Friday, July 1, 2016

#Interview $25 GC #Giveaway Daniel & Erik's Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist by @KEBelledonne

Author Name: K.E. Belledonne

Book Name: Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist

Release Date: June 23, 2016

Pages or Words: 53,000 words, 188 pages

Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance, Rom Com
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Hello everyone, today I’m very lucky to be interviewing K.E. Belledonne, author of Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist.

Hi Kat, welcome to Attention Is Arbitrary, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

1     What genres do you enjoy writing in?
I love writing romantic comedies, and I love writing historical fiction. I’m about to start trying my hand at writing mystery/crime and I’m very very excited about that.

      What was the hardest part about writing this book?
            We moved from Europe to the States while I was writing it, so finding the time to sit down and actually write and edit it. A chunk of my notes wound up being accidentally packed in a box, so I had to wait for the movers to arrive to get at them!

3     What did you enjoy most about writing your book?
I really enjoyed the chance to be silly. My first book was fairly serious and highly emotional, and with this book, I had the opportunity to just be light and goofy and funny.

     What cultural value do you see in writing?
If no one was writing, there would be nothing to read – and I think that reading is an exercise in empathy. You can’t read a good book about someone or something, and not have at least a better understanding of them than when you started.

     What is your favorite positive saying?
            “If they can do it, why can’t you?” I come from a very musical background – I taught myself how to play the piano when I was 4 or 5. I did it all by ear; my older siblings had piano lessons, but my parents thought I was “too young”. So, after the piano teacher left, I’d sit down at the piano and re-play the whole lesson, and that’s how I learned. And they weren’t doing beginning piano lessons, so I really jumped in to the deep end of the pool – I started right in playing Beethoven and Mozart. 
Thankfully, as I grew up, the piano teachers that I did have were very encouraging – “hey, if you want to play that, you’re going to have to figure out a bunch of new things”, and I’d take the piece home and take it apart and learn it tiny section by tiny section until I could put them all together and play the whole piece. My teachers fostered this idea that you can do anything you want, so long as you put in the work. If I want to run a marathon, all I have to do is start training. If I want to play Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto on the piano, all I have to do practice it.

Thank you for sharing :)

Blurb:


When Daniel gets caught up in the demands of a cheeky wedding planning app, his fiancĂ© Erik grows frustrated with his preoccupation with adhering to heterosexual traditions. Will Daniel’s groomzilla ways give them the wedding of their dreams, or ultimately lead to their relationship’s demise?

Excerpt:
“I think Aurora is disappointed in me.”
“What?” Erik rubbed at his eye. It wasn’t even early morning, judging by the weak light coming through the blinds from the streetlights. “Who?”
“Aurora. The wedding planning app.” Daniel lay on his back, wide awake and staring up
at the ceiling.
“The wedding planning app is not a sentient being. It has no feelings or opinions.”
“I feel like she's judging me. I’m sorry if I woke you up.”
“Oh my god, go to sleep.”
“I can't. I'm never going to sleep ever again.” Daniel tugged the blanket higher up his chest, folding his arms over it and exhaling heavily.
“You're being dramatic.”
“I've got too many things buzzing in my head. There's too many things I'm going to forget to do.”
“I thought that's why you had that damn app, so you don't have to remember anything; it's all right there saved on your tablet.”
“Yes, but I have to remember to put everything in it. Daniel rolled over. She doesn't just know everything—”
“A: She is not a she. It is an it. B: What are we doing tomorrow?”
“Oh my god, what is the point of sharing the app calendar if you're never going to look at it?” Daniel wailed.
“I look at it. It's just crammed so full of everything that I have no idea what's going on when.”
Daniel blew out his breath. ”Look, I know you don’t like the calendar. We’ve been over that, but I don’t know how else to keep track of all of these appointments and deadlines.”
“I told you, we could color-code them, or something,” Erik rolled to his side and punched at his pillow.
“Aurora doesn’t give you that option.”
“Well, it should.”
“I agree, but there’s nothing I can do about that.” Daniel bunched his pillow up under his head. “Tomorrow, we have four appointments to meet with caterers: two in the morning, two in the afternoon.”
“Why so many in one day?”
“It's the only day we both have available this week, and I am not going to make any decisions about the food at our reception without you there to discuss it.”
“Seriously, you could just make a choice, and I'll live with it.” Erik rolled over.
“I don't want you to just 'live with it,' Erik. Daniel tried to keep his voice neutral, but failed. This is our wedding. I don't want you to just 'live with it.’”
“Why are you getting so worked up about it?”
“We only get one chance at this. Everything needs to be perfect.”
“You're going to drive us both crazy, you know that, right?” Erik tugged the blankets back up over his shoulder.
“Well, then, we'll both be crazy.” Daniel squinted up at the ceiling. He was so tired of making these decisions. Why were there so many options? Why were there so many decisions? The planning was getting on Erik's nerves; he was getting on Erik's nerves. Erik was getting on his nerves. They were both just a pile of irritated nerves because the to-do list didn’t seem to be getting any smaller.
Daniel’s phone chimed with another notification from Aurora.
New Private Message from: MommyMargie.
His mother probably had another ludicrous suggestion for the reception, or a passive-aggressive reminder of the hymn that she and his father had had played at their wedding, that their grandparents had had played at their wedding and that she expected to hear at his wedding. Or maybe his parents had decided to paint the living room green. Who knew?


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Meet the author:

K. E. Belledonne is a writer, editor and translator. A native New Englander, Kat spends her spare time listening to Glenn Miller records, reading history books and cheering on her beloved Red Sox. Her first novel, Right Here Waiting, was published by Interlude Press in 2015.

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Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer

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