Monday, March 3, 2014

*Tour Stop*
"Damaged" by Nina D'Angelo!

(Outlaws Series, # 1)

~By: Nina D’Angelo

~Published: February 28th, 2014 

~Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Before Stephanie Carovella had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, she was damaged.

Stephanie Carovella has been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack which left her best friend dead, she has carefully built a protective wall around herself, but she knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her.

It’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close.

Dominic Delaney works hard and plays just as hard. He’s a love ‘em and leave ‘em guy who doesn’t believe in forever until Stephanie walks into Outlaws. She is wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell, yet, he’s drawn to her.

He needs to know the secrets behind her eyes. He can’t walk away.

A sexy, tattooed womanizer, Dominic Delaney’s everything Stephanie wants to avoid. She knows she should stay the hell away from him, but he makes her want to stop running.

Sometimes, even the Damaged deserve to fall in love.

Nina D’Angelo is the best-selling author of the Stephanie Carovella series. Her first novel, Nowhere to Run was released in February 2013 and reached #86 on the Amazon Top 100. Her second novel, Nowhere to Hide was released in August 2013.

They are both available in Paperback and eBook format.

Damaged is the prequel to the Stephanie Carovella series and the first in the Outlaws series. Nina has already started working on Deadly Secrets, the third in the Stephanie Carovella series and Shattered, the second in the Outlaws series. Both are slated for a 2014 release.

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Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Damaged’ with us? 

 I listened to a lot of different genres while writing Damaged. I actually made a playlist of the most common songs so this is kind of easy to write. Some of these will look familiar, as they made it to the Damaged [Soundtrack]. 

 Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces 

Tim McGraw - Southern Voice 

Aaron Lines - I love New York 

Adam Gregory - She’s So California 

Alice Peacock - City of Angels 

Bret Michaels Feat Miley Cyrus - Nothing to Lose 

The Beach Boys - Don’t Worry Baby 

Rolling Stones - You Can’t Always Get What You Want 

Lady Gaga - Bad Romance 

Meat Loaf - Two Out of Three Ain’t Too Bad 

Heart - I Didn’t Want To Need You 

Roxette - Spending My Time 

Abi Tapia - Another Stateline 

Beth Hart - L.A Song 

Black Stone Cherry - Devil’s Queen 

Britney Spears - Piece of Me 

Gary Allan - Learning to Live With Me 

Pink - True Love 

Train - Save Me San Francisco 

Blake Sheton - Home 

Ronnie Dunn - Bleed Red 

The Animals - Little Red Riding Hood 

Eminem feat Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie

Can you share your idea of the perfect soundtrack to ‘Damaged’ with us? 

 I think the idea of the perfect soundtrack would be songs that suit everything that Dominic and Stephanie went through. When I wrote Damaged, I did have a soundtrack in mind for the book. These were songs that really struck a chord with me and became an integrated part of the characters and their love story.

 Christina Aguilera - Just a Fool

Whiskeytown - Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart

 Big and Rich - You Never Stop Loving Somebody

Gary Allan - Along the Way

Blake Shelton - It Aint’ Easy Being Me

Lady Antebellum - All We’d Ever Need

Sheryl Crow - First Cut is the Deepest

 Ozzy Osbourne - Bloodbath in Paradise

Bret Michaels feat Miley Cyrus - Nothing to Lose

Garth Brooks - More Than a Memory

Bad English - When I See You Smile

Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow - Picture

Allison Iraheta - Scars

 Bon Jovi - Wedding Day

Sister Hazel - Your Winter

Sarah Mclachlan - Full of Grace

Eric Church - My Heart Has a Memory

Kenny Chesney - Better As a Memory

Christian Kane - Whiskey in Mind

Elvis Presley - Always On My Mind

Pink - True Love

 In other words while there would be love songs there would also be songs about Heartbreak, loss and inner demons.

     “I don’t understand, Dominic. Why are you acting like this?” Stephanie said, taking a step towards him and reaching out to touch his arm. She couldn’t understand why he was treating her this way. He was acting so indifferent, so cold. She scrambled her brain, wondering what she’d done wrong. She knew she’d been tense on the trip back to San Francisco, but he’d seemed okay with it. He’d accepted that she had a lot on her mind, or at least, she thought he had. When he stepped back to avoid her touch, she flinched.

      “Listen, honey, this thing between us . . . it was fun,” Dominic began, feeling bile begin to rise in his throat as he pushed on. “But that’s all it was. Fun, and now it’s over.”
      “It’s over?” she echoed, staring at him in disbelief. “I don’t understand.”

      “What’s there to understand?” he drawled, raking his eyes over her and turning his lip into a sneer. “The sex was good, but that’s all it was. Good sex.”

      “You said you loved me,” she whispered, shaking her head in disbelief.

      “I lied,” Dominic replied, gripping the door handle tightly. He flinched when Stephanie’s head jerked back as if he’d struck her. Forcing himself to continue, he added brutally, “I wanted to get you into bed. Christ, don’t tell me you actually believed I loved you?”

      When she remained silent, he laughed harshly.

      “Why the fuck would I love you? No man in his right mind could ever love someone as fucked up as you are.”

      “Stop it,” she whispered, tears sliding down her cheeks. “You don’t mean that.”

      “Oh, honey, yes I do,” he bit out, shaking his head in disgust. “You were an itch I wanted to scratch, that’s all. It was nothing more. And I had you. You practically wrapped yourself up in a red bow and gave yourself to me on a silver platter. All I had to do was stroke your ego and pretend to give a damn, and you were all mine.”

      “No,” she whispered, shaking her head in denial.

      “Yes,” Dominic growled.

      Stephanie stumbled backwards, unable to take her eyes off him. She wrapped her arms around herself, starting to shake. “You don’t mean that,” she whispered again, shaking her head. “I told you everything. I told you who I was.”

      “Yeah, you did,” he said silkily, his hardened gaze pinning her to the spot. “And you actually thought after you told me who you were, I would still want to be with you? That I would actually love you?” He forced himself to drive the knife in deeper, telling himself this was for the best for both of them. “Christ, I was hoping when I didn’t answer your messages you’d get the hint, but no, you had to come here and make a scene. Get this through your head: I don’t want you. I never did. I just wanted to fuck you, and now I’m done. You’re delusional to think that I could ever love someone as damaged as you. Hell, no one could.”

~ Character Bios ~

Please provide a short history/bio on each of the main characters.

Stephanie Carovella

Stephanie been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack which left her best fiend dead, she’s carefully built a protective wall around herself. She knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her. That’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close. 
So, she dates a boy she will never love and waits for the day when she has to walk away.

She’s been hell and back and she’s still standing. She has scars on the inside and the outside and she’s determined to kick the world in the ass.
She never lets anyone get close and doesn’t want to need anyone. 

She just never counted on meeting Dominic Delaney.

Dominic Delaney

A sexy tattooed womanizer, Dominic works hard and plays just as hard. He’s more of a love em and leave em guy rather than a forever kind of guy.
Dominic is loyal to his family friends. He’d rather break his own heart than hurt any of them. He’s never given much to falling in love until recently. Lately he’s been restless and he can’t work out why. It’s almost like he’s searching for someone - that one girl who will capture his heart forever.
Then Stephanie walks into Outlaws.
In one single moment everything changes.
He knows Stephanie’s damaged. She’d wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell not just to his sanity but to his health. Yet, he’s drawn to her. 
He knows his life’s never going to be the same again but he can’t walk away.

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