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Series: Love Gamble Series #1
Author: Kristy Centeno
Audience: New Adult
Publisher: Blushing Book Publications
Editor: Staci Taylor
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Janessa Rowe is a twenty one year old college girl with little respect for other people. She’s a rich, spoiled brat of a girl who gets her kicks out of humiliating others. When she discovers that her boyfriend of three years has in fact engaged in a physical relationship with someone else, Janessa will stop at nothing to get a little payback. Even if that means using her new rival’s disgruntled fiancée to get what she wants.
Dakota Blackwater is everything Janessa is not. He’s kind, sweet, gentle, and a stand-up guy all in all, but when his girlfriend’s betrayal hurts more than his pride, he agrees to take part in a plan that will test both their self-restraints and their feelings for one another.
Problems arise, however, when Janessa’s interest for Dakota shifts from being a pawn to achieve her ultimate goal, to potential lover. After having her heart broken in the past, the last thing she wants is to get involved in matters of the heart, but how can she follow through with her plan when the more time she spends with Dakota, the less she cares about getting payback? Sooner rather than later they are forced to confront the reality that their game has slowly transformed into something else and that what seemed like a scheme to exact revenge, now comprises both their hearts in ways neither of them anticipated.
“Trust that no matter what happens, I won’t hate or resent you.” I gave him the green light, but I really shouldn’t have because I needed to sort out my feelings first. Because, even when I tried hard to deny it, there was something about Dakota that I couldn’t just walk away from. There was something about him that I found irresistible. I had no idea what that was or why I insisted on putting myself in a position I might come to regret later, but nothing was lost without a gamble. The deck of cards was in my hands, I just needed to figure out when to make the first move.
“Janessa, this could really turn out to be something neither of us is expecting or is ready for,” he said cautiously. “There’s only so much of me I can give.”
“Yes, and that doesn’t mean it’ll be bad.” Staring directly into his eyes, I added, “Besides, nothing needs to happen. If it does, I’m sure we’re both adult enough to handle it.”
It was not like I was asking for commitment or anything. And nothing was written down so I could either end up with a really good friend, or a good memory of a once lover—hopefully anyway.
“We’ll just have to see,” he finally replied.
“Good. Now take off your shirt and lie down.
Our Author Interview
Our Author Interview
What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?
Me? Well, I’m a lot more sensible than the main character in my book. She’s too irrational at times and hot headed so she doesn’t always think things through. I, on the other hand, would have done the responsible thing and would have continued on with my life without a backward glance. Then again, Janessa Rowe is the polar opposite of me so she’s going to do exactly the one thing I wouldn’t have done.
What was your inspiration behind this book?
There are many factors I considered when writing this book. Particularly, I wanted to venture outside my comfort zone. I wanted to come up with a complicated story, with a character so opposite of me that even I had a hard time determining in which direction she would go eventually. I wanted to help her grow and learn lessons the hard way since life is never easy and most times the only way to learn is by undergoing a series of tests.
Why did you become a writer?
I love books. I love writing. There’s no
better way of putting it. There’s nothing better than the feeling of being absorbed completely by a great story-especially on a cold winter night with a cup of hot coffee nearby.
Do you have a favorite author or authors?
I don’t have just one favorite author. Among my favorite are Kathleen Eagle, Georgina Gentry, Madeline Baker, Rosanne Bittner, Jasinda Wilder, and Jessica Sorensen.
Do you like to write your books in a continuing series?
I do. If it’s a story too long to recount in a single book then I’ll go for a sequel rather than cram too much into one book.
What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time?
I like a little variation so I read depending on my mood. Some days I’m in the mood for a good historical romance while other days I like to drown in a good paranormal novel so it varies from time to time.
As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that?
Absolutely. Without fans you have no success. You can be a great writer, singer, actor and so on but if you don’t have fans to back you up there is little success to be had. I try my best to connect with my readers and I take their emails to heart. In fact, it is because of their recommendations that I have felt inspired to continue on with sequels to some of my books.
Do you cry when writing sad scenes?
Not really. Though I do tend to get a little sad .
Did you have a Cover Designer?
Not personally. My publisher has an excellent cover artist.
Do just re-read your favorite
Every now and again I do like to relive some of my favorite novels from time to time. I find that I enjoy them even more the second time around.
Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do?
1 x $ 20.00 Amazon Giftcard.
2 x E-book copies of the book.
She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. In her journey to create memorable reads, she has delved into several genres, creating fictional characters meant to entice readers and captivate the mind.
She is currently working on finishing off the Keeper Witches series among other projects, which include sequels to her published work. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.
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