Monday, 5 September 2016

Love Painted in Red by Cristiane Serruya #Romance

 Cristiane Serruya will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

If your book were made into a movie, who would you want to play your main characters?
Readers’ imaginations are always better than reality, but if I could choose the cast for Love Painted in Red, it'd be: Joe Manganiello as Tavish with sexy sea-green eyes, silvery-blonde Jane Levy as Laetitia, and Josh Holloway as "the man with a grudge". You can find pictures for characters’ inspiration, real clothes, and locations on my Pinterest:

How do you come up with the titles of your books?
I don’t. They are chosen by my characters. *smile* My first book told the story of three characters who have almost everything in life, but love. Sophia, Ethan, and Alistair had
a lot of life history, many secrets hidden in their past, and didn’t trust people, so Trust for the series and Entwined Fates for the 1st installment seemed appropriate. In Love Painted in Red, Laetitia is a painter and Tavish an art gallery owner, plus red is the color associated with love hence the title. Hmm…I don’t really know how they come up, they just do! *grin*

What does your writing space look like?
An organized mess. *smile* In fact, I have two writing spaces: my home office for when I need to do the planning, editing, and research. There I can sprawl notebooks, sheets of paper full of scrabbled notes, pens of different colors, photographs, and who knows what else. I usually write the first draft on my laptop seated in an armchair in my living room and by it there is a side table with a notebook, pens and pencils.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
Guess! Reading.

What is your favourite color?
Green, blue, orange, red—ops! If I had to choose just one, it would be green.

What is your favourite pleasure food?
No, it’s not chocolate. It’s brioche!

What is your favourite season?
Winter, no doubt!

What is your favourite television show?
*Gasp* I don’t see TV…well, I saw a few games of the 2016 Olympics. Anyway, I guess it would be Game of Thrones.

What is your favourite movie?

Who is your favourite actor?
That’s hard. Hmm…Richard Gere.

What is your favourite song?
I love music of many genres, so 2 fave rock bands: Linkin’ Park and Pink Floyd.

What is your favourite comfort clothing attire?
Long, flowing dresses

What books might we find on your bedside table?
Contemporary romances, including paranormal; The Book of Disquiet, by Fernando Pessoa; Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka…well, it’d have been easier to ask who are the ones I dislike. As you haven’t, I’ll keep it a secret.

Describe yourself in three words.
Shy, serious, sincere.

Tavish MacCraig, thirty-three-year-old Highlander, forsook his medical and military career, after being a POW for 6 months in Afghanistan, to run his family’s internationally renowned art gallery in London, The Blue Dot. Despite being surrounded by wealth and beauty, Tavish’s days are bleak, his nights, living nightmares, and his heart, an empty shell. But when he meets Irish painter Laetitia Galen, a powerful and sizzling attraction ignites between them.

Laetitia, who fled hell on earth when she was sixteen, now works as a well-paid housekeeper in a forsaken country manor in Warwickshire and sells her paintings in an obscure gallery. To preserve her new life and recently found peace, she resists Tavish and The Blue Dot's fantastic offer of an exclusive contract.

Laetitia becomes Tavish’s obsession; Tavish, Laetitia’s unattainable dream.

Meanwhile, a man with a burning grudge plots his long-awaited revenge, which could destroy them all over again.


“We’ve been doing everything we can,” the private investigator said in defense of himself. He looked pointedly at Geoffrey Callaghan, hoping for some support.

“I’ll double the reward if you find her in the next three months,” said a husky male voice. “Put more men on her. Do whatever is necessary. I’ll pay the extra cost.”

The PI nodded once and quickly made his exit, not wanting to hear the or else, which was implicit in the order. He had never been inside that room. It was the first time in years that he had to deal with a person other than Geoffrey, who was scary enough.

“They will find her,” Geoffrey said.

“If I were a suspicious man, I would wonder why you didn’t have more men searching for her.” Bluish-white smoke rose from the corner, which would be completely dark if not for an orange glow. “Or why you weren’t more careful that night.”

“You were the one who chose her.” A faint smile touched Geoffrey’s wrinkled, thin lips. “I told you she was a freak.”

He had no answer to that. “GO! Leave me alone.”

“That’s exactly what you asked of me years ago. Look what happened.” Geoffrey smirked.

“Leave me alone.” He grabbed the nearest object—a Baccarat ashtray—and flung it at Geoffrey’s head, who despite his old age, ducked, avoiding being hit by the crystal but not by being showered with butts and ashes from the homemade cigar.

“Don’t do that again, my son.” He shook his bald head at the once handsome man sitting in the dark. “Don’t forget who gives the orders here.”

“Do I ever?” A fury raced through the man’s blood. There had been a time when many things could tame his unruly desires. Not anymore. He had become dependent on the old man in front of him.

“I will go.” Geoffrey smirked. “But you need to relax. I’ll send a cup of Yagé and a devotee for you to fuck.”

The man stayed silent for a moment. “Send the Yagé and the devotee.”

“A wise decision. Be at peace,” Geoffrey said before he closed the door behind him.

The orange light glowed brighter as he dragged deeper. He imagined he could see her face and body take shape in the smoke as he exhaled.

She had become the reason he arose every day, breathed, and endured pain. She had become his obsession.

He would find her. Touch her as she had touched him. Make her scream as he had.

Until he tired.

Until she begged.

Then, only then, he would kill her.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Cristiane Serruya is Brazilian and lives in Rio de Janeiro, with her husband, two teenage daughters, and Loki, her Shetland sheepdog. She has studied in England, France, Italy, and Switzerland and graduated in Law, with a Master’s in Business Law, and a BA in Fine Arts. In 2012, she published her first romance, and is proud of the awards her novels have received.
She still works as a lawyer, but writing has become an essential part of her life, and a fulfilling adventure, as it allows her to make friends all over the world.


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  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. I love the cover, can't wait to read it! thanks for the book tour

  3. Great post - I enjoyed reading the interview and excerpt. Thanks for sharing :)