Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Separate Heaven by Alex Disanti - Author Interview & $25 Gift Card Giveaway

Step into a world of riveting drama. Enter A Separate Heaven, a story comprised of power, wealth, and romance, multifaceted characters, and complex relationships. A novel by Alex Disanti. From Long Island to the shores of the Mediterranean, this exciting series spanning twenty five years in the lives of the Gianelli and Hamilton families will hold you spellbound.

Excerpt from Book One:
Around 1:00 A.M. Paige found she couldn’t sleep. As quietly as possible she eased herself from the bed and walked out onto the balcony. The weather was still nice. The breeze from the water was cool and she could see the waves crashing against the sandy beaches. Below her, the pool looked inviting. His soft snoring assured her Dominic was sleeping soundly. Hesitating only a moment, she tiptoed into the bathroom, wrapped herself in a big towel, and made her way down the stairs and outside to the pool.

She dropped the towel and slipped into the warm water that felt like silk on her naked body. Leisurely, she swam back and forth, again and again. This was heaven. It was all heaven. She lay on her back, floating, her eyes closed, replaying in her mind the wedding and all that had happened since.

Finally, she began to tire and, feeling she could sleep again, made one last lap underwater, crawling along the bottom of the pool. As she entered the shallow end, her hands reached for the tiled rim as she emerged, breaking the surface of the water.

Suddenly, something like a steel vise gripped her wrists, jerking her upward, and she was momentarily airborne. Her feet slammed against the concrete, jarring her from head to toe. Now Dominic had her by her shoulders and was shaking her. She knew he was saying something, but she could hear only the roaring in her head. Not six feet from them stood two men with guns. Behind them on the massive walls that surrounded the villa were several more.

Buy Links:

             Amazon Book 1                             Amazon Book 2                             Amazon Book 3

Author Interview:

How did you decide on names for your characters?
With the Hamilton family I felt that Catherine Paige (Hamilton) sounded classic, elegant and fit the description of the young woman. For her brothers, John, Matthew and Andrew seemed to be fitting of upper class Long Island family names.

The Gianelli family: Dominic Gianelli. Dominic because I like the name and Gianelli because he is Italian. There are many Italian names in the books and I researched those to have a variety of names from which to choose. The head of Gianelli’s security team is Manetti, and then there is Buscliano, whose nickname is “Bus.” The nickname lends itself to this big, powerfully built man, the muscle of the security force.

I picture my characters before I name them so each name fits each character comfortably.

As an example, Dominic’s father is a tall, slim man with a neatly trimmed mustache. The name Xavier came to mind immediately and it works. His mother, also quite tall and with black hair that she wears pulled back into a bun, dresses conservatively. Victoria seemed appropriate for her.

What is your favorite genre to read?
Romance, if it isn’t “fluff.” I enjoy drama and want a story line that isn’t always predictable. Books that I enjoy so much that I read them again are To Kill a Mockingbird, The Horse Whisperer, Davita’s Harp.

Do you listen to music when you're writing?
Sometimes. It depends on my mood. When I sit down to write I always know what I’m going to write, so a lot of the time I just want quiet.

Do you have any phobias?
Heights. I don’t let it stop me from doing whatever I need to do, but heights do bother me. With regard to writing, I go a little overboard trying not to repeat a word too often especially within a paragraph or even on a page if I can help it. A little OCD. I like order.

Tell us a little about your main characters.
Twenty year old Catherine Paige Hamilton is the only daughter of an affluent, Long Island family. Until she meets Dominic Gianelli, she has lived her life in accordance with the wishes and rules of others but she has never known a man like him. He becomes her stepping stone from girl to woman. Despite the reservations held by her family, she enters his life, his world, and she never looks back.

Dominic Gianelli, when he meets Paige Hamilton, is forty-seven years old, has never married.
An enigma, in that he is recognized internationally in the business world and his accumulated assets are reported to be prodigious, little else is known about him. He is a quiet man with an air of confidence not lost on others. When he enters a room he owns it.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Alex Disanti lives in the Texas Hill Country. While writing has been a lifelong love for her, A Separate Heaven is her first novel. Early works were mainly poetry and short stories. As A Separate Heaven progressed from thought to paper, friends and family began reading the manuscript. Then, in an effort to test the marketability of the material, she enlisted the aid of what she calls her “test readers.” These readers vary in age, occupation and background. It simply grew from there. Alex’s rich detail brought the characters to life, and the ensuing chapters could not come quickly enough for her readers.


Alex Disanti will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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January 19: Independent Authors
January 21: Christine Young
January 22: Room With Books
January 25: Two Ends of the Pen
January 26: LibriAmoriMiei - review only
January 27: T's Stuff
January 28: Emma Weylin
January 29: Romance Novel Giveaways
February 1: Sharing Links and Wisdom
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February 3: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
February 4: Reviews By Crystal
February 5: Let's Get Ready to Romance
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February 10: It's Raining Books
February 11: BooksChatter
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  1. Good morning. Thank you for inviting me and giving me the opportunity to chat about my series, A Separate Heaven.

  2. Great excerpt and interview~I really enjoyed learning about you and your book! Thank you for a great post and contest!

    1. My pleasure, Betty. Thank you for being part of our audience!

  3. Replies
    1. Excerpts are an easy way to give readers an idea of story line. Thank you!

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    1. Hello Rita. Thank you for joining us. Glad that you like the interview.

  5. These sounds like some really great books!! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thanks for following, Victoria! I appreciate it. :)

  6. Thank you for the post and the giveaway! I am looking forward to reading more.