Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blog Tour: Character Interview Teodora Kostova's "Then, Now, Forever"

Gia had let Beppe into her life so easily, as if it was the most natural thing in the world. She’d held him when he’d hurt so badly he’d thought he might die; she’d talked him down when he’d been so angry he’d considered doing something he’d regret for the rest of his life.
Gia had saved his life.
At least once he needed to be strong for her.
This right now, this moment, was theirs. It belonged to them, not to abusive or dead fathers, not to guilt, regret or sorrow, not to the past or the future.
But will their love survive when tragedy separates them?
“I have to go, Gia. I’m tired and I feel empty. I know you need me, but I have nothing left to give you. I need to heal.”
“I miss you so much it’s hard to breathe.”
Beppe was still Gia’s closest friend. But they’d never be anything more than that again. Remembering what it felt like to have the person you love most in the world torn away from you still hurt. Gia was determined never to be put into that position again.
There was never lack of love, but can Beppe win Gia’s trust again?

“When I was broken you gave me pieces of yourself and made me whole again.”


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Ok ladies I had the awesome opportunity to interview the amazingly sexy Beppe, From my friend Teodora Kostova's NEW book "Then, Now, Forever". Please ignore all nervous giggles, swooning and sighing.  To help avoid confusion, all my questions and comments will be in pink and Beppe's will be in blue. Enjoy!!

more Beppe!!
Beppe thank you so much for meeting with me today!!! I'm very excited to have this opportunity to chat with you today! Let's get started!
Thanks for having me,
bellissima. Ask away. *leans back in chair and smirks* *blushes, gulps and smiles*

I know you've had a difficult childhood, do you have a happy memory you'd like to share with me?
I do. All my happy memories include Gia or Max, or both. When we were kids we used to get into all sorts of trouble. Poor Max always ended up covering for me and Gia. Frankly, the moment I set foot outside my house, I felt like a different person. I felt like a
child. Gia and Max made that happen, without even realising it.* smiles* They never treated me differently, even though they knew what the situation at home was.
*Beppe shifts in the chair and takes out a packet of cigarettes*
Do you mind if I smoke?
*mesmerized that he can even make asking to smoke look incredibly sexy all I can manage is a small nod*
* Beppe lights up and I try not to stare at his perfect lips*
I loved it when they invited me to have dinner at their house – Luca Selvaggio was an amazing cook – or when they took me along to picnics and days out. I don’t know where I’d be today if it wasn’t for them.
*Beppe exhales cigarette smoke and sets his dark eyes on me*
*clears throat and shifts uncomfortably in chair* So, um....Is it hot in here?? *takes a drink of water and clears throat again* I know this is an uncomfortable topic, but would you tell me a bit about your childhood?
I don’t like to remember the worst parts. I’d rather not dwell on it, you know? *nods head* I was damn lucky to have met Gia and her family, and when I look back on my childhood that’s what I’d like to remember – Gia, Max and I just being kids. That’s what has defined me as a person, not the abuse at home. I like that idea and I must agree with you!

How do you think your past hardships have affected who you've become today?
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? I know that’s true because I’ve been through it. But I also think my life has taught me not to take anything for granted because it can disappear just like that. *snaps fingers* *smiles*
Ok, ok *waves hands in the air* on to happier topics!" "You and Max are very close, what are some of y'all's favorite things to do together?
Yeah, we are close. We used to spend a lot of time together before he moved to London, now we just talk on the phone a lot. I miss him. He still owes me a ride on his boat. I can’t believe he refuses to let me get on the damn thing! *giggles* And you know, I don’t even like boats. Or sailing for that matter. But the fact that it’s off limits drives me nuts. *snort*
I bet you two got into some trouble!?  Care to share an adventure? * leans forward and giggles*
 Man... that could take a while.*big smile* Before Stella, Max and I went out a couple of times a week at least. His temper has a really short fuse and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to drag his ass away from a fight. *mouth open* NO!! I’ve known him all my life so, short of a threesome, there’s not much we haven’t done together. And now that we’re both in a relationship, that ship has also sailed...*eye roll* Not that you regret missing out or anything.
Now  onto my favorite topic, Gia! Tell me about how the two of you met!
We met when I was six and had scraped my knee after falling down. I was sitting on the curb, terrified to go home and explain the wound and the blood. *frown* Gia flopped down next to me, and started chatting as if we were friends. She cleaned my wound and asked me to dinner in her house. We’ve been inseparable ever since. *puts hand on heart* Awwww that's so sweet!

Gia has been there to support you through many of your struggles, how do you think this affected your friendship and eventually your relationship?

