Today we have Izzibella Beau in the hot seat, answering questions and chatting about her New Adult books. Broken and Barely Breathing are books 1 and 2 of the Assumption series. She's giving away an e-copy of both books to a lucky comment leaver! So read on, enjoy the interview questions and excerpts, and leave us your email.
Interview questions for Izzibella Beau
Coffee, tea or…what’s your vice? Neither, strictly a Pepsi or chocolate milk girl
Favorite Movie: I don’t have a favorite, but I could watch Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and all the good 80’s movies every time they are on.
Favorite Color: favorite color to wear is neon pink.
Favorite book/author: I have a new favorite author every time I read a new book.
How do you feel about bacon? Um…I don’t eat meat. And for those with dirty minds I’m not talking about that type of meat. LOL
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The REAL questions…
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m married and a mother of 3 biological children and 28 canine. I am a huge animal advocate and try to sponsor as many furbabies as possible in shelters and rescues around the nation. I have a master degree in criminal justice and I’ve been an author with Beau Coup since March of 2014.
What’s under your bed?
Usually a dog under and a dog on top of my bed at all times.
What comes first, plot or characters?
Plot comes first…no maybe the characters…or maybe they just all work out at the same time. I had the main character of the Assumption series picked out before I began working on the plot, but that was because the plot was focused on her name at first.
Pantser, plotter, or hybrid? Tell us about your writing process.
I plot. I have to know where the storyline is going. I can’t just sit down and write unless I have a focus on what I want the characters do to and say.
Oddest thing on your desk?
I don’t have a desk. Oddly enough, I work at my kitchen counter.
What’s your most interesting writing quirk?
I have to have plain M&Ms to eat.
What’s your favorite thing about the genre you write in?
Anything can happen. In NA, it’s okay to have innocent love and relationships, but you can also throw in a little heat and desire that isn’t allowed in the YA genre.
What is the hardest thing about being an author?
Time. It’s really hard sometimes to budget time for writing, marketing, and family life all in one day.
What’s the easiest thing about being an author?
The stories are the easiest. I have so many ideas running through my head all the time, but I never have time to write them all down.
What do you wish someone had asked you for an interview question? Here’s your chance to get the soap box out!
Who do I think about when I’m writing my sex scenes?
Tell us about your latest release!
The latest release was Barely Breathing: Assumption series book 2. Prior to that was Broken: Assumption series book 1
Blurb for Broken:
Could this be the record for the worst name to give a child, Ayma Kuntz. Welcome to Ayma's world and the other Bayshore students as they contend with the drama, romance, and heat that fills their days. Broken - Book One of the Assumption Series centers on Ayma and Colton. It follows them through the first half of their senior year in high school. A year when life should be exciting, fun and happy...but sadly, it isn’t always like that.
Ayma comes from wealthy divorced parents. Her mother has made her life a living hell from the time she was born and named. Her life has been planned and designed to make her a replica of her mother; a socialite living on Bay Shore. Ayma is trying to break that mold. She wants to be nothing like her mother, but really doesn’t know who or what she wants to be. She has her limited friends, but lots of nemeses, low on the social ladder, and a name that will haunt her forever.
Then along comes Colton, He’s who every girl wants or every guy wants to be like. Colton is the opposite of Ayma, he’s not rich, has a supportive family, tons of people who want to be his friend, but Colton feels he is damaged at best. He has a past, one that includes time in jail.
Ayma and Colton seem to balance each other out, they aren’t supposed to be together, they are complete opposites, yet the attraction is one they can’t fight for long... Will his past catch up and tear them apart or will they be able to pull through all the obstacles created to break them apart?
Broken is how both of them feel. Can they help each other fix the damaged pieces of their lives or will unforeseen
Blurb for Barely Breathing...
The fear of drowning in one’s own life, never seeing the light to bring you back out, the suffocation that one feels when life’s problems become too much is something that each one of us may feel at least once in our lives. Is it possible to jump and overcome every hurdle that’s placed in your way? What happens when life’s problems seem like you’re caught in a riptide and there’s no escape but to go under and give into the pull that’s dragging you down.
