Monday, November 23, 2015

Guest Post by Celeste Grande PLUS Giveaway

Top 10 Inspiration for LIVE ME

1-  Can I name other authors for inspiration? Sure I can ;) So my first inspiration came from these ladies…E.L.James, Gail McHugh and J. Lynn. I’ll tell you why. Live Me is the first novel I’ve ever written. So it’s the beginning for me. And where did it all begin? Fifty Shades of Grey. My inner sexy came from there. Gail…I LOVE her descriptive writing. So when I began writing, that was my source of “I want to be just like that”, and J. Lynn…Wait For You...the buildup KILLED me in that book. I was so pent up and I LOVED it. I aimed for some of that with Live Me.
2- I wanted a man with dark hair and gorgeous blue eyes. So I googled it and up popped Kostas Martakis. Geezaloo, that man had my insides on fire. He IS Blake.
3- Jace began as tribute to my best friend for as long as I can remember, Joey. Then he morphed into something more fabulous than even I imagined.
4- Morningside Park in Manhattan served as inspiration for where Blake takes Angel. There is where you’ll find the real life Bertha.
5- Music. Always music. It’s in my veins and each word helps to put more of the vision in my mind.
6- All the words! I’m a words person as you can tell with the journal references and the poems Eva likes to write. I’ve been writing poetry my whole life. When I was younger they’d be pages and pages long. And I can usually scratch one out in a matter of minutes.
7- That feeling of new love. I harnessed that. The butterflies, the anticipation of when it would happen, the feeling of when it finally did.
8- My family and friends were a big inspiration. I tried to take little pieces of everyone around me and incorporate it in. Tasty tidbit: My dad is really in a band ;)
9- Demi Lovato was a huge part in this. Her words and her emotion is just so Angel. And John Legend’s All of Me for Blake. When I heard that song I just knew. It’s everything he was feeling to the tee.

10-     Hopelessness. I wanted to harness that. That scene when Eva is on the roof and ready to give up. That feeling that you’ll never get passed the point that you’re at. Of not wanting to do it anymore, to be anymore. The feeling that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. But then…Rebirth. Hope. Second chances. Light.

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Live Me ~ a Pieces of Broken novel by Celeste Grande 

Publication date: October 27th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

How can you begin to live again when you’ve already been forced to…die?
Evangelina Ricci is trapped in a world that’s a never-ending nightmare, a constant ache in which consumes her every breath. Unable to bear the torture any longer, she does the one thing she can to take back control.
With her best friend Jace in tow, Evangelina attempts to escape her darkened past by leaving for college and diving head first into an aggressive schedule, determined with everything she is to make a name for herself. There’s only one problem—she can’t run away from the demons she struggles with. The demons that’ll forever be there, locked inside, battering her soul. Hiding behind a flawless fa├žade, Evangelina faces her ghosts until her world is turned upside down, invaded by…him.
Blake Turner. Sweet, witty, flirtatious and drop-dead gorgeous, he finds Evangelina at every turn. Scared he’ll uncover the truth she keeps so well guarded, Evangelina tries her best to put on her act, deterring him like she has so many times before—only this guy’s different. He’s relentless. Utterly, absolutely and completely relentless. He sees her and he wants her and won’t stop until she’s his.
Will Evangelina succeed in pushing Blake away? Or will he break down her walls and be the person to make her realize life is worth living?


Celeste Grande grew up loving words. From an early age, it was easy for her to open her heart through pen and paper and come away with something poetic. She never thought anything more than releasing her emotions would come of it though. A workaholic that can’t keep still, in her ‘real’ life, she’s a Certified Public Accountant who dreams of writing sexy books all day long. When she isn’t working, she’s reading, writing, mommying and being a wifey to the love of her life.
She lives in New York, still putting pen to paper and anxiously awaiting the debut of her first novel, Live Me, a new adult romance, in October of 2015.

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