Pimp the Indie is a weekly feature here at Have Book Will Read.
I will be featuring indie authors to help spread the word about them and their books.
Stop by each week to find out more about the authors, read excerpts, enter giveaways and more.
My featured author for today is Roberta Capizzi.
Roberta’s debut novel, The Melody of our Hearts, was released in January 2013. She is currently working on her second novel, Hugged by an Angel, which is due for release in December 2013.
About Roberta Capizzi …
An avid reader since her childhood years and being an only child, Roberta always enjoyed the company of her fictional friends from the children’s books she loved reading, while she dreamed of writing her own stories one day.
It was when she discovered novels by authors Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy in her teenage years that she realized it was time she put down in words the stories she had kept well hidden in her mind until then.
What started as a hobby, soon turned into a real passion and a way of life, until she could no longer keep the stories to herself, and decided to get over her fears and share them with the world.
Roberta lives in Italy, but her dream is to move out of her country and live either in a thatched cottage in the Irish countryside or in a country house with a swing on the back porch, somewhere in the United States, where she would love to spend her days writing novels as a full-time job, and maybe one day even get as far as writing a screenplay for a movie.
About The Melody in our Hearts …
Doctor Valerie Fogarty studied hard to become a competent surgeon, but losing a patient during an operation made her throw everything out the window and now she can’t set foot into an operating room anymore. Until her best friend Ryan is brought into the ER on a stretcher, fighting for his life after a terrible car accident and she’s the only one who can save him. Meeting him as a teenager in their hometown in Ireland was the turning point in her life and she knows she will never be able to live without him. Will her determination and skills be enough to save Ryan’s life?
Jazz Star Ryan Wyler grew up in Dublin, with a dream of becoming a professional pianist and continuing the legacy of his musical hero, Frank Sinatra. When opportunity knocks and he’s offered the chance to pursue a real music career, he’s happy to accept it, unaware that what he’s actually accepting is a package deal he will have no control over. But when success keeps him away from Valerie, his best friend since adolescence, Ryan will have to question his choices.
A story about the value of true friendship, the power of dreams, and the unpredictability of love.
CLICK HERE to read the first chapter of The Melody in our Hearts
And now to hear from Roberta herself …
Can a romance novelist survive the “50 Shades” hurricane?
As a writer of sweet, clean romance novels, and since releasing my debut novel early this year, I’ve been wondering if I’d ever find readers interested in my story. After the sudden worldwide success of the “50 shades” trilogy, and noticing most of the best-selling and highest-rated novels on Goodreads seem to revolve around a very hot romance, with lots of sex and an alpha male, I soon came to understand that my novel wasn’t going to become a best-seller, because none of that can be found in it, or in any of my stories for that matter.
I write romance, and I love sweet happy endings. If that’s a crime, well I am guilty. The thing is, with all that’s going on in the real world – watching the news nowadays is like watching a horror movie – I think women are entitled to a little daydreaming about gorgeous, romantic Prince Charming, rather than someone who enjoys breaking women’s hearts and stomping on them just because he can.
I belong to that category of women who grew up watching Disney movies, and dreaming that “one day my Prince would come, one day we’d meet again…” to mention the words Snow White used to sing. And just like Ariel, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, and more recently Rapunzel and Tiana, I’ve dreamed of meeting that one perfect, caring, sweet, Disney-like Prince Charming who would come by and take me away to his castle, where we’d live happily ever after.
Well, I’m afraid I overdosed on Disney movies when I was a child, but thinking that Mr. Bad Guy could be that Prince Charming I’ve been waiting for since my childhood kind of gives me the creeps.
So when I picked romance above all genres, because I knew that after all the Disney movies I’d watched I could be considered the Happily Ever After expert, I guess I hadn’t considered this new trend would take over the sweet romance genre, and that it would quickly become the rule in every other romance novel.
To say I was lost would be an understatement. Where had Prince Charming on his white horse gone? Who was this man with tattoos and doing drugs, who stole the heroine’s (and I mean the female character, not the substance) heart but loved crushing it in his hand like a cookie? And why would anyone fall for such a man, when we’d all been deluded into thinking The One had to be handsome, sweet, brave, and possibly even own a castle?
It took some time getting used to but in the end I realized that, if I wanted to become a best-selling author, I’d have to take everything I’d believed in and loved so far and flush it down the toilet, starting anew with a different idea of love and happy endings.
Did I do that? Obviously not. No matter what sells, I want to remain true to myself, and not because I’m a prude or anything. I believe in Happy Endings and in Prince Charming, and if he doesn’t exist in real life well, I’ll create a world where he does, and so I did: I wrote The Melody in our Hearts.
In short: if you’re looking for steamy sex scenes, and a hot male character with a bad attitude and lots of women falling at his feet, stay the hell away from my novels!
Okay, I reckon this might not be the best marketing technique, so maybe I should try to rephrase it, if I want to entice at least one reader. Well, let’s put it like this: if you’d like to lose yourself in a sweet love story, with a gorgeous, romantic male character, who happens to be the descendent of the original Prince Charming, I suggest you give my book a chance. I fell in love with Ryan while writing about him, so I hope you will, too!
Want To Win A Copy of The Melody in our Hearts? …
Roberta has kindly offered to give away a Kindle copy of The Melody of our Hearts.
To enter make sure you go to the
Winner will be picked 31st March. Good luck 🙂