Welcome back to Bayshore High School. We join Ayma, Colton, Tabby, Reagan and the rest of the crew where Broken: Book One of the Assumption Series left off. When it seems her world can’t get any more complicated for Ayma, more life changing events are thrown her way. She will face turmoil in love and friendship, never knowing whether she will survive the storm or fall victim to the constant tug that wants to drag her under. Ayma and Colton never had it easy in their relationship. Now the threat of a new love interest, the emergence of an old flame, and a possible addition means more controversy in their love affair.
What are the secrets that some of Bayshore students are keeping? What will happen to friendships and love relationships when these secrets are known? Finally, we begin to shed light into the secrets of several characters we have grown to love from Broken. Each has their own story to tell and a past which can affect all of their futures. There is more drama and heated romance than a soap opera and as the storyline begins to unfold you will be drawn in as you begin to either love or hate the students of Bayshore High.
Excerpt for Broken
Even in my sleep I heard my mother calling me. I hope she knows she just ruined a great dream. It’s not every day I can get the guys from One Direction to fight over me. Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?
Let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Ayma Kuntz. Go ahead, get it all out of your system. I’ve heard all of the comments before.
For those of you who don't get the innuendo of my name, my parents wanted to play a cruel joke on me or obviously didn't think this one through. My first name is Ayma (pronounced Ima) last name Kuntz; where the z is silent. Don't know why the z is put there in the first place, it’s so lame. Anyway, you get the picture, right?
Flashback to first day of public middle school:
I begged my mother to let me go to the public school. I went to private school all through elementary and just didn't fit in with all those kids. I was so excited when she finally gave in. I went to my first class and the teacher asked me my name. Of course being from a highly prestigious elementary school we didn't use any kind of bad language or slang words. I proudly told her my name, Ayma Kuntz. Her eyes just about popped out of her head when I said that. The whole class burst into a laughing fit. This was so not how I wanted my first day of public school to be, so I took off running out the door. I didn't know where I was going, so I just stopped at the end of the hallway. A girl I didn't know, who is now my best friend, Tabby, came up to me to see if I was okay. She told me she was from the class I’d just left and did I know what everyone was laughing about. I shook my head no. I had no idea what they thought was so funny. So, Tabby went on to explain about the slang word for a girl's private part and how my name kinda sounds like 'I'm a cunt' when I say it.
Well, there went my whole existence at this school.
Excerpt from Barely Breathing
I was guessing any romantic escapade was sort of out of the question right now. I didn’t know why I wanted to, maybe it was all hormonal or something. I let out a deep sigh and sat down beside him. “I really don’t know what to do. I’m about as clueless in this as you are.” I didn’t know what else to say. I knew he was looking for answers and solutions, but I didn’t have any to offer. “Colton?” I looked over at him staring at the wall in front of us.
“Hmm,” he said without even a glance in my direction.
“Do you still love me?” My voice sounded like it was cracking or I could start crying at any moment.
There was hesitancy in his response. Finally, after what seemed like forever, he said, “Yeah, I do.” But why did I get the feeling there was something more going on?
“I think I’m going to go to bed.” He stood up and started toward the bedroom. “We have school tomorrow,” he said as he walked into the room and out of my sight.
I turned off the lights and made sure the front door was locked. I went into the bedroom where Colton was and saw that he was just lying in bed with the TV on. It really didn’t seem like he was even watching it.
I changed into my night clothes and crawled into bed beside him. I gently kissed him on the cheek and rolled back over to my side. There was no response on his part, except for a soft ‘good night.’
The night of dreaming was eventful. Let’s just say my excitement from the little make-out session Colton and I had in the living room carried over into my dreams. Somehow, Colton ended up turning into Bentley somewhere along the dream lines. Hey, I couldn’t help what I dreamed, right?
I knew I’d woken myself up from the excitement I was feeling or the way that the Bentley/Colton character in my dream was making me feel. I remembered I kept calling Bentley’s name every time he would touch or kiss me in my dream.
I looked over to Colton’s side of the bed. He wasn’t there. I heard a noise over by the dresser and saw him standing there.
“Hey, why are you over there?” I questioned, sounding still half asleep.
He held out my cell phone. “Who the fuck is Bentley and why were you calling his name in your sleep?”
More about Izzibella Beau…
My name Izzibella Beau comes from two of my dogs names (Isabella and Bo, both pugs)
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