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Monday, March 11, 2013

Blog Tour: A Mermaid's Curse by Daniele Lanzarotta! An Interview With the Author!

Synopsis: Arianna always felt like she didn’t belong in the world where she was born.  Ever since she was little, she used to hide behind the rocks in the sea, and watch the human family who spent their summers on that island.  Over the years, there was nothing she wished more than to be like them, especially so she could get close to Blake, the human boy who she saw turn into a troubled teenager and then, an unhappy man.
Once her dad grew tired of her dreams and hopes for a reality that is not her own, Arianna is thrown into an arranged marriage, and her only way out of it is to make a deal with the power-hungry man who will give her everything that she has ever dreamed of.  Dreams that turn into nightmares as she watches Blake’s world fall apart, because of her and Blake’s inability to control their desires for one another. 

Daniele Lanzarotta is the author of paranormal/fantasy novels, including the Imprinted Souls Series, Academy of the Fallen, and A Mermaid’s Curse. She has a bachelor's in business and finance and a MBA. With only a few semesters left in school, Daniele started writing as a hobby, but it didn't take long for her to be consumed by her stories. That is her passion, and she now has several projects under way.
She enjoys reading and writing young adult novels with just about any sort of paranormal or supernatural bent...vampires... ghosts... She also enjoys watching hockey, playing rock band, guitar hero and spending time with the family.

Tell my fans a little bit about yourself and your books.
*waves hello*  I live in Virginia Beach with my hubs, daughter, and two dogs.  I write paranormal and fantasy novels.  I have two YA series: Imprinted Souls is a vampire romance series with non-sparkly vamps who eat real vamp food.  The main character, Lexi, loses her high school boyfriend and it takes a blood imprint to pull her out of her depression.  Academy of the Fallen is a series where fallen angels are being given (and sometimes forced into) a second chance to become what they used to be.  They are basically all that is left to protect humans and one of their main tasks while rehabilitating is to protect humans who are haunted by ghosts and demons.  I also have an adult trilogy.  Insatiable – A Mermaid’s Curse is my first adult novel and it’s about a girl who has her dream made true, but with many strings attached. 

What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing.  I remember writing random things in high school and college, then about 4 years ago, I was reading YA books back-to-back and I had this urge to create my own stories and characters.  I started to work on Imprinted Souls at that time and just never stopped writing.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
Whenever I’m not writing I enjoy reading, playing Call of Duty and watching hockey.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Write everyday and don’t second-guess yourself.

What’s your favorite scene/line from your works?
Well, this is a tough question. *Laughs* One of my favorite scenes is Nicholas having make a really tough choice toward the end of Shattered Souls.  I also have several favorites from Mermaid’s Curse… I don’t want to give anything away, so I will share one of my many favorite lines:

“I’ve never been able to stand up for myself while growing up, but I will stand up for you against anyone who ever threatens to hurt you in any way.” – Blake – Mermaid’s Curse

What's the hardest thing about writing?
Having to let go of certain characters.
What are you currently reading?
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning.

What are you currently working on?
I’m actually working on two books at the same time.  That wasn’t the plan, but some characters won’t leave me alone. *Laughs*  I’m currently working on Forsaken (the final Academy of the Fallen novel) and on Fated (the second Mermaid’s Curse novel).

What books did you read as a child?
Honestly, the only book I recall reading as a child was Dracula. *Laughs*

How has your life changed since you began writing? 
I meet new people everyday.  I’m also working 24-7.  Going to the grocery store used to be a normal thing.  Now there are times when I have to stay at the parking lot for a while before I go in just because I got a new book idea.

Do you listen to music while you write?

What's been your favorite moment as an author? 
Every time I meet a reader or another author.  There was also a time when I got to read tweets from readers who were plotting ways to get rid of Kayla (Academy of the Fallen) so they could have Hunter.

Out of all of your characters, who is your favorite?
Ha! Well, up until the time when I started writing Mermaid’s Curse, it was Imprinted Souls’ Nicholas.  He is still my favorite, but he now shares that spot with the Crawford brothers (Owen and Blake).
What do you want readers to take away from your books?
Always move forward… follow your heart and dreams, and don’t allow anyone to stop you. 

What is your dream vacation destination?

Do you have any interesting dreams or goals?
Absolutely! Right now, I’m also working on the screenplay for Academy of the Fallen.  It would be pretty awesome to see my fictional worlds turned into movies and I’m working on making it happen.

Where can fans find you? 

Hashtag: #MermaidsCurse @DaniLanzarotta 

Three people will win a signed poster and a signed bookmark! To enter: leave a comment about the interview or book and leave your email! It would also be nice for you to like and follow Daniele's links and possibly follow my blog! ;)


  1. I can't wait to get my hands on this book. It is at the top of my TBR pile!

  2. Following you and Daniele by email, GFC, NetworkedBlogs and Twitter. Also liked Facebook page. Loved the interview! Very interesting and informative! The book sounds like a definite read!

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  3. for got my email