15 January, 2014

#SpecialFeature :: #CharacterChat with Max & Stella from In a Heartbeat

Now Presenting:
*** SPECIAL FEATURE - January'14 ***

“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?

Join me in a chat with Stella & Max

Welcome to b00k r3vi3ws Stella and Max. After reading your story, I feel like I already know you two. But I do have a few questions for you, if you don’t mind.
What was your first reaction when you realized that Teodora is going to tell your story to the world?
Stella: I was glad. It was a bit scary to have something so personal out there for everyone to read, but ultimately I was glad, because even if it helps just one person during a hard time in their live then it’s worth it.
Max: I agree.  I’m a very private person and don’t like to discuss my personal life but I also think our story is worth telling.

Do you think she has covered it all well? Or has she left out a few juicy parts?
Max: She’s definitely left out quite a lot of juicy parts. *smirks*
Stella: And we’re thankful for that. Right? *Raises and eyebrow at max*
Max: Sure. *mouths ‘no’ when Stella looks away*

What would you say was the defining moment of your relationship? 
Stella: For me it was when Max saved that man on the beach and got a panic attack.
Max: Hey! I didn’t get a panic attack!
Stella: You totally did. But that’s not my point. When he got the panic attack and then clung to me as if he needed me to be able to breathe, something in me changed. I knew I loved him and that’ll never change even if we had to part ways eventually.
Max: Yeah, I think that moment was pretty life changing for us both. I mean, every second I spent with Stella that summer was incredible, but that day on the beach I realised I needed her and I wouldn’t be able to let her go.

Life has been rather hard on both of you, especially you Stella… 
Stella: It has. But it’s also been very generous. There needs to be balance, right?
Max: I have Stella in my life so I’m pretty lucky. 

Life isn’t always fair but you have some amazing friends to look for support…
Stella: We do! We can always count on Beppe and Gia for anything…
Max: Yes, and after they’re done bitching about it they might actually help.
Stella: *rolls eyes* Be careful what you say or Beppe may order you killed now that he’s a mafia royalty and all *laughs*
Max: Yeah, right.

You do realize that Teodora’s storytelling has won you some fans, right? Anything you would like to tell them?
Stella: Yes – we’re so happy you like our story! Thank you for taking the time to read it!
Max: Yeah, and skip the sex scenes, you pervs. Seriously, can we get them removed? I’m so uncomfortable with people imagining my bare ass.
Stella: Your bare ass? What if they’re imagining my bare ass?
Max: That’s even worse! I want this book censored! Who do I call?

I am not so sure I want them Censored!! Anyway, I will leave it to you to figure it out with Teodora & the Fictional Characters Union (if there is something like that) Thanks a lot for being here!

About the Author
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.

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