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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Blog Tour- VENDETTA by Catherine Doyle and a Giveaway!

Hey all Happy Valentines Day! I'm stoked to have Catherine Doyle here today with an interview so check it out and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Haven't heard of VENDETTA? Check it out!

Author: Catherine Doyle
Pub. Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 333
Formats: Paperback, eBook 
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When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell's life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys' dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties - the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.
Even Victoria Scott said this about it: “Fan-freaking-tastic…I honestly can’t say enough good things about it! I would read anything Cat Doyle writes after flying through Vendetta!!”

Now on to the interview!

Hi Catherine! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books! I am really excited to read VENDETTA and to help spread to word to my readers!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about VENDETTA and the characters? I’ve heard it called Romeo & Juliet meets The Godfather!

Vendetta is about a sixteen-year-old girl called Sophie who’s living in the shadow of her father’s crime in a small town where nobody forgives and nobody forgets. She’s managing to keep a low profile, working in her family diner with her last remaining friend, Millie, until the day a family of five mysterious brothers moves into the long abandoned mansion in her neighborhood. Irresistibly drawn to one of the brothers, Nicoli, and not really knowing why, she finds herself falling into society governed by dangerous crime dynasties, where she soon discovers the dark secrets in her own family. Set against the murky morality of the criminal underworld in Chicago, it's a story about love and family, revenge and passion, and some very dangerous lies!

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

Parts of some personalities, especially humor and banter, were definitely informed by people close to me, but if you’re asking whether I happen to know any outrageously attractive, sinister Sicilian boys in real life, then alas, the answer is no…
… Not yet anyway.

Did you have a favorite character or scene to write?

I really enjoy writing Luca and Valentino. Any scene that screams HIGH STAKES is particularly fun to write, so I would pick the scene in the trees in Rayfield park or the one in the warehouse.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

Oh man, my Google search history was pretty suspect for a while. I watched countless documentaries, I read a lot of articles about hierarchies and power structures in the mob, I learned some Italian, I looked up abandoned warehouses and suspicious lots in Chicago, and lots of other random sinister stuff. I basically researched everything from ‘notable mafia murders in the 20th century’ to ‘the seven successful steps of highly effective bee keeping’.

Who is your ultimate Book Boyfriend?

Oooh, I think I would have to say Rowan from Sarah Maas’ Heir of Fire. I know he’s really new on the Book Boyfriend scene, but what can I say? When you know, you know. He’s Fae, which makes him all kinds of fancy and magical, and he’s just generally bad-ass while still having a good level of sensitivity and understanding. Plus, he can race around at the speed of light, so I’m thinking of all the travelling we could do! 

What inspired you to write YA?

YA has always been my favorite genre to read, so it seemed like a natural progression when it came to writing it. Being a teenager is one of the most exciting and tumultuous times – it’s all about experimentation, new adventures, testing your limits, making mistakes, and of course, experiencing that First Love. These are some of the things you get to explore when writing YA, and the possibilities are endless. It’s this fresh, constantly evolving genre that has attracted a wonderful community of readers and bloggers and authors who love all the same things that I love so I wanted to be a part of it in every possible way that I could be.

Lightning Round Questions

Twitter or Facebook? Twitter

Favorite Superhero? Professor X

Favorite TV show? Vampire Diaries/Grey’s Anatomy/Nashville ICAN’TCHOOSEIMSORRY

Sweet or Salty? Salty

Any Phobias? SPIDERS

Current favorite song? Take Me to Church – Hozier

Most anticipated 2015 film? Paper Towns

Thanks so much Catherine! Also I may have to fight you for Rowan lol and just because I freaking love this song I think we need to listen to a little Hozier ;) 

About Catherine:

Catherine Doyle lives in the west of Ireland. She holds a bachelor's degrees in psychology and a master's degree in English from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Vendetta is her first novel. Catherine lives in Galway, Ireland. Follower Catherine on Twitter @Doyle_cat and on Tumblr at www.Catherine-Doyle.tumblr.com.

Giveaway Details:

Enter to win one of ten copies of VENDETTA! US residents only. You must be 14 years or older to enter. Prizes are provided by Scholastic

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