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Title: Snowed In Audiobook
Author: Teodora Kostova
Publisher: *Not Listed
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Romance, Winter Holiday
Release Date: 11/14/2016
Be careful what you wish for…
Nate has been in love with Quinn, his brother’s best friend, for as long as he can remember. But when he finally gets the chance to show Quinn how he feels, his heart gets broken in the most unexpected way.
Second chances come when you least expect them…
Quinn doesn’t believe in miracles, especially not Christmas ones. When he decides to win Nate back he knows it won’t be easy. The last thing he expects is a health scare, a road trip and a vicious snow storm to work in his favor.
In the end, a cabin in the woods turns out to be not only the shelter they desperately need, but also Quinn’s very own Christmas miracle.
Sometimes, to forgive, you need to get snowed in…
Recent Release Spotlight with Teodora Kostova
We are here today to talk about Snowed In. What can you tell us about it?
Snowed In is a sexy holiday novella I wrote for fun last year, and it ended up being really popular. It’s about second chances and finding it in yourself to forgive the person you love for hurting you, even if he was just looking out for you in his own way.
Please tell us more about our main characters.
Nate has been in love with Quinn, his brother’s best friend, for a long time. When he finally gets the chance to tell Quinn how he feels, his heart gets broken, and not in the way he expected.
Quinn loves Nate, and in his quest to look out for him, ends up hurting him. In Snowed In, Quinn decides to atone for he’s done and hopes Nate will find it in him to forgive him.
What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series (if applicable)?
It’s a stand-alone novella. I hope they enjoy it and not judge Quinn too harshly. He has his reasons and even though they may not resonate with a lot of people, they make sense to him. Nate gets that, and that’s why these two are made for each other.
What about Snowed In makes you the proudest?
I wrote it in about a week, the story flowed really well and the characters were eager to get their voices heard. This story came straight from the heart, with no expectation whatsoever. I stayed true to the story, not bending it to classic romance rules, and it still became really popular, breaking into top100 in the entire Kindle store. Makes me really proud that people responded so well to something really close to my heart.
What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
Snowed In is a stand-alone and I have no plans to extend it into a series.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Write. All the time, anywhere, just sit and write, and tell the truth. Be true to your story and to your characters.
What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?
For me, it usually starts with a scene. One vivid, persistent scene that refuses to go away. And I build everything from there.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever had someone say about one of your books in an email or review?
I love it when people can really identify with the characters. Obviously, I haven’t been through most things my characters have been through, and I put a lot of effort in research, and then cross my fingers, hoping to do the characters justice. So when someone in a similar situation writes to me saying how much they loved the book and how much the portrayal of a certain character rings true to them, that always makes me so proud of my work.
Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?
I read some reviews, it’s inevitable, bloggers tag me in review posts, and I see some on Amazon when I go to the book page for some reason. I don’t do Goodreads anymore, though. Reviews don’t influence me at all. I never write to please anyone, because that’s impossible. I write the story as I see it and I have no control whether people will end up loving it or hating it.
How do you keep characters consistent through a story? Do you write out extensive character bibles?
I’ve never in my life written a character bible. I note down their physical appearance to make sure I don’t forget who has what colour eyes, but other than that I just write whatever I feel is right. I helps that I write the book from start to finish, I never write out of order, so the characters develop and show more of themselves as I write them, and it’s an organic process.
What book do you keep by your bed?
The book I’m currently reading.
If the world were going to end tomorrow, how would you spend your last night on earth?
A quiet night in with my family.
do you remember a character talking about a particular food and it made you want to eat it RIGHTNOW? and if yes, what was it?
Oh, God! I’m such a foodie that this happens way too often! I made banana bread at 10pm once, and I don’t even like banana bread! But the biggest fiasco was driving around at midnight, wearing my pyjamas, trying to find a store that was still open and sold cheesy doodles. And then stuffing my face with cheesy doodles for an hour. Dammit, Dex!!!
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I’m juggling 3 books right now – Six of Crows – a YA novel I’m BR-ing with my bestie; Winter Kill by Josh Lanyon; and an audio book for Mnevermind by Jordan Castillo Price.
Rapid Fire Time
- Batman or Superman? Batman
- Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Folded!!!
- Light saber or a Sonic screwdriver? Sonic screwdriver
- Winter or Summer Olympics? Summer Olympics (Diving!!!)
- Alone or At a Party? Alone
- Tennant or Smith? Tennant
- Windows or Mac? Windows
- Rock or Country? Rock!
- Call or text? Text.
- Shifters or Vampires? Vampires
- Dogs or Cats? Dogs
- Tattoos or piercings? Tattoos
- Harry or Draco? Draco
- Porsche or Prius? Porsche
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m working on the sequel to Cookies, Greg and Shane’s story. It should be out in February.
About the Author
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband and my son. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job a few years ago 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 the guts to fully embrace. I’ve been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other 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 Nintendo Wii game by a very inventive kid.
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