Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday's Author Spotlight: Gillian Felix



Today I’m excited to have Gillian Felix on the Sunday’s Author Spotlight. Gillian Felix writes contemporary, new adult fiction novels and she is the author of the Family Portrait series.

‘Changes’ the first book in the Family Portrait series was published in 2013 followed by the second book 'Banovic Siblings'. In 2014 the third book ‘Bastard’s Brew’ and the fourth book ‘Perfect Escape’ followed. This series features young Hollywood celebrities, ex-celebrities and celebrity wannabes. Definitely a series to check out. ;)

About 'Changes' (Family Portrait #1):


Ready, Set, Drama

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23637972-changesAdriana Banovic’s 15th birthday sucked! She got fired after eight years of playing Shayanne Montgomery on the #1 soap in the country, found out that her family was on the verge of bankruptcy and worst of all, forced to return to Westwood Academy. Her only saving grace was a chance glance at dreamy mystery boy Haze Lyndon. Armed with only his picture and a determination to find him—even if it means turning Los Angeles over on its ass.

In this new adult novel you'll meet Robin Banovic, Adriana's father; financially challenged, dealing with the death of a family member and his brother's disappearance. You'll meet Savannah DaCosta aka Savi, mother/manager; Savi enjoys the life her rock star daughter Leighann has provided. When Leighann makes a choice to end her career, Savi sees it as a personal attack.

You'll meet college boy Haze Lyndon; New to Los Angeles, Haze soon realizes how quickly money changes hands in the City of Angels. Will he return to questionable ways to survive or go back to the safety of his family in Wisconsin?

This book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

To read my review of  'Changes' please go here.

About 'Banovic Siblings' (Family Portrait #2):

 

Blackmail is a gift that keeps on giving.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23637979-the-banovic-siblings
College boy Kevin Banovic’s casual affair with Savi DaCosta suited him perfectly. Things change when he finds out that Savi is his mom’s high school bestie. When Kevin tries to end their affair, Savi blackmails him. After Kevin rescues Savi’s stepdaughter, L’Wren, from her abusive boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about her. He must find a way to handle Savi, protect L’Wren, and keep his sanity.

Bad girl Adriana Banovic is pleased with herself for getting her nemesis expelled from Westwood Academy. As feelings between her and her latest victim Haze Lyndon escalate, an unexpected rival discovers her secret and threatens to expose her. With emotions on the line, will her new rival beat her at her own game or end up another casualty of Adriana’s wrath?

Zax Banovic has it all. Tall and handsome, he’s an academic genius, with a killer smile and a heart of gold. When his best friend gets into trouble, he feels responsible and covers for him. But his best friend is not as honorable and has other plans for Zax.

This book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
 

About 'Bastards Brew' (Family Portrait #3):

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23637982-bastard-s-brewEverything we touch we destroy.

When L'Wren's ex-boyfriend Jeff suddenly disappears, she turns to Kevin to help her find him. With one phone call, Kevin makes sure that Jeff stays hidden and that L'Wren's heart is broken, leaving the door open for Kevin to pursue her. But Kevin is not as free as L'Wren thinks; she is in the dark about his affair with her stepmother, Savi. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend.

“You don’t deserve to be loved, and you don’t deserve to be happy. You and I are the same … we’re broken inside. Everything we touch, we destroy. We don’t get happily ever after … we don’t get to ride off into the sunset. You know who gets that? L’Wren … she gets it, she gets the guy, and she deserves a decent guy.”- Savi

Kevin desires to be the man that L'Wren deserves, but before he can assume the role of white knight, he brews one last plan to get rid of Savi for good. Will L'Wren, the innocent victim in their twisted game, become a casualty?

Kevin may have sold his body to the devil in stilettos, but he'd be damned if he let her have his heart.

This book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About 'Perfect Escape' (Family Portrait #4):

 

One person’s perfect escape is another’s perfect hell.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23637962-perfect-escapeIn this coming-of-age story, teen singing sensation Leighann DaCosta tries to find out who she is without her music career. A career that has been part of her life since before the age of ten. When Leighann’s estranged father enters her life, she is caught up in a tug-of-war between both parents. Does she trust the man who abandoned her as a baby, or a mother who is losing her mind?

