Dad on those nights filled my gut with nails, and my head pounded with the reminder that they were gone the next morning. Those had been merely fantasies that would never become a reality.
For the past three months I had been evading sleep and working overtime, over the overtime. The dreams of elevators, trips to sophisticated-secluded spots after a week of work and delicious nights with a man who I was required to forget in order to move on, came daily - nightly. They not only hit me with vengeance, but they came tangled with what humans liked to call hope. The urge to crawl inside myself to avoid the need of his touch, kisses and whatever it was that we had not long ago, consumed me. If I had the powers to morph into an animal, it’d be a sea turtle and I’d stay inside my shell for the next hundred years. Past the stage of melancholy and into the real world, I pushed my body outside of the bed and into the shower, where I got ready to face the Clements and the house next door.

Featured Review
I have now read this book three times and every time I find more to like about it. The Knight brothers are all intriguing, engaging, and oh so handsome. What more could we want in a leading man?
This is a story of two people afraid of what commitment might entail. At the same time, I cannot think of two people needing each other more. This book is written from the POV's of our two characters and gives us the unique perspective only each character can share.
Jake is the boyfriend we dream of but never quite find. Only drawback, his fear of commitment and his fear of failure. For such an intelligent, successful man this is contradictory until you read about what made him this way.
Emma has survived a horrible ordeal that took her parents' lives. She is independent and strong willed, but in desperate need of love and acceptance. No one would ever believe this successful woman was so crippled inside.
I love the plotline of this book. I love how serendipity plays with our characters and twists its way in to ensure they are thrown together when all is lost.
This is book 1 in the Knight's Tales series. I hope our author will release book 2 soon so we can continue this story. There is NO cliffhanger. This is a standalone ... but there are other Knight brothers to hear about!

Interview With the Author
Did you use an outline or do you just wing the first draft?
I just wing for the first draft. My stories start with an idea and the first words are a scene … any scene. From there I start sculpting it.
Q: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Modern: I’d say it’s a tie between Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot, and Nora Roberts.
Classic: I’d like to think that throughout the years I have learned from Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Cervantes, Wilde, Asimov, Dickens, and Austen. Let’s not forget Shakespeare, who wrote about Italy without ever visiting the country.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My friends, and also my social media friends. Members of Facebook I met five years ago and now from Twitter, the community of indie authors is amazingly supportive. Not only with my writing, but on a personal level too.
Why did you start writing?
I read a lot when I was little, since I lived with my grandmother, I was privy to my grandfather’s books. [No one told the adults I needed age appropriate literature.] There I was, a six year old reading Cervantes, Dostoyevsky, Marquez, and encyclopedias. From there I began writing, trying to imagine a different life - a fun life. 
Who designed the cover for Getting By?
The team at Damonza, they are amazingly talented.
What was the hardest part of writing Getting By?
Writing Jake’s POV; it is the first time I attempt to write from the male perspective.
What can you offer readers in the way of information or entertainment?
I like to think I’m bringing witty, neurotic, human characters that, although they want to be perfect, they live their lives with flaws like everyone else, yet they handle it the best they can. I try to add some humor to the mix with the promise that’s there’s always a better tomorrow – or at least something nice on the next page.
What is your gadget of choice for writing your manuscripts?
Hardcore Apple, however my computer isn’t … something about software and other gibberish that the IT man of the house keeps telling. When I’m not typing at my desk, I’m using one of my three iPads to write a scene. After I email it and fix it.
Your number one guilty pleasure is ...
Any and all carbohydrates, chocolate, candy, pastries, real tacos … overall I’m a foodie.
Do you decide the path of your characters or do they take on a life of their own as the story unfolds?
They take their own path and I just have to watch them behave, there’s been a few times when I have to erase several chapters because they don’t care about closure. One of the reasons why I have seven first drafts of Getting By stored in my computer.
Have you always considered yourself a writer? If so, when did you begin writing? If not, at what age did you begin writing?
Definitely a storyteller, age … fairly young. A few times I wrote stories; that began around middle school. During high school, my best friend who had an ongoing telenovela with her boyfriend suggested that I document it and make myself famous with it. One day I might out her, as soon as I find my notebook, I’ll get her.
Six years ago I retook the idea of writing what the voices in my head tell me. Last year is when I found the guts to share them.
If you could write in a different genre, what would it be?
Sci-Fi … in middle school I seriously made my boyfriend believe I was an alien. Mothership and all explained in detailed. I was raised in a house of Asimov lovers, Star Trek geeks and overall nerds.
Fantasy and paranormal too, that comes from the fairy side of my family and my grandfather who always told me I’m good with ghosts - he died before I was born.
Who or what inspires you?
Music inspires me, it sets the mood of how the book will go. Who … the people I observe.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Night Owl? I work Australia time, which usually is when we sleep here in America.
Your dream vacation is ...
Depends on my mood, I love to walk and discover new places, but if I’m tired a good sun tan in front of the ocean is perfect.
Name something you are really horrible at (doesn’t have to be related to writing).
Crafts; I have two left hands. I can’t use a thread and a needle even if my life depends on it. *useless, the voices in my head scream in unison*
What can we expect from you in the future? New projects? Other ventures?
This book I’m releasing, Getting By, is the first installment of series A Knight's Tales. Following Jake, Mitch, and Liam three playboy brothers who have a playboy life but a knight in shining armor complex. Their world collides a bit with the world of Where Life Takes You - the Life series. There’s a cameo from one of the characters of Where Life Takes You here.
The second project is Next To You, book number two of the Life series. I teamed up with Damonza and we have a gorgeous cover, which should be revealed in the near future. On this book, we’ll not only listen to Becca, but also Dan’s side of the story. This is not a rehash of the first book from Dan’s POV though. There are a few cameos from the characters of GettingBy here. And the precious is already with my editor extraordinaire, Karen.
I’m doodling with the second book of A Knight's Tale, Standing By, that’s Mitch and Hayley’s story. Meanwhile, in the other side of my brain; I’m pondering about a third book of the Life series, with Buddy’s life - Dan’s foster brother. There’s another book which at the moment is a skeleton trying to stir up the usual protocol and bring a different kind of theme to what’s been written lately. There’s a twist on it and I’m hoping to pull something fun.

About the Author
Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.

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