Monday, September 23, 2013

Freeing Asia - Book Tour + Interview

How does a tomboy raised in a house full of men find the sensual woman inside of her? Growing up with a widowed, retired Marine as a father and two older brothers taught Asia to be tough. But how does she stop being one of the guys and learn to find the right one? 

Finding herself won't be easy, finding love will be even harder. 

Meeting Jay opens Asia's eyes to the possibility of love and unbelievable sex but can his country club world accept the woman more comfortable in torn jeans and flip flops? Or will she find the love she yearns for in the tattooed arms of her first love, a pro skater who has come back into her life? 

With the possibility of new love or closure from a painful first love, finding her path is riddled with uncertainty and discoveries but before she can follow her heart she must first set it free.


My husband is awesome and also a Chief in the US Navy. This means crazy schedules, uncertainty and lots of nights spent alone writing on my computer. 
I have two amazing kids who always know how to make me laugh. 
I've been passionate about writing ever since I wrote my first poem in the 3rd grade and I've been using it as a means to express myself ever since. 
I think because I hold my emotions so close and fear being vulnerable I use different forms of self expression- writing, drawing, painting, photography, tattoos- to show the world who I am.
The one rule I use everyday is the Golden Rule—"Treat others the way you'd like to be treated." I believe karma is very real and sometimes she can be a bitch if you make her that way. 
I love acting crazy, I love to laugh, I love making people laugh, I love the ocean, I love dancing like no one is watching, I love good music, I love good books... and I love my family, friends and readers. It's crazy that I feel a connection with people just because they read something I wrote, but I do. It's an awesome feeling. 


~excerpt one~

   "What?" he asked, amused.
     "I just love how attentive you are. You're a true gentleman. I've never been treated like a lady before." 
     "I usually like the bad boys," I confessed before I took a bite of my pizza."But since you're not a bad boy anymore, I guess I should try to behave myself."   
     After swallowing a bite I put my pizza down on the plate. Jay grabbed my hand and brought it up to his mouth. His eyes locked on mine as he took my index finger and slowly licked the sauce off of it. 
     Hoooly shit. 
     "Oh, I can be bad, baby"
    My entire body tingled with that single touch. As I imagined other places where I wanted that tongue to be, I could feel myself tighten between my thighs. 
    When he was done I brought the same finger to my mouth and sucked on it as I held his gaze. His eyes moved down to watch, and his lips slowly lifted into a devilish grin.
     I slid my finger out of my mouth. "Good," I murmured before smiling back.

Freeing Asia by E.M. Abel: Interview Questions
First, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me for Whirlwindbooks.  You are a wonderful writer and I am huge fan, I look forward to reading more of your works!
Thank you, for taking a chance on Freeing Asia and I’m so excited that you liked it.
I absolutely fell in love with your book, so tell me; how did the idea come about for Freeing Asia?
Honestly, Freeing Asia came about after I’d read a book I didn’t really like. I was lying in bed tossing and turning next to my snoring husband when Asia’s voice just came through. I got out of bed, grabbed notebook paper and a pencil and just started writing. I wrote the first chapter that night. 
Did you always know this was going to be part of a trilogy or even a series?
Oh, no way. I had no idea I was even going to publish. It wasn’t until I was writing the last few chapters that I decided I wanted Shaun to be the focus in book two. I just had so much fun writing about him and I wanted to write more. It wasn’t until later that I decided to give Jay his story.
So, with the military background in the story (and yours as well), would you say that events in the book are inspired by real-life events or are they strictly imagination?  What about the love story?
Okay so, this may have been different if I knew I was publishing but since I was just writing this book for fun I made Asia A LOT like me… She’s half Japanese (like me), her father is a retired Marine (like mine), and we also have a lot of personality traits in common… but now she feels more like a sister to me. Almost like we took this journey together.
As for real life events… I’d say definitely YES, some of the things in the book actually have happened in my life.
The love story, of course, is a little more fantasy than reality, but I can say my husband inspired a lot of it. I’m a very lucky woman.
How has the support been from other Authors?  I’m curious to know if the world of writers is welcoming or if you have to gain respect in order to be considered part of it.
Wow. That is a good question. I have yet to meet one author who was not supportive. They may not all have the time to read your book or share every link you post but there’s a whole community of writers out there supporting each other. I’m still pretty new to this and probably don’t have half as many friends in the writing world as most authors, but the authors I do know all rock and have helped me immensely. I’m not exaggerating when I say I was totally clueless when it comes to publishing.
Do you have any weird writing rituals? You can tell us, we don’t judge. J
Hmmm… nothing too weird I don’t think. I just have to have a drink (anything with caffeine or alcohol…either will do) and music. I have to have music. 
Do you have a playlist to go along with Asia’s story? Or something that kept your mind going during above said rituals?
I do have a playlist! It’s posted on my blog…

Okay, if you were to cast a movie, who would play whom?
Shay Mitchell as Asia.
Mateus Verdelho as Marcus (if he acted) or Channing Tatum with tattoos… can we combine them somehow?
And Chris Pine as Jay.

Now that you have debuted a rockin’ first book, how long will we have to wait for Breaking Shaun and Saving Jay

I’m hoping to publish Breaking Shaun in March of 2014. The most important thing to me is that I write something that I love and don’t just rush through the story. If I don’t love it, I won’t publish it. Period. So that being said, I will try my hardest to get them finished and published as soon as possible.

Any future projects planned outside of Breaking Free?
I have some ideas but haven’t really developed them yet. I’m a big believer in the power of friendship. Especially between women and I’ve considered writing a series or book based on that.

Quick Questions:
Next 5 books on your TBR pile: Reckless by Skye Jordan, Dark Lover by J.R. Ward, Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher, Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken and THE BRONZE HORSEMAN by Paullina Simons (My friends would kill me if I did not include this book. I think I may be one of the only readers who hasn’t read it yet.)
Most Anticipated Release this year: Oh this is hard. Off the top of my head I’d have to say I have three: Unattainable by Madeline Sheehan, Try by Ella Frank and Rome by Jay Crownover.
Favorite Ice cream Flavormint chocolate chip

Country you’d like to visit: Egypt. I’d love to see the Pyramids one day. It’s on my bucket list.

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