When heartthrob Zax Banovic is assigned to tutor Leighann, he provides her with the perfect escape from the madness in her life. Enter Kristin Newman, Zax’s super-hot, sickeningly perfect, tennis-pro girlfriend, who dampens any chance Leighann has with him.

After the unthinkable happens, Leighann’s world is shattered, causing her to shut everyone out. Unable to cope, Leighann accepts help from her frenemy, but will the help she accept come with a hefty price?

This book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

To read my review of  'Perfect Escape' please go here.

Guest Post 'Ten Things I Look For I a Good Novel':


As a writer it’s almost like we are trained to read. I personally don’t have a favorite genre, I just read what appeals to me. I’ll even read spiritual and I own a couple of non-fictions. I find that reading outside the genre which I write helps spark my creativity. It might surprise you to know that I don’t own any books in my genre (except the ones that I’ve written). With that said, here are ten things that appeal to me when deciding to give something a read.

1.      A great synopsis. Whether it be funny, sad or dramatic, I usually read the first 4 lines of it and, if my mind don’t start wandering after that, and I make it through the whole thing, I download a sample of the book from Amazon.
2.      I don’t like too much details. I like enough for me to understand what is going on without the piece being to wordy or overly descriptive.
3.      I love strong female and devious male characters. They make the story so very interesting.
4.      I love stories with a strong plot. It shows me that the author put some thought into the work and took the time to develop the storylines and characters.
5.      I don’t like too much graphic sex in a book (unless the book is erotica).
6.      I enjoy twists and turns in a book and also a bit of mystery. I used to love to read Nancy Drew as a child. I also loved ‘Little House on the Prairie’.
7.      If it’s a non-fiction it’d better have information that is beneficial or I lose interest. I loved ‘Losing My Virginity’ by Sir. Richard Branson. It is actually his bio and it was a great read, very motivational and inspirational.
8.      Dysfunctional relationships. ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte is my favorite novel in that genre. I loved that Heathcliff and Cathy were so dysfunction ally in love with each other that their love destroyed each other.
9.      I like horror novels, but not horror movies. My favorite novel in that genre is It by Stephen King. I read it as a child and as an adult and it had the same terrifying effect on me, imaging the smell of the sewers still burns the back of my throat and I still shudder at some of the scenes in the book.
10.   I think books should take the reader out of their own world and into the world of the characters. That’s a good book for me. 

What do you look for in a good book? Let’s compare notes!

Praise for the Family Portrait Series:

 

I like Gillian Felix’s writing style. It’s easy to read and it flows well.

Readers will be able to relate to these well-developed characters. Each character has a different story to share with readers that will definitely keep him or her turning pages.

I found myself wanting to keep reading and figure out how all of the characters' lives were related.

This story will keep you hooked on till the end with all its twists and turns. The devious ways of each character and the situations they face are so well crafted that it makes the story more interesting as you read on.

This book is definitely an interesting one. I can’t wait to see what more stories Gillian has in store for us.

About the Author:


Gillian Felix was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. She grew up watching night time soap operas by Aaron Spelling with her mother. That’s where her obsession with rich, powerful and devious characters were born. After repeatedly seeing Mr. Spelling’s name on the screen night after night, Gillian knew she wanted to be an Aaron Spelling, before she knew that Aaron Spelling was actually a person.

Gillian pursued drama in high school although it was not taught as a “serious subject”. When asked what career she wanted to pursue after graduation, she told her guidance counselor that she wanted to be an actress, and was told that acting is not a “real job”.

When Gillian moved to the US in 1998, she landed an internship with Spotlight On Theater in New York City, where she learned stage managing, casting and the technical aspect of running a production. Later she branched out into film, and fell in love with the behind the scenes action of film and theatre production. She traded acting and her “real job” for a career in film and theater production. Gillian continued writing novels and scripts but kept them to herself.

When not writing, Gillian can be found volunteering at the New Mexico Children’s Grief Center or hiking the many mountains that surround New Mexico. Gillian can easily get lost in a parking lot and considers herself directionally challenged. She is always grateful for the people she hikes with, because without them she’d be left roaming the mountains like a lost mountain goat.

For more information about Gillian Felix and The Family Portrait series please visit her website, the Family Portrait Media Page, Twitter, Goodreads or sign up for her newsletter.

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you! I look forward to reading about other authors as well.

    Best
    Gillian

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    1. You're very welcome! Thank you for participating :D

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