She knows me better than anyone. There’s nothing I’d be ashamed to tell her because she’s already seen me at my worst. It’s a blessing to have someone you trust so implicitly in your life. *stares at Beppe
in awe then nods*
When did you realize you were falling in love with Gia?
Honestly, I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love her.* hand on heart and sighs* Could you be more perfect?
I'm dying to know *giggles* what's the most romantic thing you've ever done for Gia?
She claims it’s the time I woke her up to take her to the beach to watch the sunrise. *sigh* Personally, I don’t count that as romantic per se – I did it because she always complained she’d never be able to do it because she can’t wake up that early. And I wanted her to see the sunrise because it’s beautiful. I can remember a few other ‘romantic’ *makes air quotes* gestures but they’re very personal and I’m not sharing them with you,
bellissima. *grins seductively* *blushes and clears throat* It IS hot in here!! *fans self*

On behalf of your female fans, *blush* what's your favorite tat and/or piercing and why?

I love my very first tattoo – the dragon on my shoulder blade, because it means so much to me.*looks at shoulder blade* It’s indestructible, just like me. *winks*. As for the piercings – I love my tongue stud because I’m so addicted to playing with it, but I also love my nipple piercings because... *casts eyes down and bites lower lip*... they’re fun to play with. *gasps and swallows hard*

* takes a sip of water and notices the time* *clears throat* Well on that note *blush* I certainly enjoyed my time with you today Beppe! *giggles* Please give my love to Gia, Max and Stella!
Beppe stands up and kisses my hand, never breaking eye contact and whispers, It has been my pleasure bellissima. I watch him as he saunters ( yes saunters) out of the room.

Ok Ladies so what did yall think?? Trust me you don't want to miss out on the yummnies that is Beppe! Go get "Then, Now Forever right NOW!!!

Many nights she woke up so shaken by the need to feel Beppe close to her that her every nerve ending tingled with pain. She craved his touch like a drug addict in withdrawal. Gia would reach frantically for her phone and dial Beppe’s number with trembling hands. The ringing always seemed to go on forever while she waited for Beppe to pick up.
“Gia? Is everything OK?” She'd hear his sleepy voice and that was all it would take to make her break down. “Baby, you’re scaring me. Please say something.”
“I miss you so much it hurts to breathe.”
Amore...” Beppe would suck in a tortured breath and Gia was sure he was crying as well.
They didn't need to say anything else and Gia was never sure how she’d fallen back to sleep, but when she woke up the next morning she always had the phone clutched firmly in her hand.
Beppe invited Gia to visit every time they spoke, yet every time she refused. If it was so hard to hang up the phone and severe the connection she had with his voice, how could she leave when she actually saw him, touched him, kissed him? It would be impossible and she knew it – she’d already let him go once, there was no way she could ever do it again.
And now for Max *cough, cough* I mean book one!!
“I’ve been in and out of hospitals for the past ten months. I’ve had half my liver removed and even though this time the doctors are very optimistic that they’ve removed all of the tumours, they can’t be sure. In another three months they want me here again for a check up. Right now I feel better than I’ve ever felt. I know the damn thing is gone, at least for the moment. Despite that, I can’t make any plans for the future, not yet. I need to go somewhere where nobody knows me, where I can relax and maybe even forget about all this. Where I can meet people who don’t think of me as the girl who lost her father and her brother in a car accident, and who has cancer. I want to have fun, even if it’s for a couple of months.”
When Stella decides to visit her estranged cousin Lisa in Genoa, she has no idea Italy will give her a new reason to live.
“Her gaze locked on a scene so beautiful, the picturesque beach paled in comparison. A lifeguard emerged from the water, his orange trunks stuck to his legs and water dripping all over him. He shook his head to get rid of some of the water in his hair and Stella felt as if everything started developing in slow motion – tiny drops of water slid from his neck down his broad chest and muscular arms, along a weaving tattoo on his right shoulder, and continued downwards towards his chest and washboard stomach, finally getting lost in the waistband of his trunks. A part of another tattoo peeked over his trunks on his left hip, the other part hidden under them. It was a total Baywatch moment.”
Their love is epic. But there are too many things keeping them apart.
“How could you keep this from me, Lisa? If you had told me the first day I met him, I would have avoided him like the plague. Nothing would have happened between us.”
“I kept your secrets, too, Stella.”

Are Max and Stella strong enough to fight not only for their love, but for their lives?
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About My Girl Teodora:
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband Ted and my son Jason. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 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 to guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among another 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 Wii game by a six year old.
Don't be shy and get in touch - I love connecting with my readers.