Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Last Thing Audiobook Tour

The Last Thing Audiobook Tour
The Last Thing
Author: Briana Gaitan
Genre: New Adult Romance
Date Published: 8/15/2014
Series: Hollywood Timelines

Also available at itunes!

Pick up the ebook and get the audiobook for only $1.99
The Last Thing : 

The One Thing :
Just Caspian:

The bestselling book in the Hollywood Timelines series is now available as an audiobook
Plagued by past mistakes in both love and life, Quinn Bardot is in a bad place. With nowhere else to turn, she escapes to LA, clinging to the promise of a fresh start.
Chase Crowley is known for being selfish and unbelievably persistent. All he's ever wanted is to become a successful actor. But now that he is about to have it all, he finds that something is still missing. Money and fame aren't what he expected.
After a fervent encounter, the two of them are thrown into a situation for which neither is prepared. Can Quinn extinguish her fears and let Chase in? Can Chase learn to put someone else's needs before his own?
The Last Thing is a novel all about love, Hollywood, and accepting what life throws at you even if it is the last thing you want.
The Last Thing is a standalone audiobook with no cliffhanger ending. It is book one in the series. It contains language and adult situations not recommended for listeners younger than 17.

About the author
Briana Gaitan is the bestselling author of the Hollywood Timelines series (The Last Thing and The One Thing) and coauthor of the Ethereal Underground series. 
Briana is a southern native and self proclaimed geek. She has never wanted anything but to create whether it be composing music, decorating her house, or giving voices to the characters inside her head.Her days are spent obsessing over a good read, raising her three kids, and watching anything on the SyFy channel. Through her writing, she hopes to inspire others to believe in the impossible.
Find out more about her 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Just Caspian is LIVE!

Just because I'm inpatient, the book is already live! I can't wait to hear what you think about Caspian and Ginger!


Our love was epic. Our pain was inevitable.

We shared demons, but his were always darker than mine.
We always fought them head on.
Until tragedy changed him, and he lost his way.
I’ll do anything to help him find his way back home.
Things won’t be the same until he’s just Caspian again.

Ginger and Caspian's relationship has always had its ups and downs. Now their greatest loss might bring them their greatest gift. As they work out their grief, accept their loss, and figure out how to move forward, they'll discover if their love can stand the test of time.

*This is a standalone novella and a spin-off series from the Hollywood Timelines series featuring Caspian Norwood and Ginger Teague, characters introduced in The One Thing*

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Romance Movies or Romance books?

 I'm a romance writer, but I don't enjoy romance movies. It's true! They're cheesy and overdone. Lucky for me, I recently got to see Age Of Adaline. See what I thought HERE

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Religious themes in Contemporary Romance.

Let's face it, characters aren't static. They are complex, real, and deserve to have struggles. I find that many romance books these days have stepped away from "good writing" and have instead become a platform for mindless smut, overdone storylines, and immature behavior. Authors are not meant to only write socially responsible books. We're meant to tell the truth, whether people agree or not. We're meant to dwell on the good and the bad side and then sometimes swap it up.

  One thing I have an issue with is the lack of spiritual discovery in books outside of the Christian Romance genre. Just because a character isn't religious, doesn't mean they don't interact with spirituality on a day to day basis. The Christian Romance genre is very limiting (in my opinion).  The genre explores limited themes with only certain types of characters. I don't often read in this genre because of this. Even when I read a contemporary romance book that has a "religious" character, the spirituality is confining. The author doesn't explore the struggles, but instead uses the religion as a catalyst to write a virginal and inexperienced heroine. I find myself scratching my head. Why does it have to be this way? (If you have a recommendation for one that isn't like this, please leave a comment and let me know)

When I first wrote The One Thing, I researched different types of addiction for the themes in my book. Religion seemed to be a major step in a lot of recovering alcoholics lives. Ginger was already written out, she wasn't religious so I couldn't change her, but I had room to play around with Caspian. It didn't feel right to make him religious when he's in so much pain and is lost, but I wanted this aspect to follow him in a non-constricting way.
Then I wrote about his family.
 Good people who raised four wonderful boys in a christian home. As subtle as it was, I wanted their spirituality to be a basis for a happy family. The parents were at peace in every aspect of their lives, which resulted in a balanced family and marriage. Studies show that spiritual people are happier because they feel they have a purpose and order. Here is an article I found that links to these studies.

As I began writing Just Caspian,  I realized I had to explore the Norwood family more in depth. I struggled with how far to take James and Pearl Norwood. Obviously, Caspian scoffs at his father's religion, having turned away from it, but I wanted him to be respectful. I wanted little seeds to be planted about how Ginger views this family. She mentions that God seems to give James the strength needed to deal with tragedy. Although her moral basis isn't swayed in the novella, it's safe to say that they made a lasting impression (which is what Christians are taught to do, good deeds)

As you read Just Caspian, discover the complexity that is intertwined into the characters. Religion isn't a major theme in the book, but it does play an important part in the interaction of the characters. Why does Caspian blame God? Why does James handle the events so well? Why does Ginger admire the Norwood family so much?

Just Caspian releases on May 2nd
Add it to your Goodreads shelf HERE

Saturday, April 4, 2015

1 month till Just Caspian is released!

I can't wait to let you guys hear the rest of Ginger and Caspian's story!!!
What do you expect will happen?