A warm welcome to author Teodora Kostova joining us today to talk about her new release “Kiss and Ride”.
Teodora shares a post about Rome and brought with her a tour wide giveaway!
Welcome Teodora 🙂
Title: Kiss & Ride
Author: Teodora Kostova
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary, Christmas/Holiday Romance
What happens when you meet the right guy at the wrong time?
When Vincent Alesi’s estranged father dies, he gets on the first plane from New York city to Rome to be at the memorial service. Even if he has to max out his credit card. Even if he hates the man for leaving him. Even if it’s a day before Christmas.
Everything that can go wrong does go wrong, and Vin ends up trusting a complete stranger with all his secrets, even the ones he didn’t know he had.
Luca Romano’s job as a flight attendant takes him all over the world. But a jet-setting lifestyle is not what he wants. His dream of opening his own restaurant is being placed on hold over circumstances beyond his control.
Timing is everything…
When Vin bursts into Luca’s life, both men fall fast and hard. But their lives, their dreams, even the cities they live in couldn’t be more different.
Their few days together in Rome are romantic, emotionally intense, and leave them both wanting more.
Can a fleeting love affair change their lives forever?
Rome. The Eternal City. The magical place where romance is not just an abstract idea, but something palpable in the air.
I didn’t choose to set my new book, Kiss and Ride, in Rome. It made that choice for itself.
So here’s what happened. I went to Rome for the first time last month. Even though I’ve been all over Italy, I’ve never been to Rome before. I expected it to be a bit of a disappointment, to be honest. A tourist attraction more than anything else.
I was wrong.
Rome turned out to be everything I secretly hoped it would be, and more. It’s full of history, of beauty and magic, but there’s more to it than that. I can’t really explain it, you need to feel it for yourself, but there’s something in the air that awakens all your senses. That makes you dream and hope and create.
Before we left London, I had a very vague idea of what my holiday book would be. I didn’t even have the main characters’ names, or the setting, or any sort of outline. I had this scene in my head where one of the main characters goes to his estranged father’s funeral and tells everyone he hated the bastard and is glad he’d dead.
Not very Christmassy, I must admit. That scene got tweaked a bit, so it’s not that vile, but it was still the only thing I had to work with.
Rome changed everything. It inspired the whole story in two days flat. I never took my laptop with me because we were there on a family holiday celebrating out ten-year wedding anniversary, and I was adamant I wasn’t going to work at all. Thankfully, I had a notebook with me, and by the time we left it was filled with the entire story, scene by scene, plus all the background storied for the main characters. I couldn’t wait to get back home and connect all the dots into a full manuscript.
I’ve never written a book that flows so easily. Every scene was so vivid in my head as if I’d actually lived through it. In a way, this story feels very personal, even if I haven’t been through anything that my characters’ have. I can’t identify with them on that level, but on some other, illogical level, I feel more connected to them than any other character I’ve written.
If you ever get the chance to visit Rome, don’t hesitate for a second. Hop on a plane, or whatever means of transport will take you there, and go! Feel the magic! Recharge your creative batteries!
Until then, my sexy Italian men will be more than willing to snuggle on the sofa with you, and steam up you kindle.
- Kindle Fire 7″ WiFi 8GB tablet
- 2 x 10$ Amazon gift cards
- 2 x Signed paperbacks of Snowed In
- 3 x Swag packs, including pens, bookmarks, bracelets, and van Gogh themed items from the National Gallery in London
- 2 x audio books, winners choice. (requires an account with Audible to claim prize)
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband and my son. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job a few years ago when I decided that everything else I’ve tried bores me to death and I have to do what I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the guts to fully embrace. I’ve been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It’s the only time that I’m truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time – my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I’m procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Nintendo Wii game by a very inventive kid.
Don’t be shy and get in touch – I love connecting with my